Kdrama Review: Witch’s Romance (2014)

Title: Witch’s Romance
Episodes: 16
Duration: 60 min.
Aired: Apr 14, 2014 to Jun 10, 2014
Cast: Uhm Jung Hwa, Park Seo Joon, Han Jae Suk
Genre: Comedy, Romance

The Synopsis: Ban Ji Yeon is a single 39 year-old woman. She works as a reporter and is very enthusiastic about her work. So much so that she is often called a “witch” at work. She doesn’t believe in true love, because of her past experience when her boyfriend disappeared prior to their wedding. Yoon Dong Ha is 25 year-old young man who runs a small errand center with his friend. He looks like a happy guy, but he lost his girlfriend by an accident. Sparks fly when Ji Yeon and Dong Ha meet, and despite the age difference, they find a lot in common with each other, including their scarred hearts.

The Review: My love for this drama is strong. It is the one of the cutest, sweetest stories I have come across in dramaland. A lot of this has to do with the very strong execution. As I outlined in my previous post, Witch’s Romance relies on a large number of kdrama clichés. It doesn’t get caught up in these rom-com staples, though, and instead uses them as a means to bring these two wonderful characters closer together. Anyway, let’s be honest here, you don’t watch a romantic comedy for a unique, or even realistic, story. The adorable cheesiness of Witch’s Romance is actually one of its main draws. However, it does, thankfully, avoid the usual plethora of misunderstandings and drawn out storylines typical to kdramas.

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A (Loving) Look at the Clichés in “Witch’s Romance”

I loved watching Witch’s Romance every week and seeing my favorite couple interact. As much as I liked it, though, I was not blind to its many, many drama clichés. Actually, what’s truly amazing about this drama is that it is incredibly well-done despite all of its clichés. As many have said, it’s all in the execution. It also manages to avert just as many drama clichés as it uses. But I’ll get to that later. First, let’s take a look at some of the prominent clichés included in Witch’s Romance. *Spoilers Ahead!*

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Thoughts and Obsessions: Witch’s Romance, Jeon Ji Hyun, and VIXX

Somehow I got sucked into yet another currently airing drama, Witch’s Romance. But it only has two more episodes, and it’s been so much fun to watch. It is hard to even articulate the extension of my love for this drama. First of all the leads are both incredible actors and have sizzling chemistry. Ji Yeon is strong and vulnerable at the same time, and Dong Ha has to be the sweetest, most adorable character I’ve ever seen. Recently, there’s been a detour from the cute romantic comedy aspect, with more melodrama instead. Luckily, they know when to give it up and the last few episodes are returning to its original charm. I have a strong feeling that Park Seo Joon is going to end up on my bias list in the future.

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