This is my year’s recap and ONLY reflects my opinion.
▲ Drama of the Year: Queen In Hyun’s Man
One of the best dramas I have seen in my life. Never thought much of cable dramas in the first place, because if they were good, KBS, MBC or SBS would have gotten it in the first place.
▲ Notable Drama Mentions: Bridal Mask, Reply 1997, History of the Salaryman
Bridal Mask or more famously known as Gaksital was a good take of the oppressed dark period during Japan’s occupation in the 1930s. I occasionally think of Capital Scandal which was and still a favorite of mine and goes along the same theme. Bridal Mask is like a darker version and on a much grander scale with a hero to look up to. Joo Won was really good here although I kind of missed his smug evil temperament when he subsequently turned good. Park Ki Woong was equally good as the twisted Shunji. Notable mention also goes to Han Chae Ah as Rie, she impressed with her emotional scenes and is so beautiful.
Their numerous face-off and tension-filled scenes are undoubtedly highlights as they play the cat and mouse game. The romance part was a bit lackluster here which keeps the drama from purring on smoothly slightly. Music meanwhile complemented the overall story well, while the fighting scenes (especially the pavilion water fight) was fabulous and stylish.
▲ Almost there Dramas: Equator Man, Nice Guy, The Chaser
▲ Almost greatness drama but faded into mediocrity: The Moon That Embraces The Sun
▲ Best Drama OSTs: All for You by Jung Eun Ji and Seo In Guk (Reply 1997)
▲ Notable Drama OSTs: To Turn Back Hands of Time by Lyn (The Moon That Embraces The Sun), Gaksital, Nice Guy
▲ Disappointment of the Year: BIG
▲ Dropped Midway: Faith, Jeon Woo Chi
▲ Best Male Singer: K.Will
▲ Best Female Rookie: Ailee
▲ Best Female Rookie Group: AOA
▲ Best Female Group: SISTAR
▲ Song of the Year: Gangnam Style
▲ Notable Mention: F.T. Island
▲ Unfortunate: T-ARA