Asian Drama Simulcasts: April 22, 2015

BLOOD (South Korea, 2015; KBS2)

BLOOD
(South Korea, 2015; KBS2)

We have a lull between two busy weeks, and it includes the final episodes for the Korean drama Blood and the Taiwanese drama The New World.

Also, it’s a good time to look ahead. The licensing departments have been busy securing simulcast rights for upcoming series – and they include a significant number of high-profile productions!

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Asian Drama Simulcasts: April 15, 2015

DIVORCE LAWYER IN LOVE (South Korea, 2015; SBS)

DIVORCE LAWYER IN LOVE
(South Korea, 2015; SBS)

No shows are ending, but four series were picked up for streaming mid-broadcast, in addition to two shows starting their simulcasts.

J-drama fans can look forward to recently aired episodes of the new spring series Crazy for Me (Kokoro ga Pokitto ne) and Doctors’ Affairs (Ishitachi no Renai Jijou) via Crunchyroll and Viki, respectively. Hong Kong romantic drama Singles Villa is a DramaFever exclusive, and the Beijing-set Think Before You Marry, available on Viki, follows the challenges facing roommates when they impulsively tie the knot.

This week’s debuts are centuries apart, in both setting and subject matter. With Joseon-era political intrigue and historical figures at its center, Hwajung (a.k.a. Splendid Politics) starts with Prince Gwanghae seizing the throne, executing his half-brother, and exiling his half-sister Princess Jungmyung. She, in turn, begins some plotting of her own. The teasers for Divorce Lawyer in Love promise a different kind of scheming. Perhaps romance with more than a little sass and snark? And when’s the last time you saw Chucky dolls on a K-drama poster?

  • And the list of upcoming, confirmed Asian drama simulcasts (end of the column) continues to grow.

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Asian Drama Simulcasts: April 8, 2015

MY UNFORTUNATE BOYFRIEND (South Korea, 2015; MBC Drama)

MY UNFORTUNATE BOYFRIEND
(South Korea, 2015; MBC Drama)

Three of this week’s new shows are from South Korea’s cable networks, and the fourth is a J-drama in a different venue.

The Lover, from music channel Mnet, is a mature-rated omnibus that focuses on the relationships between pairs of roommates in an apartment complex. The second season of tvN’s rom-com Let’s Eat moves its gourmet lead (YOON Doo-joon) to a new neighborhood — where he meets an entirely new cast of main and supporting characters. Both series (plus the first season of Let’s Eat) are currently available on Viki.

What happens when you pair a naïvely honest guy with a girl whose version of the truth is…malleable? You get MBC Drama’s My Unfortunate Boyfriend, which stars NO Min-woo (The Greatest Marriage) as the “boyfriend” opposite YANG Jin-sung (Bride of the Century). It’s a DramaFever exclusive.

Over the weekend, anime publisher FUNimation announced it will simulcast Japanese romantic drama Renai Jidai (now titled Love: Redux) via its FUNimation.com streaming site. This marks the company’s first live-action series since 2010’s Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture (based on the manga), although they have released a number non-animated Asian films during the intervening years. Love: Redux — about a pair of exes who each resolve to find a future spouse for the other — is an adaptation of the Japanese novel that also served as the basis for the 2006 Korean drama Alone in Love.

  • You’ll also find the list of upcoming and confirmed simulcasts at the end of the post.

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Asian Drama Simulcasts: April 2, 2015

FALLING IN LOVE WITH SOON JUNG (South Korea, 2015; JTBC)

FALLING IN LOVE
WITH SOON JUNG
(South Korea, 2015; JTBC)

The Girl Who Sees Smells (a.k.a. Sensory Couple) and Falling in Love With Soon Jung (a.k.a. Falling for Innocence) kick off their simulcasts this week and are available on multiple services.

Both also have some interesting tonal contrasts between their promo materials and story synopses. The webcomic origin and trailers for The Girl Who Sees Smells read rom-com, but there’s more to the story than cute and quirky. The lives of at least two main characters have been irreversibly affected by the actions of a serial killer(!). On the flipside, some trailers for Falling in Love With Soon Jung make it seem like a melodrama – until you see the comedic posters and character-focused teasers. It will be interesting to see how each drama plays out.

  • The Recent Simulcasts and Additions board is updated to include recently completed series, as well as the 2008 J-drama Life in Additional Time (a.k.a. Loss:Time:Life). The complete series is now available on Crunchyroll, minus episode 4.
  • And the usual list of upcoming simulcasts can be found at the bottom of this post.

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Asian Drama Simulcasts: March 26, 2015

ANGRY MOM (South Korea, 2015; MBC)

ANGRY MOM
(South Korea, 2015; MBC)

After I hit publish last week, Angry Mom popped up on Viki. It doesn’t seem to be an exclusive, so there’s a chance it will be available on other services, as well. Kim Hee-seon (Faith) and Kim You-joung (The Moon Embracing the Sun) – who portray its central mother and daughter – are relatively popular among Western fans, so I was surprised it wasn’t announced as a simulcast prior to the first episode.

Taiwanese romantic comedy Murphy’s Law of Love and new Korean cable crime drama Missing Noir M also kick off their simulcasts.

Series conclusions include Hyde, Jekyll and Me, Mischievous Kiss 2: Love in Tokyo (Itazura na Kiss 2), and Persevere Gu Hae-ra.

  • Several back-catalog Hong Kong and Japanese dramas are new to the Recent Simulcasts and Additions board: TVB hits Catch Me Now and Curse of the Royal Harem, plus Power Office Girls 2013 (Shomuni 4), Onna Nobunaga, and Ordinary Miracles from Fuji TV.
  • I missed that the Japanese drama Ghostwriter wrapped up last week. (The board has been updated.)
  • And there are more high-profile additions to the upcoming simulcast list at the end of the column.

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