2022 is nearing its end, and we’re already feeling the fall weather in full-force. If you want to escape from your repetitive everyday lives, here are seven fantasy romance K-dramas to spice up your days! Various elements including fantasy, reality, romance, and thriller are combined in these dramas, helping to revive your imaginations and forgotten emotions, and you will be able to feel both the bitterness and sweetness of love, making these recommendations great stimuli for your daily life.
In no particular order.
This fantasy romance is based on a popular webtoon and tells the story of a 22-year-old college student named Lee Dam (Girl’s Day’s Hyeri) who accidentally swallows the marble of a 999-year-old male gumiho (a mythological nine-tailed fox) named Shin Woo Yeo (Jang Ki Yong), who was close to achieving his goal of becoming human. Shin Woo Yeo reveals himself to Lee Dam and suggests that they live together until they can figure out a way to get the bead out of her safely. The drama starts off as a frightening cohabitation with a mythical being, but as Shin Woo Yeo gradually becomes more human-like because of Lee Dam, it gets more exciting to see a budding romance between the two. Will the romance between a human and gumiho reach a happy ending? Let’s find out!
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This K-drama is the first to star a goblin and his bride as protagonists. A goblin named Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) needs a human bride who can pull out the sword that is stuck inside him to end his immortal life. A grim reaper (Lee Dong Wook) who doesn’t have any memories about his previous life starts a strange cohabitation with the goblin. When a girl named Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) appears in front of them and claims to be the goblin’s bride, the entangled fate of the three begins to unravel. Not only has the heartwrenching love story become a favorite among K-drama fans, but so has the bromance between Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook. “Goblin” is also one of the series that is most-loved on Viki, and the brilliant writing of Kim Eun Sook and the A-list cast who perfectly portrayed the mythical beings make it a must-see drama!
Start watching “Goblin” here:
Oh Yeon Joo (Han Hyo Joo) is a fresh graduate doctor whose father is one of the most popular webtoon writers in Korea. When a supernatural force brings her into the world of her father’s webtoon, Oh Yeon Joo meets the protagonist Kang Chul (Lee Jong Suk), and they fall in love with each other. Amidst the mysterious threats to kill Kang Chul, the two must figure out how to be with each other even though they are worlds apart. This series is very unique in that it involves the merging of the webtoon world and the real world. While Lee Jong Suk pulls off being a real life comic book character flawlessly, the unique drama keeps viewers emotionally engaged with the dynamic story and wanting to find out how their love story will end.
Start watching “W” here:
“Bride of the Water God” features Nam Joo Hyuk as the water god Ha Baek who descends from the world of the gods to meet his human bride. Shin Se Kyung plays Yoo So Ah, a human who is part of a family that has been destined to serve the water god for generations. The drama is a spin-off version of the cartoon of the same name. Unlike the cartoon, this drama is set against the backdrop of modern South Korea involving characters from the original cartoon. A perfect combination of fantasy, romance, comedy, thriller, and mystery, “Bride of the Water God” will arouse viewers’ various emotions. Let’s find out if a relationship between a mortal and a god can have a future or not!
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“Hotel Del Luna” tells the story of Jang Man Wol (IU), the CEO of Hotel Del Luna who is doomed to spend all of the eternity running this odd establishment, catering to the needs of a most peculiar clientele. However, things take an interesting turn when Goo Chan Sung (Yeo Jin Goo), an assistant manager who was promised the hotel by his father, shows up. Welcoming various types of ghosts as hotel guests, this series can be freaky at times, but the romantic tales involving the characters really make it an enticingly interesting watch. Jang Man Wol’s ever-changing fashion and the great filming sets are just few more reasons to watch this drama!
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Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun) is an alien who landed in Joseon from another planet about 400 years ago. After living on earth for hundreds of years, he finally gets a chance to return to the planet where he came from. But shortly before that time comes, he meets Cheon Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun), who is an outrageous top star in Korea, and falls in love with her. Cheon Song Yi shows off unique charms that were never seen before in other top star characters. Also, watching Do Min Joon love only one person and always stay by by Cheon Song Yi’s side to protect her no matter what happens will make your heart flutter. Viewers who enjoyed watching “Crash Landing on You” may feel that the character backgrounds and story development are similar in vibe—that’s because this is a drama written by the same scriptwriter!
Start watching “My Love From the Star” here:
The drama tells the story of Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won), a stuntwoman who dreams of becoming a martial arts director, who falls in love with a rich CEO of a department store Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin) who’s got everything. “Secret Garden” could have been like one of those cliché Cinderella stories, but there is one more special element to it. When the two end up in a restaurant up in the mountain and have mysterious drinks, their souls get switched. Although this drama is more than 10 years old, it has many great lines that reflect on what true love is. Moreover, viewers can appreciate the past appearances of stars who are now top actors!
Start watching “Secret Garden” here:
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