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Hwarang: Episode 1

by LollyPip

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The newest installation from the Oh Boy Project (makers of the Flower Boy franchise) takes us all the means ago to prehistoric Silla, once a nervous queen regent hatched a setup to construct a loyal pressure of soldiers to defend a young king. The premiere sets the phase for a fun yet nerve-wracking adventure, as our heroes and heroine attempt to navigate a world wright here social condition is everything. There’s a lot of indevelopment to cover and many personalities to present, so let’s jump right in!

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EPISODE 1 RECAP

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Our story takes place about 1,500 years earlier, throughout the twelfth year of the regime of King Jinheung. Modern-day Korea was once 3 kingdoms, of which Silla was the smallest and weakest. The young, insecure king got in hiding, and his mommy reigned as regent. It was her principle to gather together a group of beautiful young males in order to empower the throne.

A series of manhwa-choose imeras flash across the display screen, giving us glimpses of what’s to come. They stop on a disheveled young male whom we’ll obtain to recognize as our hero, MOO-MYUNG (Park Seo-joon), that comlevels that he’s busy and also urges a trio of equally filthy men to go away.

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The leader of the trio claims that the tvery own have the right to only have actually one leader, however Moo-myung is perfectly fine letting him have actually the title. He states that method nobody hregarding gain beat up, and also he won’t acquire in trouble with his father.

But as he turns to go, the oddly coifed loudmouth taunts that his mommy didn’t also name him prior to abandoning him (moo-myung suggests “nameless”). Moo-myung sighs that he’ll acquire too calm if this keeps up, and also he pulls out a many-sided die (used to decide drinking penalties). Moo-myung tosses the die, and reflects the trio the result: “Hit the nose.”

Just as the men begin to issue for their faces, Moo-myung all of a sudden grows dizzy and also mutters that they got lucky. He passes out, but simply as the men begin to celebrate their victory, they hear a noise and also turn to see a guy running (and tripping, and also falling) in the direction of them.

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The attacker, Moo-myung’s buddy MAK MUN (cameo by Lee Kwang-soo) obstacles the 3 to a fight, which he proceeds to shed spectacularly. At some suggest Moo-myung rouses, and also the bullies are worried anywhere aobtain to check out Moo-myung awake.

When he hears they hurt his buddy, all it takes is a loud, “Run!” to send them fleeing. Moo-myung and also Mak Mun provide chase, adhering to the trio through the woods and to a stream. The 3 make it across and also push the bridge right into the water, and also bravely dare Moo-myung to come at them.

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One of them calls him by his nickname, “Dog-bird,” which sounds extremely cshed to the phrase “kid of a bitch.” Moo-myung reflects the bullies specifically why he’s sassist to be prefer a bird, by jumping and also flyyying through the air, throughout the chasm to their side. Whoa.

We move to the royal residence, wright here QUEEN REGENT JISO (Kim Ji-soo), King Jinheung’s mommy, is being dressed for the day. She goes to the jailhome, wbelow a guy sits in a cell, looking as though he’s been tbelow quite some time.

The prisoner is WI HWA-GONG (Sung Dong-il), who was the late king’s cshed frifinish. He chuckles that he and also the king didn’t finish on good terms — he finished up in jail because of his inproper relationship via one of the king’s concubines.

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The queen asks if he’s unhappy with the nation of Silla, and also Hwa-gong agrees that he’s not happy in a location wright here the queen kicked out her very own son, and is so greedy she refprovides to provide up her regency, also after ten years.

Queen Regent Jiso asks if he’s considered her sell, and Hwa-gong actually yawns in her confront. She defines that she desires to develop a group of imperial bodyguards, and Hwa-gong lazily agrees that it’s an excellent concept, given that all the private soldiers have been snapped up by the officials.

He asks where she plans to acquire these guards, and she says that her arrangement is to recruit the youngsters of the officials. She desires Hwa-gong to train them, so that they will certainly be loyal to the king and Silla.

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Hwa-gong laughs again, refusing to carry out anything for the queen. That is, until she asks, “Do you not want me to provide up the regency?” Queen Regent Jiso states that if he performs the duty properly, she will certainly offer up the throne.

Moo-myung and Mak Mun sit overlooking the city, making plans to enter the capital. It’s a dangerous prospect — world prefer them, being from the lowest-born course, aren’t precisely welcome in the city, and confront death of they’re caught. But Mak Mun defines that his household all lived tbelow together as soon as, he and also his paleas and also sister.

He shows Moo-myung his necklace, which is wooden through a tiny engraved teardrop, and states that the necklace will help him recognize himself when he finds his father. Moo-myung thinks it sounds silly however supplies to help his frifinish, adding that he wants to go to the resources city anymeans.

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Mak Mun is impressed via Moo-myung’s bravacarry out, but Moo-myung states that when you have nopoint, there’s nothing to fear. Then he remembers somepoint and runs off, through Mak Mun ideal on his heels.

They end up at a adjacent residence, relieved to find the owner amethod from home. They sheight for a drink, but just as Moo-myung raises the gourd to his lips, an arrow thunks into the post appropriate beside his challenge. He screams that the shooter virtually killed him, and the shooter states that it’s his fate to live and die below, where his mom abandoned him.

He lets fly one more arrow at Moo-myung, and also comlevels that he’s not paying his taxes. Moo-myung screams that he has actually a great reason, however the shooter just loads up another arrowhead, and Moo-myung leaps high right into the air to avoid being hit. He’s struck anyway, yet fortunately it’s a blunt arrow and also Moo-myung is only knocked out.

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Over at the palace, a mystery message from someone named Pa Oh is lugged to Queen Regent Jiso. It claims that he will certainly be showing up late that night, and also she’s furious that he would certainly dare without her permission. Her bodyguard Hyun Chu meets him at the gate that night, enabling Pa Oh and also his masked companion onto the grounds.

As the new arrivals pass into the royal residence silently, the guard through Hyun Chu asks in an awed voice if the masked man is really the king. Hyun Chu ssuggest kills the guard via a single stroke of his sword.

At the same time, Moo-myung and Mak Mun are busily scaling the city wall. Moo-myung renders it over first, and nearly has actually a heart attack as soon as he sees pikes displaying the heads of those that tried to sneak into the city. Mak Mun’s reactivity is louder, and also Moo-myung claps a hand over his mouth and also reminds him that he desires to live to view his sister.

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They steal some clothes to better fit in via the townsfolk, though they’re lucky their open-mouthed gaping at the sights (and also pretty ladies) goes unnoticed. They wonder what to perform initially, and also Moo-myung claims that of course they need to look for Mak Mun’s household.

Elsewright here in the city, a young woman entertains a crowd of fascinated townsworld with a story around a woguy who adjusted her entire appearance just by drawing a mole on her face. HA. The girl, AH RO (Go Ara), holds her audience in thrall through her dramatic murder tale, as surrounding a handsome young guy listens in.

The young guy falls asleep at some allude, and also wakes later on to discover the girl and her crowd gone. He asks a passerby wbelow he can find her.

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Moo-myung and also Mak Mun uncover their way to a gambling home, and sidle approximately a table wbelow a game is in development. Mak Mun asks if anyone recognizes his necklace, and his confusion as soon as someone mentions other shop names has a scarred gambler pegging him as an out-of-towner.

The game continues, and also Moo-myung watches carefully as the guy managing the dice rigs the game in favor of Scarchallenge. When his enemy begs for one more chance, Scarface reveals that a box on the table holds a severed head, and states he’d be happy to take the man’s tiny daughter’s head as payment.

Moo-myung lowers his straw hat to hide his face, and also uses to take that bet, with his own neck as payment. Scarconfront is so delighted that he uses Moo-myung his whole day’s winnings if he loses, but Moo-myung claims that his neck will suffice.

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They sit to play, and the dice are rolled. Moo-myung provides his speak to, however as soon as the cheater lifts the cas much as relocate the dice, Moo-myung’s hand also whips out and slams the cup earlier dvery own. He starts to expose the outcomes, yet Scarface holds it dvery own this time, and asks, “Who are you?”

Moo-myung answers him via a sly grin, “Me? I’m Dog-bird.” Scarchallenge knows the nickname and tips Moo-myung’s hat approximately check out his face, and appears to identify him. Mak Mun speaks up, demanding the dice be shown, and also the gambler supplies to let Moo-myung go if he offers up currently.

Moo-myung declines and also tries to lift the cup aget, yet the gambler stops him. Moo-myung asks why he’s so nervous to see the dice, asking if perhaps he knows the outcomes. The gambler tips over the table, and also Moo-myung and Mak Mun run.

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They break-up up and Moo-myung leads the gamblers through the city roadways, reflecting off his remarkable jumping ability aacquire. Finally he loses the gamblers, infuriating the scarred male, who vows to uncover them no issue what.

Things are much even more civilized at a local teahome, wright here the owner brews intricate teas for his patrons. He notices a man beckoning him over — it’s Hwa-gong, out of priboy and also all cleaned up.

Hwa-gong asks vendor Pi Joo-ki about his company, and learns that this shop is simply a branch of a larger organization. Hwa-gong claims that he’s searching for something unique, and also Joo-ki leers, thinking he desires a womale. But Hwa-gong clarifies that he’s searching for young, beautiful males.

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Merchant Joo-ki takes Hwa-gong to a location referred to as Daiseo, among the trendiest shops in tvery own (and among the locations the gambler directed Mak Mun to look for his family). Joo-ki shows Hwa-gong a room through a surprise peephole in the wall, wright here he have the right to watch all the goings-on at Daiseo without being seen.

Ah Ro has actually a number of work, and also she asks one of her employers for her overdue pay. He sevedepend underpays her, accusing her of drinking the alcohol she was expected to be offering. She objects, and also he tells her that no matter how high-ranking her father might be, if her mommy is low-born, then so is she.

He tells her to leave, yet Ah Ro decides that if she’s going to be accoffered, she might as well be guilty. She drinks a whole jar of expensive alcohol in one go, and she’s instantly drunk, and slurs that she’ll take 3 pots total, one for each month she wasn’t phelp.

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Ah Ro staggers dvery own the street, yelling at the ground to soptimal being so close, hee. She spots a pair of youngsters stealing from a seller and tries to chase them, however ends up going even more sideways than forward, and also bumps best into Moo-myung. He grabs her in his arms as she goes dvery own, and her shoe goes flying as they end up in an accidentally romantic pose.

Moo-myung and also Ah Ro look at each other curiously for a lengthy moment… and also then Moo-myung dumps Ah Ro in the dirt. HAHA. He starts to walk amethod, yet Ah Ro grabs his pants and begs him to gain her shoe. He tries to refuse, but she latches on and also starts wailing around exactly how it’s her just pair of shoes, and also she can’t walk without them, but simply as he looks prefer he’s going to cave, he sees riders approaching and also wrenches his foot ameans.

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Ah Ro drunkenly manages to stand, and also something compels Moo-myung to speak and also revolve earlier. He sees Ah Ro ideal in the route of the riders, and also runs earlier to swing her out of the method. They land in that precise exact same romantic pose aacquire, Ah Ro in Moo-myung’s arms, and also Ah Ro wonders if she’s seeing points because she drank on an empty stomach.

Moo-myung asks if she’s okay, and also Ah Ro breathes that he’s handsome. She offers him a huge loopy smile, and also he looks nervous and says that he can’t aid it if she’s not okay. And then he drops her on the ground aobtain. PFFT. Ah Ro sits up, grumbling that it’s not that substantial a deal to hand also her her shoe, and then Moo-myung tosses it and also accidentally whacks her in the head. HAHAHA, whoops.

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Ah Ro goes on her wobbly means, finally collapsing exterior a healer’s house. The healer, AHN JI-GONG (Choi Won-young) is inside patching up a wounded homemuch less man. He asks the homeless guy about “that son,” however the homeless male claims that it wasn’t him. Ji-gong tries not to look also upset, and the homemuch less guy assures him that after ten years of searching, he’s certain to find the person he’s in search of shortly.

We rejoin the young guy who was listening to Ah Ro’s story, now dressed in royal robes as he enters the throne room. He’s King Jinheung, given name SAMMAEKJONG (Park Hyung-shik), just come ago from his decade-lengthy exile.

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He stares at his throne, and hears his mother’s voice behind him, asking why he came right here. We flash earlier to elalso years prior, once his uncle, King Beopheung, had been killed while defending his royal residence versus intruders. Now-Queen Regent Jiso had actually wielded a sword herself, intent on protecting her little child Sammaekjong. She’d called for Pa Oh, then begged him to safeguard the dowager queen no matter what.

But now she appears cold and also suspicious, and also she asks Sammaekjong if he came bereason he doesn’t trust her, calling it strange that he’s here. He says that it’s more stvariety if he’s not right here, yet his mother retorts that there are still many kind of people who desire to kill him.

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Sammaekjong states dryly that he’s invested a lot of time about the wrong civilization, and currently he’s thriving suspicious of everyone. Queen Regent Jiso asks if he’s suspecting her of trying to steal his throne, but he says that trust isn’t necessary — he’s just below to check out if his throne is doing well.

Queen Regent Jiso spits that she’s the one who’ll decide as soon as he comes back (to reclaim his throne). Until then, he’s to live as if he’s dead.

A pair of high-ranking officials discuss the reality that the royal residence was unguarded the previous night, and that someone entered throughout that time. One is certain it’s the young king, while the various other states that he’ll have the guards be on the lookout for an assassin.

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That night, the young king sits alone in a room outside the palace, staring morosely at the dragon-head bracelet he wears on his wrist. Outside, Mak Mun waits for Moo-myung, and happens to spot a black-clad number sneaking into the building.

The man in babsence finds the king’s bedroom, and plunges his sword into the body lying on the bed. Thank goodness it was a decoy — Sammaekjong was hiding behind a display screen, and also he easily neutralizes the assassin with lightning-rapid punches, all the while noting that he’s not great with his beat-up sword, and also that he had actually to drink to garner courage for this job.

He asks the assassin exactly how a lot his life is worth, and the assassin squeaks out that he was available 3 bags of rice. Sammaekjong laughs at that, and also calls out to Pa Oh. But it’s the queen’s guy Hyun Chu who shows up, and also he conveniently cuts down the assassin.

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Sammaekjong isn’t happy that Hyun Chu eliminated the male, who didn’t even understand that he was. Hyun Chu states that it’s the queen regent’s command that anyone who sees Sammaekjong’s challenge have to die, and Sammaekjong storms out angrily.

He procedures outside, and ends up face-to-challenge through a very surprised Mak Mun. Unfortunately, Hyun Chu complies with him and also calls him “Your Majesty,” but Sammaekjong throws up an arm to soptimal Chu from killing Mak Mun for discovering that he is. Mak Mun runs, and Hyun Chu complies with him on horseearlier.

It looks favor Mak Mun is done for, yet a hand reaches out and grabs him to crouch behind a wall — it’s Moo-myung. Hyun Chu rides off in the wrong direction, and Mak Mun stammers that he simply observed the king.

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Moo-myung thinks it’s ridiculous that the king would remain outside the palace, and argues that possibly what Mak Mun heard wasn’t Your Majesty, however need to I hit you? (The words sound equivalent.) He smacks Mak Mun, then tells him to hand over his necklace — his elevation renders him stand also out, so Moo-myung provides to discover out more about it.

Moo-myung spends the following day asking local vendors around the necklace, through no luck. At one suggest he realizes he’s in the same spot wbelow he captured the drunk Ah Ro, and smiles once he remembers her calling him handsome.

That evening, Mak Mun stands open-mouthed in front of what appears to be a nightclub. As he gapes at all the pretty civilization, he spots Ah Ro walking previous him, however it’s not her challenge that fixates him — it’s the wooden necklace peeking out of her collar. He tries to follow Ah Ro into the nightclub, yet the bouncers stop him at the door.

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This club is obviously The Place To Be, via music and entertainment and also gorgeous clubbers dressed to the nines. One male renders a stir once he enters the room through his entourage… he’s BAN-RYU (Do Ji-han), and also the ladies swoon just to view him walk by.

But he’s eclipsed by an additional grand entrance, this time by SU-HO (Min-ho), that elicits a comparable swoony response in the females in the room. Su-ho complains as soon as he spots Ban-ryu here, then preens once one girl comments that he’s a lot better-looking than the various other guy.

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A team of women are lugged to a storeroom, and squeal excitedly once Ah Ro is revealed, here to tell them a dramatic story. Sammaekjong is likewise in the structure, though he’s alone in a personal room, brooding into his wine. He listens in as Ah Ro recites her torrid romance, and we watch that in one more room, Su-ho and also his buddies are additionally listening intently.

Ban-ryu’s friends have the right to likewise hear her from their private room, though he’s distinctly uninterested. He sends the loudest of them to acquire even more alcohol, reminding him loftily that his father is the lowest-ranked of the 4 of them. It makes the male seethe, yet he goes to obtain the drinks.

Moo-myung, meanwhile, has actually discovered his way to the seller Joo-ki, and asks him around Mak Mun’s necklace. Joo-ki thinks it looks acquainted, and he wonders to himself whether Moo-myung is ugly, the method he hides his confront under his hat.

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He’s proven quite wrong as soon as he tells Moo-myung to leave the necklace with him, and also Moo-myung tips up his hat to expose the pretty. Moo-myung says he can’t leave the necklace because it’s not his, and holds it up for Joo-ki to take a close look.

Determined to talk to Ah Ro about her necklace, Mak Mun sneaks in the ago means and also finds her still in the middle of her story. When he sees the necklace, he’s also more certain that it’s a complement to his very own. He tries to wave to Ah Ro to obtain her attention, and also accidentally knocks the tray of alcohol out of someone’s hand as he walks previous.

It’s the male sent out by haughty Ban-ryu, that demands to see Mak Mun’s identification, because he’s plainly not from roughly here. Mak Mun tries to push his method out, however his antagonist escalates the fight.

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Ah Ro reaches the naughty part of her story (and HA, her heroine is named Na-jung), entertaining both her female and unseen male audiences. In the main room, Mak Mun gets beaten to a pulp, and also Su-ho runs out, annoyed at the disturbance.

Both teams come out — Ban-ryu’s and Su-ho’s — and also tempers flare, and everyone rushes out to view the impending fight. Ah Ro loses her audience, and also a door opens up behind her. Sammaekjong walks in and also the candles go out, and also Ah Ro transforms to view him standing very cshed. She slams her eyes shut and also asks nervously that he is, then clutches herself as if she’s afrhelp he’s going to strike her.

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Sammaekjong sighs that it’s just been 4 days, and also tells Ah Ro to open up her eyes. She asks why, and he states, “Due to the fact that it’s dark. And no one is right here. And I prefer you.” Well, hello then.

Then he reaches out to grab her waist and pull her closer. Ah Ro’s eyes fly open up, and also he asks what happens next. According to her story, this is the point wbelow the hero rips open up the heroine’s bodice.

In the major room, Mak Mun is on the ground, his attacker’s foot on his head. The guy crows that it’s not a crime to beat up peasants without passes, “So it’s okay to kill him, right?”

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He pulls out his sword to strike, just as something flies with the air and also whacks him in the confront — it’s Moo-myung’s die, and the crowd parts to permit Moo-myung to make his timely heroic entrance.

He looks mysterious via his face still half-surprise by his hat, and he intones that he thinks life is all around luck. As he raises his hat to display his confront, he adds, “But today, you are not lucky.”

The instigator angrily asks that he is, however Moo-myung says he doesn’t have to understand and also asks Mak Mun if he’s okay. Mak Mun says he is, and Moo-myung replies, “But I’m not okay.”

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The attacker swings his sword, while Moo-myung sideactions and quickly disarms him. Su-ho voices his admiration, and also also Ban-ryu looks a little impressed at Moo-myung’s skill.

Moo-myung offers the sword to carve a circle in the floor around himself. He says that if killing low-borns who sneak into the city is his law, then Moo-myung’s legislation is to beat up any kind of aristocrats who cross this line. He invites him to step across: “I will certainly fight you.”

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COMMENTS

I’m simply going to go ahead and also admit, best here at the beginning, that I’m going into this drama very biased to prefer it. Between my loves for Park Seo-joon and Go Ara, and my extreme fondness for the entire Freduced Boy franchise, I had high hopes and high expectations of Hwarang to be at least fun and entertaining. So, I’m happy to report that the first episode didn’t let me dvery own, and I can’t wait to view even more.

A lot taken place in this premiere, as it set up the backdrop of a shaky kingdom in require of defense for its young, inproficient king. I felt that was accomplished well, via the gravitas of a sageuk giving the display some weight and also heft, without sacrificing the sense of rollicking fun we’ve concerned expect from this series. I found the 2 sides to be well-balanced, without too much of either taking over. And much choose the other dramas in the Freduced Boy series, Hwarang brings its own unique flavor to the table, and also so far I uncover it to be adventurous and also interesting.

One thing the present appears to have actually done extremely ideal so much is the spreading — everyone seems well-suited to their duties. I’m currently invested in the characters and also their struggles, and look forward to finding out even more about them and also watching them as they come together to create the Hwarang. I especially love how Go Ara appears to have thrown herself totally right into the role of Ah Ro, imbuing her through an aura of spunk that offers an edge to the typical Candy characterization and also thus making her a lot even more interesting. She doesn’t strike me as your daily damsel in dianxiety — this is a girl that will certainly manage her very own problems, thankyouverymuch, though she’s not over appreciating a handsome face as soon as she sees one.

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The men are additionally intriguing, and I love that they each seem to have actually their very own mystery — Sammaekjong’s true identification, Moo-myung’s parentage, who Ban-ryu and Su-ho are specifically, and why they hate each various other so much. Even Mak Mun’s search for his household fascinates me, and also I wonder if the type physician we recorded a glimpse of could be his shed father, particularly because Ah Ro seemed pretty comfortable at his location. At this suggest I’m assuming that Ah Ro is Mak Mun’s sister and the doctor is his father, offered that this series commonly doesn’t sell as well much in the means of serious plot twists — it generally often tends to give the audience all the indevelopment up front, and the fun is in the character’s journey to find their own truths. But I’m worried, given that Lee Kwang-soo’s appearance is just a cameo… is something going to occur to him, leaving Moo-myung to fix his friend’s mystery alone?

We didn’t obtain to check out much of Moo-myung and also Ah Ro together in this first episode, however I assumed their meet-cute was adorably hilarious, and that they had actually some pretty excellent chemistry despite the brief scene. The trouble — if you can even speak to it a trouble — is that I felt that very same crackling chemisattempt in between Ah Ro and also the prince tbelow at the finish. It provides for an extra amazing love triangle if tbelow are sparks through both contenders, and in that feeling I think we’re in for some good problem as Ah Ro tries to decide between her 2 suitors. Given that both men are flat-out gorgeous and heroically swoony, I’m not certain I envy Ah Ro her choice in between the broody prince and also the mysterious stranger.

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So much, the display gets an optimistic thumbs-up from me. I love the characters, and I’m fascinated by the common course ranking device, and just how it increates everyone’s mindsets and actions. I’m guessing this will rotate out to be a huge aspect once the boys are recruited into the Hwarang, wright here they’ll be intended to job-related together despite being from vastly different castes. I’m nearly looking forward to the conflict as much as the ultimate dropping of prejudice as boys have the right to form a cohesive fighting cadre, because I have a feeling that the problem among the budding Hwarang is wright here we’re going to find all the fun.