KMazing – The year of 2018 can be categorized as one of the best years for South Korean drama or K-Drama as we called it. This triumph certainly cannot be separated from a series of drama titles that success to attract a lot of attention from the audience globally. Unlike last year where the K-Drama was dominated by the thriller, action and criminal genres. K-drama in 2018 has much more various genres. These variations certainly make the audience less bored to follow the storyline.
Like the previous year, this time there were several drama titles from South Korea that in our humble opinion is one of the best. The drama that we present below not only has interesting themes and genres but also coupled with the way their storyline unfold that makes the viewers reluctant to miss every episode that airs.
We do know that the process of choosing drama by basing it on ratings can become the source of a heated conversation among fans of Korean drama but just so you know that this list is based on our discussions. You’ll also spot several drama titles that are still airing but have shown the premise of being good drama so we will just go with it. So, here are the 10 best dramas of 2018 composed by KMazing team. Enjoy.
10What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim holds the record as the highest rated drama on the cable television station. The drama itself was aired on June to July 2018, every Wednesday and Thursday on TvN. The story of What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim is based on Jung Kyung-Yoon’s novels and comics published in 2013 and 2015 at KakaoPage. The drama series is starring Park Seo-Joon and Park Min-young as the main characters.
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim tells about a young CEO who is known to be smart, effective in his work, and accomplished. He has a secretary with abilities that can be said to be balanced. The lives of both of them began to change when the secretary decided to resign from her position after working hard for the past 9 years. The story of the past and the romance began to unfold.
Drama What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim is interesting because it doesn’t only favor the romance of the two main characters. But the touch of humor and the chemistry between the cast which also laid a foundation as the special attraction.
Mr. Sunshine has attracted a lot of attention since the production process at the end of 2017. This is none other than a series of famous actors and actresses who have taken a role in this drama. Starting from international class actor Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-Ri, to Yoo Yeon-Seok, Kim Min-jung and also Byun Yo-han.
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In addition to the casting, the story in this drama was written by Kim Eun-sook, widely known through lots of successful drama such as Secret Garden, The Heirs, Descendant Of The Sun, and many others.
The success expected by the drama was proven to be true. The last episode of the series holds the third highest record on cable television history. Mr. Sunshine takes place in 1900 at Hanseong (another name from Seoul). The story in this drama focuses on activists who are trying to get independence for South Korea.
8Are You Human
Are You Human? is one of the Korean dramas with the genre of science fiction. Not only focusing on this genre, but this drama also raised other genres such as action to sweet romance. The series Are You Human? aired on KBS from July to August and was enriched by the appearance of Seo Kang-Joon and Gong Seung-Yeon.
The story of this drama began when an inventor, Laura had to separate from her son, Nam Shin. Feelings the loneliness and loss ignite the idea inside Laura to make an AI robot that is very similar to Nam Shin. One time Nam Shin, who was the successor to a rich family, went into a coma. To protect his position as the family’s successor, Laura then sent one of the robots to replace the prodigal son’s position.
The situation becomes complicated when Nam Shin’s personal bodyguard, Kang So-bong realizes the difference in Nam Shin. She then tried to investigate the secrets of the new Nam Shin, without realizing the growing feeling of love. Can Kang So-bong reveal Nam Shin’s identity as well as protect him from the murderer who wants his death?
7Welcome to Waikiki
Welcome to Waikiki is a drama with a humor genre and also a slice of life. Unlike a series of other dramas that aired this year that take on heavy themes and genres, Welcome to Waikiki is just the opposite. Story-wise, the problems in this drama can be said to be so light. Even so, it still makes Welcome to Waikiki is a very feasible option to follow every episode.
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The Welcome to Waikiki drama series airs on JTBC every Monday and Tuesday at 11 pm local time. This drama starred Kim Jung-Hyun, Lee Yi-Kyung, and Son Seung-won. The success made by Welcome to Waikiki made the production team ensure that there will be a second season that will start airing in 2019.
Welcome to Waikiki tells about 3 owners of a hostel. The lives of all three changed when they found a baby in one of the rooms. Not only must they take care of the baby, but they also have to experience such a new problem when the mother suddenly appears. This drama tells about friendship, love, and life that is wrapped with interesting humor.
Gangnam Beauty or My ID is Gangnam Beauty attracts a lot of attention from K-drama fans. One of the main reason is that the story in this drama was raised from a well-known webtoon with the same title published by Naver Webtoon since 2016. The drama that aired on JTBC in July 2018 starred Im Soo-Hyang, Cha Eun-woo, Jo Woo-ri, and Kwak Dong-Yeon.
My ID is Gangnam Beauty raises a story that is very familiar in South Korea. Regarding the importance of appearance and how almost everything is based on beauty or good looks. Kang Mi-rae decided to undergo a plastic surgery after feeling the problem in her life was caused by her unattractive look.
But Mi-rae didn’t expect that she would get a new nickname as “Gangnam Monster” after having to undergo such surgery. She also felt worse after the tambourine man, Do Kyung-Seok seemed to fall in love. The drama My ID is Gangnam Beauty follows the journey of Kang Mi-rae’s life to rediscover the meaning of “beautiful” and to gain confidence in your life.
5A Korean Odyssey
A Korean Odyssey or Hwayugi is the next drama on our list that attracts attention in 2018. This series airs from December 2017 to early 2018. Unlike some other dramas, A Korean Odyssey takes on fantasy genre with a touch of action. Starring Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won, Oh Yeon-Seo, Lee Hong-gi, and Jang Gwang, the main story of this drama is a spin-off from Journey to the West.
The story in this drama centers on the romance between Song Oh-gong and Jin Seon-mi, the little girl he met in the past. Song Oh-gong is an immortal that is sent back to the world after possessing traits that are considered to be disgraceful, he then met the Jin Seon-Mi who is destined to be the savior of the world.
4100 Days My Prince
100 Days My Prince can be categorized as a fresh new drama to be on our list. Broadcasting in September, 100 Days My Prince was immediately ranked fourth as a drama with the best rating on cable television. This drama starred Do Kyung-soo, Nam Ji-Hyun and also Jo Sung-ha.
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This drama tells the story of Lee Yul, the prince of Joseon who has promised to marry a girl. Unfortunately, in a tragedy, he thought the girl died. Lee Yul’s life changed when he was almost killed and lost his memory making him meet and be forced to marry Hong Shim.
The drama which is also known as The Great Seducer attracts one of them because it stars a series of well-known young actors and actresses today. There are Woo Do-hwan and Park Soo-Yeong who are the main characters. Moon Ga-young and Kim Min-Jae are heavily involved in this drama.
The Great Seducer was lifted from the famous novel from France, Les Liaisons dangereuses. The story itself is about a young group of people who bet on winning a woman’s heart without them knowing the dangerous game about love. Their true feelings actually become a bet. Can their love story end happily?
Still 17, also known as Thirty But Seventeen, stars Shin Hye-sun, Yang Se-jong, and Ahn Hyo-stop. The drama, which airs from July 2018 to September, tells the story of Gong Woo-jin, a 30-year-old single man. The trauma felt by Gong Woo-jin made him reluctant to establish a relationship with anyone. Gong Woo-jin even believes he wants to live alone even though he is already 30 years old.
On the other hand is Woo Seo-ri, who was in a coma when she was 17 years old. 13 years later, Woo Seo-ri wakes up but she still has the memory and behavior of her at the age of 17. Both of them then meet and are connected in a complicated love relationship.
1Come and Hug Me
Come and Hug Me raised the theme of romance that drained emotions and tears. Aired in May, the drama gained a lot of attention thanks to the chemistry of the two main characters as well as the emotional storyline presented.
Drama Come and Hug Me tells of two lovers who were forced to separate after a tragic event. Years later they met but remained with the same trauma and injuries from the past.