First of all, I have to apologise because this post turned out much longer than I thought and I’m afraid you will find it boring to death. If you keep on reading, I warned you!
I didn’t want to hijack the Introduction thread, that’s why I thought to open a brand new thread where I’m asking for suggestions for Korean and Japanese series to watch, because the offer is overwhelming! However, I also need some clarifications about the rating.
I’m a HUGE tv shows fan. My favourite ever are Lost and Friends (Lost’s Jin and Sun made me curious about Korea in the first place), and now Game Of Thrones. But I also love/d Sherlock, Sex and the City, Bates Motel, Younger, Masters of Sex, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries… I’m forgetting much more for sure. And now I found out Asian dramas, yay!
So far I watched the following dramas (the order begins from the one I loved the most):
-Fated To Love You (because I found it amazing and because I have a soft spot for Jang Hyuk, since the scene where he washes his hair and takes off his shirt: those who watched it know what I mean! )/ Korea
-Good Morning Call/Japan
I started watching J and K-dramas only very recently. My first one has been the Japanese comedy Good Morning Call, which I very much enjoyed and I am sooo looking forward for next season. That said, I was really surprised by the kisses the two leads shared (they did not even “move” their mouths, if you know what I mean). Since it’s set in high-school I thought: “Ok probably, even though characters are 18, that’s how they depict love in high-school in Japan, i.e. very much chaste”. Of course I was even more surprised when, in one of the final episodes, they hint about the chance of having sex in the near future (they never mention the term “sex” but, at the very least, there are no doubts that’s what they’re talking about).
Then I found out about Viki and I watched the other shows I just listed… and now I’m confused.
I watched Last Cinderella, which is definitively thought for an older audience (they talk about sex, show half naked people who are often laying in bed, kisses are “normal” and so on) but, for some reason, both Good Morning Call and Last Cinderella are PG-13, while there’s a huge difference between the two. I mean, it’s like Younger had the same rating of… I don’t know, probably a Disney Channel tv series?
Playful Kiss and Fated To Love You have probably less differences, as far as physical interactions are concerned. While the overall tone and themes of the latter are much more “adult”, both female characters are very naïve and, in any case, even the guys seem to be shy talking about certain topics. Regardless, Fated to Love You is my fave so far, even though the first real kiss probably arrived around episode 16 and the two leads had an actual “romantic” scene only in the final episode, if I remember correctly.
This long premise, for which I apologise again, is because I’m asking for your help in searching something I like and, considering the confusing rating, I’m having a hard time even trying to arrange a watchlist. I’m almost 37 and, while I loved Good Morning Call because it had, in my humble opinion, a stronger script, characters and lead actress than Playful Kiss, I’m definitively too old for that kind of show and I’m not simply talking about high-school, LOL!
I’m mainly interested in rom-com/ romance dramas at the moment, mostly because I already have my fair share of thrilling US shows and I just need to watch more positive, light-hearted things that are well structured, well acted and with a satisfying happy ending: that would be sooo refreshing!
But, as I said, I found rating a bit confusing. Now, I’m definitively not searching for a Game of Thrones level of physical interactions, that’s not what I’m interested in (GOT is enough, LOL!), but that they’re realistic to say the least. I mean, as much as I found perfectly done the Fated To Love You scene where the two leads have to share the same bed and they both can’t stop thinking about the other and the desire they felt in that moment, they don’t act on those feelings, which frankly is not very much believable, considering they were two adults way over 30, in love with each other and also legally married.
Again, sorry for the long post, all suggestions and info will be very much appreciated!