There is nothing wrong with Kim Ji Hoon‘s character or performance in Flower Boy Next Door. He makes scruffy, romantically dorky, and earnestly grumbly look deliciously attractive. It took me a few episodes to warm up to Jin Rok but once his character got fleshed out he became wonderful to me. He was awkwardly respectful of Dok Mi, straight forward with Do Hwi, grudgingly nice to Enrique, and sincerely caring towards Dong Hoon. He was the man alternative to Enrique being the boy choice, and I always go for the manlier character. Except this time. For lack of a better description, I like Enrique for Dok Mi not because he’s better than Jin Rok in any tangible way, or he deserves her more, its simply that Enrique and Dok Mi fit together in a way that feels compelling and emotional. For once I’m not sad that Jin Rok is losing out on the girl despite really loving his crush on Dok Mi, because I feel like it’s a crush that he can move on from and a friendship with Dok Mi will hopefully always keep a connection between them. They are really kindred spirits, both moving into the apartment building on the same day, and choosing a more solitary lifestyle, not to mention trying to avoid their past. If Enrique didn’t show up, not only would Dok Mi stay locked inside, Jin Rok’s crush would still remain a secret and he wouldn’t do anything about it. That’s just sad, and I find Enrique a catalyst for so much forward movement in the lives of these characters that everyone will hopefully be enriched by his giving ways. Episode 13 is hours away from airing so have some spoiler stills that have just been released – above is Jin Rok confessing his real identity tearfully to Dong Hoon, and below are tons of new OTP stills to tickle our happy nodes.
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