The Korean media has noted the similarity of recently premiered tvN’s Bride of the Water God with the network’s last big hit drama Goblin, namely on the trend of creating powerful male leads with godly abilities and good looks. OSEN recently wrote about how the cable network is leading the charge with what may become a trend in male leads that supplants the long running tendency to have chaebol or chaebol heir male leads, instead using magical ability in lieu of monetary wealth. Gong Yoo created such a memorable portrayal of an all power and all lonely immortal goblin that it’s quite big shoes for Nam Joo Hyuk to fill in trying to build up the character of the immortal Water God Habaek. So far audience reaction has been mixed and I’m fairly confused as well, he’s insanely easy on the eyes but if I focus on pure acting ability there isn’t enough heft there to elevate the portrayal. With that said, the godly male character is usually attractive enough with the fantasy elements much like a chaebol type that male leads will be hard pressed not to win hearts playing such a role. Only time will tell if this is indeed a new K-drama character trend.