Japanese Hallyu Fan Poll of Over 150K Votes Selects the Best OTP of Iconic K-dramas

This is a fascinating poll result piece and usually the Japanese fans of K-dramas aren’t heard as much as the I-fans or C-netizens so I usually go by what gets high ratings when it airs over there to gauge popularity. A recent Japanese Hallyu fan poll of over 150,000 votes selected the Best K-drama OTPs and it’s clear that some of the most iconic ones have now fallen low on the list probably due the the passage of time. The #1 vote for Best Drama OTP goes to Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung in Moonlight Drawn By Clouds with 50,192 votes. Second place is Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young in Why Secretary Kim with 33,615 votes with Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum rounding out the top 3 with 20,798 votes for Kill Me, Heal Me. I always forgot just how wildly popular the K-version of Fated to Love You was in Japan because Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara came in 4th with 11,690 votes, then it’s a surprise of the two Jeon Ji Hyun dramas that Legend of the Blue Sea with Lee Min Ho at 9,132 votes for 5th place edged out You From Another Star with Kim Soo Hyun which got 7.505 votes. Check out the full top 20 below.

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Sliding Scale of When Lead Onscreen Chemistry Saves or Sinks Preposterously Plotted K-dramas

Four episodes into watching K-drama The King: Eternal Monarch and it’s a steady stream of “buh” and “huh” and “snooze…..” The story may be disjointed but there have been way worse written K-dramas that have worked better thanks to the … Continue reading

K-ent Notices Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun Unable to Repeat You From Another Star Success in Subsequent Projects

It’s impossible to hit a home run in every at bat but base hits are fine until the percentages start to decline precipitously. The stunning depths of the failure of thriller K-movie Real puts Kim Soo Hyun in the position … Continue reading

Sequel to You From Another Star Debunked But Leads Jeon Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun are Considering Potential Drama Comebacks

There’s news from the You From Another Star front unrelated to how Descendants of the Sun recently broke many of YFAS’s ratings records. It’s been two years since the monumentally popular drama and since then there have been murmurs of … Continue reading

You From Another Star, Heirs, and Decendents of the Sun Take Top Three Rank in Most Popular K-dramas in China

With the conclusion of Descendants of the Sun it’s a perfect time to check in with the popularity of K-dramas in China and see where this newest ratings breaker resides. Polling website Vlinkage just released the Top 30 Most Popular … Continue reading

Media Comparing Song Joong Ki and Kim Soo Hyun’s Rise to Popularity in China in Part to Acting Opposite A-list Noonas

It’s only a matter of time before the C-media started comparing Kim Soo Hyun and Song Joong Ki, thanks to the success of Descendants of the Sun in Korea and China the drama is securely regarded as the next You … Continue reading

TV Report Releases Industry PDs Vote on Best Dramas in Recent Years

I often get asked to recommend dramas but its so hard to gauge what others like or are in the mood for, whereas I watch what floats my boat sometimes in line with the consensus on quality and other times … Continue reading

K-viewers Pick Male Leads of I Hear Your Voice, It’s Okay, It’s Love, and You From Another Star as Fave Characters

Stickiness has long been used as yet another barometer to assess a drama, performance, or character. Some successes vanish soon after while other less immediate wins steadily remain for much longer. It’s hard to say which one is preferable, ultimately … Continue reading

You From Another Star and Misaeng Top CPI Rankings for Most Influential K-drama of 2014

Television boxtop ratings are still important but less so now that online streaming of television shows, not to mention the ease of DVR recording and other alternate forms of consumption. The changing landscape means the unlikelihood of K-dramas garnering 50% … Continue reading