In the first half of 2017 we’ve experienced all sorts of drama highs and lows. We wept our way through the ‘sad love’ ending of Goblin. Our hearts collectively burst from the combined sweetness of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo and Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, and we all imploded when we found out that Nam Joo Hyuk and Lee Sung Kyung were dating in real life. Of course, we also suffered from the disappointment of being unable to keep up with every single drama that was released (the eye-bags I got from trying are still here).
But hey, it’s the start of the second half of the year so it’s time to start afresh.
This coming July there is a whole load of promising dramas to pursue and it would be remiss to not check them all out. Here are the dramas to look out for in July:
The Bride of Habaek/Bride of the Water God (July 3)
That’s right, Nam Joo Hyuk is returning as a lead in a drama and we're all going to be better off for it. No longer the super sweet swimming champion, Nam Joo Hyuk will be leveling up and playing Habaek, a Water God, in this modern transformation of the 2006 hit manhwa Bride of the Water God. The whole cast is just completely stunning in this drama, which is understandable considering it's a fantasy genre and the fact that many of the characters are gods/goddesses. The hype for this show has been building with each teaser that’s been released, with everything from a Romeo and Juliet fish-tank-like encounter to Habaek trying to exert control over highly modern toilets.
You know it’s going to be good when teasers involve Nam Joo Hyuk talking to toilets.
School 2017 (July 17)
The much loved School series is making a comeback with its seventh installment this July! The series, which started in the 90s, is renowned for launching the careers of various actors and actresses; people like Kim Rae Won, Ha Ji Won, Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin. This time 'round, Kim Se Jeong (from Gugudan and I.O.I) will be taking the lead female role as Ra Eun Ho, a cheerful high school student with a talent for making web toons. And hey, SF9’s Rowoon is apparently confirmed to be part of the cast too
The King Loves (July 17)
Turn your attention to The King Loves for some classic historical melodrama and angsty feels. This historical drama stars SNSD’s Yoona as the female lead in what will become one incredibly intense love triangle. Yoona plays the daughter of the wealthiest man in the Kingdom of Goryeo who becomes good friends with the Crown Prince (played by ZE:A’s Siwan) and his bodyguard (played by Hong Jong Hyun, who was previously in Scarlet Heart). Heartbreak, political tension and pretty historical outfits are guaranteed, and if you want to subject yourself to the pain of a love triangle then you’ve found the right drama.
Strongest Deliveryman (July 28)
No, this drama is not a Strong Woman Do Bong Soon-esque story about a delivery man with super human strength. Funnily enough, the actor of the creepy mask villain with a rocking six pack is going to be in this drama, but more on that later. This drama adopts a success story, as it follows a jjajangmyun delivery man’s path to becoming the highly successful CEO of a delivery app company. Starring Go Kyung Pyo (Chicago Typewriter) and Chae Soo Bin (Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People), this drama is all about underdogs and definitely looks like it’ll be an interesting ride.
Stay strong addicts, there’s a lot of watching to be done.
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