Quote It: Mi Ho

17 09 2012

Firstly, yes, I am in the midst of playing catch-up with my Korean dramas. And yes, mother of crap am I lamenting my slothful efforts over the past couple of years in keeping up. But now I am inhaling it all at once. I don’t know how much of this extreme goodness I can continue to take.

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I wasn’t living… I was merely existing. I want to change, and fulfill my time as I live.

Mi Ho (My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho, episode 12.)

(Image  created by pink-kafka @deviantart. Please click on pic to be taken through to the awesome original animated version :))

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I think I have a new favourite drama heroine.

Pardon the mawkishness, but the above quote really resonates with me currently in my life, which is why I am reiterating this— I really do feel like all things happen for a reason. Just like how there is always a reason why you end up watching certain shows at a certain time (or am I just making excuses for being slack with my drama-watching? Errrrr, you decide >_>;;;) I know sometimes us fangirls, er, drama lovers, er, drama watchers may cop some flak for being apparently obsessively caught up with the “unrealistic” fantasies that Asian dramas create for us, but I don’t think you can deny that within these seemingly far-fetched stories lies many powerful messages and philosophies on life. Mi Ho‘s words here really make you pause and rethink just how precious life is— and how awesome it can be when you choose for it to be. Yeah there will always be ups and downs but being alive is a gift in itself and it’s ultimately up to you to make the most of it. Kinda reminds me of Abraham Lincoln‘s famous words:

It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts. “

Anyways, enough of the D&M and let’s get back to the obsessive, “unrealistic” drama-lovin’ stuff shall we? XD

I haven’t necessarily been Shin Min A‘s biggest fan in the past. I’ve always recognised the girl was equal parts spunk and hotness (have you ever seen any of her fashion shoots? She’s like a Gemma Ward cross Miranda Kerr… must be some tough genes to have there…) and she’d never really failed in any of her acting assignments et al…. but I never found myself connecting with her. Maybe it’s a jealousy/being intimidated issue, I don’t know (Fairygodmother voice: “Sloth? Envy? You are so not going to Heaven, jicksy dear!”~~) but in some ways, I kinda likened her to being the most popular girl in high school. You know, the Prom Queen, the unfairly super sassy lass who had all the boys pining after her— the girl you wished you were.

But then, I watched My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho (and did a bit of growing up in the process.) Seriously, she (and the drama) couldn’t have been more perfect if she tried. Yes, it appears that bandwagoning has become my hobby of late but, well, I. Don’t. Care. You could perceive me as a bit of a snob with selfishly lofty expectations but I like to think that I always give credit when and where credit is due. Thus, I really do mean it when I say this— Shin Min A absolutely killed it as Mi Ho. Not too many actresses can pull off such a child-like, naive girly girl role, fly off an endless array of cutesy, gimmicky phrases and hand gestures that bring about the biggest chunk of cheese ever… AND NOT ONCE get on your nerves *coughs*take note Geum Jan Di*coughs* But Min A shi was simply addictively perky-cute in this sweetest glory of a rom-com series. Bewitching, if you will. The Haterade has indeed purged itself back up my esophagus, out my big mouth and out of my body. I officially love this girl. Shin Min A was to the series what Jang Geun Seuk was to You’re Beautiful (speaking of, I totally just finished watching Ikemen desu ne i.e. the Japanese version of You’re Beautiful <3 <3 Comparison post on its way? Sure, I’m working on it~~ <3) I dare go to say that Mi Ho is my favourite drama heroine ever. I loved every part of her innocence and humanity. I loved her unconditional faith. I loved that she loved.

No doubt a huge part of Mi Ho‘s appeal had to do with the brilliance of The Hong Sisters‘ pen and incredible imagination (who, btw, if they were male, I would totes be stalking them in a wedding dress whilst caressing a Cabbage Patch doll. Yes this is a compliment. ) But of course there is only so much a wonderfully written script can take a series as, in my opinion, without the right actor or actress, it would really all just go to waste. The casting for Gumiho was so spot on it will make you never want anything to do with a series where you can imagine someone else in the role you are watching ever again (weird sentence but it makes sense. Trust me. Re-read it! Please.) Not only could I not picture anyone but Shin Min A as Mi Ho, it was impossible to imagine someone else as our gumiho-loving hero, Cha Dae Woong. Lee Seung Gi, I don’t understand it, in still pictures you don’t really do it for me, but in motion picture you just slaughter me. You have me believing. You have me loving. All I can say is, Woong ah, you can hoi hoi me anytime baby X) (and, nomu nomu nomu nomu chua !!)

And I know everyone always has to have a favourite kiss of the series, so I’ma ‘ere sharin’ mine:

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*flails hard* It’s nice to see someone in a series actually look happy while they’re smooching.

One last thing— I think I am entering second fiddle mania as No Min Woo as Dong Ju in Gumiho = OH MY let me your huntress NOW. I was actually a bit ambivalent about his character early on, but the more the series developed, the more I warmed to him. And the following words he spoke in the finale episode just tipped me over the edge;

I believed that doing what the other person wanted was love. I did that, and for more than a thousand years I have regretted it. I don’t want to repeat the same mistake.

*empties tears ducts into Pacific Ocean* T_T *throws arms wide open* I’ve been sent to hug you, Dong Ju seon saeng nim, I’ve been sent to hug youuuuuu !!!!!!!

Ahem. Yes.

Oh, btw, just how hilarious was this imaginary scene? The look on Dong Ju‘s face is freakin’ priceless.

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Seriously. I feel like his character needs his own spin-off show.

I would defs watch it X)

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2 responses

8 10 2012
NeeNee

Sigh. This makes me wish that I stop putting watching this drama off. I have fallen in a girl crush of the female lead thanks to Arang & the Magistrate and I LOVE Lee Seung Gi…WHY haven’t I watched this yet?

2 03 2013
jicks

NeeNee! So the REAL reason I abandoned my blog was to give you sufficient time to watch Gumiho, ahaha.~~j/k ;P Sincerely hope you’ve seen this sweet series by now. Seung Gi is perfect in it as usual.

I’m about to start Arang And The Magistrate actually. Any thoughts or warnings you can share with me? :)

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