Do not let the first couple of episodes or so of this series turn you off from watching it; it gets better and better as the series progresses! Aside from Hana Yori Dango (in its multiple forms), this series has one of the most satisfying endings I have ever watched in an Asian drama.
There are rumors of a second season of “You’re Beautiful” being filmed right now, but I am not sure whether or not this is true. I’m not quite sure how the producers would manage to pull off a second season of the show, since all of the loose strings have been tied up by the end of the first season. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the producers have up their sleeves.
The weird thing about this series is that it starts out like a full out comedy, but it slowly evolves into a drama with funny moments in it. The characters are all very well developed (even the side characters) and while not every character has a traumatic past like in some dramas (there are quite a few people in the show with very happy lives) there is enough drama and conflict between characters that occurs in the series itself to make up for it.
I love the way that the main feminine lead is able to change all of the male leads through her kindness and sincerity by the end of the series. It is not an original idea, but this series really pulls it off well. You can really see the change in all of the characters by the end; even the minor characters whose small scenes really add a lot to the main plot.
It’s Shakespeare for the 21th century at work, man! Ok, maybe that is going a little too far, but I have to say I am impressed with the air time that the minor characters got that really added to the main plot of the story.
There are only a few things that bothered me about this series. The first thing was that the main feminine lead starts out as a nun in training, but this is completely dropped as a concept by the middle of the series, which kind of makes the visualizations of the Head Mother irrelevant after a while. I think the producers picked up on this by the middle of the series and chose not to include these scenes later on because they came in conflict with…well…the main conflict of the characters and plot.
I would have liked to see more of the idea of ‘divine assistance’ present such as in “One Pound Gospel”, but then again, I think a lot of the drama and depth of the series would have been lost if they stuck with ‘divine comedy’ theme at the beginning.
One gets the idea that the producers read “One Pound Gospel” and tried to put their own spin on it because the beginning is completely different than the end. In other words, they probably just made stuff up as they went along, but in this case it actually worked. I think if “Hana Yori Dango” and “One Pound Gospel” had a baby, it would be this show.
The only other thing that really bothered me was the fact that the main female lead was really weak when it came to making romantic decisions at times and I found myself annoyed at the fact that she didn’t just set everyone straight from the beginning. Then again, I think the series would have lost a lot of its meaning if the male leads didn’t change because they were moved by their love for her, so it gets kind of tricky.
I think the perfect “reverse harem” situation is in Ouran High School, when all of the characters fall in love with the main character to an extent, fight over her, but always have a nod or conspiracy that the “Prince” is her real hookup. I think this adds to the fun and humor of the series. In this series, it seems like a lot of hearts were unnecessarily broken and that the main female lead was made to choose between three options; lime, black, or yellow through the whole series.
This was hard for me to stomach as a viewer at times because I was so attached to all of the male leads that I wanted her to end up with all of them, to be honest, where as in Hana Yori Dango I knew from the first episode that Makino had to be with Tsukasa, no questions asked.
The music in the show got on my nerves at times because I do not really like pop music and that is pretty much what the band A.N.JELL plays throughout the entire series. Every time one of those sappy love songs played, I felt like ‘duck and covering’ or hiding altogether until the music track went away. The fact that the singers in the band lip-synced most their songs was also kind of annoying, as I am a music purist.
Some of the plot ideas were abandoned without an explanation, which the viewer just had to assume the characters did when they weren’t watching/ the film wasn’t rolling. Despite the show’s apparent plot holes in terms of comedic choices at the beginning, and female lead’s indecisiveness, I really enjoyed watching this show.
I would definitely watch it again. It’s a show you could watch a few times and probably discover something new each time you watched it. I think the producers were just as surprised as we were that this concept actually worked, which makes this show interesting to watch and really sets it apart from other dramas.