Short and Sweet:

Mini K-Dramas

that Bring the Feels

By Andy Flores

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Great feels can also come in small packages, and some K-Dramas prove so! If you’re in the mood for laughs, tears, and hearty bouts of kilig without investing too much of your time, here are 8 romantic Korean series that keep things short and sweet:

1. Splash Splash Love

Episode Count: 2

High school student Danbi (Kim Seulgi) has an irrational fear of math. On the day of her dreaded college scholastic ability test, she accidentally travels back in time and finds herself in the drought-stricken Joseon era ruled by the young King Yi Do (Highlight’s Yoon Doo Joon). Mistaken as a eunuch, Danbi acquires a new identity, carving an unexpected journey of first love and self discovery.


2. Star of the Universe

Episode Count: 3

When hardcore fangirl Kim Ha Na (Ji Woo) meets an untimely death, she takes a job in the afterlife as a grim reaper. Seven years later, she overhears from her colleagues that Woo Joo (EXO’s Suho), the singer she idolizes (whose popularity is now fading), is about to “go up.” Her shocking discovery then brings her a tough dilemma: Should she fulfil her duty as a grim reaper and collect his soul or go against the rules to save the only man she has ever loved?


3. Because It’s The First Time

Episode Count: 8

Happy-go-lucky Tae Oh (SHINee’s Choi Minho) has pretty much everything a young man like him could ask for – good looks, an impressive bank balance, a house to himself, a great set of friends who regularly swing by his rooftop, everything… except the courage to confess his true feelings to his childhood friend Song Yi (Park So Dam), who happens to have a huge crush on his best friend Ji Ahn (Kim Min Jae). Things take a turn for the worse when Tae Oh learns that Ji Ahn shares the same feelings towards Song Yi. Caught up in a love triangle, Tae Oh has to make a choice that will either strengthen or break his relationship with two of the closest people in his life.


4. Touching You

Episode Count: 12

Jin Woo (2PM’s Ok Taecyeon) is a man on a mission. With the ability to see the future, he is tasked to watch over and protect Hee Young (Song Ha Yoon), a beautiful aspiring makeup artist, who has death looming over her. Taking a job at a cosmetics shop where Hee Young works, Jin Woo develops feelings for her and finds out that there’s more to the cause of her doomed fate than he initially thought.

5. Individualist Ms. Ji Young

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Episode Count: 2

A staunch individualist, Ji Young (Min Hyo Rin) likes to do things alone and avoids having any type of relationship with others. Her little quiet world is shaken when the cheery and clingy Byeok Soo (Gong Myung) enters her life, making her realize that some company and, perhaps, being loved aren’t that bad after all.


6. Girls’ Generation 1979

Episode Count: 8

Get a major dose of nostalgia with Girls’ Generation 1979 – a coming-of-age drama set in the city of Daegu in the late 1970s that follows the story of feisty high school sophomore Jung Hee (WJSN’s Bona). Joined by a colorful set of characters including the beautiful and brainy Hae Joo (Chae Soo Jin), the dorky but charming Dong Moon (Seo Young Joo), and the handsome and mysterious Young Choon (CNBLUE’s Lee jonghyun), she is about to experience the highs and lows of first love and true friendship.


7. Queen of the Ring

Episode Count: 3

Insecure art student Nan Hee (Kim Seulgi) hates how she looks. So when she is handed down a family heirloom, a ring that will make her look beautiful to any man who slips it around her finger, she goes out of her way, one shenanigan after another, to make the handsome but cold Se Gun (Ahn Hyo Seop) see her as his ideal type.


8. Last Minute Romance

Episode Count: 2

When suicide prevention life line operator Baek Se (Han Seung Yeon) is diagnosed with a terminal illness, she is determined to tick off one entry on her bucket list: To date someone who, at least, looks like her favorite actor Ji Seol Woo. After an unsuccessful search, she crosses paths with Dong Joon (Lee Seung Won), a struggling aspiring actor who couldn’t snag a proper role because he looks so much like Ji Seol Woo. They agree to enter a contract relationship with the little time Baek Se has left. For a story about death, Last Minute Romance is surprisingly light-hearted.


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