Korean drama series has become one of the most streamed worldwide, intriguing fans and non-fans alike with twists and plots from imaginative film writers. And each year seems to have popular spice from South Korean film producers and scriptwriters, if you had stayed tuned, you must know what Korean series has been released this year so far.
However, Korean dramas are very good at carving out supernatural plots, and characters alike. These attributes tend to bring you away from reality and fill you with a wish for extraordinary capacities that will forever remain at your watching pleasures. Allow me to introduce to you, a few ten magical Korean dramas that will leave you spellbound.
I0. The Sound Of Magic
The Sound Of Magic is a South Korean tv series based on Naver Webtoon released on May 6, 2022, and streamed on Netflix. The series features actors like Ji Chang-wook as Ri Eul / Ryu Min-hyuk, Choi Sung-eun as Yoon Ah-yi and Hwang In-youp as Na Il-deung with Kim Seong-yoon as the director, and Kim Min-jeong as the imaginative writer of the plot. This series has just 6 episodes
The Sound Of Magic musical fantasy drama revolves around a needy Yoon Ah-yi going to Sewoon High School who waved away her faith in magic that had built in since she was young. Ah-yi couldn’t wait to be an adult to evade her financial crisis, while in the long run, from an abandoned amusement park came an adult magician, Ri Eul, who seek to ask the suspicious community about their beliefs in magic. Ah-yi renewed her belief in magic to pursue her dreams as her harsh but affluent desk-mate, Na Il-deung, eavesdrop and got intrigued by her and her secret magic lessons.
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9. The Uncanny Counter
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The Uncanny Counter is a South Korean drama series established on the Daum webtoon Amazing Rumor by Jang Yi. The drama featured Jo Byung-gyu as So Mun, Yoo Jun-sang as Ga Mo-tak, Kim Se-jeong as Do Ha-na, and Yeom Hye-ran as Choo Mae-ok with 2 direction crew(Yoo Seon-dong& Park Bong-seop) and 3 writers(Yeo Ji-na, Yoo Seon-dong & Kim Sae-bom) modifying the plot. It ran for 16 episodes from 28 November 2020 to January 24, 2021, and is slated for another season.
The thrilling fantasy dwells in the fictional city of Jungjin where demon-hunters known as Counters feign to be servers at a noodle restaurant, the hideouts for evil spirits that eluded afterlife to attain immortality while they possess local human hosts with murder in their history or those with murderous desires. After having to bear the task to banish the evil spirits, the counters each in the human body enabling more supernatural abilities, lost their partner to a battle with a higher level evil spirit. The Yung leader Wi gen strived to find a human to possess and was drawn to So Mun, a physically disabled with special emotions that can rid of evil spirits who then replaced the departed counter member as he unraveled his special abilities and rough past.
8. The Witch’s Diner
The Witch’s Diner is a web series of South Korean that was released from July 16 to August 13, 2021. The story was written by Lee Young-sook and directed by So Jae-hyun, distributed by TVING which was later aired on tvN from the 5th to 19th of January 2022. The drama ranged for 8 episodes only. Starring Song Ji-Hyo as Jo Hee-ra, Nam Ji-hyun as Jeong Jin, and Chae Jong-hyeop as Lee Gil-yong.
The story is a dark fantasy one that started with a 28-year-old lady, Jeong Jin who got fired from her job and got ditched by her boyfriend subsequently. Jeong Jin decided to open a restaurant alongside her mother which failed in business and after which her mother left her. Jin was alone in her restaurant Jo Hee-ra, a witch appears to her to borrow Jin’s restaurant to open hers to fulfill customers’ wishes through food serves in return for what Hee-ra wanted. Jeong Jin who hesitated later worked with Hee-ra after eating her food, and the result brought popularity to the restaurant.
7. The Bride Of Habaek
The Bride of Habaek is an offshoot of the 2006 Bride Of The Water God released in 2017. The drama was broadcasted on tvN from July 3- August 22 for 16 episodes, it was written by Jung Yoon-jung and directed by Kim Byung-soo. Starring Shin Se-kyung as Yoon So-ah, Nam Joo-hyuk as Ha-baek, Lim Ju-hwan as Shin Hu-ye, Krystal Jung as Mu-ra, and Gong Myung as Bi-ryeom.
The plot is a romance fantasy and comedy that tells the story of Ha-beak, the God of the Land of Water descends to earth to recover a sacred stone needed for him to acquire the throne of the Divine Realm. Ha-baek met with So-ah, a neuropsychiatric and a descendant of a middle-class family meant to serve him for generations, who didn’t believe he was a God. After she met with the lord of the Land of Sky, Bi-ryeom, Mu-ra, and Demigod Hu-ye, So-ah decide to help Ha-beak adjust to the human world while blind to their destiny to be a couple.
6. Bring It On, Ghost
Bring It On, Ghost is a South Korean drama series produced out of a webtoon of the same title that was a sequel from 2007-2010. The spin-off was broadcasted on tvN for 16 episodes from July 11 to August 30, 2016. Written by Lee Dae-il and directed by Park Joon-hwa and Myung Hyun-woo, the plot featured Ok Taec-yeon as Park Bong-pal, Kim So-hyun as Kim Hyun-ji, and Kwon Yul as Joo Hye-sung.
A haunted high school, reveals the mystery surrounding Park Bong-pal with the ability to see ghosts but uses his ability to banish ghosts so he could earn to be able to take his talent away. Although, he met a wandering spirit of the high school student, Kim Hyun-ji who had an accident and believes Bong-pal will be able to set her free from the ghost world. After much persuasion, they become ghost-fighting partners, a relationship that bloomed into love. And lurking behind them is an evil spirit who had a history with Bong-pal.
5. Secret Garden
Secret Garden is a South Korean drama written by Kim Eun-sook and directed by Shin Woo-chul alongside Kwon Hyuk-chan. The drama was released in 2010 and was aired from November 13, 2010, to January 16, 2011, for 20 episodes. Featuring Ha Ji-won as Gil Ra-im, Hyun Bin as Kim Joo-won, Yoon Sang-hyun as Choi Woo-Young(Oska), and Kim Sa-rang as Yoon Seul
The genre-blending fantasy and romance focus on two individuals; Gil Ra-im a lonely working woman that has been tough since her father’s death since high school, crushing on a Hallyu Star, Oska. And there is Kim Joo-won who is a good-looking but arrogant CEO who doesn’t take lifts as a result of a traumatic childhood incident that got him claustrophobia. Joo-won met Ra-im and couldn’t stop thinking about her, it started hard but Ra-im was reciprocating his love. They got married even with Joo-won’s mother’s objection and the twist happened when Oska, Joo-won’s cousin reunite with her first love, Yoon Seul who only wants his cousin. It got complicated when Ra-im and Joo-won started swapping bodies by magic.
4. Moorim School
Moorim School: Saga of the Brave is a South Korean drama series released in 2016 from January 11 to March 8 for 16 episodes publicized by KBS2. The plot was written by Kim Hyun-hee and yang Jin-ah, with the director role from Lee So-yon. It starred Lee Hyun-woo as Chae Joon / Yoon Shi-woo, Lee Hong-bin as Wang Chi-ang, Seo Yea-ji as Shim Soon-deok, and Jung Yoo-jin as Chae Young / Hwang Sun-ah.
The series plot is an action and romance fantasy blend that reveals the secrets of a mysterious institute, Moorim School, where students and teachers come from different countries and different backgrounds. Yoon Shi-woo came to the school on the advice of a female fan as he was framed by his boss to rid him of the idol group Mobius. Shi-woo met Wang Chi-ang, who is a selfish illegitimate son of China’s largest enterprise president but born of a Korean mother, in the school where they were forced to live with each other in the same room. Through constant fights and arguments, they became close and soon finds out the school has more secrets and dangerous possession that could harm the students. While at the game, both fell for one girl, Soon-deok
Abyss is a South Korean drama series that aired on tvN from May 6 to June 25, 2019. The story written by Moon Soo-yeon and directed by Yoo Je-won runs for 16 episodes. It starred Ahn Hyo-seop as Cha Min, Park Bo-young as Go Se-yeon, and Lee Sung-jae as Oh Yeong-Cheol / Oh Seong-Cheol.
The Abyss is a celestial object that has the power to resurrect anything dead, including humans. Go Se-yeon who is a prosecution lawyer and the best in her field, was murdered by a serial killer but was revived by supernatural beings using Abyss. Cha Min, the childhood friend of Se-yeon, and heir to a cosmetic empire was unattractive but revived into the body of an attractive young man after his death with the celestial object. Both Cha Min and Se-yeon worked together to find the mystery behind them coming back alive and also who murdered Se-yeon
2. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo South Korean drama series that was released and broadcast on SBS from August 29 to November 1, 2016, for 20 episodes. The story was adapted from the Chinese novel Bu Bu Jing Xin and the plot was directed by Kim Kyu-tae and written by Cho Yoon-young. Features Lee Ji-eun as Go Ha-jin/Hae Soo, Kang Ha-neul as Wang Wook, and Lee Joon-gi as Wang So.
The drama tells the time-traveling story of a 25-year-old woman, Go Ha-jin In the 21st century, who went back in time to the Goryeo Dynasty during a total solar eclipse. Ha-jin woke up in the body of Hae Soo, who finds herself caught up in politics among many princes ruling the Wang family. Hae Soo at the onset fell for the 8th prince, Wang Wook, who is gentle and full of warmth for the people around him. However, there is a rivalry between Wook and the 4th prince, Wang So; who is fierce and cold, and as a result, feared and misunderstood by those around him, for the throne and love as Hae Soo with time fell for Wang So.
1. Alchemy Of Souls
Alchemy Of Souls is a 2022 South Korean drama series, written by the Hong Sisters and directed by Park Joon-hwa. It aired on tvN on June 18 for 20 episodes. Featuring Lee Jae-wook as hang-in, Jung So-min as Mu-deok, and Hwang Min-hyun as Seo Yul. The series has been slated for part two to be released by December.
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The plot focused on mages habituating the fictional country, Daheo, who can wield the power from the mystical lake in the region after training through stages to build torrent energy that helps fight through magic. Nak-su, a skilled assassin getting rid of mages for a misconception that was placed for her by Jin-mu, got her soul swapped unknowingly to the body of blind Mu-deok and was fatedly made to serve Jang Uk, the supposed heir of the Jang Family, one of the most powerful mages families in Daheo. Jin Mu together with Shaman Choi brought back soul shifters and caused chaos that almost ruin the country 200 years ago by practicing the forbidden spell ‘Alchemy of the soul’
You might have watched a couple of series in this list, but you would admit they as good and time-worthy to begin with. If not, go check them out and feel your magic!
Korean dramas can create for you a magical feeling, a dose of heart spiraling beats that will find magic if you go for the right genre.
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