2021 undeniably didn’t bring a lot of great things to the table, but it did, however, bring some great romantic Kdramas that made our hearts flutter just a little bit more than usual. There are times that these shows have brought me comfort, times when they have made me gasp and others when they have made me cry. These 4 2021 Netflix romantic Kdramas were the best of the lot, either in terms of stellar ratings or just personal favourites that have struck a chord with me:
Hometown Cha Cha Cha
It would be sinful for me to not start this list with Hometown Cha Cha Cha. Starring Kim Seon‑ho and Shin Min-a, Hometown Cha Cha Cha is everyone’s comfort watch. The series, with only an unfairly small runtime of 16 episodes, is a show that will make you laugh, make you angry, make you cry and will also make you fall in love with fictional characters all over again. The calm pacing and comfortable storytelling, with kind and empathetic characters who are neither over-the-top nor boring as heck are what bind this show together, giving birth to something that will stay with you for a long time.
The first watch is the only watch that will make you go back to it over and over again for various reasons. There’s just something magical about Hometown Cha Cha Cha’s wonderful world that reels you in and makes you want to stay in the idyllic rural seaside town that makes it the best romantic Kdrama of 2021.
You Are My Spring
I was unsure whether You Are My Spring was a thriller, a drama or a romantic comedy. Turns out, it’s all of those things and a good mixture of them. Although, I confess that Hometown Cha Cha Cha is my favourite show this year, You Are My Spring is one of those shows that will give you a thrill and then soothe your soul with its sweet romance.
There are not a lot of shows that can tackle trauma well. We have It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, which is, undeniably, so good and moving. You Are My Spring falls in the same vein as its predecessor and gives us a taut murder mystery that will keep you at the edge of yourself. It gives us a rundown on how to deal with trauma empathically and how kindness goes along with it. Its love story is also quite believable and the characters are not over-the-top annoying. They do have their quirks but that’s acceptable and relatable and adds so much to the flow of the story.
The King’s Affection
The King’s Affection didn’t resonate with me when it started. I will be honest, I thought it was going to crash and burn thanks to the initial few episodes. But, boy oh boy was I shocked. I couldn’t believe the route this show took. The political thrill, along with the romance and love story that is showcased meshes together so well that it will be difficult to stop watching it after a while.
The will-they, won’t-they relationship between Yi-hwi and Ji-un and Prince Jaeun’s crush on the secretly-female King is something that will keep you guessing as to what lies ahead of the kind-hearted leader and whether she will be consumed by greed like those before her. This one’s still ongoing so maybe you’d want to wait a bit to binge it (ends on December 14, 2021) but those of you who are ok with waiting to know what happens in the last two episodes, start binging right now!
Nevertheless is every Kdrama fan’s aesthetic and romantic dream. Ok, maybe it’s a lust dream, but you get it! Nevertheless, starring Han So-hee and Song Kang, is everything that we wish romance to be, but it shouldn’t be. It showcases toxic relationships in all its glory but then goes down a more heartwarming ending, unlike the webtoon it’s based on.
The series is aesthetically pleasing and very raunchy in Korean drama standards. The chemistry between the leads, additionally, is just so great that you’ll fall in love with them and their relationship over and over again. Add to that the romantic escapades of the other characters – you have a show that will give you an idea of what kind of love you wish to have in your life.
With only 10 episodes, Nevertheless will give you goosebumps and butterflies and thus one of the 2021 Netflix romantic Kdramas that needs to be watched for the chemistry between the actors and the brilliant cinematography.
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