Time slips have been the popular choice of poison – or ambrosia, if you prefer – this year, and it seems they’ve done a number on me. I still cannot believe this year is almost at a close.
Festivities abound and fond – or not so fond – recollections of 2012 are starting to get on in earnest. Here at the Patch, we thought we’d kick off the year end celebration with none other than a look back at the big K’s of the year. Okay, everyone, you know what comes next: ♫ Every kiss begins with Kay. ♫ Yep, that’s right, we’re gonna fawn and sigh over the big kisses of the year. Some of these have names, kindly provided by the Korean netizens who wanna name everything ever. Some of these… don’t. Some of these were pretty darned swoon-worthy. Some of these… well, you be the judge.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
1. The Moon that Embraces the Sun
Probably one of the biggest hits early in the year, The Moon that Embraces the Sun really brought several of its stars into prominence. Everyone was dying to have the Chrysanthemum Tea Kiss from the original novel brought to life, but alas, our Hwon (Kim Soo-hyun) and Yeon-woo (Han Ga-in) decided to hold off on any smooch smooches until Episode 17 – in a 20-episode drama revolving around first love, first love, and more first love. So, for some, the prolonging of anticipation just made the kiss that much sweeter. For others… they just checked out. But it seems most people stuck around, because the two highest rated 1-minute segments were the two kiss scenes. Go figure.
2. The King 2 Hearts
If I say “Refrigerator Kiss,” do you automatically think of The King 2 Hearts? Maybe yes, maybe no, depending on whether you luffed this drama to pieces or just read about it in the headlines and tweets and Facebook statuses and blog posts and every media outlet ever of those who are in the former group. How many people are this put together and romantic when they’re drunk?
3. Rooftop Prince
If there are kisses to toast beginnings, then there must be kisses to say goodbye. I think Rooftop Prince’s Goodbye Kiss was one of the first Kdrama kisses in a long time (perhaps ever?) to have me bawlin’ like a baby. Seriously, it was SO. WELL. DONE. Gaaah, I’m getting teary just thinking about it. And of course, the Tears Kiss was pretty darned heartbreaking, too. Yoochun and Han Ji-min, you two are adorbs.
4. I Need Romance 2012
From all accounts, this racy cable show was nothin’ but kisses. They had the Jjajangmyun Kiss, Wall Kiss, Koala Kiss, Shower Kiss… Any others you can think of?
5. A Gentleman’s Dignity
In a drama that was Sex in the City K-man version, there actually wasn’t that much smoochin’ goin’ on. Sure, they tried to be blasé about the no-holds-barred seduction, but it was actually pretty Kdrama-style: romantic and sweet. The Cherry Blossom Kiss captured that atmosphere so very well. Absolutely gorgeous.
I will try – really! – not to let my bitterness overflow. Honestly, at this point, I just feel a pang of sadness at what could have been. But back to the big K. The Clasp Kiss that brought pinkblossom on board and made her regret how easy she is. Proof right here. But yes, I present to you the Kkakji Kiss that set all our hearts beating (the closest English equivalent I could find was “clasp” – kkakji is used to describe holding hands by entwining your fingers).
7. You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly
The Jae-yong + Yi-sook couple was my fav and, honestly, only reason for watching weekend hit You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly. The adorably shy Yi-sook (Jo Yoon-hee) and hilariously awkward Jae-yong (Lee Hee-joon) were just perfect together, and their Swing Kiss was hailed by all.
8. Queen In-hyun’s Man
The line between fiction and reality can be quite difficult to decipher, and it’s what makes shipping couples so maddeningly frustrating and wonderfully exhilarating. The K-ent world went into a tizzy when on-screen couple Ji Hyun-woo and Yoo In-na decided to take it to the next level. Fans of the drama, though, will tell ya they weren’t surprised: this couple’s Tiptoe Kiss was the real deal.
9. Answer Me 1997
*sigh of happiness* I don’t know if you can say enough about Answer Me 1997. Really. So just enjoy the squee-worthy Stairwell Kiss scene to the max. Over and over again. And the fountain kiss, and the apartment kiss and the other apartment kiss, and the outside-the-apartment-kiss and… did I miss any? Also: What does it say about a drama and its cast’s chemistry if your heart goes crazy at the end of the first episode? “Should I not date her?” 만나지 마까? Kyaaaaa!! Seriously, one of the lines that’ll forever be remembered from this darling drama.
10. To the Beautiful You
Shawols and Affxtionists(?), don’t get your panties in a wad. The time has come to accept that your Min-ho and Sulli are all grown up now and sharing their own Fountain Kiss.
I didn’t watch a single episode of mania drama Faith, so the Aspirin Kiss description sounds pretty funny, but I’m sure its fans will tell you otherwise. Apparently Eun-soo (Kim Hee-sun) was runnin’ a fever that wouldn’t quit, so Young (Lee Min-hot – excuse me, my friend has unduly influenced me. I meant Lee Min-ho) chewed up that aspirin tablet real good and fed it to her. Sorry, Faith fans – truly! – but I can’t help cracking up. I’m sure it was more romantic in action.
12. Nice Guy
There was more than one kiss scene in this intense drama of intrigue, love, hate, and twisty twistiness, but the particular one being touted as The One is from Episode 15. Maru (Song Joong-ki) told Eun-ki (Moon Chae-won): “Seo Eun-ki, remember this well. Don’t ever forget this time; remember it well. This is my first kiss.” And proceeded to send the green-eyed monsters out on the prowl.
13. I Miss You
The smoochers aren’t who you think they are. Why? Because Yoochun already had his gorgeous kiss with Han Ji-min. 😉 The sweet scene from the not so sweet drama I Miss You comes courtesy of cuties Yeo Jin-gu and Kim So-hyun. Their Buss Kiss was absolutely adorbs – so perfectly capturing the sweetness of first love. Too bad the cute stuff didn’t last.
14. Jeon Woo-chi
Ah, the ever-popular Underwater Kiss. Woo-chi (Cha Tae-hyun) and Hye-ryung (Baek Jin-hee) were tossed into the river, hands and feet bound, so poor ol’ Woo-chi was fooorced to keep Hye-ryung alive with a kiss. Real hard task, eh?
15. King of Dramas
The BEST. Hahahaaa oh my gollies, I can’t even stop laughing long enough to get out words. If kisses make you think of hearts and fuzzy wuzzies and teddy bears, think again. Kisses can now be equated with garlic, thanks to superstar Kang Hyun-min (Choi Si-won). LOLOLOLOL. King of Dramas is one of the best – if not absolute best! – offerings in the current drama line-up, and you know it’s a good one when every episode is better than the last. Episode 12 was all about the sugar bites, but the Garlic Kiss probably takes the cake for my favorite – even over my wubby hubby Anthony (Kim Myung-min) gettin’ the smooch on with both the ladies. For seeeriously, it was one of the best scenes EVER. Watch it. And the rest of the drama. Stat.
I had some favorites this year, but I’m not quite sure we had a big-name kiss that’ll instantly conjure up memories in years to come. The Iris “Candy Kiss” will prolly last a long, long time. And don’t even mention the “Foam Kiss” of Secret Garden. Whether 2012 will hold up in the KDrama Book of K’s, I suppose only time will tell.
What did you think about the 2012 offerings? Any favorites you will never ever forget – from this year or any previous? Any 2012 favorites I missed? Please share in our festivities!