Cable channel tvN premiered its third installment of the Flower Boy ‘series’ this week with Flower Boy Next Door, or Flower Boy Neighbor, and boy did it live up to its name. Talk about flowery, flowerness, and flowerment.
Go Dok-mi (Park Shin-hye) is our Peeping Tommy – does Tommy at least sound unisex? – and sufferer of unrequited love. Her love interest, Han Tae-joon (Kim Jeong-san), has noooo idea that Dok-mi has his daily schedule memorized to the point where she sets her alarm to wake minutes before he does. Uh, creeps much? But, of course, we can’t lock her away in the Creepers Ward because she’s just so darned sweet. Delusional, yes, but innocently naïve and kindhearted and demure and just all around fluff ball. She’s an editor who makes just enough to eke by, and she is a master of conservation — even the greenest environmentalists will have a hard time matching her.
If we’ve got a sweet little thing, we’ve gotta have a rascally little one as well, no? That role is filled by Enrique Geum (Yoon Shi-yoon), ultimate flower boy: he’s not only got the pretty goin’, he’s a brilliant game developer and gamer wubbed by all. He’s just so full of energy, it’s amazing anyone can keep up. Then again, it doesn’t seem like anyone has done so successfully… But I digress. Enrique does have one similarity with Dok-mi: unrequited love. He loves Yoon Seo-young (Kim Yoon-hye), but he’s very much aware that she… likes Han Tae-joon. Yes, Dok-mi’s Tae-joon. And the guy Enrique calls “Hyung” aka Big Brother aka close enough to crash at his place and catch Dok-mi spying. Talk about embarrassing.
Now, a drama cannot be complete without setting a trap for poor pinkblossom: the wonderful guy who totes deserves but prolly won’t get the girl. (Exception: Feast of the Gods) That man is none other than shmexy Oh Jin-rak (Kim Ji-hoon), a webtoon artist who lives in the unit next to Dok-mi’s. He seems to instinctively understand Dok-mi’s sensitive and introspective nature, and I fear my heart is already in this camp. Jin-rak and his buddy Yoo Dong-hoon (Go Kyung-pyo) have a little issue with Enrique, and it has nothing to do with future love rival showdowns: their webtoon Zombie Soccer is being accused of plagiarizing Enrique’s video game. Fun times. In a last-ditch attempt to save his webtoon, Jin-rak tells the editor that their story, Flower Boy Next Door, will be a “real melo” about the everyday life of a girl. Iiiinteresting.
Adding to the flower boy pool is Dok-mi’s new neighbor Watanabe Ryu (Mizuta Kouki), a sweetie with a sweet tooth. You sure know the way to my heart!
pinkblossom: When can I move in? This show is for seriously so full of the purty, I don’t know whom to stare at and goggle over. Note to director: one person at a time, please.
I’ll be frank and admit that I wasn’t absitively dying to watch this one. I never finished Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, and I didn’t even start Shut Up Flower Boy Band. Yes, I like Park Shin-hye and was pleasantly surprised by Yoon Shi-yoon’s growth as an actor in the five minutes of Me Too Flower I watched, but they aren’t necessarily at the top of my must-watch list. Rom-coms are always welcome, but I’m not too familiar with the whole webtoon world of Korea. Simply put, I tuned in because I was mostly curious and needed something to fill the gaping Mon-Tues void left by The King of Dramas.
Perhaps it’s because I’m still struggling to let go of The King of Dramas, but Flower Boy Next Door… didn’t quite do it for me today. It’s definitely cute and upbeat and wacky, and I wonder if I’d love it more if I was a little younger… But to be fair, it’s only been one episode, and most of it was spent introducing the characters and establishing their world. I defs wasn’t turned off, that’s for sure, and I’m holding out hope that things will click with the pinkblossom meter as we start getting into the story proper. That being said, I’ll withhold judgment until I get a proper taste – it’s too early to jump off the fence just yet!
whitecarrot: Hmm this show makes me a little creeped out. Peeping Tommy? I get 1 sided-love, staring at a guy from across a classroom, or hiding and watching him practice sports from across the gym. But BINOCULARS to watch him 24 hrs a day and memorizing his whole schedule? Then doing said schedule with him across an apartment complex. This girl is a STALKER. 100% law-breaker, creeper. I don’t care if she look like an angel. She’s creepy! I can’t relate!!!
I loved Yoon Shi-yoon in King of Baking, Kim Tak-gu. But I haven’t watched his other shows just yet. They just don’t get me hooked. I totally agree with pinkblossom, the Flower Boy Series isn’t something I’ve had an overwhelming interest in. I loved the first few episodes of Flower Boy Ramen Shop but quickly grew tired of the dragging back and forth between the lead characters. Plus I was rooting for the 2nd male lead (always the fatal error). Anyway back to this story.
1. creepy stalker girl = turn off
2. pretty flower boys (all 4 or 5) = turn on!
I love Yoon Shi-yoon’s character, and the way he plays it. I can literally feel his energy flowing off-screen. Let’s see how many episodes this flower boy can make me watch…
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