Top 5 New Korean Dramas March 2017 thumbnail

Spring is certainly in the air early this year! And while there's by all appearances not a lot of "romance" dramas this month, there will be a lot of dramatic intrigue to keep your attention. Some issues that I think Korean dramaland is taking the lead on this month: Suicide prevention - one of the [...]

Top 5 Rich Guy Poor Girl Kdramas 2017 thumbnail

If you've been a fan of Korean dramas for any length of time, you may know the popularity and love for the genre that I can only call "Rich Guy, Poor Girl". Basically it's the kdrama version take on the Disney princess story. You have some guy who may or may not be completely flawed [...]

Top 5 New Kdramas Feb. 2017 GIVEAWAY!!!! thumbnail

Whew with all the cray that's going on in the world lately, I am SO THANKFUL for the distraction and escape that is sitting down for a Korean dramathon! Before I go on any further about these upcoming new Feb. Kdramas, I want to make sure you guys know about the GIVEAWAY!! KAYGAL is giving away [...]

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It's 2017!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! It's a new month, and we all know what that means: lots of new Kdramas coming your way! Before I go any further, I'd like to briefly talk about KAYGAL, this video's sponsor. KAYGAL is a new Korean Cosmetic's Brand and Company that has launched in 2017. What makes KAYGAL [...]

We're ending 2016 with a BIG BANG, Korean Drama Kiss Scenes video bang that is! I think we can all agree Korean Drama kiss scenes are improving. If you've been watching HallyuBack videos since we began making them, years ago kissing scenes were more stiff and timid. Boy have them come a long way since [...]

Top 10 Best Korean Dramas 2016 [FAN VOTED] thumbnail

The fan voted Korean dramas. I feel like I've said this before, but it's maybe one of my favorite videos to shoot every year. Each and every month, the list is made up of my own observations and research into what dramas are coming out - and what I think others and myself would enjoy. And [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas December 2016 thumbnail

The end of 2016. We are almost there. We're at the end of the new monthly dramas to be announced anyways. I find it interesting that most of the dramas being released have had quite a lot of hype throughout the year.  I feel like as Kdramas improve in quality - the release delays become more frequent. [...]

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In light of the recent ARMY takeover of all the kpop charts I decided it was quite appropriate to do a video dedicated to these boys. As I say in the video I feel like a "mom" because I've been into kpop far longer than they've been performing... and they're babies. But, I couldn't be [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas November 2016 thumbnail

How is it that every year the months fly by even quicker? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was talking about Cheese in the Trap. Oh well! November it is!! As the weather starts turning colder here in the northern hemisphere I find myself really enjoying snuggling down with the kitty's, fluffy blankets and [...]

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There comes a point in every year since I've been watching/reviewing Korean dramas where you get a "this is the one" drama. These fantastic dramas (though some end up dated in time) have great cinematography, terrific acting and perfectly developed scripted plots. They keep you hanging on the edge of your seat waiting for the next [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas October 2016 thumbnail

How lucky are we that New Korean Dramas come out every month! This means we’ll literally never run out of some of our favorite entertainment! It does pose a bit of a challenge for us as well. How can we all find the time to keep up with the latest releases? Many of us work, [...]

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While Korean Romantic Comedy Dramas might not be your ABSOLUTE FAVORITE genre of Kdrama, if I had to guess I'd say they just might be the most popular around the world. If you're reading this you may have seen as many Korean Romantic Comedies as me, or even more! There are many reasons for this, but [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas September 2016 thumbnail

Hey guys! While some of you may be like me and totally immersed in W, you may not realize that a whole slew of new dramas are coming out! Actually to be honest, there are a ton of really great looking dramas happening here in the VERY END of August (why do you do that [...]

Top 5 Korean Drama Kisses Summer 2016 thumbnail

This summer has lived up to the hype! And there's no way I would let the summer pass me by without noting the hottest, smexiest, most passionate kiss scenes in Kdramas! Kim So Hyun is all grown up! Lee Jong Suk is back and looking smexier than EVER! And, Uncontrollably Fond has been a bit [...]

Top 5 Reasons to Love Korean Dramas thumbnail

For those of us who have ALREADY discovered Korean Dramas, maybe this list isn't necessary. Even though it's been nearly 4 years since I started reviewing Korean Dramas and making Top 5 videos, I notice WAY MORE OFTEN than you would think comments thanking me for the wonderful videos that new fans just discovered.. because [...]

Top 5 New Kdramas August 2016 GIVEAWAY!!!! thumbnail

Goodness gracious it's already August!!! How does time fly by so quickly..maybe I watch too many dramas?? Lol, no such thing! Really excited for the dramas coming out this month you guys!  Maybe some of you aren't loving the idea of Historical kdramas, I know that I didn't like them much in the beginning. For [...]

Top 5 Korean Melodramas 2016 thumbnail

It is hot and dry in New York you guys! I don't know about you, but for me, along with that comes a bit of moodiness and a desire to stay inside and watch dramas. Particularly ones that not only are a bit zany enough to keep me entertained but also are full of emotions [...]

Top 5 Korean Summer Romantic Comedies 2016 thumbnail

One of the most beloved genres of Korean drama is the romantic comedy. It's seriously my favorite as Korea does them so very well (other than the kissing scenes then unfortunately Taiwan usually has them beat). With new dramas being announced each month the best romantic comedies change multiple times throughout the year. In fact, most [...]

Top 10 Korean Drama Kiss Scenes 2016 thumbnail

This week it's all about making sparks fly! And no, I'm not talking about 4th of July fireworks.. I'm talking Sizzling HOT Korean Drama Kisses!! Okay so maybe they're more cute than hot sometimes, but they still make my heart go O(≧▽≦)O!!! This may be one of my favorite videos to make all year. I [...]

Top 10 Best Korean Dramas of 2016 thumbnail

Hey guyz! Since we are more than halfway through the year I thought it would be a great time to give you my Top 10 kdramas to watch in 2016. Honestly, I haven't even seen all of them as some haven't aired yet.  But based on years of experience studying dramas and the actors, I know [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas July 2016 thumbnail

OMG we are officially on the second half of the 2016 Kdramas!!! It kind of blows my mind, though I guess I shouldn't be surprised.  Yet, I'm very excited because that just means there are even more great dramas to keep cool inside with during the hot summer months! I'm currently busy wrapping up Entertainer [...]

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After a long 2 year wait, Lee Min Ho is making his comeback to Korean dramaland!! I feel like I've been waiting for forever to write this in a blog, if only because we've gotten so many questions about when he'd come back to dramaland. With Legend of the Blue Sea, he's certainly stepping outside [...]

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Not many things make me happier in this world than being snuggled up on the couch or in bed with my charged up ipad, a good cup of tea, maybe a small snack, and the beginning to a new episode of a good drama. It's something I like so much that sometimes I find myself [...]

Top 5 New Kdramas June 2016 GIVEAWAY!! thumbnail

June is my favorite month of the year! And what better way to celebrate my favorite month than with a GIVEAWAY for you guyz!! In June, things are growing, it's warm.. I also have a birthday.  It's quite an awesome month.  Things are going to be busy but that doesn't mean that I won't be [...]

Top 5 Historical Korean Dramas 2016 thumbnail

2016 must be the year of the Korean Historical Drama! Now I know that there are a lot of historical dramas every year, but usually the dramas that the big name actors and actresses sign on for are more modern dramas or at least modern/historical time traveling dramas. There will be at least one of [...]

Top 5 Korean Drama Second Leads 2016 thumbnail

When watching a Korean drama there's always the lead guy.  Maybe he's arrogant, most likely he's dashingly handsome and talented in one way or another (even if it's just being super rich). And go figure, he almost ALWAYS gets the girl.  But off to the side, watching it all unfold is the second lead.  He's [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas May 2016 thumbnail

May has always been one of those months.. a month of anticipation and a sign for things to come. When I was in the school system as a student or as a teacher I was longing for summer vacation and even now I'm just looking forward to summer weather and being able to really garden!  [...]

Top 5 Rich Guy Poor Girl Kdramas 2016 thumbnail

Rich Guy, Poor Girl dramas are a classic staple in Korean dramaland.  Some of the most popular and best dramas of all time are this genre - Boys Over Flowers, Fated to Love You, Secret Garden, Heirs, Kill Me Heal Me, Master's Sun.. I could go on.. It's such a popular genre that I make [...]

Top 5 Teenage Korean Dramas 2016 thumbnail

While I may be a little old for the Teen Drama category in Kdramas, I do love and respect a good teen drama - especially since it was a boys high school teen drama that got me hooked on Asian dramas in the first place.   It's also a great way to keep an eye [...]

Top 5 Must See Korean Dramas 2016 thumbnail

There's a lot of Korean dramas that come out every year but while all have their merits, some tend to be better or more popular than others. Typically these have the biggest actors in their cast just because they get to pick and choose which dramas they do.  Here are 5 that I think have [...]

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Did you hear about Minzy leaving 2NE1? I woke up this morning to the news plastered all over my social medias thanks to some very unhappy Blackjacks. Yes folks, it’s true – after 7 years as a member of 2NE1 and 11 years under contract with YG, Minzy has decided to go her own way [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas April 2016 thumbnail

It's almost APRIL!!!! Typically this means warmer weather here in the northern hemisphere and I cannot wait!   But weather aside - dramas!  There's actually not a lot of dramas coming out in April because the powers that be in dramaland decided to schedule the lot of them to start in the end of March [...]

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Song Joong Ki has been one of my favorite actors in Korean drama land since I first saw him in Innocent Man. For those of you who’ve watched dramas for many years this might not be so special, but for me it was a very special time. I had just started doing HallyuBack and would [...]

‘Descendants’ Passes ‘My Love From The Stars’? thumbnail

It's official you guys.. Descendants of the Sun is the BIGGEST Korean drama in recent history!!!! In 6 episodes, they've surpassed You Who Came From the Stars which was hugely popular - and I couldn't be more thrilled. Currently on board watching the drama myself, I completely understand the hype. While a modern somewhat realistic [...]

Top 5 Korean Drama Kiss Scenes 2016 thumbnail

Somehow, some way kissing scenes in Korean dramas keep getting better and better every year! Seriously though, go back a couple of years and the amount of kissing scenes decreases - by a lot!  Even in making this video I know that I left some great kisses out.. Hello Descendants of the Sun. :) That's [...]

Top 5 New Kdramas March 2016 GIVEAWAY!! thumbnail

Not only do we have brand new Korean Dramas to check out for next month, but this week's Top 5 Friday video is a GIVEAWAY!! We've teamed up with the wonderful people at Kokobox Korea to give one of our lucky viewers an entire Kokobox filled with new Korean Cosmetics! To enter the Giveaway, it's [...]

Top 10 Sexiest Kpop Singers 2016 thumbnail

There’s nothing that fangirls (and guys) of Korean entertainment like more than smexy guys! I’ve also found that living in the US, I tend to seek out Kpop more since I don’t hear it on the radio and when traveling about doing my normal errands. Here’s a list that I made up of some of [...]

Top 10 Sexiest Korean Drama Stars 2016 thumbnail

There's a lot of reasons to like dramas - the music, the storyline, the fashion, the drama.. but heck, who am I kidding? One big reason to watch Korean dramas is the smexy men! While there are many many more who will be making drama appearances, here are 10 of my current favorites that are [...]

Top 5 Korean Drama Romantic Comedies 2016 thumbnail

There's nothing like a romantic comedy. Especially with spring in the air - or at least Valentine's and White Days coming up!  I personally am sincerely looking forward to the warmer weather and being able to enjoy the fresh air without bundling up like a snowman..  But for now, there's more time to snuggle up [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas February 2016 thumbnail

I may be currently busy watching two great Kdramas that came out in January (Cheese in the Trap & Madame Antoine) but that doesn't mean that I can't get excited for the rest of 2016. Heck, they've already mentioned possible dramas by Park Shin Hye, Lee Min Ho and Jang Geun Suk!!!! Pardon me as [...]

Top 5 New Thai Dramas 2016 (Thailand) thumbnail

When I made my first EVER Asian drama review back in 2012, I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I’d eventually be making a video about the New Thai Dramas of 2016. I’m sure some of you weren’t expecting it either.   These days with the internet so readily available at all of our [...]

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GUYZS: Four out of the 5 dramas ON THIS LIST have KOREAN ACTORS STARRING IN THEM!!!!!!!!!!! Whaaaaaaaat?!?!!!!! Whether you're ready for it or not, it looks like Chinese Dramas have landed on the drama scene and may just be here to stay! Crazy as that sounds, and if you're not expecting to hear that, I think [...]

Top 5 New Taiwanese Dramas 2016 thumbnail

My love for Taiwanese dramas often gets overlooked for Korean dramas due to their popularity. But lately and I guess most appropriately I've been on a big TWdrama kick.   My current favorite to watch which remains on this list because it's airing through spring is Marry Me or Not. I've already seen the first [...]

Top 5 New Japanese Dramas 2016 thumbnail

Although I'm currently watching (and so far LOVING) the New Korean Drama 'Cheese and the Trap', one of my first loves of ALL TIME has to be Japanese Dramas. If you've been a fan of this channel for any length of time you may already know this :)   This new year seems to be [...]

Top 5 New Kpop Comebacks January 2016 thumbnail

It's the New Year and I KNOW I can't be the only one excited for New Korean Dramas AND Kpop music in 2016!!   Since having started counting down Kpop Comebacks, I've been listening to more Kpop. (this is my third Top 5 Kpop Comeback video if anyone is keeping track haha) Is it just [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas January 2016 thumbnail

HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYZ!! As many of us know, in dramaland, nearing the end of the year can be quite exciting. We have so many fun lists to count down for the end of the year! What's also so incredible? Now that it's the new year, we get to start doing it all over again! [...]

Top 10 Best Korean Drama Actors 2015 thumbnail

With 2015 coming to a close, what better way to go out WITH A BANG than to let you guys choose the best of the year Top 5 Friday lists! After having you guyz choose the Best Korean Dramas of 2015, having you vote for the Best Korean Drama Actors just seemed like the logical next step! [...]

Top 10 Best Korean Dramas 2015 [Fan Voted] thumbnail

It’s that MOST EXCITING time of year again.. one of my favorite videos to make anyways: the Top 10 Best Korean Dramas of 2015 as VOTED BY YOU GUYZ!!!!   For the rest of the year, the Top 5 Friday videos are always written and chosen by me. They are (obviously) influenced by my opinion [...]

Top 5 Best Taiwanese Dramas 2015 thumbnail

End of the year is almost here! That means wrap videos of Korean, Japanese AND Taiwanese Dramas!   I haven’t bee able to watch a lot of Taiwanese Dramas recently. I did manage to dramathon Tenno No Ryoriban last week, and quite enjoyed that one a lot! Taiwanese Dramas are still near and dear to [...]

Top 5 Best Japanese Dramas 2015 thumbnail

Korean Dramas may be the most popular Asian dramas at the moment, but how could I not count down my favorite Japanese Dramas of 2015? So I did!   I recently just finished watching Tenno no Ryoriban. I hadn't finished it by the time I made this video, though I had seen Ouroboros. If I [...]

Top 5 Kpop Comebacks December 2015 thumbnail

Can I just say.. I’m stoked to be talking about Kpop! Since deciding to add monthly Kpop Comebacks to Top 5 Friday videos I’ve been.. how do I say this.. rejuenvated! It’s weird to even say that, but I annoy tell a lie haha.   Kpop is such a big part of Korean entertainment these [...]

Top 5 Best Korean Dramas 2015 thumbnail

Can't believe that it's almost the end of the year!! I think it's harder to believe considering I'm currently down in Florida enjoying super warm weather still.. but I did hear Christmas music on the radio last night!   So, I guess it's time to start wrapping up the year and tell you guys about [...]

Top 5 Kpop Comebacks November 2015 thumbnail

There were and still are a sick amount of Kpop Comebacks this November, so many that I've been inspired to add a new element to Top 5 Fridays! And now that this theme has been made for November, I'm realizing this may have been LONG OVERDUE!!!!   Please let me know if I should make [...]

Top 5 New Kdramas December 2015 GIVEAWAY!! thumbnail

The lineup for dramas to watch in December looks super intense and I'm more than psyched! And considering December is normally cold in the northern hemisphere, looks like next month is about to heat up and sizzle!   I have to admit though, when I first started looking I was a bit nervous. You see, [...]

Top 5 Halloween Korean Romance Dramas thumbnail

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays if for no other reason than it gives us all an excuse to dress up in costumes.. like I did for this video!   In Korean dramas you see a lot of suspenseful dramas, but I've also noticed that every year they try to come out with a [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas November 2015 thumbnail

New Korean Dramas on the horizon look pretty good for the month of November!   It seems these days that every time I turn around, another new Korean web drama is planned, or another new drama with an idol or two will be airing. It’s insane how quickly things evolve in drama land, isn’t it? [...]

Top 5 Korean Romantic Comedies Fall 2015 thumbnail

Fall is officially here in the northern hemisphere and the weather is already starting to turn! I was in the car with Richard yesterday and we drove past 2 farms selling pumpkins! Yes, I do need to get a few pumkins but! I still cannot believe summer is already in the review mirror. That's insanity! [...]

Top 5 New Thai Dramas 2015 (Thailand) thumbnail

In a continuation on last weekend's Chinese Top 5 Friday, I decided to explore another country's selections for drama viewing: this time in Thailand!   In my life I've spent a total of about 3 weeks in Thailand for our honeymoon. It was certainly an enjoyable experience but what it didn't introduce me to was Thai [...]

Top 5 New Chinese Dramas 2015 thumbnail

The other week I was looking for new Taiwanese Dramas to watch and talk about. The Korean Drama that I had been anticipating ‘She Was Pretty’ hadn't started airing yet, and I was stuck in a drama limbo.   In looking for a good drama however I was struck by how many even better looking [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas Oct. 2015 GIVEAWAY!! thumbnail

It's officially fall.. gotta say I admit that with some bitter-sweetness.. I am not looking forward to the impending cold spell that is sure to hit all too soon! And yet, no offense to any of you drama lovers out there but Kdramaland has had a bit of a dry spell these last two months.  [...]

Top 5 Teenage Korean Dramas 2015 thumbnail

This video is just in time for back to school! It's loosely based on teenage high school and college age Korean drama videos. I included college/university dramas because I remember when I was a high schooler I used to dream about high school. Some of these dramas have finished airing and others have yet to [...]

Top 5 SHINee Minho Korean Dramas thumbnail

In the years that I've been following Korean dramas if there's one thing I've noticed, it's the power that comes with guys named Min Ho! Both the unstoppable Lee Min Ho and the younger idol Choi Min Ho have this super star essence that just captures the fangirls.. and boys.   But with a huge [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas September 2015 thumbnail

While there are plenty of new Kdramas that have come out in August, I haven't really found myself watching any of them.  I think it's because there is just too much going on this month for me personally, not to mention I have plenty of kdramas to catch up on that I've put on hold. [...]

Top 5 Korean Drama Kisses Summer 2015 thumbnail

To say that Korean drama kisses are the story arc that people who watch kdramas anticipate is an understatement.  If there are two things that I find we look forward to more than anything: shower scenes and smexy kisses!! To help make your summer a little brighter and perhaps help you find some new smexy [...]

Top 5 Taiwanese Kiss Scenes 2015 thumbnail

When I initially started Hallyuback it was with the intention of sharing information and my love for Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean dramas on YouTube. By doing so I thought I could possibly more easily connect with and help others who have similar interests.   Little did I know just how popular Korean dramas would be [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas August 2015 thumbnail

Already we're over the hump of the year and August is almost upon us! To me, I just know that the month is going to be full of ups and downs - the biggest up likely being KCON2015 NYC!   August is also the month that I have to say goodbye to my sister and [...]

Top 5 Korean Web Dramas 2015 thumbnail

Web dramas have been around for awhile but within the last two years they've really found a place in the Korean Drama market where they are playing with the big networks.  It could be due to over 98% of young people having a smart phone with web streaming capabilities.   Perhaps it is because the [...]

Top 5 Korean Summer Romantic Comedies 2015 thumbnail

I love romantic comedies! Romantic comedy slice of life stories are my favorite of all Asian drama genres and so there's nothing that I like more than to sit down to a good dramathon with a drama of this type.   Knowing this I thought some of you may be interested in them as well!  [...]

Top 10 Korean Drama Kisses 2015 thumbnail

If there's one part of any Kdrama that everyone looks forward to it's a kiss scene. Heck, I usually end up squealing when it finally happens and then inform Richard of whether or not it was a good one.   It's funny how it's become something we both comment on after years of doing Top 5's. That's [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas July 2015 thumbnail

Summer is in full swing and many new exciting Korean dramas are coming out next month to keep things rolling!   It looks like there are going to be two big types of dramas that they're focusing on in July - the inspiring drama and the fantasy drama. With Seoul currently dealing with a lot [...]

Top 5 Best Korean Dramas 2015 thumbnail

It’s hard to believe we are already in mid June of a new year, but must admit this is one of the easier Top 5 Fridays I have made in awhile. Gotta say, this list wouldn’t be NEARLY as good if it wasn’t for you guys.   Thanks to your recommendations, I checked out some [...]

Top 5 New 2016 Korean Dramas thumbnail

For the past several years I’ve done this thing where partway through the year I make a list of Korean dramas that I think they should make the next one. Reading as many plot summaries and watching as many dramas I find that coming up with my own prose is not only entertaining but it [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas June 2015 thumbnail

I can’t believe that June is less than 2 weeks away! With this marks almost 4 months of being in the USA and the fact I’m going to turn another year older. But more importantly to you guys and really for HallyuBack too, is that there are some really cool new Kdramas to keep us [...]

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It's been a long time coming, but yesterday at about 1:30am on the morning of May 3rd, we crossed 100,000 subscribers on our Hallyu Back channel!!!!!!!!!!! THAT'S BANANAS!!!! It's incredible to be honest, so we decided to take a moment and reflect on the journey that got us where we are today in this video [...]

Top 6 New Kdramas May 2015 GIVEAWAY!!!! thumbnail

Finally May is here! I gotta say, in Korea I always looked forward to April because of the cherry blossoms and warm weather but while I had to wait a month, it looks like my first May in New York is going to be off the hook!   There's a lot of reasons for that [...]

Top 6 Gong Hyo Jin Korean Dramas thumbnail

Gong Hyo Jin is without a doubt my favorite Korean actress right now. I’ve been a fan of her work for a long time, but it was only in the last couple of years (since 2013’s Master’s Sun that is) that I’ve gone from being a fan to deciding that she’s my favorite Korean actress. [...]

Top 5 Rich Guy Poor Girl Kdrama GIVEAWAY!!! thumbnail

I haven’t done a video about Rich Guy, Poor Girl dramas in the longest. I think the last time I did was THIS video where I made a countdown of my top 20 Kdramas of all time.   With such hugely popular dramas as Boys Over Flowers, Coffee Prince, Full House and Secret Garden it’s [...]

Top 6 Korean Drama Kisses 2015 thumbnail

One of my favorite videos to make throughout the year is always the kissing Top 5! There are plenty of reasons that I like the kissing videos: I get to go completely without a script and improv, I get to screen through a lot of kissing videos and in turn find some dramas I've missed [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas April 2015 thumbnail

April looks like it’s going to be a fantastic month for Kdramas. I feel like I say that every month, but this month takes the cake.. literally….. ‘Let’s Eat’ cake. :)   Let’s Eat for instance was one of my favorite surprise Korean Dramas because I didn’t really know the actors and actresses in the [...]

Top 6 Ji Chang Wook Korean Dramas thumbnail

Ji Chang Wook is a phenomenal actor.  A talented man, but due to his lack of idol status hasn't had as much international fame as many other talented actor/musicians out there.   In fact, when I saw him in Empress Ki last year I wasn't really aware of who he was, despite having seen him [...]

Top 6 New March 2015 Korean Dramas thumbnail

Today’s Top 5 Friday is a little bit longer than our typical top 5’s with 6 new dramas coming out! Not that I’m complaining, more dramas equal more opportunities to find the right show to relax with and enjoy in the midst of the hubbub that is life. And that list didn’t even include web [...]

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One of the things that keeps me coming back to Korean dramas again and again is that the chemistry is hit or miss. I know that may seem like a strange answer, but because they don’t all have great chemistry, the dramas where they have it really stand out memorably. Like anything in life, sometimes [...]

Top 5 Kim Soo Hyun Dramas and Movies thumbnail

There may not be a young Korean actor with overwhelming game that is more deserving of it than Kim Soo Hyun.  Practically every movie or drama that he has ever made has become a total hit. There is something also to be said that each of his dramas improves in quality and popularity and showing [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas Feb. 2015 GIVEAWAY!! thumbnail

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe that February is already pretty much here! It’s going to be a pretty busy month in the HallyuBack house, and so any chance I get to get away and watch a drama or two is a welcome bit of relaxation!   Because it’s a shorter month, you may think [...]

Top 5 New Taiwanese Dramas 2015 thumbnail

I love Taiwanese Dramas. My love for them actually goes back further than that of Korean dramas as I started watching them shortly after I started my Japanese Asian drama watching hobby. In recent years, they’ve often been overshadowed by the more popular Korean dramas, but honestly some of the best stories in Asian dramas [...]

Jdramas are my first Asian drama loves. Actually truth be told, Matsumoto Jun and Oguri Shun are my first Asian drama loves. Matsujun is kinda looking a bit scary as he’s not aging as time is going on and I’m not wholly sure about how I feel about his dramas – but Oguri Shun still [...]

Top 5 Historical Korean Dramas 2015 thumbnail

Historical Korean Dramas are a genre of drama that took me a long time to get into. One of the only reasons I did eventually start watching and liking them is that a lot of these dramas are full of action.   Hopefully you guyz like this video and I can make more video about [...]

Top 5 Korean Romantic Comedies 2015 GIVEAWAY thumbnail

After what I consider a fairly dull month for Korean dramas (sorry those of you who have been watch ‘Healer’ and ‘Pinocchio’ and can completely disagree with me), I’m really excited for 2015 and some of the new dramas that are coming out!   Like, I already want to start making my February list but….. [...]

Top 10 Korean Drama Kisses 2014 thumbnail

As any drama watcher is probably aware of, the most pivotal, beloved point in almost any drama is the kissing scenes. But not ALL Korean dramas have kiss scenes. In fact, Naildo Cantabile which made it into the Top 10 Best Korean Dramas of 2014 list (which was chosen by all of you guyz!) didn't [...]

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I can’t believe we actually managed to make this video today. In case you haven’t heard, I’ve been battling a kidney stone this week. So, needless to say, filming is not at the top of my priority list. I did, however, want to try and get this video out to you guyz on Friday since [...]

Top 5 Kdrama Actor & Actress of 2014 GIVEAWAY! thumbnail

This may be one of my favorite times of year to not only celebrate the warm holidays in the midst of the cold winter season, but also to talk about Korean dramas. In part, because it’s the end of the year and there’s been so many fantastic Korean drama actors and actresses. But really, I [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas January 2015 thumbnail

OMG you guyz I can’t believe it’s almost 2015!!!!!   I wasn’t really that excited for the New December Korean Dramas coming out, but I’m super stoked for the dramas coming out this January. Jekyll and Me looks really good! In less than a year and a half, Bang Sung Joon has become one of [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas December 2014 thumbnail

It’s almost December and you know what that means.. a whole new crop of dramas! This month’s dramas seem to be taking on a more darker suspenseful vibe right in keeping with my feelings of the cold weather coming to the northern hemisphere. I hate the cold! There’s a lot of mystery type dramas with [...]

Top 5 Korean Actors Under 25 thumbnail

Months and months ago I got asked the question by the team at K-style who I felt were some up and coming Korean actors that we should keep on our radar. I never forgot that question.   Somehow with the big overarching realization that guys in their later 20’s are all going to be going [...]

Top 5 Korean Drama OSTs of 2014 thumbnail

Since I started reviewing dramas back in May 2012, this has been one of the most requested videos that I’ve never attempted to make. Why you might ask? Well, for starters we cannot put the actual OST music in a YouTube video. Copyright law is strict on YouTube, and I want to keep making videos [...]

Top 7 New Kdramas Nov. 2014 Heirs Giveaway! thumbnail

It’s official, the weather is starting to get colder in Korea! And nothing makes me want to cuddle up under warm blankets and watch a drama like the cold. That being said, it’s a great time for Korea to come out with some fantastic new dramas and it looks like this month is going to [...]

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This week after over 2 years of making them, we almost didn’t have a Top 5 to come out! Yikes!!! But, I couldn’t do that to you guys.. not this week anyways. I’ve been super busy as I’m sure you probably know if you’ve been following our daily vlogs – hooray grad school! So on [...]

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This one actually came as a request! I got excited by this request when we were doing our Lee Min Ho/Jang Geun Suk postcard giveaway. (..which BY THE WAY Lee Min Ho postcards have not yet been claimed! I may have to give them away to a new person, what do you guyz think?. Click [...]

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When I was initially making this list, the first thing I thought of was that some of you might probably be upset or annoyed that I didn’t include My Lovely Girl, the new Rain and Krystal drama. There’s no laughter on my part when it comes to that drama, even though I don’t think it’s [...]

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First things first I want to thank Tanya for her AWESOME suggestion! This is perfect timing because I’m totally on a Noona drama romance kick. I’m actually currently watching the number 5 drama on this list ☺ Yet, another reason why I couldn’t rank it any higher on the list than number 5. So far, [...]

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Last weekend I was invited to see a Kpop concert/ fashion show. I was SUPER psyched to go since I had only been to one Kpop concert before. (Here’s a link if you wanna check it out. WARNING: I’d say we’ve improved since we made this video LOL)   The concert I went to was [...]

Top 6 New Korean Dramas of October 2014 thumbnail

A new month is almost here, and Korea looks to be producing another group of good-looking dramas, including 2 that are Japanese remakes! Speaking of which, they have some tentative casting done for Liar Game, including Lee Sang Yoon, Kim So Eun, and Shin Sung Rok. Of course, that all may change with time. And, [...]

Top 5 Asian Dramas of Fall 2014! thumbnail

This week I’m rounding up my list of dramas I’d really like to see this fall out of all three countries. As a grad student who’s diligently working to try to finish my thesis this semester, I’m about to have a lot less time to peruse all of the dramas beyond an episode or two [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas Sept. 2014 GIVEAWAY! thumbnail

Well, the summer is officially over! Social media is filled with stories of kids going back to school and Korean universities across the peninsula start next week. September is almost here and so it’s my favorite time again – the time to tell you guys about some great new dramas coming out!   The funniest [...]

Top 5 Korean Drama Kisses of Summer 2014 thumbnail

This summer has been the summer of the Korean romantic comedy. And frankly they are pretty darn smexy! So I decided to pick this Top 5 and share them with you guyz.   Number 5 was Fated to Love You. I would have liked to put this one higher up on the list, but in [...]

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There is nothing that suits the feel of summer quite like indulging in some romantic comedy stories.  And there are oh so many ways to indulge.  Just today I was talking with my sister and future mother in law about how they love to read and are currently indulged in Nicholas Sparks books.. I've read [...]

Top 5 King of Kpop Rain / Bi Korean Dramas thumbnail

For those of you who may be new to Korean dramas, or at least the Korean pop culture that’s been popular since, say, pre 2011 you may not be as familiar with the artist known as ‘Rain’ or ‘Bi’ which is the Korean word from Rain.   Actually what am I saying? He just came [...]

Top 5 New 2014 Taiwanese Summer Dramas thumbnail

It feels like forever since I’ve gotten to really talk about Taiwanese dramas. A big part of that is because while there are some utterly fantastic Taiwanese dramas they also tend to be really long. Like a ridiculous, I’m probably never going to watch it 70+ episodes. Not only is that a lot of drama [...]

Top 6 New 2014 Korean Dramas of August thumbnail

It's the last Friday in July and if you've been following our videos for awhile now it should be no surprise what this week's countdown topic is.. NEW August Kdramas!!   In looking at all of the new ones coming out, I noted a few interesting commonalities. First, most of them are KBS2 or TvN [...]

Top 10 Best Korean Drama Kisses of 2014 thumbnail

One of the things pretty much ALL us drama lovers look forward to in just about any drama we watch are the smexy kissing scenes.   Whether their subtle and surprising or hot and heavy, or themed, they usually occur at a pivotal point in the drama. Unless of course the drama is Witch’s Romance [...]

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One thing I find to be pretty standard across the board for Asian drama lovers is that we’re a unique breed. A lot of times, our friends and family don’t watch them and don’t understand how we can watch them.   So, I decided to make this video as a kind of tongue in cheek [...]

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2014 IS TURNING OUT TO BE AN EPIC YEAR FOR KOREAN DRAMAS!!! Most of us were looking forward to 2013 being a great year for dramas. But, while some of the dramas people were looking forward turned out to be not so great, 2014 began with some OUT OF THIS WORLD drama action!!!! Particularly You [...]

Top 7 New 2014 Korean Dramas of July thumbnail

It does indeed look like it’s gonna be a really good month in dramaland! It’s a high-powered summer drama lineup of new Korean dramas including a first ever psychological romance drama as well a classic Taiwanese drama remake.   There are three dramas from this list that I am definitely going to watch, at least [...]

Top 5 Asian Drama Flashbacks – Year 2000 thumbnail

You guyz know I try to keep up to date on the most current, happenin’ dramas in Korea and other parts of Asia. But, if you’re anything like me, sometimes you want to marathon a drama instead of just waiting week to week for episodes to be subbed.   So, I thought I would change [...]

Top 5 Habits of a Korean Drama Addict thumbnail

We’ve all been there ladies, haven’t we? Dramas sometimes make us emotional. They can totally affect our mood outside dramaland, or at least for me they sometimes can.   I’ll never forget the time when I was watching the Kdrama ‘Innocent Man’. I would curl up to watch it, usually late at night, and each [...]

Top 6 New 2014 Japanese Dramas of May/June thumbnail

Have you guyz seen the titles and themes of a few of these dramas that Japan is releasing this month? In terms of drama land, I cannot think of any dramas that are more racier than these. I’m indeed curious to see how this all plays out.   For someone who fell in love with [...]

Top 6 Korean Drama Remakes thumbnail

A bunch of the drama videos I make are about the new dramas that are coming out. You know, the ones that you should TOTALLY check out! ..Or maybe not. You know, because it’s new. It’s exciting! It’s popular to want to see the new stuff, the freshest dramas, the newest faces.   And one [...]

Top 5 New 2014 Korean Dramas of June thumbnail

Korean dramas this month are all about LOVE and REVENGE.. sort of. And frankly, I’m kind of excited about them! There’s only 5 dramas that I know of coming in June, at least by the day we uploaded this video. One of the ones I’m looking most forward to is King of High School Life [...]

Top 6 Joo Won Korean Dramas – Top 5 Fridays thumbnail

A couple weeks ago I saw Joo Won was cast in the Korean remake of Nodame Cantabile! I immediately tweeted about it. Nodame Cantabile is one of my favorite Japanese stories. I’ve seen the anime, watched the dramas, including all the bonus chapter movies, and have highly recommended it to all my highly musically inclined [...]

Top 10 Smexiest Japanese Drama Actors thumbnail

Around the same time I made the Smexiest Korean Actors video, I actually also wrote this one, or at least made the list of smexy gents I wanted to talk about. You see, for me it was actually a lot easier to make my smexy Japanese guys list because I’ve been watching Japanese Dramas longer [...]

Top 8 New 2014 Korean Dramas of May thumbnail

May is officially here in all of its glory! So far in Korea that means rain and sadness, particularly so as the country mourns and tries to recover from the tragic sinking of the Sewol and the less tragic but still scary subway train collision that happened all of like today.. or yesterday.. wait, what [...]

Top 5 New 2015 Japanese Dramas thumbnail

I couldn’t just write up a bunch of dream Kdramas and completely ignore my first love of Jdramas now could I? Last week I uploaded a video on New 2015 Korean dramas and that was a lot of fun to make. But since for me its so hard to write Japanese dramas since I haven’t [...]

Top 5 New 2015 Korean Dramas thumbnail

If you could create your PERFECT DRAMA, what would it look like? Would it be a love story? Or would it be a melodrama? Who would be the main characters that make up the love triangle? Or, would it be a square.. or a quadrilateral? What time period would it be set in? Is it [...]

Top 10 K-Stars that should never enter the military! thumbnail

PLEASE DON’T GOOOOO!!!!! ANY OF YOU!! For those of you who are new to the Korean drama entertainment world, or the life of Korean guys in general, South Korea has a mandatory 2 year military service requirement for ALL Korean men.   Now, there are exemptions out there, but they are rare (like for example, [...]

Top 7 New 2014 Taiwanese Dramas of Spring thumbnail

It’s been a long time since I made a video about Taiwanese dramas! And again that’s because they are long dramas and they don’t release as many as Korea or Japan every year. When I first started watching dramas that was a good thing! Because, I could watch them all.. or all the ones I [...]

Exciting New April 2014 Japanese Dramas! thumbnail

I’ve been waiting for a month like this from Japanese dramas for a LONG time!!! I became almost uncontrollably excited when I was researching this video when I saw many of my favorite Jdrama actors and actresses in leading roles this month. Now I may not be able to pronounce all their names to save [...]

Top 20 Korean Foods for Visitors to Korea! thumbnail

I’ve been wanting to make a video about Korean food for a long time, but I always keep forgetting about it or it gets put on the backburner.   But recently I’ve started to become interested in a lot of different blog or website posts about the best foods from different countries. In fact just [...]

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We are starting a new weekly series everyone! YAYYYYY for new video segments! In brainstorming ideas for new videos, Richard and I both decided that we are just surrounded by too many items in Korea not to share them with you. By now having both lived here over 5 years, so many products that we [...]

Top 7 New April 2014 Korean Dramas GIVEAWAY! thumbnail

April is always a special month for me. In the northern hemisphere it signifies the beginning of spring. Growing up in the USA, I can’t begin to count the number of times I heard the old adage: April Showers bring May flowers. Well, that may be true, and I will likely be seriously busting out [...]

Top 5 Korean Romantic Comedies of 2013 – 2014 thumbnail

Right now I’m still waiting to get more information about new dramas coming out in April. (Stay tuned!) So, while thinking about what to film this week, Richard suggested that I talk about Romantic comedies. Of course I jumped on this because I LOVE ROMANTIC COMEDIES!!! Ahh… It’s one of my favorite genres (if not [...]

TOP 10 KDRAMAS TO WATCH WITH YO MAN! thumbnail

One thing that tends to come up a lot in conversations about dramas is that a majority of drama watchers are girls. And, a lot of guyz (or non-drama watchers that is) seem to have this wrong opinion that dramas are ALL like soap operas. You know, like the cheezy afternoon soap operas in the [...]

Top 6 New 2014 Japanese Dramas of March thumbnail

Now that I’ve started talking about Japanese dramas coming out in March, I can’t avoid the truth that my winter vacation is quickly coming to a close. While Richard and I stayed in Korea instead of traveling to Thailand, Cambodia or some other exotic locations like we have in the past, we still had a [...]

Top 5 New 2014 Korean Dramas of March thumbnail

It’s Valentine’s Day! Woot! ^^ But it’s also Friday! Woot WOOT! And realizing that we are half way through the month of February makes me all too aware of how quickly March and the new school semester is coming up. But that also means new dramas!   I’m kind of thankful that this month doesn’t [...]

Top 7 Matsumoto Jun Japanese Dramas thumbnail

From the first episode of the first day of my drama watching career I have had a drama leading man crush. His name is Matsumoto Jun and the drama was Gokusen. The image of Matsu-jun with his perfectly styled hair with the bleached out tips and swagger that went on for days captured me from [...]

Top 10 New 2014 Korean Dramas of February thumbnail

Excited for Kdramas in February! YAY!!! It’s Lunar New Years here in Korea, and everyone is celebrating with their family and loved ones. Personally, because my family (besides Maki and Richard!) are so far away, I’m sitting at home watching dramas, as well as Tweeting, Tumbling and the like. If you follow my Twitter or [...]

Top 10 Sexiest Korean Dramas Actors 2014 thumbnail

When I first started doing Top 5’s for HallyuBack, I started thinking about all of the lists that I could make that people would be interested in. Naturally, ranking my favorite Korean actors was one of the first things that came to mind. These guys with their smoldering good looks, chiseled abs, cheeky grins, shampoo [...]

Top 6 New 2013-2014 Taiwanese Dramas thumbnail

Oh Taiwanese dramas! Though your dramas are some of my favorites of all time I feel that I’ve sadly neglected you over the course of 2013. Therefore in 2014, one of my goals is to watch more Taiwanese dramas. For those of you who haven’t seen a Taiwanese drama before, they tend to be a [...]

Top 13 New 2013 – 2014 Japanese Dramas thumbnail

It’s a new year! Wait.. I said that last week. >.< I haven’t made a new Japanese drama video since October 2013. That makes me really sad pandas. So much has happened and that was SO LONG AGO! OMG you guyz I’m going through Japanese drama withdrawl.   But that’s okay because this video is [...]

Top 5 New 2014 Korean Dramas of January thumbnail

It’s 2014!!! And with a new year and a new month you now what that means: New Korean dramas for ALL OF US!!!!!   I gotta say, overall, I’m not as particularly hyped about these dramas as I am about the ones I’m currently watching. But there are some actors that are drawing my attention, [...]

Top 8 Worst Korean Drama Kisses of 2013 thumbnail

Happy New Years All! I really wanted to get this last video in before the end of 2013, especially because it's another one all about KISSING! Back home in Pennsylvania we always made it a special day with a shrimp/snow crab leg dinner and sparkling cider (since growing up my parents didn't drink). We all [...]

Top 11 Best Korean Drama Kisses of 2013 thumbnail

About half way thru the year I made a ‘Best Korean Drama Kisses of 2013 so far’ video that was so popular with you guys that I decided to make another Best of 2013 Kdrama Kisses video! And this one is a doozy!   I almost wish I had done it ballot poll style like [...]

Top 10 Best 2013 Korean Dramas GIVEAWAY! thumbnail

It’s time for the holidays! That means perfect drama watching time for almost everyone! ^^ Whether you’re a student who has just finished up right before winter break, or someone who’s busy cooking for holiday parties.. or just trying to avoid your family, this is a great time of year to indulge in some drama [...]

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There’s nothing like a good Japanese Drama that is if you’re a die-hard Asian drama fan like me.   I have to say that I feel things are finally starting to turn around for Japanese dramas and I feel as though this year was the first glimpse I’ve had of a comeback of sorts since [...]

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It’s Taiwanese drama wrap up time!!! OMG I can’t believe its December already! It’s going to be a busy two weeks and then I can focus on the holidays and all the drama watching I’ve been putting off this semester! That’s part of why I’m so excited for this video.   CLICK to Retweet! Tweet // [...]

Top 10 Best Ha Ji Won Korean Dramas thumbnail

I have a total girl crush on Ha Ji Won. Maybe it’s because she’s totally beautiful or that she can kick-ass like no other girl in Korean dramas. It probably has something to do with the fact that she does her own stunts and that every drama that she’s done since Damo in 2003 has [...]

Top 6 New 2013 Korean Dramas of December thumbnail

Wow guys, we have almost made it through the entire year!!! And with that I’ve got a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT for all you Hallyu Back dramas fans out there: You get to decide on and vote for your favorite dramas of 2013!!!   Here is how it will work: For each of the three (3) ballot [...]

Top 6 New 2013 Taiwanese Dramas of Fall thumbnail

I really like Taiwanese dramas. Prior to coming to Korea and immersing myself in Korean dramas and the like, there was a period in time when all I wanted to watch were Taiwanese dramas.   My absolute favorite dramas are Taiwanese dramas, and although I’ve been warming up quite a bit to Kdramas as of [...]

Top 8 Best Jang Geun Suk Korean Dramas thumbnail

I’m a huge Jang Geun Seok fan. Anyone who’s been following my videos for any length of time knows this fact. Out of all of the younger 20-something Korean actors he’s one of my favorites if not my number one.   I think part of this is because he’s just not your typical Korean actor. [...]

Best Korean Drama Scenes thumbnail

What better way to combine the YouTube talent we’ve been hanging out with this week, and my love for Kdramas and Asian dramas than to make a video about it! And that’s exactly what we did! We were commissioned by YouTube to make 2 videos for our channel with all the members of our group [...]

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The Heirs is the most highly anticipated drama of the year. As early as spring, we were already talking about this drama and there was a lot of speculation as to whether it would actually be able to live up to all of the hype around it. With the YouTube YTMAs and last week being [...]

Top 6 New 2013 Korean Dramas of November thumbnail

In Korea, autumn is in full swing and everyone wants to stay inside and watch Asian dramas! Ok, maybe just me. Not really, I’ve been having a lot of conversations with friends of all ages about their favorite recent dramas: Heirs, Master’s Sun, Reply 1994 and Suspicious Housekeeper. And now that midterms are over, I [...]

Top 19 Best Kpop Korean Drama Actors thumbnail

You guys know that I love Korean Dramas, but one area of Korean culture that I haven't always been on the bandwagon for is K-pop. Mind you, I always knew way more about it than my hubby Richard, or I did until recently. When I first came to Korea, it was all about Big Bang, [...]

Top 11 Best 2013 Kpop Music Videos and Songs thumbnail

In honor of being selected by YouTube to attend the first ever YouTube music awards being held in New York, London and Seoul on November 3rd, 2013, I’ve put together my first ever comprehensive list of what I consider the best Kpop songs and videos of 2013. I’m beginning to take knowing about Kpop and [...]

Top 10 Korean and Japanese Mini Dramas thumbnail

I’m in drama limbo. Anyone there with me? It all started when I recently finished watching a Master’s Sun – great drama btw! I knew that Heirs would start airing shortly after since it was taking over the time slot. Now it is out and I can watch it – but I have to wait [...]

30 Day Asian Drama Challenge – Days 1-10 thumbnail

HallyuBack is now on tumblr! It's been an eventful week or so.. Busan, Painting, filming a music video, doing a radio interview, and I started taking the 30 Day Asian Drama Challenge. The HallyuBack house is fairly buzzing with everything. It was so busy that I actually got behind on the whole 30 day challenge [...]

Top 8 Must See Lee Min Ho Dramas thumbnail

OMG guys, so ‘Heirs’ is coming out soon! Hello Lee Min Ho! Actually, I’m not going to be watching just for him, but that’s beside the point. This man is like the biggest thing to hit the international Kdrama community since… Rain? Ok, maybe not, but he was pretty dang popular before he decided to [...]

Top 20 New 2013 Japanese Dramas of October thumbnail

It’s Jdrama week! And oh-my-goodness, does Japan have a lot of exciting dramas coming out this Month. Names like Kame, Maki Horikita, AKIRA, Ryo, Koike Teppei, Nakama Yukie.. I seriously cannot begin to explain to you all how awesome this month is for Asian dramas. In actually making the top 20, I will say that [...]

Top 6 New 2013 Korean Dramas of October thumbnail

It’s October Kdrama Time!!! I seriously couldn’t wait to make this video. While the actual video itself hasn’t been months in production, it was months ago that I first started anticipating these October dramas – it was March in fact when we all heard that Lee Min Ho was going to be making a drama [...]

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You know those dramas that are really great but never become all that popular? I think we all have our favorites dramas or TV shows that stand out in our memory for one reason or another that for some reason the rest of humanity just hasn’t caught on to it’s amazingness. Now it would be [...]

Top 5 New 2013 Taiwanese Dramas of Summer thumbnail

I love Taiwanese dramas! It’s been soooo long since I’ve managed to sit down and watch a Taiwanese series from beginning. Well actually I can’t say that because I did watch one this year.. but only one. I watched one with Mike He called Love Keeps Going, which I thought was really good but ended [...]

Top 7 New 2013 Japanese Dramas of September thumbnail

Today marks the beginning of our last weekend in the USA and as I keep saying it’s been an awesome trip but we’re excited to get back to Korea as well.   One of my favorite stops was chilling out with a few of my friends in State College, PA and indulging in an old [...]

Top 5 New 2013 Korean Dramas of September thumbnail

We’re over halfway through August and you know what that means, great new Korean dramas coming out in September! (Ok, it also means a new semester of school for most of us – but I’m trying to be positive ^.~) This season looks to be not as exciting as October, though really that’s not surprising [...]

Top 10 Kdrama Gender Benders thumbnail

One of the more popular dramaland clichés that Korea loves is the Gender Bender drama. There’s just something about girls pretending to be guys – I don’t really get it, though I admit I love watching it as much as everyone else. Why drama producers think that a girl cutting off her long hair and [...]

Top 50 Korean Drama Clichés thumbnail

Clichés. Korean dramas are full of them. To those of us like me who've been watching them for years, there comes a point in time where they become an endearing part of drama watching that makes the show, for newbie watchers they may be confusing or even a frustrating part of drama watching. Although I [...]

Top 10 Best 2013 Korean Drama Kisses [first half] thumbnail

It’s summertime in Korea (and in the northern hemisphere) and that means time for some summer lovings! 2013 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for Kdrama kissing scenes! Korea is bringing the heat and knocking down walls to keep the kisses in Korean dramas fresh. This is a delight for all of us [...]

Top 6 Best Korean Dramas of 2013 so far thumbnail

Nowadays, to be the best Korean drama is actually pretty difficult. There are some guidelines that can propel Korean dramas further along, and sometimes it truly just a popularity contest. In these sorts of television shows being aired live on Korean television first, you gotta have people who can act. Korean dramas tend to be [...]

Top 5 Best Japanese Dramas of 2013 thumbnail

Although Japanese dramas in 2013 still aren’t nearly as popular as Korean dramas, I’m really excited for the comeback they are making! My thing is, before the big Japanese earthquake, Jdramas were very popular, and very, very good. After the whole earthquake shook the country (which by the way they talk about in Saikou no [...]

Top 5 New 2013 Korean Dramas of August thumbnail

OMG I can’t believe it’s finally time to do another August Dramas video! While I’ve been doing Hallyu Back unofficially for over a year now, the first video I really made by myself that was successful and helped me see that this could really be something was my Top 5 New Korean Dramas of August [...]

Top 15 Food Dramas of Korea, Taiwan & Japan thumbnail

I have a confession. I’m a food porn enthusiast. I believe it started somewhere when I was in elementary school with only 10 channels and I had a choice between golf, fishing or Julia Child. I love that woman, and her book ‘My Life in France’ is a great read that I recommend to anyone [...]

Top 5 New 2013 Taiwanese Dramas of June thumbnail

I’m always excited at the prospect of making a video a Taiwanese drama related video. Don’t get me wrong, I like Korean dramas and creating Korean drama review vlogs as much as any of the videos my husband and I produce, but because the Korean drama videos tend to be a bit more popular than [...]

Top 15 New July 2013 Japanese Dramas thumbnail

Gosh am I excited for the summer!!! Not only will I finally get to give my daddy a hug after a year of not seeing him (yes I am going home for the summer!), but there look to be some fantastic Jdramas coming out. The first drama from this list that really stands out to [...]

Top 5 Korean Dramas of July 2013 thumbnail

OMG I just finished writing a nearly 20 page long take home final exam!!! IT took me two entire days (pretty much non-stop!) to get it all done, but at this point it’s about 99% completed. It’s days and moments like these that REEEAAAAAAALLLY make me look forward to new dramas coming out! So while [...]

Top 20 Rich Guy Poor Girl Korean Dramas thumbnail

It’s officially June! I can’t begin to describe how I’ve been longing for this month to come. I think my desire for warm weather started about the same time that I came back from my honeymoon in Thailand and got a full taste of Korean winter – it’s cold yo! In Korea, June also signals [...]

Top 5 New 2013 Korean Dramas of June thumbnail

June just may be my favorite month of the year for two reasons – it signals the end of the school term and I get birthday cake and presents. Because really, who doesn’t like that combination? I won’t get another set of school finishing and presents until December so I’ve got to enjoy it as [...]

Top 5 New 2013 Japanese – Taiwanese Dramas thumbnail

OMG, Fabulous Boys is finally out!!! Though I haven’t seen it yet (waiting for subs is torture) I feel like I’ve been waiting for this drama forever and it’s almost in my grasp! I’ve also totally been on a Jdrama kick lately, I think it’s because I’ve been watching so many Korean dramas this year [...]

Top 5 New 2013 Korean Dramas of May and June thumbnail

It’s officially May – Wahoo! In Korea, the cherry blossom season has come and gone and has left behind sunshine and warm weather. Along with the warm weather is the promise of the end of the school semester – we’re still over a month away, but already I’m starting to get excited and count down [...]

Top 5 Gong Yoo Korean Dramas thumbnail

To say that I like this man would be a complete understatement. Ok, ok, I don’t actually know Gong Yoo. I’ve never met the guy in person and only know what I do based on what I’ve read about him in the news and what I’ve seen him do in dramas and movies. But, despite [...]

Top 5 New 2014 Korean Dramas thumbnail

Wahhh hooooooooooo!!! For this video, saying that I have a creative imagination is an understatement! First off I wouldn’t make a video like this at all if I didn’t know that Korean dramas have certain trends. Korean dramas are unique in that they follow trends, and this is part of why they are so popular. [...]

Hyun Bin’s Hottest Kisses – Top 5 Fridays thumbnail

I didn’t know Hyun Bin and I haven’t actually seen much of his work prior to researching this video. I didn’t watch Kim Sam Soon because it came out before I got really interested in Korean dramas and I didn’t like the title. I started watching Worlds Within, and I admit he was cute in [...]

Top 5 Mike He Kisses – Top 5 Fridays thumbnail

One of the first Taiwanese dramas I discovered had Mike He in it. Devil Beside You will always have a special place in my heart. Despite having a mullet, which reminded me of Uncle Jessie in Full House (John Stamos), he had extremely handsome good looks. And when paired with Rainie Yang, I proceeded to [...]

Top 10 Lee Min Ho OTP for ‘Heirs’ – Top 5 Fridays thumbnail

I did the Top 5 Friday a little bit different this week.  Right as Rick and I were planning our next topic for the show, he noticed in one of the comments a fantastic recommendation.  As soon as I read it I could not have agreed more!  So, I began preparing it right away, and [...]

Top 5 Japanese Detective Dramas of Spring 2013 thumbnail

There are a whole bunch of what seem to be fun and interesting detective dramas coming out of Japan at the same time this year.  Though I’m not a huge fan of this genre of Asian drama, I still felt the need to put a video together about it.  And, after the chips had fallen [...]

Top 5 Taiwanese Dramas of Spring 2013 thumbnail

I love me some Taiwanese drama action, and I’m excited for this new crop of dramas coming out this spring. 5. Dandelion Love This is a drama that begins on April 8th, 2013 and is 40 episodes long.  I’m excited to hopefully see this one (if I have time) and I like the main actor [...]

Top 6 New 2013 Korean Dramas of April thumbnail

I’ve been doing ‘Top 5 Fridays’ for almost 7 months now (wow time really does fly!) and this was definitely one of the more memorable ones. They all have their own uniqueness to them, but this one special for a number of notable reasons. First off, this is the very first video I have ever [...]

Top 5 Super Junior M Kpop to Drama Crossovers thumbnail

I'm definitely a Kpop fan, but not as much as I am an Asian drama fan. Nevertheless, throughout the world it cannot be denied the popularity of Kpop. Just look at how Psy recently blew everyone out of the water with Gangnam Style. So when I was brainstorming new possible topics for Top 5 Fridays, [...]

Top 5 School Drama Series thumbnail

I love Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean School dramas!!! I’ve been meaning to do this video for months, I really have. The only issue that was holding me back was the fact that, at least in the beginning, I knew my videos just weren’t that good yet. I still felt a bit shy in front of [...]

Top 5 New Korean Dramas of March 2013 thumbnail

It's almost March and there's so much happening in the Korean drama world.  There's plenty of new historical dramas to check out, a time travel mystery and one about how to become a popstar! I made a huge mistake in reviewing these Top 5 in that one of these dramas isn't actually being released in [...]

Top 5 New 2013 Korean Dramas of February thumbnail

Oh my goodness, can you say long awaited month of drama watching?  I don't even know where to begin! Oh wait, yes I do!  There's the family melodrama with lies and betrayal called 'Your Woman' that stars a woman that's becoming quite known for her acting in melodramas - while it's not at the top [...]

Top 5 Yoo Seung Ho Korean Dramas thumbnail

2012 was a big year for Yoo Seung Ho. And, for his age this little cuty has a ton of experience. Part of the reason I wanted to make a video about Yoo Seung Ho was because he was planning to join the military. He is going to be enlisted for at least 2 years, [...]

Top 5 Kamenashi Kazuya Japanese Dramas thumbnail

Kamenashi Kazuya is definitely one of my top 3 favorite Japanese actors. Since I made this video, I recently in watched him in Tatta Hitotsu no Koi. If I had seen this drama prior to making this list, it very well may have taken the number one spot. But.. such as life. These things happen. [...]

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This man is probably the most popular actor in Korea at this time. Prior to Boys Over Flowers in 2009, I had no idea who the heck this guy was. Unfortunately, after watching Boys Over Flowers, I wasn’t really a fan of how he acted the character. So, I boycotted his dramas until 2012 when [...]

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Most of 2012 wasn’t a great year for Taiwanese dramas, at least from a foreigner’s perspective. But, it looks like things have picked up in the winter of 2013 because they are bringing back a lot of the popular actors and actresses and the new stories look like they have a lot of potential. Most [...]

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I was really excited when I began researching for this Top 5 because I’m a huge fan of Japanese dramas. Unfortunately, since making this Top 5 I haven’t had time to watch any of them! The names of these ones were practically impossible to pronounce, especially since I don’t speak a lot of Japanese and [...]

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Okay, so it’s a brand new year, and with that comes a brand new set of Korean Dramas, right? Well, at least that’s what Wikipedia is telling me. And Soompi. And others. I’m addicted. 5. A Hundred Years Legacy This was originally called ‘Third Generation Noodle House’. I’m a big fan of Eugene. I think [...]

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Who doesn’t love the drama kisses on the screens??? I do I do!!!!! ☺ I made this video several months earlier than writing this, and since making this Top 5 Friday it has become my # 2 all time watched video!!! YAY!!!! 5. King 2 Heart’s “Drunken Munchie Kiss” This one is kind of like [...]

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2012 was a great year for Korean dramas. Come admit it, you think so too!^^ It’ll always be an epic year for me anyways because it was the year I started making drama videos as part of Hallyu Back. 5. Rooftop Prince This drama really surprised me. I didn’t expect it to be as good [...]

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5. Legal High A legal comedy about an attorney who loves his money and women but always wins the case and a female rookie attorney who starts to work at the firm and how their personalities clash. It's something to make you laugh while those of us in the northern hemisphere are freezing up here. [...]

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5. Alice in Wonder City Young music students find themselves in the big city of Taipei. I was a bit surprised as Taiwanese dramas usually take the time and episodes they need to put out the story. 4. When Love Walked In Calvin Chen rocks! I’m sure I’ve said this before.. and in this one [...]

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I’m a music lover, and a drama lover, so naturally I’m a music drama lover! ;) 5. Ma Boy A Hi-Teen Korean drama! At 3 episodes long how can you not check it out? 4. KPOP The Ultimate Audition I didn’t like this one as much, and so I dropped it after the first episode. [...]

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I’m into historical dramas, so I decided to make this list as 2012 comes to a close. 5. Horse Doctor If you like horses and you’re a fan of Korean dramas, this one is definitely for you. A doctor of the King during the Joseon dynasty period follows a veterinarian as he goes through the [...]

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Made this video in November 2012, but didn't make the blog post until the middle of 2013. This is simply because there was no blog back in Nov. 2012. The YouTube videos came way before the blog. Anyhoo, I dig Japan. Japanese culture, Jdramas, some of the Japanese actors, and well, some of the actresses [...]

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My love for this particular biscuit began way, WAAAAYYYYY back when I was a university student. When I first started watching anime, I noticed they were eating this strange food called ‘Pocky’ that they would eat whenever they were studying or just hanging out. One fine day I found myself in Walmart looking for some [...]

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5. Goong S Goong S is a spinoff of a very popular drama named Goong. The original Goong was a alternate universe Cinderella story where a poor high school girl marries the crown prince of Korea. .. except Korea doesn’t have a crown prince anymore because S. Korea isn’t a monarchy. But Goong S to [...]

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5. King of Dramas The King of Dramas ended up going all the way through fall and into winter. It became more popular than I originally anticipated. It was all about the industry.. the drama industry that is. I guess people really want to know all about dramas and watch Choi Si Won. Why else [...]

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I did this video awhile ago, and looking back, with the exception of number 1 (and maybe 2) these dramas just don’t get talked about enough. 5. Three Dads, One Mom It stars Eugene who is a Korean actress I really like.  After her husband dies she’s at a loss of what to do.  So, [...]

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This was my first kissing video. I had no idea at the time how seriously large the demand on YouTube was for kissing videos. Drama lovers like most of us seem to watch for kissing scenes. One of the things we all can’t wait to see and that we are all looking forward to is [...]

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Wow, my hair was really red back then! It was as red as the maple leaves in fall. I always liked finding out what new dramas are coming out, what looks good and what I want to watch. I suppose this is how I started Hallyu Back in the first place. 5. Resident This one [...]

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Shortly after discovering Japanese dramas, I discovered Taiwanese dramas. For an undergraduate student in college in the U.S., I had a lot of free time on my hands. A lot of long weekends meant me cuddled up with my laptop on my day bed in my dorm room eating bread with Nutella and me watching [...]

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I couldn’t talk about my love of Asian dramas without talking about Miyazaki sooner or later. So, the video about Miyazaki and his brilliant animations which I SO LOVE came sooner. This man’s animations are pretty much single-handedly got me into anime, which In turn got me more or less into live action dramas which [...]

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This was my first official show of ‘Top 5 Fridays.’ I had made two before this, in the US but both of those were in the form of TOADs where I just listed 5 dramas instead of one. To my delight, one of those two videos ‘Top 5 Korean Dramas of August 2012’, became way [...]

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This is the video that started it all, or that at least gave me hope. Little did I know that it would be this video that helped boost my desire to continue making videos about Korean dramas. This was only the third video I shot and edited all by myself. Rick and I had always [...]

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When I wrote and filmed this, mysoju.com was the website I used to follow Asian dramas. It was a site that connected you to streaming sites, and kept me up to date with the latest dramas coming out from around Asia. Unfortunately now it is no longer in existence.. although now there are a lot [...]