Just like movies, our favorite Korean dramas sometimes gain inspiration from novels and other written and illustrated works. In fact, several of the most hits K-Dramas based on Webtoons or Manhwas
What Is A Webtoon?
Webtoons are a kind of online comics that originated in South Korea. They’re released regularly (sometimes weekly or monthly). Some of the most popular websites for these comics are Naver Webtoon and Daum. What sets webtoons apart from regular comics is that each episode or chapter is published in one long, vertical strip for easier viewing on phones or computers; they will most likely be in color instead of black-and-white since they aren’t really published in physical form; some of them feature music and animations that play during each chapter! Earlier Korean dramas based on webtoons, manhwas (another term for Korean comics), or Japanese mangas include Full House (2004), Goong/Princess Hours (2006), and Boys Over Flowers (2009)! Here 10 Hits K-Dramas Based On Webtoons Or Manhwas come out recently.
1. Love Alarm (2019)
The Plot: Based on the webtoon by Cheon Kye Yeong, Love Alarm tells the story of people who want to know what their hearts want in a society where people use an app to find out who likes them (sounds familiar?). To be precise, the app tells people who like them within a 10-meter radius! The drama was originally set to air in 2018 but will show on the streaming platform Netflix in 2019. It will star young stars Kim So Hyun, Song Kang, and Jung Ga Ram.
2. My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2018)
The Plot: My ID Is Gangnam Beauty is about a college student named Mi Rae (Im Soo Hyang) and her journey through living a “new life” after she undergoes plastic surgery. She was deemed “ugly” by her classmates before, and when she enters university, she encounters Kyung Seok (Cha Eun Woo), an old classmate who remembers her from high school. The webtoon has a total of 72 chapters!
3. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? (2018)
The Plot: Derived from the webtoon Why Secretary Kim, it tells the story of a narcissistic chaebol named Young Joon (Park Seo Joon) and his long-term hard-working secretary Mi So (Park Min Young). After nine years, she announces that she’s quitting. He urges her to stay in the company and does all sorts of grand gestures to convince her—until they realize it’s not just about the job anymore. The 98-chapter webtoon was written by Kim Myeongmi and Jeong Gyeong Yun.
4. Cheese In The Trap (2016)
The Plot: Jung (Park Hae Jin) is the rich heir to the Taerang Group and seemingly has a perfect life, but he also displays psychopathic tendencies! This causes Seol (Kim Go Eun) to take time off school to get away from him. When she returns through a scholarship, he is unexpectedly nice to her and asks her out on a date. They begin a really awkward relationship which is further complicated by the arrival of Jung’s childhood friends.
The drama adaptation has met with controversies because fans felt like the show changed the original storyline and characters too much. The director and scriptwriters also apologized to the original webtoon writer, as the show was nearing its end.
5. Itaewon Class (2020)
The webtoon “Itaewon Class” (in Korean “이태원 클라쓰”) was adapted into a drama. It tells the story of the CEO of a major company of Food Service and his son. The main character lost his father because of the CEO’s son and he is alone. (According to the webtoon plot) His dream was to be a policeman but because of the situation, he decided to seek revenge for his father’s death by becoming rich. Little by little, he tried to reach his dream and he managed to open a pub. Later, he became the CEO of the company name I.C. (Itaewon Class).
“Itaewon Class” drama’s producer is Kim SungYoon, he previously worked for the popular drama “Love in the Moonlight”. The drama aired on cable channel JTBC (available on Netflix) from Jan .31 with Park SeoJoon, Kim DaMi, and Yoo JaeMyung.
6. Mystic Pop-up Bar (2020)
The Netflix series centers around the life of a 500-year-old mysterious pop-up bar owner named Wol Ju (Hwang Jung Eum). The mission of this enigmatic character is to help 10,000 people solve their problems in order to avoid being banished to hell.
She teams up with Kang Bae (Yook Sung Jae) who possesses the power to make people share their deepest sentiments and woes once he touches them. Wol Ju and her trusted assistant, Gui (Won-Young), proceed to jump into people’s dreams to unravel their worries in an attempt to solve them.
With a spellbinding storyline and a stellar cast to bring the characters to life, Mystic Pop-up Bar is a magical drama that will tug at your heartstrings with its profound healing abilities.
Life isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it. Life definitely has its ways of surprising us with serendipitous wonders, especially if we never give up. In these uncertain times, there’s one thing that never wavers: it’s always dark before the sun rises again.
7. True Beauty (Confirmed for second half of 2020)
True Beauty tells the story of Lim Ju Gyung, a shy girl whose social standing skyrockets after mastering the art of makeup via YouTube tutorials. But, will her elite status be short-lived, and how long can she keep her “real self” a secret? What about that cute boy she likes? What happens if he finds out the truth?. The drama was translated into 4 languages and tops the webtoon liked by international readers.
The drama will be produced by the production company BonFactory and by Studio N. The author announced the news of the adaptation on her Instagram. The full casting and schedule are yet to be released. ASTRO’s Cha EunWoo and Moon GaYoung were offered the lead roles.
8. Backstreet Rookie (2020)
Backstreet Rookie is a Korean drama based on a hit webtoon called Convenience Store Saet-byul and recently started airing on 19 June 2020.
4 years ago, a convenience store owner met a high school student in an alley and couldn’t get his mind off her. Fast forward to present day, she returns to his store as a part time employee and an unlikely love story unfolds between the two despite their 10-year age gap. It tells the romance between a four-dimensional innocent femme fatale part-timer and a handsome sloppy manager. The main cast are Ji Chang-wook as Choi Dae-hyun, Kim Yoo-jung as Jung Saet-byul, Do Sang-woo as Jo Seung-jun, Han Sun Hwa as Yoo Yeon-joo.
This drama was highly anticipated even before promotional activities kicked off as it managed to cast Ji Chang-wook and Kim Yoo-jung as the main leads. Based on recent reviews, the leads have great chemistry and have showcased a comical side never before seen in their previous dramas.
9. Rugal (2020)
This action-packed comic by Rel.mae revolves around detective Kang Ki-beom as he works to bring down a criminal organisation called Argos.
One day, he returns home to find his wife murdered by Argo’s men. Still in disbelief, he was ambushed and blinded by the men.
The National Intelligence Service (NIS) offers him a chance at revenge by joining Rugal, a special team put together to track down Argos. When he regains his sight thanks to a pair of artificial eyeballs, he sets out with Rugal to hunt down Argos.
10. Memorist (2020)
Here’s an action thriller comic for those who live for adrenaline. Dong Baek may look like a normal detective going around catching bad guys, but he actually possesses the ability of reading people’s memories.
Follow him as he puts his talent to good use by working together with Han Sun-mi, a gifted criminal profiler, to solve a series of murders. But the duo gets more than what they bargained when they discover secrets about themselves they wish they never knew.
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