K-Drama Review: “Tale of the Nine Tailed”

K-Drama Review: “Tale of the Nine Tailed” tantalizes with fantasy narrative albeit its conflict-bombarded plot

Running on a problem-laden plot, all to claim an elusive romance – Tale of Nine Tailed closes neatly fulfilling its hero’s ultimate yearning.

Separately, the fantasy and therefore the romance is both engrossing. But fusing the 2 overwhelms inevitably. Its reference to a Korean folktale, superstitions, and mythical beliefs sure raise its engrossing drive.

However, the arduous journey of its lead pairing reached a degree that as a viewer, you’ll be able to now not feel, if it’s worth fighting for. Down the last four episodes, petitioning to Kim Yeomra gave the impression of a plausible cause.

Because seriously, Lee Yeon doesn’t have a grand dream, but to be with the girl he loved in his long lifetime, so why was it so hard to attain it?

  • Title: Tale of the Nine Tailed
  • Network: tvN
  • Themes: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
  • Length: 16 Episodes
  • Broadcast Date: 07 October 2020 – 3 December 2020
  • Main Cast: Lee Dong Wook | Jo Bo Ah | Kim Bum | Hwang Hee | Lee Tae Ri | Kim Yong Ji | Kim Jung Nan | Ahn Gil Kang
  • Highlights: Infused Korean folklore | Strong Cliff-hangers | Bromance | Lee Dong Wook |
  • Overall Rating: 4/5
  • Rewatch Value: 3.5/5
  • Related Dramas: A Korean Odyssey, Guardian: The Lonely and Great God | My Girlfriend could be a Gumiho |

Quick plot summary

Lee Yeon (Lee Dong Wook), could be a former mountain deity who has been mingling with humans while awaiting his reincarnated past love. Eventually discovering Nam Ji-ah (Jo Bo Ah) because the one he has been looking ahead to, they need to defy their cursed romance and an evil monster who caused her demise within the first lifetime they shared.


Lee Dong Wook

With his arresting features, Lee Dong Wook secures permission to travel for the more mythical characters as iconic as his portrayal of a Grim Reaper, and now, a contemporary day nine-tailed-fox. we will hardly complain especially if he goes to varying reminder gorgeous, even more, I feel than his My Girl days.

Adding to his charm as gumiho Lee Yeon is his romantic side that even the afterlife higher-ups bow all the way down to. Who wouldn’t love a robust creature as patient as Lee Yeon to become his lover? Ruminating on his character deeply, he reminds us that happiness is some things that we work to realize.

It isn’t served during a beautiful plate. It defeats the preconception that gaiety comes with little joy. Because essentially, happiness doesn’t come as easy because it seems.

Lee Yeon’s tough journey to succeed in a content state by sealing Ji-ah’s imoogi-free-life came at the agonizing price of losing his brother. united of the key characters within the series, it can’t be helped to wish him luck in gaining his simple dreams.

Lee Gumiho siblings’ bromance

Parading a bickering bromance, Lee brothers gifted us the most effective of unbridled and mesmerizing male gumiho charms. Rooting for them to clear the misunderstanding is but normal especially since their bromance is typically even more felt than the 000 romantic relationships within the story.

Kim Bum’s mercurial character blandly induces hate because even without the narrative explaining their back story; it’s really hard to harbor resentment once you see his lazy smile. More so, when he can’t express his rebellious streak to his hyung as identical to his fear of losing him. *wink

A highlight within the series is Rang’s sacrifice. It also clinched his redeeming moment, a pardoning act to the wrongs he committed paving how for an opportunity for him to be reincarnated.

Lee Yeon & Ji Ah’s love journey

Sans the ostensibly taxing love fulfillment, the sweet highs of discovering their love and renewing it became the essence and bane of Tale of Nine Tailed.

How can Lee Yeon and Ji-ah be unlucky to satisfy again after such a large amount of decades and bear the identical problem again? And no, raising the “fantasy card” doesn’t alleviate the course of the narrative.

These are my thoughts before watching the finale episodes. In the end, I compromise to its romance realization of celebrating love once you found it. Because for a few people, it would not happen within the life they want to say it.

The thrilling interweaving of Korean myth

If you have got been a disciple of Korean fantasy dramas, Tale of the Nine Tailed is straightforward to navigate since you have got previous dramas/films you’ll look consult with. for amateur watchers, you don’t must feel daunted since the series patiently explained everything.

Leading quite an embellished narrative with details for the viewers to not wander off, it ultimately settled to the last hurdle thrown by the nefarious villain. His link to Ji-ah and his dream to possess Lee Yeon’s body. Both pointing to the straightforward meaning of destructing the love pairing’s united dream of being together.

In managing its side conflicts like Ji-ah’s mission to assert back her parents; interesting mythical characters were also introduced. It helped in powering strong cliff-hangers every episode.

Representing a personality empty love, the villain imoogi signifies another resonating message within the series. that’s an acceptance that you simply can change for the higher. Like how Rang and Yuri did, but the imoogi refuses to aspire.

Tale of Nine Tailed series afterthoughts

Honestly, Tale of the Nine Tailed is full of twists and turns that produce its story engrossing to look at. But how it layered the urgency of the romance to be fulfilled are a few things that I failed to feel standing go into the series.

It felt gratifying to work out the most characters’ individual goals came true. Like how Lee brothers reconcile and Ji-ah’s reunion with her parents. Even Shin-ju establishing a clear connection to Yu-ri has had me say yass! within the series. But the complicated romance drive might really test a viewer’s patience.

Nevertheless, its pumped-up narrative takes the credit for how it reels the urge to cheer for the end result of the series. Quite ironically, its underdog theme doesn’t complement its pictured stalwart hero. But it fortified the unpredictability of the plot.

Lee Yeon’s dream

Going maverick on its romance trajectory in an exceedingly way helped cushion the moments after you felt bad at the painstaking tasks the loving couple had to endure.

By taking the “emotionally battered and misfortune magnet” situation of Lee Yeon, who only incorporates a simple love wish, the series subconsciously locked the viewers hopeful of anything but a contented ending.

Delivering well to their supporting roles, the human and non-human cast of Tale of the Nine Tailed got moments that jive well within the narrative. Especially the solid loyalty bond of Lee brothers to Yu-ri and Shin-ju.

Apart from that, the relatively big cast, even the special appearances, serve their purpose well. you’ll be able to easily identify their respective spotlight moments within the series.


Reaching a happy-ending closure finally the sacrifices, Tale of the Nine Tailed gives a mixed feeling. you may be drawn to its fantasy premise, but not feel drawn to its romance fulfillment. Or, you are feeling the romance, but get frustrated with its rich reference in Korean mythology, complicated plot, and even the current pandemic situation.

Strangely, the serving of all’s well that ends well can’t quite add up to its toilsome narrative. But, the parade of quirky and emotional portrayals of its main leads compensate effectively to minor inconsistencies, leaving a gratifying impression.

My biggest takeaway within the series aside from the patience to endure in claiming true love is that the concept of loyalty. That faithful devotion we create either by blood or affinity was pictured vibrantly within the series appreciate the trademark of a nine-tailed fox.

Building connection only matters if it’s mutual. You don’t need an enormous circle of connection; sometimes a detailed circle serves the aim even greater than we imagined.

We saw the unselfish deals and sacrifices made by the characters were driven by the burden of affection. Love that springs from the shared memories and being there when it matters.

If standard sweet romance isn’t right in your alley, then you may be charmed when fantasy kicks mix in. Try exploring Tale of the Nine Tailed, for quite a fascinating treat.

Relive the gorgeous moments of the series through the first soundtracks below.

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