POPdramatic's 30-Day Asian Drama Challenge: Day 27

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Day 27: Your top three bromances in dramas.

Only three? Okay, it's going to be VERY difficult to narrow them down to only three, but here they are.

(Also, sorry for not posting this yesterday. Due to unforeseen circumstances - a power outage - I was not able to keep my promise of posting a question per day, which sucks. But I guess it's not that big of an issue in retrospect, it just bothers me that I skipped a day.)

Eye Candy brotherhood (Shut Up: Flower Boy Band)

These guys and their friendship put my poor heart through the wringer. Starting from times of loss (Byung Hee T________T), this group of close friends suffered several setbacks, both together as a band and each of them alone as well. Although the boys had become a sort of a makeshift family for each other and had each other's backs whenever times got tough, the hard reality of having to grow up and chase their own dreams also created conflicts amongst them. There was never a moment you'd doubt their friendship, for they were always there for each other at the end of the day, but it was still a stirring journey to watch these kids struggle with finding themselves on their own, while also desperately trying to hold on to a bond of brotherhood. The time I spent with Eye Candy was truly an emotional roller coaster ride, but it was also a heart-tugging lesson about what it really means to be a friend.

Yoon Jae and Joon Hee's friendship (Answer Me 1997)

Although the relationship between Yoon Jae and Joon Hee had romantic undertones from one side which shaped a significant portion of their closeness, it was above all the support and loyalty for one another that truly defined their friendship. Joon Hee, who was hopelessly and secretly in love with Yoon Jae, always so selflessly rooted on for Yoon Jae and Shi Won to get together that it simultaneously warmed and broke my heart. But then again, Yoon Jae proved himself to be worthy of Joon Hee's devotion when he finally found out Joon Hee's true feelings and didn't put him on the spot, ridiculed him or even asked for an explanation, instead he was what Joon Hee had always been for him - a true friend. These two put me in a tough situation where I wanted them to be good friends forever, but also wished that in some alternate universe Joon Hee would get his happy ending with the boy he loved.

Geu Rae and Manager Oh's bossmance (Misaeng)

This was a relationship with multiple layers as Manager Oh was never just his boss or a friend to Geu Rae, he was a mentor, a father figure and a hero that Geu Rae looked up to for genuine approval. As a viewer, you could easily put yourself into Geu Rae's shoes for he held Manager Oh's opinion in high regard, because of course he would as Manager Oh was a man of good principles and acted as an everyday hero at the office. But Geu Rae himself turned out to be something more than Manager Oh expected. Despite the initial disapproval of Geu Rae, Manager Oh would come to respect his new employee for his sincere effort and unexpected insights, but also appreciate the little lost puppy as a person and a companion. Their relationship was heartwarming to watch for they came to fill the empty spots in each others lives, that of a father figure for Geu Rae and a dear employee for Manager Oh, but together they also became a force that shook up the mundane everyday routine at One International.

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