우리 옆집에 EXO가 산다
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- https://getinformed.carrd.co/ This is an incredible carrd with information and resources about many of the issues the world is going through right now!
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EXO Next Door aired in April/May 2015. It has 16 episodes and was directed by Lee Kwon. EXO Next Door has a 7.7 rating on My Drama List, but I don’t think that’s truly down to merit, but EXO-L’s supporting their boys. I’m not really sure why it exists, but it does, so let’s talk about it!
Ji Yeon Hee (Moon Ga Young) is a 23yr old woman who lives at home and is forced to do odd jobs for her estate agent mother (Kim Hee Jung). Yeon Hee has no luck in love because she blushes profusely and has trouble speaking her feelings when she’s around boys she likes (she’s also really oblivious!). One day, she is forced to work as a housekeeper for a property her mother manages (?).
The house happens to be next door and her new bosses/neighbours turn out to be 4 members of EXO.
The premise isn’t truly that interesting. However, we do have another side, with Chanyeol thinking that he is cursed due to the breaking of his grandfather’s (Yoon Joo Sang) necklace. He is using the time in which the group’s activities have been suspended – due to Suho being in hospital having hurt his leg – to find the “spare” necklace in his grandfather’s old home.
I wouldn’t say this drama is watchable or good because of the plot. Sometimes it got bogged down by trying to be too serious, or some things just didn’t make sense or went too quickly.
The main love arc is between Chanyeol and Yeonhee. Chanyeol is the typical kdrama lead, being obnoxious and mean. Baekhyun even says at one point that he’s acting like a child being mean to his crush on the playground. Considering Chanyeol is a manic baby, he did well with the role. The romance was also very fast, but at the same time didn’t really go anywhere. I was more interested in the dynamic of them being friends and how their past as childhood friends brought them closer in the present.
Also, Kyungsoo was there. He was always kind to Yeonhee. He helped her and supported her, but she was so oblivious. And out of all the members his acting was the most natural (obvs) but considering I didn’t really like Chanyeol’s character, I’m not too fussed that he was relegated to second.
There was also a small plot about Yeonhee’s first love from secondary school (not sure if high school, so playing it safe with UK terminology 😂). I thought this would play out more, but Minhwan (Lee Yoo Jin) seemed like something thrown in for no real reason other than to annoy Chanyeol.
The other side of the plot – Chanyeol’s grandfather’s necklace – was interesting and for the most part well integrated with the plot.
Overall, the acting wasn’t bad. There was at times a campiness about it all – especially when the members all got together: we stan idiots and I would have liked more scenes of them together – but it added to the fun and often quirky editing. Moon Ga Young definitely held this drama together and was great! I’d like to see her other works ♥
I basically stayed around for the antics! And Kyungsoo ✌
Yeonhee’s family dynamic was funny and strange. Her mother is hilarious and somewhat mean, but it never came off as cruel. Her relationship with her son Kwangsoo (Jang Yoo Sang) was hilarious. She knows she birthed two clueless idiots 😂
And talking of Kwangsoo. His friendship/bromance with Sehun was the best part of this drama! I would have watched one solely based around these two. They were hilarious, weird and heartwarming all at the same time. They needed more scenes! And through this relationship we also saw how each really cared for Yeonhee and Chanyeol.
And lastly Ga Eun (Jeon Soo Jin) was a funny edition. She was the more “worldly” friend, but still had no clue about what was happening. I love seeing female friendships, so it was nice to see Yeonhee not just spend all her time with the EXO members.
Overall, is this a bad drama? No. It’s quirky, mostly funny and very easy to watch. The episodes are around 12-15 minutes, with 16 in total.
It’s nothing to rave home about, but the main target audience is obviously EXO-L’s and I think for the most part they seemed to enjoy it. We tend to be less critical of our favourite groups and there is an element of fanservice with this drama.
- Drama: EXO Next Door
- Country: South Korea
- Episodes: 16
- Aired: April 9th, 2015 – May 28th, 2015
- Aired On: Tuesday & Thursday
- Original Network: Naver TV Cast
- Duration: 15 min.
Have you seen this drama? What were your thoughts? Do you plan on watching it?
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