“Arang and the Magistrate” Takes Lead over “Nice Guy” and “To the Beautiful You”


Shin Min Ah and Lee Jun Ki’sArang and the Magistrate is currently number 1 in terms of Wed-Thurs drama ratings race. According to AGB Nielsen, the fantasy series recorded 14.5%, a 0.4% increase from the night before. It’s newest competitor “Nice Guy,” starring Moon Chae Won and Song Joong Ki, dropped down to single digits within the second episode, recording 9.9%. Meanwhile, “To the Beautiful You,” starring idols f(x)’s Sulli and SHINee’s Minho saw a slight increase, recording 5.8%. 

Based on famous folklore, “Arang and the Magistrate” takes place in the Joseon era. Shin Min Ah’s Arang is the daughter of a magistrate who is brutally murdered. She returns as a ghost with no recollection of her life and how she was murdered. Arang goes around haunting every new magistrate who comes to town, that is until Lee Jun Ki’s Eun Oh. Eun Oh isn’t just any ordinary Joseon man. Since early childhood, he had the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. As such, he’s gotten used to being bothered by the spirits. Eventually, Eun Oh helps Arang learn the truth of her death.

“Nice Guy” is a classic melodrama involving betrayal, revenge, and romance. The story is about Kang Maru (Song Joong Ki), who gave everything up for the woman (Park Shi Yeon) he loves only to be betrayed by her. To get revenge on his ex-girlfriend, he uses another girl (Moon Chae Won). 

“To the Beautiful You” is about Goo Jae Hee ( Sulli), an extreme fan girl of champion high-jumper Kang Tae Joon (Minho), who tries to make a comeback from a career-threatening injury. To help revive his career, Jae Hee impersonates a guy to attend Tae Joon’s all boys high school. The original Japanese manga had a Japanese drama created in 2007, as well as a Taiwanese version produced in 2006. Both versions were extremely popular, and many international fans are showing great interest in the Korean remake, which is produced by  SM Entertainment’s new video contents division, SM C&C.

What about Soompiers? What are you watching Wed-Thurs. nights?