Goodbye, 2015. Hello, 2016!
With a brand new year comes plenty of new resolutions, exciting opportunities, and… wonderfully addictive K-dramas! Which actors and actresses will get paired up together this year is anybody’s guess, but the endless possibilities are absolutely thrilling. Along with new couples who will send our hearts fluttering are those unforgettable couples we keep wishing would get reunited for a second round of action.
Although we wouldn’t mind seeing them a third time, couples who have already been reunited are excluded from this particular list, such as Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum, Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara, Nam Sang Mi and Lee Joon Gi, and Park Seo Joon and Hwang Jung Eum (kind of), just to name a few.
In no particular order, here are the couples we simply must see again in 2016. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for these pairings!
Still one of the best couples to date, no “best” list would be complete without “Coffee Prince“! Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye had enough overflowing chemistry to keep viewers awake, alert, and on their toes — even without the coffee! It was an amazing journey watching the two grow and fall in love, completely disregarding gender in the process.
We’re not the only ones who completely fell for this pairing as Yoon Eun Hye herself was so distraught over having to say goodbye to Go Eun Chan that she shed buckets of tears at the drama’s after party. Hopefully, she will have the chance to be her own gorgeous self when she reunites with Gong Yoo!
Bae Yong Joon and Lee Ji Ah sizzled with undeniable chemistry in “The Legend,” better known as “The Story of the First King’s Four Gods.” For a drama that took two years to film, you know they were bringing their A-game! Their realistic portrayal of the silent and gentle love between Damdeok and Sujini tugged fiercely at the heartstrings and sparked dating rumors, even without a single kiss in its 24-episode run.
For their reunion, we need kisses. Lots of kisses. A happy ending for every single one of their past, present, and future lives would be a great bonus too!
The purpose of the game is to lie, but there’s no lying when it comes to Lee Sang Yoon and Kim So Eun‘s chemistry in “Liar Game.” Romance was not a genre for this drama, but it didn’t prevent viewers from wishing there was, especially since there was plenty of tension to go around and no relief in sight! I lost count of how many times I wished Lee Sang Yoon would just swoop in for an intense kiss with Kim So Eun!
That is precisely why we need to see them reunited in a good and proper romance, filled with courtship, dates, and the type of happy, positive emotions that come with falling in love.
A classic in my book, “Beautiful Days” is a 2001 oldie, but a must watch goodie. The reason? Lee Byung Hun and Choi Ji Woo, of course! Their chemistry was so rocking that the entire drama took a sharp turn by switching the male lead from Ryu Shi Won to Lee Byung Hun, and boy, are we glad they did! As if that wasn’t proof enough of how compatible they are, the last episode was also completely rewritten due to high viewer demands to give our beautiful couple a happy ending.
In the midst of coping with everything thrown in their direction, including illness, family tragedy, and bankruptcy, their love was the whole nine yards of dating, marriage, and even a honeymoon. We don’t need anything else, but to see Lee Byung Hun and Choi Ji Woo onscreen together again!
Confession: There is only one kind of drama that scares me — 50 episode dramas.
They have a high tendency of going haywire and all kinds of crazy in order to fill the time, and although that might have been the case with all the makjang, birth secrets, and ahjumma fights in “You’re the Best, Lee Soon Shin,” I just couldn’t turn away from the love blossoming between Jo Jung Suk and IU. This was exactly the kind of captivating hate-to-love relationship I enjoy watching, where the person you fell in love with was the one you least expected!
For their reunion, we need an abundance of romancing and wooing, but none of the arguing and weak reasons for our couple’s heart wrenching breakup.
Lovingly coined the Geun-Geun couple by viewers, Jang Geun Suk and Moon Geun Young were the saving grace of “Mary Stayed Out All Night.” The initial premise was great, but at the halfway point, a sudden switch in writers quickly sent the drama spiraling down into disaster due to the new writer’s preference for Kim Jae Wook, the second male lead. It only became worse from there, but Jang Geun Suk and Moon Geun Young prevailed — even going so far as to write the entire last episode themselves to save their love, which was both heartwarming and adorable.
For their reunion, we’d like to see a much better plot (preferably without the writer trying, unsuccessfully, to kill off the main lead in a romantic comedy) and equal amounts of adorable!
Hwang Jung Eum holds quite the track record for reuniting with her co-stars, but Joo Sang Wook is not one of them… yet. In “Giant,” their unfortunate yet passionate love for each other left viewers torn but hopeful. We laughed with them and we cried with them after each twist in the road. Five years and a roller coaster of all-consuming emotions later, their performance still resounds deeply in our hearts.
Our wish for their reunion is one that’s more smooth sailing and less ill-fated. We don’t need the Romeo and Juliet, just the fairy tale happily ever after!
Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young did more than just heal themselves through the discovery of their fated past in “Healer“; they also set our hearts aflame with their love for each other, immovable through thick and thin. Gone were the illogical misunderstandings, the unwillingness to communicate, the forced breakup, the lonely despair, the typical drama cliches.
Instead, we were gifted with the type of loving relationship in which our two leads worked out any and all issues like two normal adults, choosing to trust and believe rather than suspect, and freely giving each other support because they cared that much. Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young had that perfect love that makes us crave their onscreen presence.
We just hope their reunion will have a plot just as good with a love just as strong and beautiful.
Han Ji Min is the yin to Park Yoochun‘s yang in “Rooftop Prince.” Keeping each others’ tempers in control, overcoming their differences, risking their lives, and protecting each other — they do it all for the sake of love. They aren’t afraid of tomorrow’s uncertainty or how fate might painfully rip them apart; they’re just cherishing one day at a time and loving each other to the fullest.
Even after 300 years, they will still love each other. Even after 30 years, we will still love them, but if we’re lucky, we won’t have to wait so long to see their reunion. Let’s just hope we don’t have to mix reincarnations again!
Timing is one of the most important elements in cooking and Song Jae Rim knows that best. Unfortunately, his timing in “Surplus Princess” with Jo Bo Ah was always off and their love was never meant to be. Still, their one-sided love for each other, albeit at different times, was enough to stir even the coldest of hearts. His willingness to let go and step back for the sake of her happiness was enviable and her reluctance to hurt him as she, too, chose to let go was equally as admirable.
We won’t ask for much the next time around; we just want Song Jae Rim to get the girl!
Another regrettable missed connection due to ill timing, Lee Pil Mo and Song Ji Hyo didn’t get the chance to fall in love with each other at the same time in “Emergency Couple.” Despite the unfortunate circumstance, Lee Pil Mo gave her the opportunity for a fresh start with a new career and Song Ji Hyo moved his previously immobile heart, allowing him the possibility to love again.
Their tension was sky high, but the friend zoning was like hitting rock bottom. Lee Pil Mo and Song Ji Hyo’s reunion should appease viewers with powerful chemistry and a happy ending for the couple. A handful of kisses should be tossed into the mix as well to satisfy us for their teasing almost-kiss.
Jang Hyuk and Oh Yeon Seo are the epitome of compatible in “Shine or Go Crazy.” Perfectly in sync and at ease with each other, the duo’s love also transcends gender and status. Intelligent and capable, they make up what the other lacks with their own skills for a full, well-rounded relationship.
Their love kept us swooning and their interactions were often filled with amusement, but, next time, their happy ending needs to happen before the afterlife and without royal obligations.
Which couple reunion are you most wishing for? Were there any not included in this list?
akinahana89 is a Soompi writer with a serious addiction to K-dramas. She loves living vicariously through the characters and falling in love right beside them. To her, one of the best feelings associated with watching K-dramas is the flutter of excitement and the intense twinge that strikes her right in the heart.