Lucky Romance Episode 1 First Impression Review

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My drama luck hasn’t been quite up to par, but ironically it’s “Lucky” Romance that may be exactly what I need right now.

Lucky Romance - So unlucky screencap episode 1

When I heard about Lucky Romance, I added it to my list and thought “Hmm, that might be alright”. It sounded humorous and had a pretty decent cast (although I honestly haven’t seen the male lead, Ryoo Joon Yeol in anything before. Then the release date approached, and I started to waver… becoming unsure if I wanted to go ahead and start the drama. But reading some reviews/thoughts on episode 1 and 2 definitely encouraged me to go ahead and watch (which I’m glad I did).

Episode 1 Lucky Romance Female Quirky Lead

I love quirky/eccentric leads in romantic comedies, whether they are male or female leads. What I really like about the characters in this drama especially, is we very quickly get a back story on the main characters. They really flesh the characters out well from the very beginning which clarifies why the characters are the way they are and behave the way they do. They don’t have their little quirks without reason. I thought the drama would be pure fluff, but they’ve set it up well  for some more serious emotions and drama later on.

As much as I love analyzing, i like that I didn’t have much to overthink in the first episode; it was simply enjoyable and I laughed a lot.

Episode 1 Quick Recap

Lucky Romance - CEO fainted screencap

So we get to find out about a lot of the various issues that the characters have. Je Soo Ho (played by Ryoo Joon Yeol) is a genius, but he has extreme anxiety and cannot handle large crowds well. Everything starts to spin, go blurry and he feels faint (and usually ends up passing out).

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Sim Bo Nui (played by Hwang Jung Eum) is superstitious for a reason and is not just an eccentric oddball. As a child, it seemed like she was unlucky. With the death of her parents, and her sister almost dying (having been in a coma for the last 2 years), it’s really convinced her that she is a bad omen.

Tiger face - Lucky Romance Episode 1

So after meeting with a shaman, she’s told that she must sleep with a man who was born in the year of the tiger, Raaaaaawrrrrrrrrrrrr, to save her sister’s life of course (because it’s completely logical and why should we question it?). So the hunt for meeting such a man begins.

Lucky Romance Choi Gun-Wook sees his childhood friend

How does Choi Gun Wook (played by Lee Soo Hyuk) tie into all this? Well, it appears he was childhood friends with Bo Nui. He seems so happy to have found her again… it’s too bad because we all know already what’s going to happen. He’s the “nice guy” second lead *sigh*. I can’t help but feel bad. I hope he doesn’t end up alone. Can he maybe pair up with Han Seol Hee in the end please? They look cute together. I hope neither of them end up alone.

Speaking of Han Seol Hee (played by Lee Chung Ah), I was hoping to see more of her in this first episode, but we did get some information. She is Gun Wook’s manager. She was also very concerned to hear that So Hoo fainted after a complete unsuccessful game launch debacle. So the plot thickens…. what kind of past relationship is this? Hmmmmmmm. Interesting (insert evil grin here).

Final Thoughts


It was a strong first episodes with lots of intrigue.. The final scene was sooooooooooooooo funny. I loved how Bo Nui was stumbling around propositioning the trees, the posts and the teddy bear. Hwang Jung Eum is quite natural at comedy. I couldn’t contain my laughter when Soo Ho shows up and Bo Nui is all over him asking if he was born in the year of the tiger. She’s pretty much stripping him and is totally invading his personal space. He has no idea what to make of her. Each encounter they have is weirder and weirder. I love that he didn’t get mad and just stomp away like most people would. He was so caught off guard that he didn’t know how to react at all.

Year of the Tiger - Lucky Romance Episode 1 Screencap

I’m happy watching Lucky Romance and I’m looking forward to subsequent episodes. Everyone is acting their characters well and as long as the story doesn’t go awry somewhere in the middle, this could be a really good drama. Let’s see how it continues to develop and hope for some great chemistry ahead.

Genius Video game - Lucky Romance Screencap Episode 1

I forgot to mention, I really like video games, so this is another element of the drama I can enjoy. I can’t help being reminded of Blade Man though… which also started out very strong but took an unexpected turn in the writing midway. The story shift in Blade Man completely changed the tone of the drama. I still enjoyed Blade Man as a whole… but the first half was really the better half.I shouldn’t even compare them because the stories are different.. but they both have the video game element. I hope this drama doesn’t share the same kind of fate. Listen to me being all superstitious. It’s the drama’s fault I tell you!

What do you think? Are you enjoying this drama?

Love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Episode 1 Quick Rating:

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17 thoughts on “Lucky Romance Episode 1 First Impression Review

  1. Wait what? You haven’t seen any of the Reply dramas yet? Rectify that this instant! If anything, go see Reply 1997. Parle! Lol. It’s my favorite of the series and at 30 minutes per episode and 16 episodes in all, it’s a quick yet entertaining watch. Plus it was the drama that made me fall in love with Jung Eun Ji and Seo In Guk

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      1. Yes Yes Yes!!! Start with 97. And do any peeking to see what happened at the end (my best friend does that a lot and it drives me crazy. Hahaha). It’s basically half the length of a regular drama so you can marathon it with ease. I know I did :).

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  2. I can’t wait to watch this! I love quirky, zany characters too. I adore Hwang Jung Eum, and she is made for roles like this. I was pretty neural toward Ryu Jun Yeol in Reply 1988, but he looks like he fits the part well. But Lee Soo Hyuk! Feel the Second Lead Syndrome already 😉

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    1. Hwang Jung Eum is for sure made for these kind of roles. It’s where she shines. Very good casting choice. I’m embarrassed to admit, but I have yet to watch any of the Reply series. I should really one day as I’ve heard good things. I like Ryu Jun Yeol so far. I don’t know what his acting range is, but he’s been convincing in this role so far and I like him in it. I’m not a Lee So Hyuk fangirl per se (although I do really like his acting), but I think I’ll have Second Lead Syndrome in this for sure… my affection for him may unexpectedly grow 🙂 He seems to have a really nice, caring personality – the kind of guy that would actually make a decent boyfriend.

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      1. Haha, I wouldn’t say I’m quite at fangirl level either, but the more I see of Lee Soo Hyuk the more I like him. And he does seem pretty swoon worthy in this 🙂

        I only recently saw Reply 1997 & Reply 1988. They’re not on any of my favorites lists, but they were both good, solid dramas. I liked 1997 the best.

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      2. Poor actors… I can really like an actor’s acting skills.. but that doesn’t mean I’ll swoon over them. He’s really talented though. He’s good looking, but I’m weird – I really tend to like actor’s my age or older than me. He’s not much younger than me (4 years), but actors younger than me LOOK so much younger than me and I don’t feel right about swooning.

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      3. Lol, so you don’t like to be the noona 😉 I don’t mind the age being older or younger. I’ve always looked a lot younger than my age though, so maybe I’ve always viewed many of the guys as older even though they’re not. Plus, I wouldn’t want to eliminate more than half the pool of swoon worthy guys because they are younger than me, teehee

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