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Kim Sejeong’s new K-drama: Bland and boring by episode 2, a far cry from “Business Proposal”?

Netizens are showing negative reactions to “Today’s Webtoon”, which marks Kim Sejeong’s return to the K-drama world. 

Having earned the heart of various audiences via hit drama “Business Proposal”, idol-actress Kim Sejeong has become the darling of many producers and directors and received various K-drama offers. She also immediately appeared in the new K-drama “Today’s Webtoon”, just 3 months after “Business Proposal” concluded. 

As of the moment, 2 episodes of “Today’s Webtoon” have aird. The series also stars actors Choi Daniel and Nam Yoon Su, and is aired on the public broadcasting station SBS. However, its performance is not living up to the hype. 

In particular, while the drama’s competitor, “Big Mouth”, which stars Lee Jong Suk and Yoona, records viewership ratings over 6%, “Today’s Webtoon” is losing out with episode one’s rating at 4.1%. Even worse, its 2nd episode, which aired on Saturday, “Today’s Webtoon” dropped to a meager 3.1%. Compared to the rising trend of “Business Proposal” earlier this year, “Today’s Webtoon” is severely falling behind. 

Coupled with the low ratings are also various negative comments on the premiere of this once anticipated drama. With a simple plot mostly following the female lead Ma Eum (Kim Sejeong) and her adjustment to the webtoon world, “Today’s Webtoon” is said to be bland and boring with occasional humor. Moreover, the series is also continuously compared to its original version (Japanese manga and live action  “Juhan Shuttai!”).

Below are some comments from netizens on the Korean forum theqoo: 

  • Bland plot, okay female lead, I will continue to watch but I think there just won’t be anything interesting 
  • Kim Sejeong’s acting ability is debatable… she just can’t pull off the original spirit of the female lead 
  • I really like Kim Sejeong but Nam Yoon Su’s character is just off. He’s just written differently from the original manga, making it frustrating to watch 
  • First episode is so boring it’s hard to continue watching, no wonder the rating dropped 
  • I really like this kind of simple, coming-of-age series, and Kim Sejeong is such a good actress! Hopefully the series will kick up in the future 
  • What’s wrong with the comments, why are you guys expecting drama in a slice-of-life. It’s just a light humor series that lights up your day. Anyhow, whoever styles Kim Sejeong needs a raise since she’s so cute!
  • Pretty bland to me, there’s just nothing that really draws me in. Also, it keeps changing things from the manga…
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