At Eighteen (2019)


The best K-dramas are the ones you kind of accidentally discover, the ones that no one really talks about, hardly gets attention, and isn't overly hyped. Cases in point are One Spring Night, and the one I'm currently watching, At Eighteen.

While coming of age is a genre I'm not particularly crazy about (Reply 1997 is a fave, however), I find myself oddly drawn to this story. Maybe it's the charm of this boy-who-needs-taming, Joon Woo (Ong Seong-wu), who transfers to a new high school, struggling to fit in. There are days when he makes an effort, there are days when he just doesn’t care.

And then there’s top student Soo Bin (Kim Hyang-gi, who is nineteen years old in real life) who falls in love with him at first sight, despite not admitting this to herself… yet. The boy she likes is someone she shouldn’t be involved with, yet she seems quite ready to throw everything away… or so it seems.


I'm only on the tenth episode as of writing and I find that I can't stop refreshing my Viu app to check when the next episodes will be available, despite already knowing the answer (it's every Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

In the mood for pure love with the high school-ish glamour and naivete?

At Eighteen is worth the try.

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