I’ve just watched the first episode of Flower Boy Next Door and so far so fun!
The directing is amusing and slightly heightened past reality — enough to highlight the humor but not so much it becomes silly. The characters, thus far, are likable and sympathetic. I pretty much adore Park Shin-hye’s character. Which I’m doubly pleased about. Because a, I really like the actress (fell for her in You’re Beautiful, then had that love cemented in Heartstrings), and b, earlier character descriptions made her sound like a creeper. But she’s not! Just a little… different. Isolated and lonely and shy in a way that makes you want to tuck her safely under your arm and give her a mug of hot-cocoa with extra marshmallows.
Yoon Shi-yoon had a slightly harder path to climb. I’ve seen adorably-charming before. Not that it’s at all off-putting, but it could easily slide into been-there-seen-it-yawn territory. But by turning the adorableness notch up to about 11 (the scene with his brother(?) was like adorable-concentrate) and giving it an almost manic feel I became intrigued. Who is this mysterious panda? And why so cute?
The one danger I see looming is a serious case of second-lead syndrome. I’ve never seen Kim Ji-hoon before, but so far? I like. Especially since his character seems to have the “keep her safe and warm” instinct with our main lead as well.
I look forward to watching the second episode. And then waiting the long agonizing wait for next week’s new eps.