Title – Splash Splash Love (Hangul: 퐁당퐁당 LOVE; Revised Romanization of Korean: Pongdang Pongdang LOVE)
Genre – Fantasy, Romance, Time slip, Historical
Number of episodes – 2
Length per episode – 1h 10’
First aired – 13th of December 2015
Last aired – 20th of December 2015
Director – Kim Ji-Hyun
Writer – Kim Ji-Hyun
Network – MBC
Language – Korean
Country – South Korea
To start with the fact that it’s my first review ever, but I adored the series way to much for that to stop me.
I love this series because 1) it’s really cute and emotional, perfect for a relaxed watch on a free weekend, after an awful week and 2) it teaches a lot about the Korean history, being based on true characters and events.
Dan-Bi (played by Kim Seul-Gi) is a senior high school student. She has to take a really important exam on which her future will depend. She is also pressured by her mother to get a score as high as possible. Everything breaks down on her in the morning of the exam. She leaves for school and as she sees everybody inside the classroom, ready, she gets scared and overwhelmed, running away. It’s pouring rain so she stops in the nearest park and sits on a bench. She prays for everything to stop, time itself if possible, as she wants to get away from her own life. Dan-Bi hears a strange sound all of a sudden and walks towards where it’s coming from (if this were to be a horror story I would’ve been mad at her decision). It’s a puddle. She looks into it and sees a totally different world. The puddle is a portal to the Joseon period (The Joseon period or dynasty was a Korean dynastic kingdom that lasted for approximately five centuries. It was founded by Yi Seong-gye in July 1392 and was replaced by the Korean Empire in October 1897).
So here she is, standing in front of something as little as a puddle of rain water, that can actually change her life. After agonizing moments of just waiting (it was only about 20 seconds, but seemded as forever to me, as I was too excited for her) she jumps trough the puddle and lands in another time. Unfortunately (or honestly, fortunately, it’s up to every viewer) she interups a sacred ceremony meant to stop the drought that was upon the land during that period. She is now face to face with the whole administrative power of the Empire and with Lee Do (played by Yoon Doo-Joon), the young kind. From now on, all the adventures of our little girl start (she’s the same age as me, what am I saying?). So we have a lost teenage girl, in the middle of a whole other era, that she only learnt about in school.
During the episodes you can see a beautiful growth in Dan-Bi. She matures a lot, as she needs to survive there, in a new environment. We can even see the young kind become a better version of himself, wiser. All the things they go trough showcase their bravery, free spirit, intelligence and love of life. There are many adorable scenes that made me smile for days after seeing this only by thinking of them. Also, it’s for sure an emotional rollercoaster, not just milk and honey as I initially expected. My favorite thing from the series is the beating heart you can hear at certain moments. Watch out for that and you’ll love this k-drama even more. It almost made me cry by the end scenes.
I started this out of boredom to be honest, but I have no regrets whatsoever. I have a friend totally obsessed with K-dramas and she made me a really long list of them last spring (yes, I’m an awful friend, I’ve watched them only now).
If you want a series that is short and quite relaxing, but from which you can also learn, Splash Splash is surely what I would recommend. Or if you wanna get into k-dramas, but wouldn’t wach a 24 episodes series.