Finding the perfect K-drama is a difficult task to fulfill. There are so many different genres, lengths of series and personal preferences that searching for the perfect K-drama becomes akin to finding that one item in a crowded store on Black Friday. Look no further, though, because all the research has now been done for you, and I’ve got nine reasons why you should stop what you’re doing and go watch “It’s Okay, That’s Love”!
A brief introduction of the characters: “It’s Okay, That’s Love” involves four lead characters: Ji Hae Soo (a late-twenties fiesty psychiatrist), Jang Jae Yeol (a famous author with severe OCD), Jo Dong Min (Hae Soo’s boss at the hospital and roommate at home) and Park Soo Kwang (a young gentlemen with Tourette’s Syndrom who is also a roommate of the other three).
1. The brutality of mental illnesses is a seriously under-discussed topic in Korean dramas, and this drama is brave enough to center itself around that topic.
The four main characters could not be more different: one is an author, another is a feisty psychiatrist, the third is a longtime divorcee psychiatrist and the last is a barista. However, what binds them all together (aside from being roommates) is that they all bear some form of mental illness. The creators of “It’s Okay, That’s Love” have literally anchored the drama with the continuous presence of severe mental sickness.
2. Equal representation of many mental illnesses.
When you think of a mental illness or disease, the first that usually jumps to mind is depression; while this is a very common disease and is definitely not underestimated in the show, this drama has examples and scenarios involving many diverse psychological issues like schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, body dysmorphia and Tourette’s Syndrome. The inclusion of different issues allows for greater audience connection and empathy.
3. The Camel Painting Quote
Now, this one would actually require you to watch the show (*nudge nudge*) in order to feel the full impact. Speaking from experience though, I can say that this is probably one of the best analogies for mental impurities that I have heard. In fact, the painting and the quote touched my heart so closely that I have a large tattoo of the camel painting on my upper back, as a reminder to keep pushing and not let a mental illness tie you down.
4. The characters and situations are actually relatable.
All too often I watch dramas and think “Wow that would be so much fun…if people like that actually existed” or “Yes it would be so much fun to become a trained assassin with Lee Min Ho, but unfortunately that situation will never happen.” But the beauty of “It’s Okay, That’s Love” is that all situations could happen in the real world and all characters could exist in a normal life. Everything from fighting with roommates to cheating boyfriends to disrespectful children is found in this show, and it is nice to see a drama based on actual life events, not an over-the-top stunt set or scenario.
5. For once, there is no second male lead or second female lead syndrome.
Weird, right? The lead male ends up with the lead female, and there are no extra second leads pining after the same people. It’s a miracle from K-drama heaven! While sometimes having a second lead to root for is a nice driving force for a K-drama, the complexity of the plot in “It’s Okay, That’s Love” requires the audience’s full attention and cannot be spared for second lead syndrome.
6. There are just as many cute and laughable scenes as there are serious ones.
With all this talk of mental illness and the struggles of life, “It’s Okay, That’s Love” has probably started to sound pretty depressing. But don’t worry, there are just as many cutesy scenes present in the drama as there are serious scenes. It provides a nice balance for the show and requires you to pay attention (not all of the funny scenes are immediately funny unless you catch the sarcasm). These scenes assure you that the world is not awful and people with psychological issues do not have to suffer all of the time.
7. Calling all EXO-Ls: Kyungsoo has a major role!
For all of you hardcore EXO-Ls out there, here’s your perfectly proportioned dose of K-dramas and K-pop. EXO’s D.O has a role in the drama as one of the lovable yet severely mistreated young men in the show. But be warned: if you feel weak at heart from all the love you hold for D.O, turn away from this drama.
8. So. Many. Kissing. Scenes.
I was utterly baffled by the amount of kissing scenes in this drama. Not only do we have several within the first few episodes (even though they’re followed by a resounding slap), but in almost every single episode there is at least one great kiss. Normally, a drama builds up the tension and works hard to make that first kiss between the leads perfect, but every kiss is perfect in “It’s Okay, That’s Love” because Hae Soo and Jae Yeol are truly perfect for each other.
9. Need a good cry? This is your show!
Sometimes all we need in life is a good, long cry, just to let all of the built up emotions come flowing out and to remind ourselves that we’re still human. If you ever find yourself in need of that emotional release, please watch “It’s Okay, That’s Love.” I promise that you won’t start crying until around episode 12 (the drama’s not all sad), but once you hit that turning point, the floods don’t stop. The leads are crying, you’re crying, your spouse is crying…everyone is crying. Just let it all out while simultaneously watching the best K-drama ever produced!
If these nine reasons have not convinced you to go watch “It’s Okay, That’s Love” yet, then I am afraid there’s not much more I can do other than beg you to give it a chance. I guarantee you’ll be hooked within the first fork stab — I mean, five minutes. And so in the words of Jang Jae Yeol, “Goodnight, my friends”.