Hotel Del Luna is a Korean romantic, suspenseful drama released in July 13th of this year and finished airing two months later (September 1st—today as I am writing this). Manweol becomes the owner of a hotel where the guests are all dead (save for a few exceptions that are seen within a few episodes). 1,300 years after becoming the owner, she finds a man trying to steal flowers from her own garden and makes a deal to let him live in order to raise his son—Ku Chan Seong—with the price of giving him up to her 20 years later. He ends up becoming the manager of the hotel while also being the only human since the rest of the employees along with the guests are dead.
I have written a first impression of the drama in Spanish and since then, the drama has gotten better with each episode. I’m still questioning as to why they labeled the drama as horror since the horror aspect of it sort of disappears after the first to third episode (there’s 16 in total). It also has a rather comfortable balance of suspense and comedy since there are quite a few parts where you just can’t help but laugh and fall in love with the characters. The romantic aspect comes pretty early on in the drama, but they don’t exactly focus on it until later on—especially after about episodes 7-9 (though they might feel like it’s more episodes because a lot happens in just one). My eyes still hurt from the last episode because I cried throughout the entire hour and a half of watching it (if you do see it, be warned. You’re going to need an entire box of tissues…maybe two).
The cast itself consists of incredible actors—some of them being huge names within the K-music industry (I.U., P.O. from BlockB, and Mina from Gugudan). All of them have such amazing chemistry which is noticeable both on and off set (I’ve been watching the behind-the-scenes videos when I had the chance). The special effects are also very well organized—especially when it came to the vengeful spirits becoming nothing but ash. You can’t help but be amazed by how beautiful everything is. It reminded me a bit of Goblin—especially with the chemistry the cast had with each other and how the show made sure you loved each character before shattering your heart into a million pieces within certain episodes.
One thing I love is that they made a lot of references to different stories/legends. In the first impression, I mentioned that they made references to Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty. In other episodes, you see references to legends such as Aka Manto (she appears as one of the guests within the hotel) and even mentions famous folklore such as Shim Cheong, Chun Hyang and Heung Bu- Nolbu. There might be more since there’s so much going on within the drama, but those are the ones that I have noticed whilst watching.
With that being said, I give Hotel Del Luna five paws out of five! 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾 I really do recommend this drama. I enjoyed every single second of it. Just know, you’re going to go through an entire emotional rollercoaster—especially with the last 4-5 episodes. That’s it for today. Thank you for reading. Until next time, keep your paws and bowls of ramen up, everyone! Nya! 🐾
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