I’m here! Yes, I know I’m a little late, but I’m super excited to have started Kdrama-land’s newest addition to the A.I. romance genre. My Holo Love, a Netflix production, recently dropped all 12 episodes for drama watchers to binge on immediately. A new show and no waiting – how did we get so lucky?! Even though a few of my fellow Kbesties have already finished drama, I have successfully dodged all the spoilers. Will I be jumping on the binge-watch bandwagon? Come find out!
But first, a quick synopsis:
“Me Alone and You/My Holo Love” is about the events that occur when a lonely woman meets the artificially intelligent “Holo.” The drama is filled with stories of heartbreaking loneliness and tear-stained love.
Go Nan Do is the owner of an IT research company. As a genius inventor, he started the company, and all projects were created through his hands. However, the only people who are aware of his existence are his stepsister and the official CEO. He was a hacker in a major case 10 years ago and supposedly died while being pursued.
Han So Yeon is an assistant manager at a glasses company. Whether it is working on brand marketing or the logistics of the launching party for the company’s flagship store, she shoulders on her work and stays ahead of the industry’s trends. She meticulously takes care of her clients and her work. However, when it comes to her personal life, she keeps her distance as she suffers from prosopagnosia the inability to recognize faces. (MyDramaList)
A Good Start
I found the backstory, as well as the present day, of our leading characters to be rather sad. Because of her past experiences with prosopagnosia, Han So Yeon leads a solitary life devoid of relationships, of both the friend or lover variety. And Go Nan Do’s own mysterious and painful past has caused him to live an isolated and hidden existence. The storytelling really has me feeling for these characters. But the best part is seeing how they interact with Holo. Consider having an imaginary friend you could actually see – this is how I perceive Holo’s character! At this point, I don’t actually view him as a romantic challenger. I’m sure there’s going to be a love triangle. . . but maybe not necessarily the one we’re expecting?
Bringing the Characters to Life
I’ve not seen much of our main leads before, so I began this drama without prior expectations on the actors. Go Sung Hee is doing a lovely job with her distant-on-the-outside but sweet-on-the-inside portrayal of So Yeon. And so far I’m quite impressed with how Yoon Hyun Min is playing his double roles as the polite and sweet, yet determined, Holo and his broody, genius creator Nan Do. They may look the same, but there is no doubt these are two completely different characters. (I also love how they keep Holo’s character slightly transparent – keeps the authenticity of the story going nicely.)
But. . . How Will It All End?
Currently, I have a lot of questions about Go Nan Do’s past. I’m most curious to find out why he decided to fake his own death and live as a ghost? But I also felt a bit wary as I watched the first two episodes. I’ve been down the A.I. drama path before, (I’m Not A Robot, Are You Human Too?) and it’s left me skeptical about how things are going to play out. However, when I took a quick peek to see who’s done the writing for My Holo Love and I was relieved to see it’s the same team that gave us Psychopath Diary. I was pleased with that drama’s solid ending. So, hopefully, we will see the same sort of gratifying resolution for Holo, So Yeon, and Nan Do’s stories.
I’m eager to keep watching! Honestly, I had trouble pausing long enough to type up this post – I’m so ready to get my binge on! How about you, drama fans? If you’ve already finished My Holo Love, share your (spoiler-free) comments with me below!
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