“Age of Youth” is a 2016 K-Drama about five college aged girls who live together in a small boarding house. It doesn’t sound terribly engaging from that description, but life can be rather interesting when you put five different tempered girls together…
What I Liked:
This drama felt more real than the usual drama. I LOVE (*all the hearts*) my Asian dramas. Ya’ll ought to know this if you have been following this blog for at least a week or two. BUT I know that a lot of the stuff that happens in them would probably never happen in real life. 😛 However, this drama is one that I feel could happen. Like a scene where one female character is stranded at a bus station and is NOT rescued by her wealthy, good looking prince charming in a sports car. She actually has to wait for the buses to run again.
The not-so-perfect-heroines. While I’m not advocating some of the stuff they do—one of them is a prostitute, a profession I am not for—I found it interesting to see the lives of girls who don’t always make the best choices, and how they learn from some mistakes. Even the ones who are just average college-going girls have issues that made them seem more relate-able than the usual K-Drama female leads. They are also shown struggling with the simple stuff we girls go through, and I loved seeing I’m not alone in these problems. ❤
Some Christianity positivity. This is subtle, and, no, this drama isn’t Christian. But I’ve noticed how there seems to be a lack of Christianity in entertainment these days, as opposed to a long time ago. As a Christian, I liked how one of the the heroines prays in a couple of scenes. This might not seem like a big deal, but to me, I found it a nice little addition. ❤
The relationship between the girls=friendship goals (except for their fighting, a thing most girls do cause…yeah). There are five, and they are all so different, and yet, through trial and errors, they were still able to form a bond. I just loved it when they stood up for each other.
What I Was Not So Fond Of:
There is really one overall thing I did not like about this drama, and it is a culmination of little parts. These being What I Call Not-So-Clean-Parts. Perhaps since this drama portrays a more realistic perspective of life, it does have a lot more sex talk than other dramas I’ve watched. There’s also a scene where some of the girls are about to show another girl some porn, but it cuts off because something happens before they can do so. So, no, this series is not as conservative as some other K-Dramas are. (Though I will say there are no actual sex scenes, nor porn unless you count seeing a guy’s shirt off as such.)
Overall, this drama was fascinating, thought-provoking, and it really touched my heart. I grew attached to the characters even though their’s was a shorter drama than I usually watch (12 episodes). It had some some content I was not favorable of, but other than that I did enjoy it and am curious about its upcoming second season. It’s a rare thing for K-Dramas to have a second season (*inserts thoughts of other dramas I wish had second seasons*), and I hope it exceeds the first. 🙂