8 Reasons Why “It’s Okay To Not Be Okay” Would Be Your Next K-Drama Addiction

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Everything about It’s Okay To Not Be Okay gravitates viewers to its interesting characters and engrossing story.

Two people who live in completely different worlds and have different personalities experience love and healing for the first time. There’s more to the story than just love as the series peeks on family drama, bromance and mystery!

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If that’s not exciting enough, check out what more to delight you below!

Kim Soo Hyun Brandishing Signature Charm

After enticing us with his special appearances in Hotel Del Luna and Crash Landing On You, his small screen comeback is truly a gift. Staring on Kim Soo Hyun just makes any K-Drama fan happy.

It is such a sweet and calming this-is-kdrama-fan-life-affirming-moment. His role as Moon Gang-tae easily hooks owing to the right amount of heart , wit, humor and grit. What more can you ask for?

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Unique Female Lead

Who would have thought an adorably rude heroine can be this engrossing? Seo Ye Ji as Go Moon Young is a refreshing break from meek and optimistic female leads. Nonetheless, she appeals more genuine and natural with her unfazed attitude.

She might lack empathy but her definition of kindness and willingness to fight malicious people speaks about her candor. She’ll definitely grow on you as she begins to heal and shed her protective shield.

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Shedding Light on Mental Health

The early story sketches of It’s Okay To Not Be Okay already hinted on its healing mood. So far, the introduced characters present hint on repressed emotions and traumas from their past memories. Recently awarded Baeksang Best Supporting Actor, Oh Jung Se, suits up to his endearing character Moon Sang Tae.

He is set to present more of his medical condition as he gives a picture of misguided preconceptions about autism. His 4D world coaxes emotionally battered people to yearn for a taste of his innocent and bright world.

An Unlikely Yet Extraordinary Romance

Role reversal in Korean romance drama is always a sweet treat for viewers. The female lead doing the chasing is an adorable bonus! On-screen chemistry appears visibly between sassy Go Moon Young and tamed Moon Sang Tae.

The stunning pair is such a visual feast and they portray a very intriguing love story. Polar opposites find something familiar within one another and become drawn to each other. Let the sparks fly!


Actor Reunions

With such a star-studded cast, it’s no surprise that some of the actors have previously worked together. Check out some of the reunions below:

Kim Soo Hyun and Kim Chang Wan portrayed best friends in My Love From Another Star.

Park Gyu Young and Kang Ki Doong were a cute couple in Romance Is a Bonus Book.

Seo Ye Ji and Kim Chang Wan both acted in Hwarang as well. Also, Kim Mee Kyung and Oh Jung Se portrayed siblings in Plus Nine Boys. You’ll have to tune in to see what their characters’ relationships will be like on It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.


Cast Synergy

Identifying the main and supporting characters of the series has also been easy owing to the actors’ commitment to own their roles. Oh Jung Se is an endearing humor mill as Kang Ki Doong, Kim Joo Hun and Park Jin Joo are expected to run scene-stealing moments for their impeccable comedic timing.

Over at Kang Tae’s camp, the people surrounding him are pictured to understand his situation well. In contrast, Moon Young’s supporting team, albeit the money and prestige, are depicted to be living a hard life cleaning up the mess caused by the unbridled writer.

Anticipate more shining moments from the lovable cast in the next chapters of the series.



While romance is expected to bloom in the series, brotherhood love has so far put a smile on viewers’ faces. Almost giving his life to care for his autistic brother, Kang Tae warms hearts with his selfless love to understand his hyung‘s condition. His faint smile whenever he gets no response from his brother of who he loves more between him and his favorite writer Moon Young, just makes us root for him even more.

Notably, the friendship between him and Jo Jae Soo (Kang Ki Doong) is also a delightful watch. Also devoting his life to help Gang Tae care for his brothers is truly admirable. His depicted bickering bromance with Sang Tae also adds delightful punch in the story.


Murder Mystery

Moon Gang Tae and Sang Tae’s mother was mysteriously murdered 18 years ago. Sang-tae witnessed the murder, but remains highly traumatized. When asked about the identity of the murderer, he is only able to say a “butterfly” killed his mother.

Since the murderer warned Sang-tae not to reveal their identity and threatened his life, Sang-tae remains very scared. Thus, the brothers live a nomadic life, to run away from the killer. But, they are now back to their home town. Time to solve a murder mystery!

Upbeat Storytelling With Humor

Impressively reeling an addicting hook amidst themes tackling mental health and cryptic murder, It’s Okay To Not Be Okay engages with its upbeat mood. That is partly credited to the actors apparent synergy.

The healing mood that will be drawn from the characters definitely fascinates, and would make the viewers ask for more.

Mark your weekend nights with doses of healing and romance stories on It’s Okay To Not Be Okay via Netflix.

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