15 Well-Loved K-Dramas Adapted From Popular Webtoons
Netflix boasts a library of webtoon-based contents for every K-drama enthusiast and the list just continues to grow longer and longer!
The past few years saw the rise of popular webtoons adapted into mainstream Korean dramas. With a wide array of stories across different genres, the digital comics are becoming a staple source of enthralling and engaging series to watch.
Check out some of the most popular webtoon-based K-dramas that you can binge-watch on Netflix!
1. Sweet Home
This Netflix Original webtoon-based series has been the favorite binge-watch treat lately. Sweet Home tells the perilous journey of a troubled teen, Cha Hyun Soo (Song Kang), and his apartment neighbors as they struggle to survive from the wrath of monsters who suddenly brought mayhem into the world. The series also chronicles their internal battle against their wicked desires as they try to hold on to their humanity to avoid becoming monsters themselves.
The perfect combination of a powerful production team and stellar cast of actors made the series an instant success upon its premiere. Sweet Home provides thrills and action while bringing you to contemplate about the essence of being human.
2. Love Alarm
Coming-of-age romance meets intelligent technology in the series Love Alarm. The drama centers around a love alarm app which notifies users if someone has romantic feelings for them within 10-meter radius.
As if striving to make both ends meet and making it at school aren’t difficult situations enough to keep Kim Jojo (Kim So Hyun) busy, she then gets caught in a consuming love triangle. To make it more daunting, it involves two of her childhood friends, Lee Hye Yeong (Jung Ga Ram) and Hwang Sun Oh (Song Kang).
The success of this series has paved the way for a second season to come.
3. The Uncanny Counter
Another series currently finding success in its K-drama adaptation is the ongoing drama, The Uncanny Counter. Based on a popular webtoon, Amazing Rumor, it follows the story of a high school boy named So Moon (Jo Byeong Gyu) who joins a group of demon-hunters called Counters. The Counters disguised themselves as noodle restaurant employees as they search for and fight evil spirits who possess human hosts and drive them to kill. As he battle against the bloodthirsty demons, So Moon, in the process, discovers the truth behind the car accident that killed his parents.
Both thrilling and heartwarming, these unconventional heroes will surely enthrall viewers with every gripping episode.
4. What’s Wrong Secretary Kim
This webtoon-turned-K-drama is originally based on a web novel of the same name. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim found a resounding success as a staple feel-good-romantic-comedy series among K-drama enthusiasts.
The drama threads on the relationship between the excessively vainglorious company executive, Lee Yeong Joon (Park Seo Joon) and his trusted and highly capable secretary, Kim Mi So (Park Min Young). Lee Yeong Joon is beyond surprised by his secretary’s sudden plan to resign. While he tries his best to keep her from quitting her job, their relationship transitions along the way from professional to romantic.
Aside from its humorous and swoon-worthy highlights, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim also has a touch of melodrama as the protagonists find their paths towards healing some old wounds.
5. Itaewon Class
Following the success of What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, Park Seo Joon top-billed another popular webtoon-based series, Itaewon Class. It follows the story of Park Saeroyi, a man who has a tragedy-laden past. After his incarceration, he seeks to avenge the death of his father against the Jangga Group Chairman, Jang Dae Hee (Yoo Jae Myung), and his son, Jang Geun Won (Ahn Bo Hyun). With the help of his friends, Saeroyi rises from the ashes and emerges as a valid threat to Jangga Group.
Itaewon Class celebrates and empowers society’s outcasts as they challenge the system unjustly dominated by the powers-that-be.
6. Her Private Life
What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim lead actress, Park Min-young, went on to star in Her Private Life. This romantic comedy series is adapted from the web novel titled Noona Fan Dot Com.
The drama’s protagonist, Sung Du Mi, is a talented art curator who is also a secretly die-hard K-pop fan. While she devotes so much of her time and energy in fangirling, she tries her best to delineate her private life from her work life. However, she entangles herself with Ryan Gold (Kim Jae Wook), the new director of the museum she works at. The pair pretend to date in a hope to ward off rumors. But little by little, sparks begin to fly between them.
7. My ID Is Gangnam Beauty
Dealing with superficial beauty standards and discrimination based on physical appearance are the main themes of My ID Is Gangnam Beauty. This K-drama adaptation of a satirical webtoon of the same name invites viewers to reflect on the intrinsic value beauty.
It centers around the life of Kang Mi Rae (Im Soo Hyang), a college student who decides to undergo cosmetic surgery. Going under the knife is a result of enduring bullying because of her physical appearance. However, she realizes that discrimination comes in different forms as she faces new challenges even after getting a cosmetic surgery. But things take a positive turn as she gets to know her classmate Do Kyung Seok (Cha Eun Woo)
The series is an enlightening treat to K-drama fans with Mi Rae’s painstaking journey to recovering her self-esteem and understanding the deeper the essence of real beauty.
8. Strangers From Hell
Strangers From Hell is webtoon-based thriller that tells the story of an aspiring writer, Yoon Jong Woo (Im Si Wan), and the abominable string of events that occurs after he moves into a cheap apartment building. His not-so-normal neighbors are cold and unsettling. As the mysterious occurrences take place, he begins to fear them with their suspicious and strange demeanor.
At first, he finds his dentist neighbor Seo Moon Jo (Lee Dong Wook) friendly and normal. But Jong Woo later realizes that there is something sinister beneath what he sees in everyone. Little did he know that his quest for survival has long begun since the day he moved in and the chance of finding a way out of the hellish building is getting slim.
9. Extraordinary You
What if your fate is already designed according to the flow of a comic story? Extraordinary You creates a fantasy world weaved from the plot of a fictional book. This series is the drama adaptation of a fantasy webtoon titled July Found By Chance.
The drama circles on the story of Eun Dan Oh (Kim Hye Yoon), a high school student who discovers that she and everyone else around her are characters in a comic book. After becoming aware that she is a side character in a made-up world, Dan Oh decides to choose her own destiny. After meeting and becoming friends with a nameless student ( Kim Rowoon), they vowed to lead their own paths rather than going along with their destined fates.
10. Mystic Pop-Up Bar
The extraordinary trio of the ill-tempered Weol Ju (Hwang Jung Eum), the former afterlife detective, Chief Gwi (Choi Won Young), and the innocent part-time employee, Han Kang Bae (Yook Sung Jae) bring in the perfect blend of comedy, fantasy and romance in Mystic Pop-Up Bar. Adapted from the webtoon, Twin Tops Bar, the series is about a mysterious pop-up bar run by people with superhuman capabilities.
In the drama, Weol Ju, who was born 500 years ago, possesses a power to enter people’s dreams and help resolve their internal turmoil. Her mission is to solve the problems of 100,000 people. Otherwise, she will be fated to rot in hell. Fortunately, Chief Gwi comes to her aid in completing this task. As they help out customers, they also assist Kang Bae to get rid of his unique ability to make people confess their troubles after touching them.
11. The Tale Of Nokdu
The Tale Of Nokdu seamlessly infuses humor, romance and mystery in a period drama. The series follows the journey of its young protagonist named Nok Du (Jang Dong Yoon). To evade his assassins, he disguises himself as a woman. With his real identity concealed, he stays in a village that is strictly exclusive for women. While in hiding, he tries to uncover the truth about his birth.
Along the way, he develops a close bond with a friendly young lady named Dong Ju (Kim So Hyun). Dong Ju, however, secretly pursues revenge for her family’s tragedy. In the process, the two uncover the secret behind the mysterious village and they both ended up fighting for their lives.
12. Cheese In The Trap
Most of the time, webtoons find their way into television screens after the stories are completed. But it wasn’t the case for Cheese In The Trap as it was filmed even before the webtoon ended.
The series chronicles the lives and relationships of a group of university students. Its main character, Hong Seol (Kim Go Eun), unintentionally discovers the secret dark side of the popular upperclassman, You Jeong (Park Hae Jin). In spite of this, a romance inevitably blossomed between the pair.
13. Love In The Moonlight
Adapted from the web novel Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, this historical drama tells the coming-of-age story of its protagonist, Crown Prince Lee Yeong (Park Bo-gum). Love In The Moonlight details how his carefree and unadulterated nature transitions into a responsible character in order to effectively fulfill his duties as the monarch of his nation. He comes across Hong Sam Nom (Kim You Jung) who has lived her whole life in the guise of a man. Against her will, she ends up becoming a eunuch at the palace. The crown prince, who thought of her as a man, gets confused about his feelings for Sam Nom. Amidst the romance, the characters must deal with political unrest and the dangers that comes with holding powers in one’s hand.
14. The Scholar Who Walks The Night
Incorporating supernatural thriller theme in a historical setting, The Scholar Who Walks The Night creates an alternate Joseon Era where vampires exist. The drama mainly follows the story of Scholar Lee Sung Yeol (Lee Joon Gi), a guardian vampire whose duty is to maintain the order amongst vampires. He works with Jo Yang Sun (Lee Yu Bi) in search of a document that provides the key to killing Gwi (Lee Soo Hyuk), a powerful vampire who controls the royal court.
Rugal threads on the story of a police detective, Kang Gi Beom’s (Choi Jin Hyuk) quest to take down a criminal organization called Argos. Unfortunately, Argos kills his family while blinding and framing him for the murders. Gi Beom later joins a special task force called Rugal and gains special abilities through biotechnology. Equipped with special artificial eyes, he is all set to clear his name and claim justice for the deaths of his wife and child.
Brace yourselves for more webtoon-based dramas coming soon!
Netflix Original Series introduces an upcoming military drama titled D.P. The series centers around a special task force unit created to track down AWOL soldiers. The stellar ensemble of cast, including Jung Hae In, Koo Kyo Hwan, Kim Sung Kyun, and Son Suk Ku, will render their impressive talents to bring the storyline to life. It is also worth noting that the original webtoon writer, Kim Bo Tong, has directly participated in the drama’s screenplay.
Another webtoon-based Netflix Original Series to look forward to is Hellbound. Having Train To Busan director, Yeon Sang Ho, at the helm of the production, Hellbound is off to show a world where supernatural creatures appear and drag humans to hell. Top-notch actors Yoo Ah In, Park Jeong Min, Kim Hyun Joo, and Won Jin Ah complete the main cast.
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