So I just finished My Liberation Notes and it made me do something I never do when I watch a series. I’m a binge watcher so when I like a series I watch through it right away, but for My Liberation Notes I didn’t have the urge to binge it even though I found the series super compelling and interesting. It became a comfort series that I wanted to spend time with and didn’t rush to get to the ending for the sake of getting to the ending.
Genre: Slice of life, Drama, Romance
Written by: Park Hae-young
Directed by: Kim Suk-yoon
Cast: Kim Ji-won, Lee Min-ki, Lee EI, Son Suk-ku
Synopsis: The story follows a family from the outskirts of Seoul, mainly the three siblings Mi-jeong, Chang-hee and Gi-jeong who are struggling as they don’t feel any fulfillment with their current lives. The youngest sibling Mi-jeong takes special interest in the unknown man Mr. Gu who is working for their family making sinks. Will any of these be liberated from their problems and struggles?
My Liberation Notes is so real and slow that it almost hurts, even for me who enjoyed the show and it is so different from the typical K-drama. I instantly fell in love with the vibe and the story of the show. It was comforting to know that I’m not the only one who is struggling in life without purpose or any fulfillment, and mindlessly living. I definitely recommend watching the first episode, and you either love or hate the story and its pacing.
I think they did an amazing job with their shoots. They managed to give the perfect feeling of the slower and quiet countryside. We didn’t just follow some moments of their life, we truly followed their everyday life, from commuting back and forth to work, their life at work and home. You really get the idea of how much time commuting takes from their day because of the amount of scenes there are of them just commuting.
My least favorite storyline of the show is Mi-jeong and Mr. Gu’s, which is also the main storyline of the show. I lost all interest in their relationship, mostly due to their characters. I think that Mr. Gu’s character lacked a lot. I really enjoyed Chang-hee and Gi-jeong’s journey much more, and I was sad that we didn’t get further into their stories. I was rooting for Gi-jeong and her journey gave me some excitement even though she faced many difficulties. Chang-hee was a character that I saw myself in, and I am basically an introverted version of Chang-hee.
Have you watched My Liberation Notes, if so what are your thoughts on it?