Nightmare Teacher: Soul Contract

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There are seriously so many good dramas that are airing that I will not be able to keep up with! Fortunately, Nightmare Teacher is a special piece where episodes are only 15 minutes each. I came for Kim So Hyun, of course, one of the most talented young actresses. Here, she plays Ye Rim, president of her class and number one student academically. Her constant companion and friend that likes her is Sang Woo. Together, they experience a series of odd happenings as a substitute teacher takes over their class. Said teacher, Bong Gu, offers special counseling to students “in need”. One of his first “victims” is a girl who is an outcast in the class. He offers her a deal that will make her wishes of becoming popular true, if she signs a contract. While she does become mysteriously popular, it actually becomes detrimental to her later on as things escalate. She ends up not wanting to be popular anymore because of the pressure, but it is already too late. She “disappears” when the teacher takes her away to his special dimension. Unfortunately, the class does not remember that she even existed. This “contract” lures other students in as well when they unknowingly sign their souls away just so they fulfill a wish they have. However, Ye Rim and Sang Woo become a little suspicious of the disappearances and notes left behind by the victims. They are unable to place what is happening, but feel that something is up with the teacher.

Kim So Hyun’s bread and butter is spunky high school student roles. With only 4 episodes in, the story has yet to focus on her investigation / battle with the “demon” teacher. Instead, we see an interesting case of “be careful of what you wish for” as the previous victims regret what they had so fervently wanted. I am interested to see what Ye Rim would want or to see how she resists the teacher’s manipulative ways. She does not seem to be beguiled so easily and I am wondering how she will beat the teacher in his games. However, I predict that Sang Woo might disappear which will probably spur her into action. BTOB’s Minhyuk plays Sang Woo naturally enough and is cluelessly adorable in the drama. While he does not have D.O or Lee Joon’s chops yet, I wouldn’t mind seeing him develop in other small roles later on. As a quickie, this drama seems like fun (when I am actually waiting for Kim So Hyun’s other drama, Page Turner, to be subbed).

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Who Are You? School 2015: Who Am I?

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I’ve always loved a doppleganger switcheroo trope and the secrets in the this show are keeping me interested for sure! The show is about Eun-Bi and Eun-Byul, a pair of separated twins who cannot be leading more different lives. Eun-Bi lives at an orphanage and is like a mother to all of the younger kids at the Love House. However, at school, she is viciously bullied around by a trio of girls led by the nasty So-Young. So-Young is an entitled transfer who gets pleasure out of torturing Eun-Bi for the reason of “just because”.

While Eun-Bi tries to stay positive, the school system is against her and does not help her, a child with no parents. Meanwhile, Eun-Byul lives with her adopted mother and is popular at school and loved deeply by her mother. Eun-Byul has a stand-offish personality and prefers mostly to keep to herself other than her other two popular buddies. She also has a tentative relationship with Han Yi-Han, a rookie but talented swimmer. He knew her when they were younger and its a mutual crush between them two even though she tried to cut off their relationship.

What is odd though is that Eun-Byul seems to know of her twin’s existence down to where she lives, but Eun-Bi has no idea she still has family left in the world. Eun-Byul would sometimes send gifts to her sister under her mother’s name. On a school field trip, Eun-Byul arrives at Eun-Bi’s town, intent on finding her. However, on the way, she seems to be bothered by a mysterious person who keeps on texting her threats. Judging by her conversations with her peers, Eun-Bi seems super stressed, exhausted, and threatened. Eventually, she goes missing, possibly kidnapped or a runaway.

Meanwhile, Eun-Bi is expelled from her high school for an incident that she did not cause, but got blamed on. She has had enough of suffering and decides to commit suicide off a bridge. However, we see that someone saved her, but we don’t know who it was. She ends up in a hospital, but WITH NO MEMORIES.

However, she was wearing a sweatshirt that Eun-Byul has one of too and Eun-Byul’s mother’s handkerchief. It is possible that her twin saved her and exchanged their lives for some reason. Eun-Bi now lives the life of Eun-Byul without knowing any better and only has minor flashbacks that she can’t decipher. Everyone notices her complete personlity change. Meaner forces are at work in this supposedly greener side of life. She seems to be set up to be a thief as a classmate implicates her for a jewelry robbery as they found the item in her school locker. Did Eun-Byul steal it, was she set up, but what an inconvenient time for no memories for poor Eun-Bi who can’t defend herself.

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