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I decided to follow the rest of my peeps, and do my top 12 drama boyfriend list.

In response to [livejournal.com profile] cranberrysheep's Drama Boyfriend Playoffs, I listed my top 12 (well, technically it was 13, but who's counting) ideal drama boyfriends. And then [livejournal.com profile] ambergold and [livejournal.com profile] princess_dexter made more detailed posts, and well, I decided to as well!

And because I wanted pictures (and since a lot of my choices are from dramas I watched ages ago, when I didn't know how to screencap) I didn't have any ready to use caps, so I spent awhile going through my big ol' folder of drama discs. But this also meant I spent awhile rewatching my favorite parts of various dramas. But I'll get to that later.

Amusingly about half are from twdramas. Apparently I still love me some Taiwanese men after all ;P. Oddly, a lot of my choices are from unpopular dramas as well. And I totally have actor repeat offenders (three of them, actually!)

Anyway, list! (Note, the frst 5 aren't really in any concrete order. I love them all too much to choose between them)

1. Xu Le (Zai Zai / Vic Zhou Yu Min) - Wish to See You Again

Xu Le is the stereotypical eccentric writer. He lives mostly in his own world, where he dreams up amazingly romantic stories that NEVER have a happy ending. He only had two friends, and is essentially socially retarded. But he's also sweet, extremely loyal, funny, and kind. He would give anything to see his friends happy, and while maybe he's not the best at commitment, he tries. He's difficult, but then, so am I. Also he loves ketchup, and that is a definite plus in my book. Ketchup = win.

2. Ah Ken (Mike He Jun Xiang) - Love Contract

My love for Ah Ken knows no humanely bounds. He's a lot like Xu Le, actually. He's a bit of a douche. A total loner, who is undeniably blunt and straightforward in his approach to human interaction. Despite this, when he make friends, he makes them for life. The same goes for when he falls in love. Once you look past his gruff exterior, he's amazing. He takes care of his flighty mother, and is such a responsible adult even though he's only in college. Ah Ken's love story is one of my favorites of all time, and the thought of the love and dedication he had for Xiao Feng still makes me weep inside.

3. Tae Bong (Lee Min Ki) - Dal Ja's Spring

Tae Bong is basically the epitome of the ideal boyfriend. He's mature, smart, funny, charismatic, sweet, doesn't care about stupid little things like how society views him, is passionate about his life, and won't settle for being unhappy. I like him best for the last point. I don't want ANYONE who is content to settle for being anything less than amazingly happy. I also love how he's willing to give that up because maybe he's found someone who makes him even happier. Everything Tae Bong does is gold, and I love him to death for it.

4. Lucas (Ethan Ruan Jing Tian) - My Queen

I think Lucas is possibly the most mature drama hero I've ever seen. He's amazing. Not only is he ridiculously smart, talented, good looking, and witty, but he doesn't back down from the most formidable drama heroine I've ever seen (Shan Wu Shuang, I still adore the hell out of you). The fact that his personality is strong enough to stand up to hers makes me find him incredibly attractive. Add in that he loves her so much that he's willing to step aside so that she might find happiness with another, well, I don't think I could love him more. Even though sometimes he acts childish, I know it's because he's found the one woman he loves with everything. And you can forgive people of things like that.

5. Han Kyul (Gong Yoo) - Coffee Prince

It seems that no list would be complete without Han Kyul. I sure as hell don't need to preach to the choir about him. He's like the most ideal man ever. He loved Eun Chan even when he thought she was male. He looked past the fact that she had been lying to him from the beginning because he loved her that much. He's charming, and childish (in a good way!), and to-die-for hot. Yeah, he's a keeper.

6. Tae In (Gong Yoo) - Hello My Teacher

Gong Yoo again ;D! The thing about Tae In that really makes me love him is that he's not afraid to show how much he loves Bo Ri. It doesn't matter that she's 6 years older than him. It doesn't matter that she's his teacher. That fact that she's engaged to his brother doesn't even matter either. He loves her, and he's not afraid to show it in the most amazingly romantic ways possible. He's also ALWAYS there for her, and takes the time to get to know her as a person. Because of this, I can overlook the fact that he's an arrogant jerk :D

7. Dr. Yuki (Hiraoka Yuta) - First Kiss

It makes me sad that not many people have watched First Kiss, because then they don't get to experience the utter amazing-ness of Dr. Yuki, because believe me, he's pretty awesome. The best thing about Dr. Yuki is his compassion. He has amazing amounts of it, which comes in handy as a doctor. He's also pretty dorky, and naive, which just adds to the pot. He's basically the epitome of a nice guy, and yet he's still passionate enough to fight with Mio's brother about dating her. Plus, you know, he's a doctor. And rich. And hot.

8. Naoki (Yamapi) - Buzzer Beat

Oh, Naoki. I admit, Naoki's very stoic, but I think that's what makes me like him so much. He's doesn't reveal his feelings easily, but when he does, they come out full force. He's such a nice guy, and doesn't deserve being cheated on or taken for granted. I mean, this is a guy who will care for you when you're sick (or drunk...), cook you food, clean your apartment, and just take care of you... He starts out as this very thin character, but as time goes on, he opens up, and lets himself feel. He doesn't seem it, but he's complex. Kinda silent and broody, which is always good. And I admit, from the second he saved a bug from being squished, well, I was in love.

9. Jun Hao (Ming Dao) - Prince Turns to Frog

There's no hiding the fact that Jun Hao is a complete asshole (at least to begin with). He's power and money hungry, and he'll do whatever it takes to keep up his image. And yet when he loses his memory, and becomes Dang Ou, he's such a nice guy it's hard to imagine that they're the same person. When his memory reverts to normal, you can see that Dang Ou was with him all along, just hidden away. Despite everything, Jun Hao is a good person, and tries very hard to fix everything. And when he falls in love, well, nothing will stand in the way.

10. Ke Lou (Michael Zhang Xun Jie) - A Game About Love

Another drama that not many people have seen (not that I'd really recommend watching it... it's, um, slow), but has one of the best characters! I love Ke Lou. He's a poor artist who works on the wharf in Danshui (which is where I used to live!), and had to deal with his deadbeat of a mother, and falling in love with a girl who doesn't love him back. He's angsty, quiet, artistic, and just amazing. He is great friends with the girl he falls in love with, and treats her amazingly. I wish he had been more mature about not being the one she fell in love with, but even the best have breaking points, eh? (Plus, I think he's the only Asian guy I like with facial hair)

11. Sakutaro (Yamada Takayuki) - Sekachu

The way I view Saku is kinda combination of the drama, and the original novel, so it might not make that sense to people who have only seen the drama... Anyway, Saku starts out the story as a normal angsty teenager. He's a bit of a smartass, and thinks he knows everything. But then his relationship with Aki blossoms, and so does he. He turns into the type of guy that everyone wants, utterly dependable, and devoted only to you. He loves Aki SO MUCH that fifteen years later he can't move on with his life (incidentally the fact that he's so hung up on it is why he's so low on my list). The best part of him is that he isn't intimidated by Aki being sick. He continues to love her no matter what.

(tie) 12. Huo Da (Mike He Jun Xiang) - Why Why Love

Huo Da is the exact kind of arrogant asshole type I love. He's spoiled, ill tempered, rude, and a pain in the ass. But at the same time he cares so much about those he loves. He might not get along with everyone (most people...), but it doesn't matter because he doesn't care about most people, only those he loves. He sometimes acts like a child, which means he's fun and entertaining. And hey, at least being with him would never be boring.

(tie) 12. Hwal (Lee Jung Jae) - Triple

A lot of people won't get my choice of Hwal. He's certainly not the most attractive, and he's the oldest on the list. But that doesn't matter in the slightest. Because Hwal is such an amazing amazing guy. He started out icy and stoic, and slowly, during the course of his relationship with Haru, he warmed out. He turned into possibly the most perfect older-man type ever. His heart is so good, and though he may not show it, he's such a sweetheart. The reason he's lower on my list is that poor Hwal cannot let go, and look forward instead of back. He spent far too long thinking of his old relationship to realize that not only was that relationship too flawed to fix, but that he was ignoring something amazing right in front of him.

BONUS! (ie, the "how is it possible I could forget him?!" section...)
Rui (Oguri Shun) / Hua Ze Lei (Zai Zai) / Ji Hoo (Kim Hyun Joong) - Hana Yori Dango / Meteor Garden / Boys Before Flowers

I don't know how it's possible I forgot about Rui in my original list (I'm calling him Rui throughout, based on the original material). I've been in love with Rui as a character for so long, since the first time I saw the anime in high school. He's so perfect it's not even funny. He starts out as so cold, and so blatantly disregardful of everyone's feelings. And yet, he warms up (with the help of Tsukushi), and becomes one of the best characters ever. He loves Tsukushi SO MUCH, and yet realizes she doesn't love him, and is willing to step aside for her happiness. It's so sad, and breaks my heart so much (I'm a Domyoji/Tsukushi shipper, so it's hard for me to reconcile my intense love for Rui). He's also possibly the best friend ever to Tsukushi, and just ehhh... Rui = love, no doubt about it... if I could change my list he'd definitely be at the top. (The only reason I'm not including Duan Mu Lei is that i didn't watch enough of Meteor Shower to get a feel for him, but I figure it's the same :D )

Date: 2010-01-08 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stringy-cow.livejournal.com
5. Han Kyul (Gong Yoo) - Coffee Prince Totally agree!
<>i8. Naoki (Yamapi) - Buzzer Beat I never really thought about this character before, but what you says is true! He's quite thoughtful and can cook to boot!
11. Sakutaro (Yamada Takayuki) - Sekachu That's the thing that bothered me about him too. I thought, ok I get that it was traumatic, but dear god get over it already!

LOL I love your bonus section XD! I haven't seen ZaiZai do Rui, but the other two Rui were good! I thought in the Japanese ver. there wasn't enough time to show Rui's complex and true nature, which was sad. So in the end I ended up liking the Korean portrayal better. (I say this as if I ever fully watched the anime or read all the manga LOL)

This was a fun post!! Makes me want to make one (I shouldn't waste time on something like that though, I'll probably do it anyway!)

Date: 2010-01-08 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
Heh! Everyone loves Han Kyul. I don't think it's possible NOT to love him, he's freaking perfect.

I love Naoki. I was SO PISSED that he was taken advantage of. And yeah, he cooks! It's so funny though, if I had been Natsuki, I would have thought he was gay.

OMG I KNOW. Seriously, Saku, it's been SEVENTEEN YEARS, get over it!

Oh, you should watch Meteor Garden! It's really good, but, uh, early twdramas aren't the best in production value... I agree, the Rui character was the most developed in BBF, which is sad. I would have loved to see more Rui in HYD.

DO IT!!!

Date: 2010-01-08 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stringy-cow.livejournal.com
LOL I would have thought the same thing about Naoki. When I was watching it I thought "wow Yamapi is bad at kissing scenes..." actually he's not persay, just bad at acting unpassionate kissing scenes?! XD

I really should! I was trying to watch the ver. of Mars way back, but then I couldn't find the rest of it. I'd likes to watch that one too.

I'm working on it right now! I think I got one on my list that should be in your bonus section XD!

Date: 2010-01-08 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
OMG I know! That kissing scene with Saki was like, the worst thing ever. But he redeemed himself later on (I was shocked... real kissing in a jdrama?!)

Mars is REALLY GOOD (but again, early twdrama quality), and ZAI ZAI is in it! Let me see if I can find it. Okay, done! Which episodes do you need?

Yay! Ohhhh, I can't wait to see... Hmm drama guys...

Date: 2010-01-09 12:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stringy-cow.livejournal.com
Yea, me too! When that scene came I was like "oh wow...!"

Oh that was fast! I think I need pretty much all of them. All I remember watching of that ver. is the part where the teacher tries to sexually assault her but then he comes and stops the teacher. I don't know what ep that is XD!

Got it posted now! Fun stuff! It's hard to remember everything I watched!

Date: 2010-01-09 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
Okay! These aren't the ones I have (actually they might be, I watched it so long ago!), but they should be pretty good. I don't know what's going on with the double episodes, but whatever... I'm downloading a few to look at quality, so I'll let you know.

01 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=R44CGZBE
02 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3BUASTM0
03 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BEO17NJU
04 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=B706RRUX
05 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Y35MCQ1U
06 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WGWD7X9M (RAW)
06 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PFK8WADV (Subs)
07 & 08 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=O81ZPOGY (RAW)
07 & 08 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=H3JZ4KPM (Subs)
09 & 10 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3V3U06WK (RAW)
09 & 10 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2LYE425A (Subs)
11 & 12 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1O2IFI68 (RAW)
11 & 12 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=R3YGTM5H (Subs)
13 & 14 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6UXYBUGF
15 & 16 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HNTVQNXF
17 & 18 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=H13J7PKF
19 & 20 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ZZJTL631
21 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=UFRR1RAU

Yay! I'll go look at it now!

Date: 2010-01-09 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
Okay, so the subs are a bit weird (the hardsubs, at least, are at the top of the screen, which makes watching it very strange, considering the Chinese subs at the bottom), and if I remember correctly, a lot of times they didn't sub simple things (like "hello", etc).

The quality is not great (it's the best you'll find, believe me), but you'll get used to it ;P

Enjoy! It's a GREAT drama, one of the pillars of twdramas.

Date: 2010-01-09 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stringy-cow.livejournal.com
DUUUUDE thanks for finding it! I remember when I was watching it years ago I was using Real Player, which wasn't that great for video quality to begin with haha. I get used to things quickly haha.
(OT: One day I decided "I'm gonna watch ALL of the Japanese Sailormoon anime!" lol Because I have never actually watched or read all of the story before. I started watching the first ep. and it's funny how you remember how things looked. Like, I remember it looking better than that XD!)

Date: 2010-01-09 06:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ambergold.livejournal.com
OMG MARS IS SO GOOD. It's probably my favorite drama of all time and is one of the four or five twdramas almost everybody has seen. Enjoy it! (warning: it gets a bit draggy/dark in the middle, but the beginning and end are such sheer awesome perfection)

Date: 2010-01-09 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stringy-cow.livejournal.com
Haha thanks!! Years ago when I started watching it initially I had to use REAL PLAYER, yea real player LOL. I loved the manga so I'm sure it will be awesome. (Makes me wonder why they never did a Japanese drama ver.!)

Date: 2010-01-09 06:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ambergold.livejournal.com
You are the only other person I saw who put Rui/Ji-hoo on your list. *high-five* He's pretty much the perfect boyfriend. Kind, caring, drop-dead gorgeous, funny, talented, rich, madly in need of love..mmm.

Date: 2010-03-07 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] candyme.wordpress.com (from livejournal.com)
hey random passer by here! nice post :))

i find the guys in taiwanese dramas are just perfect boyfriend material (despite all their lovingly stupid moments.)

and it's okay if you didn't list rui in your original list because i am more than happy to take him lol

Date: 2010-04-13 11:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cakemassacre.livejournal.com
Maybe you guys will hate me but i like Oguri Shun .. but .. Matsumoto Jun is one of the most hottest jdrama actors !!

Date: 2010-04-28 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucyownsjoaquin.livejournal.com
3. Tae Bong (Lee Min Ki) - Dal Ja's Spring yess!! i swear he's one of the best characters in k-drama i just loved him to pieces and his relationship with dal ja was just perfect.

5. Han Kyul (Gong Yoo) - Coffee Prince my favorite drama of all time thanks to han kyul. when they were on the beach and he just grabbed her hand i felt like jumping up and down (but i felt like that every time tbh lol).

12. Huo Da (Mike He Jun Xiang) - Why Why Love i thought i would never see this guy on this list (as well as hwal). i just loved him. i know many people don't like this drama, but it's my favorite taiwanese one and mike he was just too cute. i loved jia dia and huo da's chemistry (which is weird since i didn't like devil beside you at all).

Date: 2010-05-16 09:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lgmd.livejournal.com
Dude! I love this post & I hate this post. haha. The love is for all the fabulous characters and the hate is only b/c I have SOooooo much to do & no time to watch all these dramas! Boo! ;) I'll just have to get better with that dreaded time management. (& then make a list of my own...) :)


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