Legend of the Blue Sea Review

Please bear with me as I attempt to write my first ever K-Drama review. As I previously mentioned in my post last week, I’ve just started watching K-Drama’s again this year. Long story short, I have missed out on many different K-Dramas and I have a lot of catching up to do.

I recently finished to K-Dramas this past month, Guardian and Legend of the Blue Sea. For now, what I will share with you is my honest to goodness (cross my heart) review of Legend of the Blue Sea.


Brief Background

Legend of the Blue Sea is a straightforward story of a mermaid falling in love with a human (Little Mermaid feels).

It opens with a Joseon Era storyline, dating back in 1598, wherein a mermaid falls in love with a country official. Their love pursues a complicated fate, they try to go against all odds to fight for their love but they meet a tragic ending.


In present day Korea, we see a reincarnation, of some sorts, of the country official. He is now Heo Joon Jae, a conman, and the mermaid is now Shim Cheong. Their meet cute was during Heo Joon Jae’s Spain escapade – and what happens after is a repeat of their previous lives. Knowing what has happened in the past, Joon Jae does everything that he can to avoid the tragic ending they once met.

My Honest To Goodness Review

Okay, so if I can sum up my emotions as I was watching Legend of the Blue Sea in a sentence it would be: I can’t get enough of their cute and romantic moments.

Let’s start with the cast. Personally, that is the upside for this show, Lee Min Ho (Joon Jae) and Jun Ji Hyun (Shim Cheong) looked good together and that registered well onscreen. Their cute-romantic moments highlighted the chemistry they had.


I also liked it the Min Ho was able to showcase his acting skills that were asked from him (him being a conman and all in this drama).


The supporting cast picked were also great, especially Ji Hyun’s friends.


Second, for the overall story of this drama I honestly felt that it lacked something. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but perhaps it was the obvious ending or maybe the expected twist in the reveal of the actual villains.


Somehow I felt that stretching it to 20 episodes was a bit too much since there are some scenes that can be removed, without losing the essence of the drama.

This doesn’t mean though that I didn’t like the series. To be honest, I enjoyed the cute romantic moments between the leads. I would probably re-watch it just for the sake of experiencing butterfly flutters in my heart.

K-Drama Rating

So what’s my verdict? I give this a rating of 4 out of 5 K-Drama stars. I will still recommend this show to K-Drama newbies. It is a good watch especially if you are in search of romantic excitement to brighten up your day.

Do you have any K-Drama series for me? Just comment your recommendations below so I can check it out!


  1. Kristy C says:

    I hadn’t heard of this production until reading your review. My husband and I love theater. We actually met at our local community theater. Adding this show to our summer bucket list.

  2. Shannon says:

    I love honest reviews! I’ve never watched K-Dramas before, but my little sister loves them. I’ll have to give Legend of the Blue Sea a try!

  3. Corinne & Kirsty says:

    I used to watch so many korean drama when I was ar uni. I lost interest after I graduated but I could get back into it. I know this actor from boys over flower! I love him so much! I’ll give Legend of the blue sea a try! xx corinne

  4. Alayna Frankenberry says:

    I’m wondering if you have Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime? If so, I would love some K-drama recommendations if you have any. I watch a lot of Korean horror movies on those services (which is a little different I know lol).

  5. Denay DeGuzman says:

    What a fun review of a K-drama. I’d love to start watching one of these series. I just need to carve out some time in the evening schedule to relax and enjoy a Korean drama.

  6. Nina says:

    I’m not super familiar with K-dramas. I would definitely like to explore them. This one sounds like a good starter. That sucks that it did not live up to all of your expectations.

  7. Claudia Krusch says:

    This is a great review for Guardian and Legend of the Blue Sea. I would love to check it out. I have never heard of a K-drama before.

  8. Erin F says:

    Looks like this will be a fabulous story to watch! I love the cast of characters, they appear to be a great combination of talents!

  9. JD Obedoza says:

    Kabayan! K-Drama is one of my guilty pleasures but I must confess that I haven’t seen this one yet. Still stuck on my anime marathons as of the moment. I might give this a try after I watch that Goblin series everyone in my household is talking about.

    Local versions and locally translated versions suck though.

  10. Anosa says:

    Been seeing a lot about Korean dramas all over and I am wondering if its really good to watch. Might try this one. Thanks for your review.

  11. Elizabeth O says:

    I enjoyed your post on returning to watching K-Drama so I was curious about how you would handle this review. I like your honesty here.

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