24 March 2014

Panda & Hedgehog Review

Title: Panda and Hedgehog
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast period: 2012-Aug to 2012-Oct
Cast: Lee Dong Hae, Yoon Seung Ah, Choi Jin Hyuk and Yoo So Young.

Go Seung Ji (Lee Dong Hae) with the nickname ‘Hedgehog’ is a talented patisserie working for a man he calls ‘Grandpa’ though they are not related. While searching for a con artist who had cheated him he bumps into a girl wearing a panda costume, making him sure that she is his accomplice. The girl in the costume is Pan Da Yang (Yoon Seung Ah) also called ‘Panda’ is the owner of the small cake shop called Café Panda, but is on the verge of bankruptcy mainly due to her incompetent patisserie. In the need she turns to her sister who works for the Saint-Honoré bakery franchise, so that she will keep the café open, and keep the memory of her parents. When Da Yang puts up posters of job recruitments for her café, Seung Ji spots it, and decides to go and work there so he can get the money back, but also to stop being a nuisance to Grandpa.
The two end up joining forces to compete against the Saint-Honoré…

I have had this drama on my computer for a very long time (over a year), and I have not been able to watch it more than 10 min, mainly because I have a problem with most SM Entertainments idol actors. No offence but they all overact and are all basically pretty faces that got a role. That said, the star in this drama is Dong Hae. I mean all the other actors are so not worth your time, and Seung Ah just has one thing that fits in this drama… her face. She LOOKS like a panda, and that is all that is worth mentioning here. Jin Hyuk tries to do something, but I kind of get annoyed with his face, as if even when smiling I get confused - but weirdly enough he has one gorgeous smile. Besides the cast not living up to my expectations, I loved that Dong Hae exceeded them. I actually watched it to the end because of him, and I liked the drama very much to be honest. Though it really is easy to figure out, and you inevitably roll your eyes when they announce the ‘twists’.
So is it worth your time? Yeah, it is really good :)

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

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