Thursday, February 7, 2013

Drama Review: Ma Boy (2012)

Grade: A-

Gender-bending school dramedy

What it’s about
The new girl at school is assigned a mysterious roommate, who happens to be a famous star of television commercials. (And a boy pretending to be a girl.)

First impression
Cute, quirky, and briskly paced, this show isn’t at all what I expected from a network named “Tooniverse.” It’s not cartoony or exaggerated, just a nice little story about a boy who’s stuck pretending to be a girl while he waits for his big break as a dancer. It’s like Hannah Montana, if Hannah Montana had the added complication of being a boy.

Final verdict
A bite-sized treat that’s both sweet and endearing. All three of Ma Boy’s hour-long episodes are surprisingly satisfying and fun, and its short length ensures that there’s very little useless padding. This drama is worth watching, if only for its adorable characters and stellar young cast. (And if you’re torn up about how terribly the world treats Kim So Hyun in I Miss You, this is the perfect, sugar-coated antidote.)

Especially notable is the fact that Ma Boy’s gender-bender isn’t treated as the butt of the show’s jokes, unlike most other male-to-female cross dressers on TV. Instead, he’s just another kid trying to make it through high school unscathed.

Random thoughts
Episode 1. Korean commercial alert!! Have I mentioned that I love it when the uploaders of cable dramas neglect to remove the commercials that originally aired with the show? This roast chicken number is particularly amusing, as it features what appears to be basic calisthenics and no chicken whatsoever. (I guess that’s why everybody is always eating roast chicken in the drama itself.)

Watch it
Drama Crazy
Good Drama

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  1. Woot! A-
    Alright, I'll get around to this one soon. I hear that roast chicken number is not to be missed! ;)

    I see you've started C.Alice - I actually can't wait to see what you make of it; after the last time I spoke about it, there were some elements that really picked up and made me appreciate it a little more. I should review it sometime.. but I'm lazy at the moment.

  2. This sounds good. I'll put it on my list.

    I didn't find C. Alice all that great. It was just okay.

  3. Amanda, are you okay in this storm?

    1. Way up north where I am, it was just a few inches of snow. I could have lived without the shoveling, though ;)

      It mostly passed your area by, didn't it?

  4. Oh, yes, I'm in South Carolina and we get very little. It is a real event here when it happens! Glad to hear you're okay. Love the topic to vote on!

  5. Oooh I just finished Cheongdamdong Alice and was looking for a new drama to start. This may be the perfect one :)