Romantic fantasy has to be my favorite romance drama. Well if you have Netflix and are looking for a fantasy romance to sink into over the upcoming holidays, then we have 5 romantic-fantasy Korean dramas on Netflix to get your binge worthy hands on.
In this list we have a quiet ASMR producer who can see into the future (Another Miss Oh), an epic barbarian fantasy ala Conan the Barbarian (Arthdal Chronicles), gods and monsters dressed as music stars and feeding off the energy of people (A Korean Odyssey), an augmented reality game that can kill you, literally (Memories of the Alhambra), and a time jumping business man in a fake marriage, just don’t tell his wife (Tomorrow With You).
Pus, we have four bonus romantic-fantasy dramas at the bottom which are dramas that we have not seen but that we have heard good things about. Those dramas are Oh My Ghost, Black, Chicago Typewriter, and My Runway.
5 ROMANTIC FANTASY KOREAN DRAMAS TO BINGE ON NETFLIX
1. Another Miss Oh (Oh Hae Young Again) (Premonition Fantasy)
I was going through a Kdrama slump when this drama came into my life and reignited my passion for the genre (if you consider Kdramas a genre, which I kind of do).
Another Miss Oh is a fantasy-romance where an ASMR producer (Eric Moon) suddenly gets the ability to see into the future. Through a variety of glimpses into the near future, he sees the image of a woman (Seo Hyun-jin) who he does not know.
This woman starts to slowly make her way into his everyday life due in no small part to having the same name as his ex-girlfriend, and of course they fall in love.
I binged this series and loved every moment of it. Though I did hear that some people did not like how dark-ish it started to get in the last few episodes. I was okay with that since the soundtrack is amazing and it has a happy ending. This drama basically kicked off this site so it’s a fave.
2. Arthdal Chronicles (Epic Fantasy)
Possibly one of the most controversial shows of 2019. This is a drama where either you loved it or hated it. Put me in the love category because even though it was hard to keep track of all the characters and the world, I was still interested and drawn in.
Arthdal Chronicles is a completely made up epic fantasy about the origin of Korea. It is one part Conan the Barbarian and another part Willow as we follow the story of NeAnthals (animal like people), Humans, and NeAnthal-Humans through a political battle for the formation of Korea. It is jam packed with stars (Song Joong-ki, Kim Ji-won, Kim Ok-vin, and Jang Dong-gun to name a few) who all struggle to stay alive in this new world that is forming.
There is spoken magic, super-humans, purple blood, magic horses, and swords swinging all around. A must watch if you love this kind of fantasy genre. It does have a huge (Huge) cliffhanger open ending though which made a lot of people wonder when (not if) season 2 was coming. Though season two has not been confirmed.
3. A Korean Odyssey (Epic Fantasy)
An amazingly fun show and idea that had a meandering storyline and awful special effects budget. But above all of that, it was still a wonderfully fun show due to all the fantastic characters that were in it.
A Korean Odyssey is a fantasy-romance that pulls the classic tale of Soyugi into contemporary society. We have demons feeding off the energy of Idols and a Monkey King trying to protect the Shaman descendent, that he is forced to love, from these demon-ish gods. Though, he starts to fall in love with her for real and then a dragon appears.
This show is really all over the place but it’s fun as well.
4. Memories of the Alhambra (Augmented Reality-Fantasy)
Another super controversial drama of 2019. Memories of the Alhambra had one of the most amazing starts to a fantasy show that you can have.
I was riveted in the first 4 episodes. This is the story of a gaming CEO who buys the rights to an Augmented Reality game that is something the likes no one has seen before. The only problem is, the game can kill you somehow.
It is truly amazing to behold the game unfolding in the opening episodes. A caveat is that the story line started to slow and had a very strange (to me) ending, but the opening and all the video game battle scenes were so good that it is worth checking out for that alone.
The romance was thrown in because two big stars (Hyun Bin and Park Shin-hye) were at the helm of this show, and was hit or miss with most people. Either you loved it or wanted it to go away. I was one of the ones who was pretty meh on the romance, but I absolutely loved the fantasy aspect.
5. Tomorrow With You (Time Travel-Fantasy
What would happen if you were able to time travel by subway? Not only that, but in doing so, you find out that you will die in the near future?
In Tomorrow With You, in order to prevent his death from happening, our main character (Lee Je-hoon) marries a woman (Shin Mina) who he thinks can prevent this. This poor woman is clueless.
Though he does not love her at first, he starts falling in love with her as he goes deeper and deeper into time travel land. This is one of those slow burn dramas where you either love the pace, or fall asleep to it.
I enjoyed it, though I will admit that I did not finish all the episodes. It is a drama that I constantly think of coming back to though because the time travel aspect as well as our main characters dilemma remained intriguing.
Though I have not watched these romantic-fantasy dramas as of yet, they are intriguing enough for me to check out! Plus I did hear good things about almost all of them. I have not heard about My Runway but of the 4, I might check that one out first because it is a body swap drama at only 6 episodes long, and each episode is only around 25 minutes! Read the premises below to see if you might be interested!
Possessed by the ghost of a lustful virgin, a timid sou chef becomes confidently libidinous, drawing the attention of a confident culinary star. – Netflix
A Grim reaper, a detective, and a woman who foresees death, get ensnarled in life and death situations – as well as a dark mystery from twenty years ago. – Netflix
A veterinarian and two writers have a mysterious connection to Korean freedom fighters from the Japanese colonial period. – Netflix
An egotistic top male runway model and a model wannabe switch bodies and are forced to live each others lives until they find a way to switch back. – Netflix
Of these shows mentioned, Another Miss Oh is my absolute #1 recommend. It is lovely. As for the honorable mentions, I really want to at least watch the first few minutes of My Runway to see if I like it. I mean, each episode is so short that it is only a little over 2 hours total for the entire series. If I do, I will be sure to let you know how it goes!