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Start-Up: Who do you want Dal-mi to end up with? (New poll!)

Start-Up: Who do you want Dal-mi to end up with? (New poll!)
Are you Team Dal-san or Team Dal-pyeong?

We’re more than halfway through Start-Up, but the ship war among viewers is still going strong! By this point in most dramas, the male lead has captured our hearts along with the heroine’s and there’s no going back. But when it comes to Start-Up, the Second Lead Syndrome is very strong. There’s just something…magnetic about Ji-pyeong. A big part of it is Kim Sun-ho’s nuanced performance, and the rest is how the character can’t help but be vulnerable with Dal-mi’s grandmother.

Then there’s Do-san. Sweet, smart, earnest Do-san. In the battle for Dal-mi’s heart, he’s hard to overlook— and not just because he’s tall.

The thing that really tickles me about this show is the usual K-drama tropes are inverted. In this case, the first male lead is actually nice, but a lot of people are rooting for the pricklier second lead. It’s so refreshing!

So, with the end of Start-Up drawing near, who do you want Dal-mi to choose? Do-san or Ji-pyeong?

Cast your vote below and stay tuned for the results! (I’ll announce who I voted for then as well).

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7 Comments

  1. Julie
    November 22, 2020 / 11:35 pm

    I think Jipyeong will be a better choice for Dalmi. Jiyeong had confessed his love for Dalmi and he was Dalmi’s choice too. She told her grandma before that she would choose the Dosan whom she knew from the letters. And I hope the Korean drama script writers will break the 2nd Lead syndrome, add some change to this old and boring fact that the 2 Main Leads would always end up together?
    The 2nd Lead will always be left out, either without love and lonely.
    Why?

    • Adri
      Author
      November 23, 2020 / 8:54 am

      I do hope drama screenwriters switch things up soon. It would be revolutionary if a second lead got the girl.

      The poll results should be up soon, so it’ll definitely be interesting to see who the fandom wants for Dal-mi.

  2. Faidhi
    December 5, 2020 / 11:34 am

    Reasons why Do-San should be the endgame:

    1. Do-San did not need 15 years to decide choosing Dal-Mi

    2. The letters so-called comforted teenage Dal-Mi were written out of indebtedness, not true love. The fact that Ji-Pyeong having feeling towards Dal-Mi after real Do-San appeared is more of winning a competition, knowing the ultra-kiasu (fear-of-losing) character of Ji-Pyeong.

    3. At first Do-San did not agree to lie but he was desperate to see Dal-Mi and help her out, thus agreed with Ji-Pyeong’s idea.

    4. If Do-San were to be punished out of ‘mistake’ he commited, Ji-Pyeong also was doing the same, in fact Ji-Pyeong lied longer. Afterall people make mistakes, the best people that commit mistakes are those who admit the mistakes and apologize.

    5. Do-San sacrificed his feeling for 3 years, sort of giving time-off for Dal-Mi to really think of whom she wants. Ji-Pyeong shud have had more than enough time during that period of 3 years to win Dal-Mi’s heart, but wasted that.

    6. The naive Do-San has become more matured and rational, he tried to put emotion aside, letting Dal-Mi choose whom she wants, in fair and square fight. He is determined to improve himself in all aspects including his self-confidence, if you know how hard that is.

    7. First love is not necessarily the best in reality, what determines the destination is not whom a person met first, but how a person performs in a relationship matters more.

    8. Do-San never pressured Dal-Mi to choose him. He balanced well between fighting for his dream to be with Dal-Mi and giving Dal-Mi me-time to calm himself from the mess Ji-Pyeong and Do-San made. Do-San also sacrificed his feeling few times, reflecting on his weaknesses and working hard of overcoming them.

    9. Ji-Pyeong is not bad at all, but if you were to be Dal-Mi in real life, you sure will decide after considering a lot of things.

    This is just my opinion, no offense ya! 😉

    • Anonymous
      December 16, 2020 / 1:26 pm

      shut up

    • SS
      December 23, 2020 / 5:21 pm

      Agree… in this drama i see do san character is the one that keep devoloping from a young naive full of anger self to a mature and responsible person… at first i didnt have much attention about him but when in watched this drama in marathon I really can see how he become a better person. And that’s why i turn to Do San… 😊

      • lee ahn ji
        December 24, 2020 / 4:05 pm

        Dal-mi should end up with Do-san

    • HJP
      January 20, 2021 / 2:36 am

      That’s not right

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