Orange Marmalade (Korean Television Series)
The first episode starts off with a train encounter, where a vampire is shown molesting a human being. The series' leads "Baek Ma Ri" and "Jung Jae Min" are somehow caught in the middle of the scenario. Blood in milk carton is spilt, and Ma Ri goes ahead to her first day in school, having just transferred there.
Cute Vampire School girl living amongst human beings, in a K-Pop Idol Drama television series … oh, and she composes songs, and plays the guitar, and piano, and will evidently be in the school band, alongside her human love Jung Jae Min (who hates vampires as his mum married one), and the appearance of yet another vampire (who is the nephew of the married vampire groom, and childhood friend of Jung Jae Min), who knows Ma Ri and loves her too. And that's about it for the first two episodes.
"Baek Ma Ri" (played by actress "Kim Seol Hyun") is gorgeous but frankly has limited range of facial and acting abilities (but of course it is only 2 eps in thus far) … I had recognized her from "Gangnam Blues" where she has shown a slightly better range, so maybe this instance is specific to her character role, currently trying to keep a straight face on, and restraining her desire to give in to her vampirism?
"Kim Seolhyun (Hangul: 김설현; born January 3, 1995), better known as simply Seolhyun, is a South Korean idol singer and actress. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group AOA under FNC Entertainment." (Wiki)
Actor "Yeo Jin Goo" as one of the series' main male protagonist "Jung Jae Min" is suitably mawkish and as well with traits of the typical chauvinistic Korean male attitude, burying his inner feelings insie of himself (which of course will all fade away once fully into Mai Ri :p) … all of which is the opposite foil of the other main/sub lead male played by actor "Lee Jong-hyun" as the vampire "Han Shi-hoo" - who is the seemingly more "sensitive" of the two males, at the very least when it comes to "emotions" and relationships haha … unfortunately this lad gets into the wrong side of the governing body/system for Vampires in the early part of the series, and no doubt is the archetypal "bad boy with good heart' role lol
As most K-Idol dramas, there will be the triangle love affair, and this has not proved otherwise so far.
PLOT: "Set in a fantasy world where humans and vampires coexist, the latter have evolved and no longer rely on human blood as food. Still, they are feared and discriminated against by society, causing many of them to hide their true nature and live as "normal" citizens, or else become outcasts.
Baek Ma-ri is a socially withdrawn teenage girl hiding her vampire identity. Driven away from several neighborhoods, she is eager to settle down in her new city and live quietly. But things change when she accidentally bites the neck of Jung Jae-min, the most popular boy at her high school." (Wiki)
(Take a wild guess WHO is going to be the "jealous" and evil one here?)
For lack of Eng subs (unfortunately for ALL the videos I have embedded here :p) - essentially the above video depicts Ma Ri sleeping and dreaming on the train, and is attracted to Jae Min's blood, always referring to it as smelling "sweet", hence goes for his neck, which no doubt provides ample suspicion - not as a vampire - but of her actions.
(Screengrabs from Ep.1 / via gooddrama.net)
"Orange Marmalade" (Hangul: 오렌지 마말레이드; RR: Orenji Mameolleideu) is a 2015 South Korean television series based on the webtoon/webcomic with the same name, written and illustrated by Seok Woo in a manhwa serialized on Naver from 2011 to 2013. The television series airs with back-to-back episodes (beginning May 15, 2015). And while I have not followed the webtoon, cursory read through sees a slight difference in both incarnations, for example Jae Min's stepmother mistreating him in the manhwa, while in the tv series, he despises her for marrying a vampire (who is also his teacher in school).
It was by sheer chance I had stumbled into this series, without any shred of prior knowledge, but decided to give it a go because (A) Vampires + Pretty Girl (which might not work for all, one example being "Vampire Academy" the film hahaha), and (B) It was only two episodes in, so it was easier to "start".
Looks like I will continue following this series, at the very least to see how they handle the "vampire in society" notion, and see what the band will play eventually :p
Above: Screengrabs for Ep.2/ via gooddrama.net)
Official www @ www.kbs.co.kr/drama/orange/