Alchemy of Souls is all K-drama fans are talking about these days. Is it worth it? Should you start watching this latest historical drama?
Introduction to Alchemy of Souls
Alchemy of Souls (Korean: 환혼)is a South Korean television series starring Lee Jae-wook, Jung So-min (season 1), Go Youn-jung (season 2) , and Hwang Min-hyun. Written by the Hong sisters, it depicts the stories of young mages dealing with heaven and earth. It premiered on tvN on June 18, 2022, and airs every Saturday and Sunday at 21:10 (KST). It is also available for streaming on TVING and Netflix in selected regions.
The series is divided into two seasons: Season 1 aired from June 18 to August 28, 2022, for 20 episodes, while season 2 (Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow) premiered on December 10, 2022.
The series started on June 18, 2022, with a rating of 4.8% but it slowly attracted people’s attention and its rating started increasing till the end of the first series. Thanks to the first season’s success, the second season started with a good rating of 7.8%.
On January 1, tvN’s hit fantasy drama starring Lee Jae Wook and Go Yoon Jung achieved the highest viewership ratings of its entire run so far. According to Nielsen Korea, episode 8 of “Alchemy of Souls Part 2” garnered an average nationwide rating of 8.605 percent. This is a 2.2 percent increase from its previous episode’s rating of 6.4 percent.
This is one of the successful series that gained so much love from the audience. The Hong sisters are successful at capturing people’s attention with their sophisticated mystery storyline like their Hotel De Luna series.
International Audience and Korean Audience
So far, the series has gained attention from both international audiences and Korean audiences. International viewers have access to the drama through Netflix and other streaming services. Looking at the similar rating that this drama has between oversea and in Korea, we can observe that it appeals to both equally.
One of the reasons why this series is becoming popular is the actors’ superb job, along with an interesting storyline that tempts the audience to watch the next episode. The shot and angles in this movie are also well-made with every scene.
Lastly, the heat over the second season is thanks to Go Yoon Jung’s beauty and good acting follow-up with the former actress in Season 1 Jung So Min. Both Go Yoon Jung and Lee Jae Wook are new rising actors that are receiving a lot of support from their fans, and especially from the audience of Alchemy of Souls.
Controversy Over the Main Actress
Despite being a successful series itself, the drama also is surrounded by controversy. One of the most heated debates is about the decision to change the main female lead from the experienced Jung So Min to rising star Go Yoon Jung.
Both of the actors are good and special in their own way. However, the abrupt change of the female lead in the new season causes incoherence in the storyline. And, of course, loyal fans are not happy. Even though there is a storyline behind the change in the appearance of the female lead in the drama, it seems like it cannot soothe the fan who fell in love with Jung So Min’s acting in the first season.
On Jung So Min’s TikTok, and Go Yoon Jung’s Instagram, it is easy to spot some of the comments from the fan regarding this matter.
Even though the female lead has changed, the drama is still hot thanks to the line of good actors and the new female lead’s breathtaking beauty. The ratings are still increasing and there are so many conspiracy theories over the ending of this series. But overall, this is a good Korean series to watch in your free time if you are a fan of Korean historical dramas.
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