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12 New Entertaining Korean Fantasy Dramas

Written by Sera Serinda A

People know South Korean dramas for their romance and comedy storyline, and these are the most popular both in South Korea and many other countries. However, this doesn't mean that other genres aren't well-loved too!

Horror, psychological thrillers, family sagas, and historical dramas all have their own dedicated fan bases. Another genre gaining popularity is fantasy, where tales of magic, supernatural elements, and imaginative worlds unfold.

For fans of fantasy dramas, here are some of the latest recommendations from Showpoiler. Read on to find out!

"Lovely Runner" is produced by CJ ENT and stars Byeon Woo Seok and Kim Hye Yoon. The drama, based on Kim Bbang's novel "The Best of Tomorrow," tells the story of a girl's efforts to save her life.

Im Sol (Kim Hye Yoon) is a girl with many dreams, but an accident during her childhood changed everything. When she's struggling, she meets a top star, Ryu Sun Jae (Byeon Woo Seok), who reignites her spirit.

However, after becoming a devoted fan, Ryu Sun Jae is reportedly killed. This tragedy leaves Im Sol devastated. In her sorrow, she suddenly wakes up in a different time, where she and Ryu Sun Jae are 15 years old again and schoolmates. To save Sun Jae, Im Sol fights to keep the hope alive in her life.

2. The Midnight Studio

Year 2024
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Cast Joo Won Kwon Na Ra Yoo In Soo Eum Moon Suk
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Seo Ki Joo (Joo Won) is a photographer who works at night to take pictures of ghosts. He runs a small, long-standing photo studio.

Unlike other studios that take pictures of the living, Ki Joo's studio is only for ghosts that visit at night.

Seo Ki Joo works with two employees: Go Sung Ho (Yoo In Soo), the assistant manager, and Baek Nam Goo (Eum Moon Suk). While busy photographing ghosts, Ki Joo meets an ambitious lawyer named Han Bom (Kwon Na Ra). Together, they use Ki Joo's photos to uncover many cases.


3. Chicken Nugget

Year 2024
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Cast Ryu Seung Ryong Ahn Jae Hong Kim Yoo Jung
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Have you seen Kim Yoo Jung play all sorts of roles, from a wild girl to a royal princess? Well, get ready for something totally different. In this fantasy and mystery comedy drama, she's turning into a chicken nugget! Yes, you read that right – a chicken nugget!

Choi Min Ah (Kim Yoo Jung) is a girl who's living the dream life as the daughter of a wealthy business tycoon. But her life changes when she accidentally transforms into a chicken nugget after hopping into a mysterious machine.

Her dad, Choi Seon Man (Ryu Seung Ryong), and a hardworking intern, Go Baek Joong (Ahn Jae Hong), scramble to change Min Ah back to her human form. They need to crack the mystery of this magic machine.

Turns out, this machine is a special storage device that arrived by mistake – it was supposed to come the next day. Tired from delivering her dad's favorite spicy chicken, Min Ah decides to test the machine, and bam! She turns into chicken nuggets that taste just like the ones she was delivering!

4. Four Lords: The Destiny Changer

Year 2024
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Cast Seo Ji Hoon Chae Seo Jin
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This fantasy drama by director Park Sun Jae tells the story a fortune teller who seeks to unravel various mysteries. The show, "Four Lords: The Destiny Changer," primarily follows a clever clairvoyant named Geum Tae Yong, who teams up with Min So I, a psychic who helps solving cases for their clients.

One of their clients, Sol Eun Gyeom, is a chaebol daughter from the Cheonjin Group who faces family issues. During her fortune-telling session, Tae Yong discovers that Eun Gyeom is destined to suffer a terrible death. Tae Yong then becomes determined to perform a ritual to alter Eun Gyeom's fate.

Besides Eun Gyeom's situation, the series also showcases the collaboration between the fortune teller and the psychic as they tackle other clients' cases. However, despite the intriguing plot in almost every episode, the CGI used in the drama remains noticeably unrealistic.

5. Love for Love's Sake

Year 2024
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Cast Lee Tae Vin Cha Joo Wan Oh Min Su Cha Woong Ki
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Tae Myung Ha's suddenly changes when he's pulled into the world of online gaming. Here, he receives a challenging mission: improve the life of Cha Yeo Woon, a 19-year-old who is both handsome and athletic.

In the game, Myung Ha faces a tough task. Despite his exceptional running skills, Yeo Woon's life is complicated. Behind his cheerful facade, he's been bullied and an injury has stopped him from running.

Myung Ha has 365 days to win Yeo Woon's favor. If he fails, he faces deadly consequences. Will he succeed in his mission?

This eight-episode drama, based on the "Love Supremacy Zone" Webtoon, features extensive character development and a captivating fantasy storyline. Plus, it gives a touch of romance among men, making it a great pick for fans of BL (Boys' Love) stories.

6. Love Song for Illusion

Year 2024
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Cast Park Ji Hoon Hong Ye Ji
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In his latest role, Park Ji Hoon stars in a webtoon adaptation where he plays a prince with a unique twist – he has multiple personalities. He's Prince Sajo Hyun, the charming Crown Prince of the Astae Kingdom, hiding a big secret: two very different personalities live inside him.

One personality is Sajo Hyun himself, a refined man with a love for fashion design, working in a city center shop. The other, Ak Hee, is bold and charming, capturing many hearts, but he carries a curse that prevents him from touching others.

Meanwhile, there's Yeon Wol, a nobleman's daughter bent on avenging her family's downfall, which she blames on the King, Sajo Hyun's father. She changes her identity to Gye Ra and joins a group of assassins, even sneaking into the palace.

However, her plan goes awry when she's caught in a trap and loses her memory. In a surprising turn, she wakes up to find herself being prepared to become the Crown Prince's concubine. With both characters holding deep secrets, what will unfold between them?

South Korea seems to be the top spot for revenge dramas, right? These shows are really popular because they're thrilling and make viewers feel a sense of satisfaction when the main character overcomes tough times and gets back at those who wronged them in the past.

Take the drama "Marry My Husband," for example. It's about Kang Ji Won (Park Min Young), who is married to Park Min Hwan (Lee Yi Kyung). But their marriage is hanging by a thread.

Things go from bad to worse for Ji Won. She finds out she has cancer, her husband is out of work and drowning in debt, and then he starts cheating on her with his close friend, Jung Soo Min (Song Ha Yoon).

In a shocking twist, Ji Won is killed by Min Hwan and Soo Min. But instead of passing on to another world, she goes back in time by 10 years. Ji Won starts planning her revenge. She decides to make Soo Min marry Min Hwan, so Soo Min can experience the same misery Ji Won went through with her terrible husband.

8. Death’s Game

Year 2023
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Cast Seo In Guk Park So Dam
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Choi Yi Jae spent seven difficult years barely working, at times nearly unemployed, which pushed him towards losing hope. He thought the only escape from his despair was to end his life.

However, the afterlife was not as easy as he had expected. At the gates of Hell, Yi Jae was shocked to meet a mysterious figure, Death, who judges the deceased before they enter hell.

Death labeled Yi Jae's choice to commit suicide as 'foolish' and sentenced him to undergo death 12 times in different bodies. Yi Jae initially resisted, not wanting to endure such torment, but Death offered him a way out: he could live, provided he changed his fate for the better.

"Death's Game" marks the return of Park So Dam to drama after her battle with thyroid cancer. Despite her break, her acting remains impressive. The show features a strong cast, with all actors fitting their roles perfectly, including Park So Dam as Death.

9. My Man Is Cupid

Year 2023
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Cast Jang Dong Yoon Nana Park Ki Woong
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A love fairy named Cheon Sang Hyuk has been marooned on Earth for 500 years due to his damaged wings. During his long stay, he encountered numerous people, each with a red string indicating their proximity to their soul mate.

However, when Sang Hyuk met Oh Baek Ryun, a beautiful veterinarian, he noticed she had no such string. Intriguingly, every man who gets close to Baek Ryun ends up facing misfortune, sometimes even death. As a result, she's guarded her heart against the advances of men. Yet, her interaction with Sang Hyuk feels distinctly different, leaving him constantly in her thoughts.

Curious about Baek Ryun's romantic destiny, Sang Hyuk initiates a connection with her. As they spend more time together, Sang Hyuk finds himself developing feelings for her as well.

10. My Demon

Year 2023
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Cast Kim Yoo Jung Song Kang
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"My Demon" is a drama that tells about the unusual romance between a human and a supernatural being. Featuring Song Kang and Kim Yoo Jung, this drama stands out with its young and dynamic cast, complemented by beautiful cinematography.

The plot revolves around Do Do Hee, the daughter of the owner of Mirae Group, who is poised to inherit her family's business. Growing up in a world of tough realities, Do Hee has learned not to easily trust others and is skeptical about love. However, her outlook begins to change after she enters a contractual marriage with Jeong Gu Won.

Gu Won is actually a demon who has lived in the human world for over two centuries. In a surprising twist, Do Hee saves Gu Won from nearly drowning, and this incident mysteriously transfers Gu Won's powers to her.

Armed with this knowledge, Do Hee decides to turn the tables and uses the situation to make Gu Won her fake husband. Gu Won, left with no other option, accepts the arrangement, secretly hoping that he will eventually regain his powers. This intriguing plot weaves together elements of love, trust, and the intersection of human and supernatural worlds.

11. The Story of Park's Marriage Contract

Year 2023
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Cast Lee Se Young Bae In Hyuk Joo Hyun Young Yoo Sun Ho
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Imagine suddenly falling into a well and waking up in a totally different time. That's exactly what happens to the main character in the drama The Story of Park's Marriage Contract.

Set in the 19th century, Park Yeon Woo is devastated by terrible news. Her fiancé, who had been secretly battling an illness, dies on what was supposed to be their wedding night. Not only that, Yeon Woo is kidnapped and thrown into a well by a mysterious person.

When she opens her eyes, Yeon Woo finds herself in modern-day Seoul, a place completely unfamiliar to her. Incredibly, she is rescued by a man named Kang Tae Ha, who looks remarkably like her fiancé.

Kang Tae Ha is the heir to the SH Seoul Corporation. Despite his wealth, he suffers from a weak heart and his difficult childhood has made him withdrawn. However, when Tae Ha's ailing grandfather expresses a wish to see him married before he passes away, Tae Ha proposes a marriage of convenience to Yeon Woo.

Adapted from a webtoon by Hye Yoom, "Moon in the Day" centers on Han Joon Oh, a famous celebrity known for his looks and talent. But despite his success, Joon Oh feels insecure.

One day, while filming, fate brings Joon Oh together with Kang Young Hwa, a brave female firefighter. She saves his life during a car accident.

After the accident, Joon Oh's team hires Young Hwa as his bodyguard because she is quick and brave. But when Joon Oh wakes up in the hospital, something strange happens.

The spirit of Do Ha, a nobleman from old Korea who was killed by his wife Han Ri Ta, now lives in Joon Oh's body. Strangely, Han Ri Ta looks a lot like Young Hwa. Now, Do Ha's spirit wants to get revenge on Young Hwa.

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