Thumping Spike – Web – Review

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A volleyball coach and her players aim for success during which they develop stronger bond and friendship for each other as well as teamwork. This youthful story shows sportsmanship and heart-thumping romance.

Native and/or alternative titles: 두근두근 스파이크; Doogeundoogeun Seupaikeu; We Have Something Special
Year: 2016
Countries: South Korea
Languages: Korean
Genre: Romance
Director: Kim Ji Young II
Writer: Choi Ji Yun I
Cast: Song Jae Rim, Hwang Seung Eon, Lee Tae Hwan, Shin Hyun Soo, Kang Hui, Kim Byeong Chun, Ha Seung Ri, Son Ho Young, Seo Ye Hwa, Lee Ho, Yoo Seong Kyu, Bae Jin Woong


So, I was extremely excited for this web-drama because of Hwang Seung Eon, I really like her acting and have enjoyed all her previous performances. Some people really criticise her for her acting and voice and looks and stuff but I find her to be really appealing and quite a good actress. Considering all this I wasn’t disappointed by her here as well!

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Jae Woong dropping by Se Ra’s house to give her a teddy bear which is important to her

I really enjoyed her portrayal of the innocent and sometimes naïve character of Kang Se Ra who has a passion for volleyball but is unfortunately in the middle of a life and career crisis due to a physical injury she has sustained. Se Ra was cute and lively and had a very caring and lovely personality. She, despite being an extremely famous volleyball player widely recognised as a volleyball goddess because of her beauty, was very down to earth and not the least bit snobby. She is the type who hides her pains and worries from the world and tries to bear it all on her own even though handling things alone scares her a lot. The one thing I didn’t understand about her character portrayal was that despite her being an athlete, I never saw her exercise of run or in any way maintain her physical fitness even once despite the other players doing so.

The other cast were also absolutely a joy to watch. The main male lead Song Jae Rim playing the character of Hwang Jae Woong was simply amazing in his portrayal of cool but rough senior star player with a twinge of bad-boy persona in the mix. He seems all perfect and arrogant on the outside but actually, is going through a lot of hardships as his younger sister is hospitalised for a long while and there costs a lot of money in hospital bills which he earns through part-time jobs.

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Jae Woong gives Se Ra a surprise: A kiss!

All the characters were the main soul of the web drama and I think each and every one was perfect in their place. The mix of all the characters was hilarious and it was amazing seeing them all live, sleep, eat and practice together. Every character had a unique personality quirk which was shown quite well.

The entire plot despite being nothing new was really refreshing to watch. The story really flowed very smoothly from one point to another and never once did I feel bored. I kept on wanting to see more. It was all really beautifully planned and executed.

So, basically, the story is about Kang Se Ra, who is in a slump these days due to her health issues. She through some unexpected circumstances ends up becoming a coach for a High School Volleyball team who rank last in the entire country. At first, she is wholly uninterested in coaching these kids but eventually becomes really passionate for them and wants to give it her all in order to get them to rank first in an upcoming tournament. Through all this, she eventually mutually starts to like one of the players in the team. She also gets out of her slump and regains her confidence through coaching which also rekindles her love for volleyball.

The ending of this web-drama might seem dull to some people but I, for one, quite enjoyed it. I think it really showed Kang Se Ra’s passion for Volleyball and the school kids that she coached and showed that it all types of love and affection are important, not just that between lovers.

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Se Ra watching her embarrassing CCTV footage

Overall, this is a very well-balanced drama and super exciting to watching. The love triangle is also really sweet and heart-warming. The main romance is also not deeply focused on but whenever it is highlighted, it is sweet, tender and lovely. Even though it is not the best or a must-watch drama, if you want a sweet rom-com school life sports drama to watch over the weekend, this is the one!!

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A Korea-phile by nature~ Love everything Asian and originally from India. Fluent in Korean language and knows Chinese language as well. Has Masters in East Asian Studies (with special interest in Korean culture and politics)

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