I guess when you watch too much K-Drama, you start to look forward to those “kilig” moments that can give you feels for days, weeks, months, and maybe even years – swear, it’s possible. I actually have one in mind now, but I won’t mention it to give this latest romantic comedy series a chance.
I was looking for a new series to binge-watch when one of my friends suddenly sent a DM suggesting that I watch a new Korean Drama called ‘I Am Not a Robot.’ It sounded familiar, another friend must have previously mentioned it to me, so I didn’t think twice to check it out.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
The story revolves around the rich man Kim Min-kyu (Yoo Seung-ho) who has a severe allergy to humans, causing him to isolate himself for 15 years and Jo Ji-ah (Chae Soo-bin) who struggles to stay afloat as an entrepreneur. The two end up meeting each other when an accident at the lab causes the robot Aji 3, which is supposed to be tested by Min-kyu, to malfunction. Due to dire circumstances, Ji-ah is compelled to take the Aji 3’s place and pretend to be the robot.
The first few episodes might have looked a bit startling showing how the leading man Min-kyu gets rashes every time he comes into contact with humans, but other than that, almost everything was light drama with lots of cuteness, occasional banters, and some random play of emotions.
The cuteness was mainly brought by Min-kyu and Ji-ah’s team up. They appeared to be a perfect pair. I’ve watched Soo-bin in other K-Dramas before, and I think her character here fit her well. I can’t say the same for Seung-ho as this was my first time seeing him act, but he seemed pretty in touch with his character. Definitely believable. Acting-wise, I’d say the actors managed to play their characters well.
The progression of the series, however, became somewhat monotonous in the middle, particularly when the Sta. Maria team, the people who created Aji 3, was just trying to hide the fact that the robot being tested was an actual human. It did gain momentum when they almost told Min-kyu the truth, but got stopped for fear of an allergy shock that might kill him.
That sort of goodbye moment between Min-kyu and Aji 3, them realizing they’ve fallen for each other, was definitely emotional. Athough, honestly, there wasn’t that much heavy drama in the story except for that part and when Min-kyu finally found out that the Aji 3 he knew was human. Well, him knowing the truth was something that was bound to happen. He could have found out sooner and I think the result would have been the same. The cuteness and “kilig” moments did make up for the monotony, though.
The characters of Chairman Hwang and Martin Bold did try to disrupt the routine, but it kinda seemed lacking. Although I wanted something light to watch, it would have been great to see more action. Also, I was expecting that the character of Madam X would be revealed at the end, but it didn’t happen. That could have definitely spiced things up.
Overall, ‘I Am Not a Robot’ is a good drama. It may be lacking in some aspects, but it did manage to provide the “kilig” and cuteness I’ve been looking for. If you’re looking for something light to watch, here’s your pick.
Have you watched the series, too? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!