Last week, many Korean networks started airing their K-dramas for the Winter-to-Spring season.
So far, two of the season’s K-dramas, Hyena and Hi Bye, Mama!, were received positively among fans, especially international viewers as the two are originals on Netflix (meaning they are available in all international regions).
Now the Winter-to-Spring season of K-dramas continues its debuts with I’ll Go to You When the Weather is Nice.
Starring Park Min-Young (What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?, Her Private Life) and Seo Kang-Joon (The Third Charm, Watcher), the dramatic romance series is based on the novel of the same name by Lee Do-Woo.
A simple love story
I’ll Go to You When the Weather is Nice (also known as When the Weather is Fine and I’ll Go to You When the Weather is Fine) is a simple love story.
When compared to past and current K-dramas airing this year, it may seem quite vanilla. No infidelity and revenge (XX), no dangerous love that defies the confines of borders (Crash Landing on You), no love/hate relationship in the courtroom (Hyena), and the list goes on.
However, the simplicity of the plot of I’ll Go to You When the Weather is Nice might be a part of its appeal to viewers.
I’ll Go to You When the Weather is Nice is centered on two people, Mok Hae-Won (Park Min-Young) and Im Eun-Seob (Seo Kang-Joon).
After a series of unfortunate events concerning her career playing the cello, Mok Hae-Won quits her job in Seoul and returns to her former home in the Gangwon Province, Bookhyun Village.
She lived there briefly while attending high school and stayed with her aunt, Shim Myeong-Yeo (Moon Jeong-Hee), who runs an inn called the Walnut House.
While there, Mok Hae-Won meets Im Eun-Seob, her former classmate from high school who is now her next-door neighbor. Just like Eun-Seob, he also came back to Bookhyun Village after leaving for a few years.
He now owns a bookstore known as Goodnight.
As they spend more time together, Im Eun-Seob finally gets to express the love he has for Mok Hae-Won back in high school while Hae-Won experiences a love for Eun-Seob she has never known.
Starting out small but growing in viewers
I’ll Go to You When the Weather is Nice is a good K-drama in a quagmire for this current season.
Other K-dramas this season, especially fellow JTBC K-drama Itaewon Class, have plots that sound exciting while I’ll Go to You When the Weather is Nice — when compared to them — does not.
Also, there might be viewers who were expecting to see Park Min-Young in another romantic comedy role just like her last two K-dramas, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? and Her Private Life.
I’ll Go to You When the Weather is Nice is not prudish, but it is definitely more serious.
As a result, the domestic and international viewership wasn’t as high.
According to AGB Nielsen Korea, they recorded only a viewership rating for the country. The lowest viewership so far was the second episode at 1.559 percent. The highest viewership so far was the fourth episode at 2.533 percent.
At least we can see the viewership is slowly but surely growing.
And as a reminder, the viewership ratings may seem very low, but it must be stressed that I’ll Go to You When the Weather is Nice airs on the Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Company (JTBC), a cable or pay network.
Therefore, viewership would traditionally be less compared to free networks.
I’ll Go to You When the Weather is Nice is just starting, and we will have to see how it improves as the K-drama progresses. It airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on JTBC.
For international viewers, specifically the Americas, the K-drama is available on the video streaming site, Rakuten Viki, for free with ads.