‘The Boy Who Fed on Nightmares’ is the primary episode title of Kim Soo-hyun and Search engine marketing Ye-ji’s present ‘It is Okay to Not be Okay’. The present facilities on youngsters dealing with home abuse, adults residing with the trauma of their childhood expertise, and whether it is actually okay to not be okay. The present is centered on portraying the various sides of psychological sickness and from the primary episode, it does so powerfully with out binding the sickness with the bias that the society has most of the time bred through the years.
In its first episode itself, the present takes on the topic of home abuse and units up writer Ko Moon-young’s character. As a toddler, she was strangled by her father and the recollections of the identical nonetheless hang-out her. Her troublesome experiences have influenced all of her works and that features the kids’s story ‘The Boy Who Fed on Nightmares’. It’s a few younger boy who’s haunted by nightmares which can be about all of the terrifying and traumatizing experiences that he had had thus far. He visits a witch to beg to be rid of all of the recollections that trigger his nightmares and as an alternative the witch strikes a deal with him that enables the witch to take his soul after he grows up to turn out to be an grownup.
Now that his recollections are erased, one would assume that the younger boy would develop up to be a cheerful man, nonetheless, he finally ends up being an grownup who is barely an empty shell. So when the witch visits to accumulate on the promise, he rages on the witch and says that regardless of all of the recollections being erased, he was unable to discover happiness. So the witch explains that people are manufactured from all of the trials and tribulations that they’ve skilled in life, and it helps them mature into adults who’re able to find happiness. He gave up on this opportunity when he struck a deal with the witch.
The truth that it is a story for youngsters, solely stresses on how the present’s premise is one thing that we have not seen earlier than. Even the title tune is a play on completely different fairytales together with Magnificence and the Beast, however there’s a darkish twist to all of it and fans are additionally impressed by the theme of the present. One fan wrote about this, “The intro tune that’s each whimsical and fairytale-like with THAT title for the primary episode??? Who is accountable I’m in LOVE. The start sequence with a Burtonesque/Caroline animation … this present is so inventive and gorgeous. You possibly can inform that the director and artistic employees have poured lots of affection into the present.”
The fan additionally wrote that it was essential to add a set off warning to the present if doable. “Moon Younger is precisely the kind of feminine character in Okay-dramas I’m drawn to. She’s so comparable to the way in which SHS’s character in ‘Angel’s Final Mission’ was. The cautious writing of a girl who’s chilly to the world, who proclaims herself a ‘fairly witch’ however her underlying trauma is so more and more palpable because the episode unfolds … that is my JAM. The scene with the knife rapidly turns into obvious, that she makes use of it as a coping mechanism, she retains it on her to really feel protected. However I want the present had a set off warning and I’m questioning if that may be added to the weekly threads? Only a thought.”
One other fan commented on the technical side of the present, particularly the cease movement animation a part of it, and wrote, “I am additionally a giant fan of the cease movement animation and the Tim Burton-like visuals that have been used. It is not too usually that I see dramas utilizing this degree of animation.”
One other fan agreed concerning the set off warning and stated, “I agree with every part you stated. The present is shaping up to be a unbelievable out of the field Okay-drama. I’m glad Kim Soo-hyun is backing it up. I really feel like this present has essential issues to say and hopefully the messaging lands. I hope that folks give it sufficient house to breathe as a result of usually second half of Okay-dramas succumb to fan strain and deteriorate. Additionally, true concerning the set off warning.”
‘It is Okay to Not Be Okay’ initially airs on tvN on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 pm KST in South Korea and may be streamed on Netflix.