Bride of the Water God is a live action adaptation of the highly popular Sunjung manhwa of the same name. Instead of opting for the period setting of the Manhwa, the tvN Adaptation has been transplanted into the present day. The drama is lead by Nam Joo-Hyuk and Shin Se-Kyung who play Habaek and So-A respectively.
Initially, the premise of Bride of the Water God felt like it would be quite similar to TvN’s smash hit 2016 drama Goblin or SBS’s The Legend of the Blue Sea. But after watching these first two episodes the similarities (All three drama’s feature Gods/Mythical beings and the female/male leads are the destined lovers of said Gods/Mythical Beings) don’t seem to be as strikingly obvious. It’s clear that the romantic destiny plotline isn’t the main focus of the series at this precise moment, of course, there are hints of something between the lead characters that and an awkward kiss but the protagonists rather dislike each other for now (although we all know that will change 😂). Moreover, Habaek isn’t technically looking for his Bride he is instead preoccupied with finding three “divine stones” to use in a ritual to become the emperor of all of the gods.
The overall look of Bride of the Water God is rather beautiful especially with the opening scene when we are taken to the realm of the gods, where whales and stingrays swim in the sky. Moreover, the colour palette of the Kingdom of the Gods is muted which is used to juxtapose with the realm of Humans, that has much richer and vivid colours. It’s hard to say what this use of colour juxtaposition means currently, as usually muted colours symbolise the past or somewhere that is unfavourable. Also, while I’m commenting on the look of the show, of course, I need to mention Fashion! And let me say the fashion is so cool so far with So-A rocking the smart casual wardrobe of everyone’s dreams and Habaek looking dashing in his suit (although perhaps it’s time he changed clothes👃🤢).
Overall I have enjoyed these first two episodes of Bride of the Water God, It may be different to the Manwha (which I literally started reading the other day) but that’s okay I wasn’t expecting it to be because most adaptations differ from their source materials anyway. So far it feels like this drama is going to be quirky, cute and funny which is exactly how I like my Korean TV Drama’s. And it’s safe to say that these first two episodes are really just introductions to the characters and the worlds they inhabit so there is much more in store especially as we haven’t even met the other gods properly yet!!
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