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I have been avoiding 49 days like the plague only because 49 days doesn’t necessarily sound like a happy ending. But apparently, viewers were pleased with the ending of the drama so I decided to give it a shot. At first, I wasn’t  impressed with it. It’s only now that I am recapping it that I realize how kick ass the story line actually is. Sadly, I have a long list of dramas that I want to finish before I even look at this one. But I’m definitely planning on finishing this.Summary
Shin Ji Hyun is our main girl. She’s an atypical drama character in the sense that her life seems near perfect. She lives a privilege lifestyle as the daughter of a rich chaebol, she has an adoring fiance, and a loyal group of friends. We can also see that her bubbly, innocent personality is the result of living a well-sheltered life. The drama starts with her rushing to get to her engagement party. There, her handsome fiance, who also works for her father, Kang Min Ho, is waiting for her. They entertain guests and show signs of being a happy couple. In comes a late Han Kang; he is both her classmate from high school and Min Ho’s friend and despite his good job at hiding it, he is obviously in love with Ji Hyun as well. The drama cuts to a girl who is living a totally different life. Song Yi Kyung is a poor girl who spends her time living alone in her apartment and going to work in a convenient store. She seems hunted by something, which we later find out is a loved one’s death. Cut back to Ji Hyun. Her father urges her and Min Ho to move up the wedding. They are surprised by this but they decide to go along with it. It’s excitement all around, except for poor Han Kang who is even more miserable. Ji Hyun goes shopping for bridesmaid dresses. In the mean time, Yi Kyung is seen at the side of a road. That day is the anniversary of her loved one’s death and she is visiting the site of the accident. Suddenly, she decides that she can not bear to live any longer and throws her self in front of a truck. Luckily, a kind stranger grabs her and shoves her away from danger.
The whole ordeal causes cars to come screeching to a halting stop in a disastrous clutter. A motorcyclist cuts in front of our other main girl, Ji Hyun, which causes her to slam on the breaks and slam into a truck. She gets up, unharmed, only to realize that she is a soul staring at her own body, which seems to be in a bad condition. No one else seems to be able to see her soul except a mysterious figure dressed in black who disappears. Not knowing what to do, she follows her body as it is rushed to the emergency room. The situation doesn’t get better and she has to witness her parents grieving over her. In the hospital, Ji Hyun spots the mysterious figure again and follows him. She finds out that he is some sort of modern Grim Reaper. He had come to the accident scene because someone else was ‘due for death’, but because of Yi Kyung’s spontaneous decision, it had caused Ji Hyun to lose her life as well. Normally, Grim Reaper would guide souls to heaven but in this special circumstance he gives her a choice: she can either go directly to heaven or if in 49 days she can find three people who truly love her, she can return to her old life. The condition of the second is that she must inhabit another body in order to do so, which is coincidentally Yi Kyung’s body. She enthusiastically chooses the second option, confident that she can get the task done. The next day Ji Hyun awakens as Yi Kyung.
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I love stories that address questions of mortality and the after life. They’re just incredibly fascinating because no one really knows what happens when you die so you just have to temporarily accept the ‘facts’ that the writer/director gives. The drama seems really beautifully written and the plot sounds amazing. I’m impartial to the acting so far, but we’ll just have to see. You know what I really love though? The Grim Reaper. The writers of the drama brilliantly injected a hint of humor into the drama by creating some kind of sarcastic yet totally relate-able Grim Reaper. He has that ‘I’m just trying to do my job here’ air to him along with a precocious and arrogant attitude  and I love it! I can already tell he’s going to be my favourite character. The rest of the character also seem alright; I don’t think I’m going to have a problem with the cast. However, I am wondering how they are going to go about this, especially the ending. Obviously, when Ji Hyun takes over Yi Kyung’s body, there’s going to be a drastic change in Yi Kyung’s chracter. So, wouldn’t the people who love Yi Kyung in the end technically only love Ji Hyun? Doesn’t that mean that Yi Kyung would end up once again with no one in her life? Anyway, I heard the drama ends well so I’m looking forward to how the writers solve that issue.
Why I am going to continue to watch
  • interesting plot
  • solid cast
  • nicely written
  • love the Grim Reaper character
  • pretty drama
First Episode Ratings
How much I liked it: 8/10
How good it was: 8.5/10
Watch it HERE

OT: Sorry for the sucky images. Do you guys know how hard it was to look for images while avoiding spoilers? Gahhh >.< My. Eyes. Must. Forget. What. They. Have. Seen.

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