The series begins with a double-sided suicide carpet by Korn/In, certainly not the sly love affair often seen in BL (though the characters are all students). The double suicide was the result of the parents’ opposition to their relationship because of their sexual orientation, a rather serious consequence compared to the popular BL series that considered the subject of parental opposition. less serious (e.g. Together with Me: The Next Chapter in which the parents change their minds, and Dark Blue Kiss in which the parents are surprisingly open).
The seriousness of the tone, though not all that persistent, sets it apart from so many BLs that focus on couples’ relationships without being strongly concerned with the society in which the story is told. establish). As far as the Dean/Pharmacist story is concerned, the use of casual BL gossip (like a “straight” guy falling in love with another guy) is pretty minimal. This can be a good thing, but the side couple (WinTeam) might appeal to more BL fans and possibly more casual BL.
In parts of the story that use conventional BL styles, the series becomes more BL-like and somewhat less realistic. The combination of a BL fangirl (Manaow) and the way Dean’s swim team doesn’t seem strange when their captain takes his boyfriend with him on a team outing is where BL fans find themselves in familiar terrain, although we can guess how often that happens in real life in Thailand. Interestingly, these factors seem to be used to contrast the past and the present, suggesting that the increasing openness to homosexuality in society has made a huge difference for same-sex couples. character and even both fathers are living in regret after the death of their son.
The society in the Dean/Pharm parts of the story feels much less oppressive than the atmosphere in Korn/In’s story. We can see this from the behavior of the supporting characters: while Pharm’s friends accept and encourage his relationship with Dean, In’s good friend only quietly feels happy for him when saw In with Korn. Such subtle touches make the story quite interesting and worth revisiting.
There seems to be no rush to take the plot to a new level of tension. There is no undue preoccupation with the kissing and sex scenes and no aversion to them. Although some viewers seem to find UWMA quite slow or unclear as to how the story will progress, I have a different opinion. In fact, the story is fairly well-paced, with flashbacks rarely lacking in spontaneity as they show similarities between past lives and present lives. I suppose one thing that has disappointed some viewers is the way the Dean/Pharm plot doesn’t seem to have any obvious conflicts for a large part of the series, which might give the impression that it’s not. go anywhere. However, I like how the events are foretold and how the characters slowly recall and come to terms with their past lives.
Another aspect of the series that I like is how Dean and Pharm have different personalities from their past lives. The difference is more obvious in Dean, who seems calmer but also more determined to make his relationship work than Korn. As for Pharm, while he’s clearly attracted to and in love with Dean, he’s in no rush to get into the relationship. As a really good cook, Pharm was set apart from In being unable to cook to save his life. This difference is not merely superficial as his patience and skill in cooking reveals a distinct personality.
Both Dean and Pharm seem to have “learned” something from their previous lives. The dynamics of their relationship are also somewhat different. While we see more passion between Korn and In, we see more tenderness between Dean and Pharm. The interweaving of similarities and differences indirectly creates suspense: will the pair finally have a happy ending, or will history repeat itself? Most of the time, the story seems to have a happy ending but it foreshadows an impending problem, especially in the scene where a monk reminds the couple of the importance of forgiveness.
In the end, we see that Dean/Pharm must reconcile with those in their past lives and deal with their unfinished business before moving on as themselves in their current lives. It seems paradoxical in the end, but it makes sense: Dean and Pharm have acquired new identities and cannot live in Korn and In’s shadow forever, so while accepting that they are Korn’s reincarnation and In, they still have to be able Cup out. themselves from their past lives.
I also love WinTeam in this series although it seems like the WinTeam scenes that are usually a trailer/test for Season 2 will probably focus on them. I would love to see Season 2 with WinTeam as the focus although with the same production team I believe Season 2 with WinTeam will be interesting in a rather different way. If the series doesn’t appeal to you, you can still give Season 2 a chance if it makes it.
Edit: After looking into why I felt there was something a bit lacking in this series even though I loved it, I realized that there’s not much to the way the characters fall in love. For Dean and Pharm, each immediately feels the other is human at first sight because of their past lives, so we can only look at Korn and In. But while we can see the depth of Korn and In’s love, we don’t see enough of what makes their love so strong. Our involvement in their story would have been stronger with a little more show of Korn and In’s love for each other.