At Eighteen First Impression/Review

Moment At Eighteen is a new JTBC coming-of-age drama that follows the lives of teenagers who are going through high school. It focuses on 3 main characters – Choi Jun Woo (Ong Seong Woo), Yu Soo Bin (Kim Hyang Gi) and Ma Hwi Young (Shin Seung Ho).

The story begins when Jun Woo was transferred to a new school, where Hwi Young and Soo Bin study. He was transferred because he got involved in a theft, but I have a feeling that there’s a lot more to it, and maybe he’s not so guilty as they claim. He then gets to know Soo Bin when her mother almost hit his bike, and because of that she starts to be friendly to him and invites him to do a group assignment. Their chemistry is already visible and it‘s so spontaneous and sweet.

Hwi Young is the class president, he has a very responsible and friendly image, and has a crush on Soo Bin, but it isn’t corresponded. He helps out Jun Woo, but as we get to know him, he isn’t really that nice, as we see him stealing his tutor’s watch and putting the blame on Jun Woo. However, it doesn’t look like Hwi Young will be just the antagonist; he has a complex background, with his dad being very strict with him and comparing him to his older brother, also he appears to have some sort of eczema (I’m not sure what is the right denomination for it but they pointed that out so I guess it’s not something trivial). He’s already proven he can be quite a jerk but I guess there might be more to his actions.

We also get to know a bit of Soo Bin’s background: her mother is successful at her work and she tries her best to help her daughter improve her grades so that she can attend the best college, however that doesn’t seem to be what Soo Bin actually wants. Despite that, she seems like a really lovable girl and she has a cute group of supportive friends.

Going back to Jun Woo, we got to see a bit of his family, which was quite heartbreaking because although his mother is sweet and super dedicated to him, it seems like his father abandoned him and started a new family. His life story appears to have left a deep mark in his personality; he’s shy and lonely, he seems like an introvert but through these episodes it’s already clear that he has a soft side, and the scenes that showed that were really adorable.

I’m looking forward to the next episodes, mostly to see Jun Woo and Soo Bin get closer and get to know more of the secondary characters. For those who like lighthearted and slice-of-life dramas, I believe this one will be great!

Written by: @llovewhisper