Raketsonyeondan: Racket Boys - Season 1
August 10, 2021 4:58 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

A city kid is brought to the countryside by his father's new coaching gig; reviving a ragtag middle school badminton team on the brink of extinction.
posted by oh yeah! (3 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This just finished up its broadcast/Netflix premiere run, was anyone else watching?

I enjoyed this one -- it wasn't particularly profound or ground-breaking, but it was a good ensemble and a decent mix of comedy and drama. I especially liked the running joke of breaking the fourth wall for the product placement (character raves about [product], other character says "Who are you talking to?", all characters turn directly to camera). The episodes did run pretty long though, such that it was kind of a relief when Netflix switched from dropping two episodes a week down to just one.
posted by oh yeah! at 5:09 PM on August 10, 2021

As someone who enjoys your writeups and uses them to inform their own k-drama watching... I'm hopefully going to be commenting a bit more on these posts!

I agree with you on this one. It was an enjoyable comedy-drama that wasn't tremendously high stakes. I'd call this a comfort show, with mostly nice people being nice to each other and bettering each other in the process. It felt a lot like a live-action sports anime, and I was okay with that.
posted by daikaisho at 8:23 PM on September 12, 2021

Glad to be of help. I only wish the Fanfare imdb thingamabob didn't default to the 'original title' field so often, since it means there are no hits when you search for the show in the 'search by title' field, so once a show scrolls off the sidebar it's kind of invisible.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:12 PM on September 13, 2021

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