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From the director and scriptwriter who brought you the phenomenon Descendants of the Sun, comes another phenomenon, The Lonely and Great God ~ Goblin.

900 years ago, a general returned victorious from war, only to be accused of treason by his king and killed. As he lay dying, his own blood dripping from his sword, awoken by the prayers of the people he had protected, he turned into a "goblin". His immortality is a curse, a punishment to bear for the thousands of lives he had killed with his sword. The only one who can release him from this curse is "the goblin's wife", someone who can see the invisible sword in his chest and pull it out. 900 years later...he saves the life of a pregnant mother who was meant to die in a hit-and-run accident. A child who should not have been born comes into this world and grows up, able to see supernatural beings...and the sword.


If this was a *cough* novella, it would be encapsulated with 大叔年上x陽光少女,副CP重生

And I think therein lies its problem, for me.

A large age gap is a bit of a landmine for me, even more so if the younger character starts off in high school. I mean technically it shouldn't matter, right, because we've had Twilight tell the world that it's okay for centuries old vampires to hover outside (or inside?) the bedroom of a 16 year old girl. Fortunately the ahjussi is the more passive one in the relationship, so it doesn't feel like something illegal is happening...

But because of my personal taste, I can't get into the romance between the two main characters, and I ended up skipping almost all of their scenes after the first few episodes.

The more interesting story comes in the middle and is courtesy of the two side characters, the "grim reaper" (or one of) and the boss of a fried chicken shop.

The thing about 重生 (rebirth) stories is that it provides the perfect background and atmosphere to 虐 and 騙眼淚. It really is the highlight of the story - the love between a sister and brother, a husband and wife, and a general and his liege.

其實我的淚點不算低(有看到悲慘世界最後一幕才落淚的光榮?成績),但是11到13集那段莫名地一直戳我的淚點。金善和金信相認的時刻(覺得這倆兄妹好慘,雖然都是心甘情願地被利用),王黎想起記憶的時候,以及最後王黎和金善雙雙投生的時候。話説第一次金信跟地獄使者對質的時候,使者滿臉流淚地嗚咽“我是王黎嗎”,我也在一邊同情淚一邊想鬼怪叔能衝著這可憐鬼下手才怪,只是陰陰那一集哭得實在太頻,到最後鬼怪叔跟他道別消失的時候,他又開啓淒美人落淚模式,我直接出戯翻了個白眼。

雖然我最心疼的是堅強溫柔的金善,但編劇還是成功地把王黎洗白了。他是不適合作君王,過於懦弱,也過於多情。由於一直被灌輸他的身份低賤,由於沒有得到父王的愛,他太過自卑,明知道是錯的也不敢跟奸臣說不,直到這份懦弱和自卑蒙蔽了他的眼睛,讓他真的以爲金家會對他不利。然而在他認爲會威脅他的人死去后,真正的威脅才顯露了出來,他卻又無力掌權,僅僅沉溺在自己的悔恨和哀悼中,選擇自殺死去。而真相就像金信說的,王黎並不是他自以爲得那麽沒人愛(好中二的思維?),他的父王、妻子和大將軍都曾因爲愛著他而守護著他,最有也都為他而死。

最後吐槽一下:金大將軍您說您當時走過來其實只是想跟王上轉達他父王的遺言順便把奸臣砍了,這事您當時打一下招呼啊,不然您手握長劍面帶殺意地走過來不嚇壞小孩子才怪…………

There's some undeniable holes in the plot, like why random people kept saying the main girl will die if the guy doesn't but in the end the girl dies anyway...and the guy stays immortal anyway??? In fact the plot holes detract so much from the main romance that the side story, being more emotionally piquant to start with, stood out a lot more.

It's a bit of a shame that the main girl had no role in the past. I don't think it is a flaw per se, but somehow her lack of involvement and the way her character is construed makes her seem really bland in the face of the cruel star-crossed destinies that the other 3 people went through.

The cinematography is gorgeous, and the plot is pretty good for about 7 episodes...and that would be episodes 1-3 and 10-13. I personally skipped the rest, but your taste will vary.

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