Korean historical dramas are an exciting genre that fans can get involved in. If you are looking for a K-drama TV show with an extra storyline, there are plenty of historical dramas with a fantastic storyline. Fans will be intrigued by the harmonious use of magical creatures and stories related to the political turmoil of the period in which the drama is set. Fantasy also uses a fan favorite trope, Destiny Destiny. It’s common to see the two main characters fall in love because of a predestined romance. Some historical-fantasy dramas are considered must-see, but there are new dramas to add to the must-see list.
‘Arang and the Magistrate’ is a period horror novel involving spirits
The fantasy genre is often intertwined with elements of the supernatural. Arang and the magistrate has been a fan favorite since its premiere in 2012. The historic-fantasy K-drama stars actor Shin Min-A, who currently stars in Netflix’s Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. The actor stars as A-Rang in the 2012 drama. The character loses all of her memories when she becomes a ghost after her mysterious death.
She desperately seeks as a magistrate (civil officer or non-professional judge) to find the reason for her death. A-Rang fails when all the magistrates in the village are terrified of her. In a twist of fate, she learns that noble Kim Eun-Oh, played by actor Lee Joon-Gi, can see and speak to spirits. As a newly appointed magistrate, Eun-Oh agrees to help her after realizing that she might be a clue to finding her mother. “This show touches on similar themes of death, love, loss and how to deal with the fact that the person you love is dying (or dead in this case). It might be an older show, but it sure still resonates! described Soompi.
“The Scholar Who Walks the Night” mixes the Joseon dynasty with a bloodsucking vampire
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The 2015 K-drama is renowned in the historical genre because it used one of the most recognized supernatural and fantasy monsters. The scholar who walks at night takes place in an alternate Joseon dynasty, with Jo Yang-Sun (Lee Yu-Bi) as the central character. Yang-Sun is the daughter of a nobleman, but her life falls apart when her father is accused of treason. To support her family, Yang-Sun dresses as a bookseller.
Yang-Sun meets the beautiful and mysterious scholar named Kim Sung-Yeol (Lee Joon-Gi). The distant scholar has a secret. He is a 120-year-old vampire guardian tasked with eradicating all vampiric threats. He seeks revenge after losing his first love and best friend years ago. Sung-Yeol finds out that Yang-Sun is female but keeps it a secret if she can find a special memorandum with the answer on how to kill her enemy.
The K-drama “Lovers of the Red Sky” mixes fantasy and destiny
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Red sky lover is Viki’s newest historical-fantasy K-drama. In the first trailers, fans would never have guessed that the romantic story of fate involved a little bit of fantasy. In a fictional Dan dynasty, Hong Chun-Gi (Kim Yoo-Jung) was born blind and meets a young Ha Ram (Ahn Hyo-Seop) of noble lineage. In their world, demons, ghosts and gods live among the world of humans.
During a ritual to trap the Demon King, Ha Ram loses his sight and becomes the demon’s vessel. At the precise moment, Chun-Gi falls into the lake and is saved by a goddess. The goddess gives Chun-Gi the eyes of the Demon King, restoring his sight. The two characters separate after the events. Chun-Gi grows up to be the only female painter in art college while Ha Ram becomes a skilled astrologer. The two characters meet again by fate and must prevent a ruthless prince from using the Demon King to his advantage. The historical-fantasy drama K achieved mass success as Soompi reported it exceeded its 10 percent audience mark.