A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Highlights the value of believing in the mysterious and experiencing wonder as one becomes an adult. Loss, survival, perseverance, friendship, and love are also major themes.
Positive Role Models
Yoon Ah-yi is intelligent, determined, ethical, and a survivor; most of the featured adults are negative forces in her life.
The cast is South Korean; there are some decidedly Western concepts about magic and fairy tales introduced in different ways.
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Violence & Scariness
Loss, death, sexual assault, suicide, and murder are all themes. Both teens and adults are shown being physically assaulted, and sometimes bloody wounds are visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A budding teen romance is featured.
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Words like "hell" are in the subtitles.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking is visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Sound of Magic is a South Korean teen-oriented drama (available dubbed and subtitled in English) that features themes ranging from bullying and romance to child abandonment, gangster activity, sexual assault, suicide, and murder. There are some violent scenes that briefly show people being hit, kicked, and grabbed by the throat, and injuries are sometimes shown. People are shown smoking cigarettes, too. All this being said, the series is also lively, fantastical, musical, and produced to appeal to young adults.
Is It Any Good?
The series combines fairy tales, musical numbers, and crime to create a lively but intense teen K-drama. As Yoon Ah-yi navigates her difficult life and a budding romance, Ri-Eul challenges her to hold on to the sense of wonder she once had. The story isn't about remaining innocent, and navigates through some violent plot lines, only some of which lead to happy endings. But The Sound of Magic still manages to send the message that in life it's worth believing in the magical, even if only to help us survive a life that isn't.
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