See You in My 19th Life Season 1 Review – A second chance in love and life

Season 1



Episode 1 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 8 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 9 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 10 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 11 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 12 – | Review Score – 4/5


See You In My 19th Life is a romantic fantasy drama that tells the story of a woman who remembers all her past lives as she embarks on a journey of her 19th life to fulfil an unrealized love in her 18th life while facing intriguing mysteries about her past lives. 

Ban Ji-eum possesses an extraordinary ability where she can remember her past lives. Reincarnated in her 19th life, Ban Ji-eum seeks to reconnect with the people in her 18th life, and among them is her first love, Mun Seo-ha.

She has been reincarnated for over a thousand years, but the reason for her reincarnation is still a mystery. In her 19th life, she comes across a mysterious person, Min-ki, who says he can help her understand. The story uncovers the mysteries of her past lives and details her struggles to fulfil her unfulfilled life when her life is suddenly cut short in her 18th life. 

Although the story is intriguing and interesting, the irregular script is not well developed. While most times irregular scripts help connect the past with the present, the script in See You in My 19th Life makes the story progress slowly and it’s rather frustrating. The well-written mysteries and cliffhangers make the viewer eager to see what happens next.

However, in the series, the mysteries and the irregularities leave the viewer more frustrated due to the constant plot holes. The final episode in particular suddenly changes and ends up feeling rushed, while other episodes are outright irrelevant to the storyline. 

Regardless, the actors do an amazing job of portraying their characters. The child actors portraying Ban Ji-eum’s past lives are amazingly written, especially young Ban Ji-eum and Yoon Joo-won of the 18th life. Their characters feel mature, excellently showing that the person embodied is not just a child but a couple hundred years old.

Ban Ji-eum of the 19th life is bold, brave, confident, intelligent, and daring. She exudes strength and versatility, perfectly portraying the unconventional love story of a girl chasing a boy. Mun Seo-ha is indifferent and melancholic as he grapples with the trauma of past loss and family issues. Although he is a chaebol, unlike his peers who only party and look down on the poor in the series, he is caring and stands up for his friends. He begins to heal and open up his heart after meeting Ban Ji-eum.

Some of the supporting characters are crucial to story development, while others are redundant. Yoon Cho-won is kind-hearted and courageous. Like Seo-ha, she stands up for Ha Do-hyun when the rich kids try to bully and humiliate him. She also lost someone dear while young and shares in Seo-ha’s sadness.

Ha Do-hyun is hardworking, humble, and virtuous. He struggles with feelings of inferiority from constantly being looked down on by the rich kids, which hinders the acceptance of his romantic feelings. His character develops steadily from one who is deeply affected by other people’s opinions to one who lives for himself and follows his heart regardless of what people think. 

Kang Min-ki is mysterious and looks like the villain of the story in the beginning. His role is hard to understand until Ban Ji-Eum’s first life is revealed. Although he appears cunning, he is caring and regretful. His character leaves viewers with so many unanswered questions though, which is rather frustrating too.

See You in My 19th Life is beautiful and captivating, with outstanding cinematography and superb performances by the cast. However, the many plot holes leave viewers with a feeling of frustration rather than a yearning or a feeling of fulfilment and satisfaction. It is still one of the best K-dramas to drop this year, and if you don’t mind a few plot holes, then add it to your watchlist.

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  • Verdict - 7.5/10

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