We at Hanadulses have curated from the long list of K-Dramas released in 2021 the best of the best (from what we have seen) based on the most interesting narratives, ability to stimulate powerful cathartic responses, great thematic elements, dramas that made us feel alive, and stories that touch on some of the most pressing social issues and human conflicts. This list is narrowed down into the 10 best K-dramas of 2021. It’s quite a short list for all the amazing stories we have seen so far, we know, but this is a curated list where only the best stories made the cut. We actually felt sad to eliminate some dramas we have loved. But to produce the best K-dramas of 2021, limiting the list is just paramount.
In episode 5 of Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, it was mentioned that Chief Hong’s life five years after graduation is one of the three mysteries of Gongjin. Characters who are close to Chief Hong speculated as to his whereabouts during those five years. One surmised that he was a spy sent to North Korea, one presumed that he became a member of the National Intelligence and faked his identity; some rumors even go to extreme lengths of theorizing that he went to Africa, swam the Pacific, climb the Everest, even the idea of him being locked up in an asylum and incarcerated for murder.