If you follow “Meow The Secret Boy” then you probably already know that it’s a now a record holder but not the type that any drama would like. It has become the lowest rated public channel drama beating “Manhole.”
While I don’t think “Meow The Secret Boy” is nearly half as bad as “Manhole,” I’d be lying if I told you I don’t understand why it’s doing so terribly in ratings. I believe this will likely be the lowest rated kdrama of 2020 and I feel sorry for everyone involved in the production.
The below is a review of the first half of “Meow The Secret Boy,” or the first 8 episodes. It’s a subjective review and I am merely sharing my thoughts, I mean no disrespect to everyone involved in this production. I will be discussing the drama script for the most part which is hardly something you can blame on the actors or the production team.
There are conflicting reports about “Meow The Secret Boy” episodes count, some say its 16 episodes (32 episodes at 30 minute each) while others say its 12 episodes (32 episodes at 30 minutes each).
How could it have been approved?
“Meow The Secret Boy” is a romance drama about a cat that turns into a man, the cat falls in love with a woman. That’s basically it. And it’s as creepy as it sounds.
“Meow The Secret Boy” is based on a webcomic titled “Eoseowa” by Go A-Ra. The theme is fine for a webcomic style but it’s not easy to translate into a drama especially if you plan on making it a romance drama.
Don’t get me wrong, webcomics serve a great purpose and can be used to tell a compelling story that would otherwise never see the day of light. Some of my favorite kdramas ever made are based on webcomics.
However, not every single one deserves or should be made into a drama. Some things are better left in cartoon format or as a webcomic because it doesn’t translate well into real-life work.
I think it would’ve been fine if “Meow The Secret Boy” was remade as a cartoon but that’s not the case here.
As someone who’s interested in the film industry, I know a thing or two about how hard it is to get projects approved or ever made, this is why I am puzzled that a drama with the script of “Meow The Secret Boy” was ever approved.
It boils down to the actual story format and how it’s basically about a woman falling in love with a man who is actually a cat. Isn’t this creepy?
I am seriously curious about what you guys think of this… I find it creepy and at times disgusting, do you guys watch this drama knowing its about a love line between a human and a cat? Are you not weirded out by such a thing?
A Focus On The Script
I won’t lie and say I haven’t enjoyed “Meow The Secret Boy” for a while, that was until episode 5 and 6 when it became apparent that the screenwriter was planning on making this a full-fledged romance between a cat and a human.
At first, I was reluctant to check it out because of the script, but since I have nothing to do because I am under quarantine I checked it out. At first, I was iffy but then it grew on me and I started to like it more and more.
“Meow The Secret Boy” has many interesting ideas about how we humans interact and how it compares to cats and dogs. I found the comparisons cute oftentimes, while it does alienate a portion of some humans who aren’t really introverts or extroverts but somewhere in between, it was still fun and cute to see how a cat navigates his way around the ‘human’ world and how the things we deem normal or take for grant are viewed differently based on species. I found those parts about “Meow The Secret Boy” very well incorporated and fun to watch.
Many kdrama fans are calling “Meow The Secret Boy” ‘cute’ and I do agree up until episode 6, after that it became downright creepy and disgusting.
I won’t ever root for a human to fall in love with a cat and start kissing them, the prospect itself is weird, do I really need to explain why I find it weird?
“Meow The Secret Boy” tries to brush over this aspect; it started going downhill when we became sure that their relationship is no longer a friendship but a budding romance.
I liked their relationship as a cat and owner, I would’ve loved if she found out about his real nature or if her love interest told her (I’ll get into more details about how baffling this part is later).
And a lot of people are saying not to take it seriously, but the drama is taking the part of the cat transitioning into a human seriously enough and trying to show us how hard it is to adapt to the human world. Where do we draw the line?
What irks me with some kdrama fans who comment on my reviews of fantasy kdramas is that they believe if a drama is a ‘fantasy’ or has a fantasy element to it, it automatically means none of it should be taken seriously.
A fantasy drama isn’t void of criticism or backlash unless it messes with the entire fabric of what we’re used to…. and who does that?
“Meow The Secret Boy” is about how a cat who turned into a human behaves in our world, aside from the supernatural side of the cat turning into a human, everything else is grounded in reality, isn’t it?
The creepy undertones and normalization of stalker-ish behavior
There were many red flags scattered here and there with “Meow The Secret Boy”. While I don’t think the writer intended it to be like this, it doesn’t make it go away.
I’ve long had issues with the way certain kdramas portray leading men, I started watching kdramas 8 years ago and during that time I grew a lot as a woman, what I thought was normal/romantic in certain cases for men’s behavior towards woman isn’t valid anymore.
The cat turns into a human and then sleeps by her side on her bed, many TIMES….. hello? is this okay? is this normal? Why is no one talking about this?
Having a cat-like character follow her around in a very creepy manner that’s sugarcoated as ‘romantic’ doesn’t make it any less creepy. There are many things that Hong joo does that would land him in a mental hospital or jail but we excuse him because he’s a cat? or he’s hot?
It doesn’t make the act any less creepy, the fact that the writer decided to romanticize their relationship is the most major red flag of this entire drama.
There is also something else I find weird. I do know the drama isn’t complete yet, but how on earth is any REAL MAN okay with a cat-like-human hanging around his love interest/ long-time friend??? Like how?
Why didn’t’ Jae Sun immediately tell Sol A he was a cat? How are you okay with a woman sleeping in the same house with a cat that turns into human, a cat that is obsessed with her…. someone who is a complete stranger who could literally do anything… how is this ok?
The fact that Sol A also acts as if she doesn’t know or doesn’t understand the cat isn’t actually her step-brother. Also, do Koreans fall in love with their step-brothers/sisters? This is another point I wanted to touch on.
She believes he is basically her step-brother, his mother is married to her father…. what? how??? I am losing my shit trying to comprehend this…. does this happen often? Like step brothers and sisters falling in love with each other?
If my dad married a woman, I wouldn’t be like ‘she has a cute son, I will fall in love with him.’
There are a lot of moments in the drama that wouldn’t have been tolerable if Hong Joo wasn’t played by a handsome young leading man, replace him with a middle-aged man and no one would’ve watched this drama. Having a hot looking man doesn’t make it any less creepy and it doesn’t make it normal.
“Meow The Secret Boy” on first viewing is cute, however, the more you pay attention to it the less it becomes cute and the more it becomes creepy and weird.
While I don’t think Myungsoo is the best idol actor, I definitely think he’s good. He improved a lot since he started and I noticed that especially in his latest performance in “Angel’s Last Mission: Love.”
What I love about Myungsoo is that I can feel he actually has passion for acting and he wants to do well. He was very entertaining in “Angel’s Last Mission: Love.” It’s so sad that he followed that drama with this.
Shin Ye Eun is extremely talented but still has a long way to go. She should be focusing on choosing good supporting roles wisely. It’s not that she’s unknown, but not experienced enough to lead her own drama, not yet.
Some have brought up their chemistry and that its bad and I do agree with that. I think Shin Ye Eun suits Seo Ji hoon better. A part of me also thinks that because I just find her romance love line with a cat disgusting to say the least. The character she plays strikes me as a desperate woman who’s willing to overlook all the red flags because the man in front of her is hot.
So these are my thoughts on “Meow The Secret Boy,” I am curious about your thoughts as well. Let me know what you think of the drama in the comment section below.