Ok recently I realised that Netflix has the Korean remake of Proposal Daisakusen, Operation Proposal.
So yeah, I was just simply comparing the two.
The general story line holds, this dude goes to the wedding of his childhood friend, regrets the crap out of it. A fairy/conductor appears and gives him the chance to go back to change the outcome of the wedding.
However the two takes up very different ways of portraying the story.
For ProDai, what happens is that he sees a slideshow of photos during the wedding, he regrets what he does in every photo. He gets to go back to before the time of that photo. He has until the time he takes the photo to change. The fairy even said, “the time is little so make the best use of it.” Every episode is one photo, with each episode closing in on the wedding. The end of every episode ends with Ken still in the wedding; being unable to change things.
For OpPro, what happens is Baek Ho finish attending the wedding. Finds a confession letter from Yi Seul when she was 17. He regrets deeply, he meets a time conductor and he helps him go back to a time that he is thinking of. Every single time he goes back, he comes back with his picture taken as well. However, there isn’t a time limit. The time ranged from a whole summer to 1 day. Not only that every time he comes back, the wedding date gets postponed.
ProDai works on the concept that time is like a converging river, even when you change certain events, time converges and things doesn’t get changed easily. As a result of the photo slideshow structure, we get to see the characters slowly develop. We see the outcome but we need to know the journey.
The interesting thing about this is that there is a deeper meaning. By going back to the past to change things, he is giving up the memories he has. So when he sees Eri and Tsuru together, it makes perfect sense that he doesn’t know.
OpPro, however plays on the concept of parallel worlds. That certain decisions that you make in the past will affect your future like a butterfly effect. It was honestly interesting to see the characters become single mothers, a hopeless drunk. Etc etc. However, because of the lack of structure, OpPro is very confusing and often contradicting.
You cannot be surprised with the outcome for one episode and remember what happens the next. Horrible.
One thing that makes OpPro weak is that Baek Ho already knows that Yi Seul likes him. It is just stupid that he took so long to confess. Tsk. Ken didn’t have he luxury. He went through the entire journey without even knowing if Rei liked him or not.
OpPro kept postponing the wedding date. I find it quite weak once again. If I was Baek Ho, I would actually be encouraged that the more I go back, the later the wedding is. It simply means that as long as I go back enough, it is possible to postpone the wedding forever. There is no inclination to treasure the time you go back.
OpPro is honestly too slow. 😫 So freaking draggy. However, they did several things right. One, the rival is way more attractive. The Coach as compared to the Teacher is WAY more attractive. I would understand why Yi Seul will like the coach, but why Rei likes the Teacher is just a bit unbelievable.
I didn’t like that the Coach makes the high schoolers quit. It just doesn’t make sense you see.
I think that they did quite well involving the female lead’s parents a bit more. They were supposed to be childhood friends you see, it makes perfect sense that they will know each other parents. For ProDai, the parents only appears very little.
Giving Baek Ho the ability to change his life is too much a privilege man. HAHA. He went from a salesman to a fulltime major baseball player. He basically helped his friends go from mediocre jobs that they don’t enjoy to do jobs that they all love.
I think they are going to change the ending in OpPro. So sad. I quite like the ending of ProDai.
Oh and the Jap drama just has a better soundtrack. Goodness, I really cannot stand the Korean soundtrack. Wrong song for the moment yo. You don’t need a happy romantic song every time. TSK. Chose better soundtracks PLEASE.
So far, in the 12 episodes I watched, I think that ProDai is a 100% better. Just in terms of cohesive storyline, no confusion of time travel, mental state of the traveller. OpPro does do better with more likeable characters and giving the characters a more special back story.
I am a bit lazy to finish the series, cause one episode is SOOO Long… 😭
But oh well.
The things you do during block leave.
Things will change quite a bit, quite nervous for unit life. God, please help me.
Still my heart.