Written in the throes of an all-encompassing Hallyu wave, Monstar is a 16-episode series created especially for The Fangirl. Capitalised, oh yes. Monstar stars Yong Junhyung from Beast with cameos from labelmates BTOB.

Monstar follows the story of Seol-chan (played by Yong Junhyung), the lead singer of Hallyu idol group Men In Black. Following a series of sticky situations that quickly damages his reputation, Seol-chan is sent to attend school by way of damage control.

Se-yi, a transfer student from New Zealand, is the talk of the school that Seol-chan transfers to. Talented, a little odd with a lot of story, Se-yi attracts attention across her class but also attracts misunderstandings with Seol-chan.

Drawing on their untold stories, issues and interests, music is a common thread that connects Seol-chan, Se-yi and their classmates together. As they gather together in each episode, music calms and quenches their problems, with friendships, love and relationships all up for the taking. Monstar is predominantly a musical-drama series: each episode features a song which is released in the OST.

In my opinion, Monstar is highly underrated. It hasn’t received much critical acclaim considering it stars one of the industry’s most talented singer-rappers who has been professionally trained in acting. Whilst being a slow burner to begin with, Monstar has quickly become my weekly must-watch.

Watch Monstar here.

Michelle Chai is a self-confessed colour avoider, avid coffee enthusiast, multi-tasker extraordinaire and, by night, a regular fashion blogger at Daisybutter. She edits Aesthetic (both online and print) and really enjoys her ongoing quest for the perfect knit. FYI, this one came close to nabbing the title.


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