It’s Okay Not To Be Okay (K-drama 2020)


“A story about a man, Moon Kang-Tae (Kim Soo-Hyun) employed in a psychiatric ward and a woman, Ko Moon-young, (Seo Yea-Ji) with an antisocial personality disorder, who is a popular writer of children’s books. A story about a man who denies love and a woman who doesn’t know love defy fate and fall in love, finding their souls and identities in the process.”

It’s okay not to be okay is a very okay drama, believe it or not, it’s better than good. While it breaks your heart, makes you laugh, bring tears in your eyes, there are many significant episodes you can be able to relate and, or simply gives you understanding that maybe what you have been through this moment is beyond comparison from someone else’s life.

I believe this drama is not for everyone’s cup of tea. It portrays mental illness and autism issues. With childhood trauma and long term effects, it shows a new different level of a ball game where something is more real and relatable. This show tried to tell us not to make any judgment but to escalate sensibility and empathy.

You must watch this drama because the writing is a masterpiece, the story is raw and authentic, the fairy tales part is an absolute gem, the animations are adorable, and it has the work of outstanding cinematography. Not even one character was offbeat, each serves an important role in the process of emotional healing. As well, I love all the supporting characters, they give more meaning in the story, the villain craziness is daunting, and of course, our main leads trio performances are outstanding. You wouldn’t feel like a viewer but instead, it made you feel like a companion towards their journey.

I hope by watching this everyone will be fearless to find their own happiness. Nobody owns us but ourselves. May we have the courage not to belittle our weaknesses and other’s imperfections. Let’s not be a slave of our past. We shouldn’t be embarrassed to cry when we are sad or lonely because whatever emotions we have, are all valid. May we find and get out of the door that leads to our freedom. Let’s be reminded that in this life, IT’S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY.

Main Characters:


Ko Moon-young’s character suffers from an antisocial personality disorder. She’s classy but dominant, arrogant, straightforward, confident, rude, unapologetic, impulsive, and violent. In the beginning, you will dislike her as she plays a monster by her own rules, but at the same time, you will find her pitiful. I know some of us can connect with her character, pretending we are resilient, showing the opposite of our real emotion, but just like Ko Moon-young, we want to love and be loved, we want to feel the warmth of others, we want to be understood.

Moon Kang-Tae’s character shows a selfless younger sibling to an autistic brother and appears empathetic to everyone around him. He’s kind of a brother you would like to have, but behind his being good enough, he is struggling inside and has never lived a normal life. I can honestly relate to Moon Kang-Tae’s character, I cried with him. He repressed his emotions, putting on a fake smile to everyone but actually, he is frustrated over his life. He sometimes wants to let go of his responsibilities, but when he does, he feels guilty about it. Just like him, we want to let loose, we want to go off, we want to stop doubting ourselves, we want to live in a moment without feeling sorry, we want to be selfish once in a while, we want to be happy.


Moon Sang-Tae has an autism spectrum disorder. He is under the care of his younger brother, Moon Gang-Tae, and a fan of Ko Moon-young. He has the purest and most warmhearted character. Though he always emphasizes that his brother belongs only to him, Moon Sang-Tae was able to let him go. His character development is superb. He progresses amazingly and I believe he has the major role of the healing process of the two main leads, without him, the story of this drama will set off pointless. I hope we could be just like him, willing to grow, willing to take responsibility, willing to let go for the happiness of people we love.


“People stick together because they are weak.”


 “What the Shadow Witch had stolen from them was not their true faces, but their courage to find happiness.”

Verdict: 10/10
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  1. Lagi kong maalala yung part na nilibre ni Gang-Tae si Sang-Tae ng pagkain at binigyan nya pa ng allowance. Halos maiyak nako dun nung biglang lumitaw si Ko Moon-Young at nagpapalibre din ng pagkain haha


  2. Love love love this review especially the part where you introduced the characters and how we can see ourselves in them. I took this ‘test’ (haha) to find out which character are you and I got Munyeong, and I’m not surprised. Ahaha

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