Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)





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Seasons of Blossom: 1-four (Very first Impressions)

Seasons of Blossom offers with some heavy subjects, but in a extremely warm, wistful sort of way that strikes just the ideal balance of bittersweet. All through these very first 4 brief episodes (each and every a single is roughly 20 minutes extended), previous and present weave with each other to inform a single story of really like, loss, and eventual healing.

Editor’s note: Coverage will continue with weecaps.

 
EPISODES 1-four Very first IMPRESSIONS

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

The story is set forward in two timelines with our heroine, HAN SO-MANG (So Joo-yeon), as the connection point involving them. In the present day, she returns to her old higher college as a student teacher, which inevitably stirs up memories of her very first really like, LEE HA-MIN (Seo Ji-hoon!), who took his personal life though they had been nonetheless students.

So-mang chose to pursue these memories intentionally, but she’s nonetheless unprepared for how overwhelming they are. She sees him everywhere, and we stick to as she methods into dreamlike memories of rainy summer time afternoons in the school’s art space exactly where they each employed to take refuge.

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

So-mang, a shy loner, liked to paint in the course of lunch, mainly because that was when she felt definitely comfy and cost-free to express herself. In contrast, Ha-min was the well-known, friendly class president who secretly kept everybody at arm’s length and required a spot exactly where he could drop the vivacious façade and vent devoid of worry of damaging his reputation.

In that art space, So-mang saw the side of Ha-min no a single else did. Even though he would smilingly accept gifts from his admirers in class, he’d later toss the entire box in the trash devoid of reading the accompanying note. To additional shield his image, he’d created So-mang guarantee not to speak to him outdoors of that space, or even let on that they knew each and every other. But as the memories gradually unfold, we see that their time with each other fostered genuine friendship.

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

The very first time that present-day So-mang sets foot in the art space, she’s so overcome with the onslaught of memories that she faints. Then, though walking down the hallway, she sees Ha-min coming toward her and reaches a hand up to his face as her eyes fill with tears. But of course it is not him — it is his younger brother, LEE JAE-MIN (Kim Min-kyu), now a student at this college.

Jae-min had moved away with his mom just after Ha-min’s death, and only lately transferred back to reside with his dad. The previous is not talked about considerably in his circles in reality, most of his mates assume he’s an only youngster.

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

When So-mang meets Jae-min and learns who he is, she decides this will have to be what drew her back. Ha-min had often attempted to shield Jae-min from their overbearing mother, agreeing to be the model student so Jae-min could pursue his personal dreams, and now So-mang finds renewed goal in watching more than Jae-min for him.

On a whim, she asks Jae-min if he’d be interested in modeling for her at an art studio as Ha-min employed to do. Jae-min requires his time, but at some point agrees to do so in exchange for her telling him every thing she remembers about his brother.

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

Sprinkled all through these far more sentimental scenes, we also meet Jae-min’s adorable classmates, a single of whom gets herself into fairly the conundrum. YOON BO-MI (Kang Hye-won), class president and chronic people today-pleaser, has famously been in a “some” partnership with Jae-min — they extremely of course like each and every other, but have but to confess and make it official.

On what begins out as Bo-mi’s best day, Jae-min lastly tends to make his feelings recognized, providing her time to assume it more than prior to responding. She’s virtually floating on air as she anticipates their dinner date that evening, but then two items come about that send her best day into a tailspin.

The very first is that So-mang arrives, and Jae-min calls off dinner so he can sort via his newly awakened feelings of grief and confusion.

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

The second is that Bo-mi agrees to have lunch with two classmates who are hoping to turn into mates with her as a implies of acquiring close to Jae-min. Bo-mi provides them the advantage of the doubt, but her most effective buddy KANG SUN-HEE (Oh Yoo-jin) sees ideal via them. When the other girls admit that a single of them has a crush on Jae-min, Sun-hee tries to deter them by saying she does, as well.

Bo-mi can not bring herself to hurt her most effective buddy, so she tends to make a option that has an unexpected ripple impact. She claims she has no interest in Jae-min — mainly because she likes a person else. The boy she names, CHOI JIN-YOUNG (Yoon Hyun-soo), appears an unlikely option due to his stoic and blunt nature, but Bo-mi figures that will make it simple to say after and move on from.

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

Not so. Not only does Sun-hee not think her, but Jin-young himself overhears the conversation and confronts her. Now Bo-mi has to either come clean or double down on her lie and let it preserve snowballing, and she chooses the latter. This leads her to do items like inform Jae-min she just desires to keep mates and companion up with Jin-young when So-mang asks for volunteers to clean the art space just after college.

Bo-mi’s difficulty has such a easy answer — just inform Sun-hee and Jae-min the truth! — and but, as a recovering people today-pleaser myself, I can sympathize with her need to steer clear of hurting the people today she cares most about, and her present inability to fully grasp that this option is bound to finish up hurting them far worse than the truth would have.

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

But Bo-mi is not the only a single hiding her feelings to shield her buddy. Sun-hee’s fib about liking Jae-min wasn’t fully false just after all. She’s recognized him longer than Bo-mi has — extended sufficient, it would look, to know about Ha-min — and she saw how he was lastly in a position to smile once again when he transferred back right here and met Bo-mi. All she desires is to see him and Bo-mi content, so she provides to inform Jae-min that Bo-mi didn’t imply it when she mentioned she wanted to keep mates.

Bo-mi, of course, does not know the backstory. So, in desperation to preserve her lie afloat, she strikes a deal with Jin-young: they’ll pretend to be in a partnership so everybody will think that she likes him and not Jae-min.

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

I admit that going in, I was the teeniest bit worried Seasons of Blossom would veer overly sad, but I definitely loved the mixture of sadness and warmth these episodes had alternatively. It feels extremely wholesome and comforting, and completely suited to the altering of summer time into fall.

Considerably as I anticipate the rest of the story to center on Jae-min and So-mang’s journey toward healing, the parallels involving Ha-min and Bo-mi are what stood out most to me from this premiere. Each are (or had been) class president, nicely-liked, and outwardly nearly flawless. But each hide their actual selves and inner turmoil so as to preserve that flawless image intact. I suspect that So-mang’s influence at the college may possibly finish up getting as considerably about assisting Bo-mi overcome what Ha-min couldn’t as it is about bringing closure to So-mang and Jae-min.

Seasons of Blossom: 1-4 (First Impressions)

 
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