Even after raising concerns about switching Jung So Min with Go Youn Jung, tvN’s Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow continues to rise in popularity. Not only is it staying in the 8% ratings amid fierce competition among the weekend dramas, but it’s also seeing great results on Netflix.
Part 2 of Alchemy of Souls, set three years after part 1, centers around Lee Jae Wook and Go Youn Jung’s love story. Jung So Min, who was possessed by Nak Su’s (Go Youn Jung) spirit, turned to stone after her death but was brought back to life with Nak Su’s appearance. Naturally, Lee Jae Wook and Go Youn Jung will continue the romance that saw a sad ending in part 1.
But part 2 successfully captures the fans of part 1, rapidly gaining popularity for its immersive story. According to FlixPatrol, Alchemy of Souls was the only Korean drama to rank within the top 10 of “TOP TV Shows on Netflix” from the 12th to the 18th. The show is also rated 8.7 (out of 10) on IMDb. Reviews praising Go Youn Jung were also spotted here and there.
Drama critic Gong Hee Jung reviewed, “Alchemy of Souls brought to life the fun of action fantasy with romance, and contains various concerns about life. Also, thanks to the story based on the fictional country and era, it attracted overseas viewers with the story that doesn’t focus on any culture.”