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Love Alarm: A Preview to the Future of Dating

From swiping left or right, to sharing a movie via Netflix Watch Party has become a part of Modern Dating. However, have you ever thought of an app that could measure your feelings and match it up with your crush?

Probably not.

But what if that’s the future?

In an attempt to showcase what could be the future of dating, Netflix released a Korean drama titled Love Alarm. The plot of Netflix Original Kdrama revolves around a dating that sends you an alert whenever someone near you has a crush on you.

Netflix released Love Alarm Season 1 comprising of 8 episodes on August 22, 2019. After getting the commercial success, it became Netflix’s top release in 2019. And by the end of October 2019, Netflix announced the renewal of Love Alarm Kdrama for the second season.

That’s a great news for Love Alarm kdrama fans all over the world. Now, coming back to this post, here I’ll list

Love Alarm Season 1 Plot

First. Let’s begin with Love Alarm’s plot. If you haven’t binge-watched the kdrama series, it’s the right place for you to start.

As I told you earlier, the dating app love alarm ring alerts whenever someone within 10-meters of radius is attracted towards you or likes you. At the time of the launch, Love Alarm attracted quite a large following. However, this was the start of something worst as Love Alarm starts to wreak havoc in the lives of three teenagers – Kim Jojo, Sun-Oh, and Hye-Jojo.

In the beginning, Sun-oh gets into a relationship with Kim Jojo who’s already into a relationship with someone else.

Initially they kiss each other but the absence of romantic feelings between them, it seemed like a friendly kiss done out of plain curiosity. However, this incident left Sun-ho wondering why his best Hye-Yeong likes Jojo.

On the other hand, Jojo is more curious about a new kid in the school who seems to know her. This further led to a chain of events causing havoc in the life of these main characters of Netflix Original Korean Drama.

Love Alarm Season 1 Ending

Warning! Spoilers Ahead.

I said this earlier, I would say it again, if you haven’t binge-watched Love Alarm Season 1 on Netflix, skip this part to avoid any spoilers coming to your way.

By the end of Love Alarm Season 1, we witness best friends Sun-oh & Hye-young getting involved in a complicated love affair with Jojo. The season finale ended with the biggest question of Netflix kdrama –Who’ll she chooses as her lover. At many occasions, Jojo can be seen saying – she doesn’t want to fall in love again. She doesn’t want to fall in love again. Blah…Blah….

However, by the end of the first season, it’s clearly visible how she’s attracted Hye-young. How she preferred Hye-Young’s comfort over the exciting thrill she had with Sun-oh. Tell me if I’m wrong here. Sparks were clearly evident between them. Even though Jojo is well aware that she won’t be able to ring Hye-young’s love alarm, she highly believes that his love is enough for them.

I don’t whether they knew this or not, all this was expected to happen because of a shield that she had added to her Love Alarm during her breakup with Sun-oh. Ever since then, she had problem in differentiating her feelings between Sun-oh and Hye-young. And despite removing the shield, her love alarm app rings with two hearts – Hye-young and Sun-oh.

That’s how Love Alarm Season 1 ended and left the viewers with a question. What do you think? Who’ll Jojo choose in the Love Alarm Season 2? Will it be Sun-oh or Hye-young? Whoever, it’ll be, do share your thoughts in the comments section given below.

Love Alarm Season 1 Review

Love Alarm is a series you really need to persevere with to get to the good stuff. After watching the first episode you’d be forgiven for thinking this is a straight forward love triangle story and while the latter is true, the story is far from straight forward.

From a murder in a park nearby, courtesy of an issue stemming from the app, to gay rights, privacy concerns and suicide, Love Alarm isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, exploring some pretty dark places across its episodes in a surprisingly mature and thought provoking way.

The back half of this Korean drama in particular really hammers this home and there’s some pretty shocking moments here that definitely caught me off guard.

Aesthetically, Love Alarm looks great and adopts all the usual tropes you’d expect from a show like this. The OST (Original Soundtrack) is admittedly lacklustre, especially next to Korean dramas like Hotel Del Luna, but some of the visual cues, including twinkling indicators and subtle colour changes, are nicely implemented and certainly add a fantastical element to the series.

It’s not perfect and it certainly doesn’t reinvent the wheel but Love Alarm makes for an enjoyable and surprisingly thought provoking romantic drama nonetheless. Questions around the dangers of digitalised love, privacy and equality spring up a lot here, and in the setting of dog-eat-dog high school society add an extra dimension to the series.

The characters aren’t all likable but their backstories are explored in enough detail through the episodes to learn more about them as the series reaches it’s climactic third act.

It takes a while to warm up but when it does, Love Alarm presents a warm, fuzzy romance with just enough of a bite to rise above mediocrity. I just wish it bit a little harder with some of its ideas.

Love Alarm Season 2 Release Date Expectation

Now comes the most important question – When Love Alarm Season 2 will release? Well, at the time of renewal, the Netflix Original Korean drama was expected to return on August 22nd, 2020.

However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, its release is delayed to 2021. Now, there’s no exact release date of Love Alarm Season 2. Don’t worry. I’ll update you once there’s an official announcements from Netflix.

Love Alarm Cast Details

Kim So-Hyun, Jung Ga-ram, and Song Kang played the role of three main characters in Love Alarm Season 1. It’s expected that Love Alarm Season 2 will once again explore their life as they play the role of main characters.

How to Watch Love Alarm Season 2?

Be it the existing Love Alarm Season 1 or the upcoming love alarm season 2, Netflix owns the worldwide rights to stream Love Alarm Korean Drama series.

Other than Netflix, there’s no platform that can air the series legally. However, there’s plenty of illegal sites that can stream Love Alarm kdrama & that too with English subtitles. The list includes dramafever, kissasian, newasian and vice versa.

Love Alarm App Review

Yeah! It’s true. There’s an actual Love Alarm app. It’s available for both the Android and iOS users. Have you tried this app in your smartphone?

How’s the app in real world usage? Just like the Korean Drama, can this be used to find your love?

By only reading this, there would be countless thoughts in your mind. Well, stop dreaming up

The Netflix K-drama’s director, Lee Na-jeong had clearly explained that the app was created to make the show feel more realistic. Here’s exactly what she said in her interview:

“We invested a lot of time and effort in creating an app that actually works, collaborating with app development specialists, designers, and sound designers so that the audience can immerse themselves in the story, watching the characters feeling various emotions looking at the screen of the Love Alarm app.”

Once again, this question pops in your head – Is this similar to the app used in the tv show? No, not in any way. In the Netflix Original Kdrama, you sync the love season app with their hearts.

However, this isn’t possible in real-life as there’s no way for you to sync your GD feelings with your smartphone. Instead of receiving “nobody within a 10-meter radius loves you” notification, Love Alarm only rings when your friends launch the app with your invitation link. At regular intervals, the Love Alarm app rings as soon as you hit the specific location-based zones.

So technically, the love alarm doesn’t work like the tv series version of the app in any way. If your friend or crush doesn’t know about the Love Alarm kdrama, it’s nearly impossible that they’ll install the app using your invitation link.

How to Download Love Alarm App?

Despite all the reasons, if you want to try out the Love Alarm app for at least once, you can download and install it quite easily in your smartphone.

  • Android users can go to this link and install love alarm in your android smartphone.
  • iPhone/iPad users can go to this link & install love alarm app in your smartphone. If you’re having any trouble installing/using, do let me know in the comments section given below.

Note: It would be best if you open these links in your smartphone as you'll be redirected to the respective app store.

Frequently Asked Questions | Love Alarm Season 2

Q: Is love alarm based on a webtoon?

A: Yes, Love Alarm Netflix Original kdrama is based on Daum Webtooon of the same name by Choe-Kye Young.

Q: Can I watch love alarm on Viki?

A: No, it’s a Netflix Original Korean Drama. There’s no legal video streaming that can air Love Alarm Kdrama

Q: In love alarm, who will jojo choose?

A: Everyone including me is expecting that Jojo will pick Hye-Young as her lover.

Q: Who is love alarm’s developer?

A: In the Netflix Original Kdrama, there is no obvious mention of Love Alarm’s developer. However, for a brief moment, Dak Gu (The Developer) was shown looking up at the bright sky as logo of Love Alarm appear in the clouds.

Q: How did jojo's parents died?

A: Jojo is repetitively haunted by her past. When Jojo was a child, she came back to life as her parents succumb to death. Nobody apart from her family knows that her parents inhaled smoke and overdosed on pills. At the time of this incident, she chooses to survive & leaves her parents behind to die.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of Love Alarm Kdrama? Who’ll Jojo choose in Love Alarm Season 2? Will it be Hye-young or Sun-oh. Taliking about love alarm season 2 – when are you expecting to see the Korean drama?

That’s all for now. I’ll end this post by asking one last question – Can this be the future of dating? Whatever your opinions are, do share your thoughts in the comments section given below.

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