Drama

Review: The Uncanny Counter

No. of episodes: 16
Genre: Fantasy, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Supernatural

Native title: 경이로운 소문
Original network: OCN, Netflix

The webtoon turned drama is about a group of evil spirits hunters, they called themselves Counters. They are disguised as employees at a famous noodle restaurant in order to catch evil spirits that have returned to earth.

Individual special abilities

Full team taking photos to remember the moment. My Uncanny Counter
Full team taking photos to remember the moment. My Uncanny Counter

Choi Jang Mool (Ahn Suk Hwan) is the oldest counter, he is in charge of the finances and also the living legend among the Counters in Korea. Even though he is not involved physically, but he is there to solve their problems if required.

Do Ha Na (Kim Se Jeong) has the ability to sense the location of the evil spirits and disguise which level are they. She also has the ability to read memories of others through physical touch and objects. However, she avoids all contact with others so no one will read her memories and mind.

Chu Mae Ok (Yeom Hye Ran) has the ability to heal. She is the emotional support pillar of the counters and on the outside, she is the owner and boss of the noodle restaurant.

Go Mo Tak (Yoo Joon Sang) is a counter with incredible strength. He lost the memories of the life before he became a Counter. Mo Tak was a police officer and slip into a coma after an accident while on the job.

So Moon's day 1 training as a Counter. My Uncanny Counter
So Moon’s day 1 training as a Counter. My Uncanny Counter

So Moon (Jo Byung Koo) is the youngest Counter, a high school student that lost the ability to walk normally after a mysterious car accident that claims his parents’ lives.

New recruit

While pursuing a level 3 evil spirit, the Counter team lost a member, and the counter’s partner from the afterlife need to find the next human in order to survive. The counter partner usually finds humans that are in a coma to have better leverage for them to agree to be a counter.

Wi Gen (Moon Sook) enters into So Moon’s body after being attracted to him. After a little struggle internally, he decided to take on the dangerous job offer in hopes to be able to see his parents in the afterlife once.

Thanks to Mae Ok, So Moon can walk normally. The Uncanny Counter
Thanks to Mae Ok, So Moon can walk normally. The Uncanny Counter

In return, Mae Ok promises to heal So Moon’s leg and now he is able to walk, run and jump like a normal person.

Standing up against bullies

High school bullies are common (yes, it is a sad fact) and in the town that even police cover-up for wanted criminals, it is tougher for the students. So Moon’s new abilities give him a stronger stand, exactly 3 times the strength compared to a normal human.

Fighting high school bullies. My Uncanny Counter
Fighting high school bullies. My Uncanny Counter

Initially, he was involved after standing up for his best friend who got bullied in the alley. Kim Woong Min (Kim Eun Soo) and Im Joo Yeon (Lee Ji Won) are like family to So Moon and seeing them get bullied is not what he can do.

The connection

Mo Tak lost his memories after waking up from the coma. My Uncanny Counter
Mo Tak lost his memories after waking up from the coma. My Uncanny Counter

The familiar name of So Moon’s father rang a bell in Mo Tak, the only thing that was left connected after he regains consciousness is the name card left in his pocket. He start to trace back and find leads and answer of how he enter into the coma.

They found out that his accident is linked to So Moon’s parents’ death, and it was not a pure car accident but an orchestrated one. After knowing about it, they are determine to find out the mastermind not knowing that they are fighting with evil spirit.

The team against Ji Chung Shin. My Uncanny Counter
The team against Ji Chung Shin. My Uncanny Counter

Evolved

Ji Chung Shin (Lee Hong Nae) is out of their league to go against as he consume more spirits to become stronger. So Moon’s greatest wish is to summon the evil spirit out of Ji Chung Shin so that his parents can reincarnate to really rest in peace.

Not long, Ji Chung Shin reached the level of pure demon. He evolved into a pure evil spirit where the human and the evil spirit became one. Before So Moon can summon it, he shot himself dead but the evil spirit floats to find he next human. Mayor of Joongjin Shin Myeong Hwi (Choi Kwang Il) did not get punished for the crimes he have committed, but his hungriness to kill allows the evil spirit to find him.

The last group photo before the toughest fight. The Uncanny Counter
The last group photo before the toughest fight. The Uncanny Counter

Knowing that they might lost their life to put up the fight against such high level evil spirit, the counters took a family photo together. Will they win this fight?


This is really a good drama that mixed in supernatural powers that you will not find it cheesy, and also the humor factors are on point. Good news for those who still can’t get over the drama, they have confirmed a season 2! So let’s wait patiently for the next season.

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