Sunday 26 June 2022

TV Review: The Sound of Magic (2022) (Fantasy Musical)

The Sound of Magic (안나라수마나라)
6 episodes
Ji Chang-wook, Choi Sung-eun
Fantasy Musical

A magician living in an abandoned theme park makes troubles disappear, and hope reappear, for a disenchanted teen enduring harsh realities. (Synopsis)

At the end of the first episode, I still wasn't sure what to think about The Sound of Magic; however, by the end of the second I was hooked. This series seems deceptively simply at first, but as it progresses it tackles some fairly deep themes amid the occasional song and dance moments, including ideas of discrimination and the pressures of parental and societal expectation and the need to conform. Overall I found it a positive and uplifting tale. The songs were perhaps not instantly catchy, but the lyrics were good and I think they'll grow on me more with a re-listen to the soundtrack. The cast all gave compelling performances and it was a visually fun piece too. It gets 4.5 stars from me and I recommend giving it a watch.

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