The Sound of Magic

The Sound of Magic (Korean안나라수마나라; RRAnnarasumanara) is a 2022 South Korean streaming television series based on the Naver webtoon Annarasumanara[a] by Ha Il-kwon. Directed by Kim Seong-yoon and written by Kim Min-jeong, starring Ji Chang-wook, Choi Sung-eun and Hwang In-youp.[4] It tells the story of a mysterious magician, Ri Eul suddenly appearing in front of a girl who lost her dream, Yoon Ah-yi and a boy who is forced to dream, Na Il-deung.[5] The series was released on May 6, 2022 exclusively by Netflix.[6]

The Sound of Magic
The Sound of Magic.jpg
Promotional poster
Original titleAnnarasumanara
Hangul안나라수마나라
Genre
Based onWebtoon Annarasumanara
by Ha Il-kwon
Developed byNetflix
Written byKim Min-jeong
Directed byKim Seong-yoon
Starring
Music byPark Seong-il[1]
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Production
Camera setupMulti camera
Running time62–77 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseMay 6, 2022 (2022-05-06)

SynopsisEdit

The Sound of Magic is an emotional music drama that revolves around Yoon Ah-yi, a poor student attending Sewoon High School, who has diminished her belief in magic, which she had a passion for when she was younger. Under many misfortunes, she wishes to grow faster to become an adult, so she can escape the major stressors and debts, which weigh her down. She then meets Ri Eul, an adult magician who wants to remain as a so-called 'child'. Under despise and suspicion from the whole community, he aims to claim he is a real magician, asking whoever he meets "Do you believe in magic?" After being a frequent visitor of Ri Eul's residence (which is at an eerily, abandoned amusement park), Ah-yi's deskmate Na Il-deung, who is a cold and well off student, starts to eavesdrop on her magic lessons with the magician, soon beginning to show a liking towards her and magic tricks. In all, Ah-yi's life gradually changes as she becomes a follower of Ri Eul, making herself again a believer in magic and further deciding to follow her dreams in earnest.[7]

CastEdit

MainEdit

A mysterious magician who lives in an abandoned amusement park. He wants to remain as a child even after becoming an adult.
A poor high school girl, who lives alone with her younger sister, and wants to become an adult more sooner than later. She struggles to make a living.
A gifted and wealthy high school boy who comes across as cold and silent, always being immersed in his studies. He is Ah-yi's classmate, and develops a liking towards her. However his life and career have changed after meeting Min-hyuk.

SupportingEdit

Yoon Ah-yi's familyEdit

Na Il-deung's familyEdit

Sewoon High SchoolEdit

  • Ji Hye-won as Baek Ha-na, classmate of Yoon Ah-yi and Na Il-deung[14]
  • Kim Bo-yoon as Kim So-hee, classmate of Yoon Ah-yi and Na Il-deung[15]
  • Oh So-hyun as Seo Ha-yoon, classmate of Yoon Ah-yi and Na Il-deung
  • Lim Ki-hong as homeroom teacher[12]

OthersEdit

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Do you... believe in magic?"
Kim Seong-yoonKim Min-jeongMay 6, 2022 (2022-05-06)
Yoon Ah-yi, a poor school girl, works part-time and takes care of her younger sister in absence of her bankrupt father. In school she gets to know Na Il-deung, otherwise topper but beaten in Maths by Ah-yi. She meets a magician, Ri Eul at an abandoned amusement park, in whom she finds hope to make her problems disappear.
2"Don't let me dream any longer"
Kim Seong-yoonKim Min-jeongMay 6, 2022 (2022-05-06)
In school Il-deung approaches Ah-yi for a date. Loan sharks come to Ah-yi's house and demand to know whereabouts of her father. She is again approached by Il-deung, this time with a proposition to score less marks in a math exam so that he can be the highest rank in exchange for money.
3"Merry-go-round"
Kim Seong-yoonKim Min-jeongMay 6, 2022 (2022-05-06)
Ah-yi starts learning magic from Ri Eul. Il-deung who becomes curious of her relationship with the magician, follows her to her magic lessons and meets Ri Eul. A photo of Il-deung giving money to Ah-yi gets leaked on an online forum, spreading around classmates.
4"Becoming an adult"
Kim Seong-yoonKim Min-jeongMay 6, 2022 (2022-05-06)
Il-deung's parents and the school make it look like Il-deung gave Ah-yi money out of generosity. The police start to suspect Ri Eul for a case of a missing student. Ri Eul lets Ah-yi meet her younger self. Baek Ha-na discovers shocking footage from the spy camera she hid in Ri Eul's room.
5"Curse of asphalt"
Kim Seong-yoonKim Min-jeongMay 6, 2022 (2022-05-06)
After watching the footage given by Ha-na, Ah-yi still believes in Ri Eul. Il-deung begins to wonder what he really wants to do instead of what his parents want from him. Ha-na sneaks in at the park but gets caught by Ri Eul. While running Ha-na accidentally killed Bella, which causes Ri Eul to nearly kill her. Police arrive at school and question Ah-yi about the magician. The store worker has returned in an aggressive way. Ill-deung gets scolded by his parents and loses control at school. At the end of the episode a citizen spotted a body floating at the river. And it was revealed to be the missing student.
6"The last performance"
Kim Seong-yoonKim Min-jeongMay 6, 2022 (2022-05-06)
Police arrive at Ri Eul's residence and arrest him. Ah-yi and Il-deung come to know about the truth of Ri Eul's past. During the police investigation Ri Eul disappears for good. Later, police find the real culprit of the cases Ri Eul was suspected of.

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

The series reunited director Kim Seong-yoon and writer Kim Min-jeong who previously worked together in the 2016 drama Love in the Moonlight.[19][20] The series was choreographed by Hong Se-jeong of the musicals Phantom and Laughing Man, while illusionist Lee Eun-gyeol served as the magic advisor. Music director Park Seong-il and lyricist Kim Eana were in charge of the music.[21] Ji Chang-wook practiced magic for three months to play his role.[22]

CastingEdit

In December 2020, it was announced that Ji Chang-wook was offered the role of the magician in the series.[23] In the same month, Hwang In-youp was also reported to have been offered the role of Na Il-deung.[24] In February 2021, it was reported that Choi Sung-eun was in talks to appear in the drama as Yoon Ah-yi.[25] In April 2021, Netflix officially announced production as well as casting confirmation with Ji Chang-wook, Choi Sung-eun, and Hwang In-yeop.[26]

FilmingEdit

On July 26, 2021 it was reported that Ji Chang-wook and one of the staff tested positive for COVID-19. As the actor is self quarantined as per protocol, the filming for the series was suspended.[27] On August 11, 2021 filming resumed as it was reported that Ji Chang-wook has recovered from COVID-19.[28] Filming ended in September 2021.[29]

MusicEdit

The music of this fantasy music drama was composed by music director Park Seong-il and lyrics are by Kim Eana, Seo Dong-seong, and Lee Chi-hoon. The production team worked together to create the music for 18 months. Director Park Seong-il said, "Once the script was completed, I started composing and took singing lessons for the actors during meetings." Praising the enthusiasm and hard work of the actors during the work period, he said, "I recorded every day for over a year. I needed concentration every moment enough to practice like a recording." Choi Sung-eun said, "As singing was a task, I went to the recording studio every day." Ji Chang-wook said that he worked while talking a lot with the production team about "how to express the emotions of the characters at the point where there was transition to the music in the play."[30]

SoundtrackEdit

The OST is composed by Park Seong-il on the lyrics of Kim Eana.[31] Aside from Park Seong-il and Kim Eana, the drama's OST was also recorded with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.[32] The string recording was done in the second half of 2021 alongside composer Kim Seon Kyong.[33]

Pre-released OST titled "Annarasumanara" (Korean아저씨. 마술을 믿으세요?; lit. Mister, Do You Believe in Magic?), rendered by Ji Chang-wook and Choi Sung-eun was released by Vlending Co., Ltd, on April 28, 2022. The full OST was officially released simultaneously with the worldwide release of the series on May 6.[34]

TracklistEdit

The Sound of Magic
Soundtrack album
ReleasedMay 6, 2022 (2022-05-06)
GenreSoundtrack
Language
  • Korean
  • English
LabelVlending
Disc 1[35][36]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Magic In You"Kim EanaPark Seong-il
3:03
2."My Dream Family" (꿈꾸는 나의 집)Seo Dong-seongPark Seong-ilChoi Sung-eun3:16
3."Do You Believe In Magic?" (당신 마술을 믿습니까?)Kim EanaPark Seong-ilJi Chang-wook4:19
4."Don't Make Me Dream" (나를 꿈꾸게 하지 마세요)Kim EanaPark Seong-il
  • Ji Chang-wook
  • Choi Sung-eun
2:59
5."I Mean It" (진지해 지금)Kim EanaPark Seong-ilHwang In-youp2:15
6."Merry-Go-Round" (회전목마)Kim EanaPark Seong-il
  • Ji Chang-wook
  • Choi Sung-eun
3:35
7."A Curse of Asphalt" (아스팔트의 저주)Seo Dong-seongPark Seong-ilJi Chang-wook3:26
8."Have A Good Night" (잘자)Seo Dong-seongPark Seong-il
  • Choi Sung-eun
  • Hong Jung-min
4:08
9."Consolation" (위로)
  • Seo Dong-seong
  • Seo Yi-jun
Park Seong-ilChoi Sung-eun2:25
10."I, As A Grown Up Or A Child" (어른과 아이)Kim EanaPark Seong-ilChoi Sung-eun3:45
11."Annarasumanara" (아저씨. 마술을 믿으세요?)Kim EanaPark Seong-il
  • Ji Chang-wook
  • Choi Sung-eun
3:37
12."Fantasy"Lee Chi-hoonPark Seong-ilVarious Artists3:13
13."A Curse of Asphalt" (Demo Ver.)Zach HolmesPark Seong-ilZach Holmes3:32
14."I Mean It" (Album Ver.)Kim EanaPark Seong-ilHwang In-youp3:26
15."Fantasy" (English Band Ver.)Lee Chi-hoonPark Seong-il
  • Sondia
  • Namjong
3:25
16."Merry-Go-Round" (Demo Ver.)Kim EanaPark Seong-il
  • Sondia
  • Namjong
3:32
17."Annarasumanara" (Demo Ver.)Kim EanaPark Seong-il
  • Sondia
  • Namjong
3:37
18."Fantasy" (Korean Band Ver.)Lee Chi-hoonPark Seong-il
  • Sondia
  • Namjong
3:25
Total length:60:58

ReceptionEdit

Audience responseEdit

The Sound of Magic was ranked 7th globally in the Netflix TV shows (Non-English) category, one day after its release.[37] On May 11, it ranked no 3 in South Korea, and globally it was at 4th place in the Netflix TV shows (Non-English) category.[38]

Critical responseEdit

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating, based on 5 reviews with an average rating of 7.10/10.[39]

Jonathon Wilson of Ready Steady Cut graded the TV series with 3 stars out of 5 and praised technical aspect writing, "[the series has] lovely visuals, solid performances, impressive song-and-dance numbers, and oodles of charm". Summarising his review Wilson said that the series "has all the right elements, or at least most of them, but there’s just a little spark of magic missing that prevents the illusion from really lingering in the memory."[40] Kayti Burt of Paste rated the series 7.3 out of 10 and felt that "lack of narrative clarity keeps The Sound of Magic from becoming something special". Burt appreciated the direction of Kim Seong-yoon and wrote, the "dazzling visuals and the cast’s earnest performances (and solid vocals), make for an enjoyable, brief trip around this merry-go-round ride of a story."[41] Kate Sánchez writing for BWT rated the series with 9/10 and described it as "fantastically emotive in every way." Sánchez further wrote, "The whimsy and beauty serve as a counterbalance to the rich narrative of one young girl trying to move past her circumstance."[42]

John Serba reviewing for Decider wrote, "The overlong episodes could be nipped and tucked here and there, but The Sound of Magic offers a fine balance of smart and silly." Serba opined, "Fans of K-stuff will probably love it."[43] Pierce Conran of the South China Morning Post gave 3 stars out of 5 and criticised the narrative for "surprising lack of characters, locations and even extras." Concluding his review, Conran wrote, "In the end this is a half-baked fable that could have been so much more. It’s the sound of magic without the feeling of it."[44]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The title "Annarasumanara" refers to an invented Korean word for "Abracadabra".[3]
  2. ^ "Ah-yi" literally means "child" in Korean.
  3. ^ "Il-deung" literally means "number one" in Korean.

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