ESC to close 4.36 (by 1217 users)sseulsseulhago chanranhasin: dokkaebi 쓸쓸하고 찬란하神-도깨비
  • 2016
  • TV
  • Korea

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romanized sseulsseulhago chanranhasin: dokkaebi
english Guardian: The Lonely And Great God
aka the lonely, shining goblin, 쓸쓸하고 찬란하신(神)-도깨비


genres drama, romance, fantasy


language Korean


country Korea
type real
format TV
network tvN


date 02 Dec, 2016 - 21 Jan, 2017
episodes 16
duration 75 minutes
air day Friday, Saturday
at 20:30 - 21:45
status released


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A girl named Ji Eun Tak brings together a goblin who is in search of his bride and a grimreaper who cannot remember his past. The more they try to stay away from each other, the closer they draw.


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Kim Sin
Grim Reaper
Ji Eun Tak
Yu Deok Hwa
Kim Do Yeong




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01 Feb, 2017
The Lonely Shining Goblin continues to prove Km Eun Suk as a hit screenwriter - who is worthy of the praise as she weaves a mythical world that still manages to stay rooted in reality.

The strength in the show comes down to the relationships, particularly between Kim Sin and Grim Reaper, who manage to play both old souls and immature children with ease, forming an unlikely friendship that becomes the highlight of the show. Eun Tak and Sunny also had a great friendship, filled with advice and silliness that helped flesh them out. Deok Hwa was silly but well-meaning, managing to walk a fine line that never put him into the annoying territory.

The mythology of the world was well-written, incorporating ghosts, goblins and grim reapers seamlessly into the world we're familiar with. The flashbacks added a gravitas that helped ground the story when it got too heavy.

The weakest aspect of the show was the running time; the writing did slow down in an attempt to draw the plot out over such a long run time, and the directing played on moments for beats that often ran too long. This is not a fast moving show by any means, and definitely felt like it could have benefited from having a normal Korean drama show length.

A recommend for any fan of fantasy, just make sure you dedicate a decent chunk of time to watch each episode.
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25 Jan, 2017
Lot of hype around this one, but it was deserving. Writer Kim Eun Suk carried over her amazing story forming skills from her earlier in the year hit "Descendants of the Sun". Wonderfully orchestrated the mystery of this drama piece had my mind on high alert trying to pick up every little tiny detail so I could try to figure out who was who and how they all connected. The bromance was also amazingly written and Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook carried it off the script to fly into the hearts of the audience. From the moment of the opening credits my heart was hooked. The OST was flippin' incredible! It really helped carry the emotion of each scene very well. A special touch to dramas that can make or break a drama for me. I really felt this drama was more about how to live and die well more than anything. Each little story of the dead visiting the Grim Reaper's tea house was touching and thought provoking. If this drama was a beautifully decorated cake, those stories were the lit candles atop it. There was romance but it wasn't that high. Sunny (Yoo In Na) and the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong Wook) couldn't have a high romantic chemistry because of the state of his character. If those obstacles weren't there I think it would have been off the charts. With our leads Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) and Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun), the romance just never quite got there for me. I saw them more as really good friends rather than lovers as the dialogue kept trying to make them out to be. I don't know if it was their character age difference or their actual age difference, the romantic chemistry just never quite reached the level I thought should have been brought to the table in their story. Plenty of laughs, plenty of tears, plenty of gasps, and plenty of oohs this drama sent you on an emotional journey to leave you at the destination satisfied yet wanting more.

106th drama
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sweetache 14 May, 2018
let me put it this way : i really envy whoever managed to finish this one! the plot itself is super cool. i really adore so much Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook, Sungjae...
but unfortunately i can't stand the lead actress, in my opinion her acting is soooooo annoying, ugh!!!!
missiealice 17 Feb, 2018
In my opinion, too overrated. 3/5 stars only.
molotov 16 Jan, 2018
Does someone know if this story was inspired by a book or something?
renii 19 Nov, 2017
I loved the amount of crying that this had! lol
pyapi 21 Sep, 2017
Absolutely loved the afterlife and other fantastical elements in this world, they were absolutely great. I just wish the drama's story could have been better; it starts out so well and then drags on a lot in the middle. I also wasn't too thrilled with the ending.

It's still definitely worth a watch, though. I personally still enjoyed quite a bit thanks to the great acting, the wonderful soundtrack, and the amusing banter between the Goblin and the Grim Reaper. Those two really steal the spotlight.
ally 20 Jun, 2017
It began reaaally well, but fell flat by episode 8~9. And the ending... I didn't quite disliked it but I didn't liked it either.
mikazuki 09 Jun, 2017
i just got back into watching kdrama after a three-year-long break and goblin is the second kdrama i've begun watching since this "hiatus", and i'm atm 4 eps in and i'm really loving it. i didn't expect to enjoy it as much as i had just set the bar quite high by watching age of youth, but it really is a great show! sure, it has its fair share of silly kdrama antics but gosh, it's just a stunningly beautiful show! also, i'm really loving the humor; i don't think any kdrama has given me as many good laughs as goblin has, and i've seen 1/4 of the show. the characters and their interactions are great, the OST is beautiful and the show just looks so good i have to mention it twice.
sukimatsuura 18 May, 2017
It wasn't a WOW drama as i thought!
Seriously too silly~!