Age of Youth is one of the few female friendship centric shows in dramas, and it's a very successful one at that.
The story follows five university students who are roommates. It initially starts off a little slow and shaky, as there's so many characters to introduce (the five roommates and their respective groups) but by the end of the first episode the show manages to find it's footing and from there becomes great.
Each lead has their own personality complete with flaws and quirks, and despite the show's shorter than average run, they are fully fleshed out. The actresses have to be given credit for bringing each one of their characters alive and for maintaining the great camaraderie between the roommates, which is the real bond that ties the show. For as entertaining it is to watch each girl's life play out on its own, the show really shines when it focuses on the five together.
The directing is unobtrusive and simple. In some cases a little too simple with it becoming obvious that the show was low-budget. But the magic of the script and acting still manage to shine through.
A definite recommend for slice of life fans or those who just wish there were more female centric, or female friendship based shows.