Once a renowned performing arts academy, Kirin has become a shell of its former self, and is even in danger of shutting its doors. Unexpectedly, a popular entertainment company decides to take over the school and enrolls its own talent, causing friction with the far less glamorous current student body.
Dream High 2 is an interesting take on the sequel franchise. Individual enough to be a separate series from the previous show but with enough common threads to tie the two together into one world.
The acting in Dream High 2 wasn't the best. While having idols acting doesn't necessarily equate to terrible acting, even the members who were actors by profession didn't seem to be wholly invested in their characters. Some moments were great, but most of the time it was simply going through the motions.
The story could have been much better, unfortunately, terrible directing removed any changes of that. With 10-minute long music videos, many that seemed unnecessary outside of showing off the idols, and bad editing, the show often had you scratching your head.
For what could have been a great show turned out to be pretty bad. A easy watch for those days when you have nothing else to do or if you like one of the cast members, but other than that, a likely skip on the watch list.
Dream High 2 is - like the prequel - a sotry about students of Kirin High, that learn how to dance and sing. But this time, they approach it differently. Compared to season one, Kirin High isn't as prestigious as it was. Everbody gets accepted and there aren't only talented people anymore. One day, the CEO of a idol-agency decides to buy the school for various reasons. And so his idols have to attend the school. This splits the students into "talented idols" and "normal people" that attend the school. Aside from that, the school starts an audition, where they are looking for the "Super Idols". Now if that doesn't sound like fun?
Until some point it's really great and fun to watch. There aren't really only two or four main characters, but I felt like all the important students are like a main character. At first I thought Sin Hae Seong would be the main character, but there are times where she just disappears for a 3/4 episode and they focus on JB or Ri An. It somehow got on my nerves, since those characters were really despicable in the beginning, but it got better at the last few episodes. Which doesn't mean that it's good. I really disliked the way they change Ri An and JB during the drama. Yes, they might change a little bit. But how did they change so drastically? At least for Ri An, I thought it was too much.
What made me still keep watching this drama, even when things got bad, was Jin Yu Jin and side characters like Na Na and Hong Ju. They all have an interersting story and show how hard it is to achieve your dream.
Oh, and one thing I have to point out greatly: if you're watching this for the romance, don't do it. I mean, it is there. They try to have some romantic scenes and people do fall in and out of love but... I couldn't really feel it. I didn't see why Sin Hae Seong liked who she did or see her show her feelings. I also didn't see how the couples actually could be seen as couples. Maybe it's the cultural difference (and the fact that some of the characters are already famous idols) but... If you're attending one school with your boyfriend, you could expect to at least hug him sometimes? Or behave like a couple? Anything?
So, season two isn't better than season 1. The only reason for me to not rate it worse is Jin Yu Jin. He totally saved the drama vor me. He was the only sane character, he was funny, I understood his actions and feelings and he was the best unperfect perfect character I could think of. If it wasn't for him, I probably wouldn't have watched this until the end.
In both, music is the major topic. Also, these series show the struggle of the "B category" or "Leftovers." Both show how much the characters love music and how they try to become famous, and how they have to beat those who have talent and money or good connections.