The Rakuten Viki February 2023 titles have been announced and include a swoon-worthy lineup of series. Headlining this month is the Viki Exclusive Our Blooming Youth, a drama-filled love story following a former murder suspect and a cursed prince, starring Jeon So Nee and Park Hyung Sik.
The Rakuten Viki February 2023 schedule also includes The 3Bs You Shouldn’t Date, adapted from Moyo Yokoyama’s manga series 3B – Love with a Professional Boy Who Shouldn’t Be Dating, boy love drama Secret Crush on You, and more.
K-Pop fans will not want to miss K-Pop Generation, a brand new documentary series releasing new episodes each week throughout the month, featuring interviews with some of the hottest K-Pop acts including Stray Kids, LE SSERAFIM, Ive, Tomorrow X Together, ENHYPEN, and NCT.
The Rakuten Viki February 2023 K-Pop excitement will continue with Boys Planet, a hot, new K-Pop survival competition.
Streamers can cozy up with their loved ones to catch up on popular titles that debuted in January and are releasing new episodes through February, like Viki Original Kokdu: Season of Deity, featuring Crash Landing On You star Kim Jung-Hyun, and Woori the Virgin‘s Im Soo-Hyang in a fantasy drama that follows the unlikely relationship between the grim reaper and a caring doctor.
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RAKUTEN VIKI FEBRUARY 2023 SCHEDULE
Strangers Again – Korea – New Episodes Debuting Weekly from January 18 through February 23
Oh Ha Ra (Kang Sora, Doctor Stranger, Incomplete Life) is a hotshot divorce lawyer whose nickname in legal circles is “the “goddess of litigation.” One of the reasons she is such an expert at divorce proceedings is the fact that she has divorced her long-time lover and fellow lawyer Goo Eun Beom (Jang Seung Jo, The Good Detective ).
But her relatively uneventful life is turned upside down when she is unexpectedly reunited with her ex-husband – in the law courts! The duo is forced to work together – leading them to butt heads and reignite past grievances.
While their professionalism prevents them from telling each other what they really think in public, tempers begin to fray and risk boiling over. The tense atmosphere is not relieved in the slightest by fellow divorce lawyers Kang Bi Chwi (Jo Eun Ji) and Kwon Si Wook (Lee Jae Won), another pair of advocates who always seem to get under one another’s skin!
Will Cupid rescue this group of lawyers – or will chaos break loose in the courtroom?
The 3Bs You Shouldn’t Date – Japan – January 20
Adapted from Moyo Yokoyama’s manga series 3B – Love with a Professional Boy Who Shouldn’t be Dating, The 3Bs You Shouldn’t Date tells the story of Haru Kobayashi (Baba Fumika, Hey Sensei, Don’t You Know? and Yuri or Another) who was devastated when she learned that the man of her dreams was already married to another woman. Utterly heartbroken, Haru was certain she would never find another man.
But while Haru worried about her lonely future, one of her regular customers assured her that she wasn’t destined to walk this life alone. Predicting she would meet not one, but three different men, Haru scoffed at the idea of having so many men in her life.
At least until the day her customer’s prediction started coming true. Meeting the hair stylist, Shintaro (Hiroshi Nakahara) first, Haru might have passed off the encounter as a coincidence, but chance meetings with the bartender, Yoshi (Dori Sakurada, Perfect Crime and Coffee & Vanilla), and the band vocalist, Yu (Kenta Kamiya), forced Haru to take her customer’s original prediction seriously.
With three very different men all vying for her attention, Haru has no idea what to do next. Will one of these dashing men ultimately win her affection, or will her heart lead her in an entirely different direction?
Chong Zi – China – February TBC
The demon king Ni Lun was annihilated leaving the demon clan in tatters as they escape into the mortal realm. Chong Zi (Midsummer is Full of Love and Dance of the Phoenix’s Yang Chao Yue) is pure and kind, yet she is the daughter of Ni Lun.
After being saved by the immortal Chu Bu Fu, she becomes determined to cultivate at Nanhua but is turned away as it has been foretold that she will become a demon. At this time, the venerable Luo Yin Fan (Legend of the Phoenix’s Jeremy Tsui) surprisingly accepts Chong Zi as his only disciple.
Chong Zi is very reliant on Luo Yin Fan and wishes for nothing more than to be by his side. In turn, Luo Yin Fan promises to protect her. A conspiracy leads to Chong Zi’s imprisonment and Luo Yin Fan is unable to do anything to help, leading to her death for the sake of peace.
In her second life, Chong Zi comes to Nanhua again. Luo Yin Fan recognizes her in one glance. In order to protect her, he seals the evil miasma within her and keeps her close, thus continuing their relationship as master and disciple. However, there is no escape from the wheel of fate.
Chong Zi once again becomes the target of a multitude of arrows. In a fit of rage, she embraces her demonic side and reaches the point of no return. Fate has played a cruel joke on the star-crossed lovers – one is the venerable master who carries the world on his shoulders while the other has the blood of the demon clan flowing in her veins.
They helplessly fell in love, helplessly turned against each other, yet they still cannot break free from their feelings. Can their love shake the rules of heaven and earth?
K-Pop Generation – Korea – New Episodes Debuting Every Thursday Starting January 26
A K-Pop music documentary starring all generations of top K-Pop idol groups, K-Pop Generation reveals the history of the K-Pop industry from the perspectives of artists, media, and fandom.
From the glamorous industry’s ‘ugly’ underside, to the vulnerable concerns of K-Pop artists, the show covers the most truthful story of the industry, starring members of LE SSERAFIM, IVE, TXT, ENHYPHEN, NCT, STRAY KIDS, EXO, MAMAMOO, HIGHLIGHT, Super Junior, SHINee, 2PM, and H.O.T.
Kokdu: Season of Deity – Korea – January 27
Every 99 years, the cold and cruel grim reaper Kok Du (Kim Jung-Hyun, Crash Landing on You) must take a break from his job in the underworld and spend 49 days in the mortal realm—and this time, he winds up inhabiting the body of the human Do Jin Woo. While living as Do Jin Woo, a smoking hot doctor, he meets Han Gye Jeol (Im Soo-Hyang, Woori the Virgin).
Han Gye Jeol is a doctor who is caught in a medical lawsuit. One day, Gye Jeol witnessed a fatal bus accident and happened to save Jin Woo, but Gye Jeol had to leave the scene so as not to risk getting involved in another lawsuit. They later reunite and after Jin Woo helps Gye Joel get her dream job at a hospital, her daily life is changed because of him.
A League of Nobleman – China – January 30
Zhang Ping (Song Wei Long, Go Ahead) is a poor scholar who wanders the streets, using his skill of pulling noodles to make a living. He is meddlesome in nature and likes to involve himself with government cases. Using his sharp observational skills and out-of-the-box thinking, he grasps the unique points of each case.
He isn’t well-liked by others due to his solitary nature. Lan Jue (Jing Bo Ran, Psychologist and Lost and Love), the Minister of Rites, is constantly embroiled in the political strife of the court. Possessing a graceful and elegant appearance, he seems to lead a smooth-sailing life but actually hides a history unknown to many.
While traveling to the Capital for the National Examinations, Ping unknowingly becomes entangled in Jue’s secret operation. Using clever reasoning, Ping solves the case, disrupting Jue’s plan. While saving Jue’s life, Ping discovers Jue’s secret. Henceforth, the pair, despite being unequal in status and possessing incompatible ideals, become close friends.
Together they will face tough cases head-on and life-and-death situations. With Jue’s recommendations, Ping transforms from a poor scholar to a minister in the Dali Temple, where he solves cases and handles court affairs, all the while distinguishing himself as a brilliant detective.
Love When The Stars Fall – China – February TBC
The story revolves around two princesses in the mortal realm. The elder sister is gentle and kind, and is betrothed to the Immortal tribe as the Heavenly Consort. The younger sister is clever and cunning, and is betrothed to the Demon tribe as the Demon Consort.
Due to an unexpected mix up, the two sisters were sent to the wrong clan. This not only causes a commotion, but also leads to the unraveling of a scheme that shocks the four realms.
Boys Planet – Korea – New Episodes Debuting Every Thursday Starting February 2
Boys Planet is a global survival audition competition that features male trainees from around the world . Competing in the competition are 49 members from K group (Koreans) and 49 members from G group (foreigners), all of which must live together throughout the competition.
By completion, the ultimate K-pop band will be formed!
Wu Lin Heroes – China – February 5
With a kind heart and a naturally good nature, Ye Xi (Huang Ri Ying) might have been a model young lady, had it not been for her lofty dreams and idealistic aspirations. Wanting with all her heart to become one of her generation’s greatest and most heroic martial artists, Ye Xi has done everything she can to make her dreams come true.
Completely unaware of the fact that the human heart often harbors a sinister side, Ye Xi is shocked when her efforts to help the weak are met with darkness and deceit. Used, lied to, and betrayed by those around her, Ye Xi soon finds her reputation in shambles and her life in jeopardy.
Surprisingly enough, even after these relentless attacks on her character and even her life, Ye Xi refuses to give up on her belief that justice naturally inhabits the hearts of multiple men; a belief that only grows stronger after she meets a divine doctor by the name of Bai Yue (Li Hong Yi).
With Bai Yue’s help, Ye Xi finds a way to overcome her trials, learning invaluable lessons about life, love, and the true spirit of martial arts. But will these lessons be enough to help them eradicate the scum who continue to bring harm to Ye Xi and her people?
Our Blooming Youth – Korea – February 6
Quiet and gentle, Min Jae Yi (Jeon So Nee, When My Love Blooms and Scripting Your Destiny) is everything a good daughter of a prominent family should be. Engaged to the son of the Second State Councillor, Jae Yi knows that the only way to bring herself and her family honor is to accept her fate, which she does with grace and charm.
Devoting herself to learning everything she needs to know to become a good wife and mother, Jae Yi dutifully prepares for the future. Sadly, destiny has other plans for her future. Four days before her wedding, Jae Yi’s family is murdered.
With no one else to blame for the unexpected tragedy, Jae Yi soon finds herself the object of baseless and horrifying accusations. Blamed for the death of her family, Jae Yi might not have had much of a future at all, if fate hadn’t decided to intervene.
Bringing the lonely crown prince, Lee Hwan (Park Hyung Sik, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, and Happiness) into her life at just the right moment, Jae Yi is saved from a dismal fate, but her salvation comes at a price. Plagued by a mysterious curse, Lee Hwan agrees to help Jae Yi, but only if she agrees to help him break his curse in return.
Unable to refuse such an offer, Jae Yi agrees to the prince’s terms, setting them both on an unexpected path toward love. But what chance does their love have of surviving when one of them is a former murder suspect and the other is a cursed prince?
Secret Crush On You – Thailand – February 14
Toh (Seng Wichai Saefant) is a timid college student who is majoring in Visual Arts. He belongs to a small group of social misfits, and he also has a huge crush on an Engineering major named Nuea (Billy Patchanon Ounsa-ard). Nuea is everything Toh isn’t. He is enormously popular, athletic, outgoing, and confident, and also comes from a wealthy family
Toh is utterly smitten with Nuea, and spends his time watching the man he loves from afar, never daring to pluck up enough courage to actually speak to him. But fate deals Toh an unexpected card one day. At a college basketball game that Nuea is playing in, Toh takes a photo of his idol.
And when the rest of the college sees this incredible picture, Toh is momentarily catapulted into the public eye – to the extent that Nuea’s sister decides to hire Toh as a photographer for a family event. This brings Toh into Nuea’s world. As they begin to spend more time together, Toh begins to wonder if Nuea might just like him…
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.