Light On Me is a Korean BL drama that takes place in an all-boys high school. The main character is a lonely outcast until he joins the school's student council. Although he is welcomed by a new group of friends, there's one particular student who clashes with him and makes his life more volatile. As they get to know each other better, the line between their feud and friendship becomes blurred.
Recommended for BL fans, Light On Me is an incredibly bubbly series packed with lots of vibrant charisma. This innocent high school romance is supported by its charming story, the captivating characters, and a perpetually cheerful energy. You'll have fun throughout the sixteen half-hour episodes, which are capped off with a sweet and satisfying conclusion.
Light On Me Summary
Around 7 hours
Cute and sweet
Around 20 to 30 minutes
Tae Kyung is a quiet student who attends an all-boys school. He is shy, lonely, and doesn't have any friends at school. Mr. Seo, a friendly teacher, encourages him to step out of his comfort zone. Following his teacher's advice, Tae Kyung musters up the confidence to apply for the student council.
The student council has twenty members in total, but it is mainly run by three key figures. The president is Da On, a popular high school senior known for his kindness. He is joined by his friend Namgung, a bubbly and goofy student with lots of exuberant energy. Another council member is Shin Woo, the vice president, who has a cool and aloof personality.
Unfortunately, Tae Kyung makes a terrible first impression on Shin Woo. Due to a careless accident, Tae Kyung embarrasses Shin Woo and puts him in a very compromising situation. Ever since the incident, the student council vice president has held an irrational grudge. Although Da On and Namgung want Tae Kyung to join the club, Shin Woo sternly forbids his membership.
As a compromise, Tae Kyung is given a one-month probation period to prove his worth to the student council. For Da On and Namgung, the probation is pretty much a formality. These two good-natured students have gone ahead in befriending Tae Kyung and welcoming him to their inner circle. However, Shin Woo maintains his stubborn streak and continues to give their newest member a tough time. Tae Kyung is left exasperated and can't figure out how to make Shin Woo like him.
Unlike Shin Woo, Da On has welcomed Tae Kyung and made him feel included. Tae Kyung is won over by Da On's warmth, developing a camaraderie with his new friend. However, he is intimidated by So Hee, the student council president at the nearby all-girls school. Since So Hee has a massive crush on Da On, she acts hostile towards anyone too close to him. With both Shin Woo and So Hee as his enemies, Tae Kyung finds it challenging to adapt to his student council life comfortably.
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Light On Me Cast
Tae Kyung Lee Sae On (이새온) Lee Sae On Instagram
Tae Kyung is a Grade 11 student at an all-boys school. Shy and quiet, he used to have no friends until a teacher convinced him to join the student council. Tae Kyung is a straightshooter, but can be so blunt with his words that he comes across as tactless. He hates mathematics (his reason: "because it's hard") and needs to be tutored regularly by Da On.
Shin Woo Kang Yoo Seok (강유석) Kang Yoo Seok Instagram
Shin Woo is a junior high school student and the vice president of the student council. His prickly and oversensitive personality doesn't make him the easiest person to get along with. Beneath his gruff exterior, Shin Woo is a caring, thoughtful, and fiercely loyal friend. Shin Woo gets embarrassed quite easily, and his ears turn red every time he feels uncomfortable.
Da On Choe Chan Yi (최찬이) Choe Chan Yi Instagram
Da On is a senior high school student and the president of the student council. The intelligent Da On gets the top grades in school, but he remains humble about his academic achievements. He is also sociable and loves to help people with all sorts of problems. Da On doesn't have the best relationship with his family, and he often feels neglected by his parents.
Namgung Go Woo Jin (고우진) Go Woo Jin Instagram
Namgung is a bubbly and vivacious high school student, recruited by Da On to join the student council. He has a mischievous sense of humour, but can be quite astute underneath his cheeky observations. Namgung loves eating snacks, playing games on his phone, and taking naps during school. He hates to work and always tries to find excuses to evade his student council responsibilities.
Yang Seo Hyun (양서현)
Lee Ki Hyun (이기현)
Light On Me Review
Drama Review Score: 9.3
Light On Me is a charming BL drama that depicts a high school romance in a fun, bubbly, and enthusiastic way. It has a promising start with a memorable scene in the first episode, which will have you giggling and guffawing. The subsequent episodes are just as cheerful, brimming with a bright and exuberant energy. A silly interaction, a lighthearted joke, or an incredibly sweet moment will bring a warm smile to your face.
The strength in Light On Me comes from the four immensely likable main characters. With their distinctive and colourful personalities, you will find each character endearing despite their various quirks. As a collective group, they share excellent chemistry with one another and their delightful rapport emanates in every scene. Plus, these actors portray their roles with a wonderful flair, breathing life into the vibrant characterizations.
Noh Shin Woo is a revelation. Oh my god, his character might be the best tsundere I've ever seen in BL. My love affair with him began from the first episode, where he held a hilariously petty grudge against Tae Kyung. In every episode onwards, Shin Woo had me under his captivating spell. Whether he's being sassy and belligerent or sweet and bashful, I love every facet of his capricious personality. Those averse to the tsundere archetype may not like him as much, but the Noh Shin Woo journey is easily the series highlight for me.
Light On Me features an enchanting high school love story that doesn't play out in a straightforward manner. For the most part, I enjoyed the emotional storyline filled with engaging drama, character-driven conflicts, and occasional misunderstandings. However, the series falls into a tiny slump near the middle, where a few episodes keep treading the same waters without diving into the heart of the plot. Thankfully, the romance comes into full swing during the final arc. Those relationship scenes near the end are powered by wholesome charm and sparkling repartee.
There's much to appreciate about Light On Me, an excellent series with a solid start, plateaus slightly near the middle, but regains momentum in the final episodes. Best of all, the satisfying ending reaffirms its positive messages about friendship, first love, and forgiveness. All these themes are handled with delicate sensitivity, of course. It should come as no surprise this drama has such an enthusiastic reception among BL fans. With its brisk and upbeat tempo, watching all sixteen half-hour episodes should feel like a breeze, leaving you with a gentle warmth in the end.
I knew Light On Me would be a fun series from the moment that ~dildo scene~ popped up. Any BL drama that begins with the main character poking a dildo into his love interest's butt is off to a very promising start. 😙 This iconic incident defines Light On Me, and it's one of the few details that I'll remember vividly about the series years down the line.
As silly as this comedic moment might seem, it effectively breaks the ice and sets the lighthearted tone of the series. When I started Light On Me, I didn't know what to expect from the first few minutes. When that scene appeared, the sheer cheekiness won me over and I felt way more relaxed about the drama. Strap me in for whatever shenanigans you prepared over the next sixteen episodes, because I'm ready for the ride!
My first impression of Tae Kyung is that I don't buy his character as the school outcast. There's a disconnect between his appearance and his persona. I'm not saying that beautiful people can't be loners, but it takes more of a stretch imagining someone like Tae Kyung on the bottom of the social hierarchy. His introduction in the first episode just didn't convince me enough why this guy had no friends.
Nonetheless, I liked Tae Kyung and thought he served as a likable protagonist to the story. He marches to a slightly different beat than the other characters, leading to some quirky reactions and funny scenarios. The Tae Kyung at the beginning was okay, but I enjoyed him more once he opened up and became comfortable around Shin Woo. He is at his best with a bit of cheekiness, teasing Shin Woo in a harmless way.
My favourite part about Light On Me is definitely Shin Woo, a perfect specimen of the tsundere archetype. His character goes on a well-crafted personal journey, turning from a hostile antagonist to an amicable love interest. He comes across as really temperamental in the beginning. Shin Woo takes his grudge against Tae Kyung to an extreme, almost like he's overreacting to a genuinely careless accident.
However, keep in mind that Shin Woo has a history of being bullied for his sexuality. Getting propositioned with a dildo comes with negative connotations that may remind him of the homophobic stunts he endured in the past. After their first encounter, Shin Woo feels embarrassed, defensive, and suspicious of Tae Kyung, worsened by the fact that he's flustered by his secret crush.
If Shin Woo's personality seems too harsh at first, just know there's a rationale for his petty and prickly behaviour. He lashes out at Tae Kyung as a defence mechanism to stop himself from getting hurt. After realizing that Tae Kyung is actually a nice guy, Shin Woo becomes too prideful to apologize. He tries his best to be friendlier, but does so in such an awkward way (i.e. corners Tae Kyung in a classroom to tell him his fly is open) that it's really endearing to watch. 😚
Best tsundere ever
What makes Shin Woo so lovable is that beneath his tough exterior, he's a big softie trying to conceal his vulnerable side. He rarely opens up about his feelings, hiding any sentimentality beneath a pretense of pride and prejudice. Shin Woo will tell you he's fine, pretends like he's completely fine, but deep down you know he isn't fine at all.
His mannerisms and body language always betray him in the end. You can tell whenever Shin Woo isn't honest because his ears turn red, or he chokes on a gulp of water, or he acts more standoffish than usual. Observing his character is fun as you try to decipher how he really feels. You pay attention to his every move, interpreting his subtle expressions and reading into his little gestures.
Like all the best tsunderes, Shin Woo eases up throughout the series. He opens up more during the second half, lets down his emotional barriers, and steps out of his comfort zone. Shin Woo becomes super sweet towards Tae Kyung, supporting his friend fiercely after the love rejection. Shin Woo's behaviour is a drastic change from how he acted at the beginning, and I love following his journey of transformation.
Tae Kyung and Shin Woo
An adorable romance between two introverts, Tae Kyung and Shin Woo make a compatible couple together. Their personalities are fundamentally similar, since both characters are quiet, passive, and socially anxious. Nonetheless, they overcome their shyness, work through any insecurities, and forge a romantic connection with each other.
Although there're some sparks between them at the start, their relationship doesn't really take off until Episode 11. From that point onwards, their romantic scenes come strong and heavy. Every interaction between them is precious, as they navigate their first love in a cute, awkward, and endearing way. The strongest chemistry usually comes when Tae Kyung is being cheeky and Shin Woo gets a little flustered, but all their moments are pretty spectacular.
My favourite scene in Light On Me is the love confession at the end of Episode 13. After discovering the many unread text messages, Tae Kyung asks Shin Woo if he had been thinking about him all this time. Shin Woo replies, "Yesterday, today, and probably tomorrow, I'll continue thinking about you." It's kind of an epic line in a momentous scene that plays out beautifully. Just when I think I couldn't love Shin Woo more, he drops a line like this that makes my heart flutter even faster. 😚
Tae Kyung and Da On
Tae Kyung and Shin Woo are the final couple in Light On Me. However, their romance isn't as straightforward as you'd expect. In most BL dramas, the main couple is obvious and defined from the get-go. Yet, Light On Me plays around with the ambiguity and defies the conventional narrative. Surprisingly, Tae Kyung doesn't develop a crush on Shin Woo, his fellow costar. Instead, Tae Kyung finds himself drawn to Da On and they are the ~official ship~ in the beginning.
From a narrative standpoint, it makes sense that Tae Kyung would feel attracted to Da On. Early in the series, Da On is friendly, attentive, and takes great care of Tae Kyung as he struggles to fit in. His character's biggest flaw is being too nice to people, so you know this guy is a catch. Da On appears even better when you compare him to Shin Woo, who treats Tae Kyung awfully at the start. Based on how the relationships formed, Tae Kyung had every reason to like Da On more than Shin Woo.
The Tae Kyung and Da On romance isn't treated like a minor subplot. Light On Me dedicates multiple episodes to build up Da On as a viable love interest. For a while, this relationship progressed so smoothly that I questioned myself how Shin Woo would come in between them. The dynamic is that Tae Kyung likes Da On, who reciprocates the romantic feelings. Surprisingly, Shin Woo was relegated to being the third wheel and it didn't seem like he had a chance of winning over Tae Kyung.
The love triangle between Tae Kyung, Da On, and Shin Woo becomes the main plot in Light On Me. Obviously, I was rooting for Shin Woo to succeed, but I couldn't see an opening for him in Tae Kyung and Da On's budding romance. Fortunately, an opportunity arose after Tae Kyung confessed his love. Although Da On has feelings for Tae Kyung, he isn't ready to confront them in public. Deeply bothered by the gay rumours, Da On starts putting distance between himself and Tae Kyung.
A lot of compelling drama came from that photograph of Tae Kyung and Da On holding hands on the balcony. Da On didn't come out (pun intended) of the storyline looking well and his indecision was infuriating. It's okay if you want to stay in the closet, but at least show some respect to Tae Kyung and have an honest chat with him. Unsurprisingly, Da On's inability to commit to a public romance marks a notable shift in Tae Kyung's feelings. Where the Tae Kyung and Da On ship falters, the Tae Kyung and Shin Woo ship rises like a phoenix from the ashes!
Sticking to the bro code, Shin Woo gave Da One one last warning before making a move on Tae Kyung. Unfortunately, Da On took too long to muster up his courage. By that time, Tae Kyung and Shin Woo were already deeply smitten with each other. Tae Kyung might've liked Da On at the start, but his feelings are allowed to change. Da On only has himself to blame for not snagging a boyfriend when he had the chance. In the end, Tae Kyung picked the guy who made him feel happy and proud instead of sad and shameful.
Da On and So Hee
In Da On's defense, he was under a lot of pressure from his family, his peers, and his weirdly obsessive stalker. Sorry, I usually try to empathize with the female love interest in BL dramas, but So Hee makes it so difficult to like her. Leaking that picture is the most obvious offense, but her character's attitude is annoying as hell. On one hand, I do admire So Hee for being strong-willed, determined, and persistent. On the other hand, this girl needs to CHILL.
We love strong assertive women in BL only when they don't base their entire self-identity on a schoolgirl crush. I can tolerate a lovesick character to a certain extent, but I can't deal with this jealous, possessive, and spiteful scorned woman schtick. So Hee crosses the line on multiple occasions, acting as if Da On will return her feelings if she cleared away all the competition. Girl, he just isn't that into you! It has been three years and he hasn't made a move so far. Conventional wisdom tells you to move on instead of plotting and scheming like some evil jilted lover.
So Hee is my least favourite part of Light On Me. Her character is simply too annoying, too aggressive, and too antagonistic. Any time the story focused on So Hee, my heart felt a heavy slump as I embraced myself for another irritating scene with her nonsense. Sadly, I couldn't forgive her even with the character redemption arc near the end. I acknowledged her apology, but the damage was already done and I couldn't put up with this girl's theatrics any longer. Mostly, I just want So Hee to go away in a self-imposed restraining order and leave Da On alone already.
The acting in Light On Me is solid and everyone embodies their characters well. They feel authentic to their roles with vibrant personalities. The two leads are especially well-cast. Besides looking really cute as a BL couple, Tae Kyung and Shin Woo's actors sharing a fantastic rapport with each other.
For me, the most impressive cast member is the actor playing Namgung (Go Woo Jin), who brings an infectious enthusiasm to the series. He's extroverted and responsible for the liveliness in many scenes. Namgung's character is already designed to be likable, and his actor takes it to the next level with his natural charisma. Plus, he has great chemistry with everyone in the cast and jibes well with each on-screen partner.
Another strength in this cast is their group chemistry. The four main actors have an engaging rapport, which translates into an easy effortlessness in all their scenes together. There's a fun, energetic vibe whenever these characters interact. As a result, the student council scenes are always so bubbly and boisterous to watch.
This type of camaraderie between the actors isn't always easy to develop in a cast, but these guys genuinely feel like friends. Kudos to them for gelling so well with each other, making the character dynamics feel more vibrant and authentic.
Light On Me has a happy ending with Tae Kyung and Shin Woo becoming a couple. Although Da On makes a last-minute attempt to win over Tae Kyung's affections, he is unsuccessful. In the last episode, there is no emotional drama or heated confrontation between the characters. Da On acknowledges Tae Kyung has picked Shin Woo and gracefully bows out of the love triangle.
At school, Tae Kyung and Shin Woo do not hide their relationship from the other students. Some of their peers gossip about them, but Namgung is their biggest supporter and tells everyone to mind their own business. Later, the student council decides to throw a birthday party for Mr. Seo, who is touched by their gestures. After the party, Mr. Seo gets a special visitor, a mysterious figure from his past.
The final scene in Light On Me is also the first scene of the series. Two years later, the five friends have gathered together for a night out. Tae Kyung and Shin Woo are still a couple, exchanging some cute banter between them. Tae Kyung suddenly surprises Shin Woo with a peck on the lips. Startled at first, Shin Woo follows up with a longer and more intimate kiss with his boyfriend.
They kiss in front of their friends, who tease them for being so sweet with each other. Tae Kyung and Shin Woo respond by holding hands, proudly displaying their relationship. The five of them walk off together, and Tae Kyung narrates that he'll cherish these happy memories.
What a lovely ending for Light On Me. Episode 15 concludes in a way that makes you doubt Tae Kyung's feelings for Shin Woo momentarily. However, those fears are put to rest with Episode 16. The last episode is packed with adorable Tae Kyung and Shin Woo moments, culminating in their first kiss in the final moments. That kiss was a fantastic scene, depicting the initial nervousness of both characters, but also capturing the excitement and intimacy between them.
I like how the last episode didn't rely on conflicts, tears, or arguments to produce any drama. You'd think the love triangle plot would carry over to the final episode, but it gets resolved in a clean, effortless way. The rest of the episode is dedicated to a lighthearted subplot with the teacher. We also receive satisfying closure for Da On and So Hee. Plus, there're many cute moments between Tae Kyung and Shin Woo. The half-hour flew by quickly and enjoyably, concluding the series on a pleasant note.
My favourite moment in the Light On Me ending is actually not the kiss. Instead, it's that scene where Tae Kyung and Shin Woo hold hands as they go to school. Even as the other students gossiped about them behind their backs, they were proud to display their relationship in public.
Holding hands might seem like a small and ordinary gesture, but there's such a powerful significance to coming out in this manner. Given all the homophobic bullying and rumours they encountered, it would've been easier for these two teenage boys to hide their relationship or keep to themselves.
However, Tae Kyung and Shin Woo are out, proud, and open about loving each other. They show the world that their love will endure, no matter what others say about them. The two of them are relaxed, comfortable, and happily in love. I can't think of a better ending for Tae Kyung and Shin Woo.
The final episode focused on a fun subplot with Mr. Seo, a likable supporting character that definitely deserves time in the spotlight. It's nice how the final episode paid tribute to him, acknowledging he was an instrumental figure to each character's personal growth. Without Mr. Seo, Tae Kyung wouldn't have joined the student council in the first place.
The episode featured an intriguing moment where Mr. Seo meets someone from his past, a mysterious man who goes by the name of Lee Tae Sung. According to the original webtoon (which Light On Me adapts from), this guy was one of Mr. Seo's love interests when he was younger. There's an unofficial BL music video floating around that may shed some light on their relationship.
This scene didn't have to be included in the episode, so it's interesting that the drama left an ambiguous cliffhanger in there. It might signal that we'll see Light On Me Season 2 with a focus on Mr. Seo's love life, or it might not. We'll keep our fingers crossed to see if there's any sequel in the works!
Light On Me Episodes
Light On Me has a total of 16 episodes. Each episode is around 20 to 30 minutes long. The last episode is around 30 minutes long. This is a long BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in under 7 hours. Light On Me begins its first episode on June 29, 2021 and ended on August 19, 2021.
⭐ Best episode
Light On Me has a fantastic streak of excellent episodes near the end. Any of the episodes has a strong case for being the best, but I ultimately picked Episode 12. This is the episode where Tae Kyung stayed over at Shin Woo's apartment. Since the parents are away, it's just the two boys chatting, eating, and watching movies together.
Episode 12 is the first time that Shin Woo and Tae Kyung actually have a heart-to-heart with each other. Their interactions in the past eleven episodes are cute, but this episode finally takes it to the next level. We see them bond in a serious way, and Shin Woo reveals a much softer side to their personality.
After the sleepover, Tae Kyung and Shin Woo continue to bond. In the past, we were used to seeing the two of them bicker back and forth. It's refreshing to see them be nice towards each other in a cute and adorable way.
💕 Most romantic episode
Once again, any of the episodes near the end can be described as the most romantic. I picked Episode 14, which involved Tae Kyung and Shin Woo go on their first date together. It's funny watching both boys feel nervous on the night before. Tae Kyung frets over not getting a text message response from Shin Woo. Meanwhile, Shin Woo is anxious about what to wear and how to look "effortlessly chic" on their date.
The date itself is a hilarious mess, because Shin Woo follows bad dating advice from the internet. He keeps nodding his head to appear agreeable, but overdoes it to the point that Tae Kyung gets pissed off over his insincerity. The date ends cutely though, and you can tell both characters come out of it liking each other a little more. 😙
😭 Tearjerker episode
Episode 11 might be the most dramatic episode in Light On Me. After the "scandalous" photo surfaces, Da On isn't comfortable with all the gay rumours about him. Face with lots of peer pressure and parental neglect, he distances himself away from Tae Kyung. At the end of the episode, Da On admits that he doesn't want a relationship with Tae Kyung anymore, leading to some bitter words and heartbreaking tears.
If there's any consolation, the episode ends optimistically because Shin Woo is there to support Tae Kyung after his rejection. Shin Woo consoles him, as Tae Kyung breaks down and cries into his friend's shoulder.
👨🏻🤝👨🏻 Episodes as a couple
Tae Kyung and Shin Woo finally become a couple in Episode 16. Despite Da On's best efforts, Tae Kyung makes it obvious that he wants to be in a relationship with Shin Woo. Later, Shin Woo gets embarrassed and refuses to admit that he hasn't dated anyone before. However, Tae Kyung finds it reassuring they're each other's first love.
The final scene takes place two years later. Tae Kyung and Shin Woo have remained a couple, while all their friends are still single. Tae Kyung pecks Shin Woo on the lips, followed by a more intimate kiss between the couple.