Love Area is a Thai BL series about a budding romance between two restaurant employees. The protagonist and his love interest meet during a robbery, causing them to dislike each other at first. When they later become coworkers, their hostile relationship is mixed with developing feelings.
Despite the uneven writing and a frustrating romance, Love Area can still be enjoyable at times. The charming lead has a sparkle in his eyes and elevates an average BL drama slightly above mediocrity. This six-episode series ends the story at the midway point, and it's set to continue with an upcoming season.
Love Area Summary
Love Area ครั้งหนึ่ง…เราเคยรักกัน The Series
Around 5 hours
Cute and sweet
Around 45 minutes
Kaitoon is a university freshman student. He is poor and must work multiple part-time jobs to afford tuition. Kaitoon runs errands for various businesses, from cooking to making deliveries. However, his employers have recently closed their businesses, causing him to lose a steady income stream.
Kaitoon has moved into a new dormitory building. He befriends his friendly next-door neighbour Nont, a senior medical student. Nont suggests that Kaitoon should apply for a job at a nearby Japanese restaurant called Love Area. After a quick and successful interview, and the restaurant owner Nisa hires Kaitoon as a waiter.
Kaitoon's work ethic impresses everyone at the restaurant. He is hardworking, friendly with his coworkers, and always willing to help with different tasks. Nisa is thrilled with her new hire. Since Nisa knows Kaitoon has financial struggles, she gives him a cash bonus for doing an excellent job.
On his way home after work, Kaitoon gets robbed by a young man around his age. Although the robber threatens him with a knife, Kaitoon insists he's poor and won't give up his money. It turns out the young thief is being chased by scary loan sharks, who have caught up to him. The thugs hurt the thief, knocking him unconscious. They also attack Kaitoon, stealing his phone and taking away his cash bonus.
Despite being robbed, Kaitoon brings the thief to the hospital for treatment. To their surprise, the two of them meet again at the restaurant. Kaitoon learns that the young robber is Nisa's younger brother, Valen. Nisa has hired Valen to work at the restaurant to make money and pay off his debts. She asks Kaitoon to mentor her brother in the workplace, unaware of the hostile relationship between these two coworkers.
Love Area Trailer
Love Area Cast
Pak Chavitpong Pusomjitsakul (ภัค ชวิศพงศ์ พูสมจิตสกุล)
Kaitoon is a first-year university student who studies marketing. He is poor and works multiple jobs to make ends meet. Many employers like Kaitoon because of his stellar work ethic and humble attitude. When he isn't working, Kaitoon enjoys swimming as a hobby.
Gun Tieosuwan (กันต์ กัญจน์ เตียวสุวรรณ)
Valen is a senior student in university with a troublemaking streak. He was in a lot of debt and tried to rob Kaitoon initially. Valen is Nisa's younger sister and starts working at the restaurant. However, he's a bit lazy and lacks many job-related skills. Valen is good friends with King, Atom, and Win.
Pan Norawit Bowonsantisut (แพน นรวิชญ์ บวรสันติสุทธิ์)
Nont is a senior university student who lives across Kaitoon in the dormitory. He is a medical student whose family places a lot of academic pressure on him. Nont originally wanted to study the visual arts, but his father forced him to change majors. He is a huge film buff and loves taking photographs.
Ohm Napatt Utsaha (โอม นภัทร อุตสาหะ)
King is an art student in university. He is part of Valen's circle of friends. King used to be a loving couple with Peat until his boyfriend suddenly disappeared two years ago. King has difficulty moving on and still resents his ex-boyfriend for leaving without an explanation.
Tod Techit Panyanarapon (โต๊ด เตชิต ปัญญนราพร)
Peat is a university student who used to be King's ex-boyfriend. They dated happily years ago until Peat suddenly left their relationship two years ago. King has grown to resent his ex-boyfriend, who didn't provide any explanation for his departure. Peat emerges in his life again, hopeful about winning back his ex.
Fah Wisansaya Pakasupakul (ฟ้า วิศัลย์ศยา ภคศุภกุล)
Jovi Sasiriya Xaivaivid (ศศิริยะ ใช้ ไววิทย์)
Joseph Siraphat Boonrod (โจเซฟ สิรภัทร บุญรอด)
Namchok Tanon Apithanawong (ธานน อภิธนวงศ์)
Jeff Satur (เจฟ ซาเตอร์)
Aton Thanakorn Techawicha (เอตั้น ธนกร เตชะวิชาญ)
Got Suttiruk Srithongkul (สุทธิรักษ์ ศรีทองกุล)
Ant Warinda Noenphoemphisut (แอ๊นท์ วรินดา เนินเพิ่มพิสุทธิ์)
- The actor playing Kaitoon (Pak) starred in the 2021 Thai fantasy BL series The Cupid Coach. Pak was one of the love interests and appeared during the second half of the drama.
- Sean's actor (Jeff Satur) appeared in several BL series in the past. His portfolio includes the 2019 horror series He She It and the 2020 slice-of-life webseries Ingredients.
Love Area Review
Drama Review Score: 6.6
Love Area begins with a few unique ideas, changing the BL formula just enough to seem slightly different. The main couple meets in a robbery, which creates an unusual dynamic to their relationship. The secondary couple has already broken up, and their scenes consist of tense exchanges between ex-boyfriends. Instead of two straightforward romances, Love Area adds some twists to the standard narrative, intriguing me with the storytelling possibilities.
Unfortunately, the novelty wears off after a while. Love Area quickly becomes a generic BL series, falling back to familiar tropes and predictable plot developments. From secret crushes to love triangles, you can guess how these common storylines will progress. Plus, the writing is fairly uninspired, never rising above mediocrity. While the six episodes are cute and cheerful, they don't leave a memorable impression. Love Area feels like any ordinary Thai BL drama and doesn't stand out in this crowded genre.
The main romance is a frustrating love triangle with pros and cons. Although Nont is a sympathetic love interest, his personality is too vanilla. His scenes with Kaitoon are so dull to watch. In contrast, Valen has a fun, engaging rapport with Kaitoon. However, his character comes across as immature and borderline obnoxious. As for Kaitoon, he's likable at first, but I'm bothered by his thoughtless behaviour in the last two episodes. Whether there's an attraction or not, Nont deserves to be treated with more respect than what Kaitoon has given him.
The other romance is a sloppy mess. In theory, the relationship drama between two exes should feel exhilarating, filled with animosity and sexual tension. However, the actual scenes between King and Peat are shallowly depicted, never exploring the angst with emotional depth. Their kissing in Episode 3 is a highlight, but the rest of their journey is miserable and not that compelling to watch. On a superficial note, Peat's actor (Tod) is a telegenic snack. This one is a keeper, so cast him in more BL series please~ 😙
Between the inconsistent writing and the unsteady romance, Love Area feels average in most aspects. Luckily, this series is elevated by the charming performance from Kaitoon's actor (Pak). He exudes charisma with a beaming smile, natural expressions, and the constant twinkle in his eyes. Pak stands out among the rest of the inexperienced cast, carrying every scene genuinely. I would have given Love Area a lower score in my review if it wasn't for him. He's another exciting up-and-comer I want to see in better BL dramas, and not just because of his looks.
Love Area isn't a complete series, ending the story around the midway point. COVID impacted the filming schedule, so the remaining episodes will air in an upcoming second season. With this info in mind, the last episode sets up the events and relationship dynamics intriguingly. The final scene on the beach is simple yet well-crafted, compelling me to watch Love Area Part 2 and discover what happens next. Overall, Season 1 is enjoyable despite some noticeable flaws. It's a pleasant Thai BL drama that meets expectations, on par with the typical quality in the genre.
Love Area makes minor tweaks to the BL formula just enough to feel slightly different. It still relies on too many generic tropes, like secret crushes and love triangles.
The love triangle is frustrating and all the love interests are flawed in their own ways. The other romance is miserable and not that compelling to watch.
Most of the cast is inexperienced, but the charismatic lead (Kaitoon) is natural on screen. He seems genuine and engaging in every scene.
Love Area will continue the rest of its story in Season 2. The last episode sets up the relationship dynamics intriguingly.
Love Area looks decent visually despite its budget constraints. A few scenes stand out as bright, vibrant, and pretty.
Love Area is a fairly average BL series that doesn't stand out too much in a good or bad way. It's carried by a charismatic lead, elevating the drama to slightly above mediocre quality.
Love Area Episodes
Love Area has a total of 6 episodes. Each episode is around 45 minutes long. It is a long BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in under 5 hours. Love Area Part 1 aired its first episode on July 24, 2021 and ended on August 28, 2021. It will continue the story in a second season, scheduled for release in 2022.
Love Area Season 2
Love Area 2 2022 series sequel Drama review
Love Area continues Kaitoon and Valen's story in the 2022 sequel, Love Area Part 2. The COVID restrictions impacted the filming schedule, causing the series to separate into two. The second season picks up exactly where Love Area 1 ends. As the series progresses, Kaitoon and Valen deepen their relationship. In addition, Part 2 also introduces a new minor romance, notably with a trans character.
Unfortunately, Love Area Part 2 is an enormous downgrade from its predecessor. The sequel feels more aimless and banal. It doesn't move the storylines and characters in compelling or meaningful directions. Plus, the love triangle drama gets severely annoying with little fulfilling payoff. I guess you should continue watching Love Area Part 2 if you have already finished Part 1 and feel curious about the second half. However, don't get your hopes up too much because Season 2 is honestly not a great BL series.