K-Drama Adaptations of Webtoons On The Rise

These drama adaptations have shown the various charms of Korean webtoons.

According to statistics released on Thursday, the increased worldwide popularity of Korean television adaptations of online comics has resulted in an increase in demand for their originals all around the world.

"Business Proposal," a romantic comedy starring Ahn Hyo-seop and Kim Se-jeong that airs on SBS and is also accessible on Netflix, is now one of the most talked-about television shows in Korea and overseas, according to media reports.

The sixth episode of the Monday-Tuesday weekly drama, which aired on Monday, garnered 10.1 percent in audience ratings for the first time since it premiered on Feb. 28.

Globally, it is also warmly received by audiences outside of Korea, having debuted in the top ten of the popular Netflix TV program chart produced by Flixpatrol on March 4 and now ranking seventh as of this writing (on Wednesday).

It debuted at No. 6 on the streamer's official weekly viewing ranking for the week of March 7-13, marking its first appearance on the list.

The web book and web comic that inspired it, "The Office Blind Date," has gone viral and achieved far more popularity than anybody could have predicted in the short time since it was first published.

According to Kakao Entertainment, the original online book and webtoon had a total of 450 million views globally as of the end of February, including 160 million views in South Korea, even before the television premiere was shown.

In instance, the webtoon "The Office Blind Date" ranked first in sales on Kakao's Thailand online platform for the second week in a row this week, as well as first in sales in Taiwan and Indonesia.

The zombie apocalypse is upon us. According to Naver Webtoon, the original webtoon "Now at Our School" for the Netflix drama "All of Us Are Dead" witnessed an increase in online views of 80 fold and a 59 fold increase in sales in the previous month.

With a total of 560.8 million hours of viewing, "All of Us Are Dead," which has achieved enormous popularity since its premiere on Jan. 28, has surpassed all other Netflix originals to become the third most viewed non-English television show of all time.

'Hellbound,' the dystopian thriller directed by Yeon Sang-ho, will be released in 11 countries, including the United States and Japan, based on the original webtoon.

Munhak Dongne, the local publisher of the online comic "Hellbound," previously stated that Dark Horse Comics, a US comic book business, will be eligible for the publication rights of the English edition of the Korean cartoon co-written by Yeon, which was published earlier this year.

Dark Horse Comics has published a number of well-known comic books and graphic novels under its own brand, including "Alien" and "Star Wars."

Krees DG

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