First Impression – Mia Archeep

Like with most office romances, the romance takes center stage in Mia Archeep, a new romantic comedy starring Mai Warit and Prang Kannarun. I’ve watched the first two episodes and have enjoyed myself for the most part. This lakorn is being English subbed by both Neko and Muse.

Source: Channel3 Thailand’s yt channel

Cast of Characters

Synopsis: The Plan is a business that turns women into perfect ladies for a man, which is managed by Mr. Robert. He calls these women the “Ideal Wife”. Chollada is from a middle-class family who became a perfect and educated lady by The Plan. She was considered to be a great product from the company. Mr. Robert thinks she’s perfect for Kasidit and tries to invite him for this service many times. Kasidit starts to think of this as a fun game, so he accepts it and meets Chollada. It’s no longer a game for him when he falls in love with her, but he doesn’t know if she truly likes him or if it’s a set up by The Plan. (Source: MyDramaList)

Summary

Chollada makes a deal with the devil, aka Khun Robert as her friend looks on.

In episode 1, we are introduced to the main characters, the nang’ek Chollada and her sick dad who needs expensive treatments she has to find the money for. Her friend tells her her boss might be able to help her and so the nang’ek signs a contract with Khun Robert, only to find out she has a target she must try to capture, the pra’ek Kasidit.

The first meeting! They will meet again accidentally on purpose several times.

Our pra’ek is a bachelor, a state of affairs his parents in particular wish him to change and his mother is especially eager as she seems to have a rivalry with the other members of her family in regards to Kasidit securing his inheritance. Kasidit is a successful businessman who is looking for a secretary and Chollada is hired on the spot and starts working immediately.

A glamorous Chollada again bumps into Kasidit, this time on purpose.

We also meet Anna, who is Kasidit’s friend, but she wants to be more than that and she and Chollada immediately dislike each other and trade barbs. Then there’s Mahanati, a competitor of Kasidit who also likes Chollada and Kotchakorn, Kasidit’s sister who likes Mahanati and dislikes Chollada.

In ep 2, a change of scenery as Kasidit takes Chollada with him on an overnight business trip, although this is apparently unusual behavior for him to take a woman with him. A busted pipe has Chollada sharing Kasidit’s suite while they fix her room. The whole episode revolves around Kasidit and Mahanati taking pot shots at each other and trying to outmaneuver themselves to get closer to Chollada.

Our nang’ek dresses like no real secretary ever would dress, but who cares?

And guess who fabricated an excuse to come along and join in the fun? Yep, Anna, who seems to be the nangrai here and she brings along her friend/partner to help her capture Kasidit or at least, prevent Chollada from her evil attempts to win Kasidit’s heart bank account. The episode ends with both Kasidit and Mahanati winning awards at a banquet, but still fighting to win Chollada’s attention.

My Take

I enjoyed this alot. The episodes are 1 hour long and they go by fast. I do hope this lakorn keeps up the fast pace because it keeps things moving. It reminded me a bit of kdrama What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018), which was also a boss-secretary romance and had a light, airy romance that was also happened pretty quickly. Right from the start, it’s apparent that Kasidit is interested in Chollada, along with Mahanati. Chollada seems to like both guys, she went on a date with Mahanati, but Kasidit is her boss, so that gives him an advantage. Right now, it’s unclear what the motives of Khun Robert are exactly, so there is a little mystery here as well as romance.

In regards to our nang’ek, she’s strong, gives the nang’rai back exactly what she gets and is also caring about her father. She already seems to regret tricking Kasidit, as at least one of the meetings with him was planned, along with her becoming his secretary. Kasidit seems like he’ll be the possessive, passionate male lead that knows what he wants and goes after it and I like that as well. They look very good 2gether as well.

However, there was one scene in episode 1 that made me cringe, when Anna explains her love of Kasidit to her friend. Apparently, they grew up together and Kasidit stood up to a kid who was bullying Anna about her looks. The main objection to them? She was darker skinned as a child. Thankfully, Anna grew up to be fair skinned. Honestly, this example of colorism is nothing new in lakorns, or other dramas. It was a short scene and I do want to point out that our pra’ek Kasidit says she is beautiful to her bully, so I continued watching the lakorn. Outside of that scene, which may have said more about Anna then the lakorn, this is definitely a solid lakorn so far.

Credits: mydramalist.com, asianfuse.net, asianfuse.wiki

Also screenshots based on Neko’s subs, many thanks to Neko for subbing this!