By Lee Gyu-lee When news of the live adaptation of the smash-hit web comic Yumi’s Cells was announced in 2021, there were mixed reactions, some welcoming the series adaptation and others showing concern about its animated depiction of the cell characters. However, despite the concerns, the series has proven itself capable of winning viewers’ hearts with its fusion of live action and animation, as well as compelling storytelling delivered through lead actress Kim Go-eun’s performance. “I feel this series expanded the scope of the genres that a series can tackle. At first, no one could imagine how [the series] would come out. Everyone was like, ‘Is it possible’? and we showed that it is possible to have both live action and animation,” said Song Jae-jeong, the co-writer of the series. “As a writer, this series is meaningful as I’ve had a chance to dwell on finding the appropriate line [in making an adaptation].” The original series on TVing revolves around Yumi (Kim), a single woman in her thirties whose life is masterminded by different functioning cells. With the help of her cells, portrayed as human-like figures, she goes on a journey in search of happiness in her personal life, romance and work. Yumi’s Cells season 2: Kim Go-eun returns in workplace romcom K-drama Following its first season that began in September 2021, producers of the series started work on its second season, which started streaming on July 22. It picks up on Yumi’s new romance with her co-worker Babi (Park Jin-young) while taking off on her new career path as a writer. The latest season was a success on the streaming platform, bringing in the highest number of new subscribers since TVing’s launch. It also proved popular overseas, streaming to over 160 regions through the global platform Rakuten Viki. The creators – director Lee Sang-yeob and co-writers Kim Kyung-ran and Song – expressed excitement for the series’ success. We asked if we could change the ending of Babi and Yumi for the series’ viewers Song Jae-jeong, co-writer of Yumi’s Cells “It’s very exciting that a lot of people are responding (to the series). I was able to grasp [the popularity] more with Season 2 than with Season 1. We talked about how viewers abroad might also like it when we were making the animation. And we’re glad to hear praise,” Kim said. The director wanted to deliver a message of love through Yumi’s story. “This is a personal but a universal story. The series follows a universal story, but it can be very special [because it’s personal]. I wanted to deliver a message in a new way that anyone can meet someone to love regardless of your age, nationality or sex,” he said. “As the title itself is Yumi’s Cells , I wanted the message to show that Yumi’s life is hers. Although she went through a lot, I wanted to encourage her that ‘you might make mistakes and have regrets but you are doing well’. It might be directed at myself or viewers.” Yumi’s Cells: romcom K-drama closes on surprising note Song shared that adapting a popular web comic had clear pros and cons. “The best thing about adopting Yumi’s Cells was that the original webtoon was such an outstanding work to remake. But the bad thing was that it was too popular so it didn’t have any surprise factors,” Song said. She added while Season 1 was about creating the imagery of the cells and bringing the web comic into live action, the second season was about developing the series’ original plot of Yumi and Babi’s romance story. In the original web comic, the two break up after Babi cheats on Yumi. But the series took out the cheating part and portrays a more subtle melodrama between the two, as a couple trying to save their relationship from falling apart. “I felt that it would be boring to take the same pattern for Season 2. Since Babi has been hated by many fans [of the web comic], it felt like viewers would feel they have nothing to look forward to in Season 2,” Song said. “So we needed to make a lot of changes to unfold the story as it gives hope that [Yumi and Babi] might work out.” The creators shared that the original web comic’s creator greenlit them to have creative freedom in adapting the story. “Creator Lee Dong-geon left [the adaptation] completely up to us, so we were able to work smoothly. Most of the things we asked for approval were about Babi because it changes the layers of the story,” Song said. Yumi’s Cells: delightful romcom offers K-drama spin on Inside Out “We asked if we could change the ending of Babi and Yumi for the series’ viewers and Lee said, ‘I don’t mind. You can do whatever you want’.” The original comics’ plot continues after Yumi and Babi’s break-up, featuring Yumi finding her happy ending with another new character, Soon-rok. When asked about the series’ third season to wrap up the story as the web comic did, director Lee Sang-yeob said nothing has been decided yet. “There’s not much to tell you since no decision has been made. But first, the actors and production team need to rest, as we’ve all been working for a while [on the series],” Lee said. “We’ve joked about how we should have [a big star] like Timothée Chalamet for the new character, because Ahn Bo-hyun has done so well in Season 1 and Park Jin-young for Season 2.” Read the full story at the Korea Times .