Ranked #1553
Winter Sonata

Winter Sonata

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Fuyu no Sonata, Winter Ballad, Winter Love Story
Japanese: 冬のソナタ


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 17, 2009 to May 1, 2010
Producers: JM animation, KeyEast
Genres: Drama, Romance
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.501 (scored by 2426 users)
Ranked: #15532
Popularity: #2193
Members: 11,009
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Based on the Korean Drama of the same name, Yoo Jin falls in love with Joon Sang as a young girl. After losing him in an accident, she decides to marry her childhood friend. However, Yoo Jin meets someone looking exactly like her lost love, putting her in a bind. The program featured 23 members of the original Korean cast voicing the characters and was broadcast with Japanese subtitles.


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Related Anime

Adaptation: Fuyu no Sonata
Prequel: Winter Sonata Episode 0

Characters & Voice Actors

Jeong, Yu Jin
Jeong, Yu Jin
Lee, Min Hyung
Lee, Min Hyung
Kim, Sang-Hyuk
Kim, Sang-Hyuk
Oh, Chelin
Oh, Chelin


Nakayama, Daisuke
Nakayama, Daisuke
Director, Storyboard
Kanasaki, Takaomi
Kanasaki, Takaomi
Oono, Kouji
Oono, Kouji
Art Director
Kurahashi, Shizuo
Kurahashi, Shizuo
Sound Effects

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Episodes  0 / 26
Aired  Oct 17, 2009 to May 1, 2010
Status  Finished Airing
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Dec 17, 2014 8:14 PM
There is a sweet, succinct Korean word that sums up the core of this series: makjang. For the uninitiated, makjang is an element that infers the use of unbelievable, often extreme plot elements that are not limited to: incest, rape, adultery, and terminal illness. Korean dramas often utilize this to keep viewers in suspense, interested in the outcome of the storyline—and Winter Sonata is no stranger to venturing in this territory. If anything, it swathes itself in layers of these extremes, and yet despite sounding ridiculously unbelievable as a result, there is something addicting about the series.

The plot plays out like a melodrama; star-crossed lovers read more
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Sep 18, 2011 11:23 AM
I read some reviews of this show from other websites and though that maybe some poisnts need to be put down for viewers to choose or not to choose to see this anime.

The anime is a remake of a Korean Drama of the same name. So comparsion of this anime with the original show is inevitable maybe for people who have seen the drama. (I havent). The story chronicles the hardships the main protagonists go through due to past mistakes of their elders.

Story[10/10]: Very innovative story. Plus its a full romance series of unconditional love between the main male and female protagonist. And quiet read more
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May 17, 2014 6:06 AM
Usually I'm not much into writing reviews, nor reading them. But watching this anime makes my fingers dance across the keyboard trembling abnormally, with tears flowing down my cheek. This is surely going to be the next anime review for the newspaper I write in.

Story: Not like other typical shoujo romance, very unique and heart-rendering. It beats the spot of Itazura na Kiss to me, becoming the best romance anime I've watched till now. It has the complexities and suspense you need to go on watching a romance anime, if the outlook of the anime looks like a common story telling and it is not read more
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Mar 5, 2012 4:19 PM
Winter Sonata revolves around a love triangle between Yujin, Sanghyuk and Joonsang. There are many one sided loves involved and the heartbreaking moments are constant. There was barely any down time for me to recover from all the sad happenings.

Throughout the series, the love triangle creates the domino effect: hurting one after or another.

The art is nothing to be amazed at, but it's nice enough to enjoy. The animations were a little rough, but overall, it's appealing to the eye.

My favorite character would have to be Sanghyuk. In my mind, he suffered the most throughout the whole plot. *Light spoilers* He leads a one read more
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Both animes have a melancholy romantic feeling. Both follow a pair of childhood friends into adulthood and show the distance between them. 
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Both dealing with relationship problems and twists between the main characters in realistic setting. Winter Sonata has somewhat less realistic plot at some points and focuses on more mature people - in their late twenties or even thirties, rather than college/university students in White Album. Winter Sonata less "harem" and more oriented into women than men but anyway it is worth to see if you liked White Album. 
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-Both based on a Korean drama.
-The BGM used in particular scenes are similar.
-Both contain tragic themes.
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Opening Theme

"From the Beginning to End" by Ryu

Ending Theme

#01: "Believe You" by Yoon Ji
#02: "Tada Kimi Dake o by Lee Se-jun

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