Alchemy Of Souls 1 & 2 (2022)

tvN’s Alchemy Of Souls (2022) is a two-part series about young mages in the fictional country of Daeho that encounters and deals with “alchemy of souls”, a forbidden magic spell that switches bodies. It introduces Naksu, an elite warrior also known as the shadow assassin whose soul is trapped inside a blind lady named Mudeok who happens to be the lost daughter of Jin family named Jin Buyeon, the most powerful priestess. She becomes the servant and teacher of Jang Uk, a troublemaker from a noble family yet one who has been granted the power of the sky, known as the King’s star. Romance develops between them as they together fulfill their personal mission to be set free from the curse. However, a villain who aims to be the most powerful mage creates chaos, destroying lives and their plans. The story continues in part 2, entitled “Light And Shadow”.

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Historical, Romance
Also known as: Return, Soul Marriage, Can This Person Be Translated, Light And Shadow (Part 2)
No of episodes: 20 (Part 1) 10 (Part 2)
Writers: Hong Jung-eun, Hong Mi-ran
Director: Park Joon-hwa
Network: tvN
Streaming platform: Netflix
Date: June 18 – August 28, 2022 (Part 1); December 10, 2022 (Part 2)

Cast:

Full cast here.


Nielsen Korea: Nationwide TV Viewership Rating

RatingSouth Korean
viewers in millions
Part 1
Episode
2022
5.2%1.2941June 18
5.8%1.5162June 19
5.2%1.2753June 25
6.8%1.7604June 26
5.3%1.3215July 2
6.6%1.6326July 3
5.3%1.3477July 9
6.8%1.8048July 10
5.2%1.4169July 16
6.9%1.81710July 17
4.9%1.30511July 23
7.0%1.76912July 24
6.2%1.56413July 30
7.6%1.92614July 31
6.6%1.68015Aug 6
7.4%1.92616Aug 7
7.5%1.81517Aug 20
9.2%2.35918Aug 21
7.9%1.98419Aug 27
9.2%2.41020Aug 28
RatingSouth Korean
viewers in millions
Part 2
Episode
2022 – 2023
6.7%1.6481December 10
7.7%1.9332December 11
7.1%1.8123December 17
8.4%2.1264December 18
7.1%1.6765December 24
8.2%1.9676December 25
6.4%1.5187December 31
8.6%2.0548January 1
8.2%1.8719January 7
9.6%2.26710January 8
Source: Nielsen Korea

Good Data: Drama Buzzworthy Rankings

2022Part 1Jung
So-min
Lee
Jae-wook
Go
Yoon-jung
MinhyunJo
Jae-yoon
June
Week 4
1st3rd6th
June
Week 5
2nd4th6th
July
Week 1
2nd3rd5th9th
July
Week 2
2nd3rd6th10th
July
Week 3
2nd6th8th
July
Week 4
3rd5th6th
Aug
Week 1
3rd6th5th
Aug
Week 2
3rd
Aug
Week 3
3rd6th10th
Aug
Week 4
1st1st3rd4th9th
2022 – 2023Part 2Lee Jae-wookGo Youn-jungHwang Min-hyunJo Jae-yoon
November Week 36th
November Week 45th
December Week 15th
December Week 22nd6th3rd
December Week 32nd4th3rd
December Week 42nd2nd3rd5th
December Week 51st1st2nd3rd8th
January Week 11st1st2nd3rd
Source: Good Data Korea

Netflix Worldwide: Non-English TV Rankings

WeekPart 1 (2022 – 2023) RankViewing hours
1June 27 – July 35th9,920,000
2July 4-105th12,310,000
3July 11-175th14,640,000
4July 18-245th15,760,000
5July 25-314th19,080,000
6Aug 1-74th20,100,000
7Aug 8-144th17,840,000
8Aug 15-215th18,040,000
9Aug 22-283rd28,590,000
10Aug 29 – Sept 43rd27,200,000
11Sept 5-116th16,840,000
12Sept 12-1810th10,890,000
13Sept 26 – Oct 28th10,980,000
14Oct 3-96th9,780,000
15Oct 10-167th7,750,000
16Dec 12 – 185th13,500,000
17Dec 18 – 258th11,830,000
18Jan 18 – 228th11,580,000
19Jan 23 – 2910th14,930,000
Source: Netflix Top 10
WeekPart 2 (2022-2023) RankViewing hours
1Dec 12 – 186th13,070,000
2Dec 18 – 255th15,060,000
3Dec 26 – Jan 16th17,170,000
4Jan 2 – 86th20,510,000
5Jan 9 – 157th14,980,000
Source: Netflix Top 10

Awards

  • Park Joon-hwa as “Best Director” at the Korea Drama Awards 2022
  • Lee Jae-wook for “Global Excellence Award” at the Korea Drama Awards 2022

Part 1 posters from tvN


Part 2 posters from tvN


Part 1 teaser, trailer


Part 2 teaser, trailer


Drama quotes: Part 1 | Part 2