The episode “Fallen Flower” is the first installment of both the original webtoon and the Netflix drama “Tomorrow.” Both the webtoon and the drama adaptation deal with school bullying, and the characters in the drama have the same names as the ones in the webtoon: No Eun-bi and Kim Hye-won.
Although the overall plot is similar, the Netflix version appears to include additional stories, whereas the original webtoon focuses on what happened at school. Let’s see what’s changed in the drama adaptation of “Tomorrow.”
1. The webtoon story focuses on bullying in middle school.
The webtoon “Tomorrow” depicts No Eun-bi and Kim Hye-won as middie school classmates and focuses solely on what happens at school.
In the drama version, however, No Eun-bi and Kim Hye-won both appear as adults. No Eun-bi works as a writer for a broadcasting company, and she interviews Kim Hye-won, a popular author of a webtoon about school bullying.
No Eun-bi does not want to meet Kim Hye-won again because of her traumatized memories, but her boss forced her to interview Kim Hye-won.
2. In the original webtoon, there was no pen clicking.
Perhaps the “pen clicking” sound in the episode of Netflix’s “Tomorrow” irritates many viewers. This is not in the webtoon, and it was added in the drama version.
The webtoon depicts more ways of bullying No Eun-bi than the drama. Writing curses on the blackboard, tearing No Eun-bi’s gym clothes with a cutter knife, putting all kinds of trash in her bag, and damaging her desk and notebook are just a few examples.
Furthermore, Kim Hye-won tells No Eun-bi, “Your very existence is the fault.” This makes No Eun-bi depressed, and she considers suicide.
3. The webtoon explains what happened to No Eun-bi and Kim Hye-won, who were previously friends.
No Eun-bi first appears in the webtoon as a close friend of Kim Hye-won. They’re at a coffee shop with some other friends. Kim Hye-won is upset because her mother has taken away her cellphone. And she informs her friends that she has taken and is using a cramming classmate’s cell phone. No Eun-bi does not think that is acceptable behavior, so she tells Kim Hye-won to return the cellphone to the owner.
After hearing what No Eun-bi says, Kim Hye-won and her friends begin to ignore No Eun-bi and treat her as if she were a ghost.
In the drama “Tomorrow,” No Eun-bi is chosen at random as a bullying target by Kim Hye-won because she laughs when Kim Hye-won is not in a good mood.
4. In the webtoon, Goo Ryeon disguises herself as a middle school math teacher for the mission.
Because the original webtoon’s “Fallen Flower” episode focuses on middle school life, Goo Ryeon’s approach to assisting the victim differs from that of the drama. Goo Ryeon disguises herself as a math teacher and teaches No Eun-bi’s class. Choi Joon-woong and Lim Ryung-gu, two team members from Goo Ryeon, work in the school kitchen. The three learn the specifics of No Eun-bi’s situation in school and assist her.
In the drama, Goo Ryeon’s team disguises themselves as a broadcasting crew and approaches No Eun-bi. The team attends Kim Hye-won’s interview and closely examines her behavior.
During the interview, Choi Joon-woong intervenes when Kim Hye-won makes a pen clicking sound that makes No Eun-bi uncomfortable.
5. The person who prevents No Eun-bi from killing herself has changed.
In the webtoon, No Eun-bi gets a text from her mother. She realizes how much her mother loves her and regrets trying to kill herself.
In the drama “Tomorrow,” she feels relieved after speaking with Jeong Jun-Ha, who is well-known for his role as “manager Jung” in the comedy program “Infinite Challenge.” No Eun-bi was a big fan of his, and she watched his show and laughed during her school time. Choi Joon-woong is aware of it, and he approaches Jeong Jun-Ha for assistance in saving No Eun-bi.