I also get your point of view, which is why I said that the Gumiho nature isn't the main story here. They don't have to consider her Gumiho-ness absolute or stick to the Gumiho "rules".
This isn't a Gumiho story with a sidestory of romance, which would make it important to keep the general rules of the creature and her nature and character as that creature.
This is a romantic comedy with just a garnish of a Gumiho story. Which means that the rules applying for a romantic comedy are more imporant than the ones that do for her nature as a Gumiho.
All the things you say make sense if we look at it from a Gumiho/creature/mythology etc point of view, but romantic comedies cannot be seen or written with such a cold state of mind.
This is fantasy and fantasy can have its own rules. Mi Ho might be a creature, but she has a human soul. The series itself makes sure we see her as a person that just happens to be of a Gumiho nature.
Right off the bat, we are shown she is like any other person with a few differences. We see her potential to be human and how she feels, laughs, cries, loves like all humans do. So, she is human, even in spirit.
Also, I agree with JTL. She understands and appreciates human life more than most humans themselves. She knows what life is, how joyful simple things like family and love are and she wants to have them.
Just like all humans do. But being on the outside for so long, she has been able to appreciate humanity better and that makes her desire to join "us" even more noble. She chooses a flawed species because we have some good, irreplaceable qualities.
You are looking at it from a less romantic point of view. You look at it as a Gumiho story or as a scientist would about what "makes sense" and not what is romantic and ultimately more meaningful to do.
"Love conquers all", "Persevere and you'll be happy","Love is all you need" and all these are what romantic fluffy works show. So, as a romantic comedy, it has to focus on these despite any character's nature or form.
"If you love like a human, you suffer", "Try as you may, things won't work out" or "Stop trying to get what you want", aren't exactly moral lessons a romantic series for young people should try and give its audience.
The sweet, persistent and loving heroine has to overcome her issues, get her happiness and become human so she can show us the triumph man has over his/her destiny and how it's important we love and work to fulfill our love.
They are basic "life" messages such series must have, depending on genre and target audience and also, storytelling and scriptwriting. They are the basics of basics in romantic light stories, no matter what kind of stories they may be.
Most of the old fairytales and legends had bad endings for such stories. You know why? To scare people or keep them in line. "A Gumiho should not love a human". "A mermaid can't be with a prince".
Meaning "If you're poor, you shouldn't mess with the Kings" or "Don't think about love, it's a mess. Work in the fields instead". They were made to keep people dumb, without goals and working. They were propaganda for kids and peasants.
We live in a modern society now. What we try and teach our kids and young adults has changed. People nowadays want happy endings in such fairytales. We want to be encouraged and shown how you have to fight for what you want.
So, even from a society standpoint, ending this in tragedy, is wrong for this day and age. It's a modern romantic comedy. Started as one and should end as one. Gumiho or no Gumiho, it doesn't matter what she is or isn't. She's the heroine of a romantic comedy.
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