Aug. 16th, 2012

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Despite my better judgement, I checked out To The Beautiful You - I was somewhere only with an iPhone for entertainment and Arang was not available and Gaksital too gorgeous to watch on that tiny screen.

Now, anything below is probably influenced by the fact that this isn't my type of story, but it was so so so bad! Part of it is the drama's fault - nobody in this is even bothering to act, while I know for a fact that some of them know how (Lee Hyun Woo, you were so amazing in The Equator Man, what happened?) Sulli, our heroine, who is cross-dressing as a boy in an all-boys school clearly doesn't think it is necessary for her to do anything else to pass for a boy other than putting on pants and cutting her hair - she doesn't lower her voice or change her mannerisms yet everyone falls for her deception, leading me to believe that te collective IQ of this cast of characters is slightly above room temperature. News flash - this isn't the 12th century, with its strict gender dress codes and sumptuary laws where you didn't look beyond the clothes because they were immutable. Plenty of women nowadays wear pants and have short hair and yet somehow there is no mass populace confusion about genders.

About the best job in this one is done by Minho, mainly because he plays a stoic character and thus doesn't have to emote much.

But a bigger part of the problem is not the drama's fault but is inherent in the manga it is based on. The older I get, the less I like the set-up - wtf kind of psycho crossdresses and moves continents to go to a school one's crush is attending, a crush you like because he was cool on television! Wtf!!!! That's not cute, that's someone who is either a psycho stalker or has no common sense God gave a fly. I end up feeling bad for Sano because he ends up with her!

So yes, very very much not for me.


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dangermousie: (Default)
Despite my better judgement, I checked out To The Beautiful You - I was somewhere only with an iPhone for entertainment and Arang was not available and Gaksital too gorgeous to watch on that tiny screen.

Now, anything below is probably influenced by the fact that this isn't my type of story, but it was so so so bad! Part of it is the drama's fault - nobody in this is even bothering to act, while I know for a fact that some of them know how (Lee Hyun Woo, you were so amazing in The Equator Man, what happened?) Sulli, our heroine, who is cross-dressing as a boy in an all-boys school clearly doesn't think it is necessary for her to do anything else to pass for a boy other than putting on pants and cutting her hair - she doesn't lower her voice or change her mannerisms yet everyone falls for her deception, leading me to believe that te collective IQ of this cast of characters is slightly above room temperature. News flash - this isn't the 12th century, with its strict gender dress codes and sumptuary laws where you didn't look beyond the clothes because they were immutable. Plenty of women nowadays wear pants and have short hair and yet somehow there is no mass populace confusion about genders.

About the best job in this one is done by Minho, mainly because he plays a stoic character and thus doesn't have to emote much.

But a bigger part of the problem is not the drama's fault but is inherent in the manga it is based on. The older I get, the less I like the set-up - wtf kind of psycho crossdresses and moves continents to go to a school one's crush is attending, a crush you like because he was cool on television! Wtf!!!! That's not cute, that's someone who is either a psycho stalker or has no common sense God gave a fly. I end up feeling bad for Sano because he ends up with her!

So yes, very very much not for me.


Posted via m.livejournal.com.

dangermousie: (Default)
Despite my better judgement, I checked out To The Beautiful You - I was somewhere only with an iPhone for entertainment and Arang was not available and Gaksital too gorgeous to watch on that tiny screen.

Now, anything below is probably influenced by the fact that this isn't my type of story, but it was so so so bad! Part of it is the drama's fault - nobody in this is even bothering to act, while I know for a fact that some of them know how (Lee Hyun Woo, you were so amazing in The Equator Man, what happened?) Sulli, our heroine, who is cross-dressing as a boy in an all-boys school clearly doesn't think it is necessary for her to do anything else to pass for a boy other than putting on pants and cutting her hair - she doesn't lower her voice or change her mannerisms yet everyone falls for her deception, leading me to believe that te collective IQ of this cast of characters is slightly above room temperature. News flash - this isn't the 12th century, with its strict gender dress codes and sumptuary laws where you didn't look beyond the clothes because they were immutable. Plenty of women nowadays wear pants and have short hair and yet somehow there is no mass populace confusion about genders.

About the best job in this one is done by Minho, mainly because he plays a stoic character and thus doesn't have to emote much.

But a bigger part of the problem is not the drama's fault but is inherent in the manga it is based on. The older I get, the less I like the set-up - wtf kind of psycho crossdresses and moves continents to go to a school one's crush is attending, a crush you like because he was cool on television! Wtf!!!! That's not cute, that's someone who is either a psycho stalker or has no common sense God gave a fly. I end up feeling bad for Sano because he ends up with her!

So yes, very very much not for me.


Posted via m.livejournal.com.

dangermousie: (Iljimae 1 by alexandral)


Short version - I like it. I am not obsessed about it the way I am about Faith (heroic fantasy is more my thing than dark fairy tales) but it's very very good and I want to watch more and I am already attached to the characters. It doesn't hurt that LJK and SMA have amazing chemistry. I can't wait to see how he will start to care for her (and for the world in general - seemingly his mother's loss made him shut off caring or deep feeling but her connection to his mother seems to snap him out of it). And visually, it is gorgeous. It really does remind me of a fairy tale (in both feel and set-up and situations - the identity-seeking ghost, magistrate for a night, curses of full moon etc. It feels like a very well developed world with its own mythology) - only darker, more haunting, more beautiful, more grown up - the way fairy tales feel when you are a child. Rememeber when I said Faith was like a wuxia/fantasy cdrama? Well, that's nothing in comparison with Arang. Arang is truly a fantasy cdrama, even if in Korean. I feel like I'll see Hu Ge and Ariel Lin at any moment.

Some gorgeous caps. This drama really does look dreamlike )


Oh, and am I alone in thinking secondary guy and his secret full moon activities are responsible for the heroine's death?
dangermousie: (Iljimae 1 by alexandral)


Short version - I like it. I am not obsessed about it the way I am about Faith (heroic fantasy is more my thing than dark fairy tales) but it's very very good and I want to watch more and I am already attached to the characters. It doesn't hurt that LJK and SMA have amazing chemistry. I can't wait to see how he will start to care for her (and for the world in general - seemingly his mother's loss made him shut off caring or deep feeling but her connection to his mother seems to snap him out of it). And visually, it is gorgeous. It really does remind me of a fairy tale (in both feel and set-up and situations - the identity-seeking ghost, magistrate for a night, curses of full moon etc. It feels like a very well developed world with its own mythology) - only darker, more haunting, more beautiful, more grown up - the way fairy tales feel when you are a child. Rememeber when I said Faith was like a wuxia/fantasy cdrama? Well, that's nothing in comparison with Arang. Arang is truly a fantasy cdrama, even if in Korean. I feel like I'll see Hu Ge and Ariel Lin at any moment.

Some gorgeous caps. This drama really does look dreamlike )


Oh, and am I alone in thinking secondary guy and his secret full moon activities are responsible for the heroine's death?
dangermousie: (Iljimae 1 by alexandral)


Short version - I like it. I am not obsessed about it the way I am about Faith (heroic fantasy is more my thing than dark fairy tales) but it's very very good and I want to watch more and I am already attached to the characters. It doesn't hurt that LJK and SMA have amazing chemistry. I can't wait to see how he will start to care for her (and for the world in general - seemingly his mother's loss made him shut off caring or deep feeling but her connection to his mother seems to snap him out of it). And visually, it is gorgeous. It really does remind me of a fairy tale (in both feel and set-up and situations - the identity-seeking ghost, magistrate for a night, curses of full moon etc. It feels like a very well developed world with its own mythology) - only darker, more haunting, more beautiful, more grown up - the way fairy tales feel when you are a child. Rememeber when I said Faith was like a wuxia/fantasy cdrama? Well, that's nothing in comparison with Arang. Arang is truly a fantasy cdrama, even if in Korean. I feel like I'll see Hu Ge and Ariel Lin at any moment.

Some gorgeous caps. This drama really does look dreamlike )


Oh, and am I alone in thinking secondary guy and his secret full moon activities are responsible for the heroine's death?

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