Aug. 19th, 2012

dangermousie: (Romantic princess kiss by lolanicon)
I swear, it doesn't happen on purpose, but I keep being in situations where the only drama to watch is To the Beautiful You - this time, it's because I ran out of all the other dramas I was watching (I am all caught up on Gaksital, Arang, Faith, Answer 1997 and neither Five Fingers nor May Queen are subbed yet) and I was kinda sleepy and in the mood for something non-taxing.

Surprisingly, now that my expectations have been adjusted (I know what this is and what this isn't) and I have somehow processed all the innate insanity of the premise, I am kinda enjoying this, especially with liberal fast-forwarding. I know! This isn't winning any acting or writing awards, but the young cast is cute and sometimes you just want something mindlessly fluffy. On scale of youth dramas, this is far far behind genuinely good stuff like Shut Up, Answer Me 1997, What's Up, about on par with Dream High, and (thankfully) a lot better than the appalling Dream High 2. I'd compare it with Playful Kiss, but honestly, that drama didn't even register with me, so I cannot comment.

I am also amused how the makers managed to kdramafy the original Hana Kimi, which was already full of manga cliches. Between those, we have pretty much manga/drama cliche Holy Grail.

Cross dressing and sexual confusion? Check! (I am amused that in this version Sano STILL has no idea Mizuki is a girl).




Angsty, preferably funeral scene in the rain and dysfunctional families? Check!




Hero's love interest reminds him of his Mom? Check!




Bogus drama medicine (drinking a drop of alcohol turns someone into a kissing monster? I am sure doctors everywhere are agog at that medical diagnosis) and ridiculously stiff, dead-fish kissing? Check! (Poor Mizuki - if this is how Sano is with his inhibitions removed by alcohol, I shudder to think what kind of cold fish he is in his normal state. Better buy a vibrator, girl!)




Basically, this is dumber than a box of rocks, but I am enjoying it and will probably keep up with it!
dangermousie: (Romantic princess kiss by lolanicon)
I swear, it doesn't happen on purpose, but I keep being in situations where the only drama to watch is To the Beautiful You - this time, it's because I ran out of all the other dramas I was watching (I am all caught up on Gaksital, Arang, Faith, Answer 1997 and neither Five Fingers nor May Queen are subbed yet) and I was kinda sleepy and in the mood for something non-taxing.

Surprisingly, now that my expectations have been adjusted (I know what this is and what this isn't) and I have somehow processed all the innate insanity of the premise, I am kinda enjoying this, especially with liberal fast-forwarding. I know! This isn't winning any acting or writing awards, but the young cast is cute and sometimes you just want something mindlessly fluffy. On scale of youth dramas, this is far far behind genuinely good stuff like Shut Up, Answer Me 1997, What's Up, about on par with Dream High, and (thankfully) a lot better than the appalling Dream High 2. I'd compare it with Playful Kiss, but honestly, that drama didn't even register with me, so I cannot comment.

I am also amused how the makers managed to kdramafy the original Hana Kimi, which was already full of manga cliches. Between those, we have pretty much manga/drama cliche Holy Grail.

Cross dressing and sexual confusion? Check! (I am amused that in this version Sano STILL has no idea Mizuki is a girl).




Angsty, preferably funeral scene in the rain and dysfunctional families? Check!




Hero's love interest reminds him of his Mom? Check!




Bogus drama medicine (drinking a drop of alcohol turns someone into a kissing monster? I am sure doctors everywhere are agog at that medical diagnosis) and ridiculously stiff, dead-fish kissing? Check! (Poor Mizuki - if this is how Sano is with his inhibitions removed by alcohol, I shudder to think what kind of cold fish he is in his normal state. Better buy a vibrator, girl!)




Basically, this is dumber than a box of rocks, but I am enjoying it and will probably keep up with it!
dangermousie: (Romantic princess kiss by lolanicon)
I swear, it doesn't happen on purpose, but I keep being in situations where the only drama to watch is To the Beautiful You - this time, it's because I ran out of all the other dramas I was watching (I am all caught up on Gaksital, Arang, Faith, Answer 1997 and neither Five Fingers nor May Queen are subbed yet) and I was kinda sleepy and in the mood for something non-taxing.

Surprisingly, now that my expectations have been adjusted (I know what this is and what this isn't) and I have somehow processed all the innate insanity of the premise, I am kinda enjoying this, especially with liberal fast-forwarding. I know! This isn't winning any acting or writing awards, but the young cast is cute and sometimes you just want something mindlessly fluffy. On scale of youth dramas, this is far far behind genuinely good stuff like Shut Up, Answer Me 1997, What's Up, about on par with Dream High, and (thankfully) a lot better than the appalling Dream High 2. I'd compare it with Playful Kiss, but honestly, that drama didn't even register with me, so I cannot comment.

I am also amused how the makers managed to kdramafy the original Hana Kimi, which was already full of manga cliches. Between those, we have pretty much manga/drama cliche Holy Grail.

Cross dressing and sexual confusion? Check! (I am amused that in this version Sano STILL has no idea Mizuki is a girl).




Angsty, preferably funeral scene in the rain and dysfunctional families? Check!




Hero's love interest reminds him of his Mom? Check!




Bogus drama medicine (drinking a drop of alcohol turns someone into a kissing monster? I am sure doctors everywhere are agog at that medical diagnosis) and ridiculously stiff, dead-fish kissing? Check! (Poor Mizuki - if this is how Sano is with his inhibitions removed by alcohol, I shudder to think what kind of cold fish he is in his normal state. Better buy a vibrator, girl!)




Basically, this is dumber than a box of rocks, but I am enjoying it and will probably keep up with it!
dangermousie: (ALTK by alexandral)


I finally had time (and subs) to check out the last two of the new drama offerings - the weekend dramas May Queen and Five Fingers. Both feature convoluted family trees, abandoned children, evil parental figures, revenge, and appallingly spoiled children who grow up to be obnoxious secondaries - I think the secondary girl from MQ and secondary boy from FF are a match made in heaven. Or, more likely, the other place.

MQ reminds me of a lighter Giant or East of Eden (way way lighter EoE whose childhood portions, the best of the drama, were harrowing). Or possibly Can You Hear My Heart. The interesting point about it is that this time the protagonist of the business/revenge drama is a woman. I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying the first episode even though it was only child actors (OTOH, I've heard the first 8 eps are child actors and no, thank you. I know it's a long drama, but it's way too long for my tastes - a couple of eps, or even 4-5). I love our protagonist and I really like the kid who is going to grow up to be Kim Jae Won. I like the kid who is going to grow up to be Jae Hee, and feel sorry for him, but the future-KJW character is just adorable. I found out by reading character description that it's KJW who gets the heroine, and I am quite happy, especially since from the description it seems he is a nicer person and yay, for once, the heroine doesn't end up with issue-laden icicle.



Five Fingers makes me think of Baker King, only with pianos instead of pastries. I liked it less than MQ because it was much gloomier - I hated pretty much everyone in it (they are all awful except for Choi Sira who is just put upon and is going to change into a monster and we know it) except for the kid who was going to grow up to be Joo Ji Hoon and the girl who was going to be Eunjung (and the latter character had only a short appearance). If I am going to watch depressing stuff, at least give me shirtless JJH to compensate! Yeah - it's very Baker King-ish, where I liked the set-up and adored the adult parts but largely ffed through the kid parts.

Not related to either of the above, but have this amazing Shi Won/Yoon Jae MV:

dangermousie: (ALTK by alexandral)


I finally had time (and subs) to check out the last two of the new drama offerings - the weekend dramas May Queen and Five Fingers. Both feature convoluted family trees, abandoned children, evil parental figures, revenge, and appallingly spoiled children who grow up to be obnoxious secondaries - I think the secondary girl from MQ and secondary boy from FF are a match made in heaven. Or, more likely, the other place.

MQ reminds me of a lighter Giant or East of Eden (way way lighter EoE whose childhood portions, the best of the drama, were harrowing). Or possibly Can You Hear My Heart. The interesting point about it is that this time the protagonist of the business/revenge drama is a woman. I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying the first episode even though it was only child actors (OTOH, I've heard the first 8 eps are child actors and no, thank you. I know it's a long drama, but it's way too long for my tastes - a couple of eps, or even 4-5). I love our protagonist and I really like the kid who is going to grow up to be Kim Jae Won. I like the kid who is going to grow up to be Jae Hee, and feel sorry for him, but the future-KJW character is just adorable. I found out by reading character description that it's KJW who gets the heroine, and I am quite happy, especially since from the description it seems he is a nicer person and yay, for once, the heroine doesn't end up with issue-laden icicle.



Five Fingers makes me think of Baker King, only with pianos instead of pastries. I liked it less than MQ because it was much gloomier - I hated pretty much everyone in it (they are all awful except for Choi Sira who is just put upon and is going to change into a monster and we know it) except for the kid who was going to grow up to be Joo Ji Hoon and the girl who was going to be Eunjung (and the latter character had only a short appearance). If I am going to watch depressing stuff, at least give me shirtless JJH to compensate! Yeah - it's very Baker King-ish, where I liked the set-up and adored the adult parts but largely ffed through the kid parts.

Not related to either of the above, but have this amazing Shi Won/Yoon Jae MV:

dangermousie: (ALTK by alexandral)


I finally had time (and subs) to check out the last two of the new drama offerings - the weekend dramas May Queen and Five Fingers. Both feature convoluted family trees, abandoned children, evil parental figures, revenge, and appallingly spoiled children who grow up to be obnoxious secondaries - I think the secondary girl from MQ and secondary boy from FF are a match made in heaven. Or, more likely, the other place.

MQ reminds me of a lighter Giant or East of Eden (way way lighter EoE whose childhood portions, the best of the drama, were harrowing). Or possibly Can You Hear My Heart. The interesting point about it is that this time the protagonist of the business/revenge drama is a woman. I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying the first episode even though it was only child actors (OTOH, I've heard the first 8 eps are child actors and no, thank you. I know it's a long drama, but it's way too long for my tastes - a couple of eps, or even 4-5). I love our protagonist and I really like the kid who is going to grow up to be Kim Jae Won. I like the kid who is going to grow up to be Jae Hee, and feel sorry for him, but the future-KJW character is just adorable. I found out by reading character description that it's KJW who gets the heroine, and I am quite happy, especially since from the description it seems he is a nicer person and yay, for once, the heroine doesn't end up with issue-laden icicle.



Five Fingers makes me think of Baker King, only with pianos instead of pastries. I liked it less than MQ because it was much gloomier - I hated pretty much everyone in it (they are all awful except for Choi Sira who is just put upon and is going to change into a monster and we know it) except for the kid who was going to grow up to be Joo Ji Hoon and the girl who was going to be Eunjung (and the latter character had only a short appearance). If I am going to watch depressing stuff, at least give me shirtless JJH to compensate! Yeah - it's very Baker King-ish, where I liked the set-up and adored the adult parts but largely ffed through the kid parts.

Not related to either of the above, but have this amazing Shi Won/Yoon Jae MV:

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