dangermousie: (Default)
Since I've been talking about Hana Yori Dango (also known as Boys Over Flowers) so much (witness my earlier today, War and Peace sized post on the last episodes), here is some picspam to show what on earth I've been babbling about. Warning: most of these are "promo" shots so the colors are brighter. There are no real bright colors in HYD, as it goes for a faded pastel look.

Tsukushi and the F4:


A panoply of pictures )

ETA: Heeee. I just read a synopsis of Meteor Garden, the Taiwanese live action adaptation of HYD. And oh my. I will certainly enjoy it. I thought HYD had plenty of angst and melodrama but apparently I aint seen nothin' yet. Gleeeeeeeeeee. (Though if Doumyouji's Mom is even worse in Meteor Garden, one begins to worry about any genetic doomedness of the OTP's offspring).
dangermousie: (Default)
Since I've been talking about Hana Yori Dango (also known as Boys Over Flowers) so much (witness my earlier today, War and Peace sized post on the last episodes), here is some picspam to show what on earth I've been babbling about. Warning: most of these are "promo" shots so the colors are brighter. There are no real bright colors in HYD, as it goes for a faded pastel look.

Tsukushi and the F4:


A panoply of pictures )

ETA: Heeee. I just read a synopsis of Meteor Garden, the Taiwanese live action adaptation of HYD. And oh my. I will certainly enjoy it. I thought HYD had plenty of angst and melodrama but apparently I aint seen nothin' yet. Gleeeeeeeeeee. (Though if Doumyouji's Mom is even worse in Meteor Garden, one begins to worry about any genetic doomedness of the OTP's offspring).
dangermousie: (Default)
Since I've been talking about Hana Yori Dango (also known as Boys Over Flowers) so much (witness my earlier today, War and Peace sized post on the last episodes), here is some picspam to show what on earth I've been babbling about. Warning: most of these are "promo" shots so the colors are brighter. There are no real bright colors in HYD, as it goes for a faded pastel look.

Tsukushi and the F4:


A panoply of pictures )

ETA: Heeee. I just read a synopsis of Meteor Garden, the Taiwanese live action adaptation of HYD. And oh my. I will certainly enjoy it. I thought HYD had plenty of angst and melodrama but apparently I aint seen nothin' yet. Gleeeeeeeeeee. (Though if Doumyouji's Mom is even worse in Meteor Garden, one begins to worry about any genetic doomedness of the OTP's offspring).
dangermousie: (Liz Max comfort by how_iconic)
I finished Hana Yori Dango At 2 freaking am in the morning. I really need to curb my obsessiveness else I shall turn into a zombie with no sleep. By the end of it, I was having trouble reading the subtitles, because my eyes were closing. Hmmm. But oh, no more? I am all sad, because I want to keep watching Tsukushi and Doumyouji and Rui and the rest. Boo! :P [livejournal.com profile] katranna, you’ll be glad to hear I got really used to the graphics and ended up liking them by the end.

One of the things I liked the most about HYD was character change, and it was gradual and believable. Rui became a lot more involved with the world, Tsukushi certainly matured and became more self-aware, and Doumyouji? He started the series as a bastard and while at the end he won’t win any humanitarian awards, he did learn to control his temper much better, and to not reflexively look down on anyone outside his class, and he learned just how much he is capable of caring for somebody. So yay.

I also loved how Tsukushi and Rui ended up as very good friends. Because I ended up loving Rui. I started the show with thinking he was great, then got really annoyed at his aloof withdrawal and ended up loving him again, flaws and all (and not just because of what he did at the end). But I love how the relationship between them worked out: when they are staying in Shigeru’s house, sharing a room, and Tsukushi just wants comfort and she asks Rui “can I hold your hand?” and falls asleep like that? Or when she massages his head? It’s nice. In fact, now that she isn’t seeing him as her Prince Charming but as a nice guy with difficult flaws, her shyness is gone and they interact very naturally, like siblings almost, because both the fact that they tried dating and it turned out not to work for either of them and the fact that Rui will clearly always, ALWAYS love Shizuka, removes any tension from their friendship and just makes it comfortable. And he teases her out of her moping (and I love it when he laughs like a kid), and gives her good, bracing advice about facing her feelings.

Lengthy thoughts on stuff not in the last three eps )

Thoughts on the last three eps follow.

Spoilers for the last three eps. Aliterati, watch them! )
dangermousie: (Liz Max comfort by how_iconic)
I finished Hana Yori Dango At 2 freaking am in the morning. I really need to curb my obsessiveness else I shall turn into a zombie with no sleep. By the end of it, I was having trouble reading the subtitles, because my eyes were closing. Hmmm. But oh, no more? I am all sad, because I want to keep watching Tsukushi and Doumyouji and Rui and the rest. Boo! :P [livejournal.com profile] katranna, you’ll be glad to hear I got really used to the graphics and ended up liking them by the end.

One of the things I liked the most about HYD was character change, and it was gradual and believable. Rui became a lot more involved with the world, Tsukushi certainly matured and became more self-aware, and Doumyouji? He started the series as a bastard and while at the end he won’t win any humanitarian awards, he did learn to control his temper much better, and to not reflexively look down on anyone outside his class, and he learned just how much he is capable of caring for somebody. So yay.

I also loved how Tsukushi and Rui ended up as very good friends. Because I ended up loving Rui. I started the show with thinking he was great, then got really annoyed at his aloof withdrawal and ended up loving him again, flaws and all (and not just because of what he did at the end). But I love how the relationship between them worked out: when they are staying in Shigeru’s house, sharing a room, and Tsukushi just wants comfort and she asks Rui “can I hold your hand?” and falls asleep like that? Or when she massages his head? It’s nice. In fact, now that she isn’t seeing him as her Prince Charming but as a nice guy with difficult flaws, her shyness is gone and they interact very naturally, like siblings almost, because both the fact that they tried dating and it turned out not to work for either of them and the fact that Rui will clearly always, ALWAYS love Shizuka, removes any tension from their friendship and just makes it comfortable. And he teases her out of her moping (and I love it when he laughs like a kid), and gives her good, bracing advice about facing her feelings.

Lengthy thoughts on stuff not in the last three eps )

Thoughts on the last three eps follow.

Spoilers for the last three eps. Aliterati, watch them! )
dangermousie: (Liz Max comfort by how_iconic)
I finished Hana Yori Dango At 2 freaking am in the morning. I really need to curb my obsessiveness else I shall turn into a zombie with no sleep. By the end of it, I was having trouble reading the subtitles, because my eyes were closing. Hmmm. But oh, no more? I am all sad, because I want to keep watching Tsukushi and Doumyouji and Rui and the rest. Boo! :P [livejournal.com profile] katranna, you’ll be glad to hear I got really used to the graphics and ended up liking them by the end.

One of the things I liked the most about HYD was character change, and it was gradual and believable. Rui became a lot more involved with the world, Tsukushi certainly matured and became more self-aware, and Doumyouji? He started the series as a bastard and while at the end he won’t win any humanitarian awards, he did learn to control his temper much better, and to not reflexively look down on anyone outside his class, and he learned just how much he is capable of caring for somebody. So yay.

I also loved how Tsukushi and Rui ended up as very good friends. Because I ended up loving Rui. I started the show with thinking he was great, then got really annoyed at his aloof withdrawal and ended up loving him again, flaws and all (and not just because of what he did at the end). But I love how the relationship between them worked out: when they are staying in Shigeru’s house, sharing a room, and Tsukushi just wants comfort and she asks Rui “can I hold your hand?” and falls asleep like that? Or when she massages his head? It’s nice. In fact, now that she isn’t seeing him as her Prince Charming but as a nice guy with difficult flaws, her shyness is gone and they interact very naturally, like siblings almost, because both the fact that they tried dating and it turned out not to work for either of them and the fact that Rui will clearly always, ALWAYS love Shizuka, removes any tension from their friendship and just makes it comfortable. And he teases her out of her moping (and I love it when he laughs like a kid), and gives her good, bracing advice about facing her feelings.

Lengthy thoughts on stuff not in the last three eps )

Thoughts on the last three eps follow.

Spoilers for the last three eps. Aliterati, watch them! )
dangermousie: (Default)
Pretty, pretty angst in the rain, with the slapping, and the last straw and pretty boys curling into fetal positions. Mmmmmm. Yeah, I am against violence generally, but I can see why the guy is getting fed up.

Also, Tsukushi jealous is adorable. How very dog-in-the-mangerish of her. She didn't realize she wanted Doumyouji until Shigeru-the-fiancee appeared. But hey, it's completely her fault Doumyouji asked Shigeru out. Come on, he's been telling Tsukushi he loves her until he is blue in the face, and he's been fighting his family for her etc etc, but hey, if she wasn't giving anything back and then told him his arranged fiancee is better for him? Yeah, he is going to snap sooner or later. (Btw, what is that momentary thing with her and Rui again? Why? Is she thinking about him again? What?)
dangermousie: (Default)
Pretty, pretty angst in the rain, with the slapping, and the last straw and pretty boys curling into fetal positions. Mmmmmm. Yeah, I am against violence generally, but I can see why the guy is getting fed up.

Also, Tsukushi jealous is adorable. How very dog-in-the-mangerish of her. She didn't realize she wanted Doumyouji until Shigeru-the-fiancee appeared. But hey, it's completely her fault Doumyouji asked Shigeru out. Come on, he's been telling Tsukushi he loves her until he is blue in the face, and he's been fighting his family for her etc etc, but hey, if she wasn't giving anything back and then told him his arranged fiancee is better for him? Yeah, he is going to snap sooner or later. (Btw, what is that momentary thing with her and Rui again? Why? Is she thinking about him again? What?)
dangermousie: (Default)
Pretty, pretty angst in the rain, with the slapping, and the last straw and pretty boys curling into fetal positions. Mmmmmm. Yeah, I am against violence generally, but I can see why the guy is getting fed up.

Also, Tsukushi jealous is adorable. How very dog-in-the-mangerish of her. She didn't realize she wanted Doumyouji until Shigeru-the-fiancee appeared. But hey, it's completely her fault Doumyouji asked Shigeru out. Come on, he's been telling Tsukushi he loves her until he is blue in the face, and he's been fighting his family for her etc etc, but hey, if she wasn't giving anything back and then told him his arranged fiancee is better for him? Yeah, he is going to snap sooner or later. (Btw, what is that momentary thing with her and Rui again? Why? Is she thinking about him again? What?)
dangermousie: (Liz Max despair by how_iconic)
It’s taken me almost as long to fall in love with Hana Yori Dango as it’s taking Tsukushi to fall for Doumyouji. But now, it’s mad pash so I am afraid there are a few more posts coming up. Of course, I am only 12 or 13 episodes from the end (and have seen 30+ already) so it shouldn’t be too bad. :P

I do have to say I like the story’s character development. I mean, it’s rather impressive that at this point I have an impulse to shake Tsukushi and tell her to ‘oh, come on! Make up your mind and reciprocate already’ when at the start of the series I couldn’t believe that Doumyouji was a love interest and hated him with a passion. Good job.

[livejournal.com profile] katranna was right. There is certainly something Bollywoodish about HYD. And not just the whole “rich boy falls in love with poor girl and a lot of melodrama and class differences occur” (this is not a scenario you could believably set in an American context after 1950s but it is a beloved storyline in Bollywood). There is this whole hyperbole of wealth that Bollywood likes to do as well. The Doumyoujis aren’t just rich. They are super super SUPER rich. It reminds me of the Bollywood blockbuster K3G and the fact that the Raichands’ house was the size of a small country and that Rahul took a helicopter home (then there is the fact that he picked a spunky poor girl instead of a suitable rich girl and got in a lot of trouble, but hey, he is more like Rui than Doumyouji, anyway).

But the big difference is in treatment of family. In K3G, Amitabh’s stern patriarch was basically the way some people conceive of God: loving, source of all your goods, and expecting minute and total obedience. Not an easy deity perhaps, but certainly, misguided pride or sternness aside, he clearly loves his family. In Bollywood, family is paramount. HYD is not like that. Doumyouji addresses his mother as a bitch a few times (and mind boggles imagining this in a Bollywood movie) and that moniker is fully deserved, as she is a horrible horrible woman who uses her children as pawns. I don’t really think she sees them as people at all. Actually now, after meeting his mother, so much about his character makes sense: his inbuilt disdain, his disregard for anyone not his friend or someone he cares about. In fact, I am astonished he turned out as well as he has, with that kind of family. After all, he has close friends, he really cares for his sister, and he truly loves Tsukushi. I don’t think his mother is capable of any of these feelings. I don’t think there is anyone she loves (other than herself) in the whole world, and it’s clear she is incapable of seeing people outside her class as individuals. Heck, I don’t think she is capable of seeing her son and daughter as individuals. His family also explains his lack of socializing skills. He simply doesn’t know how to interact with people. Doumyouji mentions that since he was a child, he’s only seen his parents a day a year because they live abroad (which would explain his close bond with his sister), which, while certainly a blessing in disguise (having Mommy Dearest around every day? *shudder*), would definitely lead to no proper upbringing about normal human interactions. The fact that he is capable of loyalty or love with psycho bitch in the gene pool? Impressive. Just as impressive as the fact that Tsukushi grew up strong and uncompromising with her shallow, grasping parents.

More and longer rambling, involving coolness, angst, favorite scenes, and that old standby of 'must cuddle naked to save your life' )
dangermousie: (Liz Max despair by how_iconic)
It’s taken me almost as long to fall in love with Hana Yori Dango as it’s taking Tsukushi to fall for Doumyouji. But now, it’s mad pash so I am afraid there are a few more posts coming up. Of course, I am only 12 or 13 episodes from the end (and have seen 30+ already) so it shouldn’t be too bad. :P

I do have to say I like the story’s character development. I mean, it’s rather impressive that at this point I have an impulse to shake Tsukushi and tell her to ‘oh, come on! Make up your mind and reciprocate already’ when at the start of the series I couldn’t believe that Doumyouji was a love interest and hated him with a passion. Good job.

[livejournal.com profile] katranna was right. There is certainly something Bollywoodish about HYD. And not just the whole “rich boy falls in love with poor girl and a lot of melodrama and class differences occur” (this is not a scenario you could believably set in an American context after 1950s but it is a beloved storyline in Bollywood). There is this whole hyperbole of wealth that Bollywood likes to do as well. The Doumyoujis aren’t just rich. They are super super SUPER rich. It reminds me of the Bollywood blockbuster K3G and the fact that the Raichands’ house was the size of a small country and that Rahul took a helicopter home (then there is the fact that he picked a spunky poor girl instead of a suitable rich girl and got in a lot of trouble, but hey, he is more like Rui than Doumyouji, anyway).

But the big difference is in treatment of family. In K3G, Amitabh’s stern patriarch was basically the way some people conceive of God: loving, source of all your goods, and expecting minute and total obedience. Not an easy deity perhaps, but certainly, misguided pride or sternness aside, he clearly loves his family. In Bollywood, family is paramount. HYD is not like that. Doumyouji addresses his mother as a bitch a few times (and mind boggles imagining this in a Bollywood movie) and that moniker is fully deserved, as she is a horrible horrible woman who uses her children as pawns. I don’t really think she sees them as people at all. Actually now, after meeting his mother, so much about his character makes sense: his inbuilt disdain, his disregard for anyone not his friend or someone he cares about. In fact, I am astonished he turned out as well as he has, with that kind of family. After all, he has close friends, he really cares for his sister, and he truly loves Tsukushi. I don’t think his mother is capable of any of these feelings. I don’t think there is anyone she loves (other than herself) in the whole world, and it’s clear she is incapable of seeing people outside her class as individuals. Heck, I don’t think she is capable of seeing her son and daughter as individuals. His family also explains his lack of socializing skills. He simply doesn’t know how to interact with people. Doumyouji mentions that since he was a child, he’s only seen his parents a day a year because they live abroad (which would explain his close bond with his sister), which, while certainly a blessing in disguise (having Mommy Dearest around every day? *shudder*), would definitely lead to no proper upbringing about normal human interactions. The fact that he is capable of loyalty or love with psycho bitch in the gene pool? Impressive. Just as impressive as the fact that Tsukushi grew up strong and uncompromising with her shallow, grasping parents.

More and longer rambling, involving coolness, angst, favorite scenes, and that old standby of 'must cuddle naked to save your life' )
dangermousie: (Liz Max despair by how_iconic)
It’s taken me almost as long to fall in love with Hana Yori Dango as it’s taking Tsukushi to fall for Doumyouji. But now, it’s mad pash so I am afraid there are a few more posts coming up. Of course, I am only 12 or 13 episodes from the end (and have seen 30+ already) so it shouldn’t be too bad. :P

I do have to say I like the story’s character development. I mean, it’s rather impressive that at this point I have an impulse to shake Tsukushi and tell her to ‘oh, come on! Make up your mind and reciprocate already’ when at the start of the series I couldn’t believe that Doumyouji was a love interest and hated him with a passion. Good job.

[livejournal.com profile] katranna was right. There is certainly something Bollywoodish about HYD. And not just the whole “rich boy falls in love with poor girl and a lot of melodrama and class differences occur” (this is not a scenario you could believably set in an American context after 1950s but it is a beloved storyline in Bollywood). There is this whole hyperbole of wealth that Bollywood likes to do as well. The Doumyoujis aren’t just rich. They are super super SUPER rich. It reminds me of the Bollywood blockbuster K3G and the fact that the Raichands’ house was the size of a small country and that Rahul took a helicopter home (then there is the fact that he picked a spunky poor girl instead of a suitable rich girl and got in a lot of trouble, but hey, he is more like Rui than Doumyouji, anyway).

But the big difference is in treatment of family. In K3G, Amitabh’s stern patriarch was basically the way some people conceive of God: loving, source of all your goods, and expecting minute and total obedience. Not an easy deity perhaps, but certainly, misguided pride or sternness aside, he clearly loves his family. In Bollywood, family is paramount. HYD is not like that. Doumyouji addresses his mother as a bitch a few times (and mind boggles imagining this in a Bollywood movie) and that moniker is fully deserved, as she is a horrible horrible woman who uses her children as pawns. I don’t really think she sees them as people at all. Actually now, after meeting his mother, so much about his character makes sense: his inbuilt disdain, his disregard for anyone not his friend or someone he cares about. In fact, I am astonished he turned out as well as he has, with that kind of family. After all, he has close friends, he really cares for his sister, and he truly loves Tsukushi. I don’t think his mother is capable of any of these feelings. I don’t think there is anyone she loves (other than herself) in the whole world, and it’s clear she is incapable of seeing people outside her class as individuals. Heck, I don’t think she is capable of seeing her son and daughter as individuals. His family also explains his lack of socializing skills. He simply doesn’t know how to interact with people. Doumyouji mentions that since he was a child, he’s only seen his parents a day a year because they live abroad (which would explain his close bond with his sister), which, while certainly a blessing in disguise (having Mommy Dearest around every day? *shudder*), would definitely lead to no proper upbringing about normal human interactions. The fact that he is capable of loyalty or love with psycho bitch in the gene pool? Impressive. Just as impressive as the fact that Tsukushi grew up strong and uncompromising with her shallow, grasping parents.

More and longer rambling, involving coolness, angst, favorite scenes, and that old standby of 'must cuddle naked to save your life' )
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Yes, yes, I posted about HYD once today already. Sorry. I got addicted. I am halfway through though.

Oh, Hana Yori Dango, why must you toy with me and title an ep "Their sleepless night together." Instead of anime porn all I got was angst. Mmmmmmmm, yummy angst. Favorite angsty moment so far? Tsukushi meeting Doumyouji on a street at night, and she tries to have some sort of chit chat and is babling out of nervousness, and all of a sudden he hugs her and tells her that all she has to say is that she loves him, just once, and he'll cancel the match (this beeing teenybopper anime version of Bollywood, there is a basketball match to settle whether Tsukushi and Rui get kicked out of the school. They will if Doumyouji's team wins, and they clearly will. I muse admit, I'd tell him even if I didn't mean it, because hey, get to stay in fancy school). Awwwww. And she won't say anything and he grabs her shoulders and leans in to kiss her and she freaks and he is all upset and slumping against a wall and is is all "woe is me, is that so distasteful to you? Why did it have to be my best friend that you preferred to me and cheated on me with? Woe, angst, I will brood" And then he is kinda sweet and wistful with her and leaves.

And of course, during the game, Rui manages to get quite an advantage by pretending to be publically affectionate with Tsukushi which makes Doumyouji see red and commit fouls. Heeee. And then, when it's clear Tsukushi and Rui will lose anyway, he quits on purpose and tells her she can stay. Which is sweet, but cancelled out by the fact that he was the one agitating for her to get kicked out in the first place. Heh.

The more time goes on, the more I like Rui as a character, in all his messed-up, passive-agressive glory. But hey, Tsukushi, hint: probably losing your virginity to a guy whose attitude towards the business is "I don't mind" and admits that he is still in love with someone else is not really worth it. Glad to see you figured it out (though come on, Rui. If you didn't really love her, it's kinda wrong to steal her from your best friend). But hey, I like Doumyouji better (though in RL if any child of mine wanted to date him, I'd ship her out of the country). But then again, Tsukushi's parents are horribly useless (Mrs. Bennet has nothing on them).

I have to say, Tsukushi says "Doumyouji" more than Miaka says "Tamahome." And she doesn't even have the "she is besotted and menaced" excuse. Heeee.
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Yes, yes, I posted about HYD once today already. Sorry. I got addicted. I am halfway through though.

Oh, Hana Yori Dango, why must you toy with me and title an ep "Their sleepless night together." Instead of anime porn all I got was angst. Mmmmmmmm, yummy angst. Favorite angsty moment so far? Tsukushi meeting Doumyouji on a street at night, and she tries to have some sort of chit chat and is babling out of nervousness, and all of a sudden he hugs her and tells her that all she has to say is that she loves him, just once, and he'll cancel the match (this beeing teenybopper anime version of Bollywood, there is a basketball match to settle whether Tsukushi and Rui get kicked out of the school. They will if Doumyouji's team wins, and they clearly will. I muse admit, I'd tell him even if I didn't mean it, because hey, get to stay in fancy school). Awwwww. And she won't say anything and he grabs her shoulders and leans in to kiss her and she freaks and he is all upset and slumping against a wall and is is all "woe is me, is that so distasteful to you? Why did it have to be my best friend that you preferred to me and cheated on me with? Woe, angst, I will brood" And then he is kinda sweet and wistful with her and leaves.

And of course, during the game, Rui manages to get quite an advantage by pretending to be publically affectionate with Tsukushi which makes Doumyouji see red and commit fouls. Heeee. And then, when it's clear Tsukushi and Rui will lose anyway, he quits on purpose and tells her she can stay. Which is sweet, but cancelled out by the fact that he was the one agitating for her to get kicked out in the first place. Heh.

The more time goes on, the more I like Rui as a character, in all his messed-up, passive-agressive glory. But hey, Tsukushi, hint: probably losing your virginity to a guy whose attitude towards the business is "I don't mind" and admits that he is still in love with someone else is not really worth it. Glad to see you figured it out (though come on, Rui. If you didn't really love her, it's kinda wrong to steal her from your best friend). But hey, I like Doumyouji better (though in RL if any child of mine wanted to date him, I'd ship her out of the country). But then again, Tsukushi's parents are horribly useless (Mrs. Bennet has nothing on them).

I have to say, Tsukushi says "Doumyouji" more than Miaka says "Tamahome." And she doesn't even have the "she is besotted and menaced" excuse. Heeee.
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Yes, yes, I posted about HYD once today already. Sorry. I got addicted. I am halfway through though.

Oh, Hana Yori Dango, why must you toy with me and title an ep "Their sleepless night together." Instead of anime porn all I got was angst. Mmmmmmmm, yummy angst. Favorite angsty moment so far? Tsukushi meeting Doumyouji on a street at night, and she tries to have some sort of chit chat and is babling out of nervousness, and all of a sudden he hugs her and tells her that all she has to say is that she loves him, just once, and he'll cancel the match (this beeing teenybopper anime version of Bollywood, there is a basketball match to settle whether Tsukushi and Rui get kicked out of the school. They will if Doumyouji's team wins, and they clearly will. I muse admit, I'd tell him even if I didn't mean it, because hey, get to stay in fancy school). Awwwww. And she won't say anything and he grabs her shoulders and leans in to kiss her and she freaks and he is all upset and slumping against a wall and is is all "woe is me, is that so distasteful to you? Why did it have to be my best friend that you preferred to me and cheated on me with? Woe, angst, I will brood" And then he is kinda sweet and wistful with her and leaves.

And of course, during the game, Rui manages to get quite an advantage by pretending to be publically affectionate with Tsukushi which makes Doumyouji see red and commit fouls. Heeee. And then, when it's clear Tsukushi and Rui will lose anyway, he quits on purpose and tells her she can stay. Which is sweet, but cancelled out by the fact that he was the one agitating for her to get kicked out in the first place. Heh.

The more time goes on, the more I like Rui as a character, in all his messed-up, passive-agressive glory. But hey, Tsukushi, hint: probably losing your virginity to a guy whose attitude towards the business is "I don't mind" and admits that he is still in love with someone else is not really worth it. Glad to see you figured it out (though come on, Rui. If you didn't really love her, it's kinda wrong to steal her from your best friend). But hey, I like Doumyouji better (though in RL if any child of mine wanted to date him, I'd ship her out of the country). But then again, Tsukushi's parents are horribly useless (Mrs. Bennet has nothing on them).

I have to say, Tsukushi says "Doumyouji" more than Miaka says "Tamahome." And she doesn't even have the "she is besotted and menaced" excuse. Heeee.
dangermousie: (Rent: Roger/Mimi by wistful_memory)
OK, now that I've discovered a thing for Hana Yori Dango, you'll have to put up with a few posts about it.

I do like what it has to say about fantasy v. reality of romance and crushes and things. Because what Tsukushi finds out when she finally goes on a date with Rui, her dream guy, the one she's been pining for for 20+ episodes, is that if you crush on a boy because he is quiet, mysterious, elusive et al, when you actually have to spend time interacting with him, these qualities will make for a really boring date.

Her 'dream' date is uncomfortable (as she is on pins and needles from worry), awkward, and they are always out of sync. Hint: if you are out on a date and you aren't enjoying yourself and he doesn't get your jokes, and you don't really have a conversation, and he is so absent minded that he doesn't even notice when you bump and hit your face but keeps on walking? He might be a nice guy, but chances are you aren't going to work out. Your crush just might not stand up to reality of daily interactions. These qualities of otherworldly detached elusiveness which make him so attractive and appealing in fantasy will, in RL, make him a bad companion (at least for Tsukushi who is all about the real and now and practical).

And I do like the fact that Rui is a nice guy. He isn't secretly a white slaver, or a horrid womanizer, or a violent bastard. He is exactly what he appears to be, an introverted, somewhat passive, rather nice guy (certainly at his baseline, he is far nicer than Tsukushi's other admirer Doumyouji). Nothing wrong with that, but Tsukushi has to realize (and I assume she does eventually) that much as it's nice in the abstract, this just doesn't work in real life for her. They just aren't compatible.

Yet more thoughts )
dangermousie: (Rent: Roger/Mimi by wistful_memory)
OK, now that I've discovered a thing for Hana Yori Dango, you'll have to put up with a few posts about it.

I do like what it has to say about fantasy v. reality of romance and crushes and things. Because what Tsukushi finds out when she finally goes on a date with Rui, her dream guy, the one she's been pining for for 20+ episodes, is that if you crush on a boy because he is quiet, mysterious, elusive et al, when you actually have to spend time interacting with him, these qualities will make for a really boring date.

Her 'dream' date is uncomfortable (as she is on pins and needles from worry), awkward, and they are always out of sync. Hint: if you are out on a date and you aren't enjoying yourself and he doesn't get your jokes, and you don't really have a conversation, and he is so absent minded that he doesn't even notice when you bump and hit your face but keeps on walking? He might be a nice guy, but chances are you aren't going to work out. Your crush just might not stand up to reality of daily interactions. These qualities of otherworldly detached elusiveness which make him so attractive and appealing in fantasy will, in RL, make him a bad companion (at least for Tsukushi who is all about the real and now and practical).

And I do like the fact that Rui is a nice guy. He isn't secretly a white slaver, or a horrid womanizer, or a violent bastard. He is exactly what he appears to be, an introverted, somewhat passive, rather nice guy (certainly at his baseline, he is far nicer than Tsukushi's other admirer Doumyouji). Nothing wrong with that, but Tsukushi has to realize (and I assume she does eventually) that much as it's nice in the abstract, this just doesn't work in real life for her. They just aren't compatible.

Yet more thoughts )
dangermousie: (Rent: Roger/Mimi by wistful_memory)
OK, now that I've discovered a thing for Hana Yori Dango, you'll have to put up with a few posts about it.

I do like what it has to say about fantasy v. reality of romance and crushes and things. Because what Tsukushi finds out when she finally goes on a date with Rui, her dream guy, the one she's been pining for for 20+ episodes, is that if you crush on a boy because he is quiet, mysterious, elusive et al, when you actually have to spend time interacting with him, these qualities will make for a really boring date.

Her 'dream' date is uncomfortable (as she is on pins and needles from worry), awkward, and they are always out of sync. Hint: if you are out on a date and you aren't enjoying yourself and he doesn't get your jokes, and you don't really have a conversation, and he is so absent minded that he doesn't even notice when you bump and hit your face but keeps on walking? He might be a nice guy, but chances are you aren't going to work out. Your crush just might not stand up to reality of daily interactions. These qualities of otherworldly detached elusiveness which make him so attractive and appealing in fantasy will, in RL, make him a bad companion (at least for Tsukushi who is all about the real and now and practical).

And I do like the fact that Rui is a nice guy. He isn't secretly a white slaver, or a horrid womanizer, or a violent bastard. He is exactly what he appears to be, an introverted, somewhat passive, rather nice guy (certainly at his baseline, he is far nicer than Tsukushi's other admirer Doumyouji). Nothing wrong with that, but Tsukushi has to realize (and I assume she does eventually) that much as it's nice in the abstract, this just doesn't work in real life for her. They just aren't compatible.

Yet more thoughts )
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I started watching Fushigi Yuugi, an anime about a girl who gets sucked into a book and lands in Ancient China where she finds out her destiny is to summon celestial warriors and fight evil. And get an OTP, of course.

I saw about 5 episodes and enjoyed some of it quite well, but don't have much of an interest in continuing (though knowing me, I probably will. Heck, I'll probably finish HYD at some point, too). A pity they couldn't combine the Hana Yori Dango story and Fushigi Yuugi artwork.

On cute heroic guys with more hair than a llama, girls who are so perky you want to smack them, and other exciting things )

For anyone who is wondering what the characters look like:

Behind the cut pics )
dangermousie: (Default)
I started watching Fushigi Yuugi, an anime about a girl who gets sucked into a book and lands in Ancient China where she finds out her destiny is to summon celestial warriors and fight evil. And get an OTP, of course.

I saw about 5 episodes and enjoyed some of it quite well, but don't have much of an interest in continuing (though knowing me, I probably will. Heck, I'll probably finish HYD at some point, too). A pity they couldn't combine the Hana Yori Dango story and Fushigi Yuugi artwork.

On cute heroic guys with more hair than a llama, girls who are so perky you want to smack them, and other exciting things )

For anyone who is wondering what the characters look like:

Behind the cut pics )

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