We went to Chicago for Mr. Mousie's birthday and it really was a blast. I really love that city. Amusingly, they had the Gay Olympics VII in the city that weekend and when we were checking in the clerk asked us if we were participants :P
In other news, we finally booked all our hotels in Japan. Including a ryokan stay in Kyoto. I am a bit nervous about the whole traditional thing (I don't want to muck up and be unintentionally rude) but we'll see and hopefully do our best. Though I am very tempted to try a love hotel for the heck of it :P
And booking the hotels reminded me of Japan (duh) which by circuitous logical processes led me to pull out the Japanese live-action (they are called jdoramas, right?) adaptation of Hana Yori Dango
. I tried watching it ages ago, but it was right after the anime so it felt weird. It's quite enjoyable. Also, stars Matsujun who is apparently popular.
For those who've missed my long long LONG rambles about both the anime and the Taiwanese live action adapatation (just check the 'hyd' and the 'meteor garden' tags), the story is pretty simple, kinda a modern, crazy take on "Pride and Prejudice." Tsukushi is a poor student in a very rich school, fish out of water. She is also an extremely strong personality who, in defending a friend, comes afoul of F4, the gang of the 4 guys who rule the school. She fights back and in doing so captures the interest and then the heart of the F4 leader, Doumyouji. She, understandably, can't stand him. ( Thoughts on the jdorama and HYD in general. Spoilers for first half of story )
(or anyone else), do you have any good jdorama or korean or taiwanese drama recs? And where to dl them? Angsty romance preferred.
I have also bought Vol 6 of Ouran High School Host Club
manga because I am in such a withdrawal from the anime. I looooove the manga. So funny, I was laughing to myself on the plane, gathering plenty of weird looks. ( Spoiler for vol 6. They haven't dealt with this in the anime yet )
Watching HYD and Ouran in proximity made me realize that Ouran is HYD's madcap, funny, lighthearted sibling. HYD is drama and Ouran is comedy, but the set-up, with the non-beautiful girl coming to the attention of the most popular group of guys in school, with them being super rich and her being poor, and the girl having a wacky family etc etc, is pretty similar. Heeee.
And last but not least, I meant to mention it for a while, I actually read two volumes of manhwa
, a Korean version of 'manga,' called 'Can't lose you,' the plot of which just demands to be stolen and made into a Bollywood flick, as the heroine of it, Yoon, a poor but plucky and working hard to earn money school girl turns out to be a doppelganger of Lida, a shallow and spoiled heiress. Lida needs someone to pretend to be her as someone mysterious is trying to off her so she hires the heroine. And then there is Gil Gaon, a rising young politician, whose family wants to match him with Lida and for whom Lida has hots. Gaon is not interested in Lida because she is empty headed and empty hearted but then he meets the heroine and an OTP is born but he doesn't know she isn't Lida blah blah blah. The angst is going to be good.