dangermousie: (Utahime: Nagase by timescout)
Much as I adore Korean sageuks and Chinese period dramas, I confess that their Japanese equivalents, taigas, are more miss than hit with me (I have enjoyed Yoshitsune and what I've seen of Fuurin Kazan, which I plan to watch properly asap). I find the pace often glacial, the lack of women a big weakness (I can deal with a male-centric drama - I adore Three Kingdoms 2010 - but it has to be pretty amazing to compensate), and the stories themselves often lose me.



This said, I am not missing Taira no Kiyomori for any money. First of all, there is the topic - the struggle for power between the titular character and Minamoto no Yoshimoto (the father of the famous Yoshitsune and his equally famous brother Yoritomo who became the first Minamoto shogun).

And then there is the cast. Ahhh, the cast. In addition to Matsuyama Kenichi, who plays Kiyomori, Tamaki Hiroshi (!!!!!!!!) plays Yoshimoto. Fujiki Naohito (!!!!!!!) plays Sato Norikiyo (a warrior who became a monk and poet) and Matsuda Shota (!!!!!!) plays Go-Shirakawa-tennou (that's the Emperor, to you commoners. Clearly he inherited through hotness).

If there ever was a cast designed to get me to check out a taiga, this is it. I assume that means they will be concentrating on the protagonists' younger, hotter days :P

It is set to premiere in January 2012. Cannot wait!
dangermousie: (Utahime: Nagase by timescout)
Much as I adore Korean sageuks and Chinese period dramas, I confess that their Japanese equivalents, taigas, are more miss than hit with me (I have enjoyed Yoshitsune and what I've seen of Fuurin Kazan, which I plan to watch properly asap). I find the pace often glacial, the lack of women a big weakness (I can deal with a male-centric drama - I adore Three Kingdoms 2010 - but it has to be pretty amazing to compensate), and the stories themselves often lose me.



This said, I am not missing Taira no Kiyomori for any money. First of all, there is the topic - the struggle for power between the titular character and Minamoto no Yoshimoto (the father of the famous Yoshitsune and his equally famous brother Yoritomo who became the first Minamoto shogun).

And then there is the cast. Ahhh, the cast. In addition to Matsuyama Kenichi, who plays Kiyomori, Tamaki Hiroshi (!!!!!!!!) plays Yoshimoto. Fujiki Naohito (!!!!!!!) plays Sato Norikiyo (a warrior who became a monk and poet) and Matsuda Shota (!!!!!!) plays Go-Shirakawa-tennou (that's the Emperor, to you commoners. Clearly he inherited through hotness).

If there ever was a cast designed to get me to check out a taiga, this is it. I assume that means they will be concentrating on the protagonists' younger, hotter days :P

It is set to premiere in January 2012. Cannot wait!
dangermousie: (Utahime: Nagase by timescout)
Much as I adore Korean sageuks and Chinese period dramas, I confess that their Japanese equivalents, taigas, are more miss than hit with me (I have enjoyed Yoshitsune and what I've seen of Fuurin Kazan, which I plan to watch properly asap). I find the pace often glacial, the lack of women a big weakness (I can deal with a male-centric drama - I adore Three Kingdoms 2010 - but it has to be pretty amazing to compensate), and the stories themselves often lose me.



This said, I am not missing Taira no Kiyomori for any money. First of all, there is the topic - the struggle for power between the titular character and Minamoto no Yoshimoto (the father of the famous Yoshitsune and his equally famous brother Yoritomo who became the first Minamoto shogun).

And then there is the cast. Ahhh, the cast. In addition to Matsuyama Kenichi, who plays Kiyomori, Tamaki Hiroshi (!!!!!!!!) plays Yoshimoto. Fujiki Naohito (!!!!!!!) plays Sato Norikiyo (a warrior who became a monk and poet) and Matsuda Shota (!!!!!!) plays Go-Shirakawa-tennou (that's the Emperor, to you commoners. Clearly he inherited through hotness).

If there ever was a cast designed to get me to check out a taiga, this is it. I assume that means they will be concentrating on the protagonists' younger, hotter days :P

It is set to premiere in January 2012. Cannot wait!
dangermousie: (Default)
Much as I adore Korean sageuks and Chinese period dramas, I confess that their Japanese equivalents, taigas, are more miss than hit with me (I have enjoyed Yoshitsune and what I've seen of Fuurin Kazan, which I plan to watch properly asap). I find the pace often glacial, the lack of women a big weakness (I can deal with a male-centric drama - I adore Three Kingdoms 2010 - but it has to be pretty amazing to compensate), and the stories themselves often lose me.



This said, I am not missing Taira no Kiyomori for any money. First of all, there is the topic - the struggle for power between the titular character and Minamoto no Yoshimoto (the father of the famous Yoshitsune and his equally famous brother Yoritomo who became the first Minamoto shogun).

And then there is the cast. Ahhh, the cast. In addition to Matsuyama Kenichi, who plays Kiyomori, Tamaki Hiroshi (!!!!!!!!) plays Yoshimoto. Fujiki Naohito (!!!!!!!) plays Sato Norikiyo (a warrior who became a monk and poet) and Matsuda Shota (!!!!!!) plays Go-Shirakawa-tennou (that's the Emperor, to you commoners. Clearly he inherited through hotness).

If there ever was a cast designed to get me to check out a taiga, this is it. I assume that means they will be concentrating on the protagonists' younger, hotter days :P

It is set to premiere in January 2012. Cannot wait!
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
So: weekend drama tally.

1. I have finished Romantic Princess, the twdrama from last year. I think I could feel my brain dying. The drama design was very cute (almost as cute as Wu Zun) but OMG...the stupid. It burns. I think my problem with RP was that in any good drama (or what I consider good drama, I realize everybody has subjective differences in opinion) no matter how improbable the situation, the emotional response of characters to these situations rings true, and the characters themselves come across as consistent, believable people. In RP, the reactions lacked any depth and emotion and the characters were not people, but a collection of superficial traits stuck on good-looking dolls. They did not feel real.

2. I have also finished Hotaru No Hikari, which was just as awesome as it started being as. I don't feel like metaing about it, but it was wonderful and highly recommended. Ayase Haruka was great and so was Fujiki Naohito (*sigh*). I am such a sucker for friends who fall in love. And oh, the ending was the funniest, most adorable thing. I also liked the secondary characters and that Makoto was a sweet, if incompatible guy, not a villain.

Hmmm, seeing that I adored Sapuri, and thought HnH was great, and even KwP ended up working for me, once I realized what it was and what it wasn't, I suppose I can't claim any more that I don't like office dramas :)

3. Zettai Kareshi, first episode. OMG.



So much LOVE.

The story revolves around Riko, a sweet, oldfashioned, and unlucky in love office worker employed by a cake company. One day, through various circumstances, she ends up, without realizing it, purchasing a 'robot,' whom she names Night Tenjo. Night has been programmed to be the perfect boyfriend (of course), but can Riko have feelings for a thing? Can a thing actually have feelings? Oh, and how about Soshi, her senior at the company, who might actually be the real, flesh-and-blood guy she is looking for?

First ep was a total delight. If this keeps up, this might end up a favorite.

I adore the manga this is based on (am a Watase fangirl in general) but, oddly, didn't mind any of the changes. In a way, this is like Hana Yori Dango adaptation: they take the gist of the story and the situation and rearrange it into something same yet different.

I have not seen any of the three actors in anything else (except for Soshi who was Nanba-Senpai in Hana Kimi, but I exited that show really hastily, and he left no impression on me), but I adore them here. Aibu Saki is awkwardly adorable as Riko. You could see both her cookiness and her vulnerability and I just want to squish her. Hayami Mokomichi as Night is spot-on with his slightly robotic and stiff movements and expression. He is 'human' and yet he is 'off' somehow, too. Oh, and Night is just as much a darling in the live-action as he was in the manga. So sweet and stupid :P But, also developing feelings on his own. And I really loved the little subversive point in the manga which is kept in the drama: of course you can have the perfect shoujo boyfriend who will be tall and handsome and utterly devoted: he is programmed to be! In RL, perfection does not really exist.

I have seen Mizushima Hiro in Hana Kimi, but I disliked that drama and never got much into it. He is awesome here, as (in the biggest change from the manga) the playboyish but kind Soshi. I am swooning for him.

And speaking of...Such a pretty drama!

Screencaps galore )

Now they are adapting Zettai Kareshi, I think they should adopt Ayashi No Ceres (if Takeshi Kaneshiro was a decade younger, he is the picture-perfect Toya), or if that is too weird for TV, Fushigi Yuugi. Takizawa Hideaki was born to play Tamahome.

4. Neither of these being available, and with my craving for jdramas (I go through stages of kdrama-heavy watching, jdrama heavy watching etc), I started the excellent (so far) Aishiteiru to Itte Kure, a 1995 drama with Toyokawa Etsushi and Tokiwa Takako. She is an aspiring actress, he is a painter deaf since childhood.

Here is a MV for it:



It's excellent so far, and both leads are pitch-perfect. I have a problematic relationship with some older dramas (even Long Vacation didn't work for me) but this is excellent.

Though I might alternate between this and Yoshitsune. Takizawa Hideaki with a sword! I think [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore is the only one who've seen it on my flist. Do they do Shizuka's dance in the drama? I always loved that part of the story.

Short Yoshitsune MV )

I think I just might finish this first, after all.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
So: weekend drama tally.

1. I have finished Romantic Princess, the twdrama from last year. I think I could feel my brain dying. The drama design was very cute (almost as cute as Wu Zun) but OMG...the stupid. It burns. I think my problem with RP was that in any good drama (or what I consider good drama, I realize everybody has subjective differences in opinion) no matter how improbable the situation, the emotional response of characters to these situations rings true, and the characters themselves come across as consistent, believable people. In RP, the reactions lacked any depth and emotion and the characters were not people, but a collection of superficial traits stuck on good-looking dolls. They did not feel real.

2. I have also finished Hotaru No Hikari, which was just as awesome as it started being as. I don't feel like metaing about it, but it was wonderful and highly recommended. Ayase Haruka was great and so was Fujiki Naohito (*sigh*). I am such a sucker for friends who fall in love. And oh, the ending was the funniest, most adorable thing. I also liked the secondary characters and that Makoto was a sweet, if incompatible guy, not a villain.

Hmmm, seeing that I adored Sapuri, and thought HnH was great, and even KwP ended up working for me, once I realized what it was and what it wasn't, I suppose I can't claim any more that I don't like office dramas :)

3. Zettai Kareshi, first episode. OMG.



So much LOVE.

The story revolves around Riko, a sweet, oldfashioned, and unlucky in love office worker employed by a cake company. One day, through various circumstances, she ends up, without realizing it, purchasing a 'robot,' whom she names Night Tenjo. Night has been programmed to be the perfect boyfriend (of course), but can Riko have feelings for a thing? Can a thing actually have feelings? Oh, and how about Soshi, her senior at the company, who might actually be the real, flesh-and-blood guy she is looking for?

First ep was a total delight. If this keeps up, this might end up a favorite.

I adore the manga this is based on (am a Watase fangirl in general) but, oddly, didn't mind any of the changes. In a way, this is like Hana Yori Dango adaptation: they take the gist of the story and the situation and rearrange it into something same yet different.

I have not seen any of the three actors in anything else (except for Soshi who was Nanba-Senpai in Hana Kimi, but I exited that show really hastily, and he left no impression on me), but I adore them here. Aibu Saki is awkwardly adorable as Riko. You could see both her cookiness and her vulnerability and I just want to squish her. Hayami Mokomichi as Night is spot-on with his slightly robotic and stiff movements and expression. He is 'human' and yet he is 'off' somehow, too. Oh, and Night is just as much a darling in the live-action as he was in the manga. So sweet and stupid :P But, also developing feelings on his own. And I really loved the little subversive point in the manga which is kept in the drama: of course you can have the perfect shoujo boyfriend who will be tall and handsome and utterly devoted: he is programmed to be! In RL, perfection does not really exist.

I have seen Mizushima Hiro in Hana Kimi, but I disliked that drama and never got much into it. He is awesome here, as (in the biggest change from the manga) the playboyish but kind Soshi. I am swooning for him.

And speaking of...Such a pretty drama!

Screencaps galore )

Now they are adapting Zettai Kareshi, I think they should adopt Ayashi No Ceres (if Takeshi Kaneshiro was a decade younger, he is the picture-perfect Toya), or if that is too weird for TV, Fushigi Yuugi. Takizawa Hideaki was born to play Tamahome.

4. Neither of these being available, and with my craving for jdramas (I go through stages of kdrama-heavy watching, jdrama heavy watching etc), I started the excellent (so far) Aishiteiru to Itte Kure, a 1995 drama with Toyokawa Etsushi and Tokiwa Takako. She is an aspiring actress, he is a painter deaf since childhood.

Here is a MV for it:



It's excellent so far, and both leads are pitch-perfect. I have a problematic relationship with some older dramas (even Long Vacation didn't work for me) but this is excellent.

Though I might alternate between this and Yoshitsune. Takizawa Hideaki with a sword! I think [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore is the only one who've seen it on my flist. Do they do Shizuka's dance in the drama? I always loved that part of the story.

Short Yoshitsune MV )

I think I just might finish this first, after all.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
So: weekend drama tally.

1. I have finished Romantic Princess, the twdrama from last year. I think I could feel my brain dying. The drama design was very cute (almost as cute as Wu Zun) but OMG...the stupid. It burns. I think my problem with RP was that in any good drama (or what I consider good drama, I realize everybody has subjective differences in opinion) no matter how improbable the situation, the emotional response of characters to these situations rings true, and the characters themselves come across as consistent, believable people. In RP, the reactions lacked any depth and emotion and the characters were not people, but a collection of superficial traits stuck on good-looking dolls. They did not feel real.

2. I have also finished Hotaru No Hikari, which was just as awesome as it started being as. I don't feel like metaing about it, but it was wonderful and highly recommended. Ayase Haruka was great and so was Fujiki Naohito (*sigh*). I am such a sucker for friends who fall in love. And oh, the ending was the funniest, most adorable thing. I also liked the secondary characters and that Makoto was a sweet, if incompatible guy, not a villain.

Hmmm, seeing that I adored Sapuri, and thought HnH was great, and even KwP ended up working for me, once I realized what it was and what it wasn't, I suppose I can't claim any more that I don't like office dramas :)

3. Zettai Kareshi, first episode. OMG.



So much LOVE.

The story revolves around Riko, a sweet, oldfashioned, and unlucky in love office worker employed by a cake company. One day, through various circumstances, she ends up, without realizing it, purchasing a 'robot,' whom she names Night Tenjo. Night has been programmed to be the perfect boyfriend (of course), but can Riko have feelings for a thing? Can a thing actually have feelings? Oh, and how about Soshi, her senior at the company, who might actually be the real, flesh-and-blood guy she is looking for?

First ep was a total delight. If this keeps up, this might end up a favorite.

I adore the manga this is based on (am a Watase fangirl in general) but, oddly, didn't mind any of the changes. In a way, this is like Hana Yori Dango adaptation: they take the gist of the story and the situation and rearrange it into something same yet different.

I have not seen any of the three actors in anything else (except for Soshi who was Nanba-Senpai in Hana Kimi, but I exited that show really hastily, and he left no impression on me), but I adore them here. Aibu Saki is awkwardly adorable as Riko. You could see both her cookiness and her vulnerability and I just want to squish her. Hayami Mokomichi as Night is spot-on with his slightly robotic and stiff movements and expression. He is 'human' and yet he is 'off' somehow, too. Oh, and Night is just as much a darling in the live-action as he was in the manga. So sweet and stupid :P But, also developing feelings on his own. And I really loved the little subversive point in the manga which is kept in the drama: of course you can have the perfect shoujo boyfriend who will be tall and handsome and utterly devoted: he is programmed to be! In RL, perfection does not really exist.

I have seen Mizushima Hiro in Hana Kimi, but I disliked that drama and never got much into it. He is awesome here, as (in the biggest change from the manga) the playboyish but kind Soshi. I am swooning for him.

And speaking of...Such a pretty drama!

Screencaps galore )

Now they are adapting Zettai Kareshi, I think they should adopt Ayashi No Ceres (if Takeshi Kaneshiro was a decade younger, he is the picture-perfect Toya), or if that is too weird for TV, Fushigi Yuugi. Takizawa Hideaki was born to play Tamahome.

4. Neither of these being available, and with my craving for jdramas (I go through stages of kdrama-heavy watching, jdrama heavy watching etc), I started the excellent (so far) Aishiteiru to Itte Kure, a 1995 drama with Toyokawa Etsushi and Tokiwa Takako. She is an aspiring actress, he is a painter deaf since childhood.

Here is a MV for it:



It's excellent so far, and both leads are pitch-perfect. I have a problematic relationship with some older dramas (even Long Vacation didn't work for me) but this is excellent.

Though I might alternate between this and Yoshitsune. Takizawa Hideaki with a sword! I think [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore is the only one who've seen it on my flist. Do they do Shizuka's dance in the drama? I always loved that part of the story.

Short Yoshitsune MV )

I think I just might finish this first, after all.
dangermousie: (HYD: by myssylanious)
1. Two and a half eps into Hotaru No Hikari and I continue to adore it as much as ever. I adore Hotaru, who is sooooo funny. Here’s a hint, girl. When you, a twenty-something woman, have to get relationship advice from a thirty-something divorced man (whose wife walked out on him!) and he is still better at it than you are, you need an intervention :)

I do love that both Hotaru and Takano need to grow and change. FN’s character wasn’t some pure-hearted innocent with an evil, cheating wife. He was a workaholic who neglected spending time with her and I think her walking out is what made him ‘wake up’, and I love that he does realize the need for change. But basically, he is a very nice guy (the scene with the red folder? EEEEE!) and I sort of adore him in his spiffy suits and dorky raincoat. And his interactions with Hotaru make me LOL.

I also really like the sweet-natured lady who likes Makoto (the ‘Other Guy’) and Takano’s friend who crushes on her. He is so awesome. He is going to try to help her get Makoto because he wants her to be happy. EEEE! Since I know how the pairings will eventually turn out, I wonder if HnH saying that the best guy for you is your friend, which is actually an awesome observation and good for long-term relationships (my husband is, after all, my best friend).

2. Robbers is ending today. I am going to read spoilers and that would determine whether I watch it or not (I saw first three eps and stopped). It’s simple. If Oh Joon dies, I am gone: I pick my ‘terminal illness’ dramas very sparingly and they have to be extra-special, and this would not be it. I adore Jang Hyuk and Lee Da Hae, but I have plenty of other dramas with them to watch. I wonder if a lot of people feel the same way, because apparently the ratings for ep 15 were under 5%, which is insanely low for a kdrama, and apparently is the lowest rated ep in 2008 (I am sure there will come a drama to beat it). I mean, watching a poor mistreated guy who just has found self-respect and love with a young widow with a cute child, a young widow that already had to lose her husband tragically, succumb to tragedy and terminal illness? Not most people’s cup of soju.

ETA: Found out the ending. spoilers )

3. I am excited about an upcoming drama, which will start at end of March: Three Dads And One Mom.



It stars Eugene, Jo Hyun Jae, Jae Hee, Shin Sung-Rok. The only problem I have with this is that I adore Jae Hee with mad pash but have never seen JHJ in anything and I just know Jae Hee will end up being ‘the other guy,’ the Lee Junki character in My Girl, the playboy who falls for the heroine and gets his heart broken and I do not approve of broken-hearted Jae Hee on principle.

Plot: Eugene plays a new mother and widow. Her husband has just keeled over. Not only that, but since he was sterile, the baby was created artificially, through a ‘donation’ by his three friends. Thus, according to release at soompi, the three ‘dads’ are: “Jo Hyun Jae who is returning to the TV screen two years after "Ballad of Seodong" will play a comic role as a successful fund manager. Shin Sung Rok plays the role of an innocent detective who cannot even speak well in front of women while Jae Hee is a 'pretty boy' comic artist who likes girls but doesn't know true love.”

Pics of gentlemen and lady involved )

4. I really need a Fujiki Naohito icon. I crave it like a drug.
dangermousie: (HYD: by myssylanious)
1. Two and a half eps into Hotaru No Hikari and I continue to adore it as much as ever. I adore Hotaru, who is sooooo funny. Here’s a hint, girl. When you, a twenty-something woman, have to get relationship advice from a thirty-something divorced man (whose wife walked out on him!) and he is still better at it than you are, you need an intervention :)

I do love that both Hotaru and Takano need to grow and change. FN’s character wasn’t some pure-hearted innocent with an evil, cheating wife. He was a workaholic who neglected spending time with her and I think her walking out is what made him ‘wake up’, and I love that he does realize the need for change. But basically, he is a very nice guy (the scene with the red folder? EEEEE!) and I sort of adore him in his spiffy suits and dorky raincoat. And his interactions with Hotaru make me LOL.

I also really like the sweet-natured lady who likes Makoto (the ‘Other Guy’) and Takano’s friend who crushes on her. He is so awesome. He is going to try to help her get Makoto because he wants her to be happy. EEEE! Since I know how the pairings will eventually turn out, I wonder if HnH saying that the best guy for you is your friend, which is actually an awesome observation and good for long-term relationships (my husband is, after all, my best friend).

2. Robbers is ending today. I am going to read spoilers and that would determine whether I watch it or not (I saw first three eps and stopped). It’s simple. If Oh Joon dies, I am gone: I pick my ‘terminal illness’ dramas very sparingly and they have to be extra-special, and this would not be it. I adore Jang Hyuk and Lee Da Hae, but I have plenty of other dramas with them to watch. I wonder if a lot of people feel the same way, because apparently the ratings for ep 15 were under 5%, which is insanely low for a kdrama, and apparently is the lowest rated ep in 2008 (I am sure there will come a drama to beat it). I mean, watching a poor mistreated guy who just has found self-respect and love with a young widow with a cute child, a young widow that already had to lose her husband tragically, succumb to tragedy and terminal illness? Not most people’s cup of soju.

ETA: Found out the ending. spoilers )

3. I am excited about an upcoming drama, which will start at end of March: Three Dads And One Mom.



It stars Eugene, Jo Hyun Jae, Jae Hee, Shin Sung-Rok. The only problem I have with this is that I adore Jae Hee with mad pash but have never seen JHJ in anything and I just know Jae Hee will end up being ‘the other guy,’ the Lee Junki character in My Girl, the playboy who falls for the heroine and gets his heart broken and I do not approve of broken-hearted Jae Hee on principle.

Plot: Eugene plays a new mother and widow. Her husband has just keeled over. Not only that, but since he was sterile, the baby was created artificially, through a ‘donation’ by his three friends. Thus, according to release at soompi, the three ‘dads’ are: “Jo Hyun Jae who is returning to the TV screen two years after "Ballad of Seodong" will play a comic role as a successful fund manager. Shin Sung Rok plays the role of an innocent detective who cannot even speak well in front of women while Jae Hee is a 'pretty boy' comic artist who likes girls but doesn't know true love.”

Pics of gentlemen and lady involved )

4. I really need a Fujiki Naohito icon. I crave it like a drug.
dangermousie: (HYD: by myssylanious)
1. Two and a half eps into Hotaru No Hikari and I continue to adore it as much as ever. I adore Hotaru, who is sooooo funny. Here’s a hint, girl. When you, a twenty-something woman, have to get relationship advice from a thirty-something divorced man (whose wife walked out on him!) and he is still better at it than you are, you need an intervention :)

I do love that both Hotaru and Takano need to grow and change. FN’s character wasn’t some pure-hearted innocent with an evil, cheating wife. He was a workaholic who neglected spending time with her and I think her walking out is what made him ‘wake up’, and I love that he does realize the need for change. But basically, he is a very nice guy (the scene with the red folder? EEEEE!) and I sort of adore him in his spiffy suits and dorky raincoat. And his interactions with Hotaru make me LOL.

I also really like the sweet-natured lady who likes Makoto (the ‘Other Guy’) and Takano’s friend who crushes on her. He is so awesome. He is going to try to help her get Makoto because he wants her to be happy. EEEE! Since I know how the pairings will eventually turn out, I wonder if HnH saying that the best guy for you is your friend, which is actually an awesome observation and good for long-term relationships (my husband is, after all, my best friend).

2. Robbers is ending today. I am going to read spoilers and that would determine whether I watch it or not (I saw first three eps and stopped). It’s simple. If Oh Joon dies, I am gone: I pick my ‘terminal illness’ dramas very sparingly and they have to be extra-special, and this would not be it. I adore Jang Hyuk and Lee Da Hae, but I have plenty of other dramas with them to watch. I wonder if a lot of people feel the same way, because apparently the ratings for ep 15 were under 5%, which is insanely low for a kdrama, and apparently is the lowest rated ep in 2008 (I am sure there will come a drama to beat it). I mean, watching a poor mistreated guy who just has found self-respect and love with a young widow with a cute child, a young widow that already had to lose her husband tragically, succumb to tragedy and terminal illness? Not most people’s cup of soju.

ETA: Found out the ending. spoilers )

3. I am excited about an upcoming drama, which will start at end of March: Three Dads And One Mom.



It stars Eugene, Jo Hyun Jae, Jae Hee, Shin Sung-Rok. The only problem I have with this is that I adore Jae Hee with mad pash but have never seen JHJ in anything and I just know Jae Hee will end up being ‘the other guy,’ the Lee Junki character in My Girl, the playboy who falls for the heroine and gets his heart broken and I do not approve of broken-hearted Jae Hee on principle.

Plot: Eugene plays a new mother and widow. Her husband has just keeled over. Not only that, but since he was sterile, the baby was created artificially, through a ‘donation’ by his three friends. Thus, according to release at soompi, the three ‘dads’ are: “Jo Hyun Jae who is returning to the TV screen two years after "Ballad of Seodong" will play a comic role as a successful fund manager. Shin Sung Rok plays the role of an innocent detective who cannot even speak well in front of women while Jae Hee is a 'pretty boy' comic artist who likes girls but doesn't know true love.”

Pics of gentlemen and lady involved )

4. I really need a Fujiki Naohito icon. I crave it like a drug.
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
Romatic Princess was cute but didn't hold my attention so I started the jdrama I planned to start for a while, Hotaru No Hikari.



(I did a summary for it here, with vids).

YOU GUYS THIS IS THE MOST AWESOME THING IN EXISTENCE.

I am an ep in, and I defy anyone, no matter how down, bored, or just plain grumpy, to not emerge out of this without a grin on their face, and feeling warm and wonderful.

Ayase Haruka is so funny and so gorgeous, and I adore her bossy, oddball, messy Hotaru who makes up her own words, drinks beer for breakfast and goes giddy over a kiss by a handsome crush (Other Guy, who is hot and cool at the same time). Fujiki Naohito is just as good as he was in Itoshi Kimi E (and as gorgeous) only this time he is making me grin and not bawl. His Takano is all taken-aback, sweet-natured perfectionist of adorkableness. Both of them have so much adorableness, I just might explode.

GUUUUUH. I just might fall into HnH coma and never emerge, I love it THIS much.
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
Romatic Princess was cute but didn't hold my attention so I started the jdrama I planned to start for a while, Hotaru No Hikari.



(I did a summary for it here, with vids).

YOU GUYS THIS IS THE MOST AWESOME THING IN EXISTENCE.

I am an ep in, and I defy anyone, no matter how down, bored, or just plain grumpy, to not emerge out of this without a grin on their face, and feeling warm and wonderful.

Ayase Haruka is so funny and so gorgeous, and I adore her bossy, oddball, messy Hotaru who makes up her own words, drinks beer for breakfast and goes giddy over a kiss by a handsome crush (Other Guy, who is hot and cool at the same time). Fujiki Naohito is just as good as he was in Itoshi Kimi E (and as gorgeous) only this time he is making me grin and not bawl. His Takano is all taken-aback, sweet-natured perfectionist of adorkableness. Both of them have so much adorableness, I just might explode.

GUUUUUH. I just might fall into HnH coma and never emerge, I love it THIS much.
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
Romatic Princess was cute but didn't hold my attention so I started the jdrama I planned to start for a while, Hotaru No Hikari.



(I did a summary for it here, with vids).

YOU GUYS THIS IS THE MOST AWESOME THING IN EXISTENCE.

I am an ep in, and I defy anyone, no matter how down, bored, or just plain grumpy, to not emerge out of this without a grin on their face, and feeling warm and wonderful.

Ayase Haruka is so funny and so gorgeous, and I adore her bossy, oddball, messy Hotaru who makes up her own words, drinks beer for breakfast and goes giddy over a kiss by a handsome crush (Other Guy, who is hot and cool at the same time). Fujiki Naohito is just as good as he was in Itoshi Kimi E (and as gorgeous) only this time he is making me grin and not bawl. His Takano is all taken-aback, sweet-natured perfectionist of adorkableness. Both of them have so much adorableness, I just might explode.

GUUUUUH. I just might fall into HnH coma and never emerge, I love it THIS much.
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)
Meet my next jdrama (once I finish with Snow White kdrama):

Hotaru No Hikari, starring Ayase Haruka (who I swear looks like a Japanese version of Barbie Xsu) and Fujiki Naohito who is my newest drama favorite.

Plot (from wiki): Our heroine, Hotaru works for a famous interior design company. It's a glamorous job but Hotaru's private life is totally the opposite of glamorous. She lives alone, and when she isn't working she's mostly lazing about her rented house in training wear. She's not interested in men. In fact, she isn't interested in anything. "I'd rather lie around than fool around," is her motto.

Her landlord's son, who has just separated from his wife, comes to inspect the rental property, not knowing that someone is living there. He is shocked at the mess, but not as shocked as Hotaru. He turns out to be her boss, Takano (Fujiki Naohito, duh)...

I have no idea how, but somehow they end up living together :)

It sounds fun and funny and awesome. And best of all? Fujiki Naohito doesn't die or go blind or something equally horrendous!!!

SeeMV of adorableness:



Another MV, song sung by FN )
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)
Meet my next jdrama (once I finish with Snow White kdrama):

Hotaru No Hikari, starring Ayase Haruka (who I swear looks like a Japanese version of Barbie Xsu) and Fujiki Naohito who is my newest drama favorite.

Plot (from wiki): Our heroine, Hotaru works for a famous interior design company. It's a glamorous job but Hotaru's private life is totally the opposite of glamorous. She lives alone, and when she isn't working she's mostly lazing about her rented house in training wear. She's not interested in men. In fact, she isn't interested in anything. "I'd rather lie around than fool around," is her motto.

Her landlord's son, who has just separated from his wife, comes to inspect the rental property, not knowing that someone is living there. He is shocked at the mess, but not as shocked as Hotaru. He turns out to be her boss, Takano (Fujiki Naohito, duh)...

I have no idea how, but somehow they end up living together :)

It sounds fun and funny and awesome. And best of all? Fujiki Naohito doesn't die or go blind or something equally horrendous!!!

SeeMV of adorableness:



Another MV, song sung by FN )
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)
Meet my next jdrama (once I finish with Snow White kdrama):

Hotaru No Hikari, starring Ayase Haruka (who I swear looks like a Japanese version of Barbie Xsu) and Fujiki Naohito who is my newest drama favorite.

Plot (from wiki): Our heroine, Hotaru works for a famous interior design company. It's a glamorous job but Hotaru's private life is totally the opposite of glamorous. She lives alone, and when she isn't working she's mostly lazing about her rented house in training wear. She's not interested in men. In fact, she isn't interested in anything. "I'd rather lie around than fool around," is her motto.

Her landlord's son, who has just separated from his wife, comes to inspect the rental property, not knowing that someone is living there. He is shocked at the mess, but not as shocked as Hotaru. He turns out to be her boss, Takano (Fujiki Naohito, duh)...

I have no idea how, but somehow they end up living together :)

It sounds fun and funny and awesome. And best of all? Fujiki Naohito doesn't die or go blind or something equally horrendous!!!

SeeMV of adorableness:



Another MV, song sung by FN )
dangermousie: (Kurosagi by cherishcolors)
Finished Itoshi Kimi E which was perfection.

I think Pride is ultimately still my fave jdrama (I am going to rewatch it shortly) but this is a very close second.

And such hopefulness and sweetness. I was smiling and awwing. Which is just as well after earlier hell.

Thoughts while watching )

This is going into my Top 5 dramas ever.

Screencaps coming.

Next drama most likely to be Jotei. I had such awesome run lately, I am about due for a lame one, so I might as well pick a deliciously cheesily entertainingly lame one.
dangermousie: (Kurosagi by cherishcolors)
Finished Itoshi Kimi E which was perfection.

I think Pride is ultimately still my fave jdrama (I am going to rewatch it shortly) but this is a very close second.

And such hopefulness and sweetness. I was smiling and awwing. Which is just as well after earlier hell.

Thoughts while watching )

This is going into my Top 5 dramas ever.

Screencaps coming.

Next drama most likely to be Jotei. I had such awesome run lately, I am about due for a lame one, so I might as well pick a deliciously cheesily entertainingly lame one.
dangermousie: (Kurosagi by cherishcolors)
Finished Itoshi Kimi E which was perfection.

I think Pride is ultimately still my fave jdrama (I am going to rewatch it shortly) but this is a very close second.

And such hopefulness and sweetness. I was smiling and awwing. Which is just as well after earlier hell.

Thoughts while watching )

This is going into my Top 5 dramas ever.

Screencaps coming.

Next drama most likely to be Jotei. I had such awesome run lately, I am about due for a lame one, so I might as well pick a deliciously cheesily entertainingly lame one.
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui by yled)
OMG.

I just finished ep 8 of Itoshi Kimi E and

oh oh oh OH.

Ryoko must die. DIE. Fine, she ditched her fiance when she found out he was going to go blind. Then, month or so after, she changed her mind and is all 'I want you back' (does she really think a man would still love her after what she did?????) and when Shunsuke tells her 'I have someone I love' (EEEEEE!) she is all 'that girl can't take care of you the way I can because I am rich blah blah.' STAB.

Fine.

Whatever.

But then he is having one of his horrible attacks, when he can't see, and has been like this for three hours, and he thought he talked to Shiki and then the door rings, and he opens the door and he is "Shiki?' and it's Ryoko and she is hugging him silently because she wants to take advantage of his blindness and I want to KILL her. KILL her. Please tell me she isn't going to drag him to bed. STABSTABSTAB. Because he isn't used to blindness yet enough or even has been with Shiki long enough to be able to distinguish just by touch.

And taking such horrible advantage of someone so vulnerable is so DESPICABLE.

I want her to be run over by a bus. Back and forth.

In other 'you annoy me' news, Dear Shiki's Friends and Family. You are nice and all, but come ON! Shiki is 27, she is certainly old enough to know what she wants. If she wants to date a guy who will go blind, it's her own freaking business and not yours. Piling up on him is NOT allowed. Yeah, yeah, try to guilt him into leaving her, that will be great. NOT. Yes, I think I have reached the utterly blindingly irrational shipper stage.

Because OMG, Shiki/Shunsuke are one of the most awesome OTPs in the history of jdrama. They just work together. And I love that she knows what's ahead, really, but she can keep not only her spirit up but his. I love the whole bit where he is 'how can you want me, even God abandoned me' and she is all not wallowy back but snarks that 'even if God abandoned you, you have such a great catch by your side.' And he grins and there is teasing and awesomeness.

Btw, Fujiki Naohito? Has the world's most gorgeous smile. His whole face transforms.

Oh, and eeeeee! When he kisses her, he has to bend almost in half. It's the most awesome thing ever.

But the scene that killed me dead the most was when they were somewhere out of town, and he decided to go all the way back to Tokyo with his eyes closed, to 'practice.' And OMG OMG OMG he was so vulnerable, and she slipped her hand in his, and she became his eyes.

I might, or might not, have bawled like a little girl.

Also, I have to say it takes a lot of guts for Shunsuke to tell Shiki's father upfront about his condition. He rocks.

I have to say, I know they are trying to put the most positive spin on the blindness thing, but sorry, it's still horrible. In my AU, there is a new cure in a few years and he gets his eyesight back.

ETA: No Ryoko sexing. But she goes instead to Shiki to tell her to ditch Shunsuke because, according to her, Shunsuke wants her, Ryoko, but 'you know how gentle he is' so he won't ever say that to Shiki. According to Ryoko world, that is. UGH DIEDIEDIEDIE.

ETA2: Nonononono. Argh. Stop being noble and self-sacrificing, Shunsuke, before I reach into the screen and smack you! He is so going to leave her, isn't he? Because she is temporarily giving up pediatrics for him and because he doesn't want to burned her. NOOOOO. Stop. NOW. Thanks. Oh, this drama is good at making me emo. But he is so scared and so good.

But I am glad to announce her Dad gave blessings. Yay.

ETA3: Hell. He did it. Hellhellhellhell.

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