dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)



I haven't felt so spazzy since the ending of Hanadan2, with Domyoji stretching out his hand to Makino in the 'empty' auditorium and proposing.

Warning: scene behind the cut is the pinnacle of fangirl fantasy. Are you strong enough in mind and body to handle it? )

And now a poll.

[Poll #1792947]
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)



I haven't felt so spazzy since the ending of Hanadan2, with Domyoji stretching out his hand to Makino in the 'empty' auditorium and proposing.

Warning: scene behind the cut is the pinnacle of fangirl fantasy. Are you strong enough in mind and body to handle it? )

And now a poll.

[Poll #1792947]
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)



I haven't felt so spazzy since the ending of Hanadan2, with Domyoji stretching out his hand to Makino in the 'empty' auditorium and proposing.

Warning: scene behind the cut is the pinnacle of fangirl fantasy. Are you strong enough in mind and body to handle it? )

And now a poll.

[Poll #1792947]
dangermousie: (HYD: elevator by carshrimp)
"However bad my sight is, I can tell that you are there. So always stay by my side."










Brb, swooning.
dangermousie: (HYD: elevator by carshrimp)
"However bad my sight is, I can tell that you are there. So always stay by my side."










Brb, swooning.
dangermousie: (HYD: elevator by carshrimp)
"However bad my sight is, I can tell that you are there. So always stay by my side."










Brb, swooning.
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
Grumpy teddybear pop idol/cross-dressing singer nun OTP forevah!






Eight million caps coming.

Also, just finished Ouran High School Host Club and ditto (so many caps, so little time!)

And seeing how there are a lot of takers, what say you about starting our Coffee Prince watchalong this Monday?
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
Grumpy teddybear pop idol/cross-dressing singer nun OTP forevah!






Eight million caps coming.

Also, just finished Ouran High School Host Club and ditto (so many caps, so little time!)

And seeing how there are a lot of takers, what say you about starting our Coffee Prince watchalong this Monday?
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
Grumpy teddybear pop idol/cross-dressing singer nun OTP forevah!






Eight million caps coming.

Also, just finished Ouran High School Host Club and ditto (so many caps, so little time!)

And seeing how there are a lot of takers, what say you about starting our Coffee Prince watchalong this Monday?
dangermousie: (Default)
Ummm, I continue to be obsessed with Ikemen Desu Ne.



Ep 3 pretty much confirmed it's a Mio/Ren show the whole way and I love it! If what you watched the Korean original for was slapstick humor, the interactions between the boys (and boys and heroine) or even secondary lead love, you should skip IDN. If, otoh, like me you were in it just for the OTP, you have basically entered heaven. This is pretty much all OTP all the time. And the heroine is not meek or remarkably dumb this time either and the chemistry sizzles (plus, much as I adore Jang Geun Seok, on a purely hormonal level, the Japanese version of his character does it for me muuuuuch more). The thing I like the most is that Ren and Mio feel pretty much like equals, which is something I never truly felt in YAB.

How could you run away? What about me? Errrr, I mean my bandmates. )

I am also catching up with Heartstrings and my love for it knows no bounds. I've liked it from the start, but in the last few eps it went from that to slavish adoration. I do not think it is any coincidence that the shift coincided with the story's shift and now almost exclusive focus on Shin/Gyuwon.



I'd say 85% of ep 8 was about them. And to see their friendship and teasing and the way Shin watches her (seeing him with that look in his eyes I melt and I am not even the target) and the way he's actually happy for once and the way she's bemused and just their ridiculous chemistry. The story feels so very slice-of-life and reminds me of my college days almost painfully. I am getting ridiculously nostalgic for that time - somehow it captures that vibe, with its excitement and enthusiasm and friendships and love - how everything felt just a bit more vivid - perfectly. Ep 8 also made rock-solid my belief that Shin and Gyuwon are compatible almost on a molecular level - in interests, in maturity levels, in personalities (not similar at all but complimentary. Have you ever seen Shin tease before? It turns out he's got an adorably dry sense of humor). Also, I am a sucker for a guy who takes such good care of his girl.

A ton of caps and thoughts on ep 8 of Heartstrings )
dangermousie: (Default)
You can usually tell how obsessed I am about a drama by the amount of caps I take per episode.



Cap count for ep two of Ikemen Desu Ne is 1067 caps. For 45 minutes of run time. Luckily for your connections, I managed to cull it down to a bit of under 130.

Warning: you are about to enter a Mio/Ren zone. Some meta and a heck of a lot of caps )
dangermousie: (Default)
Ummm, I am kinda obsessed with Ikemen Desu Ne. They took all the parts of YAB that I adored and seemed to fix a lot of the parts I found problematic. Now watch me marathon first three eps (first ep alone is close to two hours!!!) as my pile of unwatched kdramas from last week gets longer.

Comments caps and MV of the drama, first ep )
dangermousie: (Mary)
I am sure many of you are aware that last week saw the premiere of the first episode of the jdrama Ikemen Desu Ne, the Japanese remake of the mania kdrama You're Beautiful.



I was very curious to check it out and tonight, seeing that CH subs are not done yet, and I am too brain-dead for anything that requires any concentration, seemed like a good time.

Shocking verdict: I like it!

Let me put this in context - unlike most of the the English-speaking online kdrama fandom, I was not in love with YAB. I started out adoring it, it is true. But as it progressed, I realized that there never was going to be more character development or plot progression that we saw at the start and all the flaws I found so interesting in anticipation of how they would get addressed, never will be. And then, with the bitterness of a disappointed love, my love turned into loathing. I ended the drama thoroughly hating disliking it. Fandom wars around that time didn't help, I confess, and I have mellowed about it since. As of now, I regard it as a well-made and cute drama for which I am much too old to be a target audience, a sort of live-action shoujo, which had an awesome soundtrack and a great performance by Jang Geun Seok, who held that drama together and made me watch much longer than I otherwise would have. It was the beginning of the end of my love affair with Hong Sisters...

Anyway, since I didn't like YAB, the thought of the remake didn't feel me with horror (the way jdrama remake of Mawang did. Mawang is my favorite drama of all time, so any remake felt sacrilegious). I didn't think it could be ruined, frankly.

And one ep in, I am enjoying it hugely (then, granted, I adored YAB in the beginning too).

(1) The jdrama is a lot less OTT and a lot more low-key, which I like. My adoration of KO 3an Guo notwithstanding, OTT and I don't really go well together. A lot of humor that didn't work for me has been taken out even if the concept is still funny - a nun cross-dressing as a boy to join an idol group.
(2) I really like the actress who plays Minam (I am going to use Korean version names because those are the ones I know). Unlike Park Shin Hye's over-the-top naivete (I love PSH but the way the role was done, nobody could have saved it), she just seems sweet.



(3) Whoever plays Tae Kyung is nowhere nearly as good as JGS but I like him OK.



(4) I always thought both Shin Woo and Jeremy were wooden pretty decor so I don't care what they do with them there.
(5) This is going to be half the length of the kdrama and honestly, YAB story could stand to be severely chopped down.
(6) I know what to expect - fun and cuteness and no brain whatsoever and problematic gender takes, so I am more accepting of it.
(7) I am just more tolerant of shallowness (emotional and narrative) and kookiness/shoujoness in jdramas for some reason.



So, overall verdict - objectively it's nowhere near as good as YAB but subjectively I like it better. I will keep up with it.

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