dangermousie: (HYD: by myssylanious)
I just watched 3 (the ep I finished ends with the Ebisu date) of Hana Yori Dango in a row.

Gosh, I always forget what effortless, soul-sucking fun this is!

The best part? Mr. Mousie told me I should watch it on the big screen TV in the living room and we had way too much fun commenting on the outfits. Also, I saw him be drawn in and get more and more amused by Domyouji. Yay!

Anyways, quick thoughts on this umpteenth rewatch:

* It's weird to rewatch it now after Inoue Mao and most of the F4 went on to different things (and are what, 4 years older?). It's sort of amusing to juxtpose Makino and sheltered rich girl from First Kiss, Rui and the serious cop from Tokyo Dogs, or Sojiro and the screwed-up photographer in Love Shuffle or Domyouji and the abused Japanese-Philippino from Smile. Hanadan was my first drama for all the actors involved (it was my first jdrama, period) and it's really fun to see how my perceptions of characters and actors have changed and stayed the same.

* Makino is such an amazing darling - the drama really works because in all the craziness of Hanadan world, she is real - her reactions are real and her warmth is real and her stubborn toughness is real.

* I always forget (because by the end I adore him beyond words, even if I still would never date him) how much I loathe Domyouji in the beginning. I spent the first ep and half of the second wanting someone to stab him in the face with rusty scissors. By the end of the third? I am amused and rather fond. It's funny, I still stand by my original assessment (one which put me off from watching the jdrama for months, actually, back way when) that Matsumoto Jun is in another universe from good-looking (especially with that hair) and physically he is nothing like Domyouji of the manga. But the funny thing is, as always, I end up sucked in and not caring because he nails the role and somehow he becomes so magnetic that even though objectively I know he is hideous, subjectively, I am in a permanent swoon. (I think Matsumoto Jun is actually the best of all the younger jdrama actors I've seen - there is nothing in common between Domyouji and Shin from Gokusen or Momo from KwP or poor mistreated Bito from Smile. The latter is my favorite role of his, actually).

* Makino seems to girl-crush a lot. She pauses in her leaving the House of Evil to comment on how pretty Tsubaki is. And she totally worships Shizuka. Makino Tsukushi, closet lesbian?

* I actually love that they changed the manga and introduce Kaede early on. It explains so much about everything - the scene when she fires the chef during dinner explains everything about why Domyouji is the way he is, really. Also, I continue to believe a lot of it is his acting out to get attention, any attention, to prove he matters.

* Love love love love Rui! But still do not ship him with Makino. He'd be an awesome BFF though.

* It also occurs to me that if Kaede could think outside preconceived notions, she'd be buying Makino presents and writing her thank-you cards. Because those first episodes bring out most forcefully that if Domyouji didn't come across Makino and glom onto her like a limpet and thus was forced to grow up and live for someone else, he'd just eventually end up in jail or dead or under some heavy medication, with no amount of money being able to fix it. Forget managing a company, I don't think he'd be functional, even. (One of the things I hated in the kdrama was how they took that one defining characteristic of his - him being totally screwed-up and off the rails and got rid of it. Oh wait, he had one other driving characteristic - really really strong will and Makino monomania. They got rid of that too! No, I am not bitter, why do you ask?)
dangermousie: (HYD: by myssylanious)
I just watched 3 (the ep I finished ends with the Ebisu date) of Hana Yori Dango in a row.

Gosh, I always forget what effortless, soul-sucking fun this is!

The best part? Mr. Mousie told me I should watch it on the big screen TV in the living room and we had way too much fun commenting on the outfits. Also, I saw him be drawn in and get more and more amused by Domyouji. Yay!

Anyways, quick thoughts on this umpteenth rewatch:

* It's weird to rewatch it now after Inoue Mao and most of the F4 went on to different things (and are what, 4 years older?). It's sort of amusing to juxtpose Makino and sheltered rich girl from First Kiss, Rui and the serious cop from Tokyo Dogs, or Sojiro and the screwed-up photographer in Love Shuffle or Domyouji and the abused Japanese-Philippino from Smile. Hanadan was my first drama for all the actors involved (it was my first jdrama, period) and it's really fun to see how my perceptions of characters and actors have changed and stayed the same.

* Makino is such an amazing darling - the drama really works because in all the craziness of Hanadan world, she is real - her reactions are real and her warmth is real and her stubborn toughness is real.

* I always forget (because by the end I adore him beyond words, even if I still would never date him) how much I loathe Domyouji in the beginning. I spent the first ep and half of the second wanting someone to stab him in the face with rusty scissors. By the end of the third? I am amused and rather fond. It's funny, I still stand by my original assessment (one which put me off from watching the jdrama for months, actually, back way when) that Matsumoto Jun is in another universe from good-looking (especially with that hair) and physically he is nothing like Domyouji of the manga. But the funny thing is, as always, I end up sucked in and not caring because he nails the role and somehow he becomes so magnetic that even though objectively I know he is hideous, subjectively, I am in a permanent swoon. (I think Matsumoto Jun is actually the best of all the younger jdrama actors I've seen - there is nothing in common between Domyouji and Shin from Gokusen or Momo from KwP or poor mistreated Bito from Smile. The latter is my favorite role of his, actually).

* Makino seems to girl-crush a lot. She pauses in her leaving the House of Evil to comment on how pretty Tsubaki is. And she totally worships Shizuka. Makino Tsukushi, closet lesbian?

* I actually love that they changed the manga and introduce Kaede early on. It explains so much about everything - the scene when she fires the chef during dinner explains everything about why Domyouji is the way he is, really. Also, I continue to believe a lot of it is his acting out to get attention, any attention, to prove he matters.

* Love love love love Rui! But still do not ship him with Makino. He'd be an awesome BFF though.

* It also occurs to me that if Kaede could think outside preconceived notions, she'd be buying Makino presents and writing her thank-you cards. Because those first episodes bring out most forcefully that if Domyouji didn't come across Makino and glom onto her like a limpet and thus was forced to grow up and live for someone else, he'd just eventually end up in jail or dead or under some heavy medication, with no amount of money being able to fix it. Forget managing a company, I don't think he'd be functional, even. (One of the things I hated in the kdrama was how they took that one defining characteristic of his - him being totally screwed-up and off the rails and got rid of it. Oh wait, he had one other driving characteristic - really really strong will and Makino monomania. They got rid of that too! No, I am not bitter, why do you ask?)
dangermousie: (HYD: by myssylanious)
I just watched 3 (the ep I finished ends with the Ebisu date) of Hana Yori Dango in a row.

Gosh, I always forget what effortless, soul-sucking fun this is!

The best part? Mr. Mousie told me I should watch it on the big screen TV in the living room and we had way too much fun commenting on the outfits. Also, I saw him be drawn in and get more and more amused by Domyouji. Yay!

Anyways, quick thoughts on this umpteenth rewatch:

* It's weird to rewatch it now after Inoue Mao and most of the F4 went on to different things (and are what, 4 years older?). It's sort of amusing to juxtpose Makino and sheltered rich girl from First Kiss, Rui and the serious cop from Tokyo Dogs, or Sojiro and the screwed-up photographer in Love Shuffle or Domyouji and the abused Japanese-Philippino from Smile. Hanadan was my first drama for all the actors involved (it was my first jdrama, period) and it's really fun to see how my perceptions of characters and actors have changed and stayed the same.

* Makino is such an amazing darling - the drama really works because in all the craziness of Hanadan world, she is real - her reactions are real and her warmth is real and her stubborn toughness is real.

* I always forget (because by the end I adore him beyond words, even if I still would never date him) how much I loathe Domyouji in the beginning. I spent the first ep and half of the second wanting someone to stab him in the face with rusty scissors. By the end of the third? I am amused and rather fond. It's funny, I still stand by my original assessment (one which put me off from watching the jdrama for months, actually, back way when) that Matsumoto Jun is in another universe from good-looking (especially with that hair) and physically he is nothing like Domyouji of the manga. But the funny thing is, as always, I end up sucked in and not caring because he nails the role and somehow he becomes so magnetic that even though objectively I know he is hideous, subjectively, I am in a permanent swoon. (I think Matsumoto Jun is actually the best of all the younger jdrama actors I've seen - there is nothing in common between Domyouji and Shin from Gokusen or Momo from KwP or poor mistreated Bito from Smile. The latter is my favorite role of his, actually).

* Makino seems to girl-crush a lot. She pauses in her leaving the House of Evil to comment on how pretty Tsubaki is. And she totally worships Shizuka. Makino Tsukushi, closet lesbian?

* I actually love that they changed the manga and introduce Kaede early on. It explains so much about everything - the scene when she fires the chef during dinner explains everything about why Domyouji is the way he is, really. Also, I continue to believe a lot of it is his acting out to get attention, any attention, to prove he matters.

* Love love love love Rui! But still do not ship him with Makino. He'd be an awesome BFF though.

* It also occurs to me that if Kaede could think outside preconceived notions, she'd be buying Makino presents and writing her thank-you cards. Because those first episodes bring out most forcefully that if Domyouji didn't come across Makino and glom onto her like a limpet and thus was forced to grow up and live for someone else, he'd just eventually end up in jail or dead or under some heavy medication, with no amount of money being able to fix it. Forget managing a company, I don't think he'd be functional, even. (One of the things I hated in the kdrama was how they took that one defining characteristic of his - him being totally screwed-up and off the rails and got rid of it. Oh wait, he had one other driving characteristic - really really strong will and Makino monomania. They got rid of that too! No, I am not bitter, why do you ask?)
dangermousie: (HYD Makino shop)
In preparation for my epic 'awesome kdrama women' post, I present to you "My Favorite All-Time Drama Heroine".

Who is it?



It's Shan Cai from Meteor Garden/Makino Tsukushi from Hana Yori Dango. (Taiwanese and Japanese adaptations of the same manga, respectively).

Shan Cai/Makino does not have special fighting skills, a police uniform, or a private army to back herself up. She is nothing more or less than your average college/high-school girl.

Or is she?

The only poor student in a school for spoiled, useless, sociopathic rich kids, Shancai/Makino stands up for an acquaintance (that's right - she isn't even a friend yet!) against Dao Ming Si/Domyouji, the richest, most violent guy in school - the one who not only rules the school and who, as she knows before she gets involved, is not only capable of making her life hell (and I do mean hell - hazing, taunts, beatings, anything else that goes) but would certainly delight in doing so if thwarted.

And all of that happens - she gets hazed in a manner that would bring on lawsuits in the States and only comes back for more - she simply won't back down. In fact, in the midst of all it, she declares war back on him. And you know how she does it? In public she tells him everything she thinks of his uselessness (as he is only living on his parents' money) and punches him in the face, knocking him down. He is a violent nutter with fighting for a hobby and she does not even pause.

And that is only the beginning! She continues to be pure awesome. She refuses to have anything to do with the guy (who, being pretty unhinged and with a completely screwed-up background, falls in love with her after this incident). He may offer her money and she throws it back in his face. He may threaten to get her expelled and she still won't say she likes him. He may get himself close to killed protecting her (the best drama shipping scene ever!) and she won't fall in love with him just for that - she can be grateful, but she is sane enough to know gratitude is not equal to love. She is clear-headed enough to refuse to take him on any terms until he (slowly, painfully, and by bootstraps) actually learns to become a human being.

When in the Taiwanese version, she is at one point punched out by a gang of men, all way heftier than her, she doesn't do anything but get up after every hit and tries to fight them back until she literally passes out. And even borderline unconscious, when Dao Ming Si carries her out of there, she demands to be put down, because dammit, she can walk! In both versions, when kidnapped as bait for him, tied up and helpless, as soon as her gag is removed she tells the leader (who is trying to get her sympathy by dwelling on his wrongs) exactly what she thinks of that sort of thing, unflinching even when slapped, even when a knife is to her throat.

Nor is she subject to social humiliation - in the Taiwanese version, rich bitches fake being friends and invite her to a party intending to humiliate her by giving her the wrong dress-code and implying she's a whore? Oh, she gets back plenty at them, without a shred of embarassment. While not demonstrating quite this degree of sangfroid in the Japanese version, she's still pretty disdainful of social slurs and also generally relationship-smart, deciding that she may love someone but if it can't happen, being able to move on.

She stands up to Dao Ming Si's/Domyouji's terrifying mother without a shred of fear - invited to perform on the piano at a fancy party by Momster as a means to humiliate her, Shan Cai/Makino has no problems just dicordantly banging on the keys in cacaphony of sound without any embarassment or pause.

Oh, did I mention a minor but awesome point that she is capable of lasting friendships with both men and women and both loves her shiftless family and sees them clearly for who they are? That she works half-a-dozen jobs to support herself on her own?

That is why I see red when I see people post things like this manga is anti-feminist or whatever - you have GOT to be kidding me! But not as much red as I see when people comment that Shan Cai/Makino is 'scary' and how could any guy love her?

She is my hero.

Have a shippy, S2 of Hanadan vid to conclude this post:



I think the violent dork and practical commoner are my favorite drama OTP ever.

I feel a rewatch coming on...

Oh, and for the record? Makino punches out a freaking BEAR! Beat that, ladies and gents!
dangermousie: (HYD Makino shop)
In preparation for my epic 'awesome kdrama women' post, I present to you "My Favorite All-Time Drama Heroine".

Who is it?



It's Shan Cai from Meteor Garden/Makino Tsukushi from Hana Yori Dango. (Taiwanese and Japanese adaptations of the same manga, respectively).

Shan Cai/Makino does not have special fighting skills, a police uniform, or a private army to back herself up. She is nothing more or less than your average college/high-school girl.

Or is she?

The only poor student in a school for spoiled, useless, sociopathic rich kids, Shancai/Makino stands up for an acquaintance (that's right - she isn't even a friend yet!) against Dao Ming Si/Domyouji, the richest, most violent guy in school - the one who not only rules the school and who, as she knows before she gets involved, is not only capable of making her life hell (and I do mean hell - hazing, taunts, beatings, anything else that goes) but would certainly delight in doing so if thwarted.

And all of that happens - she gets hazed in a manner that would bring on lawsuits in the States and only comes back for more - she simply won't back down. In fact, in the midst of all it, she declares war back on him. And you know how she does it? In public she tells him everything she thinks of his uselessness (as he is only living on his parents' money) and punches him in the face, knocking him down. He is a violent nutter with fighting for a hobby and she does not even pause.

And that is only the beginning! She continues to be pure awesome. She refuses to have anything to do with the guy (who, being pretty unhinged and with a completely screwed-up background, falls in love with her after this incident). He may offer her money and she throws it back in his face. He may threaten to get her expelled and she still won't say she likes him. He may get himself close to killed protecting her (the best drama shipping scene ever!) and she won't fall in love with him just for that - she can be grateful, but she is sane enough to know gratitude is not equal to love. She is clear-headed enough to refuse to take him on any terms until he (slowly, painfully, and by bootstraps) actually learns to become a human being.

When in the Taiwanese version, she is at one point punched out by a gang of men, all way heftier than her, she doesn't do anything but get up after every hit and tries to fight them back until she literally passes out. And even borderline unconscious, when Dao Ming Si carries her out of there, she demands to be put down, because dammit, she can walk! In both versions, when kidnapped as bait for him, tied up and helpless, as soon as her gag is removed she tells the leader (who is trying to get her sympathy by dwelling on his wrongs) exactly what she thinks of that sort of thing, unflinching even when slapped, even when a knife is to her throat.

Nor is she subject to social humiliation - in the Taiwanese version, rich bitches fake being friends and invite her to a party intending to humiliate her by giving her the wrong dress-code and implying she's a whore? Oh, she gets back plenty at them, without a shred of embarassment. While not demonstrating quite this degree of sangfroid in the Japanese version, she's still pretty disdainful of social slurs and also generally relationship-smart, deciding that she may love someone but if it can't happen, being able to move on.

She stands up to Dao Ming Si's/Domyouji's terrifying mother without a shred of fear - invited to perform on the piano at a fancy party by Momster as a means to humiliate her, Shan Cai/Makino has no problems just dicordantly banging on the keys in cacaphony of sound without any embarassment or pause.

Oh, did I mention a minor but awesome point that she is capable of lasting friendships with both men and women and both loves her shiftless family and sees them clearly for who they are? That she works half-a-dozen jobs to support herself on her own?

That is why I see red when I see people post things like this manga is anti-feminist or whatever - you have GOT to be kidding me! But not as much red as I see when people comment that Shan Cai/Makino is 'scary' and how could any guy love her?

She is my hero.

Have a shippy, S2 of Hanadan vid to conclude this post:



I think the violent dork and practical commoner are my favorite drama OTP ever.

I feel a rewatch coming on...

Oh, and for the record? Makino punches out a freaking BEAR! Beat that, ladies and gents!
dangermousie: (HYD Makino shop)
In preparation for my epic 'awesome kdrama women' post, I present to you "My Favorite All-Time Drama Heroine".

Who is it?



It's Shan Cai from Meteor Garden/Makino Tsukushi from Hana Yori Dango. (Taiwanese and Japanese adaptations of the same manga, respectively).

Shan Cai/Makino does not have special fighting skills, a police uniform, or a private army to back herself up. She is nothing more or less than your average college/high-school girl.

Or is she?

The only poor student in a school for spoiled, useless, sociopathic rich kids, Shancai/Makino stands up for an acquaintance (that's right - she isn't even a friend yet!) against Dao Ming Si/Domyouji, the richest, most violent guy in school - the one who not only rules the school and who, as she knows before she gets involved, is not only capable of making her life hell (and I do mean hell - hazing, taunts, beatings, anything else that goes) but would certainly delight in doing so if thwarted.

And all of that happens - she gets hazed in a manner that would bring on lawsuits in the States and only comes back for more - she simply won't back down. In fact, in the midst of all it, she declares war back on him. And you know how she does it? In public she tells him everything she thinks of his uselessness (as he is only living on his parents' money) and punches him in the face, knocking him down. He is a violent nutter with fighting for a hobby and she does not even pause.

And that is only the beginning! She continues to be pure awesome. She refuses to have anything to do with the guy (who, being pretty unhinged and with a completely screwed-up background, falls in love with her after this incident). He may offer her money and she throws it back in his face. He may threaten to get her expelled and she still won't say she likes him. He may get himself close to killed protecting her (the best drama shipping scene ever!) and she won't fall in love with him just for that - she can be grateful, but she is sane enough to know gratitude is not equal to love. She is clear-headed enough to refuse to take him on any terms until he (slowly, painfully, and by bootstraps) actually learns to become a human being.

When in the Taiwanese version, she is at one point punched out by a gang of men, all way heftier than her, she doesn't do anything but get up after every hit and tries to fight them back until she literally passes out. And even borderline unconscious, when Dao Ming Si carries her out of there, she demands to be put down, because dammit, she can walk! In both versions, when kidnapped as bait for him, tied up and helpless, as soon as her gag is removed she tells the leader (who is trying to get her sympathy by dwelling on his wrongs) exactly what she thinks of that sort of thing, unflinching even when slapped, even when a knife is to her throat.

Nor is she subject to social humiliation - in the Taiwanese version, rich bitches fake being friends and invite her to a party intending to humiliate her by giving her the wrong dress-code and implying she's a whore? Oh, she gets back plenty at them, without a shred of embarassment. While not demonstrating quite this degree of sangfroid in the Japanese version, she's still pretty disdainful of social slurs and also generally relationship-smart, deciding that she may love someone but if it can't happen, being able to move on.

She stands up to Dao Ming Si's/Domyouji's terrifying mother without a shred of fear - invited to perform on the piano at a fancy party by Momster as a means to humiliate her, Shan Cai/Makino has no problems just dicordantly banging on the keys in cacaphony of sound without any embarassment or pause.

Oh, did I mention a minor but awesome point that she is capable of lasting friendships with both men and women and both loves her shiftless family and sees them clearly for who they are? That she works half-a-dozen jobs to support herself on her own?

That is why I see red when I see people post things like this manga is anti-feminist or whatever - you have GOT to be kidding me! But not as much red as I see when people comment that Shan Cai/Makino is 'scary' and how could any guy love her?

She is my hero.

Have a shippy, S2 of Hanadan vid to conclude this post:



I think the violent dork and practical commoner are my favorite drama OTP ever.

I feel a rewatch coming on...

Oh, and for the record? Makino punches out a freaking BEAR! Beat that, ladies and gents!
dangermousie: (HYD: elevator by carshrimp)
(I post a lot because I feed the baby a lot. Also, I promise I will get to everyone's comments, honest!)

Yup, still rewatching the Hanadan movie.




Aishteiru... )


If you don't love this scene you have no heart. :) Seriously though, my love for it (I get sort of incoherent) really proves that for me,it's not about particular scenes but about how much I care for characters involved in those scenes. Because yes, this scene is gorgeous, but to be fair, Korean Hanadan had scenes that were, in abstract, just as romantic. But the problem was I didn't care about the characters and so the scenes left me cold (I fast-forwarded past the marriage proposal in K-Hanadan!) but here I care terribly for the two of them so to see them happy makes me die (and then resurrect briefly to admonish Matsujun to eat something, for the love of God).
dangermousie: (HYD: elevator by carshrimp)
(I post a lot because I feed the baby a lot. Also, I promise I will get to everyone's comments, honest!)

Yup, still rewatching the Hanadan movie.




Aishteiru... )


If you don't love this scene you have no heart. :) Seriously though, my love for it (I get sort of incoherent) really proves that for me,it's not about particular scenes but about how much I care for characters involved in those scenes. Because yes, this scene is gorgeous, but to be fair, Korean Hanadan had scenes that were, in abstract, just as romantic. But the problem was I didn't care about the characters and so the scenes left me cold (I fast-forwarded past the marriage proposal in K-Hanadan!) but here I care terribly for the two of them so to see them happy makes me die (and then resurrect briefly to admonish Matsujun to eat something, for the love of God).
dangermousie: (HYD: elevator by carshrimp)
(I post a lot because I feed the baby a lot. Also, I promise I will get to everyone's comments, honest!)

Yup, still rewatching the Hanadan movie.




Aishteiru... )


If you don't love this scene you have no heart. :) Seriously though, my love for it (I get sort of incoherent) really proves that for me,it's not about particular scenes but about how much I care for characters involved in those scenes. Because yes, this scene is gorgeous, but to be fair, Korean Hanadan had scenes that were, in abstract, just as romantic. But the problem was I didn't care about the characters and so the scenes left me cold (I fast-forwarded past the marriage proposal in K-Hanadan!) but here I care terribly for the two of them so to see them happy makes me die (and then resurrect briefly to admonish Matsujun to eat something, for the love of God).
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
Can you imagine Jandi acting this way? A fight in a public place with no sense of shame? She'd rather die (preferably from weeping) first!





Not to mention every time I watch Domyouji and Makino, I glee like mad and laugh and swoon at the same time:




More behind cut )

Yup, am rewatching Hanadan movie to cheer self up after abysmal BOF.

(I also rewatched my favorite Hanadan moment ever: the part in Hanadan2 ep 11 where Domyouji remembers her and they just clutch each other and laugh and keep clutching, but no caps as was too busy spazzing).
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
Can you imagine Jandi acting this way? A fight in a public place with no sense of shame? She'd rather die (preferably from weeping) first!





Not to mention every time I watch Domyouji and Makino, I glee like mad and laugh and swoon at the same time:




More behind cut )

Yup, am rewatching Hanadan movie to cheer self up after abysmal BOF.

(I also rewatched my favorite Hanadan moment ever: the part in Hanadan2 ep 11 where Domyouji remembers her and they just clutch each other and laugh and keep clutching, but no caps as was too busy spazzing).
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
Can you imagine Jandi acting this way? A fight in a public place with no sense of shame? She'd rather die (preferably from weeping) first!





Not to mention every time I watch Domyouji and Makino, I glee like mad and laugh and swoon at the same time:




More behind cut )

Yup, am rewatching Hanadan movie to cheer self up after abysmal BOF.

(I also rewatched my favorite Hanadan moment ever: the part in Hanadan2 ep 11 where Domyouji remembers her and they just clutch each other and laugh and keep clutching, but no caps as was too busy spazzing).
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
I confess I redownloaded this ep just to watch the scene of Domyouji doing dogeza to Rui but I ended up watching the whole darn ep and capping like a madwoman.



Oh God, my OTP! My ridiculous, strong-willed, adorably dim, crazily energetic OTP! This is what jdrama did right and kdrama did wrong - this random ep shows it. I am so mad for Domyouji/Makino and I couldn't care less for JP/Jandi - you know why? D/M have tons of romantic scenes, they fit together perfectly (when Makino tells Rui she can be most herself with Domyouji, I actually buy it - she turns a bit demure with Rui but she is her own bulldozer self with Domyouji, not to mention the two just light up in the vicinity of each other, and feel more alive). Oh, and Domyouji actually acts like he can't live without Makino and the way he deals with Rui and the fiancee situation is so infinitely better! I don't hate him for one bit.

Anyone, I'll shut up and bring you caps from ep 8 of Hanadan2.

When Domyouji was madly in love, Makino had a spine, and Rui didn't get his lifr wrecked )
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
I confess I redownloaded this ep just to watch the scene of Domyouji doing dogeza to Rui but I ended up watching the whole darn ep and capping like a madwoman.



Oh God, my OTP! My ridiculous, strong-willed, adorably dim, crazily energetic OTP! This is what jdrama did right and kdrama did wrong - this random ep shows it. I am so mad for Domyouji/Makino and I couldn't care less for JP/Jandi - you know why? D/M have tons of romantic scenes, they fit together perfectly (when Makino tells Rui she can be most herself with Domyouji, I actually buy it - she turns a bit demure with Rui but she is her own bulldozer self with Domyouji, not to mention the two just light up in the vicinity of each other, and feel more alive). Oh, and Domyouji actually acts like he can't live without Makino and the way he deals with Rui and the fiancee situation is so infinitely better! I don't hate him for one bit.

Anyone, I'll shut up and bring you caps from ep 8 of Hanadan2.

When Domyouji was madly in love, Makino had a spine, and Rui didn't get his lifr wrecked )
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
I confess I redownloaded this ep just to watch the scene of Domyouji doing dogeza to Rui but I ended up watching the whole darn ep and capping like a madwoman.



Oh God, my OTP! My ridiculous, strong-willed, adorably dim, crazily energetic OTP! This is what jdrama did right and kdrama did wrong - this random ep shows it. I am so mad for Domyouji/Makino and I couldn't care less for JP/Jandi - you know why? D/M have tons of romantic scenes, they fit together perfectly (when Makino tells Rui she can be most herself with Domyouji, I actually buy it - she turns a bit demure with Rui but she is her own bulldozer self with Domyouji, not to mention the two just light up in the vicinity of each other, and feel more alive). Oh, and Domyouji actually acts like he can't live without Makino and the way he deals with Rui and the fiancee situation is so infinitely better! I don't hate him for one bit.

Anyone, I'll shut up and bring you caps from ep 8 of Hanadan2.

When Domyouji was madly in love, Makino had a spine, and Rui didn't get his lifr wrecked )
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)


If I ever made the list of the best live action manga adaptations, the only candidate to dispute Hana Yori Dango's (Japanese) version's top spot would be the Taiwanese adaptation of Mars. Initially slated for a modest 9 episodes, the first season took the ratings and fans by storm, and spawned the even better 11-ep second season (Hanadan is that rare thing where the sum is even better than the parts, if it makes sense) and finally, to sate the mad craze, a theatrical movie.



Abandoning the faithfulness to the letter in favor of faithfulness to the spirit, this adaptation takes the original elements and plot points and rearranges it into something uniquely its own, while still staying true to the spirit of the original story of the strong-willed poor girl who stands up to the rich, dysfunctional bully, and the unlikely love story that develops between them. Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao have a scary amount of chemistry, and are both among my favorite younger actors (only Kame can compete with Matsujun for the top place in my heart in that regard, and Inoue Mao is pure awesome in every way). This version doesn't shy from either violence or other knotty issues. It also showcases the hard work and strength of Makino and the extent of Domyouji's dysfunction. The currently airing Korean adaptation, much as I adore it, could learn a thing or dozen about going free-form and being creative in rearranging plot points while still staying consistent to the spirit of the original and the character development.



Anyway, I have seen S1 and 2 multiple times but I have never really seen the movie - I have been hoarding it like a miser. I've seen bits but not the whole thing. Finally I couldn't hold off any longer. I have no idea if the Hanadan movie would work for anyone who is not (a) a Hanadan fan and (b) a hardcore Domyouji/Makino shipper. Probably not. You know what? I don't care. After the first season, which was about them getting together and the second season, which was all about obstacles and angst, the movie is pure shipper dream: 2+ hours of Domyouji and Makino together, going on a quest around the world to track a missing heirloom tiara in order to get married. There is kissing, mobsters, and Makino punches out a bear. Could it be any more perfect? I think not.



Anyway, I was going to watch but got sidetracked by how crisp and pretty my copy is. So here are a few screenshots:

Large versions of screenshots here )
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)


If I ever made the list of the best live action manga adaptations, the only candidate to dispute Hana Yori Dango's (Japanese) version's top spot would be the Taiwanese adaptation of Mars. Initially slated for a modest 9 episodes, the first season took the ratings and fans by storm, and spawned the even better 11-ep second season (Hanadan is that rare thing where the sum is even better than the parts, if it makes sense) and finally, to sate the mad craze, a theatrical movie.



Abandoning the faithfulness to the letter in favor of faithfulness to the spirit, this adaptation takes the original elements and plot points and rearranges it into something uniquely its own, while still staying true to the spirit of the original story of the strong-willed poor girl who stands up to the rich, dysfunctional bully, and the unlikely love story that develops between them. Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao have a scary amount of chemistry, and are both among my favorite younger actors (only Kame can compete with Matsujun for the top place in my heart in that regard, and Inoue Mao is pure awesome in every way). This version doesn't shy from either violence or other knotty issues. It also showcases the hard work and strength of Makino and the extent of Domyouji's dysfunction. The currently airing Korean adaptation, much as I adore it, could learn a thing or dozen about going free-form and being creative in rearranging plot points while still staying consistent to the spirit of the original and the character development.



Anyway, I have seen S1 and 2 multiple times but I have never really seen the movie - I have been hoarding it like a miser. I've seen bits but not the whole thing. Finally I couldn't hold off any longer. I have no idea if the Hanadan movie would work for anyone who is not (a) a Hanadan fan and (b) a hardcore Domyouji/Makino shipper. Probably not. You know what? I don't care. After the first season, which was about them getting together and the second season, which was all about obstacles and angst, the movie is pure shipper dream: 2+ hours of Domyouji and Makino together, going on a quest around the world to track a missing heirloom tiara in order to get married. There is kissing, mobsters, and Makino punches out a bear. Could it be any more perfect? I think not.



Anyway, I was going to watch but got sidetracked by how crisp and pretty my copy is. So here are a few screenshots:

Large versions of screenshots here )
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)


If I ever made the list of the best live action manga adaptations, the only candidate to dispute Hana Yori Dango's (Japanese) version's top spot would be the Taiwanese adaptation of Mars. Initially slated for a modest 9 episodes, the first season took the ratings and fans by storm, and spawned the even better 11-ep second season (Hanadan is that rare thing where the sum is even better than the parts, if it makes sense) and finally, to sate the mad craze, a theatrical movie.



Abandoning the faithfulness to the letter in favor of faithfulness to the spirit, this adaptation takes the original elements and plot points and rearranges it into something uniquely its own, while still staying true to the spirit of the original story of the strong-willed poor girl who stands up to the rich, dysfunctional bully, and the unlikely love story that develops between them. Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao have a scary amount of chemistry, and are both among my favorite younger actors (only Kame can compete with Matsujun for the top place in my heart in that regard, and Inoue Mao is pure awesome in every way). This version doesn't shy from either violence or other knotty issues. It also showcases the hard work and strength of Makino and the extent of Domyouji's dysfunction. The currently airing Korean adaptation, much as I adore it, could learn a thing or dozen about going free-form and being creative in rearranging plot points while still staying consistent to the spirit of the original and the character development.



Anyway, I have seen S1 and 2 multiple times but I have never really seen the movie - I have been hoarding it like a miser. I've seen bits but not the whole thing. Finally I couldn't hold off any longer. I have no idea if the Hanadan movie would work for anyone who is not (a) a Hanadan fan and (b) a hardcore Domyouji/Makino shipper. Probably not. You know what? I don't care. After the first season, which was about them getting together and the second season, which was all about obstacles and angst, the movie is pure shipper dream: 2+ hours of Domyouji and Makino together, going on a quest around the world to track a missing heirloom tiara in order to get married. There is kissing, mobsters, and Makino punches out a bear. Could it be any more perfect? I think not.



Anyway, I was going to watch but got sidetracked by how crisp and pretty my copy is. So here are a few screenshots:

Large versions of screenshots here )
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
Just saw Hana Yori Dango trailer.

OMG.

OMG.

I am going to die.

Die.



I literally capped every shot but pared it down to a bit over 100 caps (for an under 2 min trailer :P)

OMG.

Caps here )
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
Just saw Hana Yori Dango trailer.

OMG.

OMG.

I am going to die.

Die.



I literally capped every shot but pared it down to a bit over 100 caps (for an under 2 min trailer :P)

OMG.

Caps here )

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