dangermousie: (Tamra by boycottbananas)
1. OK, Still Wants to Marry, it's just ridiculous of you to tease me with this:



When I won't get subs for at least a week.

Also, the blatant fanservice for (presumably older lady viewing audience) is pretty amusing. I thought the college badboy rocker fantasy sort of dies with leaving college but it seems not. I mean, yeah, it's OK for a 20-yr-old to want that sort of thing, but for a 30+-yr-old professional heroine? Bizarre. Seriously. How is he going to support you? I am both amused (because Kim Bum = automatic awwww) and a little skeeved out - I kinda want him to hook-up with an age-appropriate college girl instead.

2. I watched ep 2 of Wallflower over the weekend and it is official:

(a) I am really enjoying this drama
(b) They watered down the weirdness/made it more serious than the manga but not badly so
(c) They weakened Sunako a bit but she's still pretty awesome.

As far as adaptations go, it's pretty good. There is not much to meta about this drama but it's a fun watch.

They are going to give me my Takenaga/Noi. YESSSS.



Seriously, you have no idea of my glee that they have Noi in this!



Without weird fringe and bizarro mannerisms, actress who plays Sunako is quite gorgeous.



I am probably heartless but I was sort of LOLing while Kyohei was angsting about being repeatedly sexually harrassed by men and women because He! Is! Too! Pretty! Mainly because I just cannot buy Kame as inspiring any sort of hormonal frenzy in the entirety of the population of Japan. He's not even good-looking, let alone irresistable. Oh well. There there, Kyohei, I am sorry, I do feel bad for you. Now don't head-butt me, k?



I wonder if they are going to bring in the story with Kyohei's crazy mother (and Sunako's solution which is food).

Anyway, it's a great deal of fun.

3. Dear Amazon reviewer, if you start your 1-star review by saying that maybe you've been spoiled "by the literary prowess of Diana Gabaldon", you have just ensured I cannot take anything you say seriously. (Btw, the review was for 'Confessions of an Austen Addict' - no great book but at least it did not have pages and pages of graphic s&m rape meant to titillate the viewers). Gabaldon - archenemy.
dangermousie: (Tamra by boycottbananas)
1. OK, Still Wants to Marry, it's just ridiculous of you to tease me with this:



When I won't get subs for at least a week.

Also, the blatant fanservice for (presumably older lady viewing audience) is pretty amusing. I thought the college badboy rocker fantasy sort of dies with leaving college but it seems not. I mean, yeah, it's OK for a 20-yr-old to want that sort of thing, but for a 30+-yr-old professional heroine? Bizarre. Seriously. How is he going to support you? I am both amused (because Kim Bum = automatic awwww) and a little skeeved out - I kinda want him to hook-up with an age-appropriate college girl instead.

2. I watched ep 2 of Wallflower over the weekend and it is official:

(a) I am really enjoying this drama
(b) They watered down the weirdness/made it more serious than the manga but not badly so
(c) They weakened Sunako a bit but she's still pretty awesome.

As far as adaptations go, it's pretty good. There is not much to meta about this drama but it's a fun watch.

They are going to give me my Takenaga/Noi. YESSSS.



Seriously, you have no idea of my glee that they have Noi in this!



Without weird fringe and bizarro mannerisms, actress who plays Sunako is quite gorgeous.



I am probably heartless but I was sort of LOLing while Kyohei was angsting about being repeatedly sexually harrassed by men and women because He! Is! Too! Pretty! Mainly because I just cannot buy Kame as inspiring any sort of hormonal frenzy in the entirety of the population of Japan. He's not even good-looking, let alone irresistable. Oh well. There there, Kyohei, I am sorry, I do feel bad for you. Now don't head-butt me, k?



I wonder if they are going to bring in the story with Kyohei's crazy mother (and Sunako's solution which is food).

Anyway, it's a great deal of fun.

3. Dear Amazon reviewer, if you start your 1-star review by saying that maybe you've been spoiled "by the literary prowess of Diana Gabaldon", you have just ensured I cannot take anything you say seriously. (Btw, the review was for 'Confessions of an Austen Addict' - no great book but at least it did not have pages and pages of graphic s&m rape meant to titillate the viewers). Gabaldon - archenemy.
dangermousie: (Tamra by boycottbananas)
1. OK, Still Wants to Marry, it's just ridiculous of you to tease me with this:



When I won't get subs for at least a week.

Also, the blatant fanservice for (presumably older lady viewing audience) is pretty amusing. I thought the college badboy rocker fantasy sort of dies with leaving college but it seems not. I mean, yeah, it's OK for a 20-yr-old to want that sort of thing, but for a 30+-yr-old professional heroine? Bizarre. Seriously. How is he going to support you? I am both amused (because Kim Bum = automatic awwww) and a little skeeved out - I kinda want him to hook-up with an age-appropriate college girl instead.

2. I watched ep 2 of Wallflower over the weekend and it is official:

(a) I am really enjoying this drama
(b) They watered down the weirdness/made it more serious than the manga but not badly so
(c) They weakened Sunako a bit but she's still pretty awesome.

As far as adaptations go, it's pretty good. There is not much to meta about this drama but it's a fun watch.

They are going to give me my Takenaga/Noi. YESSSS.



Seriously, you have no idea of my glee that they have Noi in this!



Without weird fringe and bizarro mannerisms, actress who plays Sunako is quite gorgeous.



I am probably heartless but I was sort of LOLing while Kyohei was angsting about being repeatedly sexually harrassed by men and women because He! Is! Too! Pretty! Mainly because I just cannot buy Kame as inspiring any sort of hormonal frenzy in the entirety of the population of Japan. He's not even good-looking, let alone irresistable. Oh well. There there, Kyohei, I am sorry, I do feel bad for you. Now don't head-butt me, k?



I wonder if they are going to bring in the story with Kyohei's crazy mother (and Sunako's solution which is food).

Anyway, it's a great deal of fun.

3. Dear Amazon reviewer, if you start your 1-star review by saying that maybe you've been spoiled "by the literary prowess of Diana Gabaldon", you have just ensured I cannot take anything you say seriously. (Btw, the review was for 'Confessions of an Austen Addict' - no great book but at least it did not have pages and pages of graphic s&m rape meant to titillate the viewers). Gabaldon - archenemy.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
ETA/PSA: Updated links as previous ones have been yanked by YT.

I have finished ep 1 of Wallflower and I am totally obsessed - it's my jdrama of the season. I never thought any live-action could get the quirky, funny, Gothic feel of the manga right but this did. And the actors are definitely now my Sunako, Kyohei, Takenaga, Ranmaru and Yuki. So spot on.



I love my violent, horror-loving Sunako! They kept every bit of her strangeness intact. (She is not ugly but she does not care about her appearance and her personality/style/tastes are what freak people out - and she never gives them up, eeee!)



I love my violent, roughly nice Kyohei. I really like that they seem to keep the running manga theme of both Sunako and Kyohei both being equally very trapped by their looks - not being seen for themselves but for external things.

I am in love all over again with my violent off-kilter OTP which likes to kick butt:



And there is Kyohei staring after they demolish about a batallion of goons (smitten, smitten, he is smitten!):




He gives her sweets (her giant passion :P) and she gives him a replica skull. That is, indeed, true love.

Note: For those who can't wait for Giri Giri subs and don't want to watch raw, this is on viikii and I am sure the ep will be subbed completely within a day or two.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
ETA/PSA: Updated links as previous ones have been yanked by YT.

I have finished ep 1 of Wallflower and I am totally obsessed - it's my jdrama of the season. I never thought any live-action could get the quirky, funny, Gothic feel of the manga right but this did. And the actors are definitely now my Sunako, Kyohei, Takenaga, Ranmaru and Yuki. So spot on.



I love my violent, horror-loving Sunako! They kept every bit of her strangeness intact. (She is not ugly but she does not care about her appearance and her personality/style/tastes are what freak people out - and she never gives them up, eeee!)



I love my violent, roughly nice Kyohei. I really like that they seem to keep the running manga theme of both Sunako and Kyohei both being equally very trapped by their looks - not being seen for themselves but for external things.

I am in love all over again with my violent off-kilter OTP which likes to kick butt:



And there is Kyohei staring after they demolish about a batallion of goons (smitten, smitten, he is smitten!):




He gives her sweets (her giant passion :P) and she gives him a replica skull. That is, indeed, true love.

Note: For those who can't wait for Giri Giri subs and don't want to watch raw, this is on viikii and I am sure the ep will be subbed completely within a day or two.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
ETA/PSA: Updated links as previous ones have been yanked by YT.

I have finished ep 1 of Wallflower and I am totally obsessed - it's my jdrama of the season. I never thought any live-action could get the quirky, funny, Gothic feel of the manga right but this did. And the actors are definitely now my Sunako, Kyohei, Takenaga, Ranmaru and Yuki. So spot on.



I love my violent, horror-loving Sunako! They kept every bit of her strangeness intact. (She is not ugly but she does not care about her appearance and her personality/style/tastes are what freak people out - and she never gives them up, eeee!)



I love my violent, roughly nice Kyohei. I really like that they seem to keep the running manga theme of both Sunako and Kyohei both being equally very trapped by their looks - not being seen for themselves but for external things.

I am in love all over again with my violent off-kilter OTP which likes to kick butt:



And there is Kyohei staring after they demolish about a batallion of goons (smitten, smitten, he is smitten!):




He gives her sweets (her giant passion :P) and she gives him a replica skull. That is, indeed, true love.

Note: For those who can't wait for Giri Giri subs and don't want to watch raw, this is on viikii and I am sure the ep will be subbed completely within a day or two.
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)
First ep of live-action adaptation of Wallflower (also known as Perfect Girl Evolution or Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Hange) is out - you can watch it (streaming, great video quality, no subs) here.

I have only watched the first ten minutes and the very end but...

Oh, thank God!.

My favorite manga in this Universe is not ruined but instead it looks like an adaptation I am going to adore!

Quick plot summary - Wallflower's story starts when four attractive but broke guys get asked by their eccentric rich landlady to help turn her niece Sunako into a lady. If they can do it, they get to live rent-free but if they fail, their rent doubles. The usual Cinderella story, right? WRONG. Enter Sunako, one of my favorite heroines ever, a tough, horror-movie-loving, violent Goth whose best friend is a skeleton and who has no desire to be made over whatsoever.

I was worried the off-kilter atmosphere would be ruined, I was worried they would tone done Sunako's weirdness and toughness, I was worried worried worried.

But I was worried wrongly! If there is any sight more awesome than Sunako and Kyohei kicking kidnapper butt together dressed up in fancy clothes (see end of ep), I have yet to behold it. Sunako's weirdness and toughness and scariness are intact (I am not familiar with the leading lady from anywhere before but she is super-awesome as Sunako). Oh, and the atmosphere is hilarious and tongue-in-cheek, and Kame, while not my notion of Kyohei physically (he's a good-looking guy, sure, but good-looking enough to send men and women into a hormonal frenzy?) embodies Kyohei violent dorky personality perfectly. Plus, it looks like it's sticking pretty close to the manga so far (with some understandable changes or additions) so I can easily follow it with no subs.

How can you not watch a drama where in the first 10 minutes you get:

* Heroine showing up and scaring our four 'heroes' by her very presence.
* Kame getting his ass groped by his restaurant manager, snapping, trashing the place, and losing yet another place of employment.
* The awesomeness of Noi - not only is the scary weird girl cool, guess what, the nice popular one is too!
* Sunako advancing with a bloody knife...freaking out the guys like mad...only to proceed to make the best sashini ever.

In conclusion, I am amused that just as in the manga, I can't always tell Ranmaru and Takenaga apart :)
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)
First ep of live-action adaptation of Wallflower (also known as Perfect Girl Evolution or Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Hange) is out - you can watch it (streaming, great video quality, no subs) here.

I have only watched the first ten minutes and the very end but...

Oh, thank God!.

My favorite manga in this Universe is not ruined but instead it looks like an adaptation I am going to adore!

Quick plot summary - Wallflower's story starts when four attractive but broke guys get asked by their eccentric rich landlady to help turn her niece Sunako into a lady. If they can do it, they get to live rent-free but if they fail, their rent doubles. The usual Cinderella story, right? WRONG. Enter Sunako, one of my favorite heroines ever, a tough, horror-movie-loving, violent Goth whose best friend is a skeleton and who has no desire to be made over whatsoever.

I was worried the off-kilter atmosphere would be ruined, I was worried they would tone done Sunako's weirdness and toughness, I was worried worried worried.

But I was worried wrongly! If there is any sight more awesome than Sunako and Kyohei kicking kidnapper butt together dressed up in fancy clothes (see end of ep), I have yet to behold it. Sunako's weirdness and toughness and scariness are intact (I am not familiar with the leading lady from anywhere before but she is super-awesome as Sunako). Oh, and the atmosphere is hilarious and tongue-in-cheek, and Kame, while not my notion of Kyohei physically (he's a good-looking guy, sure, but good-looking enough to send men and women into a hormonal frenzy?) embodies Kyohei violent dorky personality perfectly. Plus, it looks like it's sticking pretty close to the manga so far (with some understandable changes or additions) so I can easily follow it with no subs.

How can you not watch a drama where in the first 10 minutes you get:

* Heroine showing up and scaring our four 'heroes' by her very presence.
* Kame getting his ass groped by his restaurant manager, snapping, trashing the place, and losing yet another place of employment.
* The awesomeness of Noi - not only is the scary weird girl cool, guess what, the nice popular one is too!
* Sunako advancing with a bloody knife...freaking out the guys like mad...only to proceed to make the best sashini ever.

In conclusion, I am amused that just as in the manga, I can't always tell Ranmaru and Takenaga apart :)
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)
First ep of live-action adaptation of Wallflower (also known as Perfect Girl Evolution or Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Hange) is out - you can watch it (streaming, great video quality, no subs) here.

I have only watched the first ten minutes and the very end but...

Oh, thank God!.

My favorite manga in this Universe is not ruined but instead it looks like an adaptation I am going to adore!

Quick plot summary - Wallflower's story starts when four attractive but broke guys get asked by their eccentric rich landlady to help turn her niece Sunako into a lady. If they can do it, they get to live rent-free but if they fail, their rent doubles. The usual Cinderella story, right? WRONG. Enter Sunako, one of my favorite heroines ever, a tough, horror-movie-loving, violent Goth whose best friend is a skeleton and who has no desire to be made over whatsoever.

I was worried the off-kilter atmosphere would be ruined, I was worried they would tone done Sunako's weirdness and toughness, I was worried worried worried.

But I was worried wrongly! If there is any sight more awesome than Sunako and Kyohei kicking kidnapper butt together dressed up in fancy clothes (see end of ep), I have yet to behold it. Sunako's weirdness and toughness and scariness are intact (I am not familiar with the leading lady from anywhere before but she is super-awesome as Sunako). Oh, and the atmosphere is hilarious and tongue-in-cheek, and Kame, while not my notion of Kyohei physically (he's a good-looking guy, sure, but good-looking enough to send men and women into a hormonal frenzy?) embodies Kyohei violent dorky personality perfectly. Plus, it looks like it's sticking pretty close to the manga so far (with some understandable changes or additions) so I can easily follow it with no subs.

How can you not watch a drama where in the first 10 minutes you get:

* Heroine showing up and scaring our four 'heroes' by her very presence.
* Kame getting his ass groped by his restaurant manager, snapping, trashing the place, and losing yet another place of employment.
* The awesomeness of Noi - not only is the scary weird girl cool, guess what, the nice popular one is too!
* Sunako advancing with a bloody knife...freaking out the guys like mad...only to proceed to make the best sashini ever.

In conclusion, I am amused that just as in the manga, I can't always tell Ranmaru and Takenaga apart :)
dangermousie: (Yamapi cake by ami_kun)
Preview for first episode of Wallflower is out:



*phew* I am so relieved. They seem to have stuck a child actor in there (why?), but the basic feel seems the same and they are not cutting down a bit on Sunako's weirdness. Thank God.

Though much as I adore Kame, I can't see him as the handsomest guy in Japan. Just - no. I adore Kame and am happy he's a lead, so no complaints, but objectively speaking, e.g. the guy who plays Ranmaru is way hotter (the things I'd like to do to him :P).

EEEEE! Soon, my precious!

Also, I am sure they won't have the time to cram in Ranmaru's OTP (even if that trope amuses me so - super-shy and super-high-class and he has no idea how to deal with her, LOL) but they cannot cannot CANNOT leave out Noi, Sunako's friend and Takenaga's GF. She is one of my fave secondary ladies ever!

ETA: eeeee, Noi is listed in the cast list! SCORE.
dangermousie: (Yamapi cake by ami_kun)
Preview for first episode of Wallflower is out:



*phew* I am so relieved. They seem to have stuck a child actor in there (why?), but the basic feel seems the same and they are not cutting down a bit on Sunako's weirdness. Thank God.

Though much as I adore Kame, I can't see him as the handsomest guy in Japan. Just - no. I adore Kame and am happy he's a lead, so no complaints, but objectively speaking, e.g. the guy who plays Ranmaru is way hotter (the things I'd like to do to him :P).

EEEEE! Soon, my precious!

Also, I am sure they won't have the time to cram in Ranmaru's OTP (even if that trope amuses me so - super-shy and super-high-class and he has no idea how to deal with her, LOL) but they cannot cannot CANNOT leave out Noi, Sunako's friend and Takenaga's GF. She is one of my fave secondary ladies ever!

ETA: eeeee, Noi is listed in the cast list! SCORE.
dangermousie: (Yamapi cake by ami_kun)
Preview for first episode of Wallflower is out:



*phew* I am so relieved. They seem to have stuck a child actor in there (why?), but the basic feel seems the same and they are not cutting down a bit on Sunako's weirdness. Thank God.

Though much as I adore Kame, I can't see him as the handsomest guy in Japan. Just - no. I adore Kame and am happy he's a lead, so no complaints, but objectively speaking, e.g. the guy who plays Ranmaru is way hotter (the things I'd like to do to him :P).

EEEEE! Soon, my precious!

Also, I am sure they won't have the time to cram in Ranmaru's OTP (even if that trope amuses me so - super-shy and super-high-class and he has no idea how to deal with her, LOL) but they cannot cannot CANNOT leave out Noi, Sunako's friend and Takenaga's GF. She is one of my fave secondary ladies ever!

ETA: eeeee, Noi is listed in the cast list! SCORE.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
1. I loved the first Deathstalker book so ridiculously much. Also, it's official, Finlay/Evangeline are so my OTP for this series. Aristocratic assassins with disassociative personality disorders/dysfunctional rebel clones FTW! The whole bit where Finlay is trying to figure out who he is sans clothes (because if he puts on one outfit he is an effete aristocrat and if he puts on another, he is Masked Gladiator, and then solves his existential dilemma by deciding he's the man who loves Evangeline? OMGOMGOMG). Plus, my favorite scene was their betrayed/fubar assault on the clone/esper prison of Wormboy Hell where he becomes the leader by default and Finlay and Evangeline killing things with guns and swords omgftw. The best part, however, was the part where he kept trying to shield her with his body and she finally snapped at him that she can duck for herself, thank you very much. OMG LOL OTPOTPOTP. I also love that his motivation to join the rebellion is basically - "Evangeline, you are a clone? Why didn't you tell me? Are you for clone rights and a member of the rebellion? Where do I sign up and who do I get to kill?" Plus, the stuff in Deathstalker Rebellion with the two of them - eeeek awesome - she sends him on a certain-death mission because it's for rebellion and he goes on it because it's for her! I kinda like that even though she is a (a)rebel (b) clone (c) passing as an aristocrat (d) created by her "father" to be his incestuous toy, she is the more sane one! If Finlay bought it, she'd be devastated but she'd continue to live and probably live a productive life. If he didn't have her (or the hope of her), however, he'd just probably kill himself within a day in some spectacular and messy manner.

2. I went to an Asian place to get rice crackers and they were playing the theme from Love Shuffle of all things.

3. If I see another person comment on IRIS being barely watchable while raving about the awesomeness of You're Beautiful, I will stab something. Its fans are making me loathe YAB (ughughugh moronic useless heroine and sugary plot go diaf please).

4. I am reading Untangling My Chopsticks by Victoria Abbott Riccardi and it's making me famished. And stir-crazy. I want to go on a trip!

5. Avatar trailer looks so good!

6. The fights over Kame's lack of height or other things to play kyohei in the upcoming Wallflower over on arama are pretty darn entertaining. To be fair, unlike in Korea where it seems they won't take you into acting unless you are over 6', most Japanese actors are on the short and scrawny side. In any event, since the mangaka based Kyohei on the rocker Kiyoharu, theoretically speaking, here's what a 'live' Kyohei should look like. (You have no idea how hard it is to find worksafe pics of the guy.) I think Kame will do just fine. The script, OTOH - yikes! Also, it's rather amusing as the manga is all about Sunako, the heroine, but all the arama denizens (and the drama-makers) seem to care about are the hot boys. The heroine seems immaterial.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
1. I loved the first Deathstalker book so ridiculously much. Also, it's official, Finlay/Evangeline are so my OTP for this series. Aristocratic assassins with disassociative personality disorders/dysfunctional rebel clones FTW! The whole bit where Finlay is trying to figure out who he is sans clothes (because if he puts on one outfit he is an effete aristocrat and if he puts on another, he is Masked Gladiator, and then solves his existential dilemma by deciding he's the man who loves Evangeline? OMGOMGOMG). Plus, my favorite scene was their betrayed/fubar assault on the clone/esper prison of Wormboy Hell where he becomes the leader by default and Finlay and Evangeline killing things with guns and swords omgftw. The best part, however, was the part where he kept trying to shield her with his body and she finally snapped at him that she can duck for herself, thank you very much. OMG LOL OTPOTPOTP. I also love that his motivation to join the rebellion is basically - "Evangeline, you are a clone? Why didn't you tell me? Are you for clone rights and a member of the rebellion? Where do I sign up and who do I get to kill?" Plus, the stuff in Deathstalker Rebellion with the two of them - eeeek awesome - she sends him on a certain-death mission because it's for rebellion and he goes on it because it's for her! I kinda like that even though she is a (a)rebel (b) clone (c) passing as an aristocrat (d) created by her "father" to be his incestuous toy, she is the more sane one! If Finlay bought it, she'd be devastated but she'd continue to live and probably live a productive life. If he didn't have her (or the hope of her), however, he'd just probably kill himself within a day in some spectacular and messy manner.

2. I went to an Asian place to get rice crackers and they were playing the theme from Love Shuffle of all things.

3. If I see another person comment on IRIS being barely watchable while raving about the awesomeness of You're Beautiful, I will stab something. Its fans are making me loathe YAB (ughughugh moronic useless heroine and sugary plot go diaf please).

4. I am reading Untangling My Chopsticks by Victoria Abbott Riccardi and it's making me famished. And stir-crazy. I want to go on a trip!

5. Avatar trailer looks so good!

6. The fights over Kame's lack of height or other things to play kyohei in the upcoming Wallflower over on arama are pretty darn entertaining. To be fair, unlike in Korea where it seems they won't take you into acting unless you are over 6', most Japanese actors are on the short and scrawny side. In any event, since the mangaka based Kyohei on the rocker Kiyoharu, theoretically speaking, here's what a 'live' Kyohei should look like. (You have no idea how hard it is to find worksafe pics of the guy.) I think Kame will do just fine. The script, OTOH - yikes! Also, it's rather amusing as the manga is all about Sunako, the heroine, but all the arama denizens (and the drama-makers) seem to care about are the hot boys. The heroine seems immaterial.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
1. I loved the first Deathstalker book so ridiculously much. Also, it's official, Finlay/Evangeline are so my OTP for this series. Aristocratic assassins with disassociative personality disorders/dysfunctional rebel clones FTW! The whole bit where Finlay is trying to figure out who he is sans clothes (because if he puts on one outfit he is an effete aristocrat and if he puts on another, he is Masked Gladiator, and then solves his existential dilemma by deciding he's the man who loves Evangeline? OMGOMGOMG). Plus, my favorite scene was their betrayed/fubar assault on the clone/esper prison of Wormboy Hell where he becomes the leader by default and Finlay and Evangeline killing things with guns and swords omgftw. The best part, however, was the part where he kept trying to shield her with his body and she finally snapped at him that she can duck for herself, thank you very much. OMG LOL OTPOTPOTP. I also love that his motivation to join the rebellion is basically - "Evangeline, you are a clone? Why didn't you tell me? Are you for clone rights and a member of the rebellion? Where do I sign up and who do I get to kill?" Plus, the stuff in Deathstalker Rebellion with the two of them - eeeek awesome - she sends him on a certain-death mission because it's for rebellion and he goes on it because it's for her! I kinda like that even though she is a (a)rebel (b) clone (c) passing as an aristocrat (d) created by her "father" to be his incestuous toy, she is the more sane one! If Finlay bought it, she'd be devastated but she'd continue to live and probably live a productive life. If he didn't have her (or the hope of her), however, he'd just probably kill himself within a day in some spectacular and messy manner.

2. I went to an Asian place to get rice crackers and they were playing the theme from Love Shuffle of all things.

3. If I see another person comment on IRIS being barely watchable while raving about the awesomeness of You're Beautiful, I will stab something. Its fans are making me loathe YAB (ughughugh moronic useless heroine and sugary plot go diaf please).

4. I am reading Untangling My Chopsticks by Victoria Abbott Riccardi and it's making me famished. And stir-crazy. I want to go on a trip!

5. Avatar trailer looks so good!

6. The fights over Kame's lack of height or other things to play kyohei in the upcoming Wallflower over on arama are pretty darn entertaining. To be fair, unlike in Korea where it seems they won't take you into acting unless you are over 6', most Japanese actors are on the short and scrawny side. In any event, since the mangaka based Kyohei on the rocker Kiyoharu, theoretically speaking, here's what a 'live' Kyohei should look like. (You have no idea how hard it is to find worksafe pics of the guy.) I think Kame will do just fine. The script, OTOH - yikes! Also, it's rather amusing as the manga is all about Sunako, the heroine, but all the arama denizens (and the drama-makers) seem to care about are the hot boys. The heroine seems immaterial.
dangermousie: (Default)
And I am rather worried.

Wallflower (also known as Perfect Girl Evolution) is one of my all-time favorite mangas. The story takes the simple Cinderella/Pygmalion fantasy and turns it on its head. Four pretty boys who rent a house get told by their eccentric landlady that if they can transform her niece Sunako into a lady, they get to live rent-free. Always broke, the boys enthusiastically agree. Enter Sunako - spotty, unkempt, horror-loving, people-avoiding Goth. Good luck, boys!

Wallflower features perhaps one of the most awesome heroines to ever exist. Sunako is beyond TOUGH. And I mean tough. You mess with her (or with anyone she likes - one of the boys, her girlfriend Noi etc), an army will not save you from her wrath. She has put down gangs, busted down clubs of s&m freaks, and fought down hordes of fangirls.

The boys (blunt, food-obsessed Kyohei, the "caring feminist" Takenaga, the playboy Ranmaru, and the sweet Yuki) do not know what is about to hit them. Wallflower is NOT about them reforming Sunako - the boys give up fairly quickly (they just try to pretend they are continuing so as to continue to get the deal from the landlady) and just accept Sunako for who she is - a violent weirdo who can cook. Sunako makes no excuses for being who she is - she has no interest in transforming herself into a barbie, she makes no bones about loving her horror movies or living with skeletons, her lack of interest in her hot neighbors 'that way', or in any pretentions about being ladylike. She often rescues the boys (and occassionally the other way around) - there is nothing dainty about her.

Wallflower is really a celebration of being different and being happy in that difference. All the characters are somewhat odd - Yuki is almost girlishly delicate and shy, Takenaga is some sort of benevolent Moriarti, Ranmaru is a shameless, older-women-loving slut, and Kyohei...Oh, Kyohei. He is probably the only character who is almost as weird as Sunako is.

Nor do all the boys fall in love with Sunako magically or anything like that. Yuki has a long-standing girlfriend, Takenaga and Ranmaru acquire OTPs during the manga (Takenaga's girlfriend Noi is one of my favorite characters ever. God, I love her!) Kyohei and Sunako are being clearly set up as the OTP but it's not because he sees her inner princess or anything silly like that - they are both blunt, violent, not too bright people imprisoned by their looks who like to do the same things for fun (one of my favorite things in Wallflower is the parallel it draws between the 'creature of darkness' Sunako and the ultimate bishounen Kyohei - nobody sees them as a person, not really, because of the facade being so all-engulfing. Sunako freaks out the passerby and Kyohei can't keep down a job because the staff and customers start fights over him - underneath all the OTT hilariousness, Wallflower has a lovely point about inner persons).

This said - I cannot possibly imagine Wallflower as a drama. Not only is it pretty darn R-rated (I dare anyone to imagine the scene of Kyohei being kidnapped to be sold bound and gagged in an s&m club for "whatever you want" to a crowd of hyper bidders until Sunako busts the club down - they had to tame it down for anime as is (the anime, btw, wasn't great, but it was not bad)), it's just - it exists in hyper-reality and I am afraid the live version would look ridiculously OTT (take a look at Hana Kimi insanity - and that manga is pretty easy to adapt into a jdrama to start with). And if they tone down Sunako, I will cry. Not Sunako! She is even cooler than *gasp* Makino!

Still, I will definitely check it out. If for no other reason than that I love Kame and it's been too long since he was in a drama (if you don't count that wine one which - yikes). Though Kame as Kyohei - hmmm, not who I pictured at all. I'd think someone like Yamapi fits more (I'd want young Nagase Tomoya, but obviously, not possible, *sigh*)

Here is an anime amv which might give you a hint of Sunako's awesomeness:

dangermousie: (Default)
And I am rather worried.

Wallflower (also known as Perfect Girl Evolution) is one of my all-time favorite mangas. The story takes the simple Cinderella/Pygmalion fantasy and turns it on its head. Four pretty boys who rent a house get told by their eccentric landlady that if they can transform her niece Sunako into a lady, they get to live rent-free. Always broke, the boys enthusiastically agree. Enter Sunako - spotty, unkempt, horror-loving, people-avoiding Goth. Good luck, boys!

Wallflower features perhaps one of the most awesome heroines to ever exist. Sunako is beyond TOUGH. And I mean tough. You mess with her (or with anyone she likes - one of the boys, her girlfriend Noi etc), an army will not save you from her wrath. She has put down gangs, busted down clubs of s&m freaks, and fought down hordes of fangirls.

The boys (blunt, food-obsessed Kyohei, the "caring feminist" Takenaga, the playboy Ranmaru, and the sweet Yuki) do not know what is about to hit them. Wallflower is NOT about them reforming Sunako - the boys give up fairly quickly (they just try to pretend they are continuing so as to continue to get the deal from the landlady) and just accept Sunako for who she is - a violent weirdo who can cook. Sunako makes no excuses for being who she is - she has no interest in transforming herself into a barbie, she makes no bones about loving her horror movies or living with skeletons, her lack of interest in her hot neighbors 'that way', or in any pretentions about being ladylike. She often rescues the boys (and occassionally the other way around) - there is nothing dainty about her.

Wallflower is really a celebration of being different and being happy in that difference. All the characters are somewhat odd - Yuki is almost girlishly delicate and shy, Takenaga is some sort of benevolent Moriarti, Ranmaru is a shameless, older-women-loving slut, and Kyohei...Oh, Kyohei. He is probably the only character who is almost as weird as Sunako is.

Nor do all the boys fall in love with Sunako magically or anything like that. Yuki has a long-standing girlfriend, Takenaga and Ranmaru acquire OTPs during the manga (Takenaga's girlfriend Noi is one of my favorite characters ever. God, I love her!) Kyohei and Sunako are being clearly set up as the OTP but it's not because he sees her inner princess or anything silly like that - they are both blunt, violent, not too bright people imprisoned by their looks who like to do the same things for fun (one of my favorite things in Wallflower is the parallel it draws between the 'creature of darkness' Sunako and the ultimate bishounen Kyohei - nobody sees them as a person, not really, because of the facade being so all-engulfing. Sunako freaks out the passerby and Kyohei can't keep down a job because the staff and customers start fights over him - underneath all the OTT hilariousness, Wallflower has a lovely point about inner persons).

This said - I cannot possibly imagine Wallflower as a drama. Not only is it pretty darn R-rated (I dare anyone to imagine the scene of Kyohei being kidnapped to be sold bound and gagged in an s&m club for "whatever you want" to a crowd of hyper bidders until Sunako busts the club down - they had to tame it down for anime as is (the anime, btw, wasn't great, but it was not bad)), it's just - it exists in hyper-reality and I am afraid the live version would look ridiculously OTT (take a look at Hana Kimi insanity - and that manga is pretty easy to adapt into a jdrama to start with). And if they tone down Sunako, I will cry. Not Sunako! She is even cooler than *gasp* Makino!

Still, I will definitely check it out. If for no other reason than that I love Kame and it's been too long since he was in a drama (if you don't count that wine one which - yikes). Though Kame as Kyohei - hmmm, not who I pictured at all. I'd think someone like Yamapi fits more (I'd want young Nagase Tomoya, but obviously, not possible, *sigh*)

Here is an anime amv which might give you a hint of Sunako's awesomeness:

dangermousie: (Default)
And I am rather worried.

Wallflower (also known as Perfect Girl Evolution) is one of my all-time favorite mangas. The story takes the simple Cinderella/Pygmalion fantasy and turns it on its head. Four pretty boys who rent a house get told by their eccentric landlady that if they can transform her niece Sunako into a lady, they get to live rent-free. Always broke, the boys enthusiastically agree. Enter Sunako - spotty, unkempt, horror-loving, people-avoiding Goth. Good luck, boys!

Wallflower features perhaps one of the most awesome heroines to ever exist. Sunako is beyond TOUGH. And I mean tough. You mess with her (or with anyone she likes - one of the boys, her girlfriend Noi etc), an army will not save you from her wrath. She has put down gangs, busted down clubs of s&m freaks, and fought down hordes of fangirls.

The boys (blunt, food-obsessed Kyohei, the "caring feminist" Takenaga, the playboy Ranmaru, and the sweet Yuki) do not know what is about to hit them. Wallflower is NOT about them reforming Sunako - the boys give up fairly quickly (they just try to pretend they are continuing so as to continue to get the deal from the landlady) and just accept Sunako for who she is - a violent weirdo who can cook. Sunako makes no excuses for being who she is - she has no interest in transforming herself into a barbie, she makes no bones about loving her horror movies or living with skeletons, her lack of interest in her hot neighbors 'that way', or in any pretentions about being ladylike. She often rescues the boys (and occassionally the other way around) - there is nothing dainty about her.

Wallflower is really a celebration of being different and being happy in that difference. All the characters are somewhat odd - Yuki is almost girlishly delicate and shy, Takenaga is some sort of benevolent Moriarti, Ranmaru is a shameless, older-women-loving slut, and Kyohei...Oh, Kyohei. He is probably the only character who is almost as weird as Sunako is.

Nor do all the boys fall in love with Sunako magically or anything like that. Yuki has a long-standing girlfriend, Takenaga and Ranmaru acquire OTPs during the manga (Takenaga's girlfriend Noi is one of my favorite characters ever. God, I love her!) Kyohei and Sunako are being clearly set up as the OTP but it's not because he sees her inner princess or anything silly like that - they are both blunt, violent, not too bright people imprisoned by their looks who like to do the same things for fun (one of my favorite things in Wallflower is the parallel it draws between the 'creature of darkness' Sunako and the ultimate bishounen Kyohei - nobody sees them as a person, not really, because of the facade being so all-engulfing. Sunako freaks out the passerby and Kyohei can't keep down a job because the staff and customers start fights over him - underneath all the OTT hilariousness, Wallflower has a lovely point about inner persons).

This said - I cannot possibly imagine Wallflower as a drama. Not only is it pretty darn R-rated (I dare anyone to imagine the scene of Kyohei being kidnapped to be sold bound and gagged in an s&m club for "whatever you want" to a crowd of hyper bidders until Sunako busts the club down - they had to tame it down for anime as is (the anime, btw, wasn't great, but it was not bad)), it's just - it exists in hyper-reality and I am afraid the live version would look ridiculously OTT (take a look at Hana Kimi insanity - and that manga is pretty easy to adapt into a jdrama to start with). And if they tone down Sunako, I will cry. Not Sunako! She is even cooler than *gasp* Makino!

Still, I will definitely check it out. If for no other reason than that I love Kame and it's been too long since he was in a drama (if you don't count that wine one which - yikes). Though Kame as Kyohei - hmmm, not who I pictured at all. I'd think someone like Yamapi fits more (I'd want young Nagase Tomoya, but obviously, not possible, *sigh*)

Here is an anime amv which might give you a hint of Sunako's awesomeness:

dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
Yup, posting my Top 10 list made me obsess over Tatta Hitotsu No Koi all over again.

I found this awesome MV for it.

Gosh, how I love this drama!

If I wasn't about to start Love Story (the jdrama I've been meaning to watch for ages), I'd be so up for a rewatch!

It's funny: Kame is so not my type, physically, but I have yet to see him in anything where he wasn't completely excellent and made me fall for his character. I really do think he is my favorite actor among the younger Japanese ones.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
Yup, posting my Top 10 list made me obsess over Tatta Hitotsu No Koi all over again.

I found this awesome MV for it.

Gosh, how I love this drama!

If I wasn't about to start Love Story (the jdrama I've been meaning to watch for ages), I'd be so up for a rewatch!

It's funny: Kame is so not my type, physically, but I have yet to see him in anything where he wasn't completely excellent and made me fall for his character. I really do think he is my favorite actor among the younger Japanese ones.

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