dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
I've picked up watching Karei Naru Ichizoku, with Mr. Mousie. It's a drama I really really love, but what with this being a rare drama Mr. Mousie wants to watch (this and Hong Gil Dong are sum total) so we have to make time for both of us, and finding it so emotionally draining (yes, I've seen the ending), I sort of watch it on and off, in small dozes, like a really contolled drug. :)

I remain totally impressed by Kimura Takuya, who portrays a truly decent man at the end of his rope, and is so incredibly real, not a character but a complete person. My hatred for the Manpyo family grows leaps and bounds with each episode. Ugh. Monsters, most of them (what I want to say about Daisuke would probably be unfit for polite company). By this point, most of the revelations about family relationships are out (though of course, the final devastating one is for the very last ep...I saw that scene and...OK, I was a mess), and yeah...it all is a sheer descent. I think one of the things I find the most painful is how hard Teppen tries to have Daisuke express anything, something, that would indicate some glimmer of caring, some humanity. It's heart-breaking. Kimura has the most expressive face!

In news of more cheerful dramas, I continue madly in love with Mukodono.



I am four eps in, and Yu is just the most adorable jdrama male lead ever. In some ways, he shares some characteristics with children: excitement for seemingly mundane tasks, energy level in the morning (I'd kill him) and emotional openness. But he can also be grown-up when it counts, and the way he dealt with the little boy nephew of Sakura (how did they know my total thing for men interacting with children not their own) and with Satsuki, Sakura's career-oriented sister, made me melt.


A few caps and thoughts on my fave scenes from eps 3-4 )

I am going on a trip and taking about a dozen jdramas with me. Let's see how it goes :)
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
I've picked up watching Karei Naru Ichizoku, with Mr. Mousie. It's a drama I really really love, but what with this being a rare drama Mr. Mousie wants to watch (this and Hong Gil Dong are sum total) so we have to make time for both of us, and finding it so emotionally draining (yes, I've seen the ending), I sort of watch it on and off, in small dozes, like a really contolled drug. :)

I remain totally impressed by Kimura Takuya, who portrays a truly decent man at the end of his rope, and is so incredibly real, not a character but a complete person. My hatred for the Manpyo family grows leaps and bounds with each episode. Ugh. Monsters, most of them (what I want to say about Daisuke would probably be unfit for polite company). By this point, most of the revelations about family relationships are out (though of course, the final devastating one is for the very last ep...I saw that scene and...OK, I was a mess), and yeah...it all is a sheer descent. I think one of the things I find the most painful is how hard Teppen tries to have Daisuke express anything, something, that would indicate some glimmer of caring, some humanity. It's heart-breaking. Kimura has the most expressive face!

In news of more cheerful dramas, I continue madly in love with Mukodono.



I am four eps in, and Yu is just the most adorable jdrama male lead ever. In some ways, he shares some characteristics with children: excitement for seemingly mundane tasks, energy level in the morning (I'd kill him) and emotional openness. But he can also be grown-up when it counts, and the way he dealt with the little boy nephew of Sakura (how did they know my total thing for men interacting with children not their own) and with Satsuki, Sakura's career-oriented sister, made me melt.


A few caps and thoughts on my fave scenes from eps 3-4 )

I am going on a trip and taking about a dozen jdramas with me. Let's see how it goes :)
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
I've picked up watching Karei Naru Ichizoku, with Mr. Mousie. It's a drama I really really love, but what with this being a rare drama Mr. Mousie wants to watch (this and Hong Gil Dong are sum total) so we have to make time for both of us, and finding it so emotionally draining (yes, I've seen the ending), I sort of watch it on and off, in small dozes, like a really contolled drug. :)

I remain totally impressed by Kimura Takuya, who portrays a truly decent man at the end of his rope, and is so incredibly real, not a character but a complete person. My hatred for the Manpyo family grows leaps and bounds with each episode. Ugh. Monsters, most of them (what I want to say about Daisuke would probably be unfit for polite company). By this point, most of the revelations about family relationships are out (though of course, the final devastating one is for the very last ep...I saw that scene and...OK, I was a mess), and yeah...it all is a sheer descent. I think one of the things I find the most painful is how hard Teppen tries to have Daisuke express anything, something, that would indicate some glimmer of caring, some humanity. It's heart-breaking. Kimura has the most expressive face!

In news of more cheerful dramas, I continue madly in love with Mukodono.



I am four eps in, and Yu is just the most adorable jdrama male lead ever. In some ways, he shares some characteristics with children: excitement for seemingly mundane tasks, energy level in the morning (I'd kill him) and emotional openness. But he can also be grown-up when it counts, and the way he dealt with the little boy nephew of Sakura (how did they know my total thing for men interacting with children not their own) and with Satsuki, Sakura's career-oriented sister, made me melt.


A few caps and thoughts on my fave scenes from eps 3-4 )

I am going on a trip and taking about a dozen jdramas with me. Let's see how it goes :)
dangermousie: (Kurosagi by cherishcolors)
*no spoilers in this post*

When I first heard about Bara no Nai Hanaya, the currently airing jdrama starring Katori Shingo, Yuko Tekeuchi, and Matsuda Shota, I didn't have too much interest. I adored Yuko in Pride and I always enjoy Matsuda Shota's hotness, and I have never seen KS in anything but I approve of male leads who are over thirty on principle (plus, he is in the same band as Kimura Takuya so I am bound to like him by association :P).

But still, a story about a single father who owns a flower shop and falls for a blind girl didn't really seem like my bag. It sounded like the kind of story that is much better done by a kdrama (the only genuine unbound melodrama that I've seen jdramas make that really worked for me was Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake) or a heart-warming-life-affirming type of story I don't care much for.

So basically, my late winter/early spring slate was already full and so chances of me checking it out were pretty slim.

But then it started popping up everywhere on my flist and people were really liking it. And even better, I was reading posts on it (yes, even the ones that said 'don't read these spoilers you don't want to know until you finish ep blankety-blank.' especially those) and was shocked to discover it was like nothing I thought it was before, but was dark and twisty and revenge-driven and manipulative and messed-up and not what is seems. There was one particular spoiler that made me go 'whoa' and guess what?

I have started watching this now.

LOVE.

LOVE

LOVE

Anyway, I found two MVs for this drama, one shippy, one not. I suppose the shippy one is rather spoilery.

MVs )

All I know, this drama better have a more cheerful ending than Karei Naru Ichizoku. I still need to send my therapy bills for that one to someone.
dangermousie: (Kurosagi by cherishcolors)
*no spoilers in this post*

When I first heard about Bara no Nai Hanaya, the currently airing jdrama starring Katori Shingo, Yuko Tekeuchi, and Matsuda Shota, I didn't have too much interest. I adored Yuko in Pride and I always enjoy Matsuda Shota's hotness, and I have never seen KS in anything but I approve of male leads who are over thirty on principle (plus, he is in the same band as Kimura Takuya so I am bound to like him by association :P).

But still, a story about a single father who owns a flower shop and falls for a blind girl didn't really seem like my bag. It sounded like the kind of story that is much better done by a kdrama (the only genuine unbound melodrama that I've seen jdramas make that really worked for me was Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake) or a heart-warming-life-affirming type of story I don't care much for.

So basically, my late winter/early spring slate was already full and so chances of me checking it out were pretty slim.

But then it started popping up everywhere on my flist and people were really liking it. And even better, I was reading posts on it (yes, even the ones that said 'don't read these spoilers you don't want to know until you finish ep blankety-blank.' especially those) and was shocked to discover it was like nothing I thought it was before, but was dark and twisty and revenge-driven and manipulative and messed-up and not what is seems. There was one particular spoiler that made me go 'whoa' and guess what?

I have started watching this now.

LOVE.

LOVE

LOVE

Anyway, I found two MVs for this drama, one shippy, one not. I suppose the shippy one is rather spoilery.

MVs )

All I know, this drama better have a more cheerful ending than Karei Naru Ichizoku. I still need to send my therapy bills for that one to someone.
dangermousie: (Kurosagi by cherishcolors)
*no spoilers in this post*

When I first heard about Bara no Nai Hanaya, the currently airing jdrama starring Katori Shingo, Yuko Tekeuchi, and Matsuda Shota, I didn't have too much interest. I adored Yuko in Pride and I always enjoy Matsuda Shota's hotness, and I have never seen KS in anything but I approve of male leads who are over thirty on principle (plus, he is in the same band as Kimura Takuya so I am bound to like him by association :P).

But still, a story about a single father who owns a flower shop and falls for a blind girl didn't really seem like my bag. It sounded like the kind of story that is much better done by a kdrama (the only genuine unbound melodrama that I've seen jdramas make that really worked for me was Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake) or a heart-warming-life-affirming type of story I don't care much for.

So basically, my late winter/early spring slate was already full and so chances of me checking it out were pretty slim.

But then it started popping up everywhere on my flist and people were really liking it. And even better, I was reading posts on it (yes, even the ones that said 'don't read these spoilers you don't want to know until you finish ep blankety-blank.' especially those) and was shocked to discover it was like nothing I thought it was before, but was dark and twisty and revenge-driven and manipulative and messed-up and not what is seems. There was one particular spoiler that made me go 'whoa' and guess what?

I have started watching this now.

LOVE.

LOVE

LOVE

Anyway, I found two MVs for this drama, one shippy, one not. I suppose the shippy one is rather spoilery.

MVs )

All I know, this drama better have a more cheerful ending than Karei Naru Ichizoku. I still need to send my therapy bills for that one to someone.
dangermousie: (ISWAK: ZS by scottishlass)
Watched eps 5 and 6 of Karei Naru Ichizoku and I don't think I can hate Aiko and Daisuke more. But oh Teppei. He is so amazing. He breaks my heart.

Re: ISWAK2.

Ohhhhh...the Zhi Shu/Xiang Qin scene on their honemoon?

HOLD ME SOMEONE.

It joins the scene from Mars and the scene from Tokyo Juliet as the only sexy-sex scenes in twdrama.

Mmmmmmmm...

Of course, it's the sort of thing that in the US they'd show at 2 pm, but...guuuuuh. Zhi Shu stroking Xiang Qin's mouth with hIS thumb, before kissing her, and the thing with touching their noses they do, and he is kissing her neck and collarbones, eeeeeeeeee! Oh, and the bit when they are in bed and he takes off his shirt with one hand because he is not paying the shirt too much attention :)

Mmmm. Plus, it's a hell of a lengthy kissing scene to start with. Yay.

The scene in Mars is still my fave, for the sheer dramatic significance of it, but this was awesome. Did I mention that he has to bend in two to kiss her? Eeee.

Random livebloggedy thoughts on the first half of the ep )
dangermousie: (ISWAK: ZS by scottishlass)
Watched eps 5 and 6 of Karei Naru Ichizoku and I don't think I can hate Aiko and Daisuke more. But oh Teppei. He is so amazing. He breaks my heart.

Re: ISWAK2.

Ohhhhh...the Zhi Shu/Xiang Qin scene on their honemoon?

HOLD ME SOMEONE.

It joins the scene from Mars and the scene from Tokyo Juliet as the only sexy-sex scenes in twdrama.

Mmmmmmmm...

Of course, it's the sort of thing that in the US they'd show at 2 pm, but...guuuuuh. Zhi Shu stroking Xiang Qin's mouth with hIS thumb, before kissing her, and the thing with touching their noses they do, and he is kissing her neck and collarbones, eeeeeeeeee! Oh, and the bit when they are in bed and he takes off his shirt with one hand because he is not paying the shirt too much attention :)

Mmmm. Plus, it's a hell of a lengthy kissing scene to start with. Yay.

The scene in Mars is still my fave, for the sheer dramatic significance of it, but this was awesome. Did I mention that he has to bend in two to kiss her? Eeee.

Random livebloggedy thoughts on the first half of the ep )
dangermousie: (ISWAK: ZS by scottishlass)
Watched eps 5 and 6 of Karei Naru Ichizoku and I don't think I can hate Aiko and Daisuke more. But oh Teppei. He is so amazing. He breaks my heart.

Re: ISWAK2.

Ohhhhh...the Zhi Shu/Xiang Qin scene on their honemoon?

HOLD ME SOMEONE.

It joins the scene from Mars and the scene from Tokyo Juliet as the only sexy-sex scenes in twdrama.

Mmmmmmmm...

Of course, it's the sort of thing that in the US they'd show at 2 pm, but...guuuuuh. Zhi Shu stroking Xiang Qin's mouth with hIS thumb, before kissing her, and the thing with touching their noses they do, and he is kissing her neck and collarbones, eeeeeeeeee! Oh, and the bit when they are in bed and he takes off his shirt with one hand because he is not paying the shirt too much attention :)

Mmmm. Plus, it's a hell of a lengthy kissing scene to start with. Yay.

The scene in Mars is still my fave, for the sheer dramatic significance of it, but this was awesome. Did I mention that he has to bend in two to kiss her? Eeee.

Random livebloggedy thoughts on the first half of the ep )
dangermousie: (ALTK by alexandral)
Watched ep 4 of Karei-Naru Ichizoku and it's excellent, except for thje fact that every time I see the father or the mistress I want to climb into the TV and strangle them both with my bare hands.

Oh, and Teppei has such a yearning for parental love. You can see it in the interactions with his father-in-law.

But OMG, I decided to see how it ended and so ffed to last 10 minutes of last ep.

spoilers )
dangermousie: (ALTK by alexandral)
Watched ep 4 of Karei-Naru Ichizoku and it's excellent, except for thje fact that every time I see the father or the mistress I want to climb into the TV and strangle them both with my bare hands.

Oh, and Teppei has such a yearning for parental love. You can see it in the interactions with his father-in-law.

But OMG, I decided to see how it ended and so ffed to last 10 minutes of last ep.

spoilers )
dangermousie: (ALTK by alexandral)
Watched ep 4 of Karei-Naru Ichizoku and it's excellent, except for thje fact that every time I see the father or the mistress I want to climb into the TV and strangle them both with my bare hands.

Oh, and Teppei has such a yearning for parental love. You can see it in the interactions with his father-in-law.

But OMG, I decided to see how it ended and so ffed to last 10 minutes of last ep.

spoilers )
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
We watched the first three episodes of Karei-Naru Ichizoku tonight.

Yes. We.

Mr. Mousie watched this with me and loved it. I didn't have to push him or anything. And he wants to continue it, and we had a discussion about it afterward.

My.

This has to be the first drama he's ever watched. I think the fact that it was about finance and family power struggle, with no love confessions or sparkly hair anywhere, really helped.

It was also awesome watching it with him, because he knows a lot about (a) steel industry operations (pig iron and Japanese resources and imports); (b) restructuring in Japan in the 1960s; and (c) just how Japanese financial systems operate (with aversion to risk, lack of interest in bond issues, which is how Teppei would finance the furnace in the US, personalized banking etc etc). And other matters...

So this is very interesting.

This really reminds me of French novels I read, with the complex interactions between society, finances, and poisonous family connection.

These people are largely horrifying human beings, or victims of those people, with some exceptions (Teppei being the most notable. I love Teppei and am anxious for him, and want him to win against his monstrous father) but their interactions are incredible to watch.

Cut for spoilers for the first three eps )

But it's late and I must go to bed.

But in conclusion: How come I always forget just how amazing Kimura Takuya is in between watching his dramas?
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
We watched the first three episodes of Karei-Naru Ichizoku tonight.

Yes. We.

Mr. Mousie watched this with me and loved it. I didn't have to push him or anything. And he wants to continue it, and we had a discussion about it afterward.

My.

This has to be the first drama he's ever watched. I think the fact that it was about finance and family power struggle, with no love confessions or sparkly hair anywhere, really helped.

It was also awesome watching it with him, because he knows a lot about (a) steel industry operations (pig iron and Japanese resources and imports); (b) restructuring in Japan in the 1960s; and (c) just how Japanese financial systems operate (with aversion to risk, lack of interest in bond issues, which is how Teppei would finance the furnace in the US, personalized banking etc etc). And other matters...

So this is very interesting.

This really reminds me of French novels I read, with the complex interactions between society, finances, and poisonous family connection.

These people are largely horrifying human beings, or victims of those people, with some exceptions (Teppei being the most notable. I love Teppei and am anxious for him, and want him to win against his monstrous father) but their interactions are incredible to watch.

Cut for spoilers for the first three eps )

But it's late and I must go to bed.

But in conclusion: How come I always forget just how amazing Kimura Takuya is in between watching his dramas?
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
We watched the first three episodes of Karei-Naru Ichizoku tonight.

Yes. We.

Mr. Mousie watched this with me and loved it. I didn't have to push him or anything. And he wants to continue it, and we had a discussion about it afterward.

My.

This has to be the first drama he's ever watched. I think the fact that it was about finance and family power struggle, with no love confessions or sparkly hair anywhere, really helped.

It was also awesome watching it with him, because he knows a lot about (a) steel industry operations (pig iron and Japanese resources and imports); (b) restructuring in Japan in the 1960s; and (c) just how Japanese financial systems operate (with aversion to risk, lack of interest in bond issues, which is how Teppei would finance the furnace in the US, personalized banking etc etc). And other matters...

So this is very interesting.

This really reminds me of French novels I read, with the complex interactions between society, finances, and poisonous family connection.

These people are largely horrifying human beings, or victims of those people, with some exceptions (Teppei being the most notable. I love Teppei and am anxious for him, and want him to win against his monstrous father) but their interactions are incredible to watch.

Cut for spoilers for the first three eps )

But it's late and I must go to bed.

But in conclusion: How come I always forget just how amazing Kimura Takuya is in between watching his dramas?
dangermousie: (KimuTaku: by scottishlass)
I am starting Karei-Naru Ichizoku.

Brace me, someone.

What is KNI? Based on a novel by Yamazaki Toyoko and starring my favorite drama actor, Kimura Takuya, KNI deals with the rich, influentual and poisonous family famous in Kansai finaical circles. Set in the late 1960s, the story depicts the rivalty between Manpyo Daisuke (Kitaoji Kinya), a powerful banker, and his eldest son, Manpyo Teppei (Kimura Takuya), the executive managing director of a steel firm. For some reasons, Daisuke seem to dislike his own son and as Teppei seems to find out the reason for Daisuke's hatred, his whole life is turned upside down with fatal consequences.

I've heard amazing things about this one, and I adore Kimura Takuya, but I know the ending is supposed to be heart-breaking.
dangermousie: (KimuTaku: by scottishlass)
I am starting Karei-Naru Ichizoku.

Brace me, someone.

What is KNI? Based on a novel by Yamazaki Toyoko and starring my favorite drama actor, Kimura Takuya, KNI deals with the rich, influentual and poisonous family famous in Kansai finaical circles. Set in the late 1960s, the story depicts the rivalty between Manpyo Daisuke (Kitaoji Kinya), a powerful banker, and his eldest son, Manpyo Teppei (Kimura Takuya), the executive managing director of a steel firm. For some reasons, Daisuke seem to dislike his own son and as Teppei seems to find out the reason for Daisuke's hatred, his whole life is turned upside down with fatal consequences.

I've heard amazing things about this one, and I adore Kimura Takuya, but I know the ending is supposed to be heart-breaking.
dangermousie: (KimuTaku: by scottishlass)
I am starting Karei-Naru Ichizoku.

Brace me, someone.

What is KNI? Based on a novel by Yamazaki Toyoko and starring my favorite drama actor, Kimura Takuya, KNI deals with the rich, influentual and poisonous family famous in Kansai finaical circles. Set in the late 1960s, the story depicts the rivalty between Manpyo Daisuke (Kitaoji Kinya), a powerful banker, and his eldest son, Manpyo Teppei (Kimura Takuya), the executive managing director of a steel firm. For some reasons, Daisuke seem to dislike his own son and as Teppei seems to find out the reason for Daisuke's hatred, his whole life is turned upside down with fatal consequences.

I've heard amazing things about this one, and I adore Kimura Takuya, but I know the ending is supposed to be heart-breaking.
dangermousie: (Default)
I have finished Sapuri and I am giddy and warm and just...it's better than hot chocolate on a rainy day.

And I am, at the same time,totally bereft at the thought of no more Sapuri.

What a lovely, delightful, amazing thing it was. And oh, that ending, with her finding him, actually being the one to come and find him, all that way, and telling him she loves him, and the look of delight on his face (btw, Kame in a suit? EEEE!) and I love how it ended for everyone (and Watanabe-san found someone, yay) but especially for Minami and Yuya, his waiting for her after work (I assume he just got off his) and them walking off together, hand in hand. And oh, the kiss!!!!! Spinny!

It's interesting, because I was thinking how uniquely Japanese Sapuri was. What I mean by that is that a lot of drama love stories could, with some tweaking(a little or a lot), be retold as a Western miniseries. But Sapuri couldn't, not really. Because the main concept of it, the concept I adored, is alien to American TV: it is about how the meaning of life is to find yoursel in your work, to work hard and to be proud of it, and not because work is interesting (even though it often is) but because there is virtue in hard work and in people depending on you and relying on you, and you are a member of an effective team. Sapuri is all about the meaning of adulthood, emotionally, personally, professionally, and this is not a theme American TV, stuck in the perpetual glorification of adolescence, ever likes to address. Interesting, jdrama is full of it. Even something like Hana Yori Dango, which might appear to be a comedy-melodrama about two strong-willed eccentrics in love, is in a lot of ways about Domyouji growing up and changing under the influence of love to become fit for society and someone who can lead the company in the future and become a functional grown-up.

Because, think about it. In American TV, if we had a workaholic woman and a layabout guy, he would at the end, teach her to let her hair down, because of course she would be uptight. But here, while Minami needs to learn to balance personal and professional a bit better, it's mainly Yuya who needs to realize his potential for perseverance and hard work and pursuit of goals.

You know, I adore Kame. I might even brave Gokusen 2, I think.

Later in the evening [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl came over and we had a blast watching the first five episodes of Hana Yori Dango and squeeing/snarking/metaing. So much fun. I adore them all so, and it's been a while since I've seen the earliest ep so it was a delight. You know, a little thing I noticed this time: in ep 2, when Domyouji tells Makino to lick his shoes (because sauce is on them) it's awesome because you can tell the second the words are out of his mouth, he is horrified and wants to take it back but has no idea how. I love how Rui breaks in, and gives him an excuse to break it off. Rui=LOVE. And oh, Makino is a total darling. And I have no words for the awesomeness that is Domyouji. MatsuJun is so expressive. We finished on the ep when he gets beaten almost to death. Oh, I love how Sakurako is ranting and raving at him, but all he can see is Makino (and heis reaching for her scarf, like some sort of a talisman). When he realizes what is about to happen, earlier, and gently tells her to close her eyes (so she won't have to see him beaten), I sort of die a little. The whole set-up, with Sakurako telling him that here are goons that will beat him up, and if he moves a finger to defend himself, she will cut Makino's face, so he basically stands there and lets them beat him so badly he needs hospitalization? Awesome. Because he has such impulse control problems, and violence issues and what not, but he never loses sight of what is important. As he tells Makino: not fighting back was the only way he could protect her. OMG. And she, such a dense darling, asks him why and he replies, 'isn't it obvious? I love you.' OMG OMG OMG. And he is all beaten up and barely moving but is still hugging her. OMG. And then (once he is out of the hospital) he is being such a baby and pretending he still needs his arm in a sling so she'd feed him :P And trying to show off to her. And when she still, after all that happens, stands up for Sakurako against the bitchy girls, I love that he is proud of her for it, and just hugs her in this totally impulsive hug and...eeeeee!

Or their first date, earlier? He showed up early! And waited for her for three hours in the pouring rain.

Seriously, Hanadan is love.

After these, I'll finish A beautiful life and then probably something light, Himitsu No Hanazono or Good Luck or Dragon Zakura before diving into the intensity of Karei-Naru Ichizoku. And I will try Kimi Wa Petto again, seeing how much I am loving the manga and how it clarified certain things for me.
dangermousie: (Default)
I have finished Sapuri and I am giddy and warm and just...it's better than hot chocolate on a rainy day.

And I am, at the same time,totally bereft at the thought of no more Sapuri.

What a lovely, delightful, amazing thing it was. And oh, that ending, with her finding him, actually being the one to come and find him, all that way, and telling him she loves him, and the look of delight on his face (btw, Kame in a suit? EEEE!) and I love how it ended for everyone (and Watanabe-san found someone, yay) but especially for Minami and Yuya, his waiting for her after work (I assume he just got off his) and them walking off together, hand in hand. And oh, the kiss!!!!! Spinny!

It's interesting, because I was thinking how uniquely Japanese Sapuri was. What I mean by that is that a lot of drama love stories could, with some tweaking(a little or a lot), be retold as a Western miniseries. But Sapuri couldn't, not really. Because the main concept of it, the concept I adored, is alien to American TV: it is about how the meaning of life is to find yoursel in your work, to work hard and to be proud of it, and not because work is interesting (even though it often is) but because there is virtue in hard work and in people depending on you and relying on you, and you are a member of an effective team. Sapuri is all about the meaning of adulthood, emotionally, personally, professionally, and this is not a theme American TV, stuck in the perpetual glorification of adolescence, ever likes to address. Interesting, jdrama is full of it. Even something like Hana Yori Dango, which might appear to be a comedy-melodrama about two strong-willed eccentrics in love, is in a lot of ways about Domyouji growing up and changing under the influence of love to become fit for society and someone who can lead the company in the future and become a functional grown-up.

Because, think about it. In American TV, if we had a workaholic woman and a layabout guy, he would at the end, teach her to let her hair down, because of course she would be uptight. But here, while Minami needs to learn to balance personal and professional a bit better, it's mainly Yuya who needs to realize his potential for perseverance and hard work and pursuit of goals.

You know, I adore Kame. I might even brave Gokusen 2, I think.

Later in the evening [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl came over and we had a blast watching the first five episodes of Hana Yori Dango and squeeing/snarking/metaing. So much fun. I adore them all so, and it's been a while since I've seen the earliest ep so it was a delight. You know, a little thing I noticed this time: in ep 2, when Domyouji tells Makino to lick his shoes (because sauce is on them) it's awesome because you can tell the second the words are out of his mouth, he is horrified and wants to take it back but has no idea how. I love how Rui breaks in, and gives him an excuse to break it off. Rui=LOVE. And oh, Makino is a total darling. And I have no words for the awesomeness that is Domyouji. MatsuJun is so expressive. We finished on the ep when he gets beaten almost to death. Oh, I love how Sakurako is ranting and raving at him, but all he can see is Makino (and heis reaching for her scarf, like some sort of a talisman). When he realizes what is about to happen, earlier, and gently tells her to close her eyes (so she won't have to see him beaten), I sort of die a little. The whole set-up, with Sakurako telling him that here are goons that will beat him up, and if he moves a finger to defend himself, she will cut Makino's face, so he basically stands there and lets them beat him so badly he needs hospitalization? Awesome. Because he has such impulse control problems, and violence issues and what not, but he never loses sight of what is important. As he tells Makino: not fighting back was the only way he could protect her. OMG. And she, such a dense darling, asks him why and he replies, 'isn't it obvious? I love you.' OMG OMG OMG. And he is all beaten up and barely moving but is still hugging her. OMG. And then (once he is out of the hospital) he is being such a baby and pretending he still needs his arm in a sling so she'd feed him :P And trying to show off to her. And when she still, after all that happens, stands up for Sakurako against the bitchy girls, I love that he is proud of her for it, and just hugs her in this totally impulsive hug and...eeeeee!

Or their first date, earlier? He showed up early! And waited for her for three hours in the pouring rain.

Seriously, Hanadan is love.

After these, I'll finish A beautiful life and then probably something light, Himitsu No Hanazono or Good Luck or Dragon Zakura before diving into the intensity of Karei-Naru Ichizoku. And I will try Kimi Wa Petto again, seeing how much I am loving the manga and how it clarified certain things for me.

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