dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
I continued my trip back into jdramaland with Innocent Love, starring Horikita Maki and Kitagawa Yujin. I started and enjoyed it years back but got sidetracked. Now I am back, on episode 6, and this thing is so addictive, it's insane. Can you say no to that:






IL makes no bones about being a melodrama. In fact, if Japan had makjang as a genre, it would steadily fall into that category (only, being a jdrama, it's somehow understated about all the makjang). IL follows Kanon (Maki) and Junya (KY)- two kind souls horribly treated by the world. When Kanon was still a girl, her parents died in a fire, a fire for which her older brother was convicted. Now she's pretty much a social outcast with no job prospects, self-worth or future. Junya is a young pianist who's unfailingly kind and gentle but who hides a metric ton of damage underneath that exterior - his parents died when he was a child but he didn't give up on the world. He poured all his love and hopes into his fiancee, a fiancee who had a tragic accident the day of their wedding, and is now in a coma inside his house, while he cares for her. Since she's neither dead nor alive, he cannot move on. Until a haunted young cleaner comes into his life. Yeah, this OTP is fucked up.

Throw in major secrets - Kanon was molested by her parents, hence her brother's crime, Junya's fiancee is in a coma because she tried to kill herself as she didn't want to marry him and is actually a bitch etc, evil secondary girls, and more angst than you can think of, and in the center of it, the most darling, loveable, sweet OTP you can imagine, and you have IL.

Sample scene - Kanon tries to talk Junya out of a suicide attempt by using her love to tell him this love is what his fiancee would feel. Did I mention fiancee is dying as Junya and Kanon got closer? Her evil can sense others' happiness through coma, apparently, and loves to cock-block )

Have a very spoilery MV:



Oh, and Kitagawa Yujin is part of the folk duo, Yuzu, and I love love love their music. Have a song of theirs...

dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
I continued my trip back into jdramaland with Innocent Love, starring Horikita Maki and Kitagawa Yujin. I started and enjoyed it years back but got sidetracked. Now I am back, on episode 6, and this thing is so addictive, it's insane. Can you say no to that:






IL makes no bones about being a melodrama. In fact, if Japan had makjang as a genre, it would steadily fall into that category (only, being a jdrama, it's somehow understated about all the makjang). IL follows Kanon (Maki) and Junya (KY)- two kind souls horribly treated by the world. When Kanon was still a girl, her parents died in a fire, a fire for which her older brother was convicted. Now she's pretty much a social outcast with no job prospects, self-worth or future. Junya is a young pianist who's unfailingly kind and gentle but who hides a metric ton of damage underneath that exterior - his parents died when he was a child but he didn't give up on the world. He poured all his love and hopes into his fiancee, a fiancee who had a tragic accident the day of their wedding, and is now in a coma inside his house, while he cares for her. Since she's neither dead nor alive, he cannot move on. Until a haunted young cleaner comes into his life. Yeah, this OTP is fucked up.

Throw in major secrets - Kanon was molested by her parents, hence her brother's crime, Junya's fiancee is in a coma because she tried to kill herself as she didn't want to marry him and is actually a bitch etc, evil secondary girls, and more angst than you can think of, and in the center of it, the most darling, loveable, sweet OTP you can imagine, and you have IL.

Sample scene - Kanon tries to talk Junya out of a suicide attempt by using her love to tell him this love is what his fiancee would feel. Did I mention fiancee is dying as Junya and Kanon got closer? Her evil can sense others' happiness through coma, apparently, and loves to cock-block )

Have a very spoilery MV:



Oh, and Kitagawa Yujin is part of the folk duo, Yuzu, and I love love love their music. Have a song of theirs...

dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
I continued my trip back into jdramaland with Innocent Love, starring Horikita Maki and Kitagawa Yujin. I started and enjoyed it years back but got sidetracked. Now I am back, on episode 6, and this thing is so addictive, it's insane. Can you say no to that:






IL makes no bones about being a melodrama. In fact, if Japan had makjang as a genre, it would steadily fall into that category (only, being a jdrama, it's somehow understated about all the makjang). IL follows Kanon (Maki) and Junya (KY)- two kind souls horribly treated by the world. When Kanon was still a girl, her parents died in a fire, a fire for which her older brother was convicted. Now she's pretty much a social outcast with no job prospects, self-worth or future. Junya is a young pianist who's unfailingly kind and gentle but who hides a metric ton of damage underneath that exterior - his parents died when he was a child but he didn't give up on the world. He poured all his love and hopes into his fiancee, a fiancee who had a tragic accident the day of their wedding, and is now in a coma inside his house, while he cares for her. Since she's neither dead nor alive, he cannot move on. Until a haunted young cleaner comes into his life. Yeah, this OTP is fucked up.

Throw in major secrets - Kanon was molested by her parents, hence her brother's crime, Junya's fiancee is in a coma because she tried to kill herself as she didn't want to marry him and is actually a bitch etc, evil secondary girls, and more angst than you can think of, and in the center of it, the most darling, loveable, sweet OTP you can imagine, and you have IL.

Sample scene - Kanon tries to talk Junya out of a suicide attempt by using her love to tell him this love is what his fiancee would feel. Did I mention fiancee is dying as Junya and Kanon got closer? Her evil can sense others' happiness through coma, apparently, and loves to cock-block )

Have a very spoilery MV:



Oh, and Kitagawa Yujin is part of the folk duo, Yuzu, and I love love love their music. Have a song of theirs...

dangermousie: (Kurbaan by Fary on IF)
All I have to say about episode 3 of Innocent Love is that the scene behind the cut made me shippily-incoherent and faint and every other AWESOME thing.




This is such a Victorian novel in drama form!

Enter for what made me gibber here )

A few non-shippy points:

a. Poor Kanon - she has so little self-worth - she expects to be abandoned - poor thing!
b. WHAT THE FUCK WAS SHE MOLESTED AS A CHILD OR AM I HALLUCINATING????
dangermousie: (Kurbaan by Fary on IF)
All I have to say about episode 3 of Innocent Love is that the scene behind the cut made me shippily-incoherent and faint and every other AWESOME thing.




This is such a Victorian novel in drama form!

Enter for what made me gibber here )

A few non-shippy points:

a. Poor Kanon - she has so little self-worth - she expects to be abandoned - poor thing!
b. WHAT THE FUCK WAS SHE MOLESTED AS A CHILD OR AM I HALLUCINATING????
dangermousie: (Kurbaan by Fary on IF)
All I have to say about episode 3 of Innocent Love is that the scene behind the cut made me shippily-incoherent and faint and every other AWESOME thing.




This is such a Victorian novel in drama form!

Enter for what made me gibber here )

A few non-shippy points:

a. Poor Kanon - she has so little self-worth - she expects to be abandoned - poor thing!
b. WHAT THE FUCK WAS SHE MOLESTED AS A CHILD OR AM I HALLUCINATING????
dangermousie: (Romantic Princess by lolanicon)
First of all, I have a confession - a new celebrity crush. It's that rare rare thing - a crush on a Japanese celebrity (because let's face it - much as I love jdramas, most jdrama guys leave me cold sex-appeal-wise).

The crush in question? Kitagawa Yujin. I am loving him in Innocent Love and was totally shocked that here was a rare jdrama actor who I found good-looking. So I went to see what he was in which was...basically nothing. Because he is mainly a musician. It would have all ended there but then I looked up what type of music he was into (expecting Johnny's or perhaps rock) and found it was folk! He's a member of a j-folk group Yuzu, apparently. Japanese folk music? Now this I must investigate. Which I did and discovered this:



And I am sorry but I am smitten. Totally smitten! I like the music, I like the fact that they actually play instruments, I like the fact that I do not see glitter or scary sequins anywhere.

Another song or dozen )

They look like a normal band! Good God! And kinda adorably dorky. Plus, he is married and I approve of married Asian celebrities on principle - they need all the encouragement they can get :P And to cap it off, he has the most amazing smile! I am a total goner.

Off to troll ebay for CDs... Found concert dvds - hooray! The only other Japanese music dvd/cds I own are Glay.

And with that little verbose intro, we are onto episode 2 of Innocent Love - I should perhaps call it 'psychologically messed-up love' myself but it doesn't roll off the tongue...



Episode in caps )

In conclusion - Kitagawa Yujin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dangermousie: (Romantic Princess by lolanicon)
First of all, I have a confession - a new celebrity crush. It's that rare rare thing - a crush on a Japanese celebrity (because let's face it - much as I love jdramas, most jdrama guys leave me cold sex-appeal-wise).

The crush in question? Kitagawa Yujin. I am loving him in Innocent Love and was totally shocked that here was a rare jdrama actor who I found good-looking. So I went to see what he was in which was...basically nothing. Because he is mainly a musician. It would have all ended there but then I looked up what type of music he was into (expecting Johnny's or perhaps rock) and found it was folk! He's a member of a j-folk group Yuzu, apparently. Japanese folk music? Now this I must investigate. Which I did and discovered this:



And I am sorry but I am smitten. Totally smitten! I like the music, I like the fact that they actually play instruments, I like the fact that I do not see glitter or scary sequins anywhere.

Another song or dozen )

They look like a normal band! Good God! And kinda adorably dorky. Plus, he is married and I approve of married Asian celebrities on principle - they need all the encouragement they can get :P And to cap it off, he has the most amazing smile! I am a total goner.

Off to troll ebay for CDs... Found concert dvds - hooray! The only other Japanese music dvd/cds I own are Glay.

And with that little verbose intro, we are onto episode 2 of Innocent Love - I should perhaps call it 'psychologically messed-up love' myself but it doesn't roll off the tongue...



Episode in caps )

In conclusion - Kitagawa Yujin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dangermousie: (Romantic Princess by lolanicon)
First of all, I have a confession - a new celebrity crush. It's that rare rare thing - a crush on a Japanese celebrity (because let's face it - much as I love jdramas, most jdrama guys leave me cold sex-appeal-wise).

The crush in question? Kitagawa Yujin. I am loving him in Innocent Love and was totally shocked that here was a rare jdrama actor who I found good-looking. So I went to see what he was in which was...basically nothing. Because he is mainly a musician. It would have all ended there but then I looked up what type of music he was into (expecting Johnny's or perhaps rock) and found it was folk! He's a member of a j-folk group Yuzu, apparently. Japanese folk music? Now this I must investigate. Which I did and discovered this:



And I am sorry but I am smitten. Totally smitten! I like the music, I like the fact that they actually play instruments, I like the fact that I do not see glitter or scary sequins anywhere.

Another song or dozen )

They look like a normal band! Good God! And kinda adorably dorky. Plus, he is married and I approve of married Asian celebrities on principle - they need all the encouragement they can get :P And to cap it off, he has the most amazing smile! I am a total goner.

Off to troll ebay for CDs... Found concert dvds - hooray! The only other Japanese music dvd/cds I own are Glay.

And with that little verbose intro, we are onto episode 2 of Innocent Love - I should perhaps call it 'psychologically messed-up love' myself but it doesn't roll off the tongue...



Episode in caps )

In conclusion - Kitagawa Yujin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: tie by quicksotism)
My recent resurgence of interest in jdramas (after it being dormant for over a year) can be attributed to incredibly high-minded motives:



Far removed from any shallow considerations, I watch them for purely intellectual reasons only:



Ahhhh, I feel enlightened.

Please direct me to more such intensely cerebral endeavors, thanks.
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: tie by quicksotism)
My recent resurgence of interest in jdramas (after it being dormant for over a year) can be attributed to incredibly high-minded motives:



Far removed from any shallow considerations, I watch them for purely intellectual reasons only:



Ahhhh, I feel enlightened.

Please direct me to more such intensely cerebral endeavors, thanks.
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: tie by quicksotism)
My recent resurgence of interest in jdramas (after it being dormant for over a year) can be attributed to incredibly high-minded motives:



Far removed from any shallow considerations, I watch them for purely intellectual reasons only:



Ahhhh, I feel enlightened.

Please direct me to more such intensely cerebral endeavors, thanks.
dangermousie: (Kurosagi by cherishcolors)
I have just finished watching the first episode of Innocent Love, a jdrama starring Horikita Maki and Kitagawa Yujin as fated (and very screwed-up) lovers.




Enter behind cut for ep 1 summary in caps: fragile and gorgeous waifs, church pianists with secrets and other fun )

Bring on ep 2!

Here is a lovely shippy MV:

dangermousie: (Kurosagi by cherishcolors)
I have just finished watching the first episode of Innocent Love, a jdrama starring Horikita Maki and Kitagawa Yujin as fated (and very screwed-up) lovers.




Enter behind cut for ep 1 summary in caps: fragile and gorgeous waifs, church pianists with secrets and other fun )

Bring on ep 2!

Here is a lovely shippy MV:

dangermousie: (Kurosagi by cherishcolors)
I have just finished watching the first episode of Innocent Love, a jdrama starring Horikita Maki and Kitagawa Yujin as fated (and very screwed-up) lovers.




Enter behind cut for ep 1 summary in caps: fragile and gorgeous waifs, church pianists with secrets and other fun )

Bring on ep 2!

Here is a lovely shippy MV:

dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - tongue by topazera)


My next jdrama is Innocent Love, based solely on the poster and the fact that it's by the same woman who wrote my biggest jdrama melodrama love, Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake.

Our heroine is an orphan whose parents died in a fire for which her brother has been convicted. She meets and falls for a dreamy pianist with a comatose fiancee. Hijinks ensue.

I expect plenty of yummy angst.
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - tongue by topazera)


My next jdrama is Innocent Love, based solely on the poster and the fact that it's by the same woman who wrote my biggest jdrama melodrama love, Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake.

Our heroine is an orphan whose parents died in a fire for which her brother has been convicted. She meets and falls for a dreamy pianist with a comatose fiancee. Hijinks ensue.

I expect plenty of yummy angst.
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - tongue by topazera)


My next jdrama is Innocent Love, based solely on the poster and the fact that it's by the same woman who wrote my biggest jdrama melodrama love, Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake.

Our heroine is an orphan whose parents died in a fire for which her brother has been convicted. She meets and falls for a dreamy pianist with a comatose fiancee. Hijinks ensue.

I expect plenty of yummy angst.

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