dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
I am done with the first episode of Love Story, a 2001 jdrama starring Toyokawa Etsushi and Nakayama Miho, and I am already madly, irrevocably in love.



It has the trademarks of all my favorite jdramas: a nuanced, grown-up, somewhat understated story, with some fantastic acting and complicated, strong-willed, and adult characters. Aishiteiru To Itte Kure gave me an enormous crush on Toyokawa Etsushi, and I am glad that Love Story shows that is not a fluke - the fact that he is an adult playing an adult certainly helps (he was 39 when he starred in this), but what really attracts me is that air of somewhat rumpled intellectualism he has (which he also had in AtIK). Plus charisma. And I have never seen Nakayama Miho before but I adored her on sight - a grown-up woman (considered "on the shelf" at 30), not a simpering or 'cutesy' girl, she portrays someone as strong-willed as Toyokawa Etsushi's character. Stubborn men and women who won't let them get away with it is one of my favorite combos.

What is the plot? Nagase (Toyokawa Etsuhi) is a famous novelist suffering from a two-year writing block, reserved, eccentric, and not too fond of people. Misaki (Nakayama Miho) is an editor under contract: her life is not going anywhere much: she is 30 (thus is considered old by the ageist society standards), she is not a permanent worker at the publishing house.

As an act of desperation, the publishing house assigns Misaki to their nightmare (but most profitable) author: Nagase. To say their first meeting doesn't go swimmingly is an understatement. When misanthropic Nagese grumps at her, Misaki insults him right back! This act gets her fired, of course, but what we see is that neither Nagase nor Misaki are the absolutes they appear at first. Nagase might be abrasive and certainly eccentric, but is rather kind, in his cranky way, and Misaki is not all steel either: her realization her life is stalled is a constant, believable presence.

Having nothing to lose (and with nothing to gain), Misaki comes to apologize the next day, and the scene between her and Nagase in his apartment is what really made me fall in love with this drama - she apologizes because she was rude and because she used to love his books, but there is no demeaning or grovelling in her attitude. And he accepts and clearly is loath to have her leave - in their ten-minute conversation, each one reveals more about themselves to each other than they must have to other people, in years.

Misaki might end up helping Nagase break his writer's block, but he might just end up falling for her...

A few caps )
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
I am done with the first episode of Love Story, a 2001 jdrama starring Toyokawa Etsushi and Nakayama Miho, and I am already madly, irrevocably in love.



It has the trademarks of all my favorite jdramas: a nuanced, grown-up, somewhat understated story, with some fantastic acting and complicated, strong-willed, and adult characters. Aishiteiru To Itte Kure gave me an enormous crush on Toyokawa Etsushi, and I am glad that Love Story shows that is not a fluke - the fact that he is an adult playing an adult certainly helps (he was 39 when he starred in this), but what really attracts me is that air of somewhat rumpled intellectualism he has (which he also had in AtIK). Plus charisma. And I have never seen Nakayama Miho before but I adored her on sight - a grown-up woman (considered "on the shelf" at 30), not a simpering or 'cutesy' girl, she portrays someone as strong-willed as Toyokawa Etsushi's character. Stubborn men and women who won't let them get away with it is one of my favorite combos.

What is the plot? Nagase (Toyokawa Etsuhi) is a famous novelist suffering from a two-year writing block, reserved, eccentric, and not too fond of people. Misaki (Nakayama Miho) is an editor under contract: her life is not going anywhere much: she is 30 (thus is considered old by the ageist society standards), she is not a permanent worker at the publishing house.

As an act of desperation, the publishing house assigns Misaki to their nightmare (but most profitable) author: Nagase. To say their first meeting doesn't go swimmingly is an understatement. When misanthropic Nagese grumps at her, Misaki insults him right back! This act gets her fired, of course, but what we see is that neither Nagase nor Misaki are the absolutes they appear at first. Nagase might be abrasive and certainly eccentric, but is rather kind, in his cranky way, and Misaki is not all steel either: her realization her life is stalled is a constant, believable presence.

Having nothing to lose (and with nothing to gain), Misaki comes to apologize the next day, and the scene between her and Nagase in his apartment is what really made me fall in love with this drama - she apologizes because she was rude and because she used to love his books, but there is no demeaning or grovelling in her attitude. And he accepts and clearly is loath to have her leave - in their ten-minute conversation, each one reveals more about themselves to each other than they must have to other people, in years.

Misaki might end up helping Nagase break his writer's block, but he might just end up falling for her...

A few caps )
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
I am done with the first episode of Love Story, a 2001 jdrama starring Toyokawa Etsushi and Nakayama Miho, and I am already madly, irrevocably in love.



It has the trademarks of all my favorite jdramas: a nuanced, grown-up, somewhat understated story, with some fantastic acting and complicated, strong-willed, and adult characters. Aishiteiru To Itte Kure gave me an enormous crush on Toyokawa Etsushi, and I am glad that Love Story shows that is not a fluke - the fact that he is an adult playing an adult certainly helps (he was 39 when he starred in this), but what really attracts me is that air of somewhat rumpled intellectualism he has (which he also had in AtIK). Plus charisma. And I have never seen Nakayama Miho before but I adored her on sight - a grown-up woman (considered "on the shelf" at 30), not a simpering or 'cutesy' girl, she portrays someone as strong-willed as Toyokawa Etsushi's character. Stubborn men and women who won't let them get away with it is one of my favorite combos.

What is the plot? Nagase (Toyokawa Etsuhi) is a famous novelist suffering from a two-year writing block, reserved, eccentric, and not too fond of people. Misaki (Nakayama Miho) is an editor under contract: her life is not going anywhere much: she is 30 (thus is considered old by the ageist society standards), she is not a permanent worker at the publishing house.

As an act of desperation, the publishing house assigns Misaki to their nightmare (but most profitable) author: Nagase. To say their first meeting doesn't go swimmingly is an understatement. When misanthropic Nagese grumps at her, Misaki insults him right back! This act gets her fired, of course, but what we see is that neither Nagase nor Misaki are the absolutes they appear at first. Nagase might be abrasive and certainly eccentric, but is rather kind, in his cranky way, and Misaki is not all steel either: her realization her life is stalled is a constant, believable presence.

Having nothing to lose (and with nothing to gain), Misaki comes to apologize the next day, and the scene between her and Nagase in his apartment is what really made me fall in love with this drama - she apologizes because she was rude and because she used to love his books, but there is no demeaning or grovelling in her attitude. And he accepts and clearly is loath to have her leave - in their ten-minute conversation, each one reveals more about themselves to each other than they must have to other people, in years.

Misaki might end up helping Nagase break his writer's block, but he might just end up falling for her...

A few caps )
dangermousie: (Mukodono: star by animeshon)
So, for my next jdrama, shall it be Utahime (finally! But I didn't feel like angst earlier. I might now, what with period setting, amnesia and Nagase Tomoya hotness and angst) or Love Story (I know that one has happy ending plus Toyokawa Etsushi as high-maintenance writer who falls for his editor)?

Help.
dangermousie: (Mukodono: star by animeshon)
So, for my next jdrama, shall it be Utahime (finally! But I didn't feel like angst earlier. I might now, what with period setting, amnesia and Nagase Tomoya hotness and angst) or Love Story (I know that one has happy ending plus Toyokawa Etsushi as high-maintenance writer who falls for his editor)?

Help.
dangermousie: (Mukodono: star by animeshon)
So, for my next jdrama, shall it be Utahime (finally! But I didn't feel like angst earlier. I might now, what with period setting, amnesia and Nagase Tomoya hotness and angst) or Love Story (I know that one has happy ending plus Toyokawa Etsushi as high-maintenance writer who falls for his editor)?

Help.
dangermousie: (Farscape: Chiana by icequeen3101)


After Aishiteiru To Itte Kure (I am on ep 7! Please someone assure me they end up together or I am going to die), I have developed quite a thing for Toyokawa Etsushi.

So imagine my delight when I found Love Story, a drama with him and Nakayama Miho.

I mean! Look!



Also, it sounds so awesome!

Misaki (Nakayama Miho) is a book editor approaching thirty who hasn't put out a bestseller or discovered a great author. Sidelined, she is told to look after Koh Nagase (Toyokawa Etsushi), a romance novelist in a slump. If he would publish a book, everything would be fine. But for the past 2 years, Koh hasn't put out so much as a page.

So, difficult author meets pushy editor? OMG Yes.

dangermousie: (Farscape: Chiana by icequeen3101)


After Aishiteiru To Itte Kure (I am on ep 7! Please someone assure me they end up together or I am going to die), I have developed quite a thing for Toyokawa Etsushi.

So imagine my delight when I found Love Story, a drama with him and Nakayama Miho.

I mean! Look!



Also, it sounds so awesome!

Misaki (Nakayama Miho) is a book editor approaching thirty who hasn't put out a bestseller or discovered a great author. Sidelined, she is told to look after Koh Nagase (Toyokawa Etsushi), a romance novelist in a slump. If he would publish a book, everything would be fine. But for the past 2 years, Koh hasn't put out so much as a page.

So, difficult author meets pushy editor? OMG Yes.

dangermousie: (Farscape: Chiana by icequeen3101)


After Aishiteiru To Itte Kure (I am on ep 7! Please someone assure me they end up together or I am going to die), I have developed quite a thing for Toyokawa Etsushi.

So imagine my delight when I found Love Story, a drama with him and Nakayama Miho.

I mean! Look!



Also, it sounds so awesome!

Misaki (Nakayama Miho) is a book editor approaching thirty who hasn't put out a bestseller or discovered a great author. Sidelined, she is told to look after Koh Nagase (Toyokawa Etsushi), a romance novelist in a slump. If he would publish a book, everything would be fine. But for the past 2 years, Koh hasn't put out so much as a page.

So, difficult author meets pushy editor? OMG Yes.

dangermousie: (Paap)
Youtube is the best thing ever! I just found the title song of Phantom of the Opera in Russian! Performed at a concert by two Russian pop singers (I guess that would be the term) at a concert. And one of them is Alexandr Malinin, who I am unhip enough to really really love.

The phaaaaantom of the opera is here...in Russian )

OMG! Further cross-culture shock. Muslim Magomayev singing 'Love Story' in English! (His 60s song 'Beauty Queen' is one my faves):

Song here )

In case you are wondering, I found Malinin singing his normal stuff on youtube. It's awesome.

Alexandr Malinin )

And since I am on a Russian song kick, here are some more songs, sung by Lev Leshenko, 1970s (???) singer. I am old-fashioned so I really like them as I grew up around them. Plus, I have a huge thing for WWII songs and some of them are.

Songs here )

Oh God, I love Soviet songs. I can't help it. I just got a whole bunch of burned CDs of them.

More here, I'll be ETAing them for a while )

One of my favorite songs 'Prekrasnoye dalyoko' from the movie 'Visitoress (yeah, it's the feminine of visitor' from the future' based on a novel by a famous Russian YY and adul scifi author Kir Bulyichev. Gosh, I still love him, and I loved the movie and the song (the boy lead in this one gets tortured to protect the girl. Are we sensing a pattern in my fictional boyfriends from childhood.) I still sing this song all the time, and I remember singing it from childhood. I have so many associations with it and even my husband recognizes it. And they played it at our wedding.

Song here )

Not a Soviet but a modern MV. I really like it.

here it is )

OMG! Songs sung by Muslim Magomaev:

Songs here )
dangermousie: (Paap)
Youtube is the best thing ever! I just found the title song of Phantom of the Opera in Russian! Performed at a concert by two Russian pop singers (I guess that would be the term) at a concert. And one of them is Alexandr Malinin, who I am unhip enough to really really love.

The phaaaaantom of the opera is here...in Russian )

OMG! Further cross-culture shock. Muslim Magomayev singing 'Love Story' in English! (His 60s song 'Beauty Queen' is one my faves):

Song here )

In case you are wondering, I found Malinin singing his normal stuff on youtube. It's awesome.

Alexandr Malinin )

And since I am on a Russian song kick, here are some more songs, sung by Lev Leshenko, 1970s (???) singer. I am old-fashioned so I really like them as I grew up around them. Plus, I have a huge thing for WWII songs and some of them are.

Songs here )

Oh God, I love Soviet songs. I can't help it. I just got a whole bunch of burned CDs of them.

More here, I'll be ETAing them for a while )

One of my favorite songs 'Prekrasnoye dalyoko' from the movie 'Visitoress (yeah, it's the feminine of visitor' from the future' based on a novel by a famous Russian YY and adul scifi author Kir Bulyichev. Gosh, I still love him, and I loved the movie and the song (the boy lead in this one gets tortured to protect the girl. Are we sensing a pattern in my fictional boyfriends from childhood.) I still sing this song all the time, and I remember singing it from childhood. I have so many associations with it and even my husband recognizes it. And they played it at our wedding.

Song here )

Not a Soviet but a modern MV. I really like it.

here it is )

OMG! Songs sung by Muslim Magomaev:

Songs here )
dangermousie: (Paap)
Youtube is the best thing ever! I just found the title song of Phantom of the Opera in Russian! Performed at a concert by two Russian pop singers (I guess that would be the term) at a concert. And one of them is Alexandr Malinin, who I am unhip enough to really really love.

The phaaaaantom of the opera is here...in Russian )

OMG! Further cross-culture shock. Muslim Magomayev singing 'Love Story' in English! (His 60s song 'Beauty Queen' is one my faves):

Song here )

In case you are wondering, I found Malinin singing his normal stuff on youtube. It's awesome.

Alexandr Malinin )

And since I am on a Russian song kick, here are some more songs, sung by Lev Leshenko, 1970s (???) singer. I am old-fashioned so I really like them as I grew up around them. Plus, I have a huge thing for WWII songs and some of them are.

Songs here )

Oh God, I love Soviet songs. I can't help it. I just got a whole bunch of burned CDs of them.

More here, I'll be ETAing them for a while )

One of my favorite songs 'Prekrasnoye dalyoko' from the movie 'Visitoress (yeah, it's the feminine of visitor' from the future' based on a novel by a famous Russian YY and adul scifi author Kir Bulyichev. Gosh, I still love him, and I loved the movie and the song (the boy lead in this one gets tortured to protect the girl. Are we sensing a pattern in my fictional boyfriends from childhood.) I still sing this song all the time, and I remember singing it from childhood. I have so many associations with it and even my husband recognizes it. And they played it at our wedding.

Song here )

Not a Soviet but a modern MV. I really like it.

here it is )

OMG! Songs sung by Muslim Magomaev:

Songs here )

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