dangermousie: (SPN: Lymond by karanna1)
First off, apologies to the 90% of my flist who've friended me not for anything in Chinese, Korean or Japanese. In my defense, it is summer and all the shows I normally watch are on hiatus.

Last night (4am!) I finished Mars Mars thoughts )

But this is not what this post is about. This post is about Tokyo Juliet. It's a Taiwanese dorama and the first few eps are available on youtube with subs (it's currently running and is being actively subbed). Unlike 'Mars' or 'Silence' which I think have good, understated angst, TJ delights me with its cheesy, delicious angst. It's Bollywoodish, and the very concept of it makes me squee in glee and laugh at the same time. The plot? Our Heroine, Lai Sui, is in the Design College. She has sworn revenge against a famous designer who stole her design. Problem? She crosses paths and falls in love with his son. If you want to watch a deliciously cheesetastic, angsty melodrama, with plenty of dreadful high fashion, cute boys, angst, true love, childhood sweethearts and similar? TJ is a good, good choice. I've only started and I am already giddy :) There is an official webpage for it here, though for those who, like me, don't read Chinese, it's of limited utility. And I bring pics. Lots of them.



More pics. Pretty girls, handsome boys, and odd odd clothes )

And if you think this is mixing too many genres, wait until you get hold of Smiling Pasta (which is yet unsubbed) which mixes brotherly rivalry, famous musicians having to maintain a fake relationship for publicity (which blossoms into real love of course), college love hijinks, jilted fiancees, lost dramatic loves, and every other thing you can think of.
dangermousie: (SPN: Lymond by karanna1)
First off, apologies to the 90% of my flist who've friended me not for anything in Chinese, Korean or Japanese. In my defense, it is summer and all the shows I normally watch are on hiatus.

Last night (4am!) I finished Mars Mars thoughts )

But this is not what this post is about. This post is about Tokyo Juliet. It's a Taiwanese dorama and the first few eps are available on youtube with subs (it's currently running and is being actively subbed). Unlike 'Mars' or 'Silence' which I think have good, understated angst, TJ delights me with its cheesy, delicious angst. It's Bollywoodish, and the very concept of it makes me squee in glee and laugh at the same time. The plot? Our Heroine, Lai Sui, is in the Design College. She has sworn revenge against a famous designer who stole her design. Problem? She crosses paths and falls in love with his son. If you want to watch a deliciously cheesetastic, angsty melodrama, with plenty of dreadful high fashion, cute boys, angst, true love, childhood sweethearts and similar? TJ is a good, good choice. I've only started and I am already giddy :) There is an official webpage for it here, though for those who, like me, don't read Chinese, it's of limited utility. And I bring pics. Lots of them.



More pics. Pretty girls, handsome boys, and odd odd clothes )

And if you think this is mixing too many genres, wait until you get hold of Smiling Pasta (which is yet unsubbed) which mixes brotherly rivalry, famous musicians having to maintain a fake relationship for publicity (which blossoms into real love of course), college love hijinks, jilted fiancees, lost dramatic loves, and every other thing you can think of.
dangermousie: (SPN: Lymond by karanna1)
First off, apologies to the 90% of my flist who've friended me not for anything in Chinese, Korean or Japanese. In my defense, it is summer and all the shows I normally watch are on hiatus.

Last night (4am!) I finished Mars Mars thoughts )

But this is not what this post is about. This post is about Tokyo Juliet. It's a Taiwanese dorama and the first few eps are available on youtube with subs (it's currently running and is being actively subbed). Unlike 'Mars' or 'Silence' which I think have good, understated angst, TJ delights me with its cheesy, delicious angst. It's Bollywoodish, and the very concept of it makes me squee in glee and laugh at the same time. The plot? Our Heroine, Lai Sui, is in the Design College. She has sworn revenge against a famous designer who stole her design. Problem? She crosses paths and falls in love with his son. If you want to watch a deliciously cheesetastic, angsty melodrama, with plenty of dreadful high fashion, cute boys, angst, true love, childhood sweethearts and similar? TJ is a good, good choice. I've only started and I am already giddy :) There is an official webpage for it here, though for those who, like me, don't read Chinese, it's of limited utility. And I bring pics. Lots of them.



More pics. Pretty girls, handsome boys, and odd odd clothes )

And if you think this is mixing too many genres, wait until you get hold of Smiling Pasta (which is yet unsubbed) which mixes brotherly rivalry, famous musicians having to maintain a fake relationship for publicity (which blossoms into real love of course), college love hijinks, jilted fiancees, lost dramatic loves, and every other thing you can think of.
dangermousie: (Default)
Watching all these Asian shows made me have a few questions. I know Mandarin and Cantonese are two different languages, even though they use the same symbols. But are they different merely in the way they pronounce things, or how? Are they like Russian and Ukrainian, where if you speak one, you can get the gist of the other, or are they like Arabic and Portuguese, nothing much in common. And what is Taiwanese? is it a kind of Mandarin, or a separate language entirely? Also, how are keyboards organized in Chinese/Japanese etc, as they have symbols instead of letters and no way to fit all of them onto a keyboard.

I watched more Mars (halfway through ep 19 now) and my squee is unabated. Brief Mars thoughts )

My favorite scene:


Also, I realized why I glommed onto Silence so much. It's like a Taiwanese version of Kal Ho Na Ho only with less dancing. OK, don't believe me? Then follow this:

Silence and KHNH comparison )

[livejournal.com profile] katranna has an interesting post in her LJ on the problems of people glorifying past eras, which should totally be checked out. In unrelated news, I am watching Ouran ep 17 and OMG. So funny. Love. So much love.

And last but not least, I want to recommend Goong: Princess Hours, a delightful Korean dorama of 24 episodes, a modern fairy tale. The world of Goong is an AU, where South Korea is a constitutional monarchy. Our heroine, Chae-gyung, is a student who finds herself, due to an arranged marriage situation, betrothed to the Prince Shin, the Crown Prince. Needless to say, the young couple is less than delighted. Not only does Chae-gyung detests all the fawning fangirlishness Shin attracts, but she's overheard him propose marriage to someone else (and getting turned down)! Shin himself, icy and reserved, has no interest in the hyper and madcap Chae-gyung. But they are stuck so decide to go along with it for the time being. And it goes on from there, with a lot of complications.



Goong pictures )
dangermousie: (Default)
Watching all these Asian shows made me have a few questions. I know Mandarin and Cantonese are two different languages, even though they use the same symbols. But are they different merely in the way they pronounce things, or how? Are they like Russian and Ukrainian, where if you speak one, you can get the gist of the other, or are they like Arabic and Portuguese, nothing much in common. And what is Taiwanese? is it a kind of Mandarin, or a separate language entirely? Also, how are keyboards organized in Chinese/Japanese etc, as they have symbols instead of letters and no way to fit all of them onto a keyboard.

I watched more Mars (halfway through ep 19 now) and my squee is unabated. Brief Mars thoughts )

My favorite scene:


Also, I realized why I glommed onto Silence so much. It's like a Taiwanese version of Kal Ho Na Ho only with less dancing. OK, don't believe me? Then follow this:

Silence and KHNH comparison )

[livejournal.com profile] katranna has an interesting post in her LJ on the problems of people glorifying past eras, which should totally be checked out. In unrelated news, I am watching Ouran ep 17 and OMG. So funny. Love. So much love.

And last but not least, I want to recommend Goong: Princess Hours, a delightful Korean dorama of 24 episodes, a modern fairy tale. The world of Goong is an AU, where South Korea is a constitutional monarchy. Our heroine, Chae-gyung, is a student who finds herself, due to an arranged marriage situation, betrothed to the Prince Shin, the Crown Prince. Needless to say, the young couple is less than delighted. Not only does Chae-gyung detests all the fawning fangirlishness Shin attracts, but she's overheard him propose marriage to someone else (and getting turned down)! Shin himself, icy and reserved, has no interest in the hyper and madcap Chae-gyung. But they are stuck so decide to go along with it for the time being. And it goes on from there, with a lot of complications.



Goong pictures )
dangermousie: (Default)
Watching all these Asian shows made me have a few questions. I know Mandarin and Cantonese are two different languages, even though they use the same symbols. But are they different merely in the way they pronounce things, or how? Are they like Russian and Ukrainian, where if you speak one, you can get the gist of the other, or are they like Arabic and Portuguese, nothing much in common. And what is Taiwanese? is it a kind of Mandarin, or a separate language entirely? Also, how are keyboards organized in Chinese/Japanese etc, as they have symbols instead of letters and no way to fit all of them onto a keyboard.

I watched more Mars (halfway through ep 19 now) and my squee is unabated. Brief Mars thoughts )

My favorite scene:


Also, I realized why I glommed onto Silence so much. It's like a Taiwanese version of Kal Ho Na Ho only with less dancing. OK, don't believe me? Then follow this:

Silence and KHNH comparison )

[livejournal.com profile] katranna has an interesting post in her LJ on the problems of people glorifying past eras, which should totally be checked out. In unrelated news, I am watching Ouran ep 17 and OMG. So funny. Love. So much love.

And last but not least, I want to recommend Goong: Princess Hours, a delightful Korean dorama of 24 episodes, a modern fairy tale. The world of Goong is an AU, where South Korea is a constitutional monarchy. Our heroine, Chae-gyung, is a student who finds herself, due to an arranged marriage situation, betrothed to the Prince Shin, the Crown Prince. Needless to say, the young couple is less than delighted. Not only does Chae-gyung detests all the fawning fangirlishness Shin attracts, but she's overheard him propose marriage to someone else (and getting turned down)! Shin himself, icy and reserved, has no interest in the hyper and madcap Chae-gyung. But they are stuck so decide to go along with it for the time being. And it goes on from there, with a lot of complications.



Goong pictures )

Various

Aug. 1st, 2006 12:06 pm
dangermousie: (Dr Who by panpipe)
I have a fandom confession to make: I like Doctor Who but don't love it. I enjoyed it when SciFi was running it, but when the season ended, I was perfectly content to wait until fall when it would start airing the new one. No great desire for torrents. And even when it was running on scifi, I was pretty OK with waiting a week between episodes. I have no desire for Who fic. I am not jumping up and down for spoilers. I wonder why. Probably because it's too episodic. I know that no matter what there'll never be an ending.

Fandom confession number two: I have a lot of Stargate fans on my flist but even though I tried the show repeatedly, I get bored within the first 10 minutes and switch the channel, every time. I think I am just going to give it up.

In unrelated news, three episodes in, Long Vacation has started working for me, all of a sudden. It's not going to be my favorite (it's too low-key) but I genuinely really like it now. I even like Minami (though she won't win my favorite dorama heroine award, not yet). It really made me think about something: I've liked plenty of heroines much more abrasive, but they were all cute 20-year olds. I guess I have ageism as a viewer, too :) But yes, all of a sudden, I feel for her.

And since I ran out of subbed eps of Silence, I am going to watch them unsubbed. However, I wonder if there is some place where I cn find detailed summaries of the thing so I won't be completely lost.

And Mars eps 16 and 17 are really really good. I totally adore the sex scene ('open your eyes, it's me' squeeeeee) and the whole Ling begging his father for help and completely capitulating (men negating selves for love is always hot) and Sheng's room is extra creepy, all those portraits of himself. And I love all the OTP cute moments, as when he is hugging her and she is laughing and saying it's too tight. They really have all those lovely little moments. And I love that he proposes marriage so casually, when they are sitting in bed. SQUEE.

Various

Aug. 1st, 2006 12:06 pm
dangermousie: (Dr Who by panpipe)
I have a fandom confession to make: I like Doctor Who but don't love it. I enjoyed it when SciFi was running it, but when the season ended, I was perfectly content to wait until fall when it would start airing the new one. No great desire for torrents. And even when it was running on scifi, I was pretty OK with waiting a week between episodes. I have no desire for Who fic. I am not jumping up and down for spoilers. I wonder why. Probably because it's too episodic. I know that no matter what there'll never be an ending.

Fandom confession number two: I have a lot of Stargate fans on my flist but even though I tried the show repeatedly, I get bored within the first 10 minutes and switch the channel, every time. I think I am just going to give it up.

In unrelated news, three episodes in, Long Vacation has started working for me, all of a sudden. It's not going to be my favorite (it's too low-key) but I genuinely really like it now. I even like Minami (though she won't win my favorite dorama heroine award, not yet). It really made me think about something: I've liked plenty of heroines much more abrasive, but they were all cute 20-year olds. I guess I have ageism as a viewer, too :) But yes, all of a sudden, I feel for her.

And since I ran out of subbed eps of Silence, I am going to watch them unsubbed. However, I wonder if there is some place where I cn find detailed summaries of the thing so I won't be completely lost.

And Mars eps 16 and 17 are really really good. I totally adore the sex scene ('open your eyes, it's me' squeeeeee) and the whole Ling begging his father for help and completely capitulating (men negating selves for love is always hot) and Sheng's room is extra creepy, all those portraits of himself. And I love all the OTP cute moments, as when he is hugging her and she is laughing and saying it's too tight. They really have all those lovely little moments. And I love that he proposes marriage so casually, when they are sitting in bed. SQUEE.

Various

Aug. 1st, 2006 12:06 pm
dangermousie: (Dr Who by panpipe)
I have a fandom confession to make: I like Doctor Who but don't love it. I enjoyed it when SciFi was running it, but when the season ended, I was perfectly content to wait until fall when it would start airing the new one. No great desire for torrents. And even when it was running on scifi, I was pretty OK with waiting a week between episodes. I have no desire for Who fic. I am not jumping up and down for spoilers. I wonder why. Probably because it's too episodic. I know that no matter what there'll never be an ending.

Fandom confession number two: I have a lot of Stargate fans on my flist but even though I tried the show repeatedly, I get bored within the first 10 minutes and switch the channel, every time. I think I am just going to give it up.

In unrelated news, three episodes in, Long Vacation has started working for me, all of a sudden. It's not going to be my favorite (it's too low-key) but I genuinely really like it now. I even like Minami (though she won't win my favorite dorama heroine award, not yet). It really made me think about something: I've liked plenty of heroines much more abrasive, but they were all cute 20-year olds. I guess I have ageism as a viewer, too :) But yes, all of a sudden, I feel for her.

And since I ran out of subbed eps of Silence, I am going to watch them unsubbed. However, I wonder if there is some place where I cn find detailed summaries of the thing so I won't be completely lost.

And Mars eps 16 and 17 are really really good. I totally adore the sex scene ('open your eyes, it's me' squeeeeee) and the whole Ling begging his father for help and completely capitulating (men negating selves for love is always hot) and Sheng's room is extra creepy, all those portraits of himself. And I love all the OTP cute moments, as when he is hugging her and she is laughing and saying it's too tight. They really have all those lovely little moments. And I love that he proposes marriage so casually, when they are sitting in bed. SQUEE.
dangermousie: (Mars LA by starseed4)
Yes, I am quite behind. I love hanging out with our houseguests but I so just want to ditch and watch more Mars. This is a write-up on eps 9, 10, and 11 which is as far as I'd gotten (I've done huge write ups on Mars eps before so I am trying not to replicate, but I largely don't remember what I'd covered or not so sorry for any repetition).

Mars thoughts )
dangermousie: (Mars LA by starseed4)
Yes, I am quite behind. I love hanging out with our houseguests but I so just want to ditch and watch more Mars. This is a write-up on eps 9, 10, and 11 which is as far as I'd gotten (I've done huge write ups on Mars eps before so I am trying not to replicate, but I largely don't remember what I'd covered or not so sorry for any repetition).

Mars thoughts )
dangermousie: (Mars LA by starseed4)
Yes, I am quite behind. I love hanging out with our houseguests but I so just want to ditch and watch more Mars. This is a write-up on eps 9, 10, and 11 which is as far as I'd gotten (I've done huge write ups on Mars eps before so I am trying not to replicate, but I largely don't remember what I'd covered or not so sorry for any repetition).

Mars thoughts )
dangermousie: (Mars LA: helmet by illuxtris)
Yup, I am up through ep 8. They must put cocaine into this thing, to make it this addictive. I know, I know, everyone on flist is sighing and scrolling past. But never fear I only have 13 eps left so only a gajillion posts more :P

First off, let me mention how much I loathe the girl from Ling's high school. She is whiny, and little girlish and irritating and should be smacked in the face with a shovel. I don't mind her coming between the OTP because it's a melodrama after all, but I mind cringing every time I see her. Now there is someone who should have jumped off a building. I wouldn't wish her as a gf on anyone. Childlike helpless women who are all about self are calculated to send me through the roof. When Ling slaps her I cheer. Ugh.

Thoughts on the eps )
dangermousie: (Mars LA: helmet by illuxtris)
Yup, I am up through ep 8. They must put cocaine into this thing, to make it this addictive. I know, I know, everyone on flist is sighing and scrolling past. But never fear I only have 13 eps left so only a gajillion posts more :P

First off, let me mention how much I loathe the girl from Ling's high school. She is whiny, and little girlish and irritating and should be smacked in the face with a shovel. I don't mind her coming between the OTP because it's a melodrama after all, but I mind cringing every time I see her. Now there is someone who should have jumped off a building. I wouldn't wish her as a gf on anyone. Childlike helpless women who are all about self are calculated to send me through the roof. When Ling slaps her I cheer. Ugh.

Thoughts on the eps )
dangermousie: (Mars LA: helmet by illuxtris)
Yup, I am up through ep 8. They must put cocaine into this thing, to make it this addictive. I know, I know, everyone on flist is sighing and scrolling past. But never fear I only have 13 eps left so only a gajillion posts more :P

First off, let me mention how much I loathe the girl from Ling's high school. She is whiny, and little girlish and irritating and should be smacked in the face with a shovel. I don't mind her coming between the OTP because it's a melodrama after all, but I mind cringing every time I see her. Now there is someone who should have jumped off a building. I wouldn't wish her as a gf on anyone. Childlike helpless women who are all about self are calculated to send me through the roof. When Ling slaps her I cheer. Ugh.

Thoughts on the eps )
dangermousie: (Mars: LA ding dong by illuxtris)
Mmmmm. I LOVE ep 3 of Mars. I do find it really cool how Ling brings QL out of her isolation: she feels comfortable enough with him to tell him something is none of his business (on the roof. I can't see her doing it with anyone else) and she stands up for him to his Mom and by the look on Mom's face it's not anything QL has done before. And she stops hunching herself in as much. By the end of the ep she is the one who says 'hi' to Ling first. And earlier she tells him about her feelings. And of course there is the desperate quiet stubborness when Quin Mei threatens her to make her give up Ling. Underneath all the layers of mess there is a pretty steady person.

Thoughts on the angsty romantic goodness of Ep 3. With kissing )
dangermousie: (Mars: LA ding dong by illuxtris)
Mmmmm. I LOVE ep 3 of Mars. I do find it really cool how Ling brings QL out of her isolation: she feels comfortable enough with him to tell him something is none of his business (on the roof. I can't see her doing it with anyone else) and she stands up for him to his Mom and by the look on Mom's face it's not anything QL has done before. And she stops hunching herself in as much. By the end of the ep she is the one who says 'hi' to Ling first. And earlier she tells him about her feelings. And of course there is the desperate quiet stubborness when Quin Mei threatens her to make her give up Ling. Underneath all the layers of mess there is a pretty steady person.

Thoughts on the angsty romantic goodness of Ep 3. With kissing )
dangermousie: (Mars: LA ding dong by illuxtris)
Mmmmm. I LOVE ep 3 of Mars. I do find it really cool how Ling brings QL out of her isolation: she feels comfortable enough with him to tell him something is none of his business (on the roof. I can't see her doing it with anyone else) and she stands up for him to his Mom and by the look on Mom's face it's not anything QL has done before. And she stops hunching herself in as much. By the end of the ep she is the one who says 'hi' to Ling first. And earlier she tells him about her feelings. And of course there is the desperate quiet stubborness when Quin Mei threatens her to make her give up Ling. Underneath all the layers of mess there is a pretty steady person.

Thoughts on the angsty romantic goodness of Ep 3. With kissing )
dangermousie: (HofD:Mei/Jin by mtrlgicons)
OK, so I lied. There is no way I could stop at just one. I ended up watching the larger part of Ep 2 as well, after all. I tried.

Btw, since this is a Taiwanese adaptation of a Japanese manga, the names are somewhat differently. Part of it is transliteration but I think another part is that these are Taiwanese characters so it would be weird if they had Japanese names. Since it's incredibly faithful as an adaptation, I couldn't care less about the name thing. Here is a little guide. Ling=Rei, Qi Luo=Kira, Dong Tae=Masao Da Ye=Tatsuya Qing Mei=Harumi.

Thoughts on Mars Ep 2 )

Last night, I had another Supernatural dream. I was travelling (platonically again. My subconscious is too damn faithful and won't let me have any fun) with Dean and Sam and we were fighting monsters in the metro. Bizarre.

And I bring you my favorite so far music video. It's of House of Flying Daggers and it made me want to cry.
dangermousie: (HofD:Mei/Jin by mtrlgicons)
OK, so I lied. There is no way I could stop at just one. I ended up watching the larger part of Ep 2 as well, after all. I tried.

Btw, since this is a Taiwanese adaptation of a Japanese manga, the names are somewhat differently. Part of it is transliteration but I think another part is that these are Taiwanese characters so it would be weird if they had Japanese names. Since it's incredibly faithful as an adaptation, I couldn't care less about the name thing. Here is a little guide. Ling=Rei, Qi Luo=Kira, Dong Tae=Masao Da Ye=Tatsuya Qing Mei=Harumi.

Thoughts on Mars Ep 2 )

Last night, I had another Supernatural dream. I was travelling (platonically again. My subconscious is too damn faithful and won't let me have any fun) with Dean and Sam and we were fighting monsters in the metro. Bizarre.

And I bring you my favorite so far music video. It's of House of Flying Daggers and it made me want to cry.

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