dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)
1. Watched eps 2-4 of Love Shuffle with [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl, and honestly, such a perfect drama. One of the few I rewatch regularly. For some reason, on this rewatch, it's Yuki that's getting to me the most. I just want to adopt and cuddle him (I am shocked that this is the only drama DAIGO has done other than a couple of cameos - he's excellent in the role and I would have never guessed he was a newbie). Also, I don't think I realized this before, but that scene with Kairi on the bridge is the first time we see Ojiro open up to anyone. He's excellent at getting to the core of others' innermost selves but he kept every single private thing about himself closed off and you don't realize until he opens up to Kairi. A suicide-obsessive and an adrenaline junkie who may or may not have a deathwish - kinda perfect. Psychiatrist is freaking me out even more this time, and nobody is going to convince me that a major chunk of his plan wasn't spoilers for the whole enchilada )

2. Because I am some sort of a masochist, I feel like rewatching Matsujun's Smile, an amazing, underrated drama that broke me. We'll see. Have a MV:



I think Smile is my favorite Matsujun drama. Yes, even above *gasp* Hanadan.

3. I am pre-obsessed with Kingyo Club which looks like a teen angsty love story per my precise specs. He saves her from bullying! Awwwwww. Have a MV:



4. Have I mentioned how ridiculously awesome the cast of Taira no Kiyomori is? Because OMG. I am watching that baby raw.
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)
1. Watched eps 2-4 of Love Shuffle with [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl, and honestly, such a perfect drama. One of the few I rewatch regularly. For some reason, on this rewatch, it's Yuki that's getting to me the most. I just want to adopt and cuddle him (I am shocked that this is the only drama DAIGO has done other than a couple of cameos - he's excellent in the role and I would have never guessed he was a newbie). Also, I don't think I realized this before, but that scene with Kairi on the bridge is the first time we see Ojiro open up to anyone. He's excellent at getting to the core of others' innermost selves but he kept every single private thing about himself closed off and you don't realize until he opens up to Kairi. A suicide-obsessive and an adrenaline junkie who may or may not have a deathwish - kinda perfect. Psychiatrist is freaking me out even more this time, and nobody is going to convince me that a major chunk of his plan wasn't spoilers for the whole enchilada )

2. Because I am some sort of a masochist, I feel like rewatching Matsujun's Smile, an amazing, underrated drama that broke me. We'll see. Have a MV:



I think Smile is my favorite Matsujun drama. Yes, even above *gasp* Hanadan.

3. I am pre-obsessed with Kingyo Club which looks like a teen angsty love story per my precise specs. He saves her from bullying! Awwwwww. Have a MV:



4. Have I mentioned how ridiculously awesome the cast of Taira no Kiyomori is? Because OMG. I am watching that baby raw.
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)
1. Watched eps 2-4 of Love Shuffle with [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl, and honestly, such a perfect drama. One of the few I rewatch regularly. For some reason, on this rewatch, it's Yuki that's getting to me the most. I just want to adopt and cuddle him (I am shocked that this is the only drama DAITO has done other than a couple of cameos - he's excellent in the role and I would have never guessed he was a newbie). Also, I don't think I realized this before, but that scene with Kairi on the bridge is the first time we see Ojiro open up to anyone. He's excellent at getting to the core of others' innermost selves but he kept every single private thing about himself closed off and you don't realize until he opens up to Kairi. A suicide-obsessive and an adrenaline junkie who may or may not have a deathwish - kinda perfect. Psychiatrist is freaking me out even more this time, and nobody is going to convince me that a major chunk of his plan wasn't spoilers for the whole enchilada )

2. Because I am some sort of a masochist, I feel like rewatching Matsujun's Smile, an amazing, underrated drama that broke me. We'll see. Have a MV:



I think Smile is my favorite Matsujun drama. Yes, even above *gasp* Hanadan.

3. I am pre-obsessed with Kingyo Club which looks like a teen angsty love story per my precise specs. He saves her from bullying! Awwwwww. Have a MV:



4. Have I mentioned how ridiculously awesome the cast of Taira no Kiyomori is? Because OMG. I am watching that baby raw.
dangermousie: (Utahime: Nagase by timescout)
Much as I adore Korean sageuks and Chinese period dramas, I confess that their Japanese equivalents, taigas, are more miss than hit with me (I have enjoyed Yoshitsune and what I've seen of Fuurin Kazan, which I plan to watch properly asap). I find the pace often glacial, the lack of women a big weakness (I can deal with a male-centric drama - I adore Three Kingdoms 2010 - but it has to be pretty amazing to compensate), and the stories themselves often lose me.



This said, I am not missing Taira no Kiyomori for any money. First of all, there is the topic - the struggle for power between the titular character and Minamoto no Yoshimoto (the father of the famous Yoshitsune and his equally famous brother Yoritomo who became the first Minamoto shogun).

And then there is the cast. Ahhh, the cast. In addition to Matsuyama Kenichi, who plays Kiyomori, Tamaki Hiroshi (!!!!!!!!) plays Yoshimoto. Fujiki Naohito (!!!!!!!) plays Sato Norikiyo (a warrior who became a monk and poet) and Matsuda Shota (!!!!!!) plays Go-Shirakawa-tennou (that's the Emperor, to you commoners. Clearly he inherited through hotness).

If there ever was a cast designed to get me to check out a taiga, this is it. I assume that means they will be concentrating on the protagonists' younger, hotter days :P

It is set to premiere in January 2012. Cannot wait!
dangermousie: (Utahime: Nagase by timescout)
Much as I adore Korean sageuks and Chinese period dramas, I confess that their Japanese equivalents, taigas, are more miss than hit with me (I have enjoyed Yoshitsune and what I've seen of Fuurin Kazan, which I plan to watch properly asap). I find the pace often glacial, the lack of women a big weakness (I can deal with a male-centric drama - I adore Three Kingdoms 2010 - but it has to be pretty amazing to compensate), and the stories themselves often lose me.



This said, I am not missing Taira no Kiyomori for any money. First of all, there is the topic - the struggle for power between the titular character and Minamoto no Yoshimoto (the father of the famous Yoshitsune and his equally famous brother Yoritomo who became the first Minamoto shogun).

And then there is the cast. Ahhh, the cast. In addition to Matsuyama Kenichi, who plays Kiyomori, Tamaki Hiroshi (!!!!!!!!) plays Yoshimoto. Fujiki Naohito (!!!!!!!) plays Sato Norikiyo (a warrior who became a monk and poet) and Matsuda Shota (!!!!!!) plays Go-Shirakawa-tennou (that's the Emperor, to you commoners. Clearly he inherited through hotness).

If there ever was a cast designed to get me to check out a taiga, this is it. I assume that means they will be concentrating on the protagonists' younger, hotter days :P

It is set to premiere in January 2012. Cannot wait!
dangermousie: (Utahime: Nagase by timescout)
Much as I adore Korean sageuks and Chinese period dramas, I confess that their Japanese equivalents, taigas, are more miss than hit with me (I have enjoyed Yoshitsune and what I've seen of Fuurin Kazan, which I plan to watch properly asap). I find the pace often glacial, the lack of women a big weakness (I can deal with a male-centric drama - I adore Three Kingdoms 2010 - but it has to be pretty amazing to compensate), and the stories themselves often lose me.



This said, I am not missing Taira no Kiyomori for any money. First of all, there is the topic - the struggle for power between the titular character and Minamoto no Yoshimoto (the father of the famous Yoshitsune and his equally famous brother Yoritomo who became the first Minamoto shogun).

And then there is the cast. Ahhh, the cast. In addition to Matsuyama Kenichi, who plays Kiyomori, Tamaki Hiroshi (!!!!!!!!) plays Yoshimoto. Fujiki Naohito (!!!!!!!) plays Sato Norikiyo (a warrior who became a monk and poet) and Matsuda Shota (!!!!!!) plays Go-Shirakawa-tennou (that's the Emperor, to you commoners. Clearly he inherited through hotness).

If there ever was a cast designed to get me to check out a taiga, this is it. I assume that means they will be concentrating on the protagonists' younger, hotter days :P

It is set to premiere in January 2012. Cannot wait!
dangermousie: (Default)
Much as I adore Korean sageuks and Chinese period dramas, I confess that their Japanese equivalents, taigas, are more miss than hit with me (I have enjoyed Yoshitsune and what I've seen of Fuurin Kazan, which I plan to watch properly asap). I find the pace often glacial, the lack of women a big weakness (I can deal with a male-centric drama - I adore Three Kingdoms 2010 - but it has to be pretty amazing to compensate), and the stories themselves often lose me.



This said, I am not missing Taira no Kiyomori for any money. First of all, there is the topic - the struggle for power between the titular character and Minamoto no Yoshimoto (the father of the famous Yoshitsune and his equally famous brother Yoritomo who became the first Minamoto shogun).

And then there is the cast. Ahhh, the cast. In addition to Matsuyama Kenichi, who plays Kiyomori, Tamaki Hiroshi (!!!!!!!!) plays Yoshimoto. Fujiki Naohito (!!!!!!!) plays Sato Norikiyo (a warrior who became a monk and poet) and Matsuda Shota (!!!!!!) plays Go-Shirakawa-tennou (that's the Emperor, to you commoners. Clearly he inherited through hotness).

If there ever was a cast designed to get me to check out a taiga, this is it. I assume that means they will be concentrating on the protagonists' younger, hotter days :P

It is set to premiere in January 2012. Cannot wait!
dangermousie: (HYD: by myssylanious)
I just watched 3 (the ep I finished ends with the Ebisu date) of Hana Yori Dango in a row.

Gosh, I always forget what effortless, soul-sucking fun this is!

The best part? Mr. Mousie told me I should watch it on the big screen TV in the living room and we had way too much fun commenting on the outfits. Also, I saw him be drawn in and get more and more amused by Domyouji. Yay!

Anyways, quick thoughts on this umpteenth rewatch:

* It's weird to rewatch it now after Inoue Mao and most of the F4 went on to different things (and are what, 4 years older?). It's sort of amusing to juxtpose Makino and sheltered rich girl from First Kiss, Rui and the serious cop from Tokyo Dogs, or Sojiro and the screwed-up photographer in Love Shuffle or Domyouji and the abused Japanese-Philippino from Smile. Hanadan was my first drama for all the actors involved (it was my first jdrama, period) and it's really fun to see how my perceptions of characters and actors have changed and stayed the same.

* Makino is such an amazing darling - the drama really works because in all the craziness of Hanadan world, she is real - her reactions are real and her warmth is real and her stubborn toughness is real.

* I always forget (because by the end I adore him beyond words, even if I still would never date him) how much I loathe Domyouji in the beginning. I spent the first ep and half of the second wanting someone to stab him in the face with rusty scissors. By the end of the third? I am amused and rather fond. It's funny, I still stand by my original assessment (one which put me off from watching the jdrama for months, actually, back way when) that Matsumoto Jun is in another universe from good-looking (especially with that hair) and physically he is nothing like Domyouji of the manga. But the funny thing is, as always, I end up sucked in and not caring because he nails the role and somehow he becomes so magnetic that even though objectively I know he is hideous, subjectively, I am in a permanent swoon. (I think Matsumoto Jun is actually the best of all the younger jdrama actors I've seen - there is nothing in common between Domyouji and Shin from Gokusen or Momo from KwP or poor mistreated Bito from Smile. The latter is my favorite role of his, actually).

* Makino seems to girl-crush a lot. She pauses in her leaving the House of Evil to comment on how pretty Tsubaki is. And she totally worships Shizuka. Makino Tsukushi, closet lesbian?

* I actually love that they changed the manga and introduce Kaede early on. It explains so much about everything - the scene when she fires the chef during dinner explains everything about why Domyouji is the way he is, really. Also, I continue to believe a lot of it is his acting out to get attention, any attention, to prove he matters.

* Love love love love Rui! But still do not ship him with Makino. He'd be an awesome BFF though.

* It also occurs to me that if Kaede could think outside preconceived notions, she'd be buying Makino presents and writing her thank-you cards. Because those first episodes bring out most forcefully that if Domyouji didn't come across Makino and glom onto her like a limpet and thus was forced to grow up and live for someone else, he'd just eventually end up in jail or dead or under some heavy medication, with no amount of money being able to fix it. Forget managing a company, I don't think he'd be functional, even. (One of the things I hated in the kdrama was how they took that one defining characteristic of his - him being totally screwed-up and off the rails and got rid of it. Oh wait, he had one other driving characteristic - really really strong will and Makino monomania. They got rid of that too! No, I am not bitter, why do you ask?)
dangermousie: (HYD: by myssylanious)
I just watched 3 (the ep I finished ends with the Ebisu date) of Hana Yori Dango in a row.

Gosh, I always forget what effortless, soul-sucking fun this is!

The best part? Mr. Mousie told me I should watch it on the big screen TV in the living room and we had way too much fun commenting on the outfits. Also, I saw him be drawn in and get more and more amused by Domyouji. Yay!

Anyways, quick thoughts on this umpteenth rewatch:

* It's weird to rewatch it now after Inoue Mao and most of the F4 went on to different things (and are what, 4 years older?). It's sort of amusing to juxtpose Makino and sheltered rich girl from First Kiss, Rui and the serious cop from Tokyo Dogs, or Sojiro and the screwed-up photographer in Love Shuffle or Domyouji and the abused Japanese-Philippino from Smile. Hanadan was my first drama for all the actors involved (it was my first jdrama, period) and it's really fun to see how my perceptions of characters and actors have changed and stayed the same.

* Makino is such an amazing darling - the drama really works because in all the craziness of Hanadan world, she is real - her reactions are real and her warmth is real and her stubborn toughness is real.

* I always forget (because by the end I adore him beyond words, even if I still would never date him) how much I loathe Domyouji in the beginning. I spent the first ep and half of the second wanting someone to stab him in the face with rusty scissors. By the end of the third? I am amused and rather fond. It's funny, I still stand by my original assessment (one which put me off from watching the jdrama for months, actually, back way when) that Matsumoto Jun is in another universe from good-looking (especially with that hair) and physically he is nothing like Domyouji of the manga. But the funny thing is, as always, I end up sucked in and not caring because he nails the role and somehow he becomes so magnetic that even though objectively I know he is hideous, subjectively, I am in a permanent swoon. (I think Matsumoto Jun is actually the best of all the younger jdrama actors I've seen - there is nothing in common between Domyouji and Shin from Gokusen or Momo from KwP or poor mistreated Bito from Smile. The latter is my favorite role of his, actually).

* Makino seems to girl-crush a lot. She pauses in her leaving the House of Evil to comment on how pretty Tsubaki is. And she totally worships Shizuka. Makino Tsukushi, closet lesbian?

* I actually love that they changed the manga and introduce Kaede early on. It explains so much about everything - the scene when she fires the chef during dinner explains everything about why Domyouji is the way he is, really. Also, I continue to believe a lot of it is his acting out to get attention, any attention, to prove he matters.

* Love love love love Rui! But still do not ship him with Makino. He'd be an awesome BFF though.

* It also occurs to me that if Kaede could think outside preconceived notions, she'd be buying Makino presents and writing her thank-you cards. Because those first episodes bring out most forcefully that if Domyouji didn't come across Makino and glom onto her like a limpet and thus was forced to grow up and live for someone else, he'd just eventually end up in jail or dead or under some heavy medication, with no amount of money being able to fix it. Forget managing a company, I don't think he'd be functional, even. (One of the things I hated in the kdrama was how they took that one defining characteristic of his - him being totally screwed-up and off the rails and got rid of it. Oh wait, he had one other driving characteristic - really really strong will and Makino monomania. They got rid of that too! No, I am not bitter, why do you ask?)
dangermousie: (HYD: by myssylanious)
I just watched 3 (the ep I finished ends with the Ebisu date) of Hana Yori Dango in a row.

Gosh, I always forget what effortless, soul-sucking fun this is!

The best part? Mr. Mousie told me I should watch it on the big screen TV in the living room and we had way too much fun commenting on the outfits. Also, I saw him be drawn in and get more and more amused by Domyouji. Yay!

Anyways, quick thoughts on this umpteenth rewatch:

* It's weird to rewatch it now after Inoue Mao and most of the F4 went on to different things (and are what, 4 years older?). It's sort of amusing to juxtpose Makino and sheltered rich girl from First Kiss, Rui and the serious cop from Tokyo Dogs, or Sojiro and the screwed-up photographer in Love Shuffle or Domyouji and the abused Japanese-Philippino from Smile. Hanadan was my first drama for all the actors involved (it was my first jdrama, period) and it's really fun to see how my perceptions of characters and actors have changed and stayed the same.

* Makino is such an amazing darling - the drama really works because in all the craziness of Hanadan world, she is real - her reactions are real and her warmth is real and her stubborn toughness is real.

* I always forget (because by the end I adore him beyond words, even if I still would never date him) how much I loathe Domyouji in the beginning. I spent the first ep and half of the second wanting someone to stab him in the face with rusty scissors. By the end of the third? I am amused and rather fond. It's funny, I still stand by my original assessment (one which put me off from watching the jdrama for months, actually, back way when) that Matsumoto Jun is in another universe from good-looking (especially with that hair) and physically he is nothing like Domyouji of the manga. But the funny thing is, as always, I end up sucked in and not caring because he nails the role and somehow he becomes so magnetic that even though objectively I know he is hideous, subjectively, I am in a permanent swoon. (I think Matsumoto Jun is actually the best of all the younger jdrama actors I've seen - there is nothing in common between Domyouji and Shin from Gokusen or Momo from KwP or poor mistreated Bito from Smile. The latter is my favorite role of his, actually).

* Makino seems to girl-crush a lot. She pauses in her leaving the House of Evil to comment on how pretty Tsubaki is. And she totally worships Shizuka. Makino Tsukushi, closet lesbian?

* I actually love that they changed the manga and introduce Kaede early on. It explains so much about everything - the scene when she fires the chef during dinner explains everything about why Domyouji is the way he is, really. Also, I continue to believe a lot of it is his acting out to get attention, any attention, to prove he matters.

* Love love love love Rui! But still do not ship him with Makino. He'd be an awesome BFF though.

* It also occurs to me that if Kaede could think outside preconceived notions, she'd be buying Makino presents and writing her thank-you cards. Because those first episodes bring out most forcefully that if Domyouji didn't come across Makino and glom onto her like a limpet and thus was forced to grow up and live for someone else, he'd just eventually end up in jail or dead or under some heavy medication, with no amount of money being able to fix it. Forget managing a company, I don't think he'd be functional, even. (One of the things I hated in the kdrama was how they took that one defining characteristic of his - him being totally screwed-up and off the rails and got rid of it. Oh wait, he had one other driving characteristic - really really strong will and Makino monomania. They got rid of that too! No, I am not bitter, why do you ask?)
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: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)
"I will protect you forever. Or something like that."

The rest of this post is brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie's ghost.

You have no idea how hard it was to find a nonspoilery cap for above the cut.



Livebloggy thoughts on and caps of ep 10 )

This drama is going on the list of my all-time favorite dramas and Kairi/Ojiro on my list of all-time OTPs.

I would so kill for some after-the-end fic! And I want to rewatch it all again and wake up my husband and tell him I love him and volunteer at a soup kitchen and and and and...

Seriously. There are no words for how much I adored this.

ETA: I just realized I skipped capping ep 9. Too much crying on my part to cap. Hmmm...
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)
"I will protect you forever. Or something like that."

The rest of this post is brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie's ghost.

You have no idea how hard it was to find a nonspoilery cap for above the cut.



Livebloggy thoughts on and caps of ep 10 )

This drama is going on the list of my all-time favorite dramas and Kairi/Ojiro on my list of all-time OTPs.

I would so kill for some after-the-end fic! And I want to rewatch it all again and wake up my husband and tell him I love him and volunteer at a soup kitchen and and and and...

Seriously. There are no words for how much I adored this.

ETA: I just realized I skipped capping ep 9. Too much crying on my part to cap. Hmmm...
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)
"I will protect you forever. Or something like that."

The rest of this post is brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie's ghost.

You have no idea how hard it was to find a nonspoilery cap for above the cut.



Livebloggy thoughts on and caps of ep 10 )

This drama is going on the list of my all-time favorite dramas and Kairi/Ojiro on my list of all-time OTPs.

I would so kill for some after-the-end fic! And I want to rewatch it all again and wake up my husband and tell him I love him and volunteer at a soup kitchen and and and and...

Seriously. There are no words for how much I adored this.

ETA: I just realized I skipped capping ep 9. Too much crying on my part to cap. Hmmm...
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Yukichi by topazera)
I wish I could say I had coherent meta about episode 8, seeing it's my favorite one so far.



But I don't have any because it kinda brutalized me - good job, drama! Plus, this is the third day I am behind on my sleep because of this drama, so my brain is fried.

Also? My main feeling is rage at him, but I don't think I want to put down everything I feel about Masato, because I am terrified of him. That is the most twisted thing I've seen in a while. WHO DOES THAT???????

Caps from my favorite scenes )
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Yukichi by topazera)
I wish I could say I had coherent meta about episode 8, seeing it's my favorite one so far.



But I don't have any because it kinda brutalized me - good job, drama! Plus, this is the third day I am behind on my sleep because of this drama, so my brain is fried.

Also? My main feeling is rage at him, but I don't think I want to put down everything I feel about Masato, because I am terrified of him. That is the most twisted thing I've seen in a while. WHO DOES THAT???????

Caps from my favorite scenes )
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Yukichi by topazera)
I wish I could say I had coherent meta about episode 8, seeing it's my favorite one so far.



But I don't have any because it kinda brutalized me - good job, drama! Plus, this is the third day I am behind on my sleep because of this drama, so my brain is fried.

Also? My main feeling is rage at him, but I don't think I want to put down everything I feel about Masato, because I am terrified of him. That is the most twisted thing I've seen in a while. WHO DOES THAT???????

Caps from my favorite scenes )
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)


OK, I got so insane, I liveblogged ep 7 of Love Shuffle. This is my most favorite jdrama except for Pride, because nothing will ever knock Pride off the list. But this is thiiiiiis close.

Liveblogging with caps )

Just to demonstrate how insane I am - I watch the ep on zoomplayer (because I love the crispness) and then load it into GOMPlayer just to cap.

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