dangermousie: (MatsuJun: close-up by allbloomedout)
Baby Mousie has been a good wee girl today in her little pink outfit, complete with mob cap, socks and mittens - she was out for almost four hours with us - we went for a really long walk, and to a street festival (where we obtained pocky and tea), and to see the cherry blossoms (because of the festival nearby where there were a lot of cosplayers, we saw Kenshin chatting to Kakashi around there - a bit bizarre. Mr. Mousie and I got into a discussion who'd win in a fight between them), and capped it off with dinner in a noodles/sushi place, and she behaved beautifully throughout. I did, at one point, had to feed her from a bottle while pushing a baby carriage at the same time. It was a little surreal and made me laugh a lot and lose my concentration sometime :)

In other news, I found these two caps from upcoming jdrama Smile.





Mmmm, looks pretty! Also, I am glad that Matsumoto Jun looks like he's been eating lately. Thank you, TPTB.

Larger versions beneath cut )
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: close-up by allbloomedout)
Baby Mousie has been a good wee girl today in her little pink outfit, complete with mob cap, socks and mittens - she was out for almost four hours with us - we went for a really long walk, and to a street festival (where we obtained pocky and tea), and to see the cherry blossoms (because of the festival nearby where there were a lot of cosplayers, we saw Kenshin chatting to Kakashi around there - a bit bizarre. Mr. Mousie and I got into a discussion who'd win in a fight between them), and capped it off with dinner in a noodles/sushi place, and she behaved beautifully throughout. I did, at one point, had to feed her from a bottle while pushing a baby carriage at the same time. It was a little surreal and made me laugh a lot and lose my concentration sometime :)

In other news, I found these two caps from upcoming jdrama Smile.





Mmmm, looks pretty! Also, I am glad that Matsumoto Jun looks like he's been eating lately. Thank you, TPTB.

Larger versions beneath cut )
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: close-up by allbloomedout)
Baby Mousie has been a good wee girl today in her little pink outfit, complete with mob cap, socks and mittens - she was out for almost four hours with us - we went for a really long walk, and to a street festival (where we obtained pocky and tea), and to see the cherry blossoms (because of the festival nearby where there were a lot of cosplayers, we saw Kenshin chatting to Kakashi around there - a bit bizarre. Mr. Mousie and I got into a discussion who'd win in a fight between them), and capped it off with dinner in a noodles/sushi place, and she behaved beautifully throughout. I did, at one point, had to feed her from a bottle while pushing a baby carriage at the same time. It was a little surreal and made me laugh a lot and lose my concentration sometime :)

In other news, I found these two caps from upcoming jdrama Smile.





Mmmm, looks pretty! Also, I am glad that Matsumoto Jun looks like he's been eating lately. Thank you, TPTB.

Larger versions beneath cut )
dangermousie: (HYD: elevator by carshrimp)
(I post a lot because I feed the baby a lot. Also, I promise I will get to everyone's comments, honest!)

Yup, still rewatching the Hanadan movie.




Aishteiru... )


If you don't love this scene you have no heart. :) Seriously though, my love for it (I get sort of incoherent) really proves that for me,it's not about particular scenes but about how much I care for characters involved in those scenes. Because yes, this scene is gorgeous, but to be fair, Korean Hanadan had scenes that were, in abstract, just as romantic. But the problem was I didn't care about the characters and so the scenes left me cold (I fast-forwarded past the marriage proposal in K-Hanadan!) but here I care terribly for the two of them so to see them happy makes me die (and then resurrect briefly to admonish Matsujun to eat something, for the love of God).
dangermousie: (HYD: elevator by carshrimp)
(I post a lot because I feed the baby a lot. Also, I promise I will get to everyone's comments, honest!)

Yup, still rewatching the Hanadan movie.




Aishteiru... )


If you don't love this scene you have no heart. :) Seriously though, my love for it (I get sort of incoherent) really proves that for me,it's not about particular scenes but about how much I care for characters involved in those scenes. Because yes, this scene is gorgeous, but to be fair, Korean Hanadan had scenes that were, in abstract, just as romantic. But the problem was I didn't care about the characters and so the scenes left me cold (I fast-forwarded past the marriage proposal in K-Hanadan!) but here I care terribly for the two of them so to see them happy makes me die (and then resurrect briefly to admonish Matsujun to eat something, for the love of God).
dangermousie: (HYD: elevator by carshrimp)
(I post a lot because I feed the baby a lot. Also, I promise I will get to everyone's comments, honest!)

Yup, still rewatching the Hanadan movie.




Aishteiru... )


If you don't love this scene you have no heart. :) Seriously though, my love for it (I get sort of incoherent) really proves that for me,it's not about particular scenes but about how much I care for characters involved in those scenes. Because yes, this scene is gorgeous, but to be fair, Korean Hanadan had scenes that were, in abstract, just as romantic. But the problem was I didn't care about the characters and so the scenes left me cold (I fast-forwarded past the marriage proposal in K-Hanadan!) but here I care terribly for the two of them so to see them happy makes me die (and then resurrect briefly to admonish Matsujun to eat something, for the love of God).
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
Can you imagine Jandi acting this way? A fight in a public place with no sense of shame? She'd rather die (preferably from weeping) first!





Not to mention every time I watch Domyouji and Makino, I glee like mad and laugh and swoon at the same time:




More behind cut )

Yup, am rewatching Hanadan movie to cheer self up after abysmal BOF.

(I also rewatched my favorite Hanadan moment ever: the part in Hanadan2 ep 11 where Domyouji remembers her and they just clutch each other and laugh and keep clutching, but no caps as was too busy spazzing).
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
Can you imagine Jandi acting this way? A fight in a public place with no sense of shame? She'd rather die (preferably from weeping) first!





Not to mention every time I watch Domyouji and Makino, I glee like mad and laugh and swoon at the same time:




More behind cut )

Yup, am rewatching Hanadan movie to cheer self up after abysmal BOF.

(I also rewatched my favorite Hanadan moment ever: the part in Hanadan2 ep 11 where Domyouji remembers her and they just clutch each other and laugh and keep clutching, but no caps as was too busy spazzing).
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
Can you imagine Jandi acting this way? A fight in a public place with no sense of shame? She'd rather die (preferably from weeping) first!





Not to mention every time I watch Domyouji and Makino, I glee like mad and laugh and swoon at the same time:




More behind cut )

Yup, am rewatching Hanadan movie to cheer self up after abysmal BOF.

(I also rewatched my favorite Hanadan moment ever: the part in Hanadan2 ep 11 where Domyouji remembers her and they just clutch each other and laugh and keep clutching, but no caps as was too busy spazzing).

Smile

Mar. 30th, 2009 08:52 pm
dangermousie: (HYD: Domyouji)
Apparently, Smile, Matsujun and Aragaki Yui's new drama, is going to guest-star Oguri Shun. EEEE!

I have also found a rather odd official teaser for it on youtube:



Still, the thing that excites me most about this drama is not even Matsujun but the fact that it's the screenwriter for Hanadan and Utahime, both of which I love with a mad love.

Oh, and apparently the rumor is that Matsujun's character is a former gang member or criminal (not sure which) who is trying to keep to the straight and narrow after jail? If true, even more exciting.

ETA: Because I am bizarre, the thing I mainly thought during that weird teaser was "wow, Matsujun's hair looks like it did in that movie about incestuous twins. I really hope AY doesn't play a sibling :D"

Smile

Mar. 30th, 2009 08:52 pm
dangermousie: (HYD: Domyouji)
Apparently, Smile, Matsujun and Aragaki Yui's new drama, is going to guest-star Oguri Shun. EEEE!

I have also found a rather odd official teaser for it on youtube:



Still, the thing that excites me most about this drama is not even Matsujun but the fact that it's the screenwriter for Hanadan and Utahime, both of which I love with a mad love.

Oh, and apparently the rumor is that Matsujun's character is a former gang member or criminal (not sure which) who is trying to keep to the straight and narrow after jail? If true, even more exciting.

ETA: Because I am bizarre, the thing I mainly thought during that weird teaser was "wow, Matsujun's hair looks like it did in that movie about incestuous twins. I really hope AY doesn't play a sibling :D"

Smile

Mar. 30th, 2009 08:52 pm
dangermousie: (HYD: Domyouji)
Apparently, Smile, Matsujun and Aragaki Yui's new drama, is going to guest-star Oguri Shun. EEEE!

I have also found a rather odd official teaser for it on youtube:



Still, the thing that excites me most about this drama is not even Matsujun but the fact that it's the screenwriter for Hanadan and Utahime, both of which I love with a mad love.

Oh, and apparently the rumor is that Matsujun's character is a former gang member or criminal (not sure which) who is trying to keep to the straight and narrow after jail? If true, even more exciting.

ETA: Because I am bizarre, the thing I mainly thought during that weird teaser was "wow, Matsujun's hair looks like it did in that movie about incestuous twins. I really hope AY doesn't play a sibling :D"
dangermousie: (Mars kiss by scottishlass)
Love it or hate it, Boys Over Flowers (Korea) is ending, and East of Eden (Korea) just ended too. And Starlit (Taiwan) and Return of Iljimae (Korea) (both of which I am majorly behind in) are more than halfway through.

So, which dramas which catch my attention in the spring season? This is a list of what I will probably blabbing about (disclaimer: sometimes I get excited about an upcoming drama and don't like it (Japanese Hana Kimi) or don't even watch it (Cain and Abel). And sometimes a drama comes out of nowhere and grabs me like mad (Return of Iljimae)).

Anyway, what is the list?

JAPAN



(There is no pics from it yet, so have a Hanadan pic instead)

Smile: One of my most anticipated spring dramas, this starts on April 17th and stars one of dangermousie's biggest favorites Matsumoto Jun (Domyouji!!!!) and Aragaki Yui (who I am liking in My Boss My Hero). Plus, it's a romantic drama with a totally delicious ott plot: Bito is a half-Filipino whose father has died and mother has disappeared. Despite his misfortune and the issues he deals with, such as race, he lives his life positively with a constant smile. Similarly, Hana is a young woman living cheerfully despite losing her ability to speak due to an accident. But what gets me more excited than anything else is that it's the same screenwriter as the one for Hana Yori Dango 1/2 and Utahime, three of my all time favorite jdramas - all three are in Top 10. EEEEE!



Two upcoming Fujiki Naohito dramas, one about an unscrupulous (potentially criminal) beautician, Yako no Kaidan, which starts in April, and another a mystery/comedy called Ikemen Sobaya Tantei which starts April 4th. Because I adore Fujiki Naohito.

KOREA




Princess Ja Myung Go: airing every Monday and Tuesday, PJMG has already aired one episode. Which I watched and fell madly in love. A period drama about patriotism, power, betrayal and forbidden love, PJMG looks out of this world! It stars Jung Ryo Won, Park Min Young, and Jung Kyung Ho. The story starts near the end and unravels backwards: the proud kingdom of Nakrang has fallen, because its princess Ra Hee fell in love with enemy prince Hodong who used her and got her to betray her kingdom to him. But what really happened and how? And who is the mysterious Princess Ja Myung, Ra Hee's sister, the hope of the rebels...and Hodong's real love. Seriously, I watched the first ep and there are no words for how in love I am with this drama.

Lots of caps and meta, actually )

Cinderella Man: a bit of fluffy silliness never hurts, especially when it also has the hottie Kwon Sang Woo in a double role: as a poor street vendor and (what else) a rich executive. I bet hijunks will ensue.

TAIWAN



To Get Her: Four eps are out already - it airs once a week on Sunday. Starring huge dangermousie favorites Jiro Wang and Rainie Yang, this quirky, funny, and romantic tale of a manga-obsessed otaku and a washed out former idol is on track for becoming one of my all-time favorites. To read more about it, see my To Get Her tag..




Black and White: the most anticipated drama on this list, B&W starts April 11th. It stars my all-time favorite drama actor (and one of the most gorgeous men I've ever seen) Vic Zhou. Also stars Marc Chao, Ivy Chen, and Kingone. It's a twisty dark tale of corruption, underworld, and false identities, centered around two very very different cops. I dare you to watch the English-subbed trailer long version or short version (here you can also watch English subbed clips) and not want to see this ASAP.

A lot of caps from the trailer )
dangermousie: (Mars kiss by scottishlass)
Love it or hate it, Boys Over Flowers (Korea) is ending, and East of Eden (Korea) just ended too. And Starlit (Taiwan) and Return of Iljimae (Korea) (both of which I am majorly behind in) are more than halfway through.

So, which dramas which catch my attention in the spring season? This is a list of what I will probably blabbing about (disclaimer: sometimes I get excited about an upcoming drama and don't like it (Japanese Hana Kimi) or don't even watch it (Cain and Abel). And sometimes a drama comes out of nowhere and grabs me like mad (Return of Iljimae)).

Anyway, what is the list?

JAPAN



(There is no pics from it yet, so have a Hanadan pic instead)

Smile: One of my most anticipated spring dramas, this starts on April 17th and stars one of dangermousie's biggest favorites Matsumoto Jun (Domyouji!!!!) and Aragaki Yui (who I am liking in My Boss My Hero). Plus, it's a romantic drama with a totally delicious ott plot: Bito is a half-Filipino whose father has died and mother has disappeared. Despite his misfortune and the issues he deals with, such as race, he lives his life positively with a constant smile. Similarly, Hana is a young woman living cheerfully despite losing her ability to speak due to an accident. But what gets me more excited than anything else is that it's the same screenwriter as the one for Hana Yori Dango 1/2 and Utahime, three of my all time favorite jdramas - all three are in Top 10. EEEEE!



Two upcoming Fujiki Naohito dramas, one about an unscrupulous (potentially criminal) beautician, Yako no Kaidan, which starts in April, and another a mystery/comedy called Ikemen Sobaya Tantei which starts April 4th. Because I adore Fujiki Naohito.

KOREA




Princess Ja Myung Go: airing every Monday and Tuesday, PJMG has already aired one episode. Which I watched and fell madly in love. A period drama about patriotism, power, betrayal and forbidden love, PJMG looks out of this world! It stars Jung Ryo Won, Park Min Young, and Jung Kyung Ho. The story starts near the end and unravels backwards: the proud kingdom of Nakrang has fallen, because its princess Ra Hee fell in love with enemy prince Hodong who used her and got her to betray her kingdom to him. But what really happened and how? And who is the mysterious Princess Ja Myung, Ra Hee's sister, the hope of the rebels...and Hodong's real love. Seriously, I watched the first ep and there are no words for how in love I am with this drama.

Lots of caps and meta, actually )

Cinderella Man: a bit of fluffy silliness never hurts, especially when it also has the hottie Kwon Sang Woo in a double role: as a poor street vendor and (what else) a rich executive. I bet hijunks will ensue.

TAIWAN



To Get Her: Four eps are out already - it airs once a week on Sunday. Starring huge dangermousie favorites Jiro Wang and Rainie Yang, this quirky, funny, and romantic tale of a manga-obsessed otaku and a washed out former idol is on track for becoming one of my all-time favorites. To read more about it, see my To Get Her tag..




Black and White: the most anticipated drama on this list, B&W starts April 11th. It stars my all-time favorite drama actor (and one of the most gorgeous men I've ever seen) Vic Zhou. Also stars Marc Chao, Ivy Chen, and Kingone. It's a twisty dark tale of corruption, underworld, and false identities, centered around two very very different cops. I dare you to watch the English-subbed trailer long version or short version (here you can also watch English subbed clips) and not want to see this ASAP.

A lot of caps from the trailer )
dangermousie: (Mars kiss by scottishlass)
Love it or hate it, Boys Over Flowers (Korea) is ending, and East of Eden (Korea) just ended too. And Starlit (Taiwan) and Return of Iljimae (Korea) (both of which I am majorly behind in) are more than halfway through.

So, which dramas which catch my attention in the spring season? This is a list of what I will probably blabbing about (disclaimer: sometimes I get excited about an upcoming drama and don't like it (Japanese Hana Kimi) or don't even watch it (Cain and Abel). And sometimes a drama comes out of nowhere and grabs me like mad (Return of Iljimae)).

Anyway, what is the list?

JAPAN



(There is no pics from it yet, so have a Hanadan pic instead)

Smile: One of my most anticipated spring dramas, this starts on April 17th and stars one of dangermousie's biggest favorites Matsumoto Jun (Domyouji!!!!) and Aragaki Yui (who I am liking in My Boss My Hero). Plus, it's a romantic drama with a totally delicious ott plot: Bito is a half-Filipino whose father has died and mother has disappeared. Despite his misfortune and the issues he deals with, such as race, he lives his life positively with a constant smile. Similarly, Hana is a young woman living cheerfully despite losing her ability to speak due to an accident. But what gets me more excited than anything else is that it's the same screenwriter as the one for Hana Yori Dango 1/2 and Utahime, three of my all time favorite jdramas - all three are in Top 10. EEEEE!



Two upcoming Fujiki Naohito dramas, one about an unscrupulous (potentially criminal) beautician, Yako no Kaidan, which starts in April, and another a mystery/comedy called Ikemen Sobaya Tantei which starts April 4th. Because I adore Fujiki Naohito.

KOREA




Princess Ja Myung Go: airing every Monday and Tuesday, PJMG has already aired one episode. Which I watched and fell madly in love. A period drama about patriotism, power, betrayal and forbidden love, PJMG looks out of this world! It stars Jung Ryo Won, Park Min Young, and Jung Kyung Ho. The story starts near the end and unravels backwards: the proud kingdom of Nakrang has fallen, because its princess Ra Hee fell in love with enemy prince Hodong who used her and got her to betray her kingdom to him. But what really happened and how? And who is the mysterious Princess Ja Myung, Ra Hee's sister, the hope of the rebels...and Hodong's real love. Seriously, I watched the first ep and there are no words for how in love I am with this drama.

Lots of caps and meta, actually )

Cinderella Man: a bit of fluffy silliness never hurts, especially when it also has the hottie Kwon Sang Woo in a double role: as a poor street vendor and (what else) a rich executive. I bet hijunks will ensue.

TAIWAN



To Get Her: Four eps are out already - it airs once a week on Sunday. Starring huge dangermousie favorites Jiro Wang and Rainie Yang, this quirky, funny, and romantic tale of a manga-obsessed otaku and a washed out former idol is on track for becoming one of my all-time favorites. To read more about it, see my To Get Her tag..




Black and White: the most anticipated drama on this list, B&W starts April 11th. It stars my all-time favorite drama actor (and one of the most gorgeous men I've ever seen) Vic Zhou. Also stars Marc Chao, Ivy Chen, and Kingone. It's a twisty dark tale of corruption, underworld, and false identities, centered around two very very different cops. I dare you to watch the English-subbed trailer long version or short version (here you can also watch English subbed clips) and not want to see this ASAP.

A lot of caps from the trailer )
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
I confess I redownloaded this ep just to watch the scene of Domyouji doing dogeza to Rui but I ended up watching the whole darn ep and capping like a madwoman.



Oh God, my OTP! My ridiculous, strong-willed, adorably dim, crazily energetic OTP! This is what jdrama did right and kdrama did wrong - this random ep shows it. I am so mad for Domyouji/Makino and I couldn't care less for JP/Jandi - you know why? D/M have tons of romantic scenes, they fit together perfectly (when Makino tells Rui she can be most herself with Domyouji, I actually buy it - she turns a bit demure with Rui but she is her own bulldozer self with Domyouji, not to mention the two just light up in the vicinity of each other, and feel more alive). Oh, and Domyouji actually acts like he can't live without Makino and the way he deals with Rui and the fiancee situation is so infinitely better! I don't hate him for one bit.

Anyone, I'll shut up and bring you caps from ep 8 of Hanadan2.

When Domyouji was madly in love, Makino had a spine, and Rui didn't get his lifr wrecked )
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
I confess I redownloaded this ep just to watch the scene of Domyouji doing dogeza to Rui but I ended up watching the whole darn ep and capping like a madwoman.



Oh God, my OTP! My ridiculous, strong-willed, adorably dim, crazily energetic OTP! This is what jdrama did right and kdrama did wrong - this random ep shows it. I am so mad for Domyouji/Makino and I couldn't care less for JP/Jandi - you know why? D/M have tons of romantic scenes, they fit together perfectly (when Makino tells Rui she can be most herself with Domyouji, I actually buy it - she turns a bit demure with Rui but she is her own bulldozer self with Domyouji, not to mention the two just light up in the vicinity of each other, and feel more alive). Oh, and Domyouji actually acts like he can't live without Makino and the way he deals with Rui and the fiancee situation is so infinitely better! I don't hate him for one bit.

Anyone, I'll shut up and bring you caps from ep 8 of Hanadan2.

When Domyouji was madly in love, Makino had a spine, and Rui didn't get his lifr wrecked )
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
I confess I redownloaded this ep just to watch the scene of Domyouji doing dogeza to Rui but I ended up watching the whole darn ep and capping like a madwoman.



Oh God, my OTP! My ridiculous, strong-willed, adorably dim, crazily energetic OTP! This is what jdrama did right and kdrama did wrong - this random ep shows it. I am so mad for Domyouji/Makino and I couldn't care less for JP/Jandi - you know why? D/M have tons of romantic scenes, they fit together perfectly (when Makino tells Rui she can be most herself with Domyouji, I actually buy it - she turns a bit demure with Rui but she is her own bulldozer self with Domyouji, not to mention the two just light up in the vicinity of each other, and feel more alive). Oh, and Domyouji actually acts like he can't live without Makino and the way he deals with Rui and the fiancee situation is so infinitely better! I don't hate him for one bit.

Anyone, I'll shut up and bring you caps from ep 8 of Hanadan2.

When Domyouji was madly in love, Makino had a spine, and Rui didn't get his lifr wrecked )
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)


If I ever made the list of the best live action manga adaptations, the only candidate to dispute Hana Yori Dango's (Japanese) version's top spot would be the Taiwanese adaptation of Mars. Initially slated for a modest 9 episodes, the first season took the ratings and fans by storm, and spawned the even better 11-ep second season (Hanadan is that rare thing where the sum is even better than the parts, if it makes sense) and finally, to sate the mad craze, a theatrical movie.



Abandoning the faithfulness to the letter in favor of faithfulness to the spirit, this adaptation takes the original elements and plot points and rearranges it into something uniquely its own, while still staying true to the spirit of the original story of the strong-willed poor girl who stands up to the rich, dysfunctional bully, and the unlikely love story that develops between them. Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao have a scary amount of chemistry, and are both among my favorite younger actors (only Kame can compete with Matsujun for the top place in my heart in that regard, and Inoue Mao is pure awesome in every way). This version doesn't shy from either violence or other knotty issues. It also showcases the hard work and strength of Makino and the extent of Domyouji's dysfunction. The currently airing Korean adaptation, much as I adore it, could learn a thing or dozen about going free-form and being creative in rearranging plot points while still staying consistent to the spirit of the original and the character development.



Anyway, I have seen S1 and 2 multiple times but I have never really seen the movie - I have been hoarding it like a miser. I've seen bits but not the whole thing. Finally I couldn't hold off any longer. I have no idea if the Hanadan movie would work for anyone who is not (a) a Hanadan fan and (b) a hardcore Domyouji/Makino shipper. Probably not. You know what? I don't care. After the first season, which was about them getting together and the second season, which was all about obstacles and angst, the movie is pure shipper dream: 2+ hours of Domyouji and Makino together, going on a quest around the world to track a missing heirloom tiara in order to get married. There is kissing, mobsters, and Makino punches out a bear. Could it be any more perfect? I think not.



Anyway, I was going to watch but got sidetracked by how crisp and pretty my copy is. So here are a few screenshots:

Large versions of screenshots here )
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)


If I ever made the list of the best live action manga adaptations, the only candidate to dispute Hana Yori Dango's (Japanese) version's top spot would be the Taiwanese adaptation of Mars. Initially slated for a modest 9 episodes, the first season took the ratings and fans by storm, and spawned the even better 11-ep second season (Hanadan is that rare thing where the sum is even better than the parts, if it makes sense) and finally, to sate the mad craze, a theatrical movie.



Abandoning the faithfulness to the letter in favor of faithfulness to the spirit, this adaptation takes the original elements and plot points and rearranges it into something uniquely its own, while still staying true to the spirit of the original story of the strong-willed poor girl who stands up to the rich, dysfunctional bully, and the unlikely love story that develops between them. Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao have a scary amount of chemistry, and are both among my favorite younger actors (only Kame can compete with Matsujun for the top place in my heart in that regard, and Inoue Mao is pure awesome in every way). This version doesn't shy from either violence or other knotty issues. It also showcases the hard work and strength of Makino and the extent of Domyouji's dysfunction. The currently airing Korean adaptation, much as I adore it, could learn a thing or dozen about going free-form and being creative in rearranging plot points while still staying consistent to the spirit of the original and the character development.



Anyway, I have seen S1 and 2 multiple times but I have never really seen the movie - I have been hoarding it like a miser. I've seen bits but not the whole thing. Finally I couldn't hold off any longer. I have no idea if the Hanadan movie would work for anyone who is not (a) a Hanadan fan and (b) a hardcore Domyouji/Makino shipper. Probably not. You know what? I don't care. After the first season, which was about them getting together and the second season, which was all about obstacles and angst, the movie is pure shipper dream: 2+ hours of Domyouji and Makino together, going on a quest around the world to track a missing heirloom tiara in order to get married. There is kissing, mobsters, and Makino punches out a bear. Could it be any more perfect? I think not.



Anyway, I was going to watch but got sidetracked by how crisp and pretty my copy is. So here are a few screenshots:

Large versions of screenshots here )

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