dangermousie: (Default)
I am a masochist so I've been rewatching Smile, in small dozes. All the prejudice makes me horribly angry and it's not really a fluffy sweet drama by any stretch of the imagination, but I just love Vito and Hana so much - they are both 'defective' in society's eyes due to their heritage through no fault of their own (his ethnic, hers due to her father's crimes), and both have had such a horrible time of it, but have so much capacity for love and hope.

I watched ep 4 today and Hana keeps collapsing and Vito keeps taking care of her which hits my fictional kinks :P








And again...



YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!



Side note - I just love how he can't believe she actually likes him romantically because he has no sense of self-worth at all, but by the end of this ep he finally does.
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: close-up by allbloomedout)
I am a masochist so I've been rewatching Smile, in small dozes. All the prejudice makes me horribly angry and it's not really a fluffy sweet drama by any stretch of the imagination, but I just love Vito and Hana so much - they are both 'defective' in society's eyes due to their heritage through no fault of their own (his ethnic, hers due to her father's crimes), and both have had such a horrible time of it, but have so much capacity for love and hope.

I watched ep 4 today and Hana keeps collapsing and Vito keeps taking care of her which hits my fictional kinks :P








And again...



YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!



Side note - I just love how he can't believe she actually likes him romantically because he has no sense of self-worth at all, but by the end of this ep he finally does.
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: close-up by allbloomedout)
I am a masochist so I've been rewatching Smile, in small dozes. All the prejudice makes me horribly angry and it's not really a fluffy sweet drama by any stretch of the imagination, but I just love Vito and Hana so much - they are both 'defective' in society's eyes due to their heritage through no fault of their own (his ethnic, hers due to her father's crimes), and both have had such a horrible time of it, but have so much capacity for love and hope.

I watched ep 4 today and Hana keeps collapsing and Vito keeps taking care of her which hits my fictional kinks :P








And again...



YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!



Side note - I just love how he can't believe she actually likes him romantically because he has no sense of self-worth at all, but by the end of this ep he finally does.
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: close-up by allbloomedout)
I am a masochist so I've been rewatching Smile, in small dozes. All the prejudice makes me horribly angry and it's not really a fluffy sweet drama by any stretch of the imagination, but I just love Vito and Hana so much - they are both 'defective' in society's eyes due to their heritage through no fault of their own (his ethnic, hers due to her father's crimes), and both have had such a horrible time of it, but have so much capacity for love and hope.

I watched ep 4 today and Hana keeps collapsing and Vito keeps taking care of her which hits my fictional kinks :P








And again...



YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!



Side note - I just love how he can't believe she actually likes him romantically because he has no sense of self-worth at all, but by the end of this ep he finally does.
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: (MatsuJun: tie by quicksotism)
We get the awesomeness that is the first ep of Natsu No Koi wa Nijiro ni Kagayauku, Matsumoto Jun and Takeuchi Yuko's new drama (in the interests of sanity I shall refer to it as Natsu no Koi from now on).



I have just watched the first ep and I really liked it. He is a 26-yr-old second generation actor, overshadowed by his famous father, picky, neurotic, a bit self-absorbed. She is a 30-yr-old single mother, impulsive, decisive, a huge fan of his father.

He falls in love at first sight. She views him as a nut. There is hilariousness and a bit of angst and some lovely romantic chemistry.

Some caps from ep 1 )

I am in love with this drama so far. Please remain good and compensate for a horrid spring jdrama season.

In addition to Stormy Subs, viikii has it subbed and I know other subbing groups picked it up. [livejournal.com profile] sisterjune, I'll pm you.
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: tie by quicksotism)
We get the awesomeness that is the first ep of Natsu No Koi wa Nijiro ni Kagayauku, Matsumoto Jun and Takeuchi Yuko's new drama (in the interests of sanity I shall refer to it as Natsu no Koi from now on).



I have just watched the first ep and I really liked it. He is a 26-yr-old second generation actor, overshadowed by his famous father, picky, neurotic, a bit self-absorbed. She is a 30-yr-old single mother, impulsive, decisive, a huge fan of his father.

He falls in love at first sight. She views him as a nut. There is hilariousness and a bit of angst and some lovely romantic chemistry.

Some caps from ep 1 )

I am in love with this drama so far. Please remain good and compensate for a horrid spring jdrama season.

In addition to Stormy Subs, viikii has it subbed and I know other subbing groups picked it up. [livejournal.com profile] sisterjune, I'll pm you.
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: tie by quicksotism)
We get the awesomeness that is the first ep of Natsu No Koi wa Nijiro ni Kagayauku, Matsumoto Jun and Takeuchi Yuko's new drama (in the interests of sanity I shall refer to it as Natsu no Koi from now on).



I have just watched the first ep and I really liked it. He is a 26-yr-old second generation actor, overshadowed by his famous father, picky, neurotic, a bit self-absorbed. She is a 30-yr-old single mother, impulsive, decisive, a huge fan of his father.

He falls in love at first sight. She views him as a nut. There is hilariousness and a bit of angst and some lovely romantic chemistry.

Some caps from ep 1 )

I am in love with this drama so far. Please remain good and compensate for a horrid spring jdrama season.

In addition to Stormy Subs, viikii has it subbed and I know other subbing groups picked it up. [livejournal.com profile] sisterjune, I'll pm you.
dangermousie: (Mars LA: helmet by illuxtris)
I have watched the first ep of Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre, the 2009 version. It was gorgeous but made no sense - I am totally lost as to what is going on or who these people are. I am going to stick with it for a few eps because Return of the Condor Heroes 2006, made by the same people, had the same problem - first couple eps were odd and left me utterly confused but then it just got amazing after that and everything fell into place. Let's hope this follows the pattern. But as for now, it is so incredibly visually beautiful. Just check out the credits.



Credits caps )

Also, I was rewatching Smile - totally underrated - I really need to do a 'most underrated dramas' list - and have some shippy darlingness from ep 3. I am always so impressed by Matsujun - his gentle, tentative, beaten-down Vito has nothing in common with arrogant, thick-headed Domyouji.



Cuter than puppies )

And last, but not least, I stole this Mars mv from [livejournal.com profile] ambergold. It's so incredible. Mars was my first drama, all these years ago and the reason why I have become a drama nut - I was so obsessed with it. And all these years later, it's still possibly my favorite drama. Ever. Two incredibly damaged people who find and love and heal each other? Oh YES.

dangermousie: (Mars LA: helmet by illuxtris)
I have watched the first ep of Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre, the 2009 version. It was gorgeous but made no sense - I am totally lost as to what is going on or who these people are. I am going to stick with it for a few eps because Return of the Condor Heroes 2006, made by the same people, had the same problem - first couple eps were odd and left me utterly confused but then it just got amazing after that and everything fell into place. Let's hope this follows the pattern. But as for now, it is so incredibly visually beautiful. Just check out the credits.



Credits caps )

Also, I was rewatching Smile - totally underrated - I really need to do a 'most underrated dramas' list - and have some shippy darlingness from ep 3. I am always so impressed by Matsujun - his gentle, tentative, beaten-down Vito has nothing in common with arrogant, thick-headed Domyouji.



Cuter than puppies )

And last, but not least, I stole this Mars mv from [livejournal.com profile] ambergold. It's so incredible. Mars was my first drama, all these years ago and the reason why I have become a drama nut - I was so obsessed with it. And all these years later, it's still possibly my favorite drama. Ever. Two incredibly damaged people who find and love and heal each other? Oh YES.

dangermousie: (Mars LA: helmet by illuxtris)
I have watched the first ep of Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre, the 2009 version. It was gorgeous but made no sense - I am totally lost as to what is going on or who these people are. I am going to stick with it for a few eps because Return of the Condor Heroes 2006, made by the same people, had the same problem - first couple eps were odd and left me utterly confused but then it just got amazing after that and everything fell into place. Let's hope this follows the pattern. But as for now, it is so incredibly visually beautiful. Just check out the credits.



Credits caps )

Also, I was rewatching Smile - totally underrated - I really need to do a 'most underrated dramas' list - and have some shippy darlingness from ep 3. I am always so impressed by Matsujun - his gentle, tentative, beaten-down Vito has nothing in common with arrogant, thick-headed Domyouji.



Cuter than puppies )

And last, but not least, I stole this Mars mv from [livejournal.com profile] ambergold. It's so incredible. Mars was my first drama, all these years ago and the reason why I have become a drama nut - I was so obsessed with it. And all these years later, it's still possibly my favorite drama. Ever. Two incredibly damaged people who find and love and heal each other? Oh YES.

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)
Even if I haven't seen the eight eps in-between (I plan to marathon the eps of Smile I haven't seen), at least I know it will be OK.






I don't think I could have borne it otherwise.
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: tie by quicksotism)
Even if I haven't seen the eight eps in-between (I plan to marathon the eps of Smile I haven't seen), at least I know it will be OK.






I don't think I could have borne it otherwise.
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: tie by quicksotism)
Even if I haven't seen the eight eps in-between (I plan to marathon the eps of Smile I haven't seen), at least I know it will be OK.






I don't think I could have borne it otherwise.
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: close-up by allbloomedout)


I think I just might have to give up on Matsumoto Jun and Aragaki Yui's Smile. It's a huge pity as it's the first Japanese drama to catch my attention in a year (I am much more for Korean and Taiwanese dramas, as I am sure you've noticed) and I have found it understated, touching, and all-around pitch-perfect. Plus, the story is something I would eat up with a big big spoon: prejudice, hopeful love, and two very appealing leads.

BUT. I do not speak Japanese and there are no subs anywhere I can access past episode 3 even though we are on ep 8 already. I cannot watch without subs - that would just be an excercise in frustration. I will go back to it if the subs for it ever become available, but for now, good-bye to Bito and Hana, alas.

But before that, I bring you a few caps from ep 3. Because it was, as every other ep so far, pitch-perfect.

Smiiiiiiiiiiiiile )

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