dangermousie: (Damo Sung=Baek by miss-dian)
OK, I kinda feel like I am kicking a puppy or being one of these women ranting that Kate Hudson chickflicks aren't feminist or whatever but...

but...

I am on ep 3 of Mei-chan No Shitsuji and I cannot take it any more!

I cannot!

It's pushing my wrong/squick buttons entirely too much. It's the whole creepy "we shall subnegate ourselves to our ladies' wishes/we are super-happy to train to be the best servants ever/we have no will of our own/can I carry you over teeny puddle of water and braid your hair like some sort of trained dog" thing. And all this for a bunch of spoiled teenage girls? At least in a medieval context, you do it for a liege lord who gives you rights, land, military protection, and has done something to earn such devotion. And even then you don't walk around starry-eyed or do such ridiculous things. (The alternative reason for them doing it is that they are hormonally sex-thralled to the cute cute girls and just do it because they are so in lust/love/adoration, they'll do whatever, but that's even more disturbing in a very different way).

UGH.

Not cool. I loathe power imbalances with a passion and the one thing that freaks me out more is when the person lower on the totem pole in such a wildly unequal relationship is perfectly happy to be the subservient fulfiller of the other person's every wish like some sort of brain-washed slave. (No, the fact that they are men doesn't make it more acceptable. It's just as repulsive to me).

I don't mind if one of the protagonists is in a socially inferior position - Muhyul from Kingdom of the Winds and Hong Gil Dong from HGD both started their lives as slaves and they are huge favorites. But they both rebelled against this (Muhyul on a personal level, Gil Dong against the whole societal structure). The heroine of Damo is a slave and her "master" is an excellent person (much more worthy of admiration than the silly girls here) but while she might care for him and respect him, she is hardly a happy-with-her-lot mindless drone, but someone who feels her situation and does not like it.

Or to use a modern equivalent, in Hana Yori Dango, Makino is very low on the social totem pole but instead of worshipping all the lovely rich people, she kicks the closest approximation of superior social being that world has (i.e. Domyouji) in the face. I can get behind that. According to the logic of Mei-chan, she should have been bringing him biscuits and shining his shoes instead, or just be happy to be in the same school as the almighty F4.

There is nothing wrong if you have to earn your living as a servant, or even taking pride in your job. But the sickening slavish adoration of someone who is supposed to treat you as an inferior being? The genuine belief they are above you and your only purpose in life is to serve them? Unless they donated a kidney to your aged mother or saved your little sister from a burning building, no. Just no. UGH.

The strongest deside McNS insipres in me is to hand out a bunch of butcher knives to the butlers and then incite them to a glorious workers' revolution!

Yes, I just wrote a power-balance rant about McNS. I know it makes me batshit. But there it is...People are not pets - this is exactly the problem I had with Kimi Wa Petto. It freaked me the hell out.

Of course, as I pointed out above, the altenative is that this is some weird fetishist fantasy of role-playing/powerplay, in which case, while I don't care what people do for fun in private, it makes me pretty uncomfortable to watch.

Also, I can suspend my disbelief past a certain point, but no matter how odd the set-up, the emotional reactions have to be believable in some sort of a real-world way. The way these people act is so far from realistic, it's in another universe.
dangermousie: (Damo Sung=Baek by miss-dian)
OK, I kinda feel like I am kicking a puppy or being one of these women ranting that Kate Hudson chickflicks aren't feminist or whatever but...

but...

I am on ep 3 of Mei-chan No Shitsuji and I cannot take it any more!

I cannot!

It's pushing my wrong/squick buttons entirely too much. It's the whole creepy "we shall subnegate ourselves to our ladies' wishes/we are super-happy to train to be the best servants ever/we have no will of our own/can I carry you over teeny puddle of water and braid your hair like some sort of trained dog" thing. And all this for a bunch of spoiled teenage girls? At least in a medieval context, you do it for a liege lord who gives you rights, land, military protection, and has done something to earn such devotion. And even then you don't walk around starry-eyed or do such ridiculous things. (The alternative reason for them doing it is that they are hormonally sex-thralled to the cute cute girls and just do it because they are so in lust/love/adoration, they'll do whatever, but that's even more disturbing in a very different way).

UGH.

Not cool. I loathe power imbalances with a passion and the one thing that freaks me out more is when the person lower on the totem pole in such a wildly unequal relationship is perfectly happy to be the subservient fulfiller of the other person's every wish like some sort of brain-washed slave. (No, the fact that they are men doesn't make it more acceptable. It's just as repulsive to me).

I don't mind if one of the protagonists is in a socially inferior position - Muhyul from Kingdom of the Winds and Hong Gil Dong from HGD both started their lives as slaves and they are huge favorites. But they both rebelled against this (Muhyul on a personal level, Gil Dong against the whole societal structure). The heroine of Damo is a slave and her "master" is an excellent person (much more worthy of admiration than the silly girls here) but while she might care for him and respect him, she is hardly a happy-with-her-lot mindless drone, but someone who feels her situation and does not like it.

Or to use a modern equivalent, in Hana Yori Dango, Makino is very low on the social totem pole but instead of worshipping all the lovely rich people, she kicks the closest approximation of superior social being that world has (i.e. Domyouji) in the face. I can get behind that. According to the logic of Mei-chan, she should have been bringing him biscuits and shining his shoes instead, or just be happy to be in the same school as the almighty F4.

There is nothing wrong if you have to earn your living as a servant, or even taking pride in your job. But the sickening slavish adoration of someone who is supposed to treat you as an inferior being? The genuine belief they are above you and your only purpose in life is to serve them? Unless they donated a kidney to your aged mother or saved your little sister from a burning building, no. Just no. UGH.

The strongest deside McNS insipres in me is to hand out a bunch of butcher knives to the butlers and then incite them to a glorious workers' revolution!

Yes, I just wrote a power-balance rant about McNS. I know it makes me batshit. But there it is...People are not pets - this is exactly the problem I had with Kimi Wa Petto. It freaked me the hell out.

Of course, as I pointed out above, the altenative is that this is some weird fetishist fantasy of role-playing/powerplay, in which case, while I don't care what people do for fun in private, it makes me pretty uncomfortable to watch.

Also, I can suspend my disbelief past a certain point, but no matter how odd the set-up, the emotional reactions have to be believable in some sort of a real-world way. The way these people act is so far from realistic, it's in another universe.
dangermousie: (Damo Sung=Baek by miss-dian)
OK, I kinda feel like I am kicking a puppy or being one of these women ranting that Kate Hudson chickflicks aren't feminist or whatever but...

but...

I am on ep 3 of Mei-chan No Shitsuji and I cannot take it any more!

I cannot!

It's pushing my wrong/squick buttons entirely too much. It's the whole creepy "we shall subnegate ourselves to our ladies' wishes/we are super-happy to train to be the best servants ever/we have no will of our own/can I carry you over teeny puddle of water and braid your hair like some sort of trained dog" thing. And all this for a bunch of spoiled teenage girls? At least in a medieval context, you do it for a liege lord who gives you rights, land, military protection, and has done something to earn such devotion. And even then you don't walk around starry-eyed or do such ridiculous things. (The alternative reason for them doing it is that they are hormonally sex-thralled to the cute cute girls and just do it because they are so in lust/love/adoration, they'll do whatever, but that's even more disturbing in a very different way).

UGH.

Not cool. I loathe power imbalances with a passion and the one thing that freaks me out more is when the person lower on the totem pole in such a wildly unequal relationship is perfectly happy to be the subservient fulfiller of the other person's every wish like some sort of brain-washed slave. (No, the fact that they are men doesn't make it more acceptable. It's just as repulsive to me).

I don't mind if one of the protagonists is in a socially inferior position - Muhyul from Kingdom of the Winds and Hong Gil Dong from HGD both started their lives as slaves and they are huge favorites. But they both rebelled against this (Muhyul on a personal level, Gil Dong against the whole societal structure). The heroine of Damo is a slave and her "master" is an excellent person (much more worthy of admiration than the silly girls here) but while she might care for him and respect him, she is hardly a happy-with-her-lot mindless drone, but someone who feels her situation and does not like it.

Or to use a modern equivalent, in Hana Yori Dango, Makino is very low on the social totem pole but instead of worshipping all the lovely rich people, she kicks the closest approximation of superior social being that world has (i.e. Domyouji) in the face. I can get behind that. According to the logic of Mei-chan, she should have been bringing him biscuits and shining his shoes instead, or just be happy to be in the same school as the almighty F4.

There is nothing wrong if you have to earn your living as a servant, or even taking pride in your job. But the sickening slavish adoration of someone who is supposed to treat you as an inferior being? The genuine belief they are above you and your only purpose in life is to serve them? Unless they donated a kidney to your aged mother or saved your little sister from a burning building, no. Just no. UGH.

The strongest deside McNS insipres in me is to hand out a bunch of butcher knives to the butlers and then incite them to a glorious workers' revolution!

Yes, I just wrote a power-balance rant about McNS. I know it makes me batshit. But there it is...People are not pets - this is exactly the problem I had with Kimi Wa Petto. It freaked me the hell out.

Of course, as I pointed out above, the altenative is that this is some weird fetishist fantasy of role-playing/powerplay, in which case, while I don't care what people do for fun in private, it makes me pretty uncomfortable to watch.

Also, I can suspend my disbelief past a certain point, but no matter how odd the set-up, the emotional reactions have to be believable in some sort of a real-world way. The way these people act is so far from realistic, it's in another universe.
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)


After watching a lot of serious and realistic Fashion 70s as well as angsty and thrillery Black and White, I decided it was enough of seriousness and realism and I wanted something silly-sticky-sweet.

Enter Mei-chan No Shitsuji. Any drama with the title "Mei-chan's Butler" cannot possibly be serious, realistic, or anything but giddy fluff, thought I. Was I right? Is it delicious crack or a hard-hitting expose of the mistreatment of the servant class?

To find out, enter here. Eps 1 and 2 summarized for 5-year-olds )

I stayed up till 3 am watching this.
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)


After watching a lot of serious and realistic Fashion 70s as well as angsty and thrillery Black and White, I decided it was enough of seriousness and realism and I wanted something silly-sticky-sweet.

Enter Mei-chan No Shitsuji. Any drama with the title "Mei-chan's Butler" cannot possibly be serious, realistic, or anything but giddy fluff, thought I. Was I right? Is it delicious crack or a hard-hitting expose of the mistreatment of the servant class?

To find out, enter here. Eps 1 and 2 summarized for 5-year-olds )

I stayed up till 3 am watching this.
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)


After watching a lot of serious and realistic Fashion 70s as well as angsty and thrillery Black and White, I decided it was enough of seriousness and realism and I wanted something silly-sticky-sweet.

Enter Mei-chan No Shitsuji. Any drama with the title "Mei-chan's Butler" cannot possibly be serious, realistic, or anything but giddy fluff, thought I. Was I right? Is it delicious crack or a hard-hitting expose of the mistreatment of the servant class?

To find out, enter here. Eps 1 and 2 summarized for 5-year-olds )

I stayed up till 3 am watching this.
dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by pinkfactory)
Mei-chan no Shitsuju oh my oh my.

I am about ten minutes in and my brain feels broken. Not in a bad way but still - a permanent state of WTF has been entered.

I confess my suspension of disbelief has been strained to its utmost - the only way I am managing and continuing is by literally repeating "it's based on a manga it's based on a manga" every ten seconds. This drama makes the Japanese Hana Kimi seem like an exemplar of realism. It's odd what I can and can't accept - I don't worry for a second about aliens with tentacles but a super-ritzy school for rich women who each have a dedicated butler pings my "no way" buttons. I think mainly because while these butlers are a tweenager's dream (utterly dedicated to their lady as their sole goal and making the hero of Twilight seem a sex-crazed maniac) I haven't been a tween for a very very long time and my common sense keeps interfering and going "why on earth are they doing this?" and wanting to lead some sort of Communist revolution in the school. Heh.

Still, I am enjoying it and continuing it despite this. Why? Well, mainly because I like what I have seen of Mei herself (her common sense, her disbelief at the zaniness around her - she is a proxy for the audience this way, her glasses and bowl cut) and of Rihito, her super-proficient butler (who seems for now, though it might be a wrong impression, perpetually amused in a lovely way).

Anyway - enjoyable. But crack. Crackcrackitycrack. And unlike with jHanaKimi, I haven't read this manga so I don't have to rant about how it butchered the source material.
dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by pinkfactory)
Mei-chan no Shitsuju oh my oh my.

I am about ten minutes in and my brain feels broken. Not in a bad way but still - a permanent state of WTF has been entered.

I confess my suspension of disbelief has been strained to its utmost - the only way I am managing and continuing is by literally repeating "it's based on a manga it's based on a manga" every ten seconds. This drama makes the Japanese Hana Kimi seem like an exemplar of realism. It's odd what I can and can't accept - I don't worry for a second about aliens with tentacles but a super-ritzy school for rich women who each have a dedicated butler pings my "no way" buttons. I think mainly because while these butlers are a tweenager's dream (utterly dedicated to their lady as their sole goal and making the hero of Twilight seem a sex-crazed maniac) I haven't been a tween for a very very long time and my common sense keeps interfering and going "why on earth are they doing this?" and wanting to lead some sort of Communist revolution in the school. Heh.

Still, I am enjoying it and continuing it despite this. Why? Well, mainly because I like what I have seen of Mei herself (her common sense, her disbelief at the zaniness around her - she is a proxy for the audience this way, her glasses and bowl cut) and of Rihito, her super-proficient butler (who seems for now, though it might be a wrong impression, perpetually amused in a lovely way).

Anyway - enjoyable. But crack. Crackcrackitycrack. And unlike with jHanaKimi, I haven't read this manga so I don't have to rant about how it butchered the source material.
dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by pinkfactory)
Mei-chan no Shitsuju oh my oh my.

I am about ten minutes in and my brain feels broken. Not in a bad way but still - a permanent state of WTF has been entered.

I confess my suspension of disbelief has been strained to its utmost - the only way I am managing and continuing is by literally repeating "it's based on a manga it's based on a manga" every ten seconds. This drama makes the Japanese Hana Kimi seem like an exemplar of realism. It's odd what I can and can't accept - I don't worry for a second about aliens with tentacles but a super-ritzy school for rich women who each have a dedicated butler pings my "no way" buttons. I think mainly because while these butlers are a tweenager's dream (utterly dedicated to their lady as their sole goal and making the hero of Twilight seem a sex-crazed maniac) I haven't been a tween for a very very long time and my common sense keeps interfering and going "why on earth are they doing this?" and wanting to lead some sort of Communist revolution in the school. Heh.

Still, I am enjoying it and continuing it despite this. Why? Well, mainly because I like what I have seen of Mei herself (her common sense, her disbelief at the zaniness around her - she is a proxy for the audience this way, her glasses and bowl cut) and of Rihito, her super-proficient butler (who seems for now, though it might be a wrong impression, perpetually amused in a lovely way).

Anyway - enjoyable. But crack. Crackcrackitycrack. And unlike with jHanaKimi, I haven't read this manga so I don't have to rant about how it butchered the source material.
dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
I feel like watching a cracky jdrama as everything I am watching is more on the serious side, from tough angsty cops, assassins and mobsters of Taiwan's Black and White to the war-scarred protagonists of Korea's Fashion 70s, so I think I will check out Mei-chan No Shitsuji, that cracktastic one about a girl who discovers she is newly rich and attends a school with her dedicated hot butler. Mainly because it sounds silly, a lot of flisters like it, and also while Mizushima Hiro does nothing for me whatsoever (not only does his hair need an intervension, I like my men older and way manlier-looking) I think he is a ridiculously sweet person.



I'll let you know how that goes. I know I am way behind on both Koori no Sekai and Byakuyakou (not to mention have a bunch of other jdramas I mean to watch), but I feel like something light...

Here's a MV:

dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
I feel like watching a cracky jdrama as everything I am watching is more on the serious side, from tough angsty cops, assassins and mobsters of Taiwan's Black and White to the war-scarred protagonists of Korea's Fashion 70s, so I think I will check out Mei-chan No Shitsuji, that cracktastic one about a girl who discovers she is newly rich and attends a school with her dedicated hot butler. Mainly because it sounds silly, a lot of flisters like it, and also while Mizushima Hiro does nothing for me whatsoever (not only does his hair need an intervension, I like my men older and way manlier-looking) I think he is a ridiculously sweet person.



I'll let you know how that goes. I know I am way behind on both Koori no Sekai and Byakuyakou (not to mention have a bunch of other jdramas I mean to watch), but I feel like something light...

Here's a MV:

dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
I feel like watching a cracky jdrama as everything I am watching is more on the serious side, from tough angsty cops, assassins and mobsters of Taiwan's Black and White to the war-scarred protagonists of Korea's Fashion 70s, so I think I will check out Mei-chan No Shitsuji, that cracktastic one about a girl who discovers she is newly rich and attends a school with her dedicated hot butler. Mainly because it sounds silly, a lot of flisters like it, and also while Mizushima Hiro does nothing for me whatsoever (not only does his hair need an intervension, I like my men older and way manlier-looking) I think he is a ridiculously sweet person.



I'll let you know how that goes. I know I am way behind on both Koori no Sekai and Byakuyakou (not to mention have a bunch of other jdramas I mean to watch), but I feel like something light...

Here's a MV:

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