dangermousie: (Mischievous Kiss by calixa)
Following [livejournal.com profile] ockoala's awesome blog, which has turned into a MK-central zone of sorts, I started thinking why MK is not having me frothing at the mouth.

Even though MK ends this week at 16 eps, I have not yet watched any eps past 9. I enjoy the show whenever I watch it, but in-between the episodes I forget all about it. And so when I find myself with free time, I find myself devouring SKKS and Giant raws or Daemul and Gloria subs.

I keep trying to articulate why MK is my equivalent of 'pleasant but forgettable.' Let me try to put it into words.

I think, more than anything, it is because there are no stakes in MK. Nobody will die or get their life ruined or their child taken away or end up homeless or in psychiatric care or anything else of any magnitude in even the wildest worst-case scenario. What is the worst that can happen? Hani and Seung Jo don't get together. But it's pretty clear Hani, once outside of SJ's orbit, will move on. And SJ will continue his functional and placid if emotionally dull existence.

There is no edge of your seat here at all.

"But wait, Mousie," points out a reader. "Most of romcoms don't have life-or-death stakes and aren't some of your favorite dramas slice-of-life ones?"

Correct, my hypothetical strawman, correct. I love slice-of-life dramas like Aishiteiru to Itte Kure and Brand to bits, and my favorite drama of all time is, in fact, a slice-of-life one - Worlds Within. And it's true that in most romcoms the worst that can happen is that the couple won't end up together - there is no threat of a lunatic assassinating Chae Gyung from Goong, and Gong Chan from My Girl is unlikely to die of a terminal illness whether he gets to live happily ever after or not.

And now we come to a second but. A successful romcom (or a romantic slice-of-life) works by convincing me that even though the worst thing that can happen is the OTP not being together, their love is so profound and life-changing and strong, that this would be a horrible tragedy (and by extension, a general slice-of-life also shows you that whatever bad mundane outcome can happen is devastating - by making you care so much for the characters' success). I bawled my way through the last three episodes of Aishiteiru to Itte kure, screamed at my screen with Worlds Within. But I do not get that feeling of emotional urgency with MK at all. MK, with all its charm, fails to sell me on the protagonists' relationship being profound, life-breaking, the most amazing thing that could happen. MK's very realism is against it there - unlike the other dramas I mentioned, which all deal with adults and complex and fascinating ones too, MK's protagonists are realistic everyday teenagers. That leads not just to my finding them less interesting or relatable (if MK has any overarching theme, it's growing up, but it's not something that is often interesting to me outside of some extra stressors thrown into the mix) but their love doesn't come across as soul-searing or stronger-than-death either. This is not helped by the chemistry between the leads - it's sweet and friendly but hardly toe-curling, the way it was in the Taiwanese version. Acting abilities factor in as well, of course. For example, Coffee House is a mellow romantic slice-of-life about little things but its star is the amazing Kang Ji Hwan who owns me with every look.

MK is enjoyable and well-drawn but it fails to obsess me because - how shall I put it - I can live without it because the characters can live without each other too.
dangermousie: (Mischievous Kiss by calixa)
Following [livejournal.com profile] ockoala's awesome blog, which has turned into a MK-central zone of sorts, I started thinking why MK is not having me frothing at the mouth.

Even though MK ends this week at 16 eps, I have not yet watched any eps past 9. I enjoy the show whenever I watch it, but in-between the episodes I forget all about it. And so when I find myself with free time, I find myself devouring SKKS and Giant raws or Daemul and Gloria subs.

I keep trying to articulate why MK is my equivalent of 'pleasant but forgettable.' Let me try to put it into words.

I think, more than anything, it is because there are no stakes in MK. Nobody will die or get their life ruined or their child taken away or end up homeless or in psychiatric care or anything else of any magnitude in even the wildest worst-case scenario. What is the worst that can happen? Hani and Seung Jo don't get together. But it's pretty clear Hani, once outside of SJ's orbit, will move on. And SJ will continue his functional and placid if emotionally dull existence.

There is no edge of your seat here at all.

"But wait, Mousie," points out a reader. "Most of romcoms don't have life-or-death stakes and aren't some of your favorite dramas slice-of-life ones?"

Correct, my hypothetical strawman, correct. I love slice-of-life dramas like Aishiteiru to Itte Kure and Brand to bits, and my favorite drama of all time is, in fact, a slice-of-life one - Worlds Within. And it's true that in most romcoms the worst that can happen is that the couple won't end up together - there is no threat of a lunatic assassinating Chae Gyung from Goong, and Gong Chan from My Girl is unlikely to die of a terminal illness whether he gets to live happily ever after or not.

And now we come to a second but. A successful romcom (or a romantic slice-of-life) works by convincing me that even though the worst thing that can happen is the OTP not being together, their love is so profound and life-changing and strong, that this would be a horrible tragedy (and by extension, a general slice-of-life also shows you that whatever bad mundane outcome can happen is devastating - by making you care so much for the characters' success). I bawled my way through the last three episodes of Aishiteiru to Itte kure, screamed at my screen with Worlds Within. But I do not get that feeling of emotional urgency with MK at all. MK, with all its charm, fails to sell me on the protagonists' relationship being profound, life-breaking, the most amazing thing that could happen. MK's very realism is against it there - unlike the other dramas I mentioned, which all deal with adults and complex and fascinating ones too, MK's protagonists are realistic everyday teenagers. That leads not just to my finding them less interesting or relatable (if MK has any overarching theme, it's growing up, but it's not something that is often interesting to me outside of some extra stressors thrown into the mix) but their love doesn't come across as soul-searing or stronger-than-death either. This is not helped by the chemistry between the leads - it's sweet and friendly but hardly toe-curling, the way it was in the Taiwanese version. Acting abilities factor in as well, of course. For example, Coffee House is a mellow romantic slice-of-life about little things but its star is the amazing Kang Ji Hwan who owns me with every look.

MK is enjoyable and well-drawn but it fails to obsess me because - how shall I put it - I can live without it because the characters can live without each other too.
dangermousie: (Mischievous Kiss by calixa)
Following [livejournal.com profile] ockoala's awesome blog, which has turned into a MK-central zone of sorts, I started thinking why MK is not having me frothing at the mouth.

Even though MK ends this week at 16 eps, I have not yet watched any eps past 9. I enjoy the show whenever I watch it, but in-between the episodes I forget all about it. And so when I find myself with free time, I find myself devouring SKKS and Giant raws or Daemul and Gloria subs.

I keep trying to articulate why MK is my equivalent of 'pleasant but forgettable.' Let me try to put it into words.

I think, more than anything, it is because there are no stakes in MK. Nobody will die or get their life ruined or their child taken away or end up homeless or in psychiatric care or anything else of any magnitude in even the wildest worst-case scenario. What is the worst that can happen? Hani and Seung Jo don't get together. But it's pretty clear Hani, once outside of SJ's orbit, will move on. And SJ will continue his functional and placid if emotionally dull existence.

There is no edge of your seat here at all.

"But wait, Mousie," points out a reader. "Most of romcoms don't have life-or-death stakes and aren't some of your favorite dramas slice-of-life ones?"

Correct, my hypothetical strawman, correct. I love slice-of-life dramas like Aishiteiru to Itte Kure and Brand to bits, and my favorite drama of all time is, in fact, a slice-of-life one - Worlds Within. And it's true that in most romcoms the worst that can happen is that the couple won't end up together - there is no threat of a lunatic assassinating Chae Gyung from Goong, and Gong Chan from My Girl is unlikely to die of a terminal illness whether he gets to live happily ever after or not.

And now we come to a second but. A successful romcom (or a romantic slice-of-life) works by convincing me that even though the worst thing that can happen is the OTP not being together, their love is so profound and life-changing and strong, that this would be a horrible tragedy (and by extension, a general slice-of-life also shows you that whatever bad mundane outcome can happen is devastating - by making you care so much for the characters' success). I bawled my way through the last three episodes of Aishiteiru to Itte kure, screamed at my screen with Worlds Within. But I do not get that feeling of emotional urgency with MK at all. MK, with all its charm, fails to sell me on the protagonists' relationship being profound, life-breaking, the most amazing thing that could happen. MK's very realism is against it there - unlike the other dramas I mentioned, which all deal with adults and complex and fascinating ones too, MK's protagonists are realistic everyday teenagers. That leads not just to my finding them less interesting or relatable (if MK has any overarching theme, it's growing up, but it's not something that is often interesting to me outside of some extra stressors thrown into the mix) but their love doesn't come across as soul-searing or stronger-than-death either. This is not helped by the chemistry between the leads - it's sweet and friendly but hardly toe-curling, the way it was in the Taiwanese version. Acting abilities factor in as well, of course. For example, Coffee House is a mellow romantic slice-of-life about little things but its star is the amazing Kang Ji Hwan who owns me with every look.

MK is enjoyable and well-drawn but it fails to obsess me because - how shall I put it - I can live without it because the characters can live without each other too.
dangermousie: (Anime: Howl wizard 1 by minormischief)
I am a bad bad fan. I am the kind of fan who the creators probably like just a bit more than the fans who write scented letters with "if you don't get together my OTP, I will sic my rabid cat on you" written in blood.

Why? Because of my incredibly short attention span and multitude of unconnecting obsessions, if it stops grabbing me, I am gone. No lingering and giving benefit of the doubt, hoping it would get better. Too many other things to obsess over.

What brought on this post? Veronica Mars. Two sucky episodes and a huge kerfuffle in the fandom from what I can tell and people who are frustrated about Veronica's character and the lack of L/V and the soapiness or a combo thereof and my reaction? I am going to give it one more episode and if it doesn't get better, that's it. Buh-bye show. I am not upset or excited or mad or anything. Just a huge drop in interest and a strong desire to watch/read something that will excite me more. People who stay in the fandom once it starts annoying them always surprise me a bit. Bitterness isn't fun. Heck, not being super entertained isn't fun. I have a limited amount of time and there way too many cool things in this world *coughanimecough*

I know there is a similar kerfuffle in the BSG fandom but surprisingly I like S2 just as much as I liked S1. But then my interest is largely intellectual and I never thought BSG was the best scifi show ever. Black Market wasn't that exciting but it was OK enough. And I always like the writing.

So, Veronica Mars you are on your last legs with me :)

In other news, Trigun continues to be as good as ever. So good. I am still confused as to how Vash defeated the Dread Space Pirate Roberts during their duel (as Vash can't kill and ended up all bleeding on the floor anyway from reopening his wounds) but whatever. That red coat certainly comes in handy in a Spartan-like fashion because it covers up when he is shot with red on red. Oh, and the fact that it's Milly and Meryl that rescued him for once is kinda cute. I also loved the fact that when he gets surprised in the corridor in that firefight, he is shot and wounded but he is freaking out about shooting a little too well at the other guys and he tries frantically to help them and he doesn't even care he is bleeding himself. Also, he has really freaky dreams about that woman with the long hair (and petals?). I bet she is Rem. Poor guy.

In yet other news, my copy of the DVDs of Hana Yori Dango has arrived. I am in love with the DVD cover which shows rejects from 1980s fashion, a girl in skin-tight purple leotards and leg warmers and various men dressed just as badly, my favorite being a guy wearing a black full-body leotard and a red shirt tied under his chest. My eyes are bleeding.
dangermousie: (Anime: Howl wizard 1 by minormischief)
I am a bad bad fan. I am the kind of fan who the creators probably like just a bit more than the fans who write scented letters with "if you don't get together my OTP, I will sic my rabid cat on you" written in blood.

Why? Because of my incredibly short attention span and multitude of unconnecting obsessions, if it stops grabbing me, I am gone. No lingering and giving benefit of the doubt, hoping it would get better. Too many other things to obsess over.

What brought on this post? Veronica Mars. Two sucky episodes and a huge kerfuffle in the fandom from what I can tell and people who are frustrated about Veronica's character and the lack of L/V and the soapiness or a combo thereof and my reaction? I am going to give it one more episode and if it doesn't get better, that's it. Buh-bye show. I am not upset or excited or mad or anything. Just a huge drop in interest and a strong desire to watch/read something that will excite me more. People who stay in the fandom once it starts annoying them always surprise me a bit. Bitterness isn't fun. Heck, not being super entertained isn't fun. I have a limited amount of time and there way too many cool things in this world *coughanimecough*

I know there is a similar kerfuffle in the BSG fandom but surprisingly I like S2 just as much as I liked S1. But then my interest is largely intellectual and I never thought BSG was the best scifi show ever. Black Market wasn't that exciting but it was OK enough. And I always like the writing.

So, Veronica Mars you are on your last legs with me :)

In other news, Trigun continues to be as good as ever. So good. I am still confused as to how Vash defeated the Dread Space Pirate Roberts during their duel (as Vash can't kill and ended up all bleeding on the floor anyway from reopening his wounds) but whatever. That red coat certainly comes in handy in a Spartan-like fashion because it covers up when he is shot with red on red. Oh, and the fact that it's Milly and Meryl that rescued him for once is kinda cute. I also loved the fact that when he gets surprised in the corridor in that firefight, he is shot and wounded but he is freaking out about shooting a little too well at the other guys and he tries frantically to help them and he doesn't even care he is bleeding himself. Also, he has really freaky dreams about that woman with the long hair (and petals?). I bet she is Rem. Poor guy.

In yet other news, my copy of the DVDs of Hana Yori Dango has arrived. I am in love with the DVD cover which shows rejects from 1980s fashion, a girl in skin-tight purple leotards and leg warmers and various men dressed just as badly, my favorite being a guy wearing a black full-body leotard and a red shirt tied under his chest. My eyes are bleeding.
dangermousie: (Anime: Howl wizard 1 by minormischief)
I am a bad bad fan. I am the kind of fan who the creators probably like just a bit more than the fans who write scented letters with "if you don't get together my OTP, I will sic my rabid cat on you" written in blood.

Why? Because of my incredibly short attention span and multitude of unconnecting obsessions, if it stops grabbing me, I am gone. No lingering and giving benefit of the doubt, hoping it would get better. Too many other things to obsess over.

What brought on this post? Veronica Mars. Two sucky episodes and a huge kerfuffle in the fandom from what I can tell and people who are frustrated about Veronica's character and the lack of L/V and the soapiness or a combo thereof and my reaction? I am going to give it one more episode and if it doesn't get better, that's it. Buh-bye show. I am not upset or excited or mad or anything. Just a huge drop in interest and a strong desire to watch/read something that will excite me more. People who stay in the fandom once it starts annoying them always surprise me a bit. Bitterness isn't fun. Heck, not being super entertained isn't fun. I have a limited amount of time and there way too many cool things in this world *coughanimecough*

I know there is a similar kerfuffle in the BSG fandom but surprisingly I like S2 just as much as I liked S1. But then my interest is largely intellectual and I never thought BSG was the best scifi show ever. Black Market wasn't that exciting but it was OK enough. And I always like the writing.

So, Veronica Mars you are on your last legs with me :)

In other news, Trigun continues to be as good as ever. So good. I am still confused as to how Vash defeated the Dread Space Pirate Roberts during their duel (as Vash can't kill and ended up all bleeding on the floor anyway from reopening his wounds) but whatever. That red coat certainly comes in handy in a Spartan-like fashion because it covers up when he is shot with red on red. Oh, and the fact that it's Milly and Meryl that rescued him for once is kinda cute. I also loved the fact that when he gets surprised in the corridor in that firefight, he is shot and wounded but he is freaking out about shooting a little too well at the other guys and he tries frantically to help them and he doesn't even care he is bleeding himself. Also, he has really freaky dreams about that woman with the long hair (and petals?). I bet she is Rem. Poor guy.

In yet other news, my copy of the DVDs of Hana Yori Dango has arrived. I am in love with the DVD cover which shows rejects from 1980s fashion, a girl in skin-tight purple leotards and leg warmers and various men dressed just as badly, my favorite being a guy wearing a black full-body leotard and a red shirt tied under his chest. My eyes are bleeding.

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