dangermousie: (EoE: YR by meganbmoore)


RMPW ep 4 was pure giddiness - I love how Hyuga can't stay mad at Makoto for long, I love their teasing (he actually laughs with her), and OMG, how adorable was the scene where she was hurt that he didn't remember meeting her back when and he totally tried to justify himself with that adorably awkward 'it's a medical condition' explanation...Oh, and the sneaking glances and re-hiring and everything...

Caps, without much further ado )
dangermousie: (EoE: YR by meganbmoore)


RMPW ep 4 was pure giddiness - I love how Hyuga can't stay mad at Makoto for long, I love their teasing (he actually laughs with her), and OMG, how adorable was the scene where she was hurt that he didn't remember meeting her back when and he totally tried to justify himself with that adorably awkward 'it's a medical condition' explanation...Oh, and the sneaking glances and re-hiring and everything...

Caps, without much further ado )
dangermousie: (EoE: YR by meganbmoore)


RMPW ep 4 was pure giddiness - I love how Hyuga can't stay mad at Makoto for long, I love their teasing (he actually laughs with her), and OMG, how adorable was the scene where she was hurt that he didn't remember meeting her back when and he totally tried to justify himself with that adorably awkward 'it's a medical condition' explanation...Oh, and the sneaking glances and re-hiring and everything...

Caps, without much further ado )
dangermousie: (Default)
But I peeked at the preview for ep 5 and found this:

Spoilery, obviously )

!!!!!!!

Now I feel like running around the room in glee :P And it's only one of yummy things in that preview! I just need the whole drama out right now so I can devour it...
dangermousie: (Default)
But I peeked at the preview for ep 5 and found this:

Spoilery, obviously )

!!!!!!!

Now I feel like running around the room in glee :P And it's only one of yummy things in that preview! I just need the whole drama out right now so I can devour it...
dangermousie: (Default)
But I peeked at the preview for ep 5 and found this:

Spoilery, obviously )

!!!!!!!

Now I feel like running around the room in glee :P And it's only one of yummy things in that preview! I just need the whole drama out right now so I can devour it...
dangermousie: (HYD: elevator by carshrimp)



This episode was pretty much shippy heaven but it also moved the story forward and I loved the subplot about the erratically brilliant programmer. Hyuga's second-in-command is a total false facade creep with his fake niceness which means nothing (as compared to Hyuga's no-nonsense attitude where you know how you stand). Chiriko continues to bring the best out in Hyuga and she pretty much badgers him into doing right things without knowing her power (which is precisely why it works). Oh, and then the bombshell at the end of the ep...

Caps caps caps and some more thoughts. If you expect any caps of anyone other than Hyuga and Chiriko, prepare for disappointment )

Bring on ep 4!
dangermousie: (HYD: elevator by carshrimp)



This episode was pretty much shippy heaven but it also moved the story forward and I loved the subplot about the erratically brilliant programmer. Hyuga's second-in-command is a total false facade creep with his fake niceness which means nothing (as compared to Hyuga's no-nonsense attitude where you know how you stand). Chiriko continues to bring the best out in Hyuga and she pretty much badgers him into doing right things without knowing her power (which is precisely why it works). Oh, and then the bombshell at the end of the ep...

Caps caps caps and some more thoughts. If you expect any caps of anyone other than Hyuga and Chiriko, prepare for disappointment )

Bring on ep 4!
dangermousie: (HYD: elevator by carshrimp)



This episode was pretty much shippy heaven but it also moved the story forward and I loved the subplot about the erratically brilliant programmer. Hyuga's second-in-command is a total false facade creep with his fake niceness which means nothing (as compared to Hyuga's no-nonsense attitude where you know how you stand). Chiriko continues to bring the best out in Hyuga and she pretty much badgers him into doing right things without knowing her power (which is precisely why it works). Oh, and then the bombshell at the end of the ep...

Caps caps caps and some more thoughts. If you expect any caps of anyone other than Hyuga and Chiriko, prepare for disappointment )

Bring on ep 4!
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
I confess that while I used to watch a lot of jdramas (I watched jdramas before I've seen a single kdrama), I haven't properly followed one in years - jdramas moved away from romance and slice-of-life stories I adored them for and went in for procedurals and kooky comedies, which were very much not my thing.



So when a large number of flisties told me to check out Oguri Shun and Ishihara Satomi's Rich Man Poor Woman, telling me it was actually a romance drama, I was curious (and I love Oguri Shun - he was in my first ever jdrama) but very cautious. Luckily, I was wrong and it is v.v. awesome.

RMPW follows Hyuga Toru (Oguri Shun), a young billionaire who dropped out of school but has created a huge virtual media company. Hyuga is a little off-kilter, rather abrasive, and has a condition (apparently a real one) where he has problems remembering names and faces or connecting the two. Sawaki Chihiro (Ishihara Satomi) is Hyuga's polar opposite - a fourth-year student of the prestigious Tokyo University with near-eidetic memory, Chihiro should be swimming in job offers, but her awkwardness and odd personality have left her unemployed. Can you see where this is going?



I confess that the first half of the first episode didn't really draw me in and I was ready to write it off...and then, Hyuga and Chihiro met and it was antagonistic and awesome and sparks flew and I was a goner. I spend the second half episode all but hugging myself in glee - every interaction of theirs, whether angry or friendly, had me going gaga.

Caps and thoughts for ep 1 )
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
I confess that while I used to watch a lot of jdramas (I watched jdramas before I've seen a single kdrama), I haven't properly followed one in years - jdramas moved away from romance and slice-of-life stories I adored them for and went in for procedurals and kooky comedies, which were very much not my thing.



So when a large number of flisties told me to check out Oguri Shun and Ishihara Satomi's Rich Man Poor Woman, telling me it was actually a romance drama, I was curious (and I love Oguri Shun - he was in my first ever jdrama) but very cautious. Luckily, I was wrong and it is v.v. awesome.

RMPW follows Hyuga Toru (Oguri Shun), a young billionaire who dropped out of school but has created a huge virtual media company. Hyuga is a little off-kilter, rather abrasive, and has a condition (apparently a real one) where he has problems remembering names and faces or connecting the two. Sawaki Chihiro (Ishihara Satomi) is Hyuga's polar opposite - a fourth-year student of the prestigious Tokyo University with near-eidetic memory, Chihiro should be swimming in job offers, but her awkwardness and odd personality have left her unemployed. Can you see where this is going?



I confess that the first half of the first episode didn't really draw me in and I was ready to write it off...and then, Hyuga and Chihiro met and it was antagonistic and awesome and sparks flew and I was a goner. I spend the second half episode all but hugging myself in glee - every interaction of theirs, whether angry or friendly, had me going gaga.

Caps and thoughts for ep 1 )
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
I confess that while I used to watch a lot of jdramas (I watched jdramas before I've seen a single kdrama), I haven't properly followed one in years - jdramas moved away from romance and slice-of-life stories I adored them for and went in for procedurals and kooky comedies, which were very much not my thing.



So when a large number of flisties told me to check out Oguri Shun and Ishihara Satomi's Rich Man Poor Woman, telling me it was actually a romance drama, I was curious (and I love Oguri Shun - he was in my first ever jdrama) but very cautious. Luckily, I was wrong and it is v.v. awesome.

RMPW follows Hyuga Toru (Oguri Shun), a young billionaire who dropped out of school but has created a huge virtual media company. Hyuga is a little off-kilter, rather abrasive, and has a condition (apparently a real one) where he has problems remembering names and faces or connecting the two. Sawaki Chihiro (Ishihara Satomi) is Hyuga's polar opposite - a fourth-year student of the prestigious Tokyo University with near-eidetic memory, Chihiro should be swimming in job offers, but her awkwardness and odd personality have left her unemployed. Can you see where this is going?



I confess that the first half of the first episode didn't really draw me in and I was ready to write it off...and then, Hyuga and Chihiro met and it was antagonistic and awesome and sparks flew and I was a goner. I spend the second half episode all but hugging myself in glee - every interaction of theirs, whether angry or friendly, had me going gaga.

Caps and thoughts for ep 1 )
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: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)
I am watching the cop drama Tokyo Dogs for the plot:



Intellectually complex plot.



How I love plot.



Enter here for more delicious and non-spoilery plot )

Ahhhh, plot.

I can't say I am enamoured of Hiro's character - between him and Oguri Shun, they have one brain, and it's not a sharing situation - but I don't hate him, and Hiro looks scrumptuous too (not as much as Shun, but then I am incredibly biased). As to Shun? OMG. And Yoshitaka Yuriko = girlcrush.

In conclusion - I still can't believe I discovered Japanese leading man who actually eats!
dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)
I am watching the cop drama Tokyo Dogs for the plot:



Intellectually complex plot.



How I love plot.



Enter here for more delicious and non-spoilery plot )

Ahhhh, plot.

I can't say I am enamoured of Hiro's character - between him and Oguri Shun, they have one brain, and it's not a sharing situation - but I don't hate him, and Hiro looks scrumptuous too (not as much as Shun, but then I am incredibly biased). As to Shun? OMG. And Yoshitaka Yuriko = girlcrush.

In conclusion - I still can't believe I discovered Japanese leading man who actually eats!

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