dangermousie: (Legend: hands on armor by alexandral)
In a little vacuum after Legend (and before it took over, as well), in-between watching the airbrushed angst of Beautiful Days (seriously, Hero. Just ditch the family and move to Canada, Australia, or Brazil. You’ll be much happier), I have also tried watching/reading various things that I haven’t posted about before, with various degrees of success.

WATCHING

1. Angel the Series: I did start AtS and watched the Pilot. While a little clunky, it was nonetheless quite fun, whether because David Boreanaz looked quite good, I was amused by Doyle, or because of coat-billowing scenes. I like Cordelia much better than I did when I was younger (she is amusing on my screen) but I’d still sic a pit bull on her if I had to deal with her in RL.

2. I have watched Tricky Master, a made in 2000 Stephen Chow movie. The plot made no sense and was there just for very very lowbrow gags. Regrettably for my claims to taste, I LOLed throughout.

3. Me and Romeo x Juliet anime just don’t gel. It’s beautifully animated, has a cool concept and nice enough characters, but I find it a struggle to get through more than one ep at a time. I think I’ll be waving it buh-bye.

4. I have tried Legend of Hyang Dan, a two-part ‘special’ (i.e. short) drama, which is yet another reinterpretation of the famous classic Chunhyang story (you know: she is virtuous courtesan, he high official/righter of wrongs, star-crossed love blah blah). In this two-parter, the take on the story is comic and light-hearted, and largely similar to the classic tale but also with a twist. Our hero, Mong-Ryong, is a useless upperclass lamo by day but a daring Robin Hood by night. Or something. One day, running away from the law, he crosses paths not with Chun-Hyang, but her practical, sweet servant Hyang Dan. And that is who he falls in love with, not Chun-Hyang. Ergo the twist.

It appears cute enough, but trying it after the Legend is about the worst timing for it. It’s like having chips after a fancy French meal. I like chips a lot, but you have to admit, this would really not work. It also suffers in comparison both with the amazing arthousy movie Chunhyang, that came out a few years back (and was a serious, classic treatment of the story) and the adorable and sharp Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang drama from two or so years back, with its modern twist on the story. Of course, comparing an enjoyable if unearthshaking special with an arthouse film and two of the best kdramas out there is a bit unfair. It does appear a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and I will be finishing it soon. Still, when a character made a Hong Gil Dong reference, I caught myself checking for more subs of HGD instead :)

5. By far the best of the bunch of ‘new’ things checked out is the currently airing Robbers. Robbers is a drama which involves a character played by Jang Hyuk (mmm, quite hot!), a handsome, unscrupulous conman who makes his living by preying on women and getting their money, and his interaction with a clear-headed, adorable single mother, played by my kdrama favorite, Lee Da Hae. Something tells me he will fall for her instead.

I am only 15 or so minutes into it, but I loved it. LDH is, as usual, irresistible. Unlike in her previous drama Hello Miss, she also doesn’t have to play a high-strung character, which helps. Jang Hyuk is handsome and unrepentant and while his character is not nice by any stretch of the imagination, he is incredibly fun to watch. I can’t wait to see sparks fly. Plus, the colors are pretty and other characters appear cool too. First five eps have been subbed so I foresee a pleasant catching-up.

I have also fallen behind on 1 Pound No Fukuin (and need to catch up) and can’t wait for more Hong Gil Dong.

READING

1. Heyday by Kurt Andersen. Set in 1840s USA, it’s a good read, a sort of novel Dickens might have written if he was a contemporary author. The author is a bit too fond of ‘oddity’ but it’s a good book overall. There is a love story, adventure, and a murder or three.

2. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. A fun and poppy (if too Eurocentric for my liking) read about the influence on human civilization of beer, wine, liquor, tea, coffee, and soda.

3. Cygnet by Patricia McKillip. Based on a post by queenofthorns. It’s a collection of two different fantasy novels. It seems good so far but I haven’t read enough to be sure.
dangermousie: (Legend: hands on armor by alexandral)
In a little vacuum after Legend (and before it took over, as well), in-between watching the airbrushed angst of Beautiful Days (seriously, Hero. Just ditch the family and move to Canada, Australia, or Brazil. You’ll be much happier), I have also tried watching/reading various things that I haven’t posted about before, with various degrees of success.

WATCHING

1. Angel the Series: I did start AtS and watched the Pilot. While a little clunky, it was nonetheless quite fun, whether because David Boreanaz looked quite good, I was amused by Doyle, or because of coat-billowing scenes. I like Cordelia much better than I did when I was younger (she is amusing on my screen) but I’d still sic a pit bull on her if I had to deal with her in RL.

2. I have watched Tricky Master, a made in 2000 Stephen Chow movie. The plot made no sense and was there just for very very lowbrow gags. Regrettably for my claims to taste, I LOLed throughout.

3. Me and Romeo x Juliet anime just don’t gel. It’s beautifully animated, has a cool concept and nice enough characters, but I find it a struggle to get through more than one ep at a time. I think I’ll be waving it buh-bye.

4. I have tried Legend of Hyang Dan, a two-part ‘special’ (i.e. short) drama, which is yet another reinterpretation of the famous classic Chunhyang story (you know: she is virtuous courtesan, he high official/righter of wrongs, star-crossed love blah blah). In this two-parter, the take on the story is comic and light-hearted, and largely similar to the classic tale but also with a twist. Our hero, Mong-Ryong, is a useless upperclass lamo by day but a daring Robin Hood by night. Or something. One day, running away from the law, he crosses paths not with Chun-Hyang, but her practical, sweet servant Hyang Dan. And that is who he falls in love with, not Chun-Hyang. Ergo the twist.

It appears cute enough, but trying it after the Legend is about the worst timing for it. It’s like having chips after a fancy French meal. I like chips a lot, but you have to admit, this would really not work. It also suffers in comparison both with the amazing arthousy movie Chunhyang, that came out a few years back (and was a serious, classic treatment of the story) and the adorable and sharp Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang drama from two or so years back, with its modern twist on the story. Of course, comparing an enjoyable if unearthshaking special with an arthouse film and two of the best kdramas out there is a bit unfair. It does appear a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and I will be finishing it soon. Still, when a character made a Hong Gil Dong reference, I caught myself checking for more subs of HGD instead :)

5. By far the best of the bunch of ‘new’ things checked out is the currently airing Robbers. Robbers is a drama which involves a character played by Jang Hyuk (mmm, quite hot!), a handsome, unscrupulous conman who makes his living by preying on women and getting their money, and his interaction with a clear-headed, adorable single mother, played by my kdrama favorite, Lee Da Hae. Something tells me he will fall for her instead.

I am only 15 or so minutes into it, but I loved it. LDH is, as usual, irresistible. Unlike in her previous drama Hello Miss, she also doesn’t have to play a high-strung character, which helps. Jang Hyuk is handsome and unrepentant and while his character is not nice by any stretch of the imagination, he is incredibly fun to watch. I can’t wait to see sparks fly. Plus, the colors are pretty and other characters appear cool too. First five eps have been subbed so I foresee a pleasant catching-up.

I have also fallen behind on 1 Pound No Fukuin (and need to catch up) and can’t wait for more Hong Gil Dong.

READING

1. Heyday by Kurt Andersen. Set in 1840s USA, it’s a good read, a sort of novel Dickens might have written if he was a contemporary author. The author is a bit too fond of ‘oddity’ but it’s a good book overall. There is a love story, adventure, and a murder or three.

2. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. A fun and poppy (if too Eurocentric for my liking) read about the influence on human civilization of beer, wine, liquor, tea, coffee, and soda.

3. Cygnet by Patricia McKillip. Based on a post by queenofthorns. It’s a collection of two different fantasy novels. It seems good so far but I haven’t read enough to be sure.
dangermousie: (Legend: hands on armor by alexandral)
In a little vacuum after Legend (and before it took over, as well), in-between watching the airbrushed angst of Beautiful Days (seriously, Hero. Just ditch the family and move to Canada, Australia, or Brazil. You’ll be much happier), I have also tried watching/reading various things that I haven’t posted about before, with various degrees of success.

WATCHING

1. Angel the Series: I did start AtS and watched the Pilot. While a little clunky, it was nonetheless quite fun, whether because David Boreanaz looked quite good, I was amused by Doyle, or because of coat-billowing scenes. I like Cordelia much better than I did when I was younger (she is amusing on my screen) but I’d still sic a pit bull on her if I had to deal with her in RL.

2. I have watched Tricky Master, a made in 2000 Stephen Chow movie. The plot made no sense and was there just for very very lowbrow gags. Regrettably for my claims to taste, I LOLed throughout.

3. Me and Romeo x Juliet anime just don’t gel. It’s beautifully animated, has a cool concept and nice enough characters, but I find it a struggle to get through more than one ep at a time. I think I’ll be waving it buh-bye.

4. I have tried Legend of Hyang Dan, a two-part ‘special’ (i.e. short) drama, which is yet another reinterpretation of the famous classic Chunhyang story (you know: she is virtuous courtesan, he high official/righter of wrongs, star-crossed love blah blah). In this two-parter, the take on the story is comic and light-hearted, and largely similar to the classic tale but also with a twist. Our hero, Mong-Ryong, is a useless upperclass lamo by day but a daring Robin Hood by night. Or something. One day, running away from the law, he crosses paths not with Chun-Hyang, but her practical, sweet servant Hyang Dan. And that is who he falls in love with, not Chun-Hyang. Ergo the twist.

It appears cute enough, but trying it after the Legend is about the worst timing for it. It’s like having chips after a fancy French meal. I like chips a lot, but you have to admit, this would really not work. It also suffers in comparison both with the amazing arthousy movie Chunhyang, that came out a few years back (and was a serious, classic treatment of the story) and the adorable and sharp Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang drama from two or so years back, with its modern twist on the story. Of course, comparing an enjoyable if unearthshaking special with an arthouse film and two of the best kdramas out there is a bit unfair. It does appear a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and I will be finishing it soon. Still, when a character made a Hong Gil Dong reference, I caught myself checking for more subs of HGD instead :)

5. By far the best of the bunch of ‘new’ things checked out is the currently airing Robbers. Robbers is a drama which involves a character played by Jang Hyuk (mmm, quite hot!), a handsome, unscrupulous conman who makes his living by preying on women and getting their money, and his interaction with a clear-headed, adorable single mother, played by my kdrama favorite, Lee Da Hae. Something tells me he will fall for her instead.

I am only 15 or so minutes into it, but I loved it. LDH is, as usual, irresistible. Unlike in her previous drama Hello Miss, she also doesn’t have to play a high-strung character, which helps. Jang Hyuk is handsome and unrepentant and while his character is not nice by any stretch of the imagination, he is incredibly fun to watch. I can’t wait to see sparks fly. Plus, the colors are pretty and other characters appear cool too. First five eps have been subbed so I foresee a pleasant catching-up.

I have also fallen behind on 1 Pound No Fukuin (and need to catch up) and can’t wait for more Hong Gil Dong.

READING

1. Heyday by Kurt Andersen. Set in 1840s USA, it’s a good read, a sort of novel Dickens might have written if he was a contemporary author. The author is a bit too fond of ‘oddity’ but it’s a good book overall. There is a love story, adventure, and a murder or three.

2. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. A fun and poppy (if too Eurocentric for my liking) read about the influence on human civilization of beer, wine, liquor, tea, coffee, and soda.

3. Cygnet by Patricia McKillip. Based on a post by queenofthorns. It’s a collection of two different fantasy novels. It seems good so far but I haven’t read enough to be sure.
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)
Oh, everyone.

I have a new anime love. It's Gonzo's stunningly beautiful, swoonily romantic, adventurous and heart-breaking fantasy retelling of Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet' (titled Romeo x Juliet here).



In this version, the story is set in the aerial city of Neo Verona. Tyranny rules this island in the sky after the Montague family took control 14 years prior. The disparity among the wealthy and poor is apparent in the present state, the earth dries and water stagnates. The sky itself is wrapped in a deep dense fog. Both Romeo and Juliet's lineages are of present and past ruling families of Neo Verona. Romeo is the son of the current Montague dictator, Juliet (a beautiful woman) masquerades as a man (Odin), she's the last descendent of Capulet the previous rulers who were killed by an assasin's dagger 14 years ago. Her true background is not to be revealed to her until her 16th birthday while being raised by her sister. The cruel hands of fate introduces 2 people who will become "Star Crossed Lovers".


It's clever, literate (little references to Shakespeare characters abound, from an opera of Othello to an impecunious failed playwright called Will who takes Juliet in for a bit). The artwork is gorgeous, the story complicated. The heroine is strong and so is the hero, and yet they are such children. I am in love. [livejournal.com profile] egelantier, were you the one watching it?

Here is a MV for it. Spoilery but come on, you tell me you don't know how it ends?



Another MV )
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)
Oh, everyone.

I have a new anime love. It's Gonzo's stunningly beautiful, swoonily romantic, adventurous and heart-breaking fantasy retelling of Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet' (titled Romeo x Juliet here).



In this version, the story is set in the aerial city of Neo Verona. Tyranny rules this island in the sky after the Montague family took control 14 years prior. The disparity among the wealthy and poor is apparent in the present state, the earth dries and water stagnates. The sky itself is wrapped in a deep dense fog. Both Romeo and Juliet's lineages are of present and past ruling families of Neo Verona. Romeo is the son of the current Montague dictator, Juliet (a beautiful woman) masquerades as a man (Odin), she's the last descendent of Capulet the previous rulers who were killed by an assasin's dagger 14 years ago. Her true background is not to be revealed to her until her 16th birthday while being raised by her sister. The cruel hands of fate introduces 2 people who will become "Star Crossed Lovers".


It's clever, literate (little references to Shakespeare characters abound, from an opera of Othello to an impecunious failed playwright called Will who takes Juliet in for a bit). The artwork is gorgeous, the story complicated. The heroine is strong and so is the hero, and yet they are such children. I am in love. [livejournal.com profile] egelantier, were you the one watching it?

Here is a MV for it. Spoilery but come on, you tell me you don't know how it ends?



Another MV )
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)
Oh, everyone.

I have a new anime love. It's Gonzo's stunningly beautiful, swoonily romantic, adventurous and heart-breaking fantasy retelling of Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet' (titled Romeo x Juliet here).



In this version, the story is set in the aerial city of Neo Verona. Tyranny rules this island in the sky after the Montague family took control 14 years prior. The disparity among the wealthy and poor is apparent in the present state, the earth dries and water stagnates. The sky itself is wrapped in a deep dense fog. Both Romeo and Juliet's lineages are of present and past ruling families of Neo Verona. Romeo is the son of the current Montague dictator, Juliet (a beautiful woman) masquerades as a man (Odin), she's the last descendent of Capulet the previous rulers who were killed by an assasin's dagger 14 years ago. Her true background is not to be revealed to her until her 16th birthday while being raised by her sister. The cruel hands of fate introduces 2 people who will become "Star Crossed Lovers".


It's clever, literate (little references to Shakespeare characters abound, from an opera of Othello to an impecunious failed playwright called Will who takes Juliet in for a bit). The artwork is gorgeous, the story complicated. The heroine is strong and so is the hero, and yet they are such children. I am in love. [livejournal.com profile] egelantier, were you the one watching it?

Here is a MV for it. Spoilery but come on, you tell me you don't know how it ends?



Another MV )
dangermousie: (Default)
Have been stuck in airport for forever, but on the plus side, it really put a dent in my drama backlog.

Finished Takki's Romeo and Juliet, very adorable, if not earth-shaking, finished through ep 16 of Lovers (all I had with me) which was awesome (expect long post later) and am now in middle of ep 9 of Brand, which is turning into one of my jdrama loves. Expect long post on it later as well (and I promise to continue uploads shortly) but for now: omg the OTP is the most awesome thing ever. I love them separately and together. And omg omg omg there was a lovemaking scene and I nearly died. And the morning after is the most adorable thing ever. Thoughi got to say even though this has probably the most awesome 'other guy' in jdrama, I really don't care for sneaky, incompetent Yuri, the quasi-other girl.

I am in mid ep 9 and am tempted to stop as it's all happy and adorable but I can tell angst is about to hit.

Anyway, better stop before my fingers fall off as I am typing this on tiny bberry keyboard (ergo my not replying for a couple of days).

Oh, and this weekend I learned to knit and I love it: it's concrete, and relaxing, and occupies my hands. I love!!!
dangermousie: (Default)
Have been stuck in airport for forever, but on the plus side, it really put a dent in my drama backlog.

Finished Takki's Romeo and Juliet, very adorable, if not earth-shaking, finished through ep 16 of Lovers (all I had with me) which was awesome (expect long post later) and am now in middle of ep 9 of Brand, which is turning into one of my jdrama loves. Expect long post on it later as well (and I promise to continue uploads shortly) but for now: omg the OTP is the most awesome thing ever. I love them separately and together. And omg omg omg there was a lovemaking scene and I nearly died. And the morning after is the most adorable thing ever. Thoughi got to say even though this has probably the most awesome 'other guy' in jdrama, I really don't care for sneaky, incompetent Yuri, the quasi-other girl.

I am in mid ep 9 and am tempted to stop as it's all happy and adorable but I can tell angst is about to hit.

Anyway, better stop before my fingers fall off as I am typing this on tiny bberry keyboard (ergo my not replying for a couple of days).

Oh, and this weekend I learned to knit and I love it: it's concrete, and relaxing, and occupies my hands. I love!!!
dangermousie: (Default)
Have been stuck in airport for forever, but on the plus side, it really put a dent in my drama backlog.

Finished Takki's Romeo and Juliet, very adorable, if not earth-shaking, finished through ep 16 of Lovers (all I had with me) which was awesome (expect long post later) and am now in middle of ep 9 of Brand, which is turning into one of my jdrama loves. Expect long post on it later as well (and I promise to continue uploads shortly) but for now: omg the OTP is the most awesome thing ever. I love them separately and together. And omg omg omg there was a lovemaking scene and I nearly died. And the morning after is the most adorable thing ever. Thoughi got to say even though this has probably the most awesome 'other guy' in jdrama, I really don't care for sneaky, incompetent Yuri, the quasi-other girl.

I am in mid ep 9 and am tempted to stop as it's all happy and adorable but I can tell angst is about to hit.

Anyway, better stop before my fingers fall off as I am typing this on tiny bberry keyboard (ergo my not replying for a couple of days).

Oh, and this weekend I learned to knit and I love it: it's concrete, and relaxing, and occupies my hands. I love!!!
dangermousie: (Farscape: Rygel by thirdhex)
I continued with my Farscape watch. Thoughts on Picture if you Will thoughts behind cut )

I have also continued with Something Happened in Bali. Total love. It’s actually very different in a lot of ways from other kdramas because the four main characters are kinda hard-bitten and not sweet and I don’t think even ‘good people’ whatever that means.

But I have actually found myself warming up to both Ha Ji-Won’s character and Jo In-Sung’s. Still time to go on So Ji-Sub and the fiancee girl (I am blanking on her name). In fact, three eps in, I am more than warmed up to Jo In-Sung's character. Is he a great individual? Probably not. But intense and messed up bad boys? Oh such a lovely fictional kink.

Thoughts on first three eps )

Last but not least, I continued my persusal of trashy 1920s novels and came across Shadow of the East by EM Hull, the same lady that wrote the Sheik. Whoa. This is a plot that makes a Korean melodrama sound prosaic. Our hero, edowed with the sexy name of Barry (heeeeeeee, how tastes change) starts the book by discovering that his haf Japanese mistress, is pregnant! And the same evening he discovers that she is his…*da dum* half sister. He freaks and runs off and when he comes back in the morning, she’s killed herself (she didn’t know about the connection and just thought he abandoned her).

Yup. I love a romance novel where the hero is the guy who impregnated a sibling :D Barry attempts to kill himself and is only saved from doing so by his faithful servant and the fact that he is supposed to take guardianship of a daughter of some acquaintance. He thinks the girl is 10 but she is actually grown-up. Her name is Gillian and they enter into an arranged marriage to please his dying aunt. And grow to lurve each other :D. And he actually explains the whole ‘before you, my girlfriend was my sister’ thing and being a lonely (or verrrrry understanding) lady she is all ‘mmmm, fine, sexy. Now smoochies?’

Wholesomness rocks.

Mr. Mousie's reaction when I recounted this to him? 'For God's sake, man. Just get out of the house! I know it's before internet dating, but place an ad in the paper. Go to a bar. The sin's not lust but laziness.'

Of course, when I also pointed out that the book starts out set in Japan but the author knows as much about Japan as I do about Mars, he told me 'Of course you know about Mars. It's all about pretty boys riding motorcycles.' Heeeee.

Oh, and in awesome news. Apparently someone picked up Takki's Romeo & Juliet for subbing.

ETA: Have you seen the newest Veronica Mars promo pics? I threw up a little.

ETA2: Last but most important. HAPPY BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] miss_dian!!!!!!

ETA3: [livejournal.com profile] vieraan45, there are some SDK spoilers through vol 12 in replies.
dangermousie: (Farscape: Rygel by thirdhex)
I continued with my Farscape watch. Thoughts on Picture if you Will thoughts behind cut )

I have also continued with Something Happened in Bali. Total love. It’s actually very different in a lot of ways from other kdramas because the four main characters are kinda hard-bitten and not sweet and I don’t think even ‘good people’ whatever that means.

But I have actually found myself warming up to both Ha Ji-Won’s character and Jo In-Sung’s. Still time to go on So Ji-Sub and the fiancee girl (I am blanking on her name). In fact, three eps in, I am more than warmed up to Jo In-Sung's character. Is he a great individual? Probably not. But intense and messed up bad boys? Oh such a lovely fictional kink.

Thoughts on first three eps )

Last but not least, I continued my persusal of trashy 1920s novels and came across Shadow of the East by EM Hull, the same lady that wrote the Sheik. Whoa. This is a plot that makes a Korean melodrama sound prosaic. Our hero, edowed with the sexy name of Barry (heeeeeeee, how tastes change) starts the book by discovering that his haf Japanese mistress, is pregnant! And the same evening he discovers that she is his…*da dum* half sister. He freaks and runs off and when he comes back in the morning, she’s killed herself (she didn’t know about the connection and just thought he abandoned her).

Yup. I love a romance novel where the hero is the guy who impregnated a sibling :D Barry attempts to kill himself and is only saved from doing so by his faithful servant and the fact that he is supposed to take guardianship of a daughter of some acquaintance. He thinks the girl is 10 but she is actually grown-up. Her name is Gillian and they enter into an arranged marriage to please his dying aunt. And grow to lurve each other :D. And he actually explains the whole ‘before you, my girlfriend was my sister’ thing and being a lonely (or verrrrry understanding) lady she is all ‘mmmm, fine, sexy. Now smoochies?’

Wholesomness rocks.

Mr. Mousie's reaction when I recounted this to him? 'For God's sake, man. Just get out of the house! I know it's before internet dating, but place an ad in the paper. Go to a bar. The sin's not lust but laziness.'

Of course, when I also pointed out that the book starts out set in Japan but the author knows as much about Japan as I do about Mars, he told me 'Of course you know about Mars. It's all about pretty boys riding motorcycles.' Heeeee.

Oh, and in awesome news. Apparently someone picked up Takki's Romeo & Juliet for subbing.

ETA: Have you seen the newest Veronica Mars promo pics? I threw up a little.

ETA2: Last but most important. HAPPY BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] miss_dian!!!!!!

ETA3: [livejournal.com profile] vieraan45, there are some SDK spoilers through vol 12 in replies.
dangermousie: (Farscape: Rygel by thirdhex)
I continued with my Farscape watch. Thoughts on Picture if you Will thoughts behind cut )

I have also continued with Something Happened in Bali. Total love. It’s actually very different in a lot of ways from other kdramas because the four main characters are kinda hard-bitten and not sweet and I don’t think even ‘good people’ whatever that means.

But I have actually found myself warming up to both Ha Ji-Won’s character and Jo In-Sung’s. Still time to go on So Ji-Sub and the fiancee girl (I am blanking on her name). In fact, three eps in, I am more than warmed up to Jo In-Sung's character. Is he a great individual? Probably not. But intense and messed up bad boys? Oh such a lovely fictional kink.

Thoughts on first three eps )

Last but not least, I continued my persusal of trashy 1920s novels and came across Shadow of the East by EM Hull, the same lady that wrote the Sheik. Whoa. This is a plot that makes a Korean melodrama sound prosaic. Our hero, edowed with the sexy name of Barry (heeeeeeee, how tastes change) starts the book by discovering that his haf Japanese mistress, is pregnant! And the same evening he discovers that she is his…*da dum* half sister. He freaks and runs off and when he comes back in the morning, she’s killed herself (she didn’t know about the connection and just thought he abandoned her).

Yup. I love a romance novel where the hero is the guy who impregnated a sibling :D Barry attempts to kill himself and is only saved from doing so by his faithful servant and the fact that he is supposed to take guardianship of a daughter of some acquaintance. He thinks the girl is 10 but she is actually grown-up. Her name is Gillian and they enter into an arranged marriage to please his dying aunt. And grow to lurve each other :D. And he actually explains the whole ‘before you, my girlfriend was my sister’ thing and being a lonely (or verrrrry understanding) lady she is all ‘mmmm, fine, sexy. Now smoochies?’

Wholesomness rocks.

Mr. Mousie's reaction when I recounted this to him? 'For God's sake, man. Just get out of the house! I know it's before internet dating, but place an ad in the paper. Go to a bar. The sin's not lust but laziness.'

Of course, when I also pointed out that the book starts out set in Japan but the author knows as much about Japan as I do about Mars, he told me 'Of course you know about Mars. It's all about pretty boys riding motorcycles.' Heeeee.

Oh, and in awesome news. Apparently someone picked up Takki's Romeo & Juliet for subbing.

ETA: Have you seen the newest Veronica Mars promo pics? I threw up a little.

ETA2: Last but most important. HAPPY BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] miss_dian!!!!!!

ETA3: [livejournal.com profile] vieraan45, there are some SDK spoilers through vol 12 in replies.
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)
Because [livejournal.com profile] vierran45 is evil and posted a very persuasive picspam, I started watching Takki's take on Romeo and Juliet. It's modern of course and is only 'inspired' by it.

I am loving it. Not only is it gorgeously shot (usually I find the way jdramas are shot inferior to the crisp beauty of kdramas but not here) but OMG! The cuteness.

I mean, people, I am barely five minutes in, and Takki has saved a kitten from being run over. Almost getting run over himself in the process. How can you not love that? :D

Seriously. This thing has no subs and I don't care.

Also, the female lead is adorable which is awesome as she is the female lead in Yamapi's new upcoming drama.

I am almost tempted to do liveblogging but it would probably be 'OMG, he is so hot, OMG they are so adorable, pretty pretty leaves squee etc' repeated ad nauseam.

ETA: OMG, their first meeting is to die for and it's love at first sight and I love how he is struck dumb by her. But I am struck dumb by him. Seriously, it should be some sort of a classified weapon to be this gorgeous.
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)
Because [livejournal.com profile] vierran45 is evil and posted a very persuasive picspam, I started watching Takki's take on Romeo and Juliet. It's modern of course and is only 'inspired' by it.

I am loving it. Not only is it gorgeously shot (usually I find the way jdramas are shot inferior to the crisp beauty of kdramas but not here) but OMG! The cuteness.

I mean, people, I am barely five minutes in, and Takki has saved a kitten from being run over. Almost getting run over himself in the process. How can you not love that? :D

Seriously. This thing has no subs and I don't care.

Also, the female lead is adorable which is awesome as she is the female lead in Yamapi's new upcoming drama.

I am almost tempted to do liveblogging but it would probably be 'OMG, he is so hot, OMG they are so adorable, pretty pretty leaves squee etc' repeated ad nauseam.

ETA: OMG, their first meeting is to die for and it's love at first sight and I love how he is struck dumb by her. But I am struck dumb by him. Seriously, it should be some sort of a classified weapon to be this gorgeous.
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)
Because [livejournal.com profile] vierran45 is evil and posted a very persuasive picspam, I started watching Takki's take on Romeo and Juliet. It's modern of course and is only 'inspired' by it.

I am loving it. Not only is it gorgeously shot (usually I find the way jdramas are shot inferior to the crisp beauty of kdramas but not here) but OMG! The cuteness.

I mean, people, I am barely five minutes in, and Takki has saved a kitten from being run over. Almost getting run over himself in the process. How can you not love that? :D

Seriously. This thing has no subs and I don't care.

Also, the female lead is adorable which is awesome as she is the female lead in Yamapi's new upcoming drama.

I am almost tempted to do liveblogging but it would probably be 'OMG, he is so hot, OMG they are so adorable, pretty pretty leaves squee etc' repeated ad nauseam.

ETA: OMG, their first meeting is to die for and it's love at first sight and I love how he is struck dumb by her. But I am struck dumb by him. Seriously, it should be some sort of a classified weapon to be this gorgeous.
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)
I have successfully downloaded Takki's Romeo & Juliet special. I love you, [livejournal.com profile] nihongofrancais for the clubbox link.

I know that a lot of people aren't fond of/can't use clubbox and the d-addicts torrents are probably wonky not just for me, so if there is interest, let me know and I'll upload it on Megaupload later in the week. Word of warning, it's a huge huge file. almost 11 hundred megs. (as opposed to really high quality Hanadan eps which were 700 megs or so).

ETA: Now I won't have to. Some kind person already took care of it. Here it is in MU.

And just because, the awsome youtube vid behind the cut is RAIN!!!

Rain speaking JAPANESE. And performing his 'Sad Tango.'

EEEE!

It's raining men )
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)
I have successfully downloaded Takki's Romeo & Juliet special. I love you, [livejournal.com profile] nihongofrancais for the clubbox link.

I know that a lot of people aren't fond of/can't use clubbox and the d-addicts torrents are probably wonky not just for me, so if there is interest, let me know and I'll upload it on Megaupload later in the week. Word of warning, it's a huge huge file. almost 11 hundred megs. (as opposed to really high quality Hanadan eps which were 700 megs or so).

ETA: Now I won't have to. Some kind person already took care of it. Here it is in MU.

And just because, the awsome youtube vid behind the cut is RAIN!!!

Rain speaking JAPANESE. And performing his 'Sad Tango.'

EEEE!

It's raining men )
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)
I have successfully downloaded Takki's Romeo & Juliet special. I love you, [livejournal.com profile] nihongofrancais for the clubbox link.

I know that a lot of people aren't fond of/can't use clubbox and the d-addicts torrents are probably wonky not just for me, so if there is interest, let me know and I'll upload it on Megaupload later in the week. Word of warning, it's a huge huge file. almost 11 hundred megs. (as opposed to really high quality Hanadan eps which were 700 megs or so).

ETA: Now I won't have to. Some kind person already took care of it. Here it is in MU.

And just because, the awsome youtube vid behind the cut is RAIN!!!

Rain speaking JAPANESE. And performing his 'Sad Tango.'

EEEE!

It's raining men )
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)
I just found out (thanks [livejournal.com profile] catdecember) that Witch Yoo Hee is by the same team as did My Girl and Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang.

OMG OMG! I am even more excited now because it means that WYH will continue to be funny, the OTP(s) will be amazing, and that there will be some angst that will make me bawl and scenes that will continue to make me die of glee.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] kitsune714 just informed me that Takki's Romeo & Juliet special is out. She very kindly linked me to a torrent but d-addicts torrents are something I only use a last resort because they take forever and work only half the time. So *begs, puppy eyes* anyone have any other links? Clubbox? MU? SS? Anything?

P.S. Note to self. Remember to watch Byakkotai. Yamapi >>>>> everything in jdramas except Kimura Takuya.
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)
I just found out (thanks [livejournal.com profile] catdecember) that Witch Yoo Hee is by the same team as did My Girl and Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang.

OMG OMG! I am even more excited now because it means that WYH will continue to be funny, the OTP(s) will be amazing, and that there will be some angst that will make me bawl and scenes that will continue to make me die of glee.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] kitsune714 just informed me that Takki's Romeo & Juliet special is out. She very kindly linked me to a torrent but d-addicts torrents are something I only use a last resort because they take forever and work only half the time. So *begs, puppy eyes* anyone have any other links? Clubbox? MU? SS? Anything?

P.S. Note to self. Remember to watch Byakkotai. Yamapi >>>>> everything in jdramas except Kimura Takuya.

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