dangermousie: (SKKS: Yoon Hee grin by timescout)


I am all caught up on Doctor Jin and it's gotten quite good by now, with the political intrigue, and the question of who Young Rae is (she can't be some sort of backward reincarnation of Mina, but how does she have Mina's memories as they are from the future?), but you know what I really love? The love triangle. Normally I am quite allergic to the trope but here it actually works because both Jin and Kyung Tak genuinely love Young Rae and put her well-being first. Jin treats her with respect and as an equal, unheard of in these times, but it's Kyung Tak's behavior that really strikes me - however questionable his morals overall (though he's still head and shoulders above his creepy family), there is no question he is a wonderful fiance to Young Rae - he doesn't hold her breaking off with him against her, he rescues her repeatedly, and he even lets an unrelated man (and potential love rival) examine Young Rae for breast cancer, alone (because if he came with her, she'd be embarrassed). In 19th century!

Anywho, I want Jin to get Mina and KT to get YR...




So, who do you prefer?
dangermousie: (SKKS: Yoon Hee grin by timescout)


I am all caught up on Doctor Jin and it's gotten quite good by now, with the political intrigue, and the question of who Young Rae is (she can't be some sort of backward reincarnation of Mina, but how does she have Mina's memories as they are from the future?), but you know what I really love? The love triangle. Normally I am quite allergic to the trope but here it actually works because both Jin and Kyung Tak genuinely love Young Rae and put her well-being first. Jin treats her with respect and as an equal, unheard of in these times, but it's Kyung Tak's behavior that really strikes me - however questionable his morals overall (though he's still head and shoulders above his creepy family), there is no question he is a wonderful fiance to Young Rae - he doesn't hold her breaking off with him against her, he rescues her repeatedly, and he even lets an unrelated man (and potential love rival) examine Young Rae for breast cancer, alone (because if he came with her, she'd be embarrassed). In 19th century!

Anywho, I want Jin to get Mina and KT to get YR...




So, who do you prefer?
dangermousie: (SKKS: Yoon Hee grin by timescout)


I am all caught up on Doctor Jin and it's gotten quite good by now, with the political intrigue, and the question of who Young Rae is (she can't be some sort of backward reincarnation of Mina, but how does she have Mina's memories as they are from the future?), but you know what I really love? The love triangle. Normally I am quite allergic to the trope but here it actually works because both Jin and Kyung Tak genuinely love Young Rae and put her well-being first. Jin treats her with respect and as an equal, unheard of in these times, but it's Kyung Tak's behavior that really strikes me - however questionable his morals overall (though he's still head and shoulders above his creepy family), there is no question he is a wonderful fiance to Young Rae - he doesn't hold her breaking off with him against her, he rescues her repeatedly, and he even lets an unrelated man (and potential love rival) examine Young Rae for breast cancer, alone (because if he came with her, she'd be embarrassed). In 19th century!

Anywho, I want Jin to get Mina and KT to get YR...




So, who do you prefer?
dangermousie: (Chuno - hottie Dae Gil by scanky-chops)
You can go from this:



To this:







In 20 minutes' screentime (or a few hours of time within the drama). I always thought people who longed to travel into the past were nuts and am glad to see this drama bear me out (not that Jin wanted to travel back...)

I honestly have no idea why I am enjoying this drama - objectively speaking, it's not particularly good. I think I just find it relaxing mindless viewing - take today - I was much too brain-dead to try to watch Bridal Mask or even Big but Dr. Jin fit the bill nicely and was quite soothing as it is a completely undemanding show that yet doesn't have any characters or tropes that irritate me. In fact, I quite like the protagonists...
dangermousie: (Chuno - hottie Dae Gil by scanky-chops)
You can go from this:



To this:







In 20 minutes' screentime (or a few hours of time within the drama). I always thought people who longed to travel into the past were nuts and am glad to see this drama bear me out (not that Jin wanted to travel back...)

I honestly have no idea why I am enjoying this drama - objectively speaking, it's not particularly good. I think I just find it relaxing mindless viewing - take today - I was much too brain-dead to try to watch Bridal Mask or even Big but Dr. Jin fit the bill nicely and was quite soothing as it is a completely undemanding show that yet doesn't have any characters or tropes that irritate me. In fact, I quite like the protagonists...
dangermousie: (Chuno - hottie Dae Gil by scanky-chops)
You can go from this:



To this:







In 20 minutes' screentime (or a few hours of time within the drama). I always thought people who longed to travel into the past were nuts and am glad to see this drama bear me out (not that Jin wanted to travel back...)

I honestly have no idea why I am enjoying this drama - objectively speaking, it's not particularly good. I think I just find it relaxing mindless viewing - take today - I was much too brain-dead to try to watch Bridal Mask or even Big but Dr. Jin fit the bill nicely and was quite soothing as it is a completely undemanding show that yet doesn't have any characters or tropes that irritate me. In fact, I quite like the protagonists...
dangermousie: (Fruits Basket: Haru/Rin by meganbmoore)
1. I don't watch that many jdramas any more, but I have fallen under the sweet, cracky spell of Shiritsu Bakaleia Koukou.

I can almost belive that this delightful half-hour a week show is based on some manga I would have been obsessed about when younger (aww, who am I kidding? I'd still obsess over it). The premise is certainly pure shoujo crack - a derelict all-boys school whose students are all dedicated to fighting merges with an upper-class, super-refined all-girls school. Heeeee..



There is a ridiculously cute OTP: she - proper, ladylike, strongwilled head of girls' school. He - scruffy, emotion-driven excellent fighter head of boys' school. There are typical shoujo situations, a spiffy soundtrack, a surprsingly winning cast, and there are the typical jdrama lessons about teamwork and loyalty. The whole set-up - refined, ladylike ladies are needed to tame macho guys who are unkempt, rough, and love fighting - is a very traditional idea stripped shamelessly bare to its bones but it works.

Caps from ep 2, which is as far as I am into it. I dare you not to like )

2. If this amazing MV by [livejournal.com profile] joonni doesn't touch you, there is something wrong with you.



It pretty much encapsulates how perfect the OTP of Queen In Hyun's Man was. QIHM is not my n1. 2012 drama (though it came close), but Hee Jin/Bong Do are certainly my 2012 OTP:

3. In case you missed it, here is the HD preview for ep 5 of Gaksital.



I need this ep in my life ASAP! I've seen speculation that the Gaksital we see here is Kang To, donning the mask to rescue Dan. I would love it to be true (what's not to love? KT strikes me as someone who would put this on to protect someone he cares about - he is capable of immense love for the small group of people he cares for, is impulsive and hot-tempered, and has a certain disregard for rules) but I don't really think so - where would he get the mask - I am assuming they are less popular marketplace items now, with the cops hunting the wearer. And it might be too soon for him to both discover who Gaksital really is AND borrow the stuff from him.

[Poll #1846158]

4. I continue enjoying Dr. Jin for Song Seung Heon's sexy grimy face and his chemistry with Park Min Young. Lee Bum Soo is stealing the show. Jaejoong's character crossed an irrevocable line when he burned the village down (!!!) - I can understand what drove him to it, but there are some things you do not do and I think that would have lost him Young Rae's heart for good. JJ is a decent actor, especially for an idol, but I wish this role had a really good actor because that role has a lot of potential.

Off to watch ep 6 of A Gentleman's Dignity now.
dangermousie: (Fruits Basket: Haru/Rin by meganbmoore)
1. I don't watch that many jdramas any more, but I have fallen under the sweet, cracky spell of Shiritsu Bakaleia Koukou.

I can almost belive that this delightful half-hour a week show is based on some manga I would have been obsessed about when younger (aww, who am I kidding? I'd still obsess over it). The premise is certainly pure shoujo crack - a derelict all-boys school whose students are all dedicated to fighting merges with an upper-class, super-refined all-girls school. Heeeee..



There is a ridiculously cute OTP: she - proper, ladylike, strongwilled head of girls' school. He - scruffy, emotion-driven excellent fighter head of boys' school. There are typical shoujo situations, a spiffy soundtrack, a surprsingly winning cast, and there are the typical jdrama lessons about teamwork and loyalty. The whole set-up - refined, ladylike ladies are needed to tame macho guys who are unkempt, rough, and love fighting - is a very traditional idea stripped shamelessly bare to its bones but it works.

Caps from ep 2, which is as far as I am into it. I dare you not to like )

2. If this amazing MV by [livejournal.com profile] joonni doesn't touch you, there is something wrong with you.



It pretty much encapsulates how perfect the OTP of Queen In Hyun's Man was. QIHM is not my n1. 2012 drama (though it came close), but Hee Jin/Bong Do are certainly my 2012 OTP:

3. In case you missed it, here is the HD preview for ep 5 of Gaksital.



I need this ep in my life ASAP! I've seen speculation that the Gaksital we see here is Kang To, donning the mask to rescue Dan. I would love it to be true (what's not to love? KT strikes me as someone who would put this on to protect someone he cares about - he is capable of immense love for the small group of people he cares for, is impulsive and hot-tempered, and has a certain disregard for rules) but I don't really think so - where would he get the mask - I am assuming they are less popular marketplace items now, with the cops hunting the wearer. And it might be too soon for him to both discover who Gaksital really is AND borrow the stuff from him.

[Poll #1846158]

4. I continue enjoying Dr. Jin for Song Seung Heon's sexy grimy face and his chemistry with Park Min Young. Lee Bum Soo is stealing the show. Jaejoong's character crossed an irrevocable line when he burned the village down (!!!) - I can understand what drove him to it, but there are some things you do not do and I think that would have lost him Young Rae's heart for good. JJ is a decent actor, especially for an idol, but I wish this role had a really good actor because that role has a lot of potential.

Off to watch ep 6 of A Gentleman's Dignity now.
dangermousie: (Fruits Basket: Haru/Rin by meganbmoore)
1. I don't watch that many jdramas any more, but I have fallen under the sweet, cracky spell of Shiritsu Bakaleia Koukou.

I can almost belive that this delightful half-hour a week show is based on some manga I would have been obsessed about when younger (aww, who am I kidding? I'd still obsess over it). The premise is certainly pure shoujo crack - a derelict all-boys school whose students are all dedicated to fighting merges with an upper-class, super-refined all-girls school. Heeeee..



There is a ridiculously cute OTP: she - proper, ladylike, strongwilled head of girls' school. He - scruffy, emotion-driven excellent fighter head of boys' school. There are typical shoujo situations, a spiffy soundtrack, a surprsingly winning cast, and there are the typical jdrama lessons about teamwork and loyalty. The whole set-up - refined, ladylike ladies are needed to tame macho guys who are unkempt, rough, and love fighting - is a very traditional idea stripped shamelessly bare to its bones but it works.

Caps from ep 2, which is as far as I am into it. I dare you not to like )

2. If this amazing MV by [livejournal.com profile] joonni doesn't touch you, there is something wrong with you.



It pretty much encapsulates how perfect the OTP of Queen In Hyun's Man was. QIHM is not my n1. 2012 drama (though it came close), but Hee Jin/Bong Do are certainly my 2012 OTP:

3. In case you missed it, here is the HD preview for ep 5 of Gaksital.



I need this ep in my life ASAP! I've seen speculation that the Gaksital we see here is Kang To, donning the mask to rescue Dan. I would love it to be true (what's not to love? KT strikes me as someone who would put this on to protect someone he cares about - he is capable of immense love for the small group of people he cares for, is impulsive and hot-tempered, and has a certain disregard for rules) but I don't really think so - where would he get the mask - I am assuming they are less popular marketplace items now, with the cops hunting the wearer. And it might be too soon for him to both discover who Gaksital really is AND borrow the stuff from him.

[Poll #1846158]

4. I continue enjoying Dr. Jin for Song Seung Heon's sexy grimy face and his chemistry with Park Min Young. Lee Bum Soo is stealing the show. Jaejoong's character crossed an irrevocable line when he burned the village down (!!!) - I can understand what drove him to it, but there are some things you do not do and I think that would have lost him Young Rae's heart for good. JJ is a decent actor, especially for an idol, but I wish this role had a really good actor because that role has a lot of potential.

Off to watch ep 6 of A Gentleman's Dignity now.
dangermousie: (Chuno - sword by alexandral)


I am not sure if the drama is objectively getting better or I have just been drawn in, but I thought ep 3 was genuinely good, and not just 'cracky cheesy entertaining.'

For me, it is still about the OTP - Jin and Young Rae are pretty much everything I want in an OTP - grown-up, functional (with angst too), dedicated and competent, and she's ladylike but constrained by her times and with a will of steel and he's just so decent...

Plus, PMY and SSH both look so pretty in period clothes and have such lovely chemistry.

Cappy cappy caps )
dangermousie: (Chuno - sword by alexandral)


I am not sure if the drama is objectively getting better or I have just been drawn in, but I thought ep 3 was genuinely good, and not just 'cracky cheesy entertaining.'

For me, it is still about the OTP - Jin and Young Rae are pretty much everything I want in an OTP - grown-up, functional (with angst too), dedicated and competent, and she's ladylike but constrained by her times and with a will of steel and he's just so decent...

Plus, PMY and SSH both look so pretty in period clothes and have such lovely chemistry.

Cappy cappy caps )
dangermousie: (Chuno - sword by alexandral)


I am not sure if the drama is objectively getting better or I have just been drawn in, but I thought ep 3 was genuinely good, and not just 'cracky cheesy entertaining.'

For me, it is still about the OTP - Jin and Young Rae are pretty much everything I want in an OTP - grown-up, functional (with angst too), dedicated and competent, and she's ladylike but constrained by her times and with a will of steel and he's just so decent...

Plus, PMY and SSH both look so pretty in period clothes and have such lovely chemistry.

Cappy cappy caps )
dangermousie: (CH: Nana bandage by meganbmoore)
1. The wonderful [livejournal.com profile] cleobulle pointed me towards the direction of this incredible Bridal Mask fanvid. It would pretty much serve as a perfect trailer:



If you are not watching this drama yet, you really really should consider it.

2. Wet-shirted Song Seung Heon (filming? in?) Dr. Jin. Hey, I never said I was watching Dr. Jin for its amazing writing.



My June watching list is shaking up to be three dramas - Bridal Mask, Dr. Jin and A Gentleman's Dignity (I am not counting QIHM as it's ending the coming week). Which is great as three at a time is about all I can manage and I have a breezy refreshing romcom (AGM), a white-knuckled obsession (BM) and a cracky fun fluff (DJ). Just as it should be.
dangermousie: (CH: Nana bandage by meganbmoore)
1. The wonderful [livejournal.com profile] cleobulle pointed me towards the direction of this incredible Bridal Mask fanvid. It would pretty much serve as a perfect trailer:



If you are not watching this drama yet, you really really should consider it.

2. Wet-shirted Song Seung Heon (filming? in?) Dr. Jin. Hey, I never said I was watching Dr. Jin for its amazing writing.



My June watching list is shaking up to be three dramas - Bridal Mask, Dr. Jin and A Gentleman's Dignity (I am not counting QIHM as it's ending the coming week). Which is great as three at a time is about all I can manage and I have a breezy refreshing romcom (AGM), a white-knuckled obsession (BM) and a cracky fun fluff (DJ). Just as it should be.
dangermousie: (CH: Nana bandage by meganbmoore)
1. The wonderful [livejournal.com profile] cleobulle pointed me towards the direction of this incredible Bridal Mask fanvid. It would pretty much serve as a perfect trailer:



If you are not watching this drama yet, you really really should consider it.

2. Wet-shirted Song Seung Heon (filming? in?) Dr. Jin. Hey, I never said I was watching Dr. Jin for its amazing writing.



My June watching list is shaking up to be three dramas - Bridal Mask, Dr. Jin and A Gentleman's Dignity (I am not counting QIHM as it's ending the coming week). Which is great as three at a time is about all I can manage and I have a breezy refreshing romcom (AGM), a white-knuckled obsession (BM) and a cracky fun fluff (DJ). Just as it should be.
dangermousie: (SKKS: Yoon Hee grin by timescout)



If the first episode of Dr. Jin amused me, I have fallen for the second one. I am viewing it as a cheesy romantic delight and it's hitting every shippy button I have. I mean, she sold him out to the soldiers! Because she thought he was a murderer! And then he saved her brother's life and she desperately wants to take it back! And she is the doppelganger for his comatose true love back in our time! Also, I approve of SSH being sexily tied up!




And they have gorgeous angsty shippy chemistry-filled scenes like the above!






Oh yeah, did I mention them staring at each other as he's being taken to an execution?! This drama knows what I like!

Thank you for being my very own romance novel, Dr. Jin!
dangermousie: (SKKS: Yoon Hee grin by timescout)



If the first episode of Dr. Jin amused me, I have fallen for the second one. I am viewing it as a cheesy romantic delight and it's hitting every shippy button I have. I mean, she sold him out to the soldiers! Because she thought he was a murderer! And then he saved her brother's life and she desperately wants to take it back! And she is the doppelganger for his comatose true love back in our time! Also, I approve of SSH being sexily tied up!




And they have gorgeous angsty shippy chemistry-filled scenes like the above!






Oh yeah, did I mention them staring at each other as he's being taken to an execution?! This drama knows what I like!

Thank you for being my very own romance novel, Dr. Jin!
dangermousie: (SKKS: Yoon Hee grin by timescout)



If the first episode of Dr. Jin amused me, I have fallen for the second one. I am viewing it as a cheesy romantic delight and it's hitting every shippy button I have. I mean, she sold him out to the soldiers! Because she thought he was a murderer! And then he saved her brother's life and she desperately wants to take it back! And she is the doppelganger for his comatose true love back in our time! Also, I approve of SSH being sexily tied up!




And they have gorgeous angsty shippy chemistry-filled scenes like the above!






Oh yeah, did I mention them staring at each other as he's being taken to an execution?! This drama knows what I like!

Thank you for being my very own romance novel, Dr. Jin!
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
Guess which first episode I just watched and liked? Here is a hint:






I genuinely enjoyed the first episode of Dr. Jin, thus (if the blogs are anything to go by) placing me in a solid minority of one. But I very much enjoyed it and I stand by my opinion.

This is not drama-as-art the way the Japanese JIN (at least first season, I never did watch the sequel) was. And this is undoubtedly cheesy. But it is also entertaining and, let's face it, I think at least 80% of dramas are made of enough cheese to double as a dairy farm in Wisconsin. (Frex - King 2 Heart and Rooftop Prince, very entertaining, pure cheese).

Part of my fondness is that fusion sageuks are my favorite genre and time-travel my favorite device. Part of it is my enormous fondness for Song Seung Heon, Park Min Young (who has gorgeous chemistry with SSH), Lee Bum Soo (who is stealing the show), Jaejoong et. al. But a lot of it is that it's just cheesy yummy fun. If I want a fusion sageuk I consider genuine quality, this will never be it (that crown would probably go to Chuno) but as far as a great way to spend a couple of hours - oh yes, sign me up right here!

In conclusion - I was very pleased to note that Edward Cullen is alive and well in Joseon Korea:



Here he is, minutes before his even eviller Daddy randomly shoots a horse. Just because. Evil.
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
Guess which first episode I just watched and liked? Here is a hint:






I genuinely enjoyed the first episode of Dr. Jin, thus (if the blogs are anything to go by) placing me in a solid minority of one. But I very much enjoyed it and I stand by my opinion.

This is not drama-as-art the way the Japanese JIN (at least first season, I never did watch the sequel) was. And this is undoubtedly cheesy. But it is also entertaining and, let's face it, I think at least 80% of dramas are made of enough cheese to double as a dairy farm in Wisconsin. (Frex - King 2 Heart and Rooftop Prince, very entertaining, pure cheese).

Part of my fondness is that fusion sageuks are my favorite genre and time-travel my favorite device. Part of it is my enormous fondness for Song Seung Heon, Park Min Young (who has gorgeous chemistry with SSH), Lee Bum Soo (who is stealing the show), Jaejoong et. al. But a lot of it is that it's just cheesy yummy fun. If I want a fusion sageuk I consider genuine quality, this will never be it (that crown would probably go to Chuno) but as far as a great way to spend a couple of hours - oh yes, sign me up right here!

In conclusion - I was very pleased to note that Edward Cullen is alive and well in Joseon Korea:



Here he is, minutes before his even eviller Daddy randomly shoots a horse. Just because. Evil.

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