dangermousie: (Aishiteiru)


The previous candidate was a kdrama, A Love to Kill, but candidate n2 is a jdrama - one that is in the running for one of my favorite jdramas of all time. It is 1995's Aishiteiru to Itte Kure, starring Toyokawa Etsushi and Takiwa Takako.

Aishiteiru was a big hit when it came out - both ratings and awards-wise. But seeing that it's a very old drama by fandom standards, it is little known today. I don't know too many people who have seen it. And that is a pity, a huge pity, because it is hard to find a more natural, emotional, realistic, romantic, well-acted jdrama. Especially in the first half I felt as if I was intruding - as if the camera was following real people out there somewhere, that is how natural and real it felt. I giggled, I swooned, I cried so hard snot was coming out of my nose. Few dramas owned me as hard, before or since.

Aishiteiru's set-up is simple - it is a love story between a pushy, upbeat, young aspiring actress Hiroko (Takiwa Takako) and a somewhat older, quiet, mute/deaf painter Kohji (Toyokawa Etsushi). The story centers on barriers and flaws and love. Nothing is melodramatically over the top - when bad things happen, they are realistic. When the relationship fractures - there is no made-up drama but realistic differences between people who are in different places in their lives, have different temperaments, and may not be able to make it work despite all their love for each other. When they show their love, it is all the more moving for feeling real.

Before Aishiteiru, I never knew how much the lives of two rather ordinary people, with some baggage (but a baggage a person can have quite often), and with no hyperdramatic events could enthrall me. Because the things that happen are so everyday, so real, so normal, however earth-shattering to the participants they might be: a fight out of frustration, making love first thing in the morning, holding an umbrella in together in the rain, being tormented by insecurity, making rash decisions you can not undo however you regret. The relationship at the center of the drama, with its giddiness, its hurts, its complexities, and yes, its sexual charge, too (Aishiteiru allows its protagonists to be adults in their physical attraction to each other and small, everyday physical tenderness is very much present) is irresistible to watch. There are few dramas, from anywhere, that got me this emotionally engrossed.

Favorite quote: "I love you. I will love you today, and tomorrow, and the day after that. Isn't it enough?"
Favorite scene: When he screams for her on the train platform. I sort of died.

So, go watch! And discover a forgotten gem.



Now, excuse me, I am off to watch Aoi Tori with Toyokawa Etsushi...
dangermousie: (Aishiteiru)


The previous candidate was a kdrama, A Love to Kill, but candidate n2 is a jdrama - one that is in the running for one of my favorite jdramas of all time. It is 1995's Aishiteiru to Itte Kure, starring Toyokawa Etsushi and Takiwa Takako.

Aishiteiru was a big hit when it came out - both ratings and awards-wise. But seeing that it's a very old drama by fandom standards, it is little known today. I don't know too many people who have seen it. And that is a pity, a huge pity, because it is hard to find a more natural, emotional, realistic, romantic, well-acted jdrama. Especially in the first half I felt as if I was intruding - as if the camera was following real people out there somewhere, that is how natural and real it felt. I giggled, I swooned, I cried so hard snot was coming out of my nose. Few dramas owned me as hard, before or since.

Aishiteiru's set-up is simple - it is a love story between a pushy, upbeat, young aspiring actress Hiroko (Takiwa Takako) and a somewhat older, quiet, mute/deaf painter Kohji (Toyokawa Etsushi). The story centers on barriers and flaws and love. Nothing is melodramatically over the top - when bad things happen, they are realistic. When the relationship fractures - there is no made-up drama but realistic differences between people who are in different places in their lives, have different temperaments, and may not be able to make it work despite all their love for each other. When they show their love, it is all the more moving for feeling real.

Before Aishiteiru, I never knew how much the lives of two rather ordinary people, with some baggage (but a baggage a person can have quite often), and with no hyperdramatic events could enthrall me. Because the things that happen are so everyday, so real, so normal, however earth-shattering to the participants they might be: a fight out of frustration, making love first thing in the morning, holding an umbrella in together in the rain, being tormented by insecurity, making rash decisions you can not undo however you regret. The relationship at the center of the drama, with its giddiness, its hurts, its complexities, and yes, its sexual charge, too (Aishiteiru allows its protagonists to be adults in their physical attraction to each other and small, everyday physical tenderness is very much present) is irresistible to watch. There are few dramas, from anywhere, that got me this emotionally engrossed.

Favorite quote: "I love you. I will love you today, and tomorrow, and the day after that. Isn't it enough?"
Favorite scene: When he screams for her on the train platform. I sort of died.

So, go watch! And discover a forgotten gem.



Now, excuse me, I am off to watch Aoi Tori with Toyokawa Etsushi...
dangermousie: (Aishiteiru)


The previous candidate was a kdrama, A Love to Kill, but candidate n2 is a jdrama - one that is in the running for one of my favorite jdramas of all time. It is 1995's Aishiteiru to Itte Kure, starring Toyokawa Etsushi and Takiwa Takako.

Aishiteiru was a big hit when it came out - both ratings and awards-wise. But seeing that it's a very old drama by fandom standards, it is little known today. I don't know too many people who have seen it. And that is a pity, a huge pity, because it is hard to find a more natural, emotional, realistic, romantic, well-acted jdrama. Especially in the first half I felt as if I was intruding - as if the camera was following real people out there somewhere, that is how natural and real it felt. I giggled, I swooned, I cried so hard snot was coming out of my nose. Few dramas owned me as hard, before or since.

Aishiteiru's set-up is simple - it is a love story between a pushy, upbeat, young aspiring actress Hiroko (Takiwa Takako) and a somewhat older, quiet, mute/deaf painter Kohji (Toyokawa Etsushi). The story centers on barriers and flaws and love. Nothing is melodramatically over the top - when bad things happen, they are realistic. When the relationship fractures - there is no made-up drama but realistic differences between people who are in different places in their lives, have different temperaments, and may not be able to make it work despite all their love for each other. When they show their love, it is all the more moving for feeling real.

Before Aishiteiru, I never knew how much the lives of two rather ordinary people, with some baggage (but a baggage a person can have quite often), and with no hyperdramatic events could enthrall me. Because the things that happen are so everyday, so real, so normal, however earth-shattering to the participants they might be: a fight out of frustration, making love first thing in the morning, holding an umbrella in together in the rain, being tormented by insecurity, making rash decisions you can not undo however you regret. The relationship at the center of the drama, with its giddiness, its hurts, its complexities, and yes, its sexual charge, too (Aishiteiru allows its protagonists to be adults in their physical attraction to each other and small, everyday physical tenderness is very much present) is irresistible to watch. There are few dramas, from anywhere, that got me this emotionally engrossed.

Favorite quote: "I love you. I will love you today, and tomorrow, and the day after that. Isn't it enough?"
Favorite scene: When he screams for her on the train platform. I sort of died.

So, go watch! And discover a forgotten gem.



Now, excuse me, I am off to watch Aoi Tori with Toyokawa Etsushi...
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
I am done with the first episode of Love Story, a 2001 jdrama starring Toyokawa Etsushi and Nakayama Miho, and I am already madly, irrevocably in love.



It has the trademarks of all my favorite jdramas: a nuanced, grown-up, somewhat understated story, with some fantastic acting and complicated, strong-willed, and adult characters. Aishiteiru To Itte Kure gave me an enormous crush on Toyokawa Etsushi, and I am glad that Love Story shows that is not a fluke - the fact that he is an adult playing an adult certainly helps (he was 39 when he starred in this), but what really attracts me is that air of somewhat rumpled intellectualism he has (which he also had in AtIK). Plus charisma. And I have never seen Nakayama Miho before but I adored her on sight - a grown-up woman (considered "on the shelf" at 30), not a simpering or 'cutesy' girl, she portrays someone as strong-willed as Toyokawa Etsushi's character. Stubborn men and women who won't let them get away with it is one of my favorite combos.

What is the plot? Nagase (Toyokawa Etsuhi) is a famous novelist suffering from a two-year writing block, reserved, eccentric, and not too fond of people. Misaki (Nakayama Miho) is an editor under contract: her life is not going anywhere much: she is 30 (thus is considered old by the ageist society standards), she is not a permanent worker at the publishing house.

As an act of desperation, the publishing house assigns Misaki to their nightmare (but most profitable) author: Nagase. To say their first meeting doesn't go swimmingly is an understatement. When misanthropic Nagese grumps at her, Misaki insults him right back! This act gets her fired, of course, but what we see is that neither Nagase nor Misaki are the absolutes they appear at first. Nagase might be abrasive and certainly eccentric, but is rather kind, in his cranky way, and Misaki is not all steel either: her realization her life is stalled is a constant, believable presence.

Having nothing to lose (and with nothing to gain), Misaki comes to apologize the next day, and the scene between her and Nagase in his apartment is what really made me fall in love with this drama - she apologizes because she was rude and because she used to love his books, but there is no demeaning or grovelling in her attitude. And he accepts and clearly is loath to have her leave - in their ten-minute conversation, each one reveals more about themselves to each other than they must have to other people, in years.

Misaki might end up helping Nagase break his writer's block, but he might just end up falling for her...

A few caps )
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
I am done with the first episode of Love Story, a 2001 jdrama starring Toyokawa Etsushi and Nakayama Miho, and I am already madly, irrevocably in love.



It has the trademarks of all my favorite jdramas: a nuanced, grown-up, somewhat understated story, with some fantastic acting and complicated, strong-willed, and adult characters. Aishiteiru To Itte Kure gave me an enormous crush on Toyokawa Etsushi, and I am glad that Love Story shows that is not a fluke - the fact that he is an adult playing an adult certainly helps (he was 39 when he starred in this), but what really attracts me is that air of somewhat rumpled intellectualism he has (which he also had in AtIK). Plus charisma. And I have never seen Nakayama Miho before but I adored her on sight - a grown-up woman (considered "on the shelf" at 30), not a simpering or 'cutesy' girl, she portrays someone as strong-willed as Toyokawa Etsushi's character. Stubborn men and women who won't let them get away with it is one of my favorite combos.

What is the plot? Nagase (Toyokawa Etsuhi) is a famous novelist suffering from a two-year writing block, reserved, eccentric, and not too fond of people. Misaki (Nakayama Miho) is an editor under contract: her life is not going anywhere much: she is 30 (thus is considered old by the ageist society standards), she is not a permanent worker at the publishing house.

As an act of desperation, the publishing house assigns Misaki to their nightmare (but most profitable) author: Nagase. To say their first meeting doesn't go swimmingly is an understatement. When misanthropic Nagese grumps at her, Misaki insults him right back! This act gets her fired, of course, but what we see is that neither Nagase nor Misaki are the absolutes they appear at first. Nagase might be abrasive and certainly eccentric, but is rather kind, in his cranky way, and Misaki is not all steel either: her realization her life is stalled is a constant, believable presence.

Having nothing to lose (and with nothing to gain), Misaki comes to apologize the next day, and the scene between her and Nagase in his apartment is what really made me fall in love with this drama - she apologizes because she was rude and because she used to love his books, but there is no demeaning or grovelling in her attitude. And he accepts and clearly is loath to have her leave - in their ten-minute conversation, each one reveals more about themselves to each other than they must have to other people, in years.

Misaki might end up helping Nagase break his writer's block, but he might just end up falling for her...

A few caps )
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
I am done with the first episode of Love Story, a 2001 jdrama starring Toyokawa Etsushi and Nakayama Miho, and I am already madly, irrevocably in love.



It has the trademarks of all my favorite jdramas: a nuanced, grown-up, somewhat understated story, with some fantastic acting and complicated, strong-willed, and adult characters. Aishiteiru To Itte Kure gave me an enormous crush on Toyokawa Etsushi, and I am glad that Love Story shows that is not a fluke - the fact that he is an adult playing an adult certainly helps (he was 39 when he starred in this), but what really attracts me is that air of somewhat rumpled intellectualism he has (which he also had in AtIK). Plus charisma. And I have never seen Nakayama Miho before but I adored her on sight - a grown-up woman (considered "on the shelf" at 30), not a simpering or 'cutesy' girl, she portrays someone as strong-willed as Toyokawa Etsushi's character. Stubborn men and women who won't let them get away with it is one of my favorite combos.

What is the plot? Nagase (Toyokawa Etsuhi) is a famous novelist suffering from a two-year writing block, reserved, eccentric, and not too fond of people. Misaki (Nakayama Miho) is an editor under contract: her life is not going anywhere much: she is 30 (thus is considered old by the ageist society standards), she is not a permanent worker at the publishing house.

As an act of desperation, the publishing house assigns Misaki to their nightmare (but most profitable) author: Nagase. To say their first meeting doesn't go swimmingly is an understatement. When misanthropic Nagese grumps at her, Misaki insults him right back! This act gets her fired, of course, but what we see is that neither Nagase nor Misaki are the absolutes they appear at first. Nagase might be abrasive and certainly eccentric, but is rather kind, in his cranky way, and Misaki is not all steel either: her realization her life is stalled is a constant, believable presence.

Having nothing to lose (and with nothing to gain), Misaki comes to apologize the next day, and the scene between her and Nagase in his apartment is what really made me fall in love with this drama - she apologizes because she was rude and because she used to love his books, but there is no demeaning or grovelling in her attitude. And he accepts and clearly is loath to have her leave - in their ten-minute conversation, each one reveals more about themselves to each other than they must have to other people, in years.

Misaki might end up helping Nagase break his writer's block, but he might just end up falling for her...

A few caps )
dangermousie: (My Girl by meganbmoore)
So, are there dramas you don't want to watch, even if people on your flist are praising them or they star actors/actresses you love? What are they? I don't mean dramas that sound good but are bad when you check them out, I mean dramas where you read the synopsis and something in it just rubs you the wrong way...

For me, oddly, it's not that a storyline is ever too dark or disturbing, it's a lot more nebulous than that, this feeling of 'oh no, bad/wrong' (whether storywise, attitude-wise, or just shipping-wise:P) I used to try to watch the dramas despite this vibe and once I ended up loving it (Forbidden Love) but in all the other times, the bad/wrong vibe is indeed there and blocks any enjoyment and leaves me faintly icked out.

So now I just trust my radar and avoid those altogether. My watch list is much too huge as is.

I was thinking about mine today:

Person I love [kdrama]: it seems to have been well-received, but I really do not want to watch a drama about someone who stupidly cheats on his wife who is a good woman (and it's not as if he has a star-crossed love with the other girl, no, he is just selfish). It's not the darkness of the storyline (this sort of thing happens every day, unfortunately) but the skeezy/pathetic vibe of it all.

And speaking of skeezy. Fated to Love You [twdrama]. I know it's enjoying gonzo ratings and people on my flist who have good taste like it, but I am sorry. Any drama where the premise is 'the heroine is so drunk, she ends up sleeping with a wrong guy instead of her fiance' is not just bordering sleaze but has fully moved into sleazeland. There is no way I can like her after this bit of unprovoked drunken cheating. And when you add in the fact that she went on this cruise specifically to do the deed with her bf (who the heck needs to go on a cruise for that, btw? WTF?) it just screams 'pathetic.' Oh, and of course she gets pregnant. *rolls eyes*

1 Litre of Tears [jdrama]. I am sure it's excellent. Half my flist adores it. However, a drama which seems to be designed to show slow descent into illness and death is my idea of Gitmo torture, not a good time (not to mention it seems rather exploitative). I do not like dramas about terminal illness. There is a difference between a terminal illness drama, and a drama that just has terminal illness in it but is actually about something else (Snow Queen, Beautiful Life, Silence). The same reasoning applies to that Kame drama where he has 83 diseases at once, or whatever.

Gokusen 2/3/4/5/6/187 [jdrama]. I loved the first Gokusen (it's in my top 10 jdramas). This doesn't mean I want to see it all over again, only with different cast. Repetition might be the mother of learning, but it ain't the mother of either creativity or entertainment.

Magicians of Love [twdrama]. I started it, actually, but my bad/wrong radar was going off, at notion of four macho hairdressers who seem to be saviors of Taiwan, and I should have listened to it. My eyes, or my brain, will never recover.

14-year old mother [jdrama]: no thank you. I am not a social worker.

Last Friends [jdrama]: it just screams 'trashily trendy' to me. Or is it 'trendily trashy?' The 'look, look, aren't we cool, we have a real life lesbian' thing. The whole 'social worker abusive boyfriend' thing (what is this, Lifetime channel). Etc! Ugh. It makes me think of Fated to Love You.

Anything with Akanishi Jin. I am sure he is a lovely actor and what not, but he freaks me out, looks-wise. He looks like a girl in a disturbing fashion, and I am not exactly someone who requires manliness in my leads (I love Kame) and he still crosses the border beyond which I feel comfortable...

As I said, all of the above is very subjective. I know some of the above are undoubtedly excellent dramas, and there are many objectively awful dramas (Jotei, anyone) which do not make it on the list because they don't 'ping' that vibe for me.

And the odd thing is I can't really make a hard-and-fast rule about what will ping it or not. After all, I have started watching and fell in love with Mawang, a kdrama about a serial killer. I fully intend to watch both Kyo Kyo Kyushi 2003 (a jdrama about a terminally ill teacher who lies to a female student she is ill too, so as to get her to join him) and Byaukuyu (a jdrama which has murder and child prostitution). On the very short list of the dramas for me to get is Aoi Tori, a jdrama starring Toyokawa Etsushi (who I have fallen madly for after AtIK), which has repeated jailtime, depressingness, and the story that reminds me a bit of Bollywood movie Lamhe (ask and I shall spoil you as to what I mean).

Plus, while I have never truly warmed up to Kimi Wa Petto, I was able to appreciate what it had to say despite the bad/wrong vibe I was getting throughout.

So...it just has to either work or not, and it's very subjective. So, which are your dramas which ping the bad/wrong meter?

And, because I mentioned Aoi Tori (the protagonist is a station master who falls in love with a married woman and goes on the run with her and her daughter), here is the opening scene. It is so incredibly Bollywood, I almost gasped. And so beautiful. Rain, and red umbrellas, and love at first sight.

dangermousie: (My Girl by meganbmoore)
So, are there dramas you don't want to watch, even if people on your flist are praising them or they star actors/actresses you love? What are they? I don't mean dramas that sound good but are bad when you check them out, I mean dramas where you read the synopsis and something in it just rubs you the wrong way...

For me, oddly, it's not that a storyline is ever too dark or disturbing, it's a lot more nebulous than that, this feeling of 'oh no, bad/wrong' (whether storywise, attitude-wise, or just shipping-wise:P) I used to try to watch the dramas despite this vibe and once I ended up loving it (Forbidden Love) but in all the other times, the bad/wrong vibe is indeed there and blocks any enjoyment and leaves me faintly icked out.

So now I just trust my radar and avoid those altogether. My watch list is much too huge as is.

I was thinking about mine today:

Person I love [kdrama]: it seems to have been well-received, but I really do not want to watch a drama about someone who stupidly cheats on his wife who is a good woman (and it's not as if he has a star-crossed love with the other girl, no, he is just selfish). It's not the darkness of the storyline (this sort of thing happens every day, unfortunately) but the skeezy/pathetic vibe of it all.

And speaking of skeezy. Fated to Love You [twdrama]. I know it's enjoying gonzo ratings and people on my flist who have good taste like it, but I am sorry. Any drama where the premise is 'the heroine is so drunk, she ends up sleeping with a wrong guy instead of her fiance' is not just bordering sleaze but has fully moved into sleazeland. There is no way I can like her after this bit of unprovoked drunken cheating. And when you add in the fact that she went on this cruise specifically to do the deed with her bf (who the heck needs to go on a cruise for that, btw? WTF?) it just screams 'pathetic.' Oh, and of course she gets pregnant. *rolls eyes*

1 Litre of Tears [jdrama]. I am sure it's excellent. Half my flist adores it. However, a drama which seems to be designed to show slow descent into illness and death is my idea of Gitmo torture, not a good time (not to mention it seems rather exploitative). I do not like dramas about terminal illness. There is a difference between a terminal illness drama, and a drama that just has terminal illness in it but is actually about something else (Snow Queen, Beautiful Life, Silence). The same reasoning applies to that Kame drama where he has 83 diseases at once, or whatever.

Gokusen 2/3/4/5/6/187 [jdrama]. I loved the first Gokusen (it's in my top 10 jdramas). This doesn't mean I want to see it all over again, only with different cast. Repetition might be the mother of learning, but it ain't the mother of either creativity or entertainment.

Magicians of Love [twdrama]. I started it, actually, but my bad/wrong radar was going off, at notion of four macho hairdressers who seem to be saviors of Taiwan, and I should have listened to it. My eyes, or my brain, will never recover.

14-year old mother [jdrama]: no thank you. I am not a social worker.

Last Friends [jdrama]: it just screams 'trashily trendy' to me. Or is it 'trendily trashy?' The 'look, look, aren't we cool, we have a real life lesbian' thing. The whole 'social worker abusive boyfriend' thing (what is this, Lifetime channel). Etc! Ugh. It makes me think of Fated to Love You.

Anything with Akanishi Jin. I am sure he is a lovely actor and what not, but he freaks me out, looks-wise. He looks like a girl in a disturbing fashion, and I am not exactly someone who requires manliness in my leads (I love Kame) and he still crosses the border beyond which I feel comfortable...

As I said, all of the above is very subjective. I know some of the above are undoubtedly excellent dramas, and there are many objectively awful dramas (Jotei, anyone) which do not make it on the list because they don't 'ping' that vibe for me.

And the odd thing is I can't really make a hard-and-fast rule about what will ping it or not. After all, I have started watching and fell in love with Mawang, a kdrama about a serial killer. I fully intend to watch both Kyo Kyo Kyushi 2003 (a jdrama about a terminally ill teacher who lies to a female student she is ill too, so as to get her to join him) and Byaukuyu (a jdrama which has murder and child prostitution). On the very short list of the dramas for me to get is Aoi Tori, a jdrama starring Toyokawa Etsushi (who I have fallen madly for after AtIK), which has repeated jailtime, depressingness, and the story that reminds me a bit of Bollywood movie Lamhe (ask and I shall spoil you as to what I mean).

Plus, while I have never truly warmed up to Kimi Wa Petto, I was able to appreciate what it had to say despite the bad/wrong vibe I was getting throughout.

So...it just has to either work or not, and it's very subjective. So, which are your dramas which ping the bad/wrong meter?

And, because I mentioned Aoi Tori (the protagonist is a station master who falls in love with a married woman and goes on the run with her and her daughter), here is the opening scene. It is so incredibly Bollywood, I almost gasped. And so beautiful. Rain, and red umbrellas, and love at first sight.

dangermousie: (My Girl by meganbmoore)
So, are there dramas you don't want to watch, even if people on your flist are praising them or they star actors/actresses you love? What are they? I don't mean dramas that sound good but are bad when you check them out, I mean dramas where you read the synopsis and something in it just rubs you the wrong way...

For me, oddly, it's not that a storyline is ever too dark or disturbing, it's a lot more nebulous than that, this feeling of 'oh no, bad/wrong' (whether storywise, attitude-wise, or just shipping-wise:P) I used to try to watch the dramas despite this vibe and once I ended up loving it (Forbidden Love) but in all the other times, the bad/wrong vibe is indeed there and blocks any enjoyment and leaves me faintly icked out.

So now I just trust my radar and avoid those altogether. My watch list is much too huge as is.

I was thinking about mine today:

Person I love [kdrama]: it seems to have been well-received, but I really do not want to watch a drama about someone who stupidly cheats on his wife who is a good woman (and it's not as if he has a star-crossed love with the other girl, no, he is just selfish). It's not the darkness of the storyline (this sort of thing happens every day, unfortunately) but the skeezy/pathetic vibe of it all.

And speaking of skeezy. Fated to Love You [twdrama]. I know it's enjoying gonzo ratings and people on my flist who have good taste like it, but I am sorry. Any drama where the premise is 'the heroine is so drunk, she ends up sleeping with a wrong guy instead of her fiance' is not just bordering sleaze but has fully moved into sleazeland. There is no way I can like her after this bit of unprovoked drunken cheating. And when you add in the fact that she went on this cruise specifically to do the deed with her bf (who the heck needs to go on a cruise for that, btw? WTF?) it just screams 'pathetic.' Oh, and of course she gets pregnant. *rolls eyes*

1 Litre of Tears [jdrama]. I am sure it's excellent. Half my flist adores it. However, a drama which seems to be designed to show slow descent into illness and death is my idea of Gitmo torture, not a good time (not to mention it seems rather exploitative). I do not like dramas about terminal illness. There is a difference between a terminal illness drama, and a drama that just has terminal illness in it but is actually about something else (Snow Queen, Beautiful Life, Silence). The same reasoning applies to that Kame drama where he has 83 diseases at once, or whatever.

Gokusen 2/3/4/5/6/187 [jdrama]. I loved the first Gokusen (it's in my top 10 jdramas). This doesn't mean I want to see it all over again, only with different cast. Repetition might be the mother of learning, but it ain't the mother of either creativity or entertainment.

Magicians of Love [twdrama]. I started it, actually, but my bad/wrong radar was going off, at notion of four macho hairdressers who seem to be saviors of Taiwan, and I should have listened to it. My eyes, or my brain, will never recover.

14-year old mother [jdrama]: no thank you. I am not a social worker.

Last Friends [jdrama]: it just screams 'trashily trendy' to me. Or is it 'trendily trashy?' The 'look, look, aren't we cool, we have a real life lesbian' thing. The whole 'social worker abusive boyfriend' thing (what is this, Lifetime channel). Etc! Ugh. It makes me think of Fated to Love You.

Anything with Akanishi Jin. I am sure he is a lovely actor and what not, but he freaks me out, looks-wise. He looks like a girl in a disturbing fashion, and I am not exactly someone who requires manliness in my leads (I love Kame) and he still crosses the border beyond which I feel comfortable...

As I said, all of the above is very subjective. I know some of the above are undoubtedly excellent dramas, and there are many objectively awful dramas (Jotei, anyone) which do not make it on the list because they don't 'ping' that vibe for me.

And the odd thing is I can't really make a hard-and-fast rule about what will ping it or not. After all, I have started watching and fell in love with Mawang, a kdrama about a serial killer. I fully intend to watch both Kyo Kyo Kyushi 2003 (a jdrama about a terminally ill teacher who lies to a female student she is ill too, so as to get her to join him) and Byaukuyu (a jdrama which has murder and child prostitution). On the very short list of the dramas for me to get is Aoi Tori, a jdrama starring Toyokawa Etsushi (who I have fallen madly for after AtIK), which has repeated jailtime, depressingness, and the story that reminds me a bit of Bollywood movie Lamhe (ask and I shall spoil you as to what I mean).

Plus, while I have never truly warmed up to Kimi Wa Petto, I was able to appreciate what it had to say despite the bad/wrong vibe I was getting throughout.

So...it just has to either work or not, and it's very subjective. So, which are your dramas which ping the bad/wrong meter?

And, because I mentioned Aoi Tori (the protagonist is a station master who falls in love with a married woman and goes on the run with her and her daughter), here is the opening scene. It is so incredibly Bollywood, I almost gasped. And so beautiful. Rain, and red umbrellas, and love at first sight.

dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
Maybe, if I hit my head repeatedly against the wall, it will be better.

My face is blotchy, my nose is swollen, my throat hurts and so does the pit of my stomach.

Why, thank you, episode 11.

incoherence )
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
Maybe, if I hit my head repeatedly against the wall, it will be better.

My face is blotchy, my nose is swollen, my throat hurts and so does the pit of my stomach.

Why, thank you, episode 11.

incoherence )
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
Maybe, if I hit my head repeatedly against the wall, it will be better.

My face is blotchy, my nose is swollen, my throat hurts and so does the pit of my stomach.

Why, thank you, episode 11.

incoherence )
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui by yled)
I am in the middle of episode 7 of Aishiteiru to Itte Kure and I love it the way I haven't loved a drama for a long time: it feels so real and tender that it almost hurts.

So, instead, I bring you lots of caps of my favorite scenes from eps 4-6.



And yes, [livejournal.com profile] kitsune714 is spot on. Kohji is very much like an AU, grown-up Hanazawa Rui.

gorgeousness here, involving indirect kissing, hugging, rain, and lovemaking. I dare you to resist. )
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui by yled)
I am in the middle of episode 7 of Aishiteiru to Itte Kure and I love it the way I haven't loved a drama for a long time: it feels so real and tender that it almost hurts.

So, instead, I bring you lots of caps of my favorite scenes from eps 4-6.



And yes, [livejournal.com profile] kitsune714 is spot on. Kohji is very much like an AU, grown-up Hanazawa Rui.

gorgeousness here, involving indirect kissing, hugging, rain, and lovemaking. I dare you to resist. )

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