With ep 2 of Moon Lovers
, it's official this is my favorite currently airing drama. It's so dark and twisted and delicious.
A few thoughts:
1. Ep 2 cements my rabidly shipping Rensuke and Xiu Mei. Mind you, I am not deluded enough to think they will have any happily ever after or are even capable of it. Theirs is not a healthy relationship in the least (I don't think Rensuke is capable of a genuine relationship with anyone, to start with). But the dirty!bad!hot!wrongness of it all just pings my buttons the way nothing had in a while. They are using each other and manipulating each other but they are also experiencing a genuine and irresistable sexual attraction to each other (in every scene of theirs, they look as if all they want is to rip off each other's clothes and just do it on the floor). It's such a twisted Cinderella tale, you know - a poor Chinese factory worker and a sophisticated and rich Japanese businessman. Only Cinderella is plotting revenge and Prince Charming pimps her out. My ideal scenario for Rensuke and Xiu Mei is for them to continue their twistedness and have a lot of manipulative make-outs and really hot hate-sex and then at the end Rensuke should be left broken. I don't really care what happens after that.
2. Kimura is so very amazing as Rensuke. I am not a total Kimura fangirl (I have never even felt like checking out Change or Mr Brain and I was bored by him (and the dramas as a whole) in Long Vacation and Love Generation). But when he is on (Pride, Karei-naru Ichizoku, Sora Kara, this), there is nobody to compare with him. If you think about it, Rensuke is a repulsive, repulsive human being - we have yet to see him do a single unselfish or decent or good thing. A single one!
When his best action is feeling out of his skin uncomfortable watching a client paw Xiu Mei after he himself brought her there expressly to be pawed, we are not talking Mother Teresa. (Side note - yet another reason I am mad for Rensuke/Xiu Mei. It is only with her that his utter self-control cracks a little and he becomes somewhat human - when he breaks that cigarette watching her being pawed, for someone as controlled as Rensuke that is a huge huge thing). So yes, Rensuke could be an unbearable character to watch but in Kimura's hands he becomes, even if no less repellent, also fascinating - you just must watch more and find out what makes him tick. And there is even a hint of some potential for hope, some tiny glimmer of salvation and soul maybe. (Kimura is good at making unforgivable characters and making you hope for them. At least Rensuke isn't killing people for kicks the way his character in Sora Kara did, but even in Sora Kara you can't help but hope for him).
3. Maemi. She is a cool character but I continue to be rather indifferent to her. I think it's a combo of acting/character - I often have that problem with jdrama heroines (what they like in acting and character is often stuff that leaves me cold). What I am curious about however is that it's clear she harbors some sort of romantic feelings for Rensuke but I do not see why. The model girl is brainless so her continuing to be fixated on Rensuke even after he treats her like dirt does not surprise me - I don't think she's capable of reading a character at all. And Xiu Mei did not know what kind of man he was - she believed appearances - that he was a hard but just businessman concerned for his workers. Once she finds out the truth, she is not moony-eyed but full of vengeance (even if she still is sexually attracted to him - but you cannot control hormones). But Maemi? Maemi has known him for years - I can't see how she can continue to fancy him seeing the kind of man he is. Why???
4. It's pretty clear by now that Shota's character is out for some sort of revenge on Rensuke. I hope he gets it. I want Rensuke brought down grovelling in the gutter. I don't care who does it (though my preference is Xiu Mei) but it must be done!
And now, without much further ado, caps and more thoughts from ep 2 ( Enter here for sexy sexy dysfunction )