dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
Sometimes a drama happens to have it all - the adoration of the fangirls, the stupendous ratings, maybe even an international mania (East of Eden, Hana Yori Dango, Goong, It Started with a Kiss). Whether said adoration is deserved differs from drama to drama, but there it is.

Sometimes the fangirls lack interest but producers do not mind as they are busy counting the chunk of change they get from huge ratings - whether June and Jane obsess over it on-line as they download it in Canada and New Zealand makes little difference to them as long as ajummas and ajusshis make their drama a phenom crushing competition (think most any Korean period drama - Jumong and Queen Seon Deok might not get much discussion on soompi or lj but their ratings were/are insane. Taiga dramas do quite well without the English-speaking part of the internet paying much attention to them).

Or we get the inverse - the ratings struggle but a dedicated core of fans, sometimes smaller, sometimes larger, are devoted to it with mad love - you can always find discussions of it and soompi threads for those dramas go for pages and pages (think my particular favorites Worlds Within, Mawang, or Capital Scandal with hundreds of pages devoted to them on soompi. Sapuri is something half my flist was watching at one time.)

But sometimes there are unlucky dramas that get nothing of that - no decent ratings, no critical love, no fangirl drool. You do not see them generate pages on soompi, you have to dig through d-addicts to find a mention, and your livejournal friendslist is as silent as the grave about them.

For a lot of them, it is richly deserved (I am quite happy with Tamra's pathetic ratings and barely-existent fanbase, and even if I enjoy Dream, it is nothing to write home about).

But for some it is not. What are the dramas you think deserve to be known/loved/received better?

For me there are two, both jdramas.

1. Utahime - in my top 3 Japanese dramas, it is a CRIME Utahime is so poorly known. There aren't even any fanvideos on youtube and vew people have watched it. But it's brilliant, like a Jorge Amado novel transplanted to Japan - the story of a soldier washed ashore in a small remote village with no memory is everything you want a drama to be but it so seldom is - funny and tragic and romantic and brilliantly written and acted.

2. Tatta Hitotsu no Koi - it is also in my favorite jdramas list. It's an old-fashioned romantic story that I couldn't tear my eyes from. My problem with a lot of Japanese dramas is that I find them oddly unimpassioned - lacking in ability to convey love that transcends, unable to make me swoon. Tattakoi makes my belief wrong - it is gossamer delicate and achingly romantic and it made me cry and it made me laugh. It deserves to be better known.

Do you have any you would rescue from the dust heap?
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
Sometimes a drama happens to have it all - the adoration of the fangirls, the stupendous ratings, maybe even an international mania (East of Eden, Hana Yori Dango, Goong, It Started with a Kiss). Whether said adoration is deserved differs from drama to drama, but there it is.

Sometimes the fangirls lack interest but producers do not mind as they are busy counting the chunk of change they get from huge ratings - whether June and Jane obsess over it on-line as they download it in Canada and New Zealand makes little difference to them as long as ajummas and ajusshis make their drama a phenom crushing competition (think most any Korean period drama - Jumong and Queen Seon Deok might not get much discussion on soompi or lj but their ratings were/are insane. Taiga dramas do quite well without the English-speaking part of the internet paying much attention to them).

Or we get the inverse - the ratings struggle but a dedicated core of fans, sometimes smaller, sometimes larger, are devoted to it with mad love - you can always find discussions of it and soompi threads for those dramas go for pages and pages (think my particular favorites Worlds Within, Mawang, or Capital Scandal with hundreds of pages devoted to them on soompi. Sapuri is something half my flist was watching at one time.)

But sometimes there are unlucky dramas that get nothing of that - no decent ratings, no critical love, no fangirl drool. You do not see them generate pages on soompi, you have to dig through d-addicts to find a mention, and your livejournal friendslist is as silent as the grave about them.

For a lot of them, it is richly deserved (I am quite happy with Tamra's pathetic ratings and barely-existent fanbase, and even if I enjoy Dream, it is nothing to write home about).

But for some it is not. What are the dramas you think deserve to be known/loved/received better?

For me there are two, both jdramas.

1. Utahime - in my top 3 Japanese dramas, it is a CRIME Utahime is so poorly known. There aren't even any fanvideos on youtube and vew people have watched it. But it's brilliant, like a Jorge Amado novel transplanted to Japan - the story of a soldier washed ashore in a small remote village with no memory is everything you want a drama to be but it so seldom is - funny and tragic and romantic and brilliantly written and acted.

2. Tatta Hitotsu no Koi - it is also in my favorite jdramas list. It's an old-fashioned romantic story that I couldn't tear my eyes from. My problem with a lot of Japanese dramas is that I find them oddly unimpassioned - lacking in ability to convey love that transcends, unable to make me swoon. Tattakoi makes my belief wrong - it is gossamer delicate and achingly romantic and it made me cry and it made me laugh. It deserves to be better known.

Do you have any you would rescue from the dust heap?
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
Sometimes a drama happens to have it all - the adoration of the fangirls, the stupendous ratings, maybe even an international mania (East of Eden, Hana Yori Dango, Goong, It Started with a Kiss). Whether said adoration is deserved differs from drama to drama, but there it is.

Sometimes the fangirls lack interest but producers do not mind as they are busy counting the chunk of change they get from huge ratings - whether June and Jane obsess over it on-line as they download it in Canada and New Zealand makes little difference to them as long as ajummas and ajusshis make their drama a phenom crushing competition (think most any Korean period drama - Jumong and Queen Seon Deok might not get much discussion on soompi or lj but their ratings were/are insane. Taiga dramas do quite well without the English-speaking part of the internet paying much attention to them).

Or we get the inverse - the ratings struggle but a dedicated core of fans, sometimes smaller, sometimes larger, are devoted to it with mad love - you can always find discussions of it and soompi threads for those dramas go for pages and pages (think my particular favorites Worlds Within, Mawang, or Capital Scandal with hundreds of pages devoted to them on soompi. Sapuri is something half my flist was watching at one time.)

But sometimes there are unlucky dramas that get nothing of that - no decent ratings, no critical love, no fangirl drool. You do not see them generate pages on soompi, you have to dig through d-addicts to find a mention, and your livejournal friendslist is as silent as the grave about them.

For a lot of them, it is richly deserved (I am quite happy with Tamra's pathetic ratings and barely-existent fanbase, and even if I enjoy Dream, it is nothing to write home about).

But for some it is not. What are the dramas you think deserve to be known/loved/received better?

For me there are two, both jdramas.

1. Utahime - in my top 3 Japanese dramas, it is a CRIME Utahime is so poorly known. There aren't even any fanvideos on youtube and vew people have watched it. But it's brilliant, like a Jorge Amado novel transplanted to Japan - the story of a soldier washed ashore in a small remote village with no memory is everything you want a drama to be but it so seldom is - funny and tragic and romantic and brilliantly written and acted.

2. Tatta Hitotsu no Koi - it is also in my favorite jdramas list. It's an old-fashioned romantic story that I couldn't tear my eyes from. My problem with a lot of Japanese dramas is that I find them oddly unimpassioned - lacking in ability to convey love that transcends, unable to make me swoon. Tattakoi makes my belief wrong - it is gossamer delicate and achingly romantic and it made me cry and it made me laugh. It deserves to be better known.

Do you have any you would rescue from the dust heap?
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
You know that I did "Top" lists for My Top 10 dramas: Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese. But what's the fun in separating them, the fun is how they compare, right? So I bring you my Top 10 overall dramas, which consists of 3 kdramas, 2 twdramas and a whopping 5 jdramas. And yes, it's a threeway tie for the first place.

Also, if you know me, it's unsurprising that there are only two dramas on the list which may be classified as "light" and one of them is Capital Scandal, which involves assassinations, freedom fighters and torture, and the other is Utahime, which starts out light and funny only to STOMP ON YOUR HEART. I really should do a Top 10 Best Pick-You Up Dramas, too.

Anyway, without much ado, here is my list:

List with pics and reasons behind cut )
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
You know that I did "Top" lists for My Top 10 dramas: Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese. But what's the fun in separating them, the fun is how they compare, right? So I bring you my Top 10 overall dramas, which consists of 3 kdramas, 2 twdramas and a whopping 5 jdramas. And yes, it's a threeway tie for the first place.

Also, if you know me, it's unsurprising that there are only two dramas on the list which may be classified as "light" and one of them is Capital Scandal, which involves assassinations, freedom fighters and torture, and the other is Utahime, which starts out light and funny only to STOMP ON YOUR HEART. I really should do a Top 10 Best Pick-You Up Dramas, too.

Anyway, without much ado, here is my list:

List with pics and reasons behind cut )
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
You know that I did "Top" lists for My Top 10 dramas: Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese. But what's the fun in separating them, the fun is how they compare, right? So I bring you my Top 10 overall dramas, which consists of 3 kdramas, 2 twdramas and a whopping 5 jdramas. And yes, it's a threeway tie for the first place.

Also, if you know me, it's unsurprising that there are only two dramas on the list which may be classified as "light" and one of them is Capital Scandal, which involves assassinations, freedom fighters and torture, and the other is Utahime, which starts out light and funny only to STOMP ON YOUR HEART. I really should do a Top 10 Best Pick-You Up Dramas, too.

Anyway, without much ado, here is my list:

List with pics and reasons behind cut )
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: grin by miss-dian)



I am done with Utahime.

And it's definitely on the list of my all-time faves, even if I did end up bawling.

Eps 9 through 11, summary in caps )
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: grin by miss-dian)



I am done with Utahime.

And it's definitely on the list of my all-time faves, even if I did end up bawling.

Eps 9 through 11, summary in caps )
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: grin by miss-dian)



I am done with Utahime.

And it's definitely on the list of my all-time faves, even if I did end up bawling.

Eps 9 through 11, summary in caps )
dangermousie: (Default)
Thank you very much, Taro's voiceover on the bus, thank you very much.

I needed that so much. Like being stabbed repeatedly, that is, just when I thought it couldn't get worse.

Now I am bawling but I have to get going even though my face looks red and blotchy and scary.

Why?????????????????????

GRRRRRRR.

I HATE UNSELFISHNESS HATE HATE HATE HATE.
dangermousie: (Default)
Thank you very much, Taro's voiceover on the bus, thank you very much.

I needed that so much. Like being stabbed repeatedly, that is, just when I thought it couldn't get worse.

Now I am bawling but I have to get going even though my face looks red and blotchy and scary.

Why?????????????????????

GRRRRRRR.

I HATE UNSELFISHNESS HATE HATE HATE HATE.
dangermousie: (Default)
Thank you very much, Taro's voiceover on the bus, thank you very much.

I needed that so much. Like being stabbed repeatedly, that is, just when I thought it couldn't get worse.

Now I am bawling but I have to get going even though my face looks red and blotchy and scary.

Why?????????????????????

GRRRRRRR.

I HATE UNSELFISHNESS HATE HATE HATE HATE.
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I love these eps! But yeah, the angst is beginning to happen. But so is kissing, so we are even so far.

Utahime eps 7-8: summary in caps )

I love this drama so much!
dangermousie: (Utahime by vierran45)
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I love these eps! But yeah, the angst is beginning to happen. But so is kissing, so we are even so far.

Utahime eps 7-8: summary in caps )

I love this drama so much!
dangermousie: (Utahime by vierran45)
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I love these eps! But yeah, the angst is beginning to happen. But so is kissing, so we are even so far.

Utahime eps 7-8: summary in caps )

I love this drama so much!
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
I love this drama so much!!!!

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Why does every episode of Utahime make me a little more incoherent than the last?

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Also, after finishing ep 6, I am so preparing for the angst to hit.

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Utahime: eps 5 and 6 summary in caps )

bring on ep 7 and the kissing!
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
I love this drama so much!!!!

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Why does every episode of Utahime make me a little more incoherent than the last?

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Also, after finishing ep 6, I am so preparing for the angst to hit.

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Utahime: eps 5 and 6 summary in caps )

bring on ep 7 and the kissing!

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