dangermousie: (Chuno - bride)
Instead of catching up on my ginormous backlog, I have been rewatching parts of Personal Taste ep 10 and taking come caps. I am not even in the mood to watch anything else, no matter how good. I just want to wallow in PT.



I am obsessed with this drama. OBSESSED. It is definitely my drama of the spring season to me - by now I have achieved this absolute emotional immersion that is my goal in drama watching but doesn't happen all too often. I get incoherent, I get giddy, and rageful, and happy, and sniffly. Perfect, perfect.

Especially ep 10 which was such an emotional hothouse - yes, I love dramas because they turn me into an emotional vampire. MMMMM.

Some thoughts and caps of ep 10 )

Of course, all this rewatching forced me to confront the fact that I will never get through my backlog - i.e. there is no way I can keep up with 8 airing dramas. It's not doable, especially since Kimura's Moon Lovers (Tsuki no Koibito) starts next week and there is no way in hell I am not following that one as it airs. Nine airing dramas? No way.

So some major pruning is occurring:

Keeping for Weekly Viewing:

Personal Taste; Prosecutor Princess; Sunao No Narenakute - These three dramas I am obsessed about. I am not giving them up for anything.

Oh My Lady - OML is easy to keep up with since I skip all the scenes not involving the OTP or the cute kids. I am not as in love with it as I am with the three up top but it's fun.

Keeping, Maybe:

Yankee-kut to Megane-chan - subs for this are irregular so I am considering just waiting until it's done. But will see.

Dropping:

Down with Love - let's face it, I am 10 eps behind, the drama is almost done, I might as well wait until it's all done and marathon. Especially since I prefer downloadable subs to viikii ones for this so I can ff through parts that do not interest me and those subs are rather behind so it will be a while until they will be completed.

Dong Yi: - I am 6 or 8 eps behind (depending on whether you count raws or subbed). I might as well give up for now. Once the spring drama season is over, I can catch up and DY is so long that it will still be running then and once I catch up, I can just join the weekly watching again.

Cinderella Unni: I am less than 3 eps behind which is nothing but I don't want to catch up. All the main characters seem to have become permanent residents of Miseryville which wears down on one after a while. I have made a discovery that while I can watch most other genres as airing dramas, I cannot do it with melodramas. I prefer to have all my angst-emo-melo in one big, controlled by me, gulp and not in weekly dribs and drabs (see Will It Snow at Xmas, another excellent melodrama, that I tried to follow as it aired, had to give up, but really enjoyed marathonning after). So I'll catch up with CU once it's done.
dangermousie: (Chuno - bride)
Instead of catching up on my ginormous backlog, I have been rewatching parts of Personal Taste ep 10 and taking come caps. I am not even in the mood to watch anything else, no matter how good. I just want to wallow in PT.



I am obsessed with this drama. OBSESSED. It is definitely my drama of the spring season to me - by now I have achieved this absolute emotional immersion that is my goal in drama watching but doesn't happen all too often. I get incoherent, I get giddy, and rageful, and happy, and sniffly. Perfect, perfect.

Especially ep 10 which was such an emotional hothouse - yes, I love dramas because they turn me into an emotional vampire. MMMMM.

Some thoughts and caps of ep 10 )

Of course, all this rewatching forced me to confront the fact that I will never get through my backlog - i.e. there is no way I can keep up with 8 airing dramas. It's not doable, especially since Kimura's Moon Lovers (Tsuki no Koibito) starts next week and there is no way in hell I am not following that one as it airs. Nine airing dramas? No way.

So some major pruning is occurring:

Keeping for Weekly Viewing:

Personal Taste; Prosecutor Princess; Sunao No Narenakute - These three dramas I am obsessed about. I am not giving them up for anything.

Oh My Lady - OML is easy to keep up with since I skip all the scenes not involving the OTP or the cute kids. I am not as in love with it as I am with the three up top but it's fun.

Keeping, Maybe:

Yankee-kut to Megane-chan - subs for this are irregular so I am considering just waiting until it's done. But will see.

Dropping:

Down with Love - let's face it, I am 10 eps behind, the drama is almost done, I might as well wait until it's all done and marathon. Especially since I prefer downloadable subs to viikii ones for this so I can ff through parts that do not interest me and those subs are rather behind so it will be a while until they will be completed.

Dong Yi: - I am 6 or 8 eps behind (depending on whether you count raws or subbed). I might as well give up for now. Once the spring drama season is over, I can catch up and DY is so long that it will still be running then and once I catch up, I can just join the weekly watching again.

Cinderella Unni: I am less than 3 eps behind which is nothing but I don't want to catch up. All the main characters seem to have become permanent residents of Miseryville which wears down on one after a while. I have made a discovery that while I can watch most other genres as airing dramas, I cannot do it with melodramas. I prefer to have all my angst-emo-melo in one big, controlled by me, gulp and not in weekly dribs and drabs (see Will It Snow at Xmas, another excellent melodrama, that I tried to follow as it aired, had to give up, but really enjoyed marathonning after). So I'll catch up with CU once it's done.
dangermousie: (Chuno - bride)
Instead of catching up on my ginormous backlog, I have been rewatching parts of Personal Taste ep 10 and taking come caps. I am not even in the mood to watch anything else, no matter how good. I just want to wallow in PT.



I am obsessed with this drama. OBSESSED. It is definitely my drama of the spring season to me - by now I have achieved this absolute emotional immersion that is my goal in drama watching but doesn't happen all too often. I get incoherent, I get giddy, and rageful, and happy, and sniffly. Perfect, perfect.

Especially ep 10 which was such an emotional hothouse - yes, I love dramas because they turn me into an emotional vampire. MMMMM.

Some thoughts and caps of ep 10 )

Of course, all this rewatching forced me to confront the fact that I will never get through my backlog - i.e. there is no way I can keep up with 8 airing dramas. It's not doable, especially since Kimura's Moon Lovers (Tsuki no Koibito) starts next week and there is no way in hell I am not following that one as it airs. Nine airing dramas? No way.

So some major pruning is occurring:

Keeping for Weekly Viewing:

Personal Taste; Prosecutor Princess; Sunao No Narenakute - These three dramas I am obsessed about. I am not giving them up for anything.

Oh My Lady - OML is easy to keep up with since I skip all the scenes not involving the OTP or the cute kids. I am not as in love with it as I am with the three up top but it's fun.

Keeping, Maybe:

Yankee-kut to Megane-chan - subs for this are irregular so I am considering just waiting until it's done. But will see.

Dropping:

Down with Love - let's face it, I am 10 eps behind, the drama is almost done, I might as well wait until it's all done and marathon. Especially since I prefer downloadable subs to viikii ones for this so I can ff through parts that do not interest me and those subs are rather behind so it will be a while until they will be completed.

Dong Yi: - I am 6 or 8 eps behind (depending on whether you count raws or subbed). I might as well give up for now. Once the spring drama season is over, I can catch up and DY is so long that it will still be running then and once I catch up, I can just join the weekly watching again.

Cinderella Unni: I am less than 3 eps behind which is nothing but I don't want to catch up. All the main characters seem to have become permanent residents of Miseryville which wears down on one after a while. I have made a discovery that while I can watch most other genres as airing dramas, I cannot do it with melodramas. I prefer to have all my angst-emo-melo in one big, controlled by me, gulp and not in weekly dribs and drabs (see Will It Snow at Xmas, another excellent melodrama, that I tried to follow as it aired, had to give up, but really enjoyed marathonning after). So I'll catch up with CU once it's done.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
Out of all the spring dramas, Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (literally 'delinquent boy and glasses girl') is the one which probably surprised me the most.



Unlike with other Spring dramas I have checked out, I had no expectations for this one. While a very few manga adaptations are among my favorite jdramas of all time (I am looking at you, Hana Yori Dango and Sapuri), mostly, live-action takes on manga and I don't mix. Almost universally they don't work for me and the best I can hope to get is a "oh, not too painful but utterly forgetful" reaction (Yamato Nadeshiki Shichi Henge, I am looking at you!). All too often even that is too much to hope for and I end up somewhere between puzzlement and loathing.

So yes, knowing that YktMc was based on a famous manga was almost enough to make me give up right there. The sole reason I checked it out was because I really like Narimiya Hiroki (who plays the 'delinquent boy' of the title) and was curious to see how he'd do in a leading role. I have previously watched him in such supporting roles as a rape-arranging, murdering psycho in KKK2003 and a gay man hopelessly and secretly in love with his best friend in Innocent Love, so to see him as a lead, and a 'mainstream' character at that, was something I was pretty interested in. Thank you, Yankee-kun makers, for creating a role for NH where I can swoon over him guilt-free.

The set-up of YktMc is pretty straightforward. Daichi is a highschooler who is the biggest, baddest 'yankee' in school - getting into fights daily. Daichi's problem is that he really isn't a delinquent at heart - he has just been taught to never back away from a fight, and he is really good at it, so he never loses, his fame spreads, more gangs want to fight him, etc. And his troubles get worse when he gets mistaken for the infamous (and mysterious) yankee Hurricane Ada. OTOH Adachi Hana is, seemingly, polar opposite - a total do-gooder and a perennial class representative, almost frighteningly enthusiastic about school, Hana seems to have nothing in common with the school black sheep Daichi. Only she seems to leave no stone unturned to drag him into class, class activities, class interactions etc etc etc. Daichi is pretty annoyed - what does a goody-two-shoes like Hana know about his problems? Only (no surpise), there is a little more to Hana than anyone yet knows. Let's just say...she has a little Yankumi in her :P




I really really adored the first episode. Why?

1. Narimiya Hiroki. One of my big problems with many manga adaptations is that they cast teen idols who cannot act their way out of a paper bag and also look so scrawny I am distracted from their non-performance by worrying whether they will be blown away by a passing wind. Those dramas are the only time I plead for the actors to keep their shirts on. Well, NH is neither teen nor an idol and that helps tremendously. Not only does he look like he gets his 3 square meals a day, he can actually *gasp* act. There are a lot of scenes which work just because he gives them something extra. He is a much much better actor (though a much much lesser star) than these kind of dramas usually get and it shows - YktMc benefits from his presence immensely. It also helps that Daichi is just so darn likeable (he may get into fights out of feeling neglected by his family in favor of his sister, general teenage angst, and as a pure matter of pride, but he is 100% a good guy) but played less well he'd just be one-note or annoying - NH supplements the occasionally thin characterization (the bane of most manga adaptations) with his own chops and it works excellently well.



2. Heroine is awesome. Hana's not-so-secret secret identity is pretty easily guessable and it adds that extra fillip of delight. Hana is stubborn, ridiculously optimistic, committed to reforming the delinquent, fights better than a batallion, and is hiding her own less-than-law-abiding past. Sound like anyone else? Yes. She is Yankumi in high school :) Bring it on! I also like her and Daichi's chemistry - they are clearly being set up as an OTP but even if they were not, I'd enjoy watching their wacky interactions for hours.



3. This is a lot less OTT than many manga adaptations. I mean both in acting (certain broadness is to be expected in live-action manga tales, but here it's at selected moments from certain characters for comedic effect, not a constant onslaught as in some) and in story/world. Too many adaptations seem to take place in a bizarre alternate universe I cannot identify as our own (Mei-chan No Shitsuzu, I am looking at you!), give me the moral heebie-jeebies (Mei-chan again, also Kimi Wa Petto), or are generally so far-fetched, it becomes hard to suspend disbelief (Yamato Nadeshiki, even though I enjoyed it, falls squarely into that category). YktMc has certain exaggerations present in so much of shonen/shoujo manga adaptations but they are limited to fighting powers of protagonists being ratcheted up - the character's views, desires, interactions, and world all seem recognizably ours.

In short - highly recommended.

Viikii has first ep about 80% subbed. Alternatively you can wait for downloadable subs to pop up on d-addicts. TimeLesSub is doing them. Enjoy!
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
Out of all the spring dramas, Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (literally 'delinquent boy and glasses girl') is the one which probably surprised me the most.



Unlike with other Spring dramas I have checked out, I had no expectations for this one. While a very few manga adaptations are among my favorite jdramas of all time (I am looking at you, Hana Yori Dango and Sapuri), mostly, live-action takes on manga and I don't mix. Almost universally they don't work for me and the best I can hope to get is a "oh, not too painful but utterly forgetful" reaction (Yamato Nadeshiki Shichi Henge, I am looking at you!). All too often even that is too much to hope for and I end up somewhere between puzzlement and loathing.

So yes, knowing that YktMc was based on a famous manga was almost enough to make me give up right there. The sole reason I checked it out was because I really like Narimiya Hiroki (who plays the 'delinquent boy' of the title) and was curious to see how he'd do in a leading role. I have previously watched him in such supporting roles as a rape-arranging, murdering psycho in KKK2003 and a gay man hopelessly and secretly in love with his best friend in Innocent Love, so to see him as a lead, and a 'mainstream' character at that, was something I was pretty interested in. Thank you, Yankee-kun makers, for creating a role for NH where I can swoon over him guilt-free.

The set-up of YktMc is pretty straightforward. Daichi is a highschooler who is the biggest, baddest 'yankee' in school - getting into fights daily. Daichi's problem is that he really isn't a delinquent at heart - he has just been taught to never back away from a fight, and he is really good at it, so he never loses, his fame spreads, more gangs want to fight him, etc. And his troubles get worse when he gets mistaken for the infamous (and mysterious) yankee Hurricane Ada. OTOH Adachi Hana is, seemingly, polar opposite - a total do-gooder and a perennial class representative, almost frighteningly enthusiastic about school, Hana seems to have nothing in common with the school black sheep Daichi. Only she seems to leave no stone unturned to drag him into class, class activities, class interactions etc etc etc. Daichi is pretty annoyed - what does a goody-two-shoes like Hana know about his problems? Only (no surpise), there is a little more to Hana than anyone yet knows. Let's just say...she has a little Yankumi in her :P




I really really adored the first episode. Why?

1. Narimiya Hiroki. One of my big problems with many manga adaptations is that they cast teen idols who cannot act their way out of a paper bag and also look so scrawny I am distracted from their non-performance by worrying whether they will be blown away by a passing wind. Those dramas are the only time I plead for the actors to keep their shirts on. Well, NH is neither teen nor an idol and that helps tremendously. Not only does he look like he gets his 3 square meals a day, he can actually *gasp* act. There are a lot of scenes which work just because he gives them something extra. He is a much much better actor (though a much much lesser star) than these kind of dramas usually get and it shows - YktMc benefits from his presence immensely. It also helps that Daichi is just so darn likeable (he may get into fights out of feeling neglected by his family in favor of his sister, general teenage angst, and as a pure matter of pride, but he is 100% a good guy) but played less well he'd just be one-note or annoying - NH supplements the occasionally thin characterization (the bane of most manga adaptations) with his own chops and it works excellently well.



2. Heroine is awesome. Hana's not-so-secret secret identity is pretty easily guessable and it adds that extra fillip of delight. Hana is stubborn, ridiculously optimistic, committed to reforming the delinquent, fights better than a batallion, and is hiding her own less-than-law-abiding past. Sound like anyone else? Yes. She is Yankumi in high school :) Bring it on! I also like her and Daichi's chemistry - they are clearly being set up as an OTP but even if they were not, I'd enjoy watching their wacky interactions for hours.



3. This is a lot less OTT than many manga adaptations. I mean both in acting (certain broadness is to be expected in live-action manga tales, but here it's at selected moments from certain characters for comedic effect, not a constant onslaught as in some) and in story/world. Too many adaptations seem to take place in a bizarre alternate universe I cannot identify as our own (Mei-chan No Shitsuzu, I am looking at you!), give me the moral heebie-jeebies (Mei-chan again, also Kimi Wa Petto), or are generally so far-fetched, it becomes hard to suspend disbelief (Yamato Nadeshiki, even though I enjoyed it, falls squarely into that category). YktMc has certain exaggerations present in so much of shonen/shoujo manga adaptations but they are limited to fighting powers of protagonists being ratcheted up - the character's views, desires, interactions, and world all seem recognizably ours.

In short - highly recommended.

Viikii has first ep about 80% subbed. Alternatively you can wait for downloadable subs to pop up on d-addicts. TimeLesSub is doing them. Enjoy!
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
Out of all the spring dramas, Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (literally 'delinquent boy and glasses girl') is the one which probably surprised me the most.



Unlike with other Spring dramas I have checked out, I had no expectations for this one. While a very few manga adaptations are among my favorite jdramas of all time (I am looking at you, Hana Yori Dango and Sapuri), mostly, live-action takes on manga and I don't mix. Almost universally they don't work for me and the best I can hope to get is a "oh, not too painful but utterly forgetful" reaction (Yamato Nadeshiki Shichi Henge, I am looking at you!). All too often even that is too much to hope for and I end up somewhere between puzzlement and loathing.

So yes, knowing that YktMc was based on a famous manga was almost enough to make me give up right there. The sole reason I checked it out was because I really like Narimiya Hiroki (who plays the 'delinquent boy' of the title) and was curious to see how he'd do in a leading role. I have previously watched him in such supporting roles as a rape-arranging, murdering psycho in KKK2003 and a gay man hopelessly and secretly in love with his best friend in Innocent Love, so to see him as a lead, and a 'mainstream' character at that, was something I was pretty interested in. Thank you, Yankee-kun makers, for creating a role for NH where I can swoon over him guilt-free.

The set-up of YktMc is pretty straightforward. Daichi is a highschooler who is the biggest, baddest 'yankee' in school - getting into fights daily. Daichi's problem is that he really isn't a delinquent at heart - he has just been taught to never back away from a fight, and he is really good at it, so he never loses, his fame spreads, more gangs want to fight him, etc. And his troubles get worse when he gets mistaken for the infamous (and mysterious) yankee Hurricane Ada. OTOH Adachi Hana is, seemingly, polar opposite - a total do-gooder and a perennial class representative, almost frighteningly enthusiastic about school, Hana seems to have nothing in common with the school black sheep Daichi. Only she seems to leave no stone unturned to drag him into class, class activities, class interactions etc etc etc. Daichi is pretty annoyed - what does a goody-two-shoes like Hana know about his problems? Only (no surpise), there is a little more to Hana than anyone yet knows. Let's just say...she has a little Yankumi in her :P




I really really adored the first episode. Why?

1. Narimiya Hiroki. One of my big problems with many manga adaptations is that they cast teen idols who cannot act their way out of a paper bag and also look so scrawny I am distracted from their non-performance by worrying whether they will be blown away by a passing wind. Those dramas are the only time I plead for the actors to keep their shirts on. Well, NH is neither teen nor an idol and that helps tremendously. Not only does he look like he gets his 3 square meals a day, he can actually *gasp* act. There are a lot of scenes which work just because he gives them something extra. He is a much much better actor (though a much much lesser star) than these kind of dramas usually get and it shows - YktMc benefits from his presence immensely. It also helps that Daichi is just so darn likeable (he may get into fights out of feeling neglected by his family in favor of his sister, general teenage angst, and as a pure matter of pride, but he is 100% a good guy) but played less well he'd just be one-note or annoying - NH supplements the occasionally thin characterization (the bane of most manga adaptations) with his own chops and it works excellently well.



2. Heroine is awesome. Hana's not-so-secret secret identity is pretty easily guessable and it adds that extra fillip of delight. Hana is stubborn, ridiculously optimistic, committed to reforming the delinquent, fights better than a batallion, and is hiding her own less-than-law-abiding past. Sound like anyone else? Yes. She is Yankumi in high school :) Bring it on! I also like her and Daichi's chemistry - they are clearly being set up as an OTP but even if they were not, I'd enjoy watching their wacky interactions for hours.



3. This is a lot less OTT than many manga adaptations. I mean both in acting (certain broadness is to be expected in live-action manga tales, but here it's at selected moments from certain characters for comedic effect, not a constant onslaught as in some) and in story/world. Too many adaptations seem to take place in a bizarre alternate universe I cannot identify as our own (Mei-chan No Shitsuzu, I am looking at you!), give me the moral heebie-jeebies (Mei-chan again, also Kimi Wa Petto), or are generally so far-fetched, it becomes hard to suspend disbelief (Yamato Nadeshiki, even though I enjoyed it, falls squarely into that category). YktMc has certain exaggerations present in so much of shonen/shoujo manga adaptations but they are limited to fighting powers of protagonists being ratcheted up - the character's views, desires, interactions, and world all seem recognizably ours.

In short - highly recommended.

Viikii has first ep about 80% subbed. Alternatively you can wait for downloadable subs to pop up on d-addicts. TimeLesSub is doing them. Enjoy!
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: OTP by alexandral)
After a bit of past discussion about interesting v. likeable characters (I can deal with a drama that has no latter but not with a drama lacking in former), I decided to make a list of interesting/likeable characters for all the dramas I am following. Some are one but not the other, some are both.

Cinderella Unni
Likeable: Jung Woo, Daesung
Interesting: Eun Jo, Ki Hoon, Hyo Sun, Kang Sook
Irritated/Bored By: Nobody

Dong Yi
Likeable: Dong Yi, King Sukjong, Chun Soo, Heebin
Interesting: Dong Yi, King Sukjong, Chun Soo, Heebin
Irritated/Bored By: Nobody

Down With Love
Likeable: Yu Ping, Yang Guo, Yang Duo, the kids
Interesting: Yu Ping, Yang Guo, Yang Duo, the kids, Ke Zhong
Irritated/Bored By: Hui Fan, Yang Guo's father

Oh My Lady
Likeable: Gae Hwa, Min Woo, Ye Eun, Min Ji
Interesting: Gae Hwa, Min Woo, Ye Eun
Irritated/Bored By: Yoora, MW's manager, GH's ex, Director and his wife (boooooring!)

Personal Taste
Likeable: Ji Woo, Gae In
Interesting: Ji Woo, Gae In, Director
Irritated/Bored By: Orange Haired Girl, Boybander Coworker, Ex-bf, ex-friend, ex-bf's Dad. Basically anyone who is not JW or GI.

Prosecutor Princess
Likeable: Hyeri, In Woo, Se Joon, Lady Prosecutor
Interesting: Hyeri, In Woo, Se Joon, Lady Prosecutor, Jenny, Hyeri's parents
Irritated/Bored By: Nobody

Sunao No Narenakute
Likeable: Haru, Peach, Nakaji, Linda, Doctor
Interesting: Haru, Peach, Nakaji, Linda, Doctor, Nakaji's squeeze, Haru's mother, brother, and student, Doctor's sister, Linda's Boss
Irritated/Bored By: Nobody

Yankee kun to Megane chan
Likeable: Daichi, Hana
Interesting: Daichi, Hana
Bored By: Nobody
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: OTP by alexandral)
After a bit of past discussion about interesting v. likeable characters (I can deal with a drama that has no latter but not with a drama lacking in former), I decided to make a list of interesting/likeable characters for all the dramas I am following. Some are one but not the other, some are both.

Cinderella Unni
Likeable: Jung Woo, Daesung
Interesting: Eun Jo, Ki Hoon, Hyo Sun, Kang Sook
Irritated/Bored By: Nobody

Dong Yi
Likeable: Dong Yi, King Sukjong, Chun Soo, Heebin
Interesting: Dong Yi, King Sukjong, Chun Soo, Heebin
Irritated/Bored By: Nobody

Down With Love
Likeable: Yu Ping, Yang Guo, Yang Duo, the kids
Interesting: Yu Ping, Yang Guo, Yang Duo, the kids, Ke Zhong
Irritated/Bored By: Hui Fan, Yang Guo's father

Oh My Lady
Likeable: Gae Hwa, Min Woo, Ye Eun, Min Ji
Interesting: Gae Hwa, Min Woo, Ye Eun
Irritated/Bored By: Yoora, MW's manager, GH's ex, Director and his wife (boooooring!)

Personal Taste
Likeable: Ji Woo, Gae In
Interesting: Ji Woo, Gae In, Director
Irritated/Bored By: Orange Haired Girl, Boybander Coworker, Ex-bf, ex-friend, ex-bf's Dad. Basically anyone who is not JW or GI.

Prosecutor Princess
Likeable: Hyeri, In Woo, Se Joon, Lady Prosecutor
Interesting: Hyeri, In Woo, Se Joon, Lady Prosecutor, Jenny, Hyeri's parents
Irritated/Bored By: Nobody

Sunao No Narenakute
Likeable: Haru, Peach, Nakaji, Linda, Doctor
Interesting: Haru, Peach, Nakaji, Linda, Doctor, Nakaji's squeeze, Haru's mother, brother, and student, Doctor's sister, Linda's Boss
Irritated/Bored By: Nobody

Yankee kun to Megane chan
Likeable: Daichi, Hana
Interesting: Daichi, Hana
Bored By: Nobody
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: OTP by alexandral)
After a bit of past discussion about interesting v. likeable characters (I can deal with a drama that has no latter but not with a drama lacking in former), I decided to make a list of interesting/likeable characters for all the dramas I am following. Some are one but not the other, some are both.

Cinderella Unni
Likeable: Jung Woo, Daesung
Interesting: Eun Jo, Ki Hoon, Hyo Sun, Kang Sook
Irritated/Bored By: Nobody

Dong Yi
Likeable: Dong Yi, King Sukjong, Chun Soo, Heebin
Interesting: Dong Yi, King Sukjong, Chun Soo, Heebin
Irritated/Bored By: Nobody

Down With Love
Likeable: Yu Ping, Yang Guo, Yang Duo, the kids
Interesting: Yu Ping, Yang Guo, Yang Duo, the kids, Ke Zhong
Irritated/Bored By: Hui Fan, Yang Guo's father

Oh My Lady
Likeable: Gae Hwa, Min Woo, Ye Eun, Min Ji
Interesting: Gae Hwa, Min Woo, Ye Eun
Irritated/Bored By: Yoora, MW's manager, GH's ex, Director and his wife (boooooring!)

Personal Taste
Likeable: Ji Woo, Gae In
Interesting: Ji Woo, Gae In, Director
Irritated/Bored By: Orange Haired Girl, Boybander Coworker, Ex-bf, ex-friend, ex-bf's Dad. Basically anyone who is not JW or GI.

Prosecutor Princess
Likeable: Hyeri, In Woo, Se Joon, Lady Prosecutor
Interesting: Hyeri, In Woo, Se Joon, Lady Prosecutor, Jenny, Hyeri's parents
Irritated/Bored By: Nobody

Sunao No Narenakute
Likeable: Haru, Peach, Nakaji, Linda, Doctor
Interesting: Haru, Peach, Nakaji, Linda, Doctor, Nakaji's squeeze, Haru's mother, brother, and student, Doctor's sister, Linda's Boss
Irritated/Bored By: Nobody

Yankee kun to Megane chan
Likeable: Daichi, Hana
Interesting: Daichi, Hana
Bored By: Nobody
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - tongue by topazera)
You guys, I am so in love with Sunao ni Narenakute - I have finished the episode and if it keeps this up, it's going on my all-time favorites list. I am more of a kdrama girl than a jdrama one, but almost nothing can compare with a jdrama done right.

Before a few comments on second half of first ep (behind cut), I just want to point out that at least two of the five main characters would have legal recourse out of their horrible situations if they were in the United States.

Poor Seonsu. I wanted to go in there and shred that horrible person's face. What kind of boss pours a cup of water on his employee's head and belittles and insults him in front of everyone? This is a textbook case of workplace harassment and racial discrimination as Seonsu is Korean. Hello, lawsuit in the US! He'd win pretty easily, too.



And speaking of textbook, hello Kaoru's situation! This is like an example from a lawbook of what sexual harassment looks like! When your boss tells you she will fire you or demote you if you don't become her boytoy? Case over - though he should probably get some incriminating emails first.



Not to mention Hikaru's situation with her lousy boyfriend refusing to return her calls now that she may be pregnant. She should sue him for child support if she is :)

OK, this drama is making me lawsuit-happy, but seriously, I was watching this and going - GET A LAWYER, LADY AND GENTS! :P

But sadly they live in Japan.

More caps and thoughts of non-litigious nature )

Now that I've checked out all the Spring dramas I planned to except for Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (because I am shallow and will give anything with Narimiya Hiroki at least a staring chance), I have a ranking.

But first a Yankee-kun trailer (it's a drama, I believe based on a manga I read and liked) about a formerly good student who became a delinquent (NH) and a former delinquent and now class president who decides to straighten him out.



Shiiiiip!

Now back to the rankings. I think my ranking in order of preference is:

1. Sunao ni Narenakute
2. Prosecutor Princess - it's fluffy and hilarious and romantic and emo and has a little mystery and I just adore it to ridiculous bits, even more than Cinderella Unni (blasphemy, I know!)
3. Cinderella Unni - excellent drama but it's so emo and everyone is so miserable, I may be putting it on hiatus for a few weeks. It's spring out and also there are stressful things in my own life going on, so I want something more mellow and less melo to buck me up.
4. Oh My Lady - not a masterpiece but I have silly fun watching it
5. Personal Taste - after a rough first 4 eps, gotten better and is pretty enjoyable now, with a bit of judicious fast-forwarding.
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - tongue by topazera)
You guys, I am so in love with Sunao ni Narenakute - I have finished the episode and if it keeps this up, it's going on my all-time favorites list. I am more of a kdrama girl than a jdrama one, but almost nothing can compare with a jdrama done right.

Before a few comments on second half of first ep (behind cut), I just want to point out that at least two of the five main characters would have legal recourse out of their horrible situations if they were in the United States.

Poor Seonsu. I wanted to go in there and shred that horrible person's face. What kind of boss pours a cup of water on his employee's head and belittles and insults him in front of everyone? This is a textbook case of workplace harassment and racial discrimination as Seonsu is Korean. Hello, lawsuit in the US! He'd win pretty easily, too.



And speaking of textbook, hello Kaoru's situation! This is like an example from a lawbook of what sexual harassment looks like! When your boss tells you she will fire you or demote you if you don't become her boytoy? Case over - though he should probably get some incriminating emails first.



Not to mention Hikaru's situation with her lousy boyfriend refusing to return her calls now that she may be pregnant. She should sue him for child support if she is :)

OK, this drama is making me lawsuit-happy, but seriously, I was watching this and going - GET A LAWYER, LADY AND GENTS! :P

But sadly they live in Japan.

More caps and thoughts of non-litigious nature )

Now that I've checked out all the Spring dramas I planned to except for Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (because I am shallow and will give anything with Narimiya Hiroki at least a staring chance), I have a ranking.

But first a Yankee-kun trailer (it's a drama, I believe based on a manga I read and liked) about a formerly good student who became a delinquent (NH) and a former delinquent and now class president who decides to straighten him out.



Shiiiiip!

Now back to the rankings. I think my ranking in order of preference is:

1. Sunao ni Narenakute
2. Prosecutor Princess - it's fluffy and hilarious and romantic and emo and has a little mystery and I just adore it to ridiculous bits, even more than Cinderella Unni (blasphemy, I know!)
3. Cinderella Unni - excellent drama but it's so emo and everyone is so miserable, I may be putting it on hiatus for a few weeks. It's spring out and also there are stressful things in my own life going on, so I want something more mellow and less melo to buck me up.
4. Oh My Lady - not a masterpiece but I have silly fun watching it
5. Personal Taste - after a rough first 4 eps, gotten better and is pretty enjoyable now, with a bit of judicious fast-forwarding.
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - tongue by topazera)
You guys, I am so in love with Sunao ni Narenakute - I have finished the episode and if it keeps this up, it's going on my all-time favorites list. I am more of a kdrama girl than a jdrama one, but almost nothing can compare with a jdrama done right.

Before a few comments on second half of first ep (behind cut), I just want to point out that at least two of the five main characters would have legal recourse out of their horrible situations if they were in the United States.

Poor Seonsu. I wanted to go in there and shred that horrible person's face. What kind of boss pours a cup of water on his employee's head and belittles and insults him in front of everyone? This is a textbook case of workplace harassment and racial discrimination as Seonsu is Korean. Hello, lawsuit in the US! He'd win pretty easily, too.



And speaking of textbook, hello Kaoru's situation! This is like an example from a lawbook of what sexual harassment looks like! When your boss tells you she will fire you or demote you if you don't become her boytoy? Case over - though he should probably get some incriminating emails first.



Not to mention Hikaru's situation with her lousy boyfriend refusing to return her calls now that she may be pregnant. She should sue him for child support if she is :)

OK, this drama is making me lawsuit-happy, but seriously, I was watching this and going - GET A LAWYER, LADY AND GENTS! :P

But sadly they live in Japan.

More caps and thoughts of non-litigious nature )

Now that I've checked out all the Spring dramas I planned to except for Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (because I am shallow and will give anything with Narimiya Hiroki at least a staring chance), I have a ranking.

But first a Yankee-kun trailer (it's a drama, I believe based on a manga I read and liked) about a formerly good student who became a delinquent (NH) and a former delinquent and now class president who decides to straighten him out.



Shiiiiip!

Now back to the rankings. I think my ranking in order of preference is:

1. Sunao ni Narenakute
2. Prosecutor Princess - it's fluffy and hilarious and romantic and emo and has a little mystery and I just adore it to ridiculous bits, even more than Cinderella Unni (blasphemy, I know!)
3. Cinderella Unni - excellent drama but it's so emo and everyone is so miserable, I may be putting it on hiatus for a few weeks. It's spring out and also there are stressful things in my own life going on, so I want something more mellow and less melo to buck me up.
4. Oh My Lady - not a masterpiece but I have silly fun watching it
5. Personal Taste - after a rough first 4 eps, gotten better and is pretty enjoyable now, with a bit of judicious fast-forwarding.

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