dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)


I've been watching Yoshitsune for a while. I've posted about it way back when I started it, but yes, I've been watching it on and off since. Mainly because while yes, the story is very cool (rebels! brothers fighting to the death! beautiful dancer devoted to the hero! Takizawa Hideaki shirtless and with long hair!), it's also a taiga drama, which means it's 49 episodes long, and has a lot (and I mean A LOT) men with odd hats and varying amounts of facial hair discussing the inns-and-outs of Japanese politics. That gets a bit tiring in too many doses.

But anyway, ostensibly Yoshitsune is a detailed retelling of the story of the famous warrior and hero who helped win the Genpei war and establish his older brother as the founder of the Kamakura shogunate. Unluckily for Yoshitsune, his older brother was not keen on having a famous, powerful, and idolized younger sibling, and ended up hunting Yoshitsune down. Pretty nifty story, right?

But I am afraid I am watching this drama for several very specific things only:

* Takizawa Hideaki with long hair, sword, armor, and angst (and he has plenty to angst about: his father figure killed his real father, his brother turns against him, the woman he loves gets kidnapped, all his friends and followers get killed, and oh yeah, he gets betrayed and defeated). Life sucks if you are Yoshitsune, but luckily for us, Takki angsts beautifully. I have always found him one of the most gorgeous jdrama guys, but here he is pretty smoking, especially when he angstily washes himself with greats gobs of water.

* Swordfights. They are pretty great.

* Yoshitsune and Shizuka's (his OTP) parting in the snow. There snow hats, burning stares, flute-sharing, and voiceover which informs those of us who are not already versed with the legend that this was their last meeting ever.

And this brings me to my favorite thing about Yoshitsune: Shizuka's dance. I knew of it (I read up on the history/legends beforehand) and I spent most of the drama waiting for it. Because this is basically the most badass heroine thing I have seen in a very very long time and it makes me glee and want to give her a medal. She is captured by Yoshitsune's evil (and unattractive) older brother, and after trying in vain to get her to reveal her lover's position with her all defiant, he finds out she is pregnant and orders the child to be killed if it's a boy, which it is. (For the rest of the drama, whenever he or his wife appeared on screen I was yelling 'Babykiller' at them, so it's a good thing nobody else was home). Then he decides to have a bit of entertainment. Since Shizuka was a famous temple dancer, why not have her perform for the entertainment of himself and his court. I mean, she can help him relax from the strenuous duties of killing her baby and hunting the man she loves.

Well, Shizuka does dance in front of the court, singing all about Yoshitsune's awesomeness. In your face, evil shogun! You go, awesome girl!

Screencaps of the scene of pure awesomeness )

So yes, my main reason for watching (in addition to the above defiance stuff) is basically this:



I found a board where people were complaining about pretty pretty cast. Clearly, taiga lovers and I are very different demographics. Pretty pretty people were the only reason I picked something 49 episodes long and with funny hats. Otherwise, I'd just reread the translation of the Chronicle of Yoshitsune I bought some time ago. I am in this purely for the visuals, and I don't mean the court robes.

Unfortunately Yoshitsune never got quite to the below state of ogleable undress.



How very sad.
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)


I've been watching Yoshitsune for a while. I've posted about it way back when I started it, but yes, I've been watching it on and off since. Mainly because while yes, the story is very cool (rebels! brothers fighting to the death! beautiful dancer devoted to the hero! Takizawa Hideaki shirtless and with long hair!), it's also a taiga drama, which means it's 49 episodes long, and has a lot (and I mean A LOT) men with odd hats and varying amounts of facial hair discussing the inns-and-outs of Japanese politics. That gets a bit tiring in too many doses.

But anyway, ostensibly Yoshitsune is a detailed retelling of the story of the famous warrior and hero who helped win the Genpei war and establish his older brother as the founder of the Kamakura shogunate. Unluckily for Yoshitsune, his older brother was not keen on having a famous, powerful, and idolized younger sibling, and ended up hunting Yoshitsune down. Pretty nifty story, right?

But I am afraid I am watching this drama for several very specific things only:

* Takizawa Hideaki with long hair, sword, armor, and angst (and he has plenty to angst about: his father figure killed his real father, his brother turns against him, the woman he loves gets kidnapped, all his friends and followers get killed, and oh yeah, he gets betrayed and defeated). Life sucks if you are Yoshitsune, but luckily for us, Takki angsts beautifully. I have always found him one of the most gorgeous jdrama guys, but here he is pretty smoking, especially when he angstily washes himself with greats gobs of water.

* Swordfights. They are pretty great.

* Yoshitsune and Shizuka's (his OTP) parting in the snow. There snow hats, burning stares, flute-sharing, and voiceover which informs those of us who are not already versed with the legend that this was their last meeting ever.

And this brings me to my favorite thing about Yoshitsune: Shizuka's dance. I knew of it (I read up on the history/legends beforehand) and I spent most of the drama waiting for it. Because this is basically the most badass heroine thing I have seen in a very very long time and it makes me glee and want to give her a medal. She is captured by Yoshitsune's evil (and unattractive) older brother, and after trying in vain to get her to reveal her lover's position with her all defiant, he finds out she is pregnant and orders the child to be killed if it's a boy, which it is. (For the rest of the drama, whenever he or his wife appeared on screen I was yelling 'Babykiller' at them, so it's a good thing nobody else was home). Then he decides to have a bit of entertainment. Since Shizuka was a famous temple dancer, why not have her perform for the entertainment of himself and his court. I mean, she can help him relax from the strenuous duties of killing her baby and hunting the man she loves.

Well, Shizuka does dance in front of the court, singing all about Yoshitsune's awesomeness. In your face, evil shogun! You go, awesome girl!

Screencaps of the scene of pure awesomeness )

So yes, my main reason for watching (in addition to the above defiance stuff) is basically this:



I found a board where people were complaining about pretty pretty cast. Clearly, taiga lovers and I are very different demographics. Pretty pretty people were the only reason I picked something 49 episodes long and with funny hats. Otherwise, I'd just reread the translation of the Chronicle of Yoshitsune I bought some time ago. I am in this purely for the visuals, and I don't mean the court robes.

Unfortunately Yoshitsune never got quite to the below state of ogleable undress.



How very sad.
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)


I've been watching Yoshitsune for a while. I've posted about it way back when I started it, but yes, I've been watching it on and off since. Mainly because while yes, the story is very cool (rebels! brothers fighting to the death! beautiful dancer devoted to the hero! Takizawa Hideaki shirtless and with long hair!), it's also a taiga drama, which means it's 49 episodes long, and has a lot (and I mean A LOT) men with odd hats and varying amounts of facial hair discussing the inns-and-outs of Japanese politics. That gets a bit tiring in too many doses.

But anyway, ostensibly Yoshitsune is a detailed retelling of the story of the famous warrior and hero who helped win the Genpei war and establish his older brother as the founder of the Kamakura shogunate. Unluckily for Yoshitsune, his older brother was not keen on having a famous, powerful, and idolized younger sibling, and ended up hunting Yoshitsune down. Pretty nifty story, right?

But I am afraid I am watching this drama for several very specific things only:

* Takizawa Hideaki with long hair, sword, armor, and angst (and he has plenty to angst about: his father figure killed his real father, his brother turns against him, the woman he loves gets kidnapped, all his friends and followers get killed, and oh yeah, he gets betrayed and defeated). Life sucks if you are Yoshitsune, but luckily for us, Takki angsts beautifully. I have always found him one of the most gorgeous jdrama guys, but here he is pretty smoking, especially when he angstily washes himself with greats gobs of water.

* Swordfights. They are pretty great.

* Yoshitsune and Shizuka's (his OTP) parting in the snow. There snow hats, burning stares, flute-sharing, and voiceover which informs those of us who are not already versed with the legend that this was their last meeting ever.

And this brings me to my favorite thing about Yoshitsune: Shizuka's dance. I knew of it (I read up on the history/legends beforehand) and I spent most of the drama waiting for it. Because this is basically the most badass heroine thing I have seen in a very very long time and it makes me glee and want to give her a medal. She is captured by Yoshitsune's evil (and unattractive) older brother, and after trying in vain to get her to reveal her lover's position with her all defiant, he finds out she is pregnant and orders the child to be killed if it's a boy, which it is. (For the rest of the drama, whenever he or his wife appeared on screen I was yelling 'Babykiller' at them, so it's a good thing nobody else was home). Then he decides to have a bit of entertainment. Since Shizuka was a famous temple dancer, why not have her perform for the entertainment of himself and his court. I mean, she can help him relax from the strenuous duties of killing her baby and hunting the man she loves.

Well, Shizuka does dance in front of the court, singing all about Yoshitsune's awesomeness. In your face, evil shogun! You go, awesome girl!

Screencaps of the scene of pure awesomeness )

So yes, my main reason for watching (in addition to the above defiance stuff) is basically this:



I found a board where people were complaining about pretty pretty cast. Clearly, taiga lovers and I are very different demographics. Pretty pretty people were the only reason I picked something 49 episodes long and with funny hats. Otherwise, I'd just reread the translation of the Chronicle of Yoshitsune I bought some time ago. I am in this purely for the visuals, and I don't mean the court robes.

Unfortunately Yoshitsune never got quite to the below state of ogleable undress.



How very sad.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
So: weekend drama tally.

1. I have finished Romantic Princess, the twdrama from last year. I think I could feel my brain dying. The drama design was very cute (almost as cute as Wu Zun) but OMG...the stupid. It burns. I think my problem with RP was that in any good drama (or what I consider good drama, I realize everybody has subjective differences in opinion) no matter how improbable the situation, the emotional response of characters to these situations rings true, and the characters themselves come across as consistent, believable people. In RP, the reactions lacked any depth and emotion and the characters were not people, but a collection of superficial traits stuck on good-looking dolls. They did not feel real.

2. I have also finished Hotaru No Hikari, which was just as awesome as it started being as. I don't feel like metaing about it, but it was wonderful and highly recommended. Ayase Haruka was great and so was Fujiki Naohito (*sigh*). I am such a sucker for friends who fall in love. And oh, the ending was the funniest, most adorable thing. I also liked the secondary characters and that Makoto was a sweet, if incompatible guy, not a villain.

Hmmm, seeing that I adored Sapuri, and thought HnH was great, and even KwP ended up working for me, once I realized what it was and what it wasn't, I suppose I can't claim any more that I don't like office dramas :)

3. Zettai Kareshi, first episode. OMG.



So much LOVE.

The story revolves around Riko, a sweet, oldfashioned, and unlucky in love office worker employed by a cake company. One day, through various circumstances, she ends up, without realizing it, purchasing a 'robot,' whom she names Night Tenjo. Night has been programmed to be the perfect boyfriend (of course), but can Riko have feelings for a thing? Can a thing actually have feelings? Oh, and how about Soshi, her senior at the company, who might actually be the real, flesh-and-blood guy she is looking for?

First ep was a total delight. If this keeps up, this might end up a favorite.

I adore the manga this is based on (am a Watase fangirl in general) but, oddly, didn't mind any of the changes. In a way, this is like Hana Yori Dango adaptation: they take the gist of the story and the situation and rearrange it into something same yet different.

I have not seen any of the three actors in anything else (except for Soshi who was Nanba-Senpai in Hana Kimi, but I exited that show really hastily, and he left no impression on me), but I adore them here. Aibu Saki is awkwardly adorable as Riko. You could see both her cookiness and her vulnerability and I just want to squish her. Hayami Mokomichi as Night is spot-on with his slightly robotic and stiff movements and expression. He is 'human' and yet he is 'off' somehow, too. Oh, and Night is just as much a darling in the live-action as he was in the manga. So sweet and stupid :P But, also developing feelings on his own. And I really loved the little subversive point in the manga which is kept in the drama: of course you can have the perfect shoujo boyfriend who will be tall and handsome and utterly devoted: he is programmed to be! In RL, perfection does not really exist.

I have seen Mizushima Hiro in Hana Kimi, but I disliked that drama and never got much into it. He is awesome here, as (in the biggest change from the manga) the playboyish but kind Soshi. I am swooning for him.

And speaking of...Such a pretty drama!

Screencaps galore )

Now they are adapting Zettai Kareshi, I think they should adopt Ayashi No Ceres (if Takeshi Kaneshiro was a decade younger, he is the picture-perfect Toya), or if that is too weird for TV, Fushigi Yuugi. Takizawa Hideaki was born to play Tamahome.

4. Neither of these being available, and with my craving for jdramas (I go through stages of kdrama-heavy watching, jdrama heavy watching etc), I started the excellent (so far) Aishiteiru to Itte Kure, a 1995 drama with Toyokawa Etsushi and Tokiwa Takako. She is an aspiring actress, he is a painter deaf since childhood.

Here is a MV for it:



It's excellent so far, and both leads are pitch-perfect. I have a problematic relationship with some older dramas (even Long Vacation didn't work for me) but this is excellent.

Though I might alternate between this and Yoshitsune. Takizawa Hideaki with a sword! I think [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore is the only one who've seen it on my flist. Do they do Shizuka's dance in the drama? I always loved that part of the story.

Short Yoshitsune MV )

I think I just might finish this first, after all.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
So: weekend drama tally.

1. I have finished Romantic Princess, the twdrama from last year. I think I could feel my brain dying. The drama design was very cute (almost as cute as Wu Zun) but OMG...the stupid. It burns. I think my problem with RP was that in any good drama (or what I consider good drama, I realize everybody has subjective differences in opinion) no matter how improbable the situation, the emotional response of characters to these situations rings true, and the characters themselves come across as consistent, believable people. In RP, the reactions lacked any depth and emotion and the characters were not people, but a collection of superficial traits stuck on good-looking dolls. They did not feel real.

2. I have also finished Hotaru No Hikari, which was just as awesome as it started being as. I don't feel like metaing about it, but it was wonderful and highly recommended. Ayase Haruka was great and so was Fujiki Naohito (*sigh*). I am such a sucker for friends who fall in love. And oh, the ending was the funniest, most adorable thing. I also liked the secondary characters and that Makoto was a sweet, if incompatible guy, not a villain.

Hmmm, seeing that I adored Sapuri, and thought HnH was great, and even KwP ended up working for me, once I realized what it was and what it wasn't, I suppose I can't claim any more that I don't like office dramas :)

3. Zettai Kareshi, first episode. OMG.



So much LOVE.

The story revolves around Riko, a sweet, oldfashioned, and unlucky in love office worker employed by a cake company. One day, through various circumstances, she ends up, without realizing it, purchasing a 'robot,' whom she names Night Tenjo. Night has been programmed to be the perfect boyfriend (of course), but can Riko have feelings for a thing? Can a thing actually have feelings? Oh, and how about Soshi, her senior at the company, who might actually be the real, flesh-and-blood guy she is looking for?

First ep was a total delight. If this keeps up, this might end up a favorite.

I adore the manga this is based on (am a Watase fangirl in general) but, oddly, didn't mind any of the changes. In a way, this is like Hana Yori Dango adaptation: they take the gist of the story and the situation and rearrange it into something same yet different.

I have not seen any of the three actors in anything else (except for Soshi who was Nanba-Senpai in Hana Kimi, but I exited that show really hastily, and he left no impression on me), but I adore them here. Aibu Saki is awkwardly adorable as Riko. You could see both her cookiness and her vulnerability and I just want to squish her. Hayami Mokomichi as Night is spot-on with his slightly robotic and stiff movements and expression. He is 'human' and yet he is 'off' somehow, too. Oh, and Night is just as much a darling in the live-action as he was in the manga. So sweet and stupid :P But, also developing feelings on his own. And I really loved the little subversive point in the manga which is kept in the drama: of course you can have the perfect shoujo boyfriend who will be tall and handsome and utterly devoted: he is programmed to be! In RL, perfection does not really exist.

I have seen Mizushima Hiro in Hana Kimi, but I disliked that drama and never got much into it. He is awesome here, as (in the biggest change from the manga) the playboyish but kind Soshi. I am swooning for him.

And speaking of...Such a pretty drama!

Screencaps galore )

Now they are adapting Zettai Kareshi, I think they should adopt Ayashi No Ceres (if Takeshi Kaneshiro was a decade younger, he is the picture-perfect Toya), or if that is too weird for TV, Fushigi Yuugi. Takizawa Hideaki was born to play Tamahome.

4. Neither of these being available, and with my craving for jdramas (I go through stages of kdrama-heavy watching, jdrama heavy watching etc), I started the excellent (so far) Aishiteiru to Itte Kure, a 1995 drama with Toyokawa Etsushi and Tokiwa Takako. She is an aspiring actress, he is a painter deaf since childhood.

Here is a MV for it:



It's excellent so far, and both leads are pitch-perfect. I have a problematic relationship with some older dramas (even Long Vacation didn't work for me) but this is excellent.

Though I might alternate between this and Yoshitsune. Takizawa Hideaki with a sword! I think [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore is the only one who've seen it on my flist. Do they do Shizuka's dance in the drama? I always loved that part of the story.

Short Yoshitsune MV )

I think I just might finish this first, after all.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
So: weekend drama tally.

1. I have finished Romantic Princess, the twdrama from last year. I think I could feel my brain dying. The drama design was very cute (almost as cute as Wu Zun) but OMG...the stupid. It burns. I think my problem with RP was that in any good drama (or what I consider good drama, I realize everybody has subjective differences in opinion) no matter how improbable the situation, the emotional response of characters to these situations rings true, and the characters themselves come across as consistent, believable people. In RP, the reactions lacked any depth and emotion and the characters were not people, but a collection of superficial traits stuck on good-looking dolls. They did not feel real.

2. I have also finished Hotaru No Hikari, which was just as awesome as it started being as. I don't feel like metaing about it, but it was wonderful and highly recommended. Ayase Haruka was great and so was Fujiki Naohito (*sigh*). I am such a sucker for friends who fall in love. And oh, the ending was the funniest, most adorable thing. I also liked the secondary characters and that Makoto was a sweet, if incompatible guy, not a villain.

Hmmm, seeing that I adored Sapuri, and thought HnH was great, and even KwP ended up working for me, once I realized what it was and what it wasn't, I suppose I can't claim any more that I don't like office dramas :)

3. Zettai Kareshi, first episode. OMG.



So much LOVE.

The story revolves around Riko, a sweet, oldfashioned, and unlucky in love office worker employed by a cake company. One day, through various circumstances, she ends up, without realizing it, purchasing a 'robot,' whom she names Night Tenjo. Night has been programmed to be the perfect boyfriend (of course), but can Riko have feelings for a thing? Can a thing actually have feelings? Oh, and how about Soshi, her senior at the company, who might actually be the real, flesh-and-blood guy she is looking for?

First ep was a total delight. If this keeps up, this might end up a favorite.

I adore the manga this is based on (am a Watase fangirl in general) but, oddly, didn't mind any of the changes. In a way, this is like Hana Yori Dango adaptation: they take the gist of the story and the situation and rearrange it into something same yet different.

I have not seen any of the three actors in anything else (except for Soshi who was Nanba-Senpai in Hana Kimi, but I exited that show really hastily, and he left no impression on me), but I adore them here. Aibu Saki is awkwardly adorable as Riko. You could see both her cookiness and her vulnerability and I just want to squish her. Hayami Mokomichi as Night is spot-on with his slightly robotic and stiff movements and expression. He is 'human' and yet he is 'off' somehow, too. Oh, and Night is just as much a darling in the live-action as he was in the manga. So sweet and stupid :P But, also developing feelings on his own. And I really loved the little subversive point in the manga which is kept in the drama: of course you can have the perfect shoujo boyfriend who will be tall and handsome and utterly devoted: he is programmed to be! In RL, perfection does not really exist.

I have seen Mizushima Hiro in Hana Kimi, but I disliked that drama and never got much into it. He is awesome here, as (in the biggest change from the manga) the playboyish but kind Soshi. I am swooning for him.

And speaking of...Such a pretty drama!

Screencaps galore )

Now they are adapting Zettai Kareshi, I think they should adopt Ayashi No Ceres (if Takeshi Kaneshiro was a decade younger, he is the picture-perfect Toya), or if that is too weird for TV, Fushigi Yuugi. Takizawa Hideaki was born to play Tamahome.

4. Neither of these being available, and with my craving for jdramas (I go through stages of kdrama-heavy watching, jdrama heavy watching etc), I started the excellent (so far) Aishiteiru to Itte Kure, a 1995 drama with Toyokawa Etsushi and Tokiwa Takako. She is an aspiring actress, he is a painter deaf since childhood.

Here is a MV for it:



It's excellent so far, and both leads are pitch-perfect. I have a problematic relationship with some older dramas (even Long Vacation didn't work for me) but this is excellent.

Though I might alternate between this and Yoshitsune. Takizawa Hideaki with a sword! I think [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore is the only one who've seen it on my flist. Do they do Shizuka's dance in the drama? I always loved that part of the story.

Short Yoshitsune MV )

I think I just might finish this first, after all.
dangermousie: (KimuTaku: by scottishlass)
OMG. Is Million Stars Falling From The Sky the 'cest drama?

Because I found the MV for it and it looks SO GOOD.

OMG.

Must watch.

MUST.

(warning: this MV is spoilery. The one behind the cut is not)



Another MV for it )


You know, it's weird, but somehow it's always an almost physical shock, how mesmerizing KimuTaku is. It's just...

GUH.

And on that note, here is a MV or two for Pride, my favorite jdrama (and my second fave drama ever).

MV or two here )

I am finishing A Beautiful Life tomorrow. I think I got enough nerve. I think I am going on a jdrama binge actually.

BINGE, I tell you. On short list (other than finishing ABL and Brand and watching AMSFFTS): Karei-Naru Ichizoku, Sapuri, Proposal Daisakusen (yup not done), Love Generation, Orange Days, Yositsune, Strawberry on Shortcake, Long Love Letter.
dangermousie: (KimuTaku: by scottishlass)
OMG. Is Million Stars Falling From The Sky the 'cest drama?

Because I found the MV for it and it looks SO GOOD.

OMG.

Must watch.

MUST.

(warning: this MV is spoilery. The one behind the cut is not)



Another MV for it )


You know, it's weird, but somehow it's always an almost physical shock, how mesmerizing KimuTaku is. It's just...

GUH.

And on that note, here is a MV or two for Pride, my favorite jdrama (and my second fave drama ever).

MV or two here )

I am finishing A Beautiful Life tomorrow. I think I got enough nerve. I think I am going on a jdrama binge actually.

BINGE, I tell you. On short list (other than finishing ABL and Brand and watching AMSFFTS): Karei-Naru Ichizoku, Sapuri, Proposal Daisakusen (yup not done), Love Generation, Orange Days, Yositsune, Strawberry on Shortcake, Long Love Letter.
dangermousie: (KimuTaku: by scottishlass)
OMG. Is Million Stars Falling From The Sky the 'cest drama?

Because I found the MV for it and it looks SO GOOD.

OMG.

Must watch.

MUST.

(warning: this MV is spoilery. The one behind the cut is not)



Another MV for it )


You know, it's weird, but somehow it's always an almost physical shock, how mesmerizing KimuTaku is. It's just...

GUH.

And on that note, here is a MV or two for Pride, my favorite jdrama (and my second fave drama ever).

MV or two here )

I am finishing A Beautiful Life tomorrow. I think I got enough nerve. I think I am going on a jdrama binge actually.

BINGE, I tell you. On short list (other than finishing ABL and Brand and watching AMSFFTS): Karei-Naru Ichizoku, Sapuri, Proposal Daisakusen (yup not done), Love Generation, Orange Days, Yositsune, Strawberry on Shortcake, Long Love Letter.
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince hug by alexandral)
With everything else, I did manage to get some drama viewing in. YES. It pays to be an insomniac.

Finished Loveholic and Taiyou No Kisetsu finally. Loveholic required a lot of ffing on my part. Ultimately, it was an OK drama, but I adored eps 1-5 and then it somehow all dissipated. The pace slowed from scamper to a crawl, and the story tropes shifted. Oh well. It was still worth it to see the incredible hotness of Kang Ta. TnK was likewise a flawed drama with some excellent moments. Surprisingly, I was happy with the ending. Takki's character deserved to lose something crucial to him, after making others suffer. I have to admit his friend and OTP were a lot more forgiving than I would have been. Kudos to him for playing an unsympathetic character through. I ended up liking Shinji the best. He really was a nice guy. Also, anyone who's seen it: did Yuki (the girl who Takki seduced, Shinji's fiancee) ended up going insane and Shinji is visiting her in an institution at the end?

I also watched more of Yoshitsune which I really like. The child!Yoshitsune is not only adorable, he really looks like he could be mini Takki. Good casting job. I also adore Yoshitsune Mama. It takes nerve to show up at the stronghold of the man who killed your bf and is the top enemy of the clan to which your three kids with bf belong, and ask for their lives. And to be willing to offer herself to him as a mistress (the man who killed your OTP!) in exchange without flinching. She is made of STEEL. Yoshitsune!Papa we didn't get to know much, but from what we saw, he was sword-loving and hot. So plusses there, too.

But anyway, this is not what the post is about. This is a picspam of the promised manpain of awesomeness from Time between Dog and Wolf. Lee Jun Ki in all his angsty glory.



Ginormous picspam here )
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince hug by alexandral)
With everything else, I did manage to get some drama viewing in. YES. It pays to be an insomniac.

Finished Loveholic and Taiyou No Kisetsu finally. Loveholic required a lot of ffing on my part. Ultimately, it was an OK drama, but I adored eps 1-5 and then it somehow all dissipated. The pace slowed from scamper to a crawl, and the story tropes shifted. Oh well. It was still worth it to see the incredible hotness of Kang Ta. TnK was likewise a flawed drama with some excellent moments. Surprisingly, I was happy with the ending. Takki's character deserved to lose something crucial to him, after making others suffer. I have to admit his friend and OTP were a lot more forgiving than I would have been. Kudos to him for playing an unsympathetic character through. I ended up liking Shinji the best. He really was a nice guy. Also, anyone who's seen it: did Yuki (the girl who Takki seduced, Shinji's fiancee) ended up going insane and Shinji is visiting her in an institution at the end?

I also watched more of Yoshitsune which I really like. The child!Yoshitsune is not only adorable, he really looks like he could be mini Takki. Good casting job. I also adore Yoshitsune Mama. It takes nerve to show up at the stronghold of the man who killed your bf and is the top enemy of the clan to which your three kids with bf belong, and ask for their lives. And to be willing to offer herself to him as a mistress (the man who killed your OTP!) in exchange without flinching. She is made of STEEL. Yoshitsune!Papa we didn't get to know much, but from what we saw, he was sword-loving and hot. So plusses there, too.

But anyway, this is not what the post is about. This is a picspam of the promised manpain of awesomeness from Time between Dog and Wolf. Lee Jun Ki in all his angsty glory.



Ginormous picspam here )
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince hug by alexandral)
With everything else, I did manage to get some drama viewing in. YES. It pays to be an insomniac.

Finished Loveholic and Taiyou No Kisetsu finally. Loveholic required a lot of ffing on my part. Ultimately, it was an OK drama, but I adored eps 1-5 and then it somehow all dissipated. The pace slowed from scamper to a crawl, and the story tropes shifted. Oh well. It was still worth it to see the incredible hotness of Kang Ta. TnK was likewise a flawed drama with some excellent moments. Surprisingly, I was happy with the ending. Takki's character deserved to lose something crucial to him, after making others suffer. I have to admit his friend and OTP were a lot more forgiving than I would have been. Kudos to him for playing an unsympathetic character through. I ended up liking Shinji the best. He really was a nice guy. Also, anyone who's seen it: did Yuki (the girl who Takki seduced, Shinji's fiancee) ended up going insane and Shinji is visiting her in an institution at the end?

I also watched more of Yoshitsune which I really like. The child!Yoshitsune is not only adorable, he really looks like he could be mini Takki. Good casting job. I also adore Yoshitsune Mama. It takes nerve to show up at the stronghold of the man who killed your bf and is the top enemy of the clan to which your three kids with bf belong, and ask for their lives. And to be willing to offer herself to him as a mistress (the man who killed your OTP!) in exchange without flinching. She is made of STEEL. Yoshitsune!Papa we didn't get to know much, but from what we saw, he was sword-loving and hot. So plusses there, too.

But anyway, this is not what the post is about. This is a picspam of the promised manpain of awesomeness from Time between Dog and Wolf. Lee Jun Ki in all his angsty glory.



Ginormous picspam here )
dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)
I caved.

I caved.

I caved.

You know how I had a resolution not to start a new drama until I got my backlog under 10 dramas? Yeah. The resolution lasted a week. And I did knock three dramas down.

But guess what? I am never going to get it down under ten. Ever. Because I just started another drama. Yup. Yoshitsune. It should be a crime to look as hot as Takki does here.

This vid sold me on it so badly. I mean, the armor! the hotness! the angst!

Btw, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, is the girl in this MV his OTP or one of the other women in his life (his wife or childhood friend?)

Whoever she is, she is gorgeous, Crystal Liu level. Mmmmm.

dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)
I caved.

I caved.

I caved.

You know how I had a resolution not to start a new drama until I got my backlog under 10 dramas? Yeah. The resolution lasted a week. And I did knock three dramas down.

But guess what? I am never going to get it down under ten. Ever. Because I just started another drama. Yup. Yoshitsune. It should be a crime to look as hot as Takki does here.

This vid sold me on it so badly. I mean, the armor! the hotness! the angst!

Btw, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, is the girl in this MV his OTP or one of the other women in his life (his wife or childhood friend?)

Whoever she is, she is gorgeous, Crystal Liu level. Mmmmm.

dangermousie: (Takki 9 by hhr79)
I caved.

I caved.

I caved.

You know how I had a resolution not to start a new drama until I got my backlog under 10 dramas? Yeah. The resolution lasted a week. And I did knock three dramas down.

But guess what? I am never going to get it down under ten. Ever. Because I just started another drama. Yup. Yoshitsune. It should be a crime to look as hot as Takki does here.

This vid sold me on it so badly. I mean, the armor! the hotness! the angst!

Btw, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, is the girl in this MV his OTP or one of the other women in his life (his wife or childhood friend?)

Whoever she is, she is gorgeous, Crystal Liu level. Mmmmm.

dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
Because I think posts without pictures are boring:



While I have womanfully resisted starting the taiga drama Yoshitsune even after [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore's evilly enticing write-ups (it's 49 eps and I have slightly under 30 dramas to finish!), this did lead me to go look for various books on the topic so I ended up with:

Yoshitsune, a 15th century chronicle translated by Helen C. McCullough. I have a huge thing for historical chronicles and would have gotten this anyway. So far, the only feudal Japanese lit I read was Sei Sho-nagon's Pillow Book which was fascinating. I suppose Yoshitsune will be very different as it's written by a man.

Lynn Guest's Children of Hachiman (the novelization of the clan struggle in which Yoshitsune was involved, with Yoshitsune and his brother as main characters).

Kara Dalkey's Genpei, which takes the whole story and writes it as a fantasy (I am really looking forward to this because this could be very interesting).

I have also gotten my hands on a bunch of books about Tomoe Gozen (a female samurai of the era) by Jessica Amanda Salmonson. They are supposed to be good.

Actually, This is a wonderful website for listing almost any historical fiction out there that deals with Japan, that is in English. I am going to be pillaging that list like whoa.

Did I mention that my wonderful husband, in addition to getting me a gift certificate to nehaflix (an internet bollywood store) also bought me the first two volumes in Liz Williams' Inspector Chen series. The series is a fantasy set in future Singapore, where the realms of heaven, hell and earth co-exist. It's part mystery, part fantasy, part funniness. I read a book in the series recently and fell in love.

P.S. If anyone can recommend any good books about Korea, fiction or non, that are dealing with pre 1945 Korea, I will be very grateful. There are plenty of histories out there dealing with modern stuff, but I know it already. It's really hard to find stuff about stuff prior to that (fiction or non).
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
Because I think posts without pictures are boring:



While I have womanfully resisted starting the taiga drama Yoshitsune even after [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore's evilly enticing write-ups (it's 49 eps and I have slightly under 30 dramas to finish!), this did lead me to go look for various books on the topic so I ended up with:

Yoshitsune, a 15th century chronicle translated by Helen C. McCullough. I have a huge thing for historical chronicles and would have gotten this anyway. So far, the only feudal Japanese lit I read was Sei Sho-nagon's Pillow Book which was fascinating. I suppose Yoshitsune will be very different as it's written by a man.

Lynn Guest's Children of Hachiman (the novelization of the clan struggle in which Yoshitsune was involved, with Yoshitsune and his brother as main characters).

Kara Dalkey's Genpei, which takes the whole story and writes it as a fantasy (I am really looking forward to this because this could be very interesting).

I have also gotten my hands on a bunch of books about Tomoe Gozen (a female samurai of the era) by Jessica Amanda Salmonson. They are supposed to be good.

Actually, This is a wonderful website for listing almost any historical fiction out there that deals with Japan, that is in English. I am going to be pillaging that list like whoa.

Did I mention that my wonderful husband, in addition to getting me a gift certificate to nehaflix (an internet bollywood store) also bought me the first two volumes in Liz Williams' Inspector Chen series. The series is a fantasy set in future Singapore, where the realms of heaven, hell and earth co-exist. It's part mystery, part fantasy, part funniness. I read a book in the series recently and fell in love.

P.S. If anyone can recommend any good books about Korea, fiction or non, that are dealing with pre 1945 Korea, I will be very grateful. There are plenty of histories out there dealing with modern stuff, but I know it already. It's really hard to find stuff about stuff prior to that (fiction or non).
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
Because I think posts without pictures are boring:



While I have womanfully resisted starting the taiga drama Yoshitsune even after [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore's evilly enticing write-ups (it's 49 eps and I have slightly under 30 dramas to finish!), this did lead me to go look for various books on the topic so I ended up with:

Yoshitsune, a 15th century chronicle translated by Helen C. McCullough. I have a huge thing for historical chronicles and would have gotten this anyway. So far, the only feudal Japanese lit I read was Sei Sho-nagon's Pillow Book which was fascinating. I suppose Yoshitsune will be very different as it's written by a man.

Lynn Guest's Children of Hachiman (the novelization of the clan struggle in which Yoshitsune was involved, with Yoshitsune and his brother as main characters).

Kara Dalkey's Genpei, which takes the whole story and writes it as a fantasy (I am really looking forward to this because this could be very interesting).

I have also gotten my hands on a bunch of books about Tomoe Gozen (a female samurai of the era) by Jessica Amanda Salmonson. They are supposed to be good.

Actually, This is a wonderful website for listing almost any historical fiction out there that deals with Japan, that is in English. I am going to be pillaging that list like whoa.

Did I mention that my wonderful husband, in addition to getting me a gift certificate to nehaflix (an internet bollywood store) also bought me the first two volumes in Liz Williams' Inspector Chen series. The series is a fantasy set in future Singapore, where the realms of heaven, hell and earth co-exist. It's part mystery, part fantasy, part funniness. I read a book in the series recently and fell in love.

P.S. If anyone can recommend any good books about Korea, fiction or non, that are dealing with pre 1945 Korea, I will be very grateful. There are plenty of histories out there dealing with modern stuff, but I know it already. It's really hard to find stuff about stuff prior to that (fiction or non).
dangermousie: (Silence rainy hug by scottishlass)
This is a completely random historical post about a really random historical person.



(It's Yoshitsune in the background and Shizuka Gozen in the front)

But oooooh, this would make SUCH an awesome novel.

Who? A twelfth century Japanese temple dancer, Shizuka Gozen.

I have never heard of her before, and went looking her up because [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore told me that she is the OTP of Yoshitsune, a legendary tragic (and real) samurai/warlord who is the protagonist of the taiga drama of the same name she is currently watching.

And heeeee! She is totally famous. She appears in a bunch of kabuki plays, a puppet play (!!) and prints, and I found a bunch of webpages about her and her relationship with Yoshitsune (who was a legendary nobleman/fighter/general who ended up pissing his brother who became shogan and who hunted him to death).

But eeeee! Seriously. This reads like some sort of crazy kdrama. Or romance novel. Only depressing. OK, fine, a Victorian novel then.

Normally, I wouldn't cut for 'spoilers' for a historical person who's been dead for 800 years, but since this would constitute major spoilers for the drama and I know most people on my flist are as unfamiliar with this as I am, I am cutting for spoilers.

Cool story here )
dangermousie: (Silence rainy hug by scottishlass)
This is a completely random historical post about a really random historical person.



(It's Yoshitsune in the background and Shizuka Gozen in the front)

But oooooh, this would make SUCH an awesome novel.

Who? A twelfth century Japanese temple dancer, Shizuka Gozen.

I have never heard of her before, and went looking her up because [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore told me that she is the OTP of Yoshitsune, a legendary tragic (and real) samurai/warlord who is the protagonist of the taiga drama of the same name she is currently watching.

And heeeee! She is totally famous. She appears in a bunch of kabuki plays, a puppet play (!!) and prints, and I found a bunch of webpages about her and her relationship with Yoshitsune (who was a legendary nobleman/fighter/general who ended up pissing his brother who became shogan and who hunted him to death).

But eeeee! Seriously. This reads like some sort of crazy kdrama. Or romance novel. Only depressing. OK, fine, a Victorian novel then.

Normally, I wouldn't cut for 'spoilers' for a historical person who's been dead for 800 years, but since this would constitute major spoilers for the drama and I know most people on my flist are as unfamiliar with this as I am, I am cutting for spoilers.

Cool story here )

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