I'm not watching much at all, work has been good busy, I have an extremely sharp intern this time around YAY!, I can't slack myself…*ermmm…nay?!* Cousin is living with us this semester after some roomie issue, we're still getting used to the company. I don't think it's wise to watch things I'll make strange squeaky noise at in her vicinity when my house is cramped.
So what rare delish things r on my drama plate?
I've finished Shinya Shokudo 2 and rewatched SS1 whenever I'm eating at home and having a hard time deciding IF there's a better one btn them. Imo no, they r equally precious. I'll be an eternal fan come Season300. There is just enough of food porn, always neatly tied in with the most succinct slice of life storytelling of eccentric characters. Every episode feels short because it's so good and there's not ONE extra line or draggy scene to be found, yet it's just right, full of the J brand of understated joie de vivre, every character has their little unique stories to tell. It's not served up conveniently on a plate, but told in a thoughtful pace in each half-hour episode. They feel so vibrant I have a worsening habit of staring at the folks sitting closeby on my trips to any neighborhood food digs, esp if it happens to be an izakaya water hole. And yup, I've been checking out all the cooks and owners looking for the hottest sweetest yet coolest BAMFojisan lookalike of Kobayashi Kaoru.
It'll be a sin to post food porn this time or any time of the day, here is a screencap album if interested *gulp*:
Then there's the current season's Kodoku no Gurume/ Lonely Gourmand, the followup drama of SS2. This is an unapologetic food appreciation of the highest order. Not 'porn', it's the romancing btn a human being and food. There's no usual plot nor life inspiring thoughts fr this manga to TV adaptation, unlike SS, where the food is there as an aperitif for the meat of the story of the inhabitants, always with a big dash of enhanced sentiments flavoring the watch. Here it's simply a man in a cheap grey suit of an unknown job eating in no fuss real places, falling in LOVE most romantically with the food item, we're not given much about his story, nor his day, but every episode, my eyes r opened to new ways to LURVE whatever it is our salaryman is putting into his mouth. Spending the 20 min watching the most basic human bliss of savoring any food to its maximum capacity of enjoyment is delivered fr watching him taking everything in fr the visual, to him describing every mundane detail of his love affair with the food, to me physically feeling the butterflies of him crushing and falling in love at first sight/bite. It's sinful and priceless, and worth the hating oneself the morning after….after robbing the fridge post watch.
O WTH, I'm posting some to drag you along:
It's beautifully shot but not too gussied up even with multiple angles and zooms of a simple gyoza/ oyakodon. You'll not feel too guilty to mentally devour it all because it screams accessible ordinary numminess.
I've started an episode of 幸福来敲门/Happiness Comes Knocking, a 2011 Cdrama mom randomly mailed me. It's based on the novel Stepmother by Yan Ge Ling, the author of War of Flowers *gasp ❤ on that alone* It's the highest rated show of 2011 on the respected CCTV1 state-owned channel, it's won awards…blablabla …so it's surprisingly not love at first screen for me. It is a bit clunky but still endearing, I was expecting it to be the usual genre that never sux: the modern slice of life docu-Cdrama with zero bells and whistles, this one is leaning towards family drama/ romcom of a widower and a ditsy beautician a few years past her prime, but making it up with tonnes of makeup and styled hair, fine in 2012, gawdy and obscene in 1980s when the story is set, she's new to the neighborhood his mom-in-law is living in, taking care of his children while he works in the city as an artist/photographer…ie before the 'capitalist revolution' or boom of the 90s. From the look of things, just coz the lady's hair is permed the perfect curls in broad daylight and she's wearing a garden variety lingerie lookalike sundress with bare lower thighs no stockings, she's to be gossipped by all the neighborhood aunties as wicked fox-to-be. I bet just the fact she's a single lady in her 30s is 'unsavory' enough for them. I love the lead actress Jiang WenLi, I'll give it another ep or 3…when my mind is not preoccupied with WR.
I still love WR despite many turnoffs.. I thought I should and could stay away but I'm kidding myself. It's rooted a seedling in me and although I'm not hooked, when I get some alone dramatime, that's the thing I wanna watch the most, too bad by the time I dl'd next ep, time's up. The writing is just the best of the best kdramaland has ever offered me, it's making me, one of most nitpicking annoying unpredictable peeps, not fussing over birdnest FUGhair, plastic faces, OTT spastic acting, trainwreck moronic PDing, earworming brainfarting OST AND bumpy first few eps, it's that crazy good even with all that funk.
On the Fassy fangirl front, his adorkableness delivers in the newest ep of Top Gear..
I'm a casual fan of the show, I've been watching it since S1ep1 so it's become a routine, a kinda funny yappity uncle presence. I've rewatched Jane Eyre twice in last wks. I guess that's the only 'kid' safe un-depressing thing he's in that's solidly good on its own merits. News to me, I can never get tired of watching his Mr. Rochester, even when my shallow brain is telling me he's at his least phy attractive ever on screen as…Mr Rochester.
So Rooftop Prince, I'll watch you, and you can only be awesome, m'kay?