I absolutely didn’t watch anything without one eye tired shut last month+, and in prep of me falling into the abyss of lapping up everything under the sun with all the withdrawal, I slept almost an entire day of Sunday in anticipation.
30 hrs later, caught up with my most ‘urgent’ to-watch dramas.
Saikou no Rikon: Hook+Line
I watched it with my visiting horde of family, ie meanies who would not wait for me when I’m at work. I’m at 5 (or 6?), the convos at times are way too dense in speedy dialogue as if the characters are doing tongue twisters, I’m a pro at subreading, or so I thought, but I had a hard time speedreading. That is nowhere near a deal-breaker. Eita is perhaps at his best nuanced performance. I even pulled out an ep of Orange Days to marvel some more on how far he’s arrived. I do not recall seeing Ono Machiko in anything memorable, but she’s now on my keep an eye out list. Maki Yoko also grown from her b0Obilicious uniformed vase days (sorry that’s my only impression of her). Ayano Go, ‘the dependable head of his class talent’-a quote of my bestie- is so fluid and seamless in his character, which is more to the sideline than the OTP, but exactly what it should be, I’ve heard nothing but the most insane/intense praises of the dude in any discussion on SnR with my longtime RL Jdrama besties, so my next project is to check out anything he’s in I can get hands on (like Soratobu Kouhoushitsu with Gakki). The drama slows down a tad, but it’s still full of beautiful little touches that makes me chuckle one moment and the next my heart bruises a bit for the younglings finding their ways in this messy maze of marriage. IF it’ll give me more plot in the coming eps, I’ll gobble up the sinker happily.
Like a Fairytale: Hook+Line
Not gonna be a diehard fan of Lee ChunHee. He’s superb in CitC but I’m so shallow I lost respect of myself, really. I just don’t find his face pretty enough to keep me staring at his face alone, which I LURVE to do to my namjas. It does not help that I LOATHED OnAir (where I first saw him), I got bored very fast with Gloria and shall we mention RoadKill#1? This is a rec from my bff, who just threw a line on Whassap this reminds her of an rehabbed less cracky Reply1997: less bloated on its own dazzle. 4 eps in entirety and after an ep I’m more than hooked. If I have to give one very silly mookie reason for what really hits me in my gut, it is because there is a random scene of them watching Days of Being Wild so I got bonus Leslie and Maggie. Choi YoonYoung is not of the school of acting style I like, she tends to play scenes out with a tad too much effort. But so far, the story has been delightful, nth is able to stink it up, I hope.
Jang Ok Jung: Seeing the hook and swimming around it.
I’m not one who loathes KTH, even though she sucks being serious or ebil as a boggle-eyed murderous pup. I think she as drop-dead pretty as she is (or was) awful but very entertainingly hilarious with so much effort and heart poured in I can’t hate her and somehow she managed to never bug me. She is magically frothily delightful in My Princess just on the fact she makes me tolerate SSH for the entirety of a drama. That’s a feat. If not for a praise I glanced at The Vault of all places, and at DearKoala’s, I won’t be curious enough to check it out. Shoujofied fake saguek is rarely my thing (eg I have not much of any love left for QIHM towards the end and I was RABIDLY obsessed). I’ll also out myself as not a fan of YAI since Fashion King and I think his face is weird, which can be fascinating if he has the machismo to carry funny face but he still comes across as a 12 yo without the coverup of mane of glory or facial hair. But there was this scene with palpable chemistry with KTH in ep1. Even when I’m forewarned this is surprisingly watchable, and KTH doesn’t stick out sucky in it, I didn’t expect chemistry btn the two, oy impression of each of them as not really sure of what they are doing on screen. Ep1 is decent, I’m not invested, yet. But seeing the ratings pooped I want to stick with it just to give a middlefinger ╭∩╮ to those tasteless silly K TVremotes dictators.
Itazura na Kiss- Love in Tokyo: hook+line+sinker
I breezed through the 4 eps. My brain is dying if I don’t feed it with endless saccharine fluff. It’s mindless and delightful and perhaps has my favorite Kotoko by Honoka Miki. Yuki Furukawa is a very decent young actor and he’s very decent here, but I still prefer that aggressively scenery chewing, electrifying charming screen presence of a less technically sound young JoeCheng as Naoki. This maybe the best balanced adapt there will ever be of the shoujo manga, but somehow I miss that not perfect but so deliciously zany ISWAK more when watching.
It’ll forever be my personal conundrum of not totally getting the beauty and charm and immense talent of Shinohara Ryoko. I can somewhat acknowledge it, but it seems she is this revered Goddess of the Jdoramaland and in the hearts of most Jdorama watching audience. That, I don’t get. I dunno why but I cringed so very often at her well-intended hardest effort on screen in every drama she’s in, even in ones I enjoyed and are decent (eg Anego). Imo she overacts, quite effectively, but constantly. In some ways, she reminds me of Kim SunA.
Here she’s playing a character reminding me of SamSoon, so it’s a good thing because her love to OTT works for the character. But you don’t know me at all if you are not already seeing through all this mumble for why I’m checking this out. It’s 90% Fujiki Naohito <33333 and 10% Miura Haruma. Shallow fangirl is SHALLOW. Plus it’s a romcom, it’s a MayDec romance with hairstylists and BMX riders, Naohito as a HOT uncle stylist and Miura riding BMX *and other nottier ‘things’*. AND GEEZ while I do agree with every breathing girl Haruma is hot, I’m not sure I can take him being mostly topless and pantless and spending his scenes with one hardworking black boxerbrief (or even without, briefly). Not something any girl, esp NEVER ME, can look away even if you are using a bulldozer on my butt.
War and Beauty 2: STINKER
Gawdbloodyexpletivesawful. I tried to pay attention for entire ep, towards the end of which I am just being masochistic just to figure out IF I can get the mindfcking nonsense if I do a clockwork orange. but I just can’t follow the needlessly convoluted all over the place story told by every character in narration after tedious narration with multiple time-jumps and story within stories. I’m done with the most horrible stock TVB music that has been in use since War and Beauty 1 and it has the most atrocious noise pollution of non-melody like a schizo (no offense to patients suffering from the disorder) is pooping on the strings nonstop and some pothead decided to record it and think it’s genius and use it AD NAUSEUM FOR OVER A DECADE NOW!!!!! I mean it’s blaring Non-fking-STOP every second with no regard to plot nor mood to the extent I have a hard time hearing some words in my freaken mother tongue. TVB needs to DIE. and bring on that competing cable it’s so evilly trying it mightest to squish from the airwave. Please for my sanity’s sake.