The girls and guys I love lately: Cutiepies making me watch dramas. I am just TRYING to enjoy a Friday, a weekend and let the happy bigots in the world jeer theirs.
张一山/Zhang YiShan is the new CN IT boy. The CN world is imploded by madlove for the 20sth 170sthcm lil guy kicking all the actor’s arses, inasmuch the slashy fangirls are serving Most Precious 16 yo WuLei/3 stones/Lil FeiLiu of LYB on a platter as his national OTP in all popular BL fanvids,
Other CP the fans r manipulating with: the cutiepie teen heartthrob Liu HaoRan, and ZYS’s childactor sista/classmate/bff YangZi. He is also somehow reminding the fangirls of a certain holygrail Mr Oguri Shun, yup all the ships have fanvids, that is how HOT! ZYS is atvm.
I know him as a nerdy child star, never fitting the standard flower boy mold and I have not been following his works while he was obviously honing his skills most spectacularly accumulating to an explosive, provocative webdrama hit Yu Zui. Even though the writing is passable to meh and I am being kind, who cares, no one is watching this other than for this crazily talented 24 yo in his jawdropping putting himself on the map performance, he is a blackhole sucking my attention, when he is on, all flaws forgiven, I munch my popcorn, lick my screen, life is good.
Yu Zui the drama is not truly worthy, but what is working is it is ‘short’ 12 eps a season, two seasons out and three must be in production considering the popularity, wisely have some awesome fanvids instead:
There will NEVER be any beloved C undercover cop angsty thriller without an Internal Affairs themesong fanvid.
It is a phenom because this is still an almost never done genre, a risque (CN sensibilities) undercover cop tale where the police r not all angelic knights. Too bad there is only perhaps a baddie character worth a mention, and his pudgy we all fear for his life always sidekick. His cop boss, esp his senior ladycop nicked by our Shameless Yu Sista Booblicious…both bland and dull, prone to forget to bring their brains at crucial moments, Zhang TianAi would have elevated drama many folds as Sista B(gosh what is the darling wasting time on, doing nth huh?!?!), or a YangZi, even though she looks too young for role but she can ACT, if I have to tolerate a fake nose, might as well be YangZi’s, match Zhang YiShan in skills and…have the boobs haha. I have started praying for them to play an OTP, even some cringeworthy shoujo of a rich spoiled princess and a delinquent. ZYS said out loud he have no idea how to approach the hot scenes if done with YangZi, they know each other too well and are too chubby, and no way they can be a (RL) couple even stretching imagination, both of them not the others’ type. kekeke iow there is nothing more challenging. This auntie is already delusionally fantasizing how ruling the world talented their babies would be LOL
His advantage is he has no pretty boy baggages, giving him that versatility bending morphing himself to be anything, only limitation is if he can get those breaks, in character Yu Zui, he puts so many vivacious layers often fluidly shedding and piling on most eloquently: fear, vulnerability of a boy, quickwit badassery of a delinquent, the shameless suave lady’s man player wannabe, a lovelorn puppy, that heart of gold, loyal upright well brought up son of a poor single dad owning a lil fruit stall, aspiring to be a policeman of their tiny lil ‘hood just for that advantage on the side keeping an eye on ruffians leeching off Dad.
Three hot things in 私結婚できないんじゃなくて、しないんです/ Watashi Kekkon Dekinainjanakute
I did not watch for the story, no, the writing has nothing going for I care about: super attractive plastic surgeon except hitting a certain past prime per social norm age, is decidedly single, ‘hopeless’ in finding a suitor, but suddenly 3 men enter her life and she loses her cool: her first ever and STILL crush from highschool now leading a decent boring dependable salaryman life, a much younger carefree manboy living life seizing the moment like all cliched 20sth J cutiepies falling for much older heroine, and a ‘lifecoach’ calligrapher rude Prince/world class hot chef with an estranged (but want her back) wife and daughter he is somehow clueless what went wrong, an otherwise shouty yoda on romance, not doing much of a thing to mend…who gets strangely agitated around heroine meddling with her love life, along with bold brush strokes on magical appearing $$$ handmade paper and ink romance bootcamp 101 plan of attack for heroine to get her headway in romance DICTATED by him. It does not rub me that wrong shutting the lines out when the true delicacy drama is serving are fantasy self sacrificing variety of dreamboats all for the happiness of heroine.
I love Naohito all these years a very biased fangirl, very aware he is not grandest an actor, still this is losing me, makes lil sense as a complete character and whenever he lectures his ‘wisdom’ I only hear entitled Bullcrap through my ears as my eyes roll and twitch.
It still has loveliness going for me: the firstlove flashback, typical dorama puppylove gold encapsuled in the usual nuanced spot on gorgeous subtle cinematography with perfect music. Perfect music is Jpop of the 90s, songs I grew up with, can still sing: Mr Children, Southern All Stars, Dreams Come True, Spitz 井上阳水, Yumi Matsutoya…if they put in a ZARD’s Goodbye My Loneliness I wouldve burst out in ugly sobs.
Kentaro-kun, why so delectable? Character is the typical inarticulate cuteboy silent admirer of heroine who is also crushing him but misunderstanding, missed chances…fate intrudes. I know who he is facetwin of finally, after a lot of intense research in droolzing, one of my first Kdorama crushes: young Toshiaki Karasawa
Kentaro’s Sakurai-kun grew old into Yoshimi Tokui. The character does not do much for nor ring true to me, but their arc is one of the few I find convincing till the end.
Oh and Seto Koji is SO LOVELY. I did not know this puff of maru is a good actor in disguise! It is a given he has a sweetest boyish smile, eyes containing stars in them, but he is at his most seriously arresting in transitions between the lines/script, inserting a lot of nuance and depth to an otherwise written 2D wet behind ears boytoy. Behind the childish contrivances, there were genuine concern and consideration of her well being first thus hiding behind a careless/carefree poker smiling playboy cuteface.
Juhan Shuttai! is new addition on my fav Jdorama list, a precious will save a blues day rewatchable gem. My heart swells with that hopeful exuberance of Youth Haru Kuroki (I ADORE HER) filled every cell of her effervescent Kokoro. It is a workplace manga fantasy but the warmth and heart is channeled through every character. What is with all the Kentaro boys robbing our hearts these days!? Kentaro Sakaguchi is cute enough but too bland facewise (for my taste), pleasant that I find him more charming after the dorama. Of course I checked this out no reservation for Ogadari Joe, of course. There are all these lovely actors in side characters (treated with care and development!) I go awww over just seeing their faces:
Nagayama Kento (I must have a recent fiend with Kent….) again reminding me an old crush, Taishu Kase, Takeshi Kaneshiro was known as his TW’s facetwin:
The AMAZING O JOE is at it again. Struts still like a model with impossible to look manlysmexy highbuns, he still somehows tone down all that bamfness into just another ordinary (too) serious at work staunch manga editor. Even I pay my full attention at his work, his mentoring and did minimal asdfhdgkfadghjk;lkhjghagdfdsdfghkh !!!@#$%#^*&^!!!! That’s what the gifs are for.
When a dorama is in its distilled, minimalistic finest, it needs none of the tired trope filling delectable space where the characters and live, feel and breathe. These characters are all charming simply because they are allowed to be human beings with their quirks and unique shortcomings and ordinary strengths. Charm is not quantified solely by how attractive it is romantically to the opposite sex, here it is fondness soul stirring between human beings nodding to a collective passion towards something as ‘trivial’ as manga publishing.