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01 July 2025 @ 06:57 pm
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rosa_elefante
15 October 2014 @ 07:05 pm
While VIXX make a perfect comeback, Eito release a new single \o/
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rosa_elefante
14 October 2014 @ 04:01 pm
Just making a list of what somehow caught my attention, but I don't know how many of these I'll actually watch until the end.
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rosa_elefante
10 August 2014 @ 11:15 am
I wanted to do something for Mugenday, which was 2 days ago, but somehow I lost track of time and ended up doing nothing -.-' I guess I'll just wait for their annyversary.

I'd like to write this kind of post more often, but I never do because of lack of time... and even when time isn't a problem, I still like to work as a full-time procrastinator. Anyway, the songs I'm obsessed with these days!

[Spoiler (click to open)]Kanjani8's Omoidama single is still stuck in my head, and I'm seriously considering to break my "do not buy Japanese singles anymore" rule and buy it because IT'S THAT GOOD. Omoidama is like a mix between BJ and All is well, with Subaru's voice goosebumps inducing near the end and... the whole song is just so well built and the lyrics are beautiful. Also, trumpet.

Mada Minu Chizu has been a bit of a grower, for me. The first listening didn't impress me that much, and I still find the refrain a bit... repetitive, maybe? But the rest of the song definitely makes up for it *-*
Aaaand, the song of all songs, the piece of musical perfection that is Junjou Koi Hanabi. I fell in love with it immediately, and with that I mean that, after the first 10 seconds, I was already doomed. THAT INTRO. THAT INSTRUMENTAL. THAT REFRAIN. IT'S BEAUTIFUL.
Eito always release B-sides that are like some hidden treasures, but THIS TIME. THIS SINGLE.
You have no idea how hard is to find streaming links for these
Omoidama
Mada Minu Chizu
Junjou Koi Hanabi

(Another great thing of this single were the brass band versions of King of Otoko and Omoidama *_*)
Their last single, ER2, was good too, but none of the songs are stuck in my head yet.

Finally they released the full version of Ken's song for Fated to Love you, which I've been waiting for weeks. It's so good and cute and he has such a sweet voice :')
I've been spending the last days singing it non-stop.


Talking about OSTs, these 3 are nice too.
Baek Ah Yeon - Morning of Canon (Fated to Love you)
Megan Lee - Ready for Love (Fated to Love you)
Chen - Best Luck (It's Ok, It's Love)
Nico Touches the Walls - Tenchi Gaeshi (Haikyuu!!) --> one day I'll properly talk about how this show is ruining my life week after week

Also, there are so many things I'm not liking about Sailor Moon's remake (the ridiculous art), but the opening isn't among those. Moonlight Densetsu is still the best of the best, but I like this one too.


Meanwhile, Leo is going around singing ballads and being a hot serial killer. Ugh.


Last but not least, the cutest thing of the year! Cute people with cute clothes in cute rooms singing a cute song with a cute dance ♥


(VIXX's Eternity, Arashi's Daremo Shiranai and B1A4's Solo Day are still stuck in my head. And because of LOVE DVD I'm back in my Yozora e no Tegami period)

 
 
rosa_elefante
28 July 2014 @ 01:19 pm
Spring season aka 99% of my predictions were wrong.


YOWAKUTEMO KATEMASU
[Spoiler (click to open)]Being a sport drama, being described as the ‘successor of ROOKIES’, I thought I’d loved it. BUT.
The drama has, like… nothing to do with ROOKIES. The only thing they have in common is that they’re both about baseball and the teacher/coach has an important role, but nothing else. Which is good, because who wants a copy of something? Not me. But yes, I thought it would be different. Maybe it’s also because of the fact that, especially at the beginning, they were so… weak? No, that’s not the problem, but it seemed like most of them didn’t really care about playing baseball and I was like “Then why are you in the club??”. And their approach to sport was the opposite of mine: not be scared of the ball, trying to get stronger etc. That’s how I’ve always played, so the “If you don’t want the ball to come to you, you can say ‘Don’t come!!’” theory or the whole “We’ll win while staying weak” was a bit confusing, for me. Then I understood that, maybe, it can be a winning strategy, in baseball? I don’t know, since I’m still not fully sure about the rules O_O
And all the mental trips they did while talking about baseball... like defense is science and attack is social studies... like… what the hell are you even saying??? So much talking about nothing, I’d had a headache if only I cared enough to replay the conversation to try to understand it better (I bet that even with 6 more replays, it still would not make sense)

But!! This doesn’t mean AT ALL that I didn’t enjoy this drama. Yes, I can understand why a lot of people dropped it after the first episodes, because it’s veeeery slow. The first half tries to introduce each member of the team, giving to anyone a ‘story’, a past of some kind. It’s the same thing that a lot of dramas do, dedicating one episode to each character and then focusing on the group. Tumbling comes to mind, but there… well, it wasn’t that slow paced, and the stories of the characters were ALL touching. But, hey, we can’t have everything. In Yowakate there aren’t tragedies, or guys with a dark past. There’s just the crazy Kamezawa who is poor and at some point has to leave school (it was a bit of a tragedy, to me, honestly. I liked him so much). And there are so many funny moments, seriously, you should watch it just for them.
Honestly, you should have just a bit of patience, because the last 4-5 episodes are really nice. It feels like they’re finally getting somewhere and things get really emotional (well... emotional for me. I’m a total loser when it comes to these kind of things). But the second half of the drama was really good.

A lot of people were a bit disappointed that Nino chose to do this drama. In the last years, he spoiled us acting in great dramas and movies (not only in the last years, actually, most of the things he did when he was younger were really good too). For this fandom, Nino was like an assurance? “Oh, Nino will do a new drama, it will be good for sure”. But Yowakate turned out to be just an okay drama. Nice, light, quite funny. But not a masterpiece like Ryuusei no Kizuna or Freeter, or a little pearl like Haikei Chichiue sama.
I’m not disappointed or turned down in the slightest, though. Yes, it’s not the best drama I’ve watched this year, but I’ve enjoyed it a lot. Nino had a lot of fun playing his role and you can see it, watching the drama; and this is probably the reason why he chose to do it. He liked the role of Aoshi sensei, a role that he’s never played before. Maybe the big audience prefers cool roles, and I’m sure Japan thinks that Shitsuren Chocolatier was such a better drama than Yowakate. But you know, Nino doesn’t really need to do this kind of dramas, to shine. He doesn’t need it and doesn’t even like it. Yes, Yowakate wasn’t the best drama of his career, but he did a splendid job. The role of Tamo Aoshi was so right , for him.
(Also, how cute is seeing Nino interacting with younger kids?? I always feel like he only hangs out with people 20 years older than him.)


Aaand, the rest of the cast! I’m always very cautious with young actors, because dramas like GTO and Bad Boys caused me the biggest trauma with how bad most of the actors were. They’ll probably get better in the future, I don’t know, but at that time they were... no. So I kind of feared that the Yowakate guys wouldn’t be good either. I knew that Yuto was okay since somehow I always end up watching the dramas he’s in, and also knew that Kanata Hongo was really good (I had never seen his ‘comic’ side before, and he’s good at this too! I loved his Kamezawa, he was totally insane.), but I didn’t know the others.
At the end, I didn’t need to worry, because all the guys were good. I loved Mamiya Shotaro and Yamazaki Kento’s performances (Okadome and Ebato), while I should watch Fukushi Sota in something else because Aikawa was a bit… meh. The others were good too!


So I hope that this drama will have one more thing in common with ROOKIES: that the guys who played the students will become good and famous actors (if you don’t know anything about ROOKIES, there were people like Kiritani Kenta, Takeru Sato, Ichihara Hayato, Koide Keisuke and more).
Oh, and A+ soundtrack.



SHINIGAMI KUN
[Spoiler (click to open)]Okay. I don’t know if I’m ready to talk about this drama. I’ll probably capslock a lot??? Forgive me. Also, there will be major spoilers if you haven’t watched the whole drama.


What I was expecting from this drama: something episodic, cute, weird, with a strange sense of humor (“I’m glad to inform you that you’ve been chosen to die”), maybe sometimes a bit touching... something ala Kaibutsu kun.
What this drama actually was: episodic but not so much, cute, weird, with a strange sense of humor, but mostly PHYSICAL PAIN, DESPERATION AND UNRESOLVED FEELINGS. Seriously.
I started the 1st episode giggling and ended it crying like a 5 years old baby. I wasn’t expecting it to be so sad. Actually most of the following episodes weren’t as touching, but the damage was already done. A drama that makes me cry at the very 1st ep? I’m doomed. BUT you know what really killed me? THE FREAKING SECOND EPISODE. WITH FREAKING HAYASHI KENTO AND THE FREAKING KID AND FREAKING EVERYTHING. It started like a cute copy of Death Note (little info for you all: Death Note was written after Shinigami kun) and ended with me drowning in my own tears. Seriously. I cried so much at that episode; everything seemed resolved, and then... I’m still so mad.
I don’t know many shinigami(s?) but I’m 100% sure Shinigami 413 is the cutest and most precious of them all. Telling you you’ll die soon with that cute smile, he’s so polite! And naïve. And cuuute. Also a bit slow but everyone can’t help but adore him. WITH THAT CUTE HAT! And that sleeping cat-like face. Aw.
“Keep screwing things up and you’ll die, Shinigami n. 413!” and he keeps breaking rules because he’s that good and just wants humans to be happy? He gets beaten up by his supervisor, gets bullied by Akuma, gets scolded by the boss, gets ill-treated by 99% of the humans he meets and doesn’t care. He freaking DIES and he DOESN’T CARE. Because no one died for nothing. How good is he? How kind?
I’m so sad.

And can we talk about his relationship with the supervisor? CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS SUPREME OTP? Bitchy Queen of the Otheworld mistreated him for the whole drama but she totally fell for him I SAW IT. She couldn’t resist. And Shinigami 413 was so dense, he didn’t notice. She DIED because he broke a rule for the nth time BUT SHE WAS OKAY WITH THAT. Because she was starting thinking like him, that rules weren’t everything and sometimes humans needed their pity and their help. ALL THANKS SHINIGAMI 413. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL.

AND THE ENDING. IS THAT AN ENDING? ARE YOU KIDDING ME???
They both die, but then they reborn? As humans? And they don’t know each other? But then they meet? And have this kind of strange sensation like “Oh, I feel like I’ve already met him/her”. YES. YES YOU HAVE.
STOP MAKING ME SAD.


Few words about Mirei, Bitchy Queen of the Universe, Flawless Lady of Crows. Crows Zero was about her taking over the world, don’t you know that? Perfect piece of perfection, I adore her. I’m also hideously biased, don’t mind me.

Last but not least, Akuma!
Since until now I’ve been very serious and deep, talking about supreme otps and cute hats, let me start with something shallow: I’m not the biggest fan of Suda Masaki’s face. He’s a good actor, but his face is so-so, for me. But DAMN, AKUMA. Maybe it was the character, maybe it was the silver wig, but he was hot. Like thank you for the view, I appreciated it.
He was such a nice character? Yes he’s a demon who tricks humans to eat their souls BUT has no one stopped to think that he did that because, otherwise, he’d have died? And not everyone can be selfless like Shinigami 413. And he wasn’t even that evil, because, come on. He didn’t eat one soul for the whole drama. “We hadn’t shaken hands yet, it doesn’t count” and other things. He just wanted to annoy Shinigami 413 because he liked him, and just wanted to be his friend. Look at the ending. Look at what he does. LOOK AT HIS EYES AFTER SHINIGAMI 413 DIES. He just wanted to be his friend T_T
Like I said, I wasn’t expecting any of this.
(Do you know if OST has been released? I need the opening theme song)
ALSO LOOK AT ALL THE THINGS THIS DRAMA WON.

BITTER BLOOD
[Spoiler (click to open)]A detective drama with average cases and a bad guy more ridiculous than scary (he likes to listen to classical music while scheming his hideous plans and even while he inflicts pain to his victims. A total psychopathic, he was seriously funny. Also, Takeru Sato has this not so nice toy poodle hair.


But!! I enjoyed this drama A LOT. The characters and their interactions were perfect and terribly funny. Especially the father/son combo.
If you want a serious detective drama ala Strawberry Night, don’t even bother to watch the 1st episode, but if you want something hideously funny, Bitter Blood is the right drama. (aaand there will be a special somewhere in the future!)
(THE OPENING. THE OPENING WAS SO COOL.)



Few words about two Korean dramas I’ve watched this spring too.

[Spoiler (click to open)]DOCTOR STRANGER
I should stop saying “medical dramas aren’t really my thing”, because every time I watch one I end up to like it, so it really doesn’t make sense. This one in particular, was focused on political and personal stuff other than medical things, so it really wasn’t a problem. It was good. Even with that tragedy that Lee Jongsuk’s hair was.
A thing I loved was the ending: for once, no sad third wheels! I wanted Doctor Han and Doctor Oh to end up together since the beginning, so I’m glad they ended it in that way.
Also, this song.



YOU’RE ALL SURROUNDED
At the beginning I didn’t want to try it, because from the trailer it didn’t seem nothing great. And another detective drama? No thanks. Also, I’m not a big fan of Lee Seungi’s works. He’s a good actor and I like him, but all the dramas with him I’ve watched didn’t leave a big impression. In the cast there were more people I knew, but it wasn’t enough to make me want to try it.
And I don’t even remember why I tried the 1st episode. Maybe my sister watched it and convinced me. Anyway, IT WAS GREAT. I loved the 1st episode and I loved the whole drama. It was the right mix of comedy and thriller, with a little bit of angst. And the characters were great too. A drama where the 1st episode ends with the rookie detectives team walking with MCM’s Welcome to the Black Parade playing in the background... has to be good, come on.

 
 
rosa_elefante
09 July 2014 @ 01:32 pm
A little bit later than usual, but I've been busy!
Buuut I've passed one of the exams I feared the most, so now I'll be more free. I still have two more exams this July, but they're easier 8D
(Also, something "weird" happened: remember when I said I was taking the distance from EXO fandom? Well after that, some fandom friends... like... stopped talking to me? Haha. People who I knew before EXO? People that got sucked into this fandom because of me? Uhm, okay O_O I'm not even mad, just reeeeaaaaally perplexed)

Anyway! At first I was happily thinking "Oh, this season there aren't many dramas that interest me"... but... there are 4 of them. And thet's not "not many" at all XD AND they're only the Japanese ones...

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rosa_elefante
07 July 2014 @ 04:18 pm
Titolo: Senza parole
Fandom: VIXX
Pair: N/Leo
Rating: PG
Words: 611


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