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01 July 2025 @ 06:57 pm
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rosa_elefante
I better write this post now, before I forget everything about what I've watched. Once again, I was most surprised by things I didn't expect anything from!

Kahogo no Kahoko
I have one word: adorable.
Who writes the plots need to be fired, because I was expecting something totally different: an episodical drama about an overprotected but kind girl who solved random people's problems (something like Bartender). Lucky me, it wasn't like that.
Yeah, Kahoko is overprotected and her family (especially her mother) is quite toxic, she doesn't know how to live but she's oh so kind and full of love. We can say she's almost stupid. But it's that kind of character that I am unable to hate. She reminds me a little of the main character from Fruits Basket, Toru, so nice that she can be considered dumb, but that you can't help but love. Kahoko, for me, is like that. She's adorable and super fun. Aaand after meeting Hajime she somehow helps her family to solve its problems (they are many).
I read that a lot of people skipped this drama because they're sick of girls that find their own purpose only when they meet a guy, and that are useless without him. But Kahoko isn't like that??? The only thing Hajime does is helping her opening her eyes, and understand that she is actually able to think with her own head and not be totally dependent from her mother.
They were an adorable couple and I love them.
The family member were all full of issues and I hardly suffered them. From her mother's family the onlydecent person was the grandmother, the others were all awful. The father's side wasn't normal either, but in the end I liked them more. Kahoko's mother was so full of problems, despotic and just toxic.
Despite the family, I loved Kahoko (and Hajime) so much that I liked this drama a lot!

Akira to Akira
I watched it for the eye-candy (sometimes I forget how beautiful Mukai Osamu is) but I actually liked it.
It's like Hanzawa Naoki, since they talk a loooot about banks, shares, companies etc, but this one also focuses on the personal lives of the two main characters, so it's not only "business" related.
If you liked Hanzawa Naoki or you found it sometimes too boring or hard to understand, definitely watch this! Also, it's only 9 episodes long ;)

Gomen, Aishiteru
Since it's a remake of a korean melodrama, I wasn't expecting to fall in love with it, but man if it was boring.
Most of the episodes were 1 hour long, the story was slow (I can't imagine how boring was the koran one then, with 10 episodes more), the characters were all tedious, there was no plot twist because we know from the start the guy is going to die... boring.
The only upside was Nagase's beautiful face.

Uchi no Otto wa Shigoto ga Dekinai (dropped)
Only the first 5 episodes have been subbed, but it's not a problem because, when the subber stopped, I took the chance and dropped the drama. In 5 episodes nothing happened, the message seems to be "it doesn't matter if you suck at your job and cause actual problems to your company, you are very nice so they're stupid to not understand you", which is bullshit. The characters are all unsufferable, the wife of the main characters is so stupid it hurts, and the main character is quite stupid too. I just don't care about this drama at all.
 
 
 
rosa_elefante
Later than usual, but I like to procrastinate. Also, I watched two dramas after they aired, so I needed more time.
The dramas I watched on air - Kizoku Tantei, Reverse and Boku Unmei no Hito Desu - were quite a disappointment, with the only exception of Kizoku Tantei, which I liked a lot.
This current season seems pretty dull too, but we're only at the beginning so it's too soon to talk.

BOKU, UNMEI NO HITO DESU
I can't even say it was a bad bad drama, and I can see how so many people liked it. But for me it was too. damn. boring. I didn't care about the plot, I didn't care about the main couple, I didn't care about anyone of the characters. The bits in his office were especially unsufferable.
The main couple did not have any chemistry, I still don't get how and when he fell in love with her. Was it just because Yamapi kept telling him they were destined to be together? Is this fact enough to start liking a person? Or did he just... finally know she was the right one and started liking her before actually liking her? Am I making any sense? Anyway, I didn't care about them.
Also, Yamapi can't fucking act. No, wait. Maybe he can act, but he always has the same face??? His voice too is kinda monotonous??? And he's like that in real life too (well, on tv at least), so he isn't doing that purposely for the character. In this specific case, the fact that he keeps the same expression all the time is actually good, since his character says a lot of stupid stuff, and it's kinda funny if he says them with a straight face. But other than that...
Anyway, no good. I fastfowarded the last episodes because I really didn't care.

REVERSE
Not bad, but not what I expected from the person who wrote N no tame ni and Yakou Kanransha.
The mystery just wasn't there. When we discovered how the guy died, there is no surprise. At the end of ep 9 (maybe?) I thought they were giving us, finally, a good plot-twist, but no, it wasn't like that. They tried to shock us with the girl, but she was suspicious since minute 1, so, again, not a surprise.
But, you know, I could go pass that if at least we had nice characters. But no. Everyone was unsufferable??? Maybe the teacher was the only one who wasn't that bad, but the others were bad people or just tedious ones. The main guy? A besotted idiot. His girlfriend or whatever? Burn her with fire. The other friends? They were scum when younger and the death of a friend didn't make them change for a bit (well, the poor souls stopped drinking, but if a friend of yours dies bc he was driving drunk it's not that strange if you don't want to drink anymore?? Even if I think that we are humans and we can control ourselves, so you can just drink ONE GLASS AND NOT GET DRUNK BUT O K A Y).
And maybe it's bad, but I didn't like the guy who died either. He was the typical boy who tries to be liked by everybody, to not cause problems... either he's fake as hell, or he's just stupid.
And the ending was just stupid.

KIZOKU TANTEI
In this dark, cruel world, I can only trust my man Aiba. That's not completely true, because he did that bore of Bartender, but you got me.
After the 1st episode I was not sure about how I felt, because I was expecting something else. Not a silly thing with an Inspector maybe worse than Kazamatsuri from Nazodi, people dressed like idiots and the main character that appeared for maybe 15 minutes.
But with the second one I already changed my mind. It's not a serious drama AT ALL. It's full of stupid moments, that kind of silliness that I like because it's yes silly, but not idiotic. Hanagata was SO dumb it was beautiful, and the 3 servants were the most amazing thing ever. I love them all. The Female Detective grew on me throught the drama, at the start I couldn't stand her.
Kizoku sama was an attractive son of a bitch and I'd love to call him "master". Aiba was good. For the first 2-3 episodes he was a little awkward, but then he got better and became Kizoku. He's also the most beautiful person I've ever laid my eyes on.
The ending was a bit meh, because they made us think that things were in a certain way... but it was ok.
Overall I really liked it! It was a lot of fun.

CRISIS
A simple action drama with not too much plot, that focuses on the question "who are the real bad guys?", since most of the terrorists they have to stop fight against the unfairness of the government and stuff like that. It was quite extra, like I predicted from the trailer.
The thing that bugged me is that we don't really get to know much about the main characters, just snippets here and there.
I also think there's going to be a special or a movie in the future? Since the ending was reaaaaally open.
Oh, Oguri Shun has the face of a man ho drinks too much and sleeps too little, but he's still attractive.

HITO WA MITAME GA 100%
After the 1st episode, I was about to drop it. Because the premise of this drama piss me off.
To be a "real woman", to be considered by others, a woman NEEDS to be pretty. And there's only one way to be pretty! Only one way to be a Real Woman.
If you're not like that, not only you'll never find a man, but you're also going to be mistreated at work. It doesn't mean if you are a genius, if you excell at your job: if you don't "take care" of yourself (where by "take care" I mean "be pretty, put your makeup on, dress fashionably) you won't be liked by your colleagues and by your boss.
But there is also the opposite thing, because they make you think that girls that, on the contrary, use makeup, like fashion etc, only think about that! They can't talk about anything else! They only think about being cute! The main character couldn't make friends at school because she liked science, while all the other girls thought about boys and makeup. Like we're all monocellular beings that can't have more than one interest!
So, to be considered by others and eventually find a guy, the main character starts to try to understand and follow all the various trends. because THAT is how she's going to be a better person.
So, I wanted to drop it. But I didn't. Maybe because I like Mirei too much, maybe because I wanted to see where it was going this mess.
And... it wasn't bad? I mean, it's a drama that you have to binge-watch and even skip some parts, because there are bits about the beauty research" they do, when they reasearch trends, that are boring and useless. There isn't so much plot either. But I still watched in a few days, mostly because I was curious about the "love story", if we can call it that.
The good thing is that, even with those premises, they actually made fun of all the trends for the whole drama. And in the end the girl gets recognized on her workplace because she's good at her job, and finds a guy that likes for how she is. Meaning that you don't need to be "pretty" to live well. Then, the fact that the guy she finds is a total psycho-jerk is a mere DETAIL.
The drama went in a direction I did not expect, so I'm glad I didn't drop it. Still, slow plot and too many boring parts.

I also watched he first episode of "Frankenstein no Koi" but I immediatly dropped it because it was very disturbing. AYANO GO WHY DO YOU KEEP CHOOSING WEIRD DRAMAS. 
 
 
 
rosa_elefante
07 July 2017 @ 10:33 pm
Soon I will write something about this spring's dramas (half of those I watched disappointed me :<) but I'm already late for this one, so!! There's nothing I'm really excited about I'm just hoping this season will be better than the past one t b h.

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rosa_elefante
11 February 2017 @ 10:33 pm
Just random thoughts about dramas I've recently finished or I'm watching right now, + Aiba because everything Aiba related is good and nice and Important.

Aiba's spring drama has been confirmed!! I'm so happy. Because a) Aiba, and b) it seems like he'll be playing a role a bit... different? from his usual ones. Not so good, not so cheerful and pure. That's a nice change, it was about time! I hope he'll do nice! But I think he'll be alright, he proved that, with a good script and a good director, he can be a good actor. I know most people says that he can't act, but most people didn't bother to watch Last Hope or his last butai so :D :D (I honestly think he was good in Yokoso Wagaya e too. And in My Girl, of course. Bartender and Mikeneko were more weak but they were weak dramas in general...)
Anyway! I can't wait to see him playing a rich, arrogant bastard who takes the merit for his subordinates' work and goes around seducing ladies! Can you imagine??? I'm thinking about the outfits he might have in the drama and I'm already in tears. I'm going to die. We're all going to.

tumblr_inline_mynerzo8r41rh7826.gifThere was the rumor about a second season of 99.9, which would be nice because I enjoyed the drama. It was fun and interesting, well writtend and full of weird people! Sada san I miss you. Lawyer Blueberry I miss you too. I don't think the rumor is actually true though. Too bad.

tumblr_inline_mynerzo8r41rh7826.gif I always have troubles talking about Korean dramas when I write about the Japanese ones I've just finished, because the dates are totally different, but I wanted to write few words about Goblin because I really enjoyed it! It had one big (VERY big, in my opinion) flaw, because the main couple was the Goblin, a 900 years old creature who looks like a 40 yo - VERY ATTRACTIVE - man, and a... 17-18 years old girl. Why. Whyyyyy. She could have been few years older and the story would have been the exact same. There was a scene when they went on a date and she was wearing her school uniform for God's sake! So yeah, totally not interested in the main romance (I was only in the last episodes), there was some big power/age imbalance that... ew.
But! Besides that! It was really good. The general plot was nice, the whole "what happened in the past and who is who now" thing was really interesting. And the last episode made me cry a bucket.
Also SUCH QUALITY FACES. THE SUPERIOR AESTHETICS. Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook are so damn attractive it's unfair. Also their characters were one of the best things of the show.
The soundtrack (esp 1, 2, 3, 4) was pretty good too!
Definitely check it out if you have time! At worst, you'll have watched Gong Yoo's face for 16 episodes, which is a beautiful way to spend your time, if you ask me.

Winter Jdramas! I'm watching 3 of the ones that were in my to-watch list, and so far it's going well.
tumblr_inline_mynerzo8r41rh7826.gifQUARTET. You can see the hand of the scriptwriter, because, like in Saikou no Rikon, the characters are quite peculiar. Together they are terrible and at the same time perfect. It's fun, less that SnR, and there's some mystery too. I've only watched 2 episodes, but I'm really enjoying it. And Mitsushima Hikari is sooooo good, I like her a lot.
tumblr_inline_mynerzo8r41rh7826.gifTOTSUZEN DESU GA, ASHITA KEKKON SHIMASU. Ok, I started it expecting nothing, and honestly it's you somehow-usual romantic drama. But I enjoy some romance, eh, so it's nice. The premises are not the best, main girl's dream is to get married and become a housewife... which is a thing that I can't understand (and I think that in a place like Japan, where most of the women still feel like that's their purpose in life, it's not the best message), but I also think that one of the meanings of feminism is that every woman should feel free to do with her life whatever the hell she wants.
But why am I talking about serious stuff??
The thing that caught me the most in this drama is the male protagonist. Of couse. I'm a weak sinner. He is so sweet??? Has the nicest voice ever??? And his smile??? The actor is actually a singer and this is his first time acting, and he's quite good. But mostly so cute??? Send help.
It's one of those cases of #iwatchitfortheplot. Joking, I'm enjoying the romance too. (I remembered that Nishiuchi Mariya was a better actress tho? Idk).
tumblr_inline_mynerzo8r41rh7826.gifTOKYO TARAREBA MUSUME. Once again, nothing ground-breaking. But I like this kind of dramas, there's nothing I can do about it! I have to admit that most of the time I don't like that much the heroine, but the general message of the drama (you have to step on, to challenge yourself, to DO stuff, if you want to succeed. Not just in love, but in your job and in life in general) hits home, at least for me.
So far it's a nice watch. And Sakaguchi Kentaro has a really nice face too (again, a weak woman).


That's all. I just wanted to write down some thoughts. What are you watching this winter? Are you excited about sexy-rich-arrogant-Aiba? Because I surely am.
 
 
rosa_elefante
13 January 2017 @ 10:33 pm
I checked, and I've been doing this "drama season" thing since 2011. That's a lot of time.
This season too, nothing super exciting, but there are few things that intrigue me. As always, I hope to be surprised (it happened, this fall!)

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rosa_elefante
06 January 2017 @ 12:03 am
Where "recently" means that there is one drama I've finished at the beginning of November.

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
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Jimi ni Sugoi!
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Nigeru Wa Haji da Ga Yaku ni Tatsu
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Suna no Tou
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Juhan Shuttai!!
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