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Few words about the dramas I've watched this summer

Sukina Hito ga Iru Koto
It's nothing we haven't already seen, nothing original, but still, it was fun and terribly cute. It's a nice summer romance drama with a beautiful setting, food, and a very good looking cast. So yeah, it's not going to win the award for best drama of the year, but I've enjoyed it a lot.
I love Mirei and Yamazaki Kento together, I've already seen them in Heroine Shikakku and they have amazing chemisrty on and off camera, I love them (also, they're beautiful).
Everyone loved Chiaki (Miura Shohei), but I think it was because of his face, since I really didn't like him at all. He was so fake?? Trying to be the nice, wise older brother that doesn't want to make anyone suffer (but he does anyway); also [SPOILER]
he was oblivious about Misaki's feelings for half the drama and suddenly starts caring about her when he discovers she likes Kanata and not him anymore >.>
The only times when I liked him were that one time he got mad with Kaede and in the last episode, in that scene where he's left at the restourant with Touma, because it was clear he wasn't trying to be good or something like that.
Anyway, it was cute!

HOPE - Kitai Zero no Shinnyu Shain
It was really good AND well acted. It's about work and the struggles it presents, not only for the main character (a high school graduated who got there because of connections and who obviously isn't as good as college graduates), but for anyone else, because they're either "too good", have a incompetent boss or, simply, they're women.
I loved the relationship between the 4 same-year colleagues (between the 4 older ones too!) and how each one of them managed to find his own place.
I find this kind of dramas always relatable, for one reason or another.


ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako
I watched this drama for one reason, and that was the reason that kept me going. Yoko wearing a suit for 9 episodes.
But I have to admit that the first 4 (or 5?) episodes got me quite interested, because there was a thread, the case they were investigating on, that was weird and absurd, but at least I was curious to saee the end of it. Too bad the case was solved after 4-5 episodes, and the other focused on the heroine's own drama, wich... I didn't care about. It was also stupid and I still don't get why
[SPOILER]she was so sure she was going to kill someone, one day. It's so stupid.

So, after an okay start (I repeat, the first case was stupid too, but it was interesting), the second half was really underwhelming.
Still, I had way worse expectations, so I guess it's ok?
Also, Yoko.
Oh, I've confirmed my thoughts about Haru: I don't like her. I see no difference between her character in this drama, in Sekamuzu, and her public persona: she's always the same. Sure, there are a lot of bad actors/actresses around (Yoko, for example. Or Mirei, whom I love deeply, but she isn't the best actress out there, even if she's got better with time), the point is that Haru is one of the top-actress at the moment and I really don't get WHY.
You know who was good? Hayashi Kento. He's such a good actor, I don't get why he doesn't do more stuff.

Aogeba Toutoshi
I got what I was expecting, a typycal school drama with baby yankees full of "issues", that talk funny but care about their friends, and a passionate teacher who cares more about the students than his own health.
I haven't watched a drama like this in a while, so it was nice watching one again and seeing that yankees always have their own fashion and always look like they're out of a '90s dramas. But yeah, it was nothing special.
The main kid was awful in every single way.

Seisei Suruhodo, Aishiteru
Oh my God, it was awful.
The first 3-4 episodes were awkward in a good way, meaning that it was really bad but I had fun. Then the story got "serious" and it was simply unbearable. I've watched the last 3 episodes in fast-foward because I couldn't deal with how stupid it was.
Not only it was about a girl who falls in love with her rich, handsome boss, but there's also an affair, where all the blame is put on the woman :/ I didn't like any of the characters and didn't care about their problems.
Also I read that Takki was a good actor, but here he was terrible????
The only good thing was nakamura Aoi, bless him and his beautiful face.

Uncontrollably Fond
I honestly don't know why I didn't dropped it. The problem could have been solved in 5 episodes, and they took 20. TWENTY. Twenty episodes where nothing happened. The plot could have been interesting (not original, of course, but at least not boring), but with so many episodes it really seemed like nothing was happening.
I disliked every character, it aired in summer but they shoot it in the middle of the winter, so you watched people with heavy coats and scarves while your room was like an oven.
I mean, it was so bad that even Koreans disliked it.

W - Two Worlds
Finally a Korean drama with somehow an original plot. In the end there were the usual cliches (like the girl that at one point becomes totally useles because only the guy can be the hero), but the setting was honestly interesting and complex (so much that some times it was hard follow what was going on).
I think that it was too long, though, because the last episodes were quite anticlimatic, while the whole drama was full-paced. Still, it was good.

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I thought I was the only person who doesn't like Haru :x Everyone keeps telling me how she's so brilliant and I just kept figuring I wasn't watching the right dramas. I guess it's nice they cast her in main roles because she's different from the usual type of super gorgeous girls they cast, but I haven't been so impressed with her. I hope she gets better... she's still pretty young, after all. (Too young to be playing love interests for guys in their mid-30s, IMO)

It's very difficult for me to see Kiritani Mirei play a "nice" role because I've seen her play a mean girl so many times. She seemed kinda OK personality-wise on Chronicle, I guess. Nothing super special. Maybe I'll just go back to falling for the older actresses since they actually dare to have a personality on TV.
I think the thing about Haru is that she's "different" from other actresses around her age, qith her quiet/cold persona and the fact that she's not your typical beauty. But you're right, she's still quite young (even tho 25 is not THAT young) so she can improve.

Aaah, I've been liking Mirei for years, so I'm not really objective when it comes to her XD But I loved when she played the 'bitchy' characters (I remember loving her a lot in NatsuNiji!).
La penso come te per Sukina bla bla, non difetta da pecche, in particolare gli ultimi episodi sono stati troppo diluiti, inconsistenti di trama (ma il tizio "cattivo" alla fine che è servito a fare -.-''?) e prevedibili.
Ciononostante alla fine come drama leggero estivo ha funzionato benissimo (e poi io ero a Enoshima e pure alla Tokyo Tower nello stesso periodo in cui lo giravano e ammetto che mi faceva stranissimo O_O, e la sigla si sentiva ovunque per Harajuku etc).
Non amo Kento Yamazaki, ma qui ha fatto un buon lavoro.
Amo Shohei Miura, ma qui è stato un personaggio un po' sfigato (tendo ad essere come lui come personalità, per non far soffrire le persone a cui voglio bene, ma capisco che come personaggio questo suo modo di essere funzioni poco e risulti un po' una ameba).
Ho adorato Toma e Shuhei Nomura. Davvero bravissimo, era scalpitante come un adolescente, davvero realistico, mai tirato.

Yoko wearing a suit for 9 episodes.
Aaahhahahaha XD
La Haru non piace manco a me :/ in Sekamuzu ho tenuto duro per Toshi, in Gomen ne Seishun era detestabilmente amorfa (eppur fastidiosa), qui... mi spiace per Yoko, ma non me la sentivo proprio di vedermi un secondo drama di fila con lei...
Epperò ammetto anche che l'ho vista in Grasshopper, e là ha avuto un ruolo di tipo 25 secondi ma l'ho trovata incredibilmente ben più brava, molto sul personaggio, e finalmente non fastidiosa. Quindi, boh, dipende dai ruoli e dalla sua giovane età... credo... spero.
Vero, gli ultimi due episodi erano pressochè inutili, ma si sa, in queste storie va aggiunta un po' di "drammaticità" alla fine per far consolidare la coppia XD Vabbè XD
Penso, come te, che nella vita reale la gente come Chiaki sia molto meglio che in un drama, anche perchè non è così... piatta? Non mi viene la parola. Le persone normali hanno una personalità più complessa e sfaccettata, ovviamente, quindi è diverso. Nel drama mi ha dato proprio fastidio.
Concordo anche su Nomura Shohei, l'avevo già visto in un drama della scorsa estate con Fukushi Sota (non ricordo assolutamente il titolo) e avevo odiato il suo personaggio per ogni secondo, qui invece mi è piaciuto!

Nah, non guardarlo, non ne vale la pena. Cercati immagini di Yoko, però, lui era bello XD
Forse lei è ancora al livello in cui non riesce a risultare credibile in un ruolo da protagonista, ma magari, se il personaggio è decente, rende bene in piccole parti. Per questo non mi spiego questa ascesa dal nulla.