Tag Archives: Jdrama

Operation Kdrama Chat: Theme Poll

4 Mar

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Its that time again! Time to choose another theme for Operation Kdrama Chat. Is it me or does Ghost seem like it’s been going on for–ever? Of course, it could be because since I’ve seen Ghost 2 times already, I had a hard time doing a rewatch to chat with everyone.

But that gets fixed….NOW!

We’re going for something different, and something shorter, while still being good? So for this time we’re hitting up the Japanese dramas! Are you ready for your options? Here we go! Continue reading

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Kimura Takuya: Revisited

1 May

A while back, my attention was temporarily diverted from Kdrama and I was swept into the land of the Jdrama. Or I should say, pulled in by a certain actor named Kimura Takuya. After watching him in the drama Pride, I was hooked, and I vowed here to watch everything of his that I could get my hands on. Of course, with my squirrel like attention span, I didn’t quite make it. Partly because I ran out of interest (not because the shows were bad, I just don’t have staying power–it’s why I can’t watch American TV either) and partly because there are just so many of them! Here’s a list of the dramas I made it through and, briefly, my thoughts on each.

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Long Vacation
Honestly, I didn’t get much past the first episode on this one. I hated the heroine so much, and when she forced her way to live with the hero, I just couldn’t take it anymore and moved along. Sorry, not even the young Kimura Takyua and his lovely long hair could make me continue with this.

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Pride Review. (Spoilers. Big Love. Big Rants.)

4 Mar

pride2This is the first time I’ve done a review for a drama without more pomp and circumstance. I just can’t stop thinking about it. I was chatting last night with Cherry Cordial and Thea and when I told them about it, I basically hijacked the entire conversation with my rants. That’s when the thought struck me. Dur. This needs a post. Stat. (Stat being actually two weeks ago when I first started writing this post. I’m such a slacker…)

Completely by accident, I spent this weekend watching Japanese dramas. Now if you know me you’ll know I’m not a huge fan of the J-dramas, so the fact that I found one I enjoyed so much was a complete surprise. However, the fact that I loved the first part of the drama and hated the last few episodes? This, unfortunately, did not surprise me. What up, J-dramas? Why you got to be like that?

But the thing is, when I went to go put a rating for Pride on my Mydramalist, I was torn. As much as I hated where the story went, I loved the beginning just as much. Can I discount the ending for the beginning? Or the other way around?

I get ahead of myself.
Lets take the drama in two parts, so I can squee my head off before getting to the hair pulling. Continue reading

My Challenge…should I choose to accept it

28 Feb
KimuraI need to report an about face. In the past I’ve talked about how I dislike Japanese dramas. I thought I’d been fair, it wasn’t like I’d dismissed them out of hand, I’d tried a couple and found them not to my taste. Then someone said to me, “You’re going to judge an entire nations television on two television shows?”
Oh, snap!
Very true. The thing is that it’s not that I didn’t like the dramas, instead I started out enjoying the dramas very much. It’s just that as the story went along, each of the dramas turned until I disliked one (Rich man, Poor Woman) or the drove me crazy (A Clinic on the Sea).
Despite the chastising by my friend, I felt like I’d done my duty in giving them a fair shot, and was able to cross them off my list. Guilt Free.
Suddenly it changed. Due to an injury I’ve been stuck inside. Terrible for moral but wonderful for my Kdrama watching time. After spending one week watching the wonderful Life Is Beautiful, the next weekend I decided to try another weekend drama I’d heard was good, and yet after 3 episodes realized it was pretty terrible. Add the bad drama to my blue mood and it was a case for the drama blahs.

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The DramaClub! I Guess This Means I’m Simulcasting TWO Dramas…

25 Oct

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Just to let you know I signed onto another DramaFever DramaClub! After a couple of choices I went with A Clinic On The Sea, the one Japanese offering. While I’m not anti-JDrama, after my first and only attempt irritated me so much, I’ve been leery of trying again. But the synopsis was cute, the show is short, and I figured what the heck? Maybe it’s time to give J-Drama’s a second chance.

And I have to say that so far, I’m really glad I did. The first episode was adorable and it made me laugh a lot. It actually made me remember why I first got hooked on Kdrama. (Being that my first one was Playful Kiss.)

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Rich Man Poor Woman Review (SPOILERS)

13 Mar

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Hm. This is the first review I’m doing for a show which I originally watched during Operation: Kdrama Chat. Can there possibly be more to say that wasn’t already said to death? Well, that remains to be seen. I had a scheduling conflict and wasn’t able to join the rest of the crew for the last chat on the final 2 episodes, which actually worked out pretty well because I just didn’t have the same reaction to the show as others did. Like irritating anger?

Yeah, if you’re a huge fan of Rich Man, Poor Woman, this may not be the post for you.
I was ready to love the heck out of this drama. From what I’d heard from others, I was 98% certain I was going to want to make out with it. Sadly, this didn’t happen. ‘Why?’ I whine. ‘Why couldn’t I have just let the niggling issues I had with it go and just focus on the love story?”

The answer is simply that I didn’t just have niggling issues with the drama. The niggling issues I had throughout the bulk of the drama grew into giant boulder sized problems which made me want to rip my hair out and kept popping me out of the story. These aren’t gasps of “Wow!” or “I can’t believe that just happened!” it’s more “What the fudge?” or “Are you freaking kidding me?” and these are not exactly what you want your audience to be pondering during chunks of your drama.

I guess. Of course I may be wrong about that…. Continue reading

Show Introduction: Rich Man, Poor Woman

6 Mar

rich man poor womanYes, I know, since I just finished this over in Operation Kdrama Chat, sure I talked the heck out of over there, but am I done? Oddly, no. I had problems with this show, prob-lems. I just can’t stop thinking about it, finding out where it went wrong for me. Lots of others love this show. I know I saw it on plenty of others best of 2012 lists. Why do I have such issues with it? I really think, while it’s fresh in my mind I want to do a quick rewatch and then rip it apart, look at it’s insides and report my findings. Continue reading