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Jun. 3rd, 2011 11:56 am


I don’t even know what to think anymore about the two currently airing kdramas I’m watching at the moment. I’m through the first eight episodes of each. When it all began, Best Love was by far the big winner. I only kept up on Lie to Me because of my allegiance to Kang Ji-hwan and Yoon Eun-hye’s sheer adorability. For the most part it was pretty stale and tired where Best Love was all sparkly and made me laugh, like, A LOT.

Kind of spoilers through the first 8 episodes )
So, is anyone else watching Shiawase ni Narou yo? I've only seen the first two episodes but I like it. Shingo and Meisa are lovely.

I made a picspam! Apologies for the annoying font choice )
Day 10: Your Favorite Line/s by a Female Third Wheel

Unspoken Transformation - Mi-rae (Exhibition of Fireworks & Dae-soon (Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung)




Secondary lead women often speak volumes without saying a single word be it through evil glares or, my personal favorite, Meaningful!Wardrobe!Changes! The first instance of this I can remember was Chae Mi-rae in Exhibition of Fireworks who was in love with her dead fiance's brother. In any other show she very well could have been the heroine given the whole star-crossed lovers and parental disapproval thing she had going. But in Fireworks she was the second lead and therefore tried to rope her boyfriend into being her baby daddy and engaged in other under-handed tactics. About midway through the run of the show she adopted a severe ponytail to represent her newfound antagonist role and never looked back.

Dae-soon in Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung went through a similar transformation going from a bespectacled, soft-spoken jewelry store clerk into full on femme fatale mode in order to get. her. man. (and represent her evil female ways)

Photographic Evidence )

30 Days of Kdramas )
Day 09: Your Favorite Line/s by a Male Third Wheel

Every failure at recognizing Se-ri - Yoon Pil-joo (Best Love)




OK, so maybe this is just an excuse to talk about how much I am enjoying Best Love, because I AM. SO MUCH. Ae-jung is amazing and I want to be her best friend and see her succeed something fierce. Jin is so hilarious I could just watch him flail about all day.

Now, I know a lot of people are digging the Ae-jung/Pil-joo dynamic and I while I can understand why (she is great and he's nice/smart/successful) I'm not that invested in it personally. Of course, I not that invested in Ae-jung/Jin romantically that much at this point either. I am adoring all of their interactions because they are golden. Pure gold, people. Pure. Gold. But they're not really on the same page maturity-wise. Pil-joo and Ae-jung are, but again, I just see them as friends? It's that whole second-lead thing where I just never go for it.

What I am interested in Pil-joo/Se-ri. I'd be all over a drama based on their dynamic. Conceited idol princess meets sweet doctor blissfully unaware of pop culture? LOVE IT. I HOPE IT HAPPENS. As it is, I love how Pil-joo keeps Se-ri on her toes by continually never recognizing her. I love her :/ face everytime it happens.

It's bound to knock her down a peg or two which wouldn't hurt. And she can introduce him to life beyond the office with things like award shows and after parties.

30 Days of Kdramas )


Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung... not sure of the episode. 7, I think? Nothing really spoilery though, beyond the dramawiki summary of the plot. But, probably the most beligerent piggy-back I've ever witnessed. Image Heavy )
Day 08: Your Favorite Line/s by a Female Lead Character

"Delicious!" - Gu Mi-ho (My Girlfriend is a Gumiho)




So, my other choice for this was Anna's oft-repeated demand of "Buy me jjajangmyun" in Fantasy Couple because I apparently like when people talk about food? But, I've already discussed how much I adore her and everything she does. So, let's turn our focus to another Hong Sisters' heroine who is the opposite of Anna's abrasive nature, but equally delightful.

I pretty much adored everything about Gu Mi-ho. The entire drama could have been her exploring the human world and eating meat and I would have been a happy camper.

30 Days of Kdramas )
Day 07: Your Favorite Line/s by a Male Lead Character

"Do you want to smell dirt?" - Oh Dal-gun (Bad Family)




The next couple of days of this meme are going to be difficult because I have such a shit memory. I will remember the most random things when it comes to shows but not like, you know, integral pieces of plot. Dialogue is something I have even more trouble with, since I'm watching stuff in another language on top of not paying attention to the world around me. So, these lines/dialogue answers are going to be pretty random.

BUT ANYWAY. BAD FAMILY. If you haven't watched this show and you enjoy things like humor, fun characters, and having your heart tugged amidst insanity, then you should probably check it out. Kim Myung-min plays Oh Dal-gun, a former gangster turned fake-uncle (watch the show to learn more) and "Do you want to smell dirt?" is his favorite threat.

There is a great review of Bad Family over at Thundie's Prattle here. Read it or just go ahead and watch the show because YOU SHOULD ANYWAY.

30 Days of Kdramas )
Day 06: Your Favorite Song from a Kdrama OST

Capital Scandal - Capital Scandal


Shippy and semi-spoilery MV behind the cut. Read more... )


To be fair, it's actually the entire Capital Scandal OST. I can't just pick one song. I love the swing feel of the entire thing. There are fun, peppy songs like the OP (above), romantic ones (Because of You), and some great instrumental tracks.

Honorable mention goes to the Goong soundtrack because I adored all of the instrumentals on that.

30 Days of Kdramas )
Day 05: Your Favorite Female Third Wheel Character

Cha Song-joo - Capital Scandal



The End.


30 Days of Kdramas )
Day 04: Your Favorite Male Third Wheel Character

Seo Sung-joon - Smile, You




The truth is that I don't really have a favorite secondary male character. I've enjoyed some (Han-sung, Coffee Prince) and thought others were interesting characters (Ho-gae, Legend). But most of the time I'm super bored by them (Ki-Joong, Dal-ja's Spring) or supremely annoyed (Yul, Goong). I have yet to come across that third wheel that made me question the OTP in a kdrama.

But Sung-joon is a very fun character and he helped make the middle stretch of Smile, You, with it's scheming parents and never-ending episode count more tolerable. He was great comic relief and had an adorable little love story of his own.

Even cuter? Lee Chun-hee married his co-star. How sweet is that?

30 Days of Kdramas )
Day 03: Your Favorite Female Lead Character

Jo Anna - Fantasy Couple



This was an easy one! Made even easier by the fact I already did a post about this amazing woman. You can see it here: You WISH You were Anna.

The basic premise of Fantasy Couple, for those of you who haven't seen it (or the Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn movie it's based on), Anna is a rich, haughty woman who has a few unpleasant run-ins with a poor plumber named Chul-soo. He ends up losing money and getting a shovel to the head. After falling off her boat Anna ends up in a hospital bed next to Chul-soo with no memory of who she is. So, in order to recoup some costs, Chul-soo tells her she is his live-in girlfriend named Sang-shil.

Cue shenanigans!





Anna is delightfully bitchy, but also a strong and refreshingly honest character.

30 Days of Kdramas )
Watched the first two episodes of Best Love and I couldn't be happier. It's funny, interesting, and I love the two main characters.



Not terribly interesting the secondary characters at this point, through no real fault of their own. We haven't seen much of them after all. I'm just truly enjoying every single interaction that Goo Ae-jung and Dokko Jin have. So much so that everything kind of pales in comparison.

Have a short, random picspam I made from the second episode )

No, I have no idea what the deal with her shoulders is or why there is a napkin attached to her torso.

Yes, that is a demin vest. And no, I don't care how cool you are, that is never a good decision.

ETA: Yeah... I think I'm done with Manny. The mom continues to annoy me, the children are brats, Janice lost her spunk and is all googly-eyed over the manny, and he is just right about eeeeeeverything. Boring, moving on.
Day 2: Your Favorite Male Lead Character

Jang Taek-gi - The Vineyard Man




To those on my flist who haven't had the pleasure of watching The Vineyard Man, my choice may seem odd. There are a plethora of handsome, charming, funny, sexy, smart male leads dotting the kdrama landscape. And there are certainly many better known dramas out there, especially on Yoon Eun-hye's own resume. But I dare anyone to watch this series and not fall completely in love with Taek-gi.

Oh Man-seok himself isn't traditionally handsome, I'd be the first to admit that, especially with the horrendous haircut he's saddled with in this show. But Taek-gi as a character is so completely winning that by the end I was convinced I'd never seen a more attractive man.

Taek-gi is the country bumpkin (and secretly smarty-pants former scientist) to YEH's Ji-hyun, the spoiled city girl. He's plenty rough around the edges, but more than makes up for it with his loyalty, humor, and unfailing sweetness. He is slow to trust and quick to anger, especially when dealing with Ji-hyun who manages to push ALL his buttons, but once that facade starts to crack... It was hilarious watching him deal with all these ~*~feelings~*~ and nearly heart-stopping having to wait to get resolution on what I thought was a deliciously romantic story for such a silly drama.

UGH. I WANT TO WATCH IT AGAIN. Someday. I need to finish my recaps anyway.

TL;DR - I love Taek-gi and wish he was real.

30 Days of Kdramas )
I have two memes to offer you today. Want to know my opinions? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE.

First, one I stole from [livejournal.com profile] shineaurorarose. The 30 Days of Kdramas meme.

Check out the list behind the cut here )

I can already tell you that for a lot of these I won't have clear cut answers. I'll just go with whatever pops into my head at the time. But I'll still do it! Besides, the first one is easy

DAY 1: Your Favorite Kdrama

Capital Scandal




I doesn't take much for something to become a favorite of mine. It just has to contain exactly everything that I love. Capital Scandal does just that. It's funny, poignant, clever, exciting, romantic and possesses an excellent wardrobe and soundtrack. There wasn't a chance in the world that I would love this series. It's the same reason that Utahime is my favorite jdrama.

I've heard people snipe that it's too slapstick, which I honestly don't get. I've never been a huge fan of physical comedy (unless it's done really well) and I never had an issue with Capital Scandal. What is does have is a wonderful cast of characters who are strong and care about each other.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll love it. And if you don't... I just don't know if we can be friends anymore.

ANOTHER MEME, this time from [livejournal.com profile] beckerbell:

- Comment with "Hit me!"
- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people.


1. What attracts you to any given series, whether drama or tv or anime or manga, etc.? - SEE ABOVE! :D

2. By the same token, what is an absolute dealbreaker in a series? - I don't know that I have an absolute deal breaker, because there always seems to be an exception to the rule in a lot of cases. What it usually comes down to is if enough of the characters annoy me enough I'll stop watching, which is pretty subjective. There are things that annoy me sometimes, but in other instances I find tolerable. But I don't think there are any plot points or genres that really rub me the wrong way.

3. Which actors do you follow/would you watch a drama specifically for them? - Right now I think the only one is Kang Ji-hwan. I watched Exhibition of Fireworks for that man and it nearly put me in a mental hospital by the end. But I'm not completely faithful since I seriously doubt I'll be touching 90 Days with a ten foot pole. There have been a few western actors that I've watched some pretty terrible things for, like Nicholas Lea (Krycek of X-Files fame). I tracked down a bad Lifetime movie and watched Xtro II: The Second Encounter (DON'T ASK) for him.

4. What's the worst thing you've ever read/watched? - This is pretty much impossible to answer! Usually my default answer for worst book is Dive from Clausen's Pier because I raged against the main character for the entire book. But it's not like it was poorly written, I JUST HATED HER. But I've read any number of bad romance novels (and usually finish them since I stay away from the Old-School romances as a rule after my first taste). I'm totally drawing a blank on tv/movies right now so we'll just go with something I just watched: Tron: Legacy. OMG SO BORING. I NEARLY DIED.

What is your absolute favorite series right now? - EASY. Parks and Recreation. It so funny and off-beat and sweet. I'm incredibly happy I gave it a second chance.

ETA: ALSO! I'm pretty bummed I can't watch Best Love on Viki. Who knows when WithS2 are going to get subs out D:
As all the drama fans on my flist are probably aware, May is going to provide us with an over abundance of potentially excellent dramas. Some people haven't been as uninspired as I have regarding the selection of dramas since the beginning of the year, but the only thing I'm currently (semi)following is Manny. I'm through episode 4 and I really don't know if I want to continue. I knew it was going to offer some fun, sweet family stuff, but nothing has been as good as the first episode for me. Plus, the leading lady annoys the bajeezus out of me. For anyone that has watched episodes 5 or 6 - does she get any more tolerable? I expect whiny, passive behavior like that from high school characters, but in a grown ass women it's proving very difficult for me to watch.

With both Lie to Me and Best Love starting soon, I don't know if I'll have the time or interest in watching more. It's a bit disappointing as I was actually quite intrigued by Manny.

Subs for the first episode of Shiawase ni Narou yo are out, so I need to check that out at some time. And it looks like the subbers for Gold abandoned the project, considering they haven't updated their blog since January. PLUS the subs on viki stop at the same place, so I'm pretty bummed. That was shaping up to be an excellent series and I hate to leave it half way through. :(

As far as western TV goes, the first two episodes of Doctor Who were all kinds of creepy excellence despite some logic holes along the way. I'm very excited for this season.

WHAT IS EVERYONE ELSE WATCHING?

ALSO! I READ. Or, at least I try. I want to read the next Dragoneye book, Eona, but it's proving difficult. I was all set to buy the ebook a few days ago only to find they aren't selling one. I'm not about to buy a real book when I have a perfectly good ereader in which to carry my entire library. So, I figured I'd get it from the library, only they don't have their copies yet. FROWNY FACE.
So, I read Hot Gimmick and have absolutely no one to blame but myself.

I'm going to spare anyone out there who hasn't already read this series the trouble: DON'T DO IT. JUST. DON'T.

Here is the Wikipedia summary of this garbage (highlight for light spoilers regarding the way in which this manga is a blight upon the world)

The story revolves around Hatsumi Narita, a passive sixteen-year-old girl who lives in a company housing complex that is ruled by the tyrannical Mrs. Tachibana, the wife of the company's vice president. How a family behaves in the housing complex can affect an employee's status in the company. When her promiscuous younger sister Akane thinks she might be pregnant, Hatsumi gets talked into buying her a pregnancy test. Unfortunately, things don't go exactly as planned and Hatsumi is blackmailed by Ryoki Tachibana, the arrogant teenage son of the powerful Tachibana family who bullied her as a kid, into being his slave.

The first volume of this series is mostly an introduction for all the characters and plotlines, and any possible readers of this series are warned that things do not stay as they seem for long. The main male characters (Ryoki, Azusa, and Shinogu) all quickly swap places as the story continues on through the series. For this reason, Hot Gimmick is targeted much more at a mature audience, as it addresses several adult themes that are not entirely appropriate for younger readers; most pointedly, the normalization of an abusive relationship. Hot Gimmick delves into a deeper side found in every society, while still maintaining its shōjo roots.


Please note, I read this summary before starting the damn thing. I KNEW WHAT WAS COMING and I read it anyway. My thought process was basically "Oh, it can't be all that bad. SURELY things will get straightened out in the end." WRONG.

It's shoujo I told myself, mistakenly linking shoujo and romance in my mind. See, in romance novels you are guaranteed a happy ending. That's what makes it a romance novel. It can be romantic, but if any of that hero/heroine dies at the end nonsense goes down - BAM! NOT ROMANCE.

Also, I'd just read Sarah MacLean's Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake which was just fantastic. I don't know that I've ever been so emotionally invested in a romance novel before, but I loved the main pair something fierce. The entire story was so fresh and fun, and I totally almost teared up at one point. Even if you're not a fan of romance novels, if you like good love stories, pick it up. It's a delightful read.

How quickly I forgot the garbage a read before that (Potent Pleasures, by Eloisa James) where I wanted to strangle the hero on multiple occasions for being such. a. massive. dick.

Normally, I don't read manga. Or, I'll read a few chapters or volumes and give up. The only series I'm actively following is Kimi ni Todoke. I think the only series I've read in it's entirety is Peach Girl. I never even finished Fruits Basket, which I loved, opting instead to just read summaries because I'm hella lazy.

So, what possessed me to pick this series up in the first place and then proceed to FINISH THE ENTIRE DAMN THING, is something I will never be able to explain (or defend).

Spoilers for all 54 infuriating chapters (possible triggers) )

Excuse me while I go stab myself with a fork.
Just a few quick thoughts on the first episode... Spoilers, duh doi )

Also: PUPPIES! :D

After watching that I caught the new episode of The Borgias and enjoyed it a whole lot more. Sforza. YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW THE SHIT STORM THAT IS HEADED FOR YOU. Personally? I can't wait. Also, not digging the chick Cesare danced with. My main issue? Her posture. It bugged.
rosdrise: (guc - scrabble)
1. Moving suuuuuuucks. Especially when it's in the raaaaaain. But now I'm all settled and enjoying my much bigger residence. Still haven't unpacked my bedroom, but the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms (BATH AND A HALF, WHAT WHAT) are all set up. Plus I have cable and internet. It was a little dicey for a couple days. No serious withdrawal symptoms, but it still wasn't pleasant.

The cats adjusted to the move fairly quickly. First, I traumatized them by removing all the furniture from my old places leaving then with nothing but doors to take cover behind. Then I shoved them in the half bath while the house was being put together. But after yelling at me for a while and constantly walking up and down the hallway for an entire day they seem to have taken to the house. At least they haven't peed on anything yet.

2. Job hunting suuuuuuucks. Period. I have an interview Friday for a job I don't want at a place I used to work, but I think it'll be good practice. I haven't interviewed in years, so this will be a chance to shake the rust off and ~*~sparkle~*~ at an interview I actually care about.

3. I decided to drop Brighthouse and get AT&T Uverse, because everyone I know that has it is pleased PLUS I get free DVR and free HBO and Showtime for a few months. This works out perfectly since I plan on watching Game of Thrones (please to be fixing the rampant misogyny, HBO? *is eternally hopeful*) and I also wanted to check out The Borgias. I don't know anything about the Borgia familiy, so I'm taking in all kinds of altered history, but it's a lot of fun. And Lucrezia/Cesare! ...I'm going to hell!

4. Anime! After watching the Kimi ni Todoke movie it spurred me to watch the second season of the anime which was, of course, like all things Kimi ni Todoke, completely lovely. I'd read that far in the manga so I knew what was going to happen, but it was still very enjoyable. It's not as strong a story as the first season, but if you like KnT, it's not going to be for the plot, it's for the characters. And they are all wonderful, though it could have done with more Kurumi imho. Now I have several chapters of the manga to read! Excitement!

5. More anime! [livejournal.com profile] jennekohan suggested I check out Hanasaku Iroha, so I did, and I quite liked it. Our heroine is Ohana who, after her mom decides to run off with her boyfriend when he gives loan sharks their address, is sent to live with her estranged, onsen-running grandmother. Of course, her grandmother puts her to work immediately and her coworkers are less than enthused about her presence. But Ohana herself is hardworking and independent and when she stumbles she does her best to set things right. She's not all pure-hearted like so many anime/drama heroines. She's got a temper, holds grudges, and is fairly jaded beneath her smiling face, but I think she's great. I'm excited to see where the show goes and even if it just remains a simple coming of age story I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy it. The animation is nice and fluid and I'm really enjoying the muted color palette they're using.




6. It's been a bit of a dry spell in the drama world for me. There were two shows I initially though I'd check out (Midas and 49 Days) but never did, and now I doubt I ever will. I just haven't seen enough response in the drama community to spur me to get started. It actually worked out well, because with the move I haven't had a lot of free time.

But, that's about to change. Today is the premiere of Manny and I'm not sure why but I'm actually pretty psyched about this show. It's not the actors, since the only one I know is Choi Jung Yoon from her as the sour-turned-fairly-cool older sister in Smile, You. I guess it's the (partial) role reversal. I'm hoping it will be an Oh! My Lady done right.

The next Hong Sisters drama is shaping up to be pretty awesome. Despite not having seen her in anything else, I've managed to not hold Hello, My Teacher against Gong Hyo Jin. I suppose it's only fair since I gave Gong Yoo a pass for that disaster as well. I'm excited to finally see Cha Seung Won in something since I STILL haven't managed to watch City Hall.

Then there is Lie to Me which I'll watch regardless if it's a complete train wreck or not. I'm just hoping that Kang Ji Hwan isn't a complete prick in it. I could barely stand his character in Coffee House.

I... honestly don't know what's airing in Japan. Anyone hear of something good? I think I remember wanting to check out the getsu9 drama but I don't remember what it was called. The plot wasn't anything that intriguing but the cast was pretty sweet: Katori Shingo, Kuroki Meisa, Fujiki Naohito, and Naka Risa. I should probably look it up if I want to tag this entry... Shiawase ni Narou yo. And it starts next week! I hope someone is subbing it!
I watched the Kimi ni Todoke movie a while ago, and now that LJ has stopped being ridiculous for a minute I'm going to attempt to post about it. I enjoyed it for the most part, but really what it mostly did was make me want a drama version really really badly.

The cast was just so freaking perfect. I knew Tabe Mikako would be great as Sawako, because she did a pretty great odd girl in Shikaotoko Aoniyoshi and Miura Haruma is pretty much Kazehaya come to life (the smile!). But the supporting cast is was really surprised me. They just completely embodied these characters, it was almost a little shocking. PLUS Kiritani Mirei played Kurumi and I just adored her in Natsu Niji and was pleasantly surprised to see her in this movie. It doesn't hurt that I kind of love Kurumi and her frenemy relationship with Sawako.

If you're a fan of the manga or anime, you'll probably love this movie (it reminded me that I need to catch up on both...). Otherwise, it might be a little slow? The entire series is kind of a slow burn, but it's really a lovely little story about Sawako coming into her own in regards to friendship, love, and her own personality. It's got some great friendship moment between Sawako, Ayana, and Chizuru both of who are great characters in their own right. Probably my favorite part of the movie was their friendship



That and how ridiculous cute Sawako and Kazehaya are, despite my desire to just shove them together like Barbie dolls so they realize that they are IN LOVE ALREADY.



For the most part, the movie kept true to the story and just trimmed some stuff, which is fine. What I didn't like is when they straight up changed stuff. Sawako DOES go to New Years with Kazehaya and it's ADORABLE. He gives her his good luck fortune! I wish they'd just stayed with the original story. That's what the anime did, and while they weren't together it was still satisfying. I guess it doesn't give a great deal of closure, they don't declare their love for each other or anything, but it's still nice. And since when do Japanese movie give clear cut ending anyway? I get what I usually want and now I'm unhappy! I can't be pleased!

They also left out what is arguable my favorite scene in the entire series. When Kazehaya walks Sawako home after the whole group has cleaned Pin's apartment. She grabs onto the back of his coat and he comes THISCLOSE to kissing her and my insides go all gooey, but then it all falls apart (hilariously) because this show wants to kill me.


The rest of the scene behind the cut. One of these days I think Kazehaya is just going to go ahead and kill Pin )


I'm a couple episodes into the second series of the anime. I'd forgotten the ridiculous amount of ~*~*shoujo bubbles*~*~ this show uses. LOL. LOVEITFOREVER.
I've meant to check out Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica ever since [livejournal.com profile] beckerbell posted about it, but I just never got around to it what with all the traveling and work and... other stuff I was watching. NOT AN EXCUSE. I just find it really hard to pick up anime these days. I think the last thing I watched was the first season of Kimi ni Todoke and that was back at the beginning of 2010 (and apparently a second season is airing right now so that's definitely on my to-watch list). NO WAIT! I watched a few episode of Princess Tutu a couple months ago! Still need to finish that too. :/ But then [livejournal.com profile] jennekohan posted about Madoka Magica and prodded me to WATCH IT ALREADY. SO I DID.

Anyway, Madoka Magica is all kinds of awesome, but I don't have time to get into it at the moment. I just wanted to say a few words in regards to episode 3. SPOILERS )

I also finished watching Miranda and I'm very upset that I don't have anymore episode left :(




I MISS THEM ALREADY. The Comic Relief sketch wasn't enough to fill the hole in my heart.

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