Jun. 30th, 2011 12:15 pm
Where the heck have I been? Flist, I don't even know. Summer is getting away from me. I can't believe it's almost the 4th. Because that, as most Americans know, pretty much signals the end of summer. We're rounding the turn and headed down the homestretch. Way to be depressing, sorry.

Mostly I've been working. And I'm legitimately busy at work now (new job is going pretty well!), so I don't have the freedom to peruse LJ as often as I used (or would like) to. Plus, I'm kind of all about tumblr at the moment. I'm upsydownsy over there. CH-ch-ch-ch-check it out.

BUT, I have been watching dramas. I wrapped up Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung, Best Love, and Lie to Me in the last week. And I enjoyed them all for the most part, though none were spectacular. They are rom-coms, which is my go-to genre. I'm pretty much guaranteed to like a rom-com granted it's not exheedingly un-romantic or un-comedic. But there has to be something extra to push it over the top for me. And while I liked these three, none of them possessed that extra spark, they were always missing something.


Screencap courtesy of Koala's Playground

I actually don't have much to complain about with this little show. I went into it with very low expectations, because it was all thrown together so quickly. They didn't even start shooting it until a month before the air date, right? And casting was all kind of last minute. The entire thing just had disaster written all over it. And narratively, it was. The set-up was clunky to say the very least. Those first couple of episodes were pretty painful, but then ... spoilers for this show and then talk about Best Love and Get Karl! )

NEXT UP: What is everyone watching this coming season? Myung-wol the Spy is the only kdrama I'm going to be watching (at the moment). I'm definitely going to check out the Ouran drama (though I'm wary) and Arakawa Under the Bridge even though I've never read the manga or watched the anime, I just find Kiritani Mirei freaking adorable.

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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 )
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 )
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.
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.


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.
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!



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