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!
Finally got around to this



Following the cut you will find a ranking of my least to most favorite of the dramas (Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese) that I finished this year.

I think the whole this is pretty safe, though I do make a few allusions to plot points. So, I'm just going to cover my bases and say potential spoilers for Coffee House, Dal Ja's Spring, Fantasy Couple, Gumiho: Tale of the Fox's Child, Hotaru no Hikari 2, Iris, Kekkon Dekinai Otoko, Liar Game 2, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku, Oh My Lady, Playful Kiss, Prosecutor Princess, Shokojo Seira, Smile You, Smiling Pasta, Something Happened in Bali, Sunao ni Narenakute, Tsuki no Koibito, and Yankee-kun to Megane-chan.

It's one big ol' image. JSYK )

Final Thoughts: I have to say, 2010 was a bit of a disappointment for me on the drama front. Nothing I watched this year merited a five star ranking on my own personal Drama Rankings. Maybe I'm just getting bitter in my old age, because my top two dramas I adored yet just couldn't bring myself to call them nearly perfect. But honestly, I wonder if I rewatched some of those 5 star dramas if I wouldn't demote them now. I watched them when the world of dramas was still mostly shiny, new, and wonderful. I thought everything was great back then. AH WELL.

What I can say is that there was a crop of excellent female characters, it's just too bad they were stuck in such middling (Eun Young, Coffee House) or straight-up awful (Maemi, Tsuki no Koibito) dramas.

Here is hoping for better results next year! I'm going to start 2011 off by finishing up Joseon X-Files and then either Chuno, Secret Garden, Story of a Man, or City Hall.
FINISHED. Guys? I am all about the fast-forward button. I first called upon it's powers for the last half of Prosecutor Princess and that really helped since the mystery was dullsville. It also came in handy for Coffee House which was pleasant enough, but towards the end I still wasn't that invested in the characters and just wanted to go back to watching Hotaru no Hikari 2 and Gumiho: Tale of the Fox Child.

Spoilers for the whole shebang )
I watched episode 15 of Coffee House last night and I'm still liking. One thing really bugged me, but first the positive!

This was the first time I genuinely liked Seung-yeon. Spoilers, obv. )
I MADE AN ART



Find out what it is! )

Finally picked Coffee House back up and am through ep 10. I'm liking it more than I did the first go around. It was fine before, but I think there was too much Seung Yeon. She still does that same shuffling around like a three year old that DRIVES ME UP A WALL, but Eun Young is so amazing it doesn't really matter.
rosdrise: (guc - scrabble)
#1 - Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] jennekohan! Now you're old like me.

#2 - The first episode of Yankee-kun to Megane-chan is finally out. :D

#3 - Watched up through episode 4 of Coffee House and it remains fun and refreshing. Jin-Soo has grown on me as a character (the "OmonAAA~~~" shriek to draw the grandma's attention and the domino freakout were spectacular. Not to mention sending a sleeping Ji Won out to the country). Before I thought he was kind of a douche, but now I can accept that he's just eccentric and doesn't actually strive to make people miserable for his own enjoyment (kinda).

Eun-young is fabulous. I love how she can be a strong, successful women, but it still allowed to be kind of a dork. It's like she's a real person. I want her and Jin-soo to be the endgame. Please let it be so, Korea.

The only character I'm really not sold on is Seung-yeon. Not so much because she is the spunky younger girl stereotype that will melt our lead man's heart, that I can live with for the most part. It's a trope for a reason: because it works.

What I can't stand are her mannerisms. She's 25. There is no reason for her to be shuffling around the room generally acting like a three year old. It's hard for me to describe what my issue is, since you really have to see it. I guess it's supposed to be cute and endearing? I think it's freaking obnoxious. She's not as stupid as Go Mi-nam, but in some ways it's just as bad.

ETA #4 - I planted the little baby tomato plants that I started as seeds inside. Now they are out in the big mean world and the thunderstorms we've been having are doing their best to beat them into the ground :( Be strong little plants!
Three day weekends are the BEST. I went back to my parents' house for my little vacation and had an all around good time. There was car-washing and waxing, house cleaning (of the outside variety), shopping (and not finding anything remotely like the duvet cover I'm looking for), grilling, and drinking.

I also saw Prince of Persia with [livejournal.com profile] sailorgaia and it was just the fun, silly summer movie I thought it was going to be (Also saw The Last Airbender preview and it looks like it will be pretty amazing on the big screen. And that just makes me more sad about the racefail that is the casting. I also hope it keeps the humor that was such a huge part of the show). We went out to eat first at a new Asian restaurant that was pretty dead, but the sushi was good as was my udon. We also tried some sparkling sake which tasted just like sparkling wine (thus: delicious and dangerous). Anyway: Prince of Persia. I was convinced that the actor who played the older brother was someone I had seen before. But when I looked up Richard Coyle on imdb he hadn't been in anything I'd watched. Maybe he just has a face I've seen before? I don't know. But what I DID see is that he's playing Moist Von Lipwig in the TV version of Going Postal that JUST AIRED. So, I downloaded that to watch later.

Going Postal is the only Terry Pratchett book I've read (besides Good Omens, which was a collaboration) and just picked it up at the airport because I needed something to read. I enjoyed it, and maybe someday I'll read other Discworld books. Who knows, life is crazy.

I finished another book this weekend: A Game of Thrones, the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series that everyone else has read but I only heard about for the first time a couple months ago. I never read much fantasy beyond The Hobbit and the first book in the Wheel of Time series. The Eye of the World bored me when I first read it, but I think I was in 5th grade or something, so maybe I'll give it another shot?

Anyway, there was a lot about A Game of Thrones that I enjoyed. It was fun to get so immersed in that world and I'm really interested in how things are going to play out. I'm trying to remain spoiler-free for the series, so be careful if you comment.

What I didn't like about the book is how misogynistic it was. It's one thing for the world it takes place in to be sexist, it's quite another for every single female character to be either evil, crazy, useless, or a slut. I don't know how any of the households manage since all the noble men are off to war and all of the women are employed in whorehouses.

Even Catelyn, the mother of several of the main characters, who seems like a strong, capable woman, is driven to distraction by her husband's bastard son. She hates the kid, not her husband who did the cheating, the child. It's unreasonable, but well, she's a woman so it's to be expected.

The sole female character that seems to be free of all the negative female trappings is Arya. Who is what? Eight? But, she behaves more like a 'boy' so people find fault with that anyway.

Over in dramaland I decided to drop Personal Taste because it bored me, even with the kissing. I didn't care about any of the characters and I'm kind of annoyed that I made myself sit through 11 episodes. It wasn't fun or entertaining. It was a waste.

I'm in the middle of Prosecutor Princess and I don't feel AS apathetic about it as I did Personal Taste, but I'm still not that invested in it. I want to know what Lawyer Seo's deal is, but I'm mad at him for making Hye Ri sad. I'm happy to see her progressing as a prosecutor and a human being. Too bad she's the only character I care about.

I know a lot of people are giving up on Sunao ni Narenakute but that is one that I'm still enjoying. I'm not angry at Haru and Nakaji for their behavior, I think it's pretty human to have doubts. This holds more true for Haru though, since Nakaji was in what he thought was a committed relationship when he started flirting with Haru. But at the same time, their story isn't that interesting. I'd much rather learn more about Peach or Linda. Doctor is sweet, but a little too spastic for my taste.

Tsuki no Koibito is meh, and a little slow, but I'm intrigued to see where it is going. Shinohara Ryoko's character is the bright spot in that drama for me.

Finally watched the first two episodes of Coffee House and it strikes me in many ways as more light-hearted and fun TnK. You have the eccentric man, old friend, and spirited young woman. I enjoy Jin Soo more as a character than Rensuke, because while he is just as OCD (about the DUMBEST THINGS) as Rensuke, at least he tries to be charming. Eun-young isn't as much fun as Maemi, but I love how she takes on Jin-soo. Seung-yeon... I don't know. I appreciate that she's not some mindless, chipper ray of sunshine. She's just a normal girl, who is a recent graduate find it hard to get a job. But, she's not that engaging. The plot is fun and quick-moving though, so I'm enjoying it.

Randomly, I watched the first two episodes of Smiling Pasta because they were sitting on my hard drive and LOVED IT. It feels like it's been so long since I had such a strong reaction to a drama. Lately I've been bored with a lot of stuff, and just watched it because it was there. But I was bummed when I had to go to bed last night because I really enjoyed Smiling Pasta.

It's unapologetically silly and ridiculous (Xiao Shi almost gets killed by a JAVELIN on campus, luckily the boy she likes plucks it out of thin air to save her. The director also seems overly-fond of the fastforwardandzoompauserepeat camera trick WHENEVER something vaguely dramatic happens. It makes me laugh every time) but not an an annoying, completely over the top way. Xiao Shi wavers close to the line of being clumsily adorable, but never crosses it (though her family is so QUIRKY I worry they may wear thin). Instead Xiao Shi is a sweet girl, who is a little preoccupied with having a boyfriend, but isn't crazy about it. She just doesn't want to disappoint her family. And even when she finally does run into the cool popstar He Qun, she doesn't completely lose her senses. I'm pretty psyched to watch more.

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