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.


Sep. 1st, 2010 10:13 am

I finished Gumiho: Tale of the Fox's Child and the last two episodes completely saved the show for me. Spoilers to follow... Spoilers I tell ya! )

I really hope the potential drama strike doesn't happen. I'm kind of in love with My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and am already jonesing for ep 5 to get subbed already. I don't think I'll handle further delays very well.
I really wasn't expecting much when I downloaded the first episode of My Girlfriend is a Gumiho. You're Beautiful had left a rather unpleasant taste in my mouth for the Hong Sisters, despite loving both Hong Gil Dong and Fantasy Couple. I just didn't find YB all that funny and Go Mi Nam was more than I could stand.

Besides, I'm through ep 14 of Gumiho: Tale of the Fox's Child and am enjoying it well enough. I figured that was going to be my gumiho drama of choice, despite the issues I'm having with it. The main issue is that while it has a wonderfully fresh concept and deals with relationships (mother/daughter in particular) that you don't often see spotlighted in dramas, and has a nice mythological base, it is just SO. SLOW. I could really do without having 1/2 of every episode dedicated to people running around and yelling. Just cut that out and you'd have a solid drama. As it is, it gets rather tiresome.

I have a few words I'd like to say about Lord Yoon, but I have screencaps to go with them, so I'll wait. Suffice it to say: I don't like him.

Anyway: HOW MUCH FUN IS MGiaG? I haven't had this positive of a reaction to a drama in quite some time. Not a once did I find my gaze wandering, and everything I've watched recently (Gumiho most of all, but even bits of Yankee-kun to Megane-chan and Hotaru no Hikari 2)has had some difficulties holding my attention. But the first three episodes of MGiaG just sailed by for me, which is almost unheard of with the lengthy kdrama running time.

It may be leftover warm fuzzies from the first two episodes of GOLD (WHICH HAPPENS TO BE AMAZING), but I think the major cause is right here:

I adore Gu Mi-Ho. She's cute without being cloying, curious without being stupid, and odd without being intolerable. She is such a doll! :D

Off-topic: Could anyone point me to some animated gif tutorials? I made the above one with screenshots I took frame by frame, but there has to be a better way, right? And how do I make it faster? It looked right in the Photoshop preview, but now it's all laggy. Enlighten me, flist.
I finished my TV meme and now I'm not quite sure what to do with myself. So, I suppose I can give a few quick updates on what I'm watching at the moment.

Leverage - Good fun! Leaps of logic abound, but it doesn't really matter as long as you have the crew :)

Mad Men (4x04 "The Rejected") - I think the show has been aces since it started back up. I'm looking forward to a possible Don Draper breakdown in the future. The man's life is in shambles. The shit has to hit the fan AT SOME POINT. Maybe more secretaries need to through things at him.

True Blood (3x09 "Everything is Broken") - I love you Jason Stackhouse. Your idiocy is just too endearing, but your storyline this year IS BORING ME TO TEARS and YOU'RE BEING KIND OF A DICK. I liked that mildly self-aware speech he gave to the high school QB a few episodes back, and I like that he's recognized he needs to do something worthwhile with his life. But the way he's going about it is just so self-absorbed and, I guess, VERY Jason-Stackhouse. Regarding Tara: I KNEW FRANKLIN WASN'T DEAD. I really wish Tara had been the one to kill him :/.

Hotaru no Hikari 2 (Episode 5) - WTF BUCHOU? Take it back!

Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (Episode 7) - Finally an OTT manga drama I can get behind. It's actually funny, thank goodness. Though subs seem to have stalled on it :/

Gumiho: Tale of the Fox's Child (Episode 6) - I feel like the show had been treading water for sometime. There are only so many times I can watch people search for Yeon Yi before I start ffing. But finally we got some movement with the Lady finding out what the Lord was up to, Yeon Yi's boyfriend seeing her Gumiho fur, and Momma Gumiho getting smacked with some kind of binding charm by the demon hunter who then proceeded to THROW HER INTO A LAKE. Right on show.

And because I'm having meme withdrawal:

5 Things Meme from [ profile] geewhiz

Ask me my Top Five whatevers. Fannish or literary or RL or otherwise. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what -- fandoms, characters, ice cream flavours, cartoon moments, women/men in my fandoms, OTPs, ideal holiday destinations, goals for the future, celebrity crushes, books I wish would be made into movies, love songs, etc. And I will answer them all in a new entry.
Finished episode two of Gumiho: Tale of the Fox's Child and I kind of love it. I don't recall ever watching a drama like this. It's first and foremost a story about a mother and a daughter. Sure, there is bound to be some romance, suspense, and other dramatic elements but at the soul of the show is a mother's love for her daughter. They just both happen to be nine-tailed foxes. Whatcha gonna do?

Well, don't mess with her daughter for one thing. I'm just saying...

Pics and some plot synopsis )



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