Finally A Super Awesome J-Drama: Sunao Ni Narenakute

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Wow. i just finished one jem of a great J-Drama- probably the best and most realistic drama I’ve ever seen.

Sunao Ni Naranakute, FINALLY proved to me that a J-drama can truly be mature, well-made, and serious while still producing good results. I’ve had enough of the manga-turned-live action teen comedy dramas with too much ridiculous comedy and not enough realism, so this drama was like a breath of fresh air in an otherwise oversaturated market of uber-kawaii romantic comedy J-dramas.

This was such a human drama. All about a group of close-knit friends and their own personally screwed up lives, this drama tackles everything from drug addiction to suicide, meanwhile tangling up a bizarre string of love triangles- both heterosexual and homosexual.

While at times one can feel depressed by the otherwise “intense” melodramtic plotline, you can’t help but feel that this drama is exactly the opposite of it’s title, which translated literally means “Can’t become honest”, since this drama, in every form of the word, is purely honest. It displays real struggles that real people face, both in Japan and in the world. It also shows how friendship, support and love can get anyone through anything 🙂

For once a drama doesn’t have to sugar-coat and fluff all the characters and plotlines to suit a cookie-cutter demographic. It’s real and raw, and that’s what was so damn great about it. It also, unfortunately, is what kept this unconventional drama from becoming very famous, as many viewers claim it being simply too “depressing”.

Well, aside from the weaklings who can’t seem to handle real DRAMA, I happen to whole-heartedly appreciate this beautiful drama. Starring the lovely and talented Ueno Juri, and her popular counterpart Eita, the two stars clearly steal every scene from the “minor” characters.

For those out there who, like myself, are sickenly in love with DBSK and Jaejoong, you will be VERY HAPPY by the extreme cuteness exhibited by the character ‘Doctor’ who is played by the beautiful perfection that is Jaejoong. He is DELIGHTFUL. I feel I could watch him all day long and never get tired of his adorable nature. Not to mention he is beautifully fluent in Japanese. I got such enjoyment out of anytime he would throw in a little Korean reference: ex. Fighting! But aside from the usually important things such as “acting” and “character” his ridiculous good looks make me want to scream at his costars to appreciate the fact that such sublime beauty is standing beside them. His beauty literally makes me want to cry sometimes. I don’t know whether to be madly in love with him or just jealous- haha!

But that’s getting off-topic….(I’ll save Jaejoong for his own blog post :P)

Another minor character I simply ADORED was Tamayama Tetsuji’s character Linda. Tamayama is such a freaking amazing actor. I never even knew the guy till I saw this drama, and I am now in love with him. He is just awesome…wow. His portrayal of the tormented homosexual character Linda was stunning and beautifully heartbreaking 😦 I love you, man.

Due to my own personal disinterest in giving a plot synopsis and acting review, I just want to say that I give this show a great big five stars, and a hopeful wish that someday someone can begin to appreciate this wonderful Japanese drama for all that it is. 11 episodes of greatness indeed. I laughed, I cried big slopppy sobs, and I just flat out loved it. I can only hope that can find another J-drama out there as good as this one.

Please, I beg of thee- watch this drama.

But now that my adventure with this lovely drama has ended, I move onto a Korean drama, which, sadly, will probably steal the limelight once again. But don’t fear, SNN, wasurenagusa! I won’t forget you. And for fans like myself who have trouble admitting it- NO this drama does not equal Jaejoong. Please, appreciate this drama as something other than JUST HIM (if you can)

I’m off- here’s another silly drama review from Ria-chan! Sayounara! Oyasumi~ ^^

P.S. When I was looking for a picture to add to this blog, probably 3/4 (maybe more) of the Sunao Ni Narenakute image results were Jaejoong screenshots. I find this hilariously enjoyable.

PSS. Wait…no actually ALL the image results are Jaejoong screenshots. Sorry.

To be fair, I think Ueno Juri, Eita, Tamayama Testuji and Peach deserve a hell of a lot more credit. Where are all their screenshots? Hmph.

Shining Inheritance! K-Drama At Its Finest.

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It’s Christmas break, and despite many nice things that I’ve done and recieved this season, perhaps the best part of this entire vacation has been watching Shining Inheritance.

This delicious soap-opera-esque K-Drama is sophisticated, stylish, and downright addictive, and not to mention 28 episodes (that’s almost twice as long as a normal drama) so I can watch many episodes without fearing they will dissappear and the drama will end too soon!

This drama is more mature and dramatic than the average bubbly boy-meets-girl romantic comedy. In fact, considering most teenage girls (I speak for the demographic) require some juicy romance in any show to survive, this one is shockingly entertaining despite very minimal romance initially. It’s less about lovey dovey couples and more about the twisted webs of lies and deciet that crazy rich people will spin when money and status are threatened.

You get plenty of annoying rich snobs and selfish greedy evil stepmothers to last a lifetime, but there is more to this drama than just whiny aristocrats and spoiled brats, and much of that lies in the two lead characters: Han Hyo Joo and Lee Seung Ki.

I already liked Han Hyo Joo from Iljimae, but she is now by far one of my top actresses. Not only is she beautiful, but oh so endearing, and her performance is just unforgettable. When she cries, I cry. When she smiles, I smile. And THAT is true good acting.

As for Lee Seung Ki, who was only an over-rated celebrity in my book before this show, his cuteness and charm are so overwhelming that I actually adore his character, despite the fact that for a great deal of the show he is a spoiled, arrogant Grade-A douchebag. For once, I think I will actually pick the mean guy over the nice guy in this love triangle (Hwan Vs. Joo-Sae)

Gosh this drama just keeps me on my toes. All the lies, the greed, the heart-breaking darlingness of Han Hyo Joo, the whole Cinderella-story concept; it’s just too wonderful.

In case you didn’t already know, Shining Inheritance is one of the highest rated K-dramas of all time. It garnered a whopping 40% viewer rating (that’s almost half of the South Korean population) and was BY FAR the best drama of 2009. And I certainly can see why.

This drama is DRAMA done right. It has every kind of shocking wonderful, emotional, twist you can think of, and yes, for you teenage girls, there is some good romance and some serious love-triangle rivalry and jealousy.

This drama is long, and thank god, because this high quality entertainment has got me hopelessly addicted, and for the moment, I really don’t know what I would even do with myself if I didn’t have episodes of Shining Inheritance to watch each day.

As my title says: this is, most certainly, K-drama at it’s FINEST. Beautifully done and worth every minute of my time.

Please, do watch it.

For now, I go! Oyasumi! Annyeoung! ~ ^^

Everything I Thought I Loved In Life Has Been Replaced By SHINee

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I don’t think I have ever known love before. Truly. What ON EARTH have I been doing all these years? You might as well say I’ve been dead. I must have been to not have noticed SHINee for so long.

I officially declare, without a shadow of a doubt this time, that SHINee is, most certainly, my #1 favorite K-pop group. Yes, you heard me. That means even above Super Junior and -dare I say it?- DBSK. Those words I never thought I would say, ESPECIALLY about SHINee.

On my list of K-pop groups, SHINee was, in all 100% honesty, at the bottom. I didn’t care one bit that they even existed. I liked maybe 2 songs by them, and I still didn’t find them particularly worth my time. They were just…eh. Just some over-rated K-pop group that seemed to garner more attention than it deserved.

I wish I could go back in time just to slap myself in the face.

Over the course of a few days, SHINee skyrocketed from last place to first place, surpassing the insurpassable Super Junior and DBSK, and everyone else, on my list.

I have a disease. No longer do I care about K-Dramas. Rather, I listen to SHINee almost non-stop, and I have proceeded to download and obsess over nearly every song they have ever released. But that, certainly, is not all.

Two words: Hello Baby. The very words bring me infinite joy. The very thought of that show. Of Minho, Jonghyun, Taemin, Key, Onew and the sickeningly adorable baby angel Yoogeun playing, cooking, laughing, loving. I feel like I am going to burst from how ridiculously entertained I am by this show.

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I don’t know what I love more: SHINee as entertainers, or SHINee as people. Is there really any way to choose? I can find no fault in them. I love everything they do. I love their music, their personalities, their dancing, their singing, their comedy, their looks (haha), just everything.

I don’t even feel compelled to write a long blog entry. They are just that great. They don’t even need a large article to be wonderful. They just are.

And, as of now, nothing else matters.

Saranghamnida, oppas ~ Annyeoung! ^^ SHINee HWAITING! ❤

Zettai Kareshi: The Ending, and My Overall Opinion (Many Spoilers)

I know what you might be thinking: Two posts in a row about the same topic? WHY?

Ahhgghhh! I really fell in love with this drama, and though it’s over, I still feel under it’s spell. I felt compelled to rant about the ending and the ‘Special’ episode, as well as more of the more minor elements of this great J-drama. It is for sure one of my all-time favorite dramas, and possibly my favorite Japanese one.

The story really developed from a somewhat irritating and impossible romance to something truly golden and touching. I became attached to Riiko and Night’s relationship, I was really crying hard at the end. I think this takes the prize for the most tears shed during a drama. The screen kept blurring from all my tears, I could barely watch it.

I wasn’t sure whether to be pissed off, devastated, or touched by the ending. Night “dying” was certainly sad, and I was really crying over the little memoir video and such *tear* But somehow, despite how heartbreaking it was, I found it strangely sufficient, and I felt comfortable with it.

Then came the Special. I totally knew Night was going to be revived, and that the love triangle would be launched once more, but I found the Special to be MUCH less lovely than I had hoped for. I was happy to see that the characters and setting were blissfully unaltered (despite the Special being filmed years later) and I was excited at the prospect of Night and Riiko’s love being restored, but…it was just different. As much as I love Soshi-san, I really don’t feel much emotion from him, despite his so-called “love” for Riiko. I just see him as kind of the best friend type, and seeing those two as a couple is just super weird to me, it doesn’t fit.

Anyways, aside from a very un-romantic reunion, I felt the plot to be too long, complex, and unnecessary. The Special was TWO hours long, but they could have shaved off a good hour. The little romance between whats-her-name Robot creator and her robot lover-look alike was cute, but took up a little too much of the story line. I also felt that the creators were pumping a little too much action (aka, the secret agent/fighter robot/badass Namikiri segment) into the show. Perhaps if there had been a little less Kamiya and Nanase and more Riiko, Soshi and Night, I would have been more of a fan.

This whole Special wouldn’t have bothered me at all if I wasn’t still super pissed at the ending. I mean, what the hell?

IT ENDED EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE FIRST ENDING! What was the point of making a sequel if Night just ended up going off to die in the end AGAIN. I was practically on the edge of my seat saying “No, Riiko will turn around any minute and stop Night from leaving! Any minute now!” but she didn’t. And then, like before, she just went on back to Soshi, who she ignored and treated like crap and barely seems to spend much time with anyways. But, I gotta give him credit, he IS a human 😛

Errgg.

Well overall, despite my crazy and seemingly hateful ranting, I ADORED this sweet beautiful drama. The romance was oh so heartwarming, and I cried and said “awwww” far too many times. It was just…wow. What a great drama. This was K-drama quality for sure, and I really applaude Japan for turning what could have been a potentially stupid storyline into something really wonderful and moving. Yay!

“Absolute Boyfriend” Korea is being made, or I think might be airing right now. My beloved adorable Goo Hye Sun from BOF is the “Riiko”, so I might be tempted to watch, despite my usual aversion to watching the same drama in different nationalities, haha! Oh well, I’m sure it will be great.

The worst thing about J-dramas? Only 10ish episodes!! K-drama’s usually have close to 20, and are individually about 15-20 minutes longer. ARG! I wish Japan put more into length. 

 Ahh well, since I am headed to Japan in about 2 weeks (for the first time ever!) , I need to stock up on as much Japanese  as humanly possible, so I am dedicating the rest of August to watching strictly Japanese dramas, despite how difficult it can be to find good ones :/ My language skills depend on it! (If only I could find some juicy ones in Kansai dialect, grr)

Oh well, time to go!  Oyasumi, tomodachi!! ^_^