Nothing Makes Me Feel Better Than Hana Kimi

 

I just finished watching Hanazakari No Kimitachi E for the second time. Hana Kimi, in case you don’t know, is by far THE best Japanese drama there is. It is hilarious to the point of pain and heartwarming and sweet as any mushy romantic comedy high school drama has the capability of being.

As a massive fan of this drama, I rewarded myself on my birthday with watching this drama for the second time, and reliving all the glorious comedy I had forgotten since I saw it about a year ago.

Horikita Maki, Shun Oguri and Ikuta Toma absolutely SHINE in this tremendously entertaining drama about the classicly wonderful girl-disguised-as-a-boy plot in this story. It’s about cute darling Horikita Maki playing Ashiya Mizuki, a girl who crossdresses in order to attend an all-boys school with the love of her life Sano Izumi (Shun Oguri) and the many other ridiculous colorful characters of the school.

One of my favorite quotes of this drama is said in the very last episode, when Akiha-san, the local photographer, hands Ashiya a photo album of all the great memories of the school and says very simply: “When you feel like crying, look at these idiots and laugh”.

This quote, to me, just about sums up all that is Hana Kimi. Idiots and laughter. So, so so much laughter.

I will never forget: the adorable sweet tomboyishness that is Horikita Maki, the shining gleaming hilarious comedic PERFECTION that is the character Nakatsu Shuuici, and all the unfathomably entertaining amounts of idiocracy which surround all three of the dorms in this crazy school.

Hana Kimi was a huge success when it came out back in ’07. I was a nerd in middle school at this time and didn’t discover this drama until 2011, but it is still timeless and classic as one of the funniest J-dramas ever created. I am certain of that.

It’s hard to mention comedy without bringing up Ikuta Toma, and his golden character Nakatsu Shuuici, who is BY FAR my #1 favorite-character-of-any-drama-ever. Yes, I just created that title. Anyways, Nakatsu is completely and utterly everything that is Hana Kimi. Just ask the fans. As much as girls always choose the cool, tall dark and handsome type (Shun Oguri as Sano Izumi here), the hilarious, loud, and sweet-heart best friend seems to always garner the most love from viewers. Viewers meaning me.

In every K-drama romance triangle I have witnessed, I have never been on the right side. The guy I always root for NEVER wins, you know, the nice guy who doesn’t treat her like crap, is open with his feelings and is always supportive? Yeah, well that’s what happens here once more. No, I’m not spoiling anything since it’s pretty obvious from the get-go that poor fantastic amazing Nakatsu, with his red hair, wide grin and long charming monologues which leave me crying of laughter, is in the loser’s seat.

Oh welll….Nakatsu may not be Ashiya’s first choice since she is stupidly hung up on boring Sano (sorry, not a big fan here) but there is enough outside plot- if the foolish games in this drama can be called ‘plot’ – to subdue any viewer who doesn’t favor the spotlight romance. The shenanigans of the outsiders such as Hibari Four, Kagurazaka and his strange rivalry/love for Sano, Dr Umeda and his enemy/lover? Akiha-san, the three Dorm heads Tennouji-sama, Oscar and Nanba-senpai, minor, but adorable characters such as “aura-boy” Kayashima, the-name-no-one-remembers Sekime, Nanba’s stalker Nakao, the dog-who-is-oddly-a-major-character Yuujiro, and all the crazy people within each dorm never cease to be extremely entertaining.

You will laugh, you will cry, and you will miss every scene that Nakatsu is not in. At least, that is the basic jist of MY emotions. Ha Ha.

If you are someone who cannot find a J-drama worth watching or has lost any faith in the misunderstood comedy of Japan, you must watch Hana Kimi. It is reveered and loved by all, and will forever and ever by my all time favorite Japanese drama.

I just keep in mind that when I’m feeling down, and I want to cry, I can look at these idiots and laugh. What more could anyone ask for? 😀

Sou da, arigatou ne, minna-san! Jaa, matta! Tanoshikatta yo!

^_^ ~

The Greatest K-Drama I Have Ever Seen: The Princess’ Man

 

Excuse me while I wipe from my eyes the tears of outpouring emotion which seems imposible to contain after finishing the final episode of The Princess’ Man. If I can manage to keep the post short of being a full fledged novel to describe this impeccable drama, I will try.

I’ve seen many dramas in my time (too many) ranging from regular ole cookie cutter modern-day romantic comedies to ancient Chosun dynasty war stories and love stories. All Korean Dramas are certain to be exquisite and to fully consume my life to the extent of ruining all my hobbies and social life and replacing them with too much laptop time. I feel as though my typical over-emotional crazy exaggerated tendancies may cause my many many many K-drama posts to all sound overly fantastic and ridiculous. So, I guess I will have to say: Here’s one more.

Okay I’ll get to the point. THIS IS THE SINGLE GREATEST K-DRAMA THERE IS. Sure whatever, you can say “it’s a matter of opinion” or the classic “ancient dramas with less-known actors aren’t my style” but when I think of all the greats, the classic K-dramas that any K-drama lover has seen, I can’t seem to convince myself that they are better than this one.

The acting. The plot. The cinematography. The character development. The music. The romantic chemistry. The nail-biting action scenes. The deception. The joyful moments. The horrific and tragic moments. The suspense. The having-the-urge-to-scream and/or actually-screaming when those cliff-hanger moments sneak up on you. It’s all there. And together an impeccable drama is produced.

Moon Chae Won, (little Seung Mi from Shining Inheritance) and Park Shi Hoo (I-forget-his-name from Iljimae) join together as the classic duo of star-crossed lovers who battle against the romeo-&-juliet family fueds of their powerful familes. Before you throw up from that cliche’ and overly used concept as I wanted to prior to watching, try to imagine Romeo and Juliet- then take out all the pathetic unrealistic crap, minus the foolish, thoughtless romance, and get rid of all that sappy ‘forbidden love’ stuff. Now imagine the characters are beautiful Chosun dynasty nobles, who, rather than being the primary focus, become the beautiful backdrop for what becomes a harcore full-blown rebellion and uprising against the unfathomable evils of politics and throne-coveting. Not to mention, of course, their ridiculously amazing chemistry together.

Then, add into the mix some juicy “minor” characters, who were so unbelievably talented I feel shamed to even use the word “minor” to describe them. Princess Gyeoung Hye, who makes the term ‘snobby egotistical princess’ seem like the greatest thing in the world, as she is thus the greatest ‘snobby egotistical princess’ I have ever encountered in her courage and overall awesomeness. Then there’s Jong, the unlikely nerd at the beginning who slowly but surely becomes the most fantastic, powerful, and endearing character of all. He and Gyeoung-Hye form an unlikely but soon-to-be perfect romance in their fight to abolish Su Yang.

Su Yang is the epitome of EVIL. No, not Shining Inheritance step-mother evil. No, not Wang Ji Hye’s character in Personal Preference evil, but satan-like, bloodthirsty, insane, murdering kind of evil. In other words, not K-drama evil, but actual realistic noble-who-wants-the-crown-of-the-King-and-will-do-ANYTHING-to-get-it kind of evil. God, I hate him. He caused all the drama of this drama. Evil Su Yang. UGH.

Shin Myeon. He gets his own paragraph. The majority of people who watch this drama will shed all the attention on the tragic love of Se Ryeong and Seung Yu, and ignore (as much of the plot did) the single greatest character of this whole show. Say whatever you want, you can disagree if you like, but I am convinced. Shin Myeon was BY FAR my favorite character. He was always pushed to the side, always shadowed by the main couple, but his influence, to me, was the strongest of anyone. He starts off as the best friend of Seung Yu (Park Shi Hoo) and the two have the sweet happy little friendship. Then he decides to join ‘the dark side’ with Su Yang to protect himself. Goodbye innocent Shin Myeon, enter new crazy disturbed broken-hearted Shin Myeon. The latter being my favorite. He is the example of the good guy stuck on the bad side. He is forced to kill so many people, even his own friends, and is never at peace. His eyes (bravo Song Jong Ho, I love you) are always so damn sad. He is disturbed and tormented constantly, and no one- NO ONE- ever gives him a break. He falls in love with Se Ryeong, only to have her hate him with a burning passion throughout the entire show. Thus he covers up his true feelings with constant creulty. Oh, I loved him so much. He was such a beautifully tragic character. Every scene he was in, even if he just sat there with his wide nervous eyes and distraught expression, I adored. I love it when the “villans” are the most sensative and endearing of all the characters. Poor Shin Myeon, so misunderstood 😦

Okay. No I know, I need to talk about the main characters. Se Ryeong, played by the FREAKING AMAZING Moon Chae Won, who I love to death, progressed from being a weak, pathetically romantic melodramtic girl at the beginning to a strong, back-talking, rebellious (but still ever so cute and innocent) opinionated princess. She rocked. Plain and simple. Her love for Seung Yu felt so real I could feel it right through her tear-filled eyes and constant desperation.

Then, of course, we have Mr. Hottie over there, Park Shi Hoo, transitioning in the drama from the wide-eyed schoolboy Seung Yu to the crazy, long-haired black-wearing badass assassin man out to get revenge. His anger hinges on his being a full-blown lost-his-goddamn-mind madman at times, but when he shapes up, he does become sweet and romantic. Even if when he’s not loving and protecting Se Ryeong he’s out slicing people into little pieces. Woo.

This a bloody drama. I mean, ACTION-PACKED lots-o-blood stuff. I’ve come to lift the title of my being a strictly-romance kind of girl, since I can’t help but start cheering and squeezing the hell out of my Japanese plushie toy (which I unconsciously hug whenever I watch super intense scenes) while I watch the fights and the actiony suspense scenes in excitement and fear. If I could even count the number of times I would scream out loud and startle my family, or how very painfully low I would bite my nails, I might be able to provide you with a decent estimation of just how much suspense and action fills this drama.

THE MUSIC. That is all I will say. Listening to it as I wrote this.

Damn. This drama was literally THE example of K-drama perfection. As I myself am the kind of mature, intelligent (sure, I’m bragging) kind of teen that loves convoluted politics, and historical cinematography, I feel I may appreciate the greatness of this drama more than the average teen girl. This show is no Boys Over Flowers or You’re Beautiful, we’re talking DEEP stuff man.

If you’re too hopped up on romantic comedies with hallyu idols (not that I’m blaming you, as I myself am one) this drama honestly might not be for you. It requires alot of thought, and nerves of steel. But, my, what entertainment. What emotion. When I wasn’t watching this drama, I was thinking about it, all the time, almost everywhere. It took me nearly a month to watch, and I still feel like it ended too soon. I never got tired of it for a moment. I wish there were more.

Oh well. I shall close this now. And tomorrow, March 20th, on my 18th birthday, I shall try to recover from the loss of this perfect drama and move onto some ridiculous Japanese one or another. Ha.

Goodnight now. Saranghaeyo Moon Chae Won, Park Shi Hoo, Song Jong Ho and others whom I can’t name off the top of my head. You all created something so beautiful. I commend thee!

Oyasumi now. Owari. ❤ ^^ HOORAY FOR SAGEUK DRAMAS!!!! Always the best.

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! ~ ^^

The Absolutely Astoundingly Amazing Awesomeness That is Secret Garden and Hyun Bin

 

Okay. So I REALLY have been dying to write about my current craving for Secret Garden, but I wanted to wait until I was a little deeper into the series before I decided to delve into it. Or should I say, delve in Hyun Bin.

In all honesty, this drama IS Hyun Bin. I swear Ha Ji Won is just there for color commentary and a dosage of a pretty girl. But, I swear, almost every scene is reserved exclusively for Hyun Bin, and the character I thought to have been the main (Gil Ra Im)is proving less adorable than the male lead. Hard to believe? Allow me to explain.

First of all, let me start by saying that when I read the synopsis for this drama, I was less than impressed. A story about a guy and girl who switch bodies, and the twisted form of so-called “romance” that develops from it? No thanks. I like my men as men, and my girls as girls. Not the other way around. OR SO I THOUGHT.

This plotline is BY FAR, the most unique, hilarious, and fantastic of anything I have ever watched. I have NEVER laughed so hard during a Korean Drama. It builds with several episodes with the characters (Poor, sweet Gil Ra Im and snobby, rich-guy smartass Joo Won) who meet as their “normal” selves and battle between class differences and their growing attraction to one another. You think it’s just going to be your cookie-cutter sugary little K-drama romance, and then BAM! An accident causes them to switch bodies.

I kept waiting for it to happen, thinking to myself “this drama is going to be SO lame when they do the stupid switch up”.  But, OH MY, did it make things fun. I never thought this kind of thing could work in a K-drama, but it DOES!

Now we have the smart-ass, snobby, selfish personality of Joo Won in the pretty body of Gil Ra Im, and the soft, girliness of her in the body of Joo Won (Hyun Bin). Sure the whole “take a walk in another’s shoes” concept is big (especially since she is poor and he is rich), but better than any morale-teaching, self-discovery plot, is the acting.

This drama PROVES that personality overpowers appearance, and, even moreso, how cute Hyun Bin is as a girly, clueless, bashful feminine character. I was never a big Hyun Bin fan; he always seems to play the dominant, rich, snoody kind of alpha-male. I hated him as Joo Won in this, he was annoying as hell, and then BAM he turns into a soft, darling girl character, despite still looking like a man. And then, suddenly, I absolutely LOVED Hyun Bin. Personality can COMPLETELY change a person. Gil Ra Im is cute and lovely when she is herself, and then she becomes Joo Won, with that arrogant, sarcastic attitude, she suddenly doesn’t seem cute anymore.

Sounds weird? Trust me, any potential weirdness is completely overruled by how incredible of an actor Hyun Bin is. Regardless of which character he is (Joo Won or Gil Ra Im) It’s still Hyun Bin, one guy, playing the part of two strongly opposite characters with such a natural grace, you feel like he IS the character. Ha Ji Won, also, manages to completely make you believe she is both a guy and a girl. However, Hyun Bin, being a giggly, innocent, sweet character is too adorable to bear. I laugh SO hard. In fact, I do truly believe that Secret Garden takes the prize for the most I have laughed over the course of a K-drama.

If this were the Academy Awards, and I was the Committee, this guy would get my vote:

 

Hyun Bin, You Rock.

You’re Beautiful: It’s Beautiful

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Oh my god. I am so crazy about this drama right now.

You’re Beautiful is just my style of K-drama; it’s got the unrealistic but fantastic plot, the sickenly adorable cross-dressing female, and the juicy, heartbreaking romance that can only be found in one hell of a great love triangle. Yeah, it’s all there.

I’ve always heard this drama being raved about. It can easily be said that “You’re Beautiful” is one of the very highest in the ranks of some of the most popular and famous K-dramas, and now, at last, I understand why.

First of all, the cast. We’ve got Park Shin Hye, who, up until now was nothing more to me than a famous name, who is beautiful both in her acting and in her looks. She is the kind of boyish, naive, sweet little character that I always pray for in a K-drama, and her acting is superb. I enjoy every minute she’s on screen. In addition to her, there’s Jang Geun Suk, who’s name alone promises some really high-quality acting, singing, and just plain charisma. He is really perfect for this role; and I hate his snoody, stuck-up, jerk-of-a-character as much as I adore him. He’s the kind of character who can make you pissed and super mad one minute, and then have you swooning and sighing “Awe” the next moment. Together with Park Shin Hye, there is one great pair.

Then, there is also Jung Yong Hwa. (Isn’t he lovely?)

 Though his character is slightly more minor, I felt compelled to give him his own paragraph in my blog here, particularly because I think I have seriously fallen in love with him over the course of these few episodes of You’re Beautiful (6 to be exact). I don’t know who I love more, him, or his character. I remember reading his name on the cast list and thinking “Isn’t he some guy from CN Blue?” I happen to be a HUGE CNBlue fan, although I’ve never been all that familiar with the actual members. Anyways, aside from his obvious overwhelming talent as a singer/songwriter/musician in his band, I am so happy to see him in a drama. His character Shin Woo might just be the sweetest, most heart-wrenching character I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. I almost cry every time I see him, and I am constantly thinking to myself “Please, OH PLEASE, let the next scene have Shin Woo in it!” Sadly, he has very few scenes, but the scenes he does have are packed with so much shy, sweet, love and sincerity that I think I’m going to melt from all the adorable darlingness of he and Go Minam’s relationship (Team Shin Woo, NOT Taekyung, thank you very much!) ❤

Okay, okay, so aside from my clear fondness for Jung Yong Hwa, and my consitantly recurring attachment to drama’s that feature a cross-dressing girl (Is it just me or are those drama’s always the best?), I am more than loving this drama. I have to fight the urge not to watch about ten episodes per sitting, and painfully must will myself to only watch 2-3 a day.

The romance, the drama, the comedy. It is so addicting and delicious, I don’t think I can possibly keep myself from anymore episodes.

As of now, I shall go watch another episode. And, as usual, hope for more Jung Yong Hwa ❤

Much Love, Ria

Can’t Get Enough Hotaru no Hikari!!

                OMG. I am crazy about this J-drama. Not only did I fly through the first season (thank god there is more than one) but I am now heavily in love with the second season; possibly moreso than I was in season 1.

This drama encompasses everything I love about J-dramas, and dramas in general. I have NEVER adored a character as I do Amemiya Hotaru (Ayase Haruka). I laugh so hard watching this adorable drama. Her and Buchou and all their sweet little antics, such as beers out on the porch or a nice little “gororororo” rolling segment just melts my heart. Amemiya Hotaru is both incredibly hilarious, and hopelessly endearing. I see so much of myself in her, as well as so much I wish I could be. She is a perfect all-around character, and I shall forever have enormous respect for Ayase Haruka based on this role. Buchou as well! AHHH! I love him. And Futatsugi-san and Yamada-ne-san, funny Seno “Himono-Otoko”-san, and even Makoto-kun from Season 1 who I earlier ranted about hating,

Oh gosh I just love everything about it.

I know in my last entry I sounded like an angry anti-fan, but I assure you that pet peeve has passed (it ended up being resolved within the next episode) and now I am hopelessly in love with this show.

Sure, it ‘ain’t no K-drama, and it doesn’t have all that high quality glitz and glamor or deep plotlines. Rather, it is just the silly mishaps of the ditzy and clueless Hotaru, and her weird, but sweet, friend/lover relationship with her boss, but current roommate, Buchou. I know, sounds confusing, but trust me, this is perhaps the simpliest drama ever. No crazy, in-depth drama or sadness. No intense or suspenseful twists. No cliche’ plot hang ups. Just pure and simple fun.

That’s all it is, just pure fun. Plenty of laugh out loud comedy, without the over-the-top animeness one might expect from a J-drama. It’s the kind of comedy that even someone as stuck-up (yeah, I’m stuck-up) as I can enjoy. Trust me, it’s good.

It’s a perfect feel-good drama about the awkwardness of young love, and the main idea of “if someone loves you, they should love you as you are” concept that is forever lovely.

I would HIGHLY reccommend this show. It is very beloved to me, and I am enjoying every minute of it.

And one more thing: Season 2 is honestly even better than Season 1, which is a sweet rarity. I feel so connected to the characters having known them for so many episodes, and the silly charms of Season 1 that I loved so much are (in my opinion) even more apparent and lovable in Season 2.

Can’t wait to watch more of Aho-Miya and Buchou, and see what other ridiculous trouble they get into 😛

Oyasumi! Jaa~

(P.S. To me the pic below sums up this show PERFECTLY. Hotaru doing something stupid and weird, and Buchou, as always looking at her as if to say “How can this kind of stupidity truly exist?” Ah, I love you Buchou. And you too Hotaru, of course.)

My #1 All-Time Favorite Drama

For the first time ever, I am rewatching a drama.

Typically, when I finish a drama, I think of it as a chapter of my life that has closed, and I move on. When I finished Nodame Cantabile a few days ago (which was wonderful!) I moved on to watch Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge, in hopes of enjoying another J-drama. While it wasn’t particularly bad, by the time I reached episode 3 I realized I was beginning to go through K-drama withdrawal and needed to quench that intense thirst for good acting and beautiful Korean actors.

Unconsciously, I drifted back to my favorite drama. The best drama I’ve ever watched. The most unique, the most enthralling, the most “mature” as well. All in spite of my aversion to “repeating” old dramas.

Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

I am watching it again, as it brought me so much joy and fufillment the first time. And you know what? It’s just as great the second time! Really!

We’ve got Park Min Young, sweet and cute, as the lead Kim Yoon Shik, and her costar is our little Mickey Yoochun from DBSK as the stuck-up Lee Seon Joon. Plenty of other charming, wonderful actors and actresses light up this historical period drama about the prestigious Sunkyunkwan University in 18th century Joseon Korea.

So, I know alot of teens want to puke at the though of a ‘historical’ drama, and hey, I can understand your feelings to some extent, but bare with me here. Sungkyunkwan Scandal may take place in the ‘olden days’, but what it lacks in modern flair it makes up for in fantastic acting, strong dramatic plot twists and even a colorful soundtrack.

This drama is the most unique I’ve ever seen. It’s not your average bubble-gum romantic comedy boy-meets-girl kind of drama. And, while many parts may bring about smiles and laughter, overall, this is not a comedy, and the crazy, unrealistic quirkiness seen in average dramas is absent. In fact, this drama actually is a DRAMA, and though it is fictional, it is not terribly unrealistic. In fact, of all the dramas I’ve seen (which is a lot) this one seems to be the highest quality one I’ve ever watched.

Sure, I love the classic kidnappings, relationship quarrels, love triangles, terminal illnesses and dark tormented pasts of your typical cookie cutter Korean dramas, but it really is refreshing and incredible to finally watch a drama that doesn’t need so much flair and hype, and seems to be crafted so carefully.

But don’t get me wrong, this drama is not by any means a serious, stern, complex drama that you must be super mature and appreciative of history to enjoy. There is plenty of romance and suspense, and the characters are all so god-damn lovable I can’t even pick a favorite! Overall, I enjoy (for once) a heroine that is an intelligent, academic scholar (kind of like me) who doesn’t act like a typical “teenage girl” like we are used to. Nevertheless, she is so cute, and paired with Yoochun, the two of them compliment each other perfectly.

I cannot rave about this drama enough. If you love dramatic, girl-disguises-as-a-boy-to-save-her-family historical plots, good acting, plenty of intelligent drama and some of the best characters out there, you MUST at least check out this drama. In my opinion, it deserves way more recognition. I will always be prepared to advocate for this drama!

Well, I’m off to watch more Sungkyunkwan Scandal. Annyeoung!