I decided I’d write a little post about three currently airing jdoramas I’ve been watching. I’ve already talked about some of them briefly in my drama update list, but this will be a sort of mini-review of the episodes out so far!
First, GTO 2012 (a.k.a. Great Teacher Onizuka 2012).
So, I really liked the first episode of this drama, as I mentioned in an earlier post. I love Yamamoto Yusuke, and even though he has a relatively small part in this show, his limited screen time is still epic.
Likewise AKIRA is doing a smack-dab brilliant friggin job as the former legendary bike gang member: rough around the edges gangster turned teacher.
However, I have to admit, the kids playing the students haven’t really been doing it for me. They’re prone to a lot of awkward sneering, which is obviously meant to show their VERY SCARY HIDDEN PERSONALITIES, but the end result just leaves me concerned their faces will stay that contorted in awkward evils…
I’ve never seen the original, and I don’t know why these students are so inherently anti-teachers, but after a while I have to admit it grates on my nerves to see students being evil and grumpy just for the sake of it.
I’m hoping we’ll get some more plot development soon so we can at least understand why Kawaguchi Haruna’s character and the rest of the class are so against teachers.
However, moving on from some clunky evil-doers, the main plots continue to be heartwarming, and AKIRA’s disgruntled and mildly idiotic trust in students is very endearing. If you like Gokusen and other shows about school life, you should check it out. Rating so far, 6/10 (not horrible, but with room for improvement).
Rich Man Poor Woman
I LOVE this show!! I admit, I made fun of it before watching. Come on, the title alone just begs to be mocked. So uncreative. However, don’t let that distract you. The plot is much richer, deeper, and more intriguing than the lackluster title implies. It is not solely about a rich man and a poor woman. In fact the woman is a brilliant yet down on her luck university student who’s in the midst of job searching, whereas the man (played by my LOVE Oguri Shun) is one of those genius strategists and business planners who despite never having finished high school has managed to create one of the richest corporations in Japan.
The show works as a commentary on the benefits of education versus innovative techniques, rather than just a simple romance. At the moment, I don’t even care if the two characters get together, because the world, characters, and plot is so interesting without the romance. However, the two leads have adorable chemistry. Oguri Shun is, of course, amazing, and manages to play the annoying character of a business man without feelings really sympathetically. Each character has more than just one side to them, which adds refreshing complexity to the usual cliche characters in an office romance. Seriously, if you’re not watching this show so far, you have to start! 9/10 (so far, you better not disappoint me in the future drama. If you do, we will have words!)
Lol. Oh dear. So I was bored last night and watched the first two episodes of this ridiculous show. I have to admit, if I was 12, this show might appeal to me. However, I’m sorry if this offends major fans of the show, but at the moment, I really dislike it. On the surface, it has a lot of potential as a cute, no brainer, summer high school romance. However, in my opinion it takes itself way too seriously. The main girl is constantly moaning, first about having her home converted to a boarding house, then about falling in love with one of the boarders who already has a girlfriend.
She keeps talking about this guy as her “fated person,” all because when she was sick once, a guy she doesn’t remember helped her to the infirmary, and she’s now convinced its him.
I’m really sorry to be that unromantic realistic person, but this girl is in HIGH SCHOOL. I realize everything seems more important when you’re young, but she’s known this dude for like two days, is suddenly deeply in love with him, is crying all the time, and honestly, I DON’T CARE. If she was a nice character with some redeemable traits, maybe I would care more. However, either because the girl acting is doing a bad job, or because the character herself is completely annoying, I really don’t care if she gets this boy or not.
None of the acting is good, and so far I’m really unimpressed. I did take a look at the manga after watching it, because I’ve heard lots of people complaining about the dissimilarities between the two, and while I don’t love the manga, its story is much more redeemable than the one in the show.
At least the girl in the manga has a spine and an interesting personality, compared to the current Moaning Myrtle we’re faced with in the drama. Current rating 3/10 (sorry if you disagree, I just really don’t like it.)
Anyways, that’s it! Sorry if you guys disagree and all hate me! It’s just my honest opinion! In terms of Kdramas, I still need to finish SUFBB. I’ve been putting it off because I have a feeling there will be angst coming and I don’t want the cuteness of the boys to end. Anyways, what do you guys think? Any other shows I should check out? Do you agree? Comments are loved!!!
On a side note, Seungri what are you doing with Oguri Shun!?? STOP CONFUSING MY KOREAN JAPANESE FANDOMS!!!