30 Day JDorama Challenge: Day 04

Your Favorite Male Third Wheel!

So I realize that I have utterly failed at doing this 30 Day Challenge in 30 days, but I don’t really care.  It’s still a good exercise to get me to write when I don’t feel like it!

So on Day 2 of this challenge, when I was supposed to do my favorite male lead, I basically did a compilation of every single Japanese male character I’ve ever liked.  I realize that was a bit overkill, and not exactly what I was supposed to do.  I am therefore going to try to limit myself for this post!  Third wheel will literally just mean a male who is in a love triangle, and ends up losing out (but I still shipped and loved him furiously anyways).

So, without further ado… My favorite male third wheels in a Japanese drama!  (Like always this is a list, not just one.  I have issues picking favorites).

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Rescue Review

If you guys follow my tumblr (you few loyal diehards!  I love you all!!) then you’ll know that recently I finished watching the drama Rescue.  I was recommended to watch it by the lovely Gollumisbeautiful, whose tumblr is just a thing of beauty (honestly check it out if you like Japanese guys!!) because she knows I have a mild obsession (ok, maybe not so MILD) with Yamamoto Yusuke.  This obsession has in past led me to watching some of the most ridiculous shows on earth.  Recently I started trying to watch Nankyoku Tairiku for him, and let’s face it, the only good thing about that drama is the dogs.

So, anyways, I finished the drama Rescue in about a week after downloading it, and I’ve decided to review it.  I’ll try to keep this post as short and sweet as I can, but I have a tendency to air on the wordy side of short, so let’s see how well I keep to that!

Again, this is going to have some spoilers, though not too many, but if you don’t want to know some of the finer points of this show, finish watching it til you look at this!

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Bizarre Feelings on the Drama Sprout

Ok, so the last time I mentioned what dramas I was watching, I briefly discussed my feelings on the first two episodes of Sprout here.  I wasn’t particularly complimentary, I’m not going to lie.  Many of the issues I had with the drama still remain, i.e. that it takes itself way too seriously, the romance is slightly maudlin (I mean, what, Miyuki hugs some other guy just because Souhei looked at Miku? Call me crazy but that’s SERIOUSLY possessive behavior, and borderline psychotic!), and people really need to learn to smile more!!! However, this show has somehow, bizarrely, hooked me.  I don’t know why or how.  I don’t even really like it when I’m watching it all the time.  I find myself eye-rolling through large portions of it, but the rest of it, I’m squealing and giggling like a little 12-year-old girl.  The logic of the show is nonexistent, and the acting is very very limited (though serviceable for the most part).  However, when each episode is over, I’m left with a bittersweet feeling that makes me want more.

***btw, spoilers for episode 6 and 7 are below, so if you haven’t watched the show yet, beware!!****

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All that’s wrong in the kpop world: pseudo-child pornography tied up with a ribbon

Oh, kpop.  How I love you, and how I hate you.  There are times when I come home after a long day, and new kpop songs can brighten me up.  I have spent many an afternoon dancing to Bingeul Bingeul and Mr. Simple with my flatmate in the kitchen, professing my love to G Dragon, and wishing I was as pretty and badass as 2ne1 and SNSD.  But at times, kpop can break my heart with some of the worst, most ridiculously horrible crap I have ever seen.

Skarf is a brand spanking new band, which is half Singaporean and half Korean (hence the K instead of the c in the word scarf.  REALLY!?? WAE YOU CHOOSE TO NAME THESE BANDS SO BADLY SOMETIMES!? WAE!??).  They’re apparently going for the cutesy vibe, which I have a tendency to hate with a fiery passion on the best of days.  However, occasionally it wins me over!  Honest!  I don’t dislike Dal Shabet!  I actually like A Pink.  SNSD’s Oh and Genie are two of my favorite songs.  However, SKarf’s Oh! Dance is not one of the few “cute” exceptions.  This song is going down on my list of HATE FOREVER, PLEASE NEVER MAKE A MV OR SONG LIKE THIS EVER AGAIN!!

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Super Junior Spy

I had a pretty busy weekend, hanging out with family and dealing with some stuff I’d been putting off for a while, so last night when I turned on my computer I just wanted something quick to look at before going to bed.  And what did I find?  A little present from youtube saying *NEW SUPER JUNIOR MV*.  I feel like I’ve been waiting for the Spy mv for ages.  I mean, Suju already made their comeback on a music show with the song, but for some reason the mv was nowhere to be found.  I don’t know what the delay was about, but I’m so glad it’s finally out.

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30 Day Jdrama Challenge Day 03

So I realized that I did my last list slightly incorrectly.  I was supposed to write my favorite male LEAD not my favorite any type of guy.  Whoops.  I have a feeling some of the other posts for this challenge will be slightly truncated due to yesterday’s enthusiasm.  So for this version (favorite female lead) I’m going to make sure the woman is actually the lead, not some noisy pesky second character. However, like yesterday, I refuse to just pick one (cos I’m a brat, leave me alone).  This will be a compilation of my favorite female leads.

So without further ado!  My Favorite Female Characters

Nakama Yukie as Yankumi in Gokusen (all seasons)

 

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30 Day Jdrama Challenge Day 2

Favorite Male Lead Character

DOHHH I think I’m going to have to revise my 30 day challenge idea.  I can’t pick a favorite.  I don’t know why I thought I could.  I should have been realistic but instead I was stupid and ignored the fact that I get emotionally attached to teacups, so the idea of picking favorites has me sweating and crying within seconds.  Instead I’ve decided I’m going to pick not one favorite but my favorites (the plurality is key) in a category, and then maybe after I write the WHOLE post I’ll pluck up the courage and single out one character *while silently crying and begging forgiveness from the rest of them*.

So without further ado!

Yamamoto Yusuke’s Wataru

mind you his abs don’t HURT this situation at all…

This probably doesn’t surprise anybody.  Tumbling is one of my favorite dramas on earth.  Yamamoto Yusuke is one of my favorite people on earth.  The boy can do no wrong.  I have a secret fantasy that him and Daito Shunsuke and I are all flatmates and we get up to loads of delectable hijinks and then he falls in love with me and we get married and have lots of really cute babies (and Shunsuke’s the awkward third wheel/uncle).  My love for him has been longstanding, but it was really cemented after watching this show, and seeing this character.  I love Wataru who plays the delinquent, mildly idiotic leader of a gang in high school, but when he realizes he needs to take a sports credit in order to graduate, he chooses Tumbling. He falls so hard for the sport that his sincerity and enthusiasm transforms this ragtag group of outcasts into a big family who support each other in their dreams and hardships. Wataru is the heart and soul of the drama, and I honestly wish people like him existed in real life.  He goes for what he wants.  He believes nothing is more important than his friends.  He has the biggest heart on earth, and even though he’s a bit awkward and tough on the outside, he wouldn’t hurt a flea.  I love him so much!

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30 Day Jdrama Challenge

Hey guys!  So I realized the reason I wasn’t posting as much as I did in the beginning was because I didn’t really have a structure anymore.  Normally I’d probably be making reaction posts about the current dramas I’ve been watching.  However, I’m still in the midst of my Supernatural marathon atm, and I don’t really feel like posting about how much I fangirl over Jensen Ackles every time he’s on screen.  So, I’ve decided to give myself some structure, I’m going to try the thirty day Jdrama challenge, and then if it goes well, maybe afterwards do the 30 day kdrama challenge!

So let’s begin!

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More Kpop (with a little side of Supernatural)

I know I’ve been absent for the past week *my bad* but I’ve actually been quite busy.  Even though it’s summer I’m working on my dissertation for university, which takes up a lot of time researching.  Also, I was in Yosemite for the past two days hiking, so I’ve had no time to update.  However, I’m BACK!!  I have to be honest, I’ve not been watching any Asian dramas in the past week.  Instead, in the limited free time I have gotten, I’ve been marathoning Supernatural again.  I’m only on Season 2 (I only started watching it this year, I was a late bloomer), but I absolutely love love LOVE Dean, played by Jensen Ackles.  I’m normally not a fan of blonde or muscly men, but boy is he an exception.  He has friggin beautiful eyes.  And as you probably all know if you’ve read other posts from this blog, I love characters who are gruff and unable to express emotions well, but have a soft side deep down, so I officially love Dean.  Also, he’s hilarious!!

so much approval right now

However, moving on from Supernatural, I was thinking of doing a little kpop update again.  There haven’t been many songs that I like out recently, so this will be a small post!

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