I’m back! I realize I haven’t posted a regular update in quite a while (excluding my recent feminist rant), so I’m attempting to get back into my normal type of blogging by giving a short review of the Japanese drama Piece. I have very conflicting emotions on this drama, so please bare with me. Also, this review will contain spoilers, so if you’ve not watched it, beware!
I realize that this is a departure from my usual *Asian male centric* posts, but I couldn’t help it, sorry guys! I promise to come at you with more of my normal posts soon!
Can we just pause and appreciate how awesome the female characters in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are? I realize this is an old film, and many points like this may have been brought up already, but as I’m now rewatching (for probably about the 60th time) this film, I just have to talk about the female characters and how awesome they are. In a shockingly large amount of romantic films, comedic films, hell films in general, women are portrayed as one dimensional, love-struck idiots who are ‘completed’ by their male counterparts and have nothing better to do than search for love. This film is an ‘indie’ romance film. Obviously, romance is centric. However, depicted within this romance, there is a depth to the female characters that is shockingly unique compared to most films nowadays.
First, you get the main female Clementine, played by the amazing Kate Winslet.
I sincerely apologize about having not posted for so long. However, as a fourth year university student, currently writing my dissertation, I’ve had to deal with a massive increase in work. On top of that, I’ve been traveling and my laptop broke for a while, so all in all, it was lucky for me to even be able to get online to check my e-mail, let alone write a blog post.
Unfortunately, I’m not writing a full post right now. However, this is a promise post that this week, when I get the time (and unfortunately it might not even be til Saturday), I will write a full one. However, it will be a bit of a catch up, to let you guys know where I’m standing! Recently I’ve been finishing up two dramas that have been absolute pleasures to watch. One is a kdrama, and the other a jdrama, and both are absolutely amazing, and should be given a chance by everyone.
Firstly, the Kdrama, Answer Me 1997, or alternately known as Reply 1997.
Hi guys! So sorry I haven’t been keeping up to date with my blog! I was travelling for a few days, and then I had to go back to university, which has been completely mad, so I have a feeling it’s going to be a bit harder for me to make regular posts on here. However, I’m really going to try to make at least one post a week, and if I have more time/inspiration I’ll do more. I was thinking of recapping the rest of the jdrama Sprout, but for some reason I can’t find an eng sub version of ep 8. If anyone knows about it, then please let me know so I can watch it!
Because I’m so busy, this will be a really quick post in the thirty day jdrama challenge. I’m on Day 6: favorite song from a jdrama ost. I (yet again) can’t pick one, so here are just some of my favorites! Enjoy!
Your Favorite Female Third Wheel!
Ok, so to be completely honest, I’m a little stuck on this one. I have one or two characters in mind, but overwhelmingly I find female third wheels to be annoying, ridiculous creatures who do nothing but dumb down the narrative of the drama. I don’t know why male third wheels are written as depressing heart throbs whereas the girls are portrayed as backstabbing freaks with no conscience, but for some reason, a huge majority of female third wheels are borderline evil psychopaths or completely one dimensional with no personality whatsoever. Look at Sprout, for example. I enjoy the love story, love the third wheel boy (ok, let’s be honest, they’re the OTP), but I friggin hate the third wheel girl. Honestly half the time I watch the drama I’m imagining throwing darts at her forehead, and if I wasn’t so concerned about the screen of my laptop, I might actually be trying to inflict damage to her 2D face.
Therefore, I will write this post with the small amount of female third wheels I like, as well as including a few secondary females who weren’t in awkward love triangles but still deserve appreciation, because they were awesome and lovely, and did not try to destroy any of my favorite OTPs.
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).
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!
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!!****
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!!