Currently Watching – Okitegami Kyoko no Biboroku

Hello my dear readers, few and nonexistent though you may be.  I felt like leaving you with a quick, mid-series review of the currently airing Japanese Drama Okitegami Kyoko no Biboroku, also known as The Memorandum of Kyoko Okitegami.

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Kamisama No Iu Toori Review || As The God’s Will

It’s officially been… three years since my last blog post on this website.  For a time last year I was attempting to write a personal blog that detailed my life abroad in Japan (which you can find here, though again… check out my puny three posts… I’m so bad at commitment).  However, as I have just left Japan, and am now facing the abysmal dark hole of unemployment, I have been attempting to get in as many dramas/films as I possibly can and decided I might as well try and write a couple reviews.

So, without further ado, I give you my first review in three years.  I decided to dedicate it to a recent Japanese film I saw called As the Gods Will or Kami-sama no Iu Toori.  Apparently the film is based off a popular manga by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Akeji Fujimura, but I’ve never read it and truthfully hadn’t even heard of it until the films promos started going viral.

Yeah… those are dead bodies… prepare for the gore

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30 Day Jdrama Challenge: Day 6

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!

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30 Day Jdrama Challenge: Day 5

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.

I HATE her. Not the actress, the character (fanboys please don’t kill me I’m sure she’s lovely in real life). I would be so happy if her character “accidentally fell” (*cough* I didn’t push her I swear *cough*) off a cliff

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.

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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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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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Battle of the Boys

Friends who know me, and those privileged few who follow my tumblr, are aware that I have a mild obsession with Japanese school dramas centered around the maturation of delinquent guys.  There is something about these stories, whether it be the horde of extremely attractive males, a plethora of ab shots, or the heart-felt stories that make me want to go out and live my life (despite the fact they inevitably lead me to watching more TV) that get me in the gut every single time.  Seriously, my friends and family will attest to the fact that I’m a big crier when it comes to TV, and these dramas especially are my personal dose of medicine.  As this is a new site and I’m experimenting, I thought I’d do a little battle of the boys post, focusing on my two favorites in this genre: Gokusen (3) and Tumbling.  I’m a lover of all the Gokusen seasons, but as both Miura Shohei and Haruma are in the last season, I can’t help but get all googly-eyed while watching the it, so that’s the one I’ll stick with!  Tumbling on the other hand has my favorites Yamamoto Yusuke (the boy can do no wrong in my eyes) and Daito Shunsuke, and I can’t say no to those guys, whether I wanted to or not!

 

 

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