PART II because I don’t like having so many pictures load for one post…
I would like love to actually watch more japanese dramas but i barely have enough time to watch all the japanes etlak/variety shows that i want to watch/check out all the korean/japnaese music, watch my american dramas, read the books i want to read that are in japanese/english and other stuff.
I don’t know when i’ll watch them but eventually right? so b.c. of that i’m just going to post this and the list of dramas i’m looking forward to watch. feel free to leave comennts like don’t watch that drama it’s super boring etc. lol. just no goddamnned spoilers.
oh wait i forgot to mention anime… it’s at the bottom of my priority, oh whatevs. well when i get through everything else. for the past 3 years or whateer it’s been pure shit getting released since they’re in an anime buble so once it pops i hope i’ll have time… you know good timing.
AND if this makes any difference… I watched all these dramas with either japanese subs, raw, or with korean subs translated to japanese via google translae. in other words I did not watch any of them with english subtitles.
JIN – I’ve always thought i would never watch jidaigeki and i thought i would drop this drama after 1 ep of “trying” but i got sucked in! sorta like JIN did into ~. But anyways the first half of the first ep is sorta boring and the later part of the ep with kichi is sorta annoying (he keeps saying ~~~) but I was still sucked in from the overall feel of the ep + my anticipation of what is to come. I say give this drama at least like 3 eps and if you still don’t like it then there’s something wrong with you! but seroiusly i don’t know how you don’t get sucked into it by then. it is jidaigeki but it is pretty damn edgy sometimes. Sorta like how mad men is really edgy even though it’s in the 50s.. especially in comparison to gossip girl trying really damn hard to be edgy in 2011 (but still this show is sorta fun to watch.. with the fast-forwarding of the annoying conversations they also have to do after the after-math lol). BACK TO JIN: I love the the song/BGM. You know a show is VERY GOOD when it has everything going on for it. the costumes/background music/casting/acting/camera work/etc.
I love the sadness/poignancy that comes from this show. very well done.I didn’t realize the actor who plays saki’s brother is also masumi(?) in nodame cantabile till after I finished watching this show + looked up the actor lol. I
Let’s just say lots more stuff happens.. JIn goes to new places, meets new people, a bunch of years pass so there’s some changes etc. So anyways it IS interesting. It’s just the first episode was WEAK since it was the dragged out premiere episode as any drama does lol. You can read about it in my previous entry. also the first ep was re-hashy of season 1 or at least it felt like it.
They do give an ending so there IS A POINT TO WATCHING THIS! I heard it’s different from the manga beause of whatever changes they made. I heard the manga’s even better!! I think for the most part people don’t mind the ending. I thought it was well-executed nd I don’t wnat to think about it and see if there’s plot-holes or something. I don’t want to think about that cause it’s just confusing && it requries thinking. but from my impression it’s fine. I have no issues with it. But then somebody on ch-review was like I loved it till the ending… that killed it for me blahblah. they also said it’s too dark and it’s harder to enjoy with the whole family and i agree with that… I don’t like watching that kind of stuff either but yeah it’s there in this sesaon. other harsh criticizers were saying oh jin keeps going on side quests/episodic plots but I thought they were well-done (you know how the aVERAGE dramas hvae the annoying episodic plots that are predictable or just plain cheeesy) like I learned about edo jidai more though i was irritated with one of them.
Like the first season, good poignant sadness NOT typical/forced/embarrassing as hell 1 liter of namida. On the official site which I have to start reading soon to get any other info like new intereviews etc… they have this flash thing and it says FUTATABI KANDOU which menas you’ll be moved again. and that is TRUE. But they did have melodama issues sometimes which I mentioned in that other pohst about JIN but even with that it’s still so good. Like if it was out of 10 it would be like 9.5 or something even considering the bit of melodrama at times. The scenes with the historical people are just AMAZING and I watched each of them at least like 5 times.. one cause it’s hard to follow that dialogue and two because it’s SO WELL DONE. I feel like it probably has a lot of re-watch value just from those SCENES which are amazing. It does have the typical j-drama thing going on too whenEVER saki talks to JIN… there’s too much pausing or long pauses but that’s like how all j-dramas are pretty much so… and i’m sure the pauses aren’t as long and frequent in JIN as compared to like hana yori dango… right? probably. But like seriously the pausing makes it harder to follow the conversation.. it really does. I have to make conscious effort to remember what they’re atlking about otherwise i can’t follow their conversation and then i hvae to rewatch that convo. because they pause i end up rewinding to remind myself what they’re talking about in the first place lo. it defeats the purpose of pausing and talking slow…. cause it’s too slow and pause-y i can’t follow what they’re saying lol. i even have the japanese sus on.
after watching it i asearched for clips on youtube of the cast promoting the show one I came across was them talking about the show and uchino-san (sakamoto ryouma) is talking and he IS SO DIFFERENT. he’s not talking like ryouma at all with the tosa-ben etc.. his facial expression is completely different.. I’m like this is so different, it feels so unnatural. It comes to show what an amazing actor he is! I feel sad that his private life is going bad with the divorce but you know i can’t deny his acting skills! It’s NOT JUST him. LikE I said before JIN meets a lot of new people right. but all the actors they casted were all so amazing and memorable. also for the casting they had to cast people who had to speak differnt dialects like I loved it when saigou/saigo spoke because rhytm or whatver you call it … is very RELAXINg lol (I wonder if it’s also like that for poeple who don’t understand japanese… if so what i’m sayin’ is completely valid lol). So I loved that aspect. From my ears that have listened to a lot of japanese it sounds goood… the dialect he spoke. I’m not sure if the actor actually speaks that dialect or if he just practiced a lot like uchino-san or if that dialect even exists today (it probablydoes right.) but it sounds goood… I don’t hear that annoying accent thing like when hyoujungo/tokyo people try to say naniyanen (kansai-ben phrase). It just sounds annoying and bad wrong. ALSO I really liked the actor for higashi (though i predicted his background or whatever) because he’s good looking lol. But his acing skills are good too. I’ve seen that actor before only on variety/talk shows only a couple times randomly and i just assumed he’s not good at acting (I know it’s not fair to say that) like didn’t he play some nekketsu (hot blooded) teacher or he would seem like he would which would involve annoying melodramatic chesssy scenes/lines. I really enjoyed all the new people. I wasn’t sure if kurogawa (is that her name?)… she came on in ep 2 .. if her acting was goood… like did they really talk like that. she was so cut=e so whatevs (´ε｀ )(´ε｀ )
I don’t know which sesaon is better but I loved both. they’re different. I was first apprehensive because people were like OMG I loved season 1 and season 2 isdisappointing blahblah. I just think they’re so different so I don’t really feel like comparing personally.
ABOUT THE LAST SCENE OF THE LAST EPISODE
so on this talk show the cast was tehre and I forgot who said what but basicaly oosawa-san’s script was blank for the last scene . so that was his first time reading it and he’s honest to god reaction (while he’s in character as minagata). One take
this is cg? real? well it looks pretty. There’s lots of pretty scenery scenes to be seen in JIN. YAY I just used that writing technique where you use the same sound over and over… if only jin was sin. what the hell was that crap called? alliteration? why yes it is and it’s the first syllable so it worked!
I think JIN is the BEST J-drama I’ve seen so far (I’m so glad I learned japanese and started watching j-drama otherwise I would have NEVER WATCHED IT or if I did hear about it I would’ve not eve ntried)… to the point of i feel like i have to move hanazkari kimi/watsahitachikyoukasho to gOOD but i really like them too and i get different type of enjoyment out of both of them. I think I would have to say #1 for me at lesat. It’s just they put so much effort into making it like they said they traveled all over japan to film even just one scene and the acting is amazing. It feels like it’s so meant to be that this drama is amazing as it is like the actress who [plays nokaze lived in france for i don’t know how long (i forgot). I love how she plays nokaze with the way she talks and everything… I can’t imagine anyone else playing her role. I just enjoyed watching it so much!
AND THE SONG this time is by none other than hiari ken. love that man and I hope to GOD he is NOT gay it might ruin his songs for me? So anyawys I love it and I heard it a bunch of times after i finished watching it because I MISS THE SHOW and I like the song except for that one part where it sounds like he didn’t reach the note or something or it’s strained? it’s jus tlike i don’t know why they released it like tha. But anyways the lyrics MATCH UP quite well let’s just say… is that a spoiler? but yeah it reminded me of jin a lot as it should and it’s a good choice of song again.
I thought the end of episode 4 or 5 or aorund there was just classic. maybe that’s going too far to say. the scene with ryouma saying oman to that jorou (prostitute in edo jidai) and i just thought it wasn’t CHEAP at all. it keeps that sex appeal factor without the cheapness… It’s realistic and makes the scene more memorable and it actually does a purpose other than just sex apppppeal or whateve ryou call that. It was a just great way to show us the urgency and the seriousness of that situation and how close it was etc etc. So I thought it was SOSO SO brilliant and at that moment I was like OMG Jin reached a level that I never thought J-drama could ever reach ( since i watched lots of american dramas and american dramas have lots of sex in it lol) from the time I watched my first j-drama which was bloody monday (orz OTL) which I found to be average lol. and you know fan-service in anime is SO SO LAME and SOSO UNREALISTIC AND SOSO UNNATARUAL and pathetic. I HATE OTAKU PANDERING! but i can’t be helped since they’re in horrible horrible financial economical conditions. So i feel bad for them and i hope they don’t actually like making shtty otaku pandering anime but they have to … to survive.
Caps from last ep
GONZO - I still didn’t finish watching it. fail. lol. hopefully sooooooon. It’s good it’s just i don’t have time
can’t decide… it’s b.t. good/average level
Mop Girl - It was so much fun. A pleasure to watch. It has its problems and good parts. It could be more deep and whatnot. It’s actually funny. the team work/chemistry between kitakwa keiko and tanihara shousuke is good. I love tanimura shosuke
I really like how they casted kitakawa keiko and really utilized her cuteness like that episode with hakurankyou or something or the other times when they make her dress up in cute disguises/costumes. If it was ayase haruka i don’ tknow… i don’t like her!! as of now (2011) kitakwa keiko’s sorta fading… with like ishara satomi/kuriyama chiaki rising. Like she wasn’t even mentioned in the london heart’s episode when they choose the number one girl… Like no one chose her… unless one person did?? doubt it.
one thing that i didn’t like that stood out was the the guest actors’ acting ability was LOW which is really bad since the situations those guest actors’ characters are placed are in are sorta hard to act out.. it requires acting skills… so we get some weird overreacting/hyperness BUT at least the main people can act. Kitakwa keiko is fine, eikura nana is NOT.
also some of the episodic plots are weak but i love some of the ways they dress up for the occasion each episode. if you just watch it for fun like you’re supposed to then mmaybe you can overlook some of the weak points like me.
SOME LINKS to transcripts i found online just in case.. this + korean subs->japanese hopefully covers any hard to catch lines.
But seriously… sometimes I follow it fine and then there’s scenes where i cannot catch ANYTHING they say… it’s either i don’t know what the words or it’s how they say it… I would listen to a billion times over and i still have no idea what the faq is being said/talked about and then i find the transcript like the ameblog up there… (japanese people who can catch that stuff since they only speak japanese and understand japanese unless they’re billingual) and the ni go oh.. then i do the soramimi -effect thing and go yeah it does sound like that BUT without it i would still be like wtf they saying. It’s usually i know what they’re saying… I just can’t catch it.
Gyne ギネ 産婦人科の女たち - This was one took me by surprise. It’s one of those dramas i never would’ve watched because it came out fall of 09 when tokyo dogs, liar game, fumo chitai, samurai high school, jin also came out so i heard NOTHING abt it. But luckily because somebody left the commercial on the avi for some other drama… which led me to watch a commercial for this show (ep 5 or 6 or something). From watching that I was like OMG even if this drama is crappy I have to at least watch that scene or episode. It’s the court room scene of course. but I thought just as drama it was really entertaining especially because I was watching monster and mother at the same time… unlike those two the camera work and lighting and other fundamental stuff was done well (there are j-dramas that can’t even get these fundamentals right) &&& It just didn’t have the usual/cliche/crappy j-drama feel or that feel was kept to a minimum. I just felt like the episodic plots/overarching plots weren’t the usual tired, typical plots (ie. samurai high school). It just kept me interested with the plot/arcs…. they were interesting and seemed thought-out and well done, One could argue that this show is more like sanpujinka no bakatachi but I just really liked as drama entertainment. It made me want to watch the next episode, etc (which is you know logical… that’s why you watch the drama because you like it NOT because a bunch of losers praise it somewhere on the internet). Of course it can be better and the way it ended was like… not really an ending. but seriously WHY DID THEY SAy 神ドラマ to MOTHER…. no it’s not mother it’s MAZAA lol. ugh so silly.
Liar Game II -It’s not as good sesaon 1 because 1. it is 45 minutes? instead of 35 minutes (sesaon 1) Yes it is dragged out. They play the song (I love the song tho ) every episode and they stretch the reactions whenever something shocking happens which happens many times every episode because it is liar game. but the thing is… it’s just not that shocking or interesting. There were a couple tricks that i thought was interesting like the round with the cards and…. probably something else. Like last season they don’t develop the side characters that much at all or the main characters that much it’s just like… i’m sick of it. what’s the point? i feel bad for the actors… they have nothing to accomplish at work. If you watch season 2, you can pretty much be really disappointed in the movie. the movie is by the company (not part of the original manga so i guess i should go read the manga) and so the story is not that good. it’s like a mesh of sesaon 1 tricks and season 2 tricks so it’s like i’ve seen that. They even have an X… which was an awesome arc from season 1. I guess watch if you’re a fan just don’t forget to fast-forward?
Oh and poeple on 2ch think that part of the reason of the downfall of liar game was toda erika… and how she is no longerg pure and innocent anymore. lol. something about she went out with v6 member or someone and how her hair is brown… and well obviously people change and grow up and all that so… we can’t make her confine herself to whatever for our crazy fan mentality but…. I agree with them that… she is just different. If her character NAO changed maybe it owuldn’t have been such a big deal. but seriously it’s ust so UNREALISTIC how her chaacter doesn’t change at lalllllll. not even at the end of the movie???? I really wish they did stuff with akiyama and nao.. .then the movie might been actually good…. they sorta did stuff but not really so in the end they didn’t do anything as far as that realm is concerned.
Samurai High School
I wish they chose another actor for the “friend role”. i don’t want to insult his acting skills or whatever, but i just feel like it’s too much of a stretch. the way he talks is like…. pissing me off. He won’t open his mouth that wide or something and that voice that’s supposed to be all meek or whatever… I don’t know. It just pisses me off. I wish they made that character more believable somehow. he’s a big ass white guy for gawds sakes.
It’s fun for a few eps… It’s like a silly/dumb/fun. THEN It gets boring and really just ordinary (the storylines are so ordinary and pointless-seeming). I don’t like the miura actor and i guess he was okay in this drama but i tihnk overdid it a little but who knows how a _ from _ would act in a _ so maybe it is on the ball? but the fact is the ending is shit and so…. NOOOOOOOOOOOO. By the way i got bored by this by ep 3 or 4… episodic storylines were very weak. so i fastforwarded 5 and 6 like crazy then just skipped to 9 because it became a chore to watch. Then I fast-forwarded episode 9 like even more crazy and then i was like such a shit ending. can’t even make a disucssion out of that ending except it sucks balls. but still at the same time i don’t care about it…
AND this screenshot is NOT spoilery if you know what scene this is from then you know it’s not. it’s just so dumb ugh.
PAPA TO MUSUME NO Nanokakan – It was fun/ny and cute/seemed good at first but after a few eps it gets old. In fact, it gets dumb. In fact the last episode was unbearable and a lot of fast-forwarding was done to finish watching it. It is an interesting premise it’s just it can’t even last (by “last” I mean be intersting) 7 eps.
The third lady (u know what i mean if you watched probably)’s acting was bad. it was like for reals? the director allowed this? It’s mostly the way she said her lines as opposed to the actual lines. The way she said it was so strange…. just not very sincere-sounding.
It’s like you don’t have to watch it. It’s not that good or that… anything. It has cute kids and well sometimes it’s done well but sometimes not… j-subs to all the eps here
MOTHER – This and kaibutsu-kun drive me insane because they both are BAD dramas in my eyes yet people were praising them like crazy especially mother. they wrote like kami dorama (kami= god) and i’m like no… It’s extremely slow, boring, melodramatic. I hate hate hate the main actress. I don’t think i’ll be able to watch any other drama with her in it because the way she talks is irritating. she whispers everything and it’s like… whispering does not equal good acting. as much as the guy from densha otoko was annoying, he was fine in watashitachi no kyoukasho but i don’t know about her if she’s going to do this acting forever!
And the little girl in the show is getting all famous and getting on this tv shows… not that i really care. she’s okay.
p.s. I wonder if there was some sorta significance with this scene (the screenshot that i took) with those things she reached for… i wouldn’t know lol.
I was actually excited to watch this show becaue they kept talking about this show on various japanese info shows and the praise on the online boards and whatnot. they’re like oh they take such a serious theme and blahblahblah but it’s just not well-done so no.
there’s like no japanese to learn from it either. like there’s barely any talking.
Oh and here’s a thing from 2-ch matome that I really really really AGREE WITh.
It’s from ichiban TSUMARANAI dorama thread. sometimes that thread is more helpful than ichiban omoshiroi dorama.
it’s not as 涙頂戴 as 1 litter of teals. but . you know
Kaibutsu-kun – It’s for kids. There’s melodramatic scenes… which always follows oono. i don’t know why. It just gets lame and more and more boring and ugh… I know everyone is really tryiing hard to make this show and everything with the special make up and wahatnot (like alll the promotoin on the TV) but the script is just… maybe it’s good enough for kids but not for me. actually the dramas that get promoted like crazy with actors coming out on the talk/variety/news shows usually suck the most… i’ve noticed.
I can’t believe the 3 d movie is coming out…
STAND UP! I tried to stick with this drama for too long (so boring and slow). should’ve given up or skipped/fast-forwarded earlier. it’s just ugly… people’s hairstyles/clothes etc lol. but i heard that DAIGO’s acting in the LADY hanzai profiler was really good that he was better than kitakawa keiko and the other main cast lol.
I saw episode 1, parts of ep 2, and a few minutes of the last episode. Um this drama is crappy. It’s very boring, nagasaku (the actress who played the friend? or pseudofriend?) is really really annoying. Her acting is just nothing special just exactly what I expect which makes it so boring. Episode 2 was really boring and i knew what parts they were going to make dramatic or shocking or whatever at those set scenes but like it’s just not and i predicted it while i was wtaching ( it’s not that hard)>. ALSO I watched the preview 3rd episode and I was like wow that 3rd episode is going to be torture to watch b.c. it’s not going to be sad or anyhting… it’s just what it is.
I knew nothing was going to happen till the last episode so I just watched the last episode after fast=-forwading through the second episode. though i must admit even out of that i watched the last 5 minutes or something. I was just like this is lame… absolutely nothing has happened – this show is just depressing. I got sick of this show after the first episode and then the second just confirmed that this show has nothing much to offer. I love tanihara shousuke-san but he seems to be in bad dramas a lot lol j/k. who knows. DO NOT FORCE YOURSELF TO WATCH THIS DRAMA TO LEARN JAPANESE JUST BECAUSE IT HAS THE JAPANESE SUBS UP ON D-ADDICTS, same for KAIBUTSU MOTHER ETC unless you ACTUALLY enjoy watching those dramas. They really are just sucky. you’re better off watching a drama you actually like/enjoy with korean subs that are translated to japanese subs which I discussed in a previous post.
stuff I watched real quick cause I fast-fowarded/only watched parts of last&first ep and it most likely belongs in the BAD.BELOW AVERAGE/average section if i did watch more of it to decide… but it’s not worth my time.
mioka - lol it makes 1 liter of namida look good. BUT it was fun watching the actress on shabekuri 007.
shoukojo seira - boring boring boring.
Anna-san no Omame- at first i was like interesting. then i realized it’s just really annoying. I liked that one joke with the mannueqin… that was really unexpected and I thought it was funny. but everything else is just so annnnnnoying and never ending and never changing. I think Isaw ep 1 and then 2-4 was painful to watch and tthen i fastforwarded watched the last ep ….
UNFAIR -I stopped at ep 7 or 5 or something. It’s just boring and i know there are plots I just don’t feel like thinking about this show. I suggest watching BONES. It always comes down to Is it as good as Bones? is it even close? is it half as interesting? for these kind of shows… and usually the answer is NO so NO.
RIKON BENGOSHI – amami yuuki THING. it’s just not good enough. some over-expression like building shaking etc which could be seen as bad or good. it’s just not enough to warrant me to finish watching this… something is missing. it’s not enough/ good enough etc. they try to make it interesting with the acting and dialogue/scenes but it’s feels like they’re just trying too hard. I mean i guess i could see why some people enjoy this b.c. they like what i just mentioned BUT i’m not one of them.
BOSS - amami what’s her face always plays the same character over and over. I can see that the writer’s are trying to make it interesting with all these engaging conversations b.t. amano and whoever ex. the episoe with shida mirai… it’s as if the show is pretending to be better than it actually is which is not that good…. BUT it’s just not enough. it’s just not… especially if I start comparing it to BONES. I love kenkobayashi-san on like talk shows and i’m not going to criticize his acting in this drama but like there really is nothing special going on with the cast/characters really either. his acting was fine, i have no complaints…
Dragon Zakura - It’s really really dry/boring. I don’t think it’s that interesting. I ‘m not that obsessed with abe hiroshi. I was like if it is the usual slow/boring/dry drama then at least i’ll watch for whatever tips for learning but even with that mentality i stopped watching afte rep 2 or something. I am not obsessed with YAMAPI but I did enjoy his acting and everything in NOBUTA PRODUCE.
GTO – I couldn’t watch episode 1. sorry i can’t take this old 90s vibe by that I mean slow paced boring etc. the anime is slow-paced boring too BTW -for the anime there are some good eps and funny parts but just too slow sometimes. people go crazy over this one but i won’t lol.
HOTARU NO HIKARI - so this is why i do not like ayase haruka. she is NOT cute. if you want cute go watch MOP GIRL. I feel like FUJI-something nao-something is always in crappy dramas. this show is not funny, boring, slow. not much going on with the story. I think I watched till ep 3 but i just hate ayase haruka in those drama. it’s just really uninteresting.
MR. BRAIN - I saw the ep with nakama yukie cause i read somewhere about her acting. um it’s just this show is not good enough. it comes down to is it as smart as bones and the answer is NOOOO
No pictures added for these because it takes time and work to do that. and more importantly, none of these dramas are THAT visually appealing (how shallow) anyway…
DRAMAS I WANT TO WATCH SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON… to watch list.
IF you want to suggest some to me go ahead though i don’t know when i’ll get around to watching it
quiz show season 1. season 2= NEVER
tetsu no hone.
nihonjin no shiranai nihongo- i heard it was crappy tho so maybe i ‘ll watch a little to see.. do like the actress
Love Shuffle – J- subs!!!
nouryouku with tanimura shosuke & ishihara satomi
CHASE – on ep 1。 lOVE THE song. 退行 菊地成孔 It used to be up on youtube.I love the song so much i ripped from the video file so i could listen to it. jazz at its best to say the least yo.
GONZO – didn’t finish
atami no sousakan- jsubs relesaed.
suzuki sensei jsubs relesaed.
carnation – love the shiina ringo single and the other 2 songs on the single.
shinya shokudou2.…do ihave towatch the prequel plus itlooks reallly boring…so ill try 1ep?
youkai nignen bemu =is this another kaibutsu-kun? surprisd that kamenashi isn’t dragging the ratings down lol
kaseifu n omita - it has mad high ratings. it even beat jin 2′s finale ratings by like a lot?….kaseifu got 31.5% at one moment during the airing of episode 8 . but the average is 29.6% and 29.0% in kantou and kansei, respectively.
jin 26.1% but the most views at any second was 31.7% so it did beat kaseifu in that aspect but not the overall aspect. this 31.7% was like the part when we get to that new phase in the last episode if you remembers.
erika = that kuriyama chiaki drma? lol not sure. but i love the single.. .both songs!
joou no kyoushitsu SP – did not know they existed lol.
I FEEL LIKE this list was longer? it’s probably somewhere on this computer.
ACtually it is a lot loonger. I started using evernote instead of notepad. I don’t have to worry about losing stuff and it’s a good way to organizae plus I can access it anywhere. I can also search multiple “notepad” files . the only downside is it’s not as simple as notepad so let’s say I was scrolling the secret garden script while re-watching ep for certain scenes that dre wme on.. it goes crazy and moves it all the way up and then i have to rescroll down… which is a bitch and unnecessary. so in this aspect, notepad kicks evernote’s ass…. if it had one.
Gonna share my opinion on some J-dramas to get recommendations, get stuff off my chest, etc. Sorry about my poor writing skills but well i don’t like to read books so I can’t help it ? But I do diligently follow the CC on my tv as i watch my american darma lol… that’s why I’m so good at spelling (all these spelling errosr are due to this laptop keyboard/ my fast typing skills lol)
there are NO spoilers or PLOT summaries etc (unless you highlight) because I personally believe in going in as blind as possible so that I’m not bored/have some sort of preconception… plus there’s no NEED. I hate people who paste long summaries in their reviews. It’s like I came to read a review not the summary + review.
Gonna share my opinion on some Japanese dramas to get recommendations, get stuff off my chest, etc.Sorry about my poor writing skills but well i don’t like to read books so I can’t help it ? Another blog with jdrama reviews
First I’ll share my pet-peeves as far as dramas go.
1. I hate korean drama. The main girl actress (in the 20s or whatever) always pisses me off. Her bitchy whining and complaining always does. The ajumma bitching is bad too. Not sure which is worse(probably ajumma cause they have more years on them so more experience in bitching). It’s just boring to me. Plus they drag like no tomorrow. There’s like way more reasons than this but I’ll leave it there. And I’m Korean so
2. I don’t like melodrama. By all means this does not mean any scene where someone cries but for some reason for k/j-dramas, especially k-dramas most of the crying scenes are just melodramatic. Especially korean dramas with making the male character cry… It’s not even crying, it’s like bawling and they like zoom in and they just show that scene for like what seems like 15 minutes. PLUS the music makes it a whole lot worse, the melodramatic BGM. Well I can’t watch it, it’s too pathetic. And it’s not sad.
LIKE in koreanversion of HYD (which I didn’t watch) gawd I hate JANDI, I don’t know if I hate her name more. so ridiculous!! lol.
Domyouji is crying WTF. And I heard Hanazawa Rui cries too. LOL Hanazawa Rui crying… No not the hanazawwa rui part, the guy who plays hanazawa rui in the korean V. He can’t act at all so that scene musta been hella funny.
Actually I don’t remember if Domyouji cries in HYD or II but I think he probably didn’t and if he did it probably not as melo as this? Well HYD is pretty melo in its own respects like that rain scene in II.
3. Draggy, slow etc is just UGH. I don’t like the draggy/slowness of j/k-dramas. There’s a ton more but I’ll just get into as I review the dramas that commit that “cliche” or whatever. Basically I hate TYPICAL K-J-drama.
If you want to know my anime peeves HERE (more reviews in the profile sectioN). there’s a lot of spoiler lol cause they don’t allow spoiler tags nemore but anyways all the hater ones are hilarious for the most part.
Drama reviews:Sorry if some of the pictures are really random but I wanted interesting/pretty screenshots.
REALLY GOOD – As in it definitely made me want to watch the next episode. Also the pace is good. None of them are draggy or slow. They all have good BGM and theme song, etc.
Nobuta wo produce (2005) - It’s not melodramatic The comedy/drama/portray l of etc etc is just done so well. If you pay attention and think about stuff that you can see how the several plots in the episode connect to each other (I only realized it when I read the dramanote entries). There were parts where the quality was just high like episode 4 (That scene was awesome and I couldn’t predict it). It won all those awards and it was my first high school J-drama (good choice ) I loved Akira’s “lingo”, it was cute. It was like okay and then I kept watching and the next thing I knew I was on ep 10 and well that’s the last ep. I really enjoyed watching this! JAPANESE SUBS on that russian site with the j-drama subs!
Hanazakari no Kimitachi (2007) - I thought this show was gonna be s***from the ikemen paradise/picture but I was mistaken. It’s just fun to watch. It was really nice to see a huge cast be utilized. I loved most of the comedy (hated some of it? the fanservicey/dumb kind?), but some of the “fan-service” bothered me. Some of the comedy is cheap/forced/fan-service/the-obvious to the point I can’t stand it but they ALSO have good/actual comedy too so I don’t know…. I want to forgive it… The background music is to die for. I was so amazed that a J-drama could have such good BGM that I didn’t get sick of by ep 5 if I’m lucky. Episode 1 was all right and then it just got better and better and so I got into it. It’s like a good teen movie for me and it’s not vulgar/crude like some american teen/parody movies because… it’s japanese. Usually cruder the worse the movie?
GOOD NEWS: japanese subs for ep 1-6 here!
watashitachi no kyoukasho (2007)-
I was recommended this drama by someone and it just has a really good story. I was just dying to find out more eevery episode. Acting is really good… I don’t think it’s melodramatic.. to me melodramatic are the the dramas i listed in the average/below average sections.. The only problem is that it’s sorta slow at times. Even though it’s slow I still watched 2/3 eps in a day (which is i still want to put it here even though it’s slow-paced). It won best scriptwriter and as expected there are twists and all that. I love the ending song / the scene they show with it….. In fact the BGM was REALY good irregardless of the repetition because they were like classical songs/intense songs by rafmonaiv? lol (that composer shows up in nodame too but different song) with an orchestra or something. They chose the PERFECT songs for the sad/intense/etc type type scenes and I never got sick of the song… they really elevated any scene they were used in. I don’t recall hearing any of those songs before I watched the drama but I’m so glad I heard these songs…. especially that intense song… it works with the scene so well. Also Susumu from HYD is in this & his hairstyle is good so I was really pleasantly surprised. I love his voice. lol. and his role is quite diff from susumu to say the least (in a good way)
this video features 2 ex- video game addicts… it’s in korean and everyone’s korean lol.
I just find this topic interesting? of interest for me? sorta like with the hikkikomori thing. to some extenti just don’t undersatnd especially with my language learning interest. like i go OMG WTF you do that? you could use that teim to reach converstaional level in x-language or watch x tv shows…. that’s my way of thinking. so because I just cannot comprehend it i just want to find out more about it. I really feel like this show goes into details and the depth of the situation because the 2 ex-game addicts are talking for 47 minutes. it’s just a lot OF MEAT. none of the videos in english really go into depth… it’s just very shallow….. obviously it can only go deep if you have 2 ex- game addicts talking talking.
I don’t know if there’s a good medium for asking people to transcribe what people said in korean for korean-learners for english but for ajapense it’s pretty good… like there’s chiebukuro.
Like I said in my previous post. i’ll watch an interesting program in korean on youtube or bayflie korean or something and then write down time codes? of the line the i couldn’t catch so i can ask people on chiebukuro hey what’d they say. I don’t do this for every word because it becomes laborious and it depends on how much i give a crap too lol. and actually my korean is pretty good as in the ratio of I don’t know/ I do know is really good for learning via this. I don’t want to overestimate or anything but let’s say like 80% undersatnd/ 20% don’t undersatnd. It’s something like that so it’s definitely like a limbo like if i just keep watching without looking up words or also reading korean articles or korean books then i most likely will be stuck at this level forever. I reached this level from looking up words in the FIRST place. but at this point it’s like even if i don’t look it up i’m probably not missing out that much? the key word is PROBABLY. But anways from looking up the words… after I look it up I put it in anki and i see it and may or may not remember the definiton. I don’t put in the sentence because I feel like that’s cheating. so i just put in the unconjjugated verb/adjetive etc. but anki is just not effective because it’s used for EXTENDING your memory NOT forming your memory. definitely waching korean shows is more helpful than doing anki reviews. nonetheless some of the cards are extending my memory and some of them are brute-shove into my brain (not really since i just do my reviews lightly)… sometimes I can’t predict which ones will go into the latter… because when i look it up in that moment as i watch the show light bulbs go off and i go OOOH that makes so much sense or whatever but then a week later in my anki review I’ll be like wtf is this shit lol. so context and immersion is deinitely the best. I guess I wouldn’t be doing anki at all if iall did was watch korea nshows but unfortunately or fortunately i watch mad japanese shit lol.
I think I wrote about this before but i went from (this is not thourough)
start learning japanese → suck at learning japanese → found ajatt → ignored ajatt → found ajatt again → learned from song lyrics found awesome japanese stuf i love like music and also tv shows from youtube → did rtk → read japanese books/watch japanese tv etc etc → got pretty damn good with japanese (I don’t speak it fluently though of course but my intonation is GOOD) → started korean (I felt like I don’t learn much from japanese tv talk /variety. I still do to this way it’s just i learn less than i used to before)
now the reason for this hooplah is so that learning the kango words in korean will be HELL OF A LOT EASIER. I also discovered immortal song from youtube and I just thought wow what agreat show and amazing performances. I remember the first time I watchd it, it was a struggle like as far as understanding everything (the talking part of the show, not the singing part) the lines that the MC ALWAYS SAYS in every episode rather fast or wahtever just went over my head (now i have no problem following tha tsince i’ve heard it so many times and looked itup the first time. but then since he says it eveyr peisode i was like i should’ve just not looked it up lol). I didn’t recognize the kango words that i already know in japanese because yo know the readings are sorta different. so anyways from looking up words from this show and reading stuff in korean I picked up on the kango readings for korean… for most? of the top 2000 hanja kango reading to the point of recognition (It was just a gradual chill process… I don’t really care about korean like I do with japanese so it’s very slow and relaxed and just chill). I don’t speak korean lol.
and also along the way I looked up and learned some daily convresational korean.. as in words and adjectives that are used in daily convresational korean. why do i know it’s actually useful and used because I heard it from a korean person on a korean tv show talking about their lives and i looked it up. so after I find the meaning i realize why this word is USEFUL in the sense that it’s used in daily life so i will most likely see or hear it again to describe something that happened when somebody talks about whatever. It’s absolutely TRUE! I’ll look up a word and then it gets used and I go omgs i know what that means and the kanji and all that because I looked it up before and i heard it being used again. that’s what’s happening as i watch the video i’m watching now as well as other videos. that’s the awesomeness of common, daily conversation language in korean or japanese orenglish or whatever. It makes you feel like it’s so effortless because even if you don’t get it (remember it, internalize it) the first time, you most likely will the second time. I remember looking up so much crap /not looking up crap for the snsd show dangerous boys . you don’t undersatnd i didn’ tknow all the useful daily conversaitonal common korean at that time but i learned that korean from that show. it’s like that chicken and the egg argument. you can either try to drill as much korean from books or some anki deck and then hope that you’ll understand some native korean tv show fluently (NEVER IN A BILLION YEARS) OR you watch the korean show look up the crap you don’t undersatnd and keep watching and they will most likely use the words that you looked up time and time again. the drilling people i do not understated.
so anyways I found this video so interesting how the guys are just talking talking. I hate how in american talk shows they don’t let the guests talk… the host always has to say shit and the crap they say is crap that everyone has on their minds (it does not need to be said, everyone is ALREADY aware.) or they say something to emphasize something that again we ALREADY are aware of… i guess they treat the audience like idiots (those are americans for you lol) and or they love hearing their own voices (the talk show hosts). another factor is … maybe korean people are juts more articulate than the average joe american lol… so the guests can hold up their end of their conversation and articulate their thoughts and memories so well to the point that the talk show host or whoever has to interrupt and ask questions very minimally in comparison to american talk shows.
and you know if I didn’t know korean i wouldn’t know about the existence of this video and be able to gain their insights especially the part about the “withdrawal”?? very very shocking and very enjoyable ( as in entertaining and enlightening.. i feel like i’m gaining something from watching it) video and i wanted to share and sorta to also document my level/progress and also possibly have other korean learners go omg why you so much better than me (give them motivation, rivalry thoughts) or maybe there are korean learners who are better than me and have no absolutely no vocab to learn from this video at all or was able to catch everything that was said in the video ( I think it’s possible for korean learners to reach that level, they ain’t talking about rocket science)… good for them.
I will post the chiebukuro crap once people answer!
omg I was missing out some crucial details about the withdrawal syndrome!!! that’s why i like chiebukuoring
복음 福音 수련 修鍊
at first I thought they were saying 복급 (which doesn’t make sense from context) so i was like wtf.
+++ SHOOT so uh.. some of these might go with the video below instead of the video above .
8:57 _정상적인 생활
10:37 – 할머니께서는 그 자리에서 쓰러지셔서 대성통곡을 하시며
15:20 어둠의 영(霊)에 눌린 겁니다.
15:30 – 그 분(憤の意味)을 삭히고, 던지고…
16:00~16:10 – 정말로 그 울분을 견디느라 베개를 치고 그랬던 기억이 생생합니다. 그렇게 생활하던 저를 학교에서는 주의깊게 바라보셨던 선생님이 계셨던 것 같습니다.
１６：３３ 저쪽 ____ ←저쪽 건너편에 있는 환자의 숨소리 때문에
17:00 – 그 앞에 의자에 앉아서, 한걸음도 벗어날 수가 없는거예요
17:08 – 네, 전원 버튼에 손이 가는데…
18:30 – 그거 외에는 굳이 다른 탈출구도 보이지 않았구요…
18:53 갈려고 등을 딱 돌리려는 찰나에
19:47 서점에 가서 만화책이란 만화책, 판타지 소설, 무협지를 이따만큼 준비해 가지고 가방에 바리바리 싸들고
19:53 가방에 바리바리 싸들고
21:30 그 때 당시에는 신앙이 없었어요
22:06 혹시 하느님을 알기 싶은 마음이 있으면
22:25 저의 생활에 전혀 영향을 끼칠 수 없었거든요
22:48 밀교와 불교와 여러 수행법을 섞은 소승불교에 속한 그런
25:24 고통에 온 방안을 뒹굴면서
25:30 집에서 비명이란 비명은 지르며 그렇게 굴러다니다가
～이란 ～ ‥ ～という～ (ありったけの～に近い意味？)
25:49 두번째 부수적으로 근육이 많이 뭉친것같으니까
more details in this video
very scary stuff. ….
8:55 – 그렇게 기를 쓰고 매일 같이 눈이 아주…
9:03 – 그렇게 새벽을 날마다 깨우면서 정말로 그 속에서 위안을 얻었고…
10:20 – 산에서 자살을 하시고 말으셨습니다. 열심히 게임 속에 파묻혀 있던 5학년 어린이날 아침에…
10:25 누군가 ___
10:49 너무나 __습니다
현관문을 두드리고 온 사람을 통해…..
너무나 억정이 무너지는 믿기지않는 사실속에 울분을 토해 내셨습니다.
++ 억장이 무너지다【訳】(くやしさ·悲しさのために)胸がつまる。
26:10 정말로 조용하게 되어도 실낱같은 비상등 그 초록색 불빛 하나에도 머리가 너무나 깨질듯이 아파서 계속해서 간호사를 부르고
【예】실낱 같은 목숨 【訳】ともすれば消えそうな命;はかない命。
26:45~55 – 그렇게 헤매다가 또 일어납니다. 그러면 정말로 내가 이 게임하다 죽겠다 싶은 생각이 듭니다. 침대에 앉아서 잠시 생각을 하지만 그래도 그래도 다시 컴퓨터 앞으로 가서 또 게임을 했습니다.
27:40 – 뼈만 앙상하게 남았는데도 그렇게 계속 게임밖에…
【예】앙상하게 놓여 있는 세간살이 【訳】みすぼらしく置かれている所帯道具。
2.｛형용사·여 불규칙활용｝ やつれている;げっそりしている;やせ衰えている。
【예】앓고 난 그의 모습이 무척이나 앙상했다. 【訳】 病み上がりの彼の姿がとてもやつれていた。
3.｛형용사·여 불규칙활용｝ (木の葉が落ちて枝ばかりの木が)ものさびしい;寒々としている。
【예】앙상한 나뭇가지 【訳】寒々とした木の枝。
I love how in english, japanese, and korean there are multiple meanings to a word but the meanings are sorta similar … like you could use one meaning to remember the other meanings…. this stuff is especially heavy in korean so do take advantage of LITERAL meaning in korean to remember the intended or inferred meaning as much as possible.
particular with it. if you think ruri is ugly or whatever then i guess you can can since she’s a normal girl. they show a movie star in one ep and that movie star was realy pretty. so i think it’s fine ruri isn’t as pretty as the movi star. i dont’ tihnk ruri ugly though personally.
I wonder if there’s a main character? Is it Magnum Ace? I mean everything is connected to him. If he’s not, then there’s no main character. Anyways I loved all the characters. They’re ALL likable and have their cute character designs. I loved the way top joy talked with the nes and the intonation. not sure if english speakers can tell that his intonation is a little off because i remember when i was wtaching lovely complex with zero japanese studying i couldn’t really hear a significant difference from the way these characters talked vs characters in any other anime. but if i were to watch it now i would be like oh it’s so kansai-ben lol. I loved the baddies too. they’re so awesome too. Anyways I loved SEAGULL… the voice acting, the way they drew him, the angle, the pose, etc, EVERYTHING and his story or whatever. just every scene with him had me glued me to the screen.
PLUS THEY utilized the side characters really well.
So I didn’t watch the previews till after i saw the episode the preview is previewing because I want to be as surprised as possible. But after certain episodes I was thinking even if i watched the preview i couldn’t have predicted this lol. there’s some good surpises
I thought okay why is he sayin gkureru. oBVIOUSLY it makes more sense to say MORAU or AGERU but i knew that the anime scripwriter didn’t f’up and there must be some nuance to kureru and there was!
I also remember hearing 切りさばいてくれるわ or was it わい from JIN. I didn’t think anything of it at the time but now i know~ not that i’ll ever use kureru like this lol.
oh and the ova is not good. i don’t know it just has holes… i don’t understand the point of it.are ovas that are released after the tv series always just bad…??
I was so sad when i finished watching the series. the ending is good and satisfying but i’m just sad that’ it’s over. no i donn’t want to it to go on endlessly like naruto. that would make the show turn into 1/10… I sorta confirmed this with the OVA. The only thing positive about the ova I can say is they came up with some interesting robots with the designs (creative stuff… ) and animation of course. I think that’s just how one feels after being absorbed and watching something really fun and significant. plus i can’t un-watch this. I gotta wait many years before rewatching lol…. i already know the story and surprises etc but like I said I LOVED some of those scenes. I just don’t understand what’s the point of OVAs. i was thinking of the word masturbation with OVAs… because the only people who are going to watch it are FANS not people who you are trying to hoook on the show like with anime tv series. so the people making it know you want to see it or buy it and they know that you loved the series. so they probably can tell what you loved about the series and try to include it in the OVA but it’s not the same thing because that stuff was happening in the series while it was going on (in that atmosphere that was built from past eps and whatnot), while now in the OVA it’s happening after the series “concluded” so… it’s just like… novelty effect is worn off and it’s just NOT the same thing. as much as i love the characters and the world the anime is set in, I enjoyd it in the ANIME series and i’ll re-live it by re-watching the episodes instead of some weird OVA that’s trying to recreate that??? I want to enjoy the real deal 100% iron leaguer world, not some half-bajed iron leaguer world. but the thing is if the series is really good, usually a good story is told and the ends are tied. so if you gotta something afterwards, you gotta create some friction, and problems or introduce something new etc. otherwise it’s a filler episode of the series ?? so basically the OVA has the potential to destroy what the tv series has done just because of what an ova is… something that concluded beautifully gets unconcluded with whatever new thing they come up with. but anyways i loved the series and i dont’ want to talk shit about the iron leaguer ovas. i’m just saying, i loved the SERIES but i didn’t like the ovas. I was thinking after i watched the series or the OVAs of stuff I want to know more about with characters and whatnot… so I was thinking maybe the OVA could’ve been better if they told us about the details that fans want to know about the iron leaguers and the story. BUT THEN I READ that there’s some LD (what is that shit?) that was released and how they wrote the robot’s biography or something on it for all 7 main robots. I was like I want to know what they wrote. so i don’t know if i’ll find it after googling. i think it’s rare and you can only get it from yahoo auction IF IT’s even up.
while i was watching the series i was reading a book titled gotai fumanzoku 五体不満足 ( I like his writing style). There was a part in the book where the author was saing he was the manager of the football team and that he did statistics to help the team strategize. he just talked about how everyone on the football team was just focused on football and they actually won the championsihp or whatever. everyone worked so hard and they never thought they would win or at least no one really believes till it actually happens. he mentions how it was such a joyful moment when you work really hard towards something and you actually GET IT. he described a memeber on the football team who is stoic and never relaly shows his emotions. he said when they won, of course in the moment everyone is in disbelief, that guy broke down crying and got down on knees. I thought it was a beautiful event/moment… I don’t know if i would’ve relaly been able to udersatnd and really feel what the author is trying to convey, at least to THIS EXTENT if i wasn’t watching the series. To be honest I’m just apathetic to sports like playing it, watching it, etc… i guess that’s one of the things about anime that i really like. it can take something i don’t give a shit about and then make me gain interest in it, or find value in that subject or just make it interesting when i thought that would be impossible.
plus there was furigana for the whole booooook! it’s cuz they want kids to read it for obvious reasons cause them kids are so judgemental and mean lolz. omg why do i do this to myself. this was like my 61st book and my first book with furigana. obviously it makes more sense to read furigana books since kanji readings tend to be erratic when it comes to japanese or it’s not but then yo ucan’t tell if there’s onten or not or there’s mad readings and you know all of them but you don’ know which one it is etc tec.
also found this:
OH AND FOR THE PEOPLE WHO HAPPEN TO BE LEARNING JAPANESE AND LOVE THIS SOHW.
I mined sentences like i said i did because I really liked the sentences or there was something to be learnt from it whether it be grammar or vocabulary. So I noticed my anki deck had over 600 cards off iron leaguer lol (just so yo know an average anime ep usually has anywhere from 300 to 400 maybe even to 500 lines for an episode so i don’t tink that’s bad – as far as the n+1 thing is concerned with iron leaguer and me since the show is 52 eps and that is number of cards i have from 52 eps though truth be told sometimes I forgot to tag it as iron leaguer or i tagged other stuff as iron leaguer but if you list stuff CHRONOLOGICALLY you could get all the iron leaguer lines that i inputted into my my deck. it might be 700 for a ll i know.). it’s a lot. and for lines where icouldn’t catch what they were saying i asked on chiebukuro
I just loved getting sentences from the show. the thing with stuff you really like it’s easier to remember stuff word for word (not all the time necessarily but.. something about stuff you like is just way more significant and easier to remember, harder to forget obviously) which is REALLY useful for production as well as boosting comprehension. It was a pleasure~ minus the frustrating times when i couldn’t catch what they were saying. i wa slike come again, again , again, shit out of luck and then asked on chiebukuro
CHIEBKURO STUFF IS BELOW
Updated it May 2013 for additional lines added to episode 52 i believe.
my anki decks
so anki only lets you either export everything or go by the deck but the way idid it with iron leaguer was i did it with a ironleaguer tag and i put the cards into my different decks bc i have diff types of decks. I will make a post on that in the future, either near or far lol.
but the thing with this format is if you open it it will replace your WHOLE set-up (all your decks) with this. so i think if you want to avoid that you should a) sign out of your profile so there’s no weird internet syncing that will obliterate any chances of you keeping your decks b) maybe put anki on a usb c ) open. but anyways this file has all my cards in my decks including iron leaguer. I don’t see any option to EXPORT a selection of cards or anything so that’s why i’m putting it like this in case anyone wants!
I think this question is dumb for several reasons…
before I go into that I’m just gonna paste something I looked up and put in my deck recently.
so guess what i looked up. It’s not the vocab, that’s for sureeee So I used yahoo dic and
set it to ＊に一致する bc that is the fastest way to search for it.
so I looked up mo to see if the meaning changes if you use it this way as opposed to te + mo and it doesn’t lol. I get the nuance of ru mo vs te mo … it just sounds rumo compard to temo lol.
I was like there’s no way kono kata means kono hito…
for the main topic…. One reason is the UNKNOWN. So my attitude towards [any] language is what would i do for fun in that language if i was born in that country and only knew that language/culture my whole life… in other words I wouldn’t settle for x just b/c it’s really popular. I’d still search for the most entertaining/enlightening etc b/c eventually you’re gonna be bored after you force yourself to watch shit just b/c it’s popular etc etc. ie if you only watched movies that won awards or tv shows that won awards chances are you will fall asleep during the movie (seriously… what’s wrong with them when i hear __ is nominated for the award thre’s a 90% chance it was nominated b.c. it was really long and boring OR 10% it was actually good. but in the end we all know it’s 100% rigged ) or not laugh at the comedy show that won best comedy however many times. sometimes the show deserves the award but usually it’s a lot of mediocre crap. Of course there’s differences in taste too that just b.c. x % of pop likes it doesn’t mean you’ll like it. OR MAYBE think the othre way, let’s say you were born in japan and only know japanese and then you started learning english via aeatt… how long would it take you to find/discover stuff that you like to do/watch/read/etc in english or whatever lanaguage right now. i would imagine it would take a while unless you only like popular/mainstream stuff. or you would fear you would never find out about the stuff you really like because it’s not really mainstream. also there’s a culture barrier so you might not find it funny or interesting even though you would if you were fluent in english and the culture….
So for Japanese/any language, for some of the stuff you can’t even tell if you like it or not till you understand Japanese/grasp japanese culture/etc. OR there’s something you slightly like but end up loving once your japanese improves jjust b.c. of the comprehension. so you won’t know what you’re learning japanese for till you start learning japanese lol. what i think is you’re learning japaense so you can do something in japanese that is enjoyable b.c. that’s basically what you’re going to do with the language. ex. i don’t find japanese news interesting, i dont’ find news interesting period. thus, i do not watch news in english or japanese. sure some people might be like hey i want to be like khatz with the fluency so news is definitely one of the things i should check off so imma listen to japanese news 24/7 for x number of weeks/months. that sounds awful to me so i don’t do it. i used to do it sorta ( not 24/7 ) but now a days i do not bother with it… b/c/ even if i can undersatnd it 100% just from listening, it’s not like i’m going to keep listening to it. So a lot of the stuff I like in Japanese now-a-days I did not know about before I started learning Japanese. And even if I tried to explain to the me then I’m not sure I would be able to explain why i like it and what’s so interesting about it. I’m not saying only study from books till you feel fluent till you dive into native media. that’s ridiculous. dive in whenever you want. so I tihnk that question is dumb b.c. some stuff you can’t even tell whether you like it or not till you learn japanese and get used to japanese/culture etc. hell, some stuff/people I didn’tt even know existed that now if i go one week without seeing it, that’s one week with less laughs than if i had seen it.
ALSO before you learn japanese there might be some areas of japanese culture that you were probably sure you wouldnt’ touch witha 50 foot pole from your stereotyping/misconceptions/lack of understanding of japanese/culture/. for me one is j-dramas and music to an extent. so I knew before I watched j-dramas that they were going to be cheesy/cringy/embarrassing/not as well made as american dramas with the budget/acting . so i only watched j-dramas for learning purposes at first since there’s a blog with the lines out and or there’ sjapanese sub up on d-addicts. it sure as hell makes more sense to do that then spending 20 dollars on some book with a cd with boring dialogues. And the first few j-dramas I watched did exactly what I expected with the melodramaness/cheapenss compared to american dramas etc etc. So what I did was try to not cringe during the said melodramatic scenes. what i should’ve done is fast-forwarded those scenes lol. BUT BUT BUT later on, I found some really enjoyable j-dramas and even some really amazing ones as i wrote in my reviews. so I realized that j-drama does have something to offer me. I just have to search for it/ask for recommendations and avoid the crap. and YES there are Japanese actors/actresses who are amazing at acting, there are dramas where there’s crying but it isn’t melodramatic/etc etc… my preconceived notions have been disproven in the few really good dramas i’ve seen. but some of the mediocre/average ones just… exude what i dont’ like about j-dramas. speaking of j-dramas, i never thought i would ever EVER go near JIDAI GEKI. HISTORYICAL dramas. dun dundun . as of now i am like 99% sure i will never get into a historical korean drama b.c. i can’t stand korean dramas and i hate the beautification in the historic dramas… and it is just boring lol. and melodramatic. BUT JIN totally changed that. I recommend it. i was totally weary of it b.c. i was like ugh… i see people in kimonos or whatevs so it looks boring. the first ep was sorta boring but after a couple eps i realized this drama is actually quite amazing and so-well done and very very enjoyable to watch. it’s edgey! like madmen~~??
music to an extent just b/c/ i didn’t know much japanese music aside from music for the anime op/ed. there are some really good ones. japan has the #2 music market and it’s well-deserved!!! they have some amazing music. for the people that bitch omg japanaese music sucks. I can’t find anything i like. chances are you’re not looking hard enough or not smart enough ORRRRRRR you are looking for something really specific that you can’t even find in english/etc. I grew my love towards enka. of course at first i was like that shit is weird i dont’ think i’ll ever get into it. then i heard tsugaru kaiykyou and that is not true anymore…. Right now i have a shit load of japanes emusic to listen to (and it’s stuff I ACTUALLY LIKE, not “oh i’ll compromise and listen to this singer= even though i don’t like them b.c. they got number one on the oricon charts”) so for the people who bitch about the lack of good music, search harder…….. i have no idea why you’re complaining about japanese music. there’s youtube, last.fm, etc etc. there’s no reason to bitch about this!
BOOKS – okay so this is like for people more down the line but then again some books aren’t that hard to read and it’s not lke you have to undersatnd all the words on the page to undersatnd the story. but basically, you can’t tell what japaense books you like till you read them. even if you’re not that good at japanese… I feel like you can still tell if the writer’s writing style just isn’t working for you. I have read books by authors that make reading japanese so laboring, i’ve also read books by japanese authors who make the language sound so beautiful and easy to read. TREAT IT LIKE YOUR Native LANg’uage. there are some writing styles in english that i cannot stand or undersatnd (lol…. charles dickens anyone? huckleberry finn anyone?????) or too hard (vocabulary of some authors are so ginormous) . it’s the same thing in english so don’t force yourself to reead a book by whoever if it’s not enjoyable/to your taste. you need to spend your time finding the author/writing style you love and devouring the stories written by those authors.
Here’s an example to illustrate my point
so if i’m reading a japanese book by an author that I do not like, we’re just not compatible… it feels really tiring and laborous and boring reading all the byousha 描写 description crap that’s between the dialogue. if my compatibility with the author is even WORSE the dialogue will even feel torturous to read. one time i was reading dialogue by this author i wasn’t compatible with and all the dialogue felt so loooong. it wasn’t that the sentences in the dialogue were long, it just felt like everyone was talking in the most inefficient way possible. lol. or the dialogue feels fake or really shallow (trivial, pointless, etc etc). I’m not bitching about reading japanese that is super difficult. though japanese ficition isn’t that hard. I’m just reacting/treating this like i’m reading a book in general, like i’m reading a book in english. so usually what i do is, i just read the dialogue parts b.c. like I said I don’t find the byousha part interesting and it’s not going to enter my brain since it’s not enjoyable to read/i don’t find it particularly well written or conveyed etc etc. but I feel like you should just stop find another book then force yourself to read crap. but sometmes, i can read books if i skip enough lol. oh and example of this IS 空中ブランコ by 奥田 英朗. I was actually looking forward to it b.c. i saw peeople on chiebukuro asking ilike this author, recommend me authors and he was brought up. this one just was not working at alllllll…. the byousha and the dialogue. reading the summary on the whatevresite about the case in one of the chapters sounded interesting but actually reading it was just no… it was so bad that even though i did read the dialogue only, that didn’t work. i really really just cannot stand it… reading it is just ughhhhhhhhhhhh. the people who liked this on amazon, said it was funny and easy to read. i did find negative reviews that said this crap is boring wtf is this shit with the 5 stars on amazon. so THAT’S also another thing you can do withbooks is to read revies of books you didn’t enjoy and find someone’s really good explananation of the suckage fest that you just experienced. that’s one way to stop yourself from forcing yourself to read the book. p.s. the anime just looks awful… like trying too hard to be bizarre/not funny. If i don’t like the book I probably will not like the anime. I LOVED zetsubou sensei SEASON 1 though. I also thought if i was raised in japan and i only spoke japanese and i read this book b.c. it was really popularor praised or won awards or whateveri w i would still react the same way . the only difference is i would be able to explain my frustration and dissatisfaction towards the book in japanese better b.c. my japanese would be better if i only know japanese lol.
ON THE OTHER HAND, if i read a book by an author that i’m compatible with it makes me think “wow I never knew reading /reading japnaese could be so enjoyable or be this interesting or this rewarding or that japanese could sound like this or sound this beautiful etc etc” . Of course, I like/enjoy reading every word including the byousha.
these 2 types of reading experiences are COMPLETELY different. I really encourage people to not fall into the trap of well i’m gonna stick with this author/book since my japanese abilites are too shitty to gauge whether this book’s writing style is compatible with me. you don’t have to understand 100% or 90% or whatever to tell if reading the book is tortorous or not lol. i mean it’s another story if you just finished tae kim’s grammar guide and you want to start reading novels lol. here, maybe the difficulty thing will come into play. or maybe you could read books for jidou that are so well written that even adults can enjoy it (they do exist). TREAT IT LIKE ENGLISH OR WHATEVER language that is your native language.
speaking of books… something I read somethingvery recently that was SO SO SO ENJOYABLE. so it’s the first story in the book by otsuichi called ushinahareta mono (how do you read the ha ? it it wa?) but wow that story started off ehhh … this crazy bitch then i got so curious as to what will happen next. and to top it off i don’t think it was difficult to read (otsuichi’s writing /vocab is usually not difficult) so i really recommmmmmmend it. don’t google the story, read it !! I recommend reading this book OVER watching the toki wo kakeru shoujo live-action movie. you’ll know why after you read the book. While I was reading the book I just thought about hollywood … how they look down on the audience a LOT. like they think the CG is going to make the scene exciting/movie not sucky/ make us ignore the plot-holes/lack of plot/crappy writing etc. this one story in this book gave me more excitement then the crappy action scenes in hollywood movies AND AND it didn’t take me 2+ nor 3+ hours (seriously, i don’t mind if it’s long if you were actually accomplishing something) to read the story. news flash!! actions scenes aren’t exiciting/adrenaline-pushing etc if the plot/characters suck. why the hell would i care about the action scene. and if you make a character at the end of the movie cry even though you failed to develop the character/let the audience know something about the character, we can’t care! (zero dark thirty- wow this movie SUCKS. shitty writing. really boring. PLUS i don’t believe 9/11 was done by osama bin laden. i believe in the conspiracy theories b.c. that shit is based on real facts. the truth is you look more crazy believing the cover-story the government churned out…. if you just look at the math/science/facts… i) … so i was surprised they made this movie in the first place b.c. it’s so obvious it’s not even true. and the fact that all these americans paid to see the piece of crap…… just proves americans are dumb once again. people are all like focused on the pro-torture crap when the bigger issue is whether this shit actually happened in the first place or what/who was behind 9/11… I half feel like the government is like trying to gauge how many americnas are still asleep… as in unaware of the fact that 9/11 was set-up as the evidence/math/experts point out ……
ANYWAYS speaking of toki wo kakeru wo shoujo the live action movie. japanese MOVIES. I have yet to see a good japanese movie (movie with actors/actresses). they are always shitty or mediocre. the japanes people on the internet lament about the shittiness of japanese movies compared to hollywood movies. So I’ve seen the anime movie, it’s good … although albeit slow in the beginning (or maybe it’s necessary for developmenet, i don’t kno) . the live-action film sorta exudes characteristics of sucky japanese movies. so basically the sucky ones i’ve seen always are boring and slow… then at the end they do something but the emotional impact/etc/etc is super diluted bc they waste the time in the beginning of the movie… when they could be using that time to actually develop characters/give us more info/background instead of just boring us to death with accomplishing nothing. they always just do really boring shit that accomplishes nothing when something could be done to make the movie more fun to watch and make the climax or whatever better. so toki wo kakeru shoujo live-action exudes that basically. the climax or twist or whatever isn’t even exciting… partly b.c. of the twist itself as well as everything that happened or didn’t happen up to that point. there’s parts where i want to know more but they don’t really let me know more about it. Japanese movies just feel SOOOS SOOO wasteful b.c. they show scenes where there’s like nothing happppppening. BUT BUT BUT I am not giving up on finding a good japanese movie. I’m going to check out the must watch stuff from HAMSAPSUKEBE BLOG. I still have hope. I don’t want to write off japanese movies as crap just b.c. all the movies i’ve seen thus far aren’t very good. I haven’t seen that many anyway. OH and I don’t like hollywood movies of course.. especially the ones out now-a-days. first of all, none of the previews makes me want to watch it, they nominate average actors/actresses for best actors/actresses which makes me want to watch that movie even more, and i don’t want to watch boring indie movies (I just associate boring with indie movies. but i’m sure there’s good ones out there) , super hero movies except spiderman are AWful (writing/action/– to me the action is terrible b.c. the story /characters are terrible. etc). seriously, avengers was just awful from every point of view… very boring.
So even if your reason for Japanese is shitty from someone’s pov… there’s like a 100% chance you’ll find more reasons which will justify your learning. it’s inevitable since more japanese stuff will be accessible as you learn japanese (ie you found out about the existence of rakugo , ikebana, kannou shousetsu lol etc etc. ). basically the question is paradoxical you can’t really known till you actually do it like for a while. that’s why i recommend keepping it a secret lol. unles kepeing it a escret is impossssssbiel for whatever circumstances you are in.
one is about fukunaga vs yokoya and the other is about alice.
so I think the fukunaga vs yokoya is better than the second movie, not sure about the firs movie… as far as content divided by time this special it’s more dense and thus more watchable. the first movie was lame so maybe this special over that. the thing i dled kept all the commercials and it was all the same commmmmmercials about liar game.
anyways i HIGHly recommend the first season, for the second season i liked one of the games and maybe i would’ve liked the other games more if they were less dragged out?? i dun know it’s just not as well as done as the other games in season 1?? i dk. but anyways i want to check out the manga for other coool games.
if you watch movie 2 before the yokoya vs. fukunaga you know how it ends. though the game was good the performances was the usual with the crazy laughing and smircking etc etc but i love wathcing that part thoughsomething different/new or a diff. spin on that would be good that. there’s a lot of twists in this special of courrrrrse.
the special with ashida mana was aired during commercial breaks? lol. it was 4 mini eps but they were so short. a lot of fast=forwarding bt the eps bc the beginnign of the ep is the same footage. i thought afterwards “hey they already did this with akiyama” and obviously matsuda shouta did a better job acting that out… well ashida mana did a goooood job too. too short, not deep enough. i’m going to guess this alice character wasn’t in the orgiinal manga and if it was it must’ve been deeper than this.
so ashida mana did most of her acting in this special as opposed to the actual movie.
so i recommend season 1 and fukunaga vs yokoya. the correct order of watching is fukunaga vs yokoya, alice, second movie. I read somewhere you should watch fukunagavs yokoya before alice…. season 2 is like okay. movie 1 is ehhhhh and movie 2 is bad and tabe-chan ain’t that cute or anything. she has no personality. there’s no character development etc… It was unfortunate bc the first 10 minutes or something seemed promising with akiyama… i was like omg he’s now a ______. ___ – _____- ___ i remembered 4 or 5 characters’ names after the movie ended and that included akiyama so it was sorta hard to follow the movie lol like who belongs to who and who betrayed whoooooooo. j/k but seriously i don’t get the deal with sakai. but i dont care bc i’m sure it makes sense and the other games were better before.
p.s. there’s other specials it’s called x-files ( love the x-files BTW.. .gotta get the dvds or something.. .seriously what is the point of the fringe.lost/etc. wouldn’t you rather re-watch the xfiles.) or something x- something but i couldn’t find dl links just some streaing stuff but i don’t like low -quality not sure if it’s worth watching. perhaps i’ll check it out someday. it’s like back stories on the characers which should’ve been done during the season (and made the show better, make the viewer more invested) not as a tack-on
another song called butterfly that i like. butterfly by k.will. I like the song so glad i got his album upon an indirect suggestion via this music blog… they posted their faves or best of 2012 . of course i disagreed bc i listen to a lot of korean indie but anyways those posts can be useful … like i’ll find out about an awesome artist or i didn’t notice x artist released album/single etc. the other one in my heart is of course by kimura kaela. such a pretttttttty song!!!
also i was reading up on the suzumiya huarhi movie bc that movie is like 2 hours and 40 minutes long or soemting. i was reading the helpfulreviews on yahoo jp that were 2/3 /1 stars. the 4/5 stars are uselessss i’m not a damn otaku i find shit that is boring boring. the moe don’t kill the boring lol. so people were saying it’s ridiculously boring, the animation is amazing, stuff is dragged out etc etc, it feels like kyon is reading the novel out loud, since the duration is what it is the kyon monologue gets really annoying after a while etc . is there any way i can watch it by fast-forwarding key draggy parts? lol. I either watch the movie or read the novel. i’m interested in it for the story and i do like the voice actors and of course the animation is amazing but 2 hrs 40 minutes is a no no… someone even said you could take out a whole hour. other people said that there ain’t no point watching unless you’re an obsseessed fan. i’m a casual fan i liked season 1… i guess i’ll end up reading the noveL????? and just the animation/voice-acting goodness from the trailer? lol?? but seirously i reocmmend that for 5cm to just watch the trailer @ 1080p or wahtever that youtube has and be done with it bc there’s nothing…
OH WAIT JAPANESE subs are out for the movie… i’m wavering now lol.
so i can’t list all the eps of kinsumma i’ve seeeeeen but here’s a couple: tanoshingo’s akb48′s, the ex-av star now actress who was predicted to die 3years later by the fortune teller and died 3 years later, and the gotou maki episdoe.
so out of this i found eitherht e akb48 peiosde or the tanoshingo episode the most interesting., the thing with tanoshingo is he tells the same stories over and over on different shows so i knew a lot of what he said/was reenacted alrealdy but the part about the bullying i had no idea about so i was surprised bc of his “character” for TV. but for akb48 i heard a lot of stuff i didn’t know about. the kinsuma episode is worth watching for akb fans while that dodcumentrary is really boring so maybe that’s for hard-care fans? i’m curious abtout the new one. the one that includes sashihara’s transfe rto hkt48 as well as that girl who did it with ISSA. so I recently watched gotou maki’s episode which was one of the most boring kinsuma eps i’ve ever seen out of the ones i recalled up there. kinsuma is good because we get to learn about person and their hardships in their debut days. it’s sad and moving and interesting and all that stuff. sure gotou maki’s thing is sad with her mother father and brother but i saw no point with the episode. i would get the same thing out from reading wikipedia. the same emotions and whatnot. it was bc gotou maki’s interview or whateve rwas just… nothing. emptiness. all i was thinking as she was talking was wow she looks so pretty after plastic surgery but i personally prefer the natural lloooooook instead of the huge eyes. like in the akb episode, everyone’s comments during the intereviews was interesting and people were sometimes crying while they were talking or whatever but it was bc of what they were saying during the interview that made it interesting. but gotou maki just doesn’t say anything….. deep or inteeresting or anything. she’s like sniffling and crying and being in silence. i understand it’s sad that she went through that and whatever but it was just so boring… when i saw the episode with tanoshingo and akb48, i got something out of it but with her ep i got nothing. if anyting, it just seems overdramatic since she doesn’t really articulate/speak very well about how she felt and how she is now and whtaever whatever. i’m just not impressed with her/interested in her as a person. I was googlingn her plastic surgery as i watching cause it was boring and i just felikt like she was being fake. bc the episode could’ve been interesting if she was being more real……….
yes what happened to her is sad but you know what i was thinking the thing with her mom is so DUMB. it’s like if your mom is on the window with a weird gaze on her face, you dont’ answer your phone, you IGNORE IT, throw it on the floor, turn the ringing off… you don’t PICK UP say hello. i’m busy right now i’ll cal lyou back. hear a thud of a body hitting the ground and go OMG she committed suiciide/it was an accident. i hated the reenactment a lot bc it just shows how dumb she is (she suspected her mom was going to commit suicide before the phone rang… she said something/acted worried) and then ansers the phone.
that’s one of the reaons i was like I don’t like THIS GIRL this episode sucks etc etc.
I don’t remember what she said in the interiew after that reenanctment ended but it wasn’t anything that she should’ve said like” i’m asuch a dumb bitch, i shouldn’t have don’e that. i regret that “: bc if she did, i wouldn’t be as pissed.
actually, now that i think about it maybe she made up some of the detials or exaggerated her story and that’s why i only got anger and frustration from the episode instead of being moved like from the other eps..
I reocmmend reading the comments by
the other peple are sheeeeeeeps.
even if she asnswerd the phone, why you gotta look away from yo mom who is about to fall out the damn window. whether it was a suicide or an accident, her mom didn’t have to die right then.
- hm yeah people are listing contradictions and whatnot from the episode and reality.
i’ve seen interviews where after watching it change smy mind about that preson like oh there’s more to that perosn or against my predictions they’re acutally __ or they endured hardships in the beginning of their career or with something that i had no idea about etc etc. that’s why i like that kind of stuff, you learn about people… well in this case famous people and how they worked hard etc. so what i’m saying if you’re going to try to watch kinsuma, don’t decide on the show by the gotou maki ep lol.
that’s why i recommend reading the wiki if you care about this girl? it’s alot faster and same emotional impact. but i personally don’t like/care about haro puro hello pro people? i like akb better… one is that i like akimoto yasushi’s song composition and lyrics better. there’s something special and catchy about the songs he makes ( I don’t like manatsu no summer sounds good WHATSOEVER THOUGH). though i’m not going to say it’s a classic or it’s in my top whatever or anything lol. i just like them.
I decided to write this post bc of a bunch of comments that were made on my post about ariyoshi’s show with the tokyo university guy and the AV star by me and another person lol. i just remember him saying yeah i know about the ame talk and the honma dekka…. i highly RECOMMEND BOTH. ( so sad about kaneko ) what else! I know that not a lot of people are into talk/variety shows or have a really warped/prejudiced/narrow-view on talk/variety shows because there is a lot of variety in variety/talk shows as well as among the episodes of one talk/varietiy show. also there is the availability with vids getting removed off the streaming sites and ordering it is probably really pricey plus who wants to order something they never seen. so anyways i’m writing this for my limited audience. niche is good though in japan it’s hardly niche..
so first i’m gonna reiterate some information about japanese talk/variety shows JUST SO you don’t miss out on good stuff but you know at the same time don’t waste your time trying to like something you don’t like or trying to find something you find utterly boring/pointless as interesting because of x reason.
What I LOVE about it is…the interesting talk, the deep talk, hilarious talk etc etc. basically intersting talking! hence TALK/variety show! ALSO like i said before withthe previous post, i hate how korean talk/variety shows are so noisy or poorly edited (compared to japaense), really obnoxious and just … just not think of the viewers. IT’S LIKE NO I DON’T GIVE A SHIT THAT B-LIST CELEBS ARE PLAYING SOME GAME THAT I CAN PLAY WITH MY FRIENDS… hence i hate 1 night 2 days/running man etc etc (it’s not funnny at all to me… it’s just one of those things like i find big bang theory stupid and not funny as well asmodern family as well as new girl. i don’t care how many damn awards you throw at it. it does’nt change its suckiness) . but like i said in my previous post, my…. relatives find it fun to watch and that it doesn’t require much thinking. i can understand the second part but i will nevr comprehend the first part just bc of my love towards japaense shows.
so that is why I am recommending these shows and for the record I do not like recommending anything that’s embarrassing. in other words, people who go crazy over __ and like recommends it and then you watch it and your response either ends up being zzz…. wtf, this crap is average/mediocre/below-average/complete shit or…. it’s good but not that good. Like recently I read the book children (chirudoren) by isakarou something something and that book has…. REALLY high reviews amazon like 4.5 starss high… from what I could tell from his writing style from my brief reading in bookoff… his writing style is compatible with me so i gave him a shot. and to give a shot with an author, i usually choose an award-winnning book. sothis was did win an award. but for me this book is like 3/5 or 2.5/5 … it’s just nichijou-kei. I like certain aspects/parts about it but overall i do not see why it’s 4/5 or 5/5. for tanpenshuu … hana no manma and natsu no anthology were more enjoyable and interesting for me (those are like 4/5 or 4.5/5… hana no manma is AWESOME) so that’s why i have to rate his book lower bc all i can do is compare to books i’ve read thus far. BUT from the amazon reviews, some people said they loved his other book ___ and was disappointed with this one b.c. of the popularity/hype so i will try to chceck out his other books as well in the future provided book-off puts his books in the dollar section lol.
So basically I personally don’t like recommending anything unless i really find it totally awesomely fun and i have some amount of confidence that the person who i recommend it to won’t respond back with uh… it’s nothing special.. I feel like just the word recommendation sorta holds the nuance that out of all the __ I watched I felt ___ is the most entertaining/worth watching. OF COURSE there’s also personal taste differences but you know i just described in this post what I love about japanese talk/variety show. so i tihnk you should know whether or not there’s a chance in hell if you find what I find interesting/awesome also interesting/awesome. however, with this post i will probably end up doing the opposite of what i just said because the nature of variety/talk shows/tv is just is what it is. lol.
so the thing with talk/vaerity shows, at lesat for me, is let’s say i find one i really like but then there’s some parts of the show I REALLY find boring no matter what or some of the kikaku (it could span the whole ep or half the ep, who knows) is just really crappy and uninteresting but there’s also episodes that make me laugh out loud from beginning to end. So if I GAVE UP on haneru no tobira after seeing the 100en shop bit I would hav eNEVER watched the episode with the bakuro (where the cast tell their biggest secret. of course the cast are all geinin so it’s hilarious shit). I’m not saying I sat through the 100 en shop big. what i did was fsat-forward the show to see if tehre’s any part worth wathcing and i found out there is.
just a tip … i find idol shows easier to understand and to be more everyday conversation if reinforcing common/japanese vocabulary is important to you. ie arahsi, akb48. but the thing is even though it’s easy to understand and reinforcing in that way it’s still funny and enjoyable to watch. but by all means don’t limit yourself to idol shows just bc they’re easier because those geinin are frickin’ hilarious.
So I’m just going to talk about a bunch of japnaese talk/variety shows that i like. plesae take into consideration what i said before about duddy episodes, segments, etcc. don’t scream bullshit till you fast-forward lol.
竹山のやりたい100のこと ～ザキヤマ＆河本のイジリ旅～ – wow I caught this on youtube and I love it. koumoto’s laugh is to die for and zakiyama is awesome. it was so funny in ep 4 when zakiyama was like if you just say yaritai yaritari w.o. the yaritakunai it becomes realllllllly vulgar. I’m definitely gonna check out other eps. i don’t know if i want to recommend this show but I personalllly LOVE It. the takeyama ijiri on london hearts is so funny too the yakusha thing… lol. I wonder if the show was filmed before the whole mess with koumoto’s mom or if the show ended after that ended. but anyways i hope there’s many eps. I would recommend checking it out if you’re in the loop with geinin and you love the takeyama ijiri on london hearts.
ブラマヨとゆかいな仲間たち アツアツっ! - so I’ve been loving this show ever since it aired. it completely is what I love about japanese talk/vairety show with the geinin. so the show is called blahblahblah atsuatsu bc they gotta talk PASSIONATELY about whatever. and geinin are really good at speaking/telling stories. it’s hosted by black mayonnaise which is definitely one of the top tier conbis in japanese now. I like both of them but yoshida is pretty twisted…. so there’s a lot of interesting stories and both parties are good at talking so it’s enjoyable and fun to watch . So the host are like A+ tier as far as geinin are concerned. it’s a shinya show (airs at midnight?) so they don’t have limits… you know how if a gets the prized golden hour for its airing they have to keep it g or pg which might sorta limit/hamper the people who are on the show with their creativity. that is not to say that this show is only full of shimo-neta stuff…. what ‘m saying is they don’t have to deal with those kind of restrictions or pressure to please the broad audience as opposed to whatever audience. so i’m finally catching up with this show and watching eps i havnet seen yet. so one i saw recently was with jarujaru (I love this conbi) and they talked about the whole m-1 granpri (guranpuri… what is this word in english lol) grandpre? debacle (I personally liked their manzai but now i get why everyone was so pissed at them) and why did what they did… it was awesome finding out the back story. i actually watched that m-1 grnpuri bc jarujaru wasin it and i wanted to see who was most funy. ps. i found the winner not FUNNY but at least they didn’t become popular after winning. I prefer punk bubu over owarai meshi ( the winners) that year. the winners talked about a bird-person or something.. basically it was dumb and not funny. I’ve seen the m-granpri before and i don’t find all the people funny and i don’t agree with the judges but there are funny ones in there.
for watching download off clubbox or search with name of show and douga or name of show on youku or on tudou.
ひみつの嵐ちゃん！- i like it a lot. the older eps anyway from 2009 and back? The easy to understand ( compared to others ) but still funny. Not sure if it’s as fun for guys… i dont think it is. the ones airing now a days with the share house is boring..
はねるのトびら – 暴露 – that ep was awesome that episode you should definitely watch. i loved the bakuro one about suzuki because it was so harash and real. i hate suzuki too man…
ゴットダン - there’s sorashi tai and a whole other kikaku but this show can be crude lol. so yeah… thre’a lot of kikaku so see if any interest you. I love this shwo somtimes ie マジ歌選手権…. omg i love some of the songs for reals. and it’s so funnnnnnny!! I laugh out loud while i watch that. If I had milk in my mouth like the judges i would have to clean up my house. i thought the title was GODDAMN b.c. the show is crude sometimes.. turns out it’s GOD TONGUE . i found out from clubbox lol. so sorry it’s ゴッドタン, my miss lol. バカヤロウ徒競走 IS INTERESTING too.
有田とマツコと男と女 – some of it is interesting and hilarious but some of it is okay. artita and matsuko is an interesting combination i thought and it does work…. I like the part with the gaikokujin of course. i would skip the part about ippatsu ya because they were famous for a brief amount of time in the 80s or 70s or some shit.
speaking of matsuko + someome. matsuko and ariyoshi’s ikari shintou is okay. at first i had mad expecatations bc it was matsuko and ariyoshi. the funny thing is even they talked about it on the show… i know that people expect both of us to be all pissed and be yelling and spitting poison out of our mouths but we’re just normal people lol. it’s just okay….. I don’t know if it got better or anything. BUT I do have eps on my que for certain eps because it came up on the news (entertainment news) that they talked something that seemed really interesitng.
akbingo – i only watch interesting kikaku episodes ie i do not watch the episode the burger shop, flour, stupid games that have no meaningful conversation etc. i like interesting talk. I also like let’s DANSO lol.
くだまき八兵衛X - I lovethis show. they talk about interesting stuff and there’s also shimo-neta lol ie ep with the av joyuu. the ep about goukon was pretty funny.
さしこのくせに - i loved this show. i don’t know why but i jjust loved it. they had an episode with kaidan which was awesome. i am a fan of sashihara so if you aren’t a fan of her i don’ tknow how fun it’ll be.
red theater - there are some awesome konto on this show. this show as well as three theater features konto with a set and props and costumes. some kontos arent as funny but once you find one that’s hilarious, you can also anticipate that they’ll do variations of that konto with different settings etc. I think the show was really popular?
平和昭和時間空間バトル – this was one of my first shows/introductions to talk variety shows. they had some fun games. they compare showa and heisei. there were idol boys that were 13/14 so i was hoping it would be easier lol but they sitll have 14 years on me with the japanese. there was a geinnnin here i realllllly liked on this show he’s the one that’s in his 30s.
有吉AKB共和国 – the editing on this show is good. i find this show pretty funny/entertaining/awesome. I am a little bit of a fan of akb48 but not that huge. i first watched bc of ariyoshi of course. i don’t want to strongly recommend ittttt but i personally really enjoyed watching some of the eps. the country song that kojiharu sang will always be in my heart lol 国歌. they have a lot of kikaku too so choose the one that looks interesting if you want to check it out.
ame talk アメトーーク! - only geinin come on the show for talking so it’s awesome (one of the reasons why i’m just likein LOVE with japanese tv and i just have to compare this show to korean tv sometimes because it’s so much better). find a themed ep that interests you and try it out. i loved hitomishiri geinin, evangelion geinin. sometimes, they’ll do it on sometihng i have no idea what it is like some anime i’ve never seen but it’ll still be hliairous.
やりすぎ都市伝説 - i found this really interesting at first … this kikaku for this show but then for some other eps, i didn’t find it that interesting. i know this show has other kikaku too
matsumoto hitoshi! he has like an empire of talk shows. I like yurusenai hanashi and zotto suru hanashi the most. i do like suberanashi hanashi but for some of them i don’t find it that suberanai actually lol. but some suberanai hanashi are awesome and i laugh out loud together. As far as i can tell his shows are mainstream? or at lesat popular? at leas tmore popular than current anime lol.
ホンマでっか!? – educational? maybe. there was drama with kadokura and his blog and leaving the show which was hilarious. they also have nayami soudan corner which might be useful if you have the same problem.
arashi no shukudai-kun – this show is pretty gooooooood. it ended a couple years ago but i wish they didnt’ end it bc arashi ni shiyagare just sucksssssssss. they keep saying gouka gouka or have all this crap going on to make it all gouka gouka (fancy ‘smancy) but it is boring. i’ve been meaning to watch the ep with chutoriaru just bc they’re interesting but it could end up being boring FUN TALK/VARIETY. find the guests you like and watch.
リンカーン 持病でガッテン – I wrote about this before i beleive. i don’t like lincoln in general. i don’t find the the thing wit hthe quiet library funnyy . but there are eps /kikakus that are interesting ie jibyou de gatten so iguess i do like the show. THE Nuigurumi ep was so cute and funny too. maybe it was the cuteness and the contrast with scary hamada
akb48 bimyo- I like this show it’s funny. there’s some konto that don’t work but most of them work imo and there’s parts that are subbed with the konto (which is rare since they usually don’t for konto) so in that way i l ove it.. there’s a lot of i can’t catch it but if i did i would’ve understand it with konto/manzai/etc. not sure if i would recommend to non-akb fan but i like it.
gachigase - this show i wouldn’t really recommend. i mean if you’re a japaenese talk/variety show virgin lol then you might find it rather intetrseting or you really like akb48. it’s just a quiz show and like i said i love interesting talking and that’s not relaly this show’s focus. i saw some eps that interested me like the ep about the korean women and plastic surgery.
pikaru no teiri – this is the new “red theater”. not really. it was interesting how on london hearts they were treating it like the new red theater. i haven’t seen enough pikaru no teiri to really give all the deets. but iLOVE LOVE LOVE bibaru and rui. it’s basically very homosexual and very funny. i think their acting is pretty goood. the casting is just perfection lol. there’s other conto on this show that i like but some are just fail….. (that dried up desert grass thing rolling across the desert) ビバリルイ nm. bibari and rui. but it’s so funny. go watch it. they also have part where they talk with the guest which is interesting. oh and i forgot to mention shiratori. sometimes it’s hilarious, hsometimes ifeel bad for watanabe naomi. i think the funniest part about the shiratori konto is the part (I don’t know if they shoot it multiple times or just once ) where they show a cast member that is unable to hold in their laughter (is that on purpose that they showed us that? but ANYWAYS it makes it more funny)
nakayoshi terebi – some of the eps are intersting. so 3 groups of people from 3 diff countries just debate about stuff. i think out of the combinations korean/chinese/japanesae is most interesting. some of the eps are not. you can tell whether or not the topic they talk about will interest you or not. it has a variety touch so it’s not just serious debating/talking with the facts the whole time through. i like other shows better than this one
arashi ni shiyagare — no…. just no. arashi shows aren’t THIS BORING.
ザ!世界仰天ニュース – exactly as the title says.I was thinking since the footage shows white people did the production made the reenactment themselves or if they took the footage from another tv show (america or uerope somewhere) …
FOR SOME this show’s enjoyment sorta goes down b.c. of the reenactment because they take longer to tell the story than they need to. I enjoy the reenactment but that aspect kills it forme so i gotta be doing something while i watch the show otherwise i don’t watch this show. I like the talking aspect of talk/variety shows more so this show doesn’t do much for me? yeah the mysteries are interesting it’s just… they could tell more if they cut down on the reenactment… plus they hvae a part where the people do their talk which may or may not be intersting and honestly geinin are like the BEST when it comes to interesting tlaking. if you find it interesting, watch. i presonally would rather watch something else.
it’s like the strange stories they show on TLC. love how there’a show where they only show interesitng stories . there’s probably a show like this in korean but i wouldn’t know what it’s called and i don’t like watching these kinds of shows without my kanji soo eh. lol.
ほこｘたて hmm this show is average to me?i would have to fast-forward or do something while watching to watch it. by all means the concept is interesting and i love taka and toshi. it’s just other shows have more to offer me than this show fo rme. it’s totally recommendable to beginners of japanese and beginners of talk/variety shows.
TBS「イチハチ」 - I loved this show! so sad it got cancelled b.c. somebody lied on the show lol.
basically they have crazy people on this show and they discuss HILARIOUS episodes of their craziness (most people don’t… really have their preferences etc etc) like people that are obessed with being clean, who are really lazy, have very unbalanced diets, etc etc. they have top -class geinin on the side so the enjoyment level is high high high. really funny. !!
testsuko no heya – i don’t find ithis show interesting. she has the guiness world record. great for her but the show is eh. oshare rizumu, merenge on kimochi more interesting…. the clips they showed on ame talk wwere hilarious as well as those eps but tetsuko’s room ain’t that intetersein.
ブラマヨの世紀の和解SHOW – i don’t know if this show has a lot of eps. the ep with ariyoshi was hilarious. he was brilliant as always . i saw another ep which wasn’t as good but the concept is interesting.
fukaii hanashi- deep… Stuff I wonder who they replaced the mc with. so they tell a DEEP MEANINGFul story in one minute. it usually is. you learn stuff… there’s different themes so DEFINITELy check it out an ep with the theme that interests. highly recommend!
ジャック10 – I liked this show but like the vids on youku need passwords? wtf. but anyways there’s eps on clubbo!! it’s like doyagao as far as i remember. people teach really USEFUL/handy information. junior is on the show.
コレってアリですか？ - i loved the show in the begining.. towards the mid it felt like they ran out and the re-enactments got too ridiculous/unrealistic but then I saw a later ep that is good. I think you can tell whether or not the episode (segments of th eshow) holds something of interest to you depending on what situations they cover. O-DO-RI- is in this and so is bananman…. I like those 2 conbis. especially shitara-san! if you don’t know what korette aridesuka MEANS then go watch the show and find out.
shabekuri - this is why i love geinin. just check out an ep with a celebrity you care about or know. if that ep ends up being boring, then watch another one lol. i like ita lot and i didn’t know how amazing this show could get till i watched a really amazing episode. + highly recommend.
london hearts - i don’t like some of the kikaku like when they rank geinin i want to sleep with or i want to go out etc etc. i love the ariyoshi shinro soudan and the ura de konna koto yattemashita and some of the kakeduke au. i notice the kakedukeau got boring. if you want to watch agood with the kakedukau watch the one with michishige and ariyoshi the one when ariyoshi crashes their kakuduke. + highly recommend.
also they have dokkiri shows (IE うわ! 騙された大賞, 爆問パニックフェイス!, etc etc ) , kae-uta shows (替え歌 they change the lyrics and sing it regarding their problem/ etc etc and it’s funnyt), monomane shows ( omg the new monomane with maeda atsuko is so funnnnnnnnnny… 私のことが嫌いでもAKBのことは嫌いにならないでください) she’s got the annoying nasally voice down!、 怪談 – these are awesomeeeee very scary sometimes.
there’s a lot more shows .. some i do not remember what show it is or what it was called plus i’m behind so i don’t know if there’s some new hilarious show. and no i don’t need recommendation bc i’m really super behind lol. these shows air week ly!!
a lot of the geinin/idols especially etc have blogs but sometimes they don’t but the people who are watching the TV still want to flame so…… here’s an example
北川 景子’s blog I was hmmm i don’t know if iwas surprised by her blog or not. i know in some interview she mentioned authors she really liked so i know she likes to read and i know she goes to or went to college. her blog is just written properly instead of those blogs with 3 senences and picture of food. not only are those boring, but there’s way too many of those. i don’t think those are blogs going by MY definition of blogs that are written in english. she writes in pretty/refined/proper japanese as far as i can tell which is more interesting to read than これを食べたよ～～ (insert ugly emoji lol). I’ve gotta check out her blog to see if
her blog became a topic on the internet because she writes so refined unlike usual blogs that are shit . lol. no seriously, it sounds like somebody wrote it after they got out of japanese 101 but it’s actually a japanese person… there’s just no vocabulary and just not enough to make a paragraph. i understand you can do whatever you want with your blog, that you can write short or long but there’s just so many shit blogs that are written in japanese so i’m just annoyed at that. yeah they’re writing for free or for themselves but why it gotta be so boring.
wow this vid awakened the fujoshi in me. lol. love both these bands. this is hilarious. I love how in the beginning he’s smiling as he sings 10cm’s song… like you could tell that they’re really close or friendly. i feel like the “choregraphy” was spontaneous.
i watched it 10 times so far. i hope to reach 1000 by the end of the year lol. so addictive. also it’s alove song and i haven’t looked at the lyrics to see if it also makes sense with them singing together but that’s also another reason why they’re doing this lol. I wish there was a higher quality video for obvious reasons but i’m just glad i was able to even see it since it was taken by a fan at one of their conerts or lives or whatever. should i download it in case the video gets removed? lol.
KOREAN-wise I LOVE THE WAY he says musuhwuh-yo since korean people never say it like that in speech nor sing it like that in song. it’s the opposite intonation or something. little things like that really pleases me. p.s. if you can’t tell the difference then you should listen to more korean. AKATT all the way!
10cm reminds me of warai conbi ie fruits punch, hannya (I do not find their shit funny whatsoever), shizuru ( I mean these were the ones that were popular like 2 or 3 years ago ? lol…) . i don’t know if there’s 3 members or 2 memebers but it looks like 2. and basically only one of them gets all the attention and the other doens’t. when i think of 10 cm , i think of the lead singer. i don’t even think about the otehr guy that’s always next to him lol.
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god japanese is beautiful
«< 141 reblogs. that is DISGUSTING and DESPICABLE. weeaboo on parade
I don’t know why it pisses me off when when I saw this comment saying “god japanese is beautiful”. maybe it’s because they’re not very far along in the language or they’re just saying it even though whatever japanese they’re raving as beautiful isn’t special. I mean everyone has the right to find whatever they like as beautiful or whatever but I feel like this person doesn’t know much japanese, goes crazy over this cheesy line from an anime or a drama and that goes on to say “god japanese is beautiful” which sounds so dramatic and forced and i’m pretty sure the person doesn’t mean it or if they actually mean it then they’ll realize how dumb they look for saying that in the future when they do get good at japanese or when they counter MORE japanese. but I feel like people who write/say this crap won’t get good at japanese. It just screams and weeaboo and weeaboo fail at life. This kind of crap just screams weaboo. it almost sounds like they imply that english is not special by saying that.
there are times I’m like wow japanese sounds so beautiful or it can be so beautiful. It wasn’t the time when I started learning japanese and learned the sentence aishiteru or zutto soba ni iru or boku wa gakusei desu or some chessy line in some crappy anime. FOR ME to say wow Japanesse is beautiful I would have to come across some well -written or some japanese stands out from the norm and THERE is SHITTY japanese or UGLY japanese because now-a-days there’s all this crap about the young generation of japanese people not using good japanese or that japanese has incoroporated way too much english or how some incorrect japanese is being used or people can’t use keigo or how their vocabulary has gone down. There are jpanaese people who are really good at using japanese but some peoeple are just a mess. but examples of such INSTANCES where i came across japanese to the point where I went OMG would be
a phenomenal Japanese author who just works that magic. I read a sentence from the book by that author i would just be floored how somebody could form such a sentence that is brilliant. this is because I’ve ALSO read books by Japanese authors who write poorly or write in a way that is very boring or write in such a way that it does not make me want to read on… and to find an author who not only writes in a way that makes me want to keep reading but also makes beautiful sentences or combinatoins of sounds or words or whatever that is beautiful that’s when I feel like saying oh japanese can be so beautiful. I love Literary Japanese sometimes (written japanese in books)… some authors can really really write beautiful japanese.I think wow I could never come up with that but I sure enjoyed reading it. lol.
another example is old Japanese like while I was watching JIN with my japanese subtitles.
I will say THOUGH that i have yet to come across a japnese poem that makes me awed to the point of saying wow japanese is so beautiful because I don’t like reading poems so of course I haven’t found one.
SO THAT is why I think this person is being a DRAMA QUEEN and is acting weeaboo. more like these people who reblogged this. Just irritated at people who don’t know Japanese just going gaga over it ….. or maybe I hate it because this is stereotypical, predictable weeaboo behavior. and sometimes I need surprise, not nastiness like this.
anyways I wanted to mention the book that I was talking about in my little flame. It was もののたはむれby 松浦 寿輝. This person’s writing is hard to describe but I mean that in a good way. Like I said in my tumblr entry, I’ll reiterate I don’t think I’ll ever write like this person. this person just brilliant and has this talent. It’s just very fascinating to see how people their own individuality and someone can write sentences that I cant never write even if you give me a couple years lol.
(omg he’s so goooooood at talking/telling stories…. i loled when he said 俺が空手の黒帯だとして 俺の前で+瓦２枚割られて もきつい )
I’ve read books with beautiful written Japanese as well so it’s not just limited to this author or this book but the writing in this one stood out to me. literature or literary japanese, whatever the correct term, definitely offers a lot as far as beautiful or interesting Japanese is concerned. as much as i love my japanese talk/variety shows, it doesn’t give me what a well-written can give me, and at the same time te book can’t give me what the talk/variety show gives so I enjoy both of them! I was glad to find out that Japanese people felt the same way . FOR ME to say any language is beautiful, beyond the superficial “oh it sounds pretty” or when you say that language sounds angry or like the person is always constipated, it has to be THAT good. for me rather than saying __ language is beautiful, it’s more like oh i heard/read this sentence or string of words or phrase in this language and the sentence is so brilliant and beautiful, it made me realize how beautiful this language can be (like I never really thought of it…). so perhaps my perception/way of thinking of whta makes me say x language is beautiful is one of the reasons why this tumblr entry/people who blogged/weeaboos piss me off. I don’t want to say I’m not easily pleased or I don’t get excited much. I will say that hollywood movies ie movie previews do not excite me. I don’t feel like I want to watch it. lol.
(omg ariyoshi’s so good at acting. this was SO SAD and depressing AND hilarious.)
those feelings completely numbed out and disappeared once I got my japanese immersion on and now I get all excited over japanese/korean people/media/pop culture. my excitement of the quruli album release ( this album ended up being shit though lol) was greater than anyyyyyyy hollywood movie preview I saw that year. another reason is, i feel like people who engage in this kind of crap just will never get good at japanese… they’re too busy weeabooing out…. it’s just. only way to get good at japanese is if you stop being a weeaboo, un-weaaboo yourself lol. if you always think japanese is so special and better than english, that actually sorta puts a wall or a barrier between you and japanese as much as you’d like to think that by doing that you’re respecting japanese even though you’re totally raping japanese when you say words like sempai and kawii in public or on the inernet relentlessly for no reason except to be as japanese as possibarrr. By all means, ajatt works, and it’s better if you’re obsessed with anime/manga than to not give a shit about any japanese stuff, but just the weeaboos are just so loser-y and fail at life.
OMG THIs IS ONE of the reasons I love JApanese talk/variety and wish korean talk/variety could be more like japnaes talk/variety. this is one of the things that geinin do on shows like ame talk and this show where they make a really dead/apathetic expression with their face. it’s so subtle but relaly funny and effective. i really hateeeeeeee the boisterous nature o fkorean/talkvariety .