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J-drama “Reviews”~

Posted in drama by choronghi on July 13, 2009

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.

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. It’s just boring to me. Plus they drag like no tomorrow. 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. Well I can’t watch it, it’s too pathetic. And it’s not sad.
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 committ that “cliche” or whatever.
I wrote about it in my lang-8 blog~
HERE
But there’s still more than bother me.
ONTO THE Drama reviewS:
REALLY GOOD – As in it definitely made me want to watch the next episode. And the pace is good. None of them are draggy or slow.
They all have good BGM and theme song, etc.
Nobuta wo produce – It’s not melodramatic 🙂
Hanazakari no Kimitachi – I thought this show was gonna be s*** but I was mistaken. It was really nice to see a huge cast be utilized. I loved the comedy, and some of the “fan-service” bothered me.
watashitachi no kyoukasho – I was recommended this drama by someone and it just has a really good story. I’m just dying to find out more. Acting is really good… I don’t think it’s melodramatic.
Only problem is it’s sorta slow at times. It won best scriptwriter.
nodame cantabile – I already saw the anime so it made it less fun to watch but still very enjoyable. I would say drama v over anime v because as an anime it’s too “ordinary” while as a drama it’s weird. Weird = intersting.
GOOD
Last Friends – I think we all know there’s problems with the show like more development for Takeru or Sousuke, etc. But it was still mad fun to watch and I was excited to watch the next episode. They used the song way too much but I love that song.
Hana Yori Dango – Overrated. The melodrama sorta killed it for me. Also it was way too manga at times. There were parts that juts made me want to not watch the next episode. Like the end of episode 2 with
***the kiss. It’s so dumb and manga. I couldn’t stand it.*** And then the thing sakurako in ep 5? ***CHEESY* There were parts that made me cringe, embarrassed to be watching it.
Hana Yori Dango II – More melodramatic than part 1. I frikin’ hate how the j-dramas have to try to be all dramatic, which equals unnatural. You know how it is. They make someone go after someone. But then instead of running all the wya to the person, they stop like 10 feet away. Then they start talking with so many frikin’ pauses, like ridiculously slow. It’s so unnatural. It kills it.
Liar game – So I thought the ratings for this show was low with like the numbers around 11 or someting. But then I read somewhere it isn’t because it’s saturday night at 11 or 10. But anyways, it’s like almost addictive. It’s mad fun to watch. I’m also a fan of the actors so all the better. I really like fukunaga’s actor lol. Can’t wait for S2 and movie.
LIFE – The pace for this show is mad good. It’s fast and I just wanted to find out what happens next. I guess there’s some problems with the story… But it was just mad fun to watch, you can watch this whole show in like 2 days. Plus the acting, directing, camera stuff was done with thought.
above average
joou no kyoushitsu – I loved some of the stuff akutsu-sensei said. but my problem is that the pace is sorta slow as in boring.
haken no hinkaku – sorta slow at times. I liked the haruko vs. shouji~
zettai kareshi – only saw couple eps
average
Propose Daisakusen – Well it deteriorated and I’m not that big of fan of yamashita. I think it’s bad when I care more about tsuru x eri than rei x ken. too much drama cliche.. Examples: ken running every episode for what seemed like 10 minutes of the episode, using the theme song during the ep as well as at the end of the ep. The ending was terrible, it was like slap in the face. And the BGM wasn’t that great for me.
bloody monday – melodramatic [crying], boring at times. I don’t like haruma-actor at all. They always make him cry, why? He always plays characters I hate? It all started with 14 sai. There’s good twists but it’s like boring half the time.
1 litter of tears – Mad overrated. Too much drama cliche. Let’s see the rain. Yes, how many times did they make it rain hard for dramatic effect. It was so convenient. There were way too many cliche “lines”. I think these are lines that any drama/anime fan would understand and can respond to [in Japanese]. Some of the conflicts was just too trite ie her brother/soccer thing. That shit was painful too watch. That plot is just like cheap and I just don’t like it. I wish they would’ve made it more deep/complex than just these done-to-death family theme crap (the cliche lines, melodramatic crying). melodramatic. I did enjoy it to an extent and of course I wanted to know how it ended but I totally see where the haters are coming from. I heard the book is better~ and FYI the haruto character was added from the request of aya’s actual mother to represent helplessness…
seigi no mikata = too average. BGM drove me nuts after a couple eps 😦
Became a fan of yamada yuu and shida mirai. It was funny cause obviously it’s a comedy. It got into a slump somewhere along the way.
14 sai – too melodramatic, childish. My favorite character was kiritani-mom~ lol. I would’ve dropped it if it wasn’t for that Mr. children’s song~
Plus it’s slow…
yume to ame no ato ni- watching now. really bad BGM. It reminds me of the 90s or something lol.
densha otoko – boring… dry… slow… sorta cliche like the scenes where yamada ***gets into trouble incessently*** as if they’re using that to fill up the time. Those scenes are not funny so.. well more like frustrating. I don’t get the popularity with the show when it’s this boring.
tantei gakuen Q – almost done watching but as of now. It’s just been deteriorating or maybe…
kekkon dekinai otoko = boring.. I hate michiru or maybe it’s the actress. It just seems too over-acting like the way she moves her head when she emphasizes something while she talks.
saitou-san – only saw one ep
Bad
mei-chan no shitsuji – why did it win best drama. WAS THERE NO GOOD DRAMA that season. I’m a fan of mizushima hiro after I saw ikepara but damn this show’s bad. I wish I never watched it. Yamada Yuu is good and so is mizushima h. but the __ nana (mei) is just eh. I never really liked her. Her acting always felt like passable but not good or anything special. It seems like everything she’s in is bad but maybe one day she’ll prove me wrong. But anyways the problem is the script.. it’s just too childish and like vague.
gokusen 1 / II – S1 – Every episode’s plot felt like a shonen school anime’s filler ep plot. I especially hated the one with the child cause I hate it when they pull the child-sympathy crap. Mad boring. I like some of the comedy parts/
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Please recommend me some good drama that isn’t melodramatic and isn’t sluggish/draggy/slow.  宜しく!
And don’t write/paste the plot summary. I like going in blind because knowing what happens makes it boring to watch..
Oh and I can’t wait till Mad Men starts in AUGUST~~

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.

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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.

I wrote about it in my lang-8 blog~HERE and HERE. But there’s still more than bother me.

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 GOODAs 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.

https://i2.wp.com/img188.imageshack.us/img188/6024/nobutawoproduceep040183.th.pngNobuta 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!

hanazakarinokimitachiee.png (320×180)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!

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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)

GOOD

nodame cantabile (2006) – I already saw the anime so it made it less fun to watch but still very enjoyable. I would say drama v over anime v because as an anime it’s too “ordinary” while as a drama it’s MAD weird. Weird = intersting. Another thing is that it uses a lot of more classical music in the BGM compared to the anime. I think the anime just had it’s “stand BGM” and it just used them over and over cause it’s an anime. I loved all the people they casted especially Chiaki. The characters are just more memorable like Stressman (I think drama V over V because it’s so funny). Like when I watched the Paris chapter at first I was like is Rui (who is not kiyora) Kiyora? from S1 and I just dont’ remember. The animation style is just too… not anime enough.EDIT: moved it from VERY GOOD to GOOD

mybossmyheroep01704x396.png (320×180)My Boss My Hero (2006) Good comedy and the kat-tun guy is good casting. I didn’t know he acted but you know I always thought he seemed too hard or whatever-looking for a boy band. So glad the theme song wasn’t from kat-tun. In a way it’s alot better than I thought and in some ways it’s sorta like the way I thought it would be. Like at first I was disappointed at the teacher and hoshino with who they casted but then they won me over and it just made sense after a while. I would just say it’s well-done, well-thought-out, etc. MY only beef is with the the sweet school memories with classmates…. I just don’t think it was that strong/nostalgic. There were some good things said that part but then half the people had nothing to say so the huge amount of “thank-you”s was a little annoying.

liargameep02704x396divx.png (320×180)Liar game– So I thought the ratings for this show was low with like the numbers around 11 or someting. But then I read somewhere it isn’t because it’s saturday night at 11 or 10. But anyways, it’s almost addictive. In fact, it’s shorter than most dramas it being 35 minutes so it makes that much more watchable in a way. You could say the first 2 eps are predictable. … but from ep 3 on is well… I’m not smart enough to predict what’ll happen next. It gets mad fun to watch. It’s like a new type of drama. It feels like it because of the multiple camera shots/lighting and just the format… The only downside I suppose is character development… there is but i wish there was more in way… .it gets really painfully obvious that it’s a weakness in season 2 and the movie but…  I’m also a fan of the actors so all the better. I really like fukunaga’s actor lol. And matsuda shouta’s hairstyle is good 🙂 lols. Like in HYD, his hair bothered me. Can’t wait for S2 and movie. I liked all the weirdos in show. Weirdos > ikemen…EDIT: sesaon 2 and movie are bleh. I woudl just recommend FastForwarding while watching because it’s so ugh with the shots of everyone’s face/reaction after something not that i t matters since they dont’ develop ANY OF THE CHARACTERS that much .

lifeep02704x396divx6063.png (320×180)LIFE (2007)– The pace for this show is mad good. Its pace is fast and I just wanted to find out what happens next/how it ends. I guess there’s some problems with the story…I didn’t like the part with illegal crap but… But it was just mad fun to watch, you can watch this whole show in like 2 days. Plus the acting, directing, lighting, camera stuff was done right. I know these are fundamentals and what you’d expect as far as american dramas go (even the crappy ones) but it is longed for in japanese dramas sometimes….

Only downside is story is sorta unrealistic and sorta unpleasant to watch and sorta manga-ish since it is based on manga BUT I’m so glad they made a drama that is fast-paced, has good lighting etc. lol.

I noticed that Hirose/Hoshii Nanase was in mei-chan no shitsuji from the credits but then I didn’t realize it all while I watched mei-chan noshitsuji. The reason was… she was ugly in mei-chan no shitsuji plus she’s not a main character. They gave her some weird hairstyle/outfit.

Oh and as far as who’s the better singer b.t. kitano kii VS. fukuda saki i’d say fukuda saki. cause one… kitano kii’s song is mad generic and boring.. sakura saku sakura?

I love GOODBYE MY LOVE. I like it more than the original version… hmm.

2007 was the year for drama for me………?

ABOVE AVERAGE

Gonzo Seen 1 ep at this point & it seems like a solid show. The action scene was really good. I don’t know about you but from what I’ve seen like 90% of action scenes in J-dramas are SOOOOOO FAKE (why why why do THAT camera angle@!!! seriously) or at least in the popular ones that most of the time I think they should just cut out that scene out and go to the aftermath like they did in mei-chan no shitsuji (jk? that aftermath fight thing didn’t help mei because the plot was so lame). I love the song it fits in well when they play it at the end of episode.

Last Friends(2008) – I think we all know there’s problems with the show like more development for Takeru or Sousuke, story, etc. In fact you can even come to the conclusion that the portrayal of the struggles or characters was too shallow that it seems like they were only doing this show to get big ratings. Like what really annoyed me was they did have the time to make it more developed but they didn’t even try like the last episode with that DAMN TRUCK. But it was still exhilarating to watch and I was excited to watch the next episode though I think it was slow in the beginning or something. They used the song by Utada Hikaru way too much but I love that song but come on (really bad telltale sign for me as for as j-drama cliche goes!!). some people say it kills itself in the last 2 eps. I don’t like masami… It was one of my first j-dramas so maybe i’m just being super generous with this review but it was just fun to watch.

hmmm according to this site.... apparently masamisnapped at ueno juri cause ueno juri was really focused/picky on the acting so much.

joounokyoushitsuep01704.png (320×180)joou no kyoushitsu– I loved some of the stuff akutsu-sensei said. There’s pure brilliant scenes like when she “analyzed” yuusuke. There’s interesting dialogues/discussions/lines (what should I call it). The situation and everything is interesting especially considering the setting with the elementary school students . I really appreciated they didn’t… what would you say “dumb it down” or underestimate/assume crap with theelementary school students. but my problem is that the pace is sorta slow as in boring. Something about it feels dry and I just wished they made it more fast-paced-type-of-feel. some of the stories and stuff are ordinary and boring  since it is about elementary school kids….  I also loved the parts when yuusuke did the impressions of the teacher. I loved the ENDING SONG/THEME SONG because it’s so different from the atmosphere of the show. hmm come to think of it I think for me seigi no mikata was more watchable to me than joou no kyoushitsu (In some ways seigi nomikata> joou no kyoushitsu for me but for the sake of more being objective I feel like I have to categorize like this). I just really have to emphasize the slow/dryness of the show despite some of the really well-done dialogue and scenes that are in there.

haken no hinkaku– sorta slow at times. I loved the comedy with haruko vs. shouji~, basicallly Hhakennohinkakuep01704x3.png (320×180)aruko-chan. I just loved any scene with Haruko pretty much. I love her catchphrase (not official?) and her behavior was very interesting to observe. The “formula” bothers me sorta. That’s like the only thing that’s holding me back from putting this in GOOD. I feel like it could’ve been really good but they just didn’t like if they did more character development with the other characters or something. The BGM is good and it helped me not get sick of the formula. It also taught me about Japanese society.

Hana Yori Dango(2005) – Overrated. The melodrama killed it for me. Also it was way too SHOUJO manga at times. I mean I do know they changed stuff but i was like change it more whenever those “shoujo-intese” scenes came on. There were parts that juts made me want to not watch the next episode so I waited a week or two to watch the next. Like the end of episode 2 with

***the kiss. It’s so dumb and manga. I couldn’t stand it.*** And then thesakurako in ep 5? ***CHEESY* There were parts that made me cringe, embarrassed to be watching it. I liked the comedy.. but this had the EMBARRASSMENT factor as in I’m embarrassed to be watching this moments. Like, if I was guy I would die from embarrassment… The whited out parts are a couple of those. I really sould put it in the average or even bad section due to the ridiuclous melodrama/dumb shoujo manga stuff but i liked other parts so for some reason i’m putting it here lol..maybe if you fast-forward those scenes it’ll seem good ? lol i dont know.

Hana Yori Dango II (2007)– More melodramatic than part 1. I frikin’ hate how the j-dramas have to try to be all dramatic, which equals unnatural. You know how it is. They make someone go after someone. But then instead of running all the way to the person, they stop like 10 feet away. It’s like either walk all way to the person or just don’t walk towards ’em. Then they start talking with so many frikin’ pauses, like ridiculously slow. It’s so unnatural. It kills it. I don’t know too much circling. The 2 hour ep 1 is over-kill. Let’s be honest here….

Despite all the SHIT I said and could say about HYD for some reason I felt like re-watching it after watching (minus the scenes I hate I guess). It has some kind of charm. Movie is bad… if you’re gonna watch it FASTFOWARD that scenes that you feel like fastforwarding especially the one with the island?

The dvds subs (japanese) are up on the russian site but there’s also these srt for season 2 here

OFFICIAL SITE!!

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yume to ame no ato ni- There’s this one BGM song that is Horrific/bad/Besides that, the BGM is quite allright. The show reminds me of the 90s or something lol. It started off okay, you know sorta slow and all that but it really grew on me somewhere before the halfway point. You find out more stuff so it gets more interesting. I suppose I felt like it was worth watching it after I watched the last episode but then there is like Japanese drama cliche/typicalness in the drama in the drama parts so that’s a little… I mean I tried my best to “ignore/accept” those so…

It’s just while I was watching I saw this episode arashi no shukudai where the guy who plays tomoharu talks about how he’s so ero lol. Like the turning point of that was 2002-ish (gokusen with matsu jun) so… that sorta affected me watching this show. But really, the acting is good so it’s all good.

average

seigi no mikata= Became a fan of yamada yuu and shida mirai. It does do its as job as a comedy (liked I love the part when youko tells her friends how she deals with chikan = perverts). It is funny and so I enjoyed that aspect but overall something about it feels average in the end. it was sorta boring/slow at times… and i got the usual bored feel when  i reach a half-way point of an average drama or good drama that got whittled away to an average drama. Also, I found makiko an interesting character. Some people might hate her but.. マキコのおかげですっきりした場面がいろいろあって良かった。BGM drove me nuts after a couple eps :( The show got into a slump somewhere along the way. I do not like the anorexic actor or his plot. yo, he needs to eat. Some people were bothered by it’s “messed up of morals” or whatever but I say it’s better than the shit “gokusen” keeps preaching over and over… I recommend it if you want comedy!

what definitely sets it apart from all the below average shows is the writing (by all means this reason is not shallow). if you’re learning Japanese there’s some VALUE HERE! pretty interesting Japanese to learn from this one whether you’re beiginner or intermediate. you know how some dramas or aniimes seem so damn piss-poorly written with lines you heard a billion times from all the other crappy animes/dramas etc and every time you hear it the more and more meaningless it is. plus they pause way too much when we alrdy know what thye gonna say next so it makes it even worse. know what i’m sayin. THE JAPANESE SUBS ARE UP AT d-addicts! happy learnin’ y’all.

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below AVERAGE –

Some of the ones below are REALLY J-drama cliche/typicalness GALORE so I can’t really take it, it’s just embarrassing. I always to try to be sympathetic with that kind of crap but you know there’s a limit to that.

Maou – melodramatic, boring, like typical? NOT ENOUGH dialogue/talking… too much silence! It was really interesting to see Oono to play a character that’s really different from his personality but well that’s acting so that’s not really a valid point. I said melodramatic either because the acting was a little too unnatural/j-dramatized… or the script/plots just wasn’t good enough etc to put in that crying scene, etc. I would say for this one it would be both. The show was just lacking like boring. I was just waiting for the ep to end for like every ep. I didn’t ikita toma/nakatsu’s character because it’s too over-acting/typical. I don’t know if it’s his fault or the director’s fault but just no…There was this one scene that was like  good IMO it was the scene with oono, sister, cd, nakatsu (I don’t remember Ikita toma’s character’s name, lols). I wouldn’t mind re-watching that scene but everything else is like yo add some dialogue. You know the red-film-developing room took up way too much time. Eventually everything just seemed pointless to me be cause even if you try to care about whoever they just die anyway…. so the ending was just uh… who cares? type of feeling. Well the last ep definitely melo. Crying doesn’t solve anything. It just makes me go what’s the point of this drama? watch people feel like crap… self-destruct and at the same time destroy the person who screwed you over…….. like there’s room for any plot development… it’s just god.. what’s the point????????

zettai kareshi– Atzettaikareshiep01704x39.png (320×180) first I watched it for fun cause well it’s interesting. I loved the first ep when he said “_ shiyou” to Riiko. But then after a while it gets repetitive like just certain things/places that always happen/go to in each ep. It got less interesting as it went on… I wish there was more plots or something. I don’t like Riiko or quite possibly the girl who plays her role. I think the show would’ve been better if they got someone else but well in the end it’s the script. But I think the actor who played knight/naito was really good. by the second to last ep or 3rd to last ep I could not care about this show anymore… that’s how bad the deterioration is so i fast-forwarded like crazy probably at the 3rd to last ep or just skipped to lsat ep and fast-forwardd wached that? I don’t remember. but the point is it deteriorates so if you’re gonna wach enjoy the first ep and whe nyou get sick of it just watch the last ep and dont’ forget to fastforward as you wach.

Propose Daisakusen – Well it deteriorated and I’m not that big of fan of yamashita. I think it’s bad when I care more about tsuru x eri than rei x ken. It wasn’t necessarily because I thought tsuru x eri was interesting but rather in comparison to the frustration that was generated from reiXken’s, I just felt like it was worth cheering for them… too much drama cliche.. Examples: ken running every episode for what seemed like 10 minutes of the episode, using the theme song during the ep as well as at the end of the ep. SHITLOAD flashbacks (as in showing that same one(s) over and over)…. The ending was terrible, it was like slap in the face/ giving the audience the finger, etc. And the BGM wasn’t that great for me .. from the start nor the characters. I hoped some big event would happen, etc which would lead to better BGM or character development but nilch… Best drama award? MY butt. Besides my dislike for __ Nana I don’t get the popularity surrounding __ masami.

honestly, it won best drama of the season or whatever that’s on dramawiki so I thought oh there must be a big twist or something so I just kept watching but honestly there’s like NONE. If anything, unfinished. I mean some people might consider the thing that happened in ep 10 (was it?) a twist but I think it’s just a way to make it one ep longer for no reason.

OH I just checked in the same season there is

watashitach ino kyoukaso, liar game, life, papa to musume no nanokakan (it’s interesting in beginning… gets really crappy towards the end)  which are all better than this drama except for papa to musume no nanokakan  maybe..

NO SERIOUSLY why didn’t they LET WATASHITACHI NO KYOUKASHO win. it’s  SO MUCH BETTER in every single way.  thank god soembody recommended me watashitachi no kyoukasho.

Bloody Monday– melodramatic [crying], boring at times. I don’t like the haruma-actor at all. They always make him cry, why? He always plays characters I hate? It all started with 14 sai. There’s good twists and cliff-hangers every ep but it’s like boring half the time. In a way you could criticize some of the twists and cliff-hangers. And you could also criticize it for treating the preciousness of life lightly. the actress who played maya did a good job and i hope she gets into some good dramas/movies…..

1 litre of tears/namida – Mad overrated. Just because it makes you cry doesn’t make it the best drama ever…. Too much drama cliche. Let’s see the rain. Yes, how many times did they make it rain/snow hard for dramatic effect. It was so convenient. There were way too many cliche “lines”. I think these are lines that any drama/anime fan would understand and can respond to [in Japanese]. Some of the conflicts was just too trite ie. her brother/soccer thing. That was painful too watch because it’s pure MELO. Those kind of plots are like cheap and I just don’t like it. I wish they would’ve made it more deep/complex/real than just these done-to-death family theme crap (the cliche lines, melodramatic crying). Speaking of fake, Sawajiri erika had way too much make-up on. Granted, the first time she cried and you could see the thick layer of make-up they put on her face I could forgive it. But then later on like if you’re that sick I don’t think you’d use your “limited” time putting on make-up… melodramatic. Just the artificiality of it is so… I did find it interesting a limited extent and of course I wanted to know how it ended but I totally see where the haters are coming from. I heard the book is better~ Like it was really moving, etc. and FYI the haruto character was added from the request of aya’s actual mother to represent helplessness… But his character is mad unnatural as far as his stalking? and super-hearing-powers! 地獄耳だっつの lol that’s the only logical explanation for all the so-called “accidental meetings “There’s way too much someoneoverhearing someone talking shit and then pretend they didn’t hear.
Oh and my handwriting is just as bad as aya’s sadly :(:( acttually I read the book… it’s not that good either but less melodrama than the drama obviously.

JAPANESE SUBS for this drama if you like it lol.

14 sai no haha – too melodramatic, childish, typical. My favorite character was kiritani-mom~ lol. I would’ve dropped it if it wasn’t for that Mr. children’s song~ I pretty much don’t like Mr. Children cause well his voice is iffy with me but I totally love this one. Plus the pace is slow… I feel like it could’ve been mad good but they took the low-way out 😦 Lots of like typical lines and the typical delivery that one would do for a typical J-drama that Shida Mirai’s character said. They always make Shida Mirai say that kinda crap 😦 I didn’t like how they just left it open with you know the guy from the newspaper or whatever…. it’s like say it straight-forward. not enough story… like actual storylines.. too much crying ugh.

tanteigakuenqep01704x39.png (320×180)tantei gakuen Q – Starts off okay, then it deteriorates/ not as good as I hoped/thought it would be. I don’t like the awkward j-drama cliche where like megu+ kyuu says words of _ while the other two just stand there & stare. It gets worse when they pause while they speak. It’s just awakard. The BGM is good and in a way it’s watchable with the pace but then it has some big problems too. Something about it is childish and it’s like even if you wanted to not make it childish the characters are mostly children so… you can’t? I don’t know how many of the cases you could find holes in the crime and the explanation but for example in the last one if the glass did break someone would hear it? Yamada’s hair was to die for as in i wanted to chop it off…

kekkon dekinai otoko = Good points are little quirky stuff that’s 100% slice of life & I suppose it’s less drama cliche/typical than the others probably. But it’s SO boring.. I don’t know why ppl love this, sorta like azumanga daioh… no wait that one has awesome negative/bash reviews but for kekkon i didn’t find any or just a few so watching it was inevitable for me. I hate michiru or maybe it’s the actress. It just seems too over-acting like the way she moves her head excessively when she emphasizes something while she talks. No… it’s more like whining and bitching and complaining when it’s all her fault in the first place. it’s just not that funny. liar game is funnier than this… Of course main character’s actor’s mad good but the show’s still boring… If I want to watch someone conduct I’ll watch nodame cantabile, thank you very much… random fact: I didn’t like any of the classical music in the show really. Another thing, I don’t like Eiji or his girl or Natsumi… I don’t know if it’s the actors themselvse or the characters. I think it’s the actors because michiru’s actress is making hotaru no hikari worse.. I don’t just don’t like her face or her voice or the way she talks. I don’t like ayase haruka  either… I never did. On like talk shows or whatever she’s fine but in a drama she pisses me off for some reason. She’s just not likable. speaking of which the guy in sekai no chuushin de blahblah is way too old and way too ugly. I dropped it after like the total running time of 1 ep. Like I started fast-forwarding ep 1 and then skim through ep 2. Then I super-skimmed ep 3 & 4 and she STILL didn’t go to the hospital. But then I heard it goes down the drain mad fast at the point but then like nothing’s happening so atep 3/4 etc… Then I read the reviews on accesup.org and then I read in the reviews that the book itself is shit so I’m like no wonder it’s so boring. They were all criticizing the plot and how nonsensical/brainless the main character is and how it’s not pure love and how australia is NOT the center of the world. How presumptuous. lol. speaking of which koizora is a poorly written piece of shit that cannot be called literature for everyone’s sanity. keitai shousetsu my ass!

ANYWAYS, despite all that I like Hiroshi Abe to the point of fan. But then I feel like he’ll only be in dramas I’ll find boring just from this drama… but well he’s pretty old tehre must’ve been some drama he was in that isn’t boring.

kekkon is boring, tantei gkauen q is just eh/really bad at times, 14 sai is mad embarrassing, maou is sorta embarrasing too and mad boring, 1 liter is embarrassing and way too fake, bloody monday has the melo crying/boring half the time despite all the twists, propsoe is just flat, zettai just goes downhill to boring after a while. I have problems with Seigi no Mikata as far as the typical/average/boring/ parts but…. yeah.

Bad

By all means i’m sure there’s worse out there like kami no shizuku or regatta or koizora that are more boring and all that but as far what I’ve seen.

densha otoko – boring… dry… slow… sorta cliche like the scenes where yamada ***gets into trouble incessently*** as if they’re using that to fill up the time. Those scenes are not funny so.. well more like frustrating & ANNOYING AS HELL. I don’t get the popularity with the show when it’s this boring. 捻りがまったくない!The otaku thing? The rabid anime fans? Ugh isn’t this like Love Hina then? You know otaku gets hot girl shit. That anime is SHIT FYI. I really liked the acting of akane’s (she was shii-chan in LIFE) husband (he played one of the otaku’s). Ermes was so plain. she was just so frikin’ fake. If she was real then it could’ve been a good drama. No seriously, Japanese aren’t “really” this polite. In the end me as the viewer had no idea why anyone liked anyone but yamada did say oh we talked about when we started liking each other. And well that was it. Lazy much? Plus the crying scenes were too long, in other words, melo, in other words ugh. A good GONZO anime is Welcome to the NHK!. I should’ve re-watched that instead of wasting a second watching ddensha. No picture because this show doesn’t look pretty lol. It really doesn’t, not saying the actors are ugly I mean the cinematography and all that.

meichan02003640200254.png (320×180)mei-chan no shitsuji– why did it win best drama. WAS THERE NO GOOD DRAMA that season? I’m a fan of mizushima hiro after I saw ikepara but damn this show’s bad. I wish I never watched it. Yamada Yuu is good and so is mizushima h (sometimes it’s a little too much but I guess it can’t be helped because he’s saying so much embarrassing crap/ they make him stare since he doesn’t have enough lines to fill pu the time). but the __ nana (mei) is just eh. I never really liked her. Her acting always felt like passable but not good or anything special. It seems like everything she’s in is bad but maybe one day she’ll prove me wrong. But anyways the problem is the script.. it’s just too childish and like vague like the romance, characters, anything important. Such a waste. They even had a bunch of people from ikepara which made me compare it to ikepara more and more and as a result dislike this show more andmore because I can’t help but notice the emptiness.

IF you want the lines/dialogue from the show

http://lovedoramalove.seesaa.net

http://mirumo.serika.ciao.jp/?cid=38833&page=1

the j-subs are here

All the other shows are upon dramanote minus gokusen, tantei gakuen.

There’s full script/subtitles for nobuta/hYD/denshaotoko ona link here

jpgokusenii080019361956.png (320×180)gokusen 1 / II – – Every episode’s plot felt like a mediocre shonen school anime’s filler ep plot. I especially hated the one with the child cause I hate it when they pull the child-sympathy crap. Gets mad boring/repetitive. I hated the fight scenes because they’re so fake and if you really were beat up that badly you should get hospitalized. Basically every episode has to have a FIGHT SCENE and some SPEECH by Yankumi & so it feels really forced sometimes. I wish they skipped the fight scene and skip to the aftermath or just not have one…. it’s really unnecessary most of the time. I like some of the comedy parts but they composed like 5% of a given episode at BEST. I don’t why people go OMG S2 is so much worse than S1. Is it because they finally realized it’s the same shit over and over? Personally for me S2 is better than S1. It was less cliched/ordinary/boring than S1 as cliched and ordinary as it was. S1 was mad flat and S2 was a little less flat. For example the episode about chasing some girl is WAY better in S2… It had that funny scene where he plans it all out. But still it wasn’t enough to finish season 2, I’m going to make a guess and say it’s gonna end the same way as season 1 over the same recycled plot. Probably? I absolutely hated the song that Kamenashi sang. His voice was like bleh, and the lyrics is the usual boring j-pop crap. The ippo zutsu part killed me… BUT FOR SOME REASON I don’t hate Gokusen. I just don’t… and I SO didn’t realize the guy from mop girl/watashitachi no kyoukasho was in gokusen II till I took this screencap… I guess I just assume typical/flat/average with Gokusen so I didn’t even reognize him. alhhh almots makes me want to continue watching s2 or re-watch his parts lol. not really.

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SO in a way here are my recommendations/be aware/ stay the hell way recommendations.

Please recommend me some good drama that isn’t melodramatic and isn’t sluggish/draggy/slow.  宜しく!I recommend the ones that I put in GOOD/REALLY GOOD/ABOVE AVERAGE.

And don’t write/paste the plot summary. I like going in blind because knowing what happens makes it boring to watch..

how I watch dramas (if it makes a difference to you):

I watch with Japanese subs + .avi file if the japanese subs are available. write down lines i want to lookup or sub2srs along the way.

I used to just watch the .avi without any subs if there were no japanese subs aavilable and then look up parts or just blogs (besides dramanote) in general that have lines transcribed for parts i just could not catch. j-subs are seriously lifesavers.

NOW a daays I can usually watch with korean subs that are google-transltaed to japanese if there are NO Japanese subs available.

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  1. redge said, on July 14, 2009 at 5:26 am

    Since you enjoyed HanaKimi, you MIGHT enjoy watching Atashinci no Danshi. Same production crew as HanaKimi and some main and side casts were in HanaKimi as well.

    I wouldn’t say it’s melodramatic at all, but it does have some of its’ ‘cheesy’ moments – BUT in which I find it altogether heart warming as well. It wasn’t too much for me. I had some good laughs watching this drama.

    • choronghi said, on July 17, 2009 at 7:57 pm

      Oh I already heard about it and I decided not to watch it because I don’t want to watch anything unless it’s good or really good…
      http://www.ch-review.net/contents/アタシんちの男子

      I was surprised that LIAR GAME, LIFE and Watashitachi no Kyoukasho are all from the same season (spring 2007)~ Well propose is from there too. I don’t know what the ratio is for good drama for a given season but..

  2. Grace said, on December 3, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I guess you mostly like light comedy in general because I wonder how you were able to stand Nodame Cantabile unfunny and lousy mangaish (I like mangaish thing if it’s funny) comedy timing and sometimes painful acting…Sorry but I have always though Nodame maybe the most overrated jdrama. Hana Kimi greatness comes from Nakatsu character, Shun and his ennemy relationship and the friendship portrayed in it (Jdrama generally are the best to portray friendship in their dramas) but the overracting (I like overracting when it feels natural) sometimes was simply unbearable.

    • choronghi said, on December 3, 2009 at 11:09 pm

      No I sorta feel the same way with nodame being overrated… it’s just I didn’t really say it out right cause i saw the anime before so i don’t know how much that would cloud my judgement.

      as far hana kimi I liked many parts of it, there are parts that are cringy and bad (from objective or subjective?) but because there’s parts i love… I can overlook it (or whatever you call it) i don’t get what you mean by natural overreacting, is it that melo-drama acting in korean/japanese dramas… cause I don’t like THAT. the word itself, overreacting sounds like unnatural so it’s sorta hard to gauge what you mean. i totally agree with the overreacting acting being overbearing. It’s definitely bothered me a lot but after a while i got used to it/accepted it?


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