elenniel: (donald)

Judging from this first episode... It's trying to be Strawberry Night, except that the heroine, Todo Hinako, is more a newbie than Takeuchi Yuko's Himekawa was in SN. And... at the moment, I think Strawberry Night did it better. A heroine who's slightly put-upon (but Todo is not derided in the same way as Himekawa), works with a bunch of men and has limited female colleagues. Said heroine also has some sort of mysterious past, and Todo is given what seems to be an incredible memory where Himekawa had sheer determination.

Not impressed with the first episode, actually. I think maybe it's a mixture of the implausibility of this storyline + the fact that I find Haru bland + a nebulous something which I can't place.


  • Yoko’s looking quite striking in ON, with the dark hair and suits (and he does look good in suits *__* ) contrasting with his fair skin.

  • Kaname Jun’s not looking bad either, though his character is coming across as a bit of comic relief more than anything else right now.

  • Haru doesn't impress me or instill in me any feeling of empathy (rather like my feelings about Yoshitaka Yuriko). I got rather annoyed by her "catchphrase" and her "switch... ON/OFF" at the beginning and end were not interesting either. Like they were trying to make Todo intriguing, but nothing about her interests or connects with me. I don't hate her, but I don't like her either. And when I don't like the main character, it is of utmost importance that I soon find a strong liking for one or more of the side characters...

  • If they try to force a romance between Haru’s and Yoko’s characters... I will be very annoyed. As it is, I’m not fascinated by Haru or the character she plays and I’m watching this entirely for Yoko. But if it gets boring or irritating, even Yoko won’t be able to make me keep watching this.

elenniel: Yoko Thinking (hmmm)
Sekai Ichi Muzukashii Koi (up to episode 9): What a waste of the chemistry between Kitamura Kazuki and Koike Eiko. A WASTE. >_< I feel zero investment in the Samejima/Shibayama storyline so all my interest was in the potential of Wada/Muraoki. Looks like they only held on to that idea for 4 episodes in the middle. I doubt they're going to bring it back in episode 10 at all, much less in a satisfactory way. Siiiigh.

99.9% (up to episode 9): Well, it's amusing. Neither thrilling nor disappointing.

Watashi Kekkon Dekinai Janakute, Shinain Desu (watched up to episode 6, but heard about the ending already): Based on what I've heard of the ending, it's superbly irritating. And is an even bigger waste of precious narrative screentime throughout the season - that is, time invested in a backstory that eventually doesn't really pay off.

Juhan Shuttai (up to episode 9): Best drama of the four, and I'm so glad I picked this up! I really like the little insights into the manga publishing process. I also like that the protagonist is the typical genki type without being irritating. Possibly that's because it's not the sort of story where the Amazing Protagonist waltzes into the neighbourhood/office/school/whatever and magically changes everyone around him/her for the better. I dislike that. Rather, it shows how her colleagues interact with her, with maybe only one that is directly influenced by her attitude. Most of them don't change - or aren't even in need of change. The one that you'd think should really change, doesn't. Instead, what you get is an insight into why he became so cold and cranky. She does help the situation with several of the mangaka, but not all of them. I reeeeally appreciate that the series shows the others instead of just her.
elenniel: (donald)

Just watched episode 7 of SekaMuzu and hmmm. Most of it was a funny episode but the ending kind of made me go, “Huh?”

Spoilers here )

I think I’ve also figured out why I’m more interested in the Muraoki/Wada relationship ever since the possibility was introduced in episode 4 or 5: it’s because Koike Eiko and Kitamura Kazuki are probably the best actors in this show and they have a certain level of natural chemistry (not instantaneous, but it kinda works).

Ohno is a good actor but he’s not very... Charismatic? He lacks the on-screen impact that some of his Johnny’s colleagues have (e.g. Matsujun, Okada, Nagase*). He generally suits stoic/severe characters better (which are the kinds of roles he gets anyway). And I don't think he's particularly good at being a romantic lead. It's a good thing his character here is more the stoic and grumpy sort and is clearly supposed to be awful at relationships because I doubt I could take him at all seriously otherwise. In SekaMuzu he has a lot more comedic moments and he does reasonably well, but apart from the scene in the gym in episode 5 where Shibayama Misaki gives him her reply, I felt like the romantic parts lacked a spark. Sure, I felt for him when he got frustrated over being unable to confess his feelings for her, but I didn't get the sense that they could go together well? Perhaps it's also partly lack of chemistry with his co-star, Haru...
Haru doesn't seem to be doing anything for me. She's just... there. She's pretty, and is doing a decent job, but I feel nothing for her. :/

* I think Nagase, Okada and Jun are some of Johnny's most flexible actors. (Toma is great but I tend to not include him in the "idol" class as he seems to now be a full-blown actor albeit under Johnny's. If I had to include him, he'd beat the other three easily.) They can carry serious roles and silly roles and romantic roles very well. Nagase has particularly good comic timing, and Jun may be the best at playing the romantic lead and/or the snob (he was made to play Doumyouji Tsukasa). Okada has... gravitas and possibly the greatest variety? I haven't seen the all their dramas and movies so I could be wrong but my impression at the moment is that Okada has a wider range, although nowadays he gets serious roles more and fewer funny ones. They're all three really good actors with a decent range in any case!
elenniel: Yoko puzzled (?!)
Hanzawa Naoki. Great drama, but that ending.
aksjdfhlasjdhfkasjhdfkajhfkashdkl aaaa KIRAI. I get it, but I hate it. Aaaa mouuuu.

*throws hands up in frustration and rolls around on the floor*

On another note: Y'know, Oikawa Mitsuhiro's growing on me. It's a lot easier to take him seriously when he's not being over the top. haha
elenniel: (donald)
In the last two weeks, I've finished 4 dramas. \8D/
Maou, Nakuna, Hara-chan, Yama Onna, Kabe Onna, and Love Revolution.

General thoughts on all of them:
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elenniel: (toma)
I just watched Maou.
Now, I know Maou is the drama that pretty much launched Ohno's TV drama career, but the really outstanding one in that show - for me - was Toma.

Maou - Toma
Really, Toma has to be one of the best actors in Johnny's. I would venture that he might be one of the best out there in the J-drama scene at the moment.
The guy does it all so brilliantly - wacky and silly (HanaKimi, Unubore Deka), bad guy (HanaDan), earnest (Honey & Clover, Majo Saiban), tragic and desperate (Maou), melancholic romantic lead (Hanamizuki), and outright frightening (Nou Otoko). I attempted to watch Nou Otoko on a long-haul flight a couple of months ago but barely got through a third of it because it was just too creepy for my taste and man, was Toma intense. @_@

Sorry, Jun, Okada, Nagase. I think Toma blows you all right out of the water. (Though you three are pretty amazing too! Nagase, especially.)
elenniel: (atadan)
(I know I seem to be posting a lot all of a sudden, but I feel like I need to get some flailing or fandom babble out of my system now in the first week of the new sem and before work proper begins. 8D )

Of the Room Zero wall and the hotel exterior... )
elenniel: (nagano)
- [Poll #1259752]
Meme - tagged by pearlsphere.
(I have a feeling I've done/received this meme before......)

A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs & replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

B) Tag 8 people to do this quiz & those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by & cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by. Continue this game by sending it to other people.

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elenniel: (shimuken)
I'm not entirely sure why I watched Yamada Tarou Monogatari until the end...
I'm not even sure why I continued watching past episode 4 or so.

Oh. Probably because of Sho. :P

But that's about the only reason.

Just saw the last two episodes of YTM.

Honestly, the part I liked the best was when Ohno popped up with his cameo. His voice was kinda odd (on purpose, I guess), but when he said "okama taishou" before correcting himself (should have been "omatsuri") I couldn't help laughing. XD
And for some reason, I have a feeling that if Ohno really applied himself to it, he could be a better actor than Nino. Yea, Nino's good at the Average Joe roles with lots of emo-ness going on (and he seems good at crying, although in real life he'd probably be the last in Arashi to really tear up, if at all). But looking at how Ohno acts - like in this cameo, the bits of the Pikanchi movie that I've seen so far, and in that Sammi segment in his solo concert - I get the feeling he'd be better than Nino, and more versatile too.

elenniel: (shirota)
Prince of Tennis
Like munsung said on the forums, it's kinda funny to see the two kids running themselves silly all over the court for ONE point. XD
But, oh, Konomi-sensei, please don't drag this to more than 4 chapters? It'd be ridiculous if this one-point, unofficial game was given so very many chapters when one that could have been incredibly interesting (Tezuka vs Chitose) was only given what, two?
And I really don't want Nagoya to suddenly show up after defeating Rikkai. Total waste of Yukimura's development and overal anticipation of Rikkai.

One Piece
Anime - Well, that was... Silly. What was the point of inserting the extra rounds into the Davy Back Fight? Sigh. That Poison Ball-type game was silly. (I've played a similar - less deadly - game like that called Poison Ball. :P Used to be quite popular. And it is huge fun to play... Trying to avoid the ball and at the same time try to hit someone else with it.)
Manga - This ghost/zombie arc has its really creepy moments (for me), but I found it hilarious when the zombies popped up, threatening Luffy, Sanji, Zoro, Robin and Franky and then all five of them just flattened the zombies in a snap. hahahahah! And the contrast is too funny - Nami, Usopp and Chopper freaking out inside the castle, and the other five being totally calm and cool about zombies. LOL.
I wonder who's this Shichibukai though... Mysterious figure, Moria.
But One Piece seems to be moving at a more steady and interesting rate than Bleach. Bleach kinda goes up and down in terms of being really interesting each chapter. (Or maybe it's because I tend to find  chapters about Sado - and sometimes Ichigo too - kinda boring...)

Anime - I'm just waiting to see Hitsugaya, Matsumoto and Renji fight after the limit-lifting. :D
Manga - Woooo. Go Rukia! She's cool even without her zanpakutou. Her kidou skills aren't half bad. heheh. That would be so cool animated. But that Aaroniro... Creepy look. Two floating skulls in what looks like an inverted test tube for a head. "We are the Noveno Espada." WE. Creeps. :P

Seiran vs Sakujun in that deadly drinking game. Hm. Go Seiran! I wonder what's happening to Ryuuki...

Hana Yori Dango 2
Arrrgh. They're gonna do that stupid STUPID memory loss arc after all. And in the final two episodes?! Sheesh. I hated that arc in the manga. It was just so silly and cliched. Convenient that he forgets just things related to Makino. *rolls eyes*

Haken no Hinkaku
I've only watched up till episode 5 I think. Or 6. Can't remember. It's tough without subs. :( But it looks like Mori has a crush on Satonaka-shunin. Hm. Can't see that working out. Hahahah... It was funny seeing how seemingly popular he is with the ladies though. And looked so awkward about it - the chocolates and all. ^^
And I'm longing to know what on earth Shirotan's character is saying half the time. :/

Hm. A bit slow to me at the moment. But then it is mostly about Sena defeating Shin in this game, even if Deimon loses to Oujou in the end. We'll see how it goes. Right now it still feels less exciting than the Shinryuuji match.

elenniel: (rui)
I just wanna say this: Ruiiiiiii~

I want a Hanazawa Rui too. <3
Sympathise with Tsukasa in a way, but I just like Rui sooo much better. Must've been 'ouch' for him when he called Makino and the phone was accidentally turned on and the first voice he heard was Tsukasa's. I kinda like the set they used for Rui's bedroom though. Nice, peaceful colour scheme. Only the placement of the bed is a little weird. Right in the middle of the room. o_O But then it was drawn that way in the manga too. A-ny-way... I want a Rui. :P

Four episodes in, and I can say that I definitely like how this season is going. XD

... Rui~

elenniel: (tama-chan)
I finally finished watching Nodame Cantabile last week. Not bad, on the whole. It was quite entertaining. :)  Doubt I'll watch the anime, though. I've a distinct idea that the main character (Nodame) will annoy me far more in the anime than in the live-action. She's the kind of female character I tend to have a low opinion of - acts like a lovesick puppy around Chiaki, seems to think she's his girlfriend or wife or something when she's nothing of the sort of him, talks in a kiddy voice, etc... Ergh. *shudder*

Chiaki was none too enticing himself, being rather arrogant in the beginning, but he got nicer towards the end of the series. Thanks to Nodame, of course, but for all her good influence on him and her sincerity, I still don't like her much. Heh. :P 

I liked some of the minor characters better than Nodame - like concert master Kiyora (she was pretty cool.. hehe), Mine and Kuroki the oboe player. I even liked cellist and violinist Kikuchi and Kimura better... (hm. what's with the Ks)

And, oh, Endou's character! Ookuchi Mamoru! *laughs* He was just good for laughs. Poor Yuuyan...  XD
At one point I thought, he'd better watch the way he keeps twitching his mouth or he's gonna end up like MatsuJun - with a weird crooked grin... ^^

But my favourite part of Nodame Cantabile was the music. :D

HanaDan 2!

Jan. 12th, 2007 04:05 pm
elenniel: (shirota)
I didn't know there was going to be a second season of Hana Yori Dango (live action)! XD
Downloading the first ep now from SARS-Fansubs.
Yay... Should be interesting to see how this picks up from the first season. From the review on Random Curiosity, it looks like they're going more into the Oribe Junpei story arc (in the first ep anyway) and also the Shigeru part. (Now it just sounds weird that he had one fiancee towards the end of season 1, and somehow he's gotten himself another fiancee. Oh, that mother of his...)

*helps Chiaki boot Nodame out the door*
Make way! Tsukushi's back! And Hanazawa Rui! And Nishikado Soujirou. And Mimasaka Akira (whose actor reaaaallly looks like someone I know). And Doumyouji, the Atobe-like brat.
Of course, I still think Meteor Garden's version of Rui looks much better (Vic Zhou over Oguri Shun anyday). But I'm glad they managed to retain all their original cast for the sequel. :)

EDIT: just watched the opening credits of the show. I like. Okay, I think I liked the first season's opening a little better than this one, but this is still nice. Slightly dizzying, though, because of the camera fly-throughs and circling pan movements around the scenes. At least they kept the basic concept of the first opening - with the cut-out scenery - albeit with some 3D additions and other stuff. The plaid patterns and colours they used for each actor's background were rather nice. Bright and kinda representative of them, I thought.
elenniel: (kyouya)
Nodame Cantabile
I've picked up on the J-drama Nodame Cantabile lately out of curiosity. (Okay, I'll admit - part of that curiosity was stirred because I found out Endou Yuuya is in it as a minor character. XP ) It's quite hilarious! Hahaha... I read some of the scanlated manga before I downloaded the first episode of the series - just to get a feel of the story. I think it translated quite well to live-action.

It's so full of classical music that it's driven me into a sort of semi-phase of classical pieces. And I found that I get a kick out of being able to recognise some of the music they use in the background - like Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and Gershwin's American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue. XD Actually went to look for various pieces by Mozart and such to listen to. Am currently liking Chopin's Minute Waltz and Mozart's Symphony no.41 a lot. :)

Endou's part in it is small, but he produces a lot of laughs because his character is just so... Erm. Lame. Hahahahaha... He's always the butt of the jokes in the scenes he appears in - being humiliated, getting knocked over by a girl carrying a contra bass (I think), getting ignored, etc. But then Endou is kinda good at acting frustration, I think. ^^; He gets this "how dare you" combined with "aaarrgh" look on his face. I really don't know how to describe it.  *remembers DD-Boys* LOL.

Anime... )

Tenimyu )


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