I just couldn’t keep up with 2016, before I knew it, it was already January (and now it’s February, c’mon time, slow down a bit). It’s definitely hard to get back into the blogging routine, but seeing as how the winter j-dramas are looking pretty good, maybe I’ll have better luck this year. Continue reading Winter 2017:Strings, Marriage, and Gods
I wasn’t sure if I was going to manage a j-drama year-end review before February, especially since there were a few dramas I was still scrambling to finish, but I managed to do it (though just barely). While there weren’t any juggernauts like last year’s Amachan or Hanzawa Naoki and there were definitely a number of disappointments, I left 2014 feeling pretty optimistic about the j-drama scene. My list is rather long (how did I even watch this many dramas?), so let’s get down to it.
Continue reading 2014: The year in j-dramas
Maybe it’s because I had really, really low expectations for Gomen ne Seishun!, but it’s become my favorite drama this season. It’s not perfect as there’s really no clear-cut narrative so it feels like it’s meandering sometimes, especially the middle episodes, but something about Gomen ne Seishun! has me completely hooked.
Continue reading Check-In: Gomen ne Seishun!
It’s finally getting cold on my side of the world, so it’s about time to check in with the fall dramas. I missed the summer season while trying to catch up on spring, but I think I’ll just take what I can this season and not try to watch everything which might be doable since there’s only a few dramas catching my eye.
Continue reading Fall 2014: Co-ed Schools, Time Slips, and Company Romance
I watched the second episode of Oyaji no Senaka a while back for the golden combo that is writer Sakamoto Yuji and Mitsushima Hikari before deciding that I might as well watch the whole series. There have been some great ensemble casts this year like MOZU and Wakamonotachi 2014, but the writing just isn’t up to par. Thankfully Oyaji no Senaka realized that a drama is only as good as its story and brought in solid screenwriters to back up its cast. TBS, you’re doing it right. Continue reading Oyaji no Senaka: Episodes 1-2
With Itazura na Kiss ending in a week (yeah, I don’t want to think about it either) it’s about time to start looking for a new j-drama to watch. Luckily the summer season has started and it’s looking better than last season. Continue reading Summer 2013: Aliens, Single Moms, and the Beach
I can overlook lots of things in a drama; bad acting, poor directing, horrible music, etc. as long as the script comes together. So, I am beyond excited for Woman, which is being penned by Sakamoto Yuji who was behind the brilliant Soredemo, Ikite Yuku and Saikou no Rikon. Continue reading Mitsushima Hikari and Oguri Shun pair up for Sakamoto Yuji’s new drama, Woman
What’s interesting about this show is that it’s called Even So, we will live on, but no one’s really lived on. They’ve tried, sure, but they haven’t really dealt with the problem, which is why it’s popped up again 15 years later. They can’t go on living, at least not this way. No one has gotten any closure about Aki’s death and Fumiya’s arrest so this is the journey how to. Continue reading Soredemo, Ikite Yuku Episode 2
So, going into Soredemo, Ikite Yuku (Even so, we will live on) I thought it would be a sad, yet uplifting story about two families trying to overcome grief. Something mellow to contrast with the usual bout of rom-coms I watch, but nothing to write home about. After watching the first eight episodes though, I was surprised by how gripping it was and how much I felt for these characters. It hurts to watch sometimes, but in a good way. Still, the drama’s definitely not for everyone, so mentally prepare yourself before watching. Continue reading Soredemo, Ikite Yuku Episode 1