Currently Watching: Ima kara Anata wo Kyouhaku Shimasu

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I put this drama on hold a while back and Viki finally picked it up. I was not able to watch it immediately back then but now that I am in the mood for drama again, I am going to finish it now. Here is my original review of the drama. Unfortunately, it did not receive a good rating on MDL. Only 7.6/10. I wonder why… I hope to find out soon because I found it funny before. Maybe it loses its steam in the next 4 episodes? *shrugs*

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Currently Watching: The Count of Monte-Cristo: Great Revenge

sp_main_visial.pngI admit I know nothing about the real Monte Cristo story. So my canvas is completely white when I started this drama. All I know is revenge is my favorite genre! What’s more, Dean Fujioka is the main lead! How can I not pass this show, right? Only 9 episodes long, I am almost done with the series! I started on Christmas day and I thought I would be done by this morning. But real life took me away from this show but I am determined to finish it tonight. One more episode, ladies and gentlemen!

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Just Watched: Kids on the Slope

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After Inuyashiki, I needed something fun, cute and cheery. So I decided to watch Kids on the Slope. Another manga adapted movie, I am quite surprised that this movie was based circa 1930s. It is the jazz era where jazz is the music of choice. I seriously did not expect to be entertained by watching this movie. Perfect music. Perfect acting by Chinen Yuri and Nakagawa Taishi. The biggest surprise is to see Fujioka Dean in it playing trumpet and singing the most beautiful tune! Just about 2 hours long, I laughed and cried all the way to the end. It was one beautiful movie.

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On Hold: Ima kara Anata wo Kyouhaku Shimasu

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This is my first On Hold post for this blog. I can’t helped but to pen down Ima kara Anata wo Kyouhaku Shimasu. The reason for putting this drama on hold? No one is subbing it. This series is only 9 episodes long but I am not sure why the subber stop working on it. Many reasons, of course. So far, I have seen 5 subbed episodes. There are 4 episodes left to be subbed. I wish I could do it but I do not understand Japanese. This is sad because the story is quite interesting. Shameless me wants to ask my J girlfriend to sub the remaining episodes but I know she’s busy with work and life. Sigh.

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Just Watched: Guardian of the Spirit II

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Oh.my.god! What a ride! This drama, a continuation from the first season Guardian of the Spirit, is better than the first one! I could not blog it while watching because I was totally invested in this season. As I was with the first season. This saga is too good to be missed. If you are a fan of taiga fantasy, this drama is for you. But really, if you haven’t seen the first season, you MUST watch it before you start on this one. Technically, you can still skip the first season but I feel it sets a tone for this season.

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Currently Watching: IQ246

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I confessed I am watching this show just to kill time. Sometimes the episode is intriguing but sometimes it is just a meh. But what keeps me going is Dean Fujioka. Yes, I’m watching this show for him. Dean in suits. Dean in glasses. Dean in trench coat. Dean in sweaters. Dean without glasses? I will need another post just for that! *giggles* Yeah, Dean, Dean and more Dean! I can’t get enough even though he is not the main lead. It is okay, I will endure the rest.

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IQ246 is a Sherlock-style investigation drama. It can be funny, but not all the time. It can be quirky, but not all the time, too. Sometimes, I find it creepy. So I have mixed feelings with this show. I enjoy how smart Homonji-san, the lead character, is. He is not only genius with high IQ, but born into an aristocrat family with a heritage that could last for another two or more generations, Homonji-san is certainly blessed. However, he is different than other rich brat. He does not care for his wealth since it is an old money. It will continue to grow without effort. He has passion for knowledge. He reads a lot.

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Homonji-san is bored to death. He has abundance of knowledge but does not have a place to use. One day, Wato Soko, a new detective was assigned to guard Homonji. It’s a weird assignment for her. On top of that, it is definitely weird to guard him when he already has Kensei, his personal assistant aka butler aka the man of everything. I found it weird that Soko-chan got assigned to be Homonji-san’s bodyguard. What for? I also find Soko to be annoying and her presence is not needed. For a detective, I question how she passed her exam. She can’t even fight!

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Homonji is a character you either intrigued or intimidated by him. For me, it depends on the episode. He is a very intelligent man. His approach in solving cases is pretty nerdy. But he is haunted by someone. He knew he’s been followed but couldn’t figure who is it. By the end of episode 6, we finally got a glimpse of that person. Maria T. Who is she and what she wants from him? Well, you just need to watch it to know *sticks her tongue out*. I wish I could tell you how many episodes this drama is but sorry, I really don’t know. I assume 10 to 12 episodes long. But I don’t mind… As long as I can ogle Dean *wink*. Did I mention Dean looks hot in suit? *salivates*

Currently Watching: Happy Marriage?! aka Hapi Mari

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Happy Marriage?! is cursed! *sobs badly*. My love for Dean is definitely forbidden. The subber is super busy with RL and my watch is now on hold… tsk tsk tsk. Bel and I and other Happy Marriage?! fans are left in limbo and stuck on episode 5. Some of us decided to watch raw episodes. I know how the feel. The power of Dean. I could do it but I’d like to pay more attention to the show. I’m curious and therefore, not willing to watch it raw. Sorry Dean, it’s not that I don’t like you… I just need to understand the story. *shrug*

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Happy Marriage! is slated for 12 episodes. I’m a bit surprised that the drama is this long. It is rare for Japanese dramas. But since each episode is about 35 minutes long, I think it isn’t bad. Once a week airing though is stabbing my heart deeply *sigh*. Anyway,… As I’m typing this, the subber finally released subbed episode 6 and 7. Of course, I just saw it *beams*. And apparently, she will release episode 8 soon. I really appreciate her hard work. I wish I have learned the language so I could help her out too.

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So Happy Marriage?! is adapted from a manga of the same title. However, I do not know if the story follows the exact plot. But I do know one thing, Chiwa is one insecure girl. Her dad is a serial gambler and she works two jobs to support themselves and to pay his mountain of debt. One night, as she works as a hostess, she met Hokuto but she found him so offensive that she splashed a glass of water onto him. The next day, she found him at the front door willing to compensate the debt her father owed with loan sharks. She was dumbfounded by his generosity. But his generosity comes with a price! She must marry him! A rational woman would not marry him for money! Wait, that doesn’t sound good. Maybe some would marry for money. Well, let’s not argue. Chiwa, on the other hand, is desperate to get out of the mess her dad did and agreed to Hokuto’s proposal. This contract marriage is not looking good, ladies… *worried*

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The reason Hokuto approached Chiwa was because she is the granddaughter of his grandfather’s ex. Hokuto has different means and wanted to please his family. Besides, since Chiwa looks like her grandfather’s ex, Hokuto feels he will have the advantage in the family. The two got married eventually but they went through a lot to get where they are. Hokuto is known to be manipulative but Chiwa doesn’t know that. She heard it from his dad. Chiwa is too weak and easily influenced. Her awareness radar is low. She’s pretty but really, I do not know how a success man like Hokuto sees in her. Status wise, they are in two different playgrounds.

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Hokuto is a success man with many admirers, especially women. On the other hand, a colleague is liking Chiwa more and more. Hokuto warned her that she cannot see other men but him. Urgh, that sounds very selfish, isn’t it? Chiwa obliged to his request. I don’t know whether she should. After all, this is a contract marriage. She may love Hokuto but we don’t get his real feeling. I could see in his eyes that he is for real but his arrogant action really gives her mix messages. In the end, is this another Happy Marriage?! Let’s find out together! By the way, this is an Amazon-produced drama. Well, they did not pay me to say that… But who knows they might *laugh*

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