Just Watched: Tokyo Tarareba Musume

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Sex & the City Japanese style! Except there are only three main ladies in this drama. Tokyo Tarareba Musume was on my radar ever since Bel blogged about it. I love watching dramas with female leads. It’s the different perspective and opinion from women that I fascinated about. Besides, I am biased. I adore my species very much! *laughs*. I completed the drama last week and I just want to say I’m glad I waited until it is done to blog it. Why do you say? The ending was as I expected but the journey to this happy ending was rough.

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Currently Watching:Hajimemashite, Aishiteimasu

v3wjbedl_f0739a_fThis drama, Hajimemashite, Aishiteimasu, is a drama I can relate to. And perhaps other couples can relate, too. This drama is very warmly and hearty. This drama will bring you to tears. YOU ARE WARNED. This drama makes me tear up all the time. I look forward to the episode when my tears are replaced with laughs. A family drama everyone should consider watching it. So far, 7 episodes have aired. To my knowledge, of course. I don’t really know how many episodes this show will have. Neither AsianWikiAsianWiki nor MDL has an official count. Well, we will find it sooner… But from the way I see it, I suspect we need another two episodes to complete the series. I hope I am right!

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Hajimemashite, Aishiteimasu is a tear jerker drama. A couple of 10 years, Mina and Shinji, have been trying but the bundle of blessings never come. Mina is a pianist and she teaches from home. Mina faces numerous setback in her life and being a daughter to a famous composer, the pressure to win is extremely high. But, at the age of 35, she really needs to put extra effort into her work. Her husband Shinji is a decent man working diligently as a public servant. One day, a boy was found hiding in their home garden. He was filthy and his appearance was bad. The boy doesn’t speak and acts very primitively. The couple reached out for help and found out through a child care service officer that the boy has been living in a poor environment. To add salt to the wound, he’s been abused too many times. It was sad, indeed.

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The officer placed him in an orphan house but he later went missing for days. They found him back to where he was found in the first place. Mina and Shinji’s garden. Shinji thinks this is a sign from almighty and immediately look up for a possibility of adopting the boy. Mina was skeptical in the beginning. She has to prepare for her competition. And she is not ready to be a mom. But she succumbs to his persistence. The temporary adoption was granted to them. They brought the boy home and tried adjusting their new life. Except that they overestimated their ability.

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The boy was named Hajime, which means a blessing if I’m not mistaken. But Mina had a hard time adjusting. The boy didn’t speak in the beginning. Everything seems hard for her. She doesn’t know how to react or behave around him. And everything he does, she disapproves. They even sent Hajime back to the child care center but regretted their decision and took the child back. Hajime eventually behaves like a normal kid. It was not an easy change at all. But Mina and Shinji are too happy with the improvement the boy has become. Their relationship improves and they become a tight family unit. Until… his maternal grandmother shows up!

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Hajime was taken away but Mina and Shinji wouldn’t let him go. At this point, the attachment is too strong. They believe they are the better parents than Hajime’s real mom. I think we will have a happy ending to this drama but I don’t know how the writer is choreographing it. All I want is happiness for all. If you would like to watch this, make sure you have your tissue box handy!

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Currently Watching: 5-ji kara 9-ji made

From_Five_To_Nine-p1When Bel said Yamapi is back, I squeeeeeeed so hard! But wait, we still haven’t finished Flowers for Algernon! Oh well, it can wait. But another dose of Yamapi? Sign me up! And when I heard that he is playing a monk in love, *hands on cheeks* can I be in line??? Who doesn’t want to marry a handsome lookin’ monk, right? *giggle* This drama gets a lot of attention in my home now. Since my husband is a full time househusband, I made him watching it too. And of course, so is my son! We are all actually enjoying 5-ji kara 9-ji made. It is freaking hilarious!!!5-ji-kara-9-ji-made-ep01-848x480-x264-mp4_snapshot_17-21_2015-10-14_20-48-35Ooooh wait, did I tell you that this is a Japanese drama? Wow, I need to count how many Japanese dramas I have seen this year! So far, my love for Korean dramas is slowly decreasing. I don’t know if I am bored or what, none got my attention as much as Jdramas. Besides, Japanese dramas are way interesting and shorter in the number of episodes. Kinda like 5-ji kara! It’s only 10 episodes long and I just finished watching episode 9. This is my first time finding a Japanese drama frustrating, though. The story keeps going back and forth. I mean they managed to recycled the plots twice in the past 9 episodes. The only consolation: the OTPs are too cute to resist and hence why I’m still watching! It’s a mixed of modern and traditional romance world and the show itself is funny!5-ji-kara-9-ji-made-ep02-848x480-x264-mp4_snapshot_14-08_2015-11-01_22-23-tileThe concept of this drama is very unique. Who would have thought a Buddhist monk could fall in love!!! Well, it is happening here in 5-ji kara 9-ji made! I mean, it is a blasphemy for a Buddhist monk to have a wife. I know since my in-laws are dedicated Buddhist and both my sister in laws are Buddhist nuns! Takane is the monk’s name and he fell in love with Junko, an English language teacher. She made such a great impression on a funeral service when she flipped the burning ash from the burning incense onto Takane. At the time, Takane was leading the prayer service. Junko was embarrassed but felt that she won’t be meeting him again so she should just suffer a one time humiliation. Wrong! She was asked to go for a blind date by her family and it turns out that Takane is her date! *screams*tumblr_nw6j2cvavH1s8t96qo5_1280maxresdefaultFor Takane, it was love at first sight and since then he’s been working hard to get closer to her. The funny thing is that his style of getting to know Junko seems stalkerish, creepy and pushy. He did not give a room for her to breathe and think. I can’t blame him though… No one has thought him the art of dating *laugh*. Junko was never interested with Takane because she has her eyes on her sensei, Makoto, the man that made her became an English teacher. Takane is under pressure by his grandparents to marry as he is entrusted to lead the monastery as the next chief. Sadly, his grandmother chose Kaori as his bride and Takane prefers Junko. He brought Junko into his monastery by force and made her show to his grandmother that Junko is fit to be a monk’s wife. Junko was not ready and her mind is on her teaching work. 5-ji-kara-9-ji-made-ep01-848x480-x264-mp4_snapshot_42-00_2015-10-14_21-45-37Junko left but Takane did not give up. He persistently pursuing her until one day she realized his love for her is real. What happened to Makoto? She found out that he was married, too! Poor Junko but she was so happy that Takane loves her and she then loves him back. They both are determine to be together and face the challenges his grandmother throw to her. She moved in and failed again. Takane is at lost and by the end of episode 9, he told Junko that he will be marrying Kaori! I nearly exploded when he told Junko that! He had to marry Kaori in order to save the monastery from being teared down by his evil younger brother, Amane. What a sacrifice he made!CT_qvOdUcAEHSmfI was sad by the end of episode 9. Takane was pushed to the corner by evil Amane and selfish grandmother. Takane is the best thing had happened to Junko since Makoto and now she is left in a limbo. What would happened to her life next? We have one last episode to wrap up this entire mess. Could they do it though? I feel that the final episode will either give us a messy or breeze ending. Am I ready to see it ends? Hell yeah! Amane needs a kick in his butt! Takane’s grandmother needs a slap on her face! Takane and Junko needs to be happily married by the end of it! maxresdefault (2)

Currently Watching: Rebound

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Yes, more JDrama added to my watch list and I have to thank Bel again for recommending Rebound. I’m having fun so far with this drama but when I tweeted it, so many people tweeted me back and said they couldn’t go beyond episode 2! Whaaaaaa…..? Why? Some says the drama is too ridiculous and just doesn’t make any sense. Some says Nobuko, the main character, is so annoying. Hmmmm… am I missing anything? I do find flaws in this drama but I do not think it is that bad *shaking head in disagreement*. No, I do not think it is bad at all. This drama contains minimum slapstick humor, and more of cute funny. The only thing that may offended some viewers is that the drama is over weight issue. In Asia, overweight is rare but they do exist. I’ve seen many overweight girls in where I am from so I do not think this is uncommon. The girls even poke fun at each others’ weights and no hard feeling taken between them. Well, at least on the surface… And also, this drama really enlighten you in that it help shedding this typical image that not all Asians are always skinny. No, no, no… We are not. We are human too!

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Rebound is well, rebound from being overweight to skinny and back to overweight and skinny again. I lost count! Really, I lost count. But I do love the story. It’s a daily life struggle among women, including I. Our very own weakness is sweets. Cakes. Tarts. Pies. Creme brulee. *licks lips* Yeap, anything sugary… I know I am *looks over her shoulder at her giant ass* *shudders*. So this is Rebound. It is a daily life struggle of a cake addict named Nobuko and she was nicknamed Buko (means too healthy, correct me if I’m wrong Japanese speakers) in school. She was dumped by her college boyfriend due to her round figure and determined to win the struggle with her own body. She put all her effort into dieting and did it! She started a new career in a fashion magazine as a junior editor but work a lot doing side jobs for the team. One day she was assigned to interview a pastry chef. Yeah, it did not go well as planned. The chef, Taiichi, is the second generation baker in his family and he wanted to revive the family business.

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Nobuko refused to try his pastries and Taiichi felt uneasy and wary. She gave bunches of excuses but finally surrendered to him and his pastries. The rest is, of course, history. They fell in love but she had go into hiding after gaining back all her weights from becoming Taiichi’s lab rat. She doesn’t want him to see her fatty figure. Nobuko almost lost her job due to her physique but promised the chief editor that she would write a “Journal of a Fat Diary” article. If her writing didn’t get enough attention, Nobuko will be sent to work to their sister magazine, a sports magazine. Fortunately her article received good review. But her editor got bored once Nobuko lost all her weight.

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During her absent from Taiichi, he became depressed for missing her so much he started to put on weight. When she found out, she hesitated to love him for his new appearance. So now we see the reverse of her. It never gets ugly though as he took the initiative to shed all the pounds he gained. Both Taiichi and Nobuko used a non-certified FDA diet plan from a weight loss agency. When they both found out, they both accused each other for being insincere. They ended up breaking up because they both feel they couldn’t trust each other.

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Rebound is a 10 episodes 2011 drama. Besides Taiichi and Nobuko, there are several supporting characters that made Rebound. Currently at episode 9, what would happen to Nobuko next? Will she take in charge of her life? Career, health and love wise? Will she continue to rely on pills to get the figure she wants? Will she listen to her heart and let her fate guide her future? Come and join me. Rebound is a light and fluffy drama and you and I can relate with her struggle.

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