So I was in the mood for something calm and relaxing. Bread of Happiness, a 2012 Japanese drama screamed to me last night. I thought why not and gave it a watch. It reminded me of Little Forest. Just under 2 hours, this simple movie is nothing but life. It is so heartwarming I did not want it to end. It tells the story of a Tokyo couple that moves to Hokkaido Prefecture to open a bed, breakfast, and bakery. The couple named the place Mani. The name was picked by Rie based on her favorite childhood book.
So I needed a romance after I completed A Love So Beautiful. I stumbled on Tatta Hitotsu no Koi on plex and thought of giving it a try. It’s Kame and Ayase’s 2006 drama. It is so old but for some reason, old school romance drama is so lovely and sweet. Unlike today some dramas try to focus on physical romance. I mean it’s not a bad thing but unspoken romance gives you a deeper crush which will make your heart palpitating faster and faster. With only 10 episodes long, I completed in a day. Thanks, jet lag! I owe you again!
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.
Are you a loyalist? Would you turn yourself to be the knight in shining armor and save the people, the world and future? Would you kill others to save your own life? Or would you stay true to your own principle to never kill? If I were to be asked all these questions, I’d voluntarily dig my own six feet under myself. Seriously, it is hard to bear people’s lives on your shoulder. I’m already responsible for three lives (my child and two cats). But my questions are minuscule compare to what this drama is trying to prove.
Mirai Nikki, a sci-fi Japanese drama I’m currently watching is about that. And it’s about survival. Survival like Battle Royale meet Hunger Games, that’s how I’d summarize it. Mirai Nikki, also known as Future Diary, started as a game on who gets to be the last person standing and crown the winner. Not surprise, right? The winner gets to live! All 7 players were given futuristic cellphones that would transmit future messages in detail. It’s so detail and precise the phone would even details out the owner’s death timeline. But but but, is it really a game they are playing? Who controls this game? Who determines the next death? *shudders* And I always wonder how these people get selected. Are they all related to something? This drama is deeper than I imagine it would be. Super duper complicated and jam packed with twisty plot since episode 1!
This 11 episode, manga-turned-anime adaptation drama is quite philosophical and psychological (think Wachowski Brother’s The Matrix saga) yet sophisticated mind boggling f*cked state of mind. Pardon my language, but it is the only way to describe it at the moment. I’m still blown away by episode 7. The story is designed to see how would you react to certain situations. This lethal game of survival drama is not for everyone. I’m at the stage where it is all part of discovering the truth and finding the controller of this game. It is a racing game against the future for all I know. If you are into semi live-action, twisty plots and thriller drama, Mirai Nikki is the one for you! I am loving this series even though it gives me a little headache (a good headache). Watch it!