So glad that Akira to Akira is finally subbed. This currently airing drama is my current obsession. Well, Saito is an added bonus, of course! *laughs* But really, you have to believe me when I said I’m obsessed with this drama. Why? It reminds me of Midas, a Korean drama by Jang Hyuk. Though the base of the dramas is similar, the stories are completely different. Akira to Akira is a hearty drama that focuses on friendship, relationship, inheritance, and life. And most of all, the background of this drama is circa financial sector in the 80s.
I was supposed to start ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako but the error on episode 1 forces me to start Aquarium Girl instead. This 7 episodes drama finished airing yesterday and I’m currently trying to finish it before catching up with other dramas. Aquarium Girl is an easy watch drama. I didn’t even realize that I’ve seen 4 episodes already! See what I mean? Plus, it is a family-friendly drama. My son is enjoying it as much as I do! Well, the fish and dolphins made him drawn to it.Aquarium Girl is a unique show. I enjoy the premise so much. I mean leave it up to Japanese to come up with a story that is based in an aquarium. You don’t see something like this in Korean dramas. I enjoyed most of the characters. For the most part, of course. I was frustrated with Yuka’s boss, her ex-boyfriend aka workmate, and Kaji, her new senior at the aquarium. Kaji was not willing to open up. His resentment towards Yuka was frustrating to watch. He was so defensive and hard headed. He was determined to send Yuka back to the head office in Tokyo. And Yuka, felt out of place, is determined to finish her assignment and leave the place forever. But… When Yuka was transferred to the aquarium, she thought it was a temporary transfer. She was tasked to complete her new assignment as a trainer within a week. Well, needless to say, she failed. I don’t blame her. Who can train a sick dolphin to do somersaults in a week? Time was running out and Yuka was desperate. Her pretentious boss told her ex-bf aka workmate he purposely placed Yuka in the aquarium with an intention to kick her out of the company for good. Yuka happened to hear the conversation and decided to abandon her meeting with the men. By episode 4, Yuka succeeded in her training. Kaji has softened up with her as well. Her ex-bf is impressed with her sudden improvement. But Yuka… Having to hear that awful conversation, will she continue to pester her boss to take her back to Tokyo or accept her fate and be a trainer in the aquarium? I’m curious myself. She has a bubbly personality so I feel she should survive well in her new workplace. But what her heart say? I’m looking forward to the next 3 episodes. Do I expect a love blossom with Kaji? Highly doubt they will. Then again, who knows!
I’m starting to think I’m neglecting Korean dramas more and more this year. *sigh* This is my… I don’t even know *shrugs* I lost count how many Japanese dramas I’ve watched this year. And for all I know, I’m falling for Japanese dramas more and more. They are shorter in episodes and packed with stories. And the best of all, very few fillers. *thumbs up* My time is precious and Japanese writers know how to maximize their viewers’ and my time! nyway, I’m excited that I’m adding another Japanese drama to my Currently Watching review… It’s always feels good to blog it. A good stress and depress reliever *beams*
So my new victim is called Flowers for Algernon. I’ve seen this on Bel‘s Plex for awhile but never bothered to ask her. She told me that I should watch it and so here I am. As I am typing now, I just started the first episode. Well, instead of writing in mid-way, I thought I should start my review early. This is a 10-episode drama and I’m afraid that I might zip through the entire series without able to blog it. 10 episodes means 10 hours and I can easily complete the series in a day! Just a quick recap for now, the main lead is cute! So, so cute but there is something wrong with him. He is not himself. Hmmmm *rubs chin*. The female lead reminded me of Kim Ji Won! Maybe I should put my glasses on *giggles*. Oh wait, I also see a rat! So this drama must have something to do with lab rats! Experiment! Okay, this is interesting! So I will be back after 5 episodes and see if I can tie up all these characters together…
Well… 8 episodes later. Didn’t I tell you I will blog after episode 5? Shhheeeesh, you can’t trust me now. So okay, here is the deal with Flowers for Algernon. Sakuto has an undeveloped brain and hence, he is stuck with a 6 year old mentality and also slow in progress. His mom left him because she couldn’t bare standing a stupid son whereas his dad died from his illness. This left Sakuto on his own at 16 and he was taken in by a florist company. They took him in even though knowing his condition. I think that is nice of them to do so. Sakuto was given easy tasks since he is considered mentally challenged. One day, he was assigned to deliver a bouquet of flowers to Haruka’s apartment. Haruka is a research scientist working on understanding and programming a brain. She misunderstood Sakuto for his weird behavior but eventually came to realize that he is special. She convinced her boss, Daigo, that it is time to apply their studies onto human and Sakuto is the perfect lab rat for their research. Under careful brain surgery, Sakuto is transformed slowly to a normal adult brain. But since his brain is developing and learning rapidly, the way his brain digesting every information is more analytical and deeper than ours. To me, he is shaped as a robot and the human emotions came once a human explains what they are to him. Yeah, this is the sad part of the story. And Daigo offered himself to be Sakuto’s sensei which in sense that he has the right to program Sakuto to whatever he wants! Whoa! Is that good or evil?
Well, though it sounds very nerdy and technical but I can assure you that Flowers for Algernon is pretty interesting to watch. I’m not really counting on the romance even though it existed. Clearly, as Sakuto developing into a normal being, he is falling for Haruka but had his heart broken when he saw Daigo kissing her. I was devastated to see him getting his heart broken. But how do you think he reacted to the kiss? Is he determined to get her back? Will he move on since his feeling is not entirely developed… I don’t know. I gotta watch it. I have two more episodes and feeling really antsy right now. Sakuto had a vision of his late dad and from the preview for the next episode, he started to see his dad more and more. I believe this is a sign of brain failure. I’m afraid of what is coming next yet I’m still curious. Perhaps love could cure it all! Who knows *shrugs*. If you are as curious as I am, watch it. It is refreshing to see another sci-fi kinda drama after Ando Lloyd. If you have read the book, which is of the same title, I’m sure you know this will end. Now Bel… when can we get the next two episodes? *giggles* No pressure, girl! No pressure whatsoever but hurrrrrrrrry! I want a happy ending for Sakuto! He deserves one! *cries*