Currently Watching: Rakuen

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Another WOWOW production drama! I am a fan! They are master of producing crime dramas, in my opinion. I have yet to be disappointed so far. And Rakuen is the latest installment. I just can’t help but add it to my long last currently watching list! Seriously, how do I make rooms for these dramas? Thankfully, this drama is only 6 episodes long. But 6 episodes feels longer! As usual, the network airs it once a week. I don’t know why they do this. Why can’t they be like the Chinese network and air it daily? I could have been done by now!

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Anywho, this drama requires your mental attention. Every single episode gives you clues. And you are not able to tie it as the writer works the story like a maze. Bel and I tried so hard to piece the puzzle together. You would, too. It is so amazing how this writer introduces the show to us. An old couple home was caught on fire. This is common, right? You immediately sympathize with them. Then, they drop the bomb right away! “I killed my daughter 15 years ago and she is buried underneath the house. Please dig her out.” Oh gawd, what the…?

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The story then became very fragmented. We then met Shigeko who works in a small publishing company. She used to be famous for writing her prediction in a serial case news. But she quit when her prediction turned out wrong and caused death in the victim’s sister. Shigeko is now trying to investigate why Hajime killed his daughter, why Toshiko’s son was able to draw another person’s memories, and why Harumi hid Hajime away from his other daughter. So many questions to answer. All from the death of one daughter.

The pacing of this drama is slow. If you are impatient, this drama is not for you. There is a lot of layers in Rakuen and I’m not sure the next three episodes could do the justice. I hope the ending is not rushed. I really want to know the relationship of all the characters and what exactly we will get at the end of it. I know, everything sounds so vague coz really I am still searching the tangent as well! Rakuen is a mysterious, psychological crime drama that keeps you wondering what the heck is it and yet you can’t and won’t quit! Good luck if you wish to watch it coz really, you need luck!

Currently Watching: Dias Police – Ihou Keisatsu

71NNKol1_bdc90c_fImmigrants is a sensitive issue. Even here in the US, an illegal immigrant issue is a hot debate. And never in my entire life that Japan would face a similar issue. I have met Peruvian immigrants resided in Japan before. From what I understand, they told me that they have been residing in Kobe for years. But never crossed my mind that Japan would face illegal issue until I started Dias Police. It’s pretty surreal but this drama really opens up my eyes. Sometimes I wonder, am I too naive not to know or too ignorant to care? *shrugs*

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Dias Police can be very comical but most of the time, this manga-like action drama is super interesting and unique. The camera technique and the drama style remind us of Sin City. It’s true. The atmosphere of this drama is dark. Even with Detective Kubozuka’s humour, the ambience made it quite difficult for you to laugh. But nevertheless, I did laugh. Especially with the first couple of episodes! They touched based on an illegal plastic surgery case performed illegally by an illegal plastic surgent who is also an immigrant for illegal immigrants and local residents. *wipes sweat* Phew, that is a lot of “illegal” words there!

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Dias Police tells a story around Saki Kubozuka and his attempt to protect the weak citizen regardless of their status and maintain the balance in his work territory. Saki is a super intelligent officer armed with several languages around his belt. He is quirky yet funny. He is cool yet serious. He is hilarious yet he means business when his mind is focused on a target. This drama focuses on all issues circa immigrants. From illegal plastic surgeries to smuggling human, Dias Police touches the very sensitive issues circulating among illegal and legal immigrants’ lives. But Saki does not work alone. He made Suzuki his partner in crime aka his baits to get all the info! That poor boy, though… He’s completely oblivious of the real situation *laughs*.

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This drama is super dark and may not grasp everyone’s attention. To me, I find it wholesome and interesting. I have not read the manga and most likely won’t. But this show is very interesting. With only 10 episodes long, the show is intriguing and suspense and enough to keep your eyes on the show. Currently, I’m waiting for the final two episodes to be subbed. I’m dying to know who Saki is. Is he… one of them (aka the immigrants)? And the group he works with… I have my suspicion on them. *rubs chin*

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Would I recommend it? I admit, it can be a hard watch. Some people did not even give a chance after episode 2. Me, on the other hand, found this show very Sin City like which really keeps me going. It is up to you if you want to watch. I would definitely recommend it. It is different. Plus, it is Shota!!!

Currently Watching: Nobunaga Concerto

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Wow, can I count this drama as my fifth sageuk? I mean it is a historical drama *shrugs* except that it is a Japanese historical drama. Anyone objecting my decision? Wait, wait… My own self is objecting it. Drat. My resolution was made solely for kdrama so I really can’t amend my own decision. *heads down* I am my own enemy. But, on the bright side, *perks up* this is my first Japanese historical drama in a very loooong time. I don’t recall my last jdrama of this genre, I just knew I haven’t seen it in years.

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Nobunaga Concerto was never on my radar list to watch. If not because of Bel, which I can’t thank her enough, I don’t even know its existence. And if I’m not mistaken, Nobunaga Concerto is my fourth currently airing Japanese drama I’m watching this year. *pats shoulder* I’m quite impressed with myself, maybe I should include this for my 2015 drama resolution. Hmmmmm… *rubs chin*

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Nobunaga Concerto is a unique adaptation from manga series of the same title. You won’t see any slapstick humor at all. The humor is in the script and I find it hilarious just reading the subs. If you decided to watch it, you better pay attention to what they say. Some are direct humor, some are so indirect you’ll only gets it once the episode is over. In my case, hours later after I finished that particular episode. Yeah, I need time to digest it. I’m a bit…. Slow *sticks her tongue out*. According to Wiki, Nobunaga Concerto, the manga, is still ongoing. Wahhhhh this tells me there will be sequel once this series ends. And we only have 11 episodes, 45 minutes long. If there will be sequel, I want it soooooooon!

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As a I said earlier, Nobunaga Concerto is VERY unique. The story is centered around Saburo, a high school teenage kid who suddenly transported back to Japan’s Sengoku era. And it turns out, he met a spitting image of himself in this era and he is Nobunaga-sama. Nobunaga was surprised but took this opportunity to make Saburo as him and he left disguising himself as Saburo’s helper, Mitsuhide. Saburo led the Oda clan, after Mitsuhide’s father passed away, and he vowed to be the most humble and caring war lord in the country. Reliving the history is pretty surreal for Saburo and along his journey, he met a couple of time travelers like him too. However, his history textbook became a problem. More people want to get hold of it to know what the future lies for them. As the episode progressed, you’ll meet with Hisahide (name could be wrong). He found out Mitsuhide’s identity and took this chance to stir things up and caused ruckus to Saburo.

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So how will Nobunaga Concerto ends? I hope on a higher note! I’m currently watching the last episode and I must say, I’m very impressed with this show. I doubted Shun Oguri as the main lead in the beginning. He’s too old to play a high schooler but he did it! This live action drama is one of the best dramas I’ve seen this year. This is a must watch 2014 drama. I highly recommend it, peeps!