Just Watched: Crisis: Kouan Kidou Sousatai Tokusou-Han

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I finally finished marathoning Crisis! Oh em gee… the feelzzzzz! I really had this massive withdrawal and denial. The show ended on a high note and one major cliff! I had to sound the alarm and alerted my girls, Bel, Panda and Trotwood, when I completed it this evening. I was shocked by how it ended. I simply could not believe it… the team was created just to get Akira? I just can’t accept it! They went this far just to lure him? Ridiculous!

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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: Tokyo Bandwagon

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Apparently, I’m a Kame virgin when I decided to start to watch Second Love (review to follow soon) drama, his current airing drama. I was mesmerized by his beauty. My jaw was on the floor and often time I had to pick it up to avoid massive drooling. If you take a look at him, he has the most perfect brows! What in the world… And his eyes and lips! Okay, obviously I stare at him a little too much now *sticks tongue out*. But you know, he’s a completely different person in Tokyo Bandwagon, his drama I’m currently watching. His character is quite carefree with humor on the side. And he seems normal, the next door kinda guy you would wanna to date.

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But before I go on any further, I must thank Bel again for encouraging me to watch this dorama. Her suggestion is always spot on. I was distracted when I started the first episode. I thought it bored me to death. But I give it a watch again the next day and here I am, 8 episodes later, blogging it. Yeah, I have 2 more episodes to complete this series. If I don’t do it now, I’ll never get to blog Tokyo Bandwagon. Why? This drama is surprisingly addictive and I’m afraid I may end up blogging it under Just Watched post instead!!! Listen, I don’t even know what it is that makes this drama so addictive! No, no, no… Kame is no longer the factor. He’s part of the story which I really enjoy it.

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The warmth of the family is very welcoming and every member of the family give their hearts to each other. As I watch it, I secretly wish my family would be as warm as theirs. Even when there is a dilemma or entangle issue between them, they resolve it in the most human way. Ahhhh Japanese and their manners! I can never compete with them. Really, I wish I’m as polite as them… Anywho, enough of me and my daily grunt on myself. Let’s focus on Kame. *shakes head* I mean, Tokyo Bandwagon. This drama is interesting. It is narrated by the late wife of Tokyo Bandwagon store. Oh hold up, let me explain the meaning behind the name Tokyo Bandwagon. Tokyo Bandwagon is the name of a secondhand bookstore that is located outskirt of Tokyo. The store has been there for hundreds of years and Kame is the fourth generation for this family. They have expanded the store to cafe as well and it is run by the granddaughter and granddaughter-in-law.

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Ao is the second son in the family but he was born from his dad’s mistress. However, he was raised by the family and his birth mother took off to pursue her own career. Luckily that they raised him nonetheless with lots of love. So when Ao found out that he’s not his mom’s real child, he quit reading and he changed his ambition which was once wanting to become the next owner of the store. Ao works as a freelance tour guide. On his free time, he spend his time at the store helping out the family. Okay, so far so good, right? Nothing to worry about, right? Well, there you have it folks… Nothing to worry about. Tokyo Bandwagon is just your average daily family drama just going about their own business. That’s it! Well, there are more stories in between and mostly about love, long lost love, seeking love, and discovering a brand new love. Now the love part is quite interesting. Ao is known as playboy and he constantly invites female to his family’s store but one day he fell in love with a university student who has similar passion as his – books! Wahhhh, isn’t it great???

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You must watch Tokyo Bandwagon. Among the best relationships in this drama is between Ao and his rock singer dad. I’m not kidding, you! Their relationship is just awesome. And I envy Ao and his popularity in his family. Can I just adopt Ao for myself??? This 10 episode drama was aired in 2013 is a feel good drama. Tokyo Bandwagon is a guaranteed laugh out loud and teary drama at the same time. *happy sigh*

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