Currently Watching: A Life

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Medical drama is not my cup of tea. It’s not just the technical terms or the sight of blood that threw me off, but it also needs to be done in a fast pace manner. I don’t know, perhaps because I loved ER so much that any medical dramas that do not have the sense of urgency, I became bored of it. A Life is boring to me. I wanted an overwhelming and intense feeling when I watch the show and I do not get it with A Life. Granted the show focuses on surgeons at work and not the emergency room, I still find the pacing too damn slow *rolls eyes*.

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Currently Watching: I’m Home

I'm_Home-p1Ever since I finished Ando Lloyd, I have this Kimura Takuya craving again. I’ve seen lots of his dramas growing up which I couldn’t name any of it now and he was one of my favorite Japanese actors back then. He remains great actor until today. And when I saw on his profile that he is the main lead for I’m Home, without hesitation, I immediately said yes! Also, for the first time in many months, I read the synopsis and really intrigued by the plots. It almost got me curious with the mystery behind the masks. Don’t you?

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Aaaah yes, another Japanese drama added to my list as well! *pats shoulder* I’m liking this challenge I put on to myself. I already have a theme for my 2016 drama watch resolution and I’m so excited to unveil it by the end of this year. But now, let’s focus on 2015 and my own success in keeping up with more Japanese dramas in general. Plus, now that I’ll be leaving for Tokyo in 3 days, I think I should pick up some Japanese for survival! So, back to I’m Home… Where do I begin? For a start, 6 episodes have aired and I have yet to watch episode 6. But I will soon! *wiggles brows* TV Asahi have yet to announce, or maybe they did *shrugs*, how many episodes are there for I’m Home but I suspect the typical number – about 11 to 12 episodes long.

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The story line seems simple to follow in the beginning and it feels very straight forward. Hisashi was nearly killed on his way home from his site work. The explosion in an energy plant had caused him coma for days and lost his memories of everything, including his family. Hence, the masks on his wife and son on the poster. But as the drama progress, a layer of mystery is unveiled episode by episode by episode. Hisashi was able to go back to work but he was downgraded from the #1 team to the last team in the company . Now, we don’t know how his lives were prior to the accident but it is intriguing that among things given to Hisashi after he was released from the hospital is a set of 10 keys. Hisashi doesn’t remember which doors these keys belong to… But the minute he’s at a door, he somehow knows which key to use. Interesting, right? He remembers some of his past life before his current marriage to Megumi. He discovered that he divorced his first wife 5 years ago to marry his current wife. How? He was in his ex-home doing the house chores (cleaning, cooking and ironing clothes) and his daughter walked in from school and told him about the divorce. *facepalm* Another day, he came to his best friend’s studio only to find out later that he stole Megumi from his bff! Well, that’s awkward! He also found himself one day sleeping in his old apartment which is now belongs to a new owner. Yikes! But one thing I like about Hisashi is that he doesn’t waste any time. He rather address the situation right away or seek out the truth instead of letting it slide. I like this attitude *thumbs up*. As  I’m Home progressing, I’m starting to feel suspicious on two characters. I’m curious to why these ladies are keeping their eyes so tightly on him. My first suspect is Megumi. She’s hiding something and I believe she’s the reason for his divorce. Another person is his colleague in his current (loser) department. She constantly reported Hisashi’s progress to the main boss. Why? *rubs chin* What do these people want from Hisashi?

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Initially, I thought that this is a family drama but it turns out to be a one mysterious puzzling drama. I dig mystery drama. So many layers that I have yet to see and I’m certainly looking forward to know what is going on. And I want to know why Hisashi couldn’t see his family’s face. There are a lot going on in this “peaceful” drama. The mood of this drama is so calm that you won’t feel the tension at all. Well, maybe a little… *shrugs*. This drama has a lot of potential and even my Japanese girlfriend, Maki, said the same thing. Well, we shall see! I highly recommend this drama if you are into Nancy Drew kind – but not too deep.

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Currently Watching: Ando Lloyd – A.I Knows Love?

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I have not been able to keep up with my Operation KDrama Chat for awhile due to my heavy schedule. Besides, all the dramas they have voted previously I have seen it all. But I finally participated and A.I is the chosen drama. I’m glad they decided on a Japanese drama since I myself wants more Jdrama in life. The theme was dramas by Takeru Kimura from his 20s, 30s and 40s. His 40s won the vote and here we are watching and discussing it every Monday and Thursday.

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To be honest, I was really skeptical with this drama. An artificial intelligence aka robot falls in love with a human? Impossible! It doesn’t have any feeling whatsoever. Lady G assured all OKC members including myself that  it’s a very entertaining and engaging drama, and she promised it would not be a disappointing watch. But you know, sometimes one person’s liking may not be another person’s cup of tea. I doubted Lady G but went ahead with it anyway. My conclusion after watching 6 episodes of A.I? Unbelievably awesome!!! She’s right all along and the discussions on OKC page were brilliant.

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When I first started watching A.I, my first impression of it was a marriage between Minority Report and Terminator. It was very cool and awesome and somewhat genius in a way. The fighting scenes were great and pack with CGI. But then real life took a toll on me and I missed several episodes. I spent my day yesterday and this wee morning catching up from episode 6 to 8 and I must say… Never watch it when you’re on heavy jet lag dose. I think I need to watch these episodes again. Between half groggy and half awake, A.I demands your full attention. So if you ask me what A.I is all about? Well, it’s not that I can’t explain it, but I am afraid I might mislead you. But no matter, my understanding so far is that Reiji was “dead” and a lookalike Reiji as an artificial intelligence came forward to protect Asahi from being killed. Now who is it that tries to kill her? All the killers came from the future including her protector. Asahi named him Ando Lloyd (sort of Android…). Genius, isn’t it? But one stupid plot which is hard to believe is when Ando’s troubleshooter or aka what my hub said… Japanese men’s ultimate dream girl, Suppli. She’s dressed as a nurse and is there to fix Ando whenever he’s hurt. Suppli installed emotions which I find it too ridic. How can a robot feels? *scratches head*

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Like I said, I don’t think I could explain A.I thoroughly… When I thought it was pretty front and forward, I lost myself when the elements of space and time added into it. The concept of Buddhism is used and even though I’m extremely familiar with it, I’m not nerdy enough to understand the concept of wormhole theories. And hence, I would rather keep it to myself. But if you are asking me whether it is worth watching it? Most people would feel intimidated by the theories but to be honest, I am the opposite. I embrace it wholeheartedly. So my friend, if you ask me, this show worth every nanoseconds of my time! But I can’t guarantee it will do for you. This is a risk you must take… Good luck if you wish to watch it!