Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great Teacher Onizuka 2012

Drama: GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka
·  Romaji: GTO
·  Japanese: GTO
·  Director: Kazuhisa Imai, Toru Otsuka
·  Writer: Tohru Fujisawa (manga), Masaki Fukasawa
·  Network: Fuji TV
·  Episodes: 11
·  Release Date: July 3 - September 11, 2012
·  Runtime: Tuesday 22:00

Eikichi Onizuka - Akira
Azusa Fuyuzuki - Miori Takimoto
Ryuuji Danma - Yuu Shirota
Toshiyuki Saejima - Yusuke Yamamoto
Yoshiko Sakurai - Hitomi Kuroki

I don’t know what made me want to watch this dorama since I’ve been watching some newer doramas these days. Maybe I needed something different? Well, I heard that this dorama has many remake versions, including the present 2014 versions. I read some comments in Asianwiki, people kept comparing the 2012 and 2014 versions. For me, to decide which version I’d like to watch was simple, I looked at the casts. When I’m familiar with more casts in 2012 version, then I downloaded. As easy as that :D

The story somehow reminds me of Gakkou No Kaidan. I watched the dorama few months ago. I really liked it. I shed tears in almost all episodes. The similarity is only in the setting—school, and some troubled students.The characters were different.

The story revolved in Eikichi Onizuka, an ex gardener who happened to help a student from Meishuu Academy from a trouble, then he was appointed to become a teacher there. He was assigned to teach 2-4 class, popular with their troubled students. Few teachers who taught the class had been thrown away by the students. It seemed that they had a kind of revenge towards the teacher that they did anything to shoo away the teachers. But Onizuka sensei is different.

In episode 1, where Onizuka was a part time gardener, he showed the way he solved the problems in his own way. This episode also introduced some characters that would be included in the next episodes, including some students with brains who proposed some plans to shoo away the new teacher. But, Onizuka sensei  was as hard as a rock!

I’m not going to tell all the episodes. I just want to say that apparently, after episode 4, I really enjoyed watching the episodes and kept wondering how the sensei solved the problems. His concept to get together the troubled students was by making them as friends and treated them a real friend even though he had to risk his won life. However, all teachers in the academy were againts his concept. It was not easy to convince them the concept, luckily he got two companions, Ms. Azusa Fuyuzuki and the principal Sakurai Yoshiko who proposed German suplex to treat the students.

I can say that actually the story was quite interesting but the problem was that it seemed that it was quite easy for students at teen age to decide to commit suicide, instead of solving the problem together. Let me call some names who decided to commit suicide: Nanako (she did it before Onizuka sensei taught the class, and she was the trigger of shooing away the teachers from 2-4 class), Urumi Kanzaki, Aizawa Miyabi and Asano. The problem they faced was actually either that lame or too serious that could trigger them to kill themselves. Even so, I liked the way Onizuka sensei solved their problem in his own way with the help of his best buddies, Saejima and Ryuuji. 

The acting….hmmmm… I can say that I enjoyed all characters here, but Saejima, who was a bit overacting :D The pervert character of Onizuka was quite obvious in the beginning of the episode but then continued in the next episodes hahaha… The way he got dressed somehow reminds of a rocker on the stage! with earrings, necklace and bracelet :D You cannot find this kind of teacher’s outfit but Onizuka sensei.

My most favorite episode was episode 7 which told about Urumi Kanzaki. Believe it or not, starting from this episode, my eyes got teary easily hahaha…. My least favorite was of course the last episode, 11—time to say goodbye to the series. Actually, after I read the additional cast in Asianwiki, I saw Shuhei Nomura name, I was so excited that I sacrificed my Sunday morning exercise to finish watching the last episode. Never had I thought that he would get that annoying character, but, he was really good at it.
Last but not least, I highly recommend this dorama to anyone who enjoy story about teen problems: friends, family, school,  but not merely about love. 

PS: Thanks for putting Yuu Shirota in this dorama. I really enjoy watching his sweet face. Aside from the three best friends; Onizuka, Saejima and Ryuuji, the last name I mentioned was really really eye candy hahahaha…

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tokyo ‘What-If’ Girls

Another title: Tokyo Tarareba Musume
Release Date: January 2017
Episodes: 10

To be honest, I don’t read the manga, and I knew nothing about this dorama. What made me watch it was the casts, like Nana Eikura and Ryohei Suzuki (he wears glasses that made him hawt :D ).

I downloaded all the episodes in my cellphone, and watched them in 2-3 days.

The story is actually a typical Japanese josei dorama; a 30-year-old lady who doesn’t get a fixed job and single. I watched Please Love Me or Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai and then read the manga. Overall, both stories have similar theme; Single, desperate lady seeking for a proper man to marry or a proper job. The difference is that this dorama shows 3 single ladies with their being single and their daydreaming, and that this dorama is not as funny as Please Love Me even the manga was hilarious.
The word Tarareba here means what if, or in other words those ladies enjoy getting together, eating, drinking and dreaming about proper men who would come to them. I was about to give up watching since in 51-minute-duration, the scenes were mostly drinking, eating and chatting about what if matters. Not to mention their over confidence about something-man-related. Well, I guess it’s good to be positive, but then the reality kills their dream. How pity….

The main character here is Kamata Rinko, she is a dorama scriptwriter whose scripts were barely accepted. Her old friend Hayasaka used to have a feeling to her, 8 years ago, when he was considered lame by Rinko. But then, 8 years later, he turned to be cool, cute and successful. He worked in the same TV studio as Rinko. Hayasaka seemed to keep his feeling towards Rinko, but she was wrong. Some other men then came to her life, but they didn’t offer a good prospect in marriage.

Rinko’s best friends, Kaori and Koyuki seemed to have similar problems in romance. Kaori couldn’t resist her ex-boyfriend charm even though he’s got a steady girlfriend. Koyuki fell in love instantly as soon as she met a passerby who then became a regular customer in her bar. Apparently, he was prospective widower who was waiting for a new born baby. The romance problems seemed to be revolving these desperate ladies. Only beer and good food were their company.

As I said before that I was about to drop watching this dorama since it seemed that similar old story repeated from one episode to another. But I still waited for Rinko’s development of her career. I wonder if Kaori would finally move on to another proper guy, instead of clinging to her ex. I as curious whether Koyuki would finally realize that her present boyfriend would later have a reconciliation with his wife. Their target to get married was another 3 years when Japan would become a center of Olympic Games. Expecting that to become a reality as expected was the thing they had to struggle.

Well, I felt a bit bored watching this dorama since they kept saying what if, exactly like what Key (Kentaro Sakaguchi) said. I, myself, when I was 30, I didn’t really think about target to get married until I know that my 30s passed by. Rinko was so worried about passing her 30 without reaching anything in her life. Hmmmm…. That makes Rinko and I are different. Or perhaps I’m an Indonesian who never left my mom’s house to live far away so I won’t think something like that? Probably. The point is I won’t dream something beyond my reach. I’ve got a steady job with steady income but I’ve no partner. I think there’s nothing to worry about. I know that my mom might worry about me. But still, I won’t say tarareba things. I also have group of mature female friends who stay single like me. Some of them even don’t have a steady job. But still, they have some other things to think about and do, at least for their family.

One thing that made me wonder was one character here, Key. He was a quite popular model who later tried his talent to act. He got quite good prospect to continue his career as an actor. However, he seemed to be free walking around the housing complex, sitting and measuring Tokyo Tower with his fingers in a distance. Wouldn’t any of his fans find him there and bother his me-time there? But, as a model, how could he live in Rinko’s neighborhood complex? He became a regular customer in Koyuki’s bar that almost every day he dropped by there, ordered the same food. Rinko was barely penniless since her script didn’t have a good selling. She also complained about being thrifty, not to spend money for fancy food, but like Key, she was a regular in Koyuki’s bar. Didn’t she have to pay for what she had there? Wakaranai…

Aaaaahhh… I’m rambling too much about the dorama I just watched that apparently I quite enjoyed watching it. But, to overcome my boredom, while watching this drama in my cell phone, I played Cookie Crush in my tablet. Once in a while I would put my focus back to Rinko’s and friends. LOL… Well, if you need a light fun drama, just give it a try. Don’t forget to provide something in case you get bored :D

 Tokyo Tarareba Musume teaser

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Jdorama I recently watched

Been a while I don’t write for this blog. Well, I find myself too busy to manage 3 blogs at the same time. Hahahaha… yes, greedy, that’s I am. Not to mention, hoarding books, movies, mangas, and others. What am I supposed to do first is a real struggle. LOL. 

Well, I’m not going to tell in details about the movies or Jdorama I have watched. As I said to myself, I made this blog, only to file what I have watched, which ones are recommended, which ones are so-so, which ones are quite out of the box. Hmmm… some are quite silly, though that I stopped watching after 3-5 episodes :D

Here they are the movies and Jdorama for the past two months

We Married As a Job

The dorama is about family life of Mikuri Moriyama (Yui Aragaki) who married Hiramasa Tsuzaki (Gen Hoshino) as a job. At first, Mikuri was a floater who did any job she found. With a psychology certificate from college didn’t guarantee her to get a proper job. Until one day, her father offered her a job to work in Hiramasa to clean his house. Surprisingly, Mikuri was not only good at cleaning the house, but also cooking. Hiramasa was a nerd who never went for dating. Meanwhile, Mikuri was good at understanding people’s feeling, including Hiramasa. 

One day, Mikuri’s parents wanted to move out of town that made Mikuri worried about her job. To solve the problem, she offered a marriage with Hiramasa so that she could stay in his house, continue to be his staff.
I can predict the next of the story, they fell in love to each other, and lived happily ever after. But then, my guess was wrong. It’s not as simple as that. There many conflicts happened to them, including the contract of their marriage. Mikuri’s objections towards a real marriage sounds acceptable. For Hiramasa, marriage is a solution for their awkward relationship, and his sudden decreasing financial.

For me, the drama is sweet and quite addictive. The other conflicts are also interesting. For example, relationship between Ryota Kazami (Ryohei Otani) and Yuri Tsuchiya (Yuriko Ishida). They have very far different age to get a serious relationship. Some women in big cities, I’m sure, have this kind of thing. Whether to continue or not is a dilemma. Another interesting thing is the bond among Hiramasa and his friends in his office. Some characters there are really common to find; the want-to-know-all, the busy-talking-about-family, and others. The director of the dorama really tells about people in common. The acting of the actors is quite satisfying. Frankly speaking, I’ve never watched any of the actors in this dorama. Recommended for you who want to watch a light, fun, entertaining dorama.

Let's just watch the trailer. 😄😄