Saturday, November 4, 2017

November 4, 2017, Saturday

Just finished watching Peach Girl or Pichi Garu!!!


FYI, this live action is based on manga, Pichi Garu that was released from October, 1997- January 2004. The manga was written by Miwa Ueda published in Bessatsu Friend (source from Asianwiki).

Actually, I didn't really expect the movie until then I watched fanmade movie in YouTube. Frankly, I didn't know anything about the story of the movie. I just read the synopsis at glance, and that's all. But after I watched this, I thought, there was a girl who fell in love with a boy, but then another girl approached the girl, then they fell in love. Huh?! It turned out to be Yuri manga? Whaaattt!!!!

Check out the fanmade. Watch out for spoiler 😁

Well, I was wrong! The second male lead has hair like a girl that I thought he was a girl. But then after I browsed here and there, Kairi Okayasu was a cool boy in the school. Kei Inoo played the character quite well. Compared to the first male lead, Kazuya Toujigamori who appeared cool at the first scene, but then he turned to be someone nasty. Well, the second lead female made him to, by the way. But the feeling of supporting him to be with the first female lead, Momo Adachi was no longer there.

The story line was typical Japanese dorama, to be honest. Two female and male lead fell in love, then the appeared another guy and girl tried to mingle with their relationship. But in this story, the second female lead, Sae Kashiwagi was really really annoying. It's typical antagonist in some cinema electronics in Indonesia 😝😝. On the other hand, the second male lead was really loving and gentle. The first time I saw him, I thought he was a girl. LOL. Pardon me for Kei Inoo's fans. But look at the picture below.

Don't you think that Kairi is like a girl? 😁

Well, let me talk a little bit about the characters.

Mizuki Yamamoto played as Momo Adachi. I didn't read the manga, so I can't compare her character in live action and the manga. Overall, it's average. The problem is I felt annoyed when she cried a lot and the camera stayed for quite sometime. And she didn't cried once, but couple of times. Typical Japanese romance movies won't do that much, in my opinion. Fro the actress who played the role, Mizuki Yamamoto, I knew her for the first time playing one character in Keiji Yugami. Her role there was very much different from this live action. I think she is a genius there. 

Mackenyu played Kazuya Toujigamori. In my personal view, he once again didn't really showed his best acting here. The way he got surprised or sad didn't show any difference. LOL. Honestly, I watched this live action for the sake of watching him, but then I went to Kairi's team 😁. I prefer to see him in Yume wo Ataer as a jerk.

Kei Inoo played Kairi Okayasu. As I said before, this is first time I watched him. Even though  at first
I thought he was a girl with that hair style, I end up loving his smile 😘. Kairi dreamed to be a professional patisserie, but his father opposed him. The scene when his father finally confessed his feeling should be a touching scene. But for me, it's a bit weird. The scene took place in a restaurant where he worked as a patisserie. How could he make a scene there? I know it's a drama. But, please, is there any other place that he could cry hard with Momo comforted him?

Nagano Mei played as Sae Kashiwagi. This is the first time for me to see her antagonist's side. I don't say that she was good in that role, but I think her innocence face still reminded me of her playing as Yosano in Daytime Shooting Star. She tried her best, though. 

Overall, this live action is so so. What I mean here is I was not really happy after I finished watching it. It's different from Daytime Shooting Star. Some funny and romantic yet awkward scenes were worth re-watching. It's kind of once-watching-it-delete-later-movie.




Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 1, 2017, Wednesday

Second post of the day...

Well, my mind is full of what I'm going to watch after finishing Daytime Shooting Star or Hirunaka no Ryuusei. Apparently, I have some currently dorama watching. They are:

1. Keiji Yugami or Detective Yugami.



Who wouldn't watch Ryunosuke Kamiki and Tadanobu Asano?  I watch Asano san for the first time in A Life: A Love dorama, a couple of months ago. He got a jerk role that I hated him so much. But, in this dorama, he played as a carefree detective that made Tarao Hanyu  (Ryunosuke Kamiki) feel like a rookie forever. Yes, he is a rookie in his agent. But he has an ambition for his future career.  Kamiki is really amazing in his acting. Not to mention Asano San also plays his role brilliantly.

I watched the first episode in Viu, an Android application that you can download in Play store. But then, my free trial was expired, so I tried to look for other websites that I can watch (read: download) for free. I found it in ondramanice.io.

So far, it has 3 episodes. It has good story line, great twist and of course two professional actors that will make your time worth.

2. Yume wo Ataeru or To Give a Dream


This is actually a quite old dorama. It has only 4 episodes. It was released in 2015. It was based on novel that was launched in 2006 by Risa Wataya.

The story is about a girl, Yuko Abe, who became a model since she was child. Her mother used to be a model, too. She worked for CM Star Cheese and represented the brand until she turned to be a teen. The life of model was really the main story line here. The life of a model represented by Yuko somewhat reminded of many models in the world. Having a mother whose ambition was to make Yuu as the top model in Japan was kind of scary.

Why do I want to watch this dorama? First, I saw Nana Komatsu was one of the characters there. And then, Mackenyu!  Well, this is the first time for me to see his role as a rather bad boy, and it's cool 😁. So far, I watched him in some roles which didn't change from one role to another. Take examples: Chihayafuru and Let's Go, Jets!

I have watched 3 episodes so far. It's recommended for everyone who loves drama. Nana Komatsu as Yuko really nailed her character here.Who would doubt her beauty as a model? Her eyes sometimes depicted her true feelings as stressed out model.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

November 1, 2017, Wednesday

Yessss... Finally I watched Daytime Shooting Star or Hirunaka no Ryuusei. Actually I have just finished reading the manga up to about 60 chapters. It's still on going, though, I mean the scanlation. But still, I kept reading it until I watch the live action. Read my short review in my other blog here.




The story line is actually not too special, for me. But, I think the love story between a student and a teacher is still something appealing yet challenging for some people. Some students indeed fall in love with their teachers, and vice versa. The difference is in the culture, actually. In Indonesia, though it's not recommended, it happens in the society.

The synopsis can be found here, and here for the manga. What I want to talk about is the live action.

Mei Nagano got the honor to play as the main lead, Suzume Yosano, while the other two male lead, Satsuki Shisio and Daiki Mamura's roles went to Shohei Miura and Aran Shirahama. Since I have the read some chapters of the manga, I know which parts taken in the live action, and which parts that I think is quite interesting to be included there, were missed. Take an example, the family life of Mamura. In the manga, I love when the writer told about his family, how his family thanked Yosano to change Mamura a bit. Some friends of Yuyuka chan that eventually became Yosano's friends, too, didn't have enough roles. In the manga, they were really close that they were furious when they found out that yosane's love was rejected by someone. And then they were eager to cheer her up. The bond between them was missing.

But overall, I love the live action. The manga went on and on about Yosano's feeling towards her sensei. And one more thing, teen manga or teen dorama won't be special without summer festival or culture festival. LOL. Those two seem to be the most important ingredients to make the story interesting. Many things may happen in those two events, in the life the characters in both manga and dorama. LOL.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to say that the reason why I want to watch the live action is the actors who play in the movie. I knew Shohei Miura from live action of The Liar and His Lover and A Girl and 3 Sweethearts. However, he doesn't really significant competence of acting. I watch him from one dorama to another, he doesn't change his roles, just a nice good looking guy. I think he needs to get more challenging character in his next project. Mei Nagano is surprisingly good. I watched her for the first time in Ore Monogatari! or My Love Story. She is extremely kawaiiii. I need to watch her in Peach Girl where I think she would have different kind of role, not typical innocent girl, as she always has. Aran Shirahama as Mamura was extremely kawai, too. I love how he turned red when Yosano touched him. I don't know the trick of making cheeks turning red in the movie. LOL. I never watched any of him movies, though. He's quite good as Mamura, I guess.

Well, enjoy the fanmade video as follows, if you want to know more the movie, go here:



Saturday, October 28, 2017

October 28, 2017 - Saturday

Well, I really want to make this blog more active in update but in reality, I end up leave it idle 😔. Well, then I have an opinion to make this blog more update by writing more posts but not in a form of real review, but I just want to keep tracks of Japanese movies and dorama I watch. FYI, I watch too many of them. Perhaps, I would feel 'high' if I don't watch any of them in a week 😉. The post I'm going to write will be about Japanese movie, dorama, or manga I'm currently reading or want to read. The review of the manga I read, I mostly upload it in my other blog, My Book Corner.



Well, today, I just finished watching Bittersweet. The movie was released on September 16, 2016, hmmm...more than a year ago. Thanks God I didn't really look forward to the movie since I didn't know anything about the movie. But after kissasian.com uploaded it, I read the synopsis, I felt like watching it.

The story is quite interesting. It's about Maki Eda (Haruna Kawaguchi) who worked for an advertising company. She was not really lucky in her romantic life. She was not really good at cooking, either. One day, she met Nagisa Katayama (Kento Hayashi) who was a vegetarian and really good at cooking. They end up living together.

Maki who formerly hated vegetables had to eat anything Nagise cooked for her. If not, she would have to move out from Nagisa's apartment. Maki's past told why she hated vegetables. Secretly, Maki had feelings for Nagisa. Unluckily, Nagisa was a gay.

I didn't really expect that the movie would be this entertaining. This is the first I saw Haruna played in comedy. She didn't have to act using slapstick or witty lines, but the scenes already made me laugh. Hayashi was really charming here, even though, at first I only wanted to see Mackenyu here. I thought that Nagisa and Babazono are couply since Nagisa was a gay.

Overall, it's worth your time to watch this movie. Please give it a try

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



Casts:
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. 😄😄