Japanese Dorama Thoughts

Itoshi Kimi E (2004)

Oishii Kankei (1996)

Beauty or Beast or Bijo ka Yajuu (2003)

Suppli  (Fuji TV, 2006)
This has another name: Sapuri, which is the J pronunciation of the word “supply.”
I liked this one overall.
Ito Misaki stars as the creative 28 year old career woman.   Kamenashi Kazuya, who was 20 years old at the time, plays the 20 year old part timer who crushes on then pursues her. The question seems to be “Do you buy them as a couple?” I say, yes. I absolutely felt and saw the immediate attraction between them from the first scene, but it wasn’t the typical romantic vibe, but more intellectual. We have two inviduals on the opposite ends of a career timeline, whe help each other figure out where exactly they are at this moment, and where they want to be. Career woman –  Minami –  had been hard driving and relentlessly working all of her life.  Ishida, the part-timer  bumped from uninspiring job to the next just happens to fall into the job. Somehow they manage to connect and speak to each other in a way that reaches the other.

There is a lot of cool ad-exec projects and presentations. Fun office team interactions, too. The physical romance was not smooth or hot or anything but awkward, unfortunately, and I blame both sides of this OTP. She was too stiff, and you could see he struggled with that. It had to have been intimidating for him to be kissing on this gorgeous tall lady.

Tatta Hitotsu no Koi   (NTV, 2006) This was surprisingly and immediately touching. Ayase Haruka couldn’t be more adorable and Kame had me breathless. The factory setting was absolutely fascinating – like a combo junk yard and  Howl’s Moving Castle. They were really good at pacing the dialog so you were always waiting for….. the……word…….you…….needed…….to…….hear…….next. A believable Romeo and Juliet.

Kou Kou Kyoushi (TBS, 2003) Wow. So much going on at me. Student teacher relationship is in there somewhere, but so is a whole bunch of other stuff. I have never rooted for a hero as much even though he was WRONG the entire time. Not sure if any one other than the luminescent Fujiki Naohito could have pulled this one off.

Tsuki no Koibito (2010)with Kim Taku and Matsuda Shota. Sometimes KT looks like Alan Rickman. Maybe it’s the way he holds his jaw. I do expect him to say, “Mr. Pott-aaaaaaaaaire” at those moments.

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (2010) Similarly plotted story to Nobuta wo Produce. Oomasa Aya played a gorgeous girl who thinks she is ugly and did so very convincingly. It was BIG and FUNNY and not at all realistic, but despite that Kame won an acting award and dservedly so.

Nobuta wo Produce (2005) Loved this whole show. Kame and Yampi are the best bromance team ever, and Horikita Maki broke my heart in her transition from invisible wall flower to almost not painfully awkward wall flower.

Hotaru no Hikari  (NTV, 2007) Sweeeeet show. This is where I fell in love with Ayase Haruka and Fujiki Naohito together and separately. I love that there was no make-over for the messy heroine. She remained true to herself the whole time.

Love Shuffle (TBS, 2009) Matsuda Shota would have quietly stolen the show if Tamaki Hiroshi didn’t have a tight hold on every single moment he was on screen. He was funny, sexy, manly, vulnerable, ballet-ic. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this actor.  Premise was so cool. Each episode kept me guessing and hoping the whole time.

Long Vacation (Fuji TV, 1996) Kim Taku was adorably skinny and sexy, yes, but Yamaguchi Tomoko immediately became one of my three favorite drama heroines of all time from the second she showed up at the apartment.

Buzzer Beat (Fuji TV, 2009) Yamashita Tomohisa and Kitagawa Keiko had a wonderful friendship turned romantic storyline. I believed every second of it. The bball was surprisingly interesting. The violin playing was bad bad bad.

Pride (Fuji TV, 2004) Kim Taku was great. the bromance was great. The OST still haunts me.  His romantic lead didn’t leave much of an impression on me.

Hanazakari no Kimitachi  (Fuji TV, 2008) I watched this because the K version is starting soon, and fell in love with Shun.

Hana Yori Dango (TBS, 2005) Now that I look at this cast, I see I paid very little attention to them at the time. I need to rewatch.

Unfinished 

Love Generation (1997) – Started because it’s Kim Taku – But, had to bail at Ep 7. Just too soap opera-like, and I was falling asleep. This one reminded me the most of a K-drama.  Did not like the rematch of one of his co-stars from Long Vacation, Matsu Takako. She got on my nerves the whole time. I’ll go back.

MR. BRAIN (TBS, 2009)  I liked this, but the episodic shows are not as addicting to me, plus, I got the feeling there was no romance. I’ll go back.

Kurosagi (TBS, 2006) – The remach of Yamashita Tomohisa and Horikita Maki which never really sparked. Won’t go back.

Tokyo DOGS (Fuji TV, 2009) – Orguri Shun looks hotter than hell here, but I don’t like the loud slap sticky side character. Too much noise. May go back.

Love Revolution (Fuji TV, 2001) Esumi Makiko did not grab me right away. Slower pace than I was in the mood for, and I didn’t like her first love interest, Oshio Manabu, enough to root for them. Fujiki Naohito didn’t show up yet, maybe I’ll go back and watch until he’s on screen.

Gokusen (NTV, 2002)  I am more interested right now in the male actors, who were not prominently featured. I’ll go back.

Binbo Danshi (NTV, 2008) Shun as a sweet stupid guy. Wasn’t in the mood. Not sure if I’ll go back.

Couldn’t find:

Tokyo Love Story  – Azn tv had the first 10 mins

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3 Responses to Japanese Dorama Thoughts

  1. joonni says:

    I liked Buzzer Beat when I watched it. It has a late summer feel to it. A little dreamy. But overall, it doesn’t go on my favorite jdorama list.

    Hotaru…one of my favorite heroines ever.

    Can I suggest “Itoshi Kimi e” to you? It’s a melodrama, a love story between a photographer going blind and a sweet nurse. The cinematography is to die for and it tugs at the heartstrings. So classically romantic. Starring Fujiki Naohito.

    • jomo143 says:

      Oooh! I like the cast on this one. Looks like a weeper. I guess I am ready for that…
      Thanks for the recommendation.

      The reason I said that people didn’t like Kame was because I was reading reviews on jdorama.com. It was hard to find a balance between reviewers who are very critical and those who are fanboys and fangirls.

  2. kooriyuki says:

    If you like good looking men who can cook, do try Hungry!. Lovely food + Mukai Osamu = win.

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