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'last friends' is officially the BEST drama of the year.  so wat if the year hasn't even passed its halfway mark yet, i'm 99% certain tat there will be no other show tat can come close to it for the next couple years.  a gem like this only comes once in a while.  the last time i felt so strongly for a drama was 'nobuta wo produce' and 'anego' - and even then, it was mitigated by the akamepi presence.  here all we have is ryo being the sorta anti-hero, and the ot3 to end all ot3's.

to pimp it even further... the show started out with fair ratings (around 13-15%) but shot up and the final episode hit 22.4% ratings in japan, which is pretty incredible imo for a non-gokusen type show tat features alternative r/ships and has a rather morbid and depressing side.  there's a special set to air next week, announced even b4 the show ends - tat's how good it is.

watch it.
ununoriginal: (eternalangel - ryo last friends)
one day in the future, i'll rewatch this whole drama, and it will still be as beautiful and painful as ever.  i also found out the hard way tat ep 10 is NOT the final episode but it's def the most tear-jerking episode so far. 

愛と死 )

ueno juri and ryo jus DAZZLE with their performances.  i read somewhere tat ueno juri was at the risk of being typecast as the ditzy girl-next-door, but this role of hers definitely smashes all these preconceptions to bits.  ryo is jus utterly amazing as well, and no, i dun think i'm lowering my standards jus cuz he's a johnny's boy - tho i will concede tat i prob dun dislike sousuke as much cuz i have a total soft spot for a cute guy shedding tears.
ununoriginal: (eternalangel - ryo last friends)
episode 9 of 'last friends' ended on the worst fucking cliffhanger EVER!!!!!  this is why i tend to avoid watching shows tat are still airing - the instant-gratification part of me jus can't stand it!  urgh!  thank god there's only a couple more days till the final episode airs, and tat i delayed watching this recent episode until todae.  imagine how pissed i'd be if i'd watched it last fri.

another aspect which makes me like this drama is also the way it plays up the 'observer' perspective.  the 5 main characters have, at one time or another, adopted this role, in which they look at their frens or counterparts from the 'outside' - so when u see the other characters thru them, not only do u see the events unfold, but also their perception and reaction to them, coloured by the underlying complexity of their own emotions.  there's a certain degree of 表里不一 here tat i reckon is very characteristic of life and human nature.

ryo continues to be uber-scary as the psychotic sousuke, while takeru and ruka continue being my ideal and woman respectively.  even michiru is bucking up and gaining a backbone.  the final episode is still TOO. DAMN. FAR. AWAY 
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todae is vesak day, the only public holidae, apart from cny, tat my family officially observes.  we dun really do much, basically we jus go to where the buddhist association has set up (or a temple, whichever is more convenient) and we pour 'holy water' over a statue of the baby buddha, then we're done and we go for lunch in a vegetarian restaurant :p

the 'bathing' of the baby buddha symbolises a cleansing - not of my sins, i think - but of the harmful/unhelpful emotions/desires tat reside within me: of envy (when i already have so much) which breeds resentment; of frustration , impatience and its ensuing anger; of an aimlessness tat manifests in reluctance and procrastination.  it's symbolic, but incredibly, it seems to have an effect, tho tat could also be due to other factors, like getting to be with my family after a long while, catching up with my sis, ventilating with my mom on the ridiculously long car ride back across the causeway (we were stuck for 3 hours!).

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ryo continues to stun me in the recent-est episode of last friends.  having refused to watch [1リットルの涙], noeing tat it would make me horribly depressed, i've only read of - but not actually witnessed - ryo's acting prowess.  he probably had like 10 minutes (?) of air time in this episode, but damn, he was the one tat left the greatest impact. 

ununoriginal: (eternalangel - ryo last friends)
it's official.  i am completely hooked on last friends, despite it being a far cry from the fluff of my regular j-dorama fare.  admittedly, i was drawn in cuz i was intrigued tat ryo would be in the role of an abusive bf - so not the image one would have of a johnny's entertainer.  but 3 episodes in, i think the casting person made a good choice in picking him - his acting is the tony leung type, where they can convey all their desperately-repressed-yet-so-close-to-overflowing emotions with a look or a gesture.  his character also seriously creepy/scary, unstable, totally 表里不一 and there is definitely a back story which they will prob not reveal for another 4 episodes.

but the best thing bt this show is how it makes me ponder.  it deals with fairly heavy themes, a main one which is domestic violence in contemporary society.  the latest episode really drove in the point that there are many forms of abuse, and i reckon the worst thing bt these twisted mind games some ppl play in the name of love is when one party emotionally blackmails and controls the other by harming oneself, thus racking up the guilt index and forcing the abused party to stay in the vicious cycle of the r/ship. 


and tat is jus ONE aspect of the drama tat's activated my reflective brain :p  i usually dun like these 'serious' shows cuz considering the type of work i'm already in, i really dun need to see the dark side of society further.  but sometimes they really do show u things tat push u to reflect on the world tat we live in, to debate bt things and learn more bt urself, in a way.

all tat, and of course, the theme song is KILLER ^_~
ununoriginal: (jackie22393 - ryoshigepi)
it's drama season in japan again!  and for once, i think i'm hooked on a 'serious' drama, as opposed to the regular, manga-based fluff tat i'm so enamoured with (even prodai wasn't tat realistic, hey).  ラスト・フレンズ (last friends) is definitely not something i would watch if i jus saw the synopsis, if not for the fact tat ryo is in the drama.  moreover, it seems to be a role tat even a few years back would not be something a johnny's entertainer would be allowed to take on.  i tot he was scary, which must mean he did pretty well.  also, the final kissing scene of the 1st episode. 

japan must have evolved if they can now show such things on prime-time television.

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