ununoriginal: (takeru dreadlocks!)
i resisted 'rookies' for the longest time. i had it on my hard drive for months, but it din't seem like i was ever going to touch it. cuz the moment i started on episode 1, i knew tat THIS was going to happen. 'ルーキーズ' is a sports drama about the trials and tribulations of a bunch of juvenile delinquents who reform their high school baseball team and bring it to greater heights, under the encouragement and faith of their gokusen-like teacher/coach. the drama won a shitload of awards at japan's television drama academy awards last year - best actor and best supporting actor, best drama, best theme song (greeeen seems to specialise in those), best drama. it even made it all the way to the asian television awards as highly commended in the best drama series. it deserves every single accolade.

i was VERY disciplined until around... episode 5 or 6 when my finger drifted to the screencap button. and tat was it. i kinda never looked back :p

so here we have the TEAM.

キミをあいしてる )

i still have the 2-hour sp to watch.  but in the interests of both my health and my patients' welfare, i shall leave tat, and my takeru picspam to another day :p
ununoriginal: ((angelsdeparted) kat-tun love)
i jus spent over an hour re-watching over and over a particular 4 min of the vid clip of kat-tun's appearance on hey!x3 to promote 'one drop', ostensibly to practice my japanese, but if this doesn't demonstrate my love for them, i dunno wat does :p

this, after jin announces during qop's mc tat koichi came to one of their dome performances, and kame appears on koichi's weird program and does a silly manzai-skit with him, gives me hope like nothing else for a kt appearance on doumoto kyoudai *continues to fervently hope and pray*

[translation of talk segment on hey!x3 090902, where kat-tunkame talks bt his experiences as a backdancer to kinki and jin is politically correct]

ホラ来た!!! )
ununoriginal: ((vintage_promise) yoko baru spoon)
 i'm being unrealistically ambitious. all the shows i've watched so far for the spring drama season are surprisingly enjoyable. after adding 'voice', tat makes like 6 dramas i intend to follow. ちょっと無理かな。。。

- ヴォイス ~命なき者の声~: i leave [livejournal.com profile] dark3princess to introduce the awesomeness tat is this drama bt forensic medicine.  and also, eita and TOMA who is forever forever DROOLWORTHY.  but the show is definitely more than tat, it strikes a wonderful balance betwn the sobriety and humour, and the cast is very well-assembled.  looks to be the one to leave the greatest impression for me :)

- メイちゃんの執事: this was originally not on my to-watch list, but then i saw the HORDES of イケメン in the promo pic, and 佐藤健 is in it, so... :p it's so unbelievably 梦幻 and SPARKLY and the guy who was nanba-senpai is so unbelievably dreamy ♥♥♥  shows like these are so mindlessly enjoyable ^___^

- 神の雫: this was gonna be loyalty-watching cuz it's a show starring a member of kat-tun.  but kame is surprisingly adorable in the drama, and i get to learn a little more bt wine & wine-related stuff, despite the rather unrealistic plot, and 雫 is written very much like my name, so i'm partial to it, lolz.

- 必殺仕事人2009: mabo. higashiyama.  OHKURA.  i rest my case XDDD  tho after 2 sp's and episode 1, i still have NO IDEA how ohkura's weapon can kill something, it's okay, as long as he looks cool doing it :p

- 歌のお兄さん: rite, at 1st, i wanted to watch it cuz, u noe, OHNO.  plus the whole concept kinda reminds me of 'school of rock'.  and then the credits came on and i realised tat the person in the dog suit next to ohno is RYUHEI!!!!  kyaaaaa~~~~~!!!!!  lolz.  omg both maru's have dramas this season!!  ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

- RESCUE~特別高度救助隊: okay, this is one is definitely NOT loyalty-watching.  it's nakamassu!  SO VERY VERY excited.  and i love these rescue dramas.  not coming soon enuff.
ununoriginal: (angelsdeparted - kat-tun love)
i have a jap test, actually THE final jap test for my course tml, so wat do i do to prepare for it?  watch ueda on SCP, of course, LOLZ.  horribly irresponsible and undisciplined as tat sounds, it's actually a pretty decent gauge of how far i've come in learning the language :)  half a year ago, i was probably jus staring at the clip, picking out individual verbs or nouns but pretty much unable to assign a coherent meaning to them.  but now, tho it's still slow and i have to repeat it a couple of times, i get it now, i really get it now ^_^ 

when i'm finally laughing along with them cuz they're saying something funny, instead of scratching my head wondering wtf was the joke, i noe tat all the time and $$ i spent so did not go to waste :)
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the subbed version of 「流星の絆」 is STILL downloading, and doesn't look to be ready till tml, so in the meantime, i entertained myself with 「 ブラッディ・マンデイ 」, starring miura haruma, which i have great affection for ever since gokusen 3 ^___^ flailing over nino+ryo aside, i was VERY EXCITED to learn tat haruma got his own drama as well, and also, i seriously love hacker plotlines.

since the drama is supposedly based on something very similar to '24', i guess ppl who've watched '24' might not find it so novel, but since i've never watched a single episode of '24' in my life, i was very impressed with the way it was filmed and the urgency permeating it - when they said the pace of the show would be 1.5 times tat of a normal drama, they so definitely meant it. i am still reeling from its effects. and also from getting to see haruma's pretty face for the past 1 hr and 35 min :p

i like, i LIKE very much :) also, the theme song, the band singing it, and their new single are pretty awesome ♥

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so there are like a million dramas i've d/l sitting on my hard drive and the backlog could keep me stuck on a couch for a couple months straight, but the 1st thing i do is watch 「ありがとう、オカン」. oh, subaru, it seems like i so haven't gotten over u yet.

so i don't noe if it's cuz of the flu meds, or tat i miss the place, or if the show was really tat touching, but i was bawling, BAWLING my eyes out the entire 90 min of the show. like, seriously. it couldn't have been worse if i was pregnant and hormonally-fluctuating. i've always been a sucker for parent-child shows tho, and i guess as i get older, i become better able to see things from my parents' pov.

osaka on my mind )

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this is a momentous day.  president hu jintao is now announcing the opening of the 2008 beijing olympics.  there has never been another moment when i have been prouder of calling myself 龙的传人.  the opening ceremony is beyond anything i've ever seen.  张艺谋 is great, china is great.  somehow on a day like this, one can really believe in the good of humanity, even if it's jus for a moment.

and best of all, i am watching it with clear, lasik'd eyes.  it is a new day, and i am seeing everything with sight reborn.

soon the olympic torch will enter, and it will be perfect.
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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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stuff i learnt from watching jap shows tat have high-school gangsters as the main feature:

----<<クロズ zero>>

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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!).

ununoriginal: (eternalangel - ryo last friends)
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: (stardustii - jin harh)
stuff i gleaned from j-tv... no guarantees on total accurateness.

よくない - 不太好
このままで - 就这样
きっと/必ず - 一定
たまたま - 刚好,偶尔
せっかく - 难得,好不容易
べき - 应该
困る - 为难
そらぞろ - 差不多
せめて - 至少
しったら/なら - 如果
わざわざ - 特地
よく - 经常,好好地
さらば - 那么
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: (angelsdeparted - kat-tun love)



うちへ帰ったとき、今週のcartoon KAT-TUNを見ました。超面白かった!!今週の考案は未定から、メンバーがどこか遊び自分で考えるので、彼らのもっと自然の顔が見えました。やっぱりKAT-TUNが大好きですね!!

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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call it timing, call it getting to a certain age, call it being an incurable romantic, the brilliant script, the fantastic (and very very gorgeous) cast (read yamapi & masami somethingorother), but プロポーズ大作戦 (求婚大作战) is the only show that really really makes me wanna get married.  to qualify, there have been various other shows tat inspire me to want to be in a r/ship (and they are all prob j-doramas as well :p) but this is really the only one where i go, 'damn, getting married is the greatest thing ever!' 

maybe it's cuz it's characters are at a stage of life tat is very close to where i am now, so i can relate to the issues tat they r struggling with, plus the actors truly portray them well.  (on a side note, i finally understand tat i am a SUCKER when it comes to yamapi acting - i can totally overlook him when he's singing or dancing, but hot!damn, give me a close-up of him emoting or attempting to emote on a tv screen, and i jus... crumble...)

so for once, i will PIMP THIS SHOW.  i'm sure there are low-quality copies of it floating around on youtube or veoh or tudou or crunchyroll.  u can most likely d/l it via emule with mandarin subs.  if u're in singapore or jb, the dvd and vcd versions are out, but maybe not the drama special yet. 

it is THE BEST THING EVER.  watch it.
ununoriginal: (xiyu - uchi happy)
rite, recently work sucks, and tho i can't exactly say i have no life, i do get VERY LITTLE SLEEP. 

but todae, despite the horribly stressful work situation, i shall focus instead on the brighter aspects of my life - like how i scored nearly full marks on my recent jap test despite the last-min study (thank you kat-tun, doumoto brothers & johnny's ent in general :p), tat i got to watch more of the brilliant matsuyama ken'ichi in L: change the world (he has L down COMPLETELY, and can totally emote intensely with like NO expression); and today, i watched one of the fun-nest shows ever - the dash!, featuring tokio, an old j-pop band i've known since my jc days :)

果然,姜还是老的辣 ^_^
ununoriginal: (miritxu - shige genius)
i've finally torn myself away long enuff from the glut of j-ent variety shows to finish watching another j-drama, ブスの瞳に恋してる!  and i loved it!  it's a typical love story but with not-so-typical characters, funny yet with its moments of minor tragicness, and left me with an even greater respect for comedians.  'turn ur tragedies into a joke, so u and everyone else can laugh at it' - tat was one of the tag lines tat i liked.  granted, i've lived a fairly blessed life, so i can't exactly say i've met with horrible tragedies, but there have definitely been horribly embarrassing let-me-dig-a-hole incidents tat subsequently become funny after-dinner stories to be shared with others.  which is always way better than gnawing at it in solitude and moping away bt it.