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Drama master list + recommendations

Since I've been watching more dramas again lately, I thought I'd make this post about dramas I have seen so far and whether I liked them or not. Feel free to comment!

While the first dramas I watched were Hana Yori Dango and Nodame Cantabile and I still love those, I have since moved away from manga adaptations to more realistic dramas. Dramas I'm interested in can basically be divided into two major groups:

Romantic comedy: I like the ones with a kind of moral or social problems aspect, like Ohitorisama and Kimi wa petto, which deal with successful, but unmarried women and their problems, or Buzzer Beat and Kekkon Shinai, which make you think about what is more important, love or your dream. Special points if the characters don't act like spoilt brats and misunderstand every harmless situation for the sake of the plot (or to distract from the lack of plot.)

Detective drama/ mystery: Can be one huge mystery solved over the course of the show, or an episodic drama, as long as their is some continuous story line, e.g. relationships between the characters or something from a protagonist's past. Nice if it involves a bit of romance, but no necessity. While I like dramas like Bloody Monday once in a while, for this category I am mostly thinking of dramas like Mr. Brain or Maou.

I am also trying to watch more dramas based on their plot (summary) than by who's in them, although sometimes I do watch a show just for an actor I like.

(For your reference, my favourite US show is the now ended Gilmore Girls*. At the moment, I am also watching Revenge and Glee, although the latter is... a difficult case. As for sitcoms, I really liked Friends and The Nanny. Also, I love, love, love the BBC series Sherlock. Of course, that's not all I've ever watched, but I thought I'd only list my all-time favourites. I also really like Pushing Daisies, which was cancelled way too early. :/
Shows I tried and didn't like enough to continue watching were The O.C., Gossip Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs... They're okay, I guess, but not quite my cup of tea.
If anyone knows a good Gilmore Girls replacement, though, please let me know! I guess I'd also enjoy watching a good crime/mystery show if I could choose one from the bazillions out there!)

*which I have on DVD and watched way too many times already

In alphabetical order, marking recommended dramas in italics, and my favourites underlined:

33pun Tantei: Episodic detective drama playing with the genre cliches. Fun for a while, but gets annoying quickly.

Akai Ito: A bunch of teens with too many problems to be realistic, yet somewhat heartwrenching.

Binbou Danshi: Oguri Shun is too nice for his own good. Made me irritated after a while.

Bloody Monday: (Still haven't seen season 2. >.<) So exciting I watched the whole thing in one night.

Buzzer Beat: Great characters (even the minor ones), good plot, recommended. YamaPi <3

Code Blue: (Haven't seen season 2 yet.) The whole cutting people thing isn't my cup of tea, but nice human drama and again, YamaPi <3

Gokusen: Watched it because of MatsuJun, who was good. Story of Yankumi saving students got old pretty quick, though.

Hanazakari no kimitachi e: Fun to watch, but nothing to write about home about.

Hana Yori Dango: My first drama love, although I now see several flaws (hello. season 2!) Still, a classic. (The manga is waaay better, though!)

Juui Dolittle: Oguri Shun as a grumpy vet, Inoue Maou as his assistant, cute animals and some serious questions to us humans.

Kekkon Shinai: Great actors, extremely realistic storylines and very well made. Highly recommended, especially if you're into dramas with a bit of a background (like real social problems Japan is facing nowadays). (Also, this could be "Ohitorisama, ten years later".)

Kimi wa petto: Single women have it tough, and sometimes, they need a special kind of pet.

Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo 3: Apart from the fact that I can't seem to find this without absolutely crappy hardsubs, I mostly liked it.

Kudou Shin'ichi e no chousenjou: Doesn't feel quite right for me as a Detective Conan fan.

Last Friends: Looked promising at first, but the main girl grew on my nerves and the end was such a joke.

Love Shuffle: 4 guys and 4 girls get coupled randomly for a week each while coping with their individual problems. Good actors (Tamaki Hiroshi <3) and the right balance between light-hearted comedy and more serious problems.

Maou: Arashi's Ohno-kun is a surprisingly good serial killer who meets a psychic girl. If only the police wouldn't act as stupid.

Mei-chan no Shitsuji: Annoying main girl chooses the wrong guy. It's not enough to look good if you lack personality. (As you can see when you click the link, I was slightly obsessed with this drama at the time it was airing. Don't ask me why.)

Mr. Brain: KimuTaku as an eccentric detective solving cases with notable guest stars. Gackt eats his own fingers.

Naniwa Shounen Tanteidan: Based on Higashino Keigo's writing, starring Tabe Mikako as an ill-tempered teacher and Koike Teppei (<3) as a cop who I wouldn't object to put me in handcuffs. *coughs*

Nodame Cantabile: Apart from male senpai on girl violence, a fun and heartwarming drama with quirky characters and great music. Chiaki <3

Ohitorisama: Should have been subtitled "Julia's life in ten years". Veggie boy has the nicest smile ever. Highly recommended!

Otomen: I think I gave up before the end. Seemingly perfect and "manly" guy has a secret desire to knit. Oh my God.

Pride: KimuTaku plays substitute lover for OL's absent boyfriend. The rest you can guess. (Not as bland as it sounds, though.)

Rebound: Apart from unrealistically fast weight loss and gain, nice drama addressing several problems at once. Funny male rival.

Samurai High School: Miura Haruma gets possessed by a samurai spirit at the most inconvenient times. Yawn.

Shikaotoko Awoniyoshi: Anti-hero has to save the world - at least a talking deer says so. Japanese history for the lazy.

Sora kara furu ichioku no hoshi: Dark and mysterious. When will girls learn to stay away from bad boys?

Stand up!: Or why it's hard on four guys if all they can do is stand and watch...

Sunao ni narenakute: Similar to Last Friends (same actors O.o), good ideas wasted.

Tokyo Dogs: Will two cops save a girl, and who will win her heart? Mizushima Hiro has facial hair. >.< Thankfully, Oguri Shun doesn't. 

Uta no Onii-san: Ohno-kun lands the wrong job and has to start liking it. Crazy people. Not recommended for Japanese studying.

Voice: Listen to what the dead people are saying. A bit slow and a bit lacking in the character department, but solid.

Watashi ga ren'ai dekinai riyuu: Why can't I, indeed? Surprisingly realistic look on love nowadays.

Yasuko to Kenji: Over the top and a tad repetitive, but great fun.

Yoiko no Mikata: Kids are cute. Arashi's Sakurai-kun is cute (he cries in every episode). Addresses child raising issues in modern Japan.

Yuukan Club: Bunch of high school kids is bored with their rich and sheltered life and get involved into cases. If that isn't boring.

Zenkai Girl: She's never had it, now she wants it: Money. But what about the poor, but cute ikumen and her ideal of a good lawyer?

Zettai Kareshi: Never in her life had she imagined she'd be torn between her hot junior boss and a ... robot?! Be careful what you wish for.

* No italics doesn't mean I don't recommend the drama, but the italics are my favourites and should be safe for most tastes to watch. Some dramas were nice (if you like the genre), but didn't thrill me. Should I mark the "definitely not recommended"s? I don't want to offend anyone who does like those, though.

Shall I list the movies, too?

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Comments

( 44 comments — Sing to the sky )
kakeochi_umai
Sep. 11th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
Re Akai Ito: LMAO so true! Ah, the old "why have a climax when you can have a climax on top of a climax on top of a totally unrealistic level of drama?" I really must get around to watching the drama at one point, even though the Akkun thing REALLY annoys me because I know exactly why they did it and it's so stupid.

*makes note to watch Buzzer Beat. Also makes note to avoid Binbou Danshi because that would annoy me too.*

Agreed re Gokusen, though I found that last episode pretty heartwrenching.

ITA re HanaKimi. I got bored after a few episodes and stopped watching it. Though I did love the "I'm not gay!!!" dance.

So Shun and Mao were together again in Juui Dolittle?

OK, I have to get around to watching Kimi Wa Pet because as you say...a pet like that would be awesome. *at which Ziggy gets jealous. Excuse me a moment while I go pet him*

OK, I'm back. Also, if there are a lot of cats in Juui Dolittle I might watch that too.

How'd Last Friends end? *curious now*

Ah, Dim Blub. So much fail.

What problems does Rebound address? The weight thing would probably get on my nerves REAL fast, because I hate that whole "YOU MUST NEVER EVER EAT CAKE BECAUSE THEN YOU WON'T BE A SIZE TWO ANYMORE" attitude. Of COURSE someone's going to fall off the wagon if that's the kind of conditions they're forcing on themselves. (Unless it's a literal cake addiction like this.)

Stand Up is totally American Pie only I'm guessing without the dirtiness that made American Pie funny?

Ah, Uta no Oniisan. Loved it so much.

Ooh, Yoiko No Mikata's definitely going on my to-watch list. Kindergarten/primary school stuff interests me because of my experience working in them.

Zettai Kareshi! *points to icon* I found that drama slow in the middle, but my GOD did it make me cry in some of the later eps, especially the end.

Edited at 2011-09-11 11:52 pm (UTC)
turtle_yurippe
Sep. 12th, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
For Hana Kimi, I loved, loved, loved that scene where Nanba-senpai accidentally kisses that other guy. "Unhappy!" XDDD

Yes, in Juui Dolittle, Oguri Shun and Inoue Maou team up again. :)
There's a lovely cat right in the first episode!

Last Friends ended with pretty much nothing changed despite the main girl (annoying as Bella) being all "happy".

The main girl in Rebound does have a literal cake addiction. xD And actually, the only one pressuring her to be thin (apart from her boss) is herself. The other problems are parental expections etc.

Stand up! was okay (although I kept wondering why the stupid girl didn't want to do it with YamaPi if she did it with some random guy - I'd prefer YamaPi xDDD) but it didn't make me want to watch more.

Didn't see that icon in a while! xD True, the end was so heartbreaking! ;____;
kakeochi_umai
Sep. 12th, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
Yay cat! That was one of the shows I grabbed off you; I must watch it soon. *flicks through to find cat* Awwww. And poor kitty! *keeps flicking through to see if the kitty makes it* *hits scene where they're debating whether to operate* *bawls* KITTY BETTER FUCKING MAKE IT!!!

KITTY MADE IT!!!! *bawls again*

OH FUCK NO!!! DAMMIT I WANT KITTY TO RECOVER!!!

OK, with my knowledge of Jdramas, this all means kitty will recover. Please don't let this be the one time the Power of Not Giving Up on Something trope lets me down.

Lawyer lady has the same laptop as me!

KITTY. BETTER. BLOODY. MAKE. IT. THIS SHIT IS KILLING ME.

BLOODY STOP IT BLOODY DRAMA!!!! CATS ARE MY WEAK POINT, OK?!?!?!?! ENOUGH!!!! WAKE THE DAMN KITTY UP ALREADY!!!!!

Go stepmum! And seriously drama, stop making me cry. My blubbing-per-minute ratio just exceeded Dim Fucking Blub's.

Surprised expression = kitty woke up?

KITTY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, WHAT?!?! NO!!! STOP GOING PSYCH ON ME, DRAMA!!!! I WANT THE KITTY TO WAKE UP!!!!

KITTY!!!!!!! And it's for real this time!!!!!

KITTY OPENED HIS EYES!!!!! *bawls again*

*disposes of huge pile of tissues* Anyway. I think I've found which drama I'm going to start with.
turtle_yurippe
Sep. 12th, 2011 10:46 am (UTC)
LOL I was crying like crazy as well watching that episode. Plus the anxiety if the dad wouldn't get rid of kitty before he can recover.

(Btw, the lawyer is also the boss in Rebound.)

I liked Juui Dolittle, but Oguri Shun's hair... O.o
kakeochi_umai
Oct. 10th, 2011 09:24 am (UTC)
Just watched ep 4 and bawled my eyes out. Poor doggie. ;_;
turtle_yurippe
Oct. 10th, 2011 09:29 am (UTC)
Can't remember what happened in episode 4, but I'm sure it was sad.
kakeochi_umai
Oct. 10th, 2011 09:37 am (UTC)
The one where the stray dog saved the guy's little dog's life but he thought he was trying to attack her and by the time he found out the truth it was too late and he died on the operating table. ;_;
turtle_yurippe
Oct. 10th, 2011 09:39 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, yeah, that one! ;__;
kakeochi_umai
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)
Episode 8 frustrated me.
1. Breast cancer, while no joke, is not an automatic death sentence either. The whole way through that pro vs. anti-euthanasia debate I was like YOU'RE BOTH MISSING THE POINT!!! SHE MIGHT NOT EVEN DIE!!!
2. What, there are no oncologists in France? (And hell, it's not like she doesn't have the money.)
3. Why the hell did Dolittle withhold the information about what was really up with her cat when he knew that would change her mind? Yes, he wasn't available when she came by, but it's called a telephone.
4. How little was she around her cat that she didn't notice he was throwing up faeces in her apartment?
5. How the hell was Domon's son not bruised from being punched repeatedly in the face?

Though I did love the ULTRA-MEGA-BURN when it was revealed that Domon's own hospital cocked up (until he started beating up his son over it, anyway.)

...OH MY GOD SHIT JUST GOT REAL. I typed the rest of this post before watching the credits, not thinking much else would happen. How wrong I was.

...Who the hell says "we, here, are all fine in Africa"? How are things in Europe, Julia? Things in Oceania are fine.

Edited at 2011-10-19 09:28 am (UTC)
turtle_yurippe
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
Episode 8 kind of made me angry, because no one actually told that woman off for what she almost did to the cat. It was all like, "oh, well, then, we totally understand." Er, what?

...Who the hell says "we, here, are all fine in Africa"? How are things in Europe, Julia? Things in Oceania are fine.
Excuse me, I can't follow you?
kakeochi_umai
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
The letter in English that's shown in the last scene. I paused it to see what it said and instead of saying things were fine in the specific part of Africa the guy was in, it said "We, here, are all fine in Africa". Everyone in an entire continent is fine? Are you sure about that?

And WORD about that lady. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought that.
turtle_yurippe
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, I must have missed that. On the other hand, even if I say we're all good here in Krummensee, I usually only refer to my part of the place.
kakeochi_umai
Oct. 20th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
I know, I was snarking on the fact that they couldn't get any more specific than "Africa". :P

What'd you think of the finale? I loved how they'd lead us toward what we (or I, anyway) THOUGHT would happen, then went "PSYCH!" Like when he tested them for antibodies, in any other drama they'd all turn out to be fine, but in this it was like "Yeah, they are all infected". Or when he starts accusing Yuzo of hurting the animals then it turns out to be Junpei. And my favourite, in the final scene where he leans towards Mao and just when you think they're going to kiss he just smacks her in the forehead. I'd been thinking "Wow, finally a drama that realises you can still have a good story without a romance between the protagonists" then as he leaned in I was like "Oh, here we go." When I saw what he was really doing, I seriously started clapping. Oh HELL YEAH. Best final scene ever.

Though I really think Junpei should have gotten some serious therapy, because "evil, abusive father who's a vet -> animals are disgusting and must die" is a sign of major headfuckage in my book. And what did you think about the fact that he still loved his own dog? That seemed contradictory to me.

Also, re the dogs' "last" meal: seriously, Mao, dogs don't care if you make their food into pretty shapes. And...carrots and broccoli?! REALLY?! I know there are plenty of dogs who'll eat anything, but seriously, they're CARNIVORES. Just get them fucktons of meat.
turtle_yurippe
Oct. 20th, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
Maybe the writers were too lazy to find out which part of Africa might actually need a Dr. Dolittle?

The finale was definitely hot and cold changing every 2 minutes. But I'm glad the dogs were saved at the last moment - seriously, why is this show trying to give me a heart attack all the time? (See episode 1 with the kitty.)

And I don't know, some serial killers hate everyone except their mummy, so why not? Definitely therapy, though.

I actually know dogs who liked carrots, but seriously, since it's not about healthy food as they're going to DIE anyway, just give them a nice bit of meat. (And did she ever mope about the poor animals being killed for that meat? I don't think so.)
turtle_yurippe
Sep. 12th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
On a totally unrelated note, I am so looking to the airing of this tonight.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grilled_Cheesus
kakeochi_umai
Sep. 12th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
That makes me think of this, which made me laugh so hard I got hiccups. If I haven't already mentioned, her blog is hilarious.

Edited at 2011-09-12 07:35 pm (UTC)
turtle_yurippe
Sep. 13th, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
The Glee episode was hilarious, too, but also kind of sad and actually deeper than I'd thought. Kurt, whose Dad is hospitalized, rejects the other kids' prayers saying he doesn't believe in a God who first made him gay and then had his followers go after him for it, which is SO TRUE.
kakeochi_umai
Sep. 13th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
My favourite tweet from @Jesus_M_Christ is "#WaysToPissMeOff Use my name to justify bigotry and violence."
turtle_yurippe
Sep. 13th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
THIS.
sharmainerae
Sep. 12th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Will bookmark this for future references! I haven't had time to watch dramas, so this will be my must-watch drama list. :)) Thanks for putting this up!

(gosh, and I've only watched a mere 10% of all these. *facepalm*)
turtle_yurippe
Sep. 12th, 2011 06:49 am (UTC)
I just hope you don't kill me if you don't end up liking a drama I recommend! XD

Maybe it's a good thing you didn't watch as many - although I've been doing it over the past three years, so I guess it's not as much after all.
sharmainerae
Sep. 13th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
No worries! Most of your recommendations are actually ones that I've always wanted to watch.

I started out with Rebound and tried to continue watching Zettai Kareshi (saw a few episodes a long a time ago)at the same time. Picked them out randomly & was surprised to see the connections! XD

My main problem in watching a series is that sometimes, I tend to lose the will to go on no matter how good the story is. But I will try to finish some of these!
turtle_yurippe
Sep. 13th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Same actors, same cake story, right? xD (When Taichi first started to throw a tantrum in Rebound, I couldn't help but think, "hey, you're pretty loud for a robot!" xD)

LOL My problem is that I sometimes get hooked so badly I'll become unable to sleep. (At the moment over Zenkai's second-to-last episode. >__<)
sharmainerae
Sep. 15th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
Exactly! & I got their roles mixed up too at times, since I watched them one after the other. XD But I like Hayami Mokomichi as Taichi better. Oh those cakes~

Hahaha. I know the feeling :D But in my case, I used to lose sleep over anime & manga, not so much on dramas.
wealthyriver
Sep. 28th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
Haven't watched it neither, although I was absolutely excited at first XD I feel like a bad Conan fan here :(

Last Friends: Looked promising at first, but the main girl grew on my nerves and the end was such a joke.
Watched a few episodes then decided to drop. Too much drama for me, plus I couldn't stand Masami :| Such a shame because I liked all the remaining main actors & actresses :(

Maou: Arashi's Ohno-kun is a surprisingly good serial killer who meets a cute girl. If only the police wouldn't act as stupid.
Watched the 1st episode which was marvelous~ Riida's acting completely surprised me :) Haven't watched the remaining ones though, such a shame :(

Mei-chan no Shitsuji: Annoying main girl chooses the wrong guy. It's not enough to look good if you lack personality.
Looks like a 2nd HanaKimi to me with a bunch of ikemens, but the plot doesn't sound as promising as the latter's so I'm not interested :|

Mr. Brain: KimuTaku as an eccentric detective solving cases with notable guest stars. Gackt eats his own fingers.
Heard many positive reviews about the dorama but haven't watched it yet :) Will definitely do when I have free time :)

Nodame Cantabile: Apart from male senpai on girl violence, a fun and heartwarming drama with quirky characters and great music.
Watched a few episodes & the SP and they didn't fail to meet my expectations :D Haven't finished the whole series, though :")

Ohitorisama: Should have been subtitled "Julia's life in ten years". Veggie boy has the nicest smile ever. Must-watch!
Haven't watched it yet, but I always enjoy this type of heroine so I might give it a try when I have free time :) Nice subtitle BTW, Julia ;)

Otomen: I think I gave up before the end. Seemingly perfect and "manly" guy has a secret desire to knit. Oh my God.
I liked it, since I had a good time laughing at those ikemens' sneaky moments XD Plus it had Kaho, yay~ It was not as good as the manga though XD

Pride: KimuTaku plays substitute lover for OL's absent boyfriend. The rest you can guess. (Not as bland as it sounds, though.)
Heard that this was a classic, but every Kimura role looks the same to me so I'm not really interested :(

Samurai High School: Miura Haruma gets possessed by a samurai spirit at the most inconvenient times. Yawn.
Watched the first episode and decided to drop :|

Stand up!: Or why it's hard on four guys if all they can do is stand and watch... Bad joke. (YamaPi, call me! xD)
Not my cup of tea, although it was interesting to see those guys in their early teens :D

Sunao ni narenakute: Similar to Last Friends (same actors O.o), good ideas wasted.
I didn't like Last Friends, so I skipped this one as well :|
wealthyriver
Sep. 28th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
Uta no Onii-san: Ohno-kun lands the wrong job and has to start liking it. Crazy people. Not recommended for Japanese studying.
Not really interested, but it has Ohno so I might give it a try when I have free time XD

Voice: Listen to what the dead people are saying. A bit slow and a bit lacking in the character department, but solid.
Haven't watched this yet, but I kinda like its mysterious plot so I might give it a try when I have free time :)

Yoiko no Mikata: Kids are cute. Arashi's Sakurai-kun is cute (he cries in every episode). Addresses child raising issues in modern Japan.
Haven't watched this yet, but I guess this kind of story would hardly disappoint me ^^ I might give it a try when I have free time as well :D

Yuukan Club: Bunch of high school kids is bored with their rich and sheltered life and get involved into cases. If that isn't boring.
Watched some episodes which didn't leave any other notable impression on me than the excessive silliness :|

Zenkai Girl: She's never had it, now she wants it: Money. But what about the poor, but cute ikumen and her ideal of a good lawyer?
Watching halfway the first episode, so far things have been quite promising :) I like both Gakky & Ryo, so I might finish this one little by little ^^

Zettai Kareshi: Never in her life had she imagined she'd be torn between her hot junior boss and a ... robot?! Be careful what you wish for.
I kinda like the idea, but their romance hardly convinces me o.0 The SP is totally unnecessary IMO, poor Night :| BTW I totally love Okaeri, one of my favorite dorama theme songs of all time <3
turtle_yurippe
Sep. 28th, 2011 07:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for your long comments! Looks like we agree on most of these. :)
wealthyriver
Sep. 28th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, something definitely happened before I hit the "Post Comments" button, which made half of my 1st reply go away :( Now that one looks completely half-arsed & incomprehensible, it's such a shame for me & your blog :/ I'm so disappointed in myself for being incredibly careless like that, I'm sorry :(

But never mind, basically the lost part, just like the remaining one, was full of nonsense :")
- I want to see how a poor Shun looks like in Binbou Danshi, because he usually plays the cool guys ^^
- Gokusen is going to be broadcasted on my national TV, and I'll probably watch it :)
- I liked Hanazakari no kimitachi e, it was cute, hilarious & silly ^o^
- I haven't watched Juui Dolittle yet, but works about animals have rarely failed to amaze me, so I guess this japanese one won't neither :)
- Jun-kun was super cute in Kimi wa petto, and I enjoyed how the story went ^o^
And lastly, the first sentence of my 1st reply is about Kudou Shin'ichi e no chousenjou XD

I feel like spamming your LJ with these long replies :") Sorry again XD
turtle_yurippe
Sep. 28th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
What are you apologizing for? xD (I just assumed the comments were too long and you split them up like a clever gal. xD)

I definitely want a pet like MatsuJun! And where do you live that you get Gokusen on TV? O.o
wealthyriver
Sep. 29th, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, I intentionally divided my comments into 2 replies, but half of the 1st one accidentally got deleted :(

And where do you live that you get Gokusen on TV? O.o
Vietnam :) Right now they're showing Atsu-hime ^^ But nowadays it's once in a lifetime to watch japanese works on TV :( When I was little, they used to broadcast some doramas such as Oshin, Aguri, Hoshi no Kinka, Stewardess Monogatari, Koori no Sekai, Asuka, Kokoro,... and they had a notable impact in our life. But nowadays, the TV is dominated by the korean culture, and most people, especially from my generation onwards, hardly know about the awesomeness of the japanese movies/doramas :(
kakeochi_umai
Oct. 22nd, 2011 08:54 am (UTC)
Just tried to watch Rebound and lasted 20 minutes. I'm curious about how it ends, though - does she end up fat or skinny? Does she ever get a healthy attitude towards cake? (I was prepared to believe it was a legit addiction like alcoholism or something, but after that scene with the weight loss doctor or whatever he is, I am convinced that the "if she eats one bite she'll be back where she started" thing is a self-fulfilling prophesy caused by the crap he plants in her head. Bullshit like the stuff he was spouting makes me so mad. She needs to ditch that quack yesterday.)

Also, it must have been fun for Lawyer Lady to play the boss character in this - you get to yell and throw things all the time! I want that job!
turtle_yurippe
Oct. 22nd, 2011 09:01 am (UTC)
She does end up fat and happy. (What irked me was that there was either super skinny or super fat and no freaking normal in between. Hello?)

I know, right? xD
kakeochi_umai
Oct. 22nd, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhhhhhh yes, that is my other pet peeve. There is such a thing as eating cake now and again and being an average size.

So if she was fat, did she keep the job at the magazine? Did Lawyer Lady change or did she yell and throw things until the bitter end? What did Saki do if she didn't stay at the magazine? And did she ever learn to relax, or did she stay super-overeager? Did Robot Dude see her overeagerness and still love her in spite of it? (If the answer to that is yes, I might give this show another go, because from the beginning I was like "It's not her weight, it's her social abilities! I feel that! Come eat cake/do fancy ass shit at the gym with me, Saki!") Oh, and what were the issues you mentioned that it dealt with?
turtle_yurippe
Oct. 23rd, 2011 07:56 am (UTC)
The boss gets a little bit nicer (turns out she has a problem with cake, too), and robot guy still loves her for her. (Robot guy was fat, too, btw.)
Her friend was abandoned by her parents and then falls in love with robot guy and then the quarrel and everything gets complicated, and Buko is torn between taking over her parent's tonkatsu place or staying at the magazine or marrying robot guy, and her ex-boyfriend appears again - who, btw, is about the first love rival in a drama I actually liked. xD
kakeochi_umai
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:47 am (UTC)
The fact that TWO people IN THE SAME LOCALITY WHO KNOW EACH OTHER have this weird cake addiction makes me call even more "bullshit propagated by quack diet doctor to finance his beach house in the Caribbean". I really wish the drama had ended with him getting publicly discredited.

Also, just started watching Yoiko No Mikata and young!Sakurai Shou is HOT. <3
turtle_yurippe
Oct. 26th, 2011 10:00 am (UTC)
Reminds me of the shrink in The Nanny who calls his contractor IN THE SESSION with a "Okay, I'll take the expensive bathroom." Although that was comedy.

I'd rather call him cute, but wouldn't shove him off the bed either. xD
kakeochi_umai
Oct. 26th, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
Also, I love that the loudmouthed bitch is called "Shizuka". It reminds me of how I used to call one of my bosses Bright Gordon because he was anything but.
turtle_yurippe
Oct. 26th, 2011 10:23 am (UTC)
In Yoiko no Mikata? It's been ages since I last watched that, and since I am actually working with Japanese kids at the moment, I might find some of it unrealistic if I rewatched - but I really should rewatch, if only for the lulz and cute!Sakurai-kun.
kakeochi_umai
Oct. 26th, 2011 10:22 am (UTC)
And I totally knew that jungle gym scene was going to end in tears because it was only halfway through the episode.
turtle_yurippe
Oct. 26th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
Stop linking me to TV Tropes, I keep on clicking my way through the related tropes and never get any work done! (I'm translating the school's festival programme for next month atm.)
kakeochi_umai
Oct. 26th, 2011 10:35 am (UTC)
Hee, blame the person on bsc_snark who linked me to a whole list of tropes found in the series. I've been clicking my way through the site during every break for the past few days.

And I'd be totes curious about any light you could throw on the drama from your experience. I only spent an hour a week at my kindergartens and never did the work of any real teacher, so while I can tell it's been exaggerated to the max, I don't know how much of an exaggeration it is. I know there's a grain of truth to the long hours and noobs being butt monkeys, and I heard horror stories about feral parents too.
turtle_yurippe
Oct. 26th, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
The parents in "my" school seem really nice so far, at least to me. The whole school is pretty great, no bullying etc.! Especially the 1st/2nd grade teacher (we only have like 40 kids, so the 1st and 2nd grade are taught together most of the time) gives them long speeches on why it's not good to do X (like, hit someone) instead of just yelling at them to stop (or do nothing at all, like the teachers from the neighbouring German school if their students get bullied. -.-) I should do a friend-protected entry on my experience there, I guess?
kakeochi_umai
Oct. 26th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
You should! :D
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