Mandatory post

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I promise I will change. This blog will change for the better.

How does it feel to start a post with a promise? It may sound not as familiar as it sounds to you than to me. I have said this to myself ever since forever. I want to be a regular blogger who can update consistently; be it monthly, weekly or even better, daily. I used to make a thorough plan on how to do that. I tried to make my blog an inspirational place for people who drop by. The dreams remain the same, and I’m also still more or less, the same. The same lazy ass person who do anything but accomplishing her dreams. But, okay. I’m writing this here not just to complain and continuing on self-hate speech. I really want to change, to make this blog alive again. But, before anything, I need to write this mandatory post. At least, I need to keep the routines going, right?

http://www.dramabeans.com/2015/08/twenty-again-episode-1/

May I start?

After a year of running away from this blog, I’m going to post my dramas list of 2015 (how 2000 and late). Seems like on this year, I tried to keep up with the trends by watching pretty recent dramas, as far as 2012 and even on the same year as it aired; 2015. My favorite drama of the year is Twenty Again. It was a clean story with clean ending. Nothing goes too fast or too slow, and the main character is progressing really nicely. The other favorites are Risou no Musuko, N no Tameni and Angry Mom! Unfortunately I didn’t write any reviews out of these. Oh, I finally got to watch the famous Chun SeonYi drama, it was indeed, as worth as it sounds, a legendary and full-of-meme kind of drama; my faves too.

Dramas I’ve watched in 2015

  1. Pinocchio (2014) – Kdrama
  2. Healer (2014) – Kdrama
  3. Keizoku 2: SPEC Zero (2013) – Jdrama
  4. Kogure Sashinkan (2013) – Jdrama
  5. Blackboard SP: Yume (2012) – Jdrama
  6. Gakkou no Kaidan (2015) – Jdrama
  7. Risou no Musuko (2013) – Jdrama
  8. The Girl Who Sees Smell (2013) – Kdrama
  9. Nobunaga Concerto (2014) – Jdrama
  10. N no Tameni (2014) – Jdrama
  11. Mother Game (2015) – Jdrama
  12. Oh My Ghost (2015) – Kdrama
  13. You Who Came From Star (2014) – Kdrama
  14. Virtual Bride (2015) – Kdrama
  15. D-Day (2015) – Kdrama
  16. Twenty Again (2015) – Kdrama
  17. Angry Mom (2015) – Kdrama
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Dramaland of 2014

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The other next post is here! It has more number than last year, with the equal amount of Japanese and Korean dramas. But I gotta admit that almost half of it comes from drama special, which usually has less than five episodes (just one even) so I could take more titles. Anyhow it’s still called drama so I didn’t lie! :O I can’t believe that those dramas below was watched in 2014, it feels like ages go.

So, last year I found some dramas that become my favorites, the number one spot is Itazura na Kiss: Love in Tokyo! ❤ I was obsessed with it that I watched it twice in a row, even once more while I was doing assignments. The other favorites are I Hear Your Voice (packaged with the soundtracks), Nobuta wo Produce, Hana Kimi, Rich Man Poor Woman, Soratobu Kohoushitsu and Misaeng. Wow I thought there’ll be only three haha. The rest are fine too though. What’s cool is I’ve made a drama review from this list! A little progress always welcome. And I finally watched top and popular old dramas, like Hana Kimi (I watched the remake), Nobuta wo Produce, and Kurosagi. I agree that those are all-time favorite kind of dramas.  For this year I only hope that I can still watch them in my leisure times, not specific number (like ever lol), oh I need to watch Itazura na Kiss 2! I’m holding back since it’s not yet completed. I’ll probably try to watch popular Kdramas or just follow my mood as usual~

  1. Ma boy (2012) – Kdrama
  2. Pretty Man (2013) – Kdrama
  3. I Hear Your Voice (2013) – Kdrama
  4. Prime Minister and I (2014) – Kdrama
  5. Their Perfect Day (2013) – Kdrama
  6. Beyond The Clouds (2014) – Kdrama
  7. Happy Rose Day (2013) – Kdrama
  8. Puberty Medley (2013) – Kdrama
  9. Just an Ordinary Love Story (2012) – Kdrama
  10. Boku no Ita Jikan (2014) – Jdrama
  11. Itazura na Kiss: Love in Tokyo (2013)  – Jdrama
  12. Lost Days (2014) – Jdrama
  13. Kasuka na Kanojo (2013) – Jdrama
  14. Nobuta wo Produce (2005) – Jdrama
  15. Hanazakari no kimitachi e (2007) – Jdrama
  16. Kurosagi (2006) – Jdrama
  17. Rich Man Poor Woman (2012) – Jdrama
  18. Rich Man Poor Woman SP (2013) – Jdrama
  19. Soratobu Kouhoushitsu (2013) – Jdrama
  20. Jungle Fish 2 (2010) – Kdrama
  21. Itazura na Kiss SP Love in Okinawa (2014) – Jdrama
  22. Misaeng (2014) – Kdrama

Next Innovation!!

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Yes! Second review of 2014. This is one of the most recent drama that I watched, probably like a month ago. Wow, It’s actually rare for me to write a drama review not long after I finished it haha.

Imagine there are two people coming from different sides: The one at the top and one who is about to climb the stairs. 

http://www.fujitv.co.jp/richman-poorwoman/spe_photogallery/index02.html

are you talking about us

Looking from atop is a successful young guy, Hyuga Toru. The president of worth-3-billion-dollar IT company; Next Innovation. He’s a genius, which explains why he’s quite unconventional. Taking workplace as his play land, he goes to work in casual shirt, bursting ideas everywhere, working in a light speed, and encourage people to do the same. But, he has some issue on remembering the name of people.

One reaching from under is Sawaki Chihiro, a bright Tokyo University’s student in her last year. She’s got photographic memory and an enthusiastic character to boot, yet, she finds it hard to get a job. These two meet when Next Innovation is opening opportunity for people to be part of this rising venture. Actually, like many other times before, Chihiro failed right away, this time because she doesn’t have at least 2 offers from any company. But, somehow, she managed to get Toru’s interest and able to work there, although for temporary, and from then on the story begins.

With that premise to offer, what do you think the title would be? Well, turns out it’s Rich Man, Poor Woman. yeah.

The title is unjustified. It is a fact that there are rich man and poor woman in the drama, but it’s totally not the main point that it deserves to be the title. Back in 2012 when I first saw the title, I decided that I’m not going to watch it since I thought it’s a typical Cinderella story, where the rich mother disagrees of the couple and all the I’m-gonna-pay-you-so-leave-my-son thing. NOPE. Material possession is not the matter here.

Anyway, the story is so much more than just a Cinderella story. It’s more about struggle, taking risks, friendship, betrayal, trust aaand romance. The story is built around the company and all its ups and downs. Hyuga drop out of high school to made his own company, but he’s not alone, together with new-found (more like the only, lol) friend, Asahina, they build Next Innovation from scratch.

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how it evolves

It’s instantly become one of my favorite, I don’t watch many of Jdrama’s romcom to be honest, so for my once in a while thing become so fun, I can’t thank this drama enough. I love the casts. The chemistry between the leads is killing me. This couple is growing into one that screams adorable! The not-so-genius in social skills, Hyuga, matches well with the lovable Chihiro. But not just them, I love other characters as well. From the business-mind of company, Asahina to the two best buddies of Chihiro, who albeit only appear for certain minutes in some episodes, complete the whole story.

I love the bromance between Toru and Asahina, although their friendship put into attest in the middle but I take it as if the family member makes mistake so the only way to go is to welcome them back. I also love the three musketeers of NI, they’re the true innovative engineers! I genuinely enjoyed the roller coaster of emotions this drama brings.

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The three musketeers!

The Next Innovation story doesn’t bore me at all, instead I enjoy every crisis of it. In most of drama using company as set up, I’ll be like, hoping that it will soon shifted into the other part of the story, like it’s not important and all. But, not with this one, we’re involved in every happening that of Next Innovation. I seriously like it, even thinking that it would be great experience, to work there. NI is reminded me of company such as Google or Apple, that put creativity and innovation as the top priority. From the fun workplace (especially, the Wall of Fame!), encouraging atmosphere, eccentric president, to the projects they bring. They make impossible, possible. As amazing as it sounds, it’s still realistic though, I can see it happening in recent era.

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please watch it

This is a kind of drama that I would like to watch over and over again. I can go back for the romance, or for the venture’s story, or any other tiny bits of it. I was really happy when I found out, it has a drama special in New York! Moreover it’s just as good as the drama! Fulfilling the needs of more story to the couple. It’s a must-watch!

Play with the family

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After ages I finally am writing a drama review. (Haha it happened to be the last review that I wrote is exactly a year ago!) Seriously, not just a glimpse of dialogues or little quotes, but real review. As I was really confused to decide from piles of dramas that I watched, I asked my sister to randomly chose a number from the list and number 74 turned out to be this drama! So let’s just begin.

Kazoku Game or Family Game is a family drama that has a taste of dark comedy. It started with a scene of a guy screaming in the middle of nowhere with blooded hands (just to remind you this isn’t gonna be the last time you see it) then it abruptly adverted to a family in a living room.

Here, an ideal family of four is having a little problem with the youngest son, Numata Shigeyuki. He refuses to come to school and also has really bad grades as the side (main) problem. The parents who have a high expectation on their kids (no underachiever is allowed) decides to call a private tutor to help in solving the case. That private tutor is the screaming guy earlier, which the name is Yoshimoto Koya (Sakurai Sho). Numata Kazuhige, the father, challenges Koya to make Shigeyuki come back to school in a week with a 100.000 yen as bonus. Koya undoubtedly agrees but under one condition: none of the family members should interfere with whatever methods he will use on Shigeyuki (don’t resort to violence! mom said. HAHAH sure)

Relax, mother

Relax, mother

If you think this is only about an eccentric tutor who helps his student get through his school and being all inspirational, then you’re kind of wrong (it’s FAMILY Game for god sake). The focus of the drama is not only on the youngest. And Koya is more than just a mere private tutor as well. As the dramas went we can see where actually the core problem lays; the family itself. The so called perfect family is actually crumbling inside. From the father who seems to forget his role, the mother who is more concerned of neighbors’ words, and big brother who pretends to care. It doesn’t even take a Koya to tell how this family is never a perfect one. Koya only reminds them of how their family has actually lost its meaning long time ago.

Father and Shinichi

Father and Shinichi

The way Koya act as a tutor is more like an intervention goes unnoticed. Nobody realizes that they are being the target of intervention except the older brother, Numata Shinichi (Kamiki Ryunosuke). He’s the only one who seek through this weird and mysterious tutor. As much as to his knowledge though, he actually doesn’t realize how he becomes the puppet of the tutor’s game as well. It’s understandable why that Koya said that they shouldn’t interfere with his methods, since it’s, well, unusual. Even, sometimes, I really couldn’t tell whether the tutor is just plain crazy or he really has plans, lol.

right, Shinichi?

right, Shinichi?

This is one of the dramas which I picked because of the actors, haha. Name it Kamiki Ryunosuke and Sakurai Sho. Bias aside, this drama is really interesting (Koya would say ‘iii nee’-it’s good), surely my kind of favorite type (psychological thriller ftw!). It was originally adapted from a novel by Honma Yohei and was already made into a movie back in 1983. These previous creations were award winning ones and fortunately the drama lived up to expectation as well. It had me shocked with its unpredictable twists. I found myself laughing out of creep and disbelief of what happened in the drama. Every time I finished an episode the soundtrack of the drama would linger in my mind, leaving me in curiosity.

To assure you, there are scenes like this too. It really is a family drama Usual morning routines

There are scenes like this too, so don’t worry it’s still family drama afterall

This drama is a portrayal of reality and that’s why it could be uncomfortable to watch. But, I mostly looove family drama and this would probably be my favorite one (on the side of dark family kind of drama, lol) I like how it kept me questioning what’ s gonna happen next and what is the real intention of this Koya guy. The relationships between Koya and each of the family members are so lovely hahah don’t know if that’s the right word to describe it, but I enjoyed it. And the main message that I could remember is about change. You may do everything you can to make a person change but at the end of the day is that person who would choose to change or not. And you’ve got to take action yourself if you really want revolution happens to you. Don’t just sit and watch things go by, while you actually have power to do something.

Dramas on my 2013 list

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And now here is the list of dramas I watched in 2013! It started with Korean and we’ve got  Japanese in the middle then ended safely in Korean again. The battle is pretty tight but in the end Jdrama still won. I was happy that I could finally watched dramas that had been the talk of the town, like School 2013 and Reply 1997. As for Jdrama, among the list my favorites would be Kazoku Game and Akai Ito! I planned to write the reviews but yeah, let’s just see if it’d happen or not lol. All the dramas here have its own charm and to add that it has different genres so my liking toward each of them are varied as well. Comparing to last year (2012) I watched a lot less drama this year, but at the same time I read more books so is that a good thing or not? haha 😀

Guess from which drama is this? much luck if you can read hangul

Guess from which drama is this? much luck if you can read hangul

 

  1. Flower Boy Next Door (2013) – Korean Drama
  2. Dragon Zakura (2005) – Japanese Drama
  3. Propose Kyodai (2011) – Japanese Drama
  4. Gokusen 2 (2005) – Japanese Drama
  5. Kazoku Game (2013) – Japanese Drama
  6. School 2013 (2013) – Korean Drama
  7. Reply 1997 (2012) – Korean Drama
  8. Nobunaga no Chef (2013) – Japanese Drama
  9. Detective Conan Live Action (2011) – Japanese Drama
  10. Akai Ito (2008) – Japanese Drama
  11. Otomen (2009) – Japanese Drama
  12. Innocent Love (2008) – Japanese Drama
  13. Good Doctor (2013) – Korean Drama
  14. Secret (2013) -Korean Drama
  15. Suspicious Housekeeper (2013) – Korean Drama
  16. Marry Him If You Dare (2013) – Korean Drama

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“Our world that we’re supposed to live in isn’t inside the internet. In the real world, there’s a lot of suffering, things don’t always go our ways. But, if you have a dream of becoming something, you shouldn’t run away from that. You should accept yourself the way you are.”

(Kyuu – Tantei Gakuen Q)

Bare-handed

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I’m currently watching the third season of Gokusen. So, once again Yankumi became the teacher of the most rebellious class 3-D, now in Akadou high school. I like how the students are getting harder to handle each season. In season 3 they become more ignorant and the number one problem is they don’t have the solidarity like in the previous two 3-Ds. The two leaders in the class was about to fight one-on-one to decide who’s gonna lead the class from now on, with actually no real reason why they wanted to be the number one in the first place. Yankumi came in on time before they’re going to hit each other with a stick, no longer bare-handed. And there she said to both of them what is the purpose of real fight, which is not just about winning or losing.  

“Stop playing around. A one-on-one is supposed to be bare-handed”

“Weather bare-handed or armed, winning is all that matters in a fight”

“You didn’t stop us yesterday, did you? So why the hell are you stopping us now?”

“Because yesterday was bare-handed. Listen up. When you hit someone your own fists hurt right? If you feel that pain you shouldn’t want to hit someone with no good reason”

“We don’t need lecture on hitting someone. A fight is fought in order to win!”

“A fight is to protect those comrades and other things that are precious to you. Fighting just for yourself is meaningless.