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Oct. 22nd, 2014 | 09:16 am

A bop in every sense of the word!
Ugh this makes me so happy.

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when your heart is aching, when no one is there for you/ just come here

Oct. 12th, 2014 | 12:05 am

This folksy simplicity ;;

Less immediately arresting/singable than his first album, perhaps,
but more intimate -
alternately tender and bold, draws from deeper,
speaks straight to the heart.

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more jdrama ramblings

Oct. 4th, 2014 | 03:02 pm

Two recent dramas,
vastly disparate in tone but equally excellent
(well, I say "equally", but how do you compare, really?).

The Long Goodbye:
Two words: Tadanobu. Asano.
Being an amazing actor (and showing up Ayano Go in the process, lolol. Poor dude).
Banji the character is never all on the surface,
but this just proves that that is no excuse to be wooden.
Even quirks of an eyebrow hold meaning
(I actually remember thinking this during one of the eps, hahaha),
and every action and expression of his embodies the persona.

Then the cinematography.
The noir trappings were taken a bit too literally... but that's a pretty minor quibble.
Breathtaking shots (that image of fireworks exploding behind Banji needs to be immortalised),
gorgeous settings and imagery and sounds. *O*

And this is purely a personal thing,
but I enjoyed watching a femme fatale (in the most out-and-out, unambiguous sense of the word)
in action.
Haven't encountered the trope in a while.
(Though it did make me wonder - yet again - what Koyuki in a properly non-ice queen role would be like.)

Oyaji no Senaka:
I'm actually only 3 eps in, l-lol,
but the quality of writing and acting on this series is so rock-solid
(I guess that's the benefit of being able to draw on different writers/actors each time,
though this could easily have turned out the opposite way),
I needed to at least write this down SOMEWHERE.
Lovely, lovely drama with a huge heart.
Cannot recommend it enough.
I actually thought the Sakamoto Yuuji/Yakusho Koji/Mitsushima Hikari arc
was the weakest of the three stories I've watched so far -
and that's not an observation you'd get to make very often.

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Sep. 27th, 2014 | 01:02 pm

WOW (no pun intended)
It's not just the vocal talent -
it's the amount of effort that goes into the singing,
and the fact that Eunkwang is constantly monitoring the mix and giving musical directions.
Hats off.
I mean, I'd always known they were a good group,
but I never loved most of their original music so I didn't bother looking further.

/brb, making up for all that lost time

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sending some belated love Ha:tfelt's way -

Sep. 7th, 2014 | 01:53 am

Naked and unflinching; it hurts but it hurts so good.

From Ye Eun to Younha, to Gummy and IU and Lim Kim (maybe Ailee too, though I'm not a fan),
solo female artists are the saving grace of Kpop at the moment.

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love con

Jul. 30th, 2014 | 01:04 am

The all-important question:

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shinigami-kun, finale

Jul. 20th, 2014 | 10:41 pm

In keeping with bad-J-drama tradition,
the last ep singlehandedly redeemed the series from its steady downhill slide.
I loved how everything was set up such that 413's sympathy for humans
was diametrically opposed to his survival.
Ack such great dramatic effect
(I admit, I'm a sucker for self-sacrifice and hard choices).

Pity about the rest of the show though.
At its best (cf. first three eps, finale), the series' heart and occasional insight made up for its flaws.
At its worst -
logical inconsistency after logical inconsistency, thinly-drawn characters, weak scripting.

Sigh. The things I watch for you, Ohno.

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so i saw RADWIMPS live tonight.

Jun. 8th, 2014 | 12:40 am

Truly magical experience.
Phenomenal solos (the bass vs guitar battles *O*), amazing showmanship all around;
also everyone is so sweet and everyone-besides-Yojiro (lmao) is tiny(!)
and Satoshi is actually pretty good at Chinese lolol.
No Order Made but they did pm all their other hits (Oshakashama is electrifying live, btw)
and everything was perfect.
I wish the gig had been longer (it lasted slightly less than two hours, I think?)
but it was completely worth the price and hoarse throat.

asdfjwer I love them so much. ;;;
(but not too soon because I will feel guilty about splurging again)
(and also not too much later because I might not be in SG)
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May. 28th, 2014 | 11:47 pm

Fun jam feat. the cutest showbiz BFFs to ever BFF hamming it up -
the question is, what's /not/ to like??

Also: The Barberettes' album is absolutely amazing, I owe you one Omona ;;
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May. 16th, 2014 | 08:47 pm

Heartbreaking and oh, so gorgeous.
(Funny how so many things are both)

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