Tags: jdramas: kazoku game

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Kazoku Game, ep7:
Okay, I'll admit it - this ep worried me a little.

1) Yoshimoto is cracking/over-involved
(his emotions always have been a part of what he does,
in the sense that his backstory is his motivation,
but here they affect the way he acts UPON that motivation).
I mean... it's okay, but I think I'd have preferred it if he had stayed a level above everyone else?
Like a sort of mythical fix-it creature?
It's similar to the dilemma Kaisefu no Mita faced -
once you humanise what is more a plot device than a character,
will what comes next still be as cathartic/satisfying?

2) Yoshimoto's spiel about the problem being a FAMILIAL ONE rather than a product of the era/society.
I get what he was saying, in that the Numatas shouldn't get all external LOC-y,
but I had thought all along that they were meant to be social commentary
on how the focus on 'face'/glossing-over of problems in Asian societies
leads to problems being left to fester.
Which would be more impactful than attributing things to the way a particular family is run,
even if the latter wouldn't technically invalidate the issues.


Golden Slumber:
Not superior to Fish Story,
but then again I don't think anything will be able to beat that headlong rush into the ultimate, uplifting 'aha!'.
Overall a nice exploration of how shared histories and newly-formed relationships can converge to,
well, save a life.
(Also, kid-who-plays-Nanami steals the show. Too adorable ;;)
ETA: Having watched Ahiru to Kamo, Fish Story, this and Potechi, this is easily the weakest of the four.


Potechi:
This film (Isaka's story?) succeeds where Golden Slumber didn't:
FAR tighter storytelling,
a soul bigger than its running time
(which really does stick with one so much longer than the more general feel-good factor of GS).
This is probably as personal/understated as Nakamura (Isaka?) will get;
the way the dots are connected - and yet, not - leaves just the right amount of space for musing.
Hamada Gaku plays Tadashi beautifully,
and when Tadashi has an indirect impact on Ozaki's life
because of the person he is, and the decisions he makes,
I literally cheered lol.
For all its intertwined threads and complicated knock-on effects,
Isaka's world operates on a very simple principle -
good people/deeds (no matter the size) are eventually rewarded.
It's the kind of stodgy, irrepressibly joyful message
that all the gorgeously-dreary arthouse movies in the world would not be able to replace.
(And if there's one thing I like my dramas/movies to be more than pretty+sad, it's pretty+happy.
Heh.)


Ahiru to Kamo no Koinrokka:
To draw comparisons,
I'd say this bears more similarity to A Stranger Of Mine/After School
than it does to the rest of Nakamura's Isaka adaptations.
Just when I thought I had Isaka figured out, l-lol (how complacent, in hindsight).
Brilliant.
And perhaps tries to be too much at once.
But brilliant. And gripping. And so, so worth the watch.


Chonmage Purin:
Just proves how important source material is to a film.
You can have a competent director and competent actors,
but with badly-drawn plots and characters nothing will take off.
Cute and well-meaning but so frustratingly dimwitted.
riidaa <3

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Soratobu Kouhoushitsu, ep6:
SQUEALING
Eternally grateful to Arama, without whom I'd have given up after the first two-thirds of ep1
(which were terrible - hit-or-miss humour, Gakky's 'acting', etc etc).
But it hits its groove almost directly after,
and - despite the occasional off-moment,
e.g. the way info about the JASDF is oh-so-conveniently dispensed at various points in each episode,
and some lazy BGM choices -
yay bc hilarity + adorable hijinks abound. :D:D:D
Sorai X Inaba are the Hyuga X Natsui of this season (Sorai makes geeky plane analogies sound romantic *O*)
and the tying-in to themes is well-done;
the writing is better than RMPW's too.
And I adore the characters' emotional breakthroughs -
the tears come at least once per episode lolol. ;~;
(I cry so often during dramas/films that sometimes I wonder if it's just me and my fountain of feels lmao)


Kazoku Game, ep5:
Still as great.
Shows no signs of slowing down, and goodness best cliffhangers ever argh.
Watched the VSA ep with the cast, though, and it was really stilted?
I wonder how working with Sho outside of Arashi is like, tbh. D:
Aimiya cooing over Kamiki's progression from kid roles to 'roles with girlfriends' was vv cute though.


Sennyu Tantei Tokage, ep4:
This, kids, is a Bad Drama.
Crimes are lame, cops are annoying
(let's start complaining about Tokage's involvement/methods
when we're actually of some use in the crime-solving process, shall we?).
Also, scriptwriter-san, FYI,
characters constantly insinuating that Tokage's an horrible person blahblah
without any payoff beyond the same scene repeated over and over
(and lbr we all know he won't turn out to be a bad person anyway)
is /extremely/ irritating.
Ugh, at this point I'm just hanging on for Shota's face (HANADAN STYLING IN EP5! \o/).


ENDLESS GAME:
I don't get why people are moaning about the second verse
WHEN THE MOST OUT-OF-PLACE BRIDGE EVER(!!) IS STARING YOU IN THE FACE?
(So, which person decided that an abrupt key change was necessary
ON TOP OF a melody with no similarities to the main song??)
Need a version without that. (Or a version with just the chorus on loop hahaha.)
And lots of Sho gifs because those closeups are gorgeous.

I actually actively dislike Intergalactic, lol.
Style's not my thing and it isn't catchy enough to be a guilty pleasure. :(
Monochrome's nice, though - not ~in love~,
but there's a lot for the ears to feast on, instrumental-wise (esp the drums during the chorus). <3
Magic Hour's somewhere in-between for me?
Not great per se (and could have done without the Yuzu-esque break, imo),
but likeable.
riidaa &lt;3

well. that was unexpected.

Kazoku Game (ep2):
...is surprisingly absorbing?? xD
Not a fan of Yoshimoto's methods at all
(though the whole shock-tactics-catalysing-change route is very Kaseifu no Mita),
but it's interesting to guess at what he/the rest of the characters will do next,
and I can't wait to see the family start to form healthier relationship patterns.
(Systemic theory!! :'D Sigh they're so dysfunctional.)
AND, A BIGBIG PLUS: Sho is actually good. \o/
He needs to take on roles like this/Kamiyama more often. <3


Sennyu Tantei Tokage (ep1):
The acting in this is nothing to crow about
(should've known, really; Shota is a far better comedic actor than he is a dramatic one -
though I WAS hoping for more humour in this than there actually was, so. DD:).
Neither are the characters
(crossing my fingers that Mochizuki gets less annoying as the show wears on -.-).
The red herrings were pretty clumsy too.
What saved the ep, imho, were the chase/showdown scenes
(which were pretty heart-thumpingly awesome:
Shota slides down a laundry chute! Shota leaps down a stairwell and dents a car!
No, I'm serious. They were exciting. :D
Though the writers clearly don't shy away from unexpected injuries/deaths. ><).
I liked the twisty little reveal at the end, too, about Tokage's nickname
(maybe it's just me being 迟钝, lol, but I HADN'T GUESSED OKAY.
Gives things a whole new dimension - I want that backstory nowww.).


B is the sweetest proj supervisor, haha
(hands me back my report with REAMS of penciled comments
and insists 'it's very good already' WHEN NOOO IT'S NOT LMAO. I KNOW MYSELF.) -
AND I HAVE SO MANY CHANGES TO MAKE,
idek where to start. :(((
(Also: lol @ the fact that she pointed out over-hyphenation as my biggest stylistic flaw...
obviously it is high time to correct the habit. xD)
And there's revision, and job apps, and.
SIGH.
TOMORROW.
SOON. SOON.
BLEARGH


-4Min's mini is so catchy (and so inappropriate for revision, goodness).
Officially blaming Domino's overabundance of violins. xD
And still hooked on Standing Egg and Roy Kim,
which makes for a strange playlist, to say the least.
-The new tracks off Shout to the Walls! (save 鼓動) were a bit of a letdown.
I need my good emotional~ jams :(
-SekaOwa's RPG is amazing stuff (and Fukase is adorbs in the PV ;;).


The Popcorn con gives me a tremendous amount of feels.
Need to do a recap soon to get them out of my system.
(Ohno's Cosmos choreo is everything. And Juntoshi! And Two! And Energy Song!
+ it helps that the album songs are fantastic.)