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oh mj ilu

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asdfiqwnvliq' UNF UNF UNF SHINEE WAS ABSOLUTELY FLAWLESS ON MUSIC BANK.
BBS SINGING LIVE (AWESOMELY) AND HITTING THE CHOREO LIKE BOSSES.
Also the first time I've found Minho attractive, heh.
+ so many Jjong feels rn.
AND 2AM WON.
ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD.


Watched the last episodes of Strawberry Night and Lucky Seven.

SN - such an apt theme for a finale;
I loved that it tied in with Himekawa's own relationships
and ugh it was so, so moving and intelligent
AND THEY HINTED AT KIKUTA AND HIMEKAWA GETTING TOGETHER and.
I will miss this series.
There's going to be a movie, though, so.
Thumbs up for lovely studio execs. :D

L7 - I wish more episodes had been like this one, tbh.
It felt like the director just gotten into his groove -
the back-forths FINALLY balanced out with
dollops of tension (I eat my words wrt the lack of excitement)
and these great moments of quirky, off-kilter humour
that - literally - dropped out of nowhere
(lol my laughter startled even myself xD).
AND. THE RETURN OF NITTA.
So it's a bit of a shame that it had to end there, really.
oh mj ilu

nong nong post.

It's been an exciting few weeks in my corner of Jpop-/Kpop-/Jdrama-/Kdrama-land.
(Seriously, everything is happening all at once to artistes I care about.
My heart ;__;)

-Arashi
OKAY. BLOW-BY-BLOW OF THE WILD AT HEART PV:
--00:15: Sho posing, like a boss.
--00:18: Sho adjusting his suit, like a boss.
--00:21: Sho adjusting his tie... like a boss.
(Sho trying to win at life is somehow hilarious/hot at the same time.)
--00:24: Aiba... jerking his body back and forth. Hmm.
--00:32: Ohno, fist-pumping frantically for no particular reason.
--00:33: Nino, lip-syncing very emotionally. While having perfect hair.
Some things are just unfair, idek.
--00:39: Sho manages to be super-gorgeous at this particular moment.
It took me so long to pause the PV at the correct point,
I got too distracted by the hot (and ~shiny eyes~) the first three tries.
--00:44: First appearance of the elusive!Ohno!snaggletooth. <3
--00:53: Shaky camera, two narrow walls. This bodes well.
--00:56-01:00: THIS MIGHT BE MY TOP MOMENT IN THIS PV OKAY.
I LOVE THAT IT'S SO SUBTLY HILARIOUS.
Ohno contorting himself into a ridiculous position
AND SHIFTING TO ANOTHER EQUALLY-RIDICULOUS POSITION VERY DELIBERATELY
(not forgetting to emote dramatically throughout!)
will never get old.
--01:04: Nino looks so good here.
And d'aww at the fact that he's pointing to Jun
(something I find Nino does very often?
I mean, directing the attention to the person that's the main for the song/occasion,
e.g. Aiba during MSSLs since his birthday always coincides with that.
I love Nino for it.).
--01:05: Jun, attempting to crawl out of the narrow space with an A+ facial expression.
I haven't been mentioning Jun much, but rest assured he's his normal exciting self -
just overdosing on glee and rainbows, like all of Arashi seem to be.
--01:08: Ohno is still in that position. It looks uncomfortable, to say the least.
--01:10: The Snaggletooth Reappears.
--01:13: Beautiful Jun! There you go. <3
--01:18: Aiba is back to jerking his body around. ...WAIT.
You know, maybe that's a body wave...? O.O
--01:23: Sho. OH, SHO. Never change.
--01:29-02:02: YAY SHINY SUITS AND SPARKLES. This set is too pretty, I can't.
And that choreo is adorable and makes me laugh so freaking hard. <33
You can tell Jun is totally in his element!
They should definitely give Arashi more 1980s' disco to sing.
--02:05: The much-anticipated Box.
I don't actually like these scenes a lot, mostly because there's not much going on
aside from compromising poses, lol.
And it's terribly headachy to try to figure out which limbs belong to whom.
Best bits: Nino SHIFTING HIS WHOLE BODY TO LIE ON THE FLOOR,
THEREBY TAKING UP MORE SPACE;
Aiba and Sho's obvious closeness (aww <3).
--02:19: Aiba flicking dirt off his shoulder is actually kind of hot.
...OKAY. SOMEONE KILL ME NOW.
--02:25: More Sakuraiba BFF-ery!
--02:28: I have no idea what Nino, Aiba and Sho are doing at this point
but I DON'T EVEN CARE.
--02:31: Sho singing with the rest of them just walking past, lol.
--02:34: Aiba, pretending to swim.
--02:41: Aiba being overenthusiastic makes me happy.
Also, sunglasses are off and gorgeous boys are gorgeous.
--02:46: AIBA'S HEAD IS ON SHO'S CROTCH. Both look remarkably unconcerned about the fact.
--02:52: I find Jun's happiness at this moment is awfully endearing.
--02:57: I love how Jun missed the 'act panicky!' memo
and just sort of casually leans on one wall
while doing cool MJ hand gestures
and coolly-lodging his other hand in his pocket.
--02:59: AIBA hahahaha.
--03:03: The heel of Ohno's shoe is... pushing against Nino's crotch. O.o
I'm willing to bet that the disappearance of Nino's foot between Ohno's legs
means essentially the same thing.
--03:07: Aiba takes off his suit(?!).
Aiba in this PV is quite-evidently a bundle of incomprehensible decisions.
--03:24/03:55: Nino, why so attractive!
--03:44: Ohno, from an unflattering ('but adorable', trucksized bias nudges) angle.
--04:11: JUN, in a glorious return to his awkward teenage days. ILUSM, Matsumoto.


-Marriages
asdfliqwnv' Shun and Yamada Yu were married on 14 March.
So, so glad for them -
I wish them all happiness. <3
Eek and Jun's congratulatory message was terribly aww-inducing. xD

ALSO: I LEARNT THAT THE YUZU GUYS GOT HITCHED A FEW MONTHS BACK?
(NO NOT TO EACH OTHER HAHAHA)
WITHIN A MONTH OF EACH OTHER?
That is just so cute.
I literally squee-ed for a few seconds when I found out.
CONGRATS, YUJIN. CONGRATS, KOJI. <3333
Looking forward to more awesome music, as always.


-Lucky 7
I had thought that my interest would dissipate with Eita's departure,
but I'm hanging on(!).
They've sort of managed to fill the gap with more Oizumi Yo and Naka Riisa,
which is always good.
The show is still most alive during Jun's buttkicking sequences
(I AM LEGIT AWED BY JUN'S MOVES, did he actually go for lessons?),
but I've sort of settled into a rhythm with it.
It's really just a matter of adjusting expectations, I think -
whatever you do, don't watch thinking you'll get intelligent crimes.
It's more investigation-lite + dusting of frivolous banter. xD


-Strawberry Night
THIS DRAMA.
IS MINDBLOWING (EPISODE TENNNN WHY ARE YOUR SUBS TAKING SO LONGGGGG?
Edit: EPISODE ELEVEN COULD NOT COME SOON ENOUGH ;___;).
The SP was a bit iffy for me
but. Let me just say.
If you want a strong-female-cop drama,
this is so, so much better than Boss.
SO, SO MUCH BETTER, OKAY.
The characters aren't kooky for the sake of being kooky
(apart from Ioka, who is totally hilarious and thus excusable);
it isn't afraid to stray to slightly-darker territory;
the cases are complex, well-structured and not completely predictable.
And the requisite ~opposition~ from male colleagues is far from two-dimensional -
I like that more than the standard you-are-a-female-why-are-you-here stuff
(though there definitely is still some of that),
the friction is played as tension between opposing styles of investigation,
and that it is made clear that all said styles have their advantages/drawbacks.
Oh, AND. That barely-there hint of UST between Himekawa and Kikuta is hot, negl. B)


-Ojakgyo Brothers
Before this, I'd never have expected myself to enjoy - AND ACTUALLY COMPLETE -
a 50+ episode Kdrama.
Yet this was exactly what I found myself doing.
OB is GOOD. Very good.
Okay, so standard drama plot devices abound
(at last count, non-biological parents, an illegitimate son,
star-crossed lovers, age gap romance and a shotgun wedding),
and the script sags at points,
but the beauty here lies in the sensitivity
with which the Ojakgyo family members/their relationships are rendered.
You can feel the scriptwriters' love for the characters:
they remain immmensely likeable despite their foibles and mistakes,
and it's an utter pleasure to watch their tangents of growth -
and journeys to redemption, for some -
unfold.
And although one of the best parts of the drama is that
you end up caring about ALL the relationships
(in particular, the dynamic amongst the four brothers, and Ga Eun X Mum),
not just the two main characters' romance,
it doesn't hurt that Joo Won and Uee are all sorts of adorbs together. xD


-2AM
I am so in love with this mini-album.
I don't get the people who say that
'hardly any song going above mid-tempo range' --> 'boring'. :((
The songs are so incredibly beautiful, both as individual pieces and as a whole.
Favourites: I Love You I Love You, You Were Mine and I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me.
And the MV must have set a record for the highest-ever 2AM MV budget, haha.


-CNBLUE
CNBLUE's third mini-album is set to drop on 27 March,
and they've already released the MV for Yonghwa's self-composed song ('Still In Love').
I LOVE IT.
It's simple - just them chilling/recording -
but Minhyuk is growing up SO nicely(!!) and Yonghwa's voice is awesome.
Jungshin's hair remains enviably-smooth and Jonghyun remains hot.


-SHINee
The Sherlock MV teaser is out -
the choreo looks great and the colours (+ Key's nail polish, lol) are gorgeous.
Not a huge fan of the song itself
but moderately certain that the performances (leapfrogging! yay!)/sheer pretty
will make up for it.
The mini has also been released,
and though overall it's not as catchy/excellent as I would have expected
(and Jjong's voice - as much as I adore the boy -
gets rather grating after a while)
I absolutely love The Reason and Honesty (and Alarm Clock is fast growing on me).
I've got a soft spot the size of China for ballads/bare-bones arrangements,
so there you go.
(EDIT: Jjong's lyricsssss <333)


-Sherlock, BBC
The most unexpected consequence of SHINee's album release for me, lol.
There was this humongous (and hilarious) fanwar going on
regarding tumblr tags (fangirling is srs!bsns!),
and amidst walls of penises (idek) and Key
and WHAT ARE THESE TOPLESS KOREAN GIRLS DOING IN OUR TAG posts
I decided to give in to the hype and try it out.
DID NOT REGRET IT.
My favourite thing about it:
the way the creators managed to transplant the stories
into a modern setting
without losing what made Sherlock so good -
the self-destructive antihero-cum-genius,
the reliance on out-of-this-world deduction
(as opposed to techno-gimmicks, like most crime procedurals),
the Watson-Sherlock BFF-ery (in fact, this is far more obvious here) -
AND managing to avoid (mostly) the whole shebang looking awkward/anachronistic.
I also liked those small intricacies that scream 'WE'RE HAVING FUN WITH THIS':
the titles/the basing of the crimes off actual Sherlock crimes,
stupid things like how Sherlock came to be associated with that detective cap
(which he hates, in case you didn't know).

Favourite episode by far = The Reichenbach Fall.
Pure nailbiting tension -
watching the noose close round Sherlock's neck,
Moriarty's gleeful insanity/utter genius
(btw, I ALWAYS thought it was pronounced Mo-RYE-arty!
MY LIFE HAS BEEN A LIE.).
Can't wait for installment #4.
oh mj ilu

lucky seven, ep 1

Judging from the first episode, this drama is a bit of a strange creature.
It's not your typical detective drama - that, I can say for sure.
The problem is, I don't really know what it's meant to be -
and I'm not sure if the writers and directors do either.
The first episode is a hodgepodge of
sob story (the case) + cop buddy drama
(amongst the detectives and especially between Eita and Jun -
something, on a side note, I can't wait to see develop <3)
+ an introduction to the loser-made-good/person-changes-XX-for-the-better tropes
I'm assuming will eventually come to pass.
The enterprise kind of careens all over the place,
(inevitably) accompanied by jarring tone changes.
Very wrinkly-brow-inducing.

ALSO. Most of the first episode is placid. Ploddy.
There's hardly any tension, even - especially - when you'd expect there to be
(e.g. when they first enter the underground fighting ring).
The whole thing just goes la-dee-da and skims happily along the surface:
is there meant to be MORE?
It gets kind of frustrating after a while.
And it doesn't help that the dialogue isn't the most intelligent.

Also, I think Jun is micast.
With a bit of charity, I'd say he is alright at the loverboy thing,
but it's clear that he can't strike a believable balance between that
and the bumbling-rookie persona.
Okay, so I never thought of Jun the best actor ever, but. Still. ><
I hope he improves throughout the series.

I DO like the offbeat, quirky thing L7's got going, though.
It's absolutely lovely when it all-of-a-sudden
(literally! which added to the off-kilter, is-this-right feel)
flares to life in:
(a)random, unexpected comic moments
(e.g. the peace sign in the last photo,
jun playing dirty - and childishly - in the fight, the entire fight in general, lol),
(b)the fights/cat-mouse races.
It's glaringly clear where the director's priorities and/or comfort zone lie:
and for what is meant to be a detective drama, precious little is centred on the case.
On one hand, these scenes are great,
but on the other, they're also rather worrying.
WILL THEY HAVE TO INCLUDE A FIGHT SCENE IN EVERY EPISODE
FOR THE DIRECTOR TO SHOW WHAT HE'S CAPABLE OF?
They should have just made it a boxing drama.
Or something involving lots of combat/guns/blood. O.o
All throughout the (admittedly, delicious) slow-mo fight,
I was wondering how much OTHER footage (central to the plot) was cut just so those particular bits could be included in the episode.
(Of course, this could be attributed to the introductory nature of the episode,
so I will withhold judgment on this till further on in the series.)

Another thing I loved:
the glimpse we get of the potential dynamic amongst the detectives
at the very end of the episode (a case of too little too late here).
The bickering was so, so natural and very adorable.
Hopefully they can expand on that (and the individual characters)
in the next few episodes,
because more of said hilarity would def win me over.

I actually thought the concept of the yarareya was pretty cool.
Too bad they didn't delve deeper into the motives of the characters involved in the case.
Maybe the staff will have equally-good ideas
and the time/motivation to explore them further
in future episodes?
One can hope.

Eita is hot.
And Jun really does go all out (and I respect him all the more for it),
even if he isn't a good fit for the character.
There was some physicality in the episode that made me wince
and was clearly not stunt-doubled,
and I wonder how he wasn't afraid of getting his face hurt. <3

Overall verdict: A mixed bag.
Not crazy about it, but I do see the potential for better things.
Will watch and see what happens.



NO RESERVATIONS ABOUT WILD AT HEART, THOUGH.
WONDERFUL SONG (POOH TO ALL THE WHINING OVER ON ARAMA).
FITS THE DRAMA PERFECTLY.
SUITS ME TO A T.
Couldn't ask for more.
oh mj ilu

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THERE'S SO MUCH DEGREE-IMPACTING WORK TO BE DONE, argh.
So, the obvious corollary: here I am. On the nets.


OHNO GOT GQ MAN OF THE YEAR WHOOOO
So happy for him.
I love the amount of recognition he's getting with Kaibutsu-kun,
even if I didn't like the drama itself.
Also: was reading one of yamakaze's translations of Arashi Discovery,
and this characteristic piece of Ohno!wisdom made me grin:
'When I couldn’t go to fishing for several months for drama.
When I go fishing after long time, it’s only me who can catch.
So you have this kind of reward.
When you have difficult time, when you get over it. Fishes come to you.'
<33
You can never have enough Ohno-style advice in your life.


I want more Ohno icons.


Watched Battle Royale recently
and it was... underwhelming.
The most shocking bits were actually at the beginning of the film,
up till when they left the abandoned school
(e.g. dead form teacher, crazy-teacher killing people off unconcernedly,
the creepily-bubbly girl dispensing instructions),
which was also where the interesting social commentary-esque subtext was most apparent.
After that, when the personal stories took over (or were meant to, at least),
it all just sort of went downhill.
I can definitely see how the concept would work in a manga,
where there is room to build storylines and flesh characters out,
but (as someone new to the whole franchise) I could barely keep track of everyone -
not to mention summoning up any smidgen of empathy for the characters.
The last two thirds of the film
were essentially a slideshow of mildly-creative murders
featuring mildly-interesting characters.


Cautiously excited re: Lucky Seven.
On one hand, the cast is great
(Eita! Naka Riisa! Oizumi Yo! MATSUSHIMA NANAKO.
Lol Jun might actually be the weakest actor.)
and the CM is all sorts of awesome.
(PLUS. ITS BGM... ACK I WANT THE SINGLE TO DROP. PRONTO. *.*)
On the other hand, the scriptwriters/director can make or break a drama,
and while the scriptwriters haven't been announced yet,
the Gantz director is at the helm.
Not too sure how to feel about this.
And I'm afraid the cases won't be fresh enough,
given the overabundance of J-cop dramas past, present and future.
Oh well. We'll see how it goes :)