Tags: jdramas: saikou no rikon

oh mj ilu

doctors 2, final ep:

Had me worried up to ep4
since it seemed to be recycling S1's tricks
(by now less of tricks, more of perfunctory plot points) -
the same fantastically-miraculous surgeries, flagrant(!!) disregard of patient ethics, etc.
Not to mention NO character growth whatsoever on Team Moriyama's parts.

Got more interesting from ep5 onwards, though,
with the kicking in of the succession plotline and its accompanying ally-hunting
(didn't come a moment too soon),
the most well-written case I've seen across both seasons in eps 6-7,
and Sachi's crush finally coming to a head.
Even if the aforementioned surgeries/flagrant disregard were still, well,
very much more glaring the second time round.
But yeah. Not bad, overall.

...and Sawamura Ikki's dimples are really frustrating?? /sigh



ETA: Hello there, SnR ep10 ♥
riidaa <3

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HOW GOOD WAS THAT ARASHI MS MEDLEY
HOW GREAT WAS IT TO HEAR HADASHI NO MIRAI AND SAKURA SAKE AGAIN
MATSUJUN I SEE YOUR GRIN BEING WIDER THAN YOUR FACE
OHNO I SEE YOU SLEEPWALKING THROUGH (ALMOST) EVERYTHING
<3<3


Saikou no Rikon, ep7:
Lololol. Oh, you. ;;
My opinion of this series tends to seesaw, tbh (sometimes even within an episode :3).
At its worst it sort of resembles a bad play,
in the sense that scenes feel like obvious setups.
Case in point: the four-way argument in ep6 -
yeah, so there were good laughs here and there,
but the back-forth of the dialogue was just /that/ bit too deliberate,
the scenarios just /that/ bit too perfect.
Then you have the parts that are pretentious for pretentiousness' sake,
like Ryo's dream about the train journey (and his whole backstory, really). -.-

At its best, though - it is incredible.
-Every. single. heavy scene involving Mitsuo and/or Yuka hits its mark and cuts to the quick.
You have these emotions and they're thick in the air and they kind of clench and squeeze
and ughhh ;____;
AND CAN I JUST SAY: I started watching this for Eita,
but Ono Machiko is the heart of this whole thing
and she does it so much justice. <333
(I think I need to try Carnation now...
sigh, I believe this is exactly how I ended up neck-deep in Jdramas in the first place, lmao.)
-THE WRITER'S ABILITY TO EXTRACT HUMOUR FROM THE MUNDANE IS BRILLIANT.
In ep7 alone: the misting-over of the glasses
(I HAVE THAT PROBLEM EVERYDAY! YOU UNDERSTAND, SCRIPTWRITER-SAN xx /weeps),
Mitsuo's Top Ten Favourite Animals list (I laughed so hard, you have no idea),
the eyeroll-y 'I have my hands full' pun.
(Nearly all of Mitsuo's lines/physical gags, tbqh. Eita is awesome. xD)

It's still (relatively-) early days (cf. seesawing opinion),
but I'd say the good makes the bad worth it?
Not as asldifjqlvhavemyheart-amazing as Soredemo,
but I CAN see how this would be equally - if not more - difficult to film/execute
(if in a vastly different way),
so. /salutes


Off to steal a watch of my final Karamazov ep
(okay, more like Ichihara Hayato's permanently-clenched - but still hot!! :D - jaw).
I like how ridiculously stress-free this show's brand of misery is. <3
Yakou Kanransha, on the other hand...
ugh it makes me so angry.
Angry at the characters' choices/responses to situations,
then angry at myself for getting invested in drama characters lol.
I actually prefer the present-day scenes to the flashbacks,
because it's easier to deal with rock-bottom than watch the inevitable descent there. :(
riidaa &lt;3

time and fandom wait for no man

Saikou no Rikon, ep 4 (in which my misgivings are officially dispelled):
This drama is so, so excellent at finding the funny in the unfunny,
and holding up mirrors to our foibles (lol it hit home so many times, sigh).
Yeah, it's not always pleasant,
but there is a point to that unpleasantness.
(And, on the plus side, no one makes decisions as illogical as Nao's(!).)
Even if I'm disappointed later on,
at least I can say it's unlike anything else I've ever watched.



PROBABLY MY FAVE FROM THE CON? IT SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS TRUCKLOADS OF FUN
(and wow @ Dae's falsetto/his last note).
'CHOI ZELO! CHOI ZELO!'
If Goodbye had had better singing it would have been up there too.

Only peripherally-related but was silent-tearing over this earlier on l-lol.
My life needs more Dae!ballads
(and not any old let's-stick-this-in-to-keep-the-vocalists-happy song either, TS >:().



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Flower Boy Next Door, ep4:
This drama speaks to me, on so many levels. <3 
Love the fact that the triangle doesn't just entail a decision between two guys
but between two ways of dealing with the world
(and Jin Rak's idealisation of her as this ~paragon of purity~ is especially interesting?
I wonder how he'll react as she shows him her other sides, or changes.).
I want to see Dok Mi grow, and deal with her issues, and make conscious choices, and be the better for it.
Don't let me down, show. ;___;


Saikou no Rikon, ep1:
Hahaha. Well.
Dove in not quite knowing what to expect,
and surfaced... still not knowing what to expect for the rest of it. /orz
Definitely intrigued, though.
Can't wait to see where this leads (especially wrt the exploration of themes).
I think it might actually end up less controversial than the premise makes it out to be
(i.e. Akari catalysing Mitsuo's rediscovery - or discovery - of the love in his marriage,
rather than the focus being cheating per se)?

For something billed as a comedy, the humour (where present)
turned out far subtler than I thought it would be
(except for the ending credits sequence, which is utterly awesome [CRYING; mad props, for serious]) -
though appropriately offbeat/cynical lol.
And while I do appreciate the oddities
(like Mitsuo's awesomely out-of-place love of animals + how that carries over to his favourite sport, haha xD),
the characters are admittedly not the most endearing.

That being said, there is this brilliant moment of lyricism,
when Mitsuo is talking to Akari about how he ended up with Yuka -
how 'it started because [he] didn't know what to call her and placed a hand on her shoulder',
and how  '[they] held hands because [they] didn't know what to talk about',
which was such an poignant summing-up
of the sort of lackadaisical easing-into-things characterising their marriage. </3
And it's cool that Akari provides a new perspective on these memories Mitsuo clearly hasn't considered.
I literally paused the ep there for a while to take it in, lmao.

ILU EITAAAA


How did I not realise that the full version of Sakura Mitsutsuki was out?!?
It's fairly-standard SPYAIR anime OP fare, 
but since they've more than proven that they're not stuck in a stylistic rut
(e.g. with Blowing and Star, which I love to teeny bits),
I'm sitting back and enjoying the (v catchy) ride. b"d