Tags: jdramas: woman

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why Woman is Mother: The Upgrade

-It pays to have a protagonist people actually root for.
It doesn’t even matter if the setup is rather calculatedly maudlin
(Widowed mom who adores her children! Victim of the system! Works herself to the bone!
And… just wait for it… she's sick to boot!).
Not to be shallow,
but I'd have to like someone very much
for me to sit through 10+ episodes of her dealing with Serious Issues
(we already encounter far more lousy mothers irl than we would prefer to, after all).
Mother!Koharu is idealised, yes,
but her version of parenthood is so incredibly beautiful I can't bring myself to mind -
she’s strong, and tender,
and just – tries so hard and so seriously, and has clearly done an terrific job. <3
(There is so much we can learn here,
particularly in terms of listening to, and valuing, what children have to say.)
The best part is, there is a genuineness to it all –
these could be real relationships,
this could be you or me (if we were better people, hahaha).

Nao was impenetrably dour,
her conflicts (adoptive identity, reconciliation with her birth mother) far more specific than Koharu’s struggles.
Woman is a foray into similar themes –
what it means to be a mother/child/family member, the righting of past wrongs –
but tackles them in a relatable way and with more life
(if Mother was all dreary greys, Woman is earthy browns),
and sans Mother’s illogical+horribly repetitive take-kid-and-zao4 setup.

-Two kids are always better than one.
Nozomi and Riku are adorable (NOZOMIIII LET ME HUG YOU),
the acting artless (no Mana-esque self-awareness to be had here).
Also they are surprisingly comfortable with Mitsushima Hikari? :D

-It really does help to have more prominent male characters,
if only to switch things up a bit on a tonal/visual level.
...yes, despite the fact that they're all supporting roles
and one is confined to glowingly-sentimental [literally] flashbacks, lolol.


Other things of note:
-Ugikuku ;~;
-Shiori/Nikaido Fumi (though the resolution of the bullying issue was way too rounded, imo)
-This isn't unique to Woman,
but I love the fact that, for Sakamoto,
those undefinable, gauche emotions we tend to brush aside
are instead given their own space to breathe and RELISHED in all their glorious discomfort.
-I do wish he weren't so pointedly agenda-driven, though.


Lmao, apparently I have a lot to say about a drama that - while good - doesn't even touch Soredemo.
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black swan green

Toned-down Mitchell?! BEHOLD, IT EXISTETH
Haha but seriously.
There /is/ a sort of veneer of strangeness to some events,
but this fits with the boy-narrator
and Taylor - his struggles, his weaknesses, his choices - are vastly relatable. <3
Rings a lot truer than Mitchell's typical outlandish scenarios
(there's clearly emotional attachment here),
and it's nice to get away a little from his pet themes (apart from the indulgent self-references).

Characteristic diction and humour are still present
(where else would you find such scraps of literary genius as
'an awkward cow of a pause mooed' and 'as blotchy as a dying banana' lolol),
just age-appropriate and far more down-to-earth.



Woman, ep4:
This sprung some pleasant surprises.
The whole 'is Shin a molester' question was resolved in a hugely satisfying way,
and ohh the beauty of that juxtaposition of the Ugikuku story (ALL THE TEARS) -
even if I could have done without the sickness cliche itself, sigh
(Mitsushima Hikari is so frightfully thin here ;;).


Double Tone, ep5:
Lmao A++ for the most awkward kiss ever but drama remains fantastic;
I can't wait for the next ep.
IF THIS TURNS OUT TO BE SOME CRIME OF PASSION I AM GOING TO SCREAM (AT IKUKO)


Starman, ep3:
I take back what I said earlier - this ep was really cute. /OTL
I think I've gotten more used to Sawa.


OT but I wish someone were subbing DOCTORS 2,
it's getting solid ratings and S1 was really fun(ny). :((
EDIT: EHHH was just saying this and ep1 has been subbed, this is great
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Hanzawa Naoki, ep1:
Sakai Masato infuses every move with so much steely (ponderous?) gravitas
I feel like I'm in a period drama hahaha (Ooku, maybe? Lol).
Idk how the plot's going to hold up over ten/however many episodes they're planning,
but this was a pretty promising start, imo?
The message seems fairly standard,
but Hanzawa is so awfully rootable-for -
I was legit chanting 'YES GIVE IT TO THEMMM' throughout that inquiry scene -
and Aya is hilarious and generally adorable
(a bit too bubbly at points? But still. Adorable. *O* ).
I like how down-and-dirty the financial stuff gets (even if it's just for laughs),
and how the hero ISN'T BATTLING THE SYSTEM ALL ALONE bc that would be so tiring to watch.
(I also kind of want to find out what he planned to do when he reached the top of Tokyo Chuo asdlifjw)

I DIDN'T RECOGNISE YUTO AT FIRST.
HE ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE A TWENTY-SOMETHING-YEAR-OLD?
WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?



Woman, ep2:
Cancer?? SHOW I TRUSTED YOU :(((
The tone so far is - sadly enough - similar to that of Mother
(though I wasn't expecting anything different),
and the subs seem to be missing important nuances of the dialogue,
but I love the dimension Shiori adds to the enterprise
(it's interesting because without her the show really could just be titled 'Mother' as well,
but I suppose a redefining of the relationship between Koharu and Shin is on the cards)
and Nozomi is lovely.



Watched Tantei wa Bar ni Iru and Fune o Amu on the plane;
have yet to see Ryuhei play a character that rouses him beyond languor lol.

Caught Platina Data too,
but was too distracted by the scientific implausibility of the premise to appreciate it. ><
Though it did confirm that Nino makes a much better Sad Person than Angry lmao.
Bought the Ryu scenes more than the Kagura ones.

I really liked the Strawberry Night movie. :D
The whodunit plotline lived up to my expectations.
Yeah the ~doomed love interest~ angle was sort of gratuitous
but the chemistry was fab so it wasn't even close to disappointing (apparently I am easy to please).
They didn't milk the splitting of the Himekawa team as much as they could have though.
I WANTED YOU TO MAKE ME CRY, SIGH.
(Though I for one would not want Himekawa as my leader lol.)
And ofc one obligatory screech - just one! - of KIKUTA-SAMA COME TO MEEE



Listening to D.M. rn and it's pretty good?
I mean, there's no urge to skip songs like there was for his other two albums.
And it's cute how Daichi is all happy kid while performing and 'yo brotha' attempts at ~swag~ offstage
(and sometimes onstage too haha).
Gaps are the best thing. :')

NEW LEO SONG ON THE 24TH YESSS BB IS BACK~~
BEG ON THE 29TH;
SPYAIR ON 7 AUG (PLEASE BE AS GOOD AS IKE IS HOT).


Okay. Hurricane.
It's actually funny because this is so far removed from what I typically listen to
that I couldn't even tell if it was good or bad
(I have yet to be able to get through a full listen of Fantastic Baby /orz).
Omona (mostly) says it's basic;
me - it has its catchy moments, and I like the use of Dae's voice
(e.g. the pretty 'oh's, the slight staccato on 'star')
and, upon further listen, Zelo's rap -
but otherwise... D:
+ TOO MUCH DAE, TOO MUCH
coupled with the unintentional hilarity of the MV
(some caper film-esque storyline would have saved it but NOPE
they decide to have random shots of members jamming in place/in party cars lol)
and the disappointment stemming from the fact that these producers are the No Mercy ones...
I'm assuming they're saving the big guns for the final song/MV so TS DON'T DISAPPOINT PLZ.
Not to mention all three title songs are different
so the last will probably be as far removed from this as this is from Coffee Shop.