Tags: kdramas

riidaa <3

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Smh at myself for what is apparently going to be a stupid, stupidly time-sucking attempt
to juggle FOUR FREAKING DRAMAS this season.
GOODNESS Z what are you doing. ><

Anyway, Karamazov no Kyoudai, eps1-2:
Yoshida Kotaro, Ichihara Hayato - COULD YOU BE ANY MORE COMPELLING asdfijqv. ;____;
This is so desolate, determinedly so 
(hello, random crow imagery and liberal desaturation... wait, is this noir?),
and ugh Bunzo makes me simultaneously sad and fist-punchingly angry,
but N E G L I am so here for the melodrama/atmospherics/whodunit.
(Even if I may have spoiled myself by reading the Wiki synopsis of The Brothers Karamazov.
*twiddles fingers sheepishly*)
Smart use of the interrogation process + smirky detective as a framing device too,
though following the timeline of the flashbacks was a liiittle difficult.

FBND, show of my heart.
That scene in ep7, when Enrique and Dok Mi are going at each other -
ugh the emotions are raw and the acting is fantastic,
and these people are oh-so-flawed and hurting and real.
Is it too early to label this my favourite K-drama ever?
Might actually rec this to Mom,
since Enrique's attempt at 'advising' Dok Mi in said scene
is probably one of the first-lesson 'don't's of Counselling 101.
unfff

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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
oh mj ilu

reply 1997

Okay, it was good, but nowhere as good as people make it out to be
(which seems to be a trend wrt my opinion of highly-regarded/popular Kdramas, lol).
I really, really liked the first half of it -
whizzed through up to episode 10 or so -
but there can only be so much before the plotlines start getting draggy,
the endless stream of pop culture references tiresome,
the *dumdumdum*WHO'S-THE-HUSBANDDD stuff old,
and the Grey's Anatomy-esque voiceover annoying/preachy.
The 1997-2000 segments were much better-written than the 2005-2013 ones, overall,
and the last two episodes could essentially have been condensed into one. ><
But I liked the series' structure,
(e.g. the way they interspersed vignettes from different time periods/tied them together
or filmed the same scene from different points-of-view).
The characters were lovable (Eunji's acting is a revelation),
and the treatment of youth honest.
Not to mention, Joon Hee+his whole storyline were handled very sensitively, imo.
(OT: why does Hoya's head seem too big for his body? O.o
His side profile is lovely, though.)


I think I write all these rambly srs!bsns entries about nothing in particular
to convince myself that my frivolity has a purpose.


Nice Guy:
Just finished ep 1
(I know starting dramas while they're airing is setting myself up for disappointment,
but the prospect of hot oppar was too tempting, lol),
and...whoa.
Wham in the face, right off the bat.
SJK is one magnetic actor
and so, so much better than the whole pretty-boy image would suggest,
and I'm always down for badass/bitter/explosive/slightly-unhinged heroines
(here's hoping the looming amnesia plot device doesn't destroy that O.O)
and some good old juicy mystery.
(Plus, that frenetic string orchestra soundtrack gives me the chills.)
Bring it on, drama. b"d


Btw, while I'm on Jongup
(tenuous links are my forte, haha [EDIT: and so is unintended innuendo, apparently /orz]),
this makes me squee so hard, goodness. <333
oh mj ilu

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HOW FANTASTIC ARE THE FACE DOWN B-SIDES.
THIS CALLS FOR AN EXTRA-LONG KEYSMASH.
HERE YOU GO:
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ALSO: KAGIHEYA IS TOTALLY PICKING UP
AND KING 2 HEARTS EP13 BROKE MY HEART

REVISION IS SCREWING AROUND WITH MY BRAIN
AND THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO FOR EVERYTHING ELSE AS WELL
--> ERGO, TOO LITTLE SLEEP AND TOO MUCH PROCRASTINATION/DALLYING ON OMONA AND ARAMA AND
UGH.
oh mj ilu

dramas I have no business watching

Legal High - fabulously hilarious.
Sakai Masato is flawless,
Aragaki Yui is more adorable than annoying (IKR, I thought I'd never see the day),
and Komikado's butler-cum-clerk is the cutest butler-cum-clerk ever.
(Not that there's much competition, but still.)
It goes down so, so easily.
I like. I like very much.

Kagiheya:
The first episode was pretty cool.
It appears to be more of a howdunit than a whodunit, which is a nice change.
I adore Enomoto already -
it's great that he's a socially-awkward genius but fundamentally nice,
which aren't by any means mutually-exclusive characteristics
but are perenially treated by Dramaland as if they are. :(
Plus he seems to be a thief too!
HERE'S ONE FOR MYSTERY. <3
I also approve of the heavily-synth soundtrack, lol. It's refreshing.


In Kdrama news,
King 2 Hearts is just getting better and better
(Jae-shin X Shi-kyung, have my heart. ;__; ...I am so invested.),
and Rooftop Prince is stagnating
(tbqh, the only thing keeping me watching is the qt posse).
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

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Watching Coffee Prince,
and while it is by no means the comic masterpiece I was brought to believe it was,
how much do I love that the writer pushed the issue all the way
and made Han Kyul
(a) go through all the emotional turmoil of am-I-gay
(even managing to come to terms with his sexuality), and
(b) actually confess to Eun Chan while still believing she was a guy?
I think it's terrific that there wasn't any Sano-esque copout,
i.e. Sano figuring it out chao1 early
and the rest of the show revolving around him helping Ashiya cover it up.
(It made for entertaining times, yes, but sacrificed a lot of dramatic tension.)

The mains are enjoyable to watch (and so are the rest of the cafe employees,
along with Han Kyul's adorable grandma),
but I wish Couple No. 2 were more likeable.
At first they were boring,
and then they crossed over to annoying.
Now their parts are unceremoniously fastforwarded.
oh mj ilu

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HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, NINO.
One more step towards the big 3-0 -
yet still as young as ever. <333
You've taught me so much,
and made me feel so much more at home with myself.


10 episodes into 9 End 2 Outs
and ack I love Hyung Tae X Nan Hee.
I really do.
I love that Hyung Tae's not another take on the tsundere hero.
And I absolutely, absolutely love how they're so forthright with each other.
They tell each other exactly how they feel -
there are no ridiculous pull-push games,
or silly posturing/second-guessing.
There's such solid trust there,
and that's what makes the friendship-blossoming-into-love so beautiful/genuine.
(Argh, first Sekai and now this.
Dramas, stop making me want what I can't have.)

Prime example:
Hyung Tae, in response to Nan Hee's question about when he started liking her.
'When I saw your love kindle,
I wanted to have it,
and wanted to give also.'
Matter-of-fact, yes -
simple, yes -
but so moving BECAUSE of that. <3 Hyung Tae, <3 scriptwriters.

Now's hoping that the ex-that-wants-him-back trope coming up
doesn't blow my liking of this drama into pieces,
because it is pretty much the best Kdrama I've ever watched. D:
oh mj ilu

世界の中心で、愛をさけぶ

I regret not watching this earlier.
The DramaWiki summary screamed 'weepy tearjerker',
but ack that doesn't do the drama justice.
At all.

It transcends your typical 'boy-meets-girl --> girl-dies-of-terminal-illness' cliche.
I liked that the Saku X Aki relationship contained elements
of a relationship you'd normally expect only from more mature individuals
(as opposed to high school kids),
which made Saku's devotion/reluctance to let go all the more believable.
Yet the plot doesn't revolve solely around the lovers -
beyond romance, it also explores friendship and familial love.
(For one, the Saku-Ryunosuke-Bozu circle
is one of the healthiest guy-guy friendships I've seen depicted in dramas.
And there's this one scene between Saku's parents
that struck me -
when his mother has a smoke with his father,
and tells his father that she's taken on extra shifts at work,
indicating acceptance of the whole photo studio thing?)
And there are all these gorgeous (and gorgeously-worded) insights
into how we live, love and die,
and how we grow and change and move on.

No character is a cliche:
Aki lies continuously and is ridiculously-obstinate at times;
Saku is a bit of a blockhead.
And the fact that Ryunosuke and Tomoyo don't end up together
(tiny detail, but doesn't that just say something else about love?
Argh I love this drama.).

Plot-wise -
I loved the parallels between Saku-and-Aki and Grandpa-and-his-young-lover,
and Majima and Aki.
And the fact that Kobayashi Aki and Hirose Aki have the same name,
which just emphasises the whole cyclical, life-death cycle thing that the show has going.
And various images:
the tapes, the hydrangeas, the ashes, the photos, the sky.
(What comes immediately to mind:
grown!Saku dropping the bottle of Aki's ashes
in favour of trying to save Kazuki.)

This show rested on Yamada Takayuki,
and he owned the role in a spot of perfect casting + flawless acting.
He made the character so intensely believable/involving -
you love him when he's being sweet,
you want to hit him when he's being an idiot.
Ayase Haruka was a little forced in earlier episodes,
but I thought she really came into her own in the second half of the drama.
The weakest link here, I felt, was the older Saku,
whose overacting cheapened the sentiment a little.

In fact, one of the drama's only weak points
is that some of its sentiments fall flat (writer trying too hard, etc).
But, given the proportion of screentime devoted to ~emotional~ scenes,
the fact that only a few moments fall into this category is a pretty good sign.
And this really is a minor point
compared to the unbelievable amount of heart the drama possesses.

All in all, superb direction, superb writing, superb acting.
AND: Amazing theme song.
Very fitting, considering the themes of the drama.
This is perhaps the only ending theme that I've listened to in its entirety
for all the drama episodes.



To date, I have watched 7 K-dramas.
Yikes, they're so much more time-consuming/commitment-requiring than J-dramas. ><
It's not just about the physical length of the dramas
(each episode lasts 60mins, and there are usually 16-20 eps), though:
what I've seen so far is that while they can START OUT excellent,
the pace tends to sag in the middle episodes,
when the writers run out of ideas
and have to resort to melodrama and/or stale plot devices
(a la opposition from prospective mothers-in-law) as episode fillers.
Yet you have to get through these
in order to understand what happens to the leads
(whom the scriptwriters have made you develop a fondness for
in aforementioned excellent initial episodes).
Sigh.



And the following is going to make this a monster of an entry, but:
MADA MINU'S ACID TRIP OF A PV HAS BEEN LEAKED,
and I have ~feelings~ about it.
1. First off, I love that it's vastly different from the recent Arashi PVs.
(No Big, Vaguely-Symbolic Prop that they dance around,
no standing around/looking pretty.)
2. I also love that Ohno is front, right, centre in what is essentially a dance PV.
IN OTHER WORDS, LOTS OF OHNO-PRETTINESS/SMOOTH MOVES.
Also: 4:05. SQUEE :):):)
3. In fact, I love the choreo for this whole thing.
The moves look good, the boys are in sync
(EDIT: Hahaha obviously I have watched this PV too many times,
because I have spotted an Aiba-mistake!
3:05 - he moves in the same direction as everyone else,
but faces the wrong direction.
So he basically moves backward when everyone else moves forward. xD),
and the dance fits the song to a T
(I giggle with all my might when they do that clapping move to the 'to the top' bit).
4. There are throwbacks(!) to old PVs:
people on arama say Sunrise Nippon,
but it's more of A.RA.SHI for me -
the whole room-of-squarish-lit-tiles concept
(with less cyan, though.
Which was obviously shafted to the acid-trip parts of the pV.)
And the blindingly-colourful clothes.
5. 0:35, at which Nino aims to channel gangsta swag
but lands somewhere between Jun and rebellious teen. xD
(To further diminish the effect: he is wearing a skirt.
A skirt that is less manly-kilt, more girly-pleats. Hahahaha.)

BUT: the whole thing is unabashedly chaotic.
Jumpy camerawork and cuts (and random freeze-frames),
and WAY too many flares/saturated colours.
Positively dizzying, and not in a good way.
(I am rather fond of the heat-sensor-y effect at the start of the PV, though. Heh.)
Also: Sho's hairstylist ought to be fired -
all the guys look younger (and very awesome),
but Sho ages 10 years with that hair. ><
It's a bit like watching a father with his four kids. xD

But, for all its flaws,
I've replayed the PV at least five times already.
And it has succeeded in making me like the song more -
ostensibly its primary mission.
(I really do think it's the great choreo.
GREAT CHOREO, GUYS! FOR ONCE!)
And it made me laugh - though perhaps for the wrong reasons. xD
So I'm going to judge it favourably
and leave the mocking up to the PVS girl,
who does it wonderfully and with lots of love.
oh mj ilu

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Why do girls in teen J-/K-drama love triangles
always go for the emotionally-stunted male lead
instead of the perfect dude?

Okay. You're Beautiful, my first K-drama in... a while.
Everyone was raving about this a year back,
and I can see why.
In fact, I was compelled enough to do this recap,
which says something, right?


(a) It cracked me up. SO MANY TIMES.

- THE PARODIES. (e.g. Ep 3)
Argh so lol-worthy.
If I knew more about these Kpop singers/dramas/movies
I'd be able to appreciate these much more,
but I managed to get some of them!!
E.g. Sorry Sorry/Temptation of Wife. :D Yay.

- Intelligent self-references (top web searches, hahaha).

- Nudge-wink references to idol life.
E.g. SLASH FANFICTION hahaha THIS WAS SO SPOT-ON, I CAN’T EVEN.
I would have been even more pleased
if they had included a joke wrt girl-in-boyband Mary Sue fic because –
come on –
the entire show is practically a fanfic.
And photoshoots with the most ridiculous themes.
And unfortunate debuts. xD
And more serious issues, e.g. how idols deal with the media circus.
And plastic surgery, and lip-synching.
Not to mention that the fans’ attitude towards A.N.JELL’s relationships
completely mirrors some of what I see on Arashi forums. xD

- President’s An's random Engrish.

- Specific moments:

>>>The phone call between Tae Kyung and Mi Nam,
when she was pretending she was in the hospital
(‘GET YOUR EGGS HERE! EGGS!’ lolol).
>>>The scene in which Tae Kyung finds out she’s a girl
(and there are GLOW-IN-THE-DARK BALLS. xDDD).
>>>The whole autograph-choosing business. :D
>>>When Tae Kyung and Mi Nam get lost after leaving the restaurant
and walk round the same building... 5 times(?).
So typical of males.
>>>He Yi’s ‘quietly’ mistake.
>>>Tae Kyung doing ~emotional~ interpretive dance in the middle of the field.
And The Pig.
>>>The whole pharmacist’s wife situation.
>>>The POGS. THE POGS.
Hahahaha such a stroke of genius.
Tae Kyung’s reaction to the initial discovery was utterly hilarious.
And the pog battle, xD.


(b) It was adorable.
- When Mi Nam decided to do stuff for Tae Kyung’s birthday –
the water bottle being mysteriously-filled etc etc.
- The points scene,
when Tae Kyung FINALLY got 100pts and was completely ecstatic.
Likewise, things like the hairstyle change. xD
(AND JANG GEUN SUK’S GRIN IS ADORABLE, OKAY.)
- 'I like you'.
- The whole night blindness/seeing the stars analogy. <333


(c) It broke my heart at points.
THE SHIN WOO X MI NAM PLAYGROUND SCENE,
when he was talking about their make-believe relationship.
Impressively well-scripted and moving.
Argh <3.
(I think this will stick with me for a while.)


(d) Tae Kyung.
Neurotic/oh-so-fussy but ADORABLE,
and you totally get where he’s coming from wrt the mother issues.
- Tae Kyung’s comebacks.
ALWAYS ACERBIC/WITTY. ALWAYS HILARIOUS.
- Tae Kyung’s facial tics.
(You know what - I love Tae Kyung in general.)
- I love the way Tae Kyung is first shown to be softer than he looks –
where he goes ‘So bidets are dangerous.’ xD <3


(e) The house.
Pretty <3
And I love that they have photos of themselves pasted all over.



The things I didn't like:

(a) Overused HYD-esque love triangle.
And SHIN WOO IS TOO PERFECT.
In general the Shin Woo X Mi Nam thing is very fan service-y/eyeroll-y.
And some scenes were clearly calculated to wring the tears out of your emotional teenage fan,
e.g. the greenhouse scene.
It got to a point where,
every time the camera panned out from Tae Kyung X Mi Nam moments,
I expected to see Shin Woo gazing down
from The Roof of Angst and Utter Sadness. ><
DNW.


(b) Jeremy X Mi Nam.
Personally, I feel it would have been sufficient
to leave it as friendship
(though apparently the two actors got along really well on set?).
Insufficient development in the lead-up to the confession -->
unbelievable dynamic.
(Jeremy's feelings seem to have been forced in just because.)
I do love the concept of the bus
(and Jeremy's confession+song on the bus
was perhaps the most heartbreaking thing in the series
after Shin Woo's playground scene),
but I do wish the relationship outside of that had been more fleshed out.


(c) A lot of the devices designed to showcase the ~depth of feeling~
Mi Nam has for Tae Kyung, e.g. the clip.
And screenwriters need to learn that vast amounts of crying are annoying.


(d) The scheming/drama.
I basically skipped every scene I found annoying,
i.e. everything with He Yi or the annoying reporter
or Tae Kyung's annoying mother in it, esp in the later episodes.
Also didn’t like the conflict near the end,
when Tae Kyung got pissed at Mi Nam over mother darling:
it would have been fixed so easily
with a teeny bit of explanation!


(e) Mi Nam’s general clumsiness/naivete.
IDGI: why heroines in idol dramas have to be so awkward all the time.


And why don’t people think of looking for the Adam’s apple?
This calls for much suspension of disbelief.
I buy the lack of suspicion in gender-bending period dramas,
e.g. Sungkyunkwan Scandal,
but in a modern setting... come on.
That's the first thing you would do
if you saw an ambiguously-androgynous guy.