Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kenja no Ai Eng subs out at d-addicts!

Kenja no Ai was one of the best shows of 2016 and the English subs have finally surfaced on d-addicts, freed from the chains of private livejournal groups. I bloody recommend it cause its just so good. The torrents at nyaa don't seem to have seeds but you can get it from avistaz or doramax265 if the links still work. If you like jdoramas, you have to watch this and not knowing Japanese can no longer be a reason.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Chiisana Kyojin Episodes 1-5

Chiisana Kyojin is basically the cop version of Hanzawa Naoki, which means overabundance of stirring music, overacting villains and unnecessary posing and shouting. In other words, its a good cop vs bad cop show where the word subtlety does not exist.

It doesn't mean that Chiisana Kyojin is all bad though. What kept me watching throughout the five episodes were the actors involved, especially Yasuda Ken although the overacting did grate on me somewhat.

Playing my 3DS which watching also helped me though the cringeworthy parts. I did enjoy the first story which was about Hasegawa Hiroki trying to uncover the police mole, shades of Infernal Affairs except its not half as good.

Chiisana Kyojin is what it is. Those who liked Hanzawa Naoki will enjoy it the colourful villains who have a neon sign above their head saying 'I'm a bad guy' and those who have Hanzawa Naoki will find this to be a tolerable version.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Midnight Diner / Shinya Shokudo movie 2 2016

The second Midnight Diner/Shinya Shokudo movie is finally here, and can be gotten at avista! Like the first movie, its more of a collection of short stories instead of mixing being one two hour story.

However, I found the three stories to be pretty good and fun to watch, especially with the subtle jokes that long time fans of the series will enjoy very much.

The third and last story is the longest and features a lot of the supporting characters all doing a small role which made me enjoy it more.

While I would still prefer the Shinya Shokudo movies to mix their stories together a bit more, the second movie is a lot more satisfying than the first.

This series can never get old and everytime I watch it, its like revisiting old friends. Must watch cause its better than the first movie.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hyakuman en no Onna tachi episodes 6-9

NOOOooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WTF! WTF! WTF! WTF!

What is this show doing to me??!!!!! I can't remember the last time a harem dorama has had me at the edge of my seat and caring about all the characters. The ending to episode 7 is bad enough but the ending to episode 9 had me screaming at my computer screen.

There better to be good explanation for everything! Can't decide if its a must watch or not until it finishes but every episode is appointment viewing. You can stream the show from 7tv7dorama. Doesn't look like anyone has uploaded episode 2 and above on nyaa.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Kuzu no Honkai Episodes 1-3

What happens when a girl, Mugi likes her oniichan who is also her teacher and a guy, Mugi likes his music teacher who was his ex-tutor but both their one-sided loves are unrequited?

They both decide to become a fake couple and use each other to relieve their sexual frustrations.

At first, Kuzu no Honkai felt like a cheap generic shoujo manga show with but every episode ends with a very exciting reveal and I rather enjoyed how 'adult' the dorama was.

While I wish they had a bigger budget to make make it more beautiful, Kuzu no Honkai's story  so far has been surprisingly interesting and well paced.

The acting is kind of meh but nothing off-putting.

I'd rate the first three episodes as surprisingly watchable.

I'm interested in seeing where the characters go from here.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Reverse episodes 1-4

The mystery part of Reverse feels very tired; People keep repeating the phrase that incident 10 years ago like that crappy dorama Triangle and Kinpachi sensei keeps haunting the people involved in the incident just like in Byakuyakou.

Revelations about the incident are slow to come by but even then doesn't get my excited because it feels like the show going on a merry-go-round where everyone has motive and is a suspect for an episode and it doesn't feel like all the clues are building up to something.

However, there is one good thing that prevent Reverse from becoming another Triangle which is exploring how the incident has haunted the characters who were involved. I quiet enjoyed the characters from Toda Erika wanting to be with Fujiwara Tatsuya despite his past haunting him and the teacher who is all too aware how lies will always come back to haunt the liar.

Unfortunately, the characters aren't enough to get me to sit through the boring flashbacks and I've decided to give up at episode 4. Meh.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jmovie review: Destruction Babies

Destruction Babies is the most violent Japanese movie I have ever seen and I've seen plenty of B grade blood and guts movies like Ichi the Killer. What makes Destruction Babies so violent is not the blood but the sheer rawness and grittiness of the fight scenes.

The kid from Nobody Knows plays the older brother of two siblings Taira, who is a force of nature and spends the whole movie picking fights with everyone and for no good reason. Soon, Suda Masaki and Komatsu Nana's characters get involved him Taira and crazy things happen. Suda Masaki plays a delinquent who is drawn to Taira propensity for violence and Komatsu Nana is a shoplifting hostess

I love how the fight scenes are filmed. They are freaking raw, almost from an observer's perspective. A huge part of the movie is about people's reaction to the violence. I could not look away in disgust as fists and knees pummel skulls again and again, almost like watching a car wreck.

Storylinewise, Destruction Babies is very nhilistic especially with a wtf ending but to me its about how people react to violence. We are disgusted but yet we cannot help but look and take videos and watch in awe.

Destruction Babies is not for everyone but if you're into violent and nihilistic jmovies like me, its a godsend. Very watchable. Destruction Babies and Himeanole show that Japan can continue to make excellent movies.