Monday, January 13, 2020

Hakuoki Episodes 1-6

Its been a while since I've watched a jidaigeki. Not counting Neko Samurai which I would not count as jidaigeki, the last one I enjoyed was Yoshiwara Urodoushin by the great Ozaki Masaya.

Hakuoki is a feel good adventure story about a married couple played by Yamamoto Koji and Shibamoto Yuki fate seems to want to keep separate by visiting them various hardships while the viewers of course want to see them together.

I love rooting for the underdogs and I love the Edo period setting and politics where drawing one's sword against the wrong person can mean the end of your family. I could not believe the ending of episode one and how difficult it was for justice to be done in those days.

Love the actors, especially Yamamoto Koji who played Hijikata in Shinsengumi all those years ago.

If you like movies like Twilight Samurai about underdog samurais/ronin, Hakuoki is for you. I'm enjoying every episode. Very watchable. The raws can easily be gotten from raredoramas and the subs by evasive at d-addicts. I fee like watching more jidaigeki after this.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Kore wa Keihi de Ochimasen Episodes 7-10

I just want to say two things. Firstly, to declare that Kore wa Keihi de Ochimasen is a must watch workplace jdorama comedy that is very well written and acted and runs rings around Douki no Sakura.

Secondly is that if you got the raws from nyaa by searching for これは経費で落ちません!, you'll have to retime the subs for episode 7 using aegisub. I can't remember how forward I had to move it, was it 40 seconds?

Love this show, love the characters and they are a fun group of people that I would love to work with.

I love how the supporting characters all come back for the final few episodes.

Must watch especially if you are after a feel good workplace dorama and one of the best jdoramas of 2019.

Monday, January 06, 2020

Kore wa Keihi de Ochimasen! Episode 6

What a good episode. First off is Noguchi Noriko's annoying character Asabuki Mika who loves speaking English, will find fault and question everything and loves chasing the rabbit more than Tabe Mikako.

I was thinking how annoying  Noguchi Noriko's character was until Becky's character appeared. Becky's character is a serial complainer that everyone including management doesn't want to touch because she just complains about everything so she gets to do whatever she wants.

Let's just say I know the Becky type and they finally got rid of her at my workplace. Its frustrating to see serial complainers get what they want because managers find it easier just to give in. Interestingly enough Becky's character is implied to have had an affair.

I'm loving Kore wa Keihi de Ochimasen because its all real life workplace stuff done as a comedy. I remember reading Dilbert as a kid and thinking what's so interesting about it and now its like funny comic which is also horrifying.

Love the acting by Eguchi Noriko and Becky in this episode. Especially Becky. She knows her character is there to be hated and she makes it work especially the crazy make up. Hopefully Becky stays on the series because a hero is not as interesting without a villain.

I had to write something about episode 6 before I continue watching. Loving this show so much. Not ready to give it must watch just yet but if the quality keeps up, I just might have to.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Shiyakusho Eps 9+10

Aarrrrrgghh! I want season 2 to start right now! The last two episodes answered just enough questions to make watching the 10 episodes worth it but left even more questions that I desperately need to know.

Should I try reading the manga? I'm still halfway reading Dragon Quest Dai no Bouken in Japanese which will take me a very long time to complete and I don't want to get distracted.

I've come to like all the characters and the supporting characters that have showed up in season 1. Shiyakusho is a great example of a high concept dorama with no budget that has great writing and manages to use the concept to give an interesting twist to the usual jdorama stories.

Thanks to Hpriest for subbing and I recommend everyone check it out. Very, very watchable.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Kore wa Keihi de Ochimasen! Episodes 1-4

Kore wa Keihi de Ochimasen is everything Douki no Sakura is not. They are both similar in that they are workplace shows with a rigid female protagonist who uncompromising but Keihi de Ochimasen feels more real and its more about the day to day problems people face at work instead of trying to be overly melodramatic.

It is also funny and I find the script to be more cleverly written compared to Douki no Sakura. Both shows talk about problems people face at work but Keihi de Ochimasen presents the problems in interesting ways and does not feel compelled to overexplain everything.

I'm watching this show and I'm thinking I recognise these of problems from my workplace. Various departments needing to work together but at the same time having their own needs.

Loving the guest actors, especially Katase Nana. She should have been a recurring character. 

Tabe Mikako is awesome and I don't even mind the Johnny is this show.

I big thank you to Anonymous for recommending Keihi de Ochimasen. If I had watched it earlier, I would have dropped Douki no Sakura faster I think. Very watchable.

You can get the raws by searching これは経費で落ちません! in nyaa and the subs by going to Keiko1981's fansub map here. And yes, the subs work perfectly.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Douki no Sakura Episodes 3-6

After watching 4 more episodes of Douki no Sakura, I can see that the formula of the series is to build up to a sentimental and long speech by the supporting character featured in the episode where they explain every single emotion they have.

I like that its based on real world work issues like bullying, trying to fit in and female employees not given any real work but the script is not smart enough to say anything interesting about them except to say they exist. That is not enough to make it entertaining.

Episode 6 is my favourite episode so far because its a bit more complex with this feminist author who uses a just cause as a money making scam and Aibu Saki sees through this bullshit but she is conflicted with her work duties.

It is very relevant to today's world where there are many activists out there and some of them are more interested in lining their pockets than making the world better, especially without oversight.

Douki no Sakura is not smart enough nor is it fun enough to rise from GTO clone mediocrity. If you have not seen Dandarin, please see it because it is what Douki no Sakura could be. I don't know if I will continue watching. Mediocre meh.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Douki no Sakura Episodes 1+2

In the beginning of Douki no Sakura, we see Sakura's colleagues huddles near her bed as she lies in a coma. Immediately, I thought about Dandarin, Takeuchi Yuko's must watch show about being a public servant.

Then we see how Sakura came to meet her colleagues as they all entered this construction company as employees together, hence the 'douki' in Douki no Sakura.

Sakura's character is the same as Dandarin's; robotic and old fashioned while always pointing out faults and always honest to a fault. Except Sakura's main tactic when things don't go so good is to give her 'I have a dream speech'. Dandarin just gets really angry and does things.

I spent the first episode thinking Dandarin rip off. Nothing wrong with that of course. After Sorimachi's GTO there were GTO rip offs aplenty and Dandarin is a variation of GTO. It also helps that the writer, Yukawa Kazuhiko is the writer of the legendary GTO jdorama anyway and he did Kohogo no Kahoko along with Takahata Mitsuki.

Episode 2 we have Sakura working in HR as she tries to help her colleague who has been doing a lot of overtime. I'm pretty sure every Japanese salaryman watching this must be thinking that it was a load of rubbish because it would not happen in real life, epecially for a story set 10 years ago.

Anyway, I kind of enjoyed episode 2 and started to accept it as Dandarin set in a construction firm. The main difference between Dandarin and Douki no Sakura is that Dandarin is more a parody comedy while Douki no Sakura is about feel good sentimentality.

I have nothing to dislike about Douki no Sakura and based on the track record of Kohogo no Kahoko, I think it will give me about the same level of entertainment. Watchable.