Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Carnation is the second asadora I've attempted, the first being Amachan.So far, the story about a girl who loved sewing and making western clothes has been fun to watch. One of the funny things about Japan for me is how even today, 'youfuku' or western clothes is used to refer to what we wear everday now and its interesting to see a time in history where western clothing and influences were seeping into Japanese culture. As long as the main character of Carnation Itoko does not embark on a different quest and become an idol, I think Carnation is a watchable show.
While I've somehow gone though 48 episodes which is not that long considering each episode is only 15 minutes and when you take away the intro song and recaps, you're left with only 10 its hard for me to continue watching with the prospect of another 100 episodes.
I like everything about Carnation. Ono Machiko absolutely kills it as Itoko and Kobayashi Kaoru is fun to watch as the stubborn dad who inflicts domestic violence on his family but is quickly forgiven. 151 episodes to tell this story is just way too long for me or rather I can't continue marathoning this show.
Asadoras should be watched one episode a day and I really can't see myself trying out another one. I think girls would absolutely love this show with all the dressmaking and I enjoyed watching Itoko overcome her challenges but the pacing does not make for continuous watching. No more asadoras for me.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Fourth girl: What is 3P?
Riichi: Doing it with two male actors.
Fourth girl: Yes.
Fourth girl: Gansha?
Momoko: I'm playing a secret investigator who is captured although its not really a secret here. (she pulls down the zip at the back.
Chinese partner: If you understand then please bring me a bottle of Jack Daniels and water.
Stewardess nodes and leaves: Sumimasen.
Chinese partner: President, let's scout that girl. She's got a nice ass.
Momoko: Of course! You can to do it, didn't you. I'll get ready.
Riichi: Please don't do it.
Momoko: I don't but juice but at the very least I can offer fellatio...
Riichi: Its all right.
Momoko: Mr President is where but I can't do anything.
Riichi: Are you stupid?
Riichi: I'm asking if you are stupid?
Momoko: Sumimasen, I'm not smart.
Riichi: Why don't you value yourself more highly?
Riichi: You do not belong at the place where you are now. You're being dirtied. Although I have to dirty myself, I will save you. Do you understand?
Momoko: Excuse me, what do you mean by save?
Riichi: I want to take care of you. Do you understand? I think of you..
Momoko: People who are smart..
Momoko: When people who are smart see people who are not smart, they think this person is stupid but when people who are not smart see people who are smart, they also think they are stupid.
Momoko: I understand what you are saying but what Tsunematsu-san (d-addicts wiki has his name as Tsunezue) is saying in the end is that you want to do it, don't you. Anyhow you put it, you want to do it, don't you? Uumm, you are saying you don't want me having sex in AV but I also don't want to have sex with Tsunematsu-san.
Riichi: Eh? Ah.... Eh?!!
Momoko: Tsunematsu-san, do you know the difference between a woman who is feeling it and a woman who is crying? Do you know the difference between the voice of a woman who is feeling pleasure or who is enduring the pain? I can't get wet. Even if I'm touched (don't there) or not touched, I can't get wet. It's painful. I can't do it without using lotion. Even if I do it with Tsunematsu-san, it will be painful. Is that ok. Although I've gotten a lot of sympathy from you, is that ok with you?
Momoko: Sorry for being impertinent.
Riichi: Eh. You've not even gotten wet once?
Momoko: Yes I have. Only with President Kui.
Riichi: Eh. (Pained look on his face and he starts to leave)
Momoko: I'll prepare juice for when you drop in next. What drink do you want?
Riichi: Ah, then bayari (?)
If WOWOW had Japanese subs, I would sub this show. Its not a must watch series but I love this episode, especially the dynamic between Riichi and Momoko. This episode has got the right balance between humour, ecchi and character dialogue. The more I do the recaps, the more I like the series.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Last season is turning out to be a very good season with two must watch shows (Border & Black President) and a bunch of pretty good shows (Long Goodbye, Mosaic Japan, River's Edge) and now we can add Tokusou to that pretty good list.
Tokusou at the beginning seems like yet another corruption dorama but it turns out to be less about corruption and more about the people with the power to expose corruption and the price and responsibility that goes with it.
Yoshioka Hidetaka aka the kid from Kita no Kuni Kara plays the prosecutor who has been newly assigned to this tokusou/special unit Miura Tomozaku's character to investigate corruption between this construction company and the governor. Our babyface protagonist starts finding that all is not so kosher with the investigation details and some facts are being ignored.
Being a WOWOW shows, there is of course, a journalist character played by Motobu Sei who seems to have some sort of connection with the head of the tokusou and things aren't so black and white.
I won't spoil much but will say that Tokusou is about the price innocent people pay when power is abused by people trying to do the right thing and the relationship between the prosecutors and the media and the dangers of that relationship. There is also a whodunit in the second half that kept me guessing with a nice twist..
The only overacting in the show is by Saiki Shigeru (above), the boss from Kanpai Senshi After 5. His overactive facial expressions are the same whether he's in a sentai parody or a serious WOWOW show. He certainly rivals the bad guy from Hanzawa Naoki in his overacting. Luckily his role is limited and I love After 5 so I didn't mind.
Japanese level-wise, Tokusou was difficult to watch without subtitles but once I got past the first episode, it was relatively straightforward. Words you will need are kensatsuchou (Public Prosecutor's office), oshoku (corruption), zouwai (giving bribes) and shuuwai (accepting bribes).
Two pretty good jdoramas from WOWOW last season. They don't have to hit a home run ala Lady Joker everytime. As long as they consistently make interesting and thoughtful shows like Tokusou and Mosaic Japan, I'm a happy jdorama addict. Very watchable dorama.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Riichi responds by saying, "Something like an idol?"
She says there are girls who get paid 30 000 yen one time doing some things which I shall spare the details of.
Momoko asks Riichi if he knows what the highest selling genre is and she tells him its the newbies/debut. The first one will sell the most and the numbers sold will decrease quickly. AV is a difficult world. Finally, Momoko tells the stupid Riichi not to put AV actresses together with idols! Momoko says that she is going to continue until she can sell some AVs, even to the point of not eating curry that she likes.
(I love this scene, I love Momoko and I love how Sakamoto Yuji wrote it. Now I feel like giving Mosaic Japan a must watch)