Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nobunaga Concerto Eps 1+2


I've previously said that its pretty hard to fuck up a time slip story. Well, I'll like to add an addendum to that which is ; except in the case of the main character spending his time preaching idealistic morality in time of war. Add to that, we have a story that tries way too hard to add so many touching moments ala beautiful rain that it seems so contrived.


I have no idea whether the manga is like that or its a matter of the writer wanting to appeal to the broader jdorama fanbase. When a show has too much action and no story, the audience is numb. When a dorama has too many 'beautiful heartfelt speeches' with soaring music and misty eyes, I'm just wondering what sort of audience would fall for it.


Oguri Shun is once again playing a high school kid though its been so many years since a played Noboru in GTO. I'd rather have him playing the main than a johnny though. I actually don't mind Shibasaki Kou as the tsundere wife. Kaho is unfortunately relegated to plot device friend/servant for Shibasaki Kou.


The appeal of Nobunaga Concerto is that Oguri Shun at the end of episode two will know what is going to happen and I want to see whether he can change history. The show also introduces characters who are going to be major players like Yamikin Ushijima-kun.


However, my expectations for the rest of Nobunaga Concerto are really low after Oguri Shun going from 'I'm not going to kill anyone and will anyone think of the families' to 'I'm going to sacrifice my clan in a suicidal attempt to save my father in law'. Hopefully when Ushijima-kun becomes Oguri Shun's adviser, we can finally get to treaty making and backstabbing. Meh jdorama that makes me want to rewatch Jin instead.

SHINYA SHOKUDO REAL SHOP!

Inspired by Jung, I decided to do some googling or in this case yahoo.jping and found out exactly where the shop that inspired the dorama is in Golden Gai! There is also going to be a Shinya Shokudo movie coming out in January!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Shinya Shokudo Season 3 Episode 1


Can someone please tell me where in Shinjuku I can find this eatery? I am so happy this show is back cause Shinya Shokudo is my favourite comfort food. This show makes me happy and I love the recurring customers cause they feel like old friends. On a related note, weren't there 3 people in the ochazuke sisters? I need to rewatch the first two seasons to refresh my memory.


Yeah, there's a big plot hole in episode 1 with the husband somehow not being to find the record because it is out of print. There are plenty of second hand shops in Japan and even shops that specialise in enka and very classic Japanese records.


However, I find this episode so enjoyable that I didn't really care about the plot hole. I'll accept it for a nice, simple story that can bring a smile to my face and rumbling to my stomach. Aaaaaaah, I want to eat menchi katsu right now! Way too early to say whether it will match the first two seasons but I will go out on a limb and say yes!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gomen ne Seishun! Eps 1+2


Gomen ne Seishun is a very funny show about an old boys school and a catholic girls school that are reluctantly trying to merge. Kudo Kankuro, writer of Manhattan Love Story and Tiger and Dragon has once again written a show that's so funny, I didn't really care about that Nishikido fella.

Millions of Japanese men gasped in shock at this line while I did the dance of joy.

Actually I still get the feeling that if they wanted to cast a johnny, they should have went for Nino. Other than that, I have no complaints about Gomen ne Seishun. Well, except for casting actors that are a lot older than their role but Gomen ne Seishun is a comedy so it doesn't matter anyway.


Its your basic high school boys and girls don't get along awkward comedy but how good it is will depend on whether Kudo Kankuro can make Gomen ne Seishun more than just your typical teenage comedy. I am particularly intrigued by what he will do with the teacher's past though if Haru shows up, I'm going to have a hard time buying her as Mitsushima Hikari's older sister.


My favourite part of Gomen ne Seishun is finally watching Mitsushima Hikari in a non crying role as the uptight and fierce sister. The ceiling for this show is going to be below Suzuki sensei. Acting wise, its not as good but if the story and dialogue can be as provocative and smart, we might be looking at a must watch dorama. I'm not ready to give Gomen ne Seishun a must watch but its off to a great start!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saint Young Man The Movie


Japan is a wonderful country where trains always run on time, vending machines never get vandalised and someone is able to make a manga about two religious figures having a holiday in Japan and not get crucified for it. (That I know of) Yup, Saint Young Man is a slice of life comedy about Jesus and Buddha living in Japan.


The movie is a collection of stories which are I assume, taken from the manga and we follow Jesus and Buddha as they go to a theme park, rush to a supermarket for a time sale, go to a swimming pool and celebrate christmas. The writer has managed to craft surprisingly funny scenes while keeping both characters holy. Well, their 'goodness' becomes a constant source of the humour and the tinkerbell scene had me in stitches.


However, slice of life stuff work better in parts rather than a 1 1/2 hour movie and there were a few slow bits for me. I feel there is so much chance for religious commentary but obviously the writer would probably be offending some easily offended people. Overall, not bad but nothing memorable. Watch it if you want something relaxing and light-hearted. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

55-sai Kara no Hello Life


Thanks to Rootabega for reminding me about 55-sai Kara no Hello Life. Its not been uploaded to d-addicts but direct download links can easily be found through google. 55-sai is a collection of five short stories running at about 55 minutes each about 5 people who are 55 years old as they deal with retirement and their next stage in life. I'm guessing the title is also a play on Hello Work, the famous employment agency we see in jdoramas all the time.


The first story is about Lily Franky buying a camper van to travel around Japan, the second story is about a housewife and her dog and the third about a divorcee looking for her next marriage partners. I found the first two episodes not bad but nothing to shout about. The third one felt a bit long and wasn't as funny as it should have been.


Kobayashi Kaoru aka Namakemono from Woman aka Mr Shinya Shokudo steals the show in episode 4 as the lonely truck driver who buys 100 yen books. Its such a funny and moving story and Kobayashi Kaoru really shows his acting chops in this one. Let's just say I didn't even think he was serious when he gave the advice to the young dude.


The last one is about a guy with a bad back who runs into someone from his past. I really enjoyed this episode as well as its an uncompromising look at reality for older people who have to keep working and have been discarded by society. The other thing I liked is that each character makes a small cameo in the next story but Kobayashi Kaoru's is the best.


The Japanese is pretty straight forward and I'm going to upload the Japanese subs to d-addicts after this. While I consider the last two episodes as very good, I can't give it a must watch as a whole. Very watchable, especially the last two episodes.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Which Fall 2014 jdoramas should be subbed?

JDORAMAS THAT SHOULD BE SUBBED


SHINYA SHOKUDO SEASON 3

The scarred master is back! I love the first two seasons. I wish Kodoku no Gurume were more like this instead of a food show. Hopefully they can keep it up for one more time. Do not watch on empty stomach!


NOBUNAGA CONCERTO

I was on the fence about this one but I can't bet against Oguri Shun after the incredible Border and its from the writer of Maou which I think I liked. Its pretty hard to stuff up time slip stories so if it sucks, its the writer's fault.

GOMEN NE SEISHUN!


WTF is this show featuring a 'multi award winning' johnny who can't act doing in my must sub section? Its not just because Mitsushima Hikari is in it, Kudo Kankuro is writing it. Plus I want to see a Mitsushima Hikari show where she's not crying all the time. Looking at that poster just pisses me off but I believe in Kudo Kankuro.


JDORAMAS THAT MIGHT BE NOT BAD


TAMAGAWA KUYAKUSHO OF THE DEAD

This looks so cheap and bad it might be good.





SAYONARA WATASHI

When the synopsis says 'This drama draw the true friendship and real intentions of women in their 40s' I think of 'realistic' doramas like Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu...... but Okada Yoshikazu (Watashi to Iu Unmei ni Tsuite) is writing this and I like the cast.


SUTEKI NA SEN TAXI

Could be funny and interesting or it could be lame and oversentimental.


JDORAMAS THAT SHOULD NOT BE SUBBED


SAKURA

There's a 99% chance this is yet another boring, generic, kid friendly investigation show.


SUBETAGA F NI NARU

The power of Oscar Agency to push whatever 'talent' they like who can't act is scary.


ONNA WA SORE WO YURUSANAI

If I had a gun with one bullet and Gouriki, Takei Emi and Fukada Kyoko in front of me.....



FIRST CLASS SEASON 2

Wtf? There is a season 2? For the love of all that is holy, no one sub this show that prefers to tell the audience in boring detail what the characters are thinking instead of showing.



JIGOKU SENSEI NU~BE~

OMG, I used to read this manga and by read I mean look for the panty shots. Its probably gonna suck since its not a midnight dorama.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The rest of the summer 2014 jdoramas roundup

Good news is my favourite show of the summer, Petero no Souretsu is being subbed by subie06. Highly recommended and better than Namonaki Doku. The only show I want to try out that I haven't is Zainin no Uso.


YOSHIWARA URADOUSHIN

This was supposed to be the summer of Ozaki Masaya and Yoshiwara got off to a good start, giving me Yamada Yoji vibes bu it had warning signs and ultimately became a mediocre show. Part of the problem is that its way too kid friendly so it can't all be on Ozaki Masaya's shoulders.


SEIJO EP 4+5

WTF did it take until episode 4 for the audience to finally get details of the alleged crimes? The answer is the writer is less concerned with making this an exciting legal dorama and more concerned with setting things up to create false suspense trying to keep the audience in the dark about the true nature of Hirosue Ryoko's character. The writing just doesn't work for me.


HIRUGAO

Ueto Aya is married to a loser and somehow the audience is supposed to feel sorry for her. Kichise Michiko is living many women's dream life and has fun in the afternoon. I really like Kichise Michiko's philandering housewife who starts to corrupt her innocent friend. Hirugao is at its best when its playful, not when it succumbs to angst and karmic guilt cause the characters and the acting never feel genuine.


OYAJI NO SENAKA EPS 8-10

Why did the last three episodes have to be the most run of the mill ones of the series? Ok, the Mitani Koki one is not exactly run of the mill but I didn't find it amusing in the least. Is it more of a case I had already watched 7 father stories that I was bound to get tired of it in the end? If I had seen the shows in reverse order would I saying how great the Yoshikazu Okada and Sakamoto Yuji episodes were? I think so. It was great to see Natsukawa Yui and Uchino Masaaki on the screen together. I had forgotten how good her acting was.