Friday, July 13, 2012

Beautiful Rain ep 1

Overdose of sickening family friendly sweetness.

The Ashida Mana juggernaut keeps rolling on. When I first read about Beautiful Rain, I was praying to the jdorama gods that it would be as good as Shiroi Haru. Toyokawa Etsushi is a good actor and its got Nakatani Miki! Unfortunately, alzheimer is a handicap and fatal disease rolled into one so chances are its going to be another Ichi Litre.

If you're one of those people who enjoy show and tell doramas like Ichi Litre, you'll adore Beautiful Rain. I call them show and tell doramas cause they are about showing you certain scenes and telling you how to feel about them. For example cute father-daughter scene and you can hear the producers telling the audience to go awwwwww or in Japan ~~kawaiiiiiiii~~~. Or the little girl losing her pink bottle and the writer telling the audience 'isn't she so adorable and sad? Cry together with our perfect father and daughter!'

The opposite of show and tell is show and not tell. Soredemo Ikite yuku is a prime example. The audience is shown the emotional journey and tense situations that the characters go through and its not manufactured to make the audience feel one way or another. The characters don't tell/monologue their emotions to the audience.

I can't stop seeing him as an evil doctor after Spec.

The jdorama watching public will eat this up. For me, I couldn't skim this dorama any faster towards the end while thinking of Shiroi Haru. Completely different stories, redemption story vs look how cute/sad/brave they are. Could Japan produce a fatal disease dorama I would like? Off the top of my head, I can only think of Kanno Koi no Hanashi.

 Is this factor working dude wearing eye-liner?????

I guess I can't enjoy anything that is so obviously emotionally manipulative. Its like rewatching the Transformers cartoons and realising that they are designed to sell toys. Beautiful Rain is tear porn. It is designed to illicit tears from viewers. I can't really call this crap cause I dislike the show and tell genre itself. How do I judge whether this is a better manipulator of emotions compared to Ichi Litre, which I only watched for Sawajiri. At least Beautiful Rain not about a schoolgirl who gets alzheimer.


Sonnaaaaa~ said...

Thanks for doing a write up on this one, I avoid tear porn like the plague.

So far this season, the only first episode to impress me was Rich Man, Poor Woman, but I've only seen one episode and you know how excited I get when the first episode is good.

I tried to watch Summer Rescue because the same person who did SCHOOL!! and a few other dramas wrote it but my "how long can you stand Osamu Mukai" meter has dropped too far down.

keiko1981 said...

Have this on my to-watch-list later on.

"For example cute father-daughter scene and you can hear the producers telling the audience to go awwwwww or in Japan ~~kawaiiiiiiii~~~. "

You can come up with the best comments Mike. ^^

Do you have any more examples of "show-not-tell-dramas?"

Jesus Christ Supercop said...

Yoake no Lullaby is a good fatal disease drama, though it's a special.

Akiramike said...

Sonaaaaa~, I don't really see why he is in so many shows so probably gonna skip Summer Rescue. Everyone gets excited over good first episodes because every good episode means a good series until it starts sucking.

Keiko, you had me stumped for a few minutes until I remember the Abe Hiroshi doramas KDO and Shiroi Haru. Basically the audience being able to infer stuff from dialogue and actions and sometimes trusting the actor's facial expressions to get the information across to the viewer.

JCS, you should have mentioned Renbutsu Misako is in Yoake no Lullaby :)

Jasmine Van Pelt said...
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Jasmine Van Pelt said...

The Ashida Mana juggernaut rolls on forever, and you will be ground to pulp beneath its dread wheels unless you quickly spring out of the way and praise her cuteness!!!!

Akiramike said...

Or one could just ignore anything that she's in. Probably can't do that for those living in Japan.