Sunday, September 30, 2018

Gibo to Musume no Blues 7-9

It took me a bit of time to continue watching this series because I was very afraid my biggest fears about the character that Kenshin aka Satou Takeru was playing would come true.

Happy to report that it did not happen. Kenshin continued to be the comedy relief of the story and to juxtapose the stepmother stepdaughter story with his own father son story. Loved the final episode and Gibo to Musume no Blues is the best mother daughter show I can remember in recent memory.

My only complaint about the show is that they did not even try to make Ayase Haruka look 10 years older after the time jump even tough everyone did. Does she have something in her contracts with make up companies that she must never be made to look older? Its a small thing but it would have made a huge difference in making her more 'motherly'.

Otherwise, I can't really fault Gibo to Musume no Blues. Very watchable, not must watch but you won't regret watching.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Kenkou de Bunkatekina Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu Episode 7

Episode 7 is my favourite episode of the series for a couple of reasons. Firstly Yoshitsune is not the main character of this episode. Kurihashi is a much better character to tell stories through because she has her own 'disability' which is her inability to smile and connect with people.

The second reason is the issue of illiteracy. I remember the feeling of being in Japan my first time and being unable to read anything including the menus. Seriously though in my line of work, I've sometimes come across people who don't have strong language skills that becomes a barrier for them to get things done.

Third reason I love this episode is Keda Tetsuhiro aka Akiba from Yabe Kenzo. Normally he usually plays slapstick characters but this time he does a great job bringing this down to earth, human quality as the illiterate person who can't get a job.

Fourth reason is Kurihashi and Akiba have great chemistry and synergy between their characters. I feel Saitei Gendo no Sekatsu could have been Juhan Shuutai and episode 7 is proof that it can be. Giving it a must watch rating for episode 7 but watchable for the series thus far. I thought episode 4-6 had interesting topics but the execution was lacking. As far as I know, Kenkou de Bunkatekina Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu only has Japanese subs.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Kenkou de Bunkatekina Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu Episode 1-3

Once upon a time, Fukakyon was in a jdorama about welfare workers called Silent Poor and it was so bad I could not even find the words to describe it. Since then, I don't think we're had another welfare dorama. We've had one thousand doramas about middle class housewives, single, struggling women who can somehow afford to wear a new outfit everyday but its not often we see jdoramas about people on struggle street.

I don't really like the main girl Yoshitsune played by Yoshioka Riho. She's a bit too asadora, cares too deeply and goes way out of her way to solve her clients' problems instead of enabling them to solve it themselves.

I just want to say, I can't believe this guy has gone from playing supporting roles to kacho roles. I feel old.

Case in point, the single mother family in episodes 2 and 3 where the son is working part time. Yoshitsune beats herself up way too much for making a possibility sound like a fact when anyone with a brain knows that if you receive welfare money, you better make sure you declare any income. I really couldn't get the family playing this victim card and Yoshitsune being way to nice. I'm pretty sure she's got plenty of other people to look into.

However, the bright spot of the show besides all the welfare stuff is Endo Kenichi as this dude who has hit rock bottom and all Yoshitsune had to do to help him was convince him to get some legal advice on his debts. I have zero empathy for the other characters but Endo Kenichi's scene about the beer at the konbini in so simple and pure. I hope to see an episode where Yoshitsune has to match wits with someone who is cheating the welfare system and knows how to get away with it.

I am going to continue watching because I want to see the ins and outs of the Japanese welfare system and because Endo Kenichi makes everything watchable. Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu might not be the next Juhan Shuutai but as long as it doesn't become sob story of the week, I'll be satisfied. Watchable. Thanks to Shane for recommending.

Friday, September 21, 2018

87% My 5 Year Survival Rate Episode 1-4

When I first saw that keiko1981 had uploaded this to nyaa, I was intrigued by the cast of Natsukawa Yui (KDO), Motoki Masahiro (Departures) and Furuta Arata (Yami no Bansosha). What fun to watch these three before their prime, I thought. Unfortunately, there are times when even talent cannot save a show.

87% is breast cancer dorama with Natsukawa Yui as a cancer insurance salesperson who gets cancer and Motoki Masahiro as this expressionless doctor who's is tortured by his failure to save his wife from the disease. They both meet and completely no sparks fly between those two characters but somehow the dorama is oblivious to that.

To confound the fact that both leads have no chemistry, neither characters are interesting and the only time 87% had my attention was the story in episode 4 where Natsukawa Yui got in trouble because she had not told a client that there is a 3 month waiting period before an insurance policy kicks in and the boss made her sign a statement.

The best way to describe 87% is dull. I wish the show were really bad so I could have at least laughed at it. Avoid.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Apocalypse has been cancelled!

Great news! Jdorama god Ruroshin has decided to cancel the apocalypse and not destroy the the d-addicts subtitle forum (and fansub map?) thereby destroying the English speaking jdorama fandom. As the 5 people who read this blog might have noticed, the subtitle forum will only be accessible if you are logged in. Hopefully this will keep those pesky emails at bay.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Subtitles for Mosaic Japan Episode 1+2 are out!

Once, there was a great jdorama written by Sakamoto Yuji called Mosaic Japan. It was a brilliant show where he got to explore the Japanese porn industry and its many contradictions.

However, it was a WOWOW show and there were no Japanese subs so no one subbed it at all. Everytime I mentioned Mosaic Japan, I would always say that if Japanese subs were available, I would sub the show.

Then one day, Dark_Schneider_Py wrote in the comments that he had access to the Japanese subs and would we work on the subs together. It was time for me to walk the walk and finally sub something.

So Dark_SChneider_Py subbed episode 1 and I did a crappy job on episode 2 and since the end of the world is coming aka the closing of the d-addicts subtitle forum, we are releasing subs for the first two episodes.

Although I did a sub par job with episode 2, it still took a lot of time to do it. (I still translated things too literally) I won't be able to work on the rest of the series this year with JLPT N3 coming up soon but this is the first time I've contributed to the jdorama community besides retiming Japanese subs. You can get the subtitles from the d-addicts forum here. You need to be logged in to access it.

Highly recommend you watch this, I believe raws are available from avistaz and big thanks to Dark_Schneider_Py for making this possible!

Sunday, September 09, 2018

D-addicts subtitles are going down!

Just saw on @keiko1981's twitter that d-addicts will be removing subtitles due to always getting DMCA notices. We got two weeks to download all subtitles so download all subtitles for all series that you might want to check out in the future.

The question is where do we go from here? If the fansub map is still around then maybe we can still have a point from which to look for subtitles. Would another forum be willing to host subtitles? There has to be a central source for which subbers can all upload their work or else its going to be very hard for the already niche jdorama audience to get their subtitles.

Hopefully jdorama fansubbing will survive and not be relegated to locked threads in livejournal. Need my Japanese subs for Takane no Hana.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Takane no Hana Episodes 5+6

After 6 episodes I still don't get Takane no Hana. So Kazunobu Mineta loses his virginity to Ishihara Satomi and the next thing we know they are getting married? Did I somehow skipped a couple of episodes where both people learned more about each other and went on dates and maybe an overseas trip?

We get some distractions like Ishihara Satomi finding out that her father was responsible for her fiancee leaving her and us viewers finding out who the dad was. Personally, if Ishihara Satomi's ex-fiancee was stupid enough to get caught then its on him. I find it difficult to care about the politics of this family that somehow has lots of money and followers by sticking flowers into pots.

Then at the end of episode 5 we have the evil father who Ishihara Satomi had told people not to trust tells her some story about her mother and how he did everything because of this promise to her mother and she buys it hook, line and sinker.

It is then we find out the whole point of this story which is that in order to fulfill her destiny and become a greater artist she must cause someone the same pain that she felt and the guilt will propel her to further artistic greatness or something like that.

Somehow, Kazunobu Mineta is aware of this and is happy to play the sacrificial lamb. To me, the relationship between Kazunobu and Ishihara did not develop to a point that it felt real and I could care. He at this point just feels like some self sacrificing idiot who I don't care about.

You know what's the worst thing? Kazanobu's character is playing along with this charade and at the very end when he is suppose to give Ishihara this look of anguish that will propel her to greater heights, he gives her a goofy grin so that she will spend the rest of her days wondering if he actually knew and why the hell he didn't do anything about it.

Maybe Kazunobu is not such a self sacrificing idiot after all. Maybe this is his reverse way to get Ishihara to think about him more. And now, she'll really never be able to forget him. I don't know. I still love Nojima Shinji's dialogue. Takane no Hana feels more like a play than a dorama series. I'm confused but I'll keep watching.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Gibo to Musume no Blues Episodes 1-6


Its a family dorama about this career woman played by Ayase Haruka who gets married to Takenouchi Yutaka who has a daughter and the story is about the relationship between stepmother and stepdaughter.


+ I really liked Ayase Haruka's career women using her skills to try to navigate being a mother. She does a much better job of showing her 'salaryman-ness' compared to the main character in Youjo Senki who did not act much like a salaryman anyway. Anyway, its a fun spin on the housewife genre.

+ I really liked the Ayase Haruka vs PTA episode.

+ The daughter's relationship with Hiroki-kun is fun.

+ Daughter doesn't act like an adult in a kid's body.

+ Watching the influence that Ayase Haruka has on her daughter.


- No chemistry at all between Takenouchi Yutaka and Ayase Haruka.

- Ayase Haruka vs PTA was too short.

- Takenouchi Yutaka's character is too bland.

- Ayase Haruka still looks the same after the time jump.


= Kenshin playing the stupid character who keeps screwing up his job. After 6 episodes, I am sick of him and do not like the fact he seems to play a big role in episode 7 and in the future. Is he going to be the one pop Ayase Haruka's cherry? Ugh. No thanks.


Watchable show but I'm not too excited about its future.