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requiem's drama votes (2)
Beautiful life [ビューティフルライフ]
You just gotta love it! Consuming, cute, and filled with popular actors! A must see!
Dekichatta Kekkon [できちゃった結婚]
Highly recommended. Definitely a keeper, with touching moments as well as hilarious ones.

requiem's artiste votes (4)
Abe Hiroshi [阿部寛]
As in the description by jdorama, he is extremely versatile. All of his performances are nearly perfectly executed in his own unique style.
Fukada Kyoko [深田恭子]
Love her! Cute, cuddly, and fulfilling in her acting completely! MIURA TOKO!!! A-i-shi-te-ru. :-)
Kimura Takuya [木村拓哉]
It's just wrong NOT to vote for him. In most of my favorite dramas.
Matsu Takako [松たか子]
Beautiful, great actress! Suteki! Very emotional!

requiem's dramas (74)
14 sai no Haha [14歳の母]
Rating: 10/10 (Watched)
I consider giving a 10 to a show a serious compliment. With careful approach to the topic, 14 sai no haha is a drama with a statement to make. Abortion is a serious issue in the Western world, and all the drive behind doing it or not is a moral issue. However, this show takes on a completely different perspective: instead of running away, why not embrace the troubled road ahead? The trials that the main character has in this series convey a thought process of love and concern for the baby; not whether or not it is moral to abort it or not. In terms of acting, Shida Mirai, I believe, is an astounding actress in the making. For a 15 year old she is capable of expressing herself as well as any cheesy Disney teenage celebrity - if not better than them now having done a role like this. It is my sincere wish that someday the entire world will know her.
Akai Ito [赤い糸]
Rating: 6/10
Good premise...ridiculously overplayed storyline!
Aoi Tori [青い鳥]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Creatively done.
Ashita no Kita Yoshio [あしたの、喜多善男]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Asunaro hakusho [あすなろ白書]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Atashinchi no Danshi [アタシんちの男子]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Attention Please [アテンションン プリース]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Bara no nai Hanaya [薔薇のない花屋]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Beautiful life [ビューティフルライフ]
Rating: 10/10 (Watched)
Arguably one of the best real-life dramas I've ever seen. Like Summer Snow, it starts silly, and ends consumingly strong. Prepare lots of tissues - since even though you expect the ending, watching things slowly fall apart makes the story so much more tragic and tearful.
Big Money! [ビッグマネー!〜浮世の沙汰は株しだい〜]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Bloody Monday [ブラッディ・マンデイ]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Boku no Aruku Michi [僕の歩く道]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Bokura no yuuki ~miman toushi~ [ぼくらの勇氣 ~未滿都市~]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Code Blue: Doctor Heli Kinkyu Kyumei [コード・ブルー]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Cupid no Itazura [クピドの悪戯]
Rating: 9/10 (Watched)
Dekichatta Kekkon [できちゃった結婚]
Rating: 9/10 (Watched)
Really, really touching! It may be a little short-sighted in some areas, but nonetheless addictingly entertaining! Daisuki! :-D
Densha Otoko [電車男]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
I loved the music, I loved Aoyama, and I loved the ending. The middle of the story gets really toilsome, so I can't really say it's the best choice for people who can't stand a LOT of senseless crying. Nonetheless, I know why it's great.
First Kiss [ファースト・キス]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
First Love
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Fukigen na Jiin [不機嫌なジーン]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Gakko ja Oshierarenai! [学校じゃ教えられない!]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Gal Cir [ギャルサ]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Galileo [ガリレオ]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Hana Yori Dango [花より男子]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
The anime was much better, but I still think this drama is worth its weight in gold.
Hana Yori Dango 2 [花より男子]
Rating: 9/10 (Watched)
Hanayome wa Yakudoshi! [花嫁は厄年ッ!]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e [花ざかりの君たちへ]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Hero
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Great drama...crazy comedy, compelling mysteries, and in my opinion Takuya's best character in comparison to all of his others (although overall, his purpose in Beautiful Life is more heroic, I believe.)
Hotaru no Hikari [ホタルノヒカリ]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
hoteriaa [ホテリアー]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Ichi Ritoru no Namida [1リットルの涙]
Rating: 10/10 (Watched)
Possibly the only drama in the last 2 years that has made me cry. The hardest part of watching this is seeing the main character slowly stripped away of her everyday functions, while altogether growing more and more mature at the same pace. This drama is a must-see.
Innocent Love [イノセント・ラヴ]
Rating: 9/10 (Watched)
Jikou Keisatsu [時効警察]
Rating: 10/10 (Watched)
Funny. Creative. Absolute brilliance.
Jotei [女帝]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Jyoou no Kyoushitsu [女王の教室]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
It was pretty nice. The teacher was scary, but I loved her. :-D
Kaette Kita Jikou Keisatsu 2 [帰ってきた時効警察 2]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Not as good as season 1, but still - soooo funny...
Kamisama mou sukoshi dake [神様、もう少しだけ]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Kekkon Dekinai Otoko [結婚できない男]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Kimi wa Petto [きみはペット]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Charming, fulfilling, and overall a great watch. Beware of the somewhat silly conclusion, though - while it is well thought out and a new concept, it wouldn't appease the relationship between the two leads for the many lovesick-romantics (such as me.)
Koi ni Ochitara ~Boku no Seikou no Himitsu~ [恋におちたら〜僕の成功の秘密〜]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Koishite Shinitai [恋して死にたい]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
The anime was extraordinary, as is the TV show! Neither have anything in common, but I think the anime altogether was more fitting. This series dragged things out a bit too long, I believe.
Last Friends [ラスト・フレンズ]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Liar Game [ライアーゲーム]
Rating: 8/10
LIAR GAME 2 [ライアーゲーム 2]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Long vacation [ロングバケーション]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
As of seeing a few more J-dramas, I understand Long Vacation to be a very gentle, heartfelt love story; without bringing the tragedy home like it's equivalents, Beautiful Life and Summer Snow. This would be a great watch for anyone who likes classical music with their love.
Love generation [ラブジェネレーション]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Not Takuya or Takako at their best. It's a little too ordinary for a love story, I think; nonetheless it's good.
Mada Koi wa Hajimaranai [まだ恋は始まらない]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Mahiru no tsuki [真晝の月]
Rating: 8/10
Fascinating performance by Takako, but the theme might be too harsh for certain people. Also, the story does carry on a bit too long...
Mayonaka no Ame [真夜中の雨]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
My Boss, My Hero [マイボスマイヒロ]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Nobuta wo Produce [野ブタ。をプロデュース]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Nodame Cantabile [のだめ カンタビ−レ]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
I'm a classical musician; I can only nitpick. Since I won't I give it a decent score since I loved it anyways!
Ns' Aoi [Ns’ あおい ]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Otousan [おとうさん]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Pride [プライド]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
From what I've seen so far, it's colorful and interesting. Also, the main characters aren't blocks - they have a rounded development. My only gripe is the level of cheese in the sports and game drama...I don't find it necessary.
Proposal Daisakusen [プロポーズ大作戦]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
This is honestly a really sad drama for me...love is such a sensitive thing to begin with; to add time just makes it hard for lonely guys like me...sigh..
Sapuri [サプリ]
Rating: 4/10 (Watched)
Seigi no Mikata [正義の味方]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Great till the next to last episode...then pfft
Seikei Bijin [整形美人。]
Shiawase ni Naritai [幸せになりたい]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Slow Dance [スローダンス]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Really, really nice concept. I enjoy love stories that don't rush the conclusion just to make you happy. To enjoy this show, just don't think too hard. It's a fun, gentle, and easy watch without massive levels of intense drama.
Souri to yobanai de [総理と呼ばないで]
Rating: 3/10 (Watched)
Star no Koi [スタアの恋]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Summer snow
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
It starts rather silly, but ends unbelievably strong. I strongly consider this show to anyone who likes tragedies, but to someone unfamiliar with Japanese culture, this should would be too ineffective.
Taiyou no uta [タイヨのうた]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Tokyo Love Story [東京ラブストーリー]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Tokyo Tower ~Okan to Boku to, tokidoki, Oton [東京タワー2007]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Tokyo Wankei [東京湾景]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Toshishita No Otoko [年下之男]
Rating: 4/10 (Watched)
Umizaru [海猿]
Rating: 4/10
Can't bring myself to finish it...the depiction is great...but it's really just loaded with filler stuff.
Virgin Road [バージンロード]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Really annoying at first. That dad...ugh. The middle and end are touching, though.
Warui Yatsura [わるいやつら]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Starts out really cheesy...gets incredible in no time!
Watashitachi no kyokasho [わたしたちの教科書]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Yamato Nadeshiko [やまとなでしこ【大和撫子】]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Not bad at all. However, I think it's quite a bit surface and is loses a lot of luster as it drags on. At least the ending is really kawaii. :-D

requiem's drama reviews (2)
14 sai no Haha [14歳の母]
Captivating Drama - best I've seen in over a year [Rating: 10/10]
Lately, I have been resorting to Korean dramas since most of the Japanese ones in 2006 weren't all that wonderful. Simply put - there are three reasons why this story turned out well: 1. The plot and theme is unique. There are several movies/dramas about having a baby, but this topic is extremely taboo, since children bearing children is considered quite an embarassing thing. 2. The entire cast was necessary. Each and every main/support character had a serious influence on Miki and Satoshi - and since the story and plot is particularly interesting to begin with, acting out the parts was almost instinctual for everyone. 3. There is a resolution, but a possible set up for a continuation. Since a 14 year old bearing a baby is quite a substantial subject, instead of cramming an entire way of life into one season, the production leaves off at a point where everyone can be happy, but the future is completely in question. Altogether, I think this is a must-see if you consider yourself a fan of Jyou no Kyoushitsu, Shida Mirai, Shotgun Marriage, and other great dramas that have dealt with difficult questions. The OST is magnificent, the quality of actors is superb, and the experience is captivating. On a final note, I will also say that this drama gives an incredible view on abortion. I won't spoil, but while countries like America babble about morality and narcissism, dramas like this bring up points not to be ignored whatsoever.
Beautiful life [ビューティフルライフ]
Consuming... [Rating: 10/10]
I find it rather difficult trying to rate this show by its actors/actresses, since either way I deny the story its true nature with labels. Beautiful Life is arguably one of the most thoughtfully written tragedies I have ever seen, in all of the entertainment I have explored. Like Summer Snow, the story began with a rather silly, non-sensical taste of humor. It sat on my brain for a few episodes, until the real story begins. Then, as soon as the dark aura begins to eminate around the series, I started to cherish a relationship I honestly couldn't say I could have of my own. It starts to degrade, very slowly, into a powerful, consuming conclusion - and ends with a smile. Prepare lots of tissues, and try to look at it with an open heart - a series like this is the key to art-influenced epiphanies.

   

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