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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Watched the first episode of 'Tokyo Bandwagon': http://www.jdorama.com/drama.1903.htm

It's got some of my favorites, Mimura, Sei Hiraizumi, Mariko Kaga. Dunno if I would call it a 'mystery' drama. Definitely a 'family' drama though. The main theme will probably be Kamenashi and Tamaki and their fractured relationship. First episode was pretty good though.

Haven't seen Tamaki in a drama in I don't know how long. First episode got abysmal ratings. I guess between 'Andro Lloyd', 'Doctor X-2', and 'Legal High 2' this one might get lost in the shuffle. Shake Head
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

esther,

check out Kumo no Kaidan and Namae o Nakushita Megami when you get chance.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I really like Miss Pilot episode 1 while watching it, but on reflection, I have a different take on what kind of character Haru is and how she should have been developed/presented based on the current script. Her level of naivety seems very unrealistic, in view of her experience, both of working and rejections. The persuasiveness of the story suffers as a result, but otherwise, it is enjoyable, brisk and sometimes even exciting. The interview process and selection activities/criteria are thought-provoking (reminds me of the first episode of Futatsu no Spica) and add a lot of depth and substance to the story, hope they can keep it up but it's going to be hard.

Umi no Ue no Shinryoujo

Enjoyed episode 1 but episode 2 was disappointing. The banter between Kota and Mako was the highlight for me and while the rest of the crew was entertaining, the stories of the islanders weren't very interesting. It's somewhat amusing to see Kota failing at his romantic pursuits, but I'm not sure what to make of Kota, may be I am taking it too seriously.

Junjo Kirari

Watched the first 5 weeks awhile ago. There is something magical about Miyazaki Aoi in this. Not really fond of the story, but she lights up the screen, and the relationship/exchanges between Sakurako and her dad was great.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

snow_san wrote:
esther,

check out Kumo no Kaidan and Namae o Nakushita Megami when you get chance.


Thanks, I haven't seen those - definitely worth a try. w00t!

In the meantime I watched episodes 1 and 2 of Kurokouchi with Nagase Tomoya and Gouriki Ayama (as a cop hahaha - hence I only tuned in because of Watabe Atsuro).
What can I say, it's quite brutal and bizarre and not at all a classic J-cop drama. Nagase is a corrupt cop who does terrible things in the first episode - are they aiming for some kind of film noir theme? I can't tell if I like it or not.
The most puzzling thing for me is the music, a bizarre mix of Lord of the Rings and Keizoku the original one from 1999, with an ending song by Tokio. Episode 3 is airing tonight, I'll watch just to make up my mind.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Ando Lloyd up to episode 3 - I lost a little interest. I think Spec is better and funnier.

I have also checked out the Miki Satoshi series Henshin Interviewer something. Well Fuse Eri is in it so I'll continue. Episode one is whacky.

Tokyo Bandwagon seems nice, warm and fuzzy family drama - I watched the first episode - but it could turn out boring.

Is it me or is this season a mixed bag of relative badness: a lot of second series (Dr X, Legal High, the Masami one), strange and bizarre ones (Ando Lloyd, Kurokouchi, Henshin Interviewer) or boring storylines about adultery (Glass no Ie or the one starring Yuka).

Oh anyone seen Dandarin? It got good reviews but seems not popular at all with audiences here.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Miss Pilot episode 2 was pretty ordinary. Haru's stubborn stance and actions were meant to come across as dedication, but also bordered on recklessness. How it worked out in the end, I don't think it's plausible in real world, but it's only a drama.

Dokusin Kizoku

With music from My Fair Lady and Breakfast at Tiffany's (and probably others), I think they are trying to recreate the feel of those old, classic movies in this drama, but this is lacking the charm that permeate those classics. It's not bad, but the story is quite standard, with very occasional insights into singles' mindsets.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

@ EstherM
It's been a while. (o hisashiburi desu ne)
I started Danda Rin yesterday and it's great! Much recommended Applaud
Hope you are well and enjoying the Japanese autumn!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

EstherM wrote:

Tokyo Bandwagon seems nice, warm and fuzzy family drama - I watched the first episode - but it could turn out boring.


Watched episode 2. It's in the same vein as 'Hitotsu Yane', 'Hotman', and 'Home Drama'. Big family living together with a new crisis every week. Not bad but nothing really new either.

Also saw episode 2 of 'Ando Lloyd'. I'm no big Sci-fi fan to begin with, this one's going to be a struggle. It says something when the most interesting character is Yuko Oshima as Kimtaku's sister and the second most interesting character is Honda Tsubasa as the person that repairs Kimtaku.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

gaijinmark wrote:


Watched episode 2. It's in the same vein as 'Hitotsu Yane', 'Hotman', and 'Home Drama'. Big family living together with a new crisis every week. Not bad but nothing really new either.

Also saw episode 2 of 'Ando Lloyd'. I'm no big Sci-fi fan to begin with, this one's going to be a struggle. It says something when the most interesting character is Yuko Oshima as Kimtaku's sister and the second most interesting character is Honda Tsubasa as the person that repairs Kimtaku.

I'm struggling with Tokyo Bandwagon but enjoying Ando Lloyd.

I wonder if I'll be able to catch any episodes when I'm in Japan in a couple of weeks...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

gaijinmark wrote:


Watched episode 2. It's in the same vein as 'Hitotsu Yane', 'Hotman', and 'Home Drama'. Big family living together with a new crisis every week. Not bad but nothing really new either.

Also saw episode 2 of 'Ando Lloyd'. I'm no big Sci-fi fan to begin with, this one's going to be a struggle. It says something when the most interesting character is Yuko Oshima as Kimtaku's sister and the second most interesting character is Honda Tsubasa as the person that repairs Kimtaku.


Mmmh I am almost ready to drop Ando Lloyd but if I am home on Sunday I might watch episode 4.

antspace wrote:
@ EstherM
It's been a while. (o hisashiburi desu ne)
I started Danda Rin yesterday and it's great! Much recommended Applaud
Hope you are well and enjoying the Japanese autumn!


The few ones watching love it - thanks I will give it a try when I have a free moment.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Episode 3 of 'Ando Lloyd' was a lot better than episode 2. Although it's pretty obvious:
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Looks like I might have to start 'Danda Rin'. Fingers crossed
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Episode 4 of 'Ando Lloyd'. The best episode so far, or maybe I'm just getting adjusted to it. Either way, will keep watching.

Haven't started 'Danda Rin' yet. The real world keeps cutting into my drama watching time. Doh!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I caught bits of the first episode of Kekkon Shinai, and am wondering if it's worth watching? I'm not a fan of Amami Yuki, but she didn't annoy me too much from what little I saw, and I do like Kanno Miho and Tamaki Hiroshi...
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Miyazaki Aoi was luminous in Junjo Kirari. Watched until week 8. I liked her before but this series really revealed to me her charm and acting to a whole new level.

Shokatsu http://jdorama.com/drama.497.htm with Matsuoka Masahiro and Tanaka Misako. The first episode was really good, they showed the contrast between police with different status and investigation approaches very intelligently. Cop shows nowadays are not nearly as good I believe (though I don't watch many).
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Dokusin Kizoku - 1990ish kind of romance. The storyline looks much like Audrey Hepburn's Sabrina.
I don't quite like the casting, the lack of sophiscated charm(a younger version of Suzuki Honami might have worked magically), poor acting esp from the former First Lady of Indonesia, Mrs Sukarno-san and i am distracted by all three main cast having super straight noses; but I'm watching it because Reiko Genozono+Mamoru Hoshino fantasy scenes are so funny, and so are those from the ubiquitous and sneaky lawyer.

The best surprise this season - Legal High2. It's better than the prequel and I see better chemistry, better story and acting. But it's not funny anymore. Puppy Dog Eyes

Doctor X - I'm watching it because I like the soundtrack. The plot is a repetition from the previous....... Bang Head
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Enjoying Miss Pilot so far... watched all 4 eps this weekend :-)
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

junny wrote:
I caught bits of the first episode of Kekkon Shinai, and am wondering if it's worth watching? I'm not a fan of Amami Yuki, but she didn't annoy me too much from what little I saw, and I do like Kanno Miho and Tamaki Hiroshi...

I recommend it. It can be a bit cheesy in parts, but overall it's enjoyable.

But if you're looking for a drama with female leads, I liked Itsuka Hi no Ataru Basho de better.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

junny wrote:
I caught bits of the first episode of Kekkon Shinai, and am wondering if it's worth watching? I'm not a fan of Amami Yuki, but she didn't annoy me too much from what little I saw, and I do like Kanno Miho and Tamaki Hiroshi...


They went thru a phase of those 'Will I/won't I get married' dramas, this one's in the same vein. Like WhiteHawk said Itsuka Hi no Ataru Basho de is better and not anything like those type of dramas.

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The best surprise this season - Legal High2. It's better than the prequel and I see better chemistry, better story and acting.


I got my fill of Sakai Masato watching Hanzawa Naoki. I may watch Legal High 2 six months from now.

Did watch episode 3 of Tokyo Bandwagon. I don't know if there's any real plot here. Mimura does have to seem something in her past and Tabe Mikako isn't who she says she is. That doesn't mean it's interesting though. Bored
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

just finished Hayami-san to Yobareru Hi.

..don't stop what you're doing. but if you get caught up. it's not bad. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Episode 5 of 'Ando Lloyd'. Boy is this thing uneven! I liked episode 4 and had some hope for this drama but after episode 5 I don't think they have the slightest idea where they're going. Head Scratch
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