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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2022 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I started watching Saiai too, but it's not as good as I expected. Once I got the idea of what happened, apart from the two main characters, I don't know or care much about the rest of the characters.

I watched Love or Not Season 1 too. Even though it's nothing original, everyone put in earnest performances and it was surprisingly enjoyable. Motokariya Yuika was so cute, but her character was not especially interesting.

There are a few dramas I want to follow this season so looking forward to them.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Watched Koisenu Futari episode 1. Perhaps not many people are like the lead characters with regards to romantic relationships/feelings. But the way they talked about society expectation and pressure, as well as loneliness, would echo with many people. Although the direction of the plot seems to be somewhat predictable, I am still very much looking forward to the rest of the drama.

Kishii Yukino is so cute. I love her beaming smile. Where has she been all these years?

Also watched Dekinai Futari. It's a 2 part SP told from the female and male leads point of view. The story is cliche and I felt the bickering could have been better but it was still very enjoyable. Having key scenes told from different point of view with voiceover was interesting.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

xploring wrote:
I started watching Saiai too, but it's not as good as I expected. Once I got the idea of what happened, apart from the two main characters, I don't know or care much about the rest of the characters.

Yeah it was pretty obvious but they had to drag it to 10 episodes. Honestly, I was expecting more of a thriller or darker, sinister vibe, but they went with damsel in distress. It was fine for what it was, but a bit of wasted potential.

Tried the first episode of Kamakura dono no 13 nin, quite entertaining and gives me hope I might make it through this taiga. Perhaps following it weekly might help.

Hope to finish Nihon Chinbotsu soon, two episodes to go.
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Kamakura dono no 13 nin. I watched the first two episodes. The storytelling is quite entertaining but the pace of Taiga drama is just too slow for me. With hardly any background knowledge of the time period and those historical figures, I don't think I will keep watching.

Muchaburi. I didn't have any expectation and was pleasantly surprised. The writing and performances were engaging even if the material is nothing very original. Looking forward to the rest.

Touboui F. Feels a bit like The Fugitive. I like both leads in their past movie/drama but the storytelling feels disjointed and overall the drama looks a bit amateurish. If this is an American series, I think it has good potential but I don't remember any Japanese drama like this one that was memorable.

Read on twitter that The Journalist on Netflix is really good, perhaps even better than the movie. Hope to check it out in future.

Hamabe Minami is captivating in Dr White. Her character reminds me of a child who grew up in the forest alone without human contact. I understand they want to emphasize the contrast between her and the rest of the cast, but the balance felt a bit off... Hopefully they will focus on character development rather than episodic medical puzzles.

Koisenu Futari episode 2. That was really good. The story moved very quickly but I really like how there were a lot of meaningful discussions about family, communication, expectation... I often watch dramas with a lot of short breaks in one episode but this was so engaging I wish I could keep watching even when the episode ended. The leads' performances were pitch perfect too. They conveyed so much in only 30 minutes, there was like no filler at all.
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