Ichi Ritoru no Namida [１リットルの涙] if you haven't seen Ichi Ritoru no Namida then you can't say you have seen the best jdrama yet. no exaggeration, definitely won any other shows i've seen hands down. it shines in every possible aspect (plot, ost, cast). i'll let the show do the rest of the talking.
ex(alibur`'s artiste votes (1)
Sawajiri Erika [沢尻エリカ] put up a superb performance in tears. nobody could have done a better/more convincing job acting as the role of aya then erika, given more so the fact that it was her first major role. good looks + great acting skills = whats there not to like?
Ichi Ritoru no Namida [１リットルの涙] Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched) undeniably good, ichi ritoru no namida is a powerful, influential drama. if the media can be seen as a mass communication tool used to convey an ideal influence, then this drama will be a perfect example.
ichi ritoru no namida shines in every possible aspect. it has the most impressive cast i've ever seen yet, a very fitting OST to depict every mood needed throughout the show, as well as a true story that has probably already touched the hearts of many of it's viewers.
sawajiri erika's role as aya was flawless; i personally felt that nobody cld have done it better then her. the same can be said for hiroko's and takanori's role as aya's parents. even ryou's fictional role as aya's love interest (haruto) was a welcome addition.
many touching scenes; aya's earnest desire to live on bravely despite her illness, aya's family unwaivering support, the cruelty and setbacks aya faced throughout. it would be hard to hold your tears on this one.
ichi ritoru no namida has left a very deep impression within me. the show fully delivered what it has intended; to make it's viewers feel that being alive/healthy is a bliss which many have taken for granted. a gem among other dramas, undoubtedly THE best i've seen yet.
Kurosagi [クロサギ] Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched) kurosagi starts off rather promising, but ended with a bitter taste in my mouth. the first few eps were actually, IMO, a joy to watch with kurosaki plotting his ways of revenge on the shiro/akasagis. however, it gets increasingly repetitive with its subtle plots of deception. what kept me going was the myserious rlship kurosaki had with katsuragi, as well as the seemingly on-off romance maki has with kurosaki. every ep was pretty much of a standalone, not much continuation in terms of plot/story. the ending was pathetic; it wasn't bad but definitely did not turn out to according to my expectations. to conclude, kurosagi is a mediocre show. watch it only if you have the time.
My Boss, My Hero [マイボスマイヒロ] Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched) a lighthearted show full of comical relief, hilarious moments and heartwarming scenes. i was practically laughing throughout the entire series.
this is the show to watch if you want a break from the typical love story/tearjerkers genre. the ending cld probably be a lil' better, but nevertheless, it did make me feel that schooling is an enjoyable and cherishable part of our lives. tomaya passes off as a convincing actor/comedian, and yui is cute! thumbs up for this one ~ :)
Taiyou no uta [タイヨのうた] Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched) a story about a girl struck by XP (Xeroderma Pigmentosum), kaoru amane is an inspiring street musician with hopes of making it big as a composer-singer who writes and sings her own songs. filmed shortly after ichi ritoru no namida, taiyou no uta shares a great deal of similarities in terms of plot with sawajiri erika once again acting as a sick but courageous girl living her dying days. however, fans of 1ritoru no namida will be left disappointed with the show as there isn't much to be expected. a typical love story with it's ups and downs, i personally felt the ending was too rushed. not much touching scenes, cept' prolly for the last ep. on the other hand, the show can be credited for it's songs sang by erika, under the alias of kaoru amane. her vocals are surprisingly good. more eye candy for fans of erika as well who looks sweeter here with her long hair and rocker chic look. yamada takayuki did not fare badly either. in addition, there were also a few silly but cute scenes which made me smile. to conclude, taiyou no uta is watchable if you fancy seeing erika in a love story.
ex(alibur`'s drama reviews (3)
Ichi Ritoru no Namida [１リットルの涙] Truly Exceptional. [Rating: 10/10] on a scale of 10, i'll give this show a 12. okay...so its mathematically impossible, but this is by far THE best show i've ever seen in my life yet.
like a few others, i started out watching this show bcos i've heard from many how good it was. but i didn't believe that it touching to the point that my guy frens wld actually tear over em, or at least be close to tearing. and like many other guys as well, i previously held on to the belief that this show, no matter how touching, wld not make me cry.
but oh boy, how wrong i was. i daresay i did tear. it wasn't plenty, but i want to admit it here bcos i feel the show is worth it. the only show that has made me teared by far. the pain that aya had to go thru, it was as tho i was going thru it myself.
i say give this show the chance it truly deserves. the show will definitely leave very delible memories.
oh, <3 sawajiri erika :D
Kurosagi [クロサギ] mediocre, but watchable. [Rating: 6/10] a low 6 bcos the ending leaves much to be desired. kashina's luff was downright irritating + yukari acted like a total bitch. the show is mildly entertaining to say the least, watch it only if you have to time.
the first few eps were promising, but as it progresses the show becomes repetitive. what kept me going was the mysterious rlship btwn kurosaki and katsuragi, as well as the on and off friendship btwn kurosagi and yoshidawa.
however, i would like to defend the show to a certain extend. truth is, when one reads the synopsis there isn't much to be expected. it being manga-inspired, the believability of kurosagi swindling other shirosagis/akasagis so successfully will certainly be twindled and questioned when rolled out as a show. to put it simply, ppl can accept whats being drawn/animated more easily bcos it isn't reality. therefore, considering the above statement, the show can be justified for it's simple tricks deployed throughout by kurosaki. it just seems more flat when shown on a jdrama rather then manga/comic.
also, carelessness thrives on overconfidence. the fact that other shirosagis have swindled many others will prolly nv expect to be "eaten" by their kind. under the disguise of a common bait, many shirosagis will naturally fall for kurosagi's tricks, thinking hes just another "fat duck". u will be surprised in reality many others fall for simple tricks shown in this show, just do some reading on the papers (no offence:)).
i must admit the swindling processes weren't very detailed, perhaps due to the short nature of jdramas as well as the loss of accuracy when converted to eng subs. kurosaki not ending up with yoshidawa was somewhat disappointing as well.
all in all, the show is mediocre. but i definitely felt it wasn't a pain to watch, did enjoy myself at some parts even. sorry for the long rant, just cldn't help disagreeing with some of the comments. gomenesai~
My Boss, My Hero [マイボスマイヒロ] thumbs up ~.~ [Rating: 8/10] a lighthearted show full of comical relief, hilarious moments and heartwarming scenes. i was practically laughing throughout the entire series. this is the show to watch if you want a break from the typical love story/tearjerkers genre. the ending cld probably be better, but still it made me felt that schooling is definitely an enjoyable and cherishable part of our lives. tomaya passes off as a convincing actor, and yui is cute! thumbs up for this one ~ :)