|Asunaro hakusho [あすなろ白書]|
interesting view of Japans 90s [Rating: 10/10]
Since I am quite young (I was born the year this drama was released) I didn't get the chance or the interest for old dramas of the 90s. Might be because I used to watch a lot of Koukou dramas with Jr's more of my age back then (and a lot of them sucked actually).
So then I guess like a year ago, I found this quite interesting and started watching. And I loved it! Though It is cheesy and the plot is often annoying. I wanted to kill the main male character a few times because of his dumbness and the female one for not getting that she could get the nicest and hottest guy ever! And the fact, that nobody ever fell for the more beatiful, more mature, more interesting and probably the nicest girl in the world, pissed me off. But this is again a typical japanese clichee, i guess.... Everybody loves the innocent and DUMB kind of girl....
Anyway, the reason I loved it was that it somehow contained a lot of daily life of Japans 90s AND that, compared to the most dramas nowadays, it is more realisitc with sex or kissing scenes. I mean when there is one thing that annoys me the most, then the fact that japanese dramas are too uptight. I cannot believe that totally adult grown-ups or whatever still kiss or hold each other like in kindergarden.
Also one thing that stood out in this drama was the struggle with 'no-goes' of society (espeacilly japanese no-goes..) that most of the characters had. Kakei having a mum and girl that a lot of ppl would look down at and still not ashamed for it, a guy being gay and of course not able to come out or a girl quitting her uni career in order to rase a child on her own (though there was no other option I guess).
After having watched this drama with its up & downs and the obvious ending I realized I still love cheesy stories with a lot of emotions so I can cry out all night just by thinking about some parts again... And this drama contained all of it!
And not to mention that all the actors are beatiful (especially the two girls) and Kimura is in it! I cannot understand why a lot of ppl complain about him looking like a nerd because actually this is the reason why I loved his acting so much! I noticed, the more dramas I see of him, the more he bores me... his acting is all the same anyway. But this one was far the best one!
|Hana Yori Dango [花より男子]|
Love it [Rating: 10/10]
Actually, this is the second japanese drama I've ever watched, which made me fall in love with doramas! It is full of clichés, especially when it comes to poor girl rich man stuff, but the way Matsumoto Jun played the role of the totally dumb badass with a truthful loving heart made me melt away. Having watched this drama over and over again (and a lot of other ones) I realized, that some scenes really piss off because they are so not realistic. But still, since it has something magical the whole time, it deserves 10/10. At least for me! And I think in the end, this is Matsumotos only good acting drama.....