Antique [アンティーク〜西洋骨董洋菓子店] Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched) can't rave enough about it. i was quite unwilling to let it go after watching the last episode. if u look at the reviews for this, u'll find that it's pretty extreme, people either love or hate it.
I love it cos it's much much better made than many other jdoramas, the story was developed well, there was a quirky but loght-hearted feel to it all. very funny. characters are well-layered.
people who love it should read the comics of the same name for a another take to the story, which has a more structured story, but still funny at times.
Yamato Nadeshiko [やまとなでしこ【大和撫子】] something underneath [Rating: 10/10] *contains spoiler, i think*
i'm not one to rate dramas based on my preference for certain good-looking actresses/actors, although the actor should be for his/her role believable. nanako plays someone who knows how to manipulate men with her feminine wiles, which she does so amazingly well. the actress might be good looking, but not dropdeadgorgeous, which is why it's important for her to always present herself as good-charactered and tender, ie acting cute, (which other idol-actresses do for every role.) which in this case befits her role.
i think this drama, on the surface, can be your usual idol-soap/feel-good romantic comedy, but there are many points abt the show that warrants more scrutiny. (i sometimes think one could even write a short analysis for it, like one does for literature or film, but maybe it's just me and my wonderful imagination.)
for example, i think that it's not that simple that nanako just wants to marry a rich man. in doing so, she's actually reaching for her dreams, or searching for her ideals. she just kinda mis-identified it to needing to find a rich man. this can be seen in the way she kept looking for someone richer even though she has already found the heir to a hospital-empire.
and nanako's character could always keep her emotions in control and well-hidden, so well that sometimes she even believes in her own lies.
the good friend of shinichi, masahiko, has a happy marriage that seems to be a lie. there were scenes where he cheats on his wife, yet then later he declares his love for his wife convincingly. it could be a representation for some modern asian marriages, where marriage is seen as a separate entity from love (the way it was long long time ago, when matchmaking was popular) where affairs are tolerated as long as a certain code is respected.
all these (there are more, but i wont waste it here) point to depth in the drama. this might be just standard for your art film, but for an asian drama, tis speaks volumes for the effort put in. but sadly, from other reviews i've read, all of it seems to be lost on most viewers.
well-paced to the end (perhaps the end came too sudden, but the story must end somehow), well directed, well acted, well scripted. what more could one ask for?