Binbo Danshi [貧乏男子 (ボンビーメン)] Rating: 7/10 (Watched) I like the concept...but it did get a bit boring on some parts...but the main reason I watch this drama was because of Shun! I love him in this! he is so cute & funny, but silly & dumb at the same time...and one does tend to get a bit annoyed with his character's ott antics & excessive optimism. But overall, I thought it was a good drama...not great, but good.
Gokusen [ごくせん] Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched) I don't want to get into all that about why I love this drama so much and what it's about, cuz I'm sure alot of other people have explained everything about it and why they love it.
The only setback for me about this drama is that Yankumi and Shin didn't end up together! =( I want them together! I heard they ended up together in the manga...pity they didn't in the live action! =(
Meitantei Conan: Sayonara Made no Prologue [名探偵コナン- 工藤新一への挑戦状] Rating: 9/10 (Watched) I love this! Although it wasn't as interesting as the 2nd installment, but I still really enjoyed it! Shun was great as Shinichi! I thought he was really in-character & he's so hot! =D I laughed at those comments suggesting that he "can't act"! If Shun "can't act", then neither could MOST other japanese actors! lol! =P
And I don't understand why so many ppl don't like the lead actress, I like Tomoka, yes she's a bit too young for the role and she isn't really "fit" enough, but I still think she did the best she could & I thought she was actually quite good, she's cute too. I do see some chemistry between her and Shun, if not on-screen, then it's off-screen...I've seen the press con & some of the making of part 2 & they both seemed to have gotten on pretty well off-screen. I do like them together =)
Overall, this is a really good adaption (although part 2 was slightly better).
RESCUE ~ Tokubetsukodo Kyujotai [特別高度救助隊] Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched) I really love this drama, I thought the story is very powerful and and compelling, about saving lives. I thought this was very touching, I always cry alot when I watch this! Nakamaru has improved so much! He's the stand-out for me! It's his first lead role, and i thought he did great! I believe he gave it his best shot! =D The other actors were good too.
Some of the parts were a bit exaggerated, but come on, this is a drama! of course some parts are still gonna be a bit exaggerated! i love the th themesong sang by kat-tun! i also love the music too!
my only complain about it is that it lacked a romance...although there were some romantic feelings with Nakamaru & Ichikawa Yui, but I wanted more! =D
Tokkyu Tanaka 3 Go [特急田中３号] Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched) I love this drama! It's one of my favs! =D I have to admit, in the beginning, I only watched it for Koki cuz I'm a big fan of his, but the drama turned out better than I expected! it's cute & funny in some parts, and Koki is just so cute & funny as always! He did great! =D I love him & Kuriyama Chiaki, I thought there was good chemistry with them! =D
linda100's drama reviews (2)
Gokusen [ごくせん] The BEST Japanese drama!! [Rating: 10/10] I thought that Taiyou no Kisetsu was the BEST Japanese drama I have ever watched, but I didn't know just how WRONG I was! This drama is WAY better, and much more exciting and bright! While Taiyou no kisetsu was a dark and moody drama, this was a bright and exciting drama!
The best I love about this series is Yukie Nakama and Jun Matsumoto! I wish they were a couple in this series, but that was impossible cuz Yukie was Jun's teacher, it's not a good idea for a teacher to date her student...unless they truly love each other...which they were NOT! So yeah...disappointing for me...but I still think they make a cute couple! =D
Majo no jouken [魔女の条件] very touching [Rating: 9/10] the story revolves around 'forbidden love' between a teacher and her student. Although I would imagine to some, just the thought of a teacher getting together with a student may be too much to stomach, and in society, this issue is so controversial, some would just not accept it. But for me personally, this series was enjoyable...although some people's initial reaction would be that it's disgusting for a teacher and student to form that kind of bond, and it's utterly wrong, but watching Nanako and Takki's (Hideaki) characters going through so much problems and obstacles, my heart just goes out to them, and eventually, I supported them and their relationship. Love is so un-predictable; you can't choose who to love and who not to love, and sometimes you could find yourself falling in love with someone you least expect. For Michi (Nanako) and Hikaru (Takki), some would see them as criminals simply because they gave in to 'forbidden love', but in my eyes, they're no criminals, in fact, I instead see them as 'victims' of true love; they were so overcome with true love for each other that they were so devoted to each other and so eager to run away to a place where their love would be accepted...I was truly touched by their love in the series, and I do support them. Although their situation would've been alot less complicated if the couple had at least waited till Hikaru turned 18 before they embarked on such a controversial relationship, but if they had waited, then there wouldn't even be a story or a purpose would it? If they had waited, then the series could've easily ended with 3 episodes! Then what would've been the purpose of making this series then? So the fact that they embarked on a relationship so quickly had its purpose. And I'm surprised that there are people out there who think the story is "un-realistic", come on people! Look around you, teachers becoming involved with their students has become more and more common in our society nowadays, though it may be considered a crime and wrong, but it DOES happen alot. I would think the story is VERY realistic. The only drawback for me about the series itself was the ending, it was abit confusing and left viewers hanging...other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed it overall. Anyway, both the performances from the casts, particularly Nanako and Takki were great, Nanako was brilliant as aways (I've always liked her), and although Takki's performance was quite stiff at times in contrast and he had practically the same expression on his face most of the time, but it's understandable since this was one of his very first acting roles, but he still did good. And despite the age gap between them, I thought there was wonderful chemistry between Takki and Nanako, even though appearance-wise, they may seem mis-matched, but in my opinion, they certainly have the chemistry. I certainly wouldn't consider this a "tear-jerker", like so many Korean series, but it definitely had it's very sad moments where you would shed some tears here and there.