Fall 2008 Drama Reviews

December 19, 2008 at 11:38 pm 2 comments

So instead of doing a drama preview and separate review, I bring to you near-end of season reviews! Short and sweet, hopefully. Well, even though I haven’t finished any series yet, I’ve been dying to do this! Dramas are so nice…they make a great study breaks, haha =)

Celeb to Binbo Taro


Starring: Ueto Aya, Kamiji Yusuke, Kunitaka Ryoko, Kashiwabara Takashi
It’s the story of a rich girl (Ueto) who’s the daughter a major hotel chain owner, who also runs her own fashion line. She meets a poor widower with three young kids (Kamiji) and blah blah stuff happens. Basically it’s a drama with almost everyone really exaggerated, where the villian’s motive is nowhere to be found (yet? who knows). But, it’s still a fun watch for when you’re bored.

Actually I would have to say that the best thing about this drama is the AMAZING insert song. I’ve just totally fallen in love with it. It’s called Hero by a group called Safarii. It’s their second single and they’re signed with Sony and it was kind of difficult to even find what the insert was to being with. Safarii is made up of Sophia, AK, and Oki. And that’s kind of all I know. I did listen to their first single, Fallin’, on youtube and I don’t like it nearly as much as Hero. Oh well… I have to say, Sophia’s voice is really really beautiful. And I’m even doing my first youtube embed because you need to listen to this song. =) This song reminds me a bit of MONKEY MAJIK, actually.

well, that was kind of rambly

ROOM OF KING


Starring: Mizushima Hiro, Suzuki Anne, Igawa Haruka, Watabe Atsuro, Itao Itsuji
There’s an unbelievably luxurious apartment with nine rooms called King and you decide how much you want to pay to live there. The catch? You can only live there if the eccentric real estate agents think you can become King. Oh, and you’ll be living with 8 other strangers and when one of you becomes King, the rest are all kicked out. It’s a weird premise with strange but charming characters (well, mostly). Mostly I started watched because of Mizushima Hiro, but the main cast is actually very lovable, even though they’re all quite strange. Nothing too stellar but worth a watch.

Ryuusei no Kizuna


Starring: Ninomiya Kazunari, Nishikido Ryo, Toda Erika, Kaname Jun
Three siblings lost their parents to murder when they were young. At that time, they vowed to find the murderer and kill him. Now the statute of limitations is coming up and they are running out of time. Even though the story sounds pretty dark and morbid, it actually isn’t. It’s a great mix of comedy and drama with an intriguing plot. And they’re swindlers! and when they are swindling people, they happen to see the murderer and that how that portion starts. I’ve never really liked Nino before and I once watched him in Stand Up!! and thought that it was kind of stupid. But I think I’ve had a change of heart; he’s not so bad after all. Also, it’s so weird to see Nishikido Ryo so soon after in such a different role. And as always, Toda Erika is great. And very pretty. This drama is my favorite of the season and if you’ve haven’t seen it yet, you are missing out! The production is quite interesting too, very fun.

Giragira


Starring: Sasaki Kuranosuke, Maya Miki, Hara Sachie, Miura Shohei
It’s about a man who used to be the king of hosts in his heyday, but left that world when he got married. However, he never told his wife that he used to a host. Now, many years later, he is laid off and needs to a find job to support his family. When no one will hire him, he turns back to his old profession – a host. But it’s a hard world to get accepted into, especially when you’re older. And he can’t tell his wife, either.

Well, it’s a host story, what can I say? Of course, he’s trying to prove that being a host isn’t a corrupt profession, it’s about healing hearts, etc. and all that. What’s nice about this one is that it also incorporates a business aspect too it and it even has two of my favorite older actor/actress: Sasaki Kuranosuke and Maya Miki, which is always nice. They both are really talented and the plot is pretty good too, so it’s definitely an enjoyable drama. And as a side note, Ashina Sei, who plays a hostess named Yuna, is really pretty (and she’s also in Bloody Monday)

Yume wo Kanaeruzo


Tanpatsu starring: Oguri Shun, Furuta Arata
Renzoku starring: Mizukawa Asami, Furuta Arata
These are both stories about underachieving office employees who are miserable but of course want to become happy. When they’re at their lowest low, Ganesha, an elephant god, shows up and helps them become happy through his various tasks. Although some of them seem pointless or irrelevant, by completing each one of them, they are able to change themselves.

This drama has gotten really terrible ratings, but I actually am really enjoying it. It’s funny but not overly stupid, interesting but not too intense. Plus Oguri Shun starred in the tanpatsu and Mizukawa Asami stars in the series; what’s not to like?? But really, if you are looking for something light and fun to watch, this is a good pick.

Bloody Monday


Starring: Haruma Miura, Kichise Michiko, Yoshizawa Hisashi, Narimiya Hiroki, Matsushige Yutaka
It’s about a high school kid who’s a genius hacker and he goes against these terrorists bent on destroying Japan. He’s become caught up the investigation along with Japan’s special police unit specializing in anti-terrorism. But the terrorists are everywhere, including his school and even spies in the police force.

This drama is every bit as intense as it sounds. And every episode is like that, plus they all end with a cliffhanger! Anyone who likes thrillers and suspense would really like this one. The way they illustrate hacking is actually pretty interesting, don’t know if it’s really that exciting. But it’s still cool to see it in the media, especially for cs people like me. =)

Innocent Love


Starring: Horikita Maki, Kitagawa Yujin, Kashii Yu, Fukushi Seiji, Narimiya Hiroki
This series is kind of like Tegami because it’s about a girl whose brother is in prison for murder and how she gets discriminated for it. But unlike Tegami, this one’s more about romance (if you couldn’t tell from the show’s name). Actually, it’s kind of depressing and I don’t really like it that much. I don’t know if I’ll get around to finishing it. But I’m sure that fan of Maki or other stars will enjoy it.

Honorable Mention

Team Bastista no Eiko – it’s a medical mystery series. I watched the movie, which starred Takeuchi Yuko, and it was great. Actually, I don’t know why I haven’t started this one yet…
Prisoner – based on a true story, a Japanese is imprisoned in Thailand and attempts a jail break. Stars Tamayama Tetsuji! I want to watch this one, but haven’t started it…don’t know if I every will, though….

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  • 1. edlisle  |  January 7, 2009 at 3:27 am

    loved Ryusei no Kizuna. i think it really showcased Nino’s range. and as for Toda Erika, well, she’s one of my can-do-no-wrong actresses so… =)

    bloody monday’s awesome. m not that much of a techie and i lol every time they show that disclaimer at the end of an ep, you know, how hacking’s a crime, etc. but i’m really enjoying it. not your typical cookie-cutter dorama.

    i think the writer of innocent love is trying to make the story complicated for the sake of being complicated that it just sorta mucked the entire thing somehow… i haven’t dropped it yet but that’s only because i love Narimiya. XD

  • 2. ad cullen  |  March 13, 2009 at 10:42 am

    wow narimiya’s in both bloody monday and innocent love? damn, now i’ll have to endure other ppl just 2 c him. btw, Ryusei no Kizuna is one of the best doramas and those who don’t watch is missing out. is Room of King any good? I might watch it though because of Mizushima. That man is gorgeous.

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