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16 January 2010 @ 05:42 pm
sparkle your own way  
Hi, new JE friends (who are mostly Eito fans because that meme isn't as many pages and I needed more correcting on that front)! It's nice to meet you and although I don't post very often, it's pretty likely to be something Asian. So: score, you get the potentially relevant posts and this one is no exception. ;)

First off, I have exciting news to share! While my buddy phrenk and I spend a lot of time randomly blabbering about whatever Arashi thing we're currently watching, she's now really done it and invited me to do a project with her! That's right, posting regularly, watch out! (I was suckered in by making a layout! Cheater! ...Okay that's a LIE, I joyfully asked to be allowed to do that. XD) Our new game is Arashi Concert Roulette, in which which we alternate spinning the Roulette Wheel of Glitziness and are assigned a song from a concert that we must picspam. If you like that sort of thing, come join us! (I'll keep you posted you if we start something with Eito, as we both love them too. I need to picspam them more. ♥)

Hopefully this is just the first project we're going undertake over at our new home of glee:

sparklehole: Intro Post | Val's First Assignment | Top's First Assignment


ALSO, I never manage to do this but I should, here's a little recap of the dramas I've been watching lately:

Just Finished

Spring Waltz: I. LOVED. THIS. SHOW. I started it due to biases (and in the past, miss_magrat!) posting absolutely, gorgeous caps and I'm so glad they did. I hadn't watched a straight romance in a while and it filled a need I didn't even know I had. The cinematography is killer, they use awesome locations in both Korea and Austria and the two leads of this show are wonderful! They pull off a childhood OTP and a gentle heroine and a magnificent melting of an icy guy with aplomb! Jae Ha has pretty much instantly risen to near the top of my favorite male leads and I'll hopefully soon be inundating you with icons of his face and I can blather further about him there. And OTP icons because they are ONE MILLION PERCENT OTP. If you don't mind some melodrama in your drama, you should really watch this show!

Haikei, Chichiue-sama: If it's a Nino-drama, you can guarantee both that I will watch it eventually and I will be totally biased in its favor. I really enjoyed this show, it's a slow-moving, character-driven, slice of life drama that might not grab everyone but I loved nothing better than settling in with a cup of coffee and an ep of this. It was really well-drawn and there's a ton of narration by Nino that I loved. Plus he gets to make more of his unimpressed/snarky/critical faces than I had yet seen (compared to, like, Yamada Taro Monogatari and Letters, I have not seen a lot. XD) and most of them were at Yoko, SCORE. It was realistic and touching and charming and I was sold completely.

Currently Watching

My Girl (Japan): (all except the last ep) I haven't posted about it so AIBA DRAMA AIBA DRAMA. My Girl has earned such a place in my heart and for as little as I usually need kids in my shows, I love Masamune and his little Koharu-chan and I don't want to let them go. Sometimes the plots seem a little typical but I just feel so proud of these characters. (Also you get to look Aiba in wardrobe of v-necks and smiling and putting his arm around a tiny girl, which is all worth the price of admission!)

Liar Game S1: (up through episode nine) OH LIAR GAME. Such a combination of cheesy and/or terrible things and pretty PRETTY people! Basically I really want to watch a version of the show that's all things I like (Toda Erika, Matsuda Shota, his hair, games that screw with people's minds, dudes snorting the spice from Dune) and none of the things I really DO NOT (grandstanding, laughing, annoyingly jumpy camera work, flashes of everyone's reaction shot, Fukunaga's FACE). I'm having fun but I also have grievances with this show!

Tokyo DOGS: (up through episode six) I'm still not sure if all the tone switches work for me but this is a nice break when I just want to rest my mind as I eat dinner. Oguri Shun is pretty though I still want to see him to play the wacky guy eventually! I love Yoshitaka Yuriko so much! Mizushima Hiro... is too wacky for me honestly!

Utahime: (up through episode three) This show is turning out to be a lot crackier than I imagined it to be (hearing "war veteran with amnesia") but with Nagase that is always welcome! I'm a fan of the spunky, tomboy main girl (Suzu played by Aibu Saki), I find her more convincing than some other tomboys. Plus we have Sato Ryuta, who gets to be both badass and use his excellent smile occasionally! And Ohkura! And sweet hats and suits and a-line skirts as it's set in the 50s! Awesome!

Bara no nai Hanaya: (up through episode two) I've only just started this show but it has all the ingredients for me to really get into it! Takeuchi Yuko's smile and hair and eyes and self. A cozy little world of characters. Shingo and his fine acting! Matsuda Shota and his fine hair! A quirky and sweet little girl I can't help but love! I'm looking forward to more of this one too.

Man, what's with me and single father dramas lately? Should I start Shiroi Haru next? Actually I was thinking I needed more kdrama soon and might start Bad Family which fits in with both my "taking care of children" and "amnesia" themes. :)
 
 
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the way you eat fish is beautiful.: aiba-chanskycouldfall on January 16th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Omg I love Liar Game! Matsuda Shota's hair is reason enough to like it! XD So mesmerizing *________* And I love screwed up games like that but. HIS HAIR. kdjkl;fd *_______*


(also, yes, you should picspam eito ♥ *pokes*)
Top: VM: Dude am I drunk?topazera on January 16th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Matsuda Shota's hair is reason enough to like it!
Agreed! If Matsuda Shota's hair was onscreen in every scene, I would be completely mesmerized out of all complaint! It's such a joy to watch him run rings around people... but sometimes I'm distracted from whatever he's saying because all my brain can think is "omg he's so pretty, look at his hair!" SIGH.

(also, yes, you should picspam eito ♥ *pokes*)
That is a completely justified poking, I have not captured even a slim fraction of my love for them yet! I made one of the first half of Spirits!! a few weeks ago but I haven't done the second part yet so I didn't post it around to any Eito comms! STILL NEEDS MOAR PICSPAMMING. LIKE, MAYBE HONJANI EVEN THOUGH MY CAPS WILL BE TINY AND TERRIBLE QUALITY. Eitooooo~ ♥♥

Edited at 2010-01-16 11:27 pm (UTC)
peaches in the creases of a plastic bag: je: you make me smile THIS bigphrenk on January 16th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
YAY, SPARKLEHOLE!

okay so here is the case for Stand Up!!

more of his unimpressed/snarky/critical faces

THESE FIRST: 1, 2, 3

PLUS FOUR FIVE AND SIX although six doesn't fit the theme but they go together. NOTHING IS SPOILERY EXCEPT THAT NINO'S FACE IS NINO'S FACE.





Oguri Shun is pretty though I still want to see him to play the wacky guy eventually!





WHAT UP.
Top: 嵐: = 90% dorkiness / 10% peer pressuretopazera on January 16th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
YOU AND STAND UP MAKE A COMPELLING CASE! ♥♥ I cannot ask for more than NINO'S FACE (#1! And #2! And #6! And ALL OF THEM) and OGURI SHUN IS NOT-SO-SECRETLY A CRAZY PERSON (Bwahaha, the subtitles on those are also amazing!).

With the completion of Haikei and the almost-completion of My Girl (oh yeah, where are you in that?), I'm definitely in the market for a new Arashi show or two! :D
THEY CALL ME THE HIPHOPOPOTAMUS.: FANSERVICE GONE WILDohmyghost on January 17th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
SPARKLEHOLE. I can't get over how excited I still am about this project, I LOVE IT.

Bara no nai Hanaya! I've downloaded it but haven't actually watched it yet, but I am getting the feeling that I definitely should. It sounds pretty much up my alley.

also I am such a sucker for single father dramas; I LOVE IT when they go for the ovaries, not gonna lie! I AM THAT EASY.
Top: Pride: The smirk of one cocky bastardtopazera on January 19th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm SO excited you're SO excited! We started this project thinking "Let's just do things how we like!"... but it definitely makes me happier to have people to share in the concert love! ♥

Based on my totally limited knowledge of your drama tastes, I think you'd like Bara no nai Hanaya! It reminds me a lot of Haikei in tone, in that it's quiet and emotional but doesn't take itself too seriously.

also I am such a sucker for single father dramas; I LOVE IT when they go for the ovaries, not gonna lie! I AM THAT EASY.
I CAN NO LONGER DENY THAT IT HITS ME AND HITS ME GOOD. It's funny, I'm not really someone who has particularly liked kids irl or in my fiction but there's just something about a man showing that sort of unconditional love! I wouldn't mind if these drama streak continues for me, is what I'm saying. :D

Edited at 2010-01-19 02:35 am (UTC)
animefreak42animefreak42 on January 17th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh geez, I am so excited for sparklehole now, what a good excuse for me to finally watch old Arashi concerts, yay!

LIAR GAME, *sigh*. Those constant flashes of everyone's reaction shot were so freaking annoying. Also, Fukunaga - I always wanted to punch him in the face, though I guess that was the actor's intention as well, so success on his part. Erika's character is just so incredibly silly though, I'm surprised fandom was so excited over LG2 when I was tired of LG1's plot 3 episodes in (though I still finished it cause I was hoping for some Erika/Matsuda Shota).

Tokyo Dogs was good, I was kind of indifferent to it at the start but got really into it during the later half. This was the first drama where I found Oguri Shun attractive! I totally didn't get the fuss over him back with Hana Kimi and HYD (I thought his HYD hair was ridiculous awful).
Top: HYD: Those crazy kidstopazera on January 19th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
Eee, I'm so happy that you like the idea too! It's an excuse for everyone to watch more old Arashi footage, I actually have been starting the concerts but now I feel like I can watch them to share the love! ♥

LIAR GAME SIGH, indeed! I started the show thinking it must be good since it's S2 is so popular... but now I think that's because we all want Toda Erika and Matsuda Shota to make out! I do not blame us. In fact, phrenk and I were saying that we want the nefarious purpose of the Liar Game to be making Akiyama and Nao share a room and placing bets on when they make out and giggling happily when they do.

Also, Fukunaga - I always wanted to punch him in the face
Truer words have never been spoken, my friend! I worry for my blood pressure whenever he appears onscreen. XD

This was the first drama where I found Oguri Shun attractive!
Yeah! I liked Rui alright in HYD but I never had very strong feelings for him. Matsujun's dumb face may have distracted me though, I swear I didn't know notice how blindingly hot Matsuda Shota is until I saw him in other things. With Shun, it's funny, I adore him in real life more than any drama role I've seen him in so far! I started watching him in HYD promotion and he was such a crazy person but also so sweetly shy, I've loved him IRL ever since! Tokyo DOGS hasn't particularly grabbed me but I do enjoy it whenever I think to watch! :D
Yo.: cute & happyinsipid_paragon on January 17th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
biases lured me into Spring Waltz, too! With the promises of massive levels of OTPness, and pretty--pretty landscapes, pretty people, pretty lips... Oh Jae Ha. I don't know how to say doki doki in Korean, but he totally did it to me, however it's said.

Also, I encourage Bad Family viewing. Don't be fooled by the first episode, which is...a bit of a wet noodle, in a way! It really, truly takes off from the second episode, and sticks to the wall perfectly! (I...don't know what that means either. I...I started with a pasta analogy, so I had to see it through?)

Thank you for reminding me of the existence of Haikei, Chichiue-sama and my need to have it in my life.
Top: 嵐: Fuck you Ninotopazera on January 19th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
Oh Jae Ha. I don't know how to say doki doki in Korean, but he totally did it to me, however it's said.
WORD. Actually, Daniel Henney doesn't do anything for me but man, Jae Ha's eyes? I was gone for him immediately but I only fell farther when he turned into such a teddy bear. :) I loved Spring Waltz so much more than I expected to!

(I...don't know what that means either. I...I started with a pasta analogy, so I had to see it through?)
Hee, don't worry, I'm following you through that maze of metaphor! Or at least your intent. Bad Family is something that's long been on my list because I really can't get enough of non-traditional, unrelated by blood families! It's always great to get another rec of it though, it makes me so excited for when I do start it!

You're welcome! I'd say you really do need Haikei, Chichue-sama in your life and I'm only too happy to help remind you! :D
prisps: yokochoprisps on January 17th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
OMG! I just finished Haikei Chichiuesama, like what? Yesterday?
And I totally agree with you, it's not that type of drama everyone will like. But, such as yourself, I LOVE IT! Because it was simple, and heartwarming, and such a sad story, but not sad with an weight, like 1 rittoru namida.
And I gotta said it! I love Tokio and his stupidity ♥
Top: ∞: A man with a plan. Or at least a joketopazera on January 19th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
OMG! I just finished Haikei Chichiuesama, like what? Yesterday?
Oh man! Brain twins! Let's start a resurgence of love for this show, I thought it was just so good. It may

and such a sad story, but not sad with an weight, like 1 rittoru namida.
Oh man, yeah! The one thing I swore when I started watching drama was that I was never going to watch someone slowly suffer from a terminal illness... and even then, I accidentally broke it because it's just so common! For me, I can deal with angst but I ultimately don't want my dramas to send me into a spiral of depression. :)

And I gotta said it! I love Tokio and his stupidity ♥
Me toooooo. Somehow it sounded silly to say that's a big point in such a well done show, but I love Tokio! I love that the role meant so much to Yoko! In fact, my very first introductions to Eito included references to Tokio, like "You were alwaaaays scrubbing that pot!" on their first Utaban appearance and Yoko's Hanamaru Cafe appearance where he showed photos from Haikei, so I got all emotional about finally watching it! Because I'm a sappy dork. Yoko, I'm just so happy for you! ♥
everyhome: meisa!miss_magrat on January 18th, 2010 09:03 am (UTC)
Yay for Haikei getting some love! I think I also watched it at a very good time, when I really needed a well-told slice-of-life drama, and this one was simply perfect.

And I will never not completely adore Spring Waltz and its OTP ♥ And you're also watching Utahime and Bara no nai Hanaya - you're clearly on the amazing dramas kick :)

How's Tokyo DOGS, anyway? I watched the first episode and didn't like it enough to follow weekly, but it looked harmless enough to consider finishing it when it was complete. Is it worth it?
Top: Wonderfalls: WTF?topazera on January 19th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
I think I also watched it at a very good time, when I really needed a well-told slice-of-life drama
Yeah, agreed! This show is so much about mood and tone, you really need to be in the right state of mind to watch it. Luckily when I was, there wasn't anything I could think of that I'd rather watch. :)

And you're also watching Utahime and Bara no nai Hanaya - you're clearly on the amazing dramas kick :)
I know! I've actually been thinking I need to start watching more mediocre dramas because how can they compare to these ones that are knocking it out of the park if I watch them later? I'm going through Utahime as fast as I can right now (I just watched episode nine!) because I've fallen into needing to know how it resolves. I'm just hoping it doesn't go for a poignant, bittersweet ending because really, having descendants who get together is not heartening to me show! I will see when I finish it tomorrow!

How's Tokyo DOGS, anyway?
...Hmm, it might say something that I have such a hard time answering that question? XD I haven't regretted watching it, in fact I have a good time when I am watching it but it just hasn't left much of an impression on me? I think you hit the nail on the head with "harmless". :) I'll have to update you when I actually finish it, I feel like the ending could make all the difference either way. :)