Mirai Nikki ANOTHER: WORLD

•August 26, 2012 • 1 Comment

Based off of the manga/anime of the same name, Mirai Nikki is a live action drama that tells the story of 7 people who receive a cellphone featured with a future diary app.  The diary can tell the person what’s going to happen within a few minutes or hours.  At first it’s all fun and games, but then the diary keeps telling them that they’re going to die.  As they try their best to avoid being killed, they learn that they are all part of some game where the players have to kill each other and the winner will get a chance to create their own ideal world.

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It’s hard to describe this drama without  giving away any spoilers.  At first, I thought the show was okay, simply because it seemed like it was going to be about a bunch of people trying not to get killed or trying to kill each other. Luckily, it’s more than just a survival drama.  You have to just sit through the first 4-5 episodes in order to get to the good stuff.  It turns out the 7 individuals are connected with each other through some tragic event that happened in the past.  The main character, Arata, has to work with the others to figure out the identity of the person who’s pulling the strings behind this cruel game (and ultimately stop Tokyo from being destroyed).

I have mixed feelings about the acting.  Some actors were good, while others I couldn’t tell if I didn’t like the acting or the characters they portrayed.  The female protagonist, Yuno, seems to be annoying at first and then likeable at times.  While the actress who plays her seems like she’s overdramatic with her acting, I think she’s trying to portray an energetic anime version of the character.  She really does seem like she’s an anime character.

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This show reminded me of two things: the jdrama Liar Game and the video game Kingdom Hearts 2.  It’s similar to Liar Game in that the players are somewhat forced to play this game where they have to win otherwise their life is practically over.  The music is also similar.  The music also reminded me of the music in Kingdom Hearts 2.  Additionally, there are certain aspects to the video game plot that are related, but I can’t really reveal it because it would probably give away too much of the plot.

I wouldn’t blame you if you’d get confused with the plot. It seems like there are 3 different parts to the plot. It definitely is worth sticking it out until the 6th episode because you get hooked. There are just so many mysteries that keep you guessing. The writers did a pretty good job of condensing the plot into 11 episodes. It’s a nice sci-fi drama to watch for a change of genre. 

My Rating: (3.5/5)

You can watch this series subbed over at DramaCrazy.

Not another time travelling drama!

•August 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

If you haven’t noticed, there have been a bunch of time travelling dramas popping up recently, especially in Korean entertainment.  I can name four off the top of my head that aired this year.  And while time travelling shows can be interesting and entertaining, too many of them airing recently after one another can get pretty annoying.  Where’s the originality!?  I blame Dr. Who’s influence.  Although they might not directly be related, time travel definitely seems to be the new ‘it’ thing that has transferred over to Korean entertainment.

Let’s go back and take a look at a few time travelling Kdramas that have aired and are still airing this year.

Queen In Hyun’s Man

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This drama is about a genius scholar from the past who finds himself able to travel to the future (our time) and back. There he meets an actress playing Queen In Hyun (who just so happens to be the Queen of the time period he is from). Long story short, he ends up falling for this actress and things get complicated when he keeps going back in time to change the past.

There’s nothing exceptionally great about the plot. However, the chemistry between the two main characters is great and fun to watch. The scholar is actually highly intelligent so he picks up on modern society very quickly. The actress has a dumb/cute personality about her when it comes to her crushing on the scholar. Anyways, it’s a cute little love story that’s fun to watch when you have some free time. Simple and sweet.

My Rating: (3/5)

Rooftop Prince

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This drama is about a king from the past who gets transported to the future (our time) while trying to solve his wife’s murder. While in our era, he realizes that everyone from his time has reincarnated and history is about to repeat itself. He has to figure out who murdered his wife (the Queen) in order to go back to his own time.

Rooftop Prince is a must watch. It is highly entertaining and hilarious. I guess you could say it’s laugh out loud funny. The king and his fellow subjects, that travel to the future with him, are a bunch of idiots, especially when it comes to adjusting to modern society. There are so many great moments and this drama will not fail to cheer you up for the first half.

My Rating: (4/5)

Time Slip Dr. Jin

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This drama is about a genius neurosurgeon who travels to the past. There he starts treating patients from that time period with the limited resources that he has available.  Additionally, he finds ways to substitute the usual methods of modern medicine with available resources. The once uncaring doctor starts to become genuine.

This drama has gotten mixed reviews. The story is based off a Japanese drama. I think most of the hype over this show is the casting (and the fact that Jaejoong is in it).  I think it’s the main reason for watching the show.  The plot has changed quite a bit from the original and there’s nothing really special about it. It’s basically a medical drama that they tried to make interesting by having it take place in some historical time period.

It actually gets pretty gross, you have to have a strong stomach to watch some of the surgeries.  You basically watch the doctor walk around saving people, which you get tired of by the 3rd episode. You also get tired of ignorant people saying “How dare you put a knife to his/her body!”  Ugh, it just gets repetitive.  Then there’s the overall plot of the show, which includes a tragic love story and secret plots to commit treason, which is not much worth watching.  Overall, it’s just a really weird show, and not necessarily weird in a good way.

My Rating: (2/5)

FAITH (The Great Doctor)

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And last but not least, the most recent time traveling drama to air (and the reason for this post) is FAITH. This drama is about a plastic surgeon who is kidnapped by a general from the past and gets taken back to his time period so that she can save his queen.

Since this drama only aired recently there’s not much I can go off of. The plot so far doesn’t seem to be anything great so far, but then again its developing slowly. Most people are watching this show because of actor Lee Minho. I’m watching it because I thought it would be interesting to see a show where a plastic surgeon goes back in time and because the doctor happens to be female for once. However, the doctor in this series is kind of annoying. She’s always running off and causing trouble.

It gets a bit confusing at first because you might forget the genre is Fantasy. Some of the characters have  neat powers, sort of like the X-men. Some have fire powers, while the General has this cool electrical power like Static Shock. Anyways, I feel like the drama did have potential, which it kind of tapped out.  It still remains somewhat entertaining despite progressing so slowly. But overall, it’s nothing special.

My Rating: (2.5/5) 

A Gentleman’s Dignity

•August 16, 2012 • Leave a Comment

A Gentleman’s Dignity was my top favorite series this season.  The kdrama tells the tale of four men in their early 40s and the struggles they face in their love lives.  These men are the best of friends and, while they may be in their 40s, they can act like a bunch of immature teenagers (which adds to the humor of the show).  I’ll admit, even I was jealous of their friendship.

The show is hilarious.  It has you laughing out loud and smiling like a goofball throughout the entire series.  It’s heartwarming and highly entertaining.  The script/dialogue was very well written.  There were so many great lines, too many to remember anyway.  The best part is that the kdrama is not specifically geared toward a male audience or a female audience.   Both men and women will get a kick out of the show.

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  • Title: A Gentleman’s Dignity /신사의 품격 / Shinsa-ui Poomgyuk
  • Also known as: A Gentleman’s Club / Gentlemen’s Class, Grace of Gentleman
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy
  • Episodes: 20
  • Broadcast network: SBS
  • Synopsis: A drama about the careers and love lives of urban professionals. It will tell the story of four men in their forties as they go through love, breakup, success and failure.  Kim Do Jin, an architect with a scathing tongue, has romantic relationship with strict high school teacher Seo Yi Soo, who moonlights as an umpire at amateur baseball games. Im Tae San is dating a cold-hearted woman but wonders if there is someone else out there for him. Choi Yoon tries to heal his heart after losing his wife four years ago. Lee Jung Rok marries an older woman for money but may lose his comfortable lifestyle in a divorce. —viki

Since there are four different love stories for four different men, the plot is a bit complicated to explain, especially since all the characters are somehow connected to one another.  I’ve decided to briefly brake down the plot according to character bios of the four ‘men’.  I’ll try not to give too much away.

Kim Do Jin

He’s an architect and the main protagonist of series.  He tries to chase after a woman he fell in love with at first sight (twice).  He just doesn’t realize it’s the same woman.

Im Tae San

He works in construction and is a working partner (Co-CEO) of Do Jin.  He’s struggling to make things work out with his girlfriend, a professional golf player, but she doesn’t seem interested in taking things further in their relationship.

Choi Yoon

He’s a lawyer and probably the most mature one out of the group.  He’s trying to get over his wife’s death and at the same time fend off advances from Tae San’s little sister, who always seemed like a kid sister to him.

Park Min Sook

He works/owns a café.  He’s the player of the group, always chasing after girls.  He’s already married, but lives off of his wife’s wealth.  He spends most of time running and hiding so that his wife doesn’t catch him trying to cheat on her. His story is simple in that he’s trying to keep his marriage from falling apart.

Excluding the four main female characters, there are other minor characters that make the show so much more entertaining.  I would mention stuff about them, but that might give too much away.  Instead, I’ll let you guys connect that dots, since that’s the fun part of watching this series anyway.  It works out nicely how they’re all connected to one another.

So do I recommend watching this series?  Absolutely, yes!  It’s just one of those shows that will cheer you up and put a smile on your face.  it’s even worth rewatching it.

My Rating: (4.5/5)

You can watch this series subbed on Viki (for North America) or on DramaCrazy.

Ghost

•August 10, 2012 • Leave a Comment

  • Title: Ghost / Phantom / 유령 / Yoo Ryung
  • Genre: Crime, Action, Investigation
  • Episodes: 20
  • Broadcast network: SBS
  • Synopsis: A drama based on a cyber investigation squad. Kim Woo-Hyun is the only son of a high ranking police officer. Woo-Hyun entered the police academy ranked first and graduated from the academy ranked first. As a detective, he then joins the cyber investigation department. Woo-Hyun then works to reveal the secrets of those that hide within the cyber world.–Hancinema

After painstakingly waiting for the last 2 episodes to finally air, Ghost has finally come to an end!  The broadcast station (SBS) had fans waiting extra long for the finale to air, but the finale was well worth the wait.  This was the top action/crime drama of summer 2012.  In fact, I think it’s among my top 2 favorite kdramas this summer.  If you’re a techy, this is a must watch.  The series focuses on cyber crime as the main character tries to take down the enemy.  There’s a lot of hacking involved and you’ll come across a lot of technical terminology (but you don’t have to be a techy to follow along).  It’s fully of mystery and suspense.  It keeps you guessing and it has you hooked all the way until the last episode.  Ghost is intense and the plot is really really good.  It has a great cast starring So Ji Sub, Choi Daniel, and Uhm Ki Joon just to name a few.  The soundtrack was good too.  I found that the music fit in perfectly with some of the scenes.  Overall, it’s a fast paced drama that will keep you entertained.

My Rating: (4.5 / 5)

You can watch this series subbed over at Viki or DramaCrazy.

Glowing She

•August 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

  • Title: Glowing She / Sunshine Girl / My Shining Girl / Jachebalkwang Geunyeo / 자체발광 그녀
  • Genre: Romance, comedy
  • Episodes: 12
  • Broadcast network: KBSN
  • Synopsis: Kim Hyung Jun plays Kang Min, a top star in the Korean entertainment business, who is a bit temperamental. The leading lady is a newly minted scriptwriter played by So Yi Hyun. Park Kwang Hyun plays a well-known producer and the drama follows the in and outs of the entertainment business and the love triangle that ensue between the three main characters. –MyDramaList

This drama was also not on my immediate watch list.  I think I planned on watching it because of So Yi Hyun, but never found subbed episodes when it was airing, so I completely forgot about it.  It’s a light, heartwarming drama that you’d watch when you have nothing better to watch. You’ve probably seen the story line before, where the famous superstar falls in love with a nobody. Although it’s not really original, it still manages to keep you entertained. This is not your typical love triangle.  It’s quite an amusing and interesting one.  I love the chemistry between the main characters. It’s amusing to see them quip back and forth with each other. One of the main things this drama had going for it was So Yi Hyun. You just can’t hate her or her character. She’s just so lovable.

The drama is only 12 episodes long, so the show didn’t drag on more than it should have. It was short, sweet, and simple. The ending, while it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t all that great either. It just felt a bit unfinished. However, I think it’s the writers’ way of saying that life goes on.  All in all, it’s a good watch.  Nothing that you’d have to invest too much time into watching, nor something that you’d become extremely addicted to.  My suggestion? Watch it while you’re waiting for the subs to come out for your favorite shows.

My Rating: (3.5/5)

You can watch this series subbed on youtube under Sunshine Girl.

Black and White

•August 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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  • Title: Black & White / Pi Tzu Ying Hsiung (Pi Zi Ying Xiong) / 痞子英雄
  • Genre: Police, Action, Romance
  • Episodes: 24
  • Broadcast network: PTS / TVBS-G
  • Opening theme song: Wu Lai Zheng Yi by CoLoR and Mark Chao
  • Ending theme song: Perfect Stranger by Jason Zou and Picks
  • Synopsis: Pi Zi and Ying Xiong are two cops who are as different as day and night. One does nothing except drink coffee and live a luxurious lifestyle while waiting for information from dubious sources to crack his cases. Another believes law and justice are the pillars of society and is constantly on the street catching criminals, though a little overzealously for his superior’s liking. When a case brrings these two top crime solvers together, sparks fly and light is shed on the dark city, where the nation’s President is on friendly terms with the local triad.  –Dramawiki

I heard about this drama a while back and remember it being really popular.  I ended up avoiding watching it because at the time I needed a break from watching crime related dramas.  Not to mention, I thought most of the hype was just over the casting.  It was on my “To Watch Another Day” list for quite some time, but I finally got around to watching it.  I’m glad I did because it was well worth it.  It certainly lived up to its hype.

First of all, let me start off by saying that this show did have an incredible casting.  From the main cast to the supporting cast, you’ll come across some very well known and likable Taiwanese actors.  It stars Vic Zhou, Mark Chao, Xiu Jie Kai, Janine Chang, and Ivy Chen, just to name a few.  Not only was the casting great, so was the acting.  I was actually shocked by the acting at times.  Kingone Wang blew me away with his portrayal as a villain.  If you ever had doubts about these actors entering the entertainment industry just because of their looks, your doubts will be cleared away.

The plot, for the most part, is original.  Some minor elements are weird and crazy, but can be easily overlooked.  I’d have to say that this drama was really well written.  It has a nice mix of humor, action, romance, mystery, and suspense.  It will keep you guessing.  The romance was such a tease, but I heard they’re going to continue the story in an upcoming movie, so maybe that’s something to look forward to.  The soundtrack is also good, it has a lot of rock music (which I love).  If you watch Taiwanese dramas, this is definitely a must watch.  I absolutely recommend checking it out. It has become one of my top favorite TWDramas.

My Rating: (4/5)

You can watch this series over at Viki or Mysoju.

I Am The Best – 2NE1

•July 1, 2011 • Leave a Comment

2NE1 is back with their latest single I Am the Best. This is not exactly brand new information, but I still felt the need to have these girls on my blog again.  As usual, they are just as awesome as ever.  They are fierce and have a whole lot of swag.

I Am The Best – 2NE1