(Short) Japanese Drama Review: Kuzu no Honkai (Scum’s Wish)

Otherwise known as, “Horny Teenagers and Their Teachers.”

Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 5

Storyline/plot: 5

Plot Development: 5

Characters: 5

Music: 9

Ending: 10

Scum’s Wish earns a solid “meh” from me. Except for the ending, which was absolutely perfect, and the music was pretty good also. The rest of it was just okay. I hopped into the drama not knowing anything about the manga/anime. When I read the description, I thought it was a gay girl who was in love with a straight girl and a gay boy who was in love with a straight boy who came together and wallowed in their despair that their love would never be returned.

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(Short) Japanese Drama Review: Boku, Unmei no Hito Desu

Kame and Yamapi Together Once Again!

Also known as I’m Your Destiny, Boku, Unmei no Hito Desu is a drama about falling in love with your destined partner. I thought it was a really good drama. It was well put together, and I thought the concept was creative. While everyone was looking forward to Kamenashi Kazuya and Yamashita Tomohisa acting in a drama together again for the first time since Nobuta wo Produce, I didn’t think that their performance together were what made the show so good. Sure, their chemistry definitely contributed to it, but there was were so many other characters in the drama that made watching it a delight.

Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 7

Storyline/plot: 8

Plot Development: 10

Characters: 8

Music: 9

Ending: 9

I’m just going to give a few brief notes on why this drama is worth watching.

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Japanese Drama Review: Black President

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Since this was a “business” drama, I put off watching this for a while, but when I finally decided to watch it, I was immediately lured in by Sawamura Ikki’s fabulous performance. I was also surprised to find out that this was a light-hearted comedy instead of some boring drama, and it was quite enjoyable to watch. Also, there’s a music video at the end of this post that you really should check out!

Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 9

Storyline/plot: 6

Plot Development: 7

Characters: 10

Music: 9

Ending: 10

Overall Rating out of 10: 8.5

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Acting and Characters:

Sawamura Ikki played the main character in this drama, Mitamura Yukio, who was the president of a big corporation. Mitamura’s character reminded me of Michael’s character from The Office in that he was a bit dense when it came to reading the atmosphere, and he was offended when he was told that inappropriate comments towards women that could be construed as sexual harassment were not to be tolerated.

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Japanese Drama Review: My Girl (TV Asahi)

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Aiba drama time! When “My Girl” first aired back in 2009, I had high hopes for it–I’m a sucker for father-daughter stories. But, I dropped it after the first or second episode, and upon watching it again, I’m reminded of the reasons I stopped watching it in the first place.

Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 4

Storyline/plot: 3

Plot Development: 2

Characters: 3

Music: 10

Ending: 6

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Acting:

I’ve always thought of Aiba Masaki, who played the main character, Kazama Masamune, in this drama, as the unfortunate member of Arashi. In most boybands, there’s going to be that one guy who’s not really good at anything–perhaps he just has good looks or he was needed to fill the group. Aiba is that member of Arashi. He’s not a good singer. He’s not a very good dancer. And his acting is mediocre.  Continue reading

Japanese Drama Review: Kagi no Kakatta Heya

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Ohno is so freakin’ cute in all his little cardigans! Every time I see him in a drama, I get the strong desire to pinch his chubby cheeks…and then I remember he’s nearly 35 years old…

Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 8

Storyline/plot: 8

Plot Development: 7

Characters: 7

Music: 6

Ending: 9

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Acting:

The best actor in this drama, hands down, was Ohno Satoshi, who played one of the leading characters, Enomoto Kei.  Enomoto is a quiet wierdo with a penchant for unlocking any and all types of locks. A character like this has many ways it can be played. Instead of the more eccentric route, Ohno went for the apathetic and largely unemotional route. Arguably, this was the easiest and the most difficult way to act out the character. Continue reading