(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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Around five years ago, I decided to listen to EVERY SINGLE ONE of Alice Nine’s (now known as A9) songs and rank them…like the weirdo that I am. Even though these were complete posts, for some reason, I decided not to post them. Since I am in desperate need of a blog post to fill my July slot, and since I’ve been too busy and lazy to finish any dramas or write anything of substance, I decided I would just post these. I mean, all they’re doing in my drafts folder is taking up space.

ADDED: Links to music/MVs

This is the only Alice Nine album that I only find to be OK. But it’s understandable, since it was their first EP and all. I can listen to all the songs and enjoy them (for the most part), but none of the songs really stick out to me. Anyway, here is how I ranked them:

  1. HIGH COLLAR NARU RONDO (This is a pretty good song)
  4. Siva&Diva
  5. SHUN KA SHUU TOU (Shunkashuutou) (Sometimes this song annoys me. I love the music video though)

(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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Taiwanese Drama Review: Love at Seventeen

Love @ Seventeen: Boy Chases Girl…Literally

Wow. This is one of the best dramas to come out of Taiwan in a long while. I watched every single episode and did not skip any scene, something I very rarely do with dramas. It could be because it was only 15 episodes, but 15 episodes was perfect. Any longer and it would have fallen prey to the reason so many other Taiwanese dramas fail: they’re just too long. I was initially interested in this drama because it paired one of my favorite TW actresses, Nikki Hsieh, with one of my favorite TW actors, Lego Li. Little did I know that this pairing would turn out to be so amazing! Before this drama, I thought Nikki Hsieh and Lego Li were good actors only sometimes. Now, I know that they really do have acting chops, and when put together, they excel at their jobs.

DISCLAIMER: Unlike what the description of this drama would have you believe, Love @ Seventeen is NOT a “Second Chance” drama. Ai Li Si NEVER goes back in time to her high school days to change things. And before that makes you not want to watch the drama, I promise that the drama is only better for it.

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(Short) Taiwanese Drama Review: Dandelion Love (Xing Fu Pu Gong Ying)

Dandelion Love Poster

Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 4.5

Storyline/plot: 6

Plot Development: 4

Characters: 5

Music: 5

Ending: 7

Dandelion Love was 40 episodes long, but it definitely could have been only 30. The last ten episodes really dragged. Overall, the acting in the drama is not very good. I love me some Danson Tang, but he didn’t do a good job in this drama, and don’t even get me started on Alice Tseng. Both her acting and her character were irritating. The two best actors, who played the two most interesting characters, were Lene Lai and Nylon Chen. I thought they played their roles very well, even if it took Nylon a few episodes to truly become comfortable playing someone who couldn’t speak. Oh, and side note: these two are married in real life!! I also thought the main character’s father (Weng Jia Ming) did a good job.

The plot of the drama was a simple love story/slice of life. The way the plot developed in many parts, especially the way Lena Lai’s character developed, was sloppy. SPOILERS: When I didn’t even feel sad that one of the main characters had died, I knew there was something wrong. That being said, I still watched the whole thing, and it certainly wasn’t torture. The first seven or so episodes with the kids were entertaining, and the love stories were sweet as well.

Watch If: You’re a fan of Danson Tang (he was the reason I started watching), Lene Lai, or Nylon Chen. Also, if you like longer dramas that take you beyond marriage and happily-ever-after, then this might be a drama you’ll enjoy.

Don’t Watch If: You want an emotional drama that really makes you connect with the characters. Also, if you struggle watching dramas over 20 episodes, then I wouldn’t suggest this drama for you.

Overall Score: 5.25

Rewatchability: 0%