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On my mind

Whats on my mind:

  • It’s still cold again outside
  • Chai tea latte’s with soy, extra hot or with ice, are for winners
  • Folklife Festival is soon, does anyone want to go? I went last year and there is tons of good food..and TONS of hippies…
  • One more midterm this afternoon and I’m golden
  • Raisin bagels are quite tasty
  • I want to start a business, and I have 2 in mind…and they’re not in this country
  • I absolutely hate it when I have to touch door handles with my bare hands
  • Should I buy a better camera?!
  • I have an addiction… to Flickr
  • It’s my brother’s birthday today! Be sure to wish him a good one and remind him that he’s getting to be an old man =D
  • I want to go to Canada!
  • I haven’t kept up on reviewing movies like I use to
  • I reserved the Rebel Xti from May 23-May 29th =D
  • Jdoramas: I love Puzzle, ROOKIES, and Last Friends. Still need to see Hokaben and Gokusen 3
  • Wii Mario Kart is awesome. Try to beat me.
  • Why haven’t I tried playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl yet?!
  • I want to take more pictures…..but of what?
  • I can’t wait until this school year is over
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Jdorama: Last Friends Ep 3

Can you believe it’s already May!? We’ve finished 1/3 of the year already!

This is a crazy-evenful drama! It has me on the balls of my feet and my heart is throbbing every second of the way as I anticipate for something bad to occur. (Episode 4 is out but I don’t believe subs for it are out yet. You can find a link to the all the soft subs released for this drama (and others) by the fansub group Kioku by clicking >here<. They are the most up to date, so keep your eyes open.) *** UPDATE*** Ep 4 softsubs are out as of May 6,2008.

I was going to write a little synopsis of every episode…but I realized that it was impossible for me to summarize because I wouldn’t know what parts to leave out. So if you DO want a summary just let me know, or 2, you can check out the blog I list below for a wonderful summary/analysis of the drama:

Links: NekoDan– Summary of Ep 1, and so on and so forth to Ep 3 so far…This person does an EXCELLENT job summarzing, so be sure to check it out and show your appreciate.

The ending to episode 3 made my heart pound in complete madness. Michiru (the main character) stood up for herself for the first time, but as you’ll see, the end result was quite traumatic.

Although it’s a hard watch because of the domestic violence, I would highly recommend it because of the strong and well done story. For those that know me, I am going to shove this drama down your throat until you see at least 1 episode lol. I have them on my hard drive so it shall be easy =D

Ok…Midterm in like 2 hours..I should get to studying that now -____- I have a flickr and blogging addiction. Someone snap me out of it.

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Jdorama: Last Friends

I’ve noticed that most my recent blogs have been very “Japan” oriented! Whether it’s about my trip there, music,or now drama.. haha o well, here goess!

I didn’t end up watching any jdoramas that came out in Winter 2008 beyond 1-3 episodes because nothing really kept my attention. This Spring season though, seems full of a bunch of worth-watching jdoramas! I plan to check out Zettai Kareshi, Gokusen 3, Hokaben, ROOKIES, and Last Friends.

I’ve watched episode 1 of Last Friends and I loved it (you can find SOFT SUBS by clicking >HERE<) They’re all amazing actors/actresses and the story seems really well done so far. Everything about this drama has me hooked, just like my love for Tantei Gakuen Q. The opening song “Prisoner of Love” by Utada Hikaru fits PERFECTLY. Even the video for the opening caught my attention, which is rare since I always skip over them (the only exceptions now are this and the opening for Tantei Gakuen Q: check out my past blog for details and the video by clicking >here<).

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Jdorama List: Updated!

UDPATE: Because I wanted to be more organized, I’ve made a separate page for my jdorama. So for a even MORE recent list, please click >Here<

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Hey folks! I decided to update my jdorama list from last time, ;it’s quite the list huh? lol but remember, I don’t watch TV or anything else. anyhoo, if you have any question or what not about these, just leave a comment. I tried to make it more detailed as well =]

My Rating 1-10:
10 = MUST WATCH!!!
8 = Enjoyable
5 = So..So. Not great, but it’s something to watch if you’re bored.
3 = Poorly done. Boring/cliche story line.
1= Do not bother.

Jdorama List

(this banner above consist most of what I consider the best jdoramas =] )

1 Pound no Fukuin (1 Pound Gospel) – 6.5 (~ep3)
Comedy drama about a boxer who lives to eat and is in love with a nun.. pretty quirky.. lol

Akihabara@deep – 5 (~ep3)

Ashita no Kita Yoshio– 7.5 (~ep2) About an unlucky man who plans to commit suicide on a set date, but runs into interesting people that make everything eventful. It’s interesting but can be slow.

Attack no. 1 – 8
High School volleyball drama; this drama rocks

Attention Please – 4.5
A punk-rock girl tries to become a pilot. It had it’s moments, but I don’t get the hype…

Bara no nai Hanaya – 7.5 (~ep2)

Beautiful Life – 9*

Busu no Hitomi ni Koishiteru – 7 (~ep1)

Dance Drill – 4
A girl tries to form a cheer leading team, based on a true story. Overall, not THAT interesting but I still watched it…why? I dunno…

Densha Otoko – 4
An otaku saves a girl from a perv on the subway. It had it’s funny moments but overall, predictable and the lead actress could have done a better job.

Dragon Zakura – 8
School drama about the dumb kids being pushed and striving to get into Japan’s top University by a rebel-ish teacher. This is the first school drama where you see students actually do school work!

First Kiss – 6
Sick girl goes visits her brother in Japan while pending her days before a critical operation. Cute story… but predictable and not THAT interesting….

Gachi Baka – 3
An twist of the school dramas GTO and Gokusen..nothing special.

Galileo – 7.5
Episodic drama that involves mysteries. It’s amazing how they solve some of the cases…others are a bit too surreal. Ending sucks.

Gokusen I – 8
School drama about rebel kids and a teacher who is the heir of the yakuza. Pretty darn entertaining!

Gokusen II – 4
The story is identical to Gokusen 1, but the only thing different is the cast…

Good Luck! – 8.5*

Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) – 9*
School drama about rebel kids again; one of the originals.

Haken no Hinkaku – 6 (~ep2)

Hana Yori Dango – 10
All I have to say is…I love HYD.

Hana Yori Dango II – 10

Hanayome to Papa – 7.5
Cute romance drama that involves an overbearing father.

Hanayome wa Yakudoshi – 7.5 (~ep8)
A former hit news anchor tries to do an undercover variety program on how life is being a wife on a farm. It’s a romance-comedy and the mother-in-law is frightening.

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (Hani Kimi)- 10
ahh…I absolutely love this show. If you don’t know it..shame on you.

Hachimitsu and Clover (Honey and Clover) -6 (~ep2)

Ima Ai ni Yukimasu – 9.5
Absolutely amazing and cute story. No high points and no low points. You grow to love the characters in this sweet story.

Ikebukuro West Gate Park (IWGP) – 9.5
This is just a crazy and funny drama. Please watch it lol It’s not you’re typical drama that is clean cut, but perhaps for a older audience?

Joou no Kyoushitsu – 7.5
About a elementary school teacher who is basically the devil.

Kimi Wa Petto – 3.5
This is just weird…a boy pretends to be a pet dog for a lady.

Kisarazu Cat’s Eye – 8.5 (~ep2)
This is like IWGP, but not as “grown-up”. The story is hilarious so far and a lot of the same cast in IWGP is in it.

Kurosagi – 9.5
About a swindler swindling swindlers hahaha. Basically a robin hood story. I loved it.

Long Love Letter – 6 (~ep3)

Lost Time Life – 8 (~ep1)
I’ve only seen one episode but it’s pretty good. Not what I expected though, but definitely interesting.

My Boss My Hero – 7.5
School drama about a guy in his late 20s who is in the yakuza going back to high school. Corny as hell…but I also found funny as hell haha..but I think my sense of humor is different lol

Nobuta wo Produce – 8.5

Nodame Cantabile – 9
This is a good one, especially if you’re into good classical music! Go watch it!

One Litre of Tears – 7.5
Drama about a girl with an incurable disease (and based on a true story). There is a twist of romance as well. It’s a tear jerker. Don’t watch the special, it’s boring and pointless.

Orange Days – 9.5*
Hmm..it’s been too long for me to remember this well, but I do remember highly enjoying it.

Papa to Musume no Nanokakan – 7.5
A daughter and father switch bodies! awkward….it’s a comedy-romance, thats typical..but cute.

Proposal Daisakusen – 7.5
A young man watches the love of his life get married,but some time during the ceremony he goes back in time. It’s quite the frustrating drama when you see how pathetic the main character can be but its still quite cute.

Sore Wa Totsuzen Arashi No You Ni – 2

Stand Up!! – 9.5
This was a really silly drama, watch it if you like stories like American Pie and such.

Summer Snow – 9.5*

Sushi Oji – 8.5
I didn’t think I would get pass the first episode when I first started but, it was so ridiculous that I had to keep watching. I lovedd it! sooo sooo silly and funny..or maybe I just have a weird sense of humor..anyhoo…only downer was that the ending sucked. Some people prob won’t enjoy this as much as I did..but I can’t blame em lol

Tantei Gakuen Q – 10
Mystery drama! This drama had me hooked from the start. This is a must must must watch! Although, let me add that I seemed to like this way more than most people haha, and the ending isn’t fantastic.

Tatta Hitotsu no Koi – 7.5
Love story about a low status guy and high status girl. Cute but very cliche.

Tiger and Dragon – 5 (^ep1)

Unfair – 6.5

Yamada Taro Monogatari – 2 (^ep2)

Yukan Club – 2.5
This had its funny moments but geezus this was a horribly done drama. Lame story line, bad acting, and etc. The only reason people are in love with this drama is because of the casts! I like them too but….they should just stick to singing.

* = watched it a long time ago, but don’t remember it too well. i.e Beautiful Life, I enjoyed it a lot but I can’t remember details.

(~ ep#) = Is the episode I left off on. Either I am currently watching it or I started and haven’t gone back to it yet.

(^ep#)= Episode I left on on and probably will NOT go back to watch. Incomplete.

News on Dramas/Movies:

1. It has been confirmed that there will be a Hana Kimi Special!!

Last summer’s “Hanazakari no Kimitachi e” drama series is returning for a one-episode special. Starring Maki Horikita, Shun Oguri, and Toma Ikuta, the show was very popular, especially among female viewers. It averaged 17.3% ratings, with the final episode reaching 21.0%.

According to Fuji TV, the special will take place half a year after the series’ end. With Osaka Gakuen getting ready for an upcoming Valentine’s Day event, Sano (Oguri) and Nakatsu (Ikuta) reflect on the final week of their last summer vacation, which falls into the timeline of the original series between episodes 7 and 8. The special also includes a graduation scene and addresses the relationship between Mizuki (Horikita) and Sano.

2. Hana Yori Dango: Final – Movie synopsis: It’ll be 4 years since the end of HYD2, and Tsukushi and Doumyouji prepare to get married . . . when Tsukushi’s precious super-expensive wedding tiara is stolen. Recovering the item requires the help of F4 and trips to Hong Kong and Las Vegas.

Personally..I think it sounds rather dumb..but I’m a fan of HYD..so let’s hope for the best!

3. HYD is a hugee hit all over Asia. The Japanese manga was produced into an anime, then turned into a Taiwanese drama (Meteor Garden), and then to a Jdorama. Of course it didn’t end there though! Next is HYD, Korean version, can you believe it?

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Kurosagi & Tantei Gakuen Q

If you have seen the jdorama Kurosagi, this might be of interests to you!

Kurosagi is a drama about a swindler who swindles other swindlers (haha thats a mouth full). Basically, it has a Robin Hood kind of premise to it. I personally really enjoyed it, so I’m definitely looking forward for the movie to come out (March 8, 2008). Below is the movie-music video (with subs); it is the main song for the Kurosagi movie and is also sung by NEWS, which Yamashita Tomohisa, who plays the main character in the movie/drama is in. Enjoy!

Here is a link to the video to the trailer for the Kurosagi movie:

For other crime investigation dramas, I HIGHLY recommend Tantei Gakuen Q (Detective School Q). I just finished watching this drama about a week ago and it is definitely one of my favorites (better than Kurosagi!). Thanks didi for the recommendation! You can watch the drama by clicking >Here<!

The video below is the opening to Tantei Gakuen Q. Usually, I fast forward through opening and closing of any anime/drama but the opening and song were just too good. The song is done by a band called FLOW and the title is Answer. If you like the song, click >Here< for the actual full length music video.

Well..since I’ve already linked everything I might as well continue. The ending song for Tantei Gakuen was also a good listen, so heres there music video for it!

Band name: The Brilliant Green, song: Stand by me


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Movies to see

Winter break officially ends today…. That went unbelievably fast! Time for school again…what a drag. Well best of luck to everyone on their first day of classes back. I have a break at 12:30-1:30 every day, so if anyone has that too, lets have lunch!

I’ve decided to compile a list of movies I want to see, especially because if I don’t write them down, I’ll never remember. Anyone care to join me in watching any or all these? These are a mix of movies that are in theaters or have been released on DVD.

300

3:10 to Yuma

Alpha Dog

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Atonement

August Rush

Bee Movie

Cars

Cashback

Catch and Release

Disturbia

Enchanted

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (I heard this was bad..but I just have to see it)

Fracture

Freedom Writers

Hachimitsu to Clover

Juno

Knocked Up

Letters from Iwo Jima

Paprika

Premonition

Shrek the Third

Sono Toki Wa Kare Ni Yoroshiku ^

Spider Man 3

Superbad

Tada Kimi wo Aishiteru

Tales from Earthsea

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)

The Bucket List

The Great Debaters

War

whoot, thats a pretty nice list!

Recent movies I’ve seen that I really enjoy and recommend are:

5 Centimeters Per Second (Byosoku Go Senchimetoru)- A beautifully made anime that is told through a chain of stories about long distance love.

Ima Ai Ni Yukimasu – This is a cute love story. No highs, no lows, just heartwarming 🙂 (There is also a drama series to this, which I thought was wayyy better, but this is good as well- Link to watch the drama, click here! )

Helen the Baby Fox – It’s about a boy that picks up a baby fox who is blind and deaf. Above is a preview of the movie, but if you click the link that I put on the title of the movie, you can watch it on youtube subbed.

The 3 movies I recommend are in the same genre and Japanese as I have just noticed. Mostly because I haven’t seen a really good movie here in a long time. The Simpsons Movie was awesome..but other than that, I can’t really think of REALLY outstanding movies I’ve sent recently.

I know there are still a bunch missing from my list, so if anyone has any recommendations lemme know!

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Jdorama List

A list of jdorama’s I’ve seen! Yea, it’s quite the list lol, but it dates back to about ~5 years ago. I had this blog pending since the beginning of this month! and it’s finally done! If anyone has any recommendations, do tell =)

My ratings
1 = Boring, predictable story, etc
2 = Tolerable
3 = OK, watched because there was nothing else to watch; entertaining but not outstanding
4 = Liked it a bunch! Really enjoyable 🙂
5 = MUST WATCH! Highly recommended!

(Hani kimi, Nodame Cantabile, Proposal Daisakusen, Summer Snow, Ima ai, One litre of tears)

Jdorama’s

Akihabara@deep – 2
(Not completed: watched 3 eps)

Attack no. 1 – 4

Beautiful Life – 5

Dance Drill – 3
(Currently watching; on ep 3)

Densha Otoko – 2.5

Dragon Zakura – 3.5

First Kiss – 3

Gachi Baka – 1

Gokusen I – 4

Gokusen II – 2
(The story is identical to Gokusen 1, but worst…)

Good Luck! – 4
(To be honest…I remember liking this..but it’s been way too long for me to really judge)

Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) – 5
(I think this was my first drama. I don’t remember it too well, but I remember really liking it lol)

Hana Yori Dango – 5

Hana Yori Dango II – 5

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (Hana Kimi) – 5

Ima Ai ni Yukimasu – 4.5

Ikebukuro West Gate Park (IWGP) – 4.5
(I just watched the 2hr special, and it rocks!)

Kimi Wa Petto – 2

Kurosagi – 4.5

Long Love Letter
(Currently watching; on ep 3)

My Boss My Hero – 3.5
(Corny as hell…but I loved it haha)

Nobuta wo Produce – 4

Nodame Cantabile – 4.5

One Litre of Tears – 4

Orange Days – 4

Papa to Musume no Nanokakan – 4
(Currently watching; on ep 4)

Proposal Daisakusen – 4

Sore Wa Totsuzen Arashi
No You Ni
– 2
(Currently watching; on ep 9)

Stand Up!! – 4
(Seen up to ep 7, I only stopped watching because I couldn’t find subs for ep 8 and on)

Summer Snow – 4
(But like, Good Luck! It’s been awhile…so I don’t quite remember. I just remember enjoying haha)

Unfair – 3.5

Yamada Taro Monogatari – 2
(Not completed: watched 2-3 eps)

Yukan Club – 2.5
(Currently watching; on ep 3)

Although I say “currently watching,” I’m not really watching that many dramas at once. Some of them I started a few months ago and haven’t had a chance to finish, so in a sense…I’m “currently” watching them…?

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