Day: September 5, 2010

Review: Anego a.k.a A Tale of Futility (2005)

The Cast: Shinohara Ryoko, Akanishi Jin, Tomosaka Rie and a bunch of other people

32-year old OL Noda Naoko (Shinohara Ryoko) needs a man. (Okay, so which woman in a Japanese drama doesn’t?) Actually, she needs to marry one soon; her biological clock is ticking, her eggs are drowning themselves in alcohol and she’s hit the pay ceiling after working for the same company for ten years. Enter three men of varying degrees of attractiveness and desirability, namely, the fresh meat recruit (Akanishi Jin), the suave married CEO and some geezer she meets at an omiai. (more…)

Review: Gokusen 2 (2005)

Yankumi: If only you guys spent half as much time studying as you did on your hair...

The cast: Nakama Yukie, Namase Katsuhisa, Akanishi Jin, Kamenashi Kazuya, Mokomichi Hayashi et al

Let me start by saying that I *heart* Gokusen. I have the manga, I’ve watched all the episodes in the first drama series at least three times and I’ve even tried my hand at writing some truly awful fan fiction. All things considered, I really wanted to like the second live-action installment even though Sawada (Matsumoto Jun) wasn’t in it. (more…)