Okay, let’s be honest here. High School Kagekidan ~ Otokogumi (HSKO) isn’t going to win any prizes for ambitious story-telling. The writer behind this is Egashira Michiru i.e. the same person behind Gokusen and Tumbling, so if you’ve watched either one of those dramas, you’ll recognise a lot of the tropes in this one.
That said, to the embarrassment of my inner critic/snob, I enjoyed this SP a lot (if you must know, I actually dialed my expectations down a few more notches after watching the trailer.) I know some of you are probably rolling your eyes and muttering something about my lack of taste. Judge me if you must: I am weak to bromantic shenanigans and the three leads in this SP are adorable. Also, I would rather watch the most jejune of seishun dramas than the saccharine letdown that was RMPW any day of the week. *spoilers ahead* (more…)
I can’t remember the last time I marathoned a drama in one, okay, two sittings but that was what I did with Tumbling last week. You can always leave it to the Japanese to make a drama out of an obscure sport, in this case men’s rhythmic gymnastics, and make it seem like the answer to all of Life’s big questions. Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Try rhythmic gymnastics!
So what is this drama about? In a nutshell, you could roughly describe it as:
There are plenty of ikemen, it’s a feel-good story about underdogs, what more can you ask for? (more…)
In the immortal words of Natalie Cole, “I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy…”
And so it has finally come to this. But before we say our goodbyes, it’s time for our fair heroes to be put through the wringer one last time as Yoon-hee faces up to the consequences of being outed. (more…)
To quote the lyrics of a certain Rick Astley song: Together forever and never to part / Together forever we two...
As the story hurtles to a close, our fair heroes find themselves each facing a personal trial as they try to save Seon-joon and restore Sungkyunkwan’s honour. More importantly, this is the episode where yours truly officially joined the Cult of Gu Yong-ha. (more…)
The lot of fathers isn’t easy. To paraphrase the Swedish writer August Strindberg, daddy’s thankless role requires him to be the provider for all and the enemy of all. In this episode, as one man’s legacy comes to light, another finds himself embroiled in a cold war with his only son. Moral of the story: think twice before having children. (more…)
Our fair heroes find themselves on a mission to locate the Geum Deung Ji Sa, and as they inch closer to their goal, strained family ties come under further duress and sacrifices are made. Will they come out of this unscathed? (You already know the answer to this, but let’s just relive the journey, okay?) (more…)
Please don’t get your hopes up. Sadly, this isn’t what it looks like.
This episode is all about fan service. Locking your OTP up in the same room? Check. Putting them in various suggestive situations? Check. Having two hot guys clash butts over a girl? Check. Forget about the plot. It’ll be back in the next episode. (more…)