High School Kagekidan ~ Otokogumi

High School Kagekidan ~ Otokogumi (2012)

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…)

Dramas on My Mind: Fall 2012 Edition

Now that the Olympics are over, who’s excited for the next season of dramas? I don’t know about you but nothing really made me swoon this past summer (though this might change once I start watching Answer Me 1997 and Arang proper.) However the fall season is looking really promising (for J-dramas, at least.) Question is: Will they live up to their potential?

This season, I am looking forward to:

The last time I did one of these things, all my predictions backfired on me and I ended up being underwhelmed by the dramas I thought I’d love and loving those I thought I’d find stupid as hell. (I’m not sure I want to know what this says about me -.-;) Hopefully reality won’t be too cruel to my expectations this time round. (more…)

He’s a Woman, She’s a Man…

Boys cross-dressing as girls is nothing new in the world of J-drama entertainment but I never thought the day would come when even Daito would get on board the gender-bending wagon. He’s always sported a very masculine image, one that’s been reinforced in part by the testosterone-charged roles he tends to play, so you can imagine my surprise when I found out that he’ll be wearing falsies in his upcoming Fall drama special.

Oh Daito, if not for this picture, I’d never have imagined you’d look so cute in a blond wig and pink dress XDDDDD