Time to wrap this baby up for good. Just a note before we begin: this isn’t meant to be an overarching commentary on the state of the Korean or Japanese drama landscape but a summary, if you will, of what I watched last year. I don’t think I’ve reached the stage where I can declare the year to be a wasteland or a bountiful one in terms of the quality of its dramatic offerings but I do know what I liked and what I didn’t.
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…)