Miura Shohei

Hungry! Eps 1-4

Four episodes in and I still have no idea what Tokyohive meant when it reported that Mukai Osamu would be playing a sadistic French chef. I’m assuming this is one of those “lost in translation” moments where the Japanese marketing department and translator had their wires crossed. Either that or someone decided to kill the idea and have the drama revolve around Mukai looking cute.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the latter turned out to be true.  (more…)

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2011 Roundup Part 1: To All the Boys I’ve Loved This Year

So it’s that time of the year again to cast a retrospective eye on the events of the last 12 months. Kicking off the whole year-in-review process here at Midnight Express is my little tribute to the boys who contributed to many late nights and, uh, lost hours. Yeah, let’s just leave it as that.

But before we begin, a little song:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved This Year

To all the boys I’ve loved this year
Whose vids now clog my computer
Naked Shirtless hunks and high school hosts
I dedicate this post
To all the boys I’ve loved this year

To all the boys I stalked like mad
On Tumblr and the Internet
God, where did my time go?
I need a life I know
I swear I was never this shallow.

The year is coming to an end
‘tis now time to say goodbye
‘Cos other pretty boys are coming round the bend
And I’ve only 24 hours in a day…

To all the boys who shared my life
Who now are someone else’s vice
I’m glad you came along
It saddens me to say so long
To all the boys I’ve loved this year

(Adapted from To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before, by Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson)

This was written in a hormonally charged fog so if you’re hoping to glean some intelligent insight into the dramas of the past year, I’m afraid I’ll have to refer you to Dramabeans. Otherwise, welcome! *mild spoilers here and there*

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Oh Kayashima…



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Just one of the many lovely Kayashima moments in this drama.

When I started watching this remake, I wasn’t really looking out for Kayashima because he was never one of my favourite characters in the manga. It wasn’t that I disliked him or anything but with so many eccentric and larger-than-life characters *coughOscarcough* my attention was always focused on someone else.

But he’s really grown on me in this drama and one of the things I like about Tomo’s portrayal is the way he’s captured the character’s quiet presence. He may not say much but you’re always aware of him, and you can count on him to be the voice of reason in a sea of impulsive schoolboys. And his scenes with Nakatsu are always a highlight because they make such a sweet odd couple, with his level-headed and slightly detached pragmatism balancing out his room mate’s outgoing exuberance.

Not to mention, I love his deadpan expressions and sad little smiles. If I were in Ohsaka Gakuen, I’d definitely want to be his friend.

Recap: Tumbling Episode 1

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…)

If I’m out of a job, I’ll know who to blame

Dear Show,

This has got to stop. Seriously, quit making me check out everybody’s drama and movie backlists. At first, it was just Confessions that was in my queue and then it grew to include Tumbling and Untouchable (ETA: and Shinsengumi Peace Maker). Last time I checked, there were only 24 hours in a day. My boss is also thisclose to never speaking to me ever again. Ergo, please stop trying to sneak Kamen Rider Kabuto and Kamen Rider W on to my list. And you can forget about Gokusen 3. Nothing will make me download that drama. Not even Miura Shohei. I mean it. Stop tempting me, dammit!

Ellély

All the world’s a harem…>>> Episode 3 picspam and spoilers (more…)