Tokuyama Hidenori

An Oldie But a Goodie: Great Teacher Onizuka (1998)


So in case you haven’t heard, the GTO remake began its run last week. I wasn’t interested in checking it out but ever since I found out that Takimoto Miori was cast in the role of Fuyutsuki Asuza, morbid curiosity has been threatening to get the better of me. Seriously, did Japan run out of actresses in their mid-20s? I would rather have seen Sawajiri Erika (isn’t she looking for a job?) or even Iwasa Mayuko (who is actually quite a versatile actress despite what her gravure idol image might have you think) play this character — if nothing else, at least you can count on them to bring some spice to the role. Plus, HamsapSukebe’s review of the first episode has also made me very curious. That Kawaguchi Haruna has the potential to be on par with Nakamura Aimi’s Queen Bitch Miyabi is interesting since the only thing I’ve seen Kawaguchi in is Ouran and let’s just say she was very raw in that drama.

Anyway, reading about the remake got me thinking about the 1998 series, which remains a nostalgic favourite of mine. I can still remember waiting impatiently for each new episode to air, not to mention playing Poison on loop and perving at crushing on admiring Kubozuka Yosuke’s profile.

GTO is by no means a perfect drama. It has its flaws and watching the episodes again after 14 years makes them even more obvious. But even though this drama may seem a little dated now, Sorimachi Takashi’s charismatic performance is timeless and the chemistry between him and the students remains wonderfully addictive.

So without further ado, here’s a fond look back at Class 2-4 and the bestest sensei that ever was.  (more…)

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*


When Oscar Met Hibari: Hana Kimi 2011 Ep. 7

Remember when I said I couldn’t wait to see the showdown between Hibari and Oscar?

In episode 7, my wish came true and it was everything I wanted it to be. Show, is it possible for me to love you more than I do now?

This is what happens in the manga:


And this is what happens in episode 7 (spoilers from the word ‘go’)  (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!


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

Okay, it’s official

Hana Kimi 2011 status: Yellow

The world can worship at the altar of Lee Min-ho and Eric. I am casting my lot with the boys (and lone female) of Ohsaka Gakuen 2.0. God knows they need all the love they can get.

Sunday can’t come fast enough.

Hell, the subs can’t come fast enough. Though having said that, props to Ebi-subs for doing such a fantastic job!

I have deadlines spilling out of my ears but like an addict, I can’t tear myself away from Tumblr.

Haters, you know what to do.

Is this love that I’m feeling?

For those of you who watched GTO, remember this guy? Guess who he grew up to be?

I’ll give you a clue. Think white leotards and roses. Think delusions of 18th century grandeur. Think sparkly dorm leader of a certain boys’ boarding school…

Nooooooo, I hear you say. Oh, but YES! Girls and boys, presenting my favourite Hana Kimi character of all time: the one, the only… (more…)