This has so far been a categorically ‘meh’ kdrama year for me. It’s been uncommonly hard to find shows to stick with. Either I loose interest after couple of episodes or they manage to piss me off at some point and get Das Boot. Without my string of jdramas I’d be practically dramaless, ha.
So, a few thoughts on the dramas I have watched recently.
It took me a while to get started with this one but once I did, I ended up marathoning most of it within a couple of days. I’m almost current with the aired episodes now. Political dramas probably make eyes glaze over for most drama fans but I’m finding Assembly very intriguing and even exciting. Can’t wait to see what the politicos are up to next. The writer used to work as a congressional aide so he knows the ins and outs of that world quite well and it shows. I guess Assembly could be called some sort of cousin to ‘Mr Smith Goes to Washington’ or Kimura’s ‘CHANGE’. An everyman with no political experience gets duped into taking part in an election, which he wins, by people with ulterior motives. All sorts of things ensue, some of them even funny. Of course The Everyman turns out to be more trouble than anticipated as he hasn’t got a clue of how politics really works and tends to have diverging ideas of how the country should be run. Whether Assemblyman Jin Sang Pil will end up achieving anything worth a mention, is yet to be seen as there are 6 more episodes to go. It’s going to be interesting to watch it all unfold though.
Oddly enough Assembly is lead Jung Jae Young’s first TV outing, though he is a 25 yr veteran of the big screen and stage. He is great, as is to be expected. The rest of the cast ain’t that bad either. Jang Hyun Sung seems to be everywhere these days but then, he always delivers. I’m liking all the characters a lot, including all those third tier supporting ones. Loads of familiar faces all around.
Not really sure what to make of this one yet. The first two episodes didn’t give me much to go on but at least it didn’t annoy me outright like so many other dramas have done. I could do a lot less with sonny boy and his girl but other than that the characters seem ok. The trials and tribulations of our main char as a mature student were somewhat exagathered but I guess that’s the plot point to give her planty of room to change and win everyone over. I hope it’s going to be more about No Ra changing herself than a new love interest being the instigation. I’m giving Twenty Again a few more epis to find it’s feet and then decide if it’s a keeper. We’ll see, I guess. 🙂
Well, I gave Yongpal 8 episodes to win me over but it ain’t happening. I’ve no interest in the story and promptly forgot all about the show as soon as I’d done with an epi. There’s nothing to whet my apetite or make me anticipate the next instalment. The characters are just as uninteresting; if they all got swiped off the face of the earth by a giant meteorite, I couldn’t care less. Dropped to the discard pile.
Still a silly romp, only now with a more sombre tone. My Takahiro crush is still ongoing as well, LOL! He smiles and I turn into a starryeyed, 15 yr fangirl. *shakes head* Embarrassing much? XD. Those dimples should be categorised as leathal weapons… just saying. I have a wild hunch there is a Takahiro/Exile post looming ahead, waiting to be let loose on unsuspected readers. *g*
Well, our merry gang of former delinquents just can’t get a break. It’s basically out of a frying pan and into a fire each episode. Luckily they usually find a way to get out of the entanglements, a bit bruised but more or less intact. A recurring occurence is also Kiibou giving one of his inspirational speeches, looking all earnest conviction and boyish charm. He’s just TOO darned cute, sigh. I like Kiibou! He may not be the sharpest tool in the shed but he is very kind and has a good heart. He is always willing to give just about anyone the benefit of the doubt. His pals frquently get frustrated with his tendency to believe in everyone but that’s one of the boy’s charms and he does tend to win people over just as frequently.
Hanasaki Mai ga Damattenai S2
I belive Mai and Soma-san are turning to be one of my favourite seluthing duos. They are just so much fun to watch; whether solving cases, bickering, getting overly excited over food or having one another’s back. Those two are such an efficient working partnership and they complement each other seamlessly. They’d make a pretty good romantic couple too but I don’t think the show is going there. This type of jdramas hardly ever do, which is fine by me as I’m not hung up on romance anyway.
Petero no Soretsu (Funeral Procession of Peter)
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This one was very good. I gobbled up all 11 episodes almost at one sitting and had a hell of a headache the next day to show for it. (I really shouldn’t do overnighters anymore!) Petero no Soretsu is a bit different mystery story and it takes a more detailed look on all the players, whether directly connected to the bus kidnapping which starts the whole story, or people around the protagonist, Sugimura Saburo. It’s based on a novel by Miyabe Miyuki, which perhaps explains why the plot feels so assured and the characters so fully realised. Alongside Sugimura’s investigation into the kidnapper’s motives and background runs the thread of his deteriorating marriage. There is another drama, Namonaki Doku with the same protagonist and based on two earlier novels by the same author. You don’t really need to have watched Namonaki Doku first, I haven’t, but it explanes how Sugimura ended up as the son-in-law of Imada Concern’s group Chairman, and working as the assistant editor of the the in-house newsletter. There is a recurring theme in all of the stores, which is Sugimuras uncanny habit of getting involved with crime & mysteries. PnS ends with a “To Be Continued…” so I guess they’ll do another take if the author continues with the series.
I pretty much agree on all pointers in “Why Petero no Souretsu is a must watch jdorama” by Akiramike @ Hamsap Sukebe. 🙂