I am not a huge fan of romcoms or romantic dramas in general but that does not mean I don’t watch any. Every now and then I come across one that draws me in, almost against all odds. 😀 New Life Begins is one of those. It’s unabashedly romantic fluff and I appreciate that it doesn’t try to pretend to be anything else. Which is what so many kdramas don’t seem to grasp these days. Drama has 40 episodes, which might sound a lot but I haven’t felt like it, so far anyway. Every epi has something to offer, some are slower and some are busier but I’ve enjoyed them all. And I haven’t done much FFing either! 😲
Kikazaru Koi ni wa Riyuu ga Atte (There’s a Reason for Dressing Up Love) is a drama I watched quite a while ago but never managed to write about then, despite of how much I liked it. And I did like it a lot! There’s something about slice-of-life jdramas that just seem tailormade for me. 🙂 No high drama just for drama’s sake or convoluted plots, relatable characters who feel like real people with real jobs they actually go to and not one uber rich asshat in sight (yey!). I’ve also come to appreciate characters that are generally really nice, even when they are supposed to be e.g love rivals. Thumbs up for loving, supporting parents as well. It’s all so refreshing after, say… kdramas with all these nasty, borderline basket cases. 😀 Besides ticking off all the right boxes, Kikazaru Koi put a big grin on my face and that is something I love in dramas these days. If you are looking for a heartwarming, “healing” drama, this might just be it.
I’m still making no headway with the kdramas on my roster. Neither is anything on The List of Doom beaconing enticingly. So when AvenueX’s review on Ancient Detective popped up on my YT suggestions, I took that as a sign to watch the drama, ha. I’d already had my interest piqued after reading some postive comments earlier on and had Drama lined up for a looksee.
I wasn’t really in a mood to watch anything on my current rosters so I decided to go back to my List of Doom and picked a drama I’ve been meaning to continue with for ages. I watched the 1st season of Seirei no Moribito when it aired but then never seemed to find the right time to watch the last two seasons. Until now, that is.
Joy of Life is one of those cdramas I was looking forward to ever since it was announced back in 2017, mainly because of Zhang Ruo Yun. I don’t generally pin dramas up because of who the actors are but when it’s someone whose work I’ve enjoyed before, I do tend to pay more attention than usual. In this case I started reading the novel to see what it was all about and based on that, decided to check Drama out when it finally airs. Which I did and ended up loving Joy Of Life a lot. It was the only drama I followed week to week this year. The original web novel is by Mao Ni, who also wrote Ever Night and like that one, JoL is a wordy, looooong ass novel (some 740+ chapters). Hence the story is going to be told in three parts and what just aired was Season 1. When it comes to Chinese productions you never know if the promised additonal seasons are actually going to materialise but the 1st instalment of JoL was big enough success that at least S2 is going to be made, hopefully with the same cast. Continue reading
This post has been a loooooong time in the making. Like, since 2017. 😀 It’s just been sitting there in my draft-folder, waiting patiently for me to finally get back to it. Which I’ve laways inteded to do but… stuff happened. Anyway, it’s done now.^^
There doesn’t seem to be any official translation to the original title 愿有人陪你颠沛流离, but Willing to Drift With You is what it mostly seems to be called around the internets, so I’ll go with that. Though, I’m actually pondering if something akin to ‘Willing to accompany you through the ebb and flow of life’ would be more appropreate. Continue reading
When I first heard about the Korean remake of Life on Mars, I was really sceptical about it being properly done, as Korea doesn’t have a very good track record when it comes to remakes and I loved the original British show. Happy to be proven wrong in this case. 🙂 Korean LoM is very good indeed. They kept the original framework, even some of the more iconic scenes, but filled it with plenty of local color. The story felt at the same time familiar and new. This is one of the rare cases where the marriage of original content and Korean flavor works like a charm. Continue reading
Buam Dong Revenge Social Club – now that is a mouthful if there ever was one, so let’s call the drama BokJa Club for short. That’s what the members ended up calling their club too. *g*
I have a feeling a lot of people bypassed the drama thinking it’s one of those heavily melodramatic revenge stories, typical for Korea. Well, that’s not the case at all. Despite of the name, BokJa Club isn’t really about revenge but rather about self discovery and finding the courage to stand up for oneself. Aided by some awesome, new friends.^^ Revenge has its place in the story but it mainly acts as the vehicle for the ‘fabulous foursome’ to bond. Just as well, as they are rather bad at it. Their attempts at revenge do work at times but then there are the times things go askew in hilarious ways. 😀 Continue reading
Why does Just Between Lovers make me feel so contented? It’s pretty sad at times. I don’t tear up that often anymore, not like I used to anyway, but I had to grab a hanky more than once while watching the last fiew episodes. I’ve seen comments on how people are not feeling the characters, which mystifies me. I’m feeling a bit too much at times. But… I’m that way too, occasionally. There have been many instances when I haven’t felt anything while others went on and on about how wonderful the characters are. Each to their own I guess. We all have our preferences. Continue reading
See, it really was black and white. Subtle… not. 😛
What with the Beach Blossom Madness, talking about the charms of Mark Chao with kfangurl @ The Fangirl Verdict, I suddenly got the urge to make a little trip along the memory lane. 🙂 Which lead me to my old Black & White post @ LJ. And that sent me down the rabbit hole of B&W OST songs and clips of promo footage at YT and finally skip-watching bits and pieces of B&W episodes. I have such fond memories of group watching the drama and all the flailing. For some reason I never managed a proper post for B&W but here is collection of my fangirly reaction posts at the time I was actually watching the drama, back in the day. No major spoilers there and I’ve blacked out the bits that reveal a bit too much of the plot.^^