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by oceansportrait
Nov 1st, '08, 07:30
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Innocent Love - Horikita Maki (Fall 2008)
Replies: 591
Views: 165375

This drama reminds me abit of Asunaro Hakusho (this old oldddd drama from the early 90's that had Kimura Takuya in a *gasp* supporting character role). Everyone (including guy friends) is in love with the main guy ^^; And it's even more strange considering, I don't see what's so great about him? Yes...
by oceansportrait
Nov 1st, '08, 07:23
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion]GiraGira
Replies: 85
Views: 24355

I really enjoyed the first episode of this series. I've always found it confusing why (attractive)women need to go to places like host bars. I saw two documentaries about these places and its strange how most of the women that patronize these places seems so attractive. Anyway the three top female ...
by oceansportrait
Oct 27th, '08, 18:18
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Innocent Love - Horikita Maki (Fall 2008)
Replies: 591
Views: 165375

I actually didn't mind Kitagawa Yujin's oversmiling--- if he's calculating this, though. His character does experience hardships (mainly through his girlfriend being in a coma?), and the oversmiling emphasizes how he's forcing himself to put up a brave front, as if everything's okay. I admit though,...
by oceansportrait
Jun 27th, '08, 16:05
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Nishikido Ryo
Replies: 4675
Views: 694508

I'm really on the fence about Nishikido Ryou. It's admirable how he's trying to tackle roles in dramas that go beyond being the "good guy" (Last Friends), but he never convinces me in his roles that he IS that character. Little things like the ridiculous way he walks/runs (maybe the director noticed...
by oceansportrait
May 9th, '08, 16:10
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Last Friends - Nagasawa Masami/Ueno Juri/Eita
Replies: 2909
Views: 732696

About Sousuke, I don' t think he's going to be dying in the next episode (maybe later on, you never know, but not in the next one). His objective for threatening suicide is to get Michiru back, so if he actually DIES then there's really no point in his action. He probably will attempt it, but leave ...
by oceansportrait
Apr 24th, '08, 18:26
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: RECOMMENDED/FAVORITE JDRAMAS (ask for suggestions here)
Replies: 4465
Views: 1452955

Here are some of the dramas that I recommend: Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi - this series completely swiped up the season's drama awards, and it's easy to see why. It's a talented-cast ensemble with Kimura Takuya, Fukatsu Eri, Akashiya Sanma, and Shibasaki Kou. The soundtrack is amazing, the actin...
by oceansportrait
Apr 18th, '08, 01:55
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Last Friends - Nagasawa Masami/Ueno Juri/Eita
Replies: 2909
Views: 732696

Here are my thoughts on episode 1: Along with mostly everyone who's posted, I agree that Ueno Juri did a pretty impressive job with her portrayal of Ruka. I've loved her ever since I watched "Swing Girls" years back, and this proves (along with "Nodame Cantabile") that she has an acting range that g...
by oceansportrait
Oct 13th, '07, 05:15
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Survey] Your Best J-dramas: Ranked! (Update #17)
Replies: 923
Views: 276068

1. Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi
2. Joou no Kyoushitsu
3. Aoi Tori
by oceansportrait
Aug 27th, '07, 15:38
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Which manga would you want to see 'drama-tised'?
Replies: 275
Views: 53235

This is a tough one...but one drama I think that should be dramatized (and wouldn't be too hard to make into reality either) is Parfait Tic . As for the cast... Fuuko...a fresh-faced new actress (someone who's like Aoi Yuu and Ikewaki Chizuru added together, and divided by two. She has to be capable...
by oceansportrait
Aug 27th, '07, 14:59
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Becoming an actress in Japan
Replies: 30
Views: 8786

Man I wish I knew the name of the show.... But on NHK international the other day I saw this program which had a gaijin cast, and they were acting "normal"! By that I mean, like regular drama characters, not sticking out because of their foreigness or anything, with perfect accents ect.. One of the...
by oceansportrait
Aug 6th, '07, 23:47
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Japanese merchandise!
Replies: 35
Views: 4558

Canadian customs are...to say the least, TERRIBLE. It's come to the point where I don't even order off of any website that isn't located in Canada or has a base in Canada from where they're shipping the goods. It's completely ridiculous the charges they tack on. For example, I ordered three CDs off ...
by oceansportrait
Jul 26th, '07, 16:21
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Why are DVD's for Japan so expensive?
Replies: 43
Views: 13331

so if I buy a region free DVD from some website, will it be the same video quality as a Region 2 DVD from Japan? From my experience---no. It really is worth it in the long run to just fork over the extra bucks for the Region 2DVD, because bootlegs (most of them) are of terrible quality. I used to l...
by oceansportrait
Jul 9th, '07, 17:10
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Worst J-drama Ever! (*spoilers*)
Replies: 824
Views: 203943

My pick for worst dramas in no particular order: 1. Nobuta wo Produce 2. Nodame Cantabile (I wanted to like this series. It has Ueno Juri and classical music, which I both love. But it was just...really, really, boring.) 3. Enka no Joou 4. SOS 5. Majo no Jouken (I don't know why people are gushing o...
by oceansportrait
May 3rd, '07, 16:48
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Dissapointment in current JDORAMAs
Replies: 76
Views: 12170

I've been disappointed with the J-dorama lineup for the last several YEARS, not just the current. They were releasing so many well-written, well-casted dramas in the mid 90's so I don't know why they went downhill since then. I've watched all of the first episodes of the dramas released this season,...
by oceansportrait
Apr 10th, '07, 16:00
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Ichi Ritoru no Namida
Replies: 849
Views: 204911

The SP was a huge disappointment for me. The first twenty minutes weren't unbearable because it was essentially, new material, but after that for over an hour and a half it was just recaps/snippets from the Ichi Rittoru no Namida series. I hardly saw a point in watching something I've already watche...
by oceansportrait
Mar 22nd, '07, 17:26
Forum: KDrama Discussions
Topic: Spring Waltz (KBS2, 2006)
Replies: 399
Views: 112097

I really liked the childhood scenes, the two child actors I think did an amazing job, and the backdrop was beautiful (loved the scenes where they're walking through the tall-grass). And I did like the technique they used where they started in the present time in episode one, then flashed back to the...
by oceansportrait
Mar 22nd, '07, 17:19
Forum: Korean Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Are Jdrama more popular than Kdrama, and if so why?
Replies: 13
Views: 3169

Re: Are Jdrama more popular than Kdrama, and if so why?

From reading the forums and looking at the post numbers, it seems to me (although I may be wrong) that Jdrama are more popular than kdrama. Is this true? And if so, why do you think this is the case? More specifically, which do you favor more in general? Until very recently I favored jdrama more th...
by oceansportrait
Mar 7th, '07, 23:20
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: 1 Litre of Tears -- the BOOOK.
Replies: 6
Views: 1461

I dont think you'll find it because if you didnt know... Asou in OLoT was a fictional character :X Thank you for telling me, but I'm aware of that fact. I mentioned the "daisuki na hito ni..." part because I was under the impression that the words flashed at the end of every episode were snippets f...
by oceansportrait
Mar 7th, '07, 15:32
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: 1 Litre of Tears -- the BOOOK.
Replies: 6
Views: 1461

I've read the book in Japanese. Alot of her original entries were cut out (since it was mentioned in the beginning that from the age of 15-20 she wrote 46 notebooks worth of entries whereas this book had only 230 pages). So what was left was mostly dealt with her struggles with the disease after she...
by oceansportrait
Jan 24th, '07, 23:46
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Himitsu no Hanazono
Replies: 126
Views: 38409

I really liked Sakai Masato in Dr Koto 2006 so it was one of the reasons why I started watching this series. I'm glad there are dramas out there that have lead guy characters who aren't what's usually considered as drop-dead-gorgeous. And in a romantic comedy no less! His eyes are enigmatic though--...
by oceansportrait
Nov 26th, '06, 06:41
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Incest in Japan
Replies: 21
Views: 50976

If you take a closer look at manga/dramas/movies that seem to have incest though, most of the time, they find out that they're not related later on in the series. The only manga that comes to mind that had REAL incest which later didn't turn into the "everything's okay now because we found out we're...
by oceansportrait
Nov 21st, '06, 23:22
Forum: Other Japanese TV Shows
Topic: [Discussion] Ainori/Love Wagon Reality Show (Summaries)
Replies: 371
Views: 158578

It really doesn't matter from what episode you begin watching because it's pretty much episodic. Any romantic interests/crushes that developed are described at the beginning of each show with a graph pointing arrows to who likes who. Plus, there's a quick recap of the episode before.
by oceansportrait
Nov 15th, '06, 07:41
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Kdramas and the Jdrama fan... Opinions, Recommendations?
Replies: 46
Views: 7241

Drama

As someone pointed out before, alot of K-dramas seem to have an ongoing theme (girl and guy get together, torn apart for some reason, are reunited years later, and other un-related chaos starts occurring for no apparent reason). My very first K-drama was Winter Sonata and I loved it. No Japanese dra...
by oceansportrait
Nov 15th, '06, 07:13
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Japanese actors survive in hollywood?
Replies: 72
Views: 13033

I think most Japanese actors/actresses wouldn't be able to make it through hollywood, just because the style of acting is so different. Most of the movies that come out of America are very obviously acted. When someone's sad, you can clearly see that in the expression on their faces, the tone in the...
by oceansportrait
Nov 13th, '06, 15:44
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Nodame Cantabile and also its SP in Europe
Replies: 2133
Views: 576603

Although I do love the soundtrack of this series, and the original concept introduced in episode 1, I'm disappointed that Nodame isn't receiving more screen time. The drama is named after her, but the way the episodes are going, she's more like a supporting actress than the main character. Much of t...
by oceansportrait
Nov 1st, '06, 00:43
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Learning japanese, how long before watching unsubbed drama
Replies: 31
Views: 7194

As someone mentioned before, it's MUCH easier to pick up Japanese if you actually go to the country and live there for a few years. The problem with learning Japanese outside of Japan is, most often you're in a classroom setting where you're just passively memorizing vocab from the textbook. Memoriz...
by oceansportrait
Nov 1st, '06, 00:29
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Jmovies with Jrockers in them?
Replies: 2
Views: 1093

Are you referring to actual Jrock artists who give a shot at acting in movies? Or are you referring to roles where actors/actresses portray Jrock artists?

If it's the former, than in "Beautiful Life", the lead singer of TMRevolution is a hairstylist.
by oceansportrait
Oct 25th, '06, 22:39
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Teppan Shoujo Akane!!
Replies: 60
Views: 17558

I noticed that the Character is not suitable for her... She cant really express the character... I noticed that as well. I don't know if it's because her character in "Nobuta wo Produce" left too much of an impression on me, but I think she has a very expression-less face. She can smile, she can lo...
by oceansportrait
Oct 25th, '06, 04:04
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Teppan Shoujo Akane!!
Replies: 60
Views: 17558

I was disappointed with the first episode. But I'll keep watching because simply put, I love okonomiyaki. And who knows, I might learn some new techniques in making it XD (I wonder if putting ground apple really does create a good okonomiyaki?)
by oceansportrait
Oct 24th, '06, 00:25
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Plastic surgery in Japanese society or entertainment?
Replies: 133
Views: 276668

To achieve the double-eyelid look though, people don't have to necessarily to go the surgery route. Japan does have these plastic inserts that look like eyelash curlers that you wedge (not as painful as it looks) to create the double-eyelid look.
by oceansportrait
Oct 24th, '06, 00:10
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Japanese stations request file deletions on YouTube
Replies: 25
Views: 6080

I do have an issue with JASRAC and Youtube, but it's more about music videos than dramas. Honestly, I'm surprised people actually post and watch jdramas on Youtube . . the quality is so poor that you can barely make out the subtitles. I would be really depressed if JASRAC ever closed down d-addicts...
by oceansportrait
Oct 12th, '06, 18:36
Forum: Other Japanese TV Shows
Topic: [Discussion] Ainori/Love Wagon Reality Show (Summaries)
Replies: 371
Views: 158578

Ainori

If you checked the official Ainori site, or watched until the very end of the last Ainori episode, you'd know that there won't be a new episode until October 16. They do this a couple of times every year, taking a few weeks off before coming back with a new batch.
by oceansportrait
Sep 3rd, '06, 17:56
Forum: Other Japanese TV Shows
Topic: [Discussion] Ainori/Love Wagon Reality Show (Summaries)
Replies: 371
Views: 158578

Ainori

To the poster above, I agree. It's not just you who thinks that. I found Ainori the most exciting with the cast around 5 months ago, with Aya, Hide, Arashi, Mie, Suuzan and Ume-chan...they just got along great together, as friends and as potential relationship material. Whereas with the recent cast,...
by oceansportrait
Sep 2nd, '06, 15:19
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Taiyo no Uta
Replies: 458
Views: 104299

Theme Song

I think it was here that someone mentioned how they didn't understand why in the opening intro, Kaoru and Kouji are meeting in a train in broad daylight. The song playing in the background, "invitation" by shibasaki kou, has in its lyrics a line about trains. That's probably why they thought "hey, i...
by oceansportrait
Aug 17th, '06, 07:23
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Taiyo no Uta
Replies: 458
Views: 104299

Wow She is very cute...I like episode 3 when they were trap wheeling and they trap....It's so good.....I don't want the ending to be sad .......My tisue is already run out.....I like Erik...... :cheers: :cheers: Again don't treally give away anything... It ruins it for those that might not have see...
by oceansportrait
Aug 14th, '06, 16:53
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: "Western guy goes finding love in Asia" doramas?
Replies: 36
Views: 8981

Movie

I think it could work if they used someone who was a half or a non-Japanese person who grew up in Japan. That'd take care of the worries about them talking in stilted Japanese. There are many idols right now who are half-Japanese but doesn't necessarily look Japanese, such as Wentz and Becky (though...
by oceansportrait
Aug 14th, '06, 07:26
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Will Japanese music ever survive in America?
Replies: 112
Views: 18062

The fact that it's not mainstream where I live is one of the reasons that I like so much. I don't see why so many people have a problem with music becoming "mainstream". Why is it wrong for an artist to become popular? Is it somehow wrong for an artist to be able to now live off of his/her songs an...
by oceansportrait
Aug 14th, '06, 05:52
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Dramas about a teacher and his class...
Replies: 34
Views: 13474

Joou no Kyoushitsu

Joou no Kyoushitsu was by far the best drama of its season. The first episode was fantastic at setting the mood for future episodes (although I still don't understand what the butterflies flying around are supposed to signify. Is that her trademark?). But because the teacher was so strict in the dra...
by oceansportrait
Aug 14th, '06, 05:46
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Taiyo no Uta
Replies: 458
Views: 104299

Taiyo no Uta

I've watched about five episodes so far, and it's fairly good. Not the best I've seen, but much better than the other dramas airing this season (J-dramas seem to be on a downward spiral in general lately.). I've watched the first episodes of all the dramas airing this season, and I've only managed t...
by oceansportrait
Nov 20th, '05, 08:02
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: jun matsumoto vs shun oguri
Replies: 128
Views: 46835

Oguri Shun

Oguri Shun by far. Although I don't like his acting in HYD, it was probably as much the director's fault as his because he just doesn't fit Hanazawa Rui. He has a wide range in the characters he plays (all of which he is convincing in, except for HYD ^^). I loved his character in Summer Snow. I stil...
by oceansportrait
Nov 19th, '05, 16:56
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Nobuta wo Produce
Replies: 956
Views: 201504

Nobuta wo Produce

I'm liking it less and less as the more episodes I watch. The first few episodes had a general plot, but the last two or so episodes seem to be one-shot fillers (for the purpose of character development?). In a 12-episode series though, I think there's really no need for filler. For a 100+ series li...
by oceansportrait
Nov 19th, '05, 09:15
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Worst J-drama Ever! (*spoilers*)
Replies: 824
Views: 203943

Worst Drama

First love starring Fukada Kyoko and Watabe Atsuro was completely unbearable. Even though I found it really REALLY boring I stuck to it until the very end in hopes that even the last 10 minutes of the LAST episode could be its saving grace. But nothing. The storyline was all over the place, the two...
by oceansportrait
Nov 3rd, '05, 22:08
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Hana Yori Dango (Meteor Garden Manga) jdrama
Replies: 1646
Views: 316906

Hanazawa Rui

Im having a hard time with Oguri Shun playing HANAZAWA RUI. This doesn't just seem the part for him. Hopefully this will change by seeing some of the upcoming episodes. I share those opinions. I like Oguri Shun as an actor (he's proven time and time again through dramas and movies that he can act) ...
by oceansportrait
Oct 21st, '05, 03:23
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: [poll] Your top 5 fav Jp actress, still the same or changed?
Replies: 223
Views: 105855

Top 5

1. Koyuki (I've watched her in 4 dramas and 2 movies: Kimi wa Petto, Boku to Kanojo to Kanojo no Ikiru Michi, Beautiful Life, IWGP, Laundry and The Last Samurai. I can say I've liked her acting in all of what I've watched. Sometimes I didn't like the drama (like in the case of Beautiful Life) but he...
by oceansportrait
Oct 21st, '05, 02:59
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Nobuta wo Produce
Replies: 956
Views: 201504

Nobuta wo Produce

Since I've only watched one episode, I'll save most of my gripes I have about this show so far until I watch at least half the series to see if any of the questions I was left with after watching the first episode is answered later on. It was interesting to see the actor who played Shuji with a more...