[Discussion] Nobuta wo Produce

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How would you rate Nobuta wo Produce?

Life-Altering (5)
358
44%
See it (4)
300
37%
Probably shouldn't miss it (3)
61
7%
Probably shouldn't miss it (3)
61
7%
Only if you have time (2)
29
4%
STAY AWAY (1)
11
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Total votes: 820

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Post by 8thSin » Dec 3rd, '07, 11:40

Just translated the movie: "How to Become Myself" (2007)

Kind of similar story to Nobuta, but less dark and the ending does not suck. Recommended for those who liked this series.
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Post by erinitegami » Dec 15th, '07, 07:02

KON KON~

I liked this drama so much. Especially since Yamapi, Kame, & Maki was in it ^-^
The perfect three for the main characters, I must say.
- I liked how Shuji was going to pour flowers over Nobuta on 114 day
- I love how Akira is so carefree
- I love how Akira thought it was Mamechichi
- I love the theme song - Seishun Amigo
- I love how Nobuta does the "Nobuta Power Chunyuu"
- I love the piggies~
- I think the vice principal is scary
- I love how Shuji took Mariko to the beach
- I didn't like the girl who was mean to Nobuta >.< [Aoi]
- I love how Akira says.. AKIRA SHOCK!
- I was touched when Akira took Nobuta's hand and touched his own face
- I was definitely touched at the end of the haunted house
- I thought it was funny when Shuji's mom came back just for the love letter
- I thought it was cute when Yamapi was all jealous of Shuji & Nobuta
- I love how Shuji & Akira wrote on their school uniforms in yellow paint & they spread the fashion
- I love how Shuji helped Nobuta when she was allowed to wear regular clothes
- I love how Akira was under cover
- I love the part where Akira asks Nobuta & Shuji to call him by his under name (first name) & Shuji

forgets what it was. AKIRA SHOCK~~
- I loved how at the end, Akira came to the same school as Shuji
- I loved how at the end, Nobuta was talking to the sky and she said that she could smile
- I loved the dreams they had of Santa
- I loved how Akira wrote that for his future, he wants to be "michi no ju en dama"
- I thought it was cute how Shuji's mom's name is Nobuta
- I really thought it was creepy where they all had the same dream of the suicide off the school building
- I'm glad Mariko & Nobuta got to be better friends though at the end
- I love the obento Mariko makes for Shuji
- I was like OMG! When Nobuta came to see Mariko's lunch.. and there was Akira!
- I couldn't believe it when Aoi said she wants to join them in producing Nobuta
- I thought it was sweet that Shuji wanted to keep quiet that Aoi was the sabotaging Nobuta
- I thought the bookstore guy had on a little too much makeup
- I wish they'd make a sequel to NWP
- I thought it was cute when Nobuta worked for the shrine
- I thought it was funny when Nobuta broke the branch & then the bookstore guy did too
- I love how Shuji gets embarrassed when Akira sees his hair (bangs) all in a ponytail
- I am glad that the drama was not like the manga
- I thought it was cute when Shuji wore that dress so Nobuta will cut her hair
BYE BICYCLE~

PS: I think Yamapi's sister isn't that great looking. What happened? Pi is so cute!

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Post by K-CT » Dec 19th, '07, 19:41

@erinitegami how do you know what she looks like?

Anyway, the ending was... argh . Dunoo it left me with an empty feeling.
I hate how they just left Nobuta! I was thinking finally Akira and Nobuta can be alomne together nan noni!

O well, its still a awesome drama. Now Maki Horikita and Yamashita Tomohisa are favourite actress and actor

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Post by erinitegami » Dec 19th, '07, 21:10

K-CT wrote:@erinitegami how do you know what she looks like?

Anyway, the ending was... argh . Dunoo it left me with an empty feeling.
I hate how they just left Nobuta! I was thinking finally Akira and Nobuta can be alomne together nan noni!

O well, its still a awesome drama. Now Maki Horikita and Yamashita Tomohisa are favourite actress and actor
i saw pictures online.. you mean yamapi's sister right?

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Post by atskv9 » Dec 19th, '07, 22:57

How does Yamapi's sister have anything to do with Nobuta wo Produce? :scratch:

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Post by erinitegami » Dec 19th, '07, 23:21

atskv9 wrote:How does Yamapi's sister have anything to do with Nobuta wo Produce? :scratch:
someone was talking about it in previous post

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Post by erinitegami » Dec 19th, '07, 23:34

..hmm or i thought someone did.. lol, i can't find it. maybe it wasn't this topic board lol.... (: oh well.

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Post by untitledmelody » Jan 11th, '08, 08:46

Yay to the Nobuta wo Produce fandom! :cheers: It's one of the 1st doramas I've watched starring either Yamapi, Kame or Maki, and I can bet my bottom dollar that they left me a great impression. :D I watched it way back in 2005 when it was released... And I suddenly have this craving to watch it again. :lol Probably gonna watch it via streaming again later today. XD

Anyways, if any of you are interested in reading fan-fictions... I came across a link to this one on someone's LJ (can't remember whose, thanks for posting btw!). It takes place right after the ending of NwP. It's a good read: http://yuletidetreasure.org/archive/47/goodluck.html

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Post by pet family » Jan 11th, '08, 09:43

K-CT wrote:@erinitegami how do you know what she looks like?

Anyway, the ending was... argh . Dunoo it left me with an empty feeling.
I hate how they just left Nobuta! I was thinking finally Akira and Nobuta can be alomne together nan noni!

O well, its still a awesome drama. Now Maki Horikita and Yamashita Tomohisa are favourite actress and actor
the thread come up again..:D

btw i agree with this one..
i don't really like the ending..

i thought nobuta will come along with shuji and akira..

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Post by dante_tha_don » Jan 12th, '08, 15:47

But they saved her and life moves on so everyone (maybe not every male) can go his own way to the goal. Plus we should know eventualy they will b e back together as they used to.

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Post by Christabel » Jan 12th, '08, 20:35

this is one of the best doramas I ever watched!!!! O___________O!!!!!
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Post by doasan » Jan 12th, '08, 20:50

I always wanted nobuta to stay with akira, but she seems to like more shuuji's personality u.u

I wanna an SP or something like that... how did they left nobuta alone (well she's with Mariko, but that's not the same!)


:cussing: we all want an SP or a 2nd stage (that would be better xD)

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Post by risa6chan » Jan 16th, '08, 03:52

i got to know KAT-TUN from this show. I thought this shuji guy has such cute and sexy mannerisms even at such a young age!
love the show it is hilarious.

nobuta POWER!

and the BYE BYE BICYCLE is just so funny hahaha

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Post by untitledmelody » Jan 16th, '08, 11:36

risa6chan wrote:i got to know KAT-TUN from this show. I thought this shuji guy has such cute and sexy mannerisms even at such a young age!
love the show it is hilarious.

nobuta POWER!

and the BYE BYE BICYCLE is just so funny hahaha
Hey yeah, me too... I got to know KAT-TUN from this dorama too. Or rather, I just got to know Kame and KAT-TUN, then I watched this dorama, which made me more of a fan of Kame and his band! :lol

Akira is super-cute in a sticky way. :lol And Shuuji is really cool and smart. Nobuta is the one that brought the whole threesome together and let the friendship blossom. It's a really good drama... Never fails to make me think over stuff and to laugh (Akira!!!)

I agree with you all though, the ending really leaves you wanting more huh... I was pretty disappointed with the ending myself. But I guess having a Hollywood ending all the time doesn't work either... The ending increases the real touch of the dorama ne?

Shuuji in episode 2: "Nichi getsu ka sui moku kin dou!" (Days of the week) :cheers:
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Post by Nomanymore » Jan 17th, '08, 15:33

8thSin wrote:Just translated the movie: "How to Become Myself" (2007)

Kind of similar story to Nobuta, but less dark and the ending does not suck. Recommended for those who liked this series.
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Post by xbbyMakiix » Jul 27th, '08, 03:16

ii really liked this drama^^...mainly because of yamapi and kame^^
ii think this was the first drama ii saw that had kame and ii just
fell in love with him, at the same time ii was also watching kurosagi..
so yea you probably figured out that ii fell in love with yamapi as
well^^lol ii also found out about cartoon KAT-TUN and a bunch of
other things by watching this drama^^

and the BYE BYE BICYCLE is just so funny..ii watched that part
like 10 to 20 times..or more ahah NOBUTA POWER^^

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Post by Aiko_ » Aug 11th, '08, 15:24

Nobuta wo Produce is definetelly my favourite dorama _ever_ :-)
It was the first j-drama which I saw and it completely changed my life.... Thanks to it I got to know Kame and Yamapi, whom were perfect as Shuji and Akira :wub: Somehow I miss every day this drama, cause it was so funny but also touching in some way :roll :-)

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Post by ssih » Feb 28th, '09, 14:11

After playing around with Google Earth for WAY too long, I'm absolutely sure that I've located the place where the three of them hung out a lot. This was supposedly a section of the school roof (but it's actually a different building from the school that they filmed).

Nobuta's hangout

It's the roof with the round dome.

Update:

If you slide the map to the right, you'll see the tiny harbor where Shuji's willow tree was originally located.
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Post by Powerpuff » Feb 28th, '09, 23:09

ssih wrote:After playing around with Google Earth for WAY too long, I'm absolutely sure that I've located the place where the three of them hung out a lot. This was supposedly a section of the school roof (but it's actually a different building from the school that they filmed).

Nobuta's hangout

It's the roof with the round dome.
Wow, if you found that just by playing around with Google Earth... amazing!

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Post by ssih » Mar 1st, '09, 01:24

It was a matter of triangulating buildings using the Google Earth 3D building feature.

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Post by ssih » Mar 2nd, '09, 11:38

I found Shuji's home, too.

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Post by ika-chan » Apr 19th, '09, 13:26

Man you guys are super amazing to have found their school in Google Earth hahah!

Just watched Nobuta wo produce for the first time last week. Immediately went crazy with Horikita Maki. I really loved the show - except the ending where I was so hoping for a happier one.

I know the writers probably want to portray that Nobuta has moved on, from being dependent on Akira and Shuji. But somehow them, talking so distantly about Nobuta makes us think they will never see each others again, or even make us forget the possibility of a phone call!

I also wished there was more romance in the story. However, the story was trying to explore highschool students, and growing up - to the difference between crush and love. Friendship etc. I am reminded of how innocent love is.

Anyway - I was so addicted that I quickly watched HanaKimi too, finished it in one night. And I really enjoyed it. Somehow, I would rank HanaKimi higher than Nobuta - not because it was much better, but just because it fits with my personality. I really enjoyed the comedy, carefree, fun, romantic, happy ending, happy tone type. Nobuta was a tad bit depressing now that I think of it. I really wanted to see the Horikita Maki bubbly bright smile and that energy would just make my day. So I would rank HanaKimi higher.

But seriously - I'm a die hard fan of Horikita Maki now!
NOBUTA POWER ENTER!

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Post by paradox » Apr 19th, '09, 13:40

wasn't the school from nobuta actually a JAL training site?

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Post by ssih » Apr 19th, '09, 15:23

paradox wrote:wasn't the school from nobuta actually a JAL training site?
I heard that too, but I couldn't find it.

Actually, I found a few more Nobuta locations:

Nobuta Guided tour

(Click on "satellite" to see the places themselves)

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Post by atskv9 » Apr 19th, '09, 16:45

paradox wrote:wasn't the school from nobuta actually a JAL training site?
Yep http://www.d-addicts.com/forum/viewtopi ... htm#988218
more drama filming locations in that thread as well

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Post by snorky2k » Apr 19th, '09, 17:55

I didn't think that it was horrible. Many of the actors can be seen in other comedy dramas and I thought that there were some original ideas.

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Post by xmiyax » Apr 20th, '09, 00:48

ssih thanks for the tour :)

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Post by LilyJade » Apr 20th, '09, 10:08

Aah, I can see that there are some people like me who are not really satisfied with the ending while the whole serie is so damn good.

When the end arrived, I was like "hum... that's it ? Must be kidding there..." I looked at the time bar and it WAS the end. I was thinking a SP was going to be done for the reunion at university or something like that but no. :(

Despite this disappointment, I love this drama and specially Akira and his "♥Kon Kon♥" ! lol
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Post by ssih » Apr 20th, '09, 10:18

I didn't mind the ending as much as some, but it's too bad that a SP is impossible at this point. Horikita Maki looks so very different today that I simply can't see her pulling off Nobuta now.

I dunno. It's probably best to leave it as it is.

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Post by charia-chan » Apr 20th, '09, 10:26

comparing the end of the dorama and the one of the original novel... I think the dorama ending is quite good.
The novel is a lot darker and more serious and so is its ending.

So... I came to like the dorama ending (though it leaves some issues that I loved to be cleared out)

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Post by ssih » Apr 20th, '09, 10:37

charia-chan, what happened at the end of the novel?

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Post by ika-chan » Apr 20th, '09, 10:40

Charie-chan, share with us the ending of the novel please!!
How can it be darker? man...I really can't imagine being put through such a heartwarming story, and be crushed in the end!!!!! I was hoping to see the bright nobuta come out in the end!!!

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Post by charia-chan » Apr 20th, '09, 10:44

Well, the novel is different from the dorama in many points

Nobuta is a boy
there is no Akira
Shuji is actually a quite cold person who is only trying to live without encountering any complicated human relationship
when he loses his popularity in the novel he is not able to recover
he changes schools to start a nw life - but he didn't change his attitude and stills believes he can enact everything, manipulate people and he remains unable to built deep human-social relationships

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Post by ika-chan » Apr 20th, '09, 10:50

Thanks Charie-chan
Gosh that was the story? so no romance etc. What happened to nobuta in the end of the novel? So there is no nobuta production team, just Shuji? And was the plan to produce Nobuta out of goodwill or to manipulate people? I don't feel like reading such a dark novel at all :(

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Post by ssih » Apr 20th, '09, 10:56

Wow - I don't like the sound of that novel at all.

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Post by charia-chan » Apr 20th, '09, 10:59

Glad to be of help

Shuji in the novel is the main character and he is basically producing himself in the start. That means, he always acts in a certain way, talks in a certain way so that people like him and he is popular but actually he has no real, deep-going friendships - it doesn't seem that he wants to.
He decides to produce Nobuta and it works out really well. It's a bit because he pities Nobuta, but mainly it is a new challenge for him, "a producing" challenge to prove to himself how good he is at pretending and thus he kind of manipulates the people around them. He succeeds in making Nobuta really popular.
But than - similar to the dorama - a friend is beaten up by others and Shuji walks away, pretending not to see or at least he doesn't really care who's getting beaten up. After this, his own popularity vanishes suddenly while Nobuta is still popular.
In the end, Shuji can't deal with the whole situation and changes schools. he is determined to make a new start and this time produce himself successfully.
That is at least how I interpreted the novel.^^ and it should be quite accurate.

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Post by ika-chan » Apr 20th, '09, 11:10

Yea, thanks again Charie-chan.
x100000 times prefer the drama.

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Post by ssih » Apr 20th, '09, 11:41

Thanks for all the info, charia-chan!

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Post by Issy » Apr 20th, '09, 11:47

charia-chan wrote:Well, the novel is different from the dorama in many points

Nobuta is a boy
there is no Akira
Shuji is actually a quite cold person who is only trying to live without encountering any complicated human relationship
when he loses his popularity in the novel he is not able to recover
he changes schools to start a nw life - but he didn't change his attitude and stills believes he can enact everything, manipulate people and he remains unable to built deep human-social relationships
wow, is that so?
i really had no idea that these much changes was done to origial
but i kind of liking the way the drama was. i have to say that NWP is one of my most fav drama EVER. everything in that drama is perfect. from acting, to steup, other characters, OST, ....it is one of the best.
i loved both shuji and akira but i thought akira was more adorable. i actually don't think that would have been a good drama if they decided to stick to original story. all those changes was done for the best.
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Post by jto168 » Jan 24th, '10, 11:00

Can you guys tell me what kon-kon, or just kon, with the hand signal, means?

I've seen this gesture being used in another drama, Haken no Hinkaku, when a character (whose name is Kon) showed up and made the same gesture that Akira made and said "Kon".

Is this just a reference to the kon-kon from Akira's character on NWP?

Or is there a significance to this gesture and saying kon-kon or kon?

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Post by outcast_within » Jan 24th, '10, 12:16

To be cute i guess? That's their main job. Also it could be a dog. But i think they go wan wan but who knows, maybe dogs can bark in many ways in japan. Also it could be a sound a rabbit makes, doesn't make sense but hey it's japan :P
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Post by jto168 » Jan 24th, '10, 22:32

outcast_within wrote:To be cute i guess? That's their main job. Also it could be a dog. But i think they go wan wan but who knows, maybe dogs can bark in many ways in japan. Also it could be a sound a rabbit makes, doesn't make sense but hey it's japan :P
The hand gesture is what the Japanese people use to indicate a fox..
But yes, other than being cute, I have no idea what kon or kon-kon means :lol

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Post by falalalow » Feb 3rd, '10, 07:37

I just had to vote 5/5. I love Nobuta wo Produce so much...it made me realize how I'm so much like Shuji, treating life as if it's just a game. I love how his character develops and you begin to see the type of person he really is.

I also love the 3 actors/actress in it. They did such a great job and looked so adorable!! (:

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Post by MisS Lonliah » Feb 7th, '10, 20:27

outcast_within wrote:maybe dogs can bark in many ways in japan. Also it could be a sound a rabbit makes, doesn't make sense but hey it's japan :P
hahahahahaha this is Japan after all :D

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Post by Ender's Girl » Feb 8th, '10, 00:37

MisS Lonliah wrote:
outcast_within wrote:maybe dogs can bark in many ways in japan. Also it could be a sound a rabbit makes, doesn't make sense but hey it's japan :P
hahahahahaha this is Japan after all :D
Yeah, lol. Surely there are stranger things out there (in J-pop culture) than this kon-kon thing... :whistling:

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Post by x1xBladex1x » Feb 8th, '10, 01:38

The kon-kon was to entertain us. =Þ
I loved Nobuta!! Definitely one of the best dramas everrrrrr<33

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Post by Ethlenn » Feb 9th, '10, 21:07

Kon kon is an onomatopoeic word for grinding sound^^
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Post by Ender's Girl » May 27th, '10, 01:10

My (rather longish) Nobuta wo Produce review:

Part 1

Part 2

kon-kon! :cheers:
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Post by cercado » May 29th, '10, 16:08

One of my first J-Drama. I'm glad I saw it. Very entertaining.

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Post by PensukeD » Jun 2nd, '10, 07:39

@EnderYou're not kidding about being long o_O, that is not a review, it's more of an analysis :P. I love reading analysis of things I love but sorry, I gave up after 20 paragraphs. I'll read it after my exams. Thanks for writing it though, after watching Nobuta wo Produce, I fell in love with the 3 characters and sincerely touched by their friendship. The ending gives me a sense of emptiness and that thesis of yours sort of helped get closure.

Also don't slag kurosagi T_T, it's not great but it's the drama that made me notice the holy awesomeness(wait what?) of Horikita Maki.

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Post by Ender's Girl » Jun 2nd, '10, 12:14

@ PensukeD LOL... I know my reviews have been likened to "term papers" before, but this is the first time someone's actually called one a "thesis." That's like, taking it to the next level, yo! :lol But I do appreciate your honesty, it's actually very sweet. :D

Wow, 20 whole paragraphs, huh? Most people don't even last more than six! (Still, I see you stayed long enough to read my thoughts on Kurosagi, heh heh. :mrgreen:) And you needn't worry about having to come back after your exams to finish my posts. This isn't school and my reviews aren't required reading, y'know. :roll They're for anyone who's in the mood for something more in-depth than a quickie review, and has enough time to spare.

And good luck on your exams. (I see you're from Ireland, so... "Adh mór ort." :-))
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Post by PensukeD » Jun 2nd, '10, 16:40

Unfortunately, I'm one of the rare few who realised Irish isn't their cup of tea before entering secondary school and got an exemption in it so I don't have a clue what you just said :P. The only thing that is motivating me to do the little study I'm doing now is so I have a less guilty conscience in the summer when I watch Jdrama.

Anyway, I got sick of studying Geography so I went to "study" english by finish reading your review. Only to give up and skimmed thorugh the random paragraphs and read the comments. I noticed that there's a lot of interesting questions and points raised nonetheless

Seriously, if I can talk to staff members who made NWP, I would ask what is the ending sequence about. I wish my printer is working so I can print out your review >_<. This is one piece of literature that I wouldn't mind annotating. (by the time I've reached this far in the post, I have forgot most of the points I want to discuss).

Also, like one of the commenters, I too hate tomohisa's character in ProDai and end up fast forwarding half the series. However, my lack of patience for it might be caused by the fact that it was cantonese dubbed. (I should've learned my lesson after watching Bloody Monday with Cantonese) I might watch the SP later in the summer

Ah well, I got to go now. Sadly, this Laptop is also our family's sole provider of entertainment and it needs to be connected to the TV so my mom can watch Korean drama now. Looking forward to finish reading your review properly.

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Post by cercado » Jun 3rd, '10, 09:56

I've read all of it girl, nice stuff. I'll be following your blog.

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Post by Ender's Girl » Jun 4th, '10, 13:47

@ cercado - Heyyy thanks! That's v. encouraging to hear. :cheers:

@ PensukeD - Sorry, but I thought everyone in Ireland spoke the Olde Language, lol. Anyway, that line also means "good luck" (accdg. to Yahoo Answers). :D

(Cantonese dubbed??? Egads! :crazy: No wonder ProDai left a bad taste in your mouth...)

Well, I'll leave you to ace those tests so you may enjoy a guilt-free dorama-packed summer... :-)
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Post by <3s-tei. » Jul 1st, '13, 07:50

Ender's Girl wrote:@ cercado - Heyyy thanks! That's v. encouraging to hear. :cheers:

@ PensukeD - Sorry, but I thought everyone in Ireland spoke the Olde Language, lol. Anyway, that line also means "good luck" (accdg. to Yahoo Answers). :D

(Cantonese dubbed??? Egads! :crazy: No wonder ProDai left a bad taste in your mouth...)

Well, I'll leave you to ace those tests so you may enjoy a guilt-free dorama-packed summer... :-)
Ender's Girl: I just read your two-part review of NwP. God you articulated my own personal reasons for loving this show so well! I can't believe how deep you were able to analyze the parts of the show, things that I hadn't even considered. It was a very enlightening read! I really enjoyed it!

Something's so timeless about this show. Every time I watch it something rings true in my heart (pardon the cheesiness).

In part two, in your top few Shuji/Akira/Nobuta moments, you should've tagged onto the end of "Call me Akira" the tender moment when Nobuta calls Akira by his first name gently when he wanted to tell Shuji and Nobuta about the photo of Nobuta and Shuji hugging. That was so sweet! Haha you may disagree though.

Anyways, awesome analysis of the show, I wish I could've written about the show like you did. Hats off!!
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Post by paulo.no.1 » Jul 3rd, '13, 19:22

Good, but not that much.. I've finished this... I just don't like the ending.. so for me it's 3.5 out of 5.. xD

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Post by SummeryDreams » Jul 6th, '13, 13:23

This drama is really good. It is heart warming.. But the thing is I don't like its ending, because they've got seperated with each other... May if they hadn't got seperated, I'd give it a 5.. Oh well, I hate seperations in general..

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