Well I'm new on this thread and just recently saw ep.1. I plan on being crtical of a lot of things, although I will say this, I am not coming off any wave of Last Friends (as has been discussed a lot on this thread) since I haven't seen it. Plus, I don't plan too any time soon. Secondly, I found this show tolerable.
I notice several things on this thread however, lots of Horikita Maki lovers and people questioning the ratings. I'm actually not surprised by the ratings (in respect of being poor). The show is a bit confusing and boring in the first ep. The only reason I was caught up in it myself is because I love and adore all things Narimiya Hiroki.
The characters have absolutely ZERO realism to them. Even if one would call this fantasy, I find it utterly draining as a fantasy because no one would sit there and think of this story as a fantasy. It's too boring and disturbing on so many levels. I can honestly say the ratings the show is currently getting is surprising because I find them even too high. We're surrounded by filler, weak, disturbed, or disturbing characters, weird plot twists and turns, and two leads who can't act their way out of a paper bag and finally no chemistry between the leads . I dunno, I'm surprised people thought it would be higher.
The only reason I was caught up in it myself is because I love and adore all things Narimiya Hiroki.
The same reason why I caught up is because I love and adore Horikita Maki.
You seems to be in agony, why not you stop watching this drama? Since Horikita Maki is the most aweful actresses you've seen and she is the main lead and of course you will expect to see her most of the time.
The first thing that upsets me about the show. Horikita Maki is truly one of the most awful actresses I've seen. I have seen quite a bit of of her shows, mainly because I'm a fan of the male lead or secondary lead. She's just a bad actress. I realize many here think she's great and whatever...but I'm really surprised by her success. Especially in comparison to some of the new japanese actresses coming up like Aoi Yu or even the great skill of Ishihara Satomi , she's really weak and that in of itself makes the show hard to watch.
And I didn't know that a bad actress can achieve this.
54th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actress for Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
49th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Kurosagi
29th Japan Academy Awards: Best Newcomer for Always -Sunset on Third Street
47th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Nobuta wo Produce.
Trust me, stop watching this show and save 45 mins every week of your time.
But I will keep watching.
Why ask me why? You already quoted and responded to my why. You presume to know a lot about me because I'm critical on a show. I didn't figure that I would have such an emotional and physical reaction to a show for me to be in agony. I did say however there are elements of frustration...no doubt. Further more in regards to the male lead, no one seems up in arm to be upset over his performance. However, I get more critiques by you more so because I find Horikita Maki not up to par. I think she has a very long way to go in selling me a character.
Did I say she was the most awful? I do think she is consistently one of the least impressive. Very disappointing. And again, you quoted ONE reason made by me on why I liked it, which makes me wonder why you keep asking me
. I did make mention of several other reasons why I'm here, besides Narimiya Hiroki. As a matter of fact, I figured a lot of people did love the actress as that this thread seems to be dominated by this fact. But that has nothing to do with my critique, of the actress....it's solely on her performance and I feel I have the right to express it despite it not being a popular opinion. I mean there are have been one post that I'm aware of where the individual did not like the show...I don't see how love and adoration are needed for a thread especially in a story that I had some hopes for since I sat through the entire first episode...which is not the norm if I really hate the show.
It just left something lacking. Which some have said they felt as well. As for awards...I know of many many bad actresses that have recieved many of an award, not because of skill but mainly due to popularity, this goes doubly for males; or just by fluke on how many of those actresses who came out the same time were "new". CV does nothing for me if the character is not sold. Maki on the other hasn't delivered in the performance, just as her lead has not.
I'll give an example. When watching a show I love being so engrossed in the topic that I forget that I'm watching a show. I can name several Jdorama's in which that was the case. Yet, within this show I'm fully aware of anything. She has no chemistry with the lead and for me to even say that means that this is something TWO way. Chemistry is never one way. There needs to be bond there and I have not been sold on it and for even Maki's character to be so "madly" affected by this male lead poses an inherent problem with the character.
Again I think more problems as a whole that causes a fairly large disconnect between the character (acted by her) and the audience. And I noticed my, or what I thought was fairly indepth critique beyond skill would lay a foundation as to some of the failure of the show....which is what I was primarily responding too in my post anyway. But again her "madness" (since I don't see much sanity in it) towards this guy is not even sort of romantically inspiring. The vibe is more so brotherly, even if that. Since the performance of the male is worse than hers.
These are some of the fundamental issues affecting the show, despite the minute reasons I decided to stay. Further more I am into the story (which I believe I clearly stated) despite the fact the delivery is weak. There's something there I think would have made this show a great drama. I just don't think I'm getting from the actors' performances.
As for your final statement. You have a bit of nerve to tell me what to do. I'm a bit surprised since I didn't tell anyone what to do in the story nor on this thread. You're really something to go to that extreme because I have a different opinion from you. I have in the past critized the acting of actresses and actors I adore watching, which I find to be healthy. It's times like this I have to wonder why this thread can be deemed a "discussion" thread, since obviously some opinions are far from welcome.