I was travelling this past week so this post is coming up later than intended, but at least it is here, right?
This ep was all about bringing Kotoko and Naoki closer together by first bringing them apart. They are still so young and still have uni life ahead of them. Never would anyone have thought they would end up as a couple (except for Mama), not even Kotoko herself and definitely not Naoki but they are together despite the people around them thinking that they are incompatible together. But even between themselves, there is the sense that they might be incompatible together. This is obviously the case for Kotoko who is working extremely hard to try and match her hubby’s standards while not so for Naoki who seems like he couldn’t care less for it. Continue reading
As a sequel, Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in TOKYO has one of the best feeling of being a sequel. It has the same tone and captures the same essence that was Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in TOKYO and this is not something that can find in a lot of sequels. Most sequels then to have new casts, diverge from the storyline that was the prequel, add in unnecessary plotlines or be a combination of all. INK2 is different in that it does what a sequel is supposed to do – continue the story of the prequel, and that is something that I am loving so so so much about this second instalment. Continue reading
Phew! Made it on time!
End of year drama reviews are a great way to look back on the year of dramas that was but it is such a pain to write, consisting my me racking my brain remembering the drama and finding the write words to express myself. Writing is no easy task but I write and continue to write because I enjoy doing so. It’s a tedious and meticulous task but it’s a worthwhile one that I have come to appreciate from other bloggers alike. It’s such a nice way to wrap up the year as we head for the festive season as well as look forward to a new drama year. I can’t believe Christmas is just nearing the corner! There were some great dramas this year and that in it of itself is a great Christmas present!
This year was a very busy and time-consuming one for me, with most of my time spent on studying and dramaing being pushed to the backseat. As such, I have been more selective in the dramas that I saw this year. Most of the dramas that I saw this year came from marathoning earlier this month when I finally had a break from studying and it feels really good to be able to just sit and drama and drama and drama without having any worries! Although I only managed to see a few dramas, I did hear a lot of talk about this year’s dramas so I wasn’t entirely kept out of the loop. There were some good, some bad and some which were just plain horrible. But I enjoyed most of the dramas that I picked to watch and that makes me happy because there is nothing more satisfying than to be able to engross yourself in a drama that it is a hit from start to finish. Continue reading
I had myself in a mini fright when this episode of Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in TOKYO which was supposed to air last week didn’t air. Luckily things resumed back to normal this week with some sweet action and a reality check in place for our lovebirds filled with a few time-jumps in between all the changes that are occurring in their lives. Everything is slowly falling into place with Kotoko and Naoki’s relationship becoming something of envy to the public eye. We also get to see the lovebirds forge ahead with their life goals while having one another by each other’s side and live their day-to-day lives not as individuals but together as one. They are still young and just starting out in the real world, chasing after their dreams and finding one another has helped them to further cement their dreams in place. INK is the story of their romance but more than that, it is a story of them chasing after dreams. Love is the key factor here which enables them to chase after their dreams and I love how it is evidently present in all that they are doing. Continue reading
After what seems like forever, I finally got my eyes on Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in TOKYO, the sequel to Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in TOKYO. INK2 premiered last week and I was so excited and ready to watch it but then when I went ahead to watch it, I discovered that the first ep of this season and the special were literally the same except for the last three minutes. This is why I don’t have a post for episode 1 but you can check out my review on the special, which technically is episode 1, lol. Last night I went to watch ep 2 of INK2 only discover that the subs were out of sync! It wasn’t a problem though since I had other dramas to watch. Today I tried again and finally I could watch INK2! Finally, at long last! I know there are many drama-ers out there who are like me, highly anticipating this season, and for now it I am pretty confident in saying that it is hitting all of the right notes. Continue reading
Hi my fellow and dearest readers! Guess who’s back!? That’s right, me! I missed you guys, did you miss me? It’s been soooo long since I dramaed and blogged but I am very glad to be back on board! I just want to thank you all for sticking by me and my blog even when I was on hiatus! You can be sure to receive drama posts from me now!
Soooo, prior to my exam, I had heard news of Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in TOKYO coming out this Spring but I was a little upset since it was going to air during my exam period! I loved the first season and was so ready to live-watch this season! I was ready to watch it right under exams and to my surprise, it was only the special Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in OKINAWA that aired during my exam period and that the drama itself will start airing the 24th of November, so that means I will be able to live-watch it (yay!). Continue reading
After what has been months and months of waiting for some people, Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in Tokyo (AKA Mischievous Kiss 2), is finally here! The Mischievous Kiss franchise has been a huge success with not only the manga making a huge amount of sales but also the live-actions adaptations achieving huge success locally and abroad. Probably, on the mention of Mischievous Kiss, the couple comes to mind would be the undeniable chemistry between Joe Cheng and Ariel Lin in the Taiwanese adaptations back in 2005 and 2007. After the successes of both instalments, Korea dived into the franchise too giving it their own take. Last year, Japan decided to give this live-action a second shot after previously having created their own live-action adaptation back in 1996 with Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo and that came off as a huge success with fans all over the world, me included, waiting impatiently for this second instalment. I watched INKLIT quite recently so it is still fresh off my mind and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It was all so-cute and just full of bouncy and cute moments and I am just lingering to see more of the relationship between the OTP. This sequel follows off from the prequel, following the married life of the OTP and their hurdles to better discover themselves and their love for one another. It’s typical rom-com territory but somehow on-screens, Mischievous Kiss just manages to bring on a special warm and fuzzy touch. Continue reading
I’ve learnt not to hold my hopes up too high for any drama even if the first ep provides a good, solid base. The second ep tends to drop from the first ep and this was exactly the case here. Ep 1 scored 14.4% in ratings while this ep drop slightly taking in 12.7% of the ratings. It is very rare that will you find a drama that progresses naturally at a perfect pace. Most dramas either move too fast or move too slow, and so far this drama is lingering towards the latter. Ep 1 provided an amazing staging to lead the drama onwards and while this ep carried it on well, it walked very slowly and this in turn made whatever developments the ep had feel quite lacking. I kept wanting to push the drama to walk faster to actually include some significant development but right until the last minute, it kept going at that very slow pace. It’s still early stages so hopefully the drama will be able to pick up its pace with the eps that is come. Continue reading
Shitsuren Chocolatier has set itself up in a winning state so hopefully it won’t collapse half-way. I really enjoyed this first ep. It laid out a very solid foundation for the path that it is going to head on and it has all the ingredients for this win. (How can it not be a win with those delicious
eye candy chocolates to look at!?) This first ep didn’t catch me by surprise and neither did it make me want to fall for it, but rather, as the cute fuzzball that it is, it left me with lots of cuteness and surprises that is waiting to unveil itself. It was cute and I enjoyed everything that came out of it. Given that this is a live-action, the plot is not unexpected, but I see that the drama has a lot in store to make itself stand-out from being a live-action and that is something I can’t wait to see. Continue reading
I’m slowly venturing out towards j-doramas and Shitsuren Chocolatier is one that has caught my eyes. My first j-doramas and probably one of my all-time favourite j-doramas is Rich Man, Poor Woman. Interestingly, the leading lady here, Ishihara Satomi was also the leading lady in RMPW. She had great chemistry with Oguri Shun in RMPW, but I am sure she will have some great chemistry with her leading man here, Matsumoto Jun since they shared some really good chemistry in the Lucky Seven SP. From what I have seen, both are great actors and with some great chemistry together. Together with a solid storyline, I am expecting this drama to be warm to my heart. Due to my limited exposure to the j-dorama world, I have no idea who the second leads Mizukawa Asami, Mizuhara Kiko or Mizobata Junpei but hopefully I will be able to fall for them!
Shitsuren Chocolatier is actually a manga adaptation of the same name but I tend to have this thing against manga adaptations because they either turn out to be a good adaptation or a bad adaptation, it is usually the latter than it is the former. However, considering I am basing my opinions on Taiwanese drama manga adaptations, I am not one to judge. Hopefully Japanese dramas are able to do a much better job at drama adaptations or else I will be losing faith in watching these types of dramas. Continue reading