Classic Japanese Drama: Long Vacation

If you watch Japanese dramas you will soon discover Takuya Kimura, one of their most famous actors. He’s been in A LOT of tv shows.  I’m going to talk here about Long Vacation, his first starring role. He was informal and appealing and had a Mane of Glory before it was a thing.

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Date: What’s it Like to Be in Love?

Japanese Title – Deto: Koi to wa Donna Mono Kashira

A while back I wrote about my favorite Japanese dramas and happily several readers suggested their favorites too, which all went on my viewing list. This is the first one I watched; it is very different and perhaps is the best Japanese comedy I have seen. It’s about a perfectionist economist who gets matched up with a slacker who failed to launch.

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4 Reasons to Watch the Japanese Drama Crisis: Kouan Kidou Sousatai Tokusou-han (Spoiler Free)

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At least once a year this inevitably happens. I start watching a Korean crime drama and get so pissed off at police stupidity that I start searching elsewhere for my crime trope fix. Sure enough, I started Criminal Minds and within an hour I was yelling, “Nope, nope, nope.” and searching for something else. Just so happens that my all time Japanese bias had released a crime drama earlier in the year and it was completely subbed! It is amazing the things you miss when you actually have real life interfering with drama addiction. But in this case, it is a great surprise since I can now binge the heck out of Oguri Shun’s newest show Crisis. And that, of course, means writing a blog post to try and encourage all of my amazing readers to give it a try with me. Drama enabling is alive and well here at DWASOK. Continue reading

Getting Into Japanese Dramas

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My husband speaks Japanese, and from time to time we tried to find Japanese movies, but never came across much. Four years ago we were introduced to Korean dramas by our daughter-in-law and her mother, and that was amazing because there was so much available. There are companies that provide Asian dramas! Wow! We watched them and enjoyed them but eventually we said, “Aren’t there some Japanese dramas too?”

It turns out that there are, in the same places that offer other Asian dramas. Not as many as Korean ones, and they are slower to get subtitles. But they are out there.

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Ouroboros Episode 4: Dead Body In A Box

 

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In this episode, our Ouroboros boys continue their quest to find Sensai’s killers (as usual.)  We also have another serial killer (as usual.)  But this time we get to see Tatsuya cosplay a policeman (SQUEEEE) which might make this my favorite moment since the bathhouse scene.  Oguri Shun truly looks good ALWAYS.  The guy can do no wrong.  So let’s jump into the mysteries that surround our boys present and past and enjoy all the pretty eye candy while we do it. Continue reading

Upcoming Japanese Movies Gintama & Fullmetal Alchemist Bring Manga to Life In New Teasers

I might be having a bit of a fangirl meltdown as I realize that two of my all time favorite Manga/Anime are being made into live action movies.  Now if I can only pray them into the Portland theaters so I can watch them on the big screen life would be perfect.  But even if I have to wait for them to be available online I am still in full fangirl mode.  Continue reading

Remake of Kimi Wa Petto (You’re My Pet) Releases Trailer

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I am so surprised it has taken this long for a remake to come out fpr popular story Kimi Wa Petto (I refuse to count the horrible Korean Movie that attempted and failed to match the drama version.)  This fangirl is all in as they attempt to create the magical chemistry that made the original one of my all time favorite Jdramas.  Because who doesn’t love a story about an older woman keeping a hottie as a pet? Continue reading