Don’t Leave the Maknae Unattended: My Love From Another Star

Some of the best romances I’ve ever read have polar opposites who learn to rely on each other, and through the journey you can see how fundamentally, they’re the same at the core. It’s like magnets — they may have opposite poles and repel each other if turned the wrong way, but if they get shaken up enough, eventually they come together. And at their core, despite the polarity, magnets are made of the same thing.

I bet you’re thinking, “Ah, the Maknae found My Love From Another Star magnetic! She couldn’t keep her eyes off of it!” And you would be wrong. I struggled with the romance from the very beginning, and didn’t love it until the end of the last episode. That’s a long time to struggle, my friends. Let’s talk about it, shall we?

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A Different Kind of Prosecutor: Hero (2001)

Thanks to suggestions from Dramas With a Side of Kimchi reader Junny, I have been watching some classic older Japanese dramas lately. Today I am talking about Hero, which aired in 2001 and was so popular it spawned a special, a second season, and two movies. It stars Takuya Kimura and Takako Matsu, who had already been together in two dramas (including Long Vacation) and had an established chemistry. It is a humorous view of a young prosecutor who had been a high school delinquent, and his unorthodox way of investigating cases. Let’s look at it and see why people loved it so much!

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