Jdrama Review – Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light

Japanese Title: Final Fantasy XIV: Hikari no Otousan

With this title you would naturally think that it is a drama heavily about playing video games, but it is not. It is about a son using the game to reconnect to his uncommunicative father, and although there are scenes that take place inside the game, the main story is about their family in real life. It is in fact, based on a true story that Ichigeki Kakusatsu related on his blog between 2014 and 2016, and later wrote up in a book that he titled Hikari no Otousan.

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Prison Playbook: Episode 14

 

Wow. I can’t believe I’m almost to the end of this drama! And yet I can believe it, because I keep wanting to push play at the end of each episode to find out just what happens–that’s how I am at the end of the really good ones. It’s been an interesting exercise to see Je Hyeok grow during his time in prison, and to see who he truly is. I hope the final episode gives us a glimpse of where he ends up in the future, because I’ve grown very fond of this single-minded man who is far smarter than he acts.

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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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