19 July 2016

Ando Lloyd Review

Title: Ando Lloyd
Tagline: A.I. knows LOVE?
Genre: Sci-fi, Futuristic, Romance
Episodes: 10
Broadcast period: 2103-Oct to 2013-Dec
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Shibasaki Kou, Oshima Yuko, Kiritani Kenta, Honda Tsubasa and Endo Kenichi.

Matsushima Reiji (Kimura Takuya) is mathematical genius with a bit of an awkward stance. He works as a professor at a college with his younger sister who is equally brilliant as he, as his assistant professor. After meeting his girlfriend Ando Asahi (Shibasaki Kou) while playing Shogi online, the two fall deeply in love and decide to get married. All this changes when Reiji one day notices that a fellow researcher dies in what seems to be an accident, but Reiji firmly tells his sister that he is next in line, as he has found a list circulating online of people who will die: and he is next on the list. Reiji leaves the office in order to save the next one on the list after him: Asahi. He calls Asahi and declares his love for her, which confuses Asahi, especially when someone calls her right after. This makes Asahi suspicious and she leaves to check his office, where Reiji’s sister tells her about the list. Shortly after Reiji’s announced as missing and presumed dead, while in fact he had been murdered.
Unaware of this Asahi is heartbroken and the next morning is pushed on the train rails by the same murderer that killed Reiji, but is saved by someone looking exactly like Reiji, yet is completely different than him. He introduces himself as an Android from the future with the mission of saving her from the same people, or in this case androids that killed Reiji. Now the questions remain why was Reiji killed, and why do they want to kill Asahi?

Okay I guess I spoilt a bit of the first episode, sorry.
This drama is not what I has expected: I kind of thought it would be a Kimura Takuya version of Absolute Boyfriend which is why it took me 3 years to begin watching, but it kind of reminded me of Terminator.
Anyhow usually a recipe for a good Japanese drama you would need two things to make it good: 1. A good plot, and 2. Kimura Takuya. Occasionally you need a 3. which is a great cast, but most of the time Kimura is enough. So basically you have an all ingredients, including no. 3, BUT then why is not a 5 star you ask? Well, that might have to do with me having quite the standards for sci-fi/time-travel dramas. As a fan of both categories, I have one thing that I mind: love stories between robots and humans. I won’t indulge but those kinds of stories make me uncomfortable. Also the plot kind of felt dumb at the end… I need a decent explanation for it – I really didn’t understand how feelings/emotions can become particles, and not to mention something that connects the future as well as makes people send emails, or whatever… But I guess that is Japan for you, not everything has to make sense.
Other than that, this drama is really thrilling, and I would recommend it to action and sci-fi lovers.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥½ / 3½ out of 5 hearts

01 July 2016

Entertainer Review

Title: Entertainer
AKA: Ddanddara
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Episodes: 18
Broadcast Period: Apr-2016 to Jun-2016
Cast: Ji Sung, Hye Ri, Chae Jung Ahn, Kang Min Hyuk, Jun Noh Min, Heo Joon Suk, Ahn Nae Sang, Jung Man Shik

Shin Suk Ho (Ji Sung) is a successful manager turned director who works for KTOP entertainment, one of the largest entertainment companies in South Korea. After deciding to become independent and trying to develop his own company, Mango Entertainment, he suddenly faces many hardships and loses everything he has and goes to prison. After release, while he is trying to find a way back to life, he finds a talented high school student, Jo Ha Neul (Kang Min Hyuk) and decides to turn him into a famous singer. But he realizes that Ha Neul is an ex-convict and was accused for sexual abuse by his friend, Lee Ji Young (Yoon Seo).

The plot of this drama is very normal and ordinary. Me being a big fan of Ji Sung and have watched every single one of his dramas, would not miss this one. So of course I had high hopes for this drama, but the only thing I could think while watching: “What were the writers and director doing with such a predictable and cliché story, and they chose such a huge and awesomely talented star like Ji Sung as the lead?! Why”. I’m not sure I have a single orderly opinion about it. I enjoyed it at points. I found it frustrating the rest of the time. If you are looking for alternate reason to ignore this one, then let me give you several. Besides the unnecessary attempt at a love triangle dead on arrival, the writing is shit. I mean, completely shit. And that two episode extension didn’t help anything. The premise was thin enough without trying to spread it out over two more hours. Some moments and some performances were solid, but overall I felt I might have wasted my time on this one. Since I have nothing better to say, I'll stop here.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars
♥♥ / 2 out of 5 hearts

26 June 2016

Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho Review

Title: Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho
AKA: My Lawyer Mr. Jo / Neighborhoor Lawyer Mr. Jo
Genre: Law, Legal, Family
Episodes: 20
Broadcast period: 2016-Mar to 2016-May
Cast: Park Shin Yang, Kang So Ra, Ryu Soo Young, Park Sol Mi, Kang Shin Il and Kim Dong Joon.

Jo Deul Ho (Park Shin Yang) lives as a beggar ever since he was betrayed by his chief. He lost his wife, home and position as a well-known prosecutor at the high court. He has no ambition left nor any wish for revenge, as his only reason to stay alive is so he can see his daughter get married when the time comes.
Everything changes when he runs into Lee Eun Jo (Kang So Ra) who is chasing a pickpocket. When finally catching the pickpocket he is surprised to find out that the pickpocket is his fellow orphan Kang Il Goo (Choi Jaw Hwan) from the same orphanage. At first Il Goo refuses to see Deul Ho, but soon warms up to him, only to pass away shortly after. Il Goo’s death leaves Deul Ho enraged and he decides to get to the bottom of the murder, which leads him back to schemes and corruption he had faces before, and had lost. This time he is determined to have justice prevail…

This drama I watched as it aired due to the quite interesting screen play and intriguing story. Though I found 20 episodes to be pretty long I have to say that the overall drama is really good. I remember Park Shin Yang from SIGN and I loved him there, so this I had to watch. I was quite annoyed at Kang So Ra’s character, I found her to be over acting. I haven’t really watched much of her dramas, but this is not something I would pin her as a good actress for. Generally, the female cast was just so typical and fairly dull, except for Hwang Suk Jung – the one that acted as Mr. Jo’s assistant – she was quite fun.
The drama is pretty typical as a Korean law/romance drama goes, but other than that I liked following all the legal stuff. I wasn’t really interested in the coupling or other things like that. So I enjoyed it.
To sum up, a typical Korean drama with a little bit of 2010s.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

26 May 2016

Marriage Contract Review

Title: Marriage Contract
Genre: Melodrama
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Period: Mar-2016 to Apr-2016
Cast: Lee Seo Jin, Uee, Kim Yong Geon, Park Jung Soo, Lee Hwi Hyang, Kim Young Pil, Kim Yoo Ri, Kim Kwang Kyu

Kang Hye Soo (Uee) is a single mother who struggles to raise her daughter while paying off her late husband's debts. Han Ji Hoon (Lee Seo Jin) is the son of a chaebol who seeks a contract marriage in order to save his mother, who needs a liver transplant. When Kang Hye Soo is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, she agrees to marry Han Ji Hoon and donate part of her liver to his mother, in exchange for enough money to provide for her daughter until she reaches adulthood.

This drama is one of those typical Korean predictable melodramas there is out there. However there is still a hint of something new, it was well written and executed. It didn’t get boring or dull, but rather after every episode it keeps you hunger for the next one. So yes, a very enjoyable and interesting drama. Uee’s acting has definitely improved throughout the drama; she really managed to get that motherly feeling from her, despite her young age. What is a review without mentioning the chemistry between the leads? Here I have to put my hands up and surrender. When I started it I had NO idea what I was expecting from Uee and Lee Seo Jin, mainly because I kept thinking of the big age-gap. After finishing the drama I must say they proved everyone wrong. They had one of the really good screenplay together, enjoyed watching them interact with each other and especially with that little girl! The reason why I’m not giving it full ratings, is because it had too many characters that was ignored or just needless.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥½ / 3½ out of 5 hearts

High-End Crush Review

Title: High-End Crush
AKA: The Greatest One-Sided Love
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Webdrama
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Period: Nov-2015 to Jan-2016
Cast: Jung Il Woo, Jin Se Yun, Yoon Bo Ra, Lee Shi Eun, Jung Sang Hoon, Moon Se Yoon,

Romantic comedy depicting the heartfelt and pure love story by a man, Choi Se Hoon (Jung Il Woo) a successful CEO with everything in his hands. He falls in love for the first time in his life with a woman, Yoo Yo Ryung (Jin Se Yun) who has been living in completely opposite circumstances from his and is a rising artist in his own company.

It's the same old same old ultimate jerk, falls for the naïve innocent country girl, being himself and ruins every chance at the relationship. Nothing new, but I always get sucked in anyway so... It helped that it only was a webdrama, so 20 min each episode. That was more than enough. Male lead was THE only reason for watching. Female lead was clueless for the entire time, zoned out to silly land, plus her acting was ‘blaah’. The other cast of characters were more childish than female lead (really overacting and silly). It wasn’t the best, but darn it, it gave me the warm and fuzzies. So if you're in that kind of mood I suggest this and say enjoy!

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out of 5 stars
♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

23 May 2016

Mrs Cop 2 Review

Title: Mrs. Cop 2
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Episodes: 20
Broadcast period: 2016-Mar to 2016-May
Cast: Kim Sung Ryung, Kim Bum, Kim Min Jong, Im Seul Ong, Son Dam Bi and Kim Hee Chan.

This drama is the sequel of the 2014 drama, though with a completely new cast.
Go Hyun Jung (Kim Sung Ryung) is recently divorcee who returned from her sabbatical in US with her son. She lives with her father who runs his own cooking blog and is a former cop. Wanting to return to work, she introduced to Park Jong Ho (Kim Min Jung), the Team leader of the former group Team 1, in order to take up Choi Young Jin’s (Kim Hee Ae) former job. She encounters hostility and dissaprovement by the male dominant workspace, and when she is told to recruit the rest of the team or else she will be fired, she is desperate to find her team. At the same time, a young CEO Lee Ro Joon (Kim Bum) uses his power and wealth in order to maintain his position…

Okay so I know compared to the first season this review is bit duller, and to tell the truth everything except Kim Bum is dull. Yeah the stories are good, just not memorable. Yes, the cast are well written, just boring. And, agreed it has a bit more consistency compared to season 1, but I really felt they dragged the storyline on. I personally enjoyed every episode of the first season, but season 2 only had me excited for one thing: Kim Bum. At first, I disliked having him as the bad guy, because smiling pretty boy boys who are evil freak me out, but after a while I really felt like he stole the show. And considering his last drama of his that I watched was Hidden Identity, this one really took it up a notch. You’ll understand once you see it for yourself...
Other than that I felt everyone was rather mediocre, then again the first season really set the bar high.
To sum up: a lesser sequel yet watchable with mediocre performance, except for the main bad boy :D

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥½ / 3½ out of 5 hearts

22 May 2016

My Little Baby Review

Title: My Little Baby
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast period: 2016-Mar to 2016-Apr
Cast: Oh Ji Ho, Lee Soo Kyung, Kim Min Jae and Nam Ji Hyun.

Cha Jung Han (Oh Ji Ho) is a capable police detective known for his abilities to catch criminals in a very short period of time. Liked and respected by his fellow colleagues and known to be against marriage and children, believing a man ‘has-lost-his-balls” when he chooses family over work or friends.
Everything changes when his sister and brother-in-law pass away in a car accident, leaving his baby niece under his care. As a complete newbie in the ‘baby-section’ Jung Han has no idea how to take care of the child, so he decides to live with his friend Yoon Min (Kim Min Jae) who owns a café close by, to help him. At first he believes that the child caring is the biggest problem, until he greets his neighbor who is no other than his former colleague Jo Ji Young (Jung Soo Young), whom he had a bit of (severe) disagreement with. Ji Young is the neighborhood society leader, meaning she is the one that runs the community around the neighborhood, and she will do anything to make him move, making life hell for Jung Han.
At the same time Jung Han is getting annoyed at his upstairs neighbor only to find out it is his first love Han Ye Seul (Lee Soo Kyung) who now is married and has child on her own. How will things turn out?

Okay, so when I read about this I wasn’t really expecting this: I was kind of expecting a cute family bonding drama, but instead got a melodramatic-ahjumma-fighting comedy with a hint of romance. As an overall drama it is kind of funny and quite interesting, it just doesn’t hide the fact that it’s low-budget. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of low-budget great dramas, but this one just loses a lot with where it has been cut. I’m talking about the backstories and the flashbacks. They could have been used a bit better, and the entire feud should have been shorter… I mean 14 episodes is way too long, even if one episode is 30 min.
The cast did an okay job; kind of surprised Oh Ji Ho took another cop character after Cheo Yong but I guess it suits him.
To sum up: a funny comedy with a bit of romance and family (sort of).

☆☆☆ / 3 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

21 May 2016

Descendant Of The Sun Review

Title: Descendants of the Sun
AKA: Taeyangui Huye
Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Comedy
Episodes: 16 + 3 SP
Broadcast Period: Feb-2016 to Apr-2016
Cast: Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo, Jin Goo, Kim Ji Won, Kang Shin Il, Kim Byung Chul, Park Hoon, Lee Seung Joon,

Yoo Si Jin (Song Joong Ki) is the captain of a South Korean Special Force unit. He catches a motorcycle thief Kim Gi Beom (Kim Min Seok) with Sergeant Major Seo Dae Young (Jin Goo). The thief is injured during his capture and is sent to the hospital. Dae Young realizes his cellphone was stolen by the thief and goes to the hospital along with Si Jin to retrieve his cellphone. In the emergency room, Si Jin meets Dr. Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) for the first time. He falls in love with her immediately. Mo Yeon mistakenly assumes Si Jin is part of the thief's criminal gang due to his nickname "Big Boss", which is actually his callsign. He proves to her that he is a soldier with the help of army doctor Yoon Myeong Joo (Kim Ji-won).

It’s been nearly three weeks since the finale of Descendants of the Sun, one of the reasons I enjoyed it, among the various lures, was the visual glory of the cast and location shoots. Descendants of the Sun might not be the best or most romantic or most exciting drama ever made, but it touches upon subjects that most asian dramas don't touch upon, and I really loved that. People who say this drama has no story, are obviously missing the point. Just because it doesn't deal with evil in-laws, revenge plots, star-crossed lovers, amnesia, or noble sacrifice, doesn't mean there is no story. The lovely supporting cast, the amazing chemistry between the four leads, the suspense and tragic disasters, the heartbreak and comedic moments, that even though you just shed a river of tears will still make you laugh. And, lastly, can I just say, the adorableness that is Song Joong Ki!!!!  I've loved him ever since Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and I am SO HAPPY he got this role! I whole-heartedly recommend this drama, and I assure you, if you appreciate the little and sincere moments and thoughts brought onto screen, you will love this.

☆☆☆☆☆ / 5 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥♥ / 5 out of 5 hearts

Page Turner Review

Title: Page Turner
Genre: Drama, Music
Episodes: 3
Broadcast Period: Mar-2016 to Apr-2016
Cast: Kim So Hyun, Ji Soo, Shin Jae Ha, Ye Ji Won, Hwang Young Hee, Kim Dong Hee, Kim Min Sang

Yoo Seul (Kim So Hyun) is a student of an art high school. She is a talented pianist and who won various contests, but is driven by her mother. Yoo Seul's mother wanted to become a pianist when she was younger, however she failed to do so, and that's why she's forcing her dream on Yoo Seul. One day, Yoo Seul has an accident, which results in that Yoo Seul may never play the piano again. With the help of her friend Cha Shik (Ji Soo) and Yoo Seul's rival Jin Mok (Shin Jae Ha), Yoo Seul begins to live a new life.

I did not expect to laugh as much as I did in a drama about such serious, earnest themes. But the drama has a playful tone to it, where characters in the world are very serious, but we’re able to see the irony and the humor in the moments. Man Cha Shik is such a great character. I mean, they’re all good characters with lots of potential, but Cha-shik is so lovable right away. He’s delightfully dim, but I like that it doesn’t necessarily prevent the depth in his character. The directing/editing/cinematography was on point up till the end. I would give this full hearts but I took off half a heart point because I had certain expectations of the ending that weren’t met.

☆☆☆☆½ / 4½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥½ / 4½ out of 5 hearts

19 May 2016

Mr. Back Review

Title: Mr. Back
AKA: Mr. Baek / Mister Baek / Mister Back
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Episodes: 16
Broadcast date: 2014-Nov to 2014-Dec
Cast: Shin Ha Kyun, Jang Na Ra, Lee Joon, Park Ye Jin and Jung Suk Won.

Choi Go Bang (Shin Ha Kyun) is a 70-year-old CEO of the business firm Dae Han. He lives with his younger brother who is the vice president, sister-in-law who only cares for position, younger sister who only cares about money and Go Bang's only son Choi Dae Han (Lee Joon) who doesn't care about the firm at all and has a reputation of sleeping around and spending money. Go Bang himself is an old geezer that only knows how to yell and preach. Eun Ha Soo (Jang Na Ra) is a bright woman who becomes an intern at Dae Han Company. After a misunderstanding, Go Bang fires Ha Soo, and ends up fighting with Dae Han.
Go Bang receives a pill from his doctor which is supposed to help his health, and when he gets into a car accident he reaches for the pill, but ends up swallowing something very different: a piece of meteor. After surviving the accident, he goes home, and while taking a bath comes out 40 years younger.
Unable to explain his sudden youth and afraid he would become a test subject, he decides to fake his own suicide and pretend to be his own bastard son called Choi Shin Hyung, as he refuses to let his son or siblings have his company. At the same time, he starts to feel something he has never felt before: love.

So this drama I watched because of Lee Joon, and I would never finish it if it wasn’t because of him. It is not a bad drama; I just don’t like these types of themes especially when there is no rea explanation about it. The cast was okay, I rather disliked Jang Na Ra in this one, no idea why exactly, but her character and the entire love story was boring. Shin Ha Kyun I don’t remember seeing anywhere, but he was okay, a bit too comedic, but still okay. I liked Choi Dae Han’s story the most, not only because it is Lee Joon, but I liked the growth of the character, even though the entire ‘I think I am in love with you girl’- is pretty old and boring.
I am not gonna spoil any more but the drama is funny, and well thought, but just not my cup of tea. So all in all a good drama, with decent acting.

☆ ☆ ☆ ½/ 3½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥½ / 3½ out of 5 hearts

D-day Review

Title: D-day
Genre: Medical, Political, Disaster
Episodes: 20
Broadcast period: 2015-Sep to 2015-Nov
Cast: Kim Young Kwang, Jung So Min, Ha Suk Jin and Yoon Joo Hee.

This drama is about a natural disaster striking Seoul, and we follow a group of doctors and firefighters as they are trying to help and save the citizens, but also about the social and political consequences arising due to the situation.
Lee Hae Sung (Kim Young Kwang) is an empathetic doctor doing his best for all his patients, but also a very competent one. After he loses his father in a car accident and his mother got into a coma, he accepts the ill treatment from his chief so his mother can stay inside the hospital where he works. The chief of the hospital, Mirae University Hospital, is only concerned about the reputation and economic of the hospital, which is where the two opinions collide.
Jung Ddol Mi (Jung So Min) is 3rd year resident at a university hospital in Busan, but when there was talk about moving a patient to Seoul she offered to go, on her own: wanting to meet her idol Han Woo Jin (Ha Suk Jin), who happens to be a college friend of Hae Sungs, but also someone who agrees with the chief of the hospital.
After saving a patient’s life, ignoring authority Lee Hae Sung is transferred to a smaller hospital, and at the same time, the earth starts to shake. Suddenly a crane falls into a sinkhole, and all hell breaks loose…

Hmm, I am not sure I am doing this drama justice with that type of summary, but it is incredibly hard not to spoil anything.
I personally am a huge fan of disaster stories; both movies and TV shows. Therefore, I was very excited about this when I found out about it. I also like the idea of it being about doctors and firefighters, as we usually don’t have that view – or at least I haven’t seen any with it – that shows us about their struggles and situations.
Kim Young Kwang is a very talented and handsome actor, whom I liked for quite a while now, ever since White Christmas I think, so seeing him in this character was amazing. I was afraid they would make him like this perfect guy/hero who saves the day, so I was more than happy when they showed his human side every so often. Jung So Min is one of those actresses that I can’t stand, not because she’s annoying or ugly, but because I didn’t understand why she would be acting as she is horrible at it. Made me confused about the casting. However, to be fair, the dramas she had acted in where quite bad: that said this actually shows a bit of improvement. Not that she is a favorite actress now, but she is decent and tolerable here.
The only thing that I didn’t enjoy in this drama was amount of politics involved and the feud between the two male actors, and the chief. Then again, it started with a bang; they can’t continue all the way like that.
So do I recommend this drama? Hell yes!

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥½ / 4½ out of 5 hearts

Kamji’s Verdict 

I am not sure where to start with this drama as this is an amazing drama. Probably one of the best dramas of 2015 if not the best. I could talk about how great this drama is for a long period of time, but I will try to make this review as short as I can. I really enjoyed watching this drama i'm shocked it's not popular, everything about it was fun, exciting and damn it could keep you glued to your laptop. There are some things this show has done very well, and that has largely been in the cinematography and the cast. I really appreciated the way everyone made their roles as believable as possible, and I especially loved the chemistry that came from the different characters. I really loved the relationship between the two main leads, but I wish we had seen more romance between them. In addition, like everyone else who watched this drama, I agree with the overdone enmity between the director and our reckless and skillful doctor. They could have turned it down a bit, I mean it goes on for 20 episodes! Everything else was good. Double recommended!

☆☆☆☆☆ / 5 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥½ / 4½ out of 5 hearts

17 April 2016

Doctor-X 2 Review

Title: Doctor-X 2
AKA: Doctor-X Season 2
Genre: Medical
Episodes: 9
Broadcast period: 2013-Oct to 2013-Dec
Cast: Yonekura Ryoko, Fujiki Naohito, Uchida Yuki and Endo Kenichi.

“This is the story of a lone wolf woman doctor.  University hospitals' medical offices were losing power, and even medical care which engages in life plunged into an era where the law of jungle prevailed. To fill the critical shortage in the medical field, freelance - that is, lone wolf - doctors emerged.  For example, this woman. Averse to groups, averse to authority, averse to constraints, a medical specialist's license and her self-honed skill are her only weapons. Surgeon Daimon Michiko. Also known as Doctor X.” (Intro of the drama)
After leaving her last hospital freelancer Daimon Michiko (Yonekura Ryoko) is out of work. This all changes when she saves a horse owned by a wealthy physician Mabuchi Ichida (Mita Yoshiko) by performing surgery. Mabuchi decides to hire Daimon in order to perform surgery on a VIP patient with a condition, if left unfixed will leave the patient paralyzed.
When Daimon arrives at the hospital, she is met with the rules and system that makes doctors greedy and arrogant. So she announces that she will not do anything that hasn’t to do with a medical license, including listening to the chief. This does not lie well with the head of surgery, who wants to throw her out of the hospital and keep his position as the head…

This drama continues with Daimon Michiko from season one, and to be honest it did not change much. It is quite simply one of those dramas where you have a great doctor fight the corrupt and mean system. Even though premise is good, the general storyline kind of sucks. I don’t really like these types of characters, they are just not my type. The fact that they don’t have any flaws annoys me the most, and makes the characters unrealistic hence unlikeable. As the storyline goes, we have heard it before and it is kind of the same as season 1. The main actress is okay, and so is the rest, but I just watched it because of the medical part – and that wasn’t all that good. It’s not bad, it’s just so repetitive, so I don’t know why they did a season 2.
If you really enjoyed season 1 I would recommend season 2, but else not really.

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hears

16 April 2016

Majisuka Gakuen 5 Review

Title: Majisuka Gakuen 5
Genre: School, Fighting
Episodes: 12
Broadcast period: 2015-Aug to 2015-Oct
Cast: Miyawaki Sakura, Shimazaki Haruka, Yokoyama Yu, Kawaei Rina, Iriyama Anna, Kizakki Yuria, Kojima Mako, Owada Nana, Takahashi Minami and a whole lot of AKB48.

After a small fit with the yakuza, Antonio (Yamamoto Sayaka) is kidnapped and beaten. Salt (Shimazaki Haruka) decides to crash the party and beats the yakuza to the bulb, and manages to save Antonio, even though they are rival schools. This sparks worry at Majijo High School, but also anger at the yakuza who feel like they have been stepped on. The Rappappa, now with Sakura (Miyawaki Sakura) as one of the four since Bakamono (Kawaei Rina) gratuated, want to take it to the yakuza, but are told not to by Salt.
Bakamono on the other hand has gotten a job at a firm, only to find out that they are the very yakuza who had kidnapped Antonio, and want her to kill Salt by handing her the gun. At the same time other groups are fighting the smaller schools, in order to take down Majijo and Gekioko.
That same night Salt gets shot, and Majijo and the Rappappa have to decide how they are going to fight…

Well that escalated. I kind of watched all 4 seasons of Majisuka Gakuen with that one light feeling where I did not have to worry about the acting or the storyline, as I knew they weren’t that good to begin with. But the fifth season really took me by surprise: the story is so dark and the camera shots kind of improved, not to mention the storyline. I usually wondered while watching this type of drama, about the parents of the Yankees or the teachers. Surprisingly this time around they added both, and much more! I am a bit confused by why they decided to end the drama franchise like they did, but I guess five seasons is all they wanted to make.
Besides that, the acting didn’t really improve; maybe a little bit by a few of them, but not all of them. And generally even if they added all the things they did, the drama isn’t really going to get better.
So if you have watched the four seasons I do recommend this, if not, you won’t really find it that interesting..

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

Kamen Teacher 2014 SP Review

Title: Kamen Teacher 2014 Special
Genre: School
Airdate: February 14, 2014
Cast: Fujigaya Taisuke, Shiraishi Mai, Watanabe Natsuna and Kubota Masataka.

“To save the dilapidated field of education, Iikura of the Department of Education created the Kamen Teacher system, a teacher allowed to use violence. Gato Koichi, a politician working for educational reform, sent one Kamen Teacher to St. Fictional High School to use force. However, that special teacher, Araki Gouta, had doubts about leading with force. Will it be force that saves the ruined educational system? Or...?” (Intro)
This special is right after Araki Gota (Fujigaya Taisuke) loses his student, and is sent out to Kaku Gakuin. A month ago a female student fell from the school’s rooftop, presumed as a suicide, and because of that her boyfriend Amakawa Atsushi (Kubota Masataka) firmly believing it was an attempted murder, the school is terrorized by him and two of his fellow students.
When Gota arrives he is shocked by the yellow line in the classroom, separating students and teachers: the students are not allowed to cross it, nor are the teacher allowed to. Of course being who he is, he crosses the line and decides to hand out papers directly to the students, much to everyone’s surprise. When Amakawa enters the class Gota is beat and told that all teachers are crap; which Gota sees as a challenge, but he soon finds out that the students aren’t the real problem…

Compared to the drama I kind of liked this special a bit more. I don’t know if it is because of the actors are better at acting compared to the idol/newer kind of actors in the drama, but the overall special was very good. The idea of the ‘Kamen Teacher’ or ‘Masked Teacher’ is a dumb idea and honestly doesn’t make sense, but besides that the storyline is completely true to the current issues of the educational system. Japanese High School dramas usually are about the special cases or/and classes, but this special talks about the most current one: teacher-student relations. The drama does it too, but there is just too much Yankee all over that drama, it becomes over-seen. If you have watched the drama and liked it, this special will be a nice treat. Though if you haven’t, it’ll still be okay to watch.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts