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I've been doing physical house-cleaning on and off for the past week, now I'm attempting to sort out my 'virtual' life. I'm indexing this LJ first, the RL LJ has been in a state of disheveled lunacy for several years now, another week's not hurting it.

Much like rifling through old drawers or opening dusty boxes, it's nice trawling through to find my old fandom histories and inspecting the new.

History: created November 4, 2002

  • first actual post dated February 18, 2006

  • initially used as a book of days/poetry depository

  • February 28, 2006 - first public post enthusing about Cho/Cedric

  • used LJ for HP RPG purposes and sudden renewed interest about Harry Potter

  • March 9, 2006 posted Fifty Ways, my one worthwhile contribution toward C/C and HP fandom in general to LJ

  • July 11, 2006 my heart broke.

  • Months after, fell back into disinterest with LJ, HP, inadvertently (inevitably) drove some people away

All you ever needed to know about me, and the fannish radar this LJ tracks *UPDATED* 11/20/2009

Postscript: Shows I have watched and loved (past): Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Farscape, Battlestar Galactica (the first two seasons), Gilmore Girls (though for the middle of it, it sort of turned into the Dave and Lane show for me. I KNOW.), Dead Like Me, the Venture Brothers, Witchblade, the Simpsons, Family Guy, Flight of the Conchords

Shows I have a hate/love relationship: Grey's Anatomy, Alias, Veronica Mars

Shows I like and should really watch more: Ugly Betty, Extras, the Office (US), Heroes

Shows Everyone else and their dog loves/raves/knows about that I haven't gotten to yet: Friday night lights, Dr. Who

Shows I used to watch to make myself cry in a horrible, emotionally masochistic way: Extreme MakeOver Home Edition. GOD, I DON'T EVEN KNOW.

Shows I use as a barometer of would you like my sense of humo(u)r?: Green Wing, Spaced, Black Books, the Book Group, the first series of Little Britain. Yes, I'm one of those.

I used to like Harry Potter a lot. Maybe I still do, in the darkest corners of my shriveled heart. Still haven't read the last book ever.

First public mention of asian (specifically Japanese) dramas in this post. Stuff had obviously been percolating behind the scenes for a while, and I caught up on my dramas quick.

My very first favorite asian drama was back when I was a wee little Safflet, still working on the impenetrable shield of sarcasm and the growing experience of high school (and hair dye!) was years away. It was a fantasy series, (possibly dubbed Mandarin) chinese language, and it involved a heroic quest, a heroine who could fly while wearing dresses with floaty sleeves and FIGHT with them, the hero who was sort of a schlub when we first meet him, but through the heroine's tutelage, he learned to be pretty handy with a sword and got considerably better hair, a poor stone cutter who turned into a stone monster at certain times of the month, who loved the heroine.....but alas, turned out to be her brother, or something, poison, lots of dry ice, pre-Matrix wire tricks, and anyway, I LOVED IT and CRIED when my grandmother THOUGHTLESSLY gave my tapes away to people WHO DID NOT DESERVE THEM.

I used to watch that show over and over when I came home from school.

My second one was when I was a lot older, possibly in junior high, I seem to recall having 90s hair.....and this was a historical piece, set in either the 30s or 40s, and I came into it slightly late, it was a serial my grandmother and my mom liked to watch in the afternoon, and as I detested anything to do with having to spend quality time with my family, I was sort of on the late bus for that. Anyway, the main thing was this tomboy who was a reformed thief or maybe she was just a lovable street urchin, who had been taken into the family of this respectable guy, and he's mourning the loss of his True Love, a beautiful girl who's tragic death has made it impossible for him to EVER LOVE AGAIN, woe. Things happen, piggy backing, rogue cart breaks, wounds Tomboy, she saves him from being ....something, their friendship gradually evolves into one of love - she's deeply in love with him, and he thinks he can finally set aside the past love, they get married, she's so lovely and happy....and a mysterious woman shows up WHO IS THE DEAD RINGER FOR THE FIRST LOVE. It turns out it is actually the first love girl, and she had to FAKE HER OWN DEATH. WTF?

The tomboy realizes this early on and during the last half of the series, decides IN SOME INSANE LOGIC-WAY, that her husband hasn't truly ever gotten over first love girl, and that because she loves him so much, she's going to quit town with her disreputable uncle and that her husband can begin a new life as a widower (because apparently faking your own death is the ONLY WAY TO GO) with his first love.

And it ends like that. And me CRYING HYSTERICALLY.

Red gates was the motif of the opening sequence, and I think it was in the title too, but I'm not sure.

Third asian drama - Wind and Cloud. Epic, sprawling fantasy series starring Peter Ho (the Chinese Heath Ledger). Total campy, wuxia gone awry, gloriously bad special FX, meloDRAMA to the max. I freaking loved it. Then again, I also loved Gen X Cops in an Non Ironic Manner. This is in the pile of stuff that is so hilariously bad, it's brilliant.

Fourth, and the gateway to kdrama and then to jdrama and then to MADNESS: The chinese dub of Lovers in Paris. Oh man. Lee Dong Gun badly dubbed in Mandarin. You wouldn't think that'd be hot, but it WAS. I fell for his character, was hugely upset that duckface heroine didn't go off with him into the sunset. I'd visit my gran in the hospital and we'd watch this together - in fact, all of the previous dramas were family affairs and the rare times we wouldn't be fighting. (Note: Joy Luck Club is like my family, only without any of the soft bits. We're not good at that sentimental stuff.)

I don't know how but somehow a beautiful new world had been opened up for me and I shortly picked up all the LDG dramas I could get my hands on. My favorite of his dramas is Stained Glass. Coming in second, Sweet 18.

And then came jdramas. Jdramas were a shock after the high production/glossy Kdramas - much less sheen, more quirky looking actors/actresses, and the shows were so much shorter in length. I then flirted with TW dramas, because hey, I started out with them (I even remember when Meteor Garden started airing on KSCI 18 - and no, I didn't watch it then. I also thought Jerry Yan was not all that attractive.) and, are idol dramas all they produce nowadays? Not that I'm complaining, but a lot of their idols, adorable and cute as they are....cannot act. It's purely by sheer charisma and good looks that they're even on the screen. I'm as shallow as the next girl, but .....a lot of the musical groups turned actors should not be acting (I like Ella's singing a lot, she's my favorite one in S.H.E., but her acting, I can pass on cheerfully. She was much much better in the Rose than she was in Hana Kimi), and Jiro's an adorable clown and I would totally marry him in an alternate universe where he wouldn't be repulsed by a crabby, librarian loving expunkrock girl, but...the boy is a clown. I don't think he has quite the chops for acting just yet, but he's had glimmers of promise, so who knows? Everyone needs to start somewhere....and Wu Zun is hot. I like reading his blog., not an actor, either. But I don't hate on all idol dramas/or idols, okay? I'm just saying that a lot of the stuff that gets the love - I can barely watch without a lot of fast forwarding. I have the Outsiders I and II, and I plan on watching them when I'm done with all my other stuff - I liked the first three eps of Outsiders, and I like that it's not the usual type of romance. And I really like Why Why Love, when I'm not busy SCREAMING IN FRUSTRATION ABOUT HOW MUCH I HATE EVERYONE except for Rainie, Mike, and Kingone. And that's mostly Rainie and Kingone.

I think it's just my own dealings with a difficult Chinese family that is probably hampering escapist tendencies for it.

But oh yeah, so TWDramas ---> Kdrama ---> Jdrama ----> TWdrama --->and currently deep into Jdrama territory again.

The Count:

SHOWS that I initially started liking then did a complete turnabout and gave up on:

Spring Waltz (I was about 5 episodes from the ending, I KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN....and it's waiting for me to finish)
Witch Yoo Hee (I just...I don't know. It failed somewhere for me.)
1% of Anything: I love me some Kang Dong Won (especially because of the Duelist), but I think it was shoujo fatigue that did me in. This show was just too long seeming for me.
Goong: I skipped around in this show a lot. I had a lot of fun screencapping Horrible Fashion Disasters to Traumatize the Eye. I thought YEH was adorable. Never really fell in love with it and the fact that it seemed to go on forever didn't help.

Devil Beside You.
Love Contract.
Hana Kimi.
It Started with a Kiss.
Prince and Princess 2 (Who in their right mind has the 'heroine' faking her own sexual assault to get back at the hero? TAIWAN, THAT'S WHO. Fuck YOU, TAIWAN.)
Summer's Desire (God, I only have myself to blame for this.)

Teppen Shoujo Akane! (This only goes to prove that while I may have crushes on both male and female actors, if I actually 'like' an actor, I will watch whatever they've been in, regardless of how crappy it is). I might be missing magic with the quality of subs that's been provided for this short lived cooking show, but I really doubt it. Despite having some comic veterans in the cast, Maki in a wedding dress, Takashi Tsukamoto dressed in every hideous combination of dayglo known to man, this show pretty much sucked.
Anything Takki's been in. I can't watch his stuff. I've TRIED.
Propose Daisakusen. Yeah, this one was disappointing on a multitude of levels for me, and I just quit 3 episodes in.
Sore wa......(the one with the translation of it was sudden, like a storm), Yamapi's entry in the JE Boy needs the Love of An Older Woman to Truly Make him Complete drama - possibly while the idea of him being a high school dance instructor with moves to kill was certainly tempting, the actual execution past some slo mo Tension movements.....I didn't think there was any chemistry between the OTP I was 'supposed' to care about, and the cuckolded husband seemed to be perfectly harmless. So yeah. I'm not all that fond of adultery storylines to begin with, and this one just died a meandering death. And while Yamapi's uncanny resemblance to a pre-pregnant Nicole Richie was quite kawaii and charming in Stand up!, he STILL LOOKED LIKE THAT in this show. Not exactly my idea of a Dream Lover.

1 litre of tears: Actually...I liked this one. Really great acting all around. I just couldn't finish it because I knew what would happen and I didn't want to deal with it. So this is sort of in a category by itself.

Shows I liked at the time and then after a rewatch/rethink, realized, Hey, It wasn't That Awesome After All.


Full House. And you thought certain Jdrama kisses were bad, at least you can revel in the truly lame peck Rain chastely presents Song Hye Kyo with at the end of this series.

My Name is Kim Sam Soon. Sam Soon could have done so much better, and I know there's living with people's faults and truly loving them in spite of them but at the end of the day, Hyun Bin's Sam Shik was a total jackhole and I can't forgive all that nonsense with his childhood sweetheart in the middle.

Lovers in Paris. I know it was surfing on the wave of the hallyu boom, but seriously? The plucky Cinderella meets dashing yet emotionally retarded businessman in Paris, he contracts her out to be his fake fiancee plotline has been done better. Plus, LEE DONG GUN IS THE OTHER GUY. WHY IS HE THE OTHER GUY?

18 vs 29: I liked the flashback bits purely because Siwon Choi is so ADORABLE in them.

Kimi Wa Petto. Matsujun acted the heck out of Momo, I had a crush on Koyuki...but the entire thing ended up being a little creepy for me and not in an enjoyable way. Shame, really, because there were some beautiful kiss scenes in it.

Gokusen. My favorite Matsujun hair. Too repetitive 'plot' wise and should have been shorter and there should have never been a second series at all.

Shows that I did like/love still....(maybe with a little reservation)

Stained Glass
Attic Cat
Spring Waltz (I know, this ends up on two lists!)

Kindaichi Case Files: Matsujun Version. I think this appeals to my twisted sense of camp and MSTKing tendencies - a very chibi Matsujun and Anne Suzuki, with special appearance by Hiroki Narimiya based on the long running manga. Plus, it has a fabulous 80's looking ending credit themes, despite having been filmed in the early 90s.
HANA YORI DANGO RETURNS: Confirmed that I am, at heart, a Hanazawa Rui girl, now and forever.
Sexy Voice and Robo: IS MADE OF AWESOME.
Nobuta Wo Produce: a sleeper hit, it worms underneath your skin and gets into your heart sooner or later.
Tiger and Dragon: Nagase Tomoya is pretty hilarious in this, as is Okada Junichi. I love story telling and using it as a plot Aoi Yuu and Takashi Tsukamoto as a Yakuza heir!
Stand Up! With Sars hardsubs, I ended up loving this show instead of merely liking it from the badly trans. VCD versions that were floating around on YT.
Nodame Cantabile: perfect manga adaptation (yes, even better than Hana Yori Dango - because in this case, I actually liked the manga beforehand, whereas with HYD...not so much.) In a better world, Hana Kimi would have taken cues from them, but it is what it is, and I *love* my sparkly gay summertime teen comedy.
Kurosagi: featuring the OTP that destroyed Tokyo, and everything else in its wake. Oh movie, please don't suck. That goes for you too, HYD, but I care less in that situation. Both movies sucked in their own special way. Both consumed hours of my life (in Hanadan Final, it took me months to actually get through the first hour alone) that I'm never going to get back and you know, I'm just going to be drinking the haterade on both these movies for a long time, get back to me when I'm less hostile.

and of course, the show that has eaten my LJ: Hanazakari no Kimitachi e. I cheerfully admit to being biased because it's got two of my favorite j-actors opposite each other in the OTP role, in one of the rare manga OTPs I actually support, but the side characters and general good-natured silly crackiness of this show has also completely won me over.

on the Culture Queue (or what I'm watching/finished now)A strike through it means I gave up:

American TV: Burn Notice, Community, Happy Town, The Golden Girls
British TV: The IT Crowd, Sherlock

JDrama: Ima Ai Ni Yukimasu, Mukodono. Damn you Nagase Tomoya! Bara no nai Hanaya, Yasuko to Kenji, Ashita no Kita Yoshio, Nodame Cantabile SP in Europe, Zettai Kareshi, Last Friends, Innocent Love, GiraGira, Akai Ito, Zeni Gaba, Room of King, Shotgun Marriage, Yasuki to Kenji, Ai Nante Irane Yo Natsu, Natsu Ando, Summer Snow, Osen, Shibatora, Love Revolution, Chance!, Door to Door SP, Atashinchi no Danshi, Smile, BOSS, Mr. Brain, Koishite Akuma, Ninkyo Helper, Futatsu no Spica, Rinne no Ame (Rain of Reincarnation), Saigo no Yakusoku (The Last Promise), Futatsu no Spica, Tokujo Kabachi!, Tumbling, Shinzamono, Hard to Say I Love You (Sunao ni Narenakute), Jotei: Electric Ginza Boogaloo, Moyashimon, Hotaru no Hikari 2, Keizoku 2: SPEC
Kdrama: Thank you, J Dal's Spring, Time of Dog and Wolf, Robber, Iljimae, Tamra the Island, Pasta, Cinderella Unni, Sung Kyun Kwan Scandal, Mary Stayed Out All Night, Secret Garden, Prosecutor Princess, The World They Live In
Twdrama: The Outsiders I, II
TWMovie/China/Hong Kong: Linger, Longest Night in Shanghai, Turn Left Turn Right, My So-Called Love, Cape No. 7, So Close, First Love Litter on the Breeze, Confession of Pain

JMovie: The Cheerful Gang turns to Earth, Sakuran, The Mamiya Brothers, the rest of Shinobi (I fail, I know.) Sukiyaki Western Django, Check it out, yo!, Moonlight Jellyfish, Crows Zero, Always 2, Arch Angels, Koizora (possibly the worst movie in the world, then again), NANA, NANA 2, All about my dog, Check it out, Yo!, Kisaragi, Kurosagi, Tokyo Shonen, Love/Juice, Longest Night in Shanghai, Cyborg She, About Love, ROCKERS, Hana Yori Dango: Final, Presents: Uni Senbei, KIDS, Accuracy of Death, 10 promises to my Dog, A Tale of Mari & Three puppies, Tea Fight, A Heartful of Love, 20th Century Boys, Gou Gou Datte Neko De Aru, Himitsu, Handsome Suit, Okuribito (Departures), Ponyo on the cliff by the sea, GS Wonderland, The Legend of K-20,Neko Ramen Taisho, Love Exposure, Halfway, April Bride, Summer Wars, Nekonade, Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu, Kafuu wo Machiwabite (Waiting for Happiness), Dance! Subaru, Tsumi Toka Batsu Toka (Crime & Punishment?!?) Dareka ga watashi ni kiss wo shita (Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac), Yamagata Scream, My Darling is a Foreigner, Kimi ni Todoke, BECK, Norwegian Wood

Kmovie: Ing, M, Doremifasolo, Baby & Me (long live Chicken girl!), Sweet Lie, Antique Bakery, The Naked Kitchen, My girlfriend is a spy, Heaven's Postman, Dating on Earth, Jeon Woochi: Taoist Wizard, The Duelist (rewatch), Too Beautiful to Lie (rewatch), 3-Iron, Ahjussi: The Man from Nowhere, Haru (Korea's Tourism film)

Movies: Death at a Funeral, the Last Legion, Superbad, Across the Universe, Rocket Science, Stardust, Becoming Jane, Westside Story, High School Musical 1 & 2 (there's camp, and then there's this), Juno, Atonement, Across the Universe, Ratatouille, Prince Caspian, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Slumdog Millionaire, Secret Life of Bees, Lars and the Real Girl, Conversations with Other Women, Miss Pettigrew lives for a day, Waitress, Dear Zachary (documentary), Coraline 3-D, The Philadelphia Story, Smoking Aces, Seventeen Again, I Love You, Man, St. Trinian's, Star Trek, Rudo y Cursi, The Young Victoria, Up! in 3-D, A Matter of Loaf and Death, The Proposal, The Ugly Truth, Julie & Julia, The Time Traveler's Wife, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Virgin Territory, (500) Days of Summer, Ponyo (english dub), Sunshine Cleaning, Away we Go, Son of Rambow, Whip It, Push, Last Chance Harvey, This is It, An Education, Pirate Radio, Harold & Maude, The Blind Side, The Princess & the Frog, Sherlock Holmes, Fantastic Mr. Fox, It's Complicated, What It Is (Dylan Moran Stand Up Comedy Film), Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control, SyFy's ALICE, The Accidental Husband, St. Elmo's Fire, Zombieland, New York I Love You, The Ramen Girl, Paris, je t'aime, Possession (2009) Iron Man 2, Adventureland, Pillow Talk, It Happened One Night, The Thin Man, The Runaways, Going Postal, St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, My Blueberry Nights, The Client List (yes, you get a free pass to mock my terrible taste), Inception, Nowhere Boy, Role Models, Date Night, Toy Story 3, Believe: the Eddie Izzard story, Girl with a Dragon Tattoo 2009 (English Dub), The Hangover, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, The Kids are All Right, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, Good Hair, Love and Other Drugs, Despicable Me, The Social Network, The King's Speech, Never Let Me Go, Blue Valentine, Meet the Robinsons, Battle: Los Angeles

And congratulations on making it to the end of this post, if you did.

yes i read it all

Date: 2007-08-22 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
one question: where do you find the TIME?! thats one heck of a list (i applaud u on the fact u actually REMEMBER all that stuff) AND it doesn't seem like u just skimmed thru, but METICULOUSLY analyzed everything and anything there is in each show (or gave up midway when it just happened to...SUCK)

what no one can ever phrase better than you did:
1) She was much much better in the Rose than she was in Hana Kimi
2) ...and Wu Zun is hot
3) truly lame peck Rain chastely presents Song Hye Kyo
5) Favorite guilty pleasure: Arashi (ie, the Japanese Boy Band that ate my brain)

u know whats ironic? after all this, i actually want to (re)watch some of those disappointing shows. i feel messed up.

why does everything seem more interesting after snarkification?

better living through snark!

Date: 2007-08-22 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
See, I try to be objective and consider the situation some dramas are made under and then after all that and I still don't like it? I make fun of it. But I also make fun of the stuff I do like. But I give every drama at least 3 eps before I give up completely or I at least try and figure out the ending before quitting - I don't want to just blindly hate/dislike a show without trying, because even though I'm not really a critic, I have this weird thing about at least trying stuff before I say it sucks.

And I recognize that people don't have the same taste as I do - hell, I'm aware that the fandom seems to be really divided over the Japanese Hana Kimi and that some fans outright hate it - but I love it enough for 10 people, so you know, different strokes for different folks.

Oh gosh, there was just so MUCH to take in. XD

Date: 2007-08-22 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I realize now that your interests are very much like mine. It was quite alarming. :O From TV shows, manga and drama, I had some deja vu moment of my youth reading through both entries. The big differences between you and me is that 1) you've experienced more (some of the titles you've mentioned already going through are actually on my list to read/watch instead) because I am queen of procrastination, and 2) I got into really more embarrassing and time-wasting fandoms in my earlier years than you did.

I'm glad to have come across your LJ because it's as if you've said exactly what I was thinking but in a more articulate manner than I could ever hope to do.

Oh! I just happened to watch High School Musical 1 & 2 last Sunday on the Disney Channel. It made me giggle and kinda made me wish my past high school life was a musical. :(

now that i think about it...

Date: 2007-08-24 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
somehow the words "LEE DONG GUN IS THE OTHER GUY. WHY IS HE THE OTHER GUY?" have been echoing in my head, and i developed a theory about this (basically the result of having too much time on my hands).

since most korean dramas are aimed towards "women", the protagonist, usually the main girl character, has to struggle between two wonderful guys, in which the "other one" has to be willingly suffering in the "friend zone", and whose only wish is for the girl to "be happy and blissful". kdramas choose new hot young actors to be the "other guy", let them gain popularity, and then transform them into "main guys", while training newbies as the usually likeable "other guys"; ERGO, a vicious cycle that sucks you in and goes on and on and on like energizer bunny.

FOR EXAMPLE, in "lovers in paris", lee dong gun is the other guy, but look how he turned out in "stained glass". OR kim jeong hoon in "goong". OR won bin (HONESTLY, WON BIN?!) in "autumn fairy tale". OR the hot-doctor-older-brother and rich-amusement-park-inheritor, kim jae won in "my sister in law is 19" and "my love patzzi", turned utterly-in-love-with-high-school-teacher-in-romeo-and-juliet-like-manner in
romance". OR daniel henney, the one who wasn't even in love with the main character, in "my name is kim sam soon", OH DANIEL. Yes, and a new trend in mixed korean-caucasian guys, as evident with daniel and OH DENNIS OH (the OTHER OTHER guy in "witch yoo hee"?). OF COURSE there are those that somehow stay where they are, like kim sung soo in "stained glass" and "full house". AND how can we possibly forget the occasional younger version of the main guy in short-but-sweet memory flashes, who, once u see the older version, makes you wonder "wth happened to him?", as in "18 vs. 29" with choi si won. SI WONNNN.

and surprisingly in japan as well. SHUN. TOMA. <3

so maybe the real question is: PARK SHIN YANG IS THE MAIN GUY. WHY IS HE THE MAIN GUY?


Date: 2007-08-24 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have nothing further to add.

See, with Jdramas, I'm honestly torn, whereas with twdramas and kdramas, I have an almost uncanny preference for the Other Guy, 90% of the time.

HYD, I Loved Hanazawa Rui above all others (except for Makino) despite my great and overflowing Matsujun love, and in HK - I love them both. I do love Shun a little bit more though.

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Date: 2007-08-27 06:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Stand up!!!

Oh gosh, the series could shine so much brighter with a decent fansub group.

Everyone was perfect in their roles, I thought. Right up to the parents.

I was laughing in my computer chair the entire way.

[Would anyone here watch Mago Mago Arashi by any chance?]


Date: 2007-08-27 06:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Arashi's little experiments are hysterical, and it's always fun to watch a different side of them outside of their JE idol bubble.

Whee! (I'm not an Arashi fan, honest!)

Date: 2007-08-27 01:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Have you seen the episode where MatsuJun and Aiba take care of two kids whilst their parents go out for a movie?

MatsuJun runs off (rather hastily) to prepare dinner, leaving Aiba to "take care" of the kids (one screaming, the other not so). Oh Jun, you sadist!

Re: Whee! (I'm not an Arashi fan, honest!)

Date: 2007-08-27 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Jun is Evil-Sama, which is why I ADORE HIM SO.

And really, if I was in the same situation, I'd run off to cook too.

From: [identity profile]
awww. Well thank you for making it through the ginormous entry - and well yeah. I'm as old as the hills.....


Here's a quote from Howl's Moving Castle, just because.

"But I'm not calm about it, if that's what you think!" Michael said. "If you knew the trouble we've had because Howl will just keep falling in love like this! We've had lawsuits, and suitors with swords, and mothers with rolling pins, and fathers and uncles with cudgels. And aunts. Aunts are terrible. They go for you with hat pins. But the worst is when the girl herself finds out where Howl lives and turns up at the door, crying and miserable. Howl goes out through the back door and Calcifer and I have to deal with them all."

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Date: 2007-10-23 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hope you don't mind if I friend... ^^; just wandered upon this lovely place and would love to squee over jdramas with you, especially, most recently, HanaKimi. *_* Though I've yet to watch the finale :O Also, your fic is most excellent! <3

awww, I love having new friends!

Date: 2007-10-23 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm currently not watching any jdramas this fall season, but I have to finish recapping Hana Kimi (PLZ, Fuji TV, give me a follow up special to the finale!) but I'll definitely be posting more things about Maki, etc.

Which fic? :D

Re: awww, I love having new friends!

Date: 2007-10-23 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The Kurosagi one about Kurosaki and Tsurara's wedding :) Though the most recent HanaKimi one is quite cute as well ^___^

Bwah, I look forward to more HanaKimi posts.

Also, Maki Horikita may very possibly be the only person I've ever seen who could turn me lesbian XD She's sooo gorgeous *_*

I'd go gay for Maki.

Date: 2007-10-23 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Y'know, if she ever ventured into that territory. Ah, Kurosagi. I'll have to finish my other fic with Kurosaki/Tsurara...and sano/mizuki! *hearts my tall/shortie OTP*

She is so BEAUTIFUL, isn't she? It took me sort of by surprise - like, she was always pretty, but with the short hair and the new rocking fashion sense, it was just like.... O_________________O
From: [identity profile]
omg I know :O I first watched her in Nobuta wo Produce, and I noted that she was pretty but I didn't really, like, notice notice her… but then. HanaKimi. Guh.
From: [identity profile]
(I just seem to be butting myself into your lj don't I?)

I, like many people, regret most in my life, wasting 30 hours of my life, watching ISWAK.

What is seemingly a nice love story about a girl who for once isn't REALLY Pretty or REALLY smart, failed. Miserably. On many different levels. ISWAK has now only succeded in making me hate joe cheng and Ariel, however it's now recognised as one of the most successful Tw Dramas ever. World! When will you learn?

If you love/hated spring waltz, you should try the other ones, Autumn, Winter and Summer. I like Autumn, scatch that LOVE autumn, thought winter was thoroughly: they're in love - no they're not - he's related to her - no he's not and so on. (does that make sense? In my head it does) Summer and Spring I get confused. Which is the one with a heart transplant?

Despite being very, very in love with Mike He, or to be specific, his kissing methods, DBY had Rainie (who I like, though you probably can't tell) as the cliche asian who was so naive and so nice and most importantly always believed that Ahmong was really a marshmallow on the inside(did you get that reference?. Not to mention cute to boot. This died quite quickly for me. Then when I heard they attempted a sex scene (and considering kissing scenes rarely work) this only added fuel to the fire, and sent it to the graveyard with bonus buy one get one free coffins.

And that was my rant. Sorry for butting into your conversation and LJ in general. Oh, and the grammar and spelling errors too.

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Date: 2008-05-03 04:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I truly admire your ability to write such long posts and still update so often (while keeping up with all the latest dramas too). *bows* Teach me your skill! =P

For Non-Asian Shows:
Gilmore Girls - I know how you feel about Dave and Lane. And Rory/Logan, along with several other pairins, just started to get on my nerves, lol, so I gave up somewhere in the second-to-last season. Ugly Betty is great! You really should watch more, although the plots are going haywire (well, actually they've always been like that...probably why people like it so much) and I'm just waiting for Henry to leave already so Betty can be with Gio/Daniel/someone who didn't get his girlfriend pregnant while still flirting with her. =P Grey's Anatomy...*cough* enough said. I watched it for a while until the game of switching partners/beds got too old for me.

- Ella was definitely better in The Rose than Hana Kimi. Her expressions in H-K were so horribly horribly over-exaggerated (what was she thinking?). Ironically, I was able to finish H-K and not The Rose (yet) because I can't stand Jerry's acting (can you say "board"??) and hate that his character is going to end up with Bai He.

- No. Wu Zun is nowhere near an actor. And, sorry to say this, but he's nowhere near a singer either. >.< But at least he's a nice guy.

- I like WWL too. So much better than DBY. But poor Kingone. *sigh*

- Outsiders - hm. I thought I liked it when I saw the first two episodes, but it lost its luster...I blame both plot and acting. Maybe it'll work for you, though (I tend to be rather impatient about dramas).

- It's true that a lot of popular TWdramas...shouldn't be. It's always the good dramas that get low ratings. And oh, have you seen Green Forest My Home?? 0_0 Leon Jay Williams should NOT be acting. Another board. I was rooting for Ethan. And I am still horrified that Prince Turns Into Frog got the highest rating. NOOO! (I can't stand Ming Dao, and although Qiao En did a good job, PTF did NOT deserve that great of a rating.) But there are some good TWdramas, if you hunt for them. I thought Silence was quite good, although of course it has some drama stereotypes. Bump Off Lover fully redeemed Angela for me after my opinion of her acting was severely injured by Romantic Princess. She does an amazing job, and the plot (it's quite dark) really pulls you in. I haven't finished True Love 18 yet, but the leads are excellent and I actually prefer it to some of Ariel (Lin)'s later dramas. (In general, though, Ariel is a great actress.)

- Goong - haven't finished yet either. Couldn't bear to see Yul's heart broken.
- DBY - nope. bleh. wasn't working for me.
- Love Contract - great acting on Mike and Ariel's part (and the others, too) but a horribly slow plot (outright boring at the end). took me forever to trudge through it, and i skimmed.
- 1 Litre of Tears - watched one MV and it had me sobbing, so I don't dare start the drama or I'll use up all the trees in the world by way of tissues (that almost happened for Silence)
- Full House - haha. Never one of my favorites, but once in a while it was cute.
- 18 vs. 29 - I only watched part of the first episode, to see Park Eun Hye (star of Silence) in a kdrama^^
- Kimi wa Petto - creeped me out early on, lol. couldn't finish.
- Nobuta - <3. (But i didn't like how the focus was pulled mostly onto the JE guys and Maki didn't get as much attention. =P Typical.)
- Nodame - funny and v. cute. =D
- Kurosagi - love Tsukuro, but I fear for the movie. Apparently there's not much relationship development, and that's the only thing I cared about in the drama (sorry Kurosagi, your swindling schemes get old)
- Hana Kimi - I'm still a Mizuki/Nakatsu shipper. ^_^ They made us love that pairing too much.

Whew. Sorry for my rambling. =)
From: [identity profile]
In defense of ISWAK, I think the stars did a great job. It's not as easy as it looks for Ariel to act dumb (because contrary to popular belief, she's the exact opposite). Joe loves to joke in real life, so playing Zhi Shu was a little hard for him, too. Not a perfect plot, but it was based on the manga, so there wasn't much they could do about that. Please note that I am NOT, however, an Ariel/Joe fan. 0_0 For some time I had a severe allergy to anything Ariel and Joe-related, so I couldn't bring myself to watch They Kiss Again...ugh, I couldn't get anywhere near it. The bed scenes especially *rolls eyes*. But for me, that was mostly the fault of certain crazy-obsessive fans...enough said. So, it's not one of my favorite dramas, but I don't hate Ariel and Joe for it, because it really isn't their fault.

DBY...I agree that Rainie's cliche cutesiness and Ah Mong's bad-boy-ness (=P) got old. Bleh. I couldn't finish. Which is why I prefer Why Why Love.

Why Why Love?

Date: 2008-05-03 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sure, I hate ISWAK with a passion, but I've watched the first season, up to ep 8 of the second (for the DANSON!! and Wang Zi) and seen all the anime episodes so far, so it keep on reeling me back. It's the only drama that does this.

Mike He always plays bad boys, less so in WWY but still. Now if he doesn't play one I don't think I'm getting my moneys worth. Rainie is yet to show us her great acting abilities, perhaps in her upcoming production Spider Lillies ...

it's better than DBY at least^^

Date: 2008-05-04 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
(Great icon. ;-)

Anyway, I see what you mean about ISWAK...I just didn't want you to think that Ariel or Joe are like that in real life, or that they're limited to those types of roles.

Haha, yeah, Mike is the cliche bad boy. He maintains that stereotype in WWL, but Rainie's a little less cutesy and in general WWL is less...well, cheesy. (I haven't finished it yet, though, so I don't know how it ends.) Oh, and in Love Contract Mike wasn't a bad boy. =) If he played a bad boy *all* the time, it would get kind of old.

Yes, Rainie's skills haven't been tested much. Actually, I believe Spider Lilies is already out...I'll have to watch it one of these days~~

Re: it's better than DBY at least^^

Date: 2008-05-04 01:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Spider Lillies is out, and it's a film, not a drama. ;)

From: [identity profile]
It's only impressive if you ignore the fact that I haven't updated/kept up with my RL LJ nearly as often. I do not know if this reflects on my real life, if at all.

I just saw a MV of the TW hana kimi, and the mind, it boggles. I can't even understand why people would even begin to compare the two adaptations and go on the side of TW as a 'better' adaptation when the acting is just so uniformly awful in the TWversion.

Well, re: the Fahrenheit boys - at least they're pretty and don't look like they'll blow over in a strong wind? Which is not something you can say for some JE boys.


I watched part of Green Forest My I heard good things about Silence - and most of it 'IT WILL SMASH YOUR HEART TO PIECES, RUN AWAY' but you know, I am open minded about TWdramas. I do believe there is quality out there among the utter idol fluff/crap - it's just a matter of finding quality subs to go with them. My comprehension flickers in and out of fluency.

I don't mind Ariel Lin at all, but her most beloved dramas - yeah, I don't get it.

You know how I feel about NWP, and well, Kurosagi the movie is apparently open-ended enough to suggest a continuation in either movie or drama form, so who knows? All I can say is, 'STOP WASTING PRECIOUS CHEMISTRY BETWEEN MAKI AND YAMAPI, JAPAN, THXBYE.'



Date: 2008-05-04 02:11 am (UTC)

rambling is awesome. and so is your icon. =D

Date: 2008-05-04 02:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lol at your Fahrenheit comment. Arron and Calvin can sing, too (Jiro and Chun are in the, erm, learning stage). And for Kingone, I'm happy he's going for his own singing career (since Comic Boyz broke up a while ago *sigh*). At least there he's guaranteed not to be a third party. =P

True about TWdrama quality. And I've liked Ariel herself for a while, but I didn't really like any of her dramas until I saw True Love 18.

Haha, the Kurosagi writers are killing me. Just hit Mikimoto neatly over the head and get Tsurara and Kurosaki together, would you??

Ahh, the Hana Kimi special! (My only reservation is that if it's a "between-episodes" type thing, we won't get to see much chronologically new material...but I'm still happy. =D) Yay for Mizuki and our dear ikemen!

Sorry again. I think I'm monopolizing your comments section. >.<

Re: rambling is awesome. and so is your icon. =D

Date: 2008-05-04 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Don't worry about it. :) That's what my comments section is for, after all. Comments.

I love that Te Amo song on the new Fahrenheit CD. Tragically, that is about the only song I love - the other songs don't really stick out for me.

It looks to me like there's quite a lot of new footage, actually - that they're going the Nodame route and doing more new footage instead of just being a clipshow.

Re: rambling is awesome. and so is your icon. =D

Date: 2008-05-04 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love Ti Amo too. ^_^ Jade and Arron sound lovely together. That's my favorite on the album, although I liked Xin Li You Shu at first (until I saw the MV and I kind of lost interest, lol).

Oh, really? I haven't been keeping up enough with the latest Hana Kimi special news...I had several links for it bookmarked, but then my laptop crashed and I lost them. =P Must get around to restoring~~ I can't wait till summer!

...By the way, do you mind if I friend you?

Re: rambling is awesome. and so is your icon. =D

Date: 2008-05-06 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't mind at all. No one ever has to ask for permission to friend me. :)

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Date: 2009-05-26 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
hi. i lost your email, so i write it here.
probably you don't remember, but i wanted to translate one of your fics into russian like two years ago. it took me forever, but in the end i've done it. or, better, have started doing it.
i've translated 2 of 3 parts i have of "Five futures that befall Yoshikawa Tsurara (and one of them is true)".

i've posted in here:
but when i finish translation i'll repost it in lj and give you proper link.

(and sorry for my lame english. i promise: i'm horrible only in writing, my translation skills are much better)

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Date: 2009-05-29 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Of course I remember you! I was very flattered that anyone would want to translate my stories into another language. :)

Thank you for doing that, by the way.

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Date: 2009-05-29 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
well, you'd better get used to) because when i finish this one, i'm going to ask for another one:)


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