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01 March 2017 @ 07:38 pm
no post in the last month. I did watch a drama and some movies but I'm a bit lazy to post a review. XD
 
 
sukaretto (スカーレット)
29 January 2017 @ 08:57 pm
Chef
Japanese Drama


Episodes: 10

Genre: Food, Comedy

Cast:

  • Amami Yuki as Hoshino Mitsuko

  • Koizumi Kotaro as Shinoda Shogo

  • Kawaguchi Haruna as Takayama Haruko

  • Tomochika as Yaguchi Saki

  • Endo Kenichi as Araki Heisuke

  • Arakawa Yoshiyoshi as Komatsu Minoru

  • Ikeda Narushi as Hidaka Masataka

  • Ichikawa Shinpei as Baba Shouichi

  • Ito Shuko as Inohara Toshiko

  • Toyohara Kosuke as Okudera Kenji

  • Kikuchi Kinya as Naganuma Seiichi

  • Harukaze Hitomi as Bandou Tamae

  • Horiguchi Hikaru as Ogata Satomi

  • Uebayashi Takahisa as Sudo Atsushi

  • Ichihara Karen as Uehara Nozomi


Plot:
    Hoshino Mitsuko is the talented three-star chef of famous French restaurant, La Cuisine de La reine, in Ginza, Tokyo. She has drawn attention not just from Japan but also the world for the new recipes she continuously conceives with her delicate palate and unrivalled creativity. Gourmands around the world visit the restaurant for her cuisine and there is a three-year wait for reservations. Mitsuko has absolute confidence that there is no one in this world who will not finish her food. But one day, trouble occurs between Mitsuko and the restaurant owner Shinoda Shogo and she is fired. She has difficulty finding a new restaurant due to Shinoda’s interference and her over-inflated pride, and ends up creating school lunches for a popular variety program by the hotshot producer Yaguchi Saki. It was believed to be something easy for Mitsuko, but she meets many obstacles and keeps failing. Moreover, this is aired on TV and made known to the world. Even so, Mitsuko does not give up and starts to create school lunches in order to hear children say her food is delicious and also regain her lost stars.

Sukaretto says:
p.s. spoilers ahead.
   
[read at your own risk.]This drama is entertaining enough that I finished it. A lot of the characters were annoying but thank you to the good character development, we get to see them change and grow. I still don't get Shinoda's obsession with Hoshino, though, even if he explained it in the end. All I can think of is that he's in love with her. I love the food! This drama made me hungry every time.

My Ratings: i'll give this 3.5/5 :)
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sukaretto (スカーレット)
22 January 2017 @ 10:37 am
Jimi ni Sugoi!
Japanese Drama


Episodes: 10

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Work

Cast:

  • Ishihara Satomi as Kouno Etsuko

  • Suda Masaki as Orihara Yukito

  • Honda Tsubasa as Morio Toyoko

  • Aoki Munetaka as Kaizuka Hachiro

  • Kishitani Goro as Takehara Shoon

  • Eguchi Noriko as Fujiiwa Rion

  • Wada Masato as Yoneoka Mitsuo

  • Taguchi Hiromasa as Oda Daisuke

  • Adachi Rika as Imai Cecil

  • Soda Marie as Sato Yuri

  • Sugino Yosuke as Masamune Nobuyoshi

  • Matsukawa Naruki as Aoki Yohei

  • Asoh Kaori as Sakashita Kozue

  • Takahashi Osamu as Meguro Shinichiro

  • Mr. Chin as Higashiyama

  • Nagae Hidekazu as Nishida

  • Tencho Matsumoto as Kitagawa

  • Yoshimoto Miyoko as Kamei Sayaka

  • Ise Kayo as Hatano Nozomi

  • Minahara Yuki as Mizushima Kotone

  • Kaga Takeshi as Hongo Daisaku


Plot:
    Kono Etsuko is a 28-year-old woman who loves fashion. Aspiring to become a fashion editor, she joins a publishing company, but she is sent to work in copy editing section. There, her job is to correct errors and inadequate parts of documents and copies.


Sukaretto says:
p.s. spoilers ahead.
   
[read at your own risk.]To begin this, I'd like to say that Satomi's one of those actresses I found annoying before because of the roles/characters she played. But I begin to acknowledge her good acting and see her differently. This is one of her best roles yet. She's perfect for it. I like how she gave justice to the character. About the character, I really like Etsuko. I kind od see myself in her in terms of speaking her mind. I love that she doesn't accept bullshit from anyone. Also, I love it that she's paired with someone younger! haha Because Satomi's my age, it kind of gave justice that younger guys can like older girls seriously, too. (I mean, it's still not accepted widely in our society). I also like the story, highlighting proofreading. I've always wanted to be one. (I know, I can't even proofread my work XD). But the ending is kind of rushed? I remember my twitter TL saying that they were surprised it was already the last episode. p.p.s. Suda Masaki is "hontou hontou ni ikemen" << I agree with Etsuko. XDD

My Ratings: i'll give this 4.5/5 :) (I was also ready to give this 5 stars but the ending!!!)
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sukaretto (スカーレット)
14 January 2017 @ 10:36 am
Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu
Japanese Drama



Episodes: 11

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Cast:

  • Aragaki Yui as Moriyama Mikuri

  • Hoshino Gen as Tsuzaki Hiramasa

  • Ishida Yuriko as Tsuchiya Yuri

  • Otani Ryohei as Kazami Ryota

  • Fujii Takashi as Hino Hideshi

  • Mano Erina as Tanaka Yasue

  • Narita Ryo as Umehara Natsuki

  • Yamaga Kotoko as Horiuchi Yuzu

  • Takahashi Yo as Takenaka Michihiko

  • Hayama Shono as Watanabe Kazuma

  • Hosoda Yoshihiko as Moriyama Chigaya

  • Takayama Yuko as Moriyama Aoi

  • Furutachi Kanji as Yama-san

  • Moro Morooka as Tsuzaki Sohachi

  • Takahashi Hitomi as Tsuzaki Chika

  • Ukaji Takashi as Moriyama Tochio

  • Tomita Yasuko as Moriyama Sakura

  • Furuta Arata as Numata Yoritsuna

  • Furuhata Seika as Mana

  • Okada Kohki as Tajima Yoshihiko

  • Uchida Rio as Igarashi Anna


Plot:
   A jobless, single woman marries a single businessman as a job! But the relationship between the husband (employer) and the wife (employee) gets more and more romantic the longer they live together.
Sukaretto says:
p.s. major spoilers ahead.
   
[read at your own risk.]This drama was so good and refreshing! I now get why the Koi Dance was the thing. Also, when I saw Yuri-chan, I'm like "I'm definitely the aunt!" hahaha XD For something really good, I think I don't have a lot of things to say. Hoshino Gen was really good here. He was also so cute when he smiles. :3 I can't remember him in any other drama, but apparently, I've seen him in quite a few. He just didn't make an impact. Everyone's acting, for me, was very good. Yamaga Kotoko was good for a newcomer. The storyline is also good (this was from a manga? also, where can I find someone who'll hire me as a housewife who's as cute and kind as Hiramasa? hahaha). The aunt! I was surprised that she's almost 50! She looks so young. I wish I'm like that too when I reach that age. But that's impossible. XD

My Ratings: i'll give this 5.5/5 :)
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sukaretto (スカーレット)
06 January 2017 @ 10:59 pm
Cain and Abel
Japanese Drama


Episodes: 10

Genre: Family, Drama, Romance

Cast:

  • Yamada Ryosuke as Takada Yu

  • Kiritani Kenta as Takada Ryuichi

  • Kurashina Kana as Yahagi Azusa

  • Takashima Masanobu as Takada Takayuki

  • Takenaka Naoto as Kurosawa Kosuke

  • Otsuka Nene as Hirose Saki

  • Minami Kaho as Takada Momoko

  • Hira Mikijiro (died and was replaced by:) Terao Akira as Takada Soichiro

  • Kinoshita Houka as Dan Mamoru

  • Hino Yojin as Sasaki Hajime

  • Yamazaki Hirona as Shibata Hikari

  • Nishimura Motoki as Ando Mitsuru

  • Tozuka Junki as Mizawa Yota


Plot:
 Takada Yu is an employee of Takada Real Estate Co, an estate development firm. His father Takayuki is the company president and a perfectionist who has favored his high-achieving elder son Ryuichi and been indifferent to Yu since young. So Yu craves for his father's love and wants his recognition somehow. Then one day, Yu encounters Yahagi Azusa who also works for Takada Real Estate Co. Although it was the worst possible meeting, he gradually starts to have romantic feelings for her through work and an unexpected development. But ironically enough, Azusa turns out to be Ryuichi’s girlfriend. Yu begins to realize what he truly treasures and matures as a person as he struggles with this complicated romance and with his older brother and father.
Sukaretto says:
p.s. major spoilers ahead.
   
[read at your own risk.]I don't know where to start. where do I start? (I forgot to say this but the suset scenes were so amazing, it totally got me.)
     So I don't really watch an ongoing drama. I usually wait for it and the subs to finish so I can marathon watch it. This drama is no different. And because it's a Ryosuke drama, I get all the spoilers every week. So I basically know what happened in the end. I love spoilers because I know what will happen, but watching it happen and knowing how it happened, it's still different and surprising. I think Im the only one who thinks this, though. XD
    I know this drama was promoted as romance, but I'm glad that they kind of steered the story away from that and focused on the brothers (which is what it's supposed to be because duh, the title, and it was supposed to follow the story of East of Eden), and eventually, the whole family.
     Ryosuke, where do I start with Ryosuke? OMG. Say whatever you like, that I'm biased and everything, but he really did a good job here. The acting!!! The way he showed us his character development. OMG. He's like a completely different person. I understand now why people were tweeting that Ryosuke's kind of scary in that episode. He's like he's going to burst anytime. Also, what's with the always teary eye? And good job, director-san! I was enjoying Ryosuke's butt in the first few episodes with those back shots. XD He was nominated for an award for this, right? He totally deserves it.
     About Kenta, I think this is only the second time I've watched him in a serious role. First was that drama with Takei Emi where he was a detective. I also think he did a good job, but he was kind of overshadowed by Ryosuke, to be honest. It's like they weren't focusing on him much. Which is a shame because he's also a good actor.
     I praise Kana for being so brave for taking the role of the heroine here. I'm surprised I haven't heard anything that Ryosuke fans had started bullying her.
[major ending spoiler.]But I guess, Hirona should be the one worried because she was kissed.XD I also think they both did a good job in acting.
   
[this is also a major spoiler about the plot.]A lot of comments I've read on twitter were saying that Azusa's no good. First because Yu's better, why can't she just pick Yu? why stick with Ryuichi? But in the end, they were calling her a no good because she fell in love with Yu, too. What kind of woman falls in love with her boyfriend's brother? She's obviously not up to anything good, she's wreck both brothers. Well, I kind of understand her. She met Yu and didn't know who he was. Maybe that time she was already attracted to him, because who wouldn't? It's Ryosuke! XD Anyway, when they met again, she realized that "Oh, this guy is off limits" that's why she started calling him "otouto-kun," which I think has a double meaning, him as her junior at work, and him as his younger brother-in-law. But working with Yu was fun, and he was fun and great and all of these good things that's different from his brother. I know it's weird and it's not right, but I would at least get attracted to Yu. So I think I can't really blame Azusa for falling in love with him. But I think she loves Ryuichi enough to hold on to him, believe in him, and never betray him. Yu became this "what if" person for her, and somehow became someone she can confide in. I was actually surprised when she admitted in the end that she was in love with Yu for a short time because from watching, I don't think she;s giving off this aura that she's in love with him. It's like she just really like working with him because he's easy to work with and talk to with private things. Also, I'm kind of surprised that she stayed with Ryuichi because he was an asshole to her in those few episodes. But that's love. I can't say I agree. I'm just hoping that the attitude Ryuichi displayed when under pressure and when jealous was just temporary and would never happen again because that's fucking scary.
 About the story, I really like it, until they implied that Kurosawa Kousuke was god or something. Because, when he came in the story, he's like god who tested them, manipulated them, and then saved them, like he's a really good person, when he realized that the people he's testing had learned their lesson. Also, Momoko is like a character that came from a Korean drama. The way she dresses, speak, her attitude -- it all remind sme of a rich & glamorous auntie from a Korean drama.


My Ratings: i'll give this 4.5/5 :) (I was ready to give it a 5 but the twist in the end!! I was just like NO. XD)
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sukaretto (スカーレット)
04 January 2017 @ 10:04 am
and because almot everyone's switching to DW, I decided to revive my account here. this served as a duplicate LJ account for me before, I post here, the crosspost to LJ. I was gone for a bit, and when I decided I wanted to be active again around this time last year, something changed and I can't post here. I don't know why. and I never checked this out again. XD anyway, it's a good thing I can post now, I will be posting from here again! but this will still be a duplicate to my LJ. I'm too lazy to change my header and icons here, too. some other time... when I have time (hopefully).
 
 
sukaretto (スカーレット)
28 December 2016 @ 01:12 pm
i'm alive. it's been a busy month. i know all fall dramas have wrapped up already. i'm still waiting for some of the subs to finish. i'll try and start watching hopefully before new year (but i doubt i'll manage) or right after the new year starts. still trying to catch up with a lot of things. i also need to read/reply to msgs. >_< i hope you all had a great holiday! :D
 
 
sukaretto (スカーレット)
24 November 2016 @ 11:18 am
Naruyouni Narusa Season 1 & 2
Japanese Drama



Episodes:
season 1 - 11
season 2 - 10

Genre: Drama, Family, Slice of Life

Cast:

[season 1.]season 1 -

  • Tachi Hiroshi as Nagashima Daigo

  • Asano Atsuko as Nagashima Aya

  • Shida Mirai as Uchida Yoko

  • Yasuda Shota as Otake Sho

  • Konno Mahiru as Nakatsu Eri

  • Onishi Riku as Nakatsu Makoto

  • Ikeda Tsutomu as Nagashima Satoru

  • Oota Ari as Nagashima Michi

  • Mikami Kensei as Nagashima Itaru

  • Ishihara Atsumi as Nagashima Mari

  • Ozawa Ryota as Nagashima Takeru

  • Saori as Nagashima Yuri

  • Izumi Pinko as Nishiki Kuni

  • Iinuma Chieko as Natsuko

  • Soga Natsumi as Nagashima Sachi

  • Shoji Ryusei as Nagashima Sora

  • Endo Sou as Nagashima Taro

  • Sakaguchi Waku as Oki Fuku

[season 2.]season 2 -

  • Tachi Hiroshi as Nagashima Daigo

  • Asano Atsuko as Nagashima Aya

  • Shida Mirai as Uchida Yoko

  • Yasuda Shota as Otake Sho

  • Konno Mahiru as Nakatsu Eri

  • Onishi Riku as Nakatsu Makoto

  • Watanabe Misako as Togawa Tatsu

  • Minamisawa Nao as Nakano Kyoko

  • Inoo Kei as Okumura Ryo

  • Izumi Pinko as Nishiki Kuni

  • Ozawa Ryota as Nagashima Takeru

  • Ikeda Tsutomu as Nagashima Satoru

  • Mikami Kensei as Nagashima Itaru

  • Soga Natsumi as Nagashima Sachi

  • Shoji Ryusei as Nagashima Sora

  • Oota Ari as Nagashima Michi

  • Miyazaki Karen as Yamauchi Haruna


Plot:
[season 1.]season 1 -
    Nagashima Daigo and his wife, Aya, have three grown-up sons. When his youngest son, Takeru, got married, Daigo is unhappy that his sons all chose to move out with their wives. Worrying that his wife will feel lonely, going through the empty-nest syndrome, he decides to retire from his job and take his wife around the world. When he tells her his plans, he is surprised to find out that Aya has plans of her own. To her, she is finally her own woman and can now do the things that she wants. Aya, who comes from a restaurant-running family, soon tells Daigo that she intends to convert their home into a little cafe-cum-restaurant. Although he was initially unhappy with her decision, after realising that it is Aya's dream, he gives in to her wish. As they start preparing for their cafe's opening, through unusual circumstances, they come to employ their three new staff. Uchida Yoko is a runaway that Daigo saved from the streets. Otake Sho is Aya's family friend's grandchild who wants to rejoin society after one year of self-imposed home imprisonment. Nakatsu Eri is running away from an abusive husband. Having left the bringing up of his own three sons entirely up to Aya, Daigo slowly learns the meaning of "Family" with his three new staff.

[season 2.]season 2 -
    The story continues from the previous season, with Eri and Makoto now staying at a nearby mansion and commuting to the restaurant daily. With Yoko busy with her studies and Sho with his job as an illustrator, Aya has to hire new staff. Asking her sister Kuni to help in recruiting, Aya employs Nakano Kyoko, a girl with an attitude problem, and she moves into Eri's old room. One day, Yoko receives news that she has been accepted into a university in Kyoto. In the midst of everyone happily cheering, an elderly woman named Tatsu takes the opportunity to try and leave the cafe without paying. She was stopped in time, but claiming to be homeless and penniless, she requests to pay off her bill by working at the cafe. Sensing that there is more to her story, Daigo offers her to stay at their home, and thus begins her journey as a live-in employee of "Aya". Tatsu is an outspoken woman and she doesn't hesitate to tell Kyoko off for her sloppy attire and bad attitude. Although Kyoko couldn't stand her at first, she soon has a change of heart as she begins to realise that Tatsu is only doing all of it for her own good. Harmony is once again restored at "Aya's", but it is short-lived. Sho brings his junior from college, Okumura Ryo, to work at cafe, as like him, Ryo had also quit college halfway through. Since his parents have apparently abandoned him, and with no job nor money, he too starts to work at the cafe. Ryo is a typical youth of today; loud clothes, dyed blonde hair with pink highlights and a couldn't-care-less attitude. Aya and all the staff are all in for a surprise.

Sukaretto says:
p.s. major spoilers ahead.

[click at your own risk. review for both seasons.]  I've been meaning to watch this for so long but I thought the plot was a bit boring, even the reviews I've read say that it's boring. BUT Kei!!! And he's only in season 2 so I have to endure season 1 before seeing him. Good thing Yasu's there. << Those are my thoughts before watching. That's why I left this alone for months. And then I started watching, and surprisingly, I enjoyed it. I get why people thought this is boring. People getting into the same situation/mistake over and over, and then there's a lot of meddling and whining. Some characters were annoying AF (Nishiki, Aya's sister was such a pain and meddles a LOT, but I can see myself in her, hahaha), even the over-the-top kindness of the MC is annoying. XD Anyway, this is fiction, but if you want to have your faith in humanily restored, you should watch this. Too kind and decent people like Aya and Daigo still exists in this world. They're just really really lucky that the people they take under their wings were also decent people (because my grandfather and my mom are like them, always giving people the benefit of a doubt, but always ended up being scammed or conned or people running getting what they wanted and act like they don't owe my mom & grandpa anything... that's why I grew up like this, suspicious and prejudiced). XD
     Season 1, for me is easier to watch. Although I think they dragged the story a bit, and the ending was kind of forced. I also think the acting was good. Especially the actress who played Aya. Oh gods, she was so annoying at first. The way she speaks, the amount of times she opens her mouth. I almost gave up after episode 1. But Yasu!!! OMG. Yasu, bless him. When did he became this good in acting? I also kind of ship his character with Mirai's haha. XD
     Season 2 is a bit different. I thought  my Sho x Yoko ship will sail, but NOOOO! And Kei's acting, I thought he wasn't that good when he popped up in episode 1 (or was that 2?), but as the story goes, his acting improved with it. Now I'm thinking maybe that's his way of doing "character development." Or maybe as they shoot scenes, he got acting tips and applied it every episode that's why he improved. I also like how the characters here are different than the ones in season 1. They're more "difficult." I get why people would think Haruna's character's annoying and inconsiderate. But I think the actress gave it justice. I totally understand her character. But I think it would have been better if they helped her through therapy/counseling. I'm not that satisfied with the ending much. But it would be good to see another season with Ryo and Kyoko finally taking over the restaurant if they ever did end up together. But the ratings were low for season 2 so I doubt it.



My Ratings: i'll give both season 3.5/5 :)
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sukaretto (スカーレット)
13 November 2016 @ 10:16 am
I'm back from my long vacation, so that means back in the real world, too, and that means I don't have much time watching again. XD that's why it took me 2-3 weeks to finish Fragile. I'll try and watch the 2 seasons of Naruyouni Narusa before the Autumn Dramas wrap up, and also I need to catch up with movies! (I want to watch Kimi no Na wa. --------- and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them D:)
 
 
sukaretto (スカーレット)
13 November 2016 @ 10:11 am
Fragile
Japanese Drama


Episodes: 10

Genre: Medical, Drama

Cast:

  • Nagase Tomoya as Kishi Keiichitaro

  • Takei Emi as Miyazaki Chihiro

  • Nomura Shuhei as Morii Hisashi

  • Koyuki as Hosoki Madoka

  • Tsuda Kanji as Sada Naoto

  • Matsui Rena as Hibako Naomi

  • Kitaoji Kinya as Nakaguma Kaoru


Plot:
   
Based on the original manga series by Kusamizu Bin (story) and Megumi Saburo, the drama follows the story of Kishi Keiichitaro, a dashingly handsome pathologist who is intensely eccentric and brutally honest, but also holds one of the most brilliant minds. A pathologist is a physician whose job is to determine a diagnosis of disease or cause of death based on an assortment of data, including a patient's tissue, bodily fluids, organ samples, blood, etc.
Sukaretto says:
p.s. spoilers ahead.
   
[click at your own risk.]Wait, that was Koide Keisuke? The guy in the last 2 episodes, Miyazaki-sensei's friend? I mean he looked familiar but I can't point out who he is and was surprised when I checked out the cast because I didn't recognized him at all.
     Anyway, I never wanted to watch this drama. I keep on seeing it but I wasn't really interested. Then I found out that this was where Yasu (Kanjani8) guest starred. This was the Nagase drama Yasu guest starred in! Nagase lost too much weight that I didn't recognize him in posters. I ended up watching this in the last 2-3 weeks that I forgot that Yasu's in episode 5 until I got in that episode. XD It's not that this drama isn't good. I actually like it. It's a typical medical drama in a sense that someone in the admin wanted to take the department/doctor down. But the medical cases are different, not too focused on the patients/guests and also not too focused on a specific character. I like it because they don't show that doctors are magicians that can cure anything no matter how hopeless. And they also showed a different side of the hospital. Not the always gore part -- which is the surgery -- but the one behind the scenes but is equally important.
     I especially like Yasu's episode (no, really, I'm not being biased here) because it's so sad and Yasu did a good job. His acting was sooooo good. I hope he gets his break in acting. His chemistry with Nomura Shuhei was good, too. I also hope that TOKIO'll provide theme songs for its' members' dramas because their songs are really really good.


My Ratings: i'll give this 4/5 :)
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