2014 was an odd, odd year. And I use that in a way that makes litotes stand up and clap in awe. Many many bad things happened. Many weird things happened.
And then it got weirder.
I didn’t watch a single Korean or Japanese drama past the first episode. None. Now this may not seem like an extraordinary event to you, but as a person who has religiously watched dramas ever since Meteor Garden aired (at the grand old age of 9, folks), I am sure that the end of the world is soon to come. And I’m convinced, that unless I find a good drama to watch in 2015, imma be struck by lightening. And I know ya’ll think I’m joking but I get jumpy when hear the crackle of static from my sweater, so let’s hope something good comes up soon.
Anyway, as a hopeful glance to the near future, let’s recount all the promises in store for us:
- Hana Moyu: (rough tran. The Burning Flower) As Kappy so aptly put it, Inoue Mao and her historical F4. It’s a 50 epi NHK Taiga, so consider yourself warned.
- Mondai No Aru Restaurant: (lit. tran. The Restaurant which has Troubles). Girl power, food, stunning cast, brilliant writer (from Saikou No Rikon and fame). Need I say more?
- Zannenna Otto: (rough tran. Disappointing Husband) Man-child marries good woman, has baby, cannot cope. Cannot figure out why his wife is upset with him. A comedy.
- Second Love: Kamenashi Kazuya as a dancer who suffered setbacks. All the info you need~~ *throws pixie dust at you* Watch thissssss~~
- Dakara Kouya: Japan’s apparent answer to Thelma and Louise some 30 years later, in the form of a abused house-wife, who, having had quite enough, embarks on a journey across Japan to be the best housewife she can be. The only hot guy is the lady’s son. Sorry.
- Kageri Yuku Natsu: (lit. tran. Summer gets dark) Has Atsuro Watabe and a baby. Can I find out any more? Maybe. Will I? Maybe. Right Now? Nuh uh~~~
- Ourobouros: Refer to Kappy’s delightful post on the squishies~~
- Tenno No Ryoriban: (lit. tran. The Emperor’s Chef) Sato Takeru. That’s it. That’s all you need. *Gasp* No you say? You want more you say. Ok fine I say. (That was anti-climatic wasn’t it??) Sato Takeru plays the emperor’s chef during a historical era, who, in his bid to rise in the culinary world, travels to France. Based on a true story.
- Onii-chan Gacha: (rough tran. Big Brother Vending Machine) You know how, when you were a kid, you’d walk past those colourful vending machines and pray real, real, real hard that your parents would find it in their big hearts to chuck in a coin and get you that kinder surprise or a pokemon keychain? Yeah, well, Japan, the land of genius and tech savvy beyond comprehension, has managed to invent one such vending machine, which, wait for it, gives you the perfect big brother you always wanted. As many as you want. Refunds allowed.
- Ryuusei Wagon: (rough. tran. shooting star wagon) Aliens, Conspiracies, Kidnapping of Ghosts by Aliens, and bad, bad promotional material.
- Mafia Leurd Mungkorn: Generally I do not wait for lakorns, but damn if this ain’t gonna be an exception. A Mafia love story featuring Ananda Everingham and Kimberly Voltemas for the first part and Tik Jessadaporn and Mew Nittha in the second part of a 5-part series. While the storyline is somewhat unoriginal, the leads make everything worth it. Sadly though, the production likes torturing us by promising tentative airdates but not airing. However, it’s pretty much definite that we’re going to have it in the first quarter of this year *squealing intensifies*
- Ka Badin: (lit. tran. I’m Badin) A historical show (set roughly in the early to late 1800s), has James Ma as a scholar and military man who, due to life’s mysterious workings, has quite a life. Matt Peranee plays a traditional Thai dancer as the female lead. All the pictures are very stunning, so I look quite forward to this.
- Tarm Reuk Keun Jai: Has Nadech Kugimiya and Mew Nittha, and is a romance/suspense remake set on a farm.
It was also a common-ish sentiment that some form of end of year drama review list be created, so I thought I’d slip this in here~ So, here in no particular order whatsoever (**DISCLAIMER** Since I watched none of these, please don’t take my word for it):
- Shitsuren Chocolatier: (rough tran. heartbroken chocolatier) This was one of those love-hate dramas. Fans of Chocolate, MatsuJun, Ishihara Satomi, Mizuhara Keiko, Pretty Cinematography, Pretty Sets, Pretty Clothes, Angst, Deep Philosophical Discussions On Why Humans Are So Complex and Gif-Making loved it. Fans of their sanity, unsurprisingly, did not.
- The Long Goodbye: Very Noir. Much Detective. How wow.
- Saigo No Keikan: Squishies in uniform, and the one who is the damn good shot is Ayano Go.
- Miyamoto Musashi: This had KimuTaku and people actually liked it so that satisfies everyone’s criteria, yea.
- Roosevelt Game: More office politics and gritty life.
- Platonic: A hark back to the twisted psychological melo romances in the good old heydays of Japanese Television which flambes terminal disease, older woman-younger man relationship and slice of life, aka the certain recipe for a disaster, in a perfect tarte which everyone raved on about for days on end.
- River’s Edge Okawabata Tanteisha: More a special than a drama, but Odagiri Joe delivered as a detective.
- Black President: Whack comedy about a crazy president who’s The Man you so desperately crave to pummel into the cold hard ground *insert goat scream*
- Wakamono-tachi: All-star in a touching familial story setting which jdramas do so well.
- Itazura Na Kiss Season 2: Fluffy Babies galore~
- Secret Door: As the only kdrama on this whole list, let us be supportive. Let us welcome this mystery-fusion-sageuk with open arms. Let us praise the intelligible screen-writing, the powerful acting. The first 14 episodes anyway. *sighhh* Why do this to us.
- Fun Fueng: In which everyone wants to play charades.
- The Rising Sun: Roy Ruk Hak Liam Tawan & The Rising Sun: Roy Fun Tawan Duerd: While I know this was quite low key for many, and the first part was quite a drag (which even Mario Maurer could do little for), I do know that many drifters got quite happy with the Nadech+Yaya pairing. It’s also a Mafia based storyline, so do be prepared, but hey, when you watch for a fav, you watch for a fav~
- Fai Nai Wayu: Matt Peranee and Aum Atichart make for an intense pair in this romance/suspense show, and I heard quite a few good things about the beginning. The ending, however, is unknown to me.
As you can see, my list is… chancey to say the least. So let’s listen to our betters, shall we? (Shamelessly uses other people’s opinions without prior permission)
From our cutie senpai kxyz we get:
Petero no Souretsu (This is actually a continuation of Namonaki Doku, which I found really boring. This second series totally had me gripped, I love it. Might have to watch the first season for a basis though.)
ST~ Aka to Shiro no Sousa File
Oyaji no Senaka (just a few episodes though. It’s a standalone story in each episode.)
And here’re some dramas I did watch:
- Man From The Stars: OK, so I didn’t even get through the first episode, but the hype for this was kinda insane, so I only thought it fair to put it in here somewhere.
- Full House: While this was not at all a regular lakorn, it was the best remake of a korean drama that I have ever seen (which, admittedly, is not that hard, but hey go along with it.) While the storyline is not new, the tweaked plot was much more coherent, everyone was better dressed (although, once again, the female lead’s hair was butchered) and there was wayyy more chemistry. It was also really pretty cinematographically, which didn’t hurt one bit.
- Ruk Tong Om: A Matt Peranee and Grate Warinthorn starrer, this show was a must watch for Matt+Grate shippers. It involves besties-who-don’t-know-they’re-in-love adopting a discarded baby and trying to give it a new home. It’s quite cute, although very slow in the beginning.
- Da Mo Yao/ Sound Of The Desert: Do we even need an intro for this? Eddie Peng, (aka Nutella’s Baby™) and Liu Shi Shi star in the best-selling novel’s adaptation to live-action. Check out the downloads and discussions for the show!!
- Empress Of China: Aka saga of the trapped boobs, let’s just say that ain’t nobody watching this for the storyline. There seems to be a collective agreement for watching this 80-episode monstrosity for the decidedly gorgeous clothes, sets and people.
- Romance of The Condor Heroes: Yumama’s hand at a Jin Yong classic where he shoehorns as much heavy petting as he can, logical character/romance development be damned. Everything, however, *looks* gorgeous, forcing one to watch (CURSE YOU YUMAMA *shakes fist*) Join our
Now, tell me, how many New Year’s Resolutions have you broken till now? How many were due to dramas? Do you have any stunning recommendations I overlooked? Pray tell ^u^~