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I thought I'd give everyone (including myself) an update on what I'm watching. Since most of the series are half-way over, I thought it would also be a good time to discuss how I'm liking and disliking about the shows and where I think/hope they are going. (Spoiler Warnings for the drama!)





Japan:

Rebound: Have watched episodes 1-5 of the series. (6 episodes have aired.) The series is fast paced and fun. Breezy, with great chemistry and banter between the two leads. That's what I more or less said at the beginning. Five episodes in, and things have changed slightly. Some character development leads me to believe that Taichi isn't quite the perfect Prince that Nobuko thought he was. And, now there is the possibility of Taichi/Hitomi - they really bounded in episode six and are about to kiss in the episode seven preview. Poor Nobuko. And, it doesn't help that her ex wants her back, and while he's nice and all, he seems to prefer her when she's overweight. Which, is really kind of him - seeing her personality over her looks. But. . .he's winning to make Nobuko unhappy in order to get her back. Maybe. I'm all confused about this love square. I want Nobuko/Taichi, but writer Yukawa Kazuhiko has messed up my OTPs before.


Asuko March!: Have watched episodes 1-4 of the series. (5 have aired.) It's not your normal high school drama, but it sort of is. Every week our lead character, Nao Yoshino (played by Emi Takei - who has insane chemistry with every male she comes in contact with) helps one of her male classmates solve an issue in her life. Slowly winning her class over. It's a bit like all those 'teacher helps her/his students' dramas, but it is a student helping her rough classmates. Along with this, there's the love triangle between Nao and two of her classmates. Tamaki likes Nao and has become her best friend at the school; Nao is too dense to see it. Nao likes the mysterious Yujin Yokoyama, a former child star with a mentally ill mother. Yokoyama likes Nao, but he's not saying it. I'm rooting for Tamaki, but she'll surely end up with Yokoyama, because he's dark and mysterious. Or maybe she'll just have a harem in her class. That would be nice, too.


Korean:

Romance Town: Have watched episodes 1-8, which are all the episodes that have aired. It's a quirky, witty, romantic little drama about the private lives of maids and their rich employees. Sung Yu-Ri shines as the strong willed and loving Soon-Geum. Secondary Guy Kim Min-Jun is perfect in his role as Young-Hee. All the housekeepers are pitch-perfect in their roles, and I love the way the writer explores their lives: Oh Hyun-Joo, a divorced woman whose old classmate has become the wife of one of the richest men in the neighborhood. Da jareu rin, the foreign girl working to care for her family. Uhm Soo-Jung, the oldest housekeeper, whose grown tired of the way she's being treated by the rich. As for our leading man, Gun-Woo (Jeong Kyeo-Woon) - he annoys me and has proven to be slightly stupid and childish. I'm really hoping he grows up. Because, I'm not feeling the romance of SG/GW.


Can You Hear My Heart?: Have watched episodes 1-16; 20 have aired. I'm terribly behind on this one. I really adore the family stuff with WR and her group. I find characters like Joon-Ha fascinating. I feel terrible for characters like Seung-Cheol, Grandmother, and Young-Gyu. I love the comedy of Seung-Cheol's father becoming jealous of YG and Dong-Joo's friendship. I hate Tae Hyun-Sook and Choi Jin-Cheol, because of the way they use Dong-Joo and Joon-Ha. I think Kang Min-Soo and Seung-Cheol need some major character development. I like the interactions between Woo-Ri and Joon-Ha. I think Dong-Joo needs a tan. As for the romance between Woo-Ri and Dong-Joo? I don't mind it, but if they end up apart, I won't be crushed. I find a lot of the other storylines more interesting. As for the show itself - it's an odd duck for me. I've enjoyed it, but I'm not addicted. I love watching the episodes, but once they are over, I move on. It's well written and well acted, but it's not my favorite of the season. Still, an awesome drama.


China:

Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei: Episodes 1-10 have been watched. I've watched them several times and am still in love with the show. I've said the same things over and over again: I'm in love and am waiting for subs. I check for updates daily.

Date: 2011-06-07 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yamapirocks27.livejournal.com
Yujin? they changed that before the series aired its Aruto now :D which i like tones better ! hehe

Date: 2011-06-07 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] walkwithheroes.livejournal.com
Ops, I guess they did change the name!

Date: 2011-06-07 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lightsjustright.livejournal.com
I'm with you for Nao/Tamaki. If it were any other drama, I think he would be the male lead since the secondary guy is always meant to be the too-perfect prince (Aruto). Though Nao/Hirose was mentioned to me and now I can't get that out of my head either. XD

Date: 2011-06-07 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] walkwithheroes.livejournal.com
Nao/Hirose? I could get behind that! Maybe it should end with Nao having all that boys in her class as her semi-boyfriends. You know, I see a lot of people wanting Nao/Aruto, and honestly I'm not very fond of the Aruto character. So, I'd rather Nao/Hirose or Nao/Tamaki or Nao/Everyone. (and Momo can go jump in a lake.)

Date: 2011-06-07 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lastingdreams8.livejournal.com
I think Kang Min-Soo and Seung-Cheol need some major character development.
I agree, though I don't know how they would fit that in.

I love the love triangle, especially since there's such a strong bond between Dong Joo and Joon Ha. They all play siblings in one form or another, it's kinda strange, but intriguing xD

I saw some shippery gifs of Asuko March, so I may watch it once the season's over :)

Date: 2011-06-07 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] walkwithheroes.livejournal.com
I agree, I don't think there is enough time to give Min-Soo and Seung-Cheol solid character development. I do like both characters, and I do want them to end up happy, but I think the writer doesn't have enough time to make them real people. But, I've seen some of the write


rs past work, and that always seems to be an issue - the leads get character development and storylines, and everyone else gets forgotten.


They all play siblings in one form or another, it's kinda strange, but intriguing xD

I agree, it is intriguing and I can't help but think they'll all be hurt at some point; because they all love each other.


Asuko March is a fun watch. Something you don't have to think about. Plus, the lead actress has chemistry with everyone.

Date: 2011-06-08 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lastingdreams8.livejournal.com
they'll all be hurt at some point; because they all love each other.
ugh, yes. But, I hope they get a chance to heal and maybe a slightly happy ending ;_;

Oh, that's great! Takei and Matsuzaka played siblings in GOLD, so it'll take me a little to unsee it, but I'm sure I'll enjoy it :)

Date: 2011-06-08 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] walkwithheroes.livejournal.com
I'm sure they'll heal, even if they have to do it via a time skip. I'm four episodes behind on the drama, so I'm not too sure what's going on. But, with ten episodes left, I just hope their is enough time to finish all those storylines.

Maybe that's one of the reasons I can't get behind the pairing: they've played siblings. That and I'm just not fond of the character or actor.

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