[J-Drama Review] Flowers for Algernon -What is the barrier between a stupid, a normal and a genius?


Country:  Japan

Episodes:  10

Synopsis: Shiratori Sakuto (Yamashita Tomohisa) is 28, but has the intelligence of a 6-year-old boy. He works for Dream Flower Service, a flower distribution centre which provides employment for problem youth. One day, he and a colleague, Yanagawa Ryuichi, delivers a rose bouquet to the apartment building where Mochizuki Haruka lives. Because Haruka does not know that the deliveryman is mentally challenged, she is shocked by his response and tries to call the police. Haruka works for a brain physiology research centre where Professor Hachisuka has been studying the improvement of mental performance. He has succeeded in lab experiments on a white mouse called Algernon. Sakuto is transformed into a genius through surgery.

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[KDrama Review] Bridal Mask [From Hero to legit Zero]

Episodes: 28
Country of origin: South Korea
Lee Kang To is an ambitious and callous Korean officer employed by the Japanese colonists. Despite his mother’s disapproval of his work and his own brother’s antagonistic history with the Japanese, Kang To continues to play by the colonist’s rules in hopes of becoming successful and bringing his family out of poverty. However, a mysterious figure wearing a traditional Bridal Mask always seems to get in Kang To’s way. The Bridal Mask appears as a Zorro-like figure who protects the people from the Japanese colonists’ oppression and abuse of power. An unexpected turn events brings Kang To to cross paths with the mysterious Bridal Mask, changing his future and the nation’s history forever. ~~ Based on the hit manhwa series of the same name. (MDL)

Do you know that moment when you expect something amazing because the premise sounds good, the historical period is rarely touched, there’s a pressumed amazing cast, amazing costumes, a story pretty much Asian Zorro/Robin Hood themed and then, when you start it and as further and futher in you go, you just realize everything is crumbling right before your eyes? That is exactly what I feel about this drama. WARNING: I don’t deny that I’m a bit butthurt about this drama, so don’t read further expecting me to nice about it. lol (And this is my second review of the year and omg..it’s once again bad. Please, don’t think that I’m unable to appreciate anything, I’m just unlucky. XD)

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[K-Drama Review] She was Pretty

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Native title: 그녀는 예뻤다
Network: MBC

Summary: Kim Hye Jin was a very pretty girl from a rich family. After her family’s publishing company went bankrupt, she experienced hardships then lost her beauty too. Ji Seong Jun was an unattractive boy with low self-esteem, but grows up as a handsome and successful editor. (MDL)

SIGHS People might start thinking that I have a low tollerance seeing my latest reviews, however, don’t worry. I’m not actually an ogre-lady and I am not that hard to please, but sometimes I just flip. Like in this case.

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[First impressions] Hakuouki SSL: Sweet School Life [Episode 1]

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Before you actually yelp in surprise and be like “Holy shit! Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan in drama version!! I must watch.!” hold your horses and let me get this straight. It is not. ( ̄ω ̄)

Summary: The fluttering Sakura. Spring – a season of blessing for new encounters. Chizuru Yukimura knocks on the gates of a private academy, which has always been a boys’ school. However, as of this year, Hakuou Academy opens its gates to co-education and Chizuru is the only female student enrolled. Thus begins her first year.

(Source: MDL)

Despite English subs being not yet available for this show (and I really hope somebody is going to pick it up eventually, even though I know Japanese doramas don’t always get translated or they get dropped after a while,sadly) and I must recognize I did not 100% understand everything that was going on, I still decided to cover at least my impressions on the first episode for those that are interested in the drama, but got discouraged. I don’t usually do recaps, but I will do a rough one this time for you.

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[DRAMA REVIEWS] You’re Beautiful (8/10)

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Country: South Korea
Genre Comedy, Music, Romance
Episodes: 16
Aired: Oct 7, 2009 to Nov 26, 2009
Summary: The management company of the idol group A.N.JELL insisted on adding a new singer to the group, as the lead vocal, Tae Kyung’s voice was hurting. However,the new member, Mi Nam, had to go to the States to repair a botched eye job just before signing the contract. His agent came up with the idea of having his twin sister, Mi Nyu,to stand in for him and pretend that she was her brother. The two of them grew up in an orphanage and Mi Nyu, who was all set to become a nun, agreed to this charade as she didn’t want to spoil her brother’s chance of fame which would make it easier to look for their mother. (MDL summary)

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