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

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Episodes: 28
Country of origin: South Korea
Synopsis:
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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[Let’s talk J-dramas] “Hakuouki SSL: Sweet School Life” – Where can I watch the episodes??? Why are they so hard to find???

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So I seriously have been getting LOTS of questions and demands on my Hakuouki SSL first impressions post, which brought everybody to the same question in the end: Where can I watch Hakuouki SSL dorama ? GIVES US LINKS PURESU!; this mostly after the first episode on bilibili.com got deleted, so I decided to reply to everybody with an official Let’s talk post, also trying to explain why is this drama so “unreachable” for the western audience.

FACT 1

Hakuouki SSL is a drama that I don’t think anybody besides a fan of the actual Hakuouki anime/game would actually attempt to English sub for us; Why? Because it’s so niche by default, which brings us  to FACT 2.

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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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[NEWS] “Hakuouki SSL” otome game to be adapted to a live action drama

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MDL 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.

The release date is set for 24th of September. I really wonder why they decided to adapt the highschool version instead of what Hakuouki is really famous for. Easier and cheaper I guess…? I just know I will laugh at this so much. x’D
What do you, peeps, think about this adaption? Will you try watching it ?

[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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