Tokyo Zenryoku Shoujo

8 04 2017

Tokyo-zenryoku-shojo

Japanese title: 東京全力少女
Number of episodes: 11

Some info:
1) DramaWiki
2) Official Site (Japanese)

The lead actress for this drama is just like the title, being in full power appearing season after season (I still have a couple of series untouched at the moment) and in here, she plays a young girl who does everything very seriously and putting in lots of efforts, often too much that it backfires and causes more trouble (and awkward siutations) instead.

As you might have guessed, this series is pretty much a light-hearted comedy type of drama so don’t go expecting too much in terms of plot and all. Of course, they do try to come up with one so that there’s something to do in every episode but just don’t put too much expectations/hopes into that department. After all, it happens quite often that the actions the characters take as a forceful indication of things to come, which is not very good if you can visualise what’s to come.

For the comedy factor, there has been some efforts put into it, though sadly most of it requires additional sound effects added to the movements in sync, or quite hard to laugh puns (some aren’t exactly puns too) put there. Yea, most of the time I don’t exactly find it amusing, but somehow it was allowed to continue to 11 episodes despite its relatively poor ratings. I admit there are some moments which are rather amusing but those aren’t actually common occurrences, so one may have to sit through quite a while before something that seems ‘worthy enough’ comes along.

Overall, this was really a very ordinary series without much salient portions to look out for. Most of the episodes were watched either while multi-tasking or fast forwarded here and there to skip some of the parts which are draggy as heck but not at all entertaining.

p.s. the biggest motivation is the Chi/Jap subtitling combination from which I’m trying to learn some basic skills while watching since it appears to be the most ‘receptive’ method for me.

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Koko Nyushi

7 04 2017

Koko-nyushi

Japanese title: 高校入試
Number of episodes: 13

Some info:
1) DramaWiki
2) Official Site (Japanese)

From the title, it is evident that the series would be about the high school entrance examinations that is the practice in Japan but not so much the case over here. Anyhow, I was wondering what story could go for an entire series and revolving around a single entrance exam. Turns out it is really about this one year’s entrance exams at a particular school.

Tagged as a mystery drama, it made me wonder how mysterious it could get but it really does turn out to be a ‘case’ where there are clues to occurrences but no concrete proof at early stages as to who is/are behind the different incidents. I would say the series was quite nicely done in the beginning in hiding crucial information which will lead to the revelation of person(s) directly involved. As each episode is only slightly over half an hour on average, most of them are just sufficient to be spent on deducing the events so far plus introducing new factors etc to throw the audience off once again after thinking that we are one step closer to finding the mastermind behind.

One problem most mystery drama face is how to handle the revelation of the workings behind the so called mystery as well as the motive of the culprit(s), and this series is no exception. When things came down to it and those who are involved are revealed and the explanation parts began somehow it didn’t feel all that interesting. I mean, the motivation behind some of those who participated in this action against the education practice is quite clear, but I am actually wondering if affecting ‘just one school’ is sufficient to push the ministry into thinking about some of the changes into action that these people were looking forward to.

In some ways, I am kind of thankful I didn’t have to go through such an education system of entrance exams since I’m not really suited for such a thing. I’d probably be ‘worse off’ than where/what I am right now, but anyhow it is kind of nice to see a different kind of story plot setting. Well at least it was something new to me. I’m curious how many days the entire filming took, since it seems like it could have been filmed in a relatively short time for a series that spanned across 13 weeks and it was certainly very possible to do a lot of scenes in a single day if they had wanted to.





PRICELESS

6 04 2017

Priceless

Number of episodes: 10

Some info:
1) DramaWiki
2) Official Site (Japanese)

Ah, another Kimura Takuya drama series which essentially means another year of drama has gone by though I watched the one before this not too long ago. Again, he gets to play a charismatic role but in this series he gets to go through a poor man’s life after hitting a slump thanks to a ploy by his company’s vice chairperson.

From there, you can only imagine and expect our main character to be going through tough times, but given the personality he does not give up and find ways to live life the way he wants it and eventually coming up tops since he is able to naturally gather and ‘attract’ people with his charisma. Of course, this sort of role is something we’ve probably seen quite a number of times in older series so this might be lacking a little.

As the title suggests, there are many things money can definitely buy and make life ‘easier and better’, but of course the drama has to look into things that you have to put your heart and efforts into instead of taking the easy way out by either using money (or profitability) or neglecting the aspects that cannot simply be replaced by using capital. Storyline wise, it is not difficult to see where it will head to once our main character actually decides on doing something, but he likes to do ‘crazy’ things so it takes out a little predictability there.

The downside is that being a drama, some things have to naturally go much more smoothly which everyone should know reality would most likely not be the case, at least not as smooth sailing as this. Of course there are also some situations where it doesn’t actually seem ‘logical’, but yea for the sake of progression of the drama it probably has to go this way.

Overall, it started out fairly okay, but as the series progressed, some things just don’t seem very right if one looks at the details and given the kind of expectations one might have for this series it probably didn’t turn out as fantastic as some were hoping for. Granted there are some nice moments, it probably isn’t enough to make it the drama of the year. Still better than many other options available though. Wonder what will in store for us next year…