This week I have been rather bored with the internets so I have resumed my dose of goodness that Japanese dramas (or J-dramas) provide. Depending on which type you fancy, or whatever you happen to stumble across, I guarantee you’re bound to find something so over the top, you can’t help but become addicted to some of the ridiculous stories! To be fair though, there are many serious and more realistic dramas, but I of course haven’t seen them all, so I am only commenting based on the ones I have seen so far, which have predominantly been shoujou manga adaptations and comedy themes. So far I have been going through a list of ‘most popular’ just to test the waters and see what’s out there.
The very first J-drama I came across, was indeed by accident. I was reading the manga, The Wallflower (Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge), and I was growing impatient with certain character development (if you’ve read this, I’m pretty sure you know which guys I’m talking about here), and I stumbled across a scene from the J-drama adaptation of the manga – and just had to give it a go. That was about a year ago, and I’ve been coming back for more and more since that lucky day.
To get back on track, this past week I have eaten through 2 dramas within 3 days, and I finished each series within 24 hours of starting it (considering they have 11-12 episodes each that’s a pretty hefty chunk of drama-ing in a short space of time ) :O Mei-Chan no Shitsuji (Mei’s Butler) and Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Ikemen Paradise / Hana Kimi (For you in full blossom: Good looking boys Paradise). Both of these dramas are based from their respective mangas (I have not read either, so the drama was the first exposure to the story) and both are of the romance,comedy,highschool combination which frequents within the shoujou genre.
This will not be a full review of both, I’ll save that for another post. I just would like to post that they are both are quite enjoyable, but I found myself enjoying Hana Kimi more. Definitely had many big laughing moments (Tennouji, I am looking at you, BABY!). Then again, it was also less disturbing. Not that I am saying Mei-Chan no Shitsuji was disturbing, but there were so many WTF moments that I just cannot go forward and say it was on the same level as Hana Kimi. Still it is a feel good story and will get those hormones going. If you’re a sucker for ‘pretty boy dramas’, both of these have got you covered, especially Hana Kimi
I find my drama quota full for this week, but I’ll probably be starting a new series by Friday. Maybe this time I won’t watch all 11 episodes within 24 hours o.O