Pint-Sized Review: From Five to Nine

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This Review Contains Some Spoilers in the Form of Fangirl Squees

There’s a certain feel to dramas that are based on mangas and manwas, and I was in the mood for a drama that had that feel.  I really just need to actually read these books too.  I mean I’m always saying the books are better than the movies.  So after researching I found a few and then rolled the dice and this is what I landed on.

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Pint-Sized Review: Ohitorisama

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This Mini-Review of Ohitorisama Contains Some Spoilers in the Form of Fangirl Squees

My mission in 2016 in part is to watch several dramas from my Noona Meter list.  So that I can offer advice on the Noona Romances found there.  Which is how I found myself watching Ohitorisama.  Usually when it comes to the Noona Romance I can forgive a great deal, I can but on some blinders, and just happily enjoy the ride.  Sadly, I couldn’t find much at all to like about this drama.  I had hoped that my first impressions of the show would fade and I could come out at the end with a new found love for it.  Didn’t happen, not even close!

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At First Glance: Ohitorisama

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The basic idea of this drama is about a 33 year old single woman, Akiyama Satomi, who lives alone and teaches at her all girls alma mater.  At work and in her professional life she is a perfectionist and strives to be the best at what she does.  At home she’s likes things a certain way and doesn’t see the need to tidy up, not that she can’t but that she chooses not to.  She is a strong woman, she knows what she likes, isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and determined to get things done.  One of her peers has left their post and the principle  hires a part-timer to be the substitute.  In comes bumbling, clumsy, soft spoken, insecure Kamisaka Shinichi who is ten years Akiyama’s junior.

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Review: Itazura na Kiss – Love in Tokyo

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This Review Contains Some Spoilers in the Form of Fangirl Squees

After trudging through Playful Kiss and mostly enjoying It Started With a Kiss /They Kiss Again, I’d vowed that I wasn’t going to watch the Japanese version of this story. However, recently posts were  all over my tumblr wall, twitter, facebook, and on DramaFever about ItaKiss the Honeymoon episodes and season 2…   I was intrigued by how cute it all appeared.  Then with some wonderful feedback from some of my good friends in the blogverse I couldn’t resist watching season one of Love in Tokyo.

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Something New: The Noona Meter

There are so many tropes out there that are repeated throughout dramaland.  I am admittedly a fan of quite a few of them, however, there is one that captures my heart a little more than others.  The title of the page gives it away.  So without further ado I present my homage to the Noona Romance.

Noona_Meter_01What is it about the Noona Romance that gets me right in the feels?  I did my best to explain that or at least touch on what I love in a Noona Romance here.  I”m most assuredly a Noona myself or if you’d prefer an Ahjumma.  Either way I’m certain that puts my heart in the right place.  Regardless of reasons I love them so!

I’m creating this space in order to build a shrine to the trope that I hold so dearly to my heart.

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Something New

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The New Year has brought on a lot of firsts for me, and I have to admit that I am loving every moment of it.  With the New Year has come a remodeling of the site, with all new banners to fit the larger header space, and a double live watch session; Emergency Couple and I Need Romance 3.

Now a new, shiny, and brilliant idea was proposed to me.  My honorable Sunbaenim suggested that, because of my obsession with Noona Romances that I perhaps make an attempt to gear my blog a go to place for reviews and suggestions on Noona Romances.  And you know what?  I think that’s just about the spiffiest idea I’ve heard all year.

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Capable Leading Ladies

There are so many Asian Dramas out there in which the female lead isn’t strong.  Either she is utterly dependent on the hero, or she is utterly without confidence and self-esteem, or she is lost and doesn’t understand her place in the world.  To name a few.  There isn’t anything wrong with those styles of character types, however, when I’m watching a drama and the main actress is a strong woman I get a little thrill.  I’m completely addicted to dramas, but I must admit when the lead heroine isn’t the usual weak woman I do enjoy the drama a little more.

Since my adventures in dramaland are still of the greenhorn or trainee variety I don’t have a huge list of shows that I’ve seen.  So I am absolutely certain there are more and better examples out there.  For now, I wanted to discuss the leading ladies that represented different facets of a strong woman from the list of dramas that I’ve completed.  Of course I’d totally welcome some suggestions of dramas with strong women!  Even better if the drama has a happy ending, I’m a sucker for happily ever after.

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