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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The Noona Romance

I’ve gushed about my love of Noona Romances all over my blog, it isn’t a secret.  Even though my list of completed dramas is still very small, 4 of the 19 completed shows have been Noona Romances.  I just started I Hear Your Voice (another Noona Romance story) and have 25 more on my to watch list.  I thought perhaps I might take a stab at what makes a good Noona love story, at least for me.

I’ve expanded on this idea over at The Noona Meter

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2014: New Year Drama Resolutions!

The New Year is Upon Us!  With it I’ve decided that I’d like to set myself some goals for my drama watching ventures in the coming year.  I joined the amazing world of Asian Dramas on April 17, 2013.  Since then I’ve just sort of bounced around to dramas with very little rhyme or reason.  Not that it hasn’t been fun!  However, there are some dramas that I really want to be sure that I watch and some things I want to do.  So what better time than New Years to set a resolution for how I’ll approach my drama watching in 2014.

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Review: Last Cinderella

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This was recommended to me by someone on My Drama List, and boy am I thankful they did!  It was also my very first Japanese drama, as well as my first introduction to Haruma Miura (who will promptly be showing up on the Noona Killer list).  I thoroughly enjoyed the entire show and really wanted more episodes!  I would have been in drama heaven if there had been an episode showing the happy couple after she said yes to the marriage proposal!  But even without that, this has made it into my top five favorite drams!

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