Shinigami-kun

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This drama is based on a manga series by the same name. I sadly couldn’t really find anything else out about the series given that it ran from 1983 – 1990. If I can get my hands on it I would totally read it. It’s also a nice short drama with only 9 episodes.

So we’re following Shinigami #413 (Ono Satoshi) while he’s doing jobs. It is unclear if he’s new at being a shinigami or just a rule breaker as he keeps breaking very basic rules. Given the personality that he portrays, we assume he’s new. While out looking for his notebook, on his monitor’s (Kiritani Mirei) orders a devil, Akuma (Suda Masaki) escapes  into the world. Given the mistake, Shinigami-kun’s boss (Matsushige Yutaka) sends them to clean it up. Shinigami has to continue his regular duties while doing so.

This is a really fun show. I have never seen Ono before but he does an excellent job in this  role. You really feel for his character while he struggles with doing his job and having an attachment to humans.  The gates to the underworld is an excellent set and it makes me wish I had watched this during Halloween. Kiritani acts beautifully in this role, however, she mainly goes around and yells at Ono’s character. The outfits in this drama were great as well. Overall, I really enjoyed this drama.

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A Girl and Three Sweethearts

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Though sold as a reverse harem, there really is only ever 2 love interests at any given time. We have Sakurai Misaki (Kiritani Mirei) as a pastry chef who has been recently let go from her job. She happens to meet up with Shibasaki Chiaki (Miura Shohei) who offers her a job. She quickly accepts and moves in with him and his 2 younger brothers. Though she has her sights on him, romance might blossom with another brother.

Within the first episode, you quickly realise that thought Chiaki is set up as the 1st male lead, that title actually goes to Shibasaki Kanata (Yamazaki Kento) the middle brother. I love the chemistry between Kiritani Mirei and Yamazaki Kento but I may be a bit bias. They try to add in the youngest brother, Shibasaki Toma (Nomura Shuhei) as a 3rd love interest but that is not the case. This is a fun light-hearted drama, where Yamazaki gets to play the asshole like most male leads. Seeing him in a kitchen though might have given me a few fantasies about men though. Pick it up because it’s a good watch.

Switch Girl Season 2

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After finally solidifying their relationship, Arata (Kimiyama Renn) and Nika (Nishiuchi Mariya) must now tackle being together. The two of them are new to relationships so they now have to figure out the ups and the downs that come with relationships. Due to the type of drama this is,  some of the situations are ridiculous. Though at the end they come out stronger because of it. Also, due to the main coupling being cemented we get to witness the budding of a secondary pairing. I won’t tell you who, but you’ll find out soon enough if you watch it.

They changed the actress who plays the monkey queen and they actually do play it up in the drama as well. I found this quite funny and stayed with the  tone of the show. the actors were again on point, and it followed the manga fantastically. I really wish there were more but I love the series none the less.

 

Switch Girl Season 1

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This 8 episode drama is based on a manga series I love. Switch girl follows Tamiya Nika (Nishiuchi Mariya) who is a switch girl. When she’s in public she is the perfect girl and is always looking for her peer’s approval while freaking out that they will find out about her off mode. When she’s off she’s loud, disgusting and not at all worried about what other people think. At her school, Arata (Kiriyama Renn) is a new transfer student and he does the reverse. When he’s out of his house he wears big glasses to cover his face. This allows him to hide the fact that he’s actually quite handsome.

They both find out about each other’s secrets and agrees to not tell anyone else about it. However, due to their new closeness, a budding relationship starts, well at least in Nika’s eyes.

This drama actually did the Manga justice. It is so over the top that I absolutely enjoyed it. The actors were cast perfectly and Nishiuchi portrayed Nika Perfectly. It’s a good quick watch.

Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo 2

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This is a sequel to Itazura na kiss, based off of the second half of the manga series. Now this doesn’t follow the manga quite as closely, however it makes more sense as a whole better than the manga.

So at the end of season 1, after his marriage to Aihara Kotoko (Miki Honoka), Irie Naoki (Furukawa Yuki) decides to become a doctor. He goes to school and obviously Kotoko decides to follow him by becoming a nurse. Though it’s not easy, Kotoko keeps working hard to become a nurse to stay by Irie’s side. We get to watch Kotoko not only struggle with her school work, but deal with her jealousy towards Irie’s female classmates and be on the receiving end of another romantic offer. We get to see the ups and the downs of the couple’s married life.

The couple do have a few lovey dovey moments in this season, compared to the last one. Kotoko continues to call Naoki but his surname even though she’s married. They did end on a high note, and because I know the manga series, there is a possibility for a 3rd season but I don’t think that it’ll be made. Again I like this series, my friend Natalia, from Soju Nights, won’t agree but I’d say it’s a good watch.

3.5/5


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The Hours of My Life

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I’m going to warn you right now that this drama is a tear jerker and if you’re not looking for a good cry then this is not the show for you. I love this drama, but I did manage to spend most of the time cuddling my tissue box.

This drama follows Sawada Takuto (Miura Haruma) a normal college student who is struggling to find full-time employment after he finishes school. He is soon diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and it suddenly turns his world upside down. He decides that he won’t let his diagnosis stop him from enjoying life.So the tears come, not only from the diagnosis but the romantic aspect throughout the drama.

So the tears come, not only from the diagnosis but the romantic aspect throughout the drama. I don’t know anyone who has ALS so I can’t discuss if the depiction of the symptoms is accurate, but I know that it does shed light on how drastically a person’s life changes after the diagnosis. It also shows people that life isn’t over just because you get diagnose with ALS. I think that this drama is a good string board to talk about ALS and it’s side effects.

I have only ever seen Miura Haruma in the Last Cinderella and his acting in this is just as good.  Like I said before, I loved the drama but t’s not for people who don’t want to cry.

Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo

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Also knows as Itazura na Kiss or Playful Kiss. This drama is the japanese live action adaptation of the manga of the same name. I prefer this one, out of all the adaptations. There is a movie, korean drama and a 23 volume manga series. So if you really like it

This series follows Kotoko Aihara (Miki Honoka), through her one sided love with Irie Naoki (Furukawa Yuki). Due to some unforeseen circumstances Kotoko’s house is destroyed and she comes to live with Irie and his family. Thought out the series Irie’s mother and Kotoko keep trying to get Irie to fall in love with her, leading to some very odd, and stalker-ish moments. While Kotoko is trying to get Irie’s attention, her friend Ikezawa Konnosuke (Yamada Yuki) is in love with her, and trying to get her to fall in love with him.

This is a cute drama, but I do have some gripes with it, however it’s not the actors or writers fault, because it was in the source material. It’s a fun watch. I will be writing a review about season 2 in about a month from now.

3.5/5