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16 July 2013 @ 11:53 am
What I'm watching this summer  

The cast of Starman ~ Kono Hoshi no Koi ~ souce: Oricon

Being a consistent fan of Jdramas is never easy. Sometimes (or most of the times actually) you have to plough through a bunch of utterly distasteful series just to find one or two gems that you dearly love. The previous drama season was easily the least distracting factor in my life, since it only afforded a number of disappointments and watchable dramas were few and far between. I hated myself for finishing the concoction of banality and egregious acting that was Last Cinderella just to find out the ending was exactly what I had anticipated, though to be fair, Sakura's antics and her banter with Rintaro were probably the drama's saving graces.

This season, on the other hand, is looking extremely promising. Woman was hands-down a must-watch for me, because I absolutely loved Soredemo, Ikite Yuku. From now on, anything that has Sakamoto Yuji + Mitsushima Hikari or Sakamoto Yuji + Eita is gonna be pretty much an automatic must-watch for me. Now, there have been people saying that Woman may surpass Soredemo and I beg to differ. Not until Woman gives me some sort creepy cold-blooded killers/criminals. One of the reasons I loved Soredemo so much was that it did not compromise anything to give the audience a faux happy ending, but right now, Woman is geared towards the direction of Mother, which means things will probably work out for everyone in the end (which I do hope for in a drama like Woman, mind you). I still love Woman's beautiful execution and excellent performances from the amazing Hikari and the rest of cast, though, and Nikaido Fumi is gorgeous.

So to get to the main point of this post, if you haven't started watching Starman, watch it. It's awesome. I mean, it has Hirosue Ryoko, so you know for sure this drama is gonna have some talent worth watching. It also has three kids. Which means cuteness overload (and the end of me). And finally, it has Fukushi Sota. He's tall, young and handsome - need I say more? So far his role hasn't given him many opportunities to boast his acting chops (or the lack thereof), but I do hope that this boy is not just a pretty face.

80% reason why I'm watching Starman souce: Oricon

As for the other dramas of the season, I'm also watching is Double Tone. Nothing much I can say about it since I only watched episode 1, but I like the concept it introduced. Nothing boundary-shattering, but it's definitely something fresh and the drama is also nicely executed with solid believable acting. I actually also started watching Summer Nude, and it's been mediocre so far lol. Erika was the only reason that kept me awake through the first episode - she's probably the only bright spot in a drama about summer, the beach and a love triangle. Sounds familiar?

What are you watching this season? Any recommendations?
Current Music: skinny love - birdy
shunluvshunluv on July 16th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
im totally disappointed with Last Cinderella especially the ending.
it too predictable the ending.
i was hoping there would be a twist that she would choose Rintaro at the end..
their chemistry and every scene together is the only great thing of this drama:(

Starman is on my list to watch^^
Hirosue always great to watch<3
Yuiyuizaki_libra on July 17th, 2013 11:24 am (UTC)
Yay wise choice ;) I don't care for Last Cinderella's ending actually, what disappointed me the most was that this drama had every single cliche and still got like the second best rating of the season. Says a lot about what people want to see on TV these days.
lemonylime89lemonylime89 on July 16th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
i looked at the pic of mr. tall young and handsome and starman is now on my watchlist. thank you for the eyecandy :) summer nude is on there too, will wait till at least episode 3 to start watching. please be good
Yuiyuizaki_libra on July 17th, 2013 11:26 am (UTC)
Haha I'm glad I persuaded you to watch Starman. I watched the second episode of Summer Nude and I think I liked it a little bit better. My bet is it wouldn't turn out bad :)
nanu00nanu00 on July 16th, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
last season I choose to follow last cinderella but I drop it in the middle... It was too predictable. I enjoyed Kazoku game It was a good drama. this season ? I have no idea what to watch but I´ll give starman a try !!!
Yuiyuizaki_libra on July 17th, 2013 11:29 am (UTC)
I thoroughly enjoyed Kazoku Game too! I think I just have a soft spot for dramas that have an unusual/new approach to education such as Suzuki-sensei and Kazoku Game. This season is actually pretty good so I'd recommend you check out a few.
orsa2012orsa2012 on July 16th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
I dropped last Cinderella from the first episode!! I'm disapointed with alot of dramas this year!!? The only drama i liked was Kasuzu Game!!?

On my watch list this season is Summer Nude, Woman and Sakai's drama Hanzawa Naoki which have a bunch of talented actors.. hope it won't be disapointing...

And of course on my top list is Ohno's Sp drama!!!
Yuiyuizaki_libra on July 17th, 2013 11:35 am (UTC)
Kazoku Game was an enjoyable watch! I can vouch for Woman's quality. You know my opinion of Summer Nude (as above), though it slightly improved after episode 2. Hanzawa Naoki has impressive ratings (24.4% for the second episode) and you probably can't go wrong with Sakai Masato. Let me know if you find it interesting!

Ah, yes Ohno's drama <3
(no subject) - orsa2012 on July 18th, 2013 10:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
☆Polly☆norowarete_iru on July 16th, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
I honestly haven't settled on a drama yet this summer. I can't find one i'm interested in :(.
Yuiyuizaki_libra on July 17th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
I hope you'll find something you like, cos I personally think this is one of the better seasons in my recent memories.
qnuy kusanagiqnuy on July 16th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'm really liking Woman too. Simply watched it because I really adore Mistushima Hikari and her acting never disappoints <3 The girl playing Nozomi-chan is also doing a great job. Starman is my second favourite this season. I've never seen Fukushi Sota acting before but he's so ikemen there hahahaha and I love Hirosue Ryoko. A bit curious about Namonaki Doku , but it hasn't grown on me yet. Gotta see more of Double Tone to see whether I really like it or not. My next watch list is Hanzawa Naoki. I hope someone will sub this.
Yuiyuizaki_libra on July 17th, 2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
Lucky you, Hanzawa Naoki is now subbed!
I agree with you about the girl playing Nozomi; she was very convincing in episode 2. I'm so glad she didn't turn out to be another Ashida Mana.
Fukushi Sota is so pretty ugh and I also love Hirosue Ryoko's portrayal of Sawa.
(no subject) - qnuy on July 17th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Laolaoracci on July 16th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
I stopped watching last cinderella on episode 2, idk, but it's kinda 'boring' to me, sakura's antics is interesting though >,< my favorites of last season are 'kazoku game' and 'take five' :D

this season I'm watching 'woman' and I want to watch Starman too, cos the synopsis sounds great and there are kids. I found they're so cute when I watched VSA last week >////<

and I have no intention at all to watch summer nude ^^
Yuiyuizaki_libra on July 17th, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
Wise decision not continuing Last Cinderella. Kazoku Game was my favorite out of the last season too.

Gosh I was watching last week's VSA and the kids were absolutely adorable. And, I mean, Arashi with kids? YES, please.

I think Summer Nude's got got a pretty decent message and is worth a look if you're into light romance or if you're a fan of any of the main cast members.
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TakakuFlyMetakakuflyme on July 16th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
i'm watching double tone, summer nude, and starman too!

on [double tone]: the setup is really interesting, but i think that i'm already getting tired of the switching back and forth. i hope they change things up a little as it progresses.

on [summer nude]: i haven't been too intrigued so far, but i was really looking for karina's acting. i've liked her work in [watashi ga renai dekinai riyuu], [love shuffle], and [freeter] so... i hope she brings her talents to the table again.

on [starman]: this is my favorite out of the dramas i'm following so far. i think that the portrayal that hirosue-san has given is really sweet but also realistic. i love her interactions with the kids, and shun is so freaking adorable. =) about fukushi sota... why am i getting nishikido ryo vibes from him? i'm waiting for the episodes in which he plays a bigger role, instead of just acting shocked / lost. all in all, i'm really liking this drama.

thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!!
Yuiyuizaki_libra on July 17th, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
SHUN. Omg that kid. Why so adorable?? /dies

I actually think Fukushi Sota is like a healthier-looking version of Mizushima Hiro. I do hope his role gives him some space to explore his acting abilities, though I highly doubt that anyone would give him a tough role this early on in his career (I think he's still quite inexperienced; he just debuted 2 years ago after all).
arashic5arashic5 on July 17th, 2013 09:04 am (UTC)
I'm watching summer nude too, and it puzzles me how Erika and yamapi has zero chemistry, I was shipping them in code blue tho.

Ditto with Pi and karina, the only pairing I like is Masami and Pi, and Masami was just on flashback and most of the time she's only on billboard lol

I reaaaaaalllyyyyy like soratobu! Have u watched it yet? I'm thinking about watching last Cinderella, I'm skipping some of the comments here due to spoiler xD

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Yuiyuizaki_libra on July 17th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
I don't actually think Pi has chemistry with any of his past co-actresses though I did like Pi and Masami in Proposal Daisakusen. Oh, Pi. Much as I like him as a person, I have to say he can't really do much of the acting besides being himself (aka in Nobuta). Anyway, I'm wishing Erika's character gets the boy cos she's awesome.

I did watch Soratobu! It was really interesting to see how it portrays the JSDF and I think it was a really informative drama that people should watch. As for the romance, I don't think I care much for it.

Think carefully about watching Last Cinderella. Unless you're a fan of Haruma Miura or don't mind super cliched housewife dramas, I suggest you stay away.
(no subject) - arashic5 on July 19th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
my story...my imagination~nsa87 on July 20th, 2013 10:05 am (UTC)
hello there, can i ask you something? i'm just wondering if you are planning to sub ikuta toma's nou otoko movie? i just couldn't find any subbers who had sub it yet :( and i don't know whom to ask :( i know it sounds selfish :( but please do help :)
thank you so much :)
Yuiyuizaki_libra on July 20th, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's even out on DVD yet. If I really really like the movie I might sub it, but the chances are slim.
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shupagirl_ukshupagirl_uk on July 23rd, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
I watched Last Cinderella and I was hoping for more to happen at the end. For some reason I thought she would have gone back to the party but that had already ended. I really wanted her to end up with Rintaro in the end as I loved their chemistry and their fights etc.

I'm watching Starman and it's interesting so far. I wonder what will happen in episode 3, now that her secret has or will come out.

I'm also watching Hanzawa Naoki, Namonaki Doku, Shomuni, Summer Nude and Woman. I have to say I like them all so far. I'm really hooked on Hanzawa Naoki and Woman. Namonaki is interesting, Shomuni is funny and Summer Nude is good so far. Yamapi's acting has gone downhill for some reason but I love Karina and Toda Erika. :)
perkyandproudperkyandproud on September 6th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
Hello! (New person!)

I am looking forward to starting Starman. I've seen two things with Fukushi Sota in them so far: Shima Shima, in which he had a small supporting role...and Kamen Rider Fourze, in which he played the lead. I was VERY impressed with his acting in that. He has a brilliant smile and handled the serious stuff, the angst and the lighter moments all with ease. I hope to see more of him!
キキちゃんritchuuki on September 22nd, 2013 08:29 am (UTC)
thank you very much
kangxy67kangxy67 on September 29th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
Woman and Starman were also my top favourites for this season!

Woman was fantastic! I loved the part where the doc was so happy he was laughing and fell off the chair. Mitsushima Hikari is such an awesome actress. Cant say I watched many of her works, but I love her acting skills. And yes, I did watch Soredemo. Damn, that was another fantastic drama.

Starman was on my list because the VSA episode where Fukushi Sota appeared in looked fun. Am I glad I watched it. It's so sweet and cute! I love the kids! Especially the episode where the eldest son started scolding the mum. I thought his acting was really really good there, portraying exactly how a child might behave when he's actually got to scold his mum. I love the interaction between Hirosue Ryoko and the kids. Gotta say, Fukushi Sota grew on me. :3

Yamada-kun to 7nin no majo is quite a cute no brainer drama for some entertainment. Damn, Yamamoto Yusuke has his huge share of kisses in there.