Friday, August 26, 2016

Otoko Meshi Eps 1-5

Food doramas are always a jdorama staple that you can't run away from. Not all of them can be Shinya Shokudo or Osen but at the very least, I'm looking for a decent story to keep me watching.

Yabe Kenzo stars as a yakuza who has to hide at a university student's apartment when an assassination attempt goes wrong.

However, Yabe Kenzo is an excellent cook and food is important to him because as a yakuza, you never know when your last day is.

In a nutshell, Otoko Meshi is cooking show featuring a yakuza cooking for a struggling student and his friends while imparting life lessons on them. I like that Yabe Kenzo is never heavy handed with the advice that he gives.

I find it more fun to watch than Saigo no Restaurant or Kamogawa Shokudo because it keeps things simple but allows interesting variations to the formula such as episode 5 where we get a different cook and a dish of interesting origins. Watchable.

As always, do not watch on an empty stomach.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Why Jdorama bosses are forever scowling


One of my pet peeves are jdoramas is about how when someone is good at their job and the rest of their organisation isn't, that person is often subject to ridicule and their achievements never recognised. I just read this article on BBC called 'Why you don't give praise in Japan' which claims that this type of stuff is the norm in Japan.

The article claims that:

1) You can't tell anyone higher than you in the organisation that they are doing it wrong or that you are right even when you are right.

2) Anyone who is elevated/praised in front of his/her colleagues is seen as a maverick and not to be trusted. Promotion is rather based on relationships and doing what your boss says rather than achieving results.

This explains the constantly angry bosses in jdoramas and incompetent organisations but it just doesn't make sense in real life. If all that stuff in jdoramas is closer to real life than I thought, then being unable to take a holiday longer than a week is not the scariest thing about Japanese worklife.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

How Soshite, Dare mo Inaku Natta was made.

The following conversation might have or might not have happened at the offices of NTV.

Producer 1: Ok. Let's hear your pitch.

Writer: Last year, the my 'number system' was introduced. Some people are worried about this system because it reduces a person to a set of numbers and allows the government access to things like your bank account. I want to do a slow burn thriller about someone slowly discovering that someone has been using their 'my number' to steal their identity.

Producer 2: Hhhmm. Sounds ok but I think you are thinking too small.

Producer 1: I like your idea but let's take it one step further. How about if the main character creates a system that can delete any persons information on the internet and every computer!

Writer: That sounds like a lot more than one step from someone using another person's my number. Data on the internet is not so easily deleted as its stored in many different places. And you are talking about a system that can bypass any and all security!

Producer 2: Why do your writers' have no imagination? Do we have to do your job for you? If that Snowden person can hack wikileaks than anything can happen!

Writer: Snowden and wikileaks are two different things and have nothing to do with a computer system that can...

Producer 1: Stop complaining! If I can catch Pikachu in Shinjuku Goen, then a computer system can erase all my dick pics I send my hostesses before my wife finds out!

Producer 2: Wait, you've given me a real good idea! Let's call this computer system Miss Erase! I am a genius!

Writer: I don't see the correlation between Pikachu and being able to access every server and computer....


Producer 1: My man, that is why we get paid the big bucks. They don't pay us enough money to write doramas as well or else I would do it!

Writer: Assuming if such a thing were possible, this is more than just identity theft! Miss Erase would be a weapon of mass destruction! We're talking matters of national security and political implications...

Producer 2: Woah. Let's not make things complicated cause the Japanese audience like things simple. Instead, I want you to give the main character a bunch of old friends who hate secretly hate him.

Writer: For what reason?

Producer 1: Just make it up as you go! Have someone die in episode 3 or something, I don't care. We just need to create as many mysteries as possible to hook the audience.

Producer 2: I think once the audience hears the name Miss Erase, they will be hooked because it will strike fear into their hearts!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Totto Terebi

WHAT IS TOTTO TEREBI ABOUT?

Its about the history of television in Japan with Kuroyanagi Tetsuko being the main character. She is still hosting the longest running talk show in Japan and was there for the very beginning.

WHY SHOULD I WATCH IT?

Its got Mitsushima Hikari in the main role and she's not playing a talking t-shirt along with a great cast including Mimura. Plus, the historical part of it is interesting along with why some songs you hear at snacks all over Japan got famous.

IS IT A MUST WATCH JDORAMA?

Sadly, no.

WHY?

Its got that annoying asadora narrator thing along with fourth wall breaking stuff. Sometimes it feels like I'm watching a History Channel show where the narrator is telling me historical facts and then we have actors acting them out instead of letting the audience be in the moment. So many times I'm shouting in my head at the show to stop telling me stuff and show it to me instead.

SO, IT'S NOT WORTH WATCHING?

Not at all. The acting is so good that there are great moments especially episodes 4 and the last 3 episodes about her relationship with certain main characters but I feel that it would have been a must watch if they had gotten rid of the narration and made it more of a dorama.

SUMMARY

I think its a watchable show that could have been a classic. Being thanks to carameltz for subbing and providing all the extra information. I couldn't have understood the whole thing without the subs.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Berserk Eps 2-7

THE GOOD

+ Finally, the first really good episode of the series in episode 7! Great pacing and action and it got me really excited although I knew exactly what was going to happened. This is the episode fans can show unbranded people and say this is why Berserk is awesome. Unfortunately, its the 7th episode.

+ The last shot of episode 7 gave me goosebumps.

+ They are getting at knowing when to use animation and when to use CG.

+ I'm really enjoying the Puck and Ishidoro manzai comedy team. I usually just glanced over their stuff in the manga but I'm finding them very funny.

+ Rape horse and goat guy didn't get cut out!


THE BAD

- Took them a long time to fix pacing issues. Some scenes still feel a bit rushed. I think pacing is more important than being faithful to the manga.

- They've still kept that horribly drawn intro video. Why not just use the old anime which looks 100% better or Kantaro Miura's art?

THE UGLY

= Why do people in this anime not have nipples?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ryu Ga Gotoku 6/Yakuza 6 is coming!



For Jdorama/movie fans, they've got a whole line up of all stars.

First off is Beat Takeshi and his mumbling voice. Thank goodness RGG has Japanese subs or I would have a hard time understanding him.

Next up is Omori Nao who jdorama fans will remember most from Hagetaka. If you have not seen Hagetaka, you don't deserve to call yourself a jdorama fan.

Next up is Miyasako Hiroyuki. Don't know why the cast him as a yakuza but comedians are usually good actors as long as they don't overact.

Maki Youko! One of Japan's best actresses better have a meaty role. She says in the video that her character has a deep connection to Haruka. She says that she has a low voice so she has difficulty doing sounds like kyaa!

FujiTatsu who looks like is playing a weaker character. Fangirls should be happy.

Last and not least, Oguri Shun. Can't believe this guy went from GTO to RGG 6. He says that he was envious of his friend Daito Shunsuke who was in Ryuu ga Gotoku Ishin and got Daito to tell the RGG team that he wanted in.

I hope the story is good like Zero was not crappy like Ishin. I'm very worried about the battle system from the demo. I hope they are smart and go back to the old one.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Mitsushima Hikari can really sing!

Mitsushima Hikari singing Nakajima Miyuki's Milk 32.

OMFG. I know Mitsushima Hikari was in Folder 5 but my god, her singing is so good. I've been watching Totto Terebi which she gets to sing as well. I'm in love. :) The video is from a concert where lots of great singers sing the legendary Nakajima Miyuki's songs.

In this one she's singing Kome Kome Club's Roman Hikou and her version is 100% better.

And this one is Nakajima Miyuki's Fighto!

Is Japan's arguably best actress also one of the best singers?

Audio only of Mitsushima Hikari singing Fighto! in Osaka.


For old time's sake, Folder 5's believe.