Posted in Music

the Beautiful Feeling of 5×10

Fan songs.

Every artist has it.
A song dedicated to their fans.
To express their gratitude. To illustrate what fans mean to them. Continue reading “the Beautiful Feeling of 5×10”

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Posted in Commentary, Drama Series

The Ghost Detective: first impression on episode 1~4

Procedurals are similar to slices-of-life in terms of having vapid synopsis and needing strong execution to keep me interested. The latter is essential in all drama genres but even more so in procedurals since they’re all about solving cases which can easily become tedious and boring that without the extra something, my brain will check out soon.

That extra something usually means intriguing setup/mystery, the character’s special skills, or fantasy elements. In The Ghost Detective‘s case, it’s (the peculiar title and) the ghost stuff. Continue reading “The Ghost Detective: first impression on episode 1~4”

Posted in Commentary, TV Program

VS Arashi 2018.08.30: Quiz Matsumoto Jun #2

Ever since the epic Quiz Matsuuu~ Motooo~ Ju~n! last October, that game never really left our mind, until it’s back for the second time… on his birthday episode.

Yup, the youngest in Arashi turned 35 last Thursday, making Arashi officially the mid-30’s group. And what better way to celebrate his joining the ojisan club than to make this VS Arashi episode a Jun-centered one? Continue reading “VS Arashi 2018.08.30: Quiz Matsumoto Jun #2”

Posted in Drama Series, Review

Switched (Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka): the high school drama to marathon

“Looking different on the outside won’t change what’s inside.”

Body swap isn’t a new trope; most of the time, it is unintentional and set up for comedy, and sometimes, the why and how remain mysterious until much later in the game. But here, it happens deliberately and both us and the characters figure out the method and motive early on. With those out of the way (usually the most pressing questions i’d have), this Netflix drama gets to focus on the more important things: character exploration and solution. Continue reading “Switched (Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka): the high school drama to marathon”

Posted in Commentary, Drama Series

Are You Human Too?: on episode 25~36, final thoughts

“If something that looks exactly like you showed up, wore your clothes, acted like you, and took your dad. And people say she’s better than you. How would you feel?”

This is it that sealed the deal for me. Shin may be painted as the bad guy in this drama — not as heinous as Seo Jong-gil though is arguably the better villain since he wreaks bigger havoc, exasperates more characters, and hence elicits more hateful comments in the last third of the show than the latter does in the entire series — that i was clearly in the minority for rooting for him. Wholeheartedly. Continue reading “Are You Human Too?: on episode 25~36, final thoughts”

Posted in Music, Review

saa maiagare Natsu Hayate!

Storylined PV? Finally??

I’ve waited for this kind of music video since My Girl back in 2009 — or Ai wo sakebe in 2015 since real people and event were featured in it — that i was thrilled upon reading that there would be a drama PV of Natsu Hayate, the song for the 100th Koshien championship for which Aiba will be the special navigator. Continue reading “saa maiagare Natsu Hayate!”

Posted in List, Music

on the road to 5×20: favorite Arashi’s songs

I’ve actually planned to do this: listing my top-something Arashi-related things for their 5×20 celebration. And i thought i had a year more to sort and compile those lists. But Arashi isn’t Arashi without surprises; they for some inexplicable reasons decided to hold their 20th Anniversary Tour this year although the group won’t officially turn 20 until 15 September 2019. Continue reading “on the road to 5×20: favorite Arashi’s songs”

Posted in Travelogy

Travelogy: Natuna

“Dari Sabang sampai Merauke berjajar pulau-pulau
Sambung menyambung menjadi satu, itulah Indonesia”

Indonesia merupakan negera kepulauan yg 70% wilayahnya adalah lautan. Meski memiliki lebih dari 17.000 pulau, rasanya hanya sekitar 0.1%-nya yg bisa kusebutkan, itu pun hanya yg besar-besar dan terkenal saja. Dan berhubung aku lebih menyukai wisata laut daripada gunung, aku mencari destinasi wisata baru yg tidak hanya indah dan mudah diakses namun juga kalau bisa tidak terlalu mainstream. Tujuan berlibur kan untuk menghilangkan penat, dan kalau pergi ke daerah yg ramai pengunjung, penatnya ga jadi hilang dong?

Dan untuk liburan kali ini, pilihan jatuh ke salah satu pulau terluar negeri ini: Natuna. Continue reading “Travelogy: Natuna”