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Ore no Hanashi wa Nagai: if talking paid

After nearly five years, Ikuta Toma returns to renzoku doramaverse playing a 31-year-old NEET but prideful single guy named Kishibe Mitsuru. If you’re thinking Ore no Hanashi wa Nagai will be a slice of life following his struggles to gain employment or find his dream job, however, you’re likely set for disappointment. Because while that expectation isn’t completely off the track, what we mainly get is the so-called ‘home comedy’ elements. Continue reading “Ore no Hanashi wa Nagai: if talking paid”

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Theseus no Fune: first impression on episode 1~2

Ship of Theseus is a thing or a theoretical question i never heard of until this drama. But i didn’t have to look it up either as it’s explained the opening credits: about whether a ship that has all of its components replaced remains the same original ship. Its relevance to the drama’s plot, however, is something i have yet to figure out. Because Theseus no Fune is a murder-mystery time-slip family drama spanning three Japanese eras. Continue reading “Theseus no Fune: first impression on episode 1~2”

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Nagi’s Long Vacation: the kind of vacation we may need to take once in a while

“Maybe the air is not something you read. It’s something we breathe in and out.”

Watching enough Japanese (variety) shows will surely expose you to “KY”, the abbreviation for “kuuki yomenai” which literally means “can’t read the air/atmosphere”. The opposite of which is the theme of Nagi no Oitoma: about people who read the atmosphere too much. Continue reading “Nagi’s Long Vacation: the kind of vacation we may need to take once in a while”

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Arthdal Chronicles: on episode 13~18, final thoughts

There are certain types of ending that more often than not upset me: too-open ending, rushed ending, last-minute happy ending, unwarranted tragic ending, an ending with lots of loose ends or that raises even more questions. But i just discovered one that tops it all: a no-ending ending… courtesy of Arthdal Chronicles. Continue reading “Arthdal Chronicles: on episode 13~18, final thoughts”

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[Drama] Hotel Del Luna

Hong Sisters are the first screenwriters i learned in k-dramaverse. They’ve penned a string of hit dramas, and while i enjoyed some more than the others, none of them actually made it to my all-time or personal favorites. In fact, Hotel Del Luna is the first drama of theirs i finished since Master’s Sun in 2013, which may say something about its quality… or not. Continue reading “[Drama] Hotel Del Luna”