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Fight for My Way: first impression on episode 1~2

Likable characters, engaging story, lifelike struggles… boy, am i liking this drama already.

We usually find these elements in slice-of-life shows, and while i don’t think Fight for My Way is one, it certainly has that quality and feel. On top of that, there are fun dynamics and easy chemistry between the leads. We’re just in the opening week, and i wish not to jinx myself, but it could be my favorite K-drama this year since Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo. Continue reading “Fight for My Way: first impression on episode 1~2”

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Boku, Unmei no Hito desu: mid-series review

Coincidences are another drama trope that i have love/hate relationship with, especially in romance/romcom settings. I get that the characters need to meet and interact in order to move the plot and love line forward, but when they cross path whenever and wherever, as if the world is that small, i’d invariably roll my eyes at that. Boku, Unmei no Hito desu (I’m Your Destiny), however, puts context into the coincidental meetings — because the leads are fated partners — that i don’t hate the occurrences. Continue reading “Boku, Unmei no Hito desu: mid-series review”

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Reverse: on episode 3~4

“There are things that the people who were there won’t know.
I, to a pathetic degree, don’t know anything at all.”

The more we know about what happened that day, the more messed up the incident looks…in a delicious way. Because as it turns out, that Hirosawa left the villa to drive after drinking two cans of beer isn’t the only and crucial fact the boys deliberately left out. That there are more to it isn’t surprising, but that there are more details they are keeping from one another after all these years is. Continue reading “Reverse: on episode 3~4”

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Tomodachi Game: will you play it with your friends?

Since Liar Game, everything that ends with ‘Game’ inevitably had me thinking of that spellbinding psychological thriller and checking those dramas/movies out out of curiosity. But the similarities end at the name only; they — Kazoku Game, Joker Game, etc — didn’t share corresponding theme or setup…until i came across Tomodachi Game.

The synopsis alone is familiar-sounding, and the teaser affirms this hunch further: the concept, setting, music, characters, feels are a throwback to Liar Game Continue reading “Tomodachi Game: will you play it with your friends?”

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Rebel–Thief Who Stole the People: on episode 11~20

After 19 episodes, i finally get why this drama is titled Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People. Nineteen.

Well, maybe i was too dense to figure it out sooner, ’cause while i got the “rebel” part, i’ve wondered about the “thief” part until the drama’s middle third. Even then, the true meaning of “thief who stole the people” eventually dawned on me on the said episode. Continue reading “Rebel–Thief Who Stole the People: on episode 11~20”

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SORE the series: episode spesial (!!)

Aaaahhh, ternyata web series ini belum tamat!! Ternyata seri ini beneran berjumlah 9 episode, bukan 8 seperti perkiraanku sebelumnya. Dan ternyata kita hanya perlu menunggu satu minggu untuk bisa menonton kelanjutan kisah Jonathan dan Sore. Untuk ini, aku harus berterima kasih kepada kolom rekomendasi YouTube. Kalau engga, entah kapan aku baru akan ngeh soalnya adanya episode spesial ini, berhubung tulisan “final” di akhir judul episode 8 minggu lalu berhasil menipuku mentah-mentah. Uh! Continue reading “SORE the series: episode spesial (!!)”

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SORE the series: Istri dari Masa Depan

Sepertinya web series sedang “in” ya belakangan ini. Sejak kemunculan mini drama AADC akhir 2014 lalu, sudah ada tiga judul dengan format serupa yg kutonton melalui YouTube: Nic & Mar, Ben & Jody, dan Sore. Dan sejauh ini, aku cukup puas dengan hasilnya. Selain durasi dan jumlah episode yg pendek, serta akses yg mudah, dari segi cerita, senimatografi, dan akting, kualitasnya jauh lebih oke daripada sinetron-sinetron yg tayang di TV.
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