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Reverse: on episode 5~6

Isn’t it funny that we can make speculations based on little information yet struggles to wrap our heads around it when given a lot more details? Maybe that’s just me? ‘Cause that’s what i feel about Reverse. I could reckon who looked shady in the early episodes, but now after hearing most players’ stories of that evening, i don’t know who to trust anymore. I can’t discern who’s telling the truth, half-truth, or an outright lie. I can’t even tell if Hirosawa’s disappearance was by accident or design.

Everything is possible, and the only one who truly knew what happened is the man himself, it seems. Continue reading “Reverse: on episode 5~6”

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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 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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The treasure in my life to stay gold

A month after the first reveal/performance of I’ll be there, my opinions still stand. I barely has anything else to add to that, and given how it remains on my ‘like’ status since then, i don’t think it’ll make it to my ‘love’ status. Not a bad thing by all means, but it probably won’t stay in my playlist as long as Arashi’s previous singles or even its B-sides. Continue reading “The treasure in my life to stay gold”