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Theseus no Fune: on episode 6~10, final thoughts

This drama’s concept of Ship of Theseus does fall into place in the end, though not in a way that i thought it would go. I still can’t decide if that’s a good or bad thing, since the ending turns out more bittersweet than what i anticipated. Continue reading “Theseus no Fune: on episode 6~10, final thoughts”

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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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[Drama] Trace

“Let’s converse. While we’re still alive.”

Unnatural opened my eyes to forensic dramas, which i never had the interest in due to its genre, showing me that they could offer one of the best human dramas out there despite the morbid content. That said, i’m not actively looking for the next forensic dramas to watch, although that gem of the drama was one of the reasons for me to check Trace ~Kasouken no Otoko~ out. Continue reading “[Drama] Trace”

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Mirror Twins: first impression on episode 1~2

Spring j-dorama season has started. Although i have yet to check the full spread to list the ones i’ll be looking out for, i’ve checked out a few of them, and the one that piques my interest is Mirror Twins. The storyline ain’t that interesting in the first two episodes, but it’s the setup that intrigues me: about two people with identical DNA, where one is pinned for the crime the other did and strives to prove his innocence in the face of incriminating evidence against him. Continue reading “Mirror Twins: first impression on episode 1~2”

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Fortune telling by temp psychic staff Ataru

“Now is such a tough era for working people. [But no matter what your concerns are,] it’s okay. Because you are not the only one who is suffering.”

Workplace drama either gives us insight into a certain industry’s workings or allows us to live through its characters and subsequently learn from them. And to get its moral lessons, sometimes we need to read between the lines, sometimes they spell it out for us. Haken Uranaishi Ataru is the latter in both cases. Continue reading “Fortune telling by temp psychic staff Ataru”