Regarding Coffee & Vanilla…

I honestly don’t know what to say or think about this one! And I sure as heck don’t know if I want to continue watching, but I will partake in episode 2 before I make my final decision. Sooooooo, the heroine, Risa, is this uber, uber, uber innocent, low self esteemed, winsome beauty from the country who attends a university in Tokyo. Guys literally, and I mean literally, are falling all over themselves over her, but in her overwhelmingly annoying innocence she rejects their advances. She’s got these beautiful wide doe eyes that make her innocence all the more convincing, but she also puts herself down because of it, and that has turned me off within 10 minutes of meeting her character!

In steps our hero, Hiroto, who is handsome, sexy, and more experienced than this poor chick can certainly handle, and of course she’s honored that “ Mr Fukami,” as she calls him, is even remotely interested in her. So yeah, he seduces her in a millisecond, tells her that he fell in love with her the moment he saw her, asks her to be his girlfriend, and in turn she says “ if you think I’m worthy of being your GF, then yes”——-WTH! Who does that! Then he goes on to ignore her for a week, until she takes the first step by calling him. This girl is too dumb and gullible for me no matter how pretty she is! He talks her into sleeping with him without any fight from her at all, and I was just flabbergasted! All this in episode 1?!?!?!? Yup, he’s a 10 on the sexometer, and yup, he can kiss like nobody’s business, but I’m still at a loss here!

Sorry for the spoilers, but there was just no way I could get around my feelings and impressions of this one! J dramas are SOOOO not like this in my past experience! Yeah, you get innocent heroines, but all the ones I remember had some type of backbone! Maybe Risa will grow one, but I may not even get that far to see it!!!

#coffee-vanilla, #dori-sakurada, #fukuhara-haruka

The young people…

Suicides in South Korea are not only sad, but very disturbing. Why young people in their 20’s and 30’s are ending their lives at an alarming rate, when they have such bright futures ahead of them, is hard to explain, and wrap one’s brain around. I can’t believe that it’s just a “fan” or social media thing, or even a “shame” thing, but a major cry for help both mentally and emotionally. The government has to recognize that there’s a definite problem there, and implement initiatives that address this issue. I don’t know that they haven’t already, but is seeking mental health treatment still a taboo?

Seems America is not faring any better. Apparently the life expectancy between ages 25-40 is shortened for the 3rd year in a row due to suicides, murders, mass shootings, etc. so sad 😞 😞


Takane & Hana

It’s a J-drama based on a manga of the same name. Hana is 16 yrs old——and STUNNING!, while Takane is 26 yrs old and the successor of a large company. They meet on a marriage blind date arranged by his grandfather and her father, but it was originally intended for her 7 yrs older sister, who blew the date off because she had a boyfriend. Takane is typically rich and arrogant and totally believes his own hype. He comments at the date that Hana is nothing more than a gold digger, demeaning her, yada, yada, yada, and she lets him have it! She pulls off her “grownup “ wig and gives it to him good, lol. What can I say, he’s hooked!

I do find the age difference a bit icky, but he’s a very immature 26 yr old where relationships with the opposite sex are concerned, and she’s a strong willed young lady with a mind of her own and mouth to match. The fireworks are a given, but watching them maneuver through their differences in both age and class status, and build a solid bond might be fun. Of course I’m hoping that they build more of a friendship cause Hana is just too young for a serious relationship no matter how strong willed she is! The actress portraying Hana, Aisa Takeuchi, is really a beautiful girl! Only 18 in real life, so she’s got a heartbreaker career in front of her. I do get a little “ Takuya” from the male lead, Mahiro Takasugi, but just a little, lol…no one can be Takuya!


Secretary Kim was…

A lovely drama! I enjoyed this couple! Both were level headed, loving, jealous and thoughtful. While I’m sure the narcissist in him will probably never completely change, he has been tamed! Lol. And inasmuch as I like the bits at the end, that show the hard work and camaraderie of the cast, I’m reminded that it’s just a drama and reality bites! All in all, well done! Great secondary characters too! And yes Camelia, whoever dressed Park Min Young for this drama needs to be slapped! Haha…

I want to go onto Her Private Life, but I’ll take a break from PMY for a bit…..not ready to see her all loved and boo’ed up with someone else just yet 😁

#park-min-young, #park-seo-joon, #whats-wrong-with-secretary-kim

For some reason…

I’m unable to comment on older posts. I’m finally catching up with dramas you guys have already partaken in, hehe. Started “What’s wrong with Secretary Kim?” Like it so far!


1% of Something

1% of Something (aka 1% of Anything) stars two leads that I’m certain I’ve seen in other dramas — I’m just not sure which ones yet. The formula is familiar to us all; a chaebol and working class girl come together because she does a kindness to his grandfather and the grandfather wants this girl to become the wife of his surly, arrogant, detached and dismissive grandson. So in order for grandson to get the whole of the company, and for her to become rich and receive shares in the company, they must marry.

Both are, initially, not interested. She’s a kindhearted, but feisty school teacher who thinks that he’s a jerk and trying to run a scam on her. He’s also of the mind that she’s probably a gold digger who seduced his grandfather somehow. Funny thing is that she doesn’t know who his grandfather is because the man she helped to the hospital looked poor and grandpa is purposely not letting her see him.

So the two agree to 6 mos of dating in order to appease grandpa, but both have no intention of marrying the other.. And of course the relationship grows nicely, although his arrogant and jerky ways are going to take some time to change. But change he does, slowly but surely. There are also rivalries that get in the way, old wounds that need healing, and for the backstabbing within the family to resolve. The chemistry between this couple is pretty good, and they are both really good kissers although they haven’t had that many so far. I’m 9 eps in out of 15, and each ep is about 40- 45 mins—- give or take a minute.

It’s a light, cute, and romantic drama. I’m enjoying it. I tried checking to see if anyone saw this drama previously and couldn’t find anything…hope Im not being redundant…..

#1-of-anything, #1-of-something, #ha-suk-jin, #jeon-seo-min

Finished “Hotel del Luna”

For the most part I enjoyed it. (Mild spoilers follow)

There were some noticeable inconsistencies, but they didn’t alter my enjoyment of this drama. What did change for me as the drama progressed, was that the “great” love between the two leads never really transpired for me. I was more into the back story of her first great love, and in hoping that she and he would have the opportunity to find it again. Of course I knew on every level that it couldn’t realistically be, unless her current love was a reincarnation of the first one. I honestly felt more longing and more of a connection between her and her first love.

Then, although the drama is based on goodbyes and moving on, there were just too many goodbyes in the end, and long ones at that! I kinda got the feeling that they no longer knew what to do with the leads by then, so my interest waned. Also, you really had to suspend belief in some of the situations and scenarios. I really liked most of the characters though, their histories and the bonds they formed. I cried more than normal, for me, lol.

I still look forward to seeing the leads in other dramas, and I especially enjoyed the stylish wardrobe of IU!

#hotel-del-luna, #iu, #lee-ji-eun, #series-review, #yeo-jin-goo

Hotel del Luna, thru ep 7

I am enjoying this one, for many reasons. As unlikable as our heroine “should” be, I just can’t not like her, that is. She’s mean, greedy, selfish and demanding, but her wounds go deep, 1000 years back to be exact, maybe more. And to have seen the things that she’s seen since then… the unfairness, evil, injustice, judgmental and merciless side of human beings, no wonder she rails against God because he has all the power and wields it sometimes with “mercy” and other times “mercilessly” as it is described in the drama.

Our hero is a stand up guy, and not afraid to stand up to her, even when she bellows, screams and has tantrums. He’s seeing first hand, after quite a bit of reluctance, that the world, and seemingly God, are indeed unfair, but he also learning that he has a part in trying to do what’s right, and making it happen in some cases. Both don’t realize yet, that it is God’s rightful judgment and goodness that will prevail, sooner or later.

She dresses out of sight! Stylish to a “T” !!!! Gosh she’s a beauty! And I love his deep voice—- didn’t think he had it in him at all cause he looks so boyish. I’m enjoying the stories and the side characters as well. The cinematography is also well done. If a story can make me feel both afraid and really sad for an evil spirit, I have to give it kudos. I usually fast forward the really evil stuff, cause I naturally just don’t want to go there.

I recommend this so far, and am not expecting it to “go south,” but if it does, I will still watch until the very end, lol.

#hotel-del-luna, #iu, #lee-ji-eun, #yeo-jin-goo

Hotel Del Luna, First Impressions

She’s a warrior of old, damned to manage this hotel of the dead for who knows how long. He’s a young man who’s father promised him to her 20 yrs before when he stumbled into the hotel, being somewhere between life and death. I must say that Oh Ji Ho is still very handsome to me, and he has great comedic timing although I think he should ALWAYS be a romantic lead in romantic mode, lol.

The first episode got pretty much to the point in letting us know what’s going on with the hotel, but the why is a mystery. The heroine is very pretty, and our hero is much more handsome than he looks in the promos for this drama. I’m guessing this is going to be a series of episodic stories related to the deaths of the characters involved, and where good and evil—— and their consequences prevail. Nice mix of fantasy with the real. Hope I like this!

#hotel-del-luna, #iu, #lee-ji-eun, #oh-ji-ho, #yeo-jin-goo

Robin, I watched “A Sharply, Graceful Girl”

I enjoyed this short but delightful drama and found myself wanting more. Very interesting historical tidbits about the city of Kyoto, and the blooming friendship (romance?) between these two young people. I believe Yorichan said it best regarding Kyoto, “…this small, cramped city,” but the beauty of it couldn’t be denied.

What amazed me most, believe it or not, was how tangled, but orderly the vast amounts of wires connected to the electric and telephone poles were! They were everywhere! I was like “ Wow!” with one major storm to hit the power, the city of Kyoto would light up and spark like the light and laser show at Disneyland!! Beautiful cinematography, sweet relationships, and kind and thoughtful characters — even though the locals were snobs, LOL