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The absence of the staple male leads is hitting the Korean drama industry hard. After Encounter, only Romance is a Bonus Book and Touch Your Heart interested me. I’ve been watching more J-dramas recently. Let me introduce them through their OSTs because OSTs capture the general mood of the story.

初めて恋をした日に読む話 (A Story to Read When You First Fall In Love)
OST: Happy Birthday by back number

The story revolves around how a cram school teacher discovers herself, her passion for teaching, and love in her mid-thirties as she helps a former delinquent get into Japan’s top university. The female lead is endearing because even though she is not perfect, she has a good heart and she always does her best. The male characters in this drama are considerate and mature too. They always think about her welfare and how to help her. There is no antagonist in this story. The characters simply face off with their insecurities, failures and life in general.

彼氏をローンで買いました (I Bought A Boyfriend with A Loan)
OST: Life is beautiful by BiSH

A female receptionist is grooming herself to be the perfect housewife to find a rich husband. Her ideals are shaken by a “loan boyfriend” she purchased to relieve her pent up stress. The story is shallow and predictable but you’d still want to watch it to follow how the characters’ hearts change and how their feelings gradually develop.

こんな未来は聞いてない!! (I Haven’t Heard of A Future Like That!)
OST: ドンフィクション by ときめき♡宣伝部

Young love. Love triangle. Beach setting. That’s it. The element about the female lead’s future self going back to the past to “fix” her love life is poorly developed. You can ignore that as well as the occasional awkward rapping. Kizu Takumi reminds me of one of my cousins. It’s the same cousin who sort-of looks like Kento Yamazaki. They have the same aura. I think that’s why I can’t shake off the older brother feel I get from these actors.

‘Encounter’ and ‘幸色のワンルーム’

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I finished watching these two dramas this week. Let me introduce them through their OSTs. Each one has its own charm and captures the essence of the series.

Neiro by FLOW – 幸色のワンルーム Sachiiro no One Room OST
Sachiiro no One Room (幸色のワンルーム) is grime, almost indie-like. It’s twisted and real. At the same time, like many Japanese works, it talks about the tragic beauty of a fleeting moment. It makes your heart ache and forces you to reflect on your life. Then you wonder if the silver lining is actually a silver lining and not some delusion.

Take Me On (남자친구) by SALTNPAPER (솔튼페이퍼) – Encounter OST
Park Bo Gum’s character is #BoyfriendGoals. He raised the bar way up high. He waited for her to open her heart. This drama is sweet and soulful. It’s calm and warm. It makes you aware of your feelings. It is part of my Top 10 Korean Dramas of 2018. “I want to show you a side of you that only you are unaware of.”💗 “Thank you for being brave.” 💗

I”S OST

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I like the feel of these two songs from the OST of the Japanese drama, I”S.

Yesterdays by Takezawa Migiwa (竹澤汀)

Coffee by Mrs. Green Apple

Kansai boys

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It’s been a while since a guy from Johnny’s Entertainment caught my eye. Shigeoka Daiki (重岡 大毅) who played Kaga in the Netflix series, 宇宙を駆けるよだか a.k.a. Switched is cute. This umbrella scene sealed the deal. And yet it’s another guy from the Kansai region! Most of the Japanese guys I liked (celebrity or not) came from there. ONF’s U also hails from Osaka and so is Nishikido Ryo. They exude a certain charm. I find them more candid and more chivalrous than boys from Tokyo in general. The stereotype doesn’t apply to all of course. The slight tan also gives them a manlier appeal.

Currently Watching

Dropped The Third Charm and Bungaku Shojo because they became boring towards middle. I’m replacing them with The Beauty Inside and When Time StoppedWhere Stars Land is still on my list plus 3 J-dramas. I’ll write about them after watching more.

アシガール (Ashi Girl)

I fell in love with this drama. I couldn’t stop watching until I finished it. It’s sweet and pure. It’s my kind of love story. The characters didn’t even kiss but my heart was full after watching the whole series. I like the characters. The female lead is someone whom you’d describe as 真っすぐ or “massugu” lit. straight. “Massugu” is like a combination of being upright, honest, and direct. There’s a nuance of innocence or naivety too. She has a one track mind and pursues that one goal relentlessly. The male lead is your typical prince charming — cool, honorable, kind, and capable.

The story is cute. It has historical and sci-fi elements. A normal high school girl who runs fast time travels to the samurai war era. She falls in love with a young lord. In order to get closer to him, she disguised herself as a boy and became a foot soldier sworn to protect him.

The other dramas that started airing recently, which I I find interesting are Bungaku Shoujo (文学処女), Where Stars Land and The Third Charm. It’s a slow year for K-drama.