Currently Watching

Current mood:

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.

Rejecting someone

Current mood:

There was this beautiful line from Romance is a Bonus Book episode 9: “Your love is beautiful and precious so I don’t want to mistreat it”. This was an excerpt from a letter the male lead wrote to dump a female colleague. I thought it was a considerate and respectful gesture that doesn’t discredit her feelings nor lead her on. It also did less damage to their working relationship and friendship than it could have. We should learn from this.

I don’t know how to react whenever I find out that someone likes me. More so if he confesses directly. I’m not good at accepting compliments in general. I just let the moment pass without reacting…literally. I tend to act as if I have never heard it. I feel sorry that I couldn’t react more appropriately. But thanks to this drama, I now know how to respond properly. In the same way, I hope I can be treated with the same respect if I end up liking someone.

Well, right now I only like Yuto and there’s 0 chance of him even remembering me. He meets hundreds and thousands of fans everyday and is surrounded by beautiful people in the industry. *sighs* The sooner I give up the better it is for me. Seriously. As long as I’m aware of this, I think I’m still sane.

‘Encounter’ and ‘幸色のワンルーム’

Current mood:

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.” 💗

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.