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.

Currently Watching

After pondering a bit on these dramas, I realized that the reason why I enjoyed them is that I can relate with the characters in one way or another, or at least I see some trait of mine in them. The story gives me a glimpse of what could happen to someone who has those traits. In effect, gaining insight to what could possibly happen to me. It might sound self-centered but that is the truth I arrived at.

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Suits

Perhaps adaptations of foreign series are slowly becoming a thing now in Korea? I watched the Korean adaptation of Criminal Minds aired last year too. It lost some of the spunk and nuances but I don’t mind. I prefer the Korean adaptations because having an Asian cast and setting make it more relatable to me. I’m interested in how this would pan out.

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Wednesday 3:30

Short and sweet. The plot is straight-forward and the characters are adorable.

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花にけだもの (Hana ni Kedamono lit. Flower and the Beast)

It has a typical shoujo plot with a touch of realism. Having greatly flawed leading characters makes it both interesting and annoying at the same time. Anyway, I prefer Chihaya better than Hyo. I hope she chooses him in the end.

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Top 30 J-Dramas before 2017

Japan is home to original concepts and genius story-telling. What fascinates me about Japanese drama is how it delves into the psychological and moral state of its characters. It can cater to extremes and somehow make it work, whether its raw and disturbing to plain and boring to crazy and weird. I also like how it always attempts to redefine humanity to a certain extent. It provides depth and breadth of insight unparalleled by any series produced by any other country. I actually liked Japanese dramas first before I dabbled into Korean and Taiwanese, which explains this relatively long list. Anyway, here are my Top 30 Japanese series aired before 2017 solely based on my level of enjoyment.

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