Category Archives: Drama

Hana Kimi – Review

So, this is my first review of a drama.  This is also the first drama that I’ve seen.  I found it pretty interesting…in a really good way.

Hana Kimi is a Japanese Drama based on a manga about a girl, Mizuki Ashiya, who pretends to be a boy and enters an all boys school in order to meet Izumi Sano.  She’s from the U.S. and met Sano went he was there for a competition where he does the high jump.  Mizuki found out shortly after that Sano quick the high jump because of an injury, which we later find out that she caused.  She feels that it’s her responsibility to make him jump again.

Mizuki does everything in her power to get Sano to make the high jump again, but Sano is stubborn and thinks that Mizuki is just annoying and nosy.  He eventually does find out that she is a girl and she does make some progress with him, but it’s been so long since Sano has even tried the high jump that it’s going to be a long and painful journey to make it.  Nakatsu, a friend of Mizuki’s, begins to fall in love with her (not knowing that she is a girl), which makes for an interesting sinario.

Drama is probably the best word to describe this…drama (Lol.), but there’s twists around every corner that keeps you guessing.  I won’t tell you too much, but Mizuki’s family doesn’t know that she’s going to an all boys school, Nakatsu thinks he could be a homo, and Mizuki has to keep the fact that she’s a girl completely secret.  There’s also tons of comedic moments, mostly Nakatsu; he’s my favorite.

You’ll really fall for all the characters.  Each boy in this school has their own quirks and charms.  Nanba, the head of dorm 2, is a “player” and he’s always getting into trouble with all his girlfriends.  Sano (right) can be a complete ass, but he has his funny moments too when he’s drunk (the littlest bit of alcohol makes him want to kiss anyone around him).  Nakatsu (left) is the most awkward of the bunch, but he’s very sweet and keeps an eye on Mizuki (center) protecting her.  Mizuki is a lead female character that I actually love.  She’s kind and fun and even though she’s never been in love before, her relationship with Sano can be very cute.  Even though I love Nakatsu, I was rooting for her and Sano the whole time.

Maki Horikita does a fantastic job of being Mizuki.  She does look very androgynous.  Shun Oguri, though I’m not a fan, does a great job of portraying Sano’s character.  Toma Ikuta, Nakatsu, is one I became a quick fan of…he’s cute!  The acting was fantastic in my opinion.

I wasn’t a big fan of the music used for this drama, but it was ok.  It consists of 12 episodes, though it seemed like more than that, which is a good thing!  The manga has 22 volumes.  I all but demand you to watch it!  I swear I’m on my knees begging!  It’s fantastic.

Story: 10

Characters: 9

Acting: 10

Music: 7

Overall: 9 out of 10

^_^ Sayonara!

Boys Before Flowers – Review

This drama, the second I’ve seen, I admit made me cry almost too many times.  The crying most came from the fact that I loved one character more than the other.

Boys Before Flowers, a Korean drama, is about a girl who begins to attend a private elite school only because of a scholarship.  Her family forces her to attend, bribing her by telling her there’s a pool there.  Swimming is her passion.  This school has a group called F4 who pretty much makes the rules.  They are a group of four guys, all from rich families.  Guem Jan Di, this poor girl, is stubborn and thinks the F4 are immature and hates them.  Gu Jun Pyo, the leader of F4, gives Jan Di the red card, which, once it’s found in your locker, causes the whole school to torture you in different ways.

Jan Di, being the strong person she is, takes it all and asks for more.  Jun Pyo doesn’t understand this and, after receiving a spinning kick in the face from her, he decides that he wants her…as a girlfriend.  Jan Di, who hates Jun Pyo, falls in love with his best friend, Yoon Ji Hoo, but he loves a childhood friend.  Ji Hoo does eventually fall for Jan Di, too.  The whole drama, 25 episodes, is spent with Jan Di going back and forth between the two loves.  This is drama at it’s best.

Jan Di (left) can be really childish, but she’s normal.  Jun Pyo is one person I could deal without.  He’s arrogant, stubborn, and immature.  Ji Hoo (right), on the other hand, is loving and shy.  He loves music, which is funny because the actor Kim Hyun Joong is a member of the band SS501.  Goo Hye Sun, Jan Di, plays her really well, though I don’t really like her character.

The music in this drama was one of the best things about it.  SS501 has a few insert songs as do A’ST1, Ashily (the song “Lucky”), and Shinee.  My favorite song was “What Should I Do” by Jisun.  It’s such a beautiful song, but it’s so sad.  It really goes well with the drama.

I had a few problems with this drama.  One, I was starting to wonder when Jan Di was going to get with one of the two guys and just stay there.  Jun Pyo does a lot of things to hurt her, but Ji Hoo is there all the time to pick her back up and protect her.  I hated Jun Pyo for all the things he did and wanted Ji Hoo to be the one Jan Di finally ran to.  My other problem was, the other two friends, Yi Jung and Woo Bin.  Yi Jung ends up liking Jan Di’s best friend, but what about Woo Bin?  He’s really sweet, but he doesn’t get a girl?

It’s definitely a drama you need to watch, but don’t watch it if you want comedy.  There’s not much.  If you want a tear-jerking romance, watch this because you’ll get your fill.

Story: 9

Characters: 8

Acting: 10

Music: 9 (only because they repeated a lot of songs over and over again)

Overall: 9 out of 10

^_^ Sayonara!

You’re Beautiful – Review

This drama was recommended to me because I liked Hana Kimi.  I wanted something that was fun and light compared to Boys Before Flowers, which I watched previously.  This definitely stood up to that.

You’re Beautiful is a Korean Drama that, like Hana Kimi, is about a girl who pretends to be a boy.  Go Mi Nyu is a girl who grew up in a convent with her twin brother Go Mi Nam.  Mi Nyu is in the process of becoming a nun while her brother wants to be a famous singer.  The day before she is to leave for Rome, she is bombarded by her brother’s manager who begs her to pretend to be her brother.  Mi Nam has been accepted to be the popular band, A.N.Jell’s new member.  Mi Nam, who is currently in the U.S. receiving a cosmetic surgery, will not recover before the new member’s introduction to the band.  To keep her brother’s dream going, she does this.

The leader of the band, Hwang Tae Kyung (far left), who doesn’t like anyone or anything, treats “Mi Nam” badly.  He shuns her and anything she does.  She, of course, is clumsy and causes a lot of mishaps which don’t actually make the guy like her at all. There are two other members, Jeremy (right) and Kang Shin Woo.  Shin Woo and Tae Kyung actually end up falling for her as does Jeremy, but he doesn’t realize “Mi Nam” is a girl until much later.  Mi Nyu loves Tae Kyung and only thinks of the other two as friends, though.

Mi Nyu has to go through a lot in the drama, 16 episodes, in order to keep her secret, well, a secret.  In doing so, she tries to find the mother she never knew and discovers what love is.  She also has to deal with anti-fans, a pop singer who’s in love with Tae Kyung, and producing a solo album.

This drama was so much fun to watch.  I love all the characters!  Tae Kyung has a serious OCD problem and I loved watching him overly clean self.  Not to mention, I’m a Jang Geun Suk fan, he’s so cute.  Jeremy was a complete mess for the first few episodes.  He thought he was gay for a while so it was pretty funny.  Shin Woo is one of those hopeless romantic guys that you like for a while, but then it gets really old.  I thought the acting was good, too.  They all have their own little tics that make their characters; for example: Tae Kyung calls Mi Nyu a “pig-rabbit” and he always scrunches his lips up when he’s thinking.

The music for this drama was actually pretty good.  I like the A.N.Jell song, “Still.”  I found myself singing to that song every time it was played.  It’s definitely a show to watch.  (I know I say that about everything now, but I’m serious!)

Story: 9

Characters: 9

Music: 9

Acting: 8

Overall: 9 out of 10

^_^ Sayonara!