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The Cinderella Addiction
7 people found this review helpful
Aug 9, 2021
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

A must-watch for Tsuchiya Tao & Tanaka Kei fans

Tsuchiya Tao once again shows her versatility as an actress, she really does shine in these dark roles (action, comedy etc). I read Tao turned down the offer to act in this film three times and after having watched this movie, I can definitely see why one would want to turn down the offer after reading such script, especially the ending. Much like in Anikoma, Kasane and now Aishu Cinderella, she rejected those roles at first but has exceled portraying the characters in those too. This honestly has to be her darkest and the most heaviest role I've seen her work on (second being Kasane now) and it's kinda mind-boggling considering her real life sweet, kind personality at first seem like it wouldn't be a good fit for her to take on this kind of story but the fact that she hit it out of the park with this film speaks volumes to her versatility as an actress. Tanaka Kei was no exception as well, he's always good in these psychological genres as well.

The whole time you're watching this film. there's this feeling of ominous in every scene and sense of dread in them, it keeps the viewers on the edge of their seat anticipating for what's going to happen next because you really don't know what to expect afterwards.

The film is then backed up by the many classy music in the background which made for a more suspenseful, ominous atmosphere the entire time giving sinister vibes. I would love to listen to the soundtracks if I could find them, some of them are honestly a delight to listen to.

The cinematography in this film doesn't disappoint as well, I found myself pausing the movie to take screencap so many times lol. The scenes in the afternoon would have very vibrant visuals but gloomy, dark for scenes that screams danger.

I personally have no idea what exactly I'm supposed to be getting from this very twisted story but I find it to be one of those stories that are unapologetic and tragic and it'll leave the viewers feeling dreadful and empty after finishing the movie. Two hours flew by just like that and I wished it was longer, even when I don't know where the story was heading to. The slow-mo shots of kids enthusiastically coming to school and learning near the end and that sort of ending was just a work of Satan, straight up evil and sinister and it left me feeling dreadful. All in all, I found it to be a good watch and I would recommend it, especially for Tsuchiya Tao & Tanaka Kei fans but it's definitely not recommended for the weak-hearted.


(spoilers TW // child death, multiple children deaths)

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Heaven?
3 people found this review helpful
Nov 4, 2020
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 3
Overall 7.5
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 6.5

A light, normal day-to-day story of running a restaurant

I found this slice of life show to be very chill and amusing. There's not much to talk about, you just have to watch a few episodes to see for yourself if this is your cup to tea. I personally like it since I can watch a few episodes of these whenever I have a stressful or tiring day and see what everyone in the restaurant is up to today like how many plates did Kawai break today or where is Yamagata dozing off and sleeping this time or what's Kurosu having for dinner tonight.

In my honest opinion, I do have to admit I'd say this was a rather underwhelming role for Satomi. She does have a good eye on picking good projects when it comes to dramas and that's not to say this drama wasn't particularly good but her role in this was pretty much, just.. fine and that's about it. Her role here is rather underwhelming compared to the many other roles she's had before like Unnatural, Takane no Hana and recently Unsung Cinderella, etc. Though I did hear she wanted to redeem herself after playing a complex character in Takane no Hana (the drama she had before this). She does switches up a lot of her looks and styles throughout every episode which reminds me a lot of her role in Jimi ni Sugoi.

Shison Jun's character is quite literally a 7 year old boy trapped in a man's body and he does a very good job at that lol. At first, he is kinda annoying (mostly because you won't find any adult who behaves like the way he does and he really is like a kid lol) in the first few episodes but when you're around Episode 4 or 5, you've pretty much grown accustomed to him and accepted that he's just the way that he is, lol.


There's also the floating heads above their heads whenever they have their inner thoughts which at first can be off-putting but as you go on and watch more, you'll pretty much get what's the purpose of those heads and get used to them quickly.. Doesn't make them less weird though and I have no idea why this drama has the romance tag.

Other than that, the music and the cast is solid. Fukushi Sota is rather stoic here but that's only because his character requires him to be like so. There's also some nice cameos throughout the show.

It might not be everyone's cup of tea, like I mentioned, you'll have to watch 2-3 episodes to decide for yourself if this is something that's right up your alley and IMO, I found it more enjoyable after the first few episodes so there's that to keep in mind if you're planning to watch this show. All in all, it's very much a chill, relaxing drama to watch if you have time to spare or just want to have a good time after a tiring day.

7/10. Recommended, I do see myself rewatching one or two episodes here and there.

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Theatre: A Love Story
30 people found this review helpful
Jul 20, 2020
Completed 3
Overall 8.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

Kento is in this but no, this is not your typical shoujo manga movie, sorry.

This movie does not shy away from showing you the toxicities and struggles of being in an unhealthy relationship. This kind of film is one of the many reasons why I've always liked jdramas. It's the lack of fear of tackling serious and heavy subjects.

The couple has its up and down moments and has you questioning whether these two are suited to stay together or not. They could be having a joyful time walking together or playing games together but also get into uncomfortable quarrells at any second. Nagata's character is written to look pathetic as he is extremely insecure, egoistic and short-tempered and seemingly is merely using Saki. Him being with the vigorous and kind Saki starts to change her life for the worst as she seemingly changes as a person, her aspirations and pretty much everything. The movie then does makes you care and sympathize for these two. The chemistry between the two and the story is great and realistic.

Yamazaki Kento's character here is very much different from the usual roles he takes. He should leave the shoujo manga roles to the idols because him taking these more mature roles have really showcased his talents as an actor. I'm not even the biggest fan of him and I'm impressed by his great acting here. He also looks different and mature with the long messy hair and facial hair that he has in this movie. Mayu is no exception, she played the kind and strong Saki really well.

I can't recall if I ever heard any music here but I don't think it's the kind of movie that needs music anyway, the tone of the movie and the story was that appealing and intriguing that it didn't need any music tbh. Rewatch value is low for me, not to say that it wasn't good, I just think I've seen everything already and don't think I need to watch it again.

The ending was nothing short of spectacular.

Highly recommended.

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My Love Story!!
3 people found this review helpful
Feb 23, 2019
Completed 0
Overall 6.5
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
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STORY: For those who never watched/read the manga/anime, you will find it enjoyable. It was fun in the beginning, kinda felt like it dragged on a bit in the second part but generally, it was a cute romcom movie for sure!

But if you have read or watched Ore Monogatari from the anime/manga, I'd still recommend it but you will get a bit annoyed but it is still enjoyable. It was slightly annoying because it didn't take long for them to be a couple but here, it took a really long time. Basically, it turned out to become the point of the whole movie whether can Takeo & Yamato ever become an item. In the anime/manga, after they became a couple, the rest of the episodes were just them being lovey dovey and overcoming obstacles together. I wanted to see that, them being lovey dovey the whole time but the whole movie focused on whether they'll get together or not. But anyhow, if you treat it like as if it was another story or a stand-alone, it's enjoyable and cute.

CAST/ACTING: Suzuki Ryohei did a good job portraying Takeo, sure they could've picked any other big muscular dude but I don't know how many huge buff japanese popular actors are there. Nagano Mei did great as Yamato Rinko, she never came off as unnatural and annoying but she was cute just like how Yamato Rinko was in the manga/anime. Sakaguchi Kentaro looks great as Suna but he doesn't do much here since his role doesn't offer him much to do. For the others, they looked just like their anime/manga counterpart so that's a plus from me.

MUSIC: I don't remember anything about the music, none of it was memorable to me.

REWATCH VALUE: it was cute, fun and hilarious in the beginning but after like one hour had passed, they really dragged it out and it got boring for me, I just really wanted them to get together already. 5/10 rewatch value for me.

All in all, despite how great the anime and manga versions were, it was a solid movie. Those who are fans of the series might be slightly disappointed (still enjoyable) because it didn't take long for them to get together in the anime, but if this is your first time experiencing this series, you might like it a lot. It was definitely, a love story.

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