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mecchaumai

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mecchaumai

England
Jun 4, 2014
6 of 6 episodes seen
Overall 6.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 3.0
When I started out watching this drama I actually really liked it. The story was gripping, most of the acting was good and it was from the perspective of the criminal which is the type I enjoy most (as I find the psychology behind it really interesting).

However, that being said, after the first two episodes I think the story became a little bit lacking. This drama became way too long and could have been completed in about 4 episodes with the same amount of substance and effect. It seemed to me that most of the scenes had become 'fillers' rather than taking the story further. This is the reason I've given it such a low score (whereas up to the end of the second episode I would have given it a strong 7).

That being said, the main storyline is interesting for fans of the psychological genre. If not for the main character, for the character 'Baba Hikaru'. I think that the story could have benefited from delving even more into the psychology of her actions.

I think that the music was the best part of this drama. A lot of dramas often over or underuse suspenseful music, whereas this drama seemed to me to have just the right amount.

It won't be a drama that I rewatch anytime soon but it's okay for those people that don't watch many dramas of this genre.

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Konya wa kokoro dake daite
2 people found this review helpful
Jun 6, 2014
8 of 8 episodes seen
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
When I (and I'm sure it's the same for most other people) read the synopsis, the first thing that came to my mind was 'Freaky Friday'. It's a story that I can't help but love so I decided to watch it.

I did enjoy the storyline (for the most part) of this drama. It shows two women trying to adapt to live as the other and shows clearly the generation gap between them. Apart from the main 'body switch' storyline, this could be classed as a life drama, showing the struggles of family and love life and I think that even if 'body switch' doesn't appeal to you, the real life struggles of the family seem very believable and I would recommend it to people who are interested in family dramas. I knocked a couple of points off, however, due to the fact that it used a big drama cliche (which I won't describe here but just be prepared to face palm).

There was obviously a lot of work put in for the actresses to be able to portray thoroughly someone from a different generation and I enjoyed both performances. Not only was their acting good, but I also thought that the supporting cast did a wonderful job.

Overall, this drama is a heartwarming drama and I think that both the cast and crew did a great job of it.

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Sunshine Angel
2 people found this review helpful
Jun 2, 2014
22 of 22 episodes seen
Overall 4.0
Story 2.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
Okay. If you've ever watched a drama before, there's no doubt in my mind that this drama will be predictable. There's the four main characters who are as they are in most other dramas of this genre and not much changing drama throughout the series.

The story is very slow moving and lagging. There isn't much that happens the whole way through it.

The only reason that I watched this the whole way through is the fact that I am a big Rainie, Aaron and Jiro fan *mostly music-wise mind you*.

I think that this type of drama is okay for passing time but it didn't really play with my emotions or make me shocked at all.

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Karamazov no Kyodai
1 people found this review helpful
9 days ago
11 of 11 episodes seen
Overall 9.0
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 10
Rewatch Value 7.0
This is a murder mystery that is worth watching (if for nothing else, for the amazing choice and use of soundtrack, whoever chose it deserves an award).

Seriously though, I watch a lot of mystery/crime stuff, and they can get a bit samey after a while... but this is among the better done ones, and it felt fresh. I've not read the novel, but the drama has persuaded me to (once a little time has passed so I can enjoy it again, without thinking of the drama).

The drama had an image it wanted to fulfill - dark and gloomy, almost gothic looking - and it hit every point it could; it adds to the experience and looked absolutely stunning.

The whole drama was cleverly put together, each episode revealing just enough information to progress the story, while keeping it interesting and not spoon-feeding the audience.

The characters are also interesting and obviously well thought out and clearly have their own motivations and thoughts, instead of being written in to progress the story. I had strong opinions of all the main characters (whether love or hate), which helped to keep me interested.

I don't want to spoil it, so won't say anything more...

I recommend to all fans of murder mystery/detective (etc) dramas.

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Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko
1 people found this review helpful
11 days ago
10 of 10 episodes seen
Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
Make sure that you leave reality at the door before you watch this drama. It's not realistic and it's not supposed to be, if that's not your thing, I probably recommend turning the other way. However, even though I mostly prefer realism in dramas, I still enjoyed this one.

Why? I hear you ask:

This drama was surprising. With its many twists and turns, I was able to get hooked on the storyline and overlook the more fantastical aspects of the drama.

Still, it did take me a couple of episodes to get into it fully, so if you are like me, just try to stick with it.

The acting also shocked me, I haven't watched a drama with Kame in for a long time, and I don't remember him being good... he's definitely improved, as has Narimiya.

The humour in the show is all inclusive... meaning that there is something for everyone, and sometimes it will fall flat. It ranges from toilet jokes to dark humour and puns based on other shows and Japanese comedians. There were times that I felt alienated, but when I got it, it did make me laugh.

One thing that bugs me with a lot of dramas is repetition, however this one did not have that many, and always seemed to be progressing the story.

I do not want to spoil it so I'm not going to say anymore.

I recommend to people who like mystery, comedy, and action.

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Boku no Ita Jikan
1 people found this review helpful
18 days ago
11 of 11 episodes seen
Overall 6.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 1.5
I'm going to be completely honest with this review.

With all the positive comments about the drama, I was looking forward to it, and hoping for a good tearjerker. I was let down... it was just... okay.

For the whole drama I felt like there was something missing to make me feel completely involved in the lives of the main characters, I still can't put my finger on what it was but I felt like I was not emotionally attached to the characters at all. Nor did the drama make me cry once... and trust me, I cry at EVERYTHING.

The characters did not seem to make sense quite a bit of the time, I'll try to explain without spoiling too much of the story with examples:
At first they make Megumi out to be a bit of a scatter brain, but it suddenly changes and is just never played on again.
Takuto's parents dote on one son but not the other, yet do not see their true feelings. This is done to the EXTREME and felt immensely forced and unnatural.

Whilst I do not want to bash her, the actress who played Megumi did not seem to fit the role. She often seemed quite stiff, and her face sometimes portrayed the wrong emotions.
On the topic, some of the time she seemed to be there so that others could speak and progress the story, she herself does not add anything to the conversation 'un uun un un un'

I feel like I was not interested in the actual lives in the story, don't get me wrong, I felt bad for Takuto... but I did not really connect to him or any of the others, I felt like I was watching for the sake of watching.

Just so this is not one hundred percent negative, here are some positives:
There are comparisons between physical and mental health in the show. I'm glad that I've seen a Japanese drama that touches a little on the subject, little by little it seems to becoming more recognised, however the drama did not touch on getting help for it.
Mamoru seemed like a genuine character... I would have preferred a drama around him.

Don't get me wrong, it was okay... I just won't be rewatching it any time soon and do not think it deserves all the praise it has in the comments, there are a lot better dramas out there.

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14-sai No Haha
1 people found this review helpful
19 days ago
11 of 11 episodes seen
Overall 5.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 5.5
Music 5.5
Rewatch Value 3.5
I think if you want a drama filled with an interesting plot, this one should be missed. Other than the last episode, the drama follows the protagonist through her pregnancies and the struggles that she faces. However, those 'struggles' seem quite superficial, as it's mostly people's reaction to her pregnancy.

It is an okay watch for something to do but I would not put this on my recommended list anytime soon. I did not feel invested in the pregnancy one way or the other, and the drama felt overly repetitive. There were no big changes in the characters and some of their motivations seemed slightly off.

I also believe they should have chosen a younger looking actor for the main male lead. This is nothing against him, but he looked 10 years older, rather than one.

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Garasu no Ashi
1 people found this review helpful
23 days ago
4 of 4 episodes seen
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
WOW.

I was going to drop this drama after the first episode as I wasn't quite hooked. However I'm sooooo glad I didn't. If you are in the same boat as me, try the next episode at least.

The drama is very dark and touches on quite a few topics that could be touchy to some people, but rest assured that the drama is more about the effects of those topics rather than using them for their shock value.

The storyline, acting, and music are all excellent and it has left me with a lasting impression after I've finished it. There are multiple ways to interpret the ending and the character's feelings are also sometimes ambiguous, yet real.

I would not recommend this to anyone who prefers lighthearted dramas, but if you are looking for something that makes you think, that might make you cry, and that covers darker topics, then I'd definitely say give it a try. Avoid if you are affected by violence.

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15 days ago
10 of 10 episodes seen
Overall 5.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 4.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 1.5
Why does this have such high reviews? I'm guessing it's because of the cast? And because the people leaving negative comments below haven't made a review? I'm going to be honest, this drama is nothing more than ... okay. Probably a waste of your time.

Let me get to my reasons:

1) The plot does not move ANYWHERE. Things happen (some), yes, but there is hardly any shift in the characters and their personalities. To be fair, I don't think there is even enough that happens to warrant 10 episodes.

2) I may get some hate for this one... the cast... I like looking at Miura Haruma & Toda Erika as much as the next person but, lets be real here, they both cannot act. Their characters are unintentionally the same as every other role I've seen them in. Takai Emi was the best (main actor) of a bad bunch. I've given a few extra points for the acting because of a few of the supporting cast.

3) Illogical character development. I know I said there is hardly any shift in the characters, that's true. But there is some. Unfortunately when there is, it is illogical and not backed up properly. It is just like suddenly there is a lightswitch flicked inside of them. Most of the time, I can see where they were trying to come from, but the changes are too sudden and there doesn't seem to be enough reason behind the changes.

4) I don't know who the drama is trying to get the viewer to root for? I disliked all of the characters, apart from a couple of the supporting classmates. I think it tries to give reasons to like all the characters, however their flaws outweigh their good points. I also do not think they were given enough chance to be 'redeemed'. Hikari intentionally blackmails the other characters (without spoiler) and throws a ball in Natsumi's face. She never apologises though and is self-pitying. Natsumi is a doormat, too forgiving and weak. Shuji is selfish. I am going to post more in a spoiler in the comments about this. If you are going to watch it, it may spoil it, but he is a frustrating character. I sometimes like dramas with no likeable characters, however in this one, I don't like how the drama attempts to cover up their flaws, without a big enough change or a chance to redeem them.

5) I didn't mind PINK as the soundtrack... I wish they'd have matched scenes better though.

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Otherwise, it's literally just okay. I don't think it's worth watching. There are better dramas on the topic, I'm sure.

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Death Cash
0 people found this review helpful
4 days ago
10 of 10 episodes seen
Overall 5.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 1.5
I rather liked the story and it had enough substance to fill a couple of hours.

However, I don't think that the story is good enough to warrant a recommendation, when it's lacking in so many other things.

The production value lacked in some places, such as every time the money 'appeared', and the acting was (mostly) bad.

Character development hugely sucked, and the show only seemed to focus on one character's motivations.

The music (which I assume is down to the show having some ~48 members (?)) did not fit the show, at all. It could have had a much larger effect if it weren't for the poppy song that plays every episode. It made the show lose it's dark atmosphere.

I would not recommend due to these things, which is a shame as the story could have been used to a much bigger effect.

If you are going to watch it, be aware that there's a bit of gore, however I would not say it is scary or suspenseful.

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Bokura no Yuuki SP
0 people found this review helpful
5 days ago
1 of 1 episodes seen
Overall 8.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 7.0
This one was made for nostalgia, and to keep the promise made by the main characters in the drama.

It shows the lives of the characters 20 years on, the current state of Makuhara, and what happens [insert spoiler] when they meet up once more.

I would definitely recommend to those who enjoyed the drama, for nostalgia's sake, it's just so awesome to see them reprise their own (young) characters 20 years on.

They definitely did not go the expected way and just add [spoiler in comments] to the series, which makes me hope that they'll do another in 20 years ;), but it's still worth a watch.

If this was a separate entity, I probably would not have enjoyed it as much, but I did like it.

There's not much to comment on as a review as if you liked the series, you will probably want to watch it, as an add on to the end of the series, whereas if you haven't watched it, it probably won't make as much sense.

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Bokura no Yuuki
0 people found this review helpful
6 days ago
10 of 10 episodes seen
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 10
This is my all time favourite drama. I've just rewatched it, I gave it a 10 the first time, and I still think it deserves a 10 (one of the only dramas I've ever given a 10).

Don't let the video quality put you off watching it, you will learn to ignore it once you get drawn in... and I swear it's worth it.

Even though Bokura no Yuuki doesn't exactly fall into these categories, I recommend to fans of topics such as survival games, mystery and corruption, as it has a similar feel, and will be something different to watch. On the flip side, I would recommend to fans of friendship dramas, as friendship is touched on (don't let the above put you off, or vice versa).

The plot is cleverly played out, both creating an air of mystery around the cause of [insert a slight spoiler] and whether things will ever change.

Instead of focusing on one particular character, the drama tells the story of a small group of characters, and their relationships* (*not romantic), therefore giving variety, and also making the viewer care for more than one person.

I like the air of urgency that the plot gives, which urges the viewer to watch *just one more* episode, to see whether things will pan out. It is completely possible (and I have done it at least twice) to watch the whole thing in one sitting.

It's different from the normal school/workplace/general city setting which is great if you are looking for something refreshing (from the norm).

The only complaint I have is 10 episodes is too short and I wanted to know more about [insert spoiler ;)]...

I'm yet to rewatch the 2017 SP, which I will hopefully find tonight.

Just watch it if you're looking for something new!

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Mirai Nikki
0 people found this review helpful
8 days ago
11 of 11 episodes seen
Overall 7.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 6.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
Me and this drama go way back. I watched it when it first came out in 2012, and finally rewatched it again this year (2018). When I first watched it, it became one of my favourite dramas and I rated it an 8.5. It also persuaded me to watch (and fall in love with) the anime, which I don't usually watch (and which I will state now is completely different than the drama, other than the 'future diaries').

However, after rewatching it, my rating has changed from an 8.5 to a 7. This time round I started noticing more inconsistencies than I did when I first watched it, and was more aware of those in the drama whose acting was lacking.

That's not to say it's a bad rating though, and I still recommend it to those looking for a 'Battle Royale' esque drama.

I like the fact that it differs from the original, as it allows me to not compare the two, and instead enjoy each by itself.

The drama successfully creates a suspenseful atmosphere at times, and at other times lets the viewer feel relieved.

It is neither too short or too long, and is possible to watch in one sitting if you are a binge watcher like me.

Despite me knocking off a few points, it has not aged and I believe that it would still be enjoyable for first time viewers.

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A Woman and War
0 people found this review helpful
8 days ago
Overall 4.5
Story 3.5
Acting/Cast 6.5
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
I could see where this movie was getting at.

BUT

With the movie being so matter of fact about everything, I felt like more than half the movie, I was watching someone's disgusting and perverted fantasies. I don't usually mind a couple of sex scenes in movies (if they're there for a reason), however the whole film seems to revolve around (and show) 'sex' and rape. It does not sugar coat anything, and I could see why it doesn't (to prove a point) but when more than half the film is 'sex', I couldn't help but wonder whether I was watching some black market porn.

The characters were fairly interesting but I would have liked something more from it, although that would have been a different movie entirely.

One more thing, the sound levels on this movie absolutely SUCK! I am a little hard of hearing so I have to have it pretty loud anyway, there are scenes where the talking was pretty muffled and quiet, so I'd turn it up, and then the next minute, without notice, would be a really loud sex scene. I wonder what the neighbours thought of me.

Eh, I'd skip it and look for other films about the period, I like how it shows a different perspective from the norm, but for me it was too much (and I don't usually mind if it's for plot)

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Ace Attorney
0 people found this review helpful
12 days ago
Overall 7.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 6.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
This is definitely a movie that was made for fans of the game.

If you like the game, definitely go and watch it, they included things that I didn't expect to be included and also made me laugh a few times because of their adaptations of little things. It was well thought out and I loved it!

Down points: Some of the costumes looked (doesn't mean they were) really cheap, and while I think I understand the direction they were taking with it, I wish they'd have tried to make them slightly less *plastic*. Some of the acting was amazingly over the top, and hilarious. However, 'Maya' and 'Mia' disappointed me a little, both because of not as good acting, and because of the way they were written into the script (didn't seem as important to the movie as they are to the game).

The other thing, and the main reason I knocked a couple of points for story is I have a feeling that the only reason I enjoyed it is because I was reminiscing about the game, I feel like if I did not already connect to the characters and know the plot, I would have not connected as well.

That does not mean that they did a bad job though, as a fan of the game, I urge other fans to watch it, I loved the fact they kept closely to the source material and even used some of the same lines.

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