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18/40: Futari Nara Yume mo Koi mo
5 people found this review helpful
Sep 12, 2023
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 3.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 1.0

Good start, deplorable second half part, overall poor.

The story has a very good start, the first episodes are great.
Unfortunately, after about episode 5, the quality deteriorates fast.
The story goes to standard expected stereotypes. I do not understand
why it has to get so moralistically, why everything has to turn to
the best of everybody and everything. It is not only far from every
conceivable reality, but it gets extremely boring. I endured it till the end,
but I often always fall asleep watching it. Not even the excellent actors
can save the disaster the writer creates. Poor.
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Otonari ni Ginga
5 people found this review helpful
Jun 17, 2023
32 of 32 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

Excellent Theatral Creation

At the beginning I was thinking that this drama was written especially for the main female lead Yagi Rikako.
Her acting is absolutely outstanding! The story is created in such a way and the camera work focuses on the
evolution of her emotions. She is able to show not only thousand shades of love but also surprise, friendship,
worry, anger, sadness and much more I an remember now. It does not matter if you find her cute or not,
everything is about her miraculous capacity to express a huge scale of sentiments in such a small amount of time.
I do not know how much training and how many sets were used, but when we compare with some other
very popular dramas running in parallel now, we see the huge difference. This drama is not about cute actors,
mode, trends or a lot of kyun moments. SUre, cuteness and love are at the start, but
with the time going, some other themes than love develop: finding the self, braeking out
from the long established path, taking decisions and stand for them, etc.

The music and the soundtrack are also carefully chosen. The used language is also beautiful,
it was an absolute pleasure to listen to the actors. I add a million thanks and tribute to the subber who
draw attention to and made this wonderful piece of art understandable by a large audience!

This drama is 160% worth its viewing time!

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Tsukanoma no Ichika
3 people found this review helpful
Jun 20, 2023
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 2
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

Philosophical, positive, surprising

After reading the synopsis I wasn't expecting much of this drama.
However, it is not at all the standard story. It takes several surprising turns,
it is very positive even if it has a lot of sad moments, too.

The story is assembled in a modern, very clever way and puts the power
of the actors in the wright light, giving them the possibility to expand.

The two main leads do a wonderful work, even if they are very young
and still in development. I bet, we'll see and hear great of them,
even if I am not so fond of them.

The soundtrack underlines the important moment and the closing theme
is of course a lead to remember. Sadly, I wasn;t able to find the original
soundtrack until now.

Even it is not a light one, this drama is 100% worth the time watching it.

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Lonely Glory
3 people found this review helpful
May 29, 2023
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 6.0

Worth its time!

I saw this movie during a Festival of Japanese Movies.

Directed by Keitaro Sakon, the movie catches his audience like a storm.
A young woman with a very strong character pushes all strings of her psychological
ability in order to kick out of resignation the members of her family.
While pursuing her aims she hurts the feelings of others and of herself in unexpected way.

I liked very much the interpretation of the main lead (Morita Kokoro) but also the other
actors did a great job. There was no second when I felt bored or when I had to excuse the creators for their art or choices.

The final of the movie is open, it is fully unclear what should we expect to happen next.
Surprisingly, this open end does not feel unsatisfactory!
This movie is definitely worth the time invested in watching it!

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Wedding Impossible
2 people found this review helpful
Apr 10, 2024
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 1.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 5.5
Rewatch Value 1.0

The great acting of the leads fills in hours of empty story

I watched the show mainly for Jeon Jong Seo that played here the FL.
The show lives from the acting of the FL and ML - mainly arguing with each other all the time.
The story offers nothing more, 100% foreseeable and boring, it looks like only
a draft written during the after lunch break. Without the FL and the professional filming
and composition I had drop it after the first episode. Now I've seen it all and I am still unclear
if I should recommend it.
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Mar 30, 2024
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 7.0

Realistic

This is one of the best dramas of the season. At the beginning I had big doubts, because all the shows with a theme reated to an orchestra are writte so naively that anybody in conctact with a real orchestra and real music cannot bear watching it.
But this is so much different! The constrast e.g to 'Reversal Orchesra' cannot be larger, even if they start with a similar dilemma. "Goodby Maestro" is greately written and directed: they avoid almost all situations where they cannot make it near to realistic. The actors are also doing a great job, not only the well known names, but also the young actors!
The music is carefully chosen: the classical one and the modern inlets are great and perfectly suited to the moments they have to appear. It is impressive that some of the big actors wentso far that they learned a few German phrases - it is not obvious at all for the big shots. On the other hand, the "German" and "Italian" actors were really bad...

This show is 100% worth watching it and even more if you like classical music and orchestras.

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TWO WEEKS
2 people found this review helpful
Jun 7, 2023
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 10
Rewatch Value 7.0

Excellent music for an alert thriller

Three reasons for this drama is a must see:

1. The soundtrack is a master piece. Actually, I came to watch it because I liked the music very much
2. The story is keeping you alert, it goes several time in unexpected directions.
3. The acting is excellent, not only for the main leads.

A drama that is worth its watching time.

I have not seen the original K-Version; it should not matter too much if you saw it,
because at least two of the previous reasons stand by themselfs.
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Manatsu no Cinderella
2 people found this review helpful
Sep 19, 2023
11 of 11 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 7.5

Just Kyun!

This is a real "summer show": there is no depth, but it has nice views, beautiful and very skilled actors.
As somebody commented here, unlike another shows, every single moment could happen
in real life, well almost every. It is full of "kyun" moments, pleasant music. There is practically
no action beside the silly love triangles and each episode is rather self contained.
Only the episode 11 is very forced and extremely deceiving.

The best thing about this approach is that the used language is very simple. Since the
actors are great and the situations are lovely, this is an ideal show to be seen again and again
in order to practice Japanese listening for very simple rather causal language. There are
not many dramas like it!

The three FL are excellent!

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Anata no Butsu ga, Koko ni
2 people found this review helpful
Sep 14, 2023
24 of 24 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0

Excellent!

This show goes directly to the staple of shows that I liked the most.

It has an excellent and realistic (which is rather seldom to Japanese dramas) story.
It gives a very precise feeling of the corona time, of a difficult life and family,
friends and work hardship. Despite this, it always carries a bit of humor!

The acting is excellent. The main line has Sawa Nimura who gives
an absolutely brilliant interpretation of a role which is diametrical opposed
to that she had in "Watashi no Oyome-kun" but surprisingly close to her role in
"Manatsu no Cinderella". I can't wait to watch her in another show!

I also liked the format of 15 minutes per episode - it is great for practicing Japanese,
though this was a very tough one because it is naturally spoken almost entirely in
Kansai-Ben. It was hard, but very authentic and lovely!

I liked this drama so much, that I wasn't able to wait until it was subbed!
In a word, this drama is 300% worth its time watching!

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Kao Dake Sensei
1 people found this review helpful
Aug 14, 2023
11 of 11 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

Surprising and overranging most of the best school dramas

Due to the title and pictures I wasn't expecting much of this drama.
Yet since the ever first minutes I understood that I hit a hidden gem.

This is not the usual school drama, it is none of the boring ever repeating silly and exaggerated stories like
several very trendy ones right now. It is full of humor, self irony, hilarious realistic personalities,
real seeming situations, out of the box solutions, great music, fast peace. The acting is fantastic
and the camera work is at the very top level, plus a non conformist realization. Audacious production,
it has the potential of getting many praises and a huge audience.

This rather long (11 episodes of about 43 minutes each) is 300% worth the time watching it!

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Tengoku to Jigoku: Psychona Futari
1 people found this review helpful
Jun 16, 2023
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 3.0
Rewatch Value 4.0

Masterpiece

This is an excellent thriller + psychological + criminal story.
I wonder if the screenplay is based on a manga. In any case it kept me interested.

I'd suggest that you prepare at least 2 hours and watch the first two episodes together.
If you do so, then you get the whole flavor of the story and a perfect
impression on the power and maturity of the two main actors.

There is no better match for the two characters than Ayase Haruka and
Takahashi Issei. Their acting is formidable! I enjoyed every second of
their fabulous work. I had to watch several times some parts (especially of the episodes 2 and 3),
because the multitude of expressions and feelings that were conveyed were overwhelming.
The other actors were also chosen very well and each of them did a great job.

After the 4th episode I wanted to watch very slowly, because I wanted to
prolong as much as possible the pleasure of seeing the actors at their best time.
10 episodes seemed not enough. However, the action is a bit rushed towards
the end, there is a clear limit of such a drama. I liked very much the end.
It might make possible a continuation, yet I do not believe that it could be as good
as this period.

The music isn't too bad, yet not enough to be noted. There are much less good dramas
of this kind with much better music.

This drama is 150% worth its time watching!

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Tantei ga Hayasugiru
1 people found this review helpful
May 25, 2023
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

Aboslute fun!

The time you invest in watching this drama is 100% worth it!

I came rather by hazard to this drama, hence I didn't know
anything about the actors, director and screenwriter.
Hence, I was not preconditioned by anything.

The acting of the two main leads is beyond any expectation.
They create a great atmosphere and bombastic fun and
convey the story a pleasant taste, When you'd expect that the
story line would start to go around, the writer put unexpected
ideas. In three words: better than expected!

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Queen of Tears
2 people found this review helpful
15 days ago
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 1.5
Story 1.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 3.0
Rewatch Value 1.0

Bad writing, not worth its watching time

This is a great example how a terrible writing can ruin a production.
It is not cheap, it is really bad. Small dialogues and jokes are OK, but the main line
and the plot as a whole is the lowest possible quality.
All the beautiful acting of the main leads and of the secondary ones is lost.

This writing is at his best when it does not exist. Fortunately, about 40% of the 16 times 1.5 hours
nothing happens, and that is the best of this writing. The remaining of the story is either
100% foreseeable or disrespectful towards the spectators or simply of bad taste
or terribly boring.

The music is carefully chosen and nice, though probably not at all perceivable outside of the show.
The music would not stand out by itself as is the case with the music of other shows.

It is one of the rare cases, where I had to struggle with myself to keep watching; I did it only
in order to be able to write this review knowing it all. Do not repeat my mistake!

In short: this show is not worth the time of watching it because of the terrible writing and despite of beautiful and good actors.

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Genya
0 people found this review helpful
Apr 2, 2024
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.5

Unusual

It is absolutely captivating! It has xcellent written story, stellar acting, perfectly matching music.
It is not at all a standard Japanese drama, at least I have never seen something similar among them until now.
Be aware, it is very creepy and emotionally hard, very revolting and in every respect surprising.
Even if it was a hard one, I must say that it deserves 100% its time watching.
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Tanshin Hanabi
0 people found this review helpful
Mar 15, 2024
9 of 9 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 5.5
Rewatch Value 5.5

Surprisingly good

The writing is excellent, there is a lot of self-irony that is absolutely unexpcted in japanese drama.
The synopsis is a bit misleading. The driving theme is jealousy, but there are several levels of the stories
(yes there are several stories!). I found the acting excellent and the actors were very carefully and well chosen.
The whole is accompanied by the appropriate music. The short time of each episode contributes to an alert
rhythm; all unnecessary fillings were deleted. I was almost deceived by the final - a typical japanese one
- but the very last minutes are great: it is not 100% the expected japanese final!

Even if it is not the big revolution, this drama is much better than its actual renomee.
It is 100% worth its watching time!

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