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[Korean Drama] The Crowned Clown

Spoiler alert! Unless I can hold my tongue, haha

I have always liked old school palace political dramas. Hong Kong dramas were the pioneer of such dramas and girl fights are as entertaining as war movies.

As the title suggests, this is a drama of a King with his substitute. Starting off with a constant rebellion and fear, the main protagonist tries to survive and gets into junkie mode.

Out comes the clown with the exact same face, it was fun to see the same actor with different personas. The writers had a distinct idea of the characters so the story and idea flows well. Actors were nice picks and I even liked how the bad guy with the beard can make you hate him and yet praise him for being a scary minister.

The best man Minister Lee which takes care of the King and the cute Eunuch Cho was another highlight of this show at the first quarter.

Proper tactics and palace dramas of three quarters of the drama was nice. However, the last part felt dragged out with romance fillers of the clown king and his now admittedly Queen.

Righteous low status King and part of the writer’s script was decent until the part the Queen had to make her stance. I do wished it was less cheesy and she did not made the choice by love. A feminist that puts the country first would be nicer but I can’t be that picky. I’m not those who likes Korean romance, but some are still bearable.

My drama rating: 7.5/10. Just because I’d like to write the script a bit different. Recommended for those who wants drama with a tinge (cringe worthy) of romance.

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[JDrama] Boukyaku no Sachiko


I watched quite a lot of food related dramas recently. Maybe to make up for my lack of appetite, watching people enjoy food is as satisfying as mukbang videos (even better I guess). Sachiko is quite an oddball just like the main character from Gibo to Musume no Blues.

This story started with Sachiko getting ghosted by her fiance on her wedding day and embarks on the journey of moving on from him. Frequent flashbacks and slightly annoying reappearance of the guy, Shungo-san was weirdly plotted in a very Japanese style.

Her job as an editor and her interactions with weird writers and her colleagues made the drama funnier than expected. Surprising effects, sound and visual of food and her eating expression was another point to look out. Yet if you are looking for a more compact and good-driven plot, I advice you to try other dramas instead.

P/S: I was quite busy at work for some time now and such dramas was my comforting ‘food’. Now that it has ended for now, hopefully I can get back to my usual dramas, reading and blogging.


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[JDrama] Grand Maison Tokyo


Kimura Takuya and French cuisine. What luxury you get in this age, probably an old wine that does not fit the young taste buds. As for me, I love the whole character settings and motivation. Such passion and concentration on their work, the effort of the director and the meticulous preparation of the cooking process were all enjoyable.

The main spotlight definitely felt like it would hang onto Obana but the limelight were equally shared among actors, particularly the owner and main chef, Rinko-san. The cooked up rivalry; gathering up a team; pushing for innovative menu all comes down to the pacing of the whole drama.

This wasn’t a drama I marathon-ed but I was equally satisfied when the finale came.

Recommended for those who wanted some light-hearted series in between dramas.



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[Fall 2019] Beastars

Defy and embrace instinct

After Dr Stone, I think the continuation of serious toned anime really brings down the atmosphere at times.

Beastars is an anime which depicts the society of herbivores and carnivores trying hard to resist premitive instinct while struggling to accept who they are.

Was it wrong? What changes do they want? Was it anger or fear?

This series truly set itself apart with the CG animations; one which doesn’t seem awkward and even brings out the character more than anything else.

Legoshi the wolf and Haru the rabbit, each have their own dark past and motivation gave a good starting point to the series: can they be close without the relationship of a predator and prey?

Nothing was clear cut and no character was replaceable. Each voice in the story shows a small part of humanity, between tolerance, honesty, sarcasm, bullying and even the good guy character in every circle, society could not shy away from the harsh reality while they live on.

There were good questions and acceptable answers. I believe there will be more to see in Beastars, going to the root of problem and getting our main protagonist to embrace adulthood.

Recommended for those who likes deep stories.

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[JMovie] Kohi ga Samenai Uchi ni

Present is a present.

The freedom we gained within the periphery of limitations is the best.

A mysterious cafe which can get you into the past (and future), is a good depiction of the things we look forward (and backwards).

This feels like “Time Traveller’s Wife”. But of course it’s a feeling, not the settings.

I can’t seem to find the translated novel online so I end up with the movie instead. Every small arc and the whole storyline fits well as a story. Each character with their own motivation and resolve were nice to see. A plus when logic fits with emotions.

Without spoiling the story, do give it a try if your choice of drama is similar to mine.

Before the coffee gets cold, dozo.

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[JDrama] The Good Wife

Doubt and betrayal. Trust and belief.

I have not seen the American or the Korean version. As a law-based drama, the cases presented were decent, if not all, some were interesting and held some plot twist of its own.

The protagonist Harumi Kyoko, wife of a scandalized and suspect of corruption is forced to go back into work force after 16 years of being a housewife.

A former classmate Tada offered her a temporary job, having another young lawyer as her rival; the story unfolds by case while digging deeper into each character. Particularly Mr Harumi and his traps made him a very good tactician, the series felt more engaging in terms of drama and character emotion.

Madoka was a nice complement to the whole Kyoko development as a side character. Omitting details, let’s just say that Madoka made us understand Kyoko even more.

What strikes me most is the actors of this series, nobody was less than the other.

Recommended if you like crime/law genre with a tinge of messy interpersonal relationships.

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[Jdrama] Ore no Hanashi wa Nagai


30-ish single man Kishibe Mitsuru with a history of 6 year not in employment sounds really scary. This is a story of a family with their own set of problems, living and solving them together.

The first character we saw was Mitsuru’s mother. She is very kind and gentle to accommodate him. Mitsuru with his coffee making and his mother with her cafe which was once ran by his father was the typical slice of life scenes you’d see.

His sister, Ayako and her family moved in for 3 months while their house was renovating, making a new resolution to force Mitsuru to get a job. The story unfolds with small bickering of dinner menus, Mitsuru’s weird jobs and his cute cousin Harumi.

This series was better than I expected it. Slice of life yet the sibling rivalry, step-father issue, non-employment, school and love relationships all wrapped up in a pot served like a nice steamboat.

There were more details in the story but I’ll leave it for you all to discover. I guess I have a soft spot for slice of life, family drama from Japan. If you happen to need some family drama or some sit back and relax series, this might do the trick.

But I’ll give a fair warning, Mitsuru does speaks a lot and can get on people’s nerve. Don’t force yourself if you don’t like him, teh heh. XP