I’m So Late, I Know

I’m entering the J-drama fans scene late, as I’ve only had my own computer for a month (Wow! It’s been a month! (Actually a month and 2 days)). And I don’t really want to watch the new dramas anyway, because waiting for episodes is just 😐 . I mean, it’s really hard for me. I’d much rather do all the waiting now, and then watch it in a marathon a few months from now. I don’t care too much about being updated anyway, since I only really have a few friends I can talk to about this stuff. So yeah, haha I’m really just doing this for me. 😛

Anyway, I think writing a review would also be pretty useless since most of the people have seen the dramas anyway and have formed their opinions about it, so this is really mostly just a reaction.

NOBUTA WO PRODUCE

So after discovering Yamapi on Proposal Daisakusen (Yes, I saw that before I saw this one. See, I told you I’m watching these things late and so not in the order they came out :P), I began mentioning his name like crazy, and whenever I did, people kept recommending this drama to me. And that’s why it’s my first ever torrent-downloaded drama. 🙂 I’m quite proud of myself, honestly. Because the torrent world is so weird, isn’t it? There’s so much stuff you have to know about codec and others. And then the Asian drama torrent world is even weirder, because there are soft-subs and hard-subs issues involved. Anyway, I managed to figure it all out (I think) from reading pages and pages of text -_- so I was able to watch this drama uninterrupted.

And after that somewhat crazy (and useless (I don’t need to justify why I watch dramas! XD Wala lang, gusto ko lang mag-share)) background, here’s what I think:

[BTW, you have to have already seen the drama (or don’t mind knowing spoilers) to read this, because I might mention some spoilers along the way.]

(L-R) Shuji, Akira, Nobuta

The beginning was actually a bit dragging. I didn’t want to admit it at first because the 3 main characters– Shuji (Kamenashi Kazuya), Akira (Yamashita Tomohisa), and Nobuta (Horikita Maki) are all so cool. (Okay, I didn’t really want to use the word “cool”, but there’s no other translation for kakkoi đŸ˜„ ) But really, because the first episode is mostly just expository, there isn’t too much story in it, or too many events happening. Although it wasn’t that boring, because I still watched all of it. Besides, the ending line “We didn’t know then that we would eventually come up against the most evil of all.” was enough to keep me interested until the end. 🙂

The series picks up around the middle of Episode 2, when Nobuta goes to school in her own clothes. It’s the first time you’ll see Horikita Maki’s entire face, and the first time the 3 main characters really look like friends. After that, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable drama that you’ll stay up until the wee hours of the morning just to see what happens next.

What I like most about this drama is how it was able to use such a simple theme– friendship, and use it in a not so simple way. Unlike when they tackle friendship in some other shows (Mojacko, for instance. Although in fairness to that anime, it was really made for kids.) and it makes the characters seem corny and too sentimental, in this drama it was really nice how they showed how people can do things for other people and not get too mushy about it. 🙂

The only thing I don’t like were the weird unexplained scenes that didn’t seem all that relevant. I’m talking about the last 2 episodes, because those really have some weird stuff going on. @_@

First, the way they ended the issue with Kasumi (Hiiragi Rumi) was really weird–they all had the same dream wherein she leaps to her death, okay. That can be unexplained. Sometimes weird things like that just happen. But why did there have to be a mark on the ground floor of their school that seemed like a person did jump? They didn’t say whether another student did commit suicide or not. And I think that if it was going to be that open-ended just to make things more mysterious, I think the part where the four of them had similar dreams is mysterious enough.

Secondly, the ending was really bad. I mean, I could forgive Lovers in Paris for its weird ending, since it just sort of suddenly implied that it was all a dream. But for this drama, I think the ending may have ruined the whole thing. What was the point of having Shuji move to a different place if Akira was still going to be there anyway? I’d thought that the internal struggle of Shuji was that although he was so cool on the outside, in reality he didn’t know who he really was. And I’d thought that the point of “producing Nobuta” was for him to know himself better, and eventually find himself, so that he can “become a good adult”. So, having Akira beside with him in the new school wouldn’t accomplish that at all. Plus, having only Akira with him and not Nobuta as well made it even worse.

Okay, if the point was so Nobuta could be more independent, then fine. Shuji having moved was a good way to show that they were really able to help Nobuta come out of her shell and handle herself. But having Akira move to where Shuji was just showed that it was only Nobuta who’s able to handle herself, and the two boys still needed each other to go through life, which is just so wrong. Was Nobuta really the only character that had to develop?

The ending scene where Shuji and Akira are playing at the beach and Akira thinks, “We can live this life together, wherever we are.” is just, well, for me, it just sent Shuji’s character right from the beginning of the drama where he didn’t know anything yet. I mean, yes, it’s good to have your friends with you, but if the point was really that they could still be friends “wherever they are” then wouldn’t it had been better if they just had a mini-reunion or something, instead of having one of them follow the other to the the same school? Not to mention that it’s a bit weird to have just 2 of the main characters at the ending scene. As much as I love Yamapi and Kazuya-san, I don’t think any drama deserves to have a weird ending just for fan service or whatever. Really, it was disappointing.

Oh well, save for that ending, the drama isn’t all that bad. In fact I really really liked it, until that part where Shuji saw Akira in the same classroom in his new school. So, again, I’m going to do a little editing in my head and convince myself that that was just an outtake. The real ending was when Shuji said “The next Kiritani Shuji, no matter what happens, will not fall.

And then he goes into the classroom of his new school, and then the screen fades into white. (While I was watching it, I honestly thought that this was really what was going to happen. I furrowed my eyebrows when the line “Please take your seats.” was said by the teacher, and when Shuji went inside the classroom and introduced himself, I felt that something was really wrong.)

With that new ending in mind, now, I think this drama is really really nice. 😀 Nobuta Powaa!! XD

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation / Friends are the Cooliest Creatures in the World

And so, holy week is completely over and its aftermaths, and I think I accomplished quite a number of things; first and foremost having cleaned my room (Okay, so it’s not that clean still, but it’s an improvement from its previous state, trust me), and second is having bought me my own computer! Yehey! And I used my own money for it (well, it was mostly mine, haha we’ll get to that later), although I realized now that the road to owning new and somewhat expensive stuff is a long and hard one. For one thing, although I bought it for myself, and I was the only one who saved up for it, several people were actually involved (my brother, who enumerated the specs, my friends who went with me to the mall to get it and helped me carry it home, and my friend who set-up the OS and other programs). Blame it on my being the youngest child and having been used to everyone else in the family involving themselves in the decisions I make. Hahaha, or because on my own I’m really very indecisive and therefore cannot be trusted to make good decisions. 😛

Anyway, what I really wanted to write about was how I spent my summer vacation. Huh?!!? What vacation?!?

Okay, for those of you whom I haven’t told the story to yet (meron pa ba? :P), I actually filed a leave for last Monday and Tuesday (yes, this is a late post. It took longer than I expected for the computer to be set-up, and have it connected to the internet), so I could (you guessed it!) clean my room and buy a computer (!). I eventually was only able to make the time to go to the mall on Tuesday, and because I didn’t want to go alone (because I don’t know the first thing about buying computers), I asked my friend J1 to go with me. And just because I needed more people to help us carry the computer back home, I asked my other friends J2 and J3 to come with us (Don’t blame me for their names, they all really start with the Letter J).

So here’s what’s so cool about it: J1,2 and 3 are my friends from high school. And for the last year, we’ve all pretty much done the whole college thing and have had boring desk jobs for a year or so. Magically, these past few months, all of them have resigned from their jobs. J1 to finish school, J2 to go back to school and review for the board exam, and J3 to find another job she really really likes. Point being, last Tuesday, since I was on leave, all of us were free. 😀

We went to the mall! Hehehe, it was to buy a computer sure, but that wasn’t all we did. We ate pizza at Shakey’s, ice cream at Jollibee, bought flip-flops, looked at cellphones, and well you know, what do people do at malls anyway? It was very reminiscent of our high school days, when just after the quarter exams (which only required us to be in school ’til lunch time), we would go to the mall and do whatever. 😛 So my friend J3 said, “It’s our summer vacation!”

I completely agree. So okay, it’s one day out of 365, and hardly like a real summer vacation that has at least 2 months, and you get to go to the beach or bum around at home memorizing TV network schedules, because you’ve no homework or anything else to do, but lately, days like that, when all your closest friends are free and you can go to the mall and just hang out, have become quite rare. So I’m glad that I at least got one day like it. 🙂

And here is where I mention my thanks to J1, who helped me buy a computer, in more ways than one. Hahaha! So instead of writing this like a narrative, I think it’ll be more fun to tell you this way what happened:

[J1 was left at the counter of PC Express, waiting for me as I withdrew the money I needed to pay for the computer (Php35,100!) I was buying.]

Me: (bursts through the door of PC Express, and goes straight to where J1 is standing) Meron tayong problema.
J1: Ano?
Me: Well… Ngayon ko lang nalaman na may limit pala ang pag-withdraw daily, hanggang 20,000 lang. And, hindi naman ako maka-withdraw over the counter, kasi ‘dun ka lang pala sa branch kung saan registered ‘yung account mo pwede mag-withdraw over the counter.
J1: Ganun? So, paano?
Me: So… (looks hopeful) Meron kang 15,000?
J1: HA?!?!?!?!

But the real twist is this: Last Tuesday was J1’s birthday.

So haha, I’m so the bestest friend ever! Hehehehe. Mabuti na lang meron siyang Php15,000 and really, if it weren’t for the 20,000 rule banks had, I so wouldn’t have needed the favor! Hehehe. 😛

Thanks much to everyone who helped!! Mahal ko kayong lahat!! XD Oh, and belated happy birthday to J1! Isipin mo na lang na nilibre mo na’ko for your birthday… for the next 22 years! 😉