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Attention Please [アテンションン プリース] Rating: 9/10 (Watched) Only Ueto is capable of pulling off such a spunky, hyper, adorable, happy-go-lucky character. She was pretty much the main reason why I continued to watch this. Some parts dragged on at times, but it was a great, memorable drama mostly for the characters. Aya looked OH SO CUTE in that dress in the Hawaii SP. @_@
Boku no Ikiru Michi [僕の生きる道] Rating: 5/10 (Watched) A sad plot, but most of the drama was pretty boring...many parts seemed so dragged out. Tsuyoshi and Akiko had ZERO chemistry, which made it hard to believe these two had something for each other. The ending was sad nonetheless. I didn't even realize this one had Ayase Haruka until now. Kyaaaa! @_@ +1 point for that very reason.
Densha Otoko [電車男] Rating: 10/10 (Watched) This drama wins...such memorable characters and a hilarious, yet touching plot. A drama that any fan of anime/video games should watch. The fact that it was inspired by a true story made it that much more meaningful. A bit cheesy at times, yes, but still quite entertaining nonetheless. This and 1 Liter of Tears are probably my favorite J-drama's of all time. Ito Misaki was great and all as Hermes, but Shiraishi Miho as Jinkama was definitely my favorite character in this one.
GTO [麻辣教師] Rating: 9/10 (Watched) I'm kind of a purist of the GTO manga, so I was quite displeased with some of the changes they made at times...However, I still really loved this one nonetheless. Sorimachi fit the role of Onizuka perfectly...he should have dyed his hair blond, though! I can't believe Oguri Shun looked like such a weakling in this one...oh how times change. I was upset they turned Fuyutsuki into a bitchy, high maintenance character, but her character change later on won me over. Matsushima was adorable as Fuyutsuki! The drama is a little overrated, but what isn't nowadays. It doesn't take away the fact that this is one of the most enjoyable experiences you'll ever see!
H2~Kimi to itahibi [２〜君といた日々] Rating: 5/10 (Watched) I like baseball, yet I still found this one to be really, REALLY boring at times. Could you say...lack of direction? It seemed like the plot was going nowhere, and there was such wasted potential with the casting. I love Ishihara...she was probably the only reason why I continued to watch this drama (Ichikawa too, at times). I'm personally not a fan of Yamada Takayuki or Tanaka Koutaro, and didn't care too much about their friendly rivalry. This drama really lacked Ishihara and Ichikawa. =/ Ishihara's character was really cute, though. The most irritating part about this drama is the fact that there's a love triangle, and nothing gets resolved in the end (well, I guess that's a good thing 'cause I would have puked if Yamada and Ishihara hooked up). Plus, I think Yamada's team loses in the end at Koushien after years of work...meh, I don't even remember. That's how UNMEMORABLE this drama was; what a snoozefest. Also, Yamada's performance in this drama is a fine example of why I don't like him as an actor. His character is always the typical monotonous, emotionless, one-word-answer jerk ass.
Ichi Ritoru no Namida [１リットルの涙] Rating: 10/10 (Watched) Easily one of my favorite J-drama's of all time. It was life altering for me, and teaches you many life lessons. Sawajiri's performance was incredible, and no other drama has emotionally moved me as much as this one. A must watch!
Nobuta wo Produce [野ブタ。をプロデュース] Rating: 9/10 (Watched) Very memorable performances from the 3 main characters (Yamashita's performance especially...his quirky character was hilarious). Its got everything that makes up for a perfect J-drama formula. I loved the whole "friends" theme, and the fact that this drama swayed away from the typical theme of love. Horikita pulled off an excellent Nobuta, and Kamenashi fit the part well too. This is definitely one of my favorites, but doesn't get a perfect score because I wasn't a huge fan of the ending. Not going to spoil anything, but it was unnecessary IMO and the drama could have lived without it-- you could tell some parts of the drama started to drag with the ending.
Okane ga nai! [お金がない！] Rating: 9/10 (Watched) First J-drama I've ever seen...back in 99 in my Japanese class. I haven't seen this one in years, but I remember it was quite funny and enjoyable. Oda Yuji puts on a very memorable performance.
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Ichi Ritoru no Namida [１リットルの涙] A life lesson [Rating: 10/10] The fact that this drama is based on a true story made it that much more meaningful. It was painful to see one of my favorite idols act the part, since everything felt so 'real'. This is what I liked the most about the drama-- it's not like your typical drama where there are cheesy jokes and cliché plot twists all around. Everything from the character interaction to the acting felt real to me. I almost felt like I was right beside Aya, and felt the pain she was going through every episode.
Now I'm going to warn you; this drama does not have a happy ending. It's very painful to watch at times (in fact, it's probably the saddest drama I've ever seen), because you really feel Aya's pain. I'm not afraid to admit that I cried my eyes out during the last few episodes. I think every episode made me teary eyed. I'm usually not one to cry during a drama or a movie...hell; I can watch Titanic with a straight face.
I'm glad to have seen a drama like this, because you take a lot of things from it. For one, I've began to appreciate my life a lot more. Even the little things such as walking, being able to talk, having a healthy family and friends. I am now more grateful of everything that I have in my life. I think this drama is a must watch for anyone. There's just so much to take from it...and we can all feel Aya's pain. This girl was a truly a remarkable person; and seeing her stay strong gives me motivation to live on, even during the hardest of times. I feel that it's a necessity to tell everyone about this drama, because it was life altering for me. I now wake up every morning, thankful for being alive, and for being able to have all the simple things in life.
Watch it, live it, spread the word.