Fukatsu Eri [深津絵里] Beautiful and brilliant: imho the best japanese actress! My faves with her: "Slow Dance", "Saikou no Kataomoi", and the movies "The Magic Hour", "Akunin", "The Professor and his Beloved Equation", "Space Travelers". Yay Fukacchan! ^__^
Ishihara Satomi [石原さとみ] I never understood why in english they say "Cute as a button" and "Cute as pie"; whatever, Satomi-chan is cute as a button-shaped pie (or as a pie-shaped button, as you prefer). Kawaii! (and I adored her acting in "Puzzle", LOL)
Matsushima Nanako [松嶋菜々子] THE dorama Queen! Imho her best performance (at least, of those I watched) is "Yamato Nadeshiko", where she first makes you hate her, then makes you feel sorry for her, than makes you fall for her...beautiful and talented actress!
Shinohara Ryoko [篠原涼子] So far, the only thing with her I didn't like was "Unfair", but I don't think it's her fault. She's gorgeous and also a very good actress. My faves with her, "Tsuki no Koibito" and "Haken no Hinkaku" ("Oomae Haruko desu! Sore ga nani ka?" ^____^)
Takeuchi Yuko [竹内結子] Extremely beautiful and talented actress, imho she gave her best performances in "Bara no nai Hanaya" (a must see!) and in the movie "Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu"
Yoshitaka Yuriko [吉高由里子] Beautiful and talented actress. Gorgeous face (and voice) plus very wide acting range. Imho, one of the best :)
Higashino Keigo Mysteries [東野圭吾ミステリーズ] Rating: 8/10 (Watched) Being quite a big fan of Japanese mystery comics (Meitantei Conan) and novels (namely, Higashino!), I really enjoyed this anthology series! True, a coupla episodes are only so-and-so (#3,4,7), but several others are absolutely brilliant (#1,2,5,6,8,11), and the average quality is therefore pretty damn good imho. The frame story being played for a few seconds before and after each episode and reaching the climax at the end of the series is also enjoyable (making constant fun of mystery tropes in a very fast-paced and minimal way - kind of like a 4-koma manga, if you know what I mean - adds some nice comic relief). A well-deserved "8", as long as I'm concerned! ;)
Kaito Yamaneko [怪盗山猫] Rating: 4/10 (Watched) It had an interesting premise, unfortunately ruined by poor dialogues and by the lead actor's "acting" which was incredibly annoying (why the hell does he keep shouting the whole time?!?). I endured that torture for 3 eps. so as to see if it showed signs of improvement. It didn't.
Mioka [美丘] Rating: 10/10 (Watched) Beautifully scripted, acted, directed....such a lovely drama with such an absolutely heartwarming message...all actors did a great job, just a special mention for Yoshitaka Yuriko's breathtaking performance! I wish I could give it more than 10!
Otona Joshi [オトナ女子] Rating: 6/10 (Watched) Shinohara and Eguchi were both very good. Unfortunately, the drama itself was horribly slow and I couldn't help feeling that it was unnecessarily dragged (and filled with useless side stories and minor characters) only in order to stretch into 12 episodes what would've worked much better as a movie or a much shorter drama. It's a shame, because the last episode was very good (but having to endure 11, mostly boring episodes to get there, was pretty tiring).
Attention Please [アテンションン プリース] Nice dorama [Rating: 7/10] Ueto Aya is totally cute in this (so is Aibu Saki! \o/) and Maya Miki does a very nice job portraying the instructor; too bad the two special episodes weren't that good (honestly, I found them quite bad)...anyway, it's definetely worth watching, imho...^__-
Bara no nai Hanaya [薔薇のない花屋] Brilliant! ^__^ [Rating: 10/10] Just finished yesterday night watching "Bara no nai Hanaya", and I loved every minute of it: brilliantly written, acted, directed, photographed, edited...the only thing I didn't like at first was the ending song, but then it grew on me and by the last eps. I couldn't take it off my mind, LOL...
Anyway, I give this dorama a full 10/10! :applaud: :victory:
BOSS Enjoyable [Rating: 7/10] Having watched them almost one after the other, I can't help comparing this dorama to "Unfair" (particularly since they're both cop-shows with a female lead) and imho "Boss" wins hands down: not only the main character is much better (somebody with brains instead of a female "Dirty Harry"), but also the supporting cast is quite good, the plots are much better and the constant humour makes it much more enjoyable (all this imho of course).
I didn't have many expectations but I ended up unexpectedly liking it.
BOSS 2 1st season was definetely better [Rating: 5/10] There were some good moments and a coupla good episodes, but that was it; imho it's much worse than the 1st season (Toda Erika was soon replaced with Hasegawa Kyoko, and that also contributed to my disliking of this season, sorry...^__^;;;...); the humour bits were much less funny (you can only laugh that much about Yamamu's iron wig, c'mon) and the plots were mostly poorly written, again imho.
Egao no Hosoku [笑顔の法則] Could have been great, wasn't it for the end... [Rating: 7/10] Imho this dorama had all it needed to be a great one: two great leads (Takeuchi & Abe), a good supporting cast, some great lines, an interesting story (and as someone already noticed, great ending credits, LOL), but they screwed it up with the way it ended, unfortunately...=__=
Gaikoukan Kuroda Kosaku [外交官・黒田康作] Very good! [Rating: 9/10] Imho this was a very good dorama: fast-paced, well written, and all in all a thoroughly enjoyable "sequel" to the movie "Amalfi" (be sure to watch it before the dorama...not that it can't be viewed otherwise, but you'll definetely enjoy it more).
Kaiki Daikazoku [怪奇大家族] A lost gem! ^___^ [Rating: 9/10] I found this dorama by chance, I didn't expect too much from it, but I got hooked right after a few minutes: it's terribly funny, mocking all the cliches of the genre ("genres", as it's not only about horror, but also SF...you'll find UFOs, time travel, ghosts, zombies...).
The actors did a nice job (particularly Takahashi Issei, Fujimura Shunji, Jay West and Toyama Kyoko - the latter portraying the extremely funny younger brother of the monk, and the totally cute ghost Asami-san), the soundtrack is very nice, and overall it's a great dorama, I wholeheartedly suggest this! ^___^
Liar Game [ライアーゲーム] Quite good, but it could've been better... [Rating: 7/10] Being quite a sucker for logic and riddles I pretty much liked it...I was gonna give it 8/10 but then I think they kinda screwed it a bit towards the end... I mean, I liked a lot the way it ended and the morale of the story, but I found the last episode uselessly long (2 1/2 hours, half of it being just a recap of what had happened that far >__<) and with too many betrayals/schemes/twists&turns - besides, I'm not an advocate for violence, but I don't get it why nobody ever felt like kicking Fukunaga or Yokoya in the balls, dammit! ^_^;;;
Anyway, I liked Toda & Matsuda, while the supporting cast was imho so and so...
LIAR GAME 2 [ライアーゲーム 2] Again, good but could've been better... [Rating: 7/10] Finished watching also the 2nd season of Liar Game, this one as well starts good (I'd even say very good) but then imho gets lost a bit in the second half.
It's still entertaining imho, but like the 1st season, I can't help thinking it could've been better...
Mukodono! [ムコ殿/女婿大人] Quite disappointing [Rating: 6/10] I had huge expectations for this dorama (having Takeuchi Yuko and Nagase Tomoya as leads...plus Shinohara Ryoko among the supporting actors!) but imho it was quite disappointing...I din't find it well written at all, dialogues were even boring at times and the plots were, again imho, way too plain/obvious/cheesy.
The leads have played better roles than these and the supporting cast had a mixed performance imho: some of them (Utsui Ken and Danta Yasunori most of all) were good, others (particularly Akiyoshi Kumiko! >__<) were really annoying...
It's more like a 5.5/10, but not being able to cast that vote I'll give it a 6/10.
Ryusei no Kizuna [流星の絆] I really didn't like the last episode...>__< [Rating: 7/10] Halfway through it I thought I was gonna give it an 8/10 or even a 9/10, depending on how it went on...but then I didn't like that much the 2nd half and, most of all, I almost completely disliked the final episode (except the very last minutes, that is)...imho it's a big disappointment since it was well written (with witty dialogues and very funny moments, despite the main plot) and also well acted, both by the leads and by the supporting cast.
Such a shame to screw it with the ending, really...T__T
Shiawase ni Narou yo Enjoyable [Rating: 7/10] Finished yesterday watching "Shiawase ni Narou yo", though it wasn't anything great I still enjoyed it; I found Katori Shingo and Takahata Atsuko particularly good, while the rest of the cast did a decent job (with the exception of Naka Riisa, whom I found as incredibly annoying as she was in "Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo" - at least this hairstyle suited her better, but seriously...does she always "act" that way?...>__<)
If we had the chance to give half points I'd give it 6.5, but since we can't, let's be generous, LOL: 7/10
Suekko chounan ane san nin [末っ子長男姉三人] Very good! ^__^ [Rating: 9/10] I liked it a lot! ^__^
I found it somehow hard to believe that it's from 2003, as it has a much older flavour (in the best sense possible...I mean it totally looks like a classic from the 90's imho). Extremely well written, with many funny moments, and also very well acted by the female cast: Fukacchan is great as always, but also the mother-in-law and the 3 "elder sisters" of the title are very good (my personal fave among them being Harada Tomoyo - too bad her other dorama "Straight News" and "Dessin", if I'm not mistaken, have never been subbed! T__T)
Unfair [アンフェア] "Ungood"....>_< [Rating: 3/10] Just finished watching "Unfair"...and I'm sorry, but honestly, I found this bad. And I don't mean "well, a bit bad"; not even "hmm, quite bad"...I mean REAL bad, bad bad...Walker-Texas-Rangers-bad... =__=
I can't help thinking that to make Shinohara Ryoko play a role that seems like it's been written for Dolph Lundgren (hell, seems like it's been written BY Dolph Lundgren!) it's such a tremendous waste of talent... T__T
I noticed that not only this dorama has been quite popular, but basically everybody else here gives it a good vote...so I dunno what to say, it seems as if I've watched a different dorama, but what can I say? Imho half of it is so damn predictable (like a bad mix of all the worst Hollywood cop-movies), and the other half is either ridiculous or plain absurd...take i.e. the "twists & turns"
[---> warning: MASSIVE SPOILERS follow <---]:
at first it's a revenge murder and the culprit is the hopeless ghost writer, but then no, it's not him, it's the editor...and then all of a sudden it turns into a kidnapping and the culprit's the babysitter, but then no, it's more than just a kidnapping, it's a stock exchange hoax and behind everything there's actually the ugly-Betty-turned-dark-lady-in-a-blink-of-an-eye, Hasumi...but then again it's more than that, it's a serial killer, and it seems like it's the ex-husband...but then no, it was all a big conspiracy and the real culprit is Andoh....DOH! O__o
...and then again, in the 1st special it becomes an even more improbable "armed revolution conspiracy" by Yasumoto (and a weirdo with bad teeth who keeps sticking his tongue out like an iguana!)
And finally in the later movie we discover more traitors - even when they're not, they still are highly suspectable to be, so watch out for future revelations! Oh, my... >__<
I've read that the dorama's gonna have a second run, and I wonder where the authors are gonna take it next...who knows, perhaps we'll find out that it was all a conspiracy to take over the world and the mastermind behind it was Mio-chan? *__*
Again, I'm sorry if I sound harsh and all I wrote is of course just my very humble opinion ^_^; (feel free to strongly disagree, and please take no offense if this is your fave dorama), but as I said, I found it really, really, really bad.
Wonderful Life [ワンダフルライフ] Nice! [Rating: 8/10] Finished watching "Wonderful Life", it wasn't great nor anything new, but who cares, I liked it...Sorimachi was the same old self , Hasegawa was ages better (both in looks and in acting) than in "Boss 2", and among the supporting cast I will particularly mention Yashima Norito, imho he was great.