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Gomen ne Seishun feels

The subs for the last episode aren't out yet for Gomen ne Seishun but I've watched it already and I miss them immensely. One of the best school-oriented jdramas I've seen. There's great chemistry in the cast. A quick-witted and occasionally silly story. And some great life lessons that don't feel like they're being shoved down your throat too much. And just how cute are these two, really?


Celebrating RuroKen with VSA

So, it's Rurouni Kenshin mania here in Manila since the movie came out and I'm celebrating it (aside from watching the movie countless times) with some screencaps of their VS Arashi appearance last month. I would screencap the entire thing if I could but that would be troublesome and annoying so here are just a few random favorite moments from the episode

[menimi] VS Arashi - Rurouni Kenshin [2014.07.31] HQ[22-08-08]

Kamiki and his perfect hair and overly cautious personality. I find it extra adorable that he calls Sho his sensei (because of their drama)

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Wakamonotachi: The kind of family drama I can stand

With this one scene, I was more than sold over this drama. It has all the elements I love about the quiet family dramas. And the chemistry between the cast is amazing. Aside from how obviously I ship Satoshi Tsumabuki and Yuu Aoi, I am concentrating more on the relationship between the siblings. This is such a powerhouse cast that I'm surprised the ratings are low.

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And then this scene happened... and it just made me want to breakdown. I want to find out what the relationship with the older brothers are (Satoshi and Eita) and how things ended up the way they did.

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Really if you're just picking up one drama this season (it is supposedly a dismal one). I would pick this.

That time when Rurouni Kenshin invaded Manila

So, this happened last week and I'm still not over it. It was an ultimate fangirl day. I spent the day at Glorietta from 10 in the morning to around 7 in the evening. It was insane. But it was so much fun! Sato Takeru is just as gorgeous in person as I expected him. Aoki Munetaka is the big surprise though. He is such a hyperactive charmer. He won everyone over. Sadly, I wasn't able to see Takei Emi because she left before the press conference for Japan. But I've heard lovely tales about her. I never expected any of my favorite Japanese actors/actresses would make their way here. Now, we're just hoping more of them make their way here.


The one where Sho talks to his 17-year-old self

I love reading articles that make people write to their younger selves. It shows just how much growth has happened in a person's life throughout the years. And this look back at the 17-year-old Sho is quite an interesting look at how he started his career with Arashi. Plus, I would have to say that I relate a lot to that desire to have someone/something to blame for circumstances changing.

Okay. His statement wasn't really blame per se but more like having someone take responsibility for your situation. He said: "All along, my response to questions about how I felt during the debut days has been 'I found myself caught up in something that was way over my head,' but now I wonder if maybe I had to act like I was 'tricked into it' or I wouldn't have been able to take the next step forward otherwise."

I can relate to that kind of thinking. It must be more common perspective than I thought.

You can read the rest of the translation by say_it_again and his interview over here.

Aiba, oh Aiba

I have always considered Aiba my niiban and so I'm partial to watching his shows. Aiba Manabu is a recent discovery and I've been loving all the episodes I've been seeing so far. I do have to thank luckysubbin for subbing the show so I can enjoy and learn a lot more. I really loved this episode about Japanese knives and all the care that goes into making these products.

Aiba Manabu

And Aiba and those glasses have to stop distracting me.

That just happened

I know Brain Man is a relatively old film but it took me forever to watch it. I started watching it late last year but the first few minutes of the movie just freaked me out. And when I sat down to watch it again a few days ago, the effect was still the same. But I decided to stick with it this time and that was one of the best decisions I have made. It was a fantastic movie. I haven't seen too many of Toma's recent works but this stands as one of his best yet. His stoic and creepy portrayal was just spot on. I will also admit that I was mildly distracted by that screencap below.


Those abs. Haha. But seriously, this is one of the best thrillers I have seen. I'd be willing to watch it again soon. I just need to get over how creepy it is for a bit though.
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We're really ending Hanzawa Naoki that way?

All that screaming. Of course, Hanzawa Naoki ends in a screaming match and without a happy ending. I had a bad feeling about Hanzawa being called into the Chairman's office. Well, I'm expecting at least an SP out of this.

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Guess they really have to milk a good rating show for all its worth. But man, that is an exhausting show.