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Happy Friday everyone! :-)

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Have to run to the bank before it closes, but meanwhile I'd love to hear what everyone is watching.

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alua ~

Finished Tatta Hitotsu no Koi :)

Watching Yae No Sakura. I like it.

K Dramas: Jang Ok-jung, Gu Family, Nine, When A Man Loves, Cruel Palace

I need to check out TEN Season 2.

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You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin too.

I'm behind on Gu Family and When a Man Loves, catch up this weekend.

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What did you think of Tatta Hitotsu no Koi?

It's my go-to drama on days that I feel pensive. Just the soundtrack makes me feel better.

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I love the soundtrack too!

I love that Tatta Hitotsu no Koi has no love triangle. I always feel it's a little different from most dramas, that – even with a rich girl and poor boy fall in love scenario – it feels more real than most.

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aoiaheen ~

I loved it. It has two of my favorite actresses, Haruka Ayase and Toda Erika.

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Ha, John, and I recommend it to you without even knowing that it featured two of your faves! :-)

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Tatta Hitotsu no Koi did seem much more realistic than most dramas. The sound track reminded me of Celtic music .

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Yae no sakura is awesome, she really was such a amazing woman.
I wish it would be subbed faster though.

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Jenny ~

I wish the short "history lesson" segments were subbed.

It's obvious that they are visiting actual locations involved in the story.

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For me

Devotedly watching :
-You're the Best
-Last Cinderella
-Mischievous Kiss
-Gargantia onf the Verdurous Planet
-The Devil is a Part-Timer
-Karneval
-Uta-No Prince Sama
-Oreimo
-Chihayafuru

On-Off watching (so not super devoted but still interested)
-She is WOW
-Kazoku Game
-Soratobu
-Henneko
-Attack on Titan

gosh, never had this many shows to watch before.

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TEN2 is uh-mazing!!hulu/viki i think have 4 episodes up.And they wrapped up the tape-mask murder nicely.

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Johnnn thank you for putting up your watched shows! This is why I keep on coming back to OT (tho late)

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Tatta Hitotsu is such a romantic drama, i will never forget it =)

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Currently keeping up with Ten Season 2. They can't come out fast enough!

Having just recently finished Joseon X Files, I'm looking at Hero 2012.

Anyone have recommendations for similar dramas? I've also watched Holyland and Vampire Prosecutor.

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seems like everyone is watching TEN 2 . I wanna wacth it but I always press myself to write and read.

but with 35 pages of notes to go I might deserve a small treat

I want to watch something a bit crazy, funny and suspenseful at the same time. any suggestions here?

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Vampire Prosecutor 2 then? :p Devil (very similar to the manga Monster in it's theme) ,Chaser, Mixed up Detective Agency.

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Happy Friday, alua! Have a good one :)

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You too kakashi!!! Hope the sun is shining on you :-)!

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nope :) it's raining. haha

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Ahhhh, have you had "Unwetter" too? (My mom, who's in a neighbouring country to yours, said that's what they've been having.)

Sunny-ish here in London. Well, yesterday was a bit freakish, with sun and rain (downpours) changing every twenty minutes around lunch time... which was so annoying, because I was working outdoors!

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no, no Unwetter! I want to say "unfortunately", because I do like me some Unwetter from time to time. Like thunderstorms and stuff ... but since they always damage so much, I can't really say that.

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Hi alua! Hope you get to the bank before it closes! :)

I haven't been here in a while, but I just want to say that I've finished Tonbi weeks ago and I throughly enjoyed it, was hoping it could have a little bit romance in it, but still I'm happy with it and thank you for recommending that for me.

I'm not watching any J-drama these last few weeks, but I started Itazura Na Kiss: Love in Tokyo last night and I thought it's pretty cute. It moves quite fast as well, they're graduating already after only 3 episodes? (fyi, the only itazura na kiss version I've watched was the one with Kassy, and that was like 15 years ago, I think, so my memory might be fuzzy, but I think the story was focused on their high school life from beginning to the end). But it's certainly one of the dramas that I enjoyed right now, it's gonna be a problem if I finally catch up to the current episode and have to wait a whole week for the new one. -_-

Meanwhile, K-dramas, I'm watching only Gu Family Book and Mandate Of Heaven at the moment. Overall, I like the latter more, but not having access to readily completed subtitle can take out the enjoyment a bit. :(

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hi latteholic! So nice to see you hear :)
I hope you're doing well with your workload.
I still haven't started on Mandate of Heaven, mainly because of the subtitle situation. So I'm waiting until more episodes are subbed

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I mean "here" obviously. jeez. Friday is always typo day ...

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Hi kakashi! Nice to see you "hear" too :)
School is over now, so I don't have my morning classes anymore. Yeah I think you should wait until a couple more episodes is subbed. If you like it, then you won't feel as deprived as I am right now. I was trying to wait until the episodes are subbed before watching it, but I have to break that and watch them raw. The story has got me hooked really bad. I'm getting a little Chuno's vibes from it but I feel that the story has a little more depth, and I think I'm crushing over the second lead now... haha.. Funny because I've watched many dramas he's been in, but he did nothing for me in those... :D

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Yes, I agree on Tonbi, I wanted a bit more romance in it too...

I'm loving Itazura na Kiss, I just adore Kotoko (especially in episode 4, she's the best friend ever). Yeah, I sort of wish the drama had already finished so I could marathon it, but oh well... (and feeling deprived because no episode aired during Golden Week).

I tried Gu Family Book for two episodes but was put off by the Gumiho mama :-/ It seems to be better now (that's the impression I get from the recaps and people's comments), but I haven't felt enticed enough to check back in. Haven't tried Mandate of Heaven. Maybe. Probably not. The rest of the month will be super busy for me, so I'll probably hardly watch anything at all.

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I've only gotten to episode 3 right now, but will be watching episode 4 and 5 either tonight or over the weekend, and hopefully episode 6 will be up by then... :D

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Back from the bank (made it in time).

Wishing I hadn't been in such a rush, because then I would have come up with something better to say (You know, like "Let the wild rumpus begin") – but I didn't think I'd be at the top!

Okay, LONDONERS (or anyone nearby or willing to fly in), in case you didn't hear it yet, WEREWOLF BOY is screening next month at the Terracotta Film Festival. Ha! I knew why I held out so long... now I get to see it on the big screen: :-D :-D :-D I'd say, get your tix before it sells out. The Berlin File and Young Gun in the Time are also on the programme, as are another 24 films from East Asia (the full programme & trailers are on my blog, or just go to the official festival website).

Drama.... not watching much, not much subbed and some things didn't air because of Golden Week in Japan (:-( no Itazura na Kiss!!!)

Nine Ep 18 was pretty much a filler. MY still is a pretty flat character & I hated her "propose to me! propose to me! propose to me!" – did she actually set that whole scenario with her parents up? She's not a bad person, but, sorry, I don't get people that "play" like that. Anyhow... none of that diminishes my love for Nine, and I'm eagerly awaiting the final episodes because who knows what will happen! Anything could happen, with that double-wham at the end of ep 18 (stuck and.... no spoilers). It could be a happy ever after. It could be that our hero dies, either of cancer or because one of the villains kills him off. Or it could all have been a dream. Or... ?

Soratobu Kouhoushitsu I like it but I would love this a lot more if it weren't so episodic. We get glimpses of different characters, but nothing substantial enough to truly hook me (except Ayanou's breakdown in Ep 1)... I just would have liked it to focus more on the two leads' stories and more character (and romantic) development (a la Osozaki no Himawari).

Sennyu Tantei Tokage It's nice, but again quite episodic. Which detective dramas always are, so I'm fine with that. Just a little tired of Tokage's ex police colleagues ending every episode with declaring their hatred towards him and telling Kaori not to trust him. We get it. You hate him and think he's a killer. We also know that Kaori isn't going to believe them. And I'm dead certain of course that Tokage didn't betray anyone but is probably just being a martyr. Now, could we actually get a detail on Tokage's past and also Kaori's search for someone?

Lee Soon Shin Still only watching for the sisters and their romantic entanglements. Can't stand the moms – neither one – Yoonah bores me and I don't feel bad about her being wrongly accused, and Joon-ho's sister bores me even more, because I don't understand how she thinks the way she behaves could seem attractive to anyone.

That's it!

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I agree with you episode 18 of Nine was pretty much filler material and you knew something was gonna happen because you wouldn't have an entire episode devoted to happiness (although I must admit that I though ep 18 would be the final so it threw me off slightly)

MY: I see what you mean about her. The "propose to me" part was annoying, and I donno, seemed a bit off from what her character has been all along? Though I don't think she would be the person to arrange the parents finding him in her bed. To me that wouldn't be in line with her earlier character.

Lee Soon Shin: the strong point of the drama is definitively focusing on the sisters; the moms get way to much focus for my taste.

Joon Ho's sister I can tolerate at times because she is just such a redicilous non threat, and can't understand that Yoonha is just trying to manipulate her. Also I know people who act like her in real life, so I've sorta learned to "ignore" and just tune out the character :p

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I originally thought this was going to be a 16 ep drama, so somewhere around episode 12 I felt the pace was just very strange.

Truth be told, I think this could have been a 16 episode drama – I love Nine, but it has its imperfections. If it had been completely pre-scripted (and not filmed in the Korean live-system), it could have had a really tight script, with no slights deja vu moments (when they go back to uncle/niece a second time, ep 18 when they repeat quite a bit of ep 17 and only add in some details to fill us in on what happened from each character's POV).

I didn't think the "propose me" was totally out of character, since MY did pursue (without him liking her back) for a long while... but it was still obnoxious. She didn't say no to him asking whether she'd set it all up. And she annoyed me for storming out of the bathroom without waiting to hear his response to her wedding plan.

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Yeah I first thought it was a 16 episode drama as well. Then I thought it was 18, and then it turns out it's 20. I agree with you that a pre-scripted version could have been so much tighter. And the return to the uncle/niece relationship had me groan.

Yeah episode 18 was largely unnecessary, okay it let us know how everyone ends up where they are, BUT it didn't need an entire episode to do so.

Yeah, I can see that. Still that bit was annoying. And she should have given him time to respond. Plus that would be an awkward situation anyway, so not sure a promise of immediate marriage would have that much impact, especially not when your bother almost was the step-father in that time line. Mum is going to be a bit against him or expecting him not to turn up based on past experiences anyway!

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Re Nine: Joo Min-Young looked nice in her wedding dress.

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I just stared at the veil in disbelief.

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And her hair... why did she not do something nice with her hair for her wedding?

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I actually loved the way her hair framed her eyes and thought it was as strong clean look, in keeping with that crazy gorgeous gown

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The Moms of Lee Soon Shin... make me think the writers have mommy issues. The only likable mom is the single divorced mother. The other four need serious help and I get sick of them.

We've had decent mothers in K-drama land too... so I'm hoping for a mommy upgrade... I can dream.

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Good afternoon, my lovely Beanie-friends!

I hope you have been well. Isn’t it crazy how fast time flies sometimes? I don’t know where this week disappeared to … Scary. Is it a wormhole that sucks up time?

I haven’t been watching much this week, mainly because I have been recapping TEN2 (first two episodes), which took me ages.
But it was worth it - this show is so incredibly good, I can’t stop raving about it!
And then, I watched a rather … hmm …. explicit movie with Joo Sang-wook (“90 minutes”). Let’s see how that impacts my viewing pleasure of TEN2 in the future …

I want to catch up with Nine next (haven’t seen 16, 17, 18) or might actually just marathon to the end once 19 and 20 are subbed.

And then, of course, I will have to make gifs for the next two WAML SqueeCaps that we will post this weekend. Giffing one episode takes 2-3 hours. So I guess I know what I’ll be doing this weekend ^.^

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Love the squee caps you guys are doing of WAML! This weeks ought to be totally awesome! I can't be the only one who feels like show has jumped on the train to *Bali*. Pretty sure it won't end well. :)

Happy Friday everyone!

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thanks, trixicopper! I am waiting for Shukie and JoAnne's text before I delve into it ...

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@kakashi...just wanted to thank you guys for the squeecaps for WAML. Tried several times to post comments but still having no luck (even refreshing it didn't help). These squeecaps are hilarious and may be more interesting than the drama itself. (I've never disliked a female lead character as much as MiDo...could also be the actress.)

Anyway, looking forward to your next postings!

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sorry about the comments!! It's so annoying. I told Google (they run Blogger) and will keep telling them until they fix it! It seems to be related to that particular layout (which they call "dynamic"). I get it too, btw, today, I had to review 10 times!!!!! jeez.
Oh yes, Mi Do is soooo hateful, unbelievable. Does the writer think anybody can like her?!

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just something that I found to be working, sometimes when you get to kakashi's blog, you'll see that the address ended with blogspot.ch instead of blogspot.com, if you changed it to dot com, the layout will change from white (comment disable) to orange (comment enabled). I don't know whether it'll work for everyone, but it worths the try

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ha! that's outrageous!!! what's wrong with the .ch domain? :-)

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Thanks everyone for your encouragement on the SqueeCaps! Episode 11 is written and awaiting the irrepressible JoAnne t add her comments!

I should start recapping 12 this weekend, after I play Landscaper to my parents on Saturday. It's going to be fun hauling a bunch of concrete block in my Hyundai. :-)

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ahhhh!!! no more rest fot the wicked ... must gif ..........

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Oooo.. a rather explicit show... :D
Btw, great job on recapping TEN. I haven't read most of the recap, only the comment at the end since this is still on my watching list, but I can see that you love this show a lot :)

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I'm still writing a longer analysis of the Tape Murder arch. RL has interfered with it, mainly, but it also takes some time. And DON't read the recap until you've watched in: MAJOR spoilers.

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No no no. Don't worry, kakashi, I didn't read *the* recap, only skimmed through the pictures and read your comments on the top and bottom of the recap. :D

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have you watched "90 minutes", latteholic?! I am not a very prudish person, but for a Korean movie, it was kind of shocking! And Joo Sang-wook is such an a$$hole in it...

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lol. I can imagine how explicit it is. And not that I'm imagining things *ehem* *shakes head*. But I know how explicit K-movies can get, I always thought that they're as prude as their K-dramas, so I watched this movie once called "Cheaters" while my mom was around, and it got even more explicit that Hollywood movies.. It did scare me from watching another K-movies rated 15+ or 18+ (esp when my mom was around the first time I watched it).. Btw, going back to "90-minutes", is it subbed yet? Did you download the torrent or is it available online? I just tried dramacrazy, but I couldn't find it.

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very hard to find, yes. There's a torrent on Asiatorrents and very bad (machine translated) subs to it. They were sufficient, I guess. The story is pretty straightforward: scumbag cheater is married to a woman just because of her money/family, sleeps with a woman - and woman threatens him with sex video if he doesn't do what she tells him to do in the next 90mins. (that's the description you find of it online, so that's not spoilers :) )

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I HAVE and I'm not that shockable, but I agree it is more than just risque :0

I really wanted to hear their 'bedroom' conversation and understand why he said what he said ..... sadly no english subs available anywhere from what I can see.

A lovely, funny film I did just see was My PS Partner, with Ji Sung. I thought it, and he, was adorable!

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hehe Korean movies are very much UNLIKE Korean dramas, they don't shy away from sex or graphic scenes at all!

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Unni~!!
I know, time flies by so fast and I'm still in the middle of reading your first recap of TEN2, but I'm going to read it till the end soon, I promise!
It's just this month is really hectic for me and I'm behind on every little thing, so spare my life for not commenting ^^'

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haha, laos7. you took my comment on the lack of comments really seriously, did you ^^
(and of course, I also meant it!)
The good thing about blog posts ... they will be there forever and ever and ever. So you have all the time in the world to read and comment! hwaiting !

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So I've finally found time to read and comment on all of your recent posts, haha!

Of course I took your comment seriously, but... I knew that you were also kind of joking. In the end, everyone wants attention and comments on their respective blogs, don't they?

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I meant to ask how you're dealing with the time travel in Nine. I know you said a few weeks ago you didn't like how they wrote it. Let me know what you think after catching up. Maybe you can explain it to me because now it has gone way into crazyville!

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you know what, I simply stopped caring about the logic. Deliberately because the show doesn't work logically.

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I love your SqueeCaps! Makes me want to start watching the show just to compare :)

Is TEN good? Saw that there was a new season out and have been planing to start the first one, just not gotten around to do so yet.

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TEN is one of the best KDramas ever. In my opinion. TEN2 seems to be just as good (if not a bit better) judging from the first 4 episodes.

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It's definitively on the list then! I'm in need of a good action/investigation drama. Or just a good drama in general to brighten up what has been a mostly disappointing drama land so far this year.

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TEN might just be it for you, then ^^

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Now I am definitely going to watch TEN and TEN2. I am always looking for kdramas to 'watch' with my bro - live in different states, but we chat often. Right now, he is finishing IRIS (and I finished IRIS2) so we sometimes do it like that. Plus I watch WAY faster than him. Thanks!

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Do i need to watch Ten season 1 first? Is there any relation in the story line between season one and two?

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JoAnne asked a similar question below. You don't HAVE to, no. But I would advise to watch at least the last two episodes of Season 1 for full viewing pleasure.

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I freakin love the squeecaps and all of the glorious gifs! I wanna smack MiDo and Oppa is as yummy as ever. For me an episode of WAML is not finished until I read the squeecap.

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Thanks, come2noona! It makes the work go better to know how you guys like it! :-D

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Totally with you on that! SqueeCaps are as addicting as the drama itself

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Love the WAML SqueeCaps!!! I never leave a comment but I thought I should let you guys know!
Thanks for the giggles and lovely GIFs

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kakashi I know that we don't really thank you enough but I really have to thank you so much for all the gifs that you've posted all these while. They never fail to bring a smile to my face, especially in times whenever I'm all down and worn out after a busy day. Keep up the good work! :D

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This Week:
- Got feedback on my first script for Jebal Chaebeol, so I'm going to fix it, then work on script 2 and then through 4. I'm still getting my footing. I'm not a script major. I do prose usually.
- Worked on some Korean embroidery.
- Picked up a summer class.
- Submitted yet another story.
- Lamented the lack of a heart thumping Rom Com that sets me to the sedge of my seat.
- Made a Korean name generator because all other Korean name generators sucked. Whoo Hoo. --;; Thinking up Korean names was too hard on my brain.

Cultural Note: Touring Korea by Drama Locations. (I know you want to)

Note: Below are only new dramas, save Nine. 'Cause I don't want the post to go on forever. Someone has to take the fall and watch new dramas.

Nail Shop Paris

OK, I admit to watching a lot of reverse harem dramas, but this is particularly bad when it comes to episode 2. The premise was really, really horrible for episode 2.

It's a cross dressing reverse Harmen story. Where the main girl tries to collect info about a guy who works in a male-only nail salon. But the nail salon kinda doubles as one of those bars where lonely women get guys to pour drinks. (Which is more Japanese) So the place serves up a fantasy of having a relationship with the guy as well. I wasn't expecting mind bending, but...

*SPOILER*

So there is a wife who turns stalker on the nail shop boys, so instead of ya know, reporting her to the police, the nail shop tries to tackle her mental problems by "saving her" from her husband. Her husband has been beating her, jealous of the nail shop guys who are at least 10 years his junior. (Can you say OMG)

The episode ends when the wife says, "I'm at fault because I made him that way" and the husband gets his nails done with hearts. And he gets cured when one of the employees yells at him, saying they are tired of "cleaning up your problems" and then "cure" the couple. NOOOOOOOOOO. I have so many feminist things to rant about this plus a non-domestic-violence smack of realism. Couple it with my rant from last week about changing people.

* END SPOILER*

Couple that with pretty flat acting. TT And why did I watch this? Because of this drama I fell asleep at 9:00. I'm serious. Was that bad. I usually fall asleep at 10-12...

How are they going to survive for 10 episodes off of this?

I whole heartedly give this zero stars. (First time in a while) Did anyone survive through watching the whole thing without cringing and losing brain cells? What's worse is the premise of the writer needing inspiration in that way kinda fell flat, which is weird, since you know, a writer is writing it.

13-sai no Hello Work

The premise is OK. Guy goes back in time to try to advance his own timeline, but is an ignorant selfish person. (Said so in the drama too).

But the fan service and the crappy things the drama says about women make me cringe. It's cute for the older-younger interaction and the small things that make a difference. But then as the cute sinks in and I kinda like it, it pulls another misogynist thing out of it's hat like women who dress in say, short skirts are inviting men to look at her and treat her like an object, so of course something bad will happen to her. Then I get mad again.

Guy can be a jerk and get punished for being misogynistic. I'd like that instead. But, instead you have several characters like that and ofen rewarded for being like that.

The original book was written by a male. And it shows.

*groan* If they cut the anti-women stuff, I'd actually watch it through because it's funny otherwise and fairly well played. Plus the older v. younger interactions are kinda heart-warming. But it comes thick, so regretable skip.

Kakusho

First, nor second episode does not pass the Bechdel test (bench marks 1 and 2 pass, but not 3--she talks to other named females, but about males). This drama kinda feels like they got the talent, but the script lacked that final polish. While it's not bad, it's not the best ever either. This is one I want to like really bad, but can't quite seem to. Especially when the lead female is as young as she is and the male lead is as old as he is... If they played it off as a father-daughter relationship, in part, I think this would work. I'm not sure what the theming or tone is supposed to be.

Upside, the female characters do prove to be on par with the male characters, but this isn't established too well so far. I wish they would establish it for sure.

Also, it's a female has to prove herself in a male-dominated world on the feminism scale.

I'll give it a chance, but it's running the crime of me being bored rather than upset at it. And that's a crime one should never commit while writing.

Mayonaka no Pan Ya

It's about a girl that comes to live with her brother-in-law.

Laid back, slow, good for late night when you don't want to think so hard. Good slice of life with a little eye candy for the girls.

It's the kind of drama Javabeans would dislike--it has quiet details and a slow pacing without shiny cinematography, but would be in range of Carole and maybe
Mystisith. It's slow, thoughtful, methodical.

Similar Dramas: Late Night Dinner, though isn't quite so charming as that one. It has a similar tone to Tsuma wa Kunoichi.

Nine
Much better this week, though I still want more scenes with MY. Perhaps her new drama is an explanation for the cuts???

And rat-face was epic this week, especially in episode 17.

Gaby's Request
The book was called "Koreans" or "The Koreans" and is an account written from a soldier's POV. It's not the most fun read ever since it suffers from what I would say "permanently exotic" syndrome. That is that Koreans are a "them" and Koreans are weird creatures I don't quite understand and I never really applied myself to learning the culture besides what makes Koreans different from "us".

Reading such books as that can be a bit unsettling since I think of people around the world as "us" rather than "them" and the lack of effort into looking at similarities along with the differences kinda puts me on edge.

However, there are some decent anecdotes which he of course frames from an exogenous and sometimes US-centric POV, but since I have enough training in Cultural Anthro and so on, I was able to refilter the information through the appropriate framing. So I hope my retelling isn't half so annoying as the original source material.

If you want to learn about Korean culture, as in cultural anthropology, you can look up cultural anthropology papers on noonchi for communication. Keep in mind the blog stuff is usually done from a euro-centric POV. You can also read books from Korea as well. I bought one on Korean Shamanism, one of Joseon dynasty, some Korean Literature, and have been reading Korean translated books. (The language in Moon Embracing the Sun is really pretty. I can see why it was successful.) Also the Moon guidebooks are really good.

I bought a lot of books from hanbooks dot com which also sells dramas online. (Cheaper than the amazon versions of the same books) They have classics, if you want to geek out. Only keep in mind the ones in English on the site tend to be all "sad" stories because that's what English publishers tend to import. Rather than "happy" stories like Coffee Prince. Chalk that up to racism of the West rather than Korean culture. (It's a pattern you'll find with all books not centered on the mainstream... a wall I personally hate and want to see defeated... but I'm getting political.) If you venture into the Korean fiction section you'll find novelizations of many dramas you've watched, but again, only in Korean... Also will give you a far better bisection of the range of fiction actually being published versus what's being imported.

That'll give you a better source. I tend to like books written about people who actually come from the country rather than other people coming in and trying to explain what they perceive is the culture of the country. The second always runs into issues and for me an occasional flipping the bird. *cough*

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Kim Yoonmi, annyeong! When I say I don't like how they handled something in NSP, that's EXACTLY what I was talking about. There were enough fluffy things for me to enjoy it and suspend belief and then we get to that scene and I'm talking back to the monitor saying 'Oh no you did NOT just...' It's filler, strictly, so I'll definitely check out another episode or two, but if I see something like that again, no.

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Amended to add - um, actually I DIDN'T mention that here. Must have been on twitter. But anyway, that particular subplot bothered me.

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OMG, that episode was just BAD. There wasn't anything redeeming about it. I do wonder if they stole the drinking that substance from the crazy fan of Yoo Chun... but overall, it was horrible.

I was trying so hard to get through it, but I kept gagging and then I just checked out at some point. >.<;; In the morning I tried to resume and couldn't stomach the hot mess of episode 2.

In real life those places that create fake love are so sad. I saw a Japanese (I know this is Korean, but same theming) documentary on it and it seemed like no one won. Everyone ended up lonelier.

I should say, though, these places do exist in Japan, at least (didn't see any in Korea). =P I went to a massage parlor with only men in it. (The non-ecchi kind before your mind drops in the gutter.) While the massage was good in lieu of the Onsen I wanted to go to... I still liked the red bean-filled waffle fish (Taiyaki) better. =P Good looking men. (Ikemen) Still sad, in a way, since they styled their hair like TV men (or what my brother calls girly), so obviously, they are selling a fantasy.

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I think I saw that documentary...hard to wrap my head around the whole thing.

I think if they would limit the 'heart-healing' to less horrifying situations, I could be more into this show. For example, I LOVED what they did with the husband and the wife who couldn't afford a fancy wedding. I do want to know why Alex didn't continue with medical training, and I kinda wish there was a time jump so Song Jae Rim could come back looking like himself, and not some skinny weird ahjussi with a Hitler mustache. And the gumiho thing? What IS that? I love our heroine's little imagined scenarios, too.

They've got some stuff there that could be lots of fun, but it's mixed so strangely. I just don't know. I left Ep 2 thinking, well, I will check out next week's too. But if they pull another 'heart-heal' like Ep 2 then no.

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Those places definitely exist in Japan, there are whole industries just for it!

And also the drinking substance given by a crazy fan, I think you mean Yunho?

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Yeah, sorry, my brain doesn't work this early. =P I do know DBSK...

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Touring Korea by Drama locations:

I know you've thought of it, but you didn't want to say it: You want to secretly stalk some stars, or at least stand where they stood. (Or stand where they will stand in the future.) On the other hand, you don't want to spend a ton of money. So what's the best thing to do?

There are maps released by the Korean tourism board that actually lists dramas and their locations on a map. But I don't like them. And you could go to the Korean Tourism website for some of them, but why not get a list? Besides, I know how crazy dedicated you are to the Korean drama fandom.That's why you wish to stalk show your fandom to your favorite stars by "accidentally" showing up where they are. These are my top spots I wish to conquer. (Plus a wish at another shot at being on Running Man)

Cultural note: Koreans tend to navigate by landmark more than they do by address. Expect this.

Seoul Locations

Myeongdong Market
Address: You can usually ask and people will point it out. You can use the 2 line to get there easily.
If you go here regularly and early enough, you will often find shows taping here. Some famous shows have included Running Man (who uses it at least twice a year.), some news shows--and I also caught some trot stars here as well (I have photo proof.) TT I could have caught Yoo Jae Seok, but I was too slow. *cries in corner* Jae Seok, why are you a blur in your punishment underwear in my photo? NOOOOO. >.<;; (I even have pictures of the cameras... Man I was so slow to "get" it.)

Here, you can also get the best Hot chocolate in Seoul, Leondias and visit the nearby department stores where they often shoot dramas. (The famous plugs for designer items. Which you can often see featured in such dramas a Baby-faced Beauty) and see pictures of stars all over the place. (I got a picture of Hongki!)

You can also find the Safeway--which at the time I went was selling Pig Rabbit and also hair accessories. That Safeway gets filmed a whole, whole bunch. It's included in Running Man and most of the shops in Myeongdong have also gotten filmed as well.

Often reality shows and dating shows film here too. You can wave to beanies and boast once you figure out which show you were on. Only catch is that on weekends no one is up before 10:30, but often cameras are. =P Most filming, however, starts at 6:30-9:00 to reduce crowd problems or late at night. Occasionally in the afternoon, but that's rare because it's really difficult to crowd control for. (Try Saturdays and Sundays)

The various Open markets
Address: Most guide books list the local markets plus instructions to get there.
These are often featured in Running Man. There is one market with really awesome kuksoo, but filming isn't in these locations often. I still think you should go to one for the sheer experience. My hometown has a market where I grew up for 4 years, so I admit I have a really huge soft spot for open markets. I like to hit any open markets when going to a new place. In part to try to find the remnants of the memories of Eomma, and also because there is something raw and genuine about markets for me that feels like the heart of the city because most anyone will go to a Korean Open market--great for cheap dates, variety shows, etc. No one is immune. Plus it's not so slick as other places usually are.

Subway The 2 Line The 7 Line

Particularly at night, you can get some awesome shots of the Han River, go people watching while sitting down, try experiments in blending in, and visit various underground shopping centers, such as the one near the universities which has street food, and of course Gangnam... (Where I bought an awesome coat. ^^;; Before the song, for the record.) It's like a quick minimum 2-3 US dollar tour of Seoul. If you leave the stations then it goes up 2-3 dollars, but that's better than paying a hundred for the bus tours, plus allows you some freedom.

Building 63
Address: 50, 63-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Made famous in My Girl, but also featured a whole much of shows, it has a curse on me, since the first time I went I forgot my camera and the second time it was so foggy I couldn't see anything. TT Though there are a lot of night shots out of it from the famous glass elevators, you can't actualy go up at night, since it's closed. It has offices in the general building as well as an aquarium which you can also visit. (I bought an umbrella there). There is a bus that's free that gets you there and back from the subway. Ask your hotel to help with that. Skinship? Go here.

Namsam Tower
Address: 1-3 Yongsandong 2(i)-ga Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Also cursed for me. I tried one time, but they don't allow cars to go up and there is a complicated procedure that I couldn't understand. I have a bunch of shots of it. Running Man, of course, also filmed here, early on with Joongki. Also featured in some dramas, but probably because it's not as eye-candy worthy, it's not shot as much as Building 63.

Coex Building
Address: 58, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Has a bigger aquarium, but if you can find it, also a Kimchi Museum with substandard Kimchi. Nearby there is also a Buddhist temple with a HUGE Buddha. (Bonggeunsa: 73 Samseong-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea) Both are fun to visit, though the aquarium gets visited far more, the Buddhist temple is worth also visiting--just please don't talk at all while people are meditating--that's really rude. (Don't whisper either.)

MBC/ KBS
Address: MBC: 31, Yoido-Dong, Youngdungpo-gu/KBS: #18, Yoido-dong. Youngdeungpo-gu. City, Seoul
These two buildings are nearby each other. They get (understandably) filmed very, very often. On work days you can catch people wearing badges. Do some stalking? I'm joking. Really. Don't go stalking. But you can take pictures like I did. And it's not that far from Building 63 either.

SBS
Address: SBS Broadcasting Center, 920 Mok-dong, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, 158-051, Korea
is located separate from KBS and MBC buildings.
Run after some Running Man Members?

Bugaksan
Address: Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul-si
If you want to mourn the character Jo Jeong Seok's character from The King 2 Hearts, you can go here. Sing the song. Also other dramas have filmed here. It has the wall, lit up and you can see views of Seoul. You can't take a car up, so be prepared to climb.

Lotte Hotel World
Address: 40-1 Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul 138-220, South Korea
A bunch of dramas have filmed here merely because the interior is expensive to look at. It's also fairly expensive to stay at... so I wouldn't really stay here. (My brother had better places, but I couldn't remember them. He did anger staff at one hotel by hacking their internet connection line to give himself more power. --;; Dude, really?) You can see why it's film worthy from pics. If you want a hotel, most of the time in dramas, it's this one.

1st Coffee Shop Location:
How to Get There: Take Subway Line 2 to Hongik University, and go out of Exit 4 a Turn right at Seven Springs corner and pass the intersection. At the 3-way intersection, turn left. Walk about 100 meters on the road above the playground and walk towards the road on the right side. Walk about 500 meters until you find the coffee shop on the right. (From Korean Tourism Board)

Low on my list, but Bukchon Hanok Village...
Address: Gahoe-dong, Jae-dong, Samcheong-dong, Gye-dong, Wonseo-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul-s
Was featured in Personal Preference. I mostly want the blueprint though. =P

Sageuk Fans

Korean Folk Village
Address: 107 Bora-dong, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Either one. Again do some stalking uhh... hanging out and occasionally you'll see them tape things. Especially if you hide and stay in the night when they film. Kekeke. There are also activities. Mostly in the Korean folk village, though, which take a while to get to. Just be sure to bring protection for arsenic poisoning and your silver chopsticks. (Though I'd take a handsome guard too) Also learn how to say "Seongohamnida" and offer your life at the drop of a hat.

Gyeongbok Palace/Changdeok Palace
Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Address: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Both are close to each other. You will get to see more if you take a tour of the place because they take you to places where they actually film. And if they are filming that day, they'll actually say and NOT take you there. (You know what to do then... pull a Moon/Sun from the first few episodes... No, joking. Really.)

I was really, really, really tempted to yell "Jeonha" in the center audience room. It took a whole bunch of restraint, not to yell it, especially since it echoes. OMG, I soooo wanted to say it. =P Maybe you have less restraint???

Note: Don't go around calling it Changdeokgung. That's like saying palace twice and you'll look like an idiot, no matter what wikipedia says. Fujisan Mountain!

Outside Seoul (You have to plan ahead for these)

The Teddy Bear Museum on Cheju
Address: 31, Jungmungwangwang-ro110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Which has become synonymous ever since Goong for a Honeymoon spot. For golf fans, the island also features large, expansive golf courses. If you want to spot some daily life, there are still also traditional Korean divers who dive for oysters on the Island. Cheju, as a whole, gets filmed a lot. But you really need to plan ahead to get here.

The Eastern Beaches (in general)
It's not a lie you can get there within a day, but you do have to stay overnight. Can be romantic. But remember, if you want to have points to catch your drama guy, you must *run* and *chase* each other one the beach. You'll get extra points if you try to splash each other. ^.~

Anything in Gangwon-do is worth it. That's where you get the white beaches you see featured often. Sokcho, Gyeongpodae, Naksan are often featured.

Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
Address: Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
For My Sassy Girl Fans--you have to be pretty hard core, though. You can find the famous tree there and hope to meet your future husband from a time machine. Don't get dreams of Tae Hyeon showing up, though, 'cause he's MARRIED. (No matter how many times he looks through magazines at women and flirts with girls on 1 Night 2 Days)

Pusan, especially the markets.
Many stars come from Pusan. If you want to stalk the streets, you probably could find the Answer Me 1997 locations. Also hear the famous Saturi from that location. If you have lots of time, you can plan it on the way to Cheju. Also visit the beach--Running Man has often filmed at the beach.

And for Melodrama fans: Any islands that are not Cheju... such as Cheongsangdo for the Spring Waltz scenes, you can dream about having leukemia, brain cancer, a mysterious disease, cancer, playing some kind of music, especially a piano, and endless cost-saving hospital scenes from going to places like this. Just be sure to bring drama protection if you do go. ^.~ Bullet proof vest, impact absorbers from cars, decent clothing that aren't turtlenecks, and genetic testing. What? Did I say something outlandish?

english.visitkorea.or.kr.--If you are looking for a specific location, this website will have it, often listing the drama with it.

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I'm going to send this tour info to my brother who is always googling sites from kdramas to check out locations. He's been to S Korea and so he likes to check out the kdrama locations. Thanks for the good info~

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copied and pasted your tour. Thanks.

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It's also posted on my blog too, if you want to look.

A few of the places I definitely want to go to, though. Most I've conquered, but I still want to go to the other ones and have a shot at the cursed places too. - -;; Building 63, why do you hate me?

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Great post! Thanks!

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Thank you for taking the time to include this info here!

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Eeeee thank you for this! I am saving up for a trip to Seoul-- someday soon, I hope. :D And the info about the Sang Go Jae (from Personal Taste). I loved that house... I noticed hanoks because of it and now I tend to look at the hanoks when they're used as drama settings.

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Like! Like! Going to save this info.

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* Don't go around calling it Changdeokgoong Palace. =P I need to read what I write.

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Sageuk fan here and thank you for the info :). Korea is on my vacation list for next year and no bf is tagging along lol. A girls only vacation with a license to misbehave.

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Okay..might watch Mayonaka. Gotta say you've now made my mind all a-tumble with the 13-Hello work comments. You had me at "time travel" but then the misogyny will just annoy the heck outta me. The Japanese writers have a way of making me want to scream when it comes to how they portray women. Wizened old advice-giving unmarried woman, I can take. Sweet little innocent teenager I can take. I can even take evil manipulative rival beyotch. But the "I am here to selfelssly serve emotionaly wounded strong but silent genius/spouse/co-worker... Well I just lose all my patience. Only place I liked it was in Legal High because they did it well.

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"Wizened old advice-giving unmarried woman, I can take. Sweet little innocent teenager I can take." Sometimes I can't even take those.... *sigh*

"But the “I am here to selfelssly serve emotionaly wounded strong but silent genius/spouse/co-worker… Well I just lose all my patience.""

Yep, zero patience for this!

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Some Japanese dramas can come off super feminist and kick butt, then others make me cringe and want to melt. I think it really depends on the drama.

13-Hello Work wasn't so bad until the first episode showed...

SPOILER
The idol thing at the end of the episode. Basically the guy gets rewarded for objectifying women.

And then the next episode pretty much makes the female character (the teacher) an object when the men start saying things like "She's our most popular teacher" and then things like, "She's inviting trouble dressing so sexy." And then the plot started to confirm it, which was when I checked out. I couldn't stand it. It was sexual harassment made OK.

The last one is kinda a huge trigger for me, since a lot of men (especially in recent media) went under fire for saying dressing sexy is just an invitation for rape. And I have to rant about that. *shutter* Having something like that confirmed in plot just makes it worse. (The character saying crap is one thing, the plot following through is a whole other thing. I don't half mind so much when the plot goes against the character and pulls out some justice.)
SPOILER

The kid-adult interactions are really cute and well played. And I love time jumps to death. >.<;; But the constant misogyny, OMG, it just got too bad for me to stand. And I really, really wanted to like it.

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Hmmm, I was thinking about trying Mayonaka no Pan Ya. Quiet details and slow pacing sound alright to me. Honestly, if an actor I really liked was in it, I would definitely watch this, but I'm not familiar with any of the leads.

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Re Nail Shop Paris :That took me aback too, and made me wonder what message the drama was trying to send out. This drama is the kind of drama you check your brain at the door before you watch. I am on the fence and don't know if I'll continue watching, plus they cut Song Jae-rim's hair!!! Who does that; don't mess with the pretty, hehe.

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Oh my, NSP is so bad. I watched the first episode and that was more than enough for me. The acting... ugh. I actually kind of like the the lead actor too, he was in something else I have watched recently, but it's not enough to make me stick with it.

I am gonna start Cruel Palace instead.

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Any pics of your Korean embroidery? I love embroidery.

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i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg138/kimYunmi/IMG_2793.jpg

The dress I made too. It's a shortened hanbok

I made the Chima out of Organza.

i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg138/kimYunmi/IMG_2799.jpg

The pattern for the embroidery I also made too off of Korean motifs. (I found pictures and then recreated the pattern and made it my own.)

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Nail Shop: Just Don't Watch It if you haven't already. AWFUL. What a waste of 3 handsome men.

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Happy Friday to all!

For several weeks, I’ve been watching far too many melodramas and revenge-underdog stories that I’m rather sick of them (even though I have plenty more of those on my to-watch list). So I did what I never thought I would do: watch a trendy rom-com (the only one I liked was Coffee Prince). Usually, I have an aversion to these super popular dramas (ie, You’re Beautiful, Boys over Flowers, etc.) but this time I subdued my usual knee-jerk reaction and picked up Goong. Verdict? A really big mistake; it fueled my aversion to the genre even more. It’s an incredibly slow drama with a super annoying love quadrilateral. I fast-forwarded aplenty and mostly watched for the main leads’ blossoming romance because there’s something about an ill-matched couple falling in love together that gets me in the heart every time. Unfortunately, their cute moments were outweighed by their trivial angsty moments that even the romance left a sour taste in my mouth by the end.

That aside, I continue to watch Nine. After the dismal episodes of last week, this week’s episodes returned to the drama’s excellent glory, delivering the suspense and pay-offs it needed. WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS! I was so happy that Sun Woo finally managed to go back and meet his younger self, thereby fulfilling his promise. It was bound to happen but I was getting annoyed that it was taking so long. Luckily, the pay-off was worth it…even though a part of me hoped that they had more time to discuss things together. Then episode 18 was even better when Sun Woo got stuck in the past. Those incense sticks are surely trolling with him and he even acknowledged it, lol. But aside from that unexpected twist, there wasn’t much going on episode 18. Most of the time was spent in needlessly long flashbacks (I still can’t seem to get connected to the romance portion of this drama) and Choi Jin Chul making super-exaggerated faces everytime something happened. My hope for the last two episodes is that Sun Woo and his younger self can have a good conversation together for once (poor little Sun Woo is simply being directed around by his older version without making much of his own decisions) and that together they can kick Choi Jin Chul’s butt once and for all, hehe. I just really want a great finale for this show, having been so well entertained by it.

Anyways, I noticed Javabeans added new Linky Links to the site so I started checking out some of the blogs linked there. So far, really enjoying the Outside Seoul blog by Amanda. The posts are really fun to read.

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I am finding that Nine is giving me whiplash. All the back + forth with the incense - first one, now two, now one, and Choi Jin Chul's participation seems to really be bending the time travel rules and has me thinking WTH.

Jin Chul's expressions? Well, he was my favorite older actor, but I find him almost comical in this with his crazy overacting. I don't know that I'll be able to see him in the same light again. I much preferred him as Lee Soon Shin's father.

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I know he has more range than that and he can do subtle, so I'm kinda surprised he's coming up as one note. LJW's acting and JYH's acting is far more layered. This makes me a bit disappointed in the acting, since you can layer surprise in many ways besides OoO expressions.

So I'm a bit confused...

Though considering the end of Episode 18, I'm kinda surprised he was reincarnated in dramaland that way. =P Isn't that a weird kind of epic karma considering Lee Soon Shin?

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I was thinking that the actor playing Choi Jin Chul – as much as I hate the character – must be having so much fun playing him.

I mean, it's not just that the character is evil, he's completely bonkers. Muttering things to himself that can only sound nonsensical to others... shouting out loud in the street while madly waving his arms/swinging golf clubs/banging his fists on cars/etc...

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I find him absolutely comical and cringe worthy in Nine. I think he is used to playing benign characters. One can almost see that he is that kind of person. I've never seen him play a villain before. Now we know why. For me, he is the one note that is off key in this drama, which I love otherwise.

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I agree! He just doesn't seem to go with the tone of the drama. I can't believe the director hasn't mentioned toning it down a bit. Isn't that their job? Maybe he's too respected an actor.

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I sort of figured that if he was that over the top it was with the director's consent if not at his direction. I agree that tonally it doesn't really work. Even Han's mugging is gone these days. But it's still really funny.

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I'm glad Han has toned it down. It's always interesting when characters go through lobotomies during the course of a drama. Either that, or they get on Prozac. The assistant from You're Beautiful was the first time I noticed that phenomenon.

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I thought he played some evil characters in a few sageuk...

Wasn't he evil in Dong Yi? Or do I remember wrong? I know I've seen him play evil and played surprise with more notes to it.

More, I feel like he feels neglected so he's trying to grab camera attention, and because of that I resent it. You have to work with your fellow actors to try to match them. Cooperation makes for a better production because the cornerstone to good acting is actually trust.

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Yeah really! The facial expressions are goofy as heck. Every time I see him do the raised eyebrows and circular mouth thing I want to slap him.

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OR Kekeke hit him with a bat???

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Oh yeah, she's smart and funny, I like to check that one out too!

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See, i kinda thought the flashbacks were important. Some because they brought in the POV of lesser-characters such as Jung Woo's wife. And also because we got to see how young Sun Woo had grown up. It was so clear to me that the Sun Woo who was in bed with Min Young didn't know what present Sun Woo knows. He seemed so clueless about stuff. Sure, i could understand that he didn't know he was going to marry his erstwhile other-timeline niece but he was a regular guy without any of the angst the other timeline Sun Woo had.

There was no anger or angst about evil Dr Choi having killed his father. The sense of peace and normalcy on that Sun Woo's face was so wonderful to see. Just a simple regular life with no brain tumor and a girl he had committed to. He even had a religious faith. I think even the big wedding shows how life would've developed for him. He was normal in every way, even to the big wedding. The flashbacks gave us all that. That's how life had rolled after he saved his brother. And I suspect that is why Sun Woo in the phone booth smiled to himself...he saw how wonderful life had been for him.

Then..of course..came Choi with the car.

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Aaargh <-- I mean.. That's how life had rolled after older Sun Woo had saved younger Sun Woo and Jung Woo's. There was just peace, normal bourgeois happiness, no tumor. And yeah... oddball mom. But for the most part so much repair had been done.

We needed to see the marriage, the courtship, the lack of uptightness in Sun Woo now that he had lived his life without hating Dr Choi. We had to see all that wonderfulness that our hero had achieved. It was a kind of regained paradise. Fun to luxuriate in...and yet always always always that icky feeling that this was a dreamland that was going to evaporate or would cost some mega heartache in the future.

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Good Morning Beanies!

RL is very busy so am only keeping up with YTBLSS (my personal favorite at this time), Nine, which is giving me whiplash, and A Hundred Years Inheritance because I like self-torture.

Of course I'm watching WhenA Man Loves just to keep up on the sqeecaps!

It's a beautiful day here in PA - hope you are all enjoying your day as well!

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kisses, Korazy! It's raining here. of course. It's the weekend :)

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... but I'll be going to the circus on Sunday with my 4 year old and my sister. Haven't been to one in about 20 years ... I am really excited! It's 2.5 hour program, with horses, elefants, lions, acrobats, clowns, ETC.

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Have a great time! I'm sure your daughter will enjoy it. I am one of those who are not enthralled with circuses. Must have been a traumatizing experience involving a clown when I was younger!

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FL misses you KL, it was raining a couple of days ago, I even had to wear a long sleeve shirt in the middle of almost-summer because the temperature dropped, but it's back to its sunny weather again :)
Hope all is well with RL!

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I miss Florida, too, but the weather in the spring in PA is wonderful (usually!) The reason I'm busy is we're selling our house that we've lived in for 20 years, so there is a lot of cleaning out to do before we put it up for sale!

I see you're mostly a sageuk person. For some reason, they do not hold my interest. Not since the Princess Man, anyways.

Have a great day!

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LOL, I am indeed a sageuk person. 4 of my Top 6 dramas are sageuk/historical as you might have noticed :D . I think I know Korea's history better now than my own country's history. :D

Well, I hope all is well with the selling, I've read how stressful it can be (in twitter), but hopefully you can find comfort in the current K-dramas amidst all that :)

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Omo omo, I thought I was the only crazy non-Korean, non-Asian person obsessed with Korean history. I am always hunting for Korean history books, and ended up with quite a few. Do you have any Korean history texts to recommend? I am always looking to expand my collection.

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Hi avonmarissa, to be honest, I got all of my history lesson from Kdramas and wikipedia (and some online other online resources), I haven't attempted to read any history texts yet, so I'm sure I'm not the credible person to recommend anything. But sageuks do pique my interest in learning about history more and looking up wikipedia etc, although really I'm just looking for spoilers when I'm doing that :D

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latteholic: That's okay :) I think the sageuk that introduced me to Korean history was Damo and I've been addicted since, hehe. My Korean teachers helped by giving me their history books as well.

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My nephew bought me a book for Christmas called Seopyeonje by Yi Chung-jun. While it is fiction, there is a very long forward talking about Korean history and the tradition of storytelling in singing form called pansori. The story takes place after the Korean War but it is indeed an interesting read.

Actually it was made into a movie in 1993, but if you can get your hands on the book you may enjoy it, and it sounds as if the movie doesn't really follow the book exactly.

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Korazy Lady, thanks for the recommendation. I'll definitely check it out.

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I am not a sageuk person, either, but I think I could be. It's just that I prefer romcoms and contemporary time frames better, and I am interested in more recent Korean history. In fact, I am reading a history book that I would not otherwise have checked out if not for kdramas titled, "The Hidden People of North Korea: Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom" by R. Hassig and Kongdan Oh. It is mostly abt the Kim regieme, very well written, and KO's parents were from NK. Just another interesting sideline of kdrama viewing~

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Hello Beanies,

Semester over, whew! Waiting on grades!

With a lull in my interest of current dramas, I've been rewatching Coffee Prince, inspired by comments last Friday. Such a lovely show.

Also I was visiting http://outsideseoul.blogspot.com/2012/07/playing-favorites.html

and was inspired by the post on top 10 dramas versus what one thinks are the best dramas, versus what one would recommend and how the lists might differ, which inspired me to go back to my favorite dramas list and expand. I think I'll post different lists in coming fridays as I think about it. This week, it's just simply my favorites overall.

Favorite Dramas-

Answer Me 1997
Boys Over Flowers
Personal Taste
The Woman That Still Wants To Marry
Padam Padam
My Name is Kim Sam Soon
Scent of A Woman
Coffee Prince
Pasta
Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy
Flower Boy Raymun Shop
Worlds Within
Protect The Boss
Me Too Flower

What I learned from this list:

What I already knew:

I'm not much for melos or sageuks.

I like strong female leads, quirky female leads, well developed female leads.

What I realized about the favorites list and actors/actresses that I like:

I like Lee Min Ho and Kim Bum, but despite the prevalence of shows they are in on my list I also know that I don't base my favorite dramas on the cast alone, due to:

I like Hyun Bin but not so much his shows over all. Secret Garden was a contender, but it did not make the final list.

I like many of Park Yoochun's dramas, but somehow they are on the second string list too. But, oh, Mickey, you're so fine.

I love Rain. Not so much his dramas overall. Plan B was so smoking hot fun ruined by some continuity issues and a wet moldy dishrag female lead character.

Same with Shin Min ah, like her a lot, not so much her dramas.

Same with Lee Jun Ki.

I do however base my viewing decision on if I do not like an actor/actress in a lead role. The plot would have to be awesome for me to watch shows with some people in it that put me off for whatever reason.

Anyway, no surprises for me on making the list.

Happy viewing Beanies!

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Hello Everyone! ..... Hope everyone is doing well this Friday.

Ok, so I saw that mysterious, little teaser posted here for the upcoming Shark (Thank you, javabeans!!) and I'm still kind of thinking about it. Already looking forward to this. ...... What can I say, Kim Nam-gil just intrigues me so. He has that "something".

Regarding the weekly drama-viewing, this was a week of final episodes.
- Queen of Ambition: Glad I stayed with it because I did become curious to see how things would end with that awful, awful woman, Joo Da-hae. It's interesting, I kind of found myself thinking that she and Mr. President kind of deserved being stuck with each other actually. Oh the damage they could cause one another. But that's a whole other drama, I guess.

- That Winter, TWB: Loved that Fake Oppa. I had never seen a drama with Jo In-sung, but I liked what I saw. He was good, especially in those scenes where he's trying to keep his composure and keep it together. As for the end? Um, I saw it two days ago and I'm still trying to figure out, "are they here? or are they elsewhere?" ..... I suppose the two possibilities are plausible, but I swear you can't really tell, even if you look at the other characters' expressions in the final minutes.

- The Moon That Embraces The Sun: Yes, I've said it before, I watched a year later because I missed it the first time. As to why?? I have absolutely no idea because I certainly wouldn't have minded watching this again....and again....and again. I know understand what the hype and the buzz were about. What a joyful ride this was! As for, Kim Soo-hyun and Jung Il-woo ..... love these two!! They were fantastic!

As for other non-kdrama viewing: Continued watching those adorable kids and their dads on Dad, Where Are We Going? And just to change things up, I started watching Mr. Selfridge on PBS a couple of weeks ago. Anyone else watching this on PBS?

Ok, that's about it for now. Take care everyone and have a great Friday!

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I tried Mr Selfridge. While it's good, I think I'm not quite in the mood to go past the third or fourth episode. I think I'm not recovered from the end of Downtown Abbey yet to forgive Masterpiece Theatre :)

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Ah, yes, that ending ..... who can forget? ..... I think the actor with "that sad ending asked to leave the program ..... People are still so upset with how things turned out, that I don't know if he can go out in public and like, be seen walking somewhere. I almost think people would start throwing dirty looks his way or yelling.

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But, on the subject of Mr Selfridge, how great is the cast? Everyone is spot on. There isn't a weak link, IMO.

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Janelle -

Sorry for the late response. Couldn't get to the computer until now (early evening here).

Yes, I agree with you, the cast is good here. The actress who plays Lady Mae is particularly good at dominating a scene when she shows up.

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Hi there everybody!

Special shout out to the DB team. Thanks for making Korean Dramas and Films so accessible.

Had a look at the additions to the links. Enjoyed looking at The Kimchi Chronicles which I found as a result:)

By the way, does anyone know where we can watch 'Daddy, where are we going?' in English now Daebaksubs have gone? I got to Ep. 15 but would like to see more...

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Thanks Newbie!

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Nine - what an entertaining ride. Loved the idea of *SPOILER* SW stuck in the past. And loooooved his smile in the phone booth, when he finally accepted his fate and gave up hope. There is a force you can't mess with. They showed a lot of church crosses this week, too. So, you can't mess with God. Am very curious how it will end. Is God forgiving?
Somehow I still think, that Dr. Han will get rid of his wife in the end. Because there is a God! ;) *END SPOILER*

WAML - Love me some Kim Seung-oh. This man needs to lead a drama stat! Such a fascinating face.

JOJ - Watchable.

Marathoned Prosecutor Princess with lots and lots of ff-ing. Holey moley, ppl are criticizing MY in Nine for being whiny. Ma Hye Ri is one of the worst female characters I ever saw in a show. *shudders* Stupid beyond belief, but as long as your are pretty (is she?!) all is well? blech

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Huh? What happened? Intended to make a seperate post. Sorry!

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No worries Newbie.

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Good morning, my wondrous beans!

They’re on to us!, For anyone braving Nail Shop (an oddly pleasing bit of completely illogical fluff I can only describe as a gender bending supernatural slice of life rom com) – Song Jae Rim is calling our heroine Beanie. SUPPOSEDLY it’s because ChungDoon’s character named her Bunny, and SJR is the designated butthead who will secretly fall in love with her, but we know the real reason: it’s a secret shout out to US. *Many thanks to Mysti, who first pointed it out! It went right over my head while I was trying to figure out what the hell that show even IS.

Let’s see…Gu: I love you, because you have Chung Jo, and you have Yeo Wool, and because I never would have believed that anything could reduce Sung Joon to a barely-alive stone statue, especially one who can swing from a Mane of Mediocrity to the current Shag of Shame. Also because you have Tae Seo, and the Admiral, and all those loyal servants at the 100 Year Inn, and because the Head Gisaeng is turning out to be pretty cool…and because Kang Chi is love.

And Nine, I love YOU – because you are completely, utterly, undeniably, fantastically swoon-worthy fabulous. In this case, Lee Jin Wook is just the icing on the cake. I’d watch you no matter who our hero was, because of YOU, Show. You ROCK. PLUS you have Sun Woo (young AND old), Awesome Han (young AND old), a hyung who turned out to be someone we could love anyway…and Min Young, you might only appear on occasion, but you inspire affection whenever you do. And let’s not forget the great boss, who turns out to be very important in Sun Woo’s life when his brother and dad turn out to be people he can’t lean on – and the hilariously over-acted Evil Choi. I will miss all of you after next week, but thank you, thank you SO MUCH, for being such an awesome ride right up to the end. If you f*** with me next week, you’ll put me in therapy.

OPPA!!! Stuff HAPPENS this week. And we get some sexy times. Mostly not with Oppa, but still, quite passionate stuff for KDrama. I’m liking how things are going. I unapologetically think this drama is just fine, thank you. It’s not the best, but it’s far from the worst, and I’m enjoying the story and find the acting actually ok, although my usual ‘why is the girl so pokerfaced’ still applies…but I very often find it difficult to understand the women in KDramas, truthfully.

Lee Soon Shin – I’m a little behind, but I still really like you – it’s just that I know you’re gonna be around for a while, so these flashier shows, they’re distracting me. I am with you for the long haul, though, because I have faith we’re going to get PAST this endless mother sobfest and move on to more of what I want – which is the 3 lovelines, and IU’s journey to becoming an actress. You can do it. I know you can. Hwaiting!

Last Cinderella – Miura. I can’t. How are you even an actual human? You can interpret that as my uncontrollable lust for Hiroto’s callous playboy, OR my disgust for Hiroto’s callous playboy. Because there’s a pendulum, and I’m riding it. Hanging on for dear life. And Sakura’s cute little faces and all the times they just say ‘more old man talking’ instead of actually saying what she says. It kills me. You know what else kills me? I need to know what is UP with Hiroto and Creepy Stalker Sister/Lover/Planner of Evil. AND OMG NOW I’VE WATCHED EPISODE FIVE AND *insert spazz here* He’s not a callous playboy anymore, oh no he ISN’T. *faints* *thinks about next week’s preview* *faints again*

We Got Married Global - Officially tired of GuiGui’s incessant babbling and goofing around like she’s 12. She’s adorable but. Taec is a saint. ON THE OTHER HAND: I liked Jeremy, and I checked out FT Island a little tiny bit after You’re Beautiful. But Yonghwa is what really grabbed me back then, and so CNBlue got my love, and HeartStrings got my next drama hours. I’m..umm…revisiting FT Island. Happily. Plus HongGi and Mina are the best thing ever and I think they really actually are starting to have actual feelings for each other. OMG, I joined the borg. I know. I swore this whole concept could never suck me in, but I was SO WRONG. This must be confusing for them. It’s not like doing a drama.

Bloody Monday 2 – EVEN BETTER than the original. So happy watching this, and not just because More Miura is always a good thing. Although that doesn’t hurt.

REALLY need to find some time for Jang Ok Jung. I hear my cutie pie Yoo Ah In is doing a fine, manly job. Gotta see that. And then there’s Ten 2. I wanna squee with Kakashi! Movies : I watched Koizora last weekend (sob) and began Negative Chainsaw Happy Edge (weird but fun so far) and Crows Zero (weird but fun so far, also) Music: 2PMs new song is good, although I do have to say this to JYP: just because you make them whisper it more quietly doesn’t make it less annoying. Liking the OST for Gu, minus that horrible English language song. Other than that, hmm… checking out FT Island stuff.

Small confession: If Miura and Oppa stood in front of me, I would have a hard time choosing. Good thing My Beloved returns in 2 months, huh?
Also: I am not ‘S’

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Yes, JoAnne. Please join me in squeeing over TEN2. It is worth it. I promise.

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You did say that I didn't have to watch the first season to understand what's going on, right? Because I haven't managed to do that, even though I fully intend to.

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I want to know the same thing. I've watched 3 eps of Ten2 but I'm wondering if I have to really see Ten first to get everything. Sometimes you don't know what you don't know...

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I am torn: I could tell you that you can start with season 2 but... Season 1 is VERY good and there is so many little clues about the personality of each cop. You understand why they are so perfect as a team.
Season 1 is just one of the best K Dramas ever, Period.

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Preach! As much as season two allows new viewers to understand, in my opinion it would make a much better viewing experience if you've seen Ten 1. And it's definitely not a chore watching such an awesome drama, though you may need to use your brain a bit more than in others!

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Agree with Mystisith that Ten1 is one of the best. I marathoned the 4 episodes of Ten2 yesterday and was a little disappointed - esp with Epi 3. Thank God Baek is back! Otherwise I would have bailed if there were more moralizing/feel good lectures. I just want the crime straight up.

And also watched Last Cinderella to ep 4 and also wondering about the wtf is between Hiroto and Creepy Stalker. Joanne thanks for saying epi 5 is better, that will keep me watching! :)

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Well I would prefer to watch 1 before 2, obviously, but time is not infinitely elastic and I, uh, don't want to drop anything I'm seriously watching to marathon 1 AND the beginning of 2. I can add 2, or I can watch 1.

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it only has 9 episodes = not a major time commitment! :)

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