Beanie level: Eunuch in drag

I was not an F(x) fan and I haven’t been a Sulli fan for long. I’d just known and liked the members (like Amber and Krystal) individually. The only thing I knew about Sulli was how she was one of the female celebrities that always served as a punching bag for knetz. That alone, coupled with the fact that I thought she was weird made me have some form of respect for her. Cause I know knetz love to pick on people that won’t fit into their stupid narrative. I mean, look at the female celebrities they pick on (IU, Hyuna). And I love weird people! It’s almost always a compliment to be weird.
The more I heard about her through scandals, the more I liked her. I just loved her ‘fuck you’ energy so much. I had to go follow her on Instagram immediately!
Then, there was the variety show, Night of Hate comments. I, and so many people, joked about how she was going to make money off knetz by just existing. To me, it was the biggest ‘fuck you’ energy whether it was intentional or it was just the world doing it on her behalf.
Watching her on the variety show made me love her even more. She didn’t get that much screen time but I thought it was because she was new at hosting. Despite that, I loved how candid she usually was. I just loved how she spoke her thoughts and got irritated on behalf of the other celebrities.
I was slightly disappointed with last week’s episode cause I felt she didn’t talk much but when I saw the preview for next week’s episode, I was so happy. I remember 2 episodes ago, when she talked about how she felt she was usually pretending to be happy. But in the context of the conversation, it didn’t seem out of place.

I just don’t know how to feel. I was hoping it was a lie. I want it all to be a sick joke and lash out at the people spreading false news but it’s real. I can’t stop myself from wanting to cry. I didn’t really know her. I haven’t even been a fan for long. My tears won’t do anything for her or her family and friends. As a fan, I was just hoping this was the beginning for her. I was hoping that now, as she appeared on TV, released an album, and is participating in projects, that things were starting to look up for her.
I wanted her to live a long, fulfilling and happy life despite the constant hate she got. I was looking forward to it. I just think she deserved better. I don’t really know her, I just know what she let us know. But I truly, honestly wished her the best

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At this point, I’m 100% sure Melting me slowly is a train wreck. I don’t stick to train wrecks.. in fact, I won’t even start it. So tell me why I keep checking if it’s subbed. I’m not even watching it for real. I mostly skip through it. Where’s this energy coming from? I am so confused.
Why can’t I have this same energy for dramas I actually want to continue… like Hell is other People?

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I’m not sure I’ll continue with Tale of Nokdu but one thing’s for sure – Jang Dong-Yoon is incredibly beautiful! I kept wondering who the pretty girl in the poster was till I figured out it was him.

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Miss Lee was one of the dramas I was looking forward to but a not so good review kinda tampered with my excitement so I went in waiting to be disappointed even though I know better than to be heavily influenced by beanies’ reviews (because taste and preferences differ as proven so many times).
Maybe it’s cause I already had low expectations (despite myself) but I didn’t I find it bad. I’m not sure I love it yet. It hasn’t given me a ‘zing’ that dramas I love do. But I found it interesting enough to want to check out the next episode. We’ll see…

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It’s been years since I saw ‘The wind the winter blows’ and I still have to remind myself that SHK isn’t visually impaired. I haven’t REALLY watched any of her projects since then but that one role was very impressive to me even though I didn’t finish the drama. I can’t see her past that no matter how much time has passed.

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Every time I digress from anything K-ent related and post about my real life on here, the wave of positive, encouraging and comforting comments always overwhelm me. Giving compliments comes easy to me but saying ‘thank you’ is always so hard because I feel no matter what I say, I can’t convey the gratitude I feel and I don’t want the other person thinking I’m not grateful.
I don’t know what to say or how to say it… I’m just grateful beanies. I really am! Thank you for being some sort of comfort when I feel low. I usually don’t emote well… I’m a little stunted emotionally. It took me ages to be able to come up with something somewhat tangible to write.

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    carpe diem!

    sidenote: this movie… is everything!
    #Dead_poets_society

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Anxiety is me sitting at the waiting room instead of knocking on my professor’s door to talk about my thesis. Anxiety is me hoping I don’t find him so I don’t have to talk to him even though the deadline for thesis registration is this Sunday.

In my defense, I can’t find said door and I don’t know who to ask. It’s all excuses, I know but… but they’re so intimidating. With their ‘I’m busy’ demeanor and the myriad of patients waiting in line for a consultation. It’s enough he’s my professor but he’s also a Surgeon – a senior consultant – and doctors are at the top of the fucking ladder where as me, a med student isn’t even at the bottom – I’m barely hanging on.

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    Hang in there, it gets better, eventually. You’ll be at the top of the ladder soon enough. Just keep hanging onto those rungs and climb them, one-by-one.

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      As I can’t tag you, I’m replying to your comment so you can see mine and correct me if I’m wrong.^^

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    Fighting chingu!! *Take it as: if @Ally says it so it’s true”! If I’m not mistaken she has been into this field for many years! (Correct me if I’m wrong)

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    i know this kind of anxiety well. HWIGHTING!! hugs to you <3

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    Yes to everything said above. Regardless of his stature—it’s your professor’s job to teach and help you.

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    Courage!

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    Yes to everything stated above. You can do it! Small victories matter as much as the big ones.

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When Camellia Blooms: I liked the first episode even though I was completely thrown off by the first 5mins. Whatever it is they’re trying to do, they should stop and just continue the path of slice-of-life romance/melo they’d started on. I demand no detours!!

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    Oh was it some murder mystery? If i faintly remember the very first articles of WCB said it was mystery rom com and I was ticked off by that but since no trailers had any sign i thought they eliminated it.

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      Yes, it was. All I saw was the trailer so I didn’t see it coming. I also don’t like it!

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        Yeah watched it. I liked the entire episode though. I hope they keep the joker thingy minimal enough to ffd it quickly.

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          I also liked it a lot. I just didn’t see the ‘Joker’ thing coming cause I’d already had it in mind it was just a melo/slice of life kinda drama.

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I found myself in the middle of an OCN plot in one of my classes. This year, I’m taking a course called Forensic Medicine and while I enjoy the class, I can’t help but think the classroom itself will fit perfectly into the life of a drama serial killer.

The classroom has a shelf stocked with human body parts preserved in jars of formalin. No part is spared – decapitated baby heads, arms, organs… you name it! It’s the perfect storage for a drama serial killer. Just think about it! He murders his victims and then keeps a part of them as a souvenir. And no one questions shit because the classroom already had human parts – it’s the Forensic Medicine department! It’s not out of place. And he just gets away with it until a pesky resident, with the help of a local cop, busts him!

Kinda off topic but what was even more curious is that none of these floating body parts freak me or my classmates out (most of us are in our 5th year of medical school and we’ve seen, smelt, dissected, fiddled with enough cadavers and organs for years to be very unbothered). We don’t bat an eyelash and most of us don’t even notice it but the sight of a floating, erect penis in a jar of formalin does it for us.
I guess, at the end of the day, most of us aren’t mature enough to not make penis jokes and guffaw at it.

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Strangers from hell: How come Im Si Wan’s character is not questioning what LDW in doing in rundown place like that? He looks too clean and dresses well enough to look so out of place.
LDW is pulling off the creepy look and I love it so much.

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    is LDW serial killer?

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      Yes, he is

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        ha ha..t hat was such a shot in dark.. i had not heard of anything, not seen anything.. when an offhand comment becomes reality

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    wait a minute..
    is this drama about Im Si won being dead from the very beginning and being stuck in this world which looks like earth with regular other people, who are hell?

    isn’t that the plot of this series on netflix.. elsa is the lead actress there

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I don’t want to jinx it yet but I can’t help myself. Strangers from Hell is the only serial killer/murder drama (I’ve seen) where the psycho isn’t whistling some nursery rhymes. Fingers crossed this murderer finds nursery rhymes distasteful or just doesn’t know how to whistle

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Stranger from Hell: I’m not a scary thriller fan but I think I like this drama. I love that LDW is trying a new genre. I’m really curious to see where the story takes us.

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The Great Show:
I don’t know how I feel about it. It’s entertaining enough but I don’t know if I like Wi Dae Han. He’s an asshole – a very selfish one but I feel like he’s just been so occupied and obsessed with his goal that he has forgotten that he doesn’t have to be a dick.

LSB’s character, on the other hand, I’m sincerely indifferent to. There’s zero chemistry between her and WDH and I feel if they took her character out, you wouldn’t even notice. I hope LSB gets to participate in a project that she’ll be worthwhile.

Da Jung is killing it. She’s already matured beyond her age but every now and then, you can see that she’s still a child that should be catered for.

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    I actually like Wi Dae Han even though he gets on my nerves at times. I think he is blinded by his ambitions and he thinks this is the way to achieve the goal. He is trying to play the same game as other politicians without the evil component.
    But if he is just himself, he has a better chance of making it. Fundamentally he is a decent person. Even when he ran to save that child ‘it was him that ran’. That was his true self. But one after the save he made politics.
    Even when he interacts with the children or makes rules, he is genuinely being a good parent/person.
    I am so looking forward to his growth and finding his path. he is stuck in his rut and he needs to come out of this.
    And I think the kids are helping him grow to be a better human.

    agree on LSB character. She has better chemistry with Kang Jr honestly.

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      I agree with you. I really think he’s genuinely a nice person who is blinded by his ambitions. And its said ambitions and the obsession to attain his goals that has made him into a selfish dick! I don’t not like him but I definitely don’t like the ass he’s becoming. But that’s the whole point to taking custody of the kids – his growth. It’s something I’m looking forward to.
      I just want him to tell Da Jung he’s not her real father. He doesn’t know the amount of hurt he’s afflicting.

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    I don’t find him innately bad, yes he is lying but the world we are in with these characters, he is one of the best people in politics. Politics is dirty and that’s exactly what they are trying to show about the other politicians. I also think that even if incredibly selfish, he isn’t causing much harm, again in the context of the world he is in and how other people in his field are. What I do think is selfish and wrong is him not telling DJ that she isn’t his real daughter. Due to that it’s all a show, a lie but he does seem to invest in caring for the kids. I do love the wacky humor though. It lightens the mood instantly.

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      I don’t think he’s terrible and while I don’t hate him, I do still think he’s a selfish character. I understand why he’s selfish and I understand that politics is dirty and all but it doesn’t change the fact that almost everything he’s done so far has been incredibly selfish and dickish!
      It’s obvious his true nature is genuinely good but good people do bad, stupid and selfish things.

      Don’t get me wrong, me saying he’s a dick doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy his character. I just feel it doesn’t change that. And I think his selfishness is hurting Da-Jung way more than he thinks.
      On top of being the head of the house at a young age, she truly thinks she’s being rejected by her biological father. It’s obvious she’s under a lot of pressure and her mask is starting to wear thin. From the school scene, she has no friends and probably finds it hard integrating with her peers. These were problems she mostly likely had before and I’m sure her feeling of rejection form her father will tip that iceberg soon enough.
      That’s my big problem with him.

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Just realized Im Joo Hwan is part of Kwang Soo’s crew and he’s a love interest of LSB. #TheGreatShow

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Non-drama related – finally checked out Peaky Blinders and I’m glad I did. But now I’ve got the voice in my head speaking in a British accent and I can’t get it to stop.
Does that happen to anyone else?

If you watch something where the accents/language is different from yours, does your in-head voice (the voice that you think with and read with) adopt the accent?
When I first got into K-dramas (and even now) my in-head voice converses or thinks in incredibly broken konglish. When I watch British things, it does the same. Also with Japanese dramas or anime.

Does it happen to anyone else? Just me? Okay 😅

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    i have tried to watch that series some 10 times now.. don’t manage beyond the first 5 minutes.. and my cousins keep telling me its great..
    hmm.. i guess it is?

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      If you like it… it’s good. If you don’t… it’s not? It’s a matter of preference, I guess. I like it, I think it’s good but I don’t if I can say it’s great.

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    I like to call Cillian Murphy’s overall look ‘Serial Killer Sexy’. I am pretty sure he is a cool dude but he looks intense.

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      So intense and boyish yet manly… I don’t know. I think it’s his eyes. I get what you mean. If you watch his interviews, he seems like he’s either bored or lost in thought. He’s hot regardless.😏

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    LOL, yes! Anytime I watch something British, my in-head voice adopts the accent for a while.

    And since I watch Korean stuff all the time, I also have my own weird version of konglish going on.

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      I knew I wasn’t the only one. When I watch something in Japanese, it’s a shit-show in my head. Just confusion between Korean, Japanese, English, Hungarian and my mother’s tongue. Nobody wins!

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    Even when I read. My best friend who I won’t see for weeks will call me and five minutes later: “You’ve been reading Brit lit again haven’t you?”
    It’s not even just the accent. Like I find myself apologizing with clasped hands, which is not terribly American!

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    Surprisingly that doesn’t happen to me with English- a language i understand but with all these Asian languages (korean, chinese, Japanese) when I watch dramas. It’s like I’m thinking in that language with my own subtitles 😂

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      My pronunciation in my head-voice is top notch! God knows I’m butchering the language but it makes so much sense. I guess it’s why I pick up languages relatively easier than other people but clearly not well enough.

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    YES. All the time!! British shows are especially infectious, but I binge-watched The Wire many years ago and the voice in my head had a Baltimore accent/slang for WEEKS. :’)

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      😂😂 I’ve been spurting ‘By order of the Peaky FOKIN’ Blinders’ in the most ridiculous, cringy Brummie accent that my flatmate is this close to throwing me out of the apartment.

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        😂😂😂 I’ve been meaning to check out peaky blinders for a while. I somehow could never make it past the first episode. When I try it again, I’ll report back here if the voices take over my head too xD

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          I didn’t really get into it till the 3rd episode and I think it’s because I somehow started finding the main character, Cillian Murphy, incredibly attractive 😂

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#Devil I don’t know why but Song Kang’s character is getting on my nerves. I don’t know if I’m supposed to find him somewhat loveable 🤔. Is he supposed to give a similar vibe like as SIG’s Louise?
I think if he says ‘Serbia’ or mentions anything about Serbia again, I might throw something.

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    Heh. I watch Devil but I don’t know Song Kang and had to google him. Luca gets on my nerve. Not lovable. He roams aroung Ha Rip’s house like he owns it 🤦🏻‍♀️.

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    I can’t stand him either. I hate his type of characters. He just seems like nepotism

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I don’t get when people say ‘strong female lead’ or hate on characters from Misty, WWW and Witch’s court by saying they’re the wrong example of ‘feminism’ or some shit like that.

For me, it was never about feminism or about them being inspiring. TBH I’ve never been inspired by people or by the mere fact of their gender. Hearing something like ‘she’s the first female director of so and so’ does nothing for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not belittling their efforts or hard work. I know it must have been tough (especially since it’s a man’s world) but while I’m happy it worked out for them, I feel nothing else. I just don’t look to tv characters (or even real people) for inspiration or anything. I just like them or I don’t.

Men get a diversity of roles – good, bad, evil or morally vague, stupid or idiots and they’re not held responsible for depicting what a ‘strong’ man should be like. I understand it’s different for women and while I might not be consciously or unconsciously looking for inspiration, I’ve come to realize that representation matters to a lot of people but still it gets tiring always trying to find some deeper meaning or symbolism to a character. Sometimes, she’s written as an asshole because she just is. People like that exist!

A lot of women in dramaworld get typecast as candies or evil mother-in-laws or spoilt 2nd-leads that can’t take a fucking hike! So when a new type of character comes, like Go Miran in Misty – one with layers and faults and is also morally grey – I jump on it.

I don’t think she’s an ideal feminist. I don’t think anybody is. I don’t like what her character does and I don’t agree with it either, I just like that she’s a character with a mind of her own. And they’re many women like that in real life. It’d be naive to think the women who climbed so high up the ladder in their respective fields aren’t people who’d do what ever it took to maintain it or climb even higher. It’s not even a gender thing, it’s an ‘ambitious’ thing.

It’s unfair to constantly try to uphold any female character to be a ‘perfect feminist’! Let them be flawed and evil or morally grey. We don’t do that to male characters – he’s just his character. It’s kinda like how ‘women must always support each other or women are the downfall of each other’ but then two men in position of power fighting is just what it is. I understand why it’s like that – I still don’t like it, though!

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    louder, for the people at the back!
    well said!

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    Ma Yi-deum of Witch Court is the wrong example of being human. Period.

    I enjoy Ga-kyung’s MIL. She’s like the Michael Corleone of Korean chaebols. I’m glad and little bit surprised it’s a Korean drama of all TV shows that created and brought up this character.

    My problem with so called strong female characters in k-drama is many of them ended up being caricaturish. WWW has realistic portrayal of professional woman (well, apart from their maseratis and crazy outfits) but many of them are laughable and annoying. Who did scream on the top of a building to challenge her enemy, and what could she gain from doing that??

    Dont underestimate the power of TV. I’m reading a book about Asian economy, some part about Korea I’ve already learned from watching K-dramas. We can also learn from their characters. If anyone ask me which character from k-drama that one should aspire, I will answer Bae Ta-mi. Her professionalism is really admirable. I’ve only been working for about 13 years, so I might have less experience from many beanies here, but successfull professional women I’ve known has Tami’s qualities. At least in South East Asia, I never worked in other part of the world.

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      I agree even though I liked Scarlet more, there are hardly any Scarlet in the world and maybe me liking her is because I want to be like her but I know that the way the world functions you eventually become a BTM. It is BTM who we see everywhere.

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      99% of male lead characters in KDramas are walking/breathing caricatures of:
      the perfect boyfriend/husband
      the asshole with a heart of gold
      the chaebol iceman
      the morally ambiguous bad boy that we can’t help rooting for
      the genius in his trade/profession
      the guy who can’t seem to catch a break but perseveres
      the helpless puppy
      the hopeless romantic
      the ultra best friend with secret feelings
      (I’m sure we can go on further with this list…)

      and yet, we watch on, with nary a complaint. Why do we have different expectations for female characters?

      I don’t work in a fancy corporation but after years of watching KDrama Men step out of ultra fancy cars, why are the women’s crazy outfits and ultra cars thought of as “too much”? Screaming on a rooftop is not realistic? I’ve screamed in stairwells, to cool off! lol

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        Iirc people also always have complain about male characters.
        Last time I checked South Korea GDP per capita is USD 30K. Even if Ta-mi, Hyun and Morgan are in upper middle income group, with mortgage and other expenses, does it make sense to drive a car cost USD 140-150K? I know it’s PPL, I recognize it’s weird but it is how Korean drama works.

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          American shows are like that too. People used to figure out the wages vs expenses to see if they could really afford their homes in real life.

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    You are so right! It is high time people stop expecting women characters to be a certain kind. Either strong or evil or competitive or naive.

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    My thoughts exactly! I got into a fight here because of the women from #SearchWWW. 🤦‍♀️🙅‍♀️🤷‍♀️

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I’m really loving ‘Moment at Eighteen.’

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    Have you watched ep 4? If not disregard this comment.

    I knew that puppy dream meant something bad. Those two sad boys.

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I’ve fallen into a J-drama rabbit hole and have found some gems in the process. The drama I’m currently watching is Kahogo no Kahoko and I have to say Mitsuki Takahata is an amazing actor. In fact, I love the whole cast and I just love the story.
The one I’d previously watched is ‘Nigeru wa haji’. I’d read the manga a while back and didn’t know there was a live adaptation. I wasn’t disappointed. Then I googled Gen Hoshino and found out he’s an incredibly talented person.
Beanies, I’m ready to attempt to take on everything J-Ent has to offer. Please, recommend away!

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    Seigi no Mikata. For people who love characters like Veronica Park, the older sister is such a gem. It’s an older drama but still great imo.

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    Bokura wa Kiseki de Dekite Iru (Miracle): my favorite
    Ima kara Anata wo Kyouhaku Shimasu (May I Blackmail you?)
    Okusama wa, Tori Atsukai Chui (Caution: Hazardous Wife): Fun, but that ending though…. still waiting for season 2
    Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata (Ending Planner): slow build, but worth it I think
    Subete ga F ni Naru
    My Long Awaited Love Story

    I struggle with most Jdrama love stories because the women are so compliant and without any agency, to the point that some lately seem to be blueprints for how to emotionally isolate and abuse a woman (or girl. My gosh, so many are still girls)

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      Thank you for the recommendations. I get what you mean when you say their female characters are usually compliant. I’ve watched a couple of J-dramas before and that’s why I always dropped them.

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    Boku, Unmei no Hito desu is a cute, goofy little drama that I really like. I can’t really explain it properly, but there are shenanigans and gives off the same vibe as Negeru wa haji, though nothing will ever out-cute that drama.

    I also liked A Clinic on the Sea, which was also goofy and low-key but had a great ensemble.

    Liar Game is simply fantastic, S. 2 gets a little more convoluted but still great. And the K remake is pretty good too, though it does change the story a bit, but keeps the spirit in tact.

    A Girl and Three Sweethearts is cute and a favorite of mine.

    Nodame Cantabile is one of my favorite dramas of all time, but it’s one of those that you really need to be OK with the weird style that some J-Dramas have. But in the end it’s full of heart and great characters and amazing music. I’m due for a rewatch, now that I think of it.

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      I’ve seen Boku, Unmei no Hito desu. I liked it! I’ve also watched the K-version or Liar Game and I loved it. I personally feel the J-drama version will have that darker or different nuance that K-dramas don’t have so I’ll check it out.
      Thank you for the recommendations. 💜

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    Nigeru wa haji is outstanding!
    I’m personally a fan of Code Blue, too.
    I’m currently watching I Don’t Love You Yet, the jdrama adaptation of In Time Wit You 🙂

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      I’m usually not a fan of medical dramas (because I live in the medical world and find myself cringing a lot despite myself) so I probably won’t be checking Code Blue out.
      Where are you watching ‘I Don’t Love You Yet’? I can’t seem to find it🤔
      Thank you for the recommendations 🥰

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        The Japanese title is “Boku wa Mada Kimi o Aisanai Koto ga Dekiru”. It’s a really nice drama. Please check it out if you have time.

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    I second @snarkyjellyfish’s recommendation for the 10-episode Boku, Unmei no Hito desu (2017). Masaki Makoto and Kogetsa Haruko—both 28—are linked by fate yet never make a lasting connection. Their love story isn’t the only issue; the fate of the world is at stake as well. God appears in the form of a young man to get Makoto and Haruko on the right path.

    Hello Harinezumi (2017) | 10 episodes
    This quirky series follows the cases of the Akatsuka Detective Agency, whose motto is “to be compassionate and meddlesome.” In the course of their work, they encounter doppelgängers, evil spirits, estranged fathers and ancient treasure. They even find love with a new colleague. Cast led by Eita, a charming actor more handsome than his photograph. (Seriously, he looks like a chicken in his MyDramaList photo but he’s adorable with his messy, thick shoulder-length hair.)

    Miss Sherlock (2018) | 8 episodes
    This Hulu-HBO Asia co-production refreshingly reimagines both Sherlock and Watson as women in Tokyo. It’s never explained why Sherlock is called “Miss Sherlock” but Tachibana Wato—a doctor back from Syria—is called … Wato-san. Get it. Get it?! One main difference with Miss Sherlock’s characterization is that she’s super close with her exasperated brother Kento Futaba (Mycroft). Sherlock hella chic and <a href=”https://www.tumblr.com/search/miss%20sherlock
    “tumblr is pretty much a shrine to the undercurrents of romantic attraction between the two women.

    Nagareboshi (2010) | 10 episodes
    A desperate need to find a living liver-donor for his younger sister unites an aquarium worker with a sweet sex worker in a (fake) contract marriage. (Note—The show takes pains to show she’s not a prostitute. She dresses in school uniforms and talks to her clients while massaging them.) The guy lives with his sweet mom, who quickly grows to adore her fake daughter-in-law. The transplant doctor is low-key hot too. The only bad thing about this series is the girl’s despicable brother. He’s not in most of the show but his gambling problems are what spur her to earn as much money as possible.

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    If you’re in the mood for something shorter, I recommend this drama special and two films …

    Watashi ni Unmei no Koi Nante Arienaitte Omotteta (My Long Awaited Love Story, available on Viki) recently came up in the “What We’re Watching” threads. This Cyrano de Bergerac scenario is fluffy a drama special. Riko is a character designer recently contracted by a mobile game company. Soichiro, the company president, asks her to help to court his longtime office-crush, using her skills creating romantic scenarios. Drama fans will love it when Riko passionately defends dramas as culturally significant templates—not just cheesy clichés. Watching her reluctantly fall in love is heartbreakingly sweet. You will likely hate Soichiro’s haircut but just ignore it and enjoy the good feelings. Also, the ML is Takahashi Issei, the lead in @egad’s recommendation Bokura wa Kiseki de Dekite Iru.

    Mix (2017) is a ping pong themed film, starring Eita (my handsome chicken boy!) and Aragaki Yui. Tamako is a former ping pong prodigy who left the sport behind after her mother died. Heartbroken after her ping pong-playing boyfriend cheats on her, she returns home and finds new purpose, friendship and love as she rediscovers her passion for the game.

    Another favorite is a period film called A Tale of Samurai Cooking — A True Love Story (2013). Oharu, a beautiful, divorced, talented young woman is headhunted to teach a chef’s son Yasunobu how to cook so that he can carry on the family’s (kitchen) samurai legacy. Her new in-laws adore and respect her while her husband would rather be a warrior than take his dead brother’s place in the family business. I love, love, love this film because: (1) food prep scenes are my jam; (2) Oharu is hella skilled and steadfast; (3) the love story is organic and low-key. Oharu is played by Ueto Aya, the FL in Nagareboshi, the contract-marriage-for-a-piece-of-your-liver drama.

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      Imagine my surprise when I realized I never thanked you for your recommendations. I’d wanted to check them out first before replying and then I forgot. I don’t know where I threw my manners so even though it’s late, I want to really, really thank you for your recommendations. I loved that it was detailed and that’s why I’d wanted to read through it so I could reply properly.

      Boku, Unmei no Hito desu is one the dramas that led me down this rabbit hole. Tomohisa Yamashita is so hilarious. I still remember ‘g.o.d, right here.’ I just had to google him.

      I’ve just started A Tale of Samurai Cooking — A True Love Story and I already like it. I’d remembered you’d mentioned me probably not liking a character’s haircut and imagine my surprise when I found out you weren’t referring to the men in this movie…👀 It’s taking me a while to get used to it. The actors are so dedicated to their craft. Seriously, I had to take a break despite just being 10mins in to type this.

      Watashi ni Unmei no Koi Nante Arienaitte Omotteta – I’ve seen the actor playing Sochiro in ‘I don’t love you yet’ and he’s such an asshole in it, I’m still pissed at his face (even though I’ve seen just two episodes) so I’ll keep this for a while till my irritation subsides.

      Nagareboshi – immediately piques my interest. I’m checking this out after the Samurai movie.

      Miss Sherlock – I love the series Sherlock so I’ll definitely check this one out. I tried googling what you meant by ‘wato san’ and it went over my head… till I googled it. Is it about it being a gender neutral pronoun or name…? 🤔

      Hello Harinezumi (2017) – another detective theme. It’d right down my alley. I love quirky, weird and wacky. Sign me TF up!

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        Really, thanks for the recommendations and I’m sorry I replied so late.

        P.S: I still can’t get over the hairstyle in A tale of Samurai cooking. 😂😂

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        Hiya @esther—Glad to hear you’re checking out some of these recommendations! Actor Takahashi Issei (plays Sochiro) was the one whose haircut initially annoyed because I find comb-from-back-of-head haircuts to be very suspicious. Like, what are they hiding? 😂 When Japanese and Chinese actors play period roles with the half-bald haircuts, I wonder if they just go totally bald and wear hairpieces …

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    Where to start~
    I would recommend Unnatural any day of the week! It’s from the writer of Nigeru wa Haji, and it’s brilliant. For rom-coms, off the top of my head I’d say Buzzer Beat and Last Cinderella. They’re mature, but funny, and the leads have great chemistry!

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      I can’t seem to find ‘Unnatural any day of the week’ no matter where I search. I want to check it out because it’s by the same writer.
      Thank you so much for taking your time to recommend these to me. 💜💜

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    – Tonbi – father and son relationship!
    – Kounodori – Various stories about family in relation to babies
    – Soratobu Kouhoushitsu – workplace with airplanes
    – Wakamonotachi – siblings and how they deal with life

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      Slice of life is one of my favorite genres in K-dramas so I’m mostly intrigued by Wakamontachi. Tonbi seems like somewhat sad but as long as it’s not tragedy, I’ll be tuning in.
      Thanks for the recommendations. 🙏🙏 I’m so excited I have a lot to add to my list now.

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Bewhy transcends language and culture. I don’t need to understand him to feel his music. He has always delivered and he’s done it again. He’s phenomenal!

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