Thursday, December 15, 2016

No drunk kiss in Weightlifting Fairy Bok Joo Episode 9

Well, that title was a spoiler. Ha!

Anyway, I’m just disappointed there wasn’t any kiss from Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung) and Joon Hyung (Nam Joo Hyuk) although we get to see a lot of cute moments between the two in Episode 9.

If you don’t want to be spoiled further, then stop because I’ll be discussing some events in episodes 9 and a little of 10.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Recap: Career Episode 2

Back to my recap of Career! It took me more than a month to get back to watching this. But I couldn’t just let it finish because it’s my Chiaki-senpai, you know? Hehe. (Tamaki Hiroshi played Chiaki in Nodame Cantabile live action back in 2006)

Anyway, it’s another case this time around (if you’re familiar with police dramas, they tackle one case per episode), and Tamaki Hiroshi sure can’t help himself but play detective once again.

If this is your first time reading about Career, the story is about Tamaki Hiroshi’s police division and the crimes they deal with. Tamaki Hiroshi is the section chief but he prefers helping out (or annoying, actually) investigators in solving crimes rather than sitting in his room and signing paperworks.

So, let’s get on with the recap!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Recap: Yuri on Ice Episode 3

I’m waaaaaay behind Yuri on Ice so I’m doing a marathon of the series this week. I’m actually amazed by the routines in featured in this anime despite not being a ballet dancer or an ice skater.

We finally get to see the face-off between the two Yuris and we instantly see improvements in their movements after one or two episodes.

I’m excited for the Grand Prix Final but let’s get a start on this first, shall we?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Recap: Yuri on Ice Episode 2

Hello! I’m back with a recap of Yuri on Ice and I must say I’m excited to see Yuri regain his confidence and get back on the rink!

I want to see how Viktor and the Russian Yuri will be able to push and inspire our lead, Yuri, in his quest to return to the Grand Prix. Although his dream is to compete with his idol turned coach, Victor.

Let’s get to it!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Recap: The K2 Episode 16 (END)

Sorry it took me a while just to watch The K2’s last episode. I really feel sad that this is the last one and I don’t know how long I’ll feel empty inside. Ha!

I’m not kidding. There’s always this empty feeling inside whenever a drama I’m watching ends, and it’s even sadder when I have come to love that drama.

Anyway, I only have praises for Yoona, Ji Chang Wook, Song Yun Ah, and Cho Seong Ha for their superb acting and delivery of their characters.

Cheers to the writer and director, too, for giving us such a well-written story, and while I don’t like the shots taken while the camera is on the move, it has conveyed what it probably want to: that those scenes were full of action.

I would recommend this drama to anyone and it’s definitely a nice break from romcoms. So without further delay, here’s the recap~

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Recap: The K2 Episode 15

An intense and action-filled episode which reveals where our leads and second leads' loyalties lie. 

Je Ha (Ji Chang Wook), of course and not surprisingly, remains as Anna's (Yoona) knight in shining armor, while Se Joon (Cho Seong Ha) is cornered into choosing between his career and his daughter.

Siblings Yoo Jin (Song Yun Ah) and Sung Wan (Lee Jung Jin) continue to fight over the JB Group and Yoo Jin's massive intel stored in Cloud Nine, while Park Kwan Soo (Kim Kap Soo) is just interested to get his hands on the memory card containing his misdeeds in Iraq.

Let's get on with it, shall we?

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Recap: The K2 Episode 14

I wasn't really feeling this episode because it looks like a setup for bigger things for the last two episodes. 

We get to see how much Anna and Yoo Jin love Je Ha, and we also see where Je Ha's loyalty lies.

Choi Sung Won tries to hit back at Yoo Jin after a massive loss in the previous episode so get ready because the last week will be full of action and sibling rivalry.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Recap: The K2 Episode 13

We get to see Choi Yoo Jin's plan unfold in this episode and remember who really is the evil queen in this show.

Well, Kim Je Ha gets his ass moving on finding more about the deal in Iraq that killed his fiancee, Raniya, and Go Anna, well, she'll get a new name--Jang Anna--starting the next episode I think.

Overall, it was a bore after the first half of the episode and I think Episode 14 will be full of action judging from the events in this one.

Read on for the recap!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Shopping King Louis Scares with Amnesia Plot AGAIN

If you’re up to date with Shopping King Louis and have watched last week’s episode 11, you could have been one of those who have shouted “AMNESIA, AGAAAAIIIINNNN??” at their screens. I did.

To be honest, I wanted to drop the whole series entirely (I do that to a lot with dramas when the story goes awry) but I love Seo In Guk and the supporting cast in this drama that I decided to give it a chance.

WARNING: If you haven’t watched episodes 12 and 13 yet, spoilers ahead!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Recap: The K2 Episode 12

Just when I thought this episode would be a ho-hum, a big--MAJOR-- story development takes place! Of course I won’t spoil you here in the intro part so you have to read the recap below to know all about it.

I was wrong to judge Sung Won as someone whom Yoo Jin can easily control or out-maneuver (although he still can be) as he bares his true colors and capabilities in this episode.

It’s a battle between the siblings and Anna is caught between them as she’s both Sung Won’s weapon and Yoo Jin’s weakness.

I really liked this episode although less than 10 or 11, I think. I’m still a fan of the Anna-Je Ha romance so please, show me more of that next week!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Recap: The K2 Episode 11

While we all know Je Ha (Ji Chang Wook) won’t die in this episode—he’s the protagonist, dammit—I’m still fearing for future hurdles that will be thrown in his path especially after he’s caught the eye of Park Kwan Soo after this episode. Now everybody wants a piece of Je Ha! (flips table)
This episode showed camaraderie between the JSS guards (including our main character Je Ha), and more lovey-doey scenes between Je Ha and Anna (SNSD’s Yoona).

Choi Yoo Jin (Song Yun Ah) also shows us who’s really the boss between her and husband Jang Se Joon (played by Cho Seong Ha), and Secretary Kim crafts another plan to—I don’t really know—kill Je Ha, perhaps?

Let’s get to recap, shall we?

Friday, October 28, 2016

Recap: The K2 Episode 10

Things went by so fast between Anna (Girls' Generation's Yoona) and Je Ha (the hot Ji Chang Wook) this episode, I wasn't able to catch my screams while watching. Haha. (I'm not kidding!)

Anyway, there's also been a huge development on the political aspect of the story as Yoo Jin (Song Yun Ah) now grapples with the effects of Park Kwan Soo's "trump card," which we still don't know yet in this episode.

And I'm really sorry for the late recap, I was sick these last few days so I didn't have time to watch the drama even if I already had the videos by Sunday morning. :)

Read up below for the recap~

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Recap: The K2 Episode 9

It's a fun episode last Friday night as Anna (Yoona) and Je Ha (Ji Chang Wook) start to develop feelings for each other! Woohoo! 

There's less screen time for Cho Seong Ha and Song Yun Ah and political issues, but I'm afraid we're just experiencing the calm before the shit hits the fan. Haha. (Seriously!)

So let's start our recap and beware of the many pictures of Yoona and Ji Chang Wook!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Recap: The K2 Episode 8

Ji Chang Wook and Yoona in The K2
FINALLY! An episode where we see Je Ha and Anna grow closer! I’m all smiles while watching this especially since Je Ha seems to be drawn to Anna more and more.

Ji Chang Wook looked very cool and handsome in his action scenes, breaking no sweat or even attracting dust or dirt on his face haha. Yoona, meanwhile, smiled more in this episode and I was thankful becuase she was always crying whenever she came up on screen!

Overall, it was an enjoyable watch so let’s start the recap.

Recap: The K2 Episode 7

The K2's Episode 7 gave us a glimpse at Anna's (played by Girls' Generation's Yoona) relationship with her father. While I couldn't really care less at how this family conflict of hers unfold, I'm giddy over Je Ha's increasing concern over Anna given the developments in this episode.

I saw a lot of still cuts in Instagram of Je Ha and Anna in Episode 8 so before I skip to that, below's the recap for Episode 7.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Recap: Haikyuu!! Episode 1

My favorite volleyball team is back this season! I sure missed Hinata and Kageyama, and the rest of Karasuno High!

I actually found the last season lacking because it ended with the defeat of Aoba Josai High when we all know they still have to play the great Shiratorizawa Academy if they want to win the Spring High Miyagi Prefecture Representative Playoffs.
It could be that the anime is already catching up with the manga, but whatever the reason is, I’m just happy Haikyuu!!!’s season 3 is finally here! 

So without further ado, click below for more!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Recap: Career Episode 1

Tamaki Hiroshi’s drama this season is finally out! I’m so excited because it’s Tamaki Hiroshi (HAHA) and it’s a police drama—one of my favorite genres!

It is also interesting to have a drama center on a career bureaucrat in the police force. Whenever I watch police dramas, the detectives would always, always smirk or have a grudge against those on the higher ranks and call them a “career” person or the “elite.”

Googling what these elite bureacrats are showed they are usually graduates of top universities of Japan and have passed the hardest level of the national public service exam. So they are the ones expected to advance in their careers especially in a managerial role. I got this explanation from “Amakudari and Japanese Law” by Colin PA Jones.

Anyway, it was a very fun first episode so I hope you enjoy it, too!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Recap: The K2 Episode 6

I’m so friggin' happy with this episode because of an increase in Yoona's screen time. We also get a lot of flashbacks from Yoona and Seong Yun Ah's characters, cementing their approaches to life at present.

I felt so sad and heartbroken for Yoona's character in this episode, especially her longing to see her father. The true colors of her father is shown in this episode and how he loves his ambition more than his daughter.

Anyway, before I'm tempted to give you more spoilers, the recap is below!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Recap: The K2 Episode 5

This episode of The K2 has fewer action scenes compared to the previous episodes but the story continues to be interesting, at least for me.

We get more Ji Chang Wook and Yoona moments, more insights on Song Yun Ah's character, and more funny moments delivered by the bald judo teacher and Yoona's female bodyguard, Mi Ran.

I'm a bit sad not seeing Yoona's singing but I'm keeping my hopes up I will finally see it in the next episode. Anyway, the recap's below!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Recap: Yuri!!! on Ice Episode 1

I’m a huge fan of sports anime but this is the first ice skating anime I’m watching EVER. This is very unlike Days or Baby Steps in which the beginnings of a future athlete is closely followed, but instead, our main character is an ice skating athlete who already bested others in Japan (I assume) and has lost inspiration in continuing on after losing international titles.

Yuri!!! on Ice is very funny and entertaining and the animation of skating routines are very beautiful! I’m not really a fan of ice skating but I’ve watched a lot of Olympic pair figure skating before (it’s more entertaining for me than singles competitions hehe).

So anyway, before I bore you with anything else, here’s the recap of Yuri!!! on Ice!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Recap: The K2 Episode 4

Yoona finally gets a lot of screen time in this episode and Ji Chang Wook is finally employed as her bodyguard! Whew. Now we wait for sparks to fly or not, depending on how the writers will drive the story.

The episode is still peppered with a lot of action from Ji Chang Wook getting himself tangled with whoever but I’m happy that the show is also introducing us to characters who will surely bring us the needed comedic laugh.

So far, this drama hasn’t lost my interest and I’m very excited for next week’s episodes!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Recap: The K2 Episode 3

I should stop saying action-packed as a description of every episode but I can’t find the adjective for this one. Haha. I really enjoyed the car chase scene of this episode so make sure to watch it because words aren’t enough to show how I was looking forward to how Ji Chang Wook will wing it with his car brakes cut!

We learn of how Ji Chang Wook will come to work as Yoona’s bodyguard although he still has yet to accept the job. I’m a little bit sad I didn’t get to see Yoona in this episode, only appearing in first 3 or 5 minutes of the episode.

But I admit I felt a little giddy seeing Lee Jung Jin in this show, having watched a number of his rom-com dramas years ago!

Read on for The K2 Episode 3's summary!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Recap and Review: Love O2O / 微微一笑很倾城 (2016 film)

I have been a fan of the Love O2O (other names: 微微一笑很倾城, Just One Smile Is Very Alluring) drama so I was waiting for the release of the movie starring Angelababy :)

Of course, the story was the same but in case you haven’t watched the 30-episode drama that just recently wrapped up in China, read on to know the plot and some thoughts on the film. Please note that I freely insert my thoughts between scenes, and in the case of this film, I might be also mentioning some comparisons with the drama. 

And also beware that this is a very lengthy recap as I have thoroughly enjoyed the film! Possibly also because I used to play online games before hahaha.

Let’s go!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Recap: K2 Episode 2

Another action-filled episode! The characters are all back in Korea this time and we get to see more of how Song Yun Ah and Cho Seong Ha’s relationship works. Looks like Yun Ah’s character is controlling or keeping Seong Ha's (the assemblyman) beside her by having Yoona (his daughter) as her other hostage.

I like Yun Ah’s cold and calculating character who I doubt is only driven by her love for her husband and Seong Ha’s couldn’t-care-less attitude towards his wife but a soft-spoken demeanor when talking about his daughter.

Anyway, let’s get right to it!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Recap: K2 Episode 1

I’ve been waiting for this drama for weeks since I am a fan of Yoona and I missed seeing Ji Chang Wook on the small screen. He had a Chinese television drama recently but I wasn’t able to catch it (Is that still airing? I’m not sure). 

I really admire Yoona’s acting in this drama—seems like she’s matured a bit from her sappy crying chops in Love Rain and Cinderella Man so I’m looking forward to more episodes! Ji Chang Wook sure worked hard in this episode with all the stunts he’s done and his great (GASP!) bod serves as a delish fan service to entice us girls to stay tune.

Overall, this episode laid down the backdrop for our characters and introduced us to their lives and how fate will bring all of them together for an action-packed and possibly political drama with Yoona being an illegitimate daughter of a presidential candidate.