Review: Ode To Joy (欢乐颂)

Synopsis:
Ode To Joy revolves around the lives of five women from vastly different backgrounds, living on the same 22nd floor.

Review:

Ode To Joy is actually my first modern C-drama and I’m so glad I’ve chosen this beautifully-written series to introduce me into the modern C-drama world. Produced by the same team as Nirvana In Fire, you can be sure that Ode To Joy is definitely of a watchable standard.

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[Upcoming] Legend of Heavenly Tear: Phoenix Warriors (天泪传奇之凤凰无双)

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Synopsis:
During the Qi Dynasty, in the North of China lives the daughter of the Shi family, Mou Qian Qian. One day, her family gets murdered because of a scheme by the Xiang Kingdom’s husband (?) Wu Qinghong. She is then rescued by Liang Kingdom’s prince Xiao Fengxing and hence starts an amazing resurrection story. 
Synopsis taken from Soompi

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Review: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (달의 연인-보보경심 려)

Synopsis:
Go Ha Jin is transported back in time to the Goreyeo era during a solar eclipse. There she forms bonds with the princes but soon gets embroiled in the violence and politics of the fight for the throne.

Review:

Where do I start…If you’ve read my first impressions post on Scarlet Heart Ryeo here then you’d probably think that this is an extension of the previous post. You’re not wrong but after 19 other episodes, my feelings for this show has drastically changed since then. The fact that I’ve actually seen the original and loved it, makes it all the more worse (and torturous) as I dragged myself through this mess.

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Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (달의 연인-보보경심 려) – First Impressions

I can’t believe I’m watching a k-drama. It’s been what, 4 years? I can’t even remember lol. To be honest I’m not a fan of k-dramas, mostly because they always recycle their plots and I can never finish them. Yes, I can finish a 80 episode c-drama but not a 26 episode k-drama. Shows how much I dislike k-dramas, lol. But the reason why I’m watching Scarlet Heart Ryeo comes from a conversation I had with a friend of mine. We were discussing the differences between Bu Bu Jing Xin (the original c-drama) and Scarlet Heart Ryeo. Realising the futility of the conversation, since neither of us has actually watched both. We decided that I, the Bu Bu Jing Xin is to watch Ryeo while she is to watch BBJX. I wonder if she’ll actually do it though since BBJX, being a c-drama is like twice the number of episodes as SHR. But I’ve decided to give SHR a try since my many-year k-drama hiatus and here is my first impression. I don’t normally do first impressions since I can’t be bothered and normally I’d want to quickly know what’s happened next rather than blog about it. But with SHR I just felt like I should. Don’t ask me why.

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Fragile (フラジャイル)

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Synopsis:
The drama centres around pathologist Kiichi Keishiiro (Nagase Tomoya), an eccentric pathologist who is rude and seemingly self-centred but renowned for his 100% accurate diagnoses. Rookie neurologist Miyazaki Chihiro (Takei Emi) decides to transfer to the pathology department after witnessing an incident where Kiichi stood up against her superior regarding an inaccurate diagnosis.

So after finishing all 10 episodes of this series, I’m pretty disappointed. I’ve read reviews raving about this drama and being a huge fan of J-dramas, I had some pretty high expectations of this one. Especially since it’s my first medical drama, I was hoping this one would be good. But unfortunately, it fell flat for me and I was practically forcing myself to push through with every episode. That being said, it’s not so bad that I would drop it but it’s not a drama I would be raving to my friends about.

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Juhan Shuttai (重版出来!)

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Synopsis:
Kurosawa Kokoro suffers from an injury that renders her unable to take part in the Judo Olympics. She finds a job as an editor for Weekly Vibes, a manga magazine aimed at young men. The story then follows Kokoro and senior editor Iokibe Kei as they venture together in the manga publishing world.

Omg Juhan Shuttai, where do I start. I was so upset that it finished with ten episodes, though it was to be expected of J-dramas but I still wanted more. It’s because of dramas like Juhan Shuttai that I would choose a Jdrama over a  Kdrama anyday (no offense Kdrama fans). Plot-wise, there isn’t exactly a plot since it’s very character-driven, which is the drama’s main strength. The characters are quirky and lively, but not only that they’re also well-developed and by the end you can’t help but love all of them! Not to mention it’s a drama about mangas and being a manga fan myself, it was especially especially interesting to see how the manga industry works. I was so drawn into the world of mangas and now I have a whole new appreciation of mangas.

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