Saturday, 11 May 2013

Currently watching, or not as the case may be...

The slow demise of my computer has had two consequences. First, I've bought a new computer. Second, in transferring data across from the old PC to an external hard drive, I had the chance to decide what I would keep watching.

Last Cinderella fell at the second episode. It had one big problem: it just kept reminding me of Renai Neet, with its “older woman seduced by younger man with mysterious motives” theme. I found it quite frustrating to watch, with little new in the various relationships. I know the argumentative relationship between the two leads was meant to set up a kind of “Will they, won’t they” situation. But it was more like “Will they, won’t they ever shut up?”

Otenki Oneesan lasted until episode three. I tried to like it, because I'm a bit of a fan of Sasaki Kuranosuke, who was the pathologist with a huge crush on the crime busting weather girl. But I couldn't face it any more. There are two ways of making a character in a story look clever. One way is to make them say clever things. The other way is to make everyone else say stupid things. This series goes for option two.

Take Five didn't last too long, either. There was just a complete lack of camaraderie amongst the team. I know it’s only been one episode, but for most of that episode none of them seemed very happy to see each other. When the same attitude continued into the second episode, my patience ran out.

I'm still watching Galileo, and it’s the best thing I've seen so far (but I've still not watched Lady Joker or Miina Esper Dayo!) even though it’s not without its flaws. I wrote earlier it was nice to see Yoshitaka Yuriko in a less ditzy role. Well, I may have spoken too soon. I’ll stick with it because it’s still not too bad, but things are looking very grim this season.


  1. Oh boy!
    This season is so bad, that I've started watching an anime series. Luckily it's an interesting anime: Aku no Hana. The animation is not so great, but the story is! The wacky animation somehow enhances the angsty atmosphere of this series. Next to that I've been watching Minna Esper Dayo! Very pervy, but fun : P
    I'll be trying Galileo soon, although it's not my prefered type of dorama.
    Sennyu Tantei Tokage is supposed to be getting better. I didn't like the first ep much, but might try ep 2. Thanks for the translations anyways : )

  2. Hmmm, don't hold your breath. I haven't finished episode four yet, but it does seem a bit better than the others.

  3. Hmm... I find it really funny that all my fav dramas this season are galileo, sennyu tantei tokage, doubles, and otenki onee-san... maybe cuz I love mystery dramas lol... of course i'm also watching kasuka na kanojo and 35-sai no koukousei... i was watching vampire heaven... kinda stopped after ep 2 -_-... I've yet to start Minna Esper Dayo and Mayonaka no Panya-san yet...

    BTW, thnks very much for subbing Tokage! =)

  4. I recommend Mayonaka no Panya-san, Itazura remake, and Detarame Hero. They are the cut above of this abysmal season. Shame Mayonaka no Panya-san and Detarame Hero are late-night shows and Itazura only airs in a pay-in channel. No shows from prime time whatsoever.

    If you are into movies and talented young actors like in Suzuki Sensei, Kirishima Bukatsu Yameteruyo and Aku no Kyoten are on spot.

  5. Maybe because I have a LOT of stress in my life right now, I'm finding this season just what I need -- mindless, light shows that I can watch as they get subbed. Formulaic & ridiculous they may be, but quite acceptable now. It is easier to just be glad when they show up than wait impatiently for something wonderful like Saikou no Rikon. Thanks for hanging in there with Senyou Tantei Tokage.

  6. Hmm, I never thought of that. Certainly, when I went through some tough times, I tend to watch more variety and game shows.