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by shinqtaro
Dec 20th, '10, 02:40
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Keizoku 2: SPEC
Replies: 133
Views: 71239

BTW (and I may be reading too much into this), the episodes are numbered based on the 10 heavenly/celestial stems, which is an ancient Chinese cyclic character numeral system. For the finale, instead of using the last Kanji character in the system, they crossed it out and replaced it with another Ka...
by shinqtaro
Oct 23rd, '10, 11:23
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Iryu Team Medical Dragon (All Seasons)
Replies: 318
Views: 103241

Wow, ep.2 is, to put it as diplomatically as I can, as lame (if not more so) as ep. 1. It is already showing signs of blatantly ripping off every single cliche'd and melodramatic trick out of JDoramas in order to manipulate the viewers' emotion, logic be damned. Kishibe Ittoku mugs and overacts big ...
by shinqtaro
Oct 17th, '10, 10:51
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Iryu Team Medical Dragon (All Seasons)
Replies: 318
Views: 103241

Iryu 3 continues the series as if Iryu 2 never existed. Ep 1 was a rather long 2-hour special which had unnecessary sequences of glorified moments that could have been cut out. They could do with some toning done of certain scenes because it strikes me as really silly and viewers don't have to be t...
by shinqtaro
Oct 15th, '10, 01:38
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Nodame Cantabile and also its SP in Europe
Replies: 2133
Views: 593916

Hmm... did you watch the entire live-action series or ONLY that one finale movie? I suggest you watch the entire series if you haven't! It's a lot more rewarding. I watched the entire series. The drama (Tokyo chapter) is better than the anime (even though it cut out some interesting music - the pac...
by shinqtaro
Oct 15th, '10, 00:08
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Nodame Cantabile and also its SP in Europe
Replies: 2133
Views: 593916

Just watched the live action of the finale (part II). Having read the manga and watched the anime, I went in with very low expectations, but it turned out to be even worse than I thought. Everything just feels flat (even w/ the great music); there' s nothing that the anime doesn't do better (except ...
by shinqtaro
Oct 14th, '10, 18:46
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Guilty Akuma to Keiyakushita Onna
Replies: 182
Views: 51914

Ep. 1. No complaints about the acting, things actually moved fairly quickly to set up the dynamics among the main characters. Too early to tell, but this is another one of those that's going to live and die by the quality of the script. From the writer who adapted the Naoki award nominated novel Shi...
by shinqtaro
Oct 11th, '10, 15:03
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Keizoku 2: SPEC
Replies: 133
Views: 71239

I'm also of the opinion that the acting skills required for Toda Erika's character is a bit out of her league here. If you've seen the original, Nakatani Miki's character retained her eccentricity throughout, even after she solved the cases and explained her rationale to everyone, whereas Toda Erika...
by shinqtaro
Oct 10th, '10, 01:56
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Keizoku 2: SPEC
Replies: 133
Views: 71239

[Discussion] Keizoku 2: SPEC

From Drama-wiki: http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa196/tantei_conan/Keizoku_2_SPEC.jpg Details: Title: ケイゾク 2: SPEC Title (romaji): Keizoku 2: SPEC Tagline: 警視庁公安部 公安第五課未詳事件特別対策係事件簿/Keishichou Kouanbu Kouan Daigoka Mishou Jiken Tokubetsu Taisakugakari Jikenbo Format: Renzoku Genre: Mystery Episo...
by shinqtaro
Sep 20th, '10, 06:57
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Atami no Sousakan (Odagiri Joe)
Replies: 79
Views: 44916

OK, I've read some online users' explanations, but none covers all the loose ends (including my own - it seems the explanation may be in the DVD or there may be a 2nd season). What is clear is Atami is a place which has a boundary between the dead and the undead. Some of the clues may be in the endi...
by shinqtaro
Sep 19th, '10, 07:19
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] JIN (Osawa Takao, Ayase Haruka, Uchino Masaaki)
Replies: 512
Views: 185288

Re: Just finished season 1 on TV Japan

They had BETTER do a season 2, because my wife (who just emigrated from Japan) and I are furious at the lack of any explanation. SPOILER ALERT I mean, if a dude has a tiny sinister baby living in his skull that deserves explanation, right? The drama only covered the first 5 volumes of the manga (I ...
by shinqtaro
Aug 23rd, '10, 08:34
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Ryoma Den
Replies: 34
Views: 16408

Just watched ep. 33 and it's IMO one of the most exciting (if not the most) episodes of the series. Just a word of warning - don't watch the preview to the next ep. as the content is pretty much fully spoiled. Since the start of season 3, Fukuyama Masaharu's acting has markedly improved and things s...
by shinqtaro
Jul 25th, '10, 05:04
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [DISCUSSION] Joker Yurusarezaru Sousakan
Replies: 41
Views: 20266

Ep.2 is much better. While I don't understand in ep1 why he didn't wait until the murderer is in the act of commiting his last crime and catch him red-handed; ep.2 is much better written and there really is no (admissable) solid proof for the DA to build a case, and he did exaust all legal means. St...
by shinqtaro
Jul 25th, '10, 04:47
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Nodame Cantabile and also its SP in Europe
Replies: 2133
Views: 593916

woah. i cant wait for the part 2 of the final movement.. anyone knows when will it come out??? with english subs? Part 1 DVD was released early June and SARS subbed version was available in end of July. Part 2 DVD will be released early Oct, so I predict SARS subbed version of it won't be available...
by shinqtaro
Jul 19th, '10, 06:18
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Nodame Cantabile and also its SP in Europe
Replies: 2133
Views: 593916

has anyone seen a 720p rip of the dvd version anywhere? I think the SARS HD rip is supposed to be from a blu-ray disc, but it doesn't look like a 1080p rip or even a 720p rip, although the resolution is fine. Just rewatched the movie in HD and they included a modified trailer of the finale at the e...
by shinqtaro
Jul 1st, '10, 13:22
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Nodame Cantabile and also its SP in Europe
Replies: 2133
Views: 593916

IMO, the anime for the Finale is the best of the series, both musically and plot-wise. Yes, it did cut out a character at the end for pacing purposes, but as someone as already mentioned it showed Nodame's musical growth and relationship w/ Chiaki much more naturally. Of course the Tokyo chapter is ...
by shinqtaro
Jun 27th, '10, 06:31
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Nodame Cantabile and also its SP in Europe
Replies: 2133
Views: 593916

-According to the narrator, it was a miracle that they could film the opening scene in the Gesselschaft der Musikfreunde concert hall in Vienna. In the beginning, that hall had full schedule for the next 2 years, they weren't able to get permission to film there. But just like a miracle, suddenly t...
by shinqtaro
Jun 26th, '10, 19:38
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Nodame Cantabile and also its SP in Europe
Replies: 2133
Views: 593916

As far as I watched the making, Vieira-sensei is acted by a real-world known Czech conductor, Zdenek Macal. (and I heard that the solo violinist in the end of the first special in europe is a Czech pro musician.) As for the orchestra members that Tamaki conducted at the end of the first movie, they...
by shinqtaro
Jun 26th, '10, 05:28
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Nodame Cantabile and also its SP in Europe
Replies: 2133
Views: 593916

OK, just watched the movie version. Better than I expected, but I'm not sure I agree w/ those who says that it follows the anime closely - I would put it at most 60% (BTW the anime doesn't follow the manga 100% either). There are characters/events removed/changed/reordered and at least 1 musical pie...
by shinqtaro
May 4th, '10, 16:12
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Nodame Cantabile and also its SP in Europe
Replies: 2133
Views: 593916

well, I don't watch the anime nor read the manga, because the art graphic style doesn't seem.. "appealing" to me. sorry if it sounds rude, I don't mean to offend anyone. people have preferences, ne? ^^" I felt that way in the beginning, too, but since I've become a big Nodame fan, I had to take a l...
by shinqtaro
May 4th, '10, 11:47
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Shinzanmono (Abe Hiroshi)
Replies: 146
Views: 55965

Higashino Keigo's stories are what's called 'traditional deductive novels' in Japan, similar to those of Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, and Earl Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason). These stories always include a lot of fact findings and interrogations before coming to a conclusion. There were some debate...
by shinqtaro
May 1st, '10, 13:49
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Shinzanmono (Abe Hiroshi)
Replies: 146
Views: 55965

Just watched ep. 2, not great but much better than ep. 1. At least it resembles something that's adapted from a mystery novel (I'm guessing it's at least as long as Suspect X as most Gailileo's are short stories). I don't mind if they follow the same format for each episode as most mystery novels do...