[blog] what?! it’s a remake?!

So Korea’s NODAME CANTABILE finally got its dream Noda Megumi after what seemed to be a complicated courtship that played out like a drama itself. I haven’t watched any of Shim Eun-kyung’s work but I have read glowing reviews about her from my blogger friends who watch more films and dramas than me. And when…

[blog] NOOOO!!! DAME! DAME! DAME!!!

When news of the Korean remake of NODAME CANTABILE first came out, I was ambivalent towards it. Time has shown that we can never really stop our beloved dramas and films from being remade and we can only hope that the remakes would do justice to the original. There has been a lot of noise on the…

[movie] HIDAMARI NO KANOJO… wouldn’t it be nice.

“Kosuke, arigatou.” I finally watched HIDAMARI NO KANOJO (The Girl in the Sunny Place) in full. I first watched this last month on a flight back from Singapore but because I chose to take a nap first, I lost a precious hour and had to fast-forward the film before we landed. I didn’t know what…

[blog] battle royale in Japan’s spring dorama season

Wow, it’s looking more and more like a battle royale among this generation’s superstars in the spring drama season in Japan. There’s Oguri Shun with BORDER, a detective drama, on Asahi.   (Source)   Then there’s Arashi’s beloved Ohmiya with dramas of their own: Nino with the baseball-themed KOWAKUTEMO KATEMASU on NTV and Riida with SHINIGAMI-KUN…

when Domyoji meets Nodame

HANA YORI DANGO and NODAME CANTABILE were among the first Japanese dramas I watched so they occupy a special place in my fangirl life. In fact, I have the HYD anime and NC manga in my pop culture stash. The year was 2005 (when HYD aired), a year since moving into a new country where…

movie: GU GU THE CAT

I am not a cat person. I never had cats for a pet though we have a bunch of dogs at home. I’ve always dreamed of owning a Golden Retriever or a Lab but since I live in a condo, that is just impossible. Of late, I’ve been in love with cats and it’s partly…

fangirl vs shipper

One can be a fangirl without being a shipper. Or a shipper without being a fan. One can be both. One need not be both. Does that make sense? It makes sense to me. I was a shipper once, without being a fan of the individuals I was shipping. I was a shipper for their…