Japanese Do-ra-mas!

Monday, August 25, 2008 rinachan
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Dorama’s the Japanese word for drama, by the way. Anyway, as promised, I’m going to continue reviewing a few dramas I’ve watched. I’ll start with an ultra-popular one.

Hana Kimi (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e)

Hana Kimi is about a girl named Mizuki who admires a boy named Sano. Living in America, she spots him on TV one day. She sees him smile after doing a high-jump, but soon learns that he became injured and gave up the sport. Determined to make him jump again, she begs to leave America and live in Japan, going off on her own tp secretly sneak into an all-boys school, the same school Sano attends. The whole comedy-drama is about Mizuki keeping her secret from all of her guy friends.

This one is one of my favorites. I’ve even watched it twice, subtitled. I recommend this for anyone who loves a good laugh or two (or maybe a hundred laughs) because, honestly, you can’t go an episode without at least one giggle.

This show was based off of a manga by the same name. The manga is available in English from Shojo Beat, Viz Media’s label. It ran twenty-three volumes in eight years and is done publishing. It ran for twelve episodes.

1 Litre of Tears (Ichi Rittoru no Namida)

This is a sad drama, one that will, literally, make you cry one liter of tears. It’s based off of a true story about a girl named Aya who was diagnosed with the disease spinocerebellar ataxia at the age of fifteen. The whole drama basically focuses on Aya from the time she was heading into high school until her death at age twenty-five. Why did she die? Because, there is no cure for this disease. It progresses as time flies by, and eventually (at least for her type of disease), you lose all ability to eat, walk, write, and speak. It’s very sad and moving, because, all though her dream was small, all she wanted to do was help someone. So, she, like the real Aya, wrote in a diary until she could no longer hold a pen. Her stories and poems touched the hearts of many, and they were often published. In the drama, Aya also found love, and was forced to give him up because she knew she wouldn’t last, and it would only hurt him in the end. She had to give up her favorite sport, as she was on the basketball team — and could no longer run. Her disease also affected her family. Her brother was teased. Her parents were sad because they could do nothing to help Aya recover. And Aya? She tried her best to keep her ability of walking, and did therapy for at least an hour a day. She eventually even had to leave her friends behind…

Why am I giving away the story? I don’t know. Maybe I want to reminisce on the story because it made me so sad. Regardless, there are eleven episodes and a diary that was published to the story. The real Aya died in 1988. I recommend this one, also.

LIFE

I have to say, I like the drama even more than the manga.

LIFE pretty much is the same as the manga, with the small exception that Ayumu doesn’t cut. Ayumu goes to a new school and meets a new “friend,” Manami. Manami introduces Ayumu to her boyfriend, and he starts sexually and mentally abusing her, several times manipulating her into doing things. Manami catches wind, and, with the help of her friends and followers, starts bullying Ayumu, thinking that she stole Manami’s boyfriend. Ayumu must fight back and win, with the help of her two friends.

This is also one of my favorites, and I enjoyed watching it. It makes me scream, “GET HER!” and chant with the crowd at the height of Ayumu’s popularity. If you watch the show, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. At least, with the chanting. This one also had eleven episodes.

As you can see, I’m a big fan of any story that has someone trying to overcome something (Mizuki with her Sano goal, Aya fighting a disease, Ayumu trying to save herself from the bullying), but I assure you, I can’t sit down and watch stuff that’s subbed if it’s boring. Most of these shows kept me glued to my computer screen, watching at least five episodes a day.

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One Comment Add your own

  • 1. Kenneh~  |  Monday, September 8, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I LOVED the last sentence. ^_^ Eh, is that good?


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