I just can’t write a Spring 2010 Anime Preview. I’ve been trying for weeks! (And by “trying” I mean putting it on the backburner~) But I’m not interested enough to do the necessary research to write anything of value about what shows I’ll be checking out!
Angel Beats and Arakawa Under The Bridge both intrigue me but also include elements that make me yawn. I’m probably more likely to look into the latter if I watch either. Time is something I ain’t got a lot of lately. =( Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei definitely looks like a show I want to watch but none of the promo material has grabbed me too deeply yet. Kaichou wa Maid-sama is a manga I’ve been following for a while - the set-up is mostly fluff but the protagonist Misaki is the tough and likable sort of tsundere and there are plenty of super hot dokidoki scenes - so I’ve been planning to watch the anime. Though I’ve heard this adaptation doesn’t look promising so far, which has kind of quelled my excitement. I’ll stockpile and marathon K-ON!! when I feel like something fluffy again and I’ll watch Oofuri as soon as I finish the first season. (Could say the same about Major and its megalithic backlog of seasons I’ve been putting off but I gotta fill my baseball anime void somehow…) Weirdly enough, Yutori-chan might be the new show that interests me the most this spring, since it’s short and sweet with a cute colour palette and apparently makes a subtle commentary on generation differences between women and girls in contemporary Japanese society? LOL
I might post about any or all of the above shows as I watch them, should I watch them. So in lieu of a proper anime preview here is my own personal DRAMA preview. (Note: a lot of these picks are pretty fucking obvious. FOR ME)
I never watch dramas while they are airing, so none of these are current (I think the most recent ones here are from the 2009 Fall Season). The reason for this is that my drama watching buddy (who also happens to be my awesome mother, Linda) collects the DVD boxsets, so I have to buy them online after the DVDs are released. So much for relevancy. But I like old shit and this post is mostly for personal reference (and Linda, so she knows what we’re watching over the next few months!!!) If you find something on here that interests you too that’s a bonus, but at least you’ll know what to expect reviews of on this blog upcoming ^__^
An older drama but one I’ve been wanting to watch for ages. If you don’t already know how much I identify with Hiroko Matsukata, the overworked female magazine editor, then I don’t know whose blog you have been reading. The Hataraki Man anime was hugely inspiring to me in work and life and love, so I’m dying to see how it looks with the live-action treatment. (Also I was pretty fist-pumpingly stoked about the hints of future romance between Hiroko and grouchy cameraman Sugawara in the final anime episode, although that might be too much to hope for~)
My second favourite Adachi franchise, in between Touch (1st) and Cross Game (3rd). Now that both Cross Game manga and anime have wrapped up I’m starved for more Adachi (heck I even read all of Katsu) so I can’t wait to relive H2, drama style. For Cross Game fans, imagine if Kou and Azuma were best friends but played for rival highschools. Now imagine if Wakaba hadn’t died, but rather grew up and starting dating “Azuma” in 7th grade without knowing her childhood friend “Kou” ever had a crush on her. PAINFUL SITUATION RIGHT!?!? And “Senda” even gets an egocentric but cute girlfriend! That’s H2. And it’s awesome. No actor could ever be as perfect as Hideo Tachibana is in my mind, but the dude who plays Hiro is pretty hot so I’m looking forward to this.
Tough, capable and single female teacher in her early 30s. Starts dating dude 10 years younger than her. I don’t care that it’s the too-pretty Teppei Koike as the younger teacher guy. You had me at “ohitorisama”. My fascination with dramas about single career women continues.
Love story between a professional basketball player and an aspiring concert violinist. How I missed the fact that two former Sailor Senshi (Kitagawa Keiko and Komatsu Ayaka) are in this I have no idea. I’ve heard some mixed reviews, and I don’t remember Sailor Mars being a stellar actress and she’s the main love interest. But sports romances are my kryptonite so we’re definitely watching this.
The usual odd-couple cop partner story, this didn’t really appeal to me when I first heard about it. But everyone I know who has seen this has raved about it. And when one of my Japanese girlfriends found out my Mum is a massive Oguri Shun fan, she asked me why the hell we hadn’t watched this yet. So consider this a gift, Mrs. Hanazawa Rui.
Linda also bought Atashinchi no Danshi and Samurai High School from her favourite K- and J-drama stand in the mall, so I’ll probably review those too. Lots to watch, geez. Busy busy life. (´；ω；`)