This last week was a doozy… but I did watch me some dramas. And they were all good dramas, which brings its own reward.
Pasta was awesome, as I’ve shared in glorious spoiler-filled splendor in my last post.
Then, I caught the final third of Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo — and it was awesome. I definitely want to rewatch the final episode. Because my streaming source, Dramafever, only provided a middling-definition version for its non-paying viewers. That changes to high-def once it gets picked up by Hulu. And frankly, Naoki needs to be viewed in high-def. He has very tiny little reactions to things, unlike the much more exuberant Kotoko. So you’ve got to be keyed into the subtle to get the full story on him. (And that’s totally why I need to watch
Furukawa Yuki the last episode in high-def. Yup.)
And then… I made the call and started Dating Agency Cyrano. It was a last minute decision based on two reviews I skimmed (wary of spoilers). They both managed to pique my curiosity and get me excited about the show and now I’m one and a half episodes in. (Weird number, I know. But life interrupts. This week more often than usual.)
So far, so good! I love the filming style: mystery/noir shadows crossed with rom-com color pops sprinkled with heist-movie angles. And I’m all over the character types: idealistic and romantic Min-young, cynical and mercenary Byong-hoon, adorably sweet Ah-rang (or is it Arang which… isn’t that a girl’s name? or am I lost in translation?), and the cold cipher Moo-jin. Sure, it’s a very classic mix of personalities, but cliches form for a reason and this is a mix that works for me. Especially when you add in the found-family factor.
Plus, we’ve already got one monkey-wrench of a character with Seung-pyo. I was totally expecting the typical second-lead characteristics of sweetness and wisdom (an expectation strengthened by the Kim Young-hoon of You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin vibes I was getting from Seung-pyo originally) but by the middle of the second episode… Let’s just say I’ve decided I need to reserve my opinion for a bit. See how things shake out. And now I’m primed for the other characters to maybe shake up their own character-cliches. We shall see.
I’ve been resisting a strong and powerful urge to pick up a live-watch. Teasers are coming out and that’s a dangerous source of temptation. We shall have to wait and see how long I’ll be able to resist. (Though I’m making a vow that if I do go live, it’ll only be with one drama. One. Just… just one.)
And that’s my week in drama!