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I'm immortally interested in cultural/literary deconstructions, feminism, anti-racism, South Korea, Supernatural, Sherlock Holmes, Hayao Miyazaki, Diana Wynne Jones, food (including but not limited to maple butter, tomatoes, and toast), fairy tales, parentheses, paper airplanes, films and books.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


baccano!: Baccano! is an action-packed murder mystery of the 1930s in America which involves a pair of insane -yet highly succesful- serial robbers, civil war in the mafia, blood-thirsty cults dressed in white, immortals from the 1700s, and above all, alchemists. Whether taking place in the gold mines of California or the mafia-infested New York, aboard the haunted Flying Pussyfoot in 1932 or a lonely ship at sea in 1711, this fast-paced series links countless characters and a myriad of plots simultaneously under the single name of Baccano, an Italian word meaning "ruckus". Presented in no particular order, nevertheless chronologically, Baccano! leaves the viewers to put this story together themselves.

an anime - I think. The art looks scrumptious and that about does it for me. Oh and it's apparently done to anime what Pulp Fiction did to movies. So now, I HAVE to see it. The problem is deciding whether to get hooked on the first episode or already finish the run of amazing JOKER I've started and spent about two hours lying in bed last night thinking about.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time: When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, "leap" backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past isn't as simple as it seems, and eventually, will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future of her and her friends.
I'll probably watch mainly because of the spellbinding things I've heard of the soundtrack. And in case you didn't know MUSIC=LIFE.

Lost Girl: Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo, a supernatural being called a succubus who feeds on the energy of humans, sometimes with fatal results. Refusing to embrace her supernatural clan and its rigid hierarchy, Bo is a renegade who takes up the fight for the underdog while searching for the truth about her own mysterious origins.
a CANADIAN SHOW ON SHOWCASE. Scripted in Canada with Canadian actors and filmed in Canada. Let me just squeal over this for a while because I only recently found out about this. But I am so there.

The Myth: A 2000 year-old artifact transported Yi Xiao Chuan and Gao Yao from the year 2010 to the Qin dynasty. They traveled the ancient kingdom trying to find their way back to the modern day, or at least die trying. Back in 2010, their family, Yi Da Chuan and Gao Lan, were piecing together clues from ancient artifacts that could help bring them back while avoiding attacks from mysterious masked men.
a try maybe, my last attempt to watching cdramas didn't last very long. I thought the audio and the voices were too shrilly) but I've heard it being compared the legendary LEGEND and that's enough of a comparison for me to watch. Then again it is 50 EPISODES LONG and I've never been able to dedicate myself to those long period sageuks/family dramas/melodramas (shudder I couldn't watch the episodes of Secret Garden where Ra Im was in a coma it was just too much).

JOKER: Date Kazuyoshi (Sakai) is a detective on the Kanagawa prefectural police force. During the day, he is known as a "Buddha" for his gentle personality, pouring all of his energy into resolving each case. At night, however, he transforms into a cruel punisher as his gentleness gives way to his anger towards the criminals. The series poses questions about what justice and evil truly are.
which honestly sounds EPIC (hopefully as EPIC as SPEC 2 was - I haven't even finished it, I'm still trying to process its sheer amazingfulness)

Princess Tutu: 13-year-old ballet student Ahiru is clumsy, good-hearted and sweet... and has a big secret. The mysterious Drosselmayer morphed a young duck into a girl to give her a mission: help a Prince to get the parts of his heart back. With that in mind, she morphs into Princess Tutu, whose magical dances ease the pain and purifies the bad feelings.
I know, I know. But after spending literal hours on Tumblr I tumbled (ha ha) upon this screencap of this cosplaying girl called Kraehe who looked Portman's Black Swan done right. I obviously Googled this Kraehe girl and came across this Pokerface AMV and holy Doritos, my mind right there and then was blown.

The Devil: When Homicide Detective Kang Oh Soo hit a dead end in his investigation of two seemly unrelated murders, except for the Tarot cards left behind at both crime scenes, he sought help from Seo Hae In, a woman with Token-object reading ability. She revealed that the killers were different in each murder, but the victims were chosen for their connection to a death of a high school boy. Later, the cases proved to have one more thing in common: the suspects have the same defense attorney, Oh Seung Ha.

Seung Ha's defense for his clients severely shaken Oh Soo’s conviction to catch the Tarot Card mastermind. Oh Soo was reminded that years ago he had killed a high school classmate in a fight. He was acquitted of all charges and began his life anew. Now, someone has came back to revenge the boy’s wrongful death by killing those who got him off

because of Joon Ji Hoon and my absolute LOVE of him for starring in and basically being Antique Bakery (Then perhaps after The Naked Kitchen? Yes, The Naked Kitchen. It's a Korean movie what do you expect?). Also because someone I can't remember was compared to Kim Kang Woo's character from Story of A Man and that was one of the most chilling, raw, just incredible portrayals of a psychopath I have seen since Hannibal Lecter.

Lie To Me: Gong Ah Jung, a level 5 Ministry of Culture official, gets entangled in a web of lies when she mistakenly lies that she's married to Hyun Ki Moon, an nobel hotel manager from an affluent family. Their relationship is further complicated when Ki Moon's ex-fiancée and a close friend of his brother's, Oh Yoon Joo, reappears in his life.
Because of Yoon Eun Hye. And maybe Kang Ji Hwan with his impeccable suits and the acting ability to re-invent the Darcy rich guy trope kdramers are afflicted with (like, say the fantastic Hyun Bin?)

Goodbye Miss Ripley: Two men fall in love with a woman whose life is a complicated web of lies, propelled by her greedy desires that stem from an unfortunate childhood.
I'm going to watch this partly because of Yoochun. OK mostly. And also because I'm dying to see Lee Da Hee in a crazy, whacked out role again especially in a story that covered newspapers in South Korea not so long ago. And also said drama above and this one are pretty close in terms of bare storyline. It'll be interesting to see if the writers accidentally mesh together because cliches are unfortunately ridden in kdramas.

Buzzer Beat: Kamiya Naoki is a young player from a professional basketball team. But due to his relatively smaller size and his tendency to crack under pressure, he is unable to show his true skills on the court. Meanwhile, Shirakawa Riko is a cheerful, strong-spirited music college graduate aiming to become a professional violinist. One day, Riko finds Naoki's lost cell phone on a bus, and their meeting begins a friendship that eventually turns into love. However, Naoki was already considering marriage with his current girlfriend. And it doesn't help matters that Naoki's coach has fallen in love at first sight with Riko!
Because of darkeyedwolf's belief that if Natsuki, a secondary character, became the frontrunner of this show - it would be renamed Cinderella Unni. And we all know how much of an awesomely twisted dark and even though sometimes slow just plain wicked that show was.

The to-be-watched ones I'm not sure about are City Hunter and Best Love.

City Hunter: It's based on Hojo Skaski's City Hunter manga and plays on a Soeul troubleshooter who will only accept cases from gorgeous girls.
OK, I mean, the appeal of Lee Minho and his pretty face and nice hair this time around and a potential cute white boy sidekick (seen in the stills), I'm tempted but I read the manga and seeing the stills and the actors and the description it's just what? Why is this even being called City Hunter anymore? Then you have the adorable Park Min Young and the fact that in the manga the MC was a lecherous guy with a heart of gold - but still all-around a lecher who went through more girls then cases sometimes, using said heart of gold. Who wouldn't want to see Lee Minho playing him?
Best Love: It introduces Dokko Jin (Cha Seung-won) as a nationally beloved star, who’s got a different face behind the scenes, and Gu Ae-jung (Gong Hyo-jin) as the revival star, as in, girl determined to revive her public image, despite having zero popularity. She’s a former idol star who was in a 90s pop group with Yoo Inna‘s character. Through a variety game show, they're put together to act in a fake marriage (not unlike WGM).
Then there's the Hong sisters. I wasn't swept up by My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho last summer until after it was over and then it was like heart palpitations every five seconds from the cutest main leads since You're Beautiful and when I was finished I needed like two hours to go through all that drama and heart-tuggingness before I could calm down. And OK I watched only the first few episodes of Athena for Cha Seung-won and his dark we-both-know-just-how-damn-hot-I-am looks to everyone including the audience. (No words on Athena. Just - none.) So maybe I'll check it out but I'm pretty sure I'll get into it if it's a Hong sisters drama. They're just plain full of win.

So that's about it for watching films/dramas on my computer. There will be another TBW up for films released here and in theaters (XMENJAMESMCAVOYXMENXMEN) but until then, I'm off to finish JOKER! Then hit off the Myth? Maybe?

Happy Easter!

(Demon's Covenant review + Jane Eyre soon)

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