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Day 24: A drama you devoured far too quickly

15 May

Yes, we’re aware that a 30 day challenge should be done within 30 days but its sooooo hard! As you may have notice (or not) our blog has been a tad quiet due to exam season and real life being a total pain in the arse but watching dramas and fangirling our way through posts is something that we love to do, so everything else be damned- we’re back.

The thought of writing 6 challenge posts sounds like an impossible task but damn it, we’re ready.

6 posts, 6 days – challenge accepted.

We’re going to cheat a little bit, okay a lot by changing up the last remaining questions but only because the last lot of questions are boring and well, it’s our challenge, so we’ll do what we want. Hahah.

Day 24: A drama you devoured far too quickly

Short answer – too many.

Does this count as a post?

No, didn’t think so. It was worth a try…

We’ve devoured a lot of dramas over the years but the one that really sticks out for us, is a Japanese drama called Pride. You may have heard of it – it’s pretty awesome. If you haven’t seen it, seriously you need to, like right now. Leave and watch it immediately.

Pride was an unexpected treat for us. We tuned in with zero expectations and knew very little about it and fell head over heels in love pretty much instantly.

Three reasons why we loved Pride:

3. A romance worth rooting for.

Complicated, screwed up, achingly sweet and so utterly compelling that you will cry for them when they’re hurt and grin like fools when they get their happily ever after. As much as we like our fluffy dramas with the traditional bickering, silly OTPs, there is nothing like a OTP that delivers in presenting an intense relationship with hot chemistry and lots of realistic heartache. This OTP owned us completely.

2. Bromance and team sports – the Musthavesubs girls ideal scenario.

He’s so cute.

Give us a drama with men playing sports and we’re sold. No, it’s not their uniforms…heheh okay, sometimes it’s the uniform but mainly it’s because there is something about watching bromance blossom in a sporting environment that gets us every time; we just love the cameraderie, the bonding…the group showers. Haha.

Pride won us over with all those Alpha males in one room, who clearly loved and respected each other so much…sometimes too much. Halu and Hotta’s friendship was an absolute pleasure to witness. Their friendship felt so authentic and boy, did we fall hard for them all.

1. This drama packs a punch – it is eleven episodes of pure awesomeness.

We devoured this drama because pretty much everything about it was amazing – great writing, acting and not a single minute wasted. There were so many heartfelt, intense moments in this drama that will stay with you long after you have finished it. Considering there is a new drama out practically every other week, you know it’s got to be worth it if we’re still gushing about it after all these years.

 Also, did we mention it has a Queen OST? We love Queen!

Yes, you may lose sleep, flunk an exam or two and look a mess the next morning but trust us when we say: it’s so worth it.

Day 21: A drama you have watched more than once

7 Apr

Having seen our fair share of dramas over the years now, we love nothing better than to sit down and rewatch a classic drama from our back catalogue. Well, that is when we’re not obsessing over a currently airing drama or dealing with real life. When the mood strikes, we are more than happy to sit down and revisit a drama that takes us back to a time when we were obsessive fan girls and reminds us exactly why we adore watching dramas so much.

Dramas we have re-watched just because they are pure awesome:

Hana Yori Dango/ Boys before Flowers, Secret garden, City Hall, Pride, Que Sera, Sera, Soulmate, My Country Calls… okay this list could go on and on!

Our silly/ sweet pick – Nodame Cantabile

 

We’ve re-watched this drama so many times over the years, it’s a classic. This is one of our favourite Jdramas and is up there on our list of all-time favourites- that’s how much we love it. The drama is funny, silly and has plenty of heart. The musicality is fantastic and the OTP are adorable. If you haven’t watched this drama before, watch it and then rewatch it because it’s that good!

 A drama we rewatch but have no clue why – Pasta

We adore the OTP, the easy breezy tone of the drama and the fact that absolutely nothing much happens other than the OTP making goo goo eyes at each other for 20 episodes. This is the epitome of a ‘fluffy drama’ and despite its flaws, we could happily watch this drama again and again because once in a while it’s nice to see a OTP that just love each other with zero problems in their lives and when they’ re this cute, how are we to resist?

A drama we watch when we’re depressed – Mars

 

When we’re depressed we like nothing more than to wallow in that misery and well Mars does the trick perfectly.

It’s dark, twisted and there are multiple scenes that will make your heart ache with pain in the best way possible. It’s hard to think of a drama that tops this one in regards to how dark and angsty it is and that is the reason why it’s scattered all over our 30 day challenge posts.

An episode of a drama we have watched multiple times – Yukan Club: episode 8

 

This is our random pick… really random. Let’s call it what it really is: A guilty pleasure.

If you have seen this episode you will know what we’re talking about, if you haven’t – you will probably wonder what is wrong with us. Hahaha.

Overall, this series was just okay but we remember watching this episode the first time around and we thought it was soooooo funny. We laughed nonstop for 45 minutes and by the end of it, we had the biggest, goofiest grins on our faces. The actual episode is beyond ridiculous but it was so silly and over the top that we were charmed from start to finish.

It has all of the following: A vengeful heartbroken gay villain, a seriously bad case of diarrhea, a bomb and plenty of cross dressing. What more can you ask for?

  

Why does he look so good as a woman!?

We watched it again a few times over the years and still we laughed at how outrageous it all was and despite knowing we shouldn’t love it… we still do.

Some dramas stay with you more than others. Elements like; your mood, when you watch it and how much time you have to dedicate to it, all factor in on how much you will love a drama. For us, the dramas listed above have made us very happy over the years and they are the reason why we continue to tune in because we hope to add to that list of dramas that make us fangirls that forsake sleep and real life to obsess religiously over a drama…well that is until you find the next one anyway!  

Drama rambles and realisations

3 Sep

Recently we introduced the world of dramas to our brother- strictly for selfish reasons of course. Bringing someone else over to the dark side means one less person moaning about our unhealthy obsession! Clearly a practical and smart move on our part. Hehehe.

His first drama was Boys before Flowers, perfect drama crack in our opinion. Sure, it was a mess but it was fun, addictive and had all the best elements that make up a great Kdrama. Naturally, he loved it and so we found ourselves with another drama fan in no time.  He followed Boys with Dream High and You’re Beautiful– two dramas that were good but lacked that crack factor that you got with Boys.

When you start off with such a heavyweight drama, where do you go from there to satisfy your new found obsession without feeling disappointed?

How glad are we that we started off with Full House, a rather average drama on the grand scale of things. At least with an average drama, the only way is up –for us it was anyway. Honestly, new drama viewers in 2011 must read all the hype around Full House and think:  ‘yes, this is going to be good’ – how disappointed are they going to be when they realise how dull and repetitive it is compared to recent dramas!  Before people point out the fact that FH is older, there are plenty of older dramas that still outclass newer dramas today- take: Hana Yori Dango, Mars, My name is Kim Sam Soon to name a few.

Anyway, we desperately wanted to find a drama that he would love. Not only to justify our drama habit but also to prove that it wasn’t just a onetime anomaly, where he too turned into a drama obsessed addict that needed to see Lee Min Ho’s perfectly formed curls and hot…ok that was just the girls then! Heheh.  We thought we could try Spec 2 – which is hands down AMAZING or Pride= LOVE but realised that the first was too different for a newbie and Pride was at times too grown up for a viewer that has only really watched youth dramas. So we thought long and hard and decided to watch Baker King.

What a mistake…for us! Honestly, watching Baker King the second time around made us realise two things:

1. We must have been obsessed, easily impressed viewers watching with fandom goggles. –We HATE drama viewers that watch with fandom goggles!

Fandom Goggles: similar to beer goggles but instead your judgement is clouded by being intoxicated by fandom all claiming that something is good/bad and as a result you too believe the masses and fail to form a realistic opinion of your own.

2. What were we thinking????

 

Don’t look at us like that Tak Gu, we still love you!

Of course our fandom goggles weren’t as bad as others but watching Baker King the second time around made us cringe when reflecting on all our gushes and praises from last year. *shudder
Why didn’t we realise that there were large chunks of the drama that was repeated over and over again in every single episode?

Why didn’t we switch off the moment we realised that the father was going to ‘sleep’ his way through 6+ episodes as a way to lure his enemies to the surface? Seriously???

Why didn’t we switch off when we realised that Yu Kyung wasn’t going to pick Tak Gu but instead go for Ma Jun- a stupid idiot of a character that we would have happily seen be killed off after episode 2???

So confused. So very confused. Half a nation of viewers + the musthavesubs girls couldn’t all have been wearing fandom goggles, could we?

We comfort ourselves with the knowledge that we really can’t stand anything that is overly hyped as a rule. As soon as something is crazy popular a switch in our minds goes off and suddenly we dislike it and anything related to it. Take: Twilight, Glee and Jennifer Aniston. So we’re hoping that we haven’t been swayed too much by irrational fandom but still… it makes us wonder how many other dramas we’ve watched wearing the dreaded fandom goggles?

Oh dear.

Buzzer Beat- Overall thoughts

15 Feb

With life being rather busy and hectic of late, it was nice to sit down and tune into a drama that was so relaxed and engaging to watch. We wonder if we would have liked this drama less if we watched it at a different point in our life where possibly we may have demanded more from our drama viewing? Frankly this drama had very little going on plot wise, there were no villains, no sudden illnesses…nothing other than a simple story about two characters brought together through a  mutual desire to achieve their dreams. Naturally this being a drama- the writers threw in some love and conflicting feelings, however even that was a little on the diluted side, which isn’t uncommon for J-dramas. Now if this was a T-drama this would be a completely different type of story…but in many ways that’s probably why we enjoy tuning in to  J-dramas every once in awhile- they always manage to maintain that sense of reality that is distinctly absent in Korean and Taiwanese dramas.

Despite the drama having a very abrupt and forced happy ending, we enjoyed the drama for the small things like; the characterisation of the lead OTP aswell being engaged in their situations, thoughts and feelings.

 Riko- the leading lady was great- she wore her heart on her sleeve, she was smart, emotional and very likable. The scene where she stood up and yelled at Naoki to try harder, fulfil his potential in his basketball game was brilliant. She just couldn’t stop herself- so passionate and sincere. In many ways her actions were similar to other leading ladies we love; in particular Makino (HYD). 

Naoki- as the leading guy was one we really adored. He is a prime example of a Beta male; quiet, considerate and thoughtful. He tidied her house and made her French toast, for gawds sake!

For us, he was too considerate and thoughtful at times but then he always managed to come across as human. We like how protecting his pride was a real reason for breaking up with Natsuki and despite falling for Riko, he still found himself caring about his ex- that’s a real character and a reason why he wasn’t a 2D boring one. Plus it was really refreshing watching a nice guy as the lead, who you wouldn’t mind being your boyfriend. As much as we love leading men that are rich bastards that learn the error of their ways, it nice to see a good guy get the girl for a change.  

The actions and conversations between the main characters in this drama were so realistic that it made it easy to understand and connect with them. As we mentioned in an earlier post we really liked Mai and Riko’s depiction of friendship between two women. It was honest and sincere and the conversations were at times so realistic but ordinary that we could have had exactly the same conversation between us.

The closest thing to a villain in this drama had to be Naoki’s ex girlfriend Natsuki. She was a complete bitch and a nasty piece of work but so realistic. You can see exactly what made her tick and why she was driven to act the way she did. We love how she’s never given even the slightly bit of hope from Naoki and how she spent the majority of the drama regretting her actions. We love when Karma is used well. Although we were a little disappointed by how her character was resolved- Why did she have to get a happily ever after, we wanted her to sit in a dark corner and cry sad, depressed tears!?

 

Things that made us laugh for all the wrong reasons:

-Naoki’s dress sense and his huge arse backpack! Why Naoki, tell us that was the only bag left in the store or that a poor child gave it to you as a present and you didn’t have the heart to reject it? Why so big and PURPLE? Also what the heck was with all the random colours in your wardrobe? Pinks and oranges are a distinct NO-No.

It’s nearly bigger than him!

-Did this director just like getting multiple shots of Riko running? We have a distinct feeling that the 75 minute finale was just an excuse to show her run ALOT. Riko for some reason seemed to have an aversion to public transport that resulted in her having to run everywhere- She nearly missed the most predicable Buzzer beat in the whole drama because she chose to run all the way to the stadium!

-Naoki’s phone would be covered in a plastic cover whenever he was in the bath. Some may say that’s very practical…if you were a doctor on call or a Spy but Naoki’s was a basketball player! It just looked so random and silly watching him lie in the bathtub while holding his phone in its plastic cover! Heaven forbid he might not be able to answer a text message from Natsuki.

-Why did Riko only know one tune on her violin?

-We loved the symbolism of the wall painting which read – Love makes me strong. It was a nice example of a giant, pink elephant in the room whenever Riko and Naoki would meet. That’s fine but seriously was it necessary to have some random, can’t act to save his life guy quote it in the last episode? How unbelievably cheesy! Drama we expected more.

Okay, now it sounds like we didn’t enjoy the drama but overall we did… promise. It’s nothing groundbreaking and it doesn’t compare to J-drama greats like Pride but still it’s a pleasant enough watch…just leave your brain at the door.

How much we liked it: 7/10

How good is it technically: 6/10

2010 ~ End of Year Review

31 Dec

We watched far too many dramas this year…it’s a disease, so don’t judge us too much!

This year’s lot of dramas were disappointing to say the least- We think that’s the general consensus amongst most drama viewers- there were far too many dramas that started off so well and got you completely hooked from the start and then quickly descended into stupidity or frankly crap. That’s got to be the most annoying thing about it all…you get all excited and invest yourself in the drama only to be disappointed even more than you would have if it was rubbish from the start.
So here is a rundown of all of the dramas we managed to watch during 2010 with our general thoughts and feelings as well as our marks out of 10.

2010 Dramas that we completed:
Prosecutor Princess– The most unexpected drama love of 2010. We started it thinking it was going to be completely stereotypical, fluffy and possible annoying but we were so wrong. We completely and utterly fell for the characters- especially the leading lady who could have been so 2D but instead conveyed such sincerity and warmth that you can’t help but root for her. The story was also well structured, so compelling and by the end of it you will be sad to see it finish. Plus the relationship between the OTP was at once sticky, angst ridden and so sweet.

Definitely a must watch:

How much we liked it: 9/10- How good it was technically: 9/10

My Country Calls– Loved this drama so much!!! We hadn’t really seen a K-drama that we could label ‘comedy’ but we definitely found one in the form of this drama. Every episode will have you laugh at something; the script is what really stands out- solid, well written and so very funny.

Who knew that Ryu Jin could be so funny? He has to be the best thing about this drama, he stole every scene he was in.

Why don’t more people know about this gem of a drama? It’s definitely worth watching.

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 9/10

Cinderella Unni– Oh dear where do we start with this one… First 3/4 episodes were drama gold. So well written, acted and we were utterly hooked. Then they had a time leak and we went from mild disappointment to anger as the weeks past- WTF? Has to be the only response by the time you finish this drama. Don’t watch it; it’s a waste of time- life’s too short to watch multiple crying scenes and pathetic siblings fighting over nothing.

How much we liked it: 4/10- How good it was technically: 2/10

I am Legend– Don’t watch it! Don’t be fooled by the first couple episodes being reasonable good, the majority of it is really rubbish. The drama had elements that could have been really good; like a potentially hot OTP- completed wasted and not even resolved at the end. Really good friendship dynamics ruined by long winded court cases and a repulsive ex husband that gets redeemed. It’s angering just reflecting on it.

Only good thing about it is the OST.

How much we liked it: 2/10- How good it was technically: 3/10

Pasta– Sure nothing ever happened and it had to be the fluffiest drama of 2010 but still… we really liked it. It was the OTP that did it for us. We loved them as a couple- so much chemistry, charm and it was lovely watching them do nothing for far too many episodes. (Don’t judge us too much).

How much we liked it: 8/10- How good it was technically: 3/10

Pick the stars– This was a drama that we didn’t expect to enjoy but we found ourselves recapping weekly and most importantly finishing it. We really liked the leading lady, the kids and eventually the leading man (we hated him for the first few episodes!). However the drama was messy, had irrational love rivals and by the end of it we found ourselves glad that it had finished.

How much we liked it: 4/10- How good it was technically: 4/10

Mary stayed out all night– The most disappointing drama of 2010?? Well it certainly sounds like it from the forums, blogs and ratings. It’s a shame it could have been really good but instead it just missed the mark. We think we were more forgiving than most… we actually liked the lead OTP, fell hard for the pitiful LR and just went with the silliness that was the drama but yes, we too have to agree it really wasn’t that great.

How much we liked it: 6/10- How good it was technically: 2/10

Baker King-We gobbled this drama up like the greedy drama lovers that we are- obsessed, hooked and emotionally invested right to the end. We loved the leading man Tak Gu so much- such a lovely character to root for- strong, lovable and he sure tugged at our hearts. We confess we cried during both reunions between Tak Gu and his mother and father. The drama managed to have the perfect mix of drama, angst and warmth and we were completely satisfied by the end.

This is a prime example of how the classic K-drama scenarios can be done well and even though you’ve seen it all before- trust us, you will still be hooked.

Definitely worth the crazy high ratings!

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 8/10

Down with Love (T)- Oh dear- we know this is a fan favourite and yes it started off cute, funny and very watchable but honestly it could have been resolved in half the number of episodes and it really didn’t need so many flash back scenes from the same flipping episodes.

Pros- Jerry is hot. Neg- every thing else.

How much we liked it: 3/10- How good it was technically: 1/10

PS Man (T)-  We really loved every episode up until around episode 10 and then we suddenly got really annoyed at this stupid OTP- they had no reason not to be together!!! It was infuriating to watch. Plus when you’ve got the most perfect love rival waiting in the wings, it just makes it all the more annoying.

Best thing about it: If you’re looking for a good laugh- check out Blue Lan’s crazy hair and leopard print trousers he would wear on a regular basis. 

Also a love rival that got viewers so excited that there was even a public vote to get the writers to change the end. Love fan power.

How much we liked it:  (up to episode 10: 9/10) the rest of the drama 4/10- How good it was technically: 3/10

Autumn’s Concerto (T)- We were completely hooked with this drama, it had everything that we can’t resist: an OTP who shared amazing chemistry and a drama that loved to bring in as much angst that was physically possible per episode! The sad thing with this drama is that it was so good up to about episode 6 and then that dreaded time leap occurred and ruined it! From episode 6 onwards the drama slowed down and cut the hot angst, which is a total shame because it was sooo good at the start. That said- do we regret watching it? No way- definitely one of the better T-dramas of the year.

How much we liked it: 7/10- How good it was technically: 7/10

 

Previous year’s dramas that we completed this year:

Que Sera, Sera– LOVED IT!!! It was all about the OTP- so intense, angsty and addictive. Watch it.

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 9/10

Loving you a thousand Times– We were hooked from the start. Melodrama at its best. We avoid melodramas like the plague but this was done so well- Such a tight script, well acted and intense. We cried so much- our feelings for characters were so turbulent we went from hate to like in literally half an episodes- now that’s good writing.

How much we liked it: 9/10- How good it was technically: 8/10

Save the last dance for me– One of the older dramas we watched this year but it was really good. Although the drama had many predicable elements- we fell hard for the OTP- they were so sweet together and when you’ve got a OTP that you like enough- you can get past ridiculous memory loss scenarios and the fact that the end was pretty a complete rip off of the Hollywood movie- An Affair to remember.

How much we liked it: 8/10- How good it was technically: 7/10

Thank You– We cried so much! We were emotionally invested from the start- the story was so compelling and pulled at our heart strings so much. Not your standard K-drama- it’s got so much more depth, heart and it was steeped in reality.

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 9/10

Lawyers of Korea- It’s a nice way to past the time. It was funny, romantic and had a very sticky love square.

How much we liked it: 7/10- How good it was technically: 7/10

How to meet a perfect neighbour– We enjoyed it while we watched it- if you’re looking for a dramatic OTP (concubine bracelet *shudder), cunning Love rivals and greedy evil people- look no further, my friends.

How much we liked it: 6/10- How good it was technically: 8/10

Smile, You– Curse you greedy drama makers- you ruined this drama by adding a 15 episode extension! Seriously, we really enjoyed this drama with its adorable trouble free OTP, annoying but funny love rivals and entertaining family dynamics.

How much we liked it: 7/10- How good it was technically: 6/10

Pride (J) – We loved everything- that’s right everything! From the music, the bromance and the lovely OTP. For a 12 episode drama- they managed to get so much packed in.

Definitely a much watch J-drama.

How much we liked it: 10/10- How good it was technically: 10/10


 
 

2010 dramas we shelved for various reasons:

Sungkyunkwan Scandal– We definitely plan to finish this drama- we got to episode 12 and we still loved pretty everything about it. Then Baker King entered our lives and every other drama became a distant memory.

Queen of Reversals– We shelved Queen of Reversals because we didn’t like Tae Hee’s husband, we thought he was a complete idiot that didn’t really love his wife and the idea of watching this OTP was far too off putting BUT….news of an extension and Park Shi Hoo as a love interest, we may just need to tune in again. *giggles.

PSH must be a leading man’s nightmare- they must fear it every time he’s added to a drama list because seriously the guy managed to make himself a lead with sheer screen presence- man he’s good. We realised that Jung Joon Ho and Kim Seung Woowho was the leading man in How to meet the perfect neighbour are best friends in real life and if PSH gets upgraded to leading man (again) – that would mean that this set of best friends would both have been pushed aside from leading man because they can’t compete with the charms of PSH. How unlucky!

The woman who still wants to marry– We really enjoyed watching this drama when we were tuned in. It was hilarious at times, depicted great friendships and made us laugh out loud multiple times. However even though it was all of the above, it just didn’t hold our attention enough to complete.


 

2010 really was the year that could have been. So many dramas that had so much potential to be amazing but failed to deliver the goods! It wasn’t all bad we found dramas that were unexpected loves that have a special place in our drama viewing hearts. Here’s hoping that 2011 will be filled with more tear jerkers, angst filled, laugh out loud funny dramas.

Happy New Year! Love the MustHaveSubs Girls XxX

Drama memo: A drama you unexpectedly fell in love with

19 Jul

We always have high expectations when we start a drama, or else why bother wasting your time right? Sometimes we regret it but then again sometimes you stumble across a drama that gets you so unexpectedly hooked that you can’t believe it took you so long to find it.

Here are our top picks for those dramas that we started hoping to enjoy but instead fell madly in love with:

Pride:

We are completely aware that this J-drama is much beloved by many but sadly for us we only came across it this year with very little knowledge of anything about it, little lone how great it is. This drama is a prime example of a J-drama at its best- seriously what is it with J-dramas? – They only come in two forms- really good or damn right rubbish.

We loved this drama so much; we literally gobbled it up in a week and cursed our greedy drama obsessed selves after we finished it. Like we’ve posted before this drama had many of the elements that we adore in our dramas- a lovely OTP that we fell hard for- this OTP both happened to be two messed up individuals but together they were so compelling and very real as a couple, so all the angst, tears and waiting was so worth it. The drama also had plenty of bromance. Yes that’s right we can’t resist the bromance and this drama had lots of it- we loved the amount of male bonding and friendship going on, it was both heartfelt and so entertaining. This drama had so many different components which make it such a great drama. The acting of the whole cast especially the OTP, plus the original and solid story line made this drama a stand out. All of this makes this drama a must see, we can’t think of anyone who would dislike this drama, it has a bit of everything for every type of viewer. All we can say is we are so thrilled that we found this drama, the saying better late than never couldn’t be more fitting!

 My Last Scandal:

This was our first “Ajumma” drama and also our first drama which really stood out above the rest, the best thing about it is was we weren’t expecting it at all! It happened to be both incredibly hilarious and heartfelt. Once again the writing was great, which made all the better by the spot on acting. The drama consists of your typical K drama madness; wherein an Ajumma maid falls in love with a celebrity, add a birth secret and adultery to top it off and you have a winner!!
This drama may not sound wildly original but the top class comedy and acting makes this drama one definitely worth watching.


 Prosecutor Princess:

This is definitely our unexpected love of 2010, it’s so much more than the very silly title suggests. We gushed far too much in our PP posts so we will keep it short. We adored this leading lady with all her faults and loved watching her grow throughout this drama. Usually it’s the guy who learns from the “kind, loving and perfect” leading lady but in this case our leading lady is far from perfect and she goes through hardships and struggles to become a really memorable and lovable leading lady. What can we say about the leading man, he might possibly be the cutest stalker in Korea! You will love these characters both individually and together.
So if you’re looking for a drama with a mystery, romance and a whole lot of heart then we highly recommend this drama.


None of the above dramas have anything typical about them. They are totally original, well acted and well written. For those how have seen them you’ll understand what we’re saying, and  for those who haven’t- we couldn’t recommend these dramas enough, they are really that good. J
 

PRIDE

10 May

Why did no one tell us about Pride?

We stumbled across this drama a couple weeks ago and it was love at first viewing.  

We knew we would like Pride for the following reasons:

-Although we’re girls who like sports as much as the next person, there is something about watching a drama/ film about a sports team that we can’t resist.

-WE LOVE A GOOD BROMANCE! We are complete suckers for it, it’s a disease and one day we might get help for it but not any day soon. Ha!

-The team element kicks in, but more than that we love the friendship and camaraderie that dramas about teams have. We can’t resist a story about coming through difficult challenges through hard work and the support of friends –cheesy but very true.

-What can we say, sports men are the ultimate ALPHA MALEs and us Musthavesubs girls do love a strong alpha male who falls hard for a girl.

PLUS

-We’re huge Queen fans!

After the first episode we were hooked- when it finished we couldn’t wait for the following things to happen:

-We wanted Aki to make Halu a better man and melt his ice heart.

-We wanted Halu to miss Aki so much and finally understand loneliness.

-We wanted Halu to cry big alpha male tears for Aki-our favourite type of crying scene!



 We’re pleased to report that this all happened and just in the most perfect way possible. When Japanese dramas are made well, they are made really well- we totally fell head over heels for this drama and we are so sad we gobbled it up so greedily, we just can’t help ourselves.

Things we loved:

-Aki and Halu were a great OTP, not only did they share lovely chemistry together; they were very real and sincere as a couple which made watching them together all the more compelling. Considering how emotionally screwed up Halu was and Aki’s insecurities, they didn’t drown us in angst but you really felt for them when they were separated and ultimately reunited. 

  

Our favourite Aki and Halu scenes include;

The scene where Aki asked him to hold her tight and said:
‘you’ll never let me go to another man would you?’ the scene was so sad and you just knew that something bad was going to happen.

We also loved the scene where Halu drove Aki around on the ice rink so that they could prolong their time together.

Back to the list:

-We liked Aki and Hotta’s friendship- they were really sweet together.

-We loved all of the hardcore bromance in this drama- that’s the way to do it. Especially Tomo and Hotta’s friendship with Halu- they just shared so much admiration, respect and love for each other, it’s a lovely thing to watch on screen. Hotta’s letter to Halu while he was in jail was just a great scene.

-Only J-dramas manage to pack so much in flipping 11 episodes, it’s amazing- a full blown love affair, a least three side stories, domestic violence, heart ache, friendship AND death! T-drama makers take note- dramas really don’t need to be 20+ episodes with an hour and half each!

While writing this post we concluded that we could probably ramble on for at least another couple pages, so will stop here. We’re glad we found this drama; its most definitely found a spot in our favourite j drama list and in our hearts. It’s just a great example of really good writing and acting, add all the brilliant Queen music and we couldn’t be happier.