Category Archives: first impressions

First Impressions: Defendant

Synopsis: Park Jung-Woo is a prosecutor at Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office. One day, he wakes up and finds himself in locked up at the police station. He has temporary amnesia. Park Jung-Woo is falsely accused and is sentenced to death. He must struggle to prove his innocence.
Episode: 16

What I was expecting: I’m slightly nervous, because kdramas tend to let me down more often than I’d like them to. Even if they do wow me in the beginning, they tend to lose steam once the romance aspect comes in or near the end of the series. (Yong Pal is a good example of this. I loved it in the beginning, but it got stupid fast and the ending was annoying)

But at the same time, this doesn’t seem to have a romance angle to it, since Ji Sung’s character is trying to figure out the mystery about why he’s in death row, so I’m happy about that. This is a mystery thriller, which is one of my favourite genres, so I’m anxiously optimistic that this will be okay.

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First Impressions: Rakuen

What I was expecting: I’m going to be honest here and say that I had no idea what the show was about when I first saw it. I just clicked play because Nakama Yukie and Kaho are in it, so I guess I’m expecting greatness since I like the two actresses.

This is only six episodes, so I have a feeling that this will have a lot of drama and psychological moments in it.

How it really was: So within the first three minutes a middle aged man, who just lost his home due to a fire, walks up to a police officer and says this:

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16 years ago I killed my daughter and buried her under the floor…

Why did he bring this up? And why did he wait 16 years to mention this? As the episode goes on we learn about why he killed his daughter. Let’s just say that she wasn’t exactly easy to deal with and that after she disappeared her parents and neighbours were all thankful.

The drama here has multiple layers that seem to tie into each other nicely. Despite this episode being almost an hour long, it was mainly used as an introduction piece to help set up the story and introduce you to the key characters. A lot of stuff happened, but it feels like things will be getting crazier for the remaining five episodes.

And that ending….tragic. The show started with an old death and ended with a fresh one.

Overall: The show has a great cast and the story seems like it will be right up my alley. The only downside is that this is a jdrama so it may take some time before the show is subbed.

If you are planning on watching this, I’d recommend going into it blind and not reading the synopsis found on most sites. It pretty much spoils the first episode and no one wants to be spoiled.

Captain Planet and His Idol Dietwoman are here to save the day!

Recession! Poverty! Ever-increasing inequality! Japan, no, the world is in a dark age!

It’s been years since Captain Planet helped Gaia rid the world of evil doers, but in his absence (due to cancellation) the world has grown darker and sicker.

He can’t ask Gaia to kidnap teenagers anymore, because the world has changed and he’d get sued and face jail time due to child trafficking. So he found a solution.

Idols.

Everyone wants to be an idol and you can shirk around child labour laws in order to make it happen. So, through various companies, he’s helped create Planeteers…only due to copyright laws he has to name them Idol Dietwoman. And he can only focus on Japan right now, because he has to start small before taking on the world. The world is vastly different from the 90s.

In any case Captain Planet and his Idol Dietwomen are here to save the day! So how was his new show for it’s first three episodes?

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First Impressions: Peeping Life TV: Season 1??

Woo! Fall Anime season is well underway and yesterday was my blogiversary. What better way to celebrate it then with a First Impression of a weird anime.

What I was expecting: Clearly I’ve been living under a rock, because I’ve never heard of the Peeping Life series before. So I did what any normal person would do in this situation, I looked up a previous season of it and checked it out first.

After watching a few episodes of Peeping Life – World History, I think I have two main expectations for this show. The first expectation is horrible animation. I mean really bad boxy weird arms and faces animation. The second expectation is a fun time, because even though this show deals with mundane things, it’s hilarious. I’m glad I checked out a previous season of this show, because it helped get me excited for what’s to come.

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First Impressions: Twenty Again ep 1 & 2

What I was expecting: Angry Mom the College Years, but instead of having a husband who is a good guy he wants to divorce you. And instead of having a love interest that is younger than you….by twenty some years, he’s your age…..but other than that it would just be like Angry Mom.

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First impressions The Virtual Bride

What I was expecting: There’s a show on Lifetime that came out not too long ago called UnReal, where it chronicled the lives of the producers and ‘reality show personalities’ for a Bachelor type show. Unlike the Bachelor, UnReal was a drama that was just based on a reality show setting.

When I first heard of The Virtual Bride, I kind of thought of UnReal but with a kdrama spin to it. It won’t be as dark and there won’t be any sex or drug scenes here, but I’m assuming it will show how different the characters behave when the cameras are on and when they’re off.

With 12 episodes and it being a comedy, I’m expecting great things. Out of all of the kdrama summer shows this was the one that I was most looking forward to.

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First Impressions: Yong Pal – weak windows meet Snowpunzel

The last two kdramas I watched were kind of disappointing. Hopefully this one is good!

What I expected: Black Jack meets Snow White? At least that’s how the synopsis sounds to me. I do like doctor dramas and this one seems to have a mixture of hospital politics, shady/dirty doctors, and doing things in the underground world. Add in the fairy tale factor with the patient in the coma and I have a feeling that this will be good. I did feel that way about Last and Mrs Cop too though…so I’m hopeful, but not expecting much. That way I won’t end up disappointed if it ends up being bad.

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Gakkou Gurashi! ep 5 – I Am Destiny, coming to a theater near you

I just powered through five episodes of Gakkou Gurashi! and I’m glad I did, because this show is fantastic! It’s funny, I’ve read the first chapter of the manga, so I knew the twist in the end of episode 1. I also remember liking what I read, but since I forgot to bookmark it I just forgot to read it again….seems to be the theme for this season of animes. Jitsu wa Watashi wa, Himouto! Umaru-chan, Gansta, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime and a couple of others are all mangas that I started, liked, but forgot to keep read…

It ends up working in my favour though, because now I get to be surprised since nothing is spoiled for me. At least that’s what I keep telling myself lol.

Mini Impressions so far: THIS IS AMAZING! The moe characters living their life in a slice of life setting is a stark contrast to their actual reality. There’s something about moe girls dealing with dark matters that work though and I think this show has a nice balance between the two. The darker moments are the stronger bits though, only because that’s when the tension and action kick into gear and the story starts to move forward. By the end of the episode, things are bleak and depressing, but you still feel somewhat hopeful because the characters are moe.

It might end in a horrible tragedy though, considering how the OP keeps changing. *sigh*

With that out of the way, here’s a recap of episode 5.

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First Impressions Mrs. Cop – Too Much Too Soon

What I was expecting: When I heard the synopsis for this I immediately thought of Strawberry Night, which one of my top jdramas. Both Mrs. Cop and Strawberry Night deal with a female detective who struggles with personal issues and her job handling brutal cases. The only difference would be that the detective in Strawberry Night dealt with her rape, while the detective here struggles to balance life as a cop and a mom.

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First Impressions: Death Note 2015 (jdrama)

So Death Note as a live action drama.

What I was expecting: As someone who has read the manga, watched the anime, the live action movies and the fat parody of this, so I should be excited for this. Even Junny mentioned that it might be something that I’d watch…but  I’m going to be frank here and say that I’m not expecting much from this drama.

I know that it’s going to be different. If you’re going into this expecting it to be the same Death Note, then you’re going to end up disappointed. It’s been over 10 years since the Death Note manga started, so things will obviously change to fit with the current times. For example, during that famous potato chip scene where Light is watching the news on a mini tv, here he could be using his smart phone. Plus, there’s the added aspect of social media as well. So to remake the manga and not include today’s technology or social norms would be stupid. If those are added in, then other things need to be changed as well.

Now even though I’m not expecting much, I do hope this surprises me. Just like how I watched Liar Game (kdrama) till the end, I’ll do the same here.

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