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Gackt, you glorious….bed sheet!

Back when I was doing recaps for Time Spiral, a jdrama not worth watching by the by, was on I mentioned that Gackt had an amazing body pillow out. It was a limited edition zipper pillow that the guys over at Magic Mike need to get on, because I have a feeling like there’s a market for that.

It still makes me laugh.

What can top this body pillow? Well, I thought nothing could, but then I took a trip to AsianJunkie and it had something amazing.

gackt bedcase

That’s right. A Gackt bed sheet, which I’m assuming would go great with a Gackt body pillow.

And it can be yours, all you have to do is visit the Gackt store and for 12,500 yen (about $105 US or $130 CDN) you can have your very own Gackt bed sheet. This still seems weird to me, but I can’t deny the fact that Gackt knows what his fans want and is more than willing to give it to them.

But this got me thinking, say you are a fan of someone or something, is there anything that you would buy that others may find ridiculous? If you haven’t, would you ever buy something that seems out of the norm?

Norm is subjective, of course, but I don’t know if I would. Not that I’m ashamed of what I like it’s just that everything that I’m a fan of is too expensive for me to buy. Even if I can afford it, it’s a matter of principle. Why pay close to 100 dollars for a figurine when I can buy two games and get one for free during a sale? That’s the sort of mentality that I have…..I don’t really buy things…all…that much…

I did buy Hatoful Boyfriend, which I love by the way. I guess in my circle of friends that would be deemed ‘gross’ as they’d be wondering why I would try to get a pigeon boyfriend when I can just get married instead. Hahahaha. They don’t understand the beauty that is Hatoful Boyfriend though. It’s their loss.

Anyways, the bed sheets may not be as amazing as the pillow, but they definitely make a great addition to the Gackt marketplace. If it was anyone else selling this I’d side eye them, but not Gackt.

5 Line Recap – Time Spiral ep 8 + review

time spiral

Final episode!

5-line Recap

  1. Kentaro lectures Tatsumi about not giving up, since faith can change fate.
  2. The main professor, who only shows up to discuss time travel, showed up to talk about time travel with Natsuki and Tatsumi.
  3. Tatsumi and Natsuki kiss before he goes back to his own time – speaking of the kiss, it really looks really awkward, like he’s trying to eat her face or something.
  4. Tatsumi is back in his own time and Mami is alive; she’s also marired to Kentaro.
  5. Natsuki is also alive, but she doesn’t know who Tatsumi is…..only she does.

I guess this is the end. Only eight episodes, so it was short and sweet. The episode was mostly about Natsuki trying to convince Tatsumi to go back in the past and not save her. Her reasoning for this is that if he doesn’t go back and let things happen organically, then only him and Mami will suffer in the end.  She does make a good point here. The time travel business is clearly having a toll on Tatsumi and Mami keeps dying, so if Natsuki dies then two people will live on.

Her reasons made me feel like a bad person though, because I would probably tell Tatsumi to do something different so that we all live in the end. I may want to save others, but not at the expense of my own life.

With the way things were going, I thought that at least someone would die in the end so I’m a bit surprised by the happy ending. There’s still a few plot holes that were never solved, but I suppose that’s how it usually is with time travel stories.

As a whole, I don’t think I really liked this drama all that much. Initially, I thought it started well and I liked how things were playing out. I am a fan of time traveling stories, so I was really looking forward to how it would be used here. At first, I was all for it, but things are never really explained. I don’t know how Tatsumi started to time travel. I don’t know why he was the only one who could use it. I don’t why Natsuki was the only one who had deja vu like experiences, even though the other characters were part of the two time lines.

Nothing is really explained and while that would annoy me a great deal, the main fault with Time Spiral doesn’t lie in the story. It’s the characters who fall short and make the experience quite lacklustre. I don’t know if this is due to the acting or the direction they were given, but everyone felt very distant and cold. They were just like dolls really. Everyone had the same expression for every situation and that never really changed.

This not only made the story feel off, but it also messed up the romance aspect of the show as well. Natsuki was with Kentaro and I guess they were dating long enough that he wanted to marry her, but the moment Tatsumi shows up it’s like Natsuki doesn’t like or care about Kentaro anymore. It was like she didn’t even like him. I just didn’t get that. When Tatsumi told her that he’s going to make her fall in love with him and drive a wedge between her and Kentaro, she just accepts it because he’s the man who saved her.

That’s fine, but at least show us that you cared about Kentaro.

Speaking of Kentaro, he’s only purpose was to be with Natsuki and then Mami. He served no real purpose except for being a prize. Ah sorry, he was more like a chess piece for Tatsumi to use in order to save Mami. But that’s it. I also don’t know why those thugs in the beginning were trying to go after his family.

Even Gackt started to check out as the show continued to go on.

I’ve seen these actors in other things before, so I know that they are all capable and great actors. It’s just that nothing worked here in terms of properly conveying emotion or anything really. Even in this episode when Natsuki and Tatsumi kiss, it didn’t feel like two characters who are completely in love with each other. This was a kiss of goodbye, so it’s meant to be sad, powerful, and passionate, but it just felt like two people who decided to kiss for some reason or another. I was more focused on the tongue action from Gackt and how a simple kiss could look like he was devouring Meisa’s face.

I felt bad for her lips. That’s not how a kiss of that nature should come across.

The only character that had some life to them was Natsuki mom, played by Kayoko Kishimoto. Everyone else just felt flat and lifeless.

I think Time Spiral started off strong, but it slowly fell apart as the show progressed. This is mainly due to the characters though and not so much the plot. Even though there are plot holes, I was still interested to see how the story unravels. This had so much potential, which is why I’m disappointed by how everything turned out. For me, the characters simply ruined the experience.

 

Rating:

Characters: 2

Story: 7

Overall Experience: 5

Final Score: 4.7/10

5 line recap – Time Spiral episode 6

Before I start the recap, I have to share something amazing I found this week. A GACKT body pillow. This isn’t the amazing part, the part that blows my mind is that it has a zipper, which you can zip open as it reveals GACKT’s naked chest.

I know this shouldn’t matter, but after reading this story about GACKT and his body pillow, it’s for his fans and only a limited amount of them, I can’t help but laugh when I see him now….truthfully, I kind of wonder if he’s still that fit. But mostly I just find the entire thing amusing. I love body pillows, even though I don’t own one and for the most part I don’t really mind characters on them. It’s weird, but if people like it then it’s fine by me. But this new body pillow takes it to a whole ‘nother level that I can’t stop laughing about. I’m not even kidding, I’ve been telling everyone I know about this pillow, because even though I find it a bit creepy and weird, it’s also ingenious.

I’d never buy it, but it really is a clever idea. He does seem to have a nice body though……

*cough*

With that being said, on to the 5-line recap!

Tatsumi - Time Spiral

  1. Tatsumi decides that he’ll kill Natsuki in three days, by using an incident that had no victims in the future to making sure that there’s a casualty this time around.
  2. Kentaro and Natsuki broke up, even though it sounded more like a break – it is okay though, because Kentaro runs into Mami and he gives her a reason to live!
  3. Tatsumi tells Natsuki what actually happened in the past, the past where Natsuki dies, her mother commits suicide and Mami dies due to not having the drug.
  4. He also says that in order to change things this time around, he had to “seduce” Natsuki…Seduce.
  5. Natsuki is saved and Tatsumi starts to question everything, because he still feels like she’s meant to die.

Overall, this was a pretty decent episode. There’s only two more left to go and it seems like Tatsumi and Natsuki will start to develop their relationship a lot more. I feel bad for Kentaro though, because even though he’s still feeling conflicted about her, it’s clear that she’s moved on and no longer is thinking about him.

I have a feeling that everything will work out and that Tatsumi will end up dying in the end, or disappearing. Natsuki will be sad, but might start a relationship with the non time traveling Tatsumi.

The only downside is that I’m starting to not enjoy Meisa’s acting here. Even though everything is happening, she seems so distant and detached. When she’s meant to be sad about breaking up with Kentaro, she’s pretty much smiling. They’ve dated for a long time, but I didn’t get any feeling from her. It could be that she’s relieved that she’s not with him anymore, but some emotion would have been nice. Some emotion for anything really, because her character is really lacking that.

I’m sure she’s a good actress, but I’m not feeling her in this role. This is the first time I’ve seen her act though, so I’m not sure how much is on her and how much is due to the director telling her to be this way.

 

 

Akumu Chan

悪夢ちゃん

Synopsis: A somewhat strange girl named Koto Yuiko (Kimura Manatsu) transfers to the class taught by Mutoi Ayami (Kitagawa Keiko). Koto Yuiko has the special ability to make her dreams come true, but the outcome is usually a disaster. Mutoi Ayami doesn’t want to become involved, but it soon affects her.
Sounds like a really interesting drama. I haven’t watched it yet, but going by the picture and synopsis I think this is one to watch. It kind of reminds me of Once Upon a Time… only with dreams and not fairy tales.

Side note: I’ve only seen Gackt in Mr. Brain, so it’s hard for me to picture him as anything except psychotic. Hope he’s a good actor though, because I only see bloody fingers when I see his smiling face.