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Day 17 – Least Favourite Drama

Least Favourite, eh? There’s two shows that pop out to me for this question.

The first is Time Spiral (jdrama)

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This was a drama that I was really looing forward to, mainly because the subject matter (time travel) seemed like an interesting story line. When it first started, it had tons of potential. So much so that I started to recap the episodes here. But then it shot itself in the foot and became stupid, boring, and redundant.

The acting wasn’t that great either. The funny thing is that I know these actors have done better before, but for some reason, either due to their own interpretation of the character, the lack of writing, or the direction they were given, everything just felt wooden and lifeless. Even Gackt who normally does a good job looked like he was forcing himself.

I did find the second kiss scene to be kind of entertaining though. And I’m not going to lie, I did watch it a few times after it happened. Not because it was hot or to die for, but because it was so awkward. The scene is meant to be a very powerful moment for Gackt and Meisa’s characters, but it looked like he was trying to devour her face (not in a good way) instead of…you know, just kissing her. She went for a traditional kiss and he just had his tongue everywhere.

The second one is Lie to Me (kdrama)

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Lie to Me started off okay. Gong Ah Jung lies about being married to Hyun Ki Joon, kind of like how how Erika lied about being Sata’s girlfriend in Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji, but unlike the manga/anime Ki Joon takes offense to this and actively tries to stop her from lying about him. But, and there’s always a but, he starts to benefiting from the fake marriage. If she’s going to use him in order to look good for her friends, then he should do the same thing and user her to get more business. The two continue their fake relationship, they bicker and fight all the time, soon they fall in love and decide to have a real relationship.

On paper, it doesn’t seem too bad and I liked some of the beginning of this drama. Unfortunately, halfway through the seasons the scriptwriters changed and everything else changed too. Personalities were flipped, some of the side characters were never seen again and if they were seen then they served no purpose anymore. A lot of cliche story lines also happened as well. It was like two different shows and the change is incredibly jarring.

It was a struggle to finish this and I may have skipped a lot a few scenes here and there, just so I could get to the ending and be done with this.

 

With both Time Spiral and Lie to Me, I think my biggest problem is that they had a lot of potential but it was squandered or never fully utilized. It’s a shame too, because the shows did start off on an good note.

5 Line Recap – Time Spiral ep 8 + review

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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 ep 7

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We’re nearing the end of Time Spiral with one more episode left, who will be the one to die in order for Mami to live? It seems like Natsuki is the one that needs to be sacrificed, but will she?

5-line Recap:

  1. Kentaro confronts Tatsumi and tells him never to hurt Natsuki.
  2. Mami gets into a traffic accident
  3. At the hospital, Natsuki tells Kentaro that her panic attacks is fate’s way of telling her that she should have died back then, but it’s fine because she’ll fend for herself.
  4. Natsuki’s mom plans to tell everyone about the fraud she committed with the Noise Drug.
  5. Natsuki realizes that time isn’t in two  parallel time lines, but in a spiral (as depicted in the picture above) – this means that no matter what Tatsumi does, Mami will always die, because Natsuki was allowed to live in the beginning.

Natsuki says that the only way to stop the spiral is to let her die in the kidnapping. Throughout the episode, especially when she was talking to Kentaro, it seemed like she accepted her fate and is willing to die, but I’m a bit confused by this. When she died the first time around, her mom and Mami both ended up dying. This was the main reason why Tatsumi went back in time and saved her in the first place. If he lets her die, I’m not sure how that will solve everything.

I have a feeling like the ending will be happy and everyone will live. Initially, I thought that Tatsumi would be the one who ends up dying, but this episode kind of makes me feel like good things will happen. That feeling could change while watching the next episode though.

One thing did make me laugh while watching this. We saw a flashback of Tatsumi telling Natsuki that she’d fall in love with him. When I first saw this I thought it was way too forward and kind of creepy. I still do, but who knew that would be the ultimate pick up line? Natsuki seems like she’s head over heels in love with him and is willing to die if it means helping him.

If that can work, then anything can.

Anywho, one more episode left. I’m curious to see how everything plays out and finding out who will die and who gets to live.

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.

 

 

First Impressions: Time Spiral

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Synopsis: When Natsuki Aizawa (Meisa Kuroki) was a child, she was kidnapped which left her traumatized. Natsuki grew up relying on her friend Kentaro Yuki (Yuta Hiraoka). She now studies physics at a university. One day, she meets newly appointed professor Shuya Tatsumi (Gackt). Afterwards, mysterious events continually happen around Natsuki Aizawa. Shuya is time traveller who travels between the future and the past.
Episodes Count: 8
Runtime: 30 mins

Four episodes done, four more to go!

My first thought is, I wonder if I’ll ever be able to watch a show with Gackt and not think to myself, “Wow, this guy really does have creepy down to a T.” After I watched him bite his fingers off in Mr. Brain, I’m typecast Gackt in everything else I’ve seen him in.

In Akumu-Chan, he was a little too obsessive with the little girl. In the end, it made sense. But only in the end.

Now, I’m not saying this as a bad thing. I like when he’s like this, so when he showed up here and continued his creepy streak. I was all for it. To be honest, at this point he’s the best thing about the show.

For some reason, Gackt’s character, Shuya, is trying to get in the way of Natsuki and Kentaro’s relationship. Why? We don’t know yet. He keeps saying he’ll make things right and that they’ll be together this time, so it’s kind of weird. And Creepy! ^.^

This is a sci-fi show that deals with time travel, so there are some supernatural elements here as well. So far, we know that Shuya went back in time to save Natsuki when she was a kid. I guess she died, but he turned back time and saved her or something? He’s now come back in her life and is pretty adamant that they have dinner and that she doesn’t marry Kentaro.

There’s a scene when Kentaro proposes and Shuya just shows up and says, “Nope. Not going to happen.” And we’re brought back to right before the proposal happens. Just as Kentaro starts to bring it up, Shuya comes and kisses Natsuki.

Heartless and kind of a jerkish thing to do, since Natsuki doesn’t welcome the kiss. Kentaro leaves and the proposal never happens.

I kind of feel bad for Kentaro, but at the same time I’m confused as to why he’s proposing when he’s not even dating Natsuki. They keep referring to each other as childhood friends, so I don’t know if they’re actually dating or not. I mean, even if you’re not dating and propose it’s not that big of a deal. People back home do this all the time and I guess it happens in Japan too, but at least find out if the person likes you or not. Right? It seems like the relationship is very one sided.

When it comes to the acting, everything is pretty standard so far. Gackt is the best one though and he’s really holding my interest in the show. However, I don’t think it’s the fault of the other actors. Gackt has more to work with, while the same can’t be said for everyone else. Meisa is starting to shine a bit more, so maybe the others will too as the plot moves forward.

Now that four  episodes are done and over with, I’m starting to get a better idea of the story, but there’s still a lot more secrets to be revealed. I’m hoping it’s a fitting end though and not something pulled out of nowhere. But more importantly, I hope Shuya remains creepy. Whoever did the casting for this couldn’t have picked a more perfect actor to play that role.

*sigh* Now I have a strong desire to watch his episode from Mr. Brain.

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