Name – Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride) Genre – Romance, Drama, Slice Of Life Director: Takahiro Miki Duration – 2 hours IMDB Rating – 6.9/10
Story – In a middle school, Yoshioka liked Kou who was unlike the other boys and quite gentle. Kou then moved away and they lost contact but in high school she meets Kou again. But now, he is not the same person anymore. *Source IMDB
My Review/Thoughts – I usually don’t prefer watching Live action movies, but I decided to give this movie a try anyways since Ao Haru Ride was one of my most favorite Anime. I wasn’t expecting much to be honest cause I have already watched quite a few Japanese live action movies and I know most of them turns out to be a disappointment. However Ao haru Ride surprisingly lived up my expectation. Despite all it’s flaws, I didn’t feel it was a waste of time to watch it.
Live Actions Films can hardly live up to my expectations. However I feel no less excited whenever I get the news that one of my favorite Anime/Manga is getting Live action adaptation. It’s been confirmed that Ayuko Hatta’s famous shoujo manga Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji/Wolf Girl & Black Prince is getting a Live Action pretty soon and I’m already looking forward to it. The film is set to release this May in Japan. The character Erika Shinohara will be played by 20-year-old Fumi Nikaidou and popular actor Kento Yamazaki will play the character Kyouya Sata. 🙂
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Name – Splash Splash Love Genre – Romance, Fantasy, History Episodes – 2 (10 short episodes) Status – Complete IMDB rating – 8.6/10
Story – Dan-Bi (Kim Seul-Gi) is a senior high school student. She has a special ability which allows her to transport to anywhere on rainy days. For her university entrance exam, Dan-Bi can’t deal with the pressure and runs off to a playground. Without knowing why, she goes into a puddle and finds herself transported to the Joseon period. There, she meets Lee Do (Yoon Doo-Joon). He is a young King of the Joseon period. Lee Do is in a difficult situation due to droughts and the spread of an epidemic. *Source asianwiki
My thoughts – The drama was downright enjoyable. It was only 2 episodes long but it managed to capture all the positive aspects. I used to avoid historical dramas cause I had this feeling that they tend to be somewhat boring. How wrong I was! The fusion of history and present life was thoroughly fun to watch and the romance between a high school girl and a king was like the cherry on top. 🙂 Starting from the very first moment the drama managed to get me hooked and the enjoyment remained till the last moment of the show.
Yoon Do-joon and Kim Seul-gi were the perfect casts for the characters. Their chemistry, comedic performance and acting made the show worth watching multiple times. Kim Seul Gi gave life to the character ‘Dan bi‘, who was a funny & quirky high school girl burdened with pressure from studies. She had the potential within, but was not confident enough regarding her entrance exam which made her want to disappear to a distant land. Which is what happened, and we got to see our King Yoon Do joon. He was charming, caring and funny as well. I enjoyed every screen time of the main leads. Their connection was pure and heartfelt. Whether it was doing maths together or hugging, they looked adorable in everything. 🙂