10 Reasons why you must watch ‘Goblin’

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Top 10 Reasons to watch the Popular Kdrama ‘Goblin’


If you’re into Kdrama, you’ve probably heard a lot about ‘Goblin’ already. In case you’re not sure whether or not to give it a try, here I’m to help you out. You can thank me later. 😀

1. The unique story – 

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I swear I had decided that I’d avoid ongoing dramas, (After Effect of Moon Lovers), but the teaser videos of Goblin made me betray myself. The videos were so compelling I just couldn’t stop myself from diving into the awesomeness of ‘Goblin’. 😀 And trust me, the same is bound to happen to you too.

2. The Cinematography – 

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Drop dead gorgeous. You won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen for a second.

3. The ‘Goblin and his bride’ – 

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The Main OTP is downright adorable. I still don’t get why some fans are making a fuss about Eun Tak being a teenager, cause it actually doesn’t make any sense. Kim Shin is like 900 years old and Eun Tak is 19. You just can’t evaluate them as normal couples you know. 😉

4. The Bromance – 

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I really didn’t expect to fall for the bromance between a Goblin and a Grimreaper, but I did. Some fangirls are hooked into this drama solely for the bromance between these two immortal beings and it makes perfect sense. I won’t be surprised if they get the best couple award in the future. 😛 Continue reading “10 Reasons why you must watch ‘Goblin’”

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Sakamichi No Apollon – Review

Anime Review – Sakamichi No Apollon 

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Name – Sakamichi No Apollon / Kids On The Slope
Genre
– Slice of Life, Romance, Drama, Josei

Episode – 12
Status – Complete

Story – Nishimi Kaoru has moved from city to city and school to school because of his father’s job, so having his first day at a new school was just routine for him. Being intellectual in addition to being a transfer student all the time, he has always been seen as an outcast. All he has had to do was bear it as usual until the next time he moved.
But things were slightly different this time. First, he started to get close to the class president, Mukae Ritsuko, and secondly, unlikely as it seemed, he grew closer to Kawabuchi Sentaro. Sentaro was infamous for getting into fights, skipping class and was an overall bad boy. Strangely enough, the three of them find common ground in music, namely jazz, and Kaoru finds himself actually enjoying the new town. *Source Mangafox

My review / Thoughts – 

Ever wanted to just sit back and escape from reality by diving into the depth of love, friendship & melody? Then ‘Sakamichi No apollon‘ is the best choice for you. The show being a bit under-rated, I was really surprised by how much I loved it. In my opinion it’s one of those few Anime around that are true to their manga counterparts, or even better in some aspects. Intense story, real-life characters, ups and down of emotions and lastly, Music; all these features instantly made the show one of my favorites. This anime is something that I will remember for many many years.

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Kdrama Review – I Can Hear Your Voice

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Drama – I Can Hear Your Voice / I hear your voice
Starring – Lee Bo-Young, Lee Jong-Suk , Yoon Sang-Hyun.
Genre – Drama, Romance, Comedy, Tragedy, Angst.
Episodes – 18
Status – Complete
IMDB Rating – 8.4/10

Summary – After overcoming poverty and a difficult childhood, Jang Hye-sung (Lee Bo-young) becomes a lawyer, specifically a public defender, but she is pragmatic, self-preserving and jaded. Her life changes when she encounters Park Soo-ha (Lee Jong-suk), a high school senior with the supernatural ability to read other people’s thoughts by looking into their eyes, and cop-turned-lawyer Cha Gwan-woo (Yoon Sang-hyun) who is cheerful and idealistic, though a bit of a dork. Soo-ha gained his mind-reading ability after witnessing his father getting murdered ten years previously. His father’s death had initially been dismissed as a car accident until Hye-sung, then a high school girl (Kim So-hyun), gave decisive testimony in court despite the killer’s threats (Jung Woong-in), and Soo-ha has been searching for her ever since. As Hye-sung works with Soo-ha and Gwan-woo, she gradually lets go of her pursuit of money and glory. Together, this unlikely team use unconventional methods on their cases, proving that while sometimes justice is blind to a fault, she can still hear your voice. *Source Wikipedia

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Ao Haru Ride Live Action Review

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Ao Haru Ride/Blue Spring Ride Review

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. 

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My thoughts on ‘Hirunaka No Ryuusei’

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Name  – Hirunaka No Ryuusei
Author – Yamamori Mika
Status – Complete (2011-1015)
Genre – Romance, Slice of Life, Shoujo, School Life, Comedy.

Summary – Suzume Yosano has lived deep in Japan’s countryside all her life until she’s forced to move to Tokyo to stay with her uncle. A new city, a new crowd, and a new tall, dark haired peculiar stranger that just happens to be her homeroom teacher.
Daytime Shooting Star is about a young girl’s experience of the heartbeat of first love, and the agony of what comes after. *Source Mangafox

My thoughts – Before I start with my thoughts on this Manga, let me tell you beforehand, I knew about the ending right from the beginning. To be honest the ending was what made me think “I need to read this Manga”. So there are chances that my review is biased. Deal with it okay. 🙂

Okay so how do I put it, I don’t know if words will do justice expressing my feeling for this Manga. To me, ‘Hirunaka no Ryuusei’ was probably one the most wonderful Manga I’ve come across till now. It was not just another typical shoujo Manga with full of cliche stuffs, rather it was matured and more realistic. The way every single pages of this Manga touched the deepest parts of my heart, the way it made me cry over fictional characters, I don’t remember when was the last time I felt like this while reading a Manga online.

The name of the Manga ‘Hirunaka No Ryuusei’, which means daytime shooting start, itself had a lot of meaning in the Manga. Suzume Yosano, the main female character of the Manga was an adorable brave girl, who moved to Tokyo from the countryside. With the passing of time she fell in love with her homeroom teacher Shishio. To Suzume, Shishio was like a daytime shooting star. The whole ‘falling in love for the first time’ thing was so beautifully executed that it still aches my heart. The story may not seem anything extraordinary, main girl falling in love with the main guy, what was so different about it? The ans is, it was the beautiful execution of the plot. It was a story that made readers realize that it’s okay to move on in life and find new love.

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Kill Me Heal Me – Review

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Drama – Kill Me Heal Me
Genre – Romance, Comedy, Drama, Tragedy
Episodes – 20
Status – Complete
Rating – 8.6 (IMDB)

Story – A romantic comedy between a third-generation billionaire with Dissociative Identity Disorder and a first-year Psychiatrist resident who treats him secretly. After a traumatic experience in his childhood, Cha Do Hyun suffers memory lapses and his personality then fractured into seven different identities. He tries to regain control over his life with the help of Oh Ri Jin, a first-year psychiatric resident who treats him secretly. But Ri Jin’s twin brother, Oh Ri On, is a famous mystery novelist who investigates about Do Hyun and his family. *Source Dramawiki


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My thoughts –

‘Kill Me Heal Me’ was undoubtedly one of the best dramas of this season. It’s awesome from almost every angle. The drama itself was a complete package of romance, humor, tragedy, excitement & suspense. The plot was unique, well-written & wonderfully executed. The consistency it maintained throughout the last episodes was worth complimenting. Even though the story was a little stretched somewhere at the end, yet the last few episodes were no less exciting than the first ones. That’s what makes the drama worth watching several times. Continue reading “Kill Me Heal Me – Review”

My thoughts on Psycho-pass

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Name – Psycho-pass
Episodes – 22
Status – Completed
Genre – Sci-fi, Psychological, Action

Summary – The series takes place in the near future, when it is possible to instantaneously measure and quantify a person’s state of mind and personality. This information is recorded and processed, and the term “Psycho-Pass” refers to a standard used to measure an individual’s being. The story centers around the “enforcement officer” Shinya Kougami, who is tasked with managing crime in such a world.
This is the story of a team of policemen dedicated to maintaining public order. Some of them work in the Enforcement Division, responsible for the apprehension of criminals, while others belong to the Supervisory Division which oversees their colleagues in Enforcement. *Source MyAnimelist

My thoughts – I have been waiting to watch a good Psychological/Sci-fi Anime for a long time, and I’m glad I gave this show a try. I received good reviews of it and it lived up to my expectations despite it flaws.

Sibyl System is an advanced system that can measure the mental state of a person and act accordingly. The whole country is ruled by this system & everyone lives a very systematic life. Seems like the perfect combination? Well no, not at all. And I think that was the main theme of the show, that no matter how advanced an A.I. system is, it can’t be perfect enough to control the human mind or society. Human mind is vast and it quiet impossible for a system to completely understand it.

The first few episodes were kind of like an introduction to the characters & the plot. What is Sibyl System, what’s psycho-pass, who are the enforcers all these stuffs were explained, so the beginning might seem slow paced. But the story caught up pretty soon and I got completely hooked. The suspense and the thrill remained up to the 1st part of the story (Around episode 16/17). Like many others, I wouldn’t say the last few episodes were boring, but for me it was not up to the mark, probably because I had imagined a different ending.

Starting from the main characters to the supporting one, every single character was interesting.  The versatility of the characters, overall character development, unique antagonist … all these things made the show interesting to watch.

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Kamisama Hajimemashita Review

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Kamisama Hajimemashita/ Kamisama Kiss Review

Episodes – 13
Status –
Completed
Genre –
Comedy, Romance, Supernatural

Summary –  After Nanami’s father runs away due to gambling debts and she is evicted from her apartment, Nanami meets a strange man named Mikage. She saves Mikage from a dog and tells him her story. He gives Nanami his house as a thank you for saving him. When Nanami arrives at Mikage’s home, she is shocked to see that it is not a normal home but a shrine for worship. After that she is greeted by both Onikiri and Kotetsu who are the keepers of the shrine. She then meets Tomoe, Mikage’s familiar, and she learns that Mikage used to be the Earth Deity of the shrine and has bestowed upon her his mark so that she may be the new deity. At first Nanami is reluctant, but as she lives with Tomoe, Onikiri and Kotetsu she begins to understand and works hard in her new position as the Earth Deity. As the story progresses Nanami finds herself falling in love with Tomoe, but he rejects her because the love between a human and a yokai is taboo. Despite saying that, Tomoe finds himself falling in love with her too. *Source Wiki

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My Review/Thoughts – 

Set in a supernatural theme, Kamisama hajimemashita was a different kind of Shoujo anime. God, Shrine, protector, ghosts all these supernaturals elements gave the viewers a new flavor. The story mainly covered how Nanami tried to overcome the difficulties she faced as the God of the shrine and how Tomoe & Namai got closer day by day. Nanami had no extraordinary power and on top of that she was clumsy. However Tomoe was always there to protect her. Well to be honest Kamisama kiss had loots of cliché moments, but if you are a Shoujo lover like me, you will probably love it. Plus it had some good comedy. 😀 Tomoe’s shrouded past was one of the interesting parts of the show, and I was always looking forward to know more of him!! (Which made me want to read the manga :3)

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Earl & Fairy – Anime Review

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Hakushaku To Yousei (Earl & Fairy) Review

Name – Hakushaku To Yousei (Earl & Fairy)
Episodes: 12
Status: Complete
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo.
Rating: PG-13

Story – The story, set in Victorian Britain, follows the adventures of 17-year-old Lydia Carlton, nicknamed the “Fairy Doctor” due to her interest and understanding of fairies. Her life takes a 180-degree turn when she meets Edgar J.C Ashenbert, the “Legendary Blue Knight Earl” and his crew on a sea voyage to London. Edgar hires her as an adviser during his quest to obtain a treasured sword that was supposed to be handed down to him by his family. *Source Wiki

My Review – I enjoyed this show despite it’s flaws & cliches. The story was interesting in my opinion. Edgar’s tragic past & his never ending desire for revenge, sudden re-appearances of his old enemies and the bitter sweet relationship between Lydia & Edgar; all these things kept the story going. But the story lacked the depth that was expected & needed. Moreover it seemed a little bit rushed sometimes. However these negative sides didn’t stop me from enjoying this show. 😛 

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Boys Over Flowers – Manga, Anime & Drama

   ‘Boys Over Flowers’

Boys Over Flower (Hana Yori Dango ) is the most popular name in the  shoujo manga/drama industry. It’s the best-selling shoujo manga in Japan of all time, having sold 54 million copies as of 2005. The Manga got adopted into an Anime in 1997.  Hana Yori Dango had been adapted into several live-television dramas as well.

  • 2001 – Meteor Garden (Taiwan)
  • 2002 – Meteor Garden II  (Taiwan)
  • 2005 – Hana Yori Dango  (Japan)
  • 2007 – Hana Yori Dango Returns (Japan)
  • 2009 – Boys Over Flowers (South Korea)

Meteor Garden was hugely successful and set Asian drama phenomenon in the country at that time. The japanes drama was a succesful one as well. The Korean version of ‘Boys Over Flowers’ was a bumper hit. It created another Korean wave throughout Asia. The cast members became household names and shot to stardom overnight. *Source  – Wikipedia

I started watching the Korean drama first and I got addicted. 😛 Afterwards I watched the Anime, and then ended up reading the Manga as well. So I’ll just share my opinions on the different versions of ‘Boys Over Flowers’ here in this article. 🙂

Korean Drama – 
Genre – Comedy, Romance, Drama, School Life, Shoujo, Slice Of Life
Episodes – 25
Status – Completed

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