alianora: Akira's Nobuta Power pose (NwP: Kon)
Here's what i've done in February and half of March, so far, not including things like work, sleep, stare blankly, and read Percy Jackson:


Drama K.O. - 37 complete episodes in 5 different shows, all Japanese.


Sleeping Bride - a boy finds a girl sleeping in a hospital, and the nurse tells him she's Sleeping Beauty. He comes regularly and tells her, "Wake up, I'm a prince," and kisses her. And then one day she wakes up. Very sweet.

The Great Happiness Space (Tales of an Osaka Love Thief) - documentary about a host club. Fascinating! By the end I felt for everybody, both the hosts and their clients.

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea - Voldemort has only seen this is Japanese, and has absolutely no problem telling me what is going on and who everyone is. Adorable!

My Neighbor Totoro - my kid fell in love with it in English, but I could only find the subbed online. He doesn't seem to care either way.

Saigo no Yakusoka - Arashi's SP where they are all stuck in a hostage situation. Very entertaining, and I honestly wasn't expecting the twist.

Yonimo Kimyouna Monogatari - short SP where Sho plays a guy who tries to discover a talent for music through magic candy. Worth it for seeing him molest lollipops.

Yankee Bokou ni Kaeru - Sho is a yankee who in the first fifteen minutes has set a teacher's hair on fire and removed one of his own toenails with a knife. Based on a true story.

Kamikaze Girls - I love Ichigo and her complete inability to leave Momoko alone. Was wildly disturbed when I discovered Momoko was in Yatterman as the dominatrix who really just wanted to be a housewife and have babies.


1/2 Prince - wip
The first crossdresser in virtual gaming. Wonder how long it will take everyone else to find her out? Enjoyable.

Aishiteruze Baby - complete
High school boy tends to small child - a trope to which I am very very weak. Cute, but the ending isn't very strong at all.

Dengeki Daisy - wip
Daisy is the name of someone on the other end of her text messages, and the only thing she has left after her brother dies. Far more interesting and entertaining than it sounds. Our girl has guts, and she's willing to protect what's important to her.

Koukou Debut - complete
I tried. I did. And [profile] princess_dexter says I should try again, but omg i can only stand so much stupid. I liked it until the kiss, and then I just wanted to hit her in the head repeatedly and shriek "WHY ARE YOU AN IDIOT?" Also, I am sad to say that the boy doesn't do much for me. Will probably try again after I've read everything else in existance.

Kimi wa Boku no Toriko Nare - wip
A maid with a deadly weapon: a mop. This is a weird one, but I'm interested to see where it's going. He's got secrets, and I want to know them!

Kingyo Sou - complete
HELLO I LOVE THIS PLEASE READ NOW NOW NOW. A girl falls in love with a deaf taiko player, and it's this beautiful story. This is the first time I cried WHILE READING MANGA. There's one scene where she is SO upset, and she's turning her face away from him while she's crying and talking, and he's desperately trying to see her face so he can figure out what she's saying, but she doesn't want him to, and he doesn't understand and OMG MY HEART. Beautiful and hopeful and a very sweet love story.

Suki-tte Ii na yo - wip
Good thing he likes unusual girls, seeing as she just kicked him in the face. Very realistic, it feels to me - deals with sex and relationships and our protagonist is not your typical shoujo girl. No cheerful smiles in the face of adversary here! She's blunt and withdrawn and kind of bad tempered, and he likes her because of it.

SOLD OUT - complete
Save yourself some time, and just punch yourself in the face. She goes to buy a dress, the salesman compliments her, she loudly declares she loves him and then the stalking commences. MINDBLOWINGLY STUPID. Comes with the quote: "I'LL FOLLOW YOU LIKE A GOLDFISH'S POOP!"

Special A - complete
Another dense heroine! But this one I don't actually want to hit repeatedly! She's been competing with him since they were kids, and she ALWAYS comes in second place to him. Hilarious and silly, with random bonus gender bending in later chapters! I find him very adorable, as he's been in love with her forever, but 1)he never confesses, and 2) she's as dense as a board, so when he does, she tells him he's her best friend. Plus, I really like the fact that she is capable! She is smart and athletic and can do amazing things.

You're My Girlfriend - complete
short work from the Special A mangaka. She has good intentions, but always seems to say the absolute wrong thing. He can't resist giving girls makeovers. Together, she thinks he's gay and he just wants her to have friends! Fun and silly.
alianora: River fights a battle of wits with an unarmed Jayne (FIREFLY: PWNED)
Eps originally watched: 0/11

Technically, this shouldnt really be a part of K.O., but I watched it during the month of it, and I marathoned the whole thing in 3 days, so I'm counting it. Plus, I've been meaning to watch it, so it totally counts.

I really enjoyed this drama! I mean, there is TONS of plot!
four guys flexing bare chested. Yum!
Very important, life changing plot.

But more than that, it's an actual real love story that feels natural. Naoki and Riko have one fight in the entire series, and the whole thing isn't a series of completely avoidable misunderstandings that just require TALKING to fix. Plus, there is actual physical contact, and physical affection, and a couple of fully functional families! It's like it's not even a drama! I DO NOT UNDERSTAND.

That said, cuteness, under the cut.

Love makes you strong )
alianora: Sakurai Sho from Arashi, hand over one eye (ARASHI: Sho Shy)
Eps originally watched: 1/10

FINISHED! I had only watched one ep of this previously, but it seemed like something that required little brain activity, plus has the side benefit of Sakurai Sho as a crazy man, plus I was still in the mood for jdramas, so i went with this one.

Under the cut for caps, thoughts, and random pervyness.


Im pretty sure I am officially calling it quits with Drama K.O. It still has another 4 days or so before it's officially over, but im tired. im not close enough to done with anything to get anywhere. but hey, i succeeded in watching things i ahd been avoiding! *strikes BABY pose*
alianora: Sakurai Sho from Arashi, hand over one eye (NODAME: When the boy smiles)
Eps Originally Watched: 4.5/11

Really, you'd think this show would be MADE for me. I mean, post apocolyptic world, Yamapi, and giant telepathic mutant spiders. And yet..and yet..I mean, I liked it, don't get me wrong, but it's definitely not my favorite anything.

Asami and Misaki are ADORABLE, truly, and I was invested in their love story. I was interested in what was going on back home, and how there seemed to be some sort of communication going on sometimes between the future and the past. But geeze, could the entire crew GET any dumber? They dont even remember there is a POOL. Crazy-sensai remains crazy and keeps trying to kill people or light them on fire or make her own harem of attractive underage boys, but they just let her run loose! WHAT THE HELL.

Caps and random thoughts )

Overall, I feel like this had so much POTENTIAL, but it never quite came together as a whole for me. I did like it, and it is now totally fucking K.O.'d!
alianora: Sakurai Sho from Arashi, hand over one eye (PGSM: Mako)
Eps originally watched: 5/11


Ok. Im lying. i have a lot to say!

I started Maou a LOOONG time ago when it was first airing, and it was AMAZING and AWESOME and TERRIFYING, and then my life got really complicated and stressful and i couldnt handle the extra stress of a show where i was absolutely positive that one of the leads would die, was betting it would be two of them, and wouldnt put it past the writers to kill off all THREE of the leads, just to fuck with my head.

So I put it to the side, and I finally picked it back up a few days ago.

I have caps, which I will share, but I also have some vague spoilers, so Im going to continue under a cut!

It feels as though you melted me )
FINAL VERDICT: 2 thumbs up, and totally fucking K.O.'d.
alianora: Sakurai Sho from Arashi, hand over one eye (ARASHI: Aiba Adorable)
Eps originally watched: 3/9

I honestly thought I had seen more of this show - at least 5 episodes, so I was expecting to be able to rip through the rest. Unfortunately, I opened ep 6...then ep 5...then ep 4..THEN double checked to make sure I had actually seen ep 3.

I wont lie, this was a difficult show for me. It was hard to me to watch more then about 10 minutes at a time until after ep 6. Nino's character is total fail and dork, and not in a fun way to me. Yamapi amused me, as did Oguri Shun and..the other guy, whose name I don't recall. So, there are our four main characters (not counting Chie), all of whom are 17, and who are (according to rumor) THE LAST FOUR VIRGINS IN SCHOOL. The entire plot revolves around their attempts to lose their virginity.

Nino...Nino is not my favorite. I find it hard to see the character behind the little RAT BASTARD that I know Nino really is. So Im generally constantly expecting him to go back to being an evil little ferret that he is in real life.

Overall, it's not the best show if you have an embarrassment squick. One of the major plotlines is Shou (Nino's character) being in love with his teacher..and his teacher pretty much leading him on for the first several episodes. I cringed A LOT.

But finally, this happened:

and i VERY GRUDGINGLY admitted that it's possible i had a twinge of sympathy. maybe more than a twinge. I MIGHT HAVE GOTTEN TEARY, OK?

So, if i wanted to hide through most of this drama, what DID i like about it?

The boys. They're adorable in their stupidness, in all honesty. And they are good friends. They're very close.

VERY close.

VERY VERY CLOSE. And yes, that IS Nino and whatshisname staring at Yamapi's penis.

What else did i like? Chie. She's adorable, and she's strong. I had issues with her final storyline and how it was handled, but her, i loved.

Stand Up!! K.O.'d!

Next: Long Love Letter
alianora: Simon, half drunk and smiling (FIREFLY: Simon Smiles)
[ profile] princess_dexter suggested DRAMA K.O. for this month - a month long tournament where you knock out all those dramas you've started but never finished, and im totally in.

Here's the list I'm looking at, minus the things like Yamada Toro Monogatari and Fated to Love You that I would rather bury in steel coffins under cement on the moon then actually WATCH, and also subtracting things that i would happily finish watching, but cannot due to lack of subs. I AM LOOKING AT YOU INVINCIBLE SHAN BAO MEI.

-Stand Up!!
-Yoiko no Mikata
-Long Love Letter
-The Quiz Show (Sho's version)
-My Boss My Hero

-My Girl

-Wish to See You Again

I make no promises as to what ill finish, what i'll ultimately decide cannot hold my attention, and what i drop out of sheer laziness, but i am going to try! Tonight i watched an ep of Stand Up, and only had to fast forward in embarrassment 4 times! And then I promptly got distracted by an SP with Sho, and Im watching that instead. *facepalm*

Maybe March should be DRAMA K.O. for the 8000 dramas you've downloaded, but havent yet even begun..i have..a lot of those. *sigh*


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