Hotaru no HIKARI : Season 1, 2 and movie review

Hotaru no Hikari Season 1

Ratings: 8/10

Summer is in the air and I can’t help but feel nostalgic about Hotaru no Hikari which is the PERFECT watch for summer. It’s aired back in 2007 but I’m certain the rom-com will still entertain viewers of today. If you’re still hung over by the fact that Tachibana did not end up with Sakura in Last Cinderella, recently discovered your crush on Fujiki Naohito and desperate to see him in action and GET THE GIRL, this it IT. Even better that it’s when he is in his younger days.

Haruka Ayase stars as Amemiya Hotaru nicknamed Ahomiya (Aho also means stupid or idiot). She is the ideal OL( office lady), well looked upon by her co-workers and juniors as she is efficient and dedicated. However, when she returns home, she turns into a himono-onna, a term for a woman who is not interested in men but lazes around with beer and manga in reach. The drama starts off with how Hotaru discovers that she needs to cohabit with her boss from work, Takano Seiichi ( Fujiki Naohito) because he is the landlord’s son. Takano is also fondly called Buchou~ haha! Watch and you’ll understand. He is an orderly man who takes no nonsense about mess and even draws a red tape line on their boundary. With the two of them under one roof, sparks fly ❤

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Movie Review: Happy Flight

Ratings: 8/10

I had the opportunity to watch this movie when it was screened during an international film festival in my home town. It’s another film by Shinobu Yaguchi who also directed award-winning Waterboys and Swing Girls. I reviewed Swing Girls here. Swing Girls was a fun watch and I didn’t doubt that this would be any less. It’s once again about zeroes to heroes, or underdogs saving the day.

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Movie Review: Swing Girls

Raitngs: 9/10

This is a great movie about how a group of girls come together and discover their love for jazz. I myself play classical music and never really liked or understood jazz so this movie was really enlightening. It stars Ueno Juri and Yuta Hiraoka, the former which is well-known as Nodame in Nodame Cantabile. The girls actually practiced prior filming so they really play their own music.

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Liar Game. Everything about it.

Liar Game Season 1

Ratings: 8/10

It’s one of the first few Jdoramas I watched and I actually watched all the whole premise. Chronology of  the airing of the series:

Liar Game (Fuji TV, 2007)

Liar Game 2 (Fuji TV, 2009)

Liar Game Episode Zero (2010)

Liar Game X (2010)

Liar Game The Final Stage (2010)

Liar Game Reborn (2012)

Alice in Liar Game (2012)

Liar Game Reborn SP: Fukunaga vs Yokoya (2012)

This series is also adapted from the manga. A brief summary-

Kanzaki Nao is an honest college student who receives a hundred million yen one day, along with a card saying she has been chosen to take part in the “Liar Game”. The aim of the game is to trick the other players out of their hundred million dollars. At the end, the winner gets the hundred million and the loser is a hundred million yen in debt. The next day, she receives notification that her opponent is her former teacher, Fujisawa Kazuo. She goes to him, seeking help, but ends up getting tricked into handing her money over. Desperate, she approaches the police for help, but they are unable to do anything. However, she is told of a mastermind swindler, Akiyama Shinichi, who is to be released from jail the next day. Desperate, she goes to him for help. 

-Excerpt form Drama Wiki-

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