I just finished the second season of the Hana Yori Dango live-action drama. It's definitely my favorite over the anime and manga (well, I haven't even gotten through the Sakurako arc in the anime, but it's been pretty faithful to the manga so far). It's more modern, so none of that 80's crack-tasticness that makes you say "Wow, this show is dated." There's a lot that's been cut out, but nothing so important that it really changes the show that much (and, really, there's so many 'someone tries to seduce/trick Tsukushi/Tsukasa' plotlines that they get old-hat pretty quickly). And, of course, the actors are really, really pretty. Must marry Matsumoto Jun, damnit!

Not to mention that I really liked the ending. It's a lot more concrete than the manga's ending (but then they already stole that for the first season, so I guess they HAD to come up with something else), and it set off my fangirl-senses like mad. I'm totally using the live-action instead of the manga for my HYD/Hot Gimmick crossover. It makes it a little easier to write. If it sounds like I'm being intentionally vague, that's because I am. I don't know who's interested in this show, and while I know there's one person *cough[livejournal.com profile] theweedcough* who's seen this show, I don't want to ruin it for anyone else who's going to see it.

Also, new layout to match my fangirling! :3

And on the non-fandom track, I have to buy a new power cord for my Mac. I've had to wrap the base with electric tape because the wires are coming loose and otherwise I'd have to constantly hold it together to charge my computer. Unfortunately, these things are $80 - what the fuck? The reviews on Apple.com are really bad; apparently some people are going through two or three of these a year. And I can't get it from anywhere else, so I'm stuck shelling out the money. Once I finally get a job, I'm saving up for a new computer and using the Mac to store stuff.
amadeupname: (Tsukasa)
( Apr. 1st, 2007 12:55 am)
Dad got married today. I took the place of the best man, so I stood up there with him and handed him the ring. (The ring which, I might add, he forgot and had me drive back home to grab it out of his dresser. Dork.) Thank goodness it was a short ceremony, and there were only a hundred guests at the most. One of the guests commented on the way out of the church that they were glad it wasn't a Catholic ceremony, since Mass would have been said otherwise, and I have to agree. Standing up there for twenty minutes was bad enough. I looked like a big fat stalk of asparagus, and I think my underwear might have showed through my dress. D: I got a lot of random hugs when we greeted people as they left the church. I didn't even know most of the people who were hugging me. And half of them kept saying "Do you remember me? I haven't seen you since you were this high!" And of course I didn't remember them at all. I can barely remember his high-school friends. At least he's gone for a week.

I've gotten myself hooked on J-drama now, which are basically Japanese soap operas. Right now I'm hooked on the Hana Yori Dango live action drama. I think I like it better than the anime and the manga - this may have more than a little to do with Matsumoto Jun playing Domyouji Tsukasa. He is just too damn pretty, and he's such an amazing actor as well. I cried quite a few times because of him. And I will happily admit I have joined the ranks of screaming MatsuJun fangirls everywhere. But he's not the only reason I like it. All of the actors were wonderful - Inoue Mao was a perfect Tsukushi! She's so cute, and I love her facial expressions and her reactions. I also like how they cut down and combined scenes from the manga - the three parties at the beginning were smushed into one, characters were either combined or left out, but they left in the good scenes. The only complaint I have is that they didn't include the scene where Tsukasa attacks Tsukushi. For some reason I really, really like that scene, and I have no idea why. It's not a big deal, just a minor disappointment. I can't wait for Robin to give me the second season. And I hear there might be a third season, which would make me so very, very happy.

Speaking of the second season, I was surfing a J-drama bittorrent site, and in their forum they had a thread talking about HYD season 2. It was obviously pretty old, as it started out wondering what it was going to be like. Someone posted that they didn't know if they wanted to see it, as they didn't want the storyline to be ruined. A second person said "Well, there's plenty of material from the insanely long manga to use as plot. I'm sure it'll be fine." And the first person said, "What? There's a manga? I never knew that." I wanted to cry. Typing in Hana Yori Dango into Google is more likely to get you websites on the anime or manga than the live-action drama. How is it possible not to know that the manga exists and like the show? ARG.

Kimi wa Petto was pretty good, though I wasn't sure I liked the end that much. It just seemed like a cop-out: "Let's go back to the way things were!" But at least it showed that they were working on an actual relationship. Also, I feel like a complete idiot for two reasons: first, for not realizing that Matsumoto Jun played Momo until about five or six episodes in, and second, for assuming that it was just me not being able to tell Japanese people apart and figuring it was just a guy who looked like him. I am an idiot some days.

And now I am watching Gokusen, which has, you guessed it, Matsumoto Jun AGAIN! Thank you, Robin, for providing me with enough MatsuJun to drool over for a good week or so. You are truly loved!

Everyone, be prepared for some HYD icons in the near-ish future!


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