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When Oppa Leaves for the Army

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We’ve all seen those fangirls—the ones who send their oppars away to the army, the ones carrying the fansigns and bawling their eyes out as they listen to their bias greet them goodbye. We’ve seen how they cry as if it’s their own brother they’re sending away.

I vowed not to be like them. I vowed not to hysterically cry for my oppars who would inevitably leave the entertainment world for their mandatory military service. And I stayed true to my vow. I didn’t fly to Korea just to send my oppa safely to the military. I didn’t stop them from leaving.

There’s just this gaping hole in my heart, knowing that there will be something amiss for the next two years. Continue reading

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6 Asian Horror Comedy Movies For Scaredy-Cats

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And by scaredy-cat, I meant me.

As much as I’d love to marathon a bunch of horror movies this Halloween, I’m far from being courageous enough to sit through one without worrying about having nightmares for the next ten days. That’s why I prefer horror comedies.

Horror comedies are scary, but at least they’re not consistently scary! When it achieves a good balance, it can be enjoyable and fun. My favorite is Shaun of the Dead, but that’s not Asian so that’s not included in this list. Ooops. Continue reading

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[MOVIE] Strobe Edge (2015)

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Strobe Edge (ストロボ・エッジ)
The Strobe Edge live action movie brings to life the quirky and refreshing relationship between Kinoshita Ninako and Ichinose Ren.
Directed by: Ryuichi Hiroki
Sota Fukushi
Kasumi Arimura

Just like most of the girls in their high school, Kinoshita Ninako (Arimura Kasumi) is content gazing at the popular Ichinose Ren (Fukushi Sota). One day, Ninako drops her phone while riding the subway, and Ren accidentally steps on it. The two forms a friendship from then, as they continue to cross paths in school. Ninako cannot help but fall in love with Ren, and when she confesses her feelings, Ren rejects her and admits that he’s already in a relationship. Despite that, the two continue being friends with each other.

Strobe Edge is one of the manga I thoroughly enjoyed, so I was excited when I heard that there’s going to be a live action movie. While this adaptation isn’t perfect, it’s one of the better ones in this side of the entertainment world. It tries to stay faithful to the original source from start to end. I guess the fact that the manga is already completed really helps. Continue reading

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[MOVIE] Ao Haru Ride (2014)

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AO HARU RIDE (アオハライド)

Alternative Title: Blue Spring Ride
Director: Takahiro Miki
Cast: Honda Tsubasa, Higashide Masahiro
Genre: Romance

One rainy afternoon, Yoshioka Futaba rushes towards a temple for shelter and there she meets the quiet Tanaka Kou. After sharing a few timid words, he offers her his gym clothes to dry herself from the rain before running off. From then on, the two exchange hidden glances, rarely saying a word to each other. Before the end of the semester, they agree to meet each other for the summer festival, but Kou never showed. He disappears completely from Futaba’s life until one day in high school, she meets a Mabuchi Kou who looks like the old Kou, but with a different and aloof personality.

As someone who loves and adores the anime and manga of Ao Haru Ride, I was so excited to see this movie but I also had my qualms. Live action movies of shoujo anime are rarely good, sometimes even awful. (Case in point: Sukitte Ii na yo.) So I approached this movie with caution, hoping that I wouldn’t get burned. But alas, this movie didn’t disappoint. There are moments of tender nostalgia and exhilarating beat of youth. I was ready to hate it, but I am happy to say that it can actually stand on its own, separate from the other adaptation and the original material.

It’s difficult for me to separate the movie from the manga and anime, because I hold it so close to my heart. So my standards are high, and I wouldn’t be able to forgive anyone or anything who will bastardize the story I love too much. This movie could be perfect, and I’d still think it’s not enough. And with all that said, I can at least say that this live action movie is a pretty good addition to the franchise. Continue reading

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Dramas Lately: Who Are You School 2015

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Who Are You: School 2015

Last watched episode: 6

Who Are You: School 2015 gets better with each episode, and I didn’t expect to love this Korean drama this much. The intrigue, the mystery, the relationships, and the character nuances make this high school drama interesting. It’s not as slice of life as School 2013, but it’s perfectly okay with me.

I just love Kim So-Hyun in this! For such a young age, she manages to portray two characters so differently. It’s not just the styling, but also with her acting. The little things such as posture and manner of speaking are so different for Go Eun-Byul and Go Eun-Bi. This actress will definitely go places!

As for my little OTP, Han YiAn has my heart. Gong Tae-Kwang is cute, but Han YiAn is my man lol. OMG. What am I supposed to do with this high school feels? I adored Nam Joo-Hyuk since I first saw him in Running Man, and I am loving him as Han YiAn. I’m pretty much hugging my pillow everytime he’s on screen! My heart breaks for him, and it beats for him, too. Heehee. I prefer boring, good boys over the weird and crazy ones. ♥ ♥ ♥ I’m not even sorry that I’m gushing this much. Continue reading