After the first 10 or so minutes, all I could really take from the drama were thoughts along the lines of "OH MY GOD THEY'RE ALL SO CUTEEEEEE!!!" (spoilers through this entire post, beware!)
(but really, they are: Aiba totally fits the cafe boy persona, Jun's hair permed/to the side looks really gorgeous [unlike when he first got his haircut, which just make him look like a pedo, hahaha], Nino looks so... do I dare say "kakkoi?" in that suit, Ohno + his hat that said "do the natural thing" [lol] was just "YESSS", and Sho is just.... Sho. Adorkable, "insurance seller who is really a terrorist in disguise" [hahaha] Sho.)
On the other hand, from Friday night - all of Saturday, I, against my mother's wishes, did no homework. Rather, I spent all of my time downloading/watching various Jdramas/Variety shows, as chronicled below:
I watched all episodes of V no Arashi (thank you, AST sub team!). I feel that it's 100% fair to say that their acting was.... laughable. Very, very laughable. However, watching it was incredibly enjoyable. The characters:
Jun = rather adorable and super smiley (huge, huge change from his current... DoS bancho role in Arashi)
Sho = BAMF (way different than his current keioboy/fail personality)
Nino = ....he actually reminded me of his character in Yamada Tarou Monogatari, actually
Ohno = Waseda boy? Ahahaha now he just goes fishing >.<
Aiba = DoS Coach!!! (who pulls down his jacket zipper when gettin' down to buisness, ahahaha!)
God, it was just a very.... strange drama. I'm not sure that it's really worth watching, but since each ep was so short I have no complaints. 3.5/5
I downloaded Ao no Honoo (The Blue Light) last night, on a whim... Thank you for whoever uploaded the movie + softsubs that I downloaded, I forgot to bookmark the page so I can't credit you for any caps or whatever, but if you see this, comment! :)
Anyway I started watching it relatively late, around 10 I think? so I ended up missing SNL, but I think it was worth it: this movie is by far one of the best movies I've seen lately. Generally a 2 hour long movie is really hard to make good enough to hold my attention, especially one as slow-paced as this one. However, the script was just so fantastic, Nino's acting blew me away, and the cinematography so beautiful that my interest was piqued all the way through. Even after a night's sleep, my mind is still buzzing about the movie: I'm still not 100% sure of what to think of the story except that I did like it. I read a pretty good review on IMDB, which goes over a lot of good points in the movie though:
This movie surprised me completely. It deals with topics that we've seen many times such as child abuse, alcoholism, teenage relationships and juveniles breaking the law. But this is only the surface of the plot and the means of which it contemplates it's main theme. The main theme as I now see it, is the negative side of adulthood hitting a child. This might not sound in anyway peculiar but it's in the delivery that makes it so special.
At first I thought the movie's main function was probably to deliver cheap thrills, raise sympathy in the easiest way, speak against domestic violence, tell a moral story or to portray some typical teenage drama. Before the last minutes I still wasn't sure what to make of it, as it seemed to end without any final conclusion. But then when the ending came it blew me away, even if the viewer guessed what was going to happen long before. The point wasn't about what happened, but how it happened and what we got to know about the main character. Who is this guy? Is he a manipulative scoundrel? A hero that saves his little sister? A criminal that learns a crucial lesson? We don't know this for sure before the last scenes.Btw, my favorite parts of the movie were this scene:
He secretly drinks whiskey, he keeps a bat in his room but doesn't dare to use it, his relationship with Noriko is almost nonsexual. This is (at least how I think it) because sexuality belongs to the adult world that he sees threatening. When he hears the not so dreadful moans of his mother he doesn't know how to react. He is embarrassed for the sake of his sister and mother when he hears his real father Sone masturbating, never mind that his sister later hints that he himself is doing it too. In away, I'd say, that Sone represents Shuuichis darker adult side and it is also that what he fights against. Ironically he uses the same means as Sone, force and hatred to solve the problem. He fights fire with fire. He is trying to protect his childhood but by doing it, ends it himself.
One theme of Blue Light is the lack of a father character for a growing boy. He was the only male in the house for 10 years. His teachers seemed to be portrayed either as formally distant or blatantly uninterested in the students. The only one who shows interest in him is the detective, but by then it's too late, as the damage has already been done.
For me, Noriko isn't important as a real girl but as an idealization of childhood innocence with her naive answers and the talking dog. At the end of the movie she is crying. Again I take this as a metaphor. Innocence is gone, a broken childhood. While she is holding back tears the main character's list of favorite things is narrated. Here he finally reveals himself. He was not a hero nor a bad guy, just a typical teenager with his little enjoyments in life (with a hint of soon beginning adulthood). After all the schemes Shuuichi pulled and all the lies he told, the knowledge that he was at he same time insecure and vulnerable made me feel an emotive connection that I haven't felt watching movies in a long time.
There's also an interesting detail about the use of blue light. Every time Shuuichi is portrayed in blue light, whether it's the night time in his room, the seaside dock or the public aquarium, he is at his most vulnerable and honest state. Other times he always masks himself with lies or dismisses the uncomfortable topics with jokes and daily phrases. Noriko even paints him with blue background, a hint maybe, that she likes him that way.
and the very end, with this monologue.
Essentially, this movie was very thought provoking. One of my favorites, although definitely don't watch it unless you're in a.... stable state of mind. Although it's kind of a.. downer, it's incredibly beautiful and a must-see. 5/5My favorite things… My road racer. The world - as I see it from my road racer. Mom’s cooking. Haruka’s chubby face. Daimon’s lousy pictures. Oikawa’s jokes. The nude sketch of Noriko. Her dog-who talked in his sleep. I.W. Harper 101. Faye Wong singing in Mandarin. Zidane’s ball-handling. Kostunica’s movies. Tom Waits’s voice. Crispy fried bacon. Donuts without holes. Ice cream that doesn’t makeyour head hurt. Sea-turtle eggs. Cicadas singing quietly. Full-color pandas. Pockets with no bottom.
Injections that don't hurt. Completely empty toothpaste tubes...
(PS: I also watched ep 13 of Golden Rush Arashi!)