Hello Drama fans!
Spring 2014 is upon us and with the new season come spanking new dramas. Huzzah!
Now I love both Kdramas and Jdramas so let’s give the ole which-is-better debate a rest. Let’s just watch what we like, right?
I normally just watch one or two dramas at the most, but I found a few more gems this season. Still, this drama list is very short compared to my anime watch list which is simply cray cray.
Without further ado, here are the dramas I’ll be watching for Spring 2014.
THE WITCH’S ROMANCE
Starring: Uhm Jung-Hwa and Park Seo-Joon
The Witch’s Romance is a fun romantic comedy. The “witch” is a 40-year old reporter who is as hated by her colleagues as much as she is successful. She harbors scars from the past from being ditched at the altar.
Enter our young, dashing male lead. He’s dirt poor at the moment, but he’s straight as an arrow. He’s bright, cheerful, and acts as the perfect foil to Uhm Jung-Hwa’s witch character.
Show puts them in hilarious situations which I love. It’s by no means perfect – editing and pacing could be tighter – but the magic that is pulling in everybody though is the hotness of our OTP.
There is real chemistry, folks. And thinking these two in love or in lust is no stretch of the imagination. I get hot just thinking of the kissing scenes!
I’m usually a lazy blog writer, but I got so het up I actually got off my lazy ass and wrote a preview. More complete details, and yummy pics HERE.
Starring: Shun Oguri
I usually shortlist romcoms, but here I am watching Border.
Border is the story of a detective who gets shot on the head one fateful night. The bullet lodges in his brain, and it will take a very dangerous operation which could kill him to remove it. Our hero decides not to have the operation. However, one mysterious side effect of his brush with death (and the lodged bullet) is that he now has the ability to see and talk to ghosts.
Ghost-seeing dramas are the trend nowadays, however, what this drama has which none of the others had is Oguri Shun. And that’s why I’m watching. He’s such an awesome actor I’ll sign up for any of his shows as long as they’re not too gory.
When I watched the first ep, I wasn’t particularly impressed. I enjoyed watching it, but thought it was a lightweight. When I slept though, I was plagued with restless dreams with scenes from the show. I took it as a good sign. I realized Show was sufficiently thought-provoking and meaningful. So, I decided to keep watching.
And I didn’t regret my decision with Episode 2. Ep 2 just made the show more satisfying for me to watch. Border doesn’t dish up horrifying ghosts. Instead, it will give you “creepy” and “disturbing” with the help of Shun’s acting abilities. And it just keeps getting BETTER and BETTER.
A NEW LEAF
Starring: Kim Myung-Min and Park Min-Young
This is a late addition as I’m halfway through everything on this list. However, thanks to lurking the Dramabeans forums, I was intrigued enough to try this drama. I usually don’t like courtroom dramas with more political agenda than detective touches, however, I have to make an exception for this one.
A New Leaf is the story of a heartless hardcore lawyer who gets amnesia from an accident. The drama is overall serious, but it does make for some ironically serious laughs. It’s the first time I’m seeing amnesia as a real plot driver. Thanks to his condition, he gets a second lease at a life that our hero didn’t know was becoming increasingly unsatisfactory.
Playing the lead is the awesome Kim Myung-Min (Beethoven’s Virus and King of Dramas). As always, he is wonderful to watch. So happy I picked this one!
Starring: Satoshi Ono
It’s my favorite Arashi band member Ono and a story about a death angel so I’m so there!
Shinigami-Kun is a live action show from the manga of the same name. It was written by Koichi Endo and was published in Monthly Shonen Jump.
Shinigami-Kun is the story of a Death Angel who wears a suit and a bow tie. He appears and says, “Congratulations, I’m here to take you to the next world!” Unlike other Death Angels though, he tends to do things in favor of the humans he visits before he takes them away.
I tried the first episode, and while it’s not as polished and glitzy as a Kdrama, I appreciate the heart that pulses through the writing of the show. The first episode tells the story of a young unattractive student who is told that she only has a few days to live by our Shinigami Ono. What unfolds is quite a touching tale.
Some of the effects are a bit awkward, but hey! I’ve got my imagination. So long as Show doesn’t lose its heart, I’m going to keep watching.
ALICE NO TOGE
Starring: Juri Ueno and Joe Odagiri
Another late addition to my list! Alice no Toge is a story of revenge. Fifteen years ago, Asumi’s father died of a medical error and the hospital where he worked in as a doctor tried to cover it up further by making him out as a bad apple. Asumi spends the next fifteen years foregoing any semblance of a life, and becomes hellbent on revenge by becoming a doctor herself and getting close to all guilty parties.
And yes you got me! I watched it because of Juri Ueno (Nodame Cantabile and Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected). I was caught up in the succeeding episodes though, and here I am avidly waiting each week.
I feel so sad for Asumi’s character. Really, really sad. I think of her as the bad guy who’s after the really bad guys. Unlike our usual baddies though, Asumi is a really good person at the core and that makes her vulnerable in this whole revenge plot.
I’m currently rewatching Nodame Cantabile and it’s just cray cray seeing Juri as the genius pianist who can hardly keep herself bathed and clothed, while in THIS show she’s a crazed schemer and killer. 🙂
Starring: Shingo Katori and Mariya Nishiuchi
I love Mariya! I loved her in Switch Girl, and I’ve been hoping to keep seeing her in good shows. I loved her in Yamada and the 7 Witches as well, so I’m happy she got another project.
Smoking Gun is the story of a (genius?) private investigator named Enishi Nagareta. He solves difficult cases that others have abandoned, and he solves them while looking through the hole of a donut.
You get bits of CSI and some bits of delving into people’s emotions and relationships. Nothing original of course even with Enichi’s mysterious back story, but still, I enjoyed it enough to keep watching in the future.
And happily, I also found his other team members equally as interesting. There’s the homely girl with only a cactus as family. The ex-police detective who keeps getting threatening mails. And that cute assistant who has 7 siblings to take care of.
And of course, Mariya! I’m a girl but I can’t stop looking at her legs. They go on forever! (She has cute outfits on the show too.)
Update: So I’m halfway through the show, and I feel that the writing isn’t as engaging as I thought it would be. Sigh. Too bad. I’ll keep watching though. It’s not bad. Just not as sharp as I thought it would be.
And that’s it for my tentative list. I am still checking out a few other dramas like Arashi’s Nino’s Yowaketumo Katemazu. My interest got piqued on how a weak baseball team can win, but I zoned out on the first episode.
Gap Dong also looks promising, but I’m afraid I’ll freak out.
Is there anything else I should be watching? Tell me if I’m missing out!