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22-year old Kawano Ayu was brought up way out in the country. She's a rough-mannered tomboy. When she meets Tetsu, a divorced beautician, the two fall in love and get married. Immediately after their happy new life begins, they are visited by a 5-year old boy, Yuki, who claims to be Tetsu's son. Ayu reluctantly becomes the boy's mother, but has no idea how to raise a child. What's more, at kindergarten, she must confront the elegant mothers of the neighborhood. Ayu's humorous life as a rookie mother begins. --Fuji TV

I liked this show a lot. This show mainly demonstrated that it is important to stay true to who you are and your personal beliefs but also be understanding of others and how they may misunderstand you at times. Here we have a woman thrust into being the stepmother for a distant child and a clueless father expecting everything to just connect which honestly does, and does not, work out. We also see the trials of being a mother in an overly structured system where even the parents have a hierarchy within their child's school, which makes no sense to me because it is unnecessary and self-serving. This show takes some getting used to, especially since they play out the internal monologue on the actor's face which can be awesomely funny, or strangely weird. Overall, this series is definitely worth a watch and I believe would be enjoyed by most.

The subtitles can be found here:

The raws can be found here:, but if it is too difficult to join that site I can upload the raws, so please let me know.
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Akihabara is a Tokyo district full of mangas, anime, electronics, video games, figurines, etc. It is a place that gathers fanatics of such themes, people who are commonly referred to as otaku. Page, Box, Akira, Taiko, Daruma, and Izumu are six otaku each with his/her own troubles and sought relief through a website called "Yui's Lifeguard." When site owner Yui died of a mysterious death, the six who are each experts in their own fields gathered to form "Akihabara@DEEP", a "trouble shooter" group that vows to protect Akihabara and solve the problems of its inhabitants.

I really enjoyed this series. Seeing a bunch of faces who are big stars now being little flickering lights center stage is awesome. This series really encompasses the concept of together people can do anything and that even the meek can find strength in themselves to fight against hardship. Although very inspirational in its own way, it will also take some determination to sit through it. I don't mean to say that it is a bad series it just drags at points which can deter many people who want to enjoy the series further. It's funny, campy, and explorative of the lifestyle in Akihabara, but it can also be draggy and at times boring so be prepared if you plan to watch it. Most of the main stars in this series went on to do great for themselves and others faded away, for example:

Ikuta Toma. Since this show, he has done a ton of movies and shows and has truly gained stardom status.

Kazama Shunsuke. Though not as prolific as his fellow Johnny's above, he continues to have a stable and productive career on screen, but has also done a lot of stage work as well.

Hoshino Gen. Definitely not as involved in screenwork as the two above, he is definitely a known figure in this day and age as a singer/songwriter of some renown. So much so, that he performed at the 67th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen just this past New Years Eve, and his latest song has blasted to the top of the charts.

Himura Yuki. Originally a comedian, he has expanded beyond that to being a director, and announcer popular in both mainstream media and comedic variety shows. I believe he is, or was, even the voice from heaven on vs Arashi.

Kosaka Yuka & Matsushima Hatsune. These ladies have all but disappeared from the screen only revisiting the occasional variety show and have instead gone into modeling as their mainstream careers.

This series can be found here on Nyaa torrents:

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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Kiyoshi Imawano and his family move into a haunted house. The entire family, except the occult-obsessed father, gains the power to see ghosts and spirits. An undead monk, secret government agents, even UFOs start showing up. It's up to Kiyoshi to find out why the house is troubled by all these strange occurrences and save his family, and possibly the world, from inter-dimensional terrors.

A hysterical show starring Issei Takahashi (高橋一生), of such fame as One Pound Gospel with Kazuya Kamenashi and Mosaic Japan with Kento Nagayama. He is the main protagonist who has to deal with, with help of course, with all the supernatural and strange occurrences that transpire. I would recommend this show for many reasons but the main one being that it is like a long running funny b-movie that makes you laugh and relax throughout.

If it helps to attract to the series, in one episode Issei Takahashi is mostly naked for part of it:

I still lament the demise of video sharing on d-addicts but the whole series can be found on Avistaz ( with the subtitles. You would just have to register to get them. I would upload it but since I don't know who the original uploader and translator is, I don't want to inadvertently disrespect them.
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Sezaki Kota is a young doctor who runs a boat clinic, Kaishinmaru, that plies the Seto Inland Sea islands. Kota is a very capable doctor, but he has one big flaw... he falls for women easily. He romances each island's madonna when they come to him seeking treatment. However, his efforts at romancing them seem to fail each time, and thus with tears streaming, he sets off for the next island, ever in search of a true love.

An awesome series. Starring Matsuda Shota, and costarring Takei Emi and Fukushi Sota. Because of the constant romancing and how sweet and naive Sezaki Kota (Matsuda Shota) is you can't help but fall in love with him and wish him the best throughout. The storyline, which jumps from island to island, is surprisingly consistent and works to promote the Seto Inland Sea perfectly. I recommend this series for anyone looking for a relaxing, heart-warming, and comedic drama on a nice lazy afternoon.

Raws: (Brought to you by the wonderful people at jdramacity! Amazing blog that helps keep you up to date on a lot of the latest dramas, definitely bookmark worthy.)

Links to subs found with the link to the raws.
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Not sure who I'm writing this for, probably myself in the FUTURE WHAHAHAHAHA lol... but if anyone is interested I will be posting regularly from here on in to help pull from the painful nightmare my master's classes have become. I look forward to watching, reviewing and hoping that I can bring a smile to someone's face, other then my own.
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(Sadly no daddicts, or asianwiki page for it)

So summary: Two highschool students, a rough tomboy girl and a gentle sensitive boy, end up having their bodies switched thanks to the girls scientific, and irresponsible, grandfather. This short 2005 series chronicles their hijinks, torments, and pseudo sexual exploration.

The series was cute, nothing overly exciting, and as I sit here writing this, I'm not too sure I recommend it. The manga was worlds better, and the series mainly tried to play off the sexual tension, and innuendo, then try to really tell any story.

This was a hardsub that I pulled from daddicts way back when. If you're interested I can email jewelchan, who subbed it, for permission to post it to mega and allow for download.
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A true love story turned to bestselling novel, created from the Internet BBS, 2channel to blockbuster hit movie. Ito Misaki plays Aoyama Saori, working as an office lady at a MNC, gets into trouble with a drunkard on a train. She's saved by Yamada Tsuyoshi, played by Ito Atsushi. As a form of appreciation, she sends him Hermes teacups. Having no experience with the opposite sex, Tsuyoshi decides to ask for help on the Aladdin Channel BBS on how to interact with Saori.

An AMAZING series! It made me happy, sad, jealous, sad, then happy all in it's 11 episodes and special. I have to say, of Japanese men, I love Johnny's! Their looks, their style, and their overall skills excite me. With that said Ito Atsushi, in no ways a Johnny's, made me fall for him hard. His drive, his vulnerability, his humility, his strength and overall virtue was truly inspiring. I highly recommend this series for all those who feel that they are never good enough, hot enough, smart enough, or whatever enough to be with someone they love, and I hope that it inspires and reminds them that with true friends and a heartfelt drive they can do anything.


As to raws, I sadly am no longer sure, I googled and ran through all the websites I usually do, but could not find them. I'll keep looking and update this post once I find them. theoretically, they can be found at Nyaa Torrents:, but I say theoretically because it looks like there are little to no seeds. I will keep looking for a more stable source.
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--Tanaka Misako stars as a woman struggling to raise her three sons - played by Tamayama Tetsuji, Hayami Mokomichi and Nakao Akiyoshi - after her husband dies. Kuninaka Ryoko will appear as Tamayama's girlfriend, Chisato.

They don't know when to stop, and live life to the full—meet the never-a-dull-moment Sakurai family, where nobody holds their feelings back. Returning to serial drama for the first time in five years, Misako Tanaka and the three hyperactive sons provide a story with a heartbeat. Sakurai Harue (Tanaka) who has brought up her sons alone after her husband died, is absolutely hopeless at running a household. Her eldest, stickler Tatsuya (Tamayama), does the job in her place while keeping younger brothers Riku (Hayami), and Junpei (Nakao) firmly in line. The sparks are constantly flying, but that's the way it goes in this home. Tatsuya, a serious-minded advertising agency worker, and his brothers, an easy-going swimming instructor and rather naïve student, are three good-lookers who, along with their useless live-wire of a mother, keep getting into all sorts of scrapes—in love and at work. This is the Sakurai household, where everything hangs loose and everyone always speaks their mind. Tanaka says she really loves this 'perfect family.' They are sure to win your hearts too!

So first off, I love the interplay of the brothers, they are really amazing. Although we know the names of the Tamayama Tetsuji, Hayami Mokomichi, and Nakao Akiyoshi now, back in 2005 when this first came out they were just settling into their styles and were doing more modeling then acting. They worked well off of each other and wove a tale of comedic, dramatic, and realistic proportions.
The pictures are thanks to d-addicts and whomever posted them.

I highly recommend this series. The subs can be found here:

Although it's only episode 1 - 4, tianj and their team were great for subbing as much as they did. The rest of the subs were hardcoded and posted on d-addicts, but sadly they have been removed. If you'd like to see the show in it's entirety, please let me know and I will email tianj and see if they will let me share their hardsubs via mega.


Apr. 22nd, 2014 12:33 am
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Finally, getting back into the swing of things. Work and life have been abundantly complicated for the past few months but now I have gotten back into the swing of things. Time to document more dramas that I have watched!
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--Reiji Matsushima (Takuya Kimura) is a genius physicist. He realizes that he and his fiancé Asahi Ando (Kou Shibasaki) will be killed a theory that he advanced.
One day, in the year 2013, Reiji dies in a airplane explosion & crash. He was a handsome and world-famous professor who studied wormhole theories. It is a mystery whether his research on wormhole theory caused his death or not.
His fiance Asahi is a capable career woman working at a large IT company. She is beautiful and smart, but she met Reiji and fell in love with him. Her days with Reiji were happy, but one day he dies and somebody tries to kill her. Asahi doesn't know why someone wants to end her life.
Lloyd, who looks exactly like her dead fiance Reiji, suddenly appears in front of her. Lloyd came from the year 2113. His mission is to protect Asahi from any risky situations. Without Asahi's knowledge, Lloyd fights to protect her. Lloyd doesn't know what "love" is and doesn't understand human anger or sadness.
At first, Asahi doesn't like Lloyd, but slowly her feelings change. Lloyd also begins to develop feelings for her.

First I have to say that this show was soooo awesome that I watched the whole thing over a two day period. Originally, thanks to the above image, I got the idea that this would be somewhat like Absolute Boyfriend with just a bit more action. I was thankful I was wrong, not because I didn't absolutely LOVE Absolute Boyfriend, but because this show took the exploration of love and identity in a whole other direction. The graphics and the fight scenes held up beautifully but I found myself thinking that some of the graphics had to have been inspired by Dragon Ball.

Takuya Kimura plays the range of Reiji to Lloyd flawlessly, but I've loved him since Mr.Brain, so I am a bit biased. I do have to say though that Kou Shibasaki was great in her character portrayal of the wounded dove fighting back against the wicked machine.

I do have to say that although the above graphic does advertise the show, I think that it belittles a bit of the fire that this show has. I'd have chosen something like this...

Ando Lloyd ep03 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_06.16_[2013.12.22_17.54.35]

Only because in this brief moment that it kind of portray the emotions of the overall show.

I highly reccommend this show for those who love romance but need a whovian sci fi touch to enliven it for them...

Raws: (all thanks to \( -o _ o- )/ for on d-addicts for uploading them!)

Subtitles: (all my love to harorangers for subbing this and making my experience, and everyones, so much the more enriching!)


Oct. 27th, 2013 12:00 am
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--Heita Fukai (Takeru Sato) is an ordinary, but timid, high school student who has no interest in love. This all changes when a new transferee student (Atsuko Maeda) arrives at his school. Heita discovers that the girl is actually a robot named Q10. The duo starts to cause trouble in school, while Heita starts to fall in love with the robot. This is how their story begins ...

One day Heita Fukai finds a girl sleeping in the science lab. When Heita touches her, she suddenly wakes up and opens her eyes. The girl was actually brought to the lab by the school's principal Jiro Kishimoto (Takehiko Ono). The previous night, principal Jiro Kishimoto, after a night of drinking alcohol, discovered the girl in the garbage. The drunk principal takes her to his home.

The next morning the principal notices that the girl doesn't breathe at all and he asks for help from Heita's homeroom teacher Tatsune Ogawa (Yuji Tanaka). Tatsune Ogawa recommends that they should hide the girl in the science lab. When they get there, they find Doctor of Engineering Kuriko Yanagi (Hiroko Yakushimaru) in the lab. Kuriko notices that the girl is actually a robot with human looks. A secret does exist within her.

The principal is afraid of a scandal and proposes a solution. They should keep this a secret and under the situation, Heita becomes the caretaker for the robot; not realizing that he has totally fallen in love with her...

I like this show for many reasons. It has a nice pace to it, never rushing over important details, but never dwelling to heavily on the emotional ones. Takeru Sato is definitely was a perfect choice for the main because of his ability to portray the much needed emotions to truly bring life to his character. A much needed ability when the person opposite you has to play a mainly emotionless robot. The show portrayed a robot without being too "techy," or farfetched. I found this show to be believable, relate-able and comfortable. I highly recommend this show. Plus if all of the above is not enough you do get to see Takeru Sato, Kento Kaku, and Yoshihiko Hosoda shirtless!!!!

Raws: (all thanks to stbear on d-addicts for uploading them!)

Subtitles: (subs done by Giri giri who did episode 1 to 3, and the rest were done by darksmurf, they were then re-timed by dtdw for the high resolution raws! My personal thanks to all three for making my watching experience easier, and more enjoyable!!! Thank you for your awesome hard work!)

Takeru Sato Shirtless 01
Takeru Sato Shirtless 02
Takeru Sato Shirtless 03
Kento Kaku Shirtless 01
Kento Kaku Shirtless 02
Kento Kaku Shirtless 03
Yoshihiko Hosoda Shirtless 01
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Season 01
Kimi wa Pet
--Smart, successful and good-looking Iwaya Sumire works for a big newspaper. However, her boss asks her to leave for being too "perfect" a woman. Feeling angry and dejected Iwaya returns home depressed, and most of all lonely. However, when she finds an unconscious young man lying in a box out the front of her home and takes him in. He looks like a dog she used to own called Momo. She dubs him Momo and decides to "keep him as a pet." It's the start of an unexpected life together as they overcome obstacles and become quite attached to one another. But can love like this exist?--

I believe this show is perfect for anybody in love with Matsumoto Jun! He acts like a pet, with the perfect puppy dog eyes while trying to get more involved with the woman who refuses quite stringently. The Korean movie that was made with the same premise ( I did not find as involving as this show, but a movie versus a season of drama could be the reason. I recommend this for the emotional roller-coaster that it is, as well as anybody in love with Matsumoto Jun will get to see him in all his youthful, and shirtless, glory.

Subs: Here are the hard-subbed shows bought to you by the wonderful subbers at Jtv via daddicts!

Matsujun Shirtless -- Need I Say More!
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Pet Lover Ep 10.avi_snapshot_00.30_[2013.10.31_16.44.46]


Oct. 14th, 2013 03:58 pm
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Season 01 (2002)
Gokusen Season 01

Show Summary:
--The story of a young, idealistic teacher who enters Shirokin Gakuen with hopes of making a difference in the students' lives. However, Yamaguchi Kumiko (Nakama Yukie) is in for a rude awakening when she finds that she will be the homeroom teacher of 3-D, the hardest class to maintain in the school. The students have multi-colored hair, sloppy uniforms, and show absolutely no respect to her. The leader of the class, Sawada Shin is lazy but bright and shows some interest in Yamaguchi when he notices that she is very different from other teachers. The students try to bully her to make her quit, but their attempts don't get them very far.

What the class and the rest of the school does not know is that Yamaguchi Kumiko is actually the 4th generation heir to the Ooedo Group, a notorious yakuza clan. Even though her family would like her to take the title of Ojou when her grandfather dies, they have accepted the fact that Yamaguchi would rather be a teacher.

Eventually, the students learn to respect their quirky teacher because of her devotion to them, and even give her a nickname: Yankumi.

First off, let me say that Nakama Yukie is an amazing actress, although in this show she is only shown as flighty, idealistic, or naive, she has a range of talents that I will hopefully cover in later show reviews. Yankumi is the type of teacher everyone should strive to be, well if they are a teacher, she's caring, forthright, dedicated, and resilient. This season of Gokusen was the best overall because the cast contained a lot of modern heavy hitters who, back in 2002, were just starting out, so it was alot of raw talent that played well off of each other. I'm fearful of putting any specifics about the show in fear of spoiling someone's enjoyment, but suffice it to say, that season one has a broad range of emotional turmoil, familial crisis', and best of all a driven need to become better together.

Should you watch this make sure to watch also the Special that came out in 2003!

Subs: SARs Fansub, probably one of the best fansub sites around has sub'd the entire first season:

Season 02 (2005)

Gokusen Season 02

Show Summary:
--Half a year has passed and Shirokin Gakuen has closed down. Yamaguchi Kumiko (Nakama Yukie) finds herself a teacher of a few young kids who don't really benefit much from her style of teaching. Through some twist of fate, she is offered a job as a teacher in Kurogin Gakuen.

She becomes the teacher of a delinquent 3D class which make her previous students look like angels. In order to protect her job, she must again hide her true identity — the fact that she is the 4th generation of the Oedo Family, a prominent yakuza group.

Now not to say that any of the hotties in this season are any less important, but whereas the first season had a lot of modern A list talents that meshed well together, there was a mix of A, and B list, talents here which made of a great show with a few bumps along the way. The show is supposedly half a year after the last, in reality about 2 years have passed, and Yankumi is again the teacher of choice for a class of hoodlums, or yankees. This season I would say that overall there was less familial drama and more social problems presented and solved. It was a very good season, literally and figuratively, ranking second to the first. Although my one negative on this is that, unlike the first season which flowed well with character development and interactions which allowed for a consistent watch through in one sit down, the second season I feel would have to be taken in two parts to avoid the brief hiccup/lull that happens mid season in the transition from disgruntled to hopeful students.

Subs: The infamous, and awesome, SARs fansub, also sub'd season two! So give all thanks and praise to them for their awesome work in the arena of fansubbing!!!

Season 03 (2008)
Gokusen Season 03

Show Summary:
--Sawatari Goro now works at Akado High School as a vice principal. Although the head director of the school board speficically orders him to handle the problematic class 3-D, the students are just too much for him. So Sawatari goes far away to a southern island to search for Yankumi, and convince her to work for Akado. Yankumi accepts the offer, only to find that her class (again) is full of punks, where two rival groups of students are always at each other's throats. Will Yankumi's strong belief in students and teaching work this time?--

Now before I continue, please note that I have shown that I love Japanese Dramas, especially Gokusen, and the actors and actresses that bring us such fine work. The reason I say this is because season 3 of Gokusen was sadly a bit of drag to watch and took multiple sittings to get through it. Season 3 presented us with B and C list actors in their youth who, although working very hard, came across as a broken record of hating teachers and being rebels and with no real familial or societal emphasis that would've assisted in bringing the viewer in, and getting them more involved. Towards the end, the viewer can build more of connection to the characters, but as soon as they do the season is over, which break the connection in its infancy. I would say that overall I do feel that it brings the Gokusen drama to a nice close and does lead into the movie that comes after rather nicely. So it is a good watch in order to bring closure to anyone who has watched the other two seasons, and prepares well for the final movie.

Subs: I think I'm in love with SARs fansub, they have gone through the trouble of helping me enjoy shows better and I can't help but yet again thank them for their hard work!

Gokusen: The Movie (2009)
Gokusen: The Movie

Movie Summary:
--A passionate teacher, Kumiko Yamaguchi, a.k.a. Yankumi, is now overseeing the new students of Class 3D of Akado High School, who still have not opened up to her and are giving her a hard time.

One day, the students of 3D get harassed by street hoodlums. Then, Reita, a leader figure of 3D, shows up and beats up the hoodlums, yelling “Keep your hands off my friends.” The next day, the guys beat up by Reita come storming into their school. Principal Sawatari berates the students for getting mixed up with a gang, and gives Kumiko an ultimatum: “You’re fired the next time a 3D student gets into trouble.” Then Reita tells Kumiko that he doesn’t want to owe her anything, and he takes off by himself to settle the score with the gang…

Meanwhile, trouble was also brewing for the former 3D student who just graduated. The police are after Ren for being involved in an illegal drug transaction. Upset Kumiko tries to find him with the other former 3D students. However, they later find out from her grandfather, the head of the Oedo Family, the shocking identity of the mastermind pulling the strings of the drug deal Ren is being accused of…

I would have to say that the movie was awesome, well an awesome finish. It brought back a lot of the characters that were our favorites over the past few seasons and even revitalized the social aspects that were missing from the last season. Her current class of students in this movie were forgettable and an afterthought, but honestly were not really a sticking point to the story, so it's understandable. I found that this movie truly encompassed her ideals that students can make reliable lifelong connections that mean something. Yankumi throughout it all has been an inspiration. Yes we can all get tired sometimes of her repetitive rants, but they are said with such affection and conviction, we can't help but nod along and listen through, whether we've heard it a million times before.

Subs: Here is the link to the hardsubbed movie! I hope you will enjoy the whole series as much as I have.
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So I've finally thought about what to do with my live journal account! I've decided that I am going to review all of the different Asian shows, mostly Japanese (but some Korean and Chinese shows mixed in), in the hopes that maybe my reviews will help others decide if they want to watch, or not, a particular show.
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