Kdrama Review: Cheer Up / Sassy Go Go~

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Title: Cheer Up/Sassy Go Go 

Cast:

  • Jung Eun Ji as Kang Yeon-Doo
  • Lee Won Geun as Kim Yeol
  • Chae Soo Bin as Kwon Soo-A
  • Cha Hak Yeon as Ha Dong Jae
  • Ji Soo as Seo Ha-Joon
  • Kim Min Ho as Min Hyo-Sik
  • Kang Min Ah as Park Da-Mi
  • Son Bum Joon as Cha Seung-Woo
  • Ooon as Joon-Soo
  • Park Yoo Na as Kim Kyung-Eun
  • Shin Jae Ha as Choi Tae-Pyung
  • Kang Gureum as Kim Na Yeon
  • Jung Hae Na as Han Jae-Young
  • Kim Ji Suk as Yang Tae-Bum

Synopsis:

Kang Yeon Do is at the bottom of her school academic wise. She puts everything in ‘Real King’, the dance club that she is in. When ‘ Real King ‘ was abolished and the only way to get it back is to join the Cheer-leading team ‘Baek Ho’, she decides to cheer lead with the people she hates most, the top 5% of the school.

Review:

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Ever since School 2013, I’ve been really into high school dramas and this does not disappoint at all! Even though this drama is a little shorter than your typical 16 episode drama, it does not stop it from showing its potentials. For starters, I would like to say that 12 episode should be the ideal length for dramas since it’s long enough for the plot to develop and short enough to avoid fillers. You have no idea how happy I was to find a drama that doesn’t have filler episodes that drag the pace of the drama.

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It’s amazing how one year can change a person. Thinking about how Soo Ah was in the middle and then the end. I think it’s an excuse if people say they can’t change just because they’ve always been like the way they are. In this way, this drama is an inspiring one. It also tells us to live in the moment and I think it’s dead right. I really love the whole concept of the drama-the way it is about friendship, school and life.

I actually couldn’t believe that they all forgave Soo Ah in the end. I was honestly still annoyed at her cowardliness when she decided she wanted to end her life. I guess it takes hearts of gold to do this and the students at Sevit are full of them^^ Now that’s a true happy ending!

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All the characters in Cheer Up! is lovable (maybe except Soo Ah) butKang Yeon Do is my favourite. She values friends and truth and even though she can get hurt, she does not hesitate to fight for what is right. I think even if she doesn’t do great academically, she will do great things in life. The students in ‘Real King’ are like Yeon Do in that friendship is important to them and I love how they teach the ‘Baek Ho’ kids that.

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School dramas in kdramaland are often depressing since we all know that competition within the school is intense and therefore it is hard to male friends. This drama shows this aspect of the korean school system but kudos to the writers for using friendship as a symbol of hope for those students in their hard times. I think it’s quite sad as well since I thought the reason the writers wrote this kind of story is because that’s what missing in their school lives.

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The romance is this drama is no joke. You’d think that the romance wouldn’t be as strong since ‘they are just teens’ but clearly it is not the case. Of course there are hints of innocence and purity in the relationship between Yeon Do and Kim Yeol but you can tell that they are serious about each other (heck they even imagine what it would be like to live together!). I think their relationship is going to last a long time which is a good thing because I find with romance in teen dramas, it is hard to imagine them being together forever since the romance reminds me of poppy love and first love more than anything else.

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If I have to rate this, I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 for a drama in general and 4 out of 5 for a school drama. I really learned through this drama and it is such a fun and delightful little treat for Christmas. I don’t think anyone would complain about the pace but I think we would definitely have seriously second lead syndrome. Ha Joon and Yeon Do is actually more like the poppy love/ first love idea that I was talking about. They are so sweet together but I’d say I would still prefer Kim Yeol. Some people were arguing between banana milk (Kim Yeol) or strawberry milk (Dong Jae) but I was confused because Dong Jae was clearly not a love interest……may it’s just me….lol

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Side Note: What the hell, Korea? I’m discovering more and more cool things about you. You sell gummy bears in that enormous packet? Why isn’t this in Ireland??? I’m really craving gummy bears now T^T

Thank you for reading and comment below what you think of the drama! I’m so glad I finished this drama since I love Eun Ji and I wasn’t able to watch that during my exam period. Thanks again and I’ll see you guys soon^^

First Impression: Heart To Heart<3 (Episode 1+2)

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Title: Heart To Heart

First Impression:

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I really like how the episode is played- it first shows a snippet of the end of episode and then it goes back to the source of its story. In a way that’s like a preview that’s used to tempt the viewers to stay and watch the whole story. It sure worked with me, especially the second episode. The first two episodes are fast-paced and packed with events which I think is way I’m liking it so much. It also does a stunning job at making contrasts in the episode. For example, Ko Yi seok is seen as a caring and understanding doctor who treats his patients professionally at the start of the episode when he convinced the suicidal women off a building. But then we see that he is not what he appears to be when he actual treats his patients in the clinic, not paying attention to what they say and even drinking on the job. This aspect of the drama really draws me in as I wonder why there is such a contrast in the character.

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Speaking of characters, I’m definitely loving Cha Hong Do. You can already tell that she is a genuine person with a lot of knowledge since she stays at home and read a lot. Her psychological illness is actually way more serious than I thought, even to the extent that she is hiding from her crush for 7 years. This is really sad and it makes me angry that Doo Soo didn’t even attempt to meet with her for 7 years until now. I mean he’s been getting free food for 7 years?! Where are his manners? Having said that, he is a sweet guy in the way that he isn’t really pushy when it comes to Hong Do. He gives her the space that she needs but I think this is one of the reason why it would be hard for them to be together. Yi seok on the other hand forces Hong Do to speak out and take off her helmet, making her uncomfortable but that’s really helps her since she can’t live her whole life like that.

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I think it would be fun learn about more of the main characters’ family and background since they are all quite eccentric. I’m  really curious as to why they are like that. We already know a lot about Yi Seok’s family (that’s a surprise for dramaland) and I can kinda understand why Yi Seok is so twisted. I can still sympathize with him though since I can see that he’s not really a bad person at heart when he cares for his mother. I think Hong Do is his medicine, like he said. But I think it would be more than just healing him. When Dr Uhm asked Yi seok if he intends to become a real doctor-one that can cry alongside his patients when they cry, I thought Hong Do would be the key to that.

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The relationships in the drama is already complicated and I’m feeling a love square here >~< For now I’m shipping Hong Do with Doo Soo but we all know that they are not going to end up together T^T Even though I sympathize with Yi Seok, he is not a likable character so far. I sincerely hope he can be less of an ass the next few episodes before I develop serious Second Lead Syndrome…….

 

I’m going to continue watching this drama since there are so many things I want to know! One thing for sure is how Yi Seok will treat Hong Do’s anthrophobia. I mean even her crush can’t help her…..I have a feeling this drama is going to be one of my Top 10 dramas of 2015. Hopefully it will~ gotta finish this drama soon so that I can post my top 10 post the first week of January!

Thank you guys for reading and I hope you enjoy the post. Christmas was amazing for me and I hope you had a great one too^^ I’ll see you guys soon:D

Anime Review: Btooom!

 

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Title: Btooom!

Synopsis: Ryota Sakamoto is a NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) who plays video games all day. He is considered a failure in real life but in the game ‘Btooom!’, he is one of the top 10 players in the world and the best player in Japan. One day, he wakes up with his memory lost and with him stranded on an island to play a real life version of Btooom.

Review:

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Plot: When I first read the plot, it kinda reminds me of the anime version of hunger games but with bombs. It seemed interesting to me and after Sword Art Online, I was looking into more animes with video game plots. It was the right decision to give it a try! Though I was expecting an action anime, I didn’t realize how intense and gory this would be. Since it is a survival game and it’s a matter of you die or I die, this anime is full of suspense and constant tension. The anime does an amazing job at bringing out the atmosphere by bringing constant questions. Is he going to kill to survive? Will working together really work? Is Sakamoto really leaving the man behind? These questions gets us wondering who will betray who next and you can really trust anyone in that situation. I give the plot 4 out of 5.

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Characters: The main characters are all admirable in their own way in this anime.I love the way Ryota thinks, people might think he is naive and that that’s his weakness but in my opinion, this is one of the reasons why he is still alive. His character developed the most in this anime. We see this near the end of the anime when he is being considerate of Himiko and not force her to do what he wants to do.

I just love love love the way at the beginning how each episode tells the background story of the upcoming characters. It is such a simple yet engaging way of telling us about the character and it’s hard to miss the back story since it is not told in bits and pieces. My favourites include Himiko and the psycho murderer kid.

I would give the characters 4 out of 5 for their development and like-ability. I’m really impressed with the depth of the characters since it is a 12 episode anime and that normally doesn’t give room for character growth.

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Romance: The romance between Himiko and Sakamoto is very sweet and delicate. Since Himiko’s past experience with men has traumatized her and she is not trusting any men. It is rather delightful to see her slowly open up to Sakamoto and begin to overcome her trauma. The fact that these two are married in the video game makes this couple even more special in my heart!

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Music: The music in this anime is definitely above average with its catchy opening and heartfelt ending. I love the lyrics of the opening. The whole idea of challenging your fate and not admitting defeat really reflects the whole concept of the anime and I think this is one of the reason why anime music is so outstanding.

Conclusion: I would give this anime a strong 4.5 out of 5. I just can’t get enough of it! I’m going to read the manga to see what happens next because the ending is clearly open. I would recommend this anime to any action anime fans because there’s no doubt that it’s full of action. People who love Sword Art Online should totally check this out as well because that’s how I came across this anime.

Thank you guys for sticking around and I hope you like my post today^^ I  have so many reviews that I have to do but I just don’t know which one to do first! This is one of them so clearly that’s how much I love it 😀 Comment below if you have seen the anime and tell me what you think! 🙂

 

 

 

TV Show Review: Scorpion

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Although I’m known for my love for Asian dramas, sometimes I like to be adventurous and explore dramas outside of Asia such as this little gem right here: Scorpion. I finished the first season two weeks ago and I’m up-to-date with the second season last week. Since I had my Christmas exams, I have no choice but to postpone this review even though I love it to bits! It’s really hard to get me into TV shows from outside of Asia so I’m genuinely impressed with this show!

Scorpion is about a group of four geniuses, Walter-the leader of the group with 197 IQ, Sylvester- the human calculator, Toby- the Harvard behaviorist and Happy- the mechanic prodigy, who forms a team with Agent Cabe Gallo- the government official in charge and Paige- an ordinary girl who works as the liaison person. Together they are Scorpion and they solve “mission impossibles” every episode.

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A group of geniuses, solving cases, it sounds exciting already, isn’t it? Well, there’s no doubt that it’s as good as you think……or even better! Each episode is action-packed and full of tension and it just keeps you on the edge of your seat. There is a fine balance between humor, action and romance which engages you from the first minute of the show (okay maybe not the first minute……we don’t need the introduction of the scorpion team every single episode!) down to the very last.

Although it is awfully addicting (marathoned it) and engrossing, there seems to be a method to each episode. There always seem to be a format in which the O’Brien team ‘solves’ the case but then there’s some dramatic discovery that the case is indeed unsolved and after that, finally really solve the actual case. Maybe for their target audience who probably watch it weekly, this isn’t obvious but for us who loves marathoning, the method is definitely clear. I’m not complaining though since they actually do a decent job creating the climax episode-wise.

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The humor in Scorpion is priceless! Toby is such a fun character that is what Happy described as wise-ass. His wise-assness is mostly the source of the humor and he delivers it perfectly! There are also plenty of science and maths jokes which I really appreciate. I like that the humor is present sometimes even in serious situations which helps to create a less serious adult crime atmosphere and more of a family-friendly fun crime atmosphere in the show.

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Another aspect of this show which I absolutely adore is the romance. I have a soft spot for crime dramas especially those with potential love lines. It is actually very hard to find a crime show (in kdrama land anyway) with potential love lines that developed properly. However, it is hard to dismiss the chemistry oozing out from our couples of this show- The Waige Couple (Walter and Paige), the Quintis Couple (Happy and Toby) and the Melvester Couple (Megan and Sylvester).

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My ship is definitely Quintis. Even though the other two couples deserve the same recognition in terms of chemistry between the actors, the Quintis Couple has a special place in my heart. I’m not sure if it’s because of the characters backstory or the fact that Happy is Asia (just joking….). I guess the fact that Happy didn’t have the courage to open up to someone and that Toby is the key to the lock in her heart really hit me. I just wanna give Happy a hug…….i mean she said it was her first time wearing perfume for a date….how cute! >~< Also I think Happy deserves a life just like her name.

Anyway to wrap it up, I’d really recommend this show to you guys if you like crime shows. It is a really enjoyable watch that I think should be added to your Christmas “To-watch list”. I personally found it really engaging and educational. I actually learned a lot of things that I didn’t know about before-there’s a country called Bosnia and a group of scorpions is called a cyclone of scorpions. I hope this review is helpful and sorry for not updating as often as I used to>~<”

Thank you guys for reading and I hope you like this review. It was so fun watching this show and I’m afraid I’m having withdrawal symptoms! Gotta go read that fanfic! 😛 Let me know in the comments if you like this show and see you soon!^^