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Kdrama in Focus: Rooftop Prince

I realize I am a bit late with this drama review for Rooftop Prince, the show having been shown since the first quarter of 2012. However, you guys should note that this is the only year that I started watching Kdramas as I originally only watch Jdramas. I started this year with Arang and the Magistrate and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho because I really liked Shin Minah. For choosing Rooftop Prince, I have quite the similar reason. I really like Park Yoochun.

vlcsnap-2013-01-05-19h28m01s219How the hell do you say no to this? Yoochun is like the cutest when he smiles! But he’s really cute when he’s mad or irritated too.

THE STORY

vlcsnap-2013-01-05-19h38m51s78It starts off with the prince (Yoochun) Lee Gak finding out that the Crown Princess had been murdered. Because this is so, he hires three men who had been brushed off by society to help him – Man Bo, a very intelligent man to investigate; Yong Seul, a very strong man to protect him; and Chi San, a good information broker. For some reason, from the Joseon period, they get to the year 2012.

In the present era, they meet Park Ha, a vendor who dreams of opening her own fruit store. Since they lived in the Joseon era, they find the future strange.

The Prince is supposed to look for the Crown Princess’ reincarnation in the present era, but in the twist of fate, he falls in love with Park Ha. He still has to solve the mystery of the crown Princess’ murder, but as he is in the present, he has to solve the mystery of why he was sent in the present era, specifically the attempt to murder his reincarnated self, Yong Tae Yong.

vlcsnap-2013-01-05-19h38m29s108This drama made me want to eat Omurice more often. It’s pretty simple to create and it has been known to be the favorite food of the Prince and his servants in the present era. I think Rooftop Prince has made Omurice a pretty popular dish in the real world. :3

DO I RECOMMEND THIS DRAMA? Absolutely. There are a lot of twists in this drama, it was mind-boggling! There were a lot of predictable points in the drama, but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle. Finally, I’m not saying this just because I like Yoochun, but I really think his acting is superb. He can cry at any impulse! The other actors are really great too. I think this is one of the main reasons why the drama is hyped!

The one thing I didn’t like too much is the ending. It was quite confusing?

Anyways, I will definitely try to have more dramas to watch this 2013. Any recommendations?

Andy :3

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Otaku Girl: Episode 11

Ohisashiburi~

Oh my God, it’s been two months since I last posted anything. In that span of time, I kind of finished a lot of Jdramas (anime and manga not so much). Anyways, I am really, really sorry you guys, especially to people who have been following these episodes. I tried my best, but I guess work/school took me away from this blog?

Anyway~

1. MANGA: Fairy Tail

2. JDRAMA: Rinjo

3. ANIME: Rave Master

4. SONG/VIDEO: Kanpekigu no ne by Watarirouka Hashiritai (Fairy Tail OST)

MANGA

I started reading the manga version of Fairy Tail. I kind of got upset since they upload every week and I feel like waiting for forever each time. I did not actually start at the very beginning but I started at where the Episode 123 of the anime version was. I was glad I read the manga, because it’s quite different from the anime version. I love both of them, but I prefer watching than reading.

THE VERDICT: Highly recommend this stuff. Hiro Mashima-sensei is a genius. I wish I could meet him. I feel like my life would be complete~

JDRAMA

Image from http://hamsapsukebe.blogspot.com/2010/07/rinjo-season-2.html

I watched this from Red Channel. This is the season 1 of the drama. I actually have never seen the season 2 version of the drama, but it’s the same cast and it’s equally interesting.

Rinjo means “coroner”, or so what they said. Anyways, the story is like mystery-detective-ish. I really like these types of stories (because it is my dream to become a detective or a prosecutor). The story features Kuraishi (played by Takashima Masanobu), who has these “magic eyes”. No detail of a murder or any sort of killing can escape his eyes, and it is always the details that he saw that would solve the case.

I really like his sidekicks, Ichinose and Kosaka too. They have side stories where the cases they handle have some connection with them. I also like how the psychological thing works on the suspects who are the actual killers. Some of the advice from Kuraishi are also really good and can be applied to real life.

THE VERDICT: Yes! Watch this! I will watch season 2 once I get hold of a download site. Man, it’s so hard to find this series even though it was released only in 2010.

ANIME

Image from http://kurisuhanto.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/rave-master/

I rewatched this anime! hooray!

I originally watched this as a kid. However, the channel who showed this anime did not even bother to finish the entire awesome series. This is a work of Hiro Mashima too! I love Mashima-sensei and his works!

It’s amazing that Plue has more appearances here than in Fairy Tail. I love Plue a lot. Rave Master is a story about Haru (trivia: Haru’s name means Spring while Natsu’s name means Summer. totally fits their personalities) who acquired the Ten Commandments sword from the previous Rave Master. In order to save the world from evil forces who have the Dark Bring, he must collect all Rave and defeat their leader.

I haven’t finished this one. I am about 20 more episodes short. I will try to finish this, but I am making no promises.

THE VERDICT: Still 20 episodes or so short, but I highly recommend this. This is one of the best anime produced in the 90s.

SONG/VIDEO

I am so obsessed with the Fairy Tail OST! I have about 5 of them memorized in my head, including Kimi Ga Iru Kara (reviewed here in Episode 7) and Be As One (reviewed here in Episode 10). The new one on my list is Kanpekigu no ne by Watarirouka Hashiritai. I can’t find the official video (which I remember to have watched before) but here’s a dance version.

I love the rhythm of this song. It’s so sunny and bubbly and happy! This is the kind of song to listen to when you are stressed with school and work.. *sigh*

THE VERDICT: Yes! Listen to this! Especially if it’s summer where you live!

That’s it for Episode 11! Watch out for Episode 12. I will try to write them in advance so I can post more frequently in here. Thanks for sticking by and don’t forget to read back on all the other episodes in case you missed them. All of them are filed in the OTAKU page.

Andy :3

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