ラスト・フレンズ & ヒミツの花園

Okay, fine. I have to admit that I never watched a dorama before. But, I had this insane urge to see what they were like, because the sphere (by which I mean the blogosphere), was buzzing about Last Friends (ラスト・フレンズ)… and so, I, always trying to be different, started another dorama completely, Himitsu no Hanazono. I’ll give anyone who reads this blog a dollar if they can guess why I chose this one… (*hint: Baby Don’t Cry by Namie Amuro was used as the theme song :D)… so… I was like, “Okay, I’ll give this a try.”

Two days later, all I had done was sit at my computer and watch all eleven episodes of Himitsu no Hanazono. It was like crack, seriously. Beautiful Asian people, laughter, tears, Japan, Namie… it was like heaven. I don’t know what came over me… but I just couldn’t take my eyes from the moniter. Kayo was so beautiful and the guys were all good-looking and they all just were so perfect and amazing and, dare I say it, good actors… Crazy, I know… especially if you know me at all, because I don’t hold with really cliché things… but, somehow, the dorama didn’t seem hokey, it seemed fresh and original, even though I had the plot figured out by the fifth episode.

It’s amazing, I always tried to not let myself get into too much Japanese culture, except music, because I wanted to keep some remnants of my own culture, realizing that I would never be able to be accepted there, even if by some spectacular twist of fate I arrived in Nippon… so… I tried to keep my distance. It’s like being in love with someone, and knowing that they don’t feel the same, but they have no problem being friends, so you take whatever chances you can get to see them and learn about them, without being overbearing, but the doramas seem to have taken me to that place that seems a bit too close for comfort. My biggest issue is that I don’t want to abandon being American and spend my life in front of a computer screen dreaming about Japan… lol… I know it sounds crazy, but somehow I guess I escaped to Japan to get out of the rut I was in with American culture/music. All the pop stars went away, and where else do they pop music? Japan…

In the end, this started out as a review about these two doramas but turned into something else, so… sorry, but maybe you would like to know this about me. I tend to keep this blog rather professional, but since Wikipedia is not allowing me to link my site, I figure it can be a bit more personal.

On a side note, Last Friends made me cry (and I don’t cry over TV or movies) in the first episode and Himitsu no Hanazono made me cry in the second to last episode. Maybe I was supposed to be Asian? lol… Anyhoo…

I highly recommend both of these doramas and you can find them subtitles in English on Veoh. Look ’em up.

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~ by vinyabarion on April 29, 2008.

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