There was a great bit in the recent episode of K-drama Goblin where a deceased woman asks the Grim Reaper to make her into Kim Tae Hee in her next life. The Reaper gives her a look and then hands her a waiting list number in the hundred of millions, lol. For well over a decade Kim Tae Hee has been the South Korean ideal in female beauty from actual South Korean women, which is a feat since ladies can be catty but with her it’s nearly universal in the desire for her particular set of natural features.
There’s been an annual poll in Japan of the female ideal of beauty among Japanese stars and for the last three years the winner has been Kitagawa Keiko. This year there is a new number one and it’s none other than Ishihara Satomi, moving Keiko down to second place, still a formidable presence. Coming in third is Aragaki Yui followed by Ayase Haruka with Fukada Kyoko rounding out the top five. It’s a who’s who of popular J-actresses but always interesting to see what the domestic female fans find the most enviable in beauty. Continue reading
This is one hit where I get why the underlying work is popular but not sure why the ancillary element is making waves. J-dorama Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu (We Married as a Job), adapted from the same … Continue reading
Thank god Ramna 1/2 isn’t one of those iconic mangas where legions of diehard fans will have a hernia and an aneurysm if it was butchered in any way, shape, or form. The first teasers for the upcoming Ranma 1/2 … Continue reading
Fifteen years after Takahashi Rumiko finished Ranma 1/2, the story finally gets a live-action adaptation (better late than never?). As a special treat for the fans and the production, Takahashi put pencil to paper and specially drew a poster for … Continue reading
Zenkai Girl has been over for a month now, but I find myself actually missing it. Like missing a friend who has moved away and I can’t hang out with anymore. While the drama wasn’t perfect, it was always captivating … Continue reading
Honto? This I gotta see to believe. A manga I have long held is impossible to turn into a live-action adaptation is finally getting that treatment, albeit via a SP and not a full dorama. Fresh off the precious and … Continue reading
This drama? Is wonderfully cute. I’ve been indifferent to Aragaki Yui since she gave such a placid performance in Code Blue, so she doesn’t exactly call to mind determined, blunt, and cranky young lawyer Ayukawa Wakaba, a gunning for private … Continue reading