Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bajo la lupa: Kimi ni todoke season 2

 Todo lo bueno llega a su fin y KIMI NI TODOKE  season 2 no es la excepcion, despues de 12 capitulos, ha terminado, asi que ahora hablare de mis impresiones sobre esta adictiva historia. Para empezar una de las cosas buenas de esta segunda temporada fue que comenzo exactamente donde la primera serie termino, casi dos meses despues en el dia de San Valentin. De aqui en adelante, las cosas empiezan y se desarrollan en el mas puro estilo "Kuronuma", con malo entendidos, intriga adolescente y demas. Pero eso no es todo pues ademas del elenco ya por todos conocido y querido, tenemos a un nuevo personaje que le agrego el toque 'picoso' a esta temporada avivando el fuego de la intriga, un tal Miura Kento y como personaje 'de soporte' tenemos de regreso a Umemiya Kurumi. Hablando de Kurumi, en el capitulo '0' que sirvio como prologo a esta segunda temporada, vimos a Kurumi haciendo remembranza de lo acontecido en la primera serie y todo parecia indicar que ella trataria de buscar la revancha con Sawako pero a la final...apenas si aparecio en el transcurso de la serie. Ahora, poniendome a pensar en esto una de mis impresiones es que esta serie termino o mas bien se desarrollo apresuradamente, desde el capitulo 7 en adelante, la trama se centro en el "Kento affair" uno de los malos entendidos mas serios en esta serie y de ahi las cosas se enfilaron demasiado rapido a su fin, asi que en esta ocasion no hubo ningun tipo de atencion a las vidas de Yano chin y Yoshida; quien sabiamos que tenia lo suyo con Ryu. Esto fue un poco desilucionante por que todos los personajes en esta historia son memorables y pues siempre un poco de drama amoroso extra no cae mal pero en este caso no fue asi. No hubo nada extra. Esto delibaradamente o no, fue bueno y malo, bueno por que en si hubiera sido muy dificil alargar la serie mas despues del rumbo que esta tomo y fue malo por que como vuelvo a mencionar, un poco mas de drama amoroso no hubiera caido nada mal pero pues las cosas se dieron asi. Habra tercera temporada? Quien sabe, seria muy dificil (o tal vez no) continuar esta historia aunque con los magos del anime nunca se sabe asi que aunque esta serie fue corta y muy 'al grano', fue buena (a secas) pero aun y con todo fue bueno ver a Kuronuma y amigos una vez mas y tambien fue bueno ver que por fin ella y Kazehaya rompieron el hielo, superaron las pruebas y terminaron "acercandose".

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

KOIZORA review.

          I want to share my opinion on the 2008 Japanese drama KOIZORA. First, a little background info to see where this series come from. Is interesting to note that this series are sourced from a novel based on a "real" story, or at least that's what the author made us think, so initially the novel was released for cellphone users in installments through a special website, the people started to talk about it until it became very popular, then it received a hard print, and eventually a drama was necessary. There are also a movie and manga. However, later on the author said that everything she wrote about was not real, that it was inspired on the story of the friend of a friend or something like that, and it was not something that happened to the author herself. But to tell you the true, Who cares? what really interest us here is whether this drama is worth watching or not. This drama is 6 episodes long and from my point of view it can be described as a shot of espresso, small but intense. You might think that I'm biased but I find that the Japanese dramas have a better plot development than Korean dramas and this one is not exception. It all stars with Mika, a teenage girl who dreams of finding true love in the fashion that most girls her age do, a knight on a white horse. But a sudden confession from a boy from another class surprises her since this boy is the crush of one of her friends, so she feels bad to see her friend down and decides to set things right, but she comes across with one of the boy's friends who is the live image of rebellion, blond hair, piercings and an attitude. This boy, whose name is Hiro, suddenly kisses her, leaving her shocked and confused. From here, a chain of events unfold and Mika and Shiro become close until they fall in love, however, before this happens, they have to go through many things together for example; Shiro's previous girlfriend is not going to stay calm when she realizes that Shiro favors Mika. The relationship between Shiro and Mika becomes more intense, specially when Mika realizes that Shiro has been having an eye on her from before due to a cellphone incident some time before and because she slowly finds that Shiro is more caring and sensible than he appears. However as Mika herself says, "happiness can not last forever" so halfway, the series take a unexpected turn which will prove how strong their link is. That I left for you to find out. One of the good points of this series is it's lenght, just 6 episodes that are well written and are more than enough to tell the story because this progresses very well so everything here is to the point, there are not unnecessary side stories or things like that, this drama is to the point from start to finish. Depending of your personal preference this could be good or bad, because if you are the kind of person who likes when a story drags for 20 or more episodes, maybe you will still feel hungry after consuming this series, but on the other hand if you are the kind who likes the stories kept short without unnecessary subplots, then you are going to love this drama. Among other things, the acting is very good, and both actors really have that "chemistry" necessary in this kind of stories. Lastly, some people might get a bittersweet feeling after watching these series, but in my opinion the conclusion is right on the spot. So I recommend KOIZORA to those who like "coming of age" love stories without being to "teenie" or too sweet which is the norm in this kind of dramas focused on high schoolers, I like KOIZORA because is a story that can happen to anyone and is easy to relate to, it can happen to you, your sister or anyone you know so I would say that this is one of the strongest points and the main reason for which I recommend it.

Here is a fan made video to pick your curiosity:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Kimi ni todoke season 2 preview.

  What could be a better way to spend a Saturday evening that previewing new anime and drama? Well, that's what I did yesterday and I am happy to announce that KIMI NI TODOKE S2 is up in the air in Japan. Two weeks ago they released a so-called episode 0, which was something like a recap and a preview of what's to come in this new season, We mostly saw Kurumi (Sawako's rival in the first season and most likely in this second as well) bowing to seek to settle the scores this time around. In the first episode, which is still fresh from the airwaves, We can see last season's favorite characters (Sawako's friends, Yano-chin, Chizu ,Ryu and Pin) but it seems that there will be new additions to the cast to spice things up a little,which is great. The first episode is a direct follow up of the first season, but starts on the eve of Valentine's day, which as we can guest is going to be one a la Kuronuma style, with her particular way to do and see things. This first episode stars things up nice and slow with Kuronuma and her feelings for Kazehaya However, there is no doubt that the new characters are going to keep things intense and interesting in this season. My first impression is very positive, this new season stays true to the first in almost all aspects, the animation is exactly as good as the first, the original cast is back, Kuronuma has not changed much, only this time around she seems more aware on her feelings for Kazehaya and the need to "reach to him" but she also continues to be hesitant to express this feelings. For those of us who are fans of this series, I can say that this new season promises to be better than the first one so let's us see how things unfold but for the time being I like the fact that we get a second season and that shows promise to be good. I hope.