About this blog

PhotobucketBlog owned and maintained by Ender’s Girl, K-drama aficionado since 2002 and Jdorama junkie since early 2009. (I know, I know, I’m a late bloomer. That danged Korean Wave! lol)

So, why blog? After spending the last seven years slumming it in various forums and message boards, and leaving behind a trail of desultory musings and mindless rants (and on good days, a coherent review or two, yay), I came to the realization that I needed some sort of repository for all my cathartic compositions, a permanent home for these bastard offspring of my “reedeeekulus obsehhssion” (to quote Ewan MacGregor’s dad from Moulin Rouge!) with Korean/Japanese drama and film. The answer came to me in a rare flash of inspiration: “Fer crayin’ ou’ loud, just fraykin’ BLOG now, will ye?” –Said my friends deep inside the earth, whom I dare not disobey. So, blogging it is.

This is NOT a news and/or information site, although my Blogroll will gladly direct you to some excellent resource sites for all things K-Ent and J-Ent. (And I don’t speak Korean or Nihonggo, by the way. Like most of you, I remain at the mercy of the translators and subbers, may they live forever, lol.) All you’ll find here are my film and drama reviews… and perchance, a stray piece or two on J-Pop boy bands and other… guilty pleasures, yesss?

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are my own, except for those posted by an invited guest reviewer. I try to be as honest as possible when “writing stuff,” and so I welcome honest comments and reactions from those unsuspecting chumps who have wandered into this blog and viewed all its vile, virulent, vociferous verbiage. (Oh, I guess that would include YOU, heh heh.) At any rate, I hope you have fun browsing my reviews, for whatever they’re worth.

Added 5 Nov. 2009:

The original blog title was “The Good, the Bad, and the WTF!!!”, a pun on the 2008 Korean film “The Good, the Bad, the Weird,” which itself was a sly allusion to the old spaghetti western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” — as you all probably know. But it seems that there are other like-minded netizens in the blogosphere (damn you, Carl Jung and your collective unconscious!!! damn you!!! *shakes fist at night sky*). Abort mission. *sigh*

So I’m changing my blog’s title to “The Little Dorama Girl.” (Though I’m not little anymore–lest you think I’m this ten-year-old Hey! Say! JUMP fangirl who blogs furtively from Mummy’s laptop during homework breaks. Noooo. But I do have a drum… several, actually.)

66 Comments on “About this blog”

  1. Kelly Says:

    Hey E.G., congratulations on your new blog!!!
    Keep up the good work! You know I’m your loyal reader all the time.^^

  2. thundie Says:

    Wow, finally! Congrats, E.G.!!

    (Blog about kdramas as well, pretty please?)

    • endersgirrrl Says:

      Thundie! *brings out the fattened livestock for slaughter*

      Thundie! *beats the celebration drums*

      Thundie! *throws rice grains and flower petals at the crowds*

      Oh, yesss, those Kdramas…

      Okay, I’m on it!!!πŸ˜„

      For the record: Thank you for encouraging me to get off my heinie and start bloggin’. You’re one of the reasons that this little baby (or gremlin? hehe) exists. *winks*

  3. Peggy Says:

    Hi EG.Waving madly over here…

    This is a great blog. It is the best restaurant to drop in and talk about it all.
    Wishing you lots of success with this blog. I am sure everyone will flock to talk and read all your comments about everything.
    Just to ask you…can you run a little something about Osawa Takao sometime. He was about my first Japanese heartthrob I think. There was one drama which was memorable. I think the English title was ‘Ex-Lover’. Hard to find right now.
    At the moment he is lead in ‘JIN’ I am watching in Japanese. Can’t get the subs for some reason. It is a pretty interesting drama. He is older but still got what it takes to make the heart flutter.
    I made comments re ‘FLY BOYS’ .

    Beating the drum for you over here.

    PegπŸ™‚

    • Ender's Girl Says:

      Peggy!!! Make yourself at home! Lol, thanks for your vote of confidence… but, er, I dunno about people flocking here and all that, although anyone’s welcome to browse and exchange views. The stuff on my blog is still (shamelessly) 90% Kimura-centric, but I’ll try to… diversify in the coming weeks. (Though by “diversify” I mean “write more about YamaPi,” heh heh. Or Kame, or anyone of those dear little munchkins that Johnny breeds in vitro down in his dungeon, lol.) And besides, my inner K-drama devotee is rather miffed at the moment, and is asking rather insistently when she’ll be getting her turn.

      Well, I’m looking forward to Jin–though I usually wait till a drama is 100 % subbed before watching it all in one go, so reviewing it might take a while. And there’s so much of the old stuff I want to jump right into (Shiroi Kyoto! Beach Boys! etc. etc.), but, well. I’ll get there eventually.πŸ™‚

  4. km Says:

    Haha, love your blog to the max !!!!!!!! Love your Kimura-centric, love your subjective and humourous, yet serious reviews.And love the β€œThe Good, the Bad, and the WTF!!!” title too ( even its not there anymore). Will be looking forward to reading your reviews, the best adrenaline to elevate my Takuya fandom. XOXO.


  5. It feels like I’m the last to know that my compatriot now has a wordpress blog.

    But it doesn’t matter… I’m really, really glad…

    I have some catching up to do now because as EG herself says… she’s been a busy little bee…

    by the way, EG, I just read your review of Sleeping Forest at the SPTV site. Love it!! I didn’t read the other reviews yet as I haven’t watched those other j-dramas.

    TC

    • Ender's Girl Says:

      Hi TC! Lol, I think one of the reasons I decided to blog was so I could add pictures ‘n’ colored text ‘n’ stuff. Oh no, I hope you didn’t get a migraine from reading my Nemureru Mori review at spcnet, with all the unbroken, monochromatic text. Y_____Y

      Catching up, are you? Take all your time, dearie!πŸ™‚

  6. daheefanel Says:

    OMG!! Why did no one tell me about this blog??

    Well, at least I’m here, albeit late.πŸ˜€ Congratulations! Adding you to the blogroll pronto!

  7. maAkusutipen Says:

    I came across your site via thundie… hehehe

    I can speak a little Japanese… I can help you with things if you want… just give me a shoutout…

    So far with what you have posted here are the things I also thinking/ thought of. So I guess, you have a loyal fan already! heeheh

    • Ender's Girl Says:

      Oh hey, thanks for the offer of help, much appreciated. (I have your email addy, anyway.) Do make yourself at home!πŸ™‚

      I’m hopeless at foreign languages, and don’t know much Nihonggo besides the usual expressions. (If and when I ever find myself in Japan, I swear the first thing I’ll ever do is run after some random guy on the street screaming, “Matte! Chotto matte!!!” Lawlz. I’ve always wanted to do that since I started watching Jdorama early this year.)

      (Addendum: When I started watching K-dramas, I vowed to myself that if and when I finally got to haul my carcass to Korea, first thing I’d do would be to… run after some random guy on the street screaming, “Oppa!!!! Oppa!!!” Hwehehehe)

  8. magnetJ Says:

    hey~ thanks for dropping a few words in my blog~ Kat-tun fan?? haha~ nice blog~ see ya around!!

    • Ender's Girl Says:

      SMAP fan => Yes! A thousand times yes!πŸ˜€

      KAT-TUN fan => Yuck, no! Whatever gave you that idea? X__O Eeeeww. Well, maybe on my bad days… when I’m not completely myself, lol. Y___Y

      • magnetJ Says:

        oh gee~ my fault~haha~ cuz i just took a glimpse of ur blog and i saw kame there~ i don’t like KT either… esp after watching their performance on the Jan 4 live smapxsmap~ they just pretend to be cool~ ewwww~

        u know there is rumor that smap wants to give KT a boost, like having a new show called “smapxkat-tun”… no way… that would be a disaster!!! ><

        • Ender's Girl Says:

          I don’t know what the hell Kame’s doing on my blog, either. Heh heh. X__x

          I have yet to see the KT Jan. 4 guesting on SmaxSma. Well, those boys always pretended to be cool. That’s what they do.πŸ˜€ But wait. The SMAP dudes almost NEVER let other Johnnies on their show, as an unspoken rule of sorts. Why start now?

          SMAPxKAT-TUN — WTF, man???? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!! The day that happens will be a very sad day for Japan, lol.

  9. docalion Says:

    Helow!! I think your blog is interesting. I will explore this soon, as I need to shut the pc now..hehehe..I would just like to ask if you put ratings in your reviews so I could weigh the value of the dramas, you see, for future reference. Thank you very much!

    • Ender's Girl Says:

      Thanks! Feel free to drop by anytime.πŸ˜€

      Gee, I never really thought about rating the dramas and films on my blog. I suppose I could, though it’ll be challenging to equally weigh their artistic/technical merit with their entertainment value. But thanks for the suggestion! Much appreciated. I’ll try to retroactively provide ratings in the coming days.πŸ˜‰

  10. tinysunbl Says:

    Hi Ender’s Girl,
    I came by your blog for the first time and was very impressed by your knowledge as well as style of writing about k/jdramas. Quick question: Does your name, by any chance, come from Orson S. Card’s sci-fi novel Ender’s Game?

    • Ender's Girl Says:

      Hi! Thanks for dropping by my little corner of the blogosphere. Make yourself at home!πŸ˜€

      Re your question: Ohohohoho! You’re the first person (well, second actually; the first was this techie/SFF blogger I came across recently) to guess the origin of my handle since I started using it in 2002!!! Yes, I’ve been a SFF geek for most of my life, OSC is a fave author of mine, and Ender’s Game is one of my all-time best-loved novels like, ever (how’s that for overstressing?πŸ™‚ ). (Ender Wiggin, you are loved.) So, are you a fan, too?

      E.G.

      • tinysunbl Says:

        AHA!!!! It’s great to hear my guess is right. I’m a sci-fi mania, too (but no, not geek lol). I see you’re into virtual reality stuff (in Ender’s Game), yeah? My favorite authors have to be Kurt Vonnegut and Arthur C. Clarke. I like Vonnegut’s satirical writing style and Clarke’s ideas about the human evolution. Books I love include Brave New World, Childhood’s End, the Foundation trilogy, Cat’s Cradle, to name a few.

        I like Ender’s Game too, but feel a little uneasy seeing a six-year old act like an adult and be manipulated by military minds. That’s why the novel is so powerful, I guess.

        Great blog you have here. Keep up with the good work!
        Tinysunbl

  11. Peggy Says:

    Hi E.G.
    Still pondering why I could not send that MV to you via email. The only thing I can suggest is that Thundie might have the proper link since she is the one we all turn to with anything JiSubish. I went hyper when I could not find my copy a couple of weeks ago. I am scared to lose it again. It is so much better with the English subs.I can’t raise Thundie right now. Maybe eye problem (for her).
    I really want you to see this MV if at all possible with the subs.
    Peg.

    • Ender's Girl Says:

      Don’t worry about it, Peg.πŸ˜‰ (You’re referring to the Mr. Flower MV, right?) Anyway, even without subs the story makes it pretty clear what happens, or who does what to who. *wink, wink* So it’s all right, really.πŸ™‚

  12. Ralph Moratz Says:

    Gee EG, Here I never took the trouble, until now, to peruse your blog except for Pride. I think you led me to Pride from some mention on Jdorama. And lo and behold there is a lot more than the mighty KimuTaku in (or ‘on’ which is proper for an internet electronic image?) your witty pages.

    And in doing so I feel the stirrings of wanting to try my hand at blogging also (Am I looking for encouragement?). Of course I’ve had my own web page perhaps even from the day that VP Gore invented the internet. You might say I am a forerunner of blogs.

    How to put down the first word to a blog. That is the question (excuse me Shakespeare). Perhaps I’ll just keep reading your endless word combinations until I’m so inspired that nothing will stop me from entering the blogging fray.

    • Ender's Girl Says:

      Lol, I think you’re a forerunner of the internet!πŸ˜€ You built a career as a programmer after all, so I think that blogging will be a walk in the park for you. So, will it be on your own site? Or you could use a platform like wordpress. Very user-friendly for non-techies like me.πŸ˜‰ ) If you began a blog any time soon, I’d be first in line to read it! I always enjoy your posts over at JDorama because they come straight from the heart. (We’re both very… actor-centric in our drama selections, aren’t we? teehee)

      • Ralph Moratz Says:

        No no. It must be on a dedicated blogging site perhaps even this one. (My own blog of course, not yours. lol).

        Here’s the deal. Since I started posting my clips on Youtube, I have received many requests to provide more insight into the studio world of which I was a part. And in turn for over a year of procrastination I have promised to do so over and over. Can you imgine the guilt I feel with my inability to write word one?

        Consequently I want to assuage my guilt and try something. For lack of any better idea, it’s been on my mind to give an almost moment by moment recital of a day on the set of “Ten Commandmants” through my eyes. I’ve started that before in some forums and the first few sentences are there for the taking. Now it’s seems to boil down to finding time in between my endless commitments to K and J dramas (that I need to watch).

        • Ender's Girl Says:

          Well, I’ll say! There’s no better way to kick off your blogging than a post on The Ten Commandments. This is great, Ralph. Godspeed and ganbatte, my friend!πŸ˜€

  13. Peggy Says:

    Hi S.W.M.B.O….

    Well I guess you did not get the PM. It was only a joke. Was it that bad. If you didn’t get it I wonder who did. Oh My!!

    Started getting a few haiku pieces together. Not quite sure what to do with them. Time will tell.

    Peg

  14. doozy Says:

    E.G.,
    I’m a relatively newbie to Jdorama and hope to get your recommendations on the ones worth watching and I’m not particular about genre. From the JIN thread, I read that you feel iffy about that so feel free to ignore if you feel uncomfortable about giving recommendations. No worries.πŸ™‚

    • Ender's Girl Says:

      “For you, a thousand times over.”πŸ˜‰ (quote from The Kite Runner, lol) Well, since you know all about my disclaimer (“Not all dramas are created equal, but all drama watchers ARE, so it’s all good, baby” lol), I don’t feel that iffy about dropping a few recs here or there. Feel free to heed or ignore them as you will.πŸ™‚

      To be honest, you’re probably less of a Jdorama newbie than I am. I still consider myself a newbie in all things NOT related to Kimura/YamaPi/Kame, heh heh. *scuffs shoe on ground abashedly* As soon as I jumped into the Jdorama rabbit hole I… uh, specialized right away. So I don’t need to tell you what my Kimura dorama recs are, right?πŸ˜€ (My blog is crawling with them, anyway. lulz)

      We can start with Ayase, since you loved her so much in HnH. Byakuyakou is dark and complex (although you already know that), so I’d definitely rec it. Tatta Hitotsu no Koi / Just One Love (2006) is just the thing if you’re looking for a straightforward love story. It’s one of those “nothing will ever be as big as your first love, sob sob” dramas. Ayase and Kame (yes, the one and the only JE pop tart, man who knew he could be an effective romantic lead??????? *eats shoe*) have surprisingly good chemistry. The writing (by THE Kitagawa Eriko) has all the rich-girl-poor-boy, you-and-me-against-the-world cliches, but even cliches become fresh and new when handled well.πŸ™‚ (And I remember from the Gokusen post comments that you liked Nobuta wo Produce, so maybe you’ll look kindly on my little gheyboi Kame and give him a chance to be a romantic lead, because he surprisingly was not a little gheyboi at all here, haha.)

      Jumping from HnH, you may also enjoy Anego (2005) starring Shinohara Ryoko. Anego is more of a conventional office lady drama, think Dalja’s Spring (which I so enjoyed; Lee Min-ki was so effin’ cute), J-version, but with a hotter female lead. Shinohara Ryoko — man, whatta knockout. Beautiful, smart, sassy and hilarious. She single-handedly carries this drama, although Akanishi Jin (yes, Kame’s fwend) playing the Lee Min-ki character provides the most yummy eye candy.πŸ˜€ Not a great dorama, but still entertaining.

      I know I mentioned Stand UP! (2003) and Lunch Queen (2002) in the JIN comments, but I’ll have to rec them again here. Stand UP! is more than your usual raunchy high school J-comedy (4 dorky boys want to lose their virginity before senior year!), because what it really is, is an incredibly sweet coming-of-age tale. How it can be so hilarious (it’s one of the funniest dramas I’ve ever seen, and that includes K-dramas!) and moving at the same time is due to the writing and direction. The four dorks (YamaPi, Oguri Shun, Nino, even Narimiya Hiroki) aren’t bad either. Quite lovable, really.πŸ˜‰

      I don’t know if you’ve seen Ninkyo Helper (2009), but that’s another rec. SMAP boy Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (yes, the wimpy one) as a Yakuza gangster forced to help out in a nursing home? Man, this drama got me. Hard. (I even dared call Tsuyoshi a better actor than Kimura.)

      Lunch Queen – Cooking porn + a smorgasbord of cute men (and boys, hihi) + Takeuchi Yuko + lots of good old family values and heartwarming moments + a love triangle (gasp!!!) = Highly recommended drama.πŸ™‚

      If you’re in the mood for some dumb fun, My Boss, My Hero might do the trick. Nagase Tomoya is one sexy beast, hehehe XDDD Pretty good comedy actor, too.

      And I wish I could personally recommend such “critically acclaimed” dramas as Kekkon Dekinai Otoko, Shiroi Haru, Shiroi Kyoto and Bara no nai Hanaya, but I can’t because I haven’t seen them, lol. I have these dramas on queue (and believe me, I really do want to watch them all), but like I said, I’ve been prioritizing those starring my Johnny boys.πŸ™‚ Ah. Well. I never claimed to be a drama snob, anyway (and I know you probably know a few of ’em, heh heh). That’s all I can think of at the moment. For all I know you may have already seen the dramas I just recced, lol. And if you haven’t, I hope they don’t disappoint (much!). Feel free to squeeze a few more outta me whenever you like.πŸ˜€

      • doozy Says:

        Wowie! Honestly, I haven’t seen any of the dramas on the list so I really appreciate your recommendations. I’ve only seen a handful of Jdoramas, which include Nobuta, HnH, Kekkon Dekinai Otoko and the more fluffy stuff like Hana Yori Dango season 1, Hana Kimi, and Atashinchi no Danshi. I like Maki from Nobuta so started to check out more of her work but the ones I’ve seen like Hana Kimi and AtnoDan have been so WTH?!/*scratch head*.
        Anyway, I will check out the ones you recommended. Thank you so much the list!

        Another thing, your comments are hilarious, as usual. Thanks for making me laugh! I’m gonna start a list of my favs E.G. comments. Hope you don’t mind.
        For this one:
        “As soon as I jumped into the Jdorama rabbit hole I… uh, specialized right away.”
        “(yes, the one and the only JE pop tart, man who knew he could be an effective romantic lead??????? *eats shoe*)”
        “(…so maybe you’ll look kindly on my little gheyboi Kame and give him a chance to be a romantic lead, because he surprisingly was not a little gheyboi at all here, haha.)”

        another other thing, re: The Kite Runner
        I take it that you’ve read the novel since you quoted it. Did you like it?
        (hope i’m not going overboard with the ask-E.G.-for-her-opinion-on-all-thing-under-the-sun here…)

        • Ender's Girl Says:

          *phew* Whatta relief! I didn’t include HYD and Nodame Cantabile because they’re such big netizen hits and I assumed you’d heard enough about them (if not watched them already). Lol, it’s a good thing you didn’t pick up Kurosagi for Maki (and Pi, hihi), because you’d only tear your hair out watching Pi in his Amazing Technicolor Cosplay Disguises (he’s a swindler, remember *roll eyes*), and watching Maki play his nosy neighbor (and a pre-law student => *ka-ching!* for irony!!!) whose sole function is to be Criminal YamaPi’s voice of reason. *roll eyes*

          Still, I dare you to watch the opening credits of Kurosagi, just to get a glimpse of (newly buff) YamaPi rolling about on a grassy hill under a lighthouse, wearing pants, shoes… and bright red suspenders (yes you heard me right, no shirt. just the red suspenders). Hahahahahahahha CLASSIC. >DDDDD

          Re The Kite Runner: Does this have anything to do with the lengthy discussion over at the dramabeans open thread? lolπŸ˜€ (And wasn’t it ockoala who didn’t like the book?) Oh, The Kite Runner was such a page-turner for me, I was so engrossed by all the drama and the heartbreak; by the exotic beauty and rich culture of Afghanistan, reduced to a dusty hell by the Soviet invasion; by the timeless themes of friendship and betrayal, forgiveness and redemption; but most of all I was so caught up in the characters of the two boys Amir and Hassan, in their story, in their intertwined fates. (I think I even liked The Kite Runner more than A Thousand Splendid Suns. I don’t remember much from Suns but some images from Kite Runner are still seared in my mind.)

          A part of me felt manipulated by the melodramatic twists and turns, and by the plot resolution, which felt too neat and too settled. It was like you could see Khaled Hosseini’s authorial hand reaching in to tweak things so that Amir’s redemption quest finds closure in Hassan’s son. But a bigger part of me didn’t really mind that my emotional buttons were being pushed and all that, because everything about the book was just so absorbing.πŸ™‚ And besides, after all the terrible things that happened in the story, I deep down wanted an ending that was uplifting and optimistic, one that brought the characters peace and redemption instead of leaving things hanging. (I mean, Andre Dubus (House of Sand and Fog, about the Iranian immigrant experience) and J.M. Coetzee (Disgrace, tackles racial issues in South Africa) are considered less “populist” — and therefore are more “respected” — writers than Hosseini, but their books never gripped me the way Kite Runner did. Too bloody depressing and nothing uplifting about the endings.) How about you, how’d you find the book?πŸ˜‰

          • doozy Says:

            wait, who’s in the what doing what now? Yamapi with only suspenders?! Just him and nature? okay, that i gotta see.

            Thanks for sharing your thoughts, E.G.!
            haha… yup, the Kite Runner thing totally has to do with dramabeans OT. I’m currently reading “The Life of Pi” which is why when peeps starting talking about Pi, i was confused at first coz i was like, “wait, am i reading the wrong book or something…?” I’m planning to read The Kite Runner after I finish Life of Pi.

          • doozy Says:

            dude, I saw the opening credits! haha! Should we thank the person who swindled Yamapi of his shirt and thereby giving us that, as you aptly put it, classic scene?

          • Ender's Girl Says:

            “swindled Yamapi of his shirt” << LOL! Whoever the genius was, I don't know if we oughta thank him… or lynch him, hahaha. >D I made my best friend sit through the opening credits and by the time Pi turned over to his side and gazed at the camera in all his red-suspendered glory, we were shrieking and laughing so hard that we probably woke up a few of her neighbors. I’d make you watch the rest of the drama (and the movie, which is 38717636 times worse), but I won’t. You’re way too nice a person to inflict such needless, senseless torture on.πŸ˜‰ (And because I wish to repay nice with nice, I also won’t coerce you into looking up YamaPi’s infamous AnAn photoshoot. Two-words: “shower. scene” hahahahaha)

            Btw, LOLZZZ @ getting The Life of Pi and that other Pi mixed up.πŸ˜€ Have not read the book though I’ve heard good stuff about it. Normally I don’t go for philosophically heavy fiction (e.g. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Sophie’s World), but I may give this one a try. I live for fantasy-adventure stories, after all.


  15. EG, happy birthday!!!

    I hope you’re having a great celebration with kith and kin.

    Hugs!!

  16. doozy Says:

    E.G.! Just wanna let you know that I’ve started watching Lunch Queen. I’ve finished 4 episodes thus far and I’m loving it. Such a feel good story! Takeuchi Yuko is adorable, love her spunky short hair and personality. And the Kitchen Macaroni boys are so cute, or as they say in Japanese, kawaiiiii!

    Thanks for the rec!

    • doozy Says:

      Oh my goodness… I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me but I just googled Lunch Queen and the youngest brother is none other than Yamapi. Woah!

      • Ender's Girl Says:

        Fantabuloso!!! I’m thrilled to hear you’re enjoying LQ! (Four episodes already? You’re practically halfway done! heehee) You’ll be dreaming of that demi-glace sauce for weeks, hahahahahha

        Like you, I absolutely loved Takeuchi Yuko here, and the kawaii factor of those boys is just crazy, man!!!!!!! (Uh, who’s your fave Kitchen Macaroni boy so far…? :D)

        Not to give anything away (ooooh, I hope you haven’t come across any spoilers!), but when you’re through I’d really love to know what you think of the ending.πŸ˜‰

        (LOLZ I didn’t mention Pi was the youngest brother because I thought you knew already. He’s such a scrawny little chicken here! And I love how all does is cut class and hang out in the kitchen, hahahhaa)

        • doozy Says:

          My fav bro so far? I like Jun and his bumbling crush on Nat-chan. So cute! And I was totally caught off guard when he did what he did at the end of episode 2… I was like, “omo! you go boy!” he must have worked up a lot of courage in order to do that but what he got in return.. ha! don’t mess with Nat, she’s badass. If you asked me this question at the end of episode 3, that would’ve been my answer.
          But… the second bro is growing on me because I have a soft spot for characters with a tough exterior but are softies at heart. totally LOL when he took down the “love affairs forbidden” sign and when he kept taking digestive medicine for his cold. hahah!

          So now, I’m not sure anymore. ahh, so hard to choose. don’t make me choose…

          LOL @ “scrawny chicken” but dude has some choco abs for being that scrawny!

        • doozy Says:

          Okay, I’ve finished Lunch Queen and have made up my mind that my fav Kitchen Macaronni boy is…. JUN-NI! I love that he stands up for what he believes in and the people he loves. Even though he keeps saying that he’s “a weak person,” I think that when it comes down to it, having inner strength is more important and valuable, and Jun has that definitely, as Natsumi so aptly pointed out in one of the earlier episodes. Plus, he’s not bad to oogle at either, that boyish charm… gets me every time.

          Can you tell that I’m a Nat-Jun shipper? Hehe. So, when I thought that the series was going to end with that big event, I was mentally screaming “noooo!” and when it wasn’t, like Jun, I was so so glad!

          But I will grudgingly admit that between the two bros, I think that Natsumi likes Yujiro more than Jun because of all the little hints that were sprinkled throughout the drama. Yeah, she and Jun did share a few special moments that make you think, “ah, maybe there’s something between them…” but at the end of the day, I still feel like there’s more of a romantic vibe between her and Yujiro. Based on that, I like the way the show ended. I like that its focus was consistent in that the ending scene shows us that it’s really all about the customers, the food and what it means to them, and family values. As much as I want closure for the love triangle, I feel that throughout the show, the romance factor was secondary and was mostly for comic relief so I much prefer it the way it ended. Plus, I don’t think I can watch Jun giving that speech at the big event for reals so I’ll take the ambiguity over romantic closure any day.

          Overall, Lunch Queen is really one of the better J Doramas that I’ve seen. I love that it’s heartwarming without veering towards cheesiness, that the dramatic/sad moments are portrayed in a quiet, understated way rather than over-the-top melodramatics. I also like how LQ shows that sometimes, it’s the little things and actions in life that can affect us profoundly.

          • Ender's Girl Says:

            Aha! A Nat-Jun shipper!πŸ™‚ (Awww, isn’t Tsumabuki Satoshi the most perfect-looking boy in Jdoramaland?) I can’t say I was really shipping them because like you said, Natsumi seemed to like Yujiro more — in that way. And personality-wise, Yujiro was strong and mature enough to not be intimidated by her toughness, so on paper they’d be a better fit. My only misgiving if Natsumi ever chose Yujiro would be that I wouldn’t be able to stand seeing Jun-ni’s heart broken in two. I mean, I couldn’t believe Natsumi and Jun-ni were the same age, because that sweet, sweet boy was sooooooo fragile and pure and innocent!!! Hehehe.

            Yeah, I agree with you re the ending. And can I just say I love your Lunch Queen comments??? (Maybe you have a blog I can stalk? ;-)) If you don’t mind I’d like to quote some of your comments in my upcoming YamaPi dorama roundup, with due credit!πŸ˜€

          • doozy Says:

            “Awww, isn’t Tsumabuki Satoshi the most perfect-looking boy in Jdoramaland?”
            Uh huh, totally! *swoons*

            “If you don’t mind I’d like to quote some of your comments in my upcoming YamaPi dorama roundup, with due credit!”

            I don’t mind. Not at all. In fact, I would be very flattered!

  17. kurodono Says:

    What a great blog!

    Do you live in S.Korea or Japan? I cannot believe you have made so many posts about Korean/Japananese dramas and movies.

    I have watched Japanese dramas from when I was a middle school student and it has been almost 8 years.

    I am just a Korean who likes Japanse dramas and start to learn Japanese!

    As you might know, I am currently not that fluent at English yet. It is difficult for me to express my thoughts on Japnaese dramas in English. However, I can understand what you say.(Well, sometimes, I cannot understand some of it.)

    Anyway, whenever I have a chance I will visit this blog. It is a great pleasure to meet someone who has similar interest. And, It will be helpful to study English, too.

    Have a good day!

    ps: I am a fan of YamaP, even I am a man. I wish I could resemble his good looking.. and are you american?

    • Ender's Girl Says:

      Thank you for the kind words!πŸ˜€

      “I cannot believe you have made so many posts about Korean/Japananese dramas and movies.” << Well like you, I've been watching Asian dramas for a long time now, so I've also had a lot of time to write about them.πŸ˜„ I don't live in Korea or Japan, and I don't know a lick of Hangul or Nihonggo, lol. And no I'm not American, am 100% Asian just like you! Southeast Asian, to be exact. I live in the Philippines.πŸ˜‰

      So you know Hangul, Nihonggo and English? Wow you're trilingual, how cool is that?!? Ganbare learning those other 2 languages! And you're always welcome to drop by this blog any time.πŸ˜‰

  18. doozy Says:

    E.G.,
    Have you checked out HnH 2 yet?!

    • Ender's Girl Says:

      Yup! — er, kindaπŸ™‚ I have half of Season 2 on disc and I’ve seen the first 2 eppies. Then I realized I needed to re-watch Season 1 first if I was gonna review both seasons in one fell swoop (which I plan to do — just need to get my unfinished posts out of the way, posthaste).

      As expected my latent Buchou+Hotaru lurrrve is still there, but… I dunno… I remembered Hotaru to be smarter than this. Why she did *certain* things in Season 2 — or the first 2 eppies, at least — was rather baffling… disappointing, even. Or was it just me? X__o

      How ’bout you, doozy?πŸ™‚

      • doozy Says:

        I’m up to ep. 9, so two more to go. Like you, I still love this oddball coupling but when compared with HnH 1, I was disappointed with Season 2. Yes, Hotaru is smarter than how she’s portrayed here, or at least has more common sense/less dense. Season 1 showed her maturing, her growth but in Season 2, it’s like going to Hong Kong erased that progress and we’re back to (almost) square one. Also, some of the conflicts in HnH 2 feel repetitive to me. Don’t get me wrong, HnH 2 gave me a lot of LOLs moments, so I still enjoy the show and adore Hotaru to bits. I never expected the powers that be to give us a second season so I’ll take what I can get.

        Can’t wait to read your review!

        • Ender's Girl Says:

          Wow you’re in the homestretch, girl! At least you’re still getting some enjoyment value out of the whole experience.πŸ˜‰

          “I never expected the powers that be to give us a second season so I’ll take what I can get.” << Good frame of mind to be in. Will remind myself of this when I polish off Season 2.πŸ™‚

  19. therainhouse Says:

    E.G. How do I contact you? Do you have Twitter? If you do, I’m following you. I’ve been trying to look for your Contact form. Carrie Underwood will be singing for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader soundtrack.

    • Ender's Girl Says:

      Oops, I don’t have a Contact form. Prolly should put one up. Hehe, sorreh but my online persona doesn’t have a Twitter, just Formspring. The reason I went on Formspring (as E.G.) was so that readers could anonymously ask me stuff they normally wouldn’t ask here on my blog.

      I’m on Twitter and Facebook as myself, not as E.G. the Crazy Fangirl, lol. But I’m not a big Tweeter, like, at all. I only opened an account when I heard Steve Nash had one, haha, and I don’t post anything or follow anyone else. (I’m like, blogging and answering emails take up like 99% of my online life anyway, so why do Twitter? @__@)

      If you’re game to connect via Facebook (as I have with jicks and a few others from JDorama.com), you can email me at enders.girl@yahoo.com and we’ll add each other. I’m not a Plants-and-Zombies Facebook junkie who uploads stuff every minute, but I do check my site a few times a week.πŸ˜‰

      (Carrie Underwood singing on the Dawn Treader OST??? Awesome! I still remember Imogene Heap’s Enya-esque song playing during the end credits of Lion,Witch&Wardrobe. Heartbreakingly lovely. :D)

      • doozy Says:

        Did you say Facebook?! Will you be my FB friend too?πŸ˜‰

        • Ender's Girl Says:

          Lol, I thought you’d never ask.πŸ˜› Well, you know where to email me. ^^;; It’s gonna be weird not being able to call you “doozy” on Facebook, though. I’ve so gotten used to it! Heh heh. (Same way that my few FB friends who straddle both worlds — Doramaland and The Real World — don’t call me EG or mention this blog over at FB. ;-))

          (Psst, and try to see if you can spot jicks on my friends list, heh heh)

  20. inalaloca Says:

    Count me in as one of the “unsuspecting chumps who have wandered into this blog”…and enjoying it! Thanks for sharing your reviews. You’re a gifted writer and you make reading reviews more fun than it usually is. Kudos!

    • Ender's Girl Says:

      Lol, thank you for wandering in just the same! Make yourself at home!πŸ˜‰ (Btw, just curious how you stumbled across this brog. ^^;;)

    • inalaloca Says:

      I googled “Kamenashi Kazuya” because I wanted to check if he has any new dramas out. Your “Dorama Roundup” on his work from 2005-2010 is among the links on the first page of Google results. And that’s how I found myself here!

      • Ender's Girl Says:

        *googles “Kamenashi Kazuya”* Whoa, the Kame Dorama Roundup is on page 2! W00t! So thaaat’s why it’s my most viewed blog entry to date, heh heh. Weird.πŸ™‚ Ahhh Kame, where would my brog be without you… *fond tear*

  21. bbmecury Says:

    Hi EG,

    Have you managed to watch “Kimi Ni Todoke” yet? If not, make haste… Miura Haruma is everything we like about him in the movie!!! My heart nearly stopped each time he smiled (which is a lot… me poor heart)… hurry hurry EG!!!

    • Ender's Girl Says:

      Hahaha your poor heart! ^^;; Actually I have seen the movie aka the Miura Smile-a-thonπŸ˜€ I wasn’t a huge fan of the plot (well I never read the manga to begin with), but Miura was too cute here! (Just wish the role had been meatier and more challenging.)

  22. Peggy Says:

    Hi E.G. Don’t know if this is the place to do it but sending Happy Birthday greetings to you now that you are able to vote and drink and anything else that takes your fancy at any given moment. Life is good my girl. Wkae up each day and give thanks and have fun. Love you and your words so much.
    Peg.

  23. Peggy Says:

    ? Huh? Wkae? that must be the Hawaiian in me. Fingers looking for Wake up. πŸ™‚

  24. dashcooray Says:

    EG!! It’s been a while, what you up to these days girl?

  25. Peggy Says:

    Hey there E.G. Long time. I am just awake again and have not had my morning cup of tea so will be brief and hope for legibility. Want to ask why you have not mentioned my latest love and craze and necessary men in my life. BIGBANG.( TOP AND G.DRAGON ETC). HipHop that is unique and the best group ever. Members to die for. try it… you will like it. Let me know.
    Fading. Need tea. Love. Peg.


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