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The Little Dorama Girl – 2nd Anniversary Post: Once Upon a Johnny

November 3, 2011

The Terrible Twos

The Little Dorama Girl turned two a few days ago (um, yay), although I know that things have been a little quiet on the bloggy front the past year. To be honest I haven’t had much progress with my drama To-Watch and review To-Write lists due to (what else?) Real Life obligations. But I hope that my 22 regular readers (down 2 from 24, ohnoes!) find themselves in a forgiving mood as they read this. THANK YOU for continuing to patronize my daft fangirly drivel, really I mean it. I don’t know if you notice, but I totally feel yer lurrve each time you drop me a line! Your comments brighten up my day, and that’s a fact. =D (And – dammit lurkers, STOP HIDING IN KAMENASHI’S CLOSET! lol)

Graphics by jicks (sankyou jicks! words are not enough!!! gahahaha xD)

So I hope you’ll enjoy what I’ve cooked up for my Second Anniversary Offering. Then again, maybe you’ll read this and curse the day you chanced upon my site, hahaha. But it’s Johnnies who got me blogging, and by gum, it’s Johnnies who’ll KEEP me going. I owe their skinny, tinsel-clad heinies more than most people give them credit for, so this post is for them – and for you, if you can, uh, keep an open mind while reading. This is something I’ve never tried before, but DAYYUM I HAD FUN WRITING IT SO THERE!!!

xoxo Ender’s Girl

*cue fairytale-y music*

Hello, I’m Ender’s Girl. For centuries, storytellers have spun their tales of magic and enchantment for the young at heart. There’s something about fairy tales that feels so familiar and universal, regardless of culture or clime. Some of these tales are funny, some are scary, and some romantic. But whatever the setting, these classic stories never fail to enthrall and entertain us – whether in their original form, or as modern-day retellings given a feminist  twist, like Angela Carter’s “The Bloody Chamber,” or a satirical spin, like  James Finn Garner’s “Politically Correct Bedtime Stories.”

I’ve taken the liberty of adding my own voice to the growing potpourri of contemporary fairy tale adaptations. So sit back and relax, and enjoy my collection of familiar stories – like you’ve never known them before:

A poor aspiring performer learns that with patience, hard work and a little magic, musical dreams really do come true, in “Jinderella.” A wooden puppet who yearns to be a real boy sets out on the journey of his life, in “YamaPinocchio.” And a beautiful kabuki princess fleeing great danger crosses paths with five multi-talented, chain-smoking miners who may just change her life forever, in “Matsu and the Five SMAPs.”

Enter my Never Never Land. After the jump!

Picspam: Miura Haruma Calendar 2011

January 7, 2011

A Miura a Day Keeps the Johnnies Away

by Ender’s Girl

Since jicks and zooey started the ball rolling with their New Year posts, let me chime in and wish everyone a happy 2011!

And for dyed-in-the-wool fans of Miura Haruma, there’s no better inspiration for the 365 days ahead than this guy’s charming little desk calendar. I found the scans of the calendar via Miura’s LJ comm, but good thing Nikki of Miura-Haruma.blogspot.com was able to post the raw photos on her site. (Thanks to jicks for nudging me in the right direction.)

My second reaction to the calendar (the first being, “Aaaaaaaaaaaa”) was that whoever conceptualized the photo shoot was a frickin’ genius by capitalizing on Miura’s boy-next-door image – the same image that has consistently fueled his mass appeal over the years. Here he’s shown to be just a regular guy — your Everyboy if you will: fresh, playful, parent-friendly and wholly accessible.

The stats don’t lie, either: in 49 out of  the 72 photos (or a whopping 68%) Miura is seen doing regular, everyday stuff at home, be it eating/drinking/cooking (11 shots), doing his chores (4), doodling/writing (2), or just chilling (24). In a brilliant marketing ploy, the calendar is also quick to remind us — through the 5 bedroom/couch shots and the 3 bathroom photos — of Miura’s very subtle brand of sexuality. In other words, he can be hot — but never horny. (Are you taking notes, Kamenashi?) Nothing overt, just suggestive enough of… well, the possibilities. But no worries, for the boy doesn’t bite. (At least, not yet.)

So I tampered tinkered with my favorite calendar shots (see example above). A word of caution: some of the graphics that I worked into the photos are a tad cheesy, while a few others are downright creepy. (And Imma say sorry in advance to jicks for dragging her name into a couple of the creepy ones, lol.) My corny graphics notwithstanding, you gotta admit — the boy is fine.

MOAR Miura after the jump!

The Little Dorama Girl – Wish List 2010

December 21, 2010

Naughty or Nice?

E.G.’s Christmas Wish List, 2010 Edition

by Ender’s Girl

Ho ho ho, everyone! *sprinkles Johnny dust all around*

Season’s greetings (and then some) from The Little Dorama Girl!

Oh… you better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m tellin’ you why:

Ender’s Girl is coming to town!

I’m making my list, and checking it twice
Don’t need to ask around who’s been naughty, who’s been nice

Ender’s Girl is coming to town!

I know who was misbehavin’
I know whose noses are fake
I know who’s acting is bad or good
(But still keep on for Johnny’s sake, tsk, tsk)

So… they better watch out
They better not cry
They better not pout (unless they’re Jin)
I’m tellin’ you why:

Ender’s Girl is coming to town!

What does E.G. wish for her favorite J- & K-stars in 2011? Click to read MOAR!!! MOAR!!!

Kimura Takuya – 38th Birthday Post

November 15, 2010

HBD, KT!

by Ender’s Girl


Yes I know, I’m putting this out two days late. That’s what happens when you spend Nov. 13th in bed, nursing a bad cold and finishing your Love Generation marathon. (Why LoveGen? After reviewing the abomination that was Tsuki no Koibito, I was in desperate need of some Kimu+Matsu Teppei+Riko Therapy, ASAP. Ggngngngng. *gnaws on glass apple*)

So, here’s my crudely Photoshopped commemoration of the Dorama King’s 38th year. (Ehh? What’s that you say, KimuTaku??? You want “another birthday poem” you say??? Sorry buddy, but no more silly rhymes until you get your act together! No silly rhymes for you this year!!! *pounds gavel*)

And yes I know, I totally pilfered the idea from Lance Armstrong’s controversial June 2010 Outside Magazine cover. But it was too good a chance to pass up, so… whatevs. Besides, Photoshopped or not, the text on the shirt suits the whole attitude that Kimura has going, they way he’s looking straight at the lens and not giving a sh*t over the “aging pop star” tag he’s been getting a lot lately from detractors — sometimes even from me. I know I love to carp on how Kimura hasn’t been aging well, blahblah, so I guess the shirt’s message is for me, too. Haha.

Otanjoubi omedetou, Captain.

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Domo arigatou to sylssim for posting the AnAn scans (04.01.2010) on her LiveJournal. Much appreciated!

I’m publishing this post using an HP laptop, and ohmygoodness I had no idea how completely cack-handed my Photoshopping looks. A first-grader could PWN this. No —  first he’d kick me in the shin and laugh at me, and then PWN this. When I did the graphics earlier using a MacBook, my brush marks didn’t seem *that* heinously clumsy after I tried to erase the original text on the magazine cover, and I *swear* I thought I had done a passable job, but now — eeep! *wears the Cone of Shame* Oh well. *shrugs* B.F.D. Hah hah hah.

Vid Clip: Rising (Yoshida Brothers)

November 4, 2010

Rising Sons

by Ender’s Girl

That photograph of Miura Haruma playing a shamisen in my previous (and completely unrelated, lol) post, reminded me that this year-old blog has yet to feature my FAVORITE J-music people… who don’t sing. (hahahaha. nice save nice save! hahahaha *pats self on back*)

The Yoshida Brothers need no introduction, really. I first stumbled across them a few years ago via the music video of “Rising.” The sounds and images from that first viewing remain seared in my brain: this is traditional+modern fusion J-rock at its best — picture two nondescript dudes dressed in the colors of the Japanese flag and sitting in the middle of a circular metal podium, rocking their shamisen like there was no tomorrow while backed up by a black-clad 4-man band. It’s a performance that is, in 15 letters, F-U-R-E-A-K-I-N’ A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

I don’t know why I waited so long to put this video up. Without further ado, here’s the phenomenal duo’s “Rising” MV from their 2008 international album Best of Yoshida Brothers. (There’s a little red box that pops up at 0:37 but just ignore it; this is the official Youtube vid so you won’t find a better picture quality anywhere else.)

Enjoy!

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Photo credit: asiaarts.ucla.edu
Video credit: yoshidabrotherstv @ YouTube.com

Pics & Vid Clips: Miura Haruma (My First Aomori 2010)

November 4, 2010

Densha Otoko, If Only You Looked Like… THIS!

by Ender’s Girl

Hahahahaha.

And if you were a passenger waiting at the station and the platform conductor were that cute, would you even get on the damn train?

No, I didn’t think so either. Hahahahahahhaha

(AdmiddityouwantMOAR!!!)

The Little Dorama Girl – 1st Anniversary Post

October 31, 2010

A Good Year

by Ender’s Girl

Graphics by and from jicks. Thank you jicks! Best thing I heard Kame say all year, lollll

The Little Dorama Girl has just turned one! I know, I know… surviving a year in cyberspace may not seem a big deal for longtime bloggers and other active netizens, but for people like myself, whom Nature has… *gifted* with the attention span of a Jack Russell terrier pumped full with uppers, one straight year of doing this kind of stuff IS a big. fuggin’. deal, yo. So, 365 days, 72 blog posts (438 if you count the unfinished drafts, hahaha.  again — Jack Russell terrier!!! can’t fight Mutha Naycha, yo. lulz), 1,460 comments (3,380 including the spammy variety), and over 76k+ page views later… I’m still here! Like it or not!  Still dorama-ing to the beat of my own drum (or so I’d like to think), still inflicting my meshugaas on hapless wayfarers, still adding to the content pollution of the blogosphere — or at least, a tiny corner thereof —  one review/rant/rhapsody/rumination at a time.

Click to read MOAR!!! MOAR!!!