Listening to: “Ride on Time” by Yamashita Tatsuro (GoodLuck ED) – for some this song makes me “happy”…hehe
I’ve seen the J-Drama about 8 times now (solid cast – my favourites are the four leading characters played by Takuya Kimura [Shinkai Hajime], Kou Shibasaki [Ayumi Ogawa], Shinichi Tsutsumi [Kazuki Koda] and Hitomi Kuroki [Noriko Togashi] respectively) relevant story – it’s basically about the men and women of the skies, a very low key approach to romance (you really have to “look” closely), great dialogue and a “life lesson” or two.
Reading: “The Night Watch” by Sergei Lukyanenko
And I have discovered another j-drama. It’s entitled HERO, also starring Takuya Kimura. Can’t wait to acquire this one. According to J-drama.com:
Kohei Kuryu, played by Takuya Kimura, is a former juvenile delinquent that drops out of junior high and goes on to earn a high school equivalency diploma. After passing the law board exams, Kuryu becomes a prosecutor. Not your typical prosecutor, which is quickly seen through the clothes that he wears, Kuryu possesses quick instincts and a kind of cleverness that only someone raised on the streets could have.
Takako Matsu plays the role of public prosecutor Maiko Amamiya. The shrewd Amamiya, who has her eyes set on passing the exam to become a deputy prosecutor, tries her best to be noticed by her boss. Kuryu, on the other hand, after earning a reputation for doing top-notch work is transferred to Amamiya’s division, and finally opens his eyes to the possibility of promotion. Unfortunately, his unprecedented work behavior abruptly brings things to a halt.
This is what I love about “Japanese Drama” , it’s not so much a “drama” (if you compare it with say Filipino or Korean – with exceptions of course – wherein for some reason the story takes a back seat to the “romance”, w/c frequently involves a lot of really cheesy dialogue and “tears”) as it is a story about people.