Friday, December 26, 2008

VOICE - Inochi Naki Mono no Koe


Ishihara Satomi!!!!

Ikuta Toma....

Endo Yuya!! (the ghost from MiniMoni de Brenmen no Ongaku-tai)

Sato Tomohito.. (who?)

Tokito Saburo and Yada Akiko

This winter suddenly turned into a great season.

Eita and Satomi together again since Kimi wa Petto. Two of my all time favorite young generation actor and actress. (If only Tsutsumi Shinichi, Fukuda Mayuko, and Kamiki Ryunosuke along with these two are in a drama/special/movie, then I'll really be in heaven.)

Eita's first lead role. About time!! Even though Last Friend was a crap of a show, something good actually came out of it. <3

Ishihara Satomi in a serious role. She's usually very awkward but kind of cute in comedy, but I also think she excel in serious roles too. If you still remember the Tsubasa no Oreta Tenshitachi series, I thought she was great.

Toma.. Hmm, Toma Toma Toma. He's no doubt a good actor, but there are nothing about his acting that I like at the moment. His acting is quite natural, with low overexagerateness (if that's a word), but that's pretty much it. But Toma's fans are quite amazing and more resourceful than Eita and Satomi. lol.

In Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Yamamoto Yusuke is what stole the otherwise silly show for me. Horikita Maki and and Oguri Shun was just plain boring. My enjoyment of Maki gradually diminished ever since Kurosagi, and I don't think it'd gotten better yet. Shun, on the other hand, saved himself with Yume wo Kanaeru Zou, which was pretty enjoyable (sorry for the rant). Honey and Clover was so boring with zero chemistry between the casts. Even though Mukai Osamu was the only light in that serie, I had to drop it after the 4th episode. Well, I don't have to talk much about the awesomeness that is Maou, but again, Toma became just a shadow to the great Ohno Satoshi. I think I officially became a closet fan of Arashi thanks to Ohno in Maou. But maybe he'll change my mind in here.

Endo Yuya, he usually have small tiny microscopic roles. I'm sure not a lot of people recognized him even though he's in big shows like Nodame Cantabile. I seen him in Minimoni de Brenmen no Ongakutai, and I somewhat like him. In Voice, he's probably the comedy of the group. Haven't seen too much of his stuffs so I don't know how his acting is going to be like. But I'll look forward to it.

Not a fan of Yada Akiko, but I like Tokito Saburo in Hanayome to Papa.

The story is about a group of undergrad students, who majored in Forensics, trying to cut corpses up, figure out the how they die and all those good stuffs. I actually took a forensic class before, and enjoyed it quite a lot, so this will be interesting. Fufufu. I just noticed that the show will be more about corpses, not analyzing evidences.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mixed feelings..

Takahashi Ai, current leader of Morning Musume, is going to star in a detective manga turns NHK drama, “Q.E.D Shoumei Shuryou”. The show will airs during the coming Winter dorama season, starting on January, every Thursday at 8:00.

Aichan will plays as the second main lead, Mizuhara Kana. Her character is similar to that of Ran Mori from Detective Conan, the strong, popular, tomboy who "assists" the child genius detective. For some reason, I keep imagine Tsubotsuboman doing the force laugh all through the drama. Other casts include Nakamura Aoi as her sidekick (or the other way around) and Ishiguro Ken (I like him in CHANGE with Kimutaku).

Now, as we all know, around a month ago, Aichan, along side with 5th gen member Niigaki Risa, played a small role in a drama special called "Hitmaker Aku Yuu Monogatari" as Mie of the duo Pink Lady. It was the first time that Aichan ever try acting outside of H!P projects. While her performance of Pepper Keibu was very good, with charisma in all directions, the acting part was mediocre. We cannot forget the fact that with so little time for Pink Lady scenes, she wasn't able to show us what she's capable of. But even if she did have more time, we all know the star of that show is the real Yamaguchi Momoe (not the actress who played her).

Jump even futher back with the Eco show about beetles, the New Year period special, MiniMoni's Brementown Musicians, Angel's Hearts, as well as all those H!P movies. In all of these shows, the only drama that I thought her acting was decent is MiniMoni's Brementown Musicians. The rest, while Aichan looked pretty/cute, the overall actings in them are lacking and exaggerated (for everyone, not just Aichan). This made me come to a sad conclusion that H!P idols are not actresses.

I know, I always said "Let them try non H!P dorama!" But now that it's coming true, I can't help but felt a bit worried. Will she really be okay as Kana or will her exaggerate acting caused me to hate her character and the drama itself? Will UF* pull in even more MM members and caused the bad acting to rise/fall 2x or 3x? But even so, I'll probably be watching this show and praying that with the X numbers of episodes will helps Aichan grow as a better actress. I really hope she will prove me wrong. I don't mind being wrong.

Bad feeling aside, I personally think Aichan is quite lucky to be starring in a detective show. They are generally easy to do, since are usually case per episode, so if one case doesn't work out, the next might. Also, usually these shows have enough suspense that viewers can sit and watch it all the way. Even more so, this drama is based on manga, which means it has sufficient story foundation so that loop holes and inconsistences will be minimal.

I'll bet UF* will pull some strings and make the theme song sung by MM, or a solo balad as insert by leader. Well, just a few more months and things will be in open light.