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It took some doing, but I managed at last to do some screen caps for Otomen, episode 2 aki.

look here )
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It took some doing, but I managed at last to do some screen caps for Otomen, episode 2 aki.

look here )

Otomen!

Aug. 4th, 2009 03:45 am
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I watched Otomen as soon as I downloaded it Saturday. I have read the first three manga volumes, so I was curious to see how the drama plays out the dynamics of the manga. Mind you, the only Japanese I am capable of picking out of the dialogue is "kendo" and "hai," so I am going completely on acting and appearance.

Here's a stolen graphic to illustrate the main characters (clicking takes you to where I got it):

chibi otomen


From left to right:

Hajime (Kimura Ryo ) -- I don't really know this character, since he is introduced later. But I understand that he is also an otomen, just one with a giant chip on his shoulder. Kimura makes it clear in his acting that Hajime isn't necessarily a thug. He just has a personal grudge against Asuka.

Yamato (Seto Koji) --This was the role I was most looking forward to seeing how it came off. And I am pleased. Seto is a very physical actor, and that comes through in the way his body language conveys the youth and timidity of Yamato. It takes more than a baby face and an over-large sweater for a 21 year old to seem younger than the 19 year olds he's working with. It takes acting chops, and Seto has that. Plus, he smiles that lovely smile of his when Yamato gushes over Asuka, and I find myself believing anything he might be saying, whether I understand it or not. I hate to think what evil Koji could get away with looking that innocent.

Asuka (Okada Masaki) -- I was afraid Okada might be just another pretty face. But he is actually the smart choice for the hero's role. His Asuka is restrained, but his tender emotions flutter across his face anytime he thinks no one is looking. I laughed outloud at his panic over his sewing supplies when he thought his mother was home. And the park scene when the boy retrieves his fixed up and rescued stuffed dog (plus a stuffie dog friend!) was especially endearing. I think Okada actually conveys a better sense of the internal conflict than is in the manga.

Ryo (Kaho) -- Oh oh. An actress with only one name. Can this be good? Turns out, yes! She comes off as earnest and capable of taking care of herself as well as anyone else.  Not much else to say about her yet, except that she was good in the fight choreography. Does she have a background in action features?

Juta (Sano Kazuma) -- Yamato may be Asuka's #1 fan, but Juta is his #1 stalker. It isn't obvious from the action of the first episode why Juta is playing peeping Tom, but Sano manages to do it with coming off as creepy. 

Kitora (Ichikawa Tomohiro) -- Ep. 1 shows us that Kitora loves plants. Ah, another otomen! Standing there, speaking for the trees, er, flowers, Ichikawa doesn't yet get to show us much other than that he makes for a cute Lorax. 

Also, the ending credits--seriously, if you only watch Otomen for that, you have to see them.

Otomen!

Aug. 4th, 2009 03:45 am
tilmon: (Default)
I watched Otomen as soon as I downloaded it Saturday. I have read the first three manga volumes, so I was curious to see how the drama plays out the dynamics of the manga. Mind you, the only Japanese I am capable of picking out of the dialogue is "kendo" and "hai," so I am going completely on acting and appearance.

Here's a stolen graphic to illustrate the main characters (clicking takes you to where I got it):

chibi otomen


From left to right:

Hajime (Kimura Ryo ) -- I don't really know this character, since he is introduced later. But I understand that he is also an otomen, just one with a giant chip on his shoulder. Kimura makes it clear in his acting that Hajime isn't necessarily a thug. He just has a personal grudge against Asuka.

Yamato (Seto Koji) --This was the role I was most looking forward to seeing how it came off. And I am pleased. Seto is a very physical actor, and that comes through in the way his body language conveys the youth and timidity of Yamato. It takes more than a baby face and an over-large sweater for a 21 year old to seem younger than the 19 year olds he's working with. It takes acting chops, and Seto has that. Plus, he smiles that lovely smile of his when Yamato gushes over Asuka, and I find myself believing anything he might be saying, whether I understand it or not. I hate to think what evil Koji could get away with looking that innocent.

Asuka (Okada Masaki) -- I was afraid Okada might be just another pretty face. But he is actually the smart choice for the hero's role. His Asuka is restrained, but his tender emotions flutter across his face anytime he thinks no one is looking. I laughed outloud at his panic over his sewing supplies when he thought his mother was home. And the park scene when the boy retrieves his fixed up and rescued stuffed dog (plus a stuffie dog friend!) was especially endearing. I think Okada actually conveys a better sense of the internal conflict than is in the manga.

Ryo (Kaho) -- Oh oh. An actress with only one name. Can this be good? Turns out, yes! She comes off as earnest and capable of taking care of herself as well as anyone else.  Not much else to say about her yet, except that she was good in the fight choreography. Does she have a background in action features?

Juta (Sano Kazuma) -- Yamato may be Asuka's #1 fan, but Juta is his #1 stalker. It isn't obvious from the action of the first episode why Juta is playing peeping Tom, but Sano manages to do it with coming off as creepy. 

Kitora (Ichikawa Tomohiro) -- Ep. 1 shows us that Kitora loves plants. Ah, another otomen! Standing there, speaking for the trees, er, flowers, Ichikawa doesn't yet get to show us much other than that he makes for a cute Lorax. 

Also, the ending credits--seriously, if you only watch Otomen for that, you have to see them.

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