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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 7

Sep. 20th, 2009 12:16 pm
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I watched Otomen 7 via Keyhole yesterday. My first time watching an entire show on Keyhole! 

OK, the picture was
tiny and sometimes badly pixelated and the sound was off by a second, but it wasn't so bad I couldn't see Okada Masaki squeal like a little girl over and over and over again. And Asuka's dad shows up and demonstrates that he is familiar with bad Billy Joel songs. The main theme of the episode was honesty (in case you weren't clear about that, the Billy Joel lyric spells it out), with Asuka, his dad, Tonomine, and Juta all desperately hiding who they really are--Asuka and Tonomine from Ariake, Juta from Asuka and from his fans, and Asuka's dad from Asuka. There may have been more character pretense involved, but if so, it was conveyed strictly in dialogue, which I can't yet follow. Oh, fluency! Come quickly!

Keyhole TV is interesting, since you not only see the show, but also all the ads. I know this is a late night program in Japan, but the target audience is surely teenagers. The advertising spots, though, were notable for the beer ads. In the US, alcohol is allowed to be advertised under stringent conditions, which would mean, not during shows aimed at minors and no one is ever allowed to actually be seen drinking the product being hawked. With all our restrictions, we still have a significant under-age drinking problem, though. What about Japan? I'm guessing they don't, or else they wouldn't allow such ads.

The other interesting, but expected, ads were for cosmetics and toiletries for both men and women. I
 loved the one of the plain-looking guy who washes his face with some sort of foam and instantly becomes an ikemen, flowing locks and beautiful features. It was so ludicrous! 





Otomen 7

Sep. 20th, 2009 12:16 pm
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I watched Otomen 7 via Keyhole yesterday. My first time watching an entire show on Keyhole! 

OK, the picture was
tiny and sometimes badly pixelated and the sound was off by a second, but it wasn't so bad I couldn't see Okada Masaki squeal like a little girl over and over and over again. And Asuka's dad shows up and demonstrates that he is familiar with bad Billy Joel songs. The main theme of the episode was honesty (in case you weren't clear about that, the Billy Joel lyric spells it out), with Asuka, his dad, Tonomine, and Juta all desperately hiding who they really are--Asuka and Tonomine from Ariake, Juta from Asuka and from his fans, and Asuka's dad from Asuka. There may have been more character pretense involved, but if so, it was conveyed strictly in dialogue, which I can't yet follow. Oh, fluency! Come quickly!

Keyhole TV is interesting, since you not only see the show, but also all the ads. I know this is a late night program in Japan, but the target audience is surely teenagers. The advertising spots, though, were notable for the beer ads. In the US, alcohol is allowed to be advertised under stringent conditions, which would mean, not during shows aimed at minors and no one is ever allowed to actually be seen drinking the product being hawked. With all our restrictions, we still have a significant under-age drinking problem, though. What about Japan? I'm guessing they don't, or else they wouldn't allow such ads.

The other interesting, but expected, ads were for cosmetics and toiletries for both men and women. I
 loved the one of the plain-looking guy who washes his face with some sort of foam and instantly becomes an ikemen, flowing locks and beautiful features. It was so ludicrous! 





Otomen 5

Sep. 6th, 2009 10:50 pm
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Asuka and Ariake daydream


The long awaited episode 5! Where we begin with two teenagers living in a fantasy world, Asuka dreaming about being brave in love and Ariake about being manly. And we end with....well, if I told you , that would just ruin things, right?

Of course, if there was some skin shown, you'd want to see that, right?

If you really want to, click here... )

Otomen 5

Sep. 6th, 2009 10:50 pm
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Asuka and Ariake daydream


The long awaited episode 5! Where we begin with two teenagers living in a fantasy world, Asuka dreaming about being brave in love and Ariake about being manly. And we end with....well, if I told you , that would just ruin things, right?

Of course, if there was some skin shown, you'd want to see that, right?

If you really want to, click here... )
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I really wish I knew more than a handful of Japanese words. Despite my language problem, I still enjoyed this episode's parody of Ju-on. Who is the actor who appears in the opening scene? He's quite funny. He is also one of the kendo students who gave Hajime access to the dojo.
(I took out the video link because I am not sure I trust the web site. Sorry!)
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I really wish I knew more than a handful of Japanese words. Despite my language problem, I still enjoyed this episode's parody of Ju-on. Who is the actor who appears in the opening scene? He's quite funny. He is also one of the kendo students who gave Hajime access to the dojo.
(I took out the video link because I am not sure I trust the web site. Sorry!)

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
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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.

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