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I finally got around to watching the last two episodes of Hard to Say I Love You!!

Warning: Spoilers ahead!!

So at the end of episode, I was adamant that Rinda was gone for good, but guess what!?! He survives!!! FOR ONE more episode and then he karks it. I don’t mean to sound unsympathetic but if you make him survive then don’t kill him off shortly afterwards!?! Aaaaaah!!! Scriptwriter-san is irritating me here!! She cheats of us our tears in episode 9 when he dies and repeats it again. *sigh* And I fell for it.

Particularly in the scenes where each of the characters are reading the message that Rinda left them…that was when my tears refused to stay still in my eyes and decided to overflow…those were sad moments clearly, but it was sad to me because it made me think what it would be like to lose someone close to me. Anyway, let’s move away from such a heavy topic.

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OOOOOOH!! I have a jdrama to recommend!!! It’s Sunao no Narenakute!!! Also called “hard to say I love you“. Awwww…It stars Juri Ueno, Eita, Tetsuji Tamayama and Jaejoong Youngwoong!!! What an eye candy cast!!! Surely just based on this it’s a must see!!! Doesn’t the gang look great!?! Another good reason is becuse the scriptwriter is Eriko Kitigawa who also created other masterpieces like Beautiful Life, Orange Days and Long Vacation. All my favourites!!! It’s been a LOOOOOOONG time since her last work. Nice to see her again!!!

Synopsis (taken from Dramawiki)

Nakajima looks up to his father, who was a war photographer, but can only get a job as an assistant for gravure magazines. Mizuno is a provisional high school teacher, currently on probation. Nishimura is Mizuno’s best friend, whose boyfriend has been avoiding her since she discovered she was pregnant. Ichihara works at a magazine where he is being blackmailed into sexual favours by his chief editor. Park, on Twitter, takes on the persona of a doctor, when he is actually working at a company that sells medical equipment to disinterested doctors, and at the same time, trying to take care of his younger sister.

This is a story about the blossoming friendship of five young people who were brought together by Twitter, and their journey to finding honesty with each other and with themselves.

Trailer

Where to watch

You can download torrent for the video over at D-Addicts and the subs from here. It is also streamed online here.

How I felt about this jdrama

So I wrote the above before I watched episode 1 and I’m pretty taken away. My emotions while watching went from:

  • Oooooh!! I want to run through the streets of Shibuya too!!!!
  • Oooooh!! Miu Miu store!!! I was there just a few months ago!!! Don’t worry. I was outside and just walked past. My credit card was safe. *nod nod*
  • I started cracking up when I saw them meeting each other as I’ve since thought about meeting some of my friends online!!! LOL Will it be like that!?!
  • Then I got all quiet and was like “people can’t be that bad” when the drama looks into the real lives of each person and the terrible people they face each day.

This drama is definitely interesting and makes me think. All massive internet users, blog owners and twitterers should check this out. Very worth your time!! Ratings are not skyrocket high but are at a very decent 11.9% and 13.2% for episodes 1 and 2. BUT BUT!!! OMG!! They did a “Last Friends” kind of flashback at the beginning!! I’m like, “CRAAAAAP!! WHO DIED!?!?!” But I’m not too worried this time, I’m pretty sure it’s not Juri! *nod*

Music

TONNES of music was used in just episode 1!! LOVE!! Looks like this is going to be one of those dramas where it probably won’t have it’s own OST but uses a lot of instrumentals of pop music and instrumentals from other OSTs. I could identify the below – there’s heaps more but I’m just getting tired!!! :P

  • Great DJ~ The Ting Tings
  • That’s Not My Name ~ The Ting Tings
  • The instrumental just before Juri and Eita meet in the cafe sounds very much like ‘Maestro’ by Hans Zimmer…
  • Oh I love the instrumental in the scene where Juri and her friend are in the shop with Juri describing how it feels like “fate” when she thinks of Eita…kind of a magical tune… Awwww!!! hahahaha
  • Then when it’s time for the guys to take a picture, it really IS Maestro that is playing!!! KYAAAAAAA!!! LOVE IT!!! One of my favourite instrumental tracks!!

Let me know what you think!!! I’m glad I suddenly had the urge to look into the jdramas for this season!!!

It’s going to be out on 19 December!! Trailer is out!! Looks good!!

NodameMovie

 

More of Juri! Remember the amazing Kobe Collection that she made a guest appearance in?! Well you can now watch the actual thing on video!!

Thanks to ^Yuuki, you can download it here. There’s a whole bunch of crazy fans spreading what they call ‘Jurism’ over there!! LOL Enjoy! She looks even more amazing…^_^

Oh and talk about a cool entrance!! *faints* hahaha

 

You HAVE to check this link out! AMAZING pictures of Juri! WOAH!! JAW DROPPING STUFF!! hahahaa SHe looks FANTASTIC!!

Can’t wait for more movies and dramas of Juri!!! ^_^

[NEWS] Kobe Collection – Juri as Special Guest (08/08/23)

DISCLAIMER: I found various websites listing the below results. Apparently, the actual rankings of the results will not be out until tomorrow! The official website has yet to announce this so I’m not 100% sure but the results look fairly sensible. I will continue to try and find official evidence supporting the below…In the meantime…

TAKE A DEEP BREATH…

The results are said to be:

Best Drama: Last Friends

Best Actress: Yukie Nakama

Best Supporting Actress: Juri Ueno from Last Friends

Best Actor: Takuya Kimura from Change

Best Supporting Actor: Ryo Nishikido (what the…???? Where’s my EITA??? You gotta be kidding me…now I’m hoping this one in particular is wrong…)

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO LAST FRIENDS AND JURI!!!

(if the above is true…)

To top it all off, all we need is best sound track and best theme song!!! PRISONER OF LOVE!!! I’m going to frantically search the internet in the meantime…

The weekly magazine containing the results is meant to be out tomorrow but I’m not sure whether I will be able to get my hands on a copy immediately as I’m not based in Japan… will try…

Edit: My sources so far:

For those that have been watching Last Friends, I’m sure you are now a die-hard Juri fan!! haha At least I am! Well here is a video clip of her in a recent TV program! She looks pretty damn good!! haha

This update was thanks to bmwracer who hangs around D-Addicts and is DEFINITELY a hard core Juri fan!~


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