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Month: October, 2013

Drama Fever’s UNEMPLOYED ROMANCE

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For the next couple of months, I’ll be blogging over at DramaFever about the new k-drama series, Unemployed Romance. The show is currently airing, and releases one episode every week. The show will last 10 episodes. You can find my thoughts below – I’m Jhon, by the way.

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Movie Night with Jhon: Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu

I’ve started writing a weekly column for the website ani.me. In this column, I’ll be taking a look at some live-action adaptations of manga and/or anime. This can range from some pretty big blockbuster titles to more obscure arthouse works. It’s all fair game. While I’ll be focusing on how these titles work as films, I’ll also have a section at the bottom of the article that discusses the source work by itself.

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In this week’s column, I take a look at the live-action adaptation of Kanan Minami’s manga, Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu (also known as Love for Beginners).

On Happy Marriage (Vol. 1)

Maki Enjoji’s Happy Marriage?! (also known as Hapi Mari to fans) is a surprisingly enjoyable work. This is not to say that it isn’t saddled with numerous tropes and clichés of shoujo manga, but when it comes to work in commercial genres what truly matters is the execution, not so much how original it is.

The story’s about Chiwa Takanishi, a young office lady, who in order to pay off the debts of her father also works as a hostess. Because of this, her opinion of men is pretty darn low. Enter Hokuto Mamiya, the president of Chiwa’s company. Thanks to his grandfather, Hokuto has to marry in order to keep running the business. He asks Chiwa to marry him in exchange for him clearing her family’s debts. She agrees.

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Images: Honey and Clover

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where are now the dreams of youth?

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Movie Night with Jhon: Honey and Clover

I’ve started writing a weekly column for the website ani.me. In this column, I’ll be taking a look at some live-action adaptations of manga and/or anime. This can range from some pretty big blockbuster titles to more obscure arthouse works. It’s all fair game. While I’ll be focusing on how these titles work as films, I’ll also have a section at the bottom of the article that discusses the source work by itself.

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In this week’s column, I take a look at the live-action adaption of Honey and Clover. I also take a look at the anime version.

Movie Night with Jhon: Bunny Drop

I’ve started writing a weekly column for the website ani.me. In this column, I’ll be taking a look at some live-action adaptations of manga and/or anime. This can range from some pretty big blockbuster titles to more obscure arthouse works. It’s all fair game. While I’ll be focusing on how these titles work as films, I’ll also have a section at the bottom of the article that discusses the source work by itself.

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In this week’s column, I take a look at Hiroyuki Tanaka’s take on Bunny Drop. I also take a look at the anime version.

On Mr. Mini Mart

Mr. Mini Mart is a boys love title written and illustrated by Junko. It’s currently licensed by the DMP imprint, Juné. It’s a funny and cute story about Nakaba, a high schooler who’s basically dropped out of society and is living as a NEET. After getting hounded by his parents to do something with himself, he takes a part-time job at a convenience store.

At this job, however, he’s forced to work with this guy named Yamai. He’s taller, tougher, sort of gruff and mean. He is all the things that Nakaba is not. But then something happens that makes Nakaba see Yamai in a different way. While he’s waiting for a light to change, Nakaba sees a cat in the middle of the road, unable to move. He’s too far away to do really do anything, but before the cat can get hurt, Yamai shows up out of nowhere to rescue it. Junko immediately undercuts this moment by having Nakaba point out how cliched it is but, still, it counts. Later on, a poster for a cat that needs home goes up on the store, and Yamai explains that it was his sister who found the cat and made the poster, not him. Nakaba immediately understands what kind of person Yamai is, and even feels a little bit of admiration for him – thinking to himself, “You’re really cool.”

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