Tuesday, 7 January 2014

J-Drama | Just Watched: Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu (私が恋愛できない理由)

Recently I've started trying to delve a little deeper into what Japan has to offer in terms of good television, and thanks to my reading of Tofugu, I've stumbled across the existence of Japanese Dramas, otherwise known as J-Dramas/Jdramas or J-Doramas/Jdoramas, and even found one that comes highly recommended: Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu (私が恋愛できない理由), or The Reason I Can't Find My Love.

I knew it was only one series long, but I didn't realise that there were only ten episodes, and therefore found myself watching the last 20 minutes of it with this sudden realisation that it was about to end, which I was severely unprepared for. I'd completely fallen in love with the three main characters Emi Fujii (Karina Nose), Mako Hanazuma (Yuko Oshima who is actually a member of the Japanese girl group AKB48), and Saki Ogura (Yuriko Yoshitaka), and had managed to burn through all ten episodes of the show in about a day and a half (although that's nothing remarkable, that's just how I watch TV series) by accident, as I just couldn't get enough.

The storyline is very sweet, it's about three young women who knew each other from their school's drama club who wind up living together. Each one has their own unique trouble with love, and gain support, comfort, and the harsh truth about whatever situation they're in from the other two. One of the taglines is that "women's friendship is thinner than ham", meaning that as soon as a guy comes along the girl starts ignoring her friends because she's loved up, which these three manage to thankfully disprove. It's all about trying to get out of the "love desert", and trying to find love, but knowing that staying true to yourself and following your own dream is what's most important.

Given the fact that I'm not Japanese *cry*, there were definitely some cultural parts that aren't mirrored in England which threw me now and again, but I can't exactly nitpick them as what was going on was always easy to understand (with the subtitles on... har har). It's given me the Japanese Drama bug, although I've done a 180 in terms of genre and have started watching a Detective show which I'll probably do a review on once I've watched a few more episodes. I decided I couldn't watch another romance-themed one, as I'm still in mourning over the ending of The Reason I Can't Find My Love.

Do you like J-Dramas? Have you watched 私が恋愛できない理由?

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