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‘Cause this is the last day of 2008 I’m going to write some stuff about 2009 as well because
1. I couldn’t think of what to write
2. I have stuff to spazz about in 2009
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So woah, 2008 has flew by way too fast. I’ve barely had time to do everything that I’ve wanted to do this year (i.e, watching MANY dramas) but I’m actually glad that a new year is approaching and for a time to redeem myself
for what I have sinned – NOT WRITING ENOUGH FUCKING REVIEWS THIS YEAR. THERE. I said it. This sin has haunted me for a couple of months now and karma is here cause I’m stuck in what I should be writing for this “Year in review”.

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Well it’s actually been a while since I’ve done a drama review – I think. I really haven’t had much time with all the school work and pressure building up to watch a proper drama and finish it. All the spare time we have and I’m pretty sure that other writers can confirm this is spent on doing really random stuff for me – sleeping. Nonetheless, this isn’t a full drama review either but a first impression despite me being on episode 4 of the drama already but what the hay! Its been a while since I’ve done anything Taiwanese related so bear with me…

Title: The Legend of Brown Sugar Chivalries
Genre: School, wuxia, comedy
Episodes: N/A
Opening theme song: Cang Jing Ge (藏經閣) The Sutra Chamber by Lollipop
Ending theme song: Dui Bu Qi (對不起) Sorry by Wang Zi

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MBC is aiming to improve their year of rating drought with East of Eden, a 50 episode story based on the development and changes in Korea from the 1960s to 2000s, spanning 40 years and the story of two men, who were born on the same day at the same time at the same hospital, and their crossed destiny and revenge. The story holds much familiarity with Korean audiences despite the clichéd storyline but that’s not enough to guarantee good ratings apparently, a huge star-studded cast is also present with the likes of Song Seung Hun, Park Hae Jin, Han Ji Hye, Lee Da Hae, Lee Yeon Hee and Dennis Oh headlining the list (but of course there are a large number of stars in the supporting list as well) so if this drama becomes another flop for MBC I’ll try really hard but my response would be “sucks to be you”. Still, current ratings have been steadily rising (11.3% episode 1 to 17.8% episode 2) so maybe MBC has a hit on their hands (pity if this monster wasn’t a hit).

I say all this but the war of ratings mean nothing, I don’t usually care, popular =/= good so I took all the anticipation with a grain of salt and decided to jump in thinking that East of Eden would be pure populist material (otherwise known as overrated crap) and well, when you jump into something with this frame of mind chances are you will be walking out satisfied. I did just that with the first two episodes of East of Eden and as expected, I left with my low expectations exceeded.

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I’ve finally found time to watch the first episode of Moonlight Resonance. Heart Of Greed captivated me and I hoped Moonlight Resonance would as well. Following the hype and popularity of HOG, MR uses a similar A-lister cast and a similar storyline to start a fresh and try to live up to it’s sister series.

Full review here

Screen caps from the themevideo :D

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First of all, Antique is NOT BL, yaoi, shonen-ai or whatever you want to call it, there’s only one gay guy and the other three are straight (ahem Chikage) so please don’t brush Antique off as angsty buttsecks after buttsecks, and if you do go DIAF watch your Naruto and for those yaoi fangirls who will brush it off because they won’t get their dose of fanservice, go get corn raped watch Romantica Junjou or whatever crap you guys are watching right now.

Now that I have that out of the way.

Antique Bakery is an anime based on the manga series of the same name by Fumi Yoshinaga, the series won the 2002 Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo and was previously made into a fairly popular drama. Antique Bakery takes the timeslot after Toshokan Sensou (which is awesome by the way) in the noitaminA block which is an anime block used to target an audience that would not usually watch anime. The series is planned for 12 episodes and after that we get the Nodame Cantabile SECOND SEASON! :D

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No, the english subs has not been released yet (as I type this anyway) so I’ve been watching the Chinese subs from my cousin :D Lots of hype over this drama so we’ll see how it goes…

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