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  1. JDorama review: Juui Dolittle

    January 31, 2011 by Cassandra Morgan

    Title: Juui Dolittle
    Also known as: Veterinarian Dolittle
    Broadcast dates: 10/17/10 – 12/19/10
    Number of episodes: 9
    Genre: Drama
    Cast: Oguri Shun, Inoue Mao, Narimiya Hiroki, Kunimura Jun, Ishizaka Koji
    Plot: Tottori Kenichi (Shun) is a extremely talented veterinarian, which has earned him the nickname “Dolittle.” Unfortunately, he is quite rude to the humans that accompany his animal patients. His friend, Hanabishi Masaru (Narimiya), is a famous “Charisma Vet” who is afraid of operating on animals. Together, with nurse Tajima Asuka (Inoue), they try to save as many animals as they can.
    What is good: Oguri tackles another new character type! Yay!
    What is bad: It can be difficult to like the characters.
    Letter rating: C+


  2. JDorama review: Binbo Danshi

    August 3, 2009 by Cassandra Morgan


    Title: Binbo Danshi
    Broadcast dates: 1/15/08 – 3/11/08
    Number of episodes: 9
    Genre: Comedy
    Cast: Oguri Shun, Yamada Yu, Yashima Norito, Yusuke Santamaria
    Plot: Koyama Kazumi (Shun), a cheerful college student, has found himself in debt. Soon, he finds out that his newfound friends are also deeply in debt. Despite everyone’s pessimism, Kazumi works hard to get out of debt and inspire those around him.
    What is good: Oguri Shun can be more than a brooding boy!
    What is bad: Sometimes the optimism is a little too over the top.
    Letter rating: A
    Overall: I have been dying to see Shun get out of the quiet yet handsome roles that he’s been in a lot. Not only does he accomplish that here, but the show is also really good! I was a little disappointed that Yamada Yu didn’t sing the theme song. BENNIE K did a good job though. Otherwise, this is a great show that everyone should watch.

  3. Jdorama review: Hanazakari no Kimitachi e Special

    January 12, 2009 by Cassandra Morgan

    Title: Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
    Also known as: HanaKimi
    Translation: For You In Full Blossom
    Broadcast date: 10/12/08
    Genre: Romantic comedy
    Cast: Horikita Maki, Oguri Shun, Ikuta Toma
    Plot: Six months have passed since Mizuki has left Japan. During a Valentine’s Day contest, Nakatsu tries to figure out exactly when Sano fell in love with Mizuki.
    What is good: More HanaKimi!
    What is bad: This isn’t the special episode that should have been filmed.
    Letter rating: C
    Overall: I really enjoyed the HanaKimi television series. So why did the producers decide to stick us with this? Instead of a special involving the boys’ trip out to California to visit Mizuki, we get a slew of flashbacks. A majority of the special is supposed to take place between episodes 7 and 8. However, someone made a decision to introduce a new character, Julia, to try to get Sano to confess his love to Mizuki. Not only is Julia unnecessary but she is also annoying. I would have preferred a special dedicated to more of the hijinks of the various dorms instead of focusing on something that was already determined in the series – Sano loves Mizuki. There is no need to try to figure out the exact moment that it dawned on him.

  4. Jdorama review: Hana Yori Dango Final

    January 6, 2009 by Cassandra Morgan

    Title: Hana Yori Dango Final
    Release date: June 28, 2008
    Genre: romantic comedy
    Cast: Inoue Mao, Matsumoto Jun, Oguri Shun, Matsuda Shota, Abe Tsuyoshi
    Plot: After Domyouji Tsukasa (Matsumoto) publicly announces his engagement to Tsukushi Makino (Inoue), his mother gives the couple a rare tiara called “The Smile of Venus.” Unfortunately, it is stolen from the Tsukushi hotel room that night! Tsukasa and Makino set off on a worldwide trip to retrieve the tiara. With the help of F4, will they be able to save their impending marriage?
    What is good: The on-screen chemistry between Matsumoto and Inoue is amazing. You’d think they were a real couple!
    What is bad: There are a couple of things that aren’t fully explained, though it doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of the movie very much.
    Letter rating: A
    Overall: Much like the two television seasons before the movie, the Japanese version of Hana Yori Dango has been amazing. All of the actors are immensely talented and, while the plot is a little wacky, it fits the show. It was interesting to see the rich boys actually traveling around the world and acting like adults. (Well, for the most part anyway.) I would have liked to have a little more closure with one of the F4 members but I suppose that mysterious aura is what made him so likeable in the first place. Also, I would have liked to have the head “bad guy” explained a little more explicitly. Though, perhaps if you have an intimate understanding of Japanese relationships, it doesn’t need to be said. (It still would have been nice if they did say it.) Overall, this was an amazing series and an awesome ending to it. I even found myself crying toward the end of the movie. I’m not ready for it to end!

  5. JDorama review: Hanazakari no Kimitachi e

    November 13, 2007 by Cassandra Morgan

    Title: Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
    Also known as: HanaKimi
    Translation: For You In Full Blossom
    Broadcast date: 7/3/07 – 9/18/07
    Genre: Romantic comedy
    Cast: Horikita Maki, Oguri Shun, Ikuta Toma
    Plot: Ashiya Mizuki (Horikita Maki) is a Japanese girl living in America. When her idol, athlete Sano Izumi (Oguri Shun), stops competing in the high jump, she moves to Japan to attend his all-boy high school in order to make him jump again.
    What is good: Ikuta Toma steals absolutely every scene that he is in.
    What is bad: It seems that Oguri Shun can only play one type of character.
    Letter rating: A
    Overall: I really enjoyed watching HanaKimi. While I started watching the show because it starred Oguri Shun, Ikuta Toma stole my heart. He was able to pull off goofy yet heart-warming at the same time. I’d like to see him in a ton of other projects. I was a little disappointed in Oguri Shun’s performance. I’ve seen a couple of his roles now and they all seem to be exactly the same – a cute yet distant loner. It would be nice if we could try something a bit different for once. Sadly, I don’t have much to say about Horikita’s Ashiya. Sure, the character was determined and charismatic but she just didn’t seem to come together totally. It was almost as if we, the audience, were missing something about her.

    I would like to see a special episode though. I won’t give away the ending for the show but it definitely leaves an opening for an awesome one-shot special. This is definitely a show that everyone should check out.

  6. Jdorama review: Meitantei Conan: Kudo Shinichi he no Chosenjo

    October 28, 2007 by Cassandra Morgan

    Title: Meitantei Conan: Kudo Shinichi he no Chosenjo
    Also known as: Detective Conan: Kudo Shinichi’s Written Challenge
    Broadcast date: 10/2/06
    Genre: Detective Drama
    Cast: Oguri Shun, Kurokawa Tomoka, Jinnai Takanori, Iwasa Mayuko
    Plot: Kudo Shinichi is a famous high school detective. Just before his class trip, he receives a challenge letter. A kidnapper will abduct one of his classmates unless Shinichi can stop him!
    What is good: The mysteries are actually pretty difficult.
    What is bad: Unless you are a Detective Conan fan, this will probably be rather boring for you.
    Overall rating: C+
    Overall: I usually get a lot of enjoyment out of detective series. As long as the detectives aren’t completely moronic and the cases aren’t extremely easy, I’ll be there every step of the way. However, I found this 10th anniversary of the Detective Conan series completely boring. The actors were good depictions of their anime counterparts. Even though I never watched the anime past a couple of episodes, I could easily identify each character. There was just nothing there to give it that extra ‘oomph.’ Shinichi seemed to be walking through the mysteries despite the fact that he was having trouble solving them. It would have been nice if there was a little more personality for each of the characters. Especially since, in the overall timeline, this special takes place before the anime series actually starts. There is another special coming out next year. Hopefully the characters will be a little more three-dimensional.

  7. J-Actor mini-bio: Oguri Shun

    August 24, 2007 by Cassandra Morgan

    Name: Oguri Shun
    Nicknames: Ogushun, Guri, Ogurin
    Birthday: 12/26/82
    Height: 6′ (183 cm)
    Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)

    Where do I know him from?
    Hana Yori Dango (Hanazawa Rui), Hana Yori Dango 2 Returns (Hanazawa Rui), Gokusen (Uchiyama Haruhiko), Densha Otoko (Minamoto Munetaka), GTO (Yoshikawa Noboru)

    Tell me some more!
    He has been in commercials for J-Phone, as well as performing in stage plays and doing voiceovers for anime. Recently, he was cast as the voice of the main character in the Japanese dub of Surf’s Up. In 2005, tabloid Friday Magazine discovered his relationship with Morning Musume member Yaguchi Mari. This is rumored to be the reason that Yaguchi suddenly left Morning Musume in April of that year. Another popular rumor is that Matusmoto Jun (Domyouji in Hana Yori Dango) insisted that the producers cast Oguri as Hanazawa Rui in Hana Yori Dango. The two have been close friends since working on Gokusen together and Matsumoto refused to play Domyouji if Oguri was not hired.

    What is your opinion of him?
    I’ve found Oguri to be a decent actor. While I haven’t seen a majority of his work, the roles that I have seen him in tend to be loners that only speak when it is necessary. This leaves a sort of mysterious air about him, which tends to make him very attractive. I would like to see more of his work and I hope that he branches out into some more versatile roles.

  8. JDorama review: GTO

    August 8, 2007 by Cassandra Morgan

    Title: GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka)
    Broadcast date: 7/7/98 – 9/22/98
    Number of episodes: 12
    Genre: School comedy
    Cast: Sorimachi Takashi, Matsushima Nanako, Kubozuka Yosuke, Nakamura Aimi, Kirari, Ikeuchi Hiroyuki, Oguri Shun
    Plot: Onizuki Eikichi dreams of being a teacher. He is finally hired by a strange director to teach a class of troublemakers at Seirin Gakuen. Of course, his antics always get him into trouble but he’ll always believe in his students.
    What is good: Sorimachi Takashi is awesome as Onizuka
    What is bad: A lot of people will compare it to Gokusen
    Letter rating: A
    Overall: After watching the first episode, I said “So this is Gokusen but with a male teacher?” I was wrong. It is similiar to Gokusen but only because both are set in a high school class filled with troublemakers. Once you look past that, the two series are completely different. In Gokusen, Kumiko becomes friends with her students by keeping them from fighting and pretty much forcing herself into their friendships. Onizuka becomes friends with his students just by being himself. While he does protect his students, he has “They’ll make the right decision” type of attitude when it comes to trying to get them to do the ‘correct’ thing. GTO is a really good series that I would recommend to anyone.

  9. JDorama review: Hana Yori Dango 2 Returns

    August 2, 2007 by Cassandra Morgan

    Title (romanji): Hana Yori Dango 2 Returns
    Title (english): Boys Over Flowers 2 Returns
    Broadcast date: 1/5/07 – 3/16/07
    Number of episodes: 11
    Genre: romantic comedy
    Cast: Inoue Mao, Matsumoto Jun, Oguri Shun, Matsuda Shota, Abe Tsuyoshi, Kato Natsuki
    Plot: One year has passed since we last saw Makino Tsukushi (Inoue Mao). She still keeps in contact with most of F4, even though they have graduated.However, Domyouji Tsukasa (Matsumoto Jun), now going to business school in New York, has been distancing himself from F4 as well as Makino. When he returns to Japan, his mother announces his engagement to Okawahara Shigeru (Kato Natsuki). Then Hanazawa Rui (Oguri Shun) finds himself falling in love with Makino! Love shouldn’t be this complicated!
    What is good: Domyouji maturing as a man
    What is bad: Mimasaka Akira gets the shaft this season.
    Letter rating: A+
    Overall: Another good season from everyone involved with the Hana Yori Dango drama. Matsumoto Jun does an amazing job bringing Domyouji’s personal growth to the screen. The character has has such a drastic change from the beginning of the first season to the end of the second that I really believe a lesser actor would have screwed it up. Let’s not forget Inoue Mao either! While Makino doesn’t have the huge change that Domyouji does, she gets tossed around emotionally through the entire show. My heart broke every time Makino shed tears. Unfortunately, there isn’t too much going on with the other characters. Hanazawa Rui is the same as ever. There is one episode dedicated to a past relationship of Nishikado Shojirou’s (Matsuda Shota) and you get a tiny glimpse into the homelife of Mimasaka Akira (Abe Tsuyoshi) but that is it. Again, Nishikado and Mamasaka aren’t the main characters in the series but it would be nice to know why they stick around Domyouji, especially with his major attitude problem. This is still my very favorite show. I’m sad that this will most likely be the end for it. At least it had a perfect ending.

  10. JDorama review: Hana Yori Dango

    July 31, 2007 by Cassandra Morgan

    Title (romanji): Hana Yori Dango
    Title (english): Boys Over Flowers
    Broadcast date: 10/21/05 – 12/16/05
    Number of episodes: 9
    Genre: romantic comedy
    Cast: Inoue Mao, Matsumoto Jun, Oguri Shun, Matsuda Shota, Abe Tsuyoshi, Kaga Mariko
    Plot: Makino Tsukushi (Inoue Mao) is a poor girl attending Eitoku Gakuen, the elite high school of the rich and famous. The school is ruled by F4 (aka Flower Four), four boys from extremely powerful families. Their leader is Domyouji Tsukasa (Matsumoto Jun), heir to the Domyouji World Finance Group. Hanazawa Rui (Oguri Shun), Nishikado Soujiro (Matsuda Shota) and Mimasaka Akira (Abe Tsuyoshi) round out the group. Makino hoped to pass through school unnoticed. However, one day stands up against Domyouji’s bullying of her friend. As a result, she gets a dreaded red notice, which pits the entire school against her. Instead of giving up, Makino declares war on F4. Doing this not only attracts the attention of her crush, Hanazawa Rui, but it also begins to rouse romantic feelings between Makino and Domyouji.
    What is good: The tension between Makino, Domyouji and Hanazawa.
    What is bad: Poor Nishikado and Mimasaka get relegated to secondary characters so you don’t learn very much about them.
    Letter rating: A+
    Overall: I’m amazed that this season is only 9 episodes long. So much happens from beginning to end that you barely notice that an entire episode has passed. Before you know it, it’s all over. Luckily, there’s another season to keep you hooked. Both the acting and the writing in this are very good. Throughout the entire series you are rooting for Makino and Domyouji, even though there are huge differences between them. The only bad thing I can say about the series is that it is way too short. I would have loved to have seen some background into Nishikado and Mimasaka’s lives. A “filler” episode or even taking some of the scenes into their houses would have been nice. Though I will admit that you get so wrapped up in the main plot that you completely forget they exist until they pop up for one reason or another. This is definitely a series that I would recommend to anyone. I think there’s a little something for everyone here.