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Genre: Romance, Shoujo Manga, Archery, Teen, School
Date Released: 2017
Elaiza Ikeda as An Kishimoto
Masaki Nakao as Yota Mikami
Takashi Matsuo as Naoyuki Yoshiki
Katsuhuri Suzuki as Arashi Kuwabara
Takahisa Maeyama as Katsum Iragashi
Minori Hagiwara as Riko Ando
Kusei Yuki as Shotaro Endo
Hidekazu Mashima as Kaname Mikamai
Make a Bow & Kiss (Japanese Film)
I would classify this drama as a mature teen drama because of two things.
Firstly because of the nature of the leads’ relationship and secondly, the story itself.
An Kishimoto devoted much of the last six years as a member, and currently being the president, of the archery club in her high school. She is a third year high school student.
She felt that she cannot give anymore of herself into archery, thus she decided to give up her presidency and retire completely from the club.
There was a second year student, Mikami, who was an up and coming archer. Though he does not attend much of the training, he always win the archery gongs during contest.
An Kishimoto decided that Mikami should be the next president and therefore passed the honour to him.
Mikami had other ideas. Though, he accepted the presidency, he would not accept her total retirement from the club.
He roughly seduced her with kisses. The innocent An was quickly beguiled into staying. After she agreed, Mikami behaved as if nothing had happened.
Poor An was captivated even more.
She was so enthralled with him that she became jealous of ever phone calls he received. She followed him one day in a hospital. She was so curious to know who he visits and found him with a boy, who was his adopted brother.
Mikami saw her skulking and asked her why she was following him.
She confessed to him that she liked him. Mikami then said that he likes her though and that she will be his girlfriend.
Despite their official relationship, Mikami would blow hot and cold and told her that they should break up.
Mikami has so much issues, including his adopted brother terminal illness. He can’t accept it and feels disappointed and annoyed that his adopted father has resigned to the fact.
He reconciled with An but he made her promised that she needs to stay by his side not only now, next year but for the rest of her life.
Many are already familiar with this drama as it has been remade by several countries over and over. It is based on a Japanese manga called Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers)
Meteor Garden 2018 is based on the Taiwanese version of the Hana Yori Dango
It is about a girl, who came from an ordinary family and now enrolled in a posh and prestigious school for the children of the rich and famous.
The school is ruled by four uber gorgeous boys, known as the F4. They reign in terror amongst the children of the rich. Anyone found lacking is given a red card, which means his/her life and happiness within the school are in jeopardy. The victim would then rather transfer to another school or bear with all the punishments until the F4 get bored and cease the tortures.
Shan Cai is a brave girl who went against the F4. Despite the red card, she stood her ground and gave Dao Ming Si a good kicking. Instead of giving her an even harsher time, he fell in love with her. 🙂 She was the first one who ever tried to put up a fight.
Hua Ze Lei actually was helping her in the background and she knew it. She had a bit of a crush on him.
Thus the drama developed into a love triangle.
I can’t wait for this new Shen Yue drama! Roll on 9 July 2018!
Four episodes are now on show but with no English sub/ huhuhu
Netflix got rights for this drama. They will start showing them on 13 July! Yey, can’t wait.
Meteor Garden 2018 (Chinese Drama)
The first six episodes subtitled in English are now available in Netflix. It is about 24-35 minutes each episode.
This is the second major drama for Shen Yue, who catapulted to stardom playing Shao Xi in A Love So Beautiful, which is also available to watch in Netflix.
I have to be honest, I am still bias towards ALSB. It is still the sweeter and cuter drama.
Shen Yu’s Shan Cai is really super annoying and excruciatingly embarrassing most of the time, I am yet to warm up towards her.
I came to this drama, unsure of Dylan Wang, having seen a behind the scene’s video of him being too boisterous to Shen Yue with her tied hoodie.
Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised! Dylan Wang is the best actor of them all. He was able to project a spectrum of emotion. He is vulnerable, snarky, immature, kind, jealous and proud. He is certainly an actor to watch.
As to Shen Yue, I am not sure what happened but she’s only produced half of the charm she had in ALSB.
This version is more true to life. The F4 are gorgeous, tall, rich young men, who excel in their field. They are more spoiled rather than out and out evil. They are more ‘ordinary’ that the other versions.
Shan Cai’s mother is a very good cook. She makes a living from her homecooking and delivery. Shai Cai wanted to help out her mother to build her business. So she enrolled in the Nutrition Department of the best and most exclusive university in China called Ming De University.
There she had a reunion with her former schoolmates, BFF Chen Qinghe, and Li Zhen.
During orientation, a famous man called Mr Bobbit came to speak to the students. Shan Cai and the rest of the attendees were in ecstasy in the presence of this famous American man.
After the talk, just outside the auditorium, still excited with their good fortune of listening to Mr Bobbit, another ecstasy inducing event happened, the F4 came sauntering into the school, much to the delirium of the girls. In the chaos, Shan Cai’s phone was nudged out of her hand into the ground. Crawling into the floor in between commotion of legs running towards the F4, Shan Cai tried to reach for her phone. She was inches away towards it when a green crocodile shoe stepped on it.
Shan Cai was so annoyed, she run after the owner of the shoe. She saw him in a huddled crowd. Without much thought’s she grabbed the man in the middle, which happened to be Mr Bobbit. She was quickly restrained by the bodyguards.
Shan Cai was persona non grata for assaulting such an important man. She was being gossiped about for her misdemeanour.
To get rid of her stress, she went on top of the building and vent her frustration by shouting her lungs out. She was told off by a man seating nearby of the racket she was making. He happened to be one of the F4. He was Ze Lei.
During many instances, she kept meeting Ze Lei, who was rather kind to her unlike the leader of F4, Daoming Si.
Si seemed to delight in torturing her. Shan Cai can’t take it anymore so she gave him a flying kick straight on his handsome face.
Si was not annoyed, he actually developed a grain of respect towards her, which quickly developed into tenderness. So much so that he told her that he wanted her to be his girlfriend. He listed all the pros of becoming his girlfriend, but Shan Cai was not interested as she was already half in love with the gorgeous and musical Ze Lei, despite him having a girlfriend already.
Yuan Zi, the girlfriend, was very friendly towards Shan Cai. But hormones has taken over Shan Cai’s brain. The friendship from the girlfriend was immaterial. Out with sisterhood!!! Shan Cai was determined to pursue Ze Lei, which was noticed by Si. This created a gulf between Ze Lei and Si’s friendship.
Si tried many things, which he does not usually do to entice Shan Cai away from Ze Lei but it is becoming a losing battle.
Ze Lei had decided to go to Paris to be with Yuan Zi, who had decided to become a lawyer with a charitable institution, Without Borders. She also willingly cut herself off from inheriting her family fortune. Really nice girl, hear that Shan Cai!!!
Shan Cai misses Ze Lei so much that when out clubbing one evening with a secretly vengeful friend, Li Zhen, she became inordinately inebriated. With drunken hazy sight, she sat down next to a foreigner, who was playing the piano. She was imagining that he was Ze Lei.
She woke up the next morning in a strange bed, with a note from Thomas, the foreigner, saying that he enjoyed himself.
Today is the semi-final between England and Croatia.
Yeahm, first five minutes and England scored.
Bad lack Kane. It could have been another goal.
Good save from Pickford.
Oh no Lingard!
Half time. England dominated the first half.
Oh No Croatia had equalised!
Oh no Croatia is on fire now!
England left concentration!
Substitution: Rashford replaced Stirling
Woah! I hope this will not end in that cruel but so exciting penalty shoot-out!
Oh no, is it all over? Croatia scored! It is 2-1 to Croatia.
Come on England
Come home England.
It ended in defeat! Saddddd
7 July 2018
England vs Sweden
13 minutes in the game and England has yet to. settle
So many missed chances missed by England over a very scrappy game.
Yeah Maguire scored at 30″.
England 1 – Sweden Nil.
He’s done it again. Pickford threw the ball too hard.
Stirling missed. He was stupid, he should have passed the ball.
Delle Ali scored!
2-0 to England!
Magnificent saves by Pickford!
Yeah after a 5 minutes added stoppage time, England won.
This talented young team still developing has momentum!
3 July 2018
Knock-out games before the Quarter Final
England Vs Colombia
Come on England!!!
Omigod, that was one very fraught game. England won on penalty shoot-out 4-3. It was two hours of the most exciting, enjoyable but very tense game. We have an excellent & talented new young goalkeeper in Jordan Pickford, who has been making excellent saves and a crucial penalty save in the shoot out to help England win.
England put a good fight over a dirty game by Columbia, especially during the first half.
There should have been a red card for Columbia and few of them should have been sent out for their dirty tricks, not very sportsmanlike.
Anyway, England played well, most of the time, very calm despite the extreme provocation from the Colombian players as well as the fans, who overnumbered the English fans. Even the iconic drumbeats of Britannia was easily overwhelmed by Columbia fans vuvusela and their own instruments.
Anyway, well done England! Good luck for the next game. Let’s go to the finals.
28 June 2018
Tonight or in an hour’s time, England and Belgium will be playing their final group (G) game.
Who ever wins will be top of their qualifying group.
From all the groups, only 16 teams will battle it out in the knock out games next week. Winners then progress to the quarter finals.
Some are over thinking things tactically & opponent permutations. If England win the group & their knock out game next week, they could play against current tournament favourites Brazil in the quarter finals. This could end their run. England have done well with a young talented but largely inexperienced team and squad. New found team spirit is adding to the coming together of a future strong team to challenge the best.
Apparently the current tournament top scorer Harry Kane is not starting but Jamie Vardy will be playing instead.
The Belgium Camp have been upfront and wanted to get second place in the group by drawing or losing the game. As with England and also if Belgium come second, they will not need to travel from their preferred current Moscow base, have an extra day’s rest and if they win their knock out game, would get perceived easier teams i.e. avoiding Brazil later in the tournament.
Roberto Martinez the Belgian manager, rumoured as saying “We want to play well but our priority is not to win.” this is being investigated & if true is unprofessional and divisive.
Come On England
Let’s Play To Win!
Well Belgium won 1-0 in a slow paced game, England despite the team changes, did not appear to step up pace and play with urgency as they knew they had qualified in second place. England now play Columbia next Tuesday evening. Columbia will prove tough opposition. IF England win, they will face either Sweden or Switzerland in the quarter finals. Both are strong teams but are not at the same level as an on form Brazil. We shall see.
I may not be Japanese but I grew up religiously following manga and anime on tv.
My sister, brothers and I would congregate in front of the television at 6. At every day of the week, there was an animated program about valiant young people on their respective space ship that turned into fighting robots.
We love Mazinger Z, Daimos, Mekanda Robot, Grendizer and Dunguard Ace But everybody’s favourite was Voltes 5. I was absolutely fascinated with his chain knuckles.. My sister and I also would follow a more girly animations called, Candy, Candy and Ron Ron, the flower angel. And we spent a fortune on buying the last Hello Kitty pink plastic treasures!
Anyway, manga and anime are not losing their charm, in fact it is busy conquering the world.
There is a manga and anime for everyone.
There are apparently five basic classifications.
There is the shonen aimed for young boys who are below the age of 15. Shows like Dragon Ball and Pokemon anime.
Shoujo (Shojo) are aimed for young and teenage girls.
Josei are for a more mature females. These mangas are focused on more melodramtic stories.
And finally the Kodomumoke. These are the manga and anime that busy mums tend to let very young children sit in front of for educational purposes, of course. 🙂 Under this category is something called yoji for babies
This drama has a good pedigree. The scriptwriter as well as the director have worked together before in a couple of masterpieces: Goblin and Descendants of the Sun.
This drama has a very sumptuous feel about it even from episode one. In fact this drama is comparable to BBC’s dramas. The cinematography is fantastic. It is like watching a film; a film like like the Titanic 🙂 I supposed, the lead is an A lister, Lee Byung Hun, popular in Korean films and dramas who had made a mark in a few Hollywood blockbuster movies.
Anyway the story started in June 1871, during the 8th year of Gojong’s Reign.
An ambitious minister visited another minister’s house. The ambitious minister (AM) has an eye for the ladies and he fancied the girl serving them their drinks.
The host minister tried to discourage the AM by tempting him with a promise of a virginal girl, he mentioned that the girl who just served them was already married. But the AM said that he wanted the married servant.
It so happened that the husband of the girl heard what was going on. So they tried to run away but failed. Their master did not have an ounce of pity for them. He ordered that the husband be rolled in a mat and then beaten to his death, while the wife will be taken and be given to the ambitious minister. At that same time the six years old son of the couple arrived at the scene. In front of the child his parents are being beaten, the minister ordered that the boy is beaten to death as well. The wife jumped next to the pregnant daughter of the minister and quickly took the woman’s lethal looking hair ornament and pointed it to the woman’s neck.
She told her young son to run, to go. In desperation, the pregnant woman who was being threatened that her big belly will be stabbed as well if they don’t let the boy go, threw her jade token to the boy and told the boy to go and ordered that no one should run after him.
When the boy was out of sight, his mother let go of the pregnant woman and she jumped into her death in a well.
At that time, Joseon (Korea) had few American ships on its shore. The American visit quickly resulted in a bloody skirmish killing around 300 Koreans.
Even at a young age, the six years old boy knew that he had no future in Joseon, the way things were.
He managed to stow away in a ship sailing back to America.
His life in America did not improve immediately. He became a victim of feral young white thugs loitering the street.
When he was about 10, miraculously surviving on his own, he saw soldiers of all colours, marching and looking dignified. The seed was sown, he wanted to be one.
These are the initiating forces that would affect his return to his old homeland as a high-ranking military of the American arm forces.
It looks like Ae Shin has inherited her mother’s strong woman’s genes. Ae Shin was not satisfied with just being a well to do submissive wife. She wanted adventure. When she told her grandad that she would rather die than be inconspicuous little mouse, her grandad told her to die.
And she did try by holding a hunger strike which lasted a few days until her grandad had someone take her into the mountains. She thought she was going to be killed but it turned out her grandad had instructed someone to teach her how to fight, how to fire a gone.
She met Eugene Choi while she was on a mission to assassinate an American, who was working for the Japanese army.
The American was duly assassinated but she was not a lone gunman. There was another. It was Eugene Choi.
These episodes now introduces a main characters.
Kim Min Jung looks so lovely in a Japanese kimono ( far from that horrid severe fringe girl from Man to Man drama)
Han Yun Xi is a very talented doctor. She is very skilled in Chinese medicine.
She inherited this aptitude from her father, who is an imperial doctor.
Unfortunately, Yun Xi does not have a loving relationship with her father.
After her mother’s gone her father remarried and had another daughter with his new wife.
The father ignored her most of her life and allowed his new family to maltreat her.
He was embarrassed of Yun Xi because she grew up with an unsightly facial skin disease. It became well known in the land that the imperial doctor’s first daughter was ugly with sore/boil on her face.
Despite her facial affliction, Yun Xi is a feisty, cheerful and a go-getter kind of girl.
When her step-sister fights with her, she fights back. She was no downtrodden Cinderella. She blamed her father for her situation with his new family for not doing anything to prevent their cruelty towards her.
Anyway during that time, the land was divided into three kingdoms: Tian Ning, Western Zhou and Northern Li.
Yun Xi and her family are from the Tian Ning kingdom.
The emperor of Tian Ning is very cunning and crafty. He noted that Long Fei Ye, Duke of Qin, was doing very well with the military. FeiYe’s popularity is growing.
Instead of rewarding Fei Ye for his bravery and being an excellent general, the emperor deviously devised a way to pull Fei Ye down a peg or two. He decreed that Feiye should get married and to add insult to injury the emperor chose a wife for him as well. He decreed that the new Duchess of Qin will be the infamous ‘ugly’ daughter of the imperial doctor.
Yun Xi is not really ugly. She just had a minor skin blemish that can be easily overlooked. (But then again, during those times, the royals were expected to have perfect skin with no visible scars) And this was the case when she came upon Gu QiShao while she was foraging for medicinal herbs in the mountains. He noticed her skin but he did not find it abhorrent. What he saw was a girl with a lovely personality. He quite like her.
Anyway Yun Xi was informed that she will be married to the Duke. Her father told her that she did not have to. He can refuse the order.
To his surprise Yun Xi was all for it. He continuously begged his daughter not to go through with the wedding.
Yun Xi told her father that she can’t live another minute with him and his new family. She put up with a lot of things from them and that had to stop. Marrying the Duke is her way out.
Her father was actually nervous for her but it was just too late for their father-daughter relationship, which had broken down a long time ago. 🙂
On her way to the palace for her wedding, due to stress, she had a nose bleed. Blood dripped onto her jade bracelet. The bracelet was magical.
She then had an out of body experience and ended up in another dimension, where there is a library of books encased in bubbles, floating. The first book was how to cure the carbuncle in her face.
There was also a book, a legendary book written by the Poison Master. This book shows how poison can be used to cure ailments.
Miraculously she was cured of her skin blemish and was radiant and beautiful when she got to the palace. But she was told that the Duke was indisposed and she had to return another day.
Yun Xi got out of her jiao (sedan chair) and refused to go saying that her marriage was an edict from the emperor. They can’t go against his decree. Whether the Duke is ill or not she’s married to him.
By episode 8, the romance between Yun Xi and the Duke is heating up.
The duke knew that Yun Xi had been tasked by the Empress Dowager to spy on him.
Yun Xi doesn’t have much choice because apparently her mother is not dead and the Empress Dowager knows where the mother is. Yun Xi is desperate to find her mother.
The duke is somewhat reassured that Yun Xi is not seriously spying on him because the missive she sends the Empress D are all made up and innocuous. It made him giggle reading them.
From Episode 10, the duke caught the courtesan, Yu Ze, who had poisoned soldiers and ministers with fatal bee stings.
They put Yu Ze under heavy guard in a dungeon but she seemed to have been poisoned.
It took Yun Xi to determine what kind of poison she took or given to her. Apparently is was a very rare rice poison.
BTW Yu Ze works for Gu Xi Xhao, who had been looking for her to rescue.
Episode 12 – 16
I absolutely adore this drama. It is about 45 minutes each episode but it’s so watchable it feels shorter.
I like the love triangle developing between the the Duke, Yun Xi and Xi Xhao.
To add to this love triangle is the Duke’s childhood’s sweetheart, who came to stay at the palace much to the jealousy of Yun Xi, who went to Xi Xhao’s herb mountain for some comfort and friendly relaxation. And to ask for forgiveness for blowing him out of their date.
Poor Xi Xhao waited all day and most of the evening at the noodle shop for her. He had such cute adorable scenes in the noodle shop. His character is so good. One minute a romantic man in love, the next a lethal strategies and spy.
After months of being married, Yun Xi finally went to visit her family without the Duke.
Her family was excited at first thinking that the Duke would be coming, but started bullying Yun Xi when they found out she was alone.
They were in the middle of being nasty towards Yun Xi when the Duke came riding down.
He told them off severely and would have put them to death (as being disrespectful to elders and those in the royal family is punishable by death) if Yun Xi did not intervene.
Her father tried to make amends with her but so far he was very clumsy and saying all the wrong words. He said that he was cold and strict with her because this would make his concubine and younger daughter to be less evil towards her. ehhh?
The Duke noticed the large painting in Yun Xi’s old bedroom. He was so humbled as he realised that the woman in the portrait was the one who gave her life for him. She protected him to the end.
The Duke promised Yun Xi to build a medical hall for her but since the coming of his beautiful young cousin, Yun Xi feld sidelined.
Yap love this drama. Can’t wait for the next episode, where naughty Yun Xin offered to cook for Xi Xhao.
The Duke, as promised, is organising the medical hall but Yun Xi was nowhere to be found. He found out that she was visiting Xi Xhao.
She came back later very drunk. She then told the young cousin to stay away from the Duke because he was hers. She then flew into the duke’s arms and told him she wanted to make a baby with him. So cute.
Yun Xi slept at the Duke manor. Her maids transferred all their belongings to this manor. The duke did not complain, so Yun Xi was very happy.
The Princess of Wei, the newest concubine of the king has been poisoned and Yun Xi had been summoned to enter the palace.
Yun Xi was rather upset because she has a date with the Duke to see the Lantern Festival.
The Duke did not show up at the lantern festival where Yun Xi waited for him for a long time.
The Duke seemed to be ailing and in constant company of his childhood sweetheart. He also told YunXi to move out of his manor.
The duke seemed to be metamorphosing into something else.