Category Archive: J-Drama Reviews

Sep 22 2015

Outrage (Film Review)

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Outrage Review by David Cirone In Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage, violence comes suddenly and at full force, often preceded by brief, polite conversation. A successful character study disguised as a standard yakuza crime drama, Kitano returns to his signature gangster genre (there’s a ten-year gap between this release and 2000’s Brother), stacking the film with great …

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Sep 06 2015

Rookies – Episode 11 (Review)

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ROOKIES Episode 11 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY The Nikogaku team has reached the semi-finals, and the dugout is filled with a feeling of dread and insecurity. Mikoshiba (Kiesuke Koide) speaks to his team with the full authority of his position as captain, urging them to keep fighting for the sake of their teammates and …

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Aug 20 2015

Last Cinderella (Series Review)

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LAST CINDERELLA Series Review by David Cirone Last Cinderella piles on the cute. As much a fantasy story as its namesake, the series trips over itself time and time again as it overtly panders to a middle-aged female audience. Despite its talented and earnest cast led by Ryoko Shinohara and featuring Haruma Miura and Naohito …

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Aug 08 2015

Rookies – Episode 10 (Review)

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ROOKIES Episode 10 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY As the Nikogaku team rises in the qualifying rounds for Koshien, rumors begin to spread about the team, and coach Kawato (Ryuta Sato) earns the attention of the horse-racing obsessed sports writer Yoshida (Atsuro Watabe). Is it possible that the violent kids and their violent teacher are …

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Jul 26 2015

IS ~Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei~ (Series Review)

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IS ~Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei~ Review by Jen Wang Although IS ~Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei~ gets off on the wrong foot with an incorrect statistic in its opening graphic, this 2011 adaptation of a manga series helps raise awareness of the lives of intersex individuals. “Intersex” refers to variation in sex …

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Jul 20 2015

Rookies – Episode 9 (Review)

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ROOKIES Episode 9 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY Fresh from their victory over their old nemesis, the boys seem to be on a solid run as they chalk up wins and improve their skills. The team visits a shrine together and says a prayer for their future victory. However, the rest of the world isn’t …

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Mar 10 2015

Rookies – Episode 8 (Review)

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ROOKIES Episode 8 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY The Nikogaku team faces off against their old nemesis Enatsu (Yusuke Kamiji), the instigator of the brawl that disbanded the team and crushed the dreams of the young players. Kawato (Ryuta Sato) states it outright at the start of the episode, proclaiming that the boys are facing …

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Feb 04 2015

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Film Review)

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Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Review by Jen Wang The red-haired wanderer is back, and so are the demons of the past. The second live-action adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin covers the infamous Kyoto Arc, bringing to life Himura Kenshin’s most formidable opponent, Makoto Shishio (an unrecognizable Tatsuya Fujiwara). The former assassin is plotting to take down …

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