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15 April 2014 @ 04:56 pm
Initial thoughts on "Alice no Toge"  

(I think the image is too large. orz LJ doesn't have the option to customize the image size anymore. Sorry.)

I couldn't resist waiting for the subs so I ended up watching it last night.

The first episode was intense! I honestly didn't expect it to be that dark especially the first fifteen minutes. It got me glued to the screen. I'm glad to know that it got 14.2% ratings for its time slot (apparently it's the highest rated renzoku at the moment. source). A lot of things happened in the episode as it was fast-paced. I'll leave out the details for later. The general summary can be read HERE @ jdramas weblog.

Ueno Juri. Jurippe~ Her acting was amazing. She was great. This is really far from her usual image. Even far from Ruka in Last Friends. You wouldn't be able to keep your eyes off her. Oh, how I missed watching her. I hope that this role will open more opportunities for her future roles especially in movies.

The supporting cast are great. Juri and Odagiri Joe displayed great chemistry and tension, in my opinion. It honestly wasn't what I expected from them when the cast was first announced. Kuriyama Chiaki, I feel that she can do or will do a lot more in the next few episodes. I do think that Nakamura Aoi might be a weak link here. Let's hope I'm wrong.

I thought that the way they used colors for the drama was fascinating. I didn't feel that the flashback scenes were boring either. I found the confrontation scene a bit weird though. I thought that the direction in that part was a bit over the top. But, the way she handled her revenge was unpredictable. I was actually expecting this drama to be a little similar to Guilty~ Akuma Keiyakushita Onna~ but it was a lot more similar to Maou. I guess it shouldn't be surprising as this shares the same time slot as Maou had in 2008.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the lines won't be disappointing once it gets subbed and I hope that the flow of the next few episodes will be very consistent if not, better.

I'll write a more detailed (a.k.a. spoiler-filled) post when the subs are out. Hopefully, it'll be out soon! :D
Apple: Patrick/Mike: Not in the boxfelixkeep on April 22nd, 2014 02:45 pm (UTC)
it's GREAT!
Saw your post this morning, and I've already finished watching 2 eps in a go! :D

her dark voice is soo different from her usual high pitch voice. it's perfect for this drama!!!

i wanna read that alice in wonderland book that is in the drama!
Kat: nodamechargekat_desu on April 22nd, 2014 09:27 pm (UTC)
Re: it's GREAT!
I love that the drama is fast-paced and that Alice doesn't waste time on her revenge. Juri is great in this drama. Her acting is perfect!

Me too! lol I don't know if bookstores here sell the same copy. lol I read Alice back when I was a child but I haven't visited it in a long time. I want to read it again. >_<;

Although, this should suffice for now. XD
lontongstroonglontongstroong on April 24th, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
Well, the first two episodes of the show is pretty good, no doubt about it. However, I found that the villains are just too submissive, perhaps they completely caught by surprise by Asumi. I can't complain about the acting, even Fujiwara Norika plays so well in her role. "Form is temporary, class is permanent" is what I have to say for Ueno's acting. This is the role for her that I have been waiting for!

Edited at 2014-04-24 02:43 pm (UTC)
Kat: nodamechargekat_desu on April 29th, 2014 05:20 am (UTC)
I agree on what you said about the villains and it makes me think that we haven't seen the last of them yet. I think that they will definitely be back.

what I have to say for Ueno's acting. This is the role for her that I have been waiting for!
Me too!
adamtan_01adamtan_01 on May 1st, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
Juri Ueno is my favourite actress in Japan, so happy to see her in this role, because she was incredible as Ruka in last friends, this proves she can play any role well with ease from Nodame to Asumi, loving her darker side! The first 2 episodes of Alice are amazing, especially the first, I did not enjoy ep 3 as much, as you said, hopefully the villains come back and make it harder for her to achieve her revenge, and i hope her revenge will be very dark ;)
Kat: nodamechargekat_desu on May 9th, 2014 09:41 am (UTC)
Yes, I really love and enjoy watching her in this role! I haven't seen episode three yet. My internet connection as of late has been really slow so I'm having a hard time downloading the dramas this season.

Hopefully, it'll be darker. :D