You already know what I’m going to say: I could have done better this year (again). As much as I like watching them, for some reason Asian dramas never get to the top of my priorities list. I regret it every year, but the following one I do the same.
Things are changing though, (hopefully) for the better.
I mentioned before that one of the reasons I don’t watch that many dramas is because I don’t like using weird streaming websites. But recently Netflix has started taking an interest in them (even directly producing a few), which makes it much easier for me to get access and watch.
It also means shifting my attention away from what the people that I trust are watching (Asian dramas on Netflix are not exactly mainstream, at least for now) and from the most popular ones in general. But I can still make a lot out of it, especially in terms of language learning (subtitles options!!!).
So this is what I’ve done this year.
– A good wife (finished). It took me ages to finish this drama – which is a pity, because in the end, I quite liked it. I had a few totally unnecessary stereotypical drama-like situations that wish they had left out, but overall it was a good sentimental drama – not too cheesy, but not too dry either. I particularly appreciated the fact the in the latter episodes they focused more on the wife/husband feelings towards each other.
– The good wife (finished). I talked briefly about this drama here. Apart from the storytelling and directing style (with I loved), it was super interesting to see the cultural differences in adapting an US story to a Korean environment. The anthropologist that is in me couldn’t help noticing all the social and cultural nuances of workplace, family and gender interactions. I would love to see more Korean adaptations of western tv series. Plus Korean dramas are just the best, did I mention this already?
– 9 Seconds / Eternal Time (finished). A suuuuper mini series on Netflix. The ending was a little meh IMHO, but the project per se was well written and well directed. And being somewhat experimental, I appreciated the fact that they kept things short.
– The day after we broke up (finished). Another Netflix production. I watched this one without particular enthusiasm. There were a few nice moments and some scenes were pretty hilarious, but in general the story was too much angst on one side, and not enough characters introspection on the other. Forgettable.
– Goblin (sort of watching). I started watching it in August and then the wedding and everything else happened and I just lost track. I like it, but I’m finding the episodes a little too long to bear. I want to try and finish it before the end of the year though.
– CSIC (currently watching). I think it’s pretty clear that I generally enjoy crime stories (both in books and on the screen), and since I can’t stand 90% of romance dramas out there, I tend to fall back on this genre when I just want to watch something to train my Chinese listening skills. This series is pretty average, but the characters don’t bother me too much and some of the cases are quite interesting. I’ll strive to finish this one before 2018 as well.
It’s not a drama, but I would like to mention that I also managed to finally watch an anime I’ve been willing to watch for a very long time (Ano Hana). I discovered it through its soundtrack many years ago, while I was in the midst of my Japanese crisis. This song has a special sentimental meaning for me and I’m happy I finally got the chance to watch it (on Netflix Italia, curious enough).
Let’s look forward to a better drama and anime season in 2018!!