Regular readers of the blog might recall that I plan to start reviewing J-Dramas (or “doramas”) on the site now and again. I like to watch J-Dramas as part of my Japanese study, as it is an opportunity to hear the language in a more natural environment compared to the classroom. You also get the opportunity, living outside of Japan, to pick up expressions that you might not learn otherwise.
For those of you who are not into this kind of thing – don’t worry – the blog will be continuing to focus on beauty and wellbeing. However, you never know, you might consider watching some of these after you read my reviews!
Moteki (モテキ; released 2010) is one of the series I picked up in a recent MEGA BARGAIN haul from local Korean (yep!) cute store Morning Glory. (If you enjoy haul posts and have missed that one, you can catch up on it here.) It stars Moriyama Morai and is directed by One Hitoshi:
This series is a comedy and focuses on the romantic (mis?)adventures of Fujimoto Yukiyo as he reminisces over past potential girlfriends and they mysteriously come back into his life – all at the same time. This is reportedly due to his “moteki” – a powerful sense of charisma and I guess you could say sex appeal. At times his young adult and teenage self help him on his journey to find true love, which is very funny.
I felt the length of Moteki was just right. It runs for 12 episodes. Some episodes are high on the weird factor (which is to be expected with J-Drama!) but the storyline keeps moving and is very engaging.
A movie version of the series has also been released – and is from where I got the image. It turns out the series and subsequent movie are based on a manga (Japanese comic) of the same title – so if you really enjoy this series you can really get a Moteki fix!
I would recommend Moteki to those who are already J-Drama fans. It’s uniqueness (for want of a better word!) may put those who are unfamiliar with the genre off! Having said that, if you can handle a bit of weirdness go for it!
Beautiful rating 8/10: entertainment value 4/5, creative storyline and concept 4/5.
Do you watch or have you watched J-Dramas? What do you think of such shows and do you have any favourites?