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FULL HOUSE: The Marriage is a Draw

Continue to Torment Me, Taiwain

Im halfway through ep 5 of the tw Hana Kimi, and I have to say (and i really really dont want to), that although, on the whole, I care about the jdrama characters more - like, all of the jdrama characters, i love like burning, whereas i..really dont care about many of the tw characters - tw's Quan and Rui Xi's relationship have Japan's Sano and Mizuki's asses KICKED.

Im five episodes in! Kisses! Hugs! Flirting!

About episode three, Quan starts..messing with her. He calls it "teasing," i call it "flirting." Im just waiting to see how long it takes him to realize that. He's getting all up in her space and messing with her, he's catching her full on CHECKING HIM OUT when he's changing, and he's GRINNING about it. FLIRTING. Ive seen more than one hair muss that was more of a face caress, and the kiss...

oh, the kiss.

i have mixed feelings about the kiss, because yes, he was drunk, and she was unwilling, and that's BAD, because she was so upset and i dont blame her, but that KISS. I kinda maybe rewatched it maybe 10 times, counting the number of times they've replayed it for me, too. Because, SERIOUSLY. if she was actually kissing back, instead of making the monkey frown of horror (REALLY, I DO NOT BLAME HER. SHE IS VERY UNHAPPY AND HAS THE RIGHT TO BE. VIOLATED. I GET THAT), that kiss would have been saying UNF BABY. With just Quan doing the kissing, it STILL made me say NGH, so obviously, that boy is doing SOMETHING VERY VERY RIGHT.

PLEASE TELL ME WE GET MORE KISSES. MAKE OUTS. THIS IS WHAT I WANT.

And the hug! He jumps! He makes it! IN FRONT OF ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE, she throws herself at him and he grabs her and she's standing on tippy toe and they're hugging and they're grinning and hugging and grinning and i think i died from the absolute CUTE. and then she gets yelled at to get off the field, and they pull back and are HOLDING HANDS for a second and beaming at each other and seriously, DEAD FROM CUTE.

so, as much as I lovelovelove Sano and Mizuki, I gotta say, the passion these two have is miles more than what we saw from Japan.

And while I love Mizuki..Rui Xi kinda kicks her ass, too. Seriously! Girl is fierce. When she gets pissed, it's awesome. At one point, she is getting stupid nasty notes left on her desk, and when she gets sick of it, she SLAMS her hands on the desk and she starts barking orders and AWESOME. I like my girls with attitude, and Mizuki never really pulls off that much of an attitude. And, at a different time, eyebrow boy (the..high jump rival, whatever his name is), is needling Quan and Rui Xi really does not put up with that shit, which cracks both me AND Quan up. I think i love her.

Now, dont get carried away, there is alot i dont like about the show, and most of it has to do with what i disliked about the manga. like, OH MY GOD DONT YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT AMERICA? WE CELEBRATE VALENTINE'S DAY HERE TOO. THIS IS NOT A NEW THING JEEZUS. but, again, that's the manga's fault. as is the fact that Quan is back to highjumping by ep 4. NO! I WILL NEVER HIGH JUMP AGAIN! YOU ARE A STRANGER AND WEIRD! to I WILL JUMP FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE IN MEEEE in 2 weeks? Um. Bullshit? Yeah, that's the term.

Plus, honestly, the other characters? i just dont care. In the slightest. I mean, tw Nakatsu's funny, but I dont love him like I do Nakatsu himself. And the others barely register. I cant even TELL you who the hell the other two guys probably are. I know one is Nakatsu and one is Kayashima, and the others? Eeh. Don't care. And i get really bored if it isnt about Rui Xi and Quan, so ive been doing some skimming, which is exactly how i got through the manga! Lots of skimming! and the doctor's scenes are SO BORING OMG.

In contrast, I love almost every single kooky character in the jdrama. Nanba is a lot less..creepy than Senior Nan, and YangYang is funny, but I liked Nakoe better because we got to know him more. plus, the conflict wasnt wrapped up in a split second for NO APPARENT REASON. i mean, the dorm heads themselves are AWESOME, all of dorm 2 kicks ASS, and Sekime is my baby. I love the jdrama cast and characters! this just isnt..gelling as well for me.

but, again, im not a manga fan at the best of times, and it might just be that I cant figure out who is who thanks to the name changes. Who ARE those two guys supposed to be? *ponders* and i refuse to go look at the manga again to figure it out.

Honestly, the only thing that came out of the manga that I really enjoyed was this:





In case you cant tell, that is Sano LICKING THE BLOOD FROM MIZUKI'S HAND after she cuts herself

-and-


Sano, in HANDCUFFS.

There are so many many ways for me to say, UNF.

ETA: SHE TOTALLY WAS JUST CHECKING OUT HIS ASS IN HIS SWIM SUIT. And he *knows* she did it, and he just..grinned! *hands*

ETAA: I find myself really noticing that she isnt a boy. I mean, she and Quan go for a walk, and i find myself staring at their crotches and comparing.

I would be worried about being a perv, but i embrace it, so hey. but seriously, girl NEEDS to be stuffing her pants. or else the other boys are going to start to talk about how tiny she must be.

Comments

If I had the time... I might be willing to watch.

But you know my unwavering love for Nakatsu. And... maybe the TW version will make me root for Sano/Mizuki... maybe...

But, oh... the time. I have no TIME!
Eeeee! Even with skipping scenes and not caring about the other characters, I'm so happy that you're enjoying bits of the TW version! I completely understand everything you've said because I feel the same way for some things, and the names were the hardest for me as well. I'm even more confused that Quan seems to be pronounced SHEUUUUUUUURN, but whatevs, I AM BLINDED TO ALL ELSE BY HIS INDESCRIBABLE BEAUTY. *__________*

so, as much as I lovelovelove Sano and Mizuki, I gotta say, the passion these two have is miles more than what we saw from Japan.

The passion is what clinches this version for me. For most episodes I don't care that much for the other characters (although I still find Nakatsu adorable, and the twversion does a good job of showing Sano taking great pleasure in the neverending cockblocking of Nakatsu) but I can really feel the connection between Sano and Mizuki, which is my primary beef with the jversion. And I can't really blame that on the story or actors, it's just the way jdramas are - weren't we talking about this with HYD, and how Domyouji and Tsukishi have such a passionate connection but then it never really culminates in anything? Maybe that's why I loved Toma so much in HK, he had more passion than all of the other characters put together. Although, I was looking at the dramawiki page for the jversion and SEKIMEEEEEEEEEEEEE WHY ARE YOU SO ADORABLE. So yeah, I'm with you on that front, the supporting cast of the jversion > everyone who isn't Quan or Rui Xi in the twversion.

...you know that I'm going to have to watch the jversion again now, just so I can be more fair to it. WAAAAAAAAAH.

Let me know how the rest of the series goes for you - I'm really interested in your reaction. And Sano in handcuffs? NEVER NOT THE HOTTEST THING EVER. RAAAAAAAAAAWR.
Quan seems to be pronounced SHEUUUUUUUURN

I understand pronunciation not at all. for any of it, but yeah..most of it makes no sense to me.

you know that I'm going to have to watch the jversion again now, just so I can be more fair to it.

YES. and you SHOULD, because Im being all honest about this, and seriously, it PAINS me to admit that these two leave Sano and Mizuki in the dust, but they DO.

and oh fuck, we're about to get to the attempted sexual assault by that jackass at the inn. now i HAVE to stay up and watch this next ep..
YES. and you SHOULD, because Im being all honest about this

And your honesty has touched me! I wouldn't go back and watch things for just anybody, you know? Although I'll be upfront about it, I'm going to have to skip everything that has Oscar in it because...well, do I have to explain? He was outrageous in the manga but in the jversion he just made me want to run away screaming because NO ONE SHOULD BE LIKE THAT OH GOD THE MEMORIES MAKE THEM STOP. Other than that, I'll try to not skip anything and there may actually be rewinding and watching certain parts again, ie anything with Nanba-senpai. And some of Nakatsu's daydreams, oh, the lolz!

and oh fuck, we're about to get to the attempted sexual assault by that jackass at the inn.

The attempted assault etc isn't good at all, obviously, but the hurt/comfort aftermath is divine. I wish Quan would look after me. ;_;
I'm going to have to skip everything that has Oscar in it because...well, do I have to explain?

no, no you really dont. I love everyone, really, but Oscar..oh, Oscar. I cringe.

Nakastu's daydreams are AWESOME. My favorite is the one where he decides to share a shower with Mizuki - "I care about Mother Earth!" although really, amy of them are awesome.

Mmmmm, Nanba-senpai...he is quite pretty, isnt he?
I agree with pretty much everything about this post.

And to think that you tried to resist TW Hana Kimi!
I tried to resist because i KNEW it followed the manga, and i didnt like the manga. i had REASONS to avoid. i just..you and biases are evil evil pushers. and i am very suggestible. *nods*
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