In the Philippines, we say what we want and often go overboard with it. It is so refreshing for me to see the opposite. And the way they deal with romance, it’s just amazing. It’ll either make you desperate to be in love or get disgusted at the idea. Yes, there are gender inequality undertones and attempts to make a story feministic sometimes end up awry – but when characters come together even in the bl (boys’ love) genre, it’s still captivating.
I would like to share titles of dramas and movies that left an impression on me. I’m only listing what I’ve watched and liked and I have seen a lot. I still have a long way to go though.
- Hana Yori Dango – you must have seen the Taiwanese F4 versions or other remakes, but the Japanese Hana Yori Dango with Jun Matsumoto and Oguri Shun is my personal best.
- Hana Kimi or Hanazakari no Kimitachi e with Maki Horikita pretending to be a boy to get close to the character played by Oguri Shun (again) is my all time fave. Ikuta Toma, Masaki Okada and Hiro Mizushima also star in this high school comedy. It was remade in other countries as well.
- Tenno no Ryoriban or the Emperor’s Cook isn’t an HS drama. It’s historical drama about the life of the Tokuzo Akiyama. It’s funny, sad, feel good, tragic all rolled into one.
- Tokyo Dogs (Hiro Mizushima and Oguri Shun in a detective drama)
- Zettai Kareshi or Absolute Boyfriend
- Gokusen 1-3 plus specials
- Rich Man Poor Woman
- Nobunaga Concerto
- Nobuta wa Produce
- S the Last Policeman
Japanese Movie Suggestions
- In the Realm of the Senses (X-rated story of Sada Abe)
- The Light Only Shines There (Rated R movie about poverty, prostitution, depression, sex, and more taboo topics)
- Beck (a comedy about an up and coming rock band. Love the songs, btw.)
- Bandage (a twisted love story about another rock band and an up and coming band manager.)
- Ore Monogatari (HS romantic comedy)
- The Liar and his Lover (another rock band love story with some characters still in HS and also has an awesome OST)
- Wolf Girl and Black Prince (Dom-sub type relationship in HS.)
- The Bride of Rip Van Winkle – it’s a weird story that has quite the redeeming quality – understanding your own self and what you truly want, after being conned that is.
- Gokusen The Movie
- Evergreen Love
- 13 Assasins
- Crows Zero 1-2
- Rurouni Kenshin or Samurai X
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Hunter x Hunter
- Full Metal Alchemist
- Attack on Titans
- and many more…
The term “otaku” seems to have been introduced to anime fans in the US and other countries via Studio Gainax’s “Otaku no Video 1985,” a self-parody film.
Otaku, meaning probably “venerable house,” refers to someone who has a devotion to a subject or hobby (not necessarily anime) to the point of not leaving home. For instance, an otaku fan of a particular movie star could quite possibly know all of the films s/he has been in, their birth date, time of birth, shoe size, favorite toothpaste, etc. Generally speaking, calling someone an otaku in Japan is an insult, implying that their social skills have atrophied or never even developed, due to their manic involvement in their chosen fandom.In America, the term is used to denote a zealous fan, usually of anime and/or manga. Due to its introduction to most people’s vocabulary through its tongue-in-cheek use in Gainax’s film, “otaku” tends to have a much less dire definition overseas.