Keishicho Ikimono Gakari (Japanese Drama, New)

Synopsis: Despite being hailed a hero after taking a bullet to the head in the process of saving a fellow police officer, Detective Tomozo Sudo nonetheless finds his old job already taken when he is well enough to go back to work. Wincing at the thought that he is already considered useless by his superiors after he is relegated to the animal unit, our hero is resigned to spending his day rescuing trapped cats but thanks to his partner, Keiko who is an animal expert, Detective Tomozo quickly finds himself back to solving crimes.

This one doesn’t really stand out from the mass number of J-police dramas but should be quite enjoyable for animal lovers.

Kahogo no Kahoko (Japanese Drama, New)

Raised by an overprotective mother, 21 year old Kahoko has lived such a sheltered life that she relies on her mother for everything. Seeing no wrong in treating her college age daughter like a five year old, Kahoko’s mother gets the shock of her life when one day Kahoko meets a young man and starts to venture outside of the bubble her mother has built for her.

It was pretty disturbing at first to see how cut off from the real world our heroine is but actress Mitsuki Takahata did a great job making her character likable. In fact, by the end of episode one I found myself cheering our heroine on and curious how she will blaze a path that is uniquely hers.

Gintama (Japanese Drama, New)

I am not familiar with Gintama the manga, so I had no clue what to expect from this live action other than Shun Oguri is in it so I had to check it out ASAP. Shun Oguri plays a samurai in a world that has been invaded by the aliens and the government bowing to the alien’s power tries to abolish the samurai’s swords.

I went into this one expecting to be totally confused…which I was BUT that didn’t stop me from laughing out loud several times in the first episode. By the way, this one is only three episodes long.

Code Blue 3 (Japanese Drama, New)

Code Blue is not my favorite of Yamashita Tomohisa’s dramas, but for some strange reason I was pretty excited for Cold Blue 3 and thankfully, episode one did not disappoint at all. I was especially super excited of the romantic vibe between Yamashita Tomohisa and Aragaki Yui’s characters. Crossing my figures for good solid romance this time around! 

The King in Love (Korean Drama, New)

The EPIC love story between a king, the king’s best friend/bodyguard, and a beautiful girl that they both fell in love with. I got scared off by the EPIC part so staying far away from this one unless it wraps up happily.

School 2017 (Korean Drama, New)

The newest of the KBS drama “school” series. Stuck in a high school that values everything (including who gets to eat first in the cafeteria) according to test scores, our young leads try to forge their own path in a world that is seemingly determined to judge them by numbers.

I wasn’t too impressed with the first episode. The show wasn’t bad per say but it didn’t grab my attention either.

What She Put On The Table (Taiwanese Drama, New)

Set in 1950’s Taiwan, Amber An plays the famous Taiwanese chef Fu Pei Mei. I was intrigued by this one because I actually owe three Fu Pei Mei cookbooks so I was curious about her life story. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed with the first episode of What She Put On The Table. The show starts off in the current time period then jumps back to the 1950’s but the transition wasn’t smooth and the pacing felt really slow.

Man Who Dies To Live (Korean Drama, New)

Synopsis: Choi Min Soo plays our hero who suddenly comes back to South Korea in search of his daughter after living as a count of a small kingdom in the middle east since disappearing in 1970.

Haven’t had to time to check this one yet, but it looks like it could be fun.

Into The New World (Korean Drama, New)

Man, K-drama is on a fantasy kick lately. Into The New World tells the story of our hero (Yeo Jin Goo) who “dies” at 19…then shows up suddenly 12 years later…still 19. Of course, by this time, everyone our hero knew, including his high school sweet heart (heroine, play by Lee Yeon Hee) are 12 years older.

I will be writing a first impression on this one soon.



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