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So it wasn’t that bad…

Cantabile Tomorrow has way less of the musical aspect than I would like (Damn it, give me Chiaki’s Rachmanioff!). But it wasn’t too bad. Shim Eun Kyung surprised me, in terms of how well she can bring out emotion. I wasn’t too much of a fan of her more silly vibes (as opposed to Nodame’s childlike innocence) but her crying at the end of ep 8, caught me by the heartstrings.

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Joo Won, on the other hand, I can barely look at. Dear heaven, that godawful hair. Every time I try to find him remotely attractive (like during his Good Doctor days) that hair just…just…kills it. What is with Korea and that hairstyle? It’s taken over Kpop and now making rounds among the acting world as well (I see you Full House 2). STAHP! It looks fugly as hell, and you’re murdering a beautiful face.

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On the other hand I loved Lee Yoon Hoo’s conducting, MUCH more than Joo Won’s. He was having so much fun during that mambo, it brought back J-Nodame vibes. I’ve decided that this guy’s my Chiaki in here (aka. someone to drool over, every drama needs one). Plus he’s NICE. And not utterly oblivious to a certain girl’s feelings (*coughcough* Cha Yoo Jin). Hell, even Chiaki wasn’t so dismissive of her feelings. All in all, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I stand by my initial opinion that it could use a lot more music and a lot less filler. After all that’s what Nodame and Chiaki were all about. ButĀ perhaps notĀ Cha Yoo Jin and Seol Nae-Il.
I’m learning to not mind the difference.

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Cantabile Tomorrow and my wavering resolution

I know, I know. I swore never to watch it, but lately that resolve has been wavering. I kept up with the recaps just to see how badly the drama was butchering and boy did I howl with fury upon Yoon-ho’s introduction and the apparently-necessary wrist-grabs that all K-dramas feel the need to include. But the latest two recaps have me wavering (eps 7 and 8). Don’t get me wrong, Cantabile Tomorrow is NOT Nodame Cantabile. There’s far too much they’ve gotten wrong for that to happen. But it’s a story nevertheless, and one that is reluctantly beginning to interest me. I may just take a look at this. This Chiaki isn’t the beautiful man in all his haughty glory that I had so enjoyed beholding, but he is a rather interesting character (even if he has far too much noble idiocy within him). And this Nodame isn’t the adorable quirky, perverted, fart song writing, genius I had grown to love but an idiotic, oft-silly, child-like creatures who keeps yelling “orabang” in away that makes me want to wail at the lack of ‘senpai’ in this drama. But she’s nevertheless a rather interesting character seeing as the K-drama chose to emphasize her childhood trauma whereas the J-drama didn’t. I am cautiously curious as to what happens next, though NOTHING can replace the original as far as I’m concerned.

This ain’t my sort of Cantabile, but I honestly wouldn’t mind being taken for a ride. Who knows? It might even surprise me. Orabang, or not.