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Memories in Letters
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On both sides of the mirror

Aksorn (Beck Pitchayutt Chatchawansombut) and Songjam (Parky Napavit Tewaphankul), in their respective first major roles in their acting credits, represent two young people who are fighting for the same cause: the pursuit of happiness and love, which is not only that of romantic love but also that of love for one's own identity.
Adapted from the web novel 'Memories in Letters' (ท ร ง จำ ใ น อั ก ษ ร), by Hungrybird, the eponymous drama of six episodes of about 35 minutes each, is one of the most beautiful, emotional series and addictive Thai of recent years, and follows the love story of two young people in two different worlds and the miracles that come with it.
Playing on the series' title, Parky plays the character "Songjam," which means "Letter," while Beck plays "Aksorn," which translates to "Memories," a rebellious soul searching for love, understanding and happiness.
The two protagonists quickly fall in love and treat each other with love and care, which makes the loneliness, the absence of the mother and suffering the intolerance of the father in one of the worlds make Aksorn's life happier. On their respective sides of the mirror, feelings will begin to grow between the two young people towards each other, while they discover their sexual orientation and identity.
With an extraordinary ability to guide the viewer's imagination, the script, written by Nirattisai Ratphithak, presents us with an adventure that mixes reality and fiction, which explores the world of parallel universes. This is a supernatural story of romance and mystery with which any teenager and young person, and older ones too, will immediately identify.
The protagonist and main narrator, Aksorn, moves into a bedroom on the top floor of an old building after being kicked out of home by his authoritarian father, who does not accept that his son is a writer. After a meteor shower, accompanied by an earthquake, Aksorn discovers that his mirror has been transformed into a portal to another universe, specifically to a bedroom inhabited by a young adventurer with a turbulent past who is not afraid to defy the laws of physics. .
As they deepen their relationship, Aksorn forges a mysterious connection with the boy who lives inside the mirror in his room. From the first exchanges, both young people feel emotionally and physically attracted to each other.
Jinthaphat Sakkaen's photography contributes to the effort to tell a story set in an extraordinary reality that defies all logic, following the romance between these two young people and the obstacles they will face to be together.
'Memories in Letters' takes place in a surprising and unique environment, divided into two different worlds located opposite each other. The distance that separates both sides barely exceeds the width of a thin crystal, but the natural and physical conditions of each of the worlds make accessibility from one place to another extremely difficult. The boys can see each other, but not touch each other.
Aksorn is a university student of Literature who has lied to his father about the course he is studying at the university and who likes to read the work of Oscar Wilde in one of the two worlds that are on both sides of the mirror. His passionate nature is responsible for fueling his dreams of being a great writer. For his part, Songjam is a happy and smiling young student who dreams of being a doctor and who likes to dance and listen to music in the world opposite to Aksorn's.
One day, an online novel about two people from two different worlds who meet through a mirror becomes the fascination of readers. However, it turns out to be based on the life of Aksorn and his lover. Who wrote this story? How did the writer learn about the personal history of the two young people? Is Songjam the author? Who is Likit, the only clue that surrounds the mystery? What will the complex network of human relationships and time travel on which the story revolves have in store for us? Is there any way the two guys can meet in person?
While the novel may be the only key that breaks the wall between Aksorn and Songjam, the mirror, the only obstacle that separates them, remains at the same time the only thing that unites them.
This romantic drama with a touch of fantasy is the first BL series from Studio Say-Yes.
As in every love triangle, in this story about coming of age, friendship, love, discovery and acceptance, a third character is missing, and this is Khiao, played by Atirut Kittipattana, the well-known actor, singer and presenter of Thai news, who plays a doctor with a secret identity that will cause an important twist in the story.
As the enigma adds new layers of suspense and intrigue to the already captivating story, the trio will travel together, on both sides of the mirror, and we will learn more about them and their past. But will it be a true and classic love triangle?
I am struck by how Beck's character offers an image of a gay teenager who, despite his youth and family trauma, has maturity when it comes to relating to others, and maintains a healthy relationship with those around him, something which is sometimes missing or failing in other series of the genre, as it is not written and represented as delicately and carefully as on this occasion.
Through a modern fairy tale, 'Memories in Letters' demonstrates the interest in making homosexuality visible during the adolescent-youth stage approached from everyday life, that is, without the characters experiencing it with drama or histrionics, as traditionally happened.
Homosexuality as a theme is inserted not only in fictions aimed at a youth target or audience, but also in audiovisual content intended for adults, offering greater understanding to those who deal with adolescents, that is, family members, friends and those people in their school environment who participate in their personal and psychological development.
The musical themes "Crossing Paths", performed by Atirut Kittipattana and Parky Napavit Tewaphankul, and "Definition of Love", by Soravit Thitipawat, reinforce the action on the screen to tell this amazing story of love that overcomes all barriers and limits of its realities going beyond science and its properties, and that, in addition, demonstrates that with a low budget you can also work on the genre when there is passion and creativity for the story you want to tell.

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From 'Da Ge' to 'Unknown': "In this infinite darkness, you are my only light"

Today, people are losing the rich habit of reading. Every day he spends more time in front of the screen, watching moving images. Both cinema and television have become the preferred leisure option in our societies, while books have been relegated to the background for many. Faced with this reality, television networks continue to rely on the decisive influence that literature has had on their future, which is why they will again and again resort to books or works published online to recreate television fictions.
Incestuous love has been brought to film and television in works such as 'Starcrossed' (2005), a very famous American short with a homosexual theme about gay love between brothers. Written and directed by James Burkhammer II, it tells the shocking love story of Darren and Connor, two brothers from a suburban neighborhood who are lovers.
'From Beginning to End' (original title in Portuguese: 'Do Começo ao Fim'), the 2009 Brazilian film, written and directed by Aluizio Abranches, tells how two male brothers from an upper-class Brazilian family maintain a special relationship, from children, which draws the attention of the adults around them, worrying their parents and family.
BL series such as the Chinese 'Stay With Me' (2023) tells the romantic story between two stepbrothers. Su Yu, a high school student, lives a simple life with his father, but faces a big change when his mother remarries a rich man and introduces him to his stepbrother Wu Bi.
In this effort to bring literary pages to the screens and also reflect a story of a love relationship between people without blood ties, but considered "brothers", the Taiwanese Youku opts for the novel '大哥 ('Da Ge'), 'Brother', by the talented Chinese writer known by the pseudonym Priest, whose work, published by the web publisher Jinjiang Literature City, covers a wide range of genres, from romance and martial arts to science fiction and danmei, with a quality and creativity that distinguishes her from other writers, due to her deep humanistic themes and her ability to capture the essence of life's struggles and joys.
The dramas 'Guardian', 'Legend of Fei', 'Word of Honor', 'Faraway Wanderers' and 'Justice in the Dark' are based on Priest's novels.
Under the direction of Ray Jiang ('We Best Love: No. 1 For You and Fighting Mr. 2nd, 2021, and 'My Tooth, Your Love', 2022), 'Unknown', based on one of the most acclaimed works of Priest, will immerse the viewer in a moving story that revolves around Wei Qian (Chris Chiu), a young man with a strong spirit who, since the age of thirteen, has carried family responsibilities on his shoulders by being the breadwinner for his half-sister, Wei Li Li. after the premature loss of his parents. Wei Qian's world takes an unexpected turn when he adopts Xiaoyuan (Kurt Huang), a street child who goes by the alias Wei Zhiyuan, as a brother. Living a life of loss, violence, poverty, helplessness and anguish, our characters face life, winning and losing, on a journey of self-discovery.
'Unknown', faithful to the original novel, is full of sorrows and pains, but also of small joys that illuminate the lives of its protagonists and lead them to build a beautiful and sincere relationship.
In this story, which is about human warmth, family, friendship, self-discovery and self-acceptance, and which defends the idea of ​​learning when to persist and when to let go, it shows a love between two boys more powerful than the water, deeper than blood. As if on a slippery slope to the top, 'Unknown' will draw a path for us and even alert us if we have to travel the path ourselves.
With a distinctive characteristic that its protagonists are young, the series addresses the experiences and challenges of the current generation of any country, since the themes exposed are universal. However, it is crucial to understand the codes that guide the plot. Individual conflicts, dreams, challenges and how they deal with life situations are explored. Although youth is reflected in various ways, the series highlights gay love, sensitivity, ways of loving, facing adversity, family situations, as well as the differences and contradictions present in all the characters.
With a capable and engaging cast, the drama is interesting and intelligent. The all-star cast of this captivating journey into the world of romance and human complexity includes Yankee Yang as Wang Jun Le / "Le Ge", Danny Liang (Xiong Da Fang / "Lao Xiong"), Kim Jae Hoon (Tan Yu / " San Pang") and Tammy Lin as Wei Li Li / "Xiao Bao", who weave, around the protagonists, a warp of surprising, complex and beautiful characters and relationships.
Chris Chiu, who pleasantly surprised both critics and viewers with his leading roles in the dramas 'High 5 Basketball' (2016) and 'Hello, Again' 2019), once again demonstrates character by playing a young man who puts his life at risk and works illegally to support his brothers. He will have the help of San Pang, his childhood friend, to get back on the right path.
His character is rich in nuances: He seems ruthless and cold-blooded, but he is sensitive and knows how to appreciate what surrounds him. He makes the decision to protect his brothers and stubbornly guards a place that increasingly looks like a home. He longs to be loved and sheltered, and to give, in turn, love and shelter. Wei Qian wages an internal struggle, a struggle that leaves him in a state of constant battle against the two opposite poles within him.
Ray Jiang, with his unmatched talent, brings to life a character who challenges stereotypes and shows that dreams know no limits.
For his part, Kurt Huang, in the role of Xiao Yuan, shows on screen the vulnerability of a child abandoned by his parents at birth and the suffering caused by the harassment of older boys in an orphanage, until he is picked up by a stranger who will raise him as a "brother." As a young man, he will admit to being in love with the person who raised and educated him.
In this series based on a Danmei. that could revolutionize the BL universe, both young people struggle with a dilemma considered taboo, such as the romantic relationship between brothers. However, they are not linked by blood. Will they cross that forbidden line and end up becoming lovers?
The series manages to combine the subtlety of Priest's prose and the care that the author puts into her heroes and heroines, and the construction of the characters designed from the script by Cai Fei Qiao ('Stay by My Side'-2023) , making the story very beautiful due to the way in which the characters develop and the events develop before the attentive gaze of the viewer. As the events unfold, he understands the characters and the world in which they take place.
If someone found the development of the story slow in the first part of the series, this is because the characters take the time to define their relationship, taking into account the previous bond between them. But once they do it, the actions gain in intensity. The romantic scenes in 'Unknown' are primarily narrative. Intimacy is a function of advancing the story, making it deeper. The sex scenes serve the characters, the narrative, and the tone of the film. But they are also there because they are sexy. But they do not hide the intention of being used to tell the audience how a character feels about their sexuality or identity.
This imperfectly perfect couple will be sustained by longing, desires, hopes, strangely wonderful coincidences, letters that are written from a distance with all the heart, with all the soul.
I do not doubt that the viewer will be able to remember 'Through the Gates of the Strait (Shared Universe)', another of Priest's novels.
Wei Qian, Wei Zhi Yuan / "Xiao Yuan" and other characters, as tools that they are, after all, are used by the creators to tell a story that will attract the attention of the most demanding viewers.
Will the series respect one of the characteristics of Priest's work, that of focusing largely on the plot and the construction of the world in which the characters operate, leaving romance as a secondary aspect? Doesn't this make the romance more epic, since it grows and evolves alongside the story itself, at the same time helping to avoid monopolizing the public's attention in sexual and romantic matters, as many danmei novels do?
Will 'Unknown' be faithful to 'Da Ge' in terms of not showing explicit sexual content and having a limited amount of romance, such as few vaguely described kissing and sex scenes? The series focuses its attention on romance, and it could not be otherwise because the novel on which it is based is romantic above all.
It may be flawed, so it doesn't fully develop the edges of its story, but the central relationship that holds the series together is so compelling that the rest hardly matters.

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A song to life and love

I have doubts about the strength of my arguments to convince someone that this is a great series, but I have plenty of reasons to, again and again, watch it with pleasure, to tell why that feeling of harmony and hope that 'Gray Shelter' provokes me and, of course, I am also completely convinced that it should be recommended. Attentive to the small and the biggest, the tight heart, the explosion of emotions and the confusion, this South Korean romantic drama will whisper in our ears about certain things that happen to people when they discover their inner self.
Cha Soo-hyuk (Jang Woo Young) is a boring adult whose only goal is to live without worrying about everything and everyone. While working as an external engineer at a cleaning company, he meets up again with Lee Yoon Dae (Lee Jae Bin), with whom he was very close in the past. Yoon Dae lived with his girlfriend, but now he has nowhere to go..., and they end up living together. The two remember domestic violence, running away from home and the days when they consoled each other by saying that they were not like each other's parents.
Korean director Lee Son Eum (이손음) signs with 'Gray Shelter' (회색기류 / Hoesaekgiryu) a significant work of contemporary relationships in his portrait of a same-sex couple, delicately addressing a theme common to all such as love , but here presented in unforeseen and difficult circumstances with a language that involves the viewer in the intimacy, complicity and fears of what is told: the story of two young people united by a past of brotherhood, whose brotherly affection evolves into a warm and deep love with the passing of the years.
Based on Son Eum's own script, the series, consisting of 5 20-minute episodes, explores the awakening of desire, passion and love of a boy for another man. It is, simply, a demonstration that feelings do not know gender. It is love without borders in search of happiness without labels visually narrated in a very lyrical way and assumed naturally.
The deep friendship and love of two men who meet again and begin to live together under the same roof. A journey that turns the viewer into a witness of the internal struggle, the confrontation and the love that they experience. Exterior landscapes of the environment that surrounds them and interior landscapes of the characters written in an agile and lyrical way. History, society, love, defiance of life's obstacles.
A broken family, a heterosexual courtship, a breakup, a friend from the past, almost a brother, a little older, and, suddenly, when everything seemed stable, in perfect balance, the heartbeat, the discovery, the awakening of desire , the feeling, the obsession, burst in with the same force as the denial, the non-acceptance; aggression, which can be both internal and external, and breaks what is established...
They both fall in love. They both see their lives turned upside down. Both are reunited with an unknown self that makes them happy, that gives them pleasure, that fills them with unmanageable pain and uncertainty, but also with love and passion. It is the happy encounter with their own natures.
Can the two young people together travel the roads of South Korea in search of an El Dorado where love, purified of all prejudice, is possible?
How can I describe what is happening before my eyes? Drama and reflection, as intelligent with its images as with its dialogues, turn 'Gray Shelter' into a hymn to life and love, above all, due to the way it approaches a theme, such as homosexuality, which, even when it has been portrayed on numerous occasions over the years in South Korean cinema and television, is still very scarce compared to what is produced in other latitudes or on other topics in the same country, since the taboo component for a A significant part of the population is still present, despite being civilly legal.
From the Heavenly network, this romantic drama that feels like an old movie in terms of color tone and harsh composition, returns Lee Jae Bin to the screen after his successful performance in 'Choco Milk Shake'. At his side is an actor who has also shown his incredible artistic talent in the films 'Phantom' and 'Baseball Girl'. A couple that shows a vibrant chemistry in a drama that excites and moves as it manipulates as only initiatory stories, owners and lords of an absolutely individualistic narrative voice, can manipulate.
Jang Woo Young and Lee Jae Bin bring two very different characters to the scene, but two who not only have a strong connection and chemistry, but also relate perfectly to each other's struggle. There is a healthy and affectionate love between them, it is also romantic, with great generosity, nobility and compassion at play. The sadness and melancholy that both bring is not the kind that makes viewers cry, but rather hits deeper, to the very core. It is not a typical anguish, but heartbreaking.
If at any point I might have thought that Lee Jae Bin would be pigeonholed into comedy, I must confess: I was wrong. If in 'Choco Milk Shake' he achieved a genuine naturalness in his performance, even in those most dramatic parts, which could suggest this would be the right genre for him, in 'Gray Shelter' the young and talented actor shows his versatility and possessing the gift of standing out for his ability and skill when it comes to embodying totally opposite characters.
I liked how he made it clear that he is an actor of race, of vocation, one of those who dares with comedy and drama, and puts himself at the service of the role in question with body, mind and soul. You have to follow his steps.
For his part, thanks to Jang Woo Young, Cha Soo-hyuk is a completely plausible, convincing and even beautiful character, in the sense of being absolutely different from those played by the same actor in his previous works. Everyday life has such a forceful beauty that when an artist is able to see and represent it, he achieves works that are not only solid, but also shocking.
With an acidically caustic tone, raw and direct, highly intelligent and subtle, and always based on the dialogue and organic behaviors of two characters with few filters, 'Gray Shelter' becomes a sophisticated story of a homosexual relationship. The narrative simplicity of the series is reflected in the filming style and is offset by the complexity of the relationship.
Although at times it crosses the border of frivolity, it is possibly one of the most elegant translations of contemporary South Korean dramatization of a story about homosexual men, which is nothing other than a great love story.
'Gray Shelter' is, in short, one of those gems that presents a world so wonderful that you feel sad when you reach the end credits. In short, a drama that captivates the viewer, in addition to the story and the way it is told, due to its attractive visual effects and its visual chemistry.
The drama turns out to be, then, a delicate story of everyday situations, especially those essentially linked to providing inclusive views to the debate on diverse identities and sexualities, while diluting the binary and sexual identity boundaries (man-woman). But, in addition, it recreates, with proverbial skill, especially in the dialogues, and also in the situations, a romance that is not just one more of those that South Korean audiovisuals have contributed since 'The King and the Clown' (Lee Joon-ik, 2005), 'A Frozen Flower' (Yoo Ha, 2008), 'Man on High Heels' (Jang Jin, 2014), to name just a few, but one current, daring, pure, in a series all time attentive to those shudders that perhaps strengthen our expectations of finding what we are looking for.
Lee Yoon Dae's confessions, the evocation of the past that unites them, the way in which the two men approach each other and establish a unique, explosive, fiery intimacy, make total sense through a delicate photography, capable of converting each shot of night exteriors in acts of love in the light of the sunniest day, in addition to managing the expressiveness of the composition and the framing placed even in a symbolic function (Cha Soo-hyuk healing Lee Yoon Dae's wounded face is filmed in a way that implicitly alludes to the major issues involved here); or music that is barely noticeable, and the composers of the songs know that this is a compliment when talking about musical soundtracks in film or television.
The cinematography is moving, with great use of color, particularly a dark, natural palette.
In addition to everything said, I also loved the tenderly filmed scenes of intimacy and sexual complicity. As for the general assessment, it must be said: Lee Son Eum pleasantly surprises us with a seemingly simple series, but which is ultimately a treatise on losses and breakups, on the one hand, and encounters, reunions and discoveries on the other hand, about the gone and the lost, about the found and the unexpected, about the search and finding of love and happiness, the clinging to illusions, to certain affections and feelings, by human beings so complex as well as sincere, animated by the real idea that perhaps they will find, very close to themselves, in their shared past and present, what they have always sought.
And if it all seemed like a lot to me, I am surprised by the beautiful animation by Jeon Seon Myeon that serves as the opening title. The animation shows the two main characters, Yoon Dae and Soo Hyuk, walking alone in the snow before ending up under a streetlight. Yoon Dae spreads out his scarf and wraps it around Soo Hyuk. The light turns on, illuminating their gray world, and they embrace as Ode's "Sleepless" plays in the background.
Few South Korean series have left me, at their end, with such an inexplicable feeling of melancholy and complete satisfaction. And that's why I decided to enthusiastically recommend it.

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The perfect mildang: "The further I move away, the closer we get"

In the context of "tug-of-war" romantic relationships, in South Korea it is common to hear sentences like: "내 남자친구가 항상 나를 밀당하는 것 같아", which in English would be something like: "It seems that my boyfriend is always trying hard to be with me."
Is your crush acting cold one moment and hot the next? One minute does he pursue you and show his feelings, and the next, he suppresses his interest and distances himself?
It is precisely in these circumstances that Koreans use the phrase "acione Mildang." That is, this person is doing "mildang," a term used to describe someone's behavior when they intentionally create a "push and shove" dynamic with another person.
In the drama 'Boys Be Brave', directed by Lim Hyun Hee, the story revolves around the "mildang" of two couples who are stuck between confessing their feelings and holding back, portraying the cute and agonizing tug-of-war of unconfessed love.
We will see the story through the eyes of Jin Woo, a naive and insecure character with a perfectionist tendency who lives his life according to the plan he has drawn up. However, one day, she falls in love with Ki Sub, a determined and popular boy, owner of a relaxed and confident nature.
And this playful and daring push-pull dynamic begins when Jin Woo reveals that despite having a crush on Ki Sub, he's not her type at all.
The entrance of Jung Ki Sub (Nam Shi An) to Kim Jin Woo's (Kim Sung Hyun) apartment not only announces that the living room sofa will be occupied indefinitely by the visitor who was never invited, but also the beginning of a beautiful love story between two friends who have suddenly become roommates.
Despite being reluctant to share a roof, you will soon discover that this may be the ideal opportunity to be close to the person you love.
I find it interesting to see how between Jin Woo, a young perfectionist who dreams of having the perfect relationship with the perfect partner, so he even makes a checklist of the ideal lover, and Ki Sub, the type of person who can seem Just another attractive and popular guy who has to get what he wants, but is actually a gentle soul who wants to be loved, they manage to change for each other.
Likewise, I love how Ki Sub, who doesn't like complicated emotions and situations, so he often resorts to portraying a positive image, at first shows one-dimensional awkwardness, but as the story progresses, he learns to express his feelings. own emotions and find their identity.
The series allows us to see how the actions and emotions of the characters change, all thanks to an endless aegyo attack by Ki Sub against Jin Woo, which in turn brings fun and hilarious moments.
On the other hand, the narrative also explores the love relationship between Choi Balg-Eum (Jung Yeo Jun) and Ji In Ho (Ahn Se Min), who keep a secret from their high school days.
Adapted from Seok Young's webtoon "Roonmates," the LGBT+-themed youth romantic comedy showcases the unique images and charms of the main characters, each with distinct personalities. The free spirit Jung Ki Sub, the seemingly perfect Kim Jin Woo, the mysterious Ji In Ho with a hidden secret and the charming Choi Sunny will entertain the audience through a funny, charming but meaningful and touching drama as the four continually reflect: "Why doesn't the person who loves me confess to me?"
After the success of the acclaimed series 'Our Dating Sim', with which it won multiple awards at the "2023 Heavenly BL Awards", such as the "Grand Prize" and "Best Drama" sections, director Lim Hyun Hee teams up with music producer Hwang Sung Jin, known for producing popular songs like See Ya's "Lovely Sweet Heart" and Gummy's "We Should've Been Friends," to carry out this project that, in his own words, "captures so much eyes like ears." Because? Because stories like these not only entertain us, but also offer us valuable lessons and insights into life and human relationships.
With a solid plot and well-developed characters, the emerging writer Lee Sin Won manages to change conventions and break clichés, and delivers a narrative text on which the series is built, in which she gives substance to the conflicts and stories that intersect, Because the four boys are united by friendship.
I like Nam Shi An's performance in portraying a character who is popular and constantly receives love confessions from those around him. However, intrigued by Jin Woo, who likes him but has not confessed, he impulsively invades his house and begins living with him, determined to make him confess.
The viewer will love the character played by Kim Sung Hyun, a seemingly perfect and meticulous young man. However, her life begins to fall apart after her crush breaks into her apartment. Thanks to Ki Sub, Jin Woo discovers that he has been living a gray existence, without love and without dating experience.
Based on their friendly love-hate relationship, the romance between the two, which begins when the former literally knocks on the doors of the latter, will delight the public. He will be waiting for the moment when the bond between these young people crosses the thin and fragile line of friendship and gives way to love after a confession.
The film text explores how the empathy between Ki Sub and Jin Woo becomes the basis of a lasting romantic love, highlighting how the deepest relationships are often born from friendship.
On the other hand, Ji In Ho has not been able to forget the romantic relationship between him and Choi Sunny during high school. That is the reason why he abruptly returns from the United States where he is studying and introduces himself to Sunny, who rejects his advances. Undeterred, Ji In Ho asks her to go on three dates with him. We will soon learn the reason why Sunny decided three years ago to put things on the line, despite being in love. Could a true romance arise within the framework of these encounters?
Lastly, Jung Yeo Jun takes on the role of Choi Sunny, the extremely optimistic part-time worker. Choi Sunny, as brilliant as her name suggests, is a person who has also not been able to forget the boy she loves and whose memory she still keeps in her heart. His life is shaken when his friend shows up again.
The story of these two characters details how an event from the past tests the relationship of the two friends, but its resolution, which teaches us about forgiveness, understanding and personal growth, ends up strengthening the bond, demonstrating the resilience of friendship and How romantic love can arise from this.
As these young people navigate their feelings for each other and come to terms with their own hearts, a tender romance blossoms that will satisfy all of your BL needs.
Why do I recommend the series?:
- For its cast with its attractive visual effects and its visual chemistry.
- For being a fan of the webtoon on which it is based.
- For following the work of Lim Hyun Hee, who has captivated me since his previous drama, 'Our Dating Sim'.
- For the promise of combining stunning dramatic elements in the beloved original work and enhancing the immersive experience through a sophisticated visual style.
- For the guarantee of the entertainment factor.
- For bringing us credible and genuine characters, with human emotions and reactions that feel real and resonant.
- Because it allows me to follow the work of Ahn Se Min, an actor with a simple charisma and an air of mystery, who has caught my attention since his participation in 'Youth On The Road', 'The Red Sleeve', 'School 2021', among others dramatized. With his expressive eyes and pure appearance, I recommend following this actor.
- For the reappearance on screen of Kim Sung Hyen, a perfect boy who wins the hearts of fans with his unique charms. Those who have followed his artistic career will remember him for his roles in 'Love After School' (seasons 1 and 2), '100% Era', Hospital Playlist', 'Brain, Your Choice of Romance Season 2', and many other works that They leave a lasting impression on viewers, raising expectations about his future as a solid actor.
- For the possibility of reunion with rookie actor Nam Shi An who has gained a lot of attention for his attractive looks, outstanding physique, subtle sensuality and acting skills shown in KBS Joy's 'Love Naggers' and the web drama 'Woman Playbook', as well as the independent short film 'Mutation'.
- For having the possibility of seeing Jung Yeo Jun's work again, after discovering him in 'Like Flowers In Sand', 'Arthdal ​​Chronicles: The Sword of Aramun', 'Rookie Cops', among others, since this rookie actor has a distinctive and irresistible charm that captivates the hearts of viewers. With her imposing figure, I love her explosive chemistry with Ahn Se Min.
- Because the series exposes two stories of love and friendship that have the power to open doors to a world where emotional ties are intertwined with life lessons, leaving indelible marks on those who discover them.
- Because stories like these have the particularity of touching two of the purest and deepest feelings of human beings: romantic love and the selfless affection that characterizes true friendship. The mixture of these affects in a single narrative creates a rich and multidimensional film story that speaks directly to our hearts. That is, stories that weave love and friendship reflect the full spectrum of our emotions.
- Because it is a drama in which we will see our own triumphs and challenges in relationships reflected, which makes these stories so personal and moving.
- The conflicts represented are reflections of the complications of real life.
- Being able to witness the performances of four male actors, each with different and combined charms, taking on their first BL drama challenge.

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Koi wo Suru nara Nidome ga Joto
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'When it comes to love, the second time is better'

Everything starts (or should I say "continues"?) thanks to chance. Miyata Akihiro (Hasegawa Makoto) and Iwanaga Takashi (Furuya Robin) meet again when the former, a business magazine editor who has just begun the tenth year of his career, must start a new column and hires a popular university professor from the Faculty of Economics, who turns out to be his first love of youth.
Takashi has changed his name from Hoshizawa to Iwanaga after being adopted by another family after finishing high school and the two having separated. This is the reason why Akihiro Miyata does not relate the boy he loved in the past with the person he is trying to locate to propose to be in charge of the new section in Tokyo Business magazine.
They immediately recognize each other. A decade has passed since they were dating and today they are around thirty years old and life has taken them on different paths and treated them in different ways. They look at each other, talk nonsense to avoid remembering the past, while they decide what topics will appear in the publication.
This is how 'Koi o Suru Nara Nidome ga Joto' begins, the live-action dramatic adaptation of the popular manga by Keiko Kinoshita that was serialized in "Chara Selection" (Tokuma Shoten) from 2018 to 2022.
Directed by Yuka Yasukawa, known for the drama 'Jack Frost' (MBS) and the film 'Yodaka no Unrequited Love', the series will tell us that that love story was not overcome by time and boredom, and the new meeting, Initially professional, it will begin a love relationship that is both old and new.
Skilled as usual when it comes to entertaining and awakening the audience's empathy, the director invites us to a series that lives up to the plot intensity proposed in the script by the talented Aya Watane, who worked on 'Yokai Share House' and 'One Room Angel', this time with Yasukawa himself.
Rich in hidden feelings, in hidden frustrations that will be revealed through the conversations of the protagonists and the evocation of times gone by, as well as current conflicts, such as editorial work, teaching work and university scientific research, the crisis of couple and the desolation behind a breakup, 'Koi o Suru Nara Nidome ga Joto' is told with great detail and care, and the music adds an overall air of reflection and empathy.
With a well-cared for story, full of hidden twists that are revealed to the extent that the paths of the two protagonists cross again, we will immerse ourselves in this journey of searching for happiness, reconciliation and, why not, forgiveness. .
The sound design, original music, editing and photography round out the script's discourse, making use of very interesting shots and high-flying staging solutions.
Regarding the drama adaptation, Keiko Kinoshita expressed: "As a viewer, I was able to see the monochromatic story of the manga colored by the hands of many people, including the cast and staff, and told in a different way in the form of images."
In his desire to achieve a "total split", in which each character he plays is unique and different from the others, has led Hasegawa Makoto to face a wide range of characters and challenges throughout his career. In this, his first leading role, he plays a serious boy who is very enthusiastic about his job as an editor, but when he reunites with his former love, his life falls apart due to his own dark history/trauma.
Likewise, in a constant search for diversity and authenticity in his acting work, Rotoshi Furuya, in his debut in a leading role, plays a university professor with a judicious and calm personality, who shows simple expressions of love when he reunites with Miyata, who has a personality completely opposite to him.
The relationship that the two will experience is very endearing and provoked a variety of moving emotions in me.
'Koi o Suru Nara Nidome ga Joto' shows two talented young actors, for the first time as co-stars, recreating an atmosphere of love and executing their roles with honesty. As they deepen their bond day by day, the viewer will be able to appreciate the pleasant changes in their expressions.
With lush and beautiful visual expressions, characteristic of Yuka Yasukawa's work, this realistic depiction of an adult love story follows ex-lovers who meet again for the first time in more than ten years, with a touch of reality exclusive to those in their thirties. .
One of the most romantic and exquisite Japanese dramas of the BL genre that, in addition to making you laugh and cry, will make you wonder how we deal with the loves of the past, those that appear by surprise and that, in many cases, we have not yet forgotten, because its protagonists are a couple that rekindles their relationship after more than 10 years.
How many times has Miyata wondered what happened to that person with whom he had a great love story during his adolescence and early youth? How many times did Iwanaga think what would happen if he saw again the person who has been and is his only love? Will they both be aware that first loves are never forgotten?
And Akihiro Miyata and Takashi Iwanaga loved each other very much, big time, and promised to elope in their high school years, but they made fun of it, which led to their eventual breakup. And that is why, throughout the 6 episodes, while they share time at the publishing house or outside, having dinner or enjoying a walk, those moments they spent together will come to light but also what led them to separate.
Initially, Miyata treats Iwanawa coldly, as a business partner, having promised never to fall in love with him again. However, he continues to appreciate her beauty, her talent and that character that he fell in love with when he was practically a teenager. Everything is intact, there, within reach of your eyes and your hands... your entire body, your entire being. And the other yearns for the same.
Because yes, they separated and their lives took a 180 degree turn: Akihiro Miyata, who also actively participates as an actor in The Rampage, is today an adult, serious and responsible man who is incapable of being honest with his first love again. after a decade of breaking up with him. Meanwhile, Takashi Iwanaga lives immersed in his work as a university professor and has a mature and relaxed personality. Both are still single and have problems facing maturity. Is it perhaps that they secretly hoped to meet again at some point in their lives?
But, despite being separated, they know that they are still the perfect couple, it is as if time has stopped for them and they continue enjoying the same songs they listened to on their headphones in high school, watching the same romantic movies lying in the floor of one of the two's rooms or playing a video game on their cell phone, while they kissed secretly from the others. Until something happens that will make the smiles and romance between them end up giving way to a series of reproaches related to what could have been and was not.
However, their characters do not exude bitterness or resentment, and, although they assume that loving each other is sometimes not enough and that "love stories only end well in the movies," they will fight with all their might so that, now, after meeting again and discover that your love has remained unscathed over time, the time has come to express: "When it comes to love, the second time is better" and make your love also like a movie... or rather, a television series .
Little by little, through seductive looks and tender gestures and subtle smiles, the lovers of yesteryear will reconcile with their past, to which they refer with flashbacks and sound evocations.
One of the strong points of 'Koi o Suru Nara Nidome ga Joto' are the dialogues between Akihiro Miyata and Takashi Iwanaga. Through what they say and what they keep quiet or hint at, we learn about their shared history and the personality of each one of them.
Sprinkled with a nostalgia that emerges throughout the series to make us recover that lost youthful feeling and the confusion caused by the arrival of adulthood, this would be the occasion to ask ourselves: What will happen to the boy over 30 years old who no longer Can you be as honest as before when you meet your soulmate again? What will happen to this "second" love, full of tactics and approaches with which it is expected to bear fruit and consolidate?
Note: With permission from the MDL administrators, I will leave the review open to, if appropriate, continue rating the series as the following episodes are broadcast.

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My Strawberry Film
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BL, GL and internalized homophobia: Characters and different points of view on love about to collide

'My Strawberry Film' is a Japanese youth romantic crowd drama about the intertwined feelings of four high school students with very different personalities and views on love, attracted by a mysterious movie.
This is a coming-of-age drama about four teenagers, ages 17 or so, realistically observing moments in their lives, moments that all of us could have experienced or will experience at one point or another.
The drama, likewise, covers serious and mature themes while presenting them in a comedic and dramatic manner.
Screenwriters Kobayashi Keiichi and Takahashi Natsuki, and director Takeda Karin, manage to mix friendship, love and longing, while complex feelings cross the hearts of the characters.
Also appearing as director and screenwriter is Ryo Kawasaki, a proven master of BL, who was the director of the drama 'Minato Shoji Coin Laundry 2' and writer of the script for 'Zenra Meshi', both from 2023.
The music of Yuya Mori and the opening themes "Flashback Memories", by Kubota Kai, and "Cropping", by Quw, for the closing, converge to delight the audience with the story in which four high school students, each one with their own feelings, they face heartbreaking emotions as they pursue a mystery.


In their second year of high school, Ryo Ichikawa (Ryusei Fukada), Hikaru Toyama (Rei Yabana) and Chika Nakamura (Mizuki Yoshida), live a seemingly peaceful school life while harboring hidden emotions.
One day, Hikaru and Chika are penalized for being late to class. To fulfill the punishment imposed, they must clean an old warehouse behind the gym. Faced with old and used items stored in the shed, Chika comes up with the idea that she could sell the valuables on an auction site. Immersed in his search, he finds an 8 mm film kept in a small metal box. As they pass the tape through the projector, the image of a dazzling girl appears before them. Hikaru is captivated by the beauty of the young girl (Ririka Tanabe) that could be seen even through the rough particles.
Perplexed and fascinated, Hikari declares to his best friend Ryo: "I want to meet the girl from the movie." Isn't he dancing and laughing on the same rooftop of the school where they go in their free time? Doesn't the film show images of an old building known to them? So, the young woman has to be a former student of the school. Didn't you also wear the same uniform as theirs? From this moment on, they will show her face to the former teachers to see if any of them recognize her.
If the girl must have been known by the most senior teachers, several were even students at the school decades ago and, therefore, they must know all the young people who passed through their classrooms, why does no one recognize her? What is the mystery surrounding the young woman? Why do they seem to prefer to remain silent and not identify the girl and tell them where to find her or tell them what happened to her?
Together with Hikaru, Ryo and Chika begin to search for clues about the enigmatic creature reflected in an 8 mm film. Are your feelings for that special person love, friendship or respect? is the question that floats in the air.
The very next day a transfer student arrives at school. The three friends will be surprised when Minami Murasaki appears before them, a young woman who looked exactly like the girl in the movie.
The feelings of four people that are intertwined with the mysteries hidden in the film are represented in this youth group drama: Hikaru chases the shadow of the mysterious girl, Ryo worries about Hikaru and Chika has feelings for Ryo, while Minami's gaze seems pass by.
Finally, in an unexpected turn of events, the series also drifts towards Girl Love (GL) and internalized homophobia, since the girl in the video is actually Minami's mother, who was filmed by the student she loved. and this, despite loving her, could not reciprocate.


This Fuji Television drama, with an original script, shows people with feelings that cannot be named in their hearts: they cry, fight, laugh and desperately try to seize the moment that is now.
Quattro, who plays Ryo Ichikawa, perfectly captures his role as a boy who is not good at interacting with people, is seen as cool by those around him and is popular among young girls for his beautiful appearance, but he does not like to stand out and does not show no interest in girls. His passion is making music.
His time in 'Kenisasu Life' (Nippon Television) and 'Dragon Zakura' (TBS) confirms the constant evolution of this popular actor, now in the role of giving life to a high school student in full struggle with many emotions such as love and friendship. The nostalgic and sensitive, but also romantic, audience can identify perfectly with the character.
Rei Yabana, the member of '7MEN Samurai', shines in his first leading role, playing Hikaru Onada, a beloved and energetic boy who is sometimes insensitive, with great communication skills and easy to get carried away, but also fickle when not having anything that excites him and without love experience.
Ductile playing a young man in his phase of discovering and describing the sweet and bittersweet youth that only a high school student can experience, his characterization makes the viewer live or relive, as the case may be, that "youth" as if he had lived it with previously or somewhere. I don't doubt that it will awaken memories and emotions that the audience may have had.
Who we saw in 'Nare no Hate no Bokura', on TV Tokyo, confirms with his performance that he is an artist who not only has the talent to play a wide range of instruments, such as the guitar.
For his part, Yoshida Mizuki manages to convince the most demanding viewer in his role as Chika Nakamura, a young member of the badminton club with an active personality and knowledge of ancient tools. As a bright girl who cares deeply about her friends and sometimes has trouble expressing her true feelings, she makes the audience identify with the character.
Yoshida Mizuki, who has demonstrated her talent by starring in the films 'Atsui Chest Sawagi' and 'Kamuy no Uta', as well as her role in the Netflix series 'Alice in the Country', penetrates with conviction into the skin of an objectively girl cute but lacks self-confidence and has secret feelings for Ryo.
Ririka Tanabe, who like Mizuki Yoshida is an exclusive model for "Seventeen" and has also appeared in popular works such as the drama 'The Best Teacher: 1 Year Later, I Was Treated by a Student', shows great sensitivity when characterizing a devilish girl who has her own vision of the world and her own rhythm, and never tires of unconsciously manipulating everyone around her.
As Minami Murasaki, she shows her artistic skills as a transfer student who looks exactly like the beautiful girl in the film and seeks to unravel her late mother's past.
With her role in 'My Strawberry Film', Mitsuki Yoshida shows her extensive stage skills, as she did when starring in 'Alice in the Country' (Netflix), 'Dragon Zakura' (TBS) and the play 'Three Thousand Moles' Gather'.

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Jazz for Two
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Jazz and internalized homophobia holding hands

'Jazz for Two' is subtle in mixing several themes to bring us a romance between two boys, with the world of jazz as a context, marked by internalized homophobia in one of the members of the couple.
A lover of this rhythm, Song Soo Lim, known for directing 'A Shoulder To Cry On', adapts the popular Clazju webtoon in live action, published in Lezhin Comics in 2017, offering us a romantic and musical drama with a complaint against a problem which can lead members of the LGTBIQ+ community to feel ashamed of their identity and question their own validity as people, as well as making them feel isolated and alone, which can lead to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress.
With its unique combination of music, romance and drama, the series, produced by MODT, confirms the growing appeal of BL dramas and webtoon adaptations, both by fans and the industry.
With the inclusion of jazz music themes, the series is not just a story of high school students, but a testament to the power of storytelling to explore universal themes such as love, identity, friendship, grief, musical studies, personal improvement, the discovery of sexual orientation, the process of overcoming complexes and traumas, acceptance, intolerance, homophobia, internalized homophobia and internal family struggles, in its narrative arc about a journey of discovery for the four protagonists .
In an intimate tone, the series is structured around Han Tae Yi (Jee Ho Geun), a cold, scheming and expressionless musical prodigy who has brilliant trumpet skills and a captivating voice, and Yoon Se-Hun (Jin Kwon), a jazz otaku who wants to be recognized for his music and has just transferred to Wooyeon Arts High School.
When the gaze of Yoon Se-Hun, playing the piano with a slight smile on his lips, and that of Han Tae-Yi, surprised, from the door of the old music room, meet, a dazzling visual combination occurs. This eye contact will be enough to change their lives. We are facing a spontaneous piano recital that is actually the overture to romance and seduction.
Have you ever met someone who makes you feel restless and calm at the same time? Have you fallen in love with a person who, although beautiful, seems complex and mysterious to you? Have you crossed your life with someone who keeps your heart rate at 112.5774 beats per minute?
If this happens when you listen to jazz, it also happens when you meet the love of your life. Se-Hun's arrival at Tae Yi's school represents an alteration in the latter's routine, where the hours in which he does not study or make music are spent immersed in his thoughts, among which an apparent hatred towards him stands out. musical genre caused by the suicide of his brother, who was a genius jazz pianist, which is why he lost the will to live. On the one hand, Se-Hun's brilliant appearance contrasts with his own, while on the other, he has been shocked by his piano performance.
The attraction between them does not take long to materialize and little by little we witness how the surly and cold Tae-Yi opens up to the feelings that invade him, slowly but unstoppably revolutionizing his life emotionally. However, he rejects Se-Hun's feelings and distances himself from him.
If the reason why Tae Yi's brother commits suicide has always been a mystery, I am even more intrigued by the young man's question to his uncle: "Was my brother weak (in character)"? This made me think early on that both had had sexist and even homophobic teachings from their father. Would Han Tae Joon's (Byun Sung Tae) death have been related to this cause? Why does Tae Yi reject all approaches from Song Joo Hee (Kim Min Ah), Song Joo Ha's (Kim Hung Ha) sister? There was no doubt in my mind that Tae Yi was gay before Seo-Hu came into his life.
In this way, a very sensitive topic that is rarely addressed in BL is introduced in such an open and stark way: internalized homophobia. Marked by trauma, having to comply with what is demanded of him by a conservative country with strong patriarchal and heteronormative traditions, with an internalized homophobia that prevents him from admitting his own homosexuality, in a fascination that reflects his struggle of feelings: hatred and desire, Tae Yi rejects the boy he loves over and over again.
Tae Yi has all the cards against him: traumatic and painful experiences, such as bullying, physical or emotional abuse, the loss of friends and family. Tae Yi is a victim of the discrimination, rejection or shame that some LGTBIQ+ people feel towards their own sexual orientation or gender identity. It is a common problem among people who have grown up in societies that stigmatize or repress sexual diversity.
The series, for my taste, is a very subtle and interesting criticism of the discourse that seeks to suffocate minorities by stating that being homosexual is something abnormal and depraved. But instead of taking you down the path of vindication in search of conquering our rights, Song Soo Lim directly shows us the consequences that something that seems so general has on a normal person.
In theory, something that would not have to affect Tae Yi, who spends his days at school, his house or his uncle's bar, oblivious to everything and everyone, except forgetting his deceased brother. But it does affect him, because after meeting Seo-Hun his whole world collapses, feeling a fascination for him that borders on obsession. Tae Yi transforms into another person, but he doesn't know how to react to him. He doesn't know what the consequences will be of his actions of admitting to himself that he loves another man.
How to repress and hide a part of yourself that is suffocating you little by little and eating you away from the inside. But also, this inhibition not only affects you, but all the people around you who are also swept away by that gale.
'Jazz of Two' is a series that proposes us to reflect on internalized homophobia, on the many generations that have been affected by that intrinsic message that society constantly sends you and that tells you that you are not normal, that there is something wrong with you and that you have to hide, make yourself invisible. How you learn to put certain feelings or opinions in a box and wear a mask to feel safe, at the cost of never being your true self.
And I really liked that the drama portrays this process realistically, not in a perfect entity, but in a fallible young man, who is struggling with his reality, who makes mistakes, who takes steps back and is afraid. Tae Yi lives two separate worlds. That of the talented high school student, that of a genius with a trumpet on his lips, on the one hand, and that of a gay boy in love with the jazz-loving student, on the other.
It might seem for these reasons that we are talking about a dark and depressing series. But it's not like that. Its director also shows us what it means to build community and how your queer family, especially the other three young protagonists, and their uncle, can be there for you in difficult times.
'Jazz of Two' is sometimes a mirror that many have found difficult to observe. It will remind us of so many moments in which people who carry a great deal of internalized homophobia within themselves feel just as uncomfortable as Tae Yi, with the same feeling of hopelessness and helplessness.
For this reason alone it is worth giving great recognition to the series, to the members of the technical and artistic team. How can we not consider the series timely, revolutionary, provocative and innovative in a country like South Korea, where relationships between people of the same sex are not yet recognized and equal marriage is not legal, when in the United States, a nation supposedly less conservative, every day states pass laws that seek to bring LGBT+ people back into the closet, or in Spain a children's movie is censored because it shows a lesbian kiss.
But it's not just the main couple who is damaged by internalized homophobia. The second, made up of Song Joo Ha and Seo Do-yoon (Song Han-gyeom), two other students at the school and the latter's friend of Tae Yi, will also suffer for this reason. And even a third, made up of Yoon Se Jin (Ko Jae Hyun), Se Hun's brother) and Han Tae Joon, Tae Yi's brother, composer of the jazz piece that gives the series its title.
Just like that of the main couple, the chemistry between Seo Do-yoon and Song Joo-Ha is also unique. Both characters show their passionate emotions, capturing the viewer's attention. It also adds curiosity about what type of relationship there would be between them through the question posed by the first: "What happens if I cross the line?", incorporating new tensions and questions to the story of four sensitive and pure teenagers who go through friendship. and love.
The viewer can appreciate that it is not a simple plot, as it may seem at first glance, by showing us the social reality of South Korea, to which is added a homosexual love relationship marked by internalized homophobia, with jazz music as background.

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25 Ji, Akasaka de
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New trend: forming a main couple with star actors in JDramas?

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. And when life finally offers insecure and hesitant rookie actor Yuki Shirasaki (Taisuke Niihara) an important role in a television drama in which he must portray a homosexual character in a relationship with popular actor Asami Hayama (Komagine Kiita) as co-star , and given his inexperience in love, he decides to make the best of the situation... looking for a real experience.
This is how he goes to a gay bar with the aim of finding someone to sleep with to experience a full-fledged apprenticeship and to be able to incorporate the emotions acquired into the character to embody. There, he meets Hayama, his co-star in the television series, a superstar in the world of entertainment and modeling, who in college shared the same film study club with him.
How will Shirasaki react when Hayama offers him his body? What will happen between the kōhai and inexperienced in matters of love Shirasaki when the senpai Hayama proposes to form a "romantic relationship for the sake of character development" until filming concludes? What will happen between these two very different people when filming ends?
And, while Shirasaki gets to go through a lot of fake "official first moments" with Hayama—her first real kiss, her first real date, her first sexual encounter, her first role in a television series, her first leading role in a non-theatrical play or his "first coming out", he is surprised that among the lies, emotions flourish, feelings grow and they fall in love. In other words: what seems like a solid plan soon turns into emotional chaos that will lead them to…
The series raises questions about the nature of falling in love (is it a pure matter of instant chemistry or a difficult process of adaptation to the other?), the transition to adulthood and the acceptance of sexual identity.
Based on the manga series "25:00, in Akasaka" by Natsuno Hiroko ('25ji, Akasaka de' / 25時、赤坂で), first published on November 24, 2018 by Shodensha, the action adaptation real with the same name, is directed by Horie Takahiro ('Death Kyun Loop Wa Tomaranai!) and Kawasaki Ryo ('Minato Shouji Coin Laundry Season 2' and 'My Strawberry Film').
Based on a script written by Aso Kumiko, known for writing the script for 'Inochi Aru Kagiri Tataka e, So Shite Iki Nukunda', throughout the plot and the false courtship, the characters discover that love can arise even in the terrain of deception. The viewer might think that this is a classic tender story framed in a romantic comedy-drama, but in reality, it is full of script twists that exceed any expectations.
From the TV Tokyo channel, the series seeks to capture the audience with a formula that combines humor, drama and love through a pseudo-romantic relationship that off-screen leads to a touching and beautifully crafted love story that explores the complexities of relationships within the entertainment industry and between actors.
The cast is reinforced by renowned figures from Japanese cinema and television such as Takuma Usa, a figure known for his participation in other romantic dramas such as 'Kiss x Kiss x Kiss: Love ii Shower', 'Kiss × Kiss × Kiss: Melting Night' and 'Cool Doji Danshi'. Accompanying Usa in supporting roles is Shoma Nagumo, from 'Kiss x Kiss x Kiss: Love ii Shower' and 'Minato Shouji Coin Laundry'. The cast is completed with Atsushi Hashimoto, who began his acting career in 2004 in the film 'Water Boys 2'; Moemi Katayama, actress who in 2019 played the character of Kohiruimaki Himeko in the romantic series 'Ossan's Love: In the Sky', and Shinohara Yushin, known for his intervention in the film 'We Couldn't Become Adults', who together contribute memorable performances. It is, truly, a luxury cast.
I wonder: Will there come a time when they stop pretending that they are a couple and make it known that they ARE a couple? Will the student be a good apprentice to the sensei?
If someone asked me: What is so special about the series?, I would answer:
- Shows the non-stereotypical or stigmatized image of the homosexual man and same-sex relationships with the purpose of achieving significant changes in the conservative, patriarchal and heteronormative Japanese society.
- The right decision to make the main couple with two acting stars, since Japanese romantic dramas of the LGBT+ genre usually pair a popular, experienced actor with one less known to the public. Apparently, producers and creators of the genre are seeking to implement a new trend, if we take into account that in the recently concluded 'Sukiyanen Kedo Dou Yaro ka' (2024) they also paired two experienced actors who enjoy great popularity, such as Kan Hideyoshi and Nishiyama Jun.
- The use of monologue through which the characters define their traits and the audience can get to know their most intimate thoughts without the need for a narrator to intervene.
- The respect, passion and sincerity of the members of the artistic-technical teams to the original work.
- The forced plot does not take away from the magic of a leading couple that brims with chemistry and dialogues that manage to convey more than one substantial reflection.
- The two protagonists are very funny in this drama with characters that one represents maturity and experience and the other "first-time" naivety in all areas, both in love and sexual matters to those concerning his work as a novice actor.
- Although the script presents the same tricks as many other series of the genre, the truth is that '25ji, Akasaka de' has shares of originality in the evolution and outcome of the plot.
- The value of friendship, of the camaraderie of coworkers and students to help the two protagonists manage the complex emotions that will accompany them throughout the plot, focused on building the love relationship of Shirasaki and Hayama , their successful participation in a television series, and that both discover their authentic selves.
- Taisuke Niihara and Komagine Kiita play a seemingly impossible couple who will have to force themselves to have an initially non-existent chemistry, because they are unknown people chosen in a casting to play two protagonists of a television drama.
- The disturbing innocence of the entire approach.
- The purity of characters who grow without "corrupting", clinging to their first loves and unusual experiences on a film set.
- Its light narrative and good performances hook you from the first frame, making it a fun series.
- A series with a concept developed and outlined as a drama and not as a comedy.
- '25ji, Akasaka de' shows a series of circumstances that could hardly happen to its characters, always maintaining the premise that dramatic moments in real life are usually interspersed with humorous moments.
- The creators wanted there to be a certain honesty in the script and that the actors did not have to react intentionally to the planned moments of humor.
- With the dosage of humor and a choreography of gestures that also extends to intelligent and elegant compositions of shots, those responsible for the series achieve the very complicated task of getting each of the decisions made right.
- The music, the smoothness of the camera movements, the ease of provoking different emotions in the viewer and the palpable complicity of a well-rounded cast make the experience of the episodes something special.
- A series that from the pilot episode captivates the viewer and the illusion that the balance is not lost and those responsible are overcome in the following chapters full of disparate occurrences and interesting situations.
- The idea of ​​a closing with a delicate and tender musical sweep.
- Having two directors with extensive experience in the world of entertainment, whose experiences also as writers combined with the skill and vast writing craft of the accredited screenwriter could perfectly outline both the narrative discourse and the staging or production.

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2 Worlds
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A journey of falling out of love and falling in love between two parallel worlds

Parallel universes are one of the most interesting resources in science fiction. This concept glimpses the possibility of alternative worlds existing in other planes of reality. They can be the same as ours with small differences, or divergent versions with completely different rules and people. According to this theory, everything would have an infinite number of variants that would be encompassed in a cosmos of realities called the Multiverse.
Focused on parallel worlds, films and television series have covered this concept in genres as diverse as comedy, adventure, and horror, jumping from mainstream to independent cinema.
Produced by Kongthup Chanel, 'Two World' stars MaxNat, a ship formed by actors Kornthas Rujeerattanavorapan and Natasitt Uareksit, respectively.
Directed by Khets Thunthup and Petch Varayu Rukskul and scripted by Pratchaya Thavornthummarut, the romantic drama with LGBT+ themes and a touch of fantasy tells how the life of Kham (Nat) could be boring for many, living in his humble house in a rural village surrounded by hills and rivers, with her father as the only person close to her, a friend who visits him from time to time and the pleasure of leaving nature captured on canvas.
With the aim of making us reflect on the importance of choices when defining ourselves, the series proposes an unusual love triangle between three men from two alternative worlds, with an exciting plot and intense dramatic scenes.
His world is turned upside down when he falls in love with Phupha (Gun Thapanawat Kaewbumrung), the handsome and dapper heir of the Khum Fah company, who arrives at his home seeking refuge while he escapes from the Big Slum gang that is after him to kill him and thus prevent him from taking the reins of his father's business.
The brief idyll between the two young people is broken when Thai (Kornthas Rujeerattanavorapan), the son of the gang leader, an evil man marked by a scar on his face, attacks Phupha. This is the moment when Khram will learn some secrets about Phupha's life. In addition to discovering that her lover is engaged to a rich young woman, it will also be revealed to her that Phupha is not the real son of the man she believed to be her father until that moment. On the other hand, both will suspect that the person who has raised him as a son is the one who has sent him and Uncle Viroj to murder.
The next day, Khram finds Phupha brutally murdered in his own home.
Desperate, Khram decides to go to the Magical Moon Pond, remembering that around the pond there is a legend in which the dead can be resurrected. In this way, the young man falls into the waters unexpectedly turned blue and crosses, inexplicably, to a parallel world almost identical to his world where not only Phupha is still alive, but in which a kind man similar to Thai and of the same name, but without the scar crossing his face, had been his lover, and his mother has died at the hands of the man with the mark on his face.
For his part, Thai is also confused because the Khram he knows has been murdered three years ago.
The sensitive young art lover wants to fix the past so he can save Phupha's life in the other world. To do this, he is forced to ask Thai for help, as he has come to understand that the young man who is tough on the outside and soft on the inside, with big eyes and dark eyebrows, is capable of protecting others with his strong leadership.
Denied at first, Thai ends up giving in to Kham's requests, once he tells her the truth about his relationship with Phupha in his alternate universe. And this is how the story begins between these two young people from very different worlds who are unaware that this journey full of mystery, fantasy, action and violence gives them a perfect opportunity to meet each other and end up in love.
Phupha and Thai represent different stages in the protagonist's life, and little by little the feelings for the former will disappear and in its place will be born friendship and love for the boy who has just arrived in his life. While trying to complete the mission, both will feel their hearts beating faster and stronger when they are next to each other.
This is how the series introduces a new element in its plot: the love triangle. Personally, I quite reject this very common resource when developing a piece of fiction. Reason? Whatever the outcome, there is no way in which the three involved will be injured. I understand the goal of adding some issues to the story at hand, generating sides and controversy, and ultimately creating an extra layer of entertainment, but honestly, when I like a couple, a third person really bothers me a lot.
No, I'm not saying I like GunNat. It's not that I prefer MaxNat, although I understand that the series seeks to consolidate this last ship within the BL universe.
And in this matter of confessing, I must then recognize that a love triangle like the one the series places at its center does have my approval and absolute enjoyment, despite, let's continue with the confessions, I don't like fantasy stories and parallel universes either. . I mean, the series has exceeded all my expectations.
Will Khram manage to save Phupha's life? And can he love Thai, who is in a different world from him, but intertwines with his every time the waters of the sacred pool turn blue?
Adapted from the web novel "2 Worlds" (2 Worlds: โลกสองใบ ใจดวงเดียว) by Prang (พราง), 'Two World' creates initial tension through the mistrust between its protagonists. The uncertainty about Khram's identity and the reality in which he finds himself after crossing the boundaries between the two worlds, capture the viewer without the use of special effects.
Throughout his journey, Khram encounters allies and enemies on this personal odyssey. Despite conforming to the characterizations of people he knows in the parallel universe, most of them, especially Thai, are variants of people with whom Khram will try to discover who he is. In this new stage of his life, Khram will fall out of love with Phupha and fall in love with Thai, who provides him valuable support and also begins to develop feelings for the young traveler between two worlds.
What is certain is that Thai manages to make his way onto our protagonist's romantic radar, and there, among the waters of a blue water pond that serves as a gateway to an alternative universe, Phupha's boyfriend meets Thai and Something sparks between the two, giving rise to an adventure that will determine their destinies.

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Ossan's Love Returns
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When second parts are better

'Ossan's Love Returns' continues the adventures of the Japanese gay couple Maki and Haruta after the events of the first season, 'Ossan's Love: Ossan zu Rabu', broadcast in 2018, and the following film, 'Gekijoban Ossan zu Rabu Love or Dead', 2019, from TV Asahi.
Ironically, even after years of being together, the two men, already close to forty, have a couple of things to learn about life itself and relationships, since they have passed professional issues with high marks.
Luckily, the entire cast of the original series is present to offer life lessons to the young couple in their marriage experience. Haruta, in need of all the help he can get from his friends and co-workers, on how to maintain a loving relationship and how to treat his husband, will need to learn from the lessons that can be given to him. .
The popular Japanese BL that was overwhelmingly addictive to many since its initial season, returns to the small screen with a new sequel in which Kento Hayashi, Kei Tanaka and Kotaro Yosida reprise their roles as Ryota Maki, Soichi Haruta and Musashi Kurosawa, respectively, who, along with the other characters, portray the varied dynamics that move our main protagonists.
The show features a cast involving Iura Arata (as Ko Izumi), Miura Shohei (Kikunosuke Rikudo), Uchida Rio (Chizu Arai), Kaneko Daichi (Utamaro Kuribayashi), Ito Shuko (Maika Arai), Kojima Kazuya (Teppei Arai ), Mashima Hidekazu (Masamune Takekawa) and Ohtsuka Nene (Choko Kuribayashi) in supporting roles.
Considered one of the first Japanese television series of the Boys' Love genre aimed at a general audience, it is not the adaptation of a previous manga, although it was serialized between 2018 and 2020 by Umebachi Yamanaka for the manga magazine Be Love. It is also appreciated for serving as an influential model for audiovisual adaptations of the same genre produced both in Japan and internationally.
In fact, due to its good acceptance and criticism, what was initially a special episode broadcast on December 30, 2016, with the title 'Ossan zu Rabu', was expanded into a franchise. The aforementioned special chapter has the peculiarity that in it Haruta's romantic interest is his kohai Hasegawa Yukiya, played by Ochiai Motoki. The original cast, with some changes, was part of the seven-episode series, considered the first season.
Added to this universe are the 8-episode series 'Ossan's Love: In The Sky (Ossanzu Rabu: In The Sky), from TV Asahi, from 2019, and Ossan's Love HK, starring Kenny Wong, Edan Lui and Anson Lo in the main roles. Directed by Kwok Kaa Hei and script written by Tokuo Koji, this is considered Hong Kong's first BL drama.
'Ossan's Love Returns' manages, as a sequel, to recover the magic of the original, while offering something new to maintain the interest of viewers. To do this, the characters just have to be who they were in the first season, but with a more anime style.
The series also respects one of the characteristics of both anime and Japanese live-action works by exaggerating and making improvised mood swings, whether in dream sequences or in fantasized worst-case scenarios. Haruta being a very imaginative man, in many moments of his hyperactive shouts, different and overly expressive voices and internal thoughts, his directors, Yuki Saito and Ruto Toichiro, excel in the exquisite camera work in the close-ups; moving the focus directly onto the face of actor Kei Tanaka, who characterizes Haruta ridiculously well.
Kento Hayashi, her sensible husband Maki, is not far behind in loving her foolish husband, but also showing a side of annoyance with the man who even today, five years after the relationship began, does not do the housework and, To make matters worse, he frequently gets drunk and loses the gifts they give him.
The series describes the “newlywed life” of Haruta and Maki, after the latter's return from Singapore, where he had gone for work. Haruta, who has been dealing with his long-distance relationship, waits for him impatiently, but fails to arrive at the airport in time to see him get off the plane, as was his intention, indicating from the first scenes the comedic tone that characterizes the Serie.
With increased responsibilities in the workplace, the couple has difficulty dividing and accomplishing household chores. To save the situation, Haruta comes up with the brilliant idea of ​​hiring some online cleaning services to make her home life easier. But the person who appears at the door turns out to be none other than his former boss. This will be the person in charge of cleaning the home you share with Maki. In this way, Musahi Kurosawa, played by the fantastic Kotaro Yoshida, Maki's eternal love rival for the love of her foolish husband, re-enters the lives of the two young people.
Kurosawa, who had retired early, now works in a company dedicated to domestic work. As a “housekeeper,” while visiting the couple, her old feelings for Haruta are rekindled.
Despite stating that he has changed his intentions to conquer Haruta and now only comes to play the role of “mother-in-law” in the effort to make the young couple happy, he does not miss the opportunity to argue with Maki and cast her jealous glances, animosity or resentment for “having taken the man she loves” or for “making him suffer for preferring to be with other men,” as she often thinks, without knowing that Maki, who loves Haruta madly, is a victim of misunderstandings and absurd setbacks. , like leaving her engagement ring embedded in a baked ceramic vessel, which she and Haruta had molded hours before.
In this original “fatherly love”, while Kurosawa hurts Maki in subtle ways, a foolish Haruta is not able to notice what is happening around him, achieving moments of humor also with other situations, which will not be lacking in the series.
The three main characters, as well as the rest of the cast, are adults and handle their nonsense in a script that has plenty of intelligence and good workmanship.
With a plot ably written by Tokuo Koji, it's no coincidence that audiences can experience the series as a sexless Yaoi: the characters act with the same kind of bombastic, chaotic energy you see in anime. An example of the above can be seen when a jealous Kurosawa, in a sort of “drama queen”, passes a rolling pin over the fingers of a helpless Maki, unable to react in time, when he comments on her cooking.
If as an obsessed lover “the boss” is a stalker, as a mother-in-law concerned about Haruta's happiness he is also a stalker, a kind of sweet and tender sociopath who will make even the most demanding viewer laugh. In this way, the chaos and drama rise to a divine level, which will make everyone laugh during each episode.
For their part, Haruta and Maki bring tenderness in their fun ways. As husbands, they have dealt with and overcome so many problems, thanks to pure love and faith towards each other.
However, this series, which belongs to a particularly Japanese comedy genre, whose type of humor is not always understood and enjoyed by the audience, is undervalued by many outside the borders of the nation of origin.
However, each episode is a true work of craftsmanship with its chaotic plot and, to top it all off, a satisfying ending. Every time I think that the entire cast, both technical and artistic, cannot surpass the last episode, they do it effortlessly in the next one, reaching greater heights.
In this fantastic show, with excellent characterizations, creativity flows and the audience never yawns. Quite the contrary, he settles in front of the television screen to enjoy the mysterious secondary characters neighboring the main couple, or the performances of the rest of the people who surround Maki and Haruta.
If at times the ghost of 'Ossan's Love: In The Sky' assails me, of which I admit I don't like the ending, and I think that the lack of communication, the work entanglements that tend to keep Haruta and Maki apart, or the fact that Since they both have such opposite personalities, and that's why they both have to take different paths, I really enjoy each scene being more explosive, tender and joyful than the last.
The two protagonists have grown a lot as people and the writing reflects that growth.
Tanaka Kei is fantastic with his facial expressions and body movements. The genuine relationship he has with his traveling companion, Hayashi Kento, is a key piece in the resounding success of the series. The two actors prove to be completely comfortable next to each other.
The complicity, trust and camaraderie of both, as the basis of every romantic relationship, is enhanced with the incorporation of scenes of intimacy, of genuine and spontaneous kisses and hugs, of hands held in public, of restrained tears due to missing the other. , and tender laughter that demonstrates mutual love, as we have rarely seen in Japanese series.
I only hope that around our universe, that of humans, that other universe, fictional, but no less human, which is titled 'Ossan's Love', continues to revolve.

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Perfect Propose
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Food and care: couples therapy for the fulfillment of a promise

Directed by Tadaaki Horai, who we know for his participation in the live-action adaptation of the popular manga 'My Love Mix-Up!', and the 2021 BL drama 'Kieta Hatsukoi', and script by Takeshi Miyamoto, writer also from 'Old Fashion Cupcake', from 2022, Fuji TV ('The Novelist', 'Mood Indigo' and 'Playback') produces the six-episode series 'Perfect Propose' (パーフェクトプロポーズ).
Adapted from the manga of the same name by Tsurukame Mayo (鶴亀まよ), the work stars Shunya Kaneko ('Ultraman Trigger', Rent-A-Girlfriend, live action) and Kota Nomura ('Shup Up', 'Shin Shinchō Kōki', 'Classmate wa Sengoku Bujо̄' live-action) in the lead roles of Hirokuni Watari and Kai Fukaya, respectively.
The creators have allowed themselves changes to the original plot in order to give a more realistic vibe to both the characters and the story.
The main song is "Daydream", by the group OCTPATH.
Additional cast includes:
Jingi Irie as Kaneko, senior at Hirokuni's company.
Ayane Kinoshita as Hiyori, a junior employee at the company.
Rio Takahashi as Tatsumi, a junior employee.
Yuta Hayashi as the new employee, Sakamoto.
Ryo Iwase as Hirokuni's boss, Sato.
Toshiyuki Kitami as Kenji, the restaurant owner who taught Kai how to cook
Kotaro Tanaka as Koji's son.

With a mix of the popular JBL 'My personal Weatherman' and 'Old Fashion Cupcake', Hiro and Kai's romance will take us into a world of complex relationships with tender moments and a love story that will defy expectations. Two souls battered by life and circumstances will find comfort and forge an unforgettable and unbreakable bond.
Why has Kai been searching for Hiro for twelve years? How true is Kai's alleged old promise to “get married and live together”? Has Hiro forgotten that “he has been engaged to his friend since adolescence?” Has Kai taken the promise seriously and makes it his life's mission to make it a reality? Will Hiro be willing to keep his word given in the past? Will the two of them be happier together or apart?


Hirokumi is on the verge of a nervous breakdown due to the stress caused by the deadlines for work tasks assigned by his demanding boss, as an employee of a corporate company. He feels that life can't be worse. But just when he thought things couldn't go any further, he meets again with an unexpected visitor: Kai, a childhood friend that Hirokuni used to babysit, who comes to make true a promise made by the two in the past.
It's been twelve years since they last saw each other. The circumstances under which the reunion occurs are not ideal. While Hiro is about to faint from the workload, Kai is homeless and asks for help. He, despite his reservations and with no other option, reluctantly allows Kai to move in with him. Soon his friend will reveal to him that he is gay. What Hiro would never suspect is that this circumstance will lead to an unexpected connection that challenges his preconceived notions.
Positioned in his new domestic life, Kai proves to be an expert in the culinary art, and makes delicious plates of home-cooked meals. The phrase “love enters through the kitchen” has never been better said. Hirokuni soon understands that being cared for and pampered isn't such a bad thing after all.
Kai's caretaker in the past, Kai will now take care of him. Kai becomes a caregiver fully willing to take charge of Hirokuni's messy life. This, a little clueless in matters of love, along with an optimistic and self-confident Kai, make the perfect couple in this series that skillfully combines drama and romance.
The unconditional power of love, acceptance, intricate threads of vulnerability, self-discovery, compassion and personal growth, surrounded by a warm environment of healing therapy and delicious food are woven into a tapestry of emotions that may not seem like much to us.
We will witness Hirokuni's metamorphosis from a lonely and exhausted man to one who finds solace and inner peace in the presence of Kai and their blossoming love.
As their lives intertwine, a new dynamic is produced that will enhance well-being and reduce problems in the strange relationship between the cool, handsome guy with remarkable domestic skills and the work-weary salaryman who lives a lonely life. .
The classic tropes of friends becoming lovers or old promises to keep will not detract from, on the contrary, they will enrich this fun and moving Japanese drama.
If you asked me to define 'Perfect Propose' in a few words, I would say that it is a healing gastronomic drama, a couples therapy in rescue of two souls wandering in pain. I would add that it is possible to become absorbed in the depth of the characters' emotions, the nuanced details of their interactions, and the beautifully rendered images that bring this love story to life.

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BL and the vertical format: a marriage for the future already in the present

It is a pleasure to see Park Hyeong Seop, the popular YG model and actor, and Lee Sang Min, now as protagonists of 'Please Teach Me', the Korean romantic comedy from Top Reels, Korea's newest streaming platform. , after discovering the first playing Simeon (Chim On), in the drama 'Jun and Jun', and the second playing Woo Sun Woo in 'Why R U?', the Korean adaptation of the 2020 Thai series, and Ji Seung Min in 'Star Struck', all from the year 2023 and from the BL genre.
Rookie actors Kwak Hee Joo, Ji Jong Ho, and Lee Young Joo also join the star cast.
Produced by Astin Camel (formerly T2N Media), the drama is a collection of Korean BL shorts with 50 episodes of approximately 1 minute in length.
Its director and screenwriter, Yoon Hye Ryeom (Holy Class, 2014), is known for writing and directing the short film 'My Daddy Is a Bellydancer' and the unitary 'tvN O'PENing: Summer, Love Machine Blues', from 2023.
In addition to highlighting Park Hyeongseop's histrionic qualities, I would like to congratulate him for his humanism and commitment in the fight for the rights of the LGBT+ community and against homophobia. Specifically, I will refer to the actor's attitude when, on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at the press conference for the official launch of Top Reels and the presentation of the series trailer, he faced some questions that those present and followers of the KBL considered homophobic.
When asked by a reporter about the "challenges" the actor faced in filming, as the series depicted a romance between two men, Park responded: "Since our drama is the same as any romantic drama, I didn't feel any burden or difficulty during filming.
I find it interesting that it was decided to film the series in vertical format, and it is in this aspect that I will place the greatest weight of my review.
South Korea has joined the Chinese dramas, as these are the first to make the leap to be designed and recorded specifically for smartphones and their screens, therefore, exclusively vertically.
And the script, content and format of 'Please Teach Me' are specifically designed for consumption on smartphones, due to its ease of consumption.
Since 2018, Tencent introduced short series such as 'My Boyfriend-ish Sister' (Boy 的 男友 力 姐姐) and 'My Idiot Boyfriend' (我 的 二 货 男友), and iQiyi launched 'Ugh! Life!' (生活对我下手了) and 'Arg Director' (导演对我下手了), in 2019, the list of series shot vertically has been expanded.
And it will continue to expand, because among the characteristics of these dramas, comedies and other productions, it stands out that they are not limited only to adapting their content to the vertical format, but also adapt many more details.
Let's start with the length of the episodes. An episode of a vertically shot series should be between two and five minutes long, so the action happens as quickly as possible. The creators and producers of 'Please Teach Me' know that their potential audience is young people, so the episodes will be consumed over coffee in a bar, on the way to university or back home, on a break between classes or the school soccer game or even before the images of a film begin to shoot in the cinema.
Every line of dialogue, every conversation and every joke is meant to come and go, offering seamless dynamic viewing. The episodes will thus be easily consumable and will satisfy the television appetite of young people. Thus, the goal is for the viewer to consume many episodes in a row and they can be mixed with those of other series without major difficulties.
'Please Teach Me' was even designed for the audience to use their hands to watch the chapter and move to the next, which is why the content is brief. We always take the cell phone with one hand and always with the purpose of looking at something casual. Can we imagine long content that was also in vertical format? It would be unbearable to visualize it.
On the other hand, the vertical format in 'Please Teach Me' was conceived as a genre and not as a simple format, since the length of the episodes requires it to be even faster. Being a series characterized by comedy and humor, these same characteristics fit perfectly in this format, since they are ideal for a fast-paced pace. Even the television narrative itself adapts better to this context than the cinematic one.
Doesn't comedy follow the same pattern as a vertical video? The producers took this quality into account, making this format ideal for transmitting joy and fun in small, easy-to-digest bites without special emphasis on the script.
That is to say, by its very nature of generating small gratifications in the form of a joke, the vertical format is perfect for generating a more frenetic pace than that of a conventional series that we consume horizontally. 'Please Teach Me' proves it.
Furthermore, not everything fits in the vertical format. Intricate dialogues, internal dialogues, abrupt plot twists or especially complex stories have no place in this format. That is why 'Please Teach Me' presents a coherent rhythm, composition and way of teaching its content. The vertical format requires thinking about all this and although comedy is not the only one that fits into this formula, it has proven to be the most comfortable to adapt to this format.
Finally, vertical series have a fragmenting visual language, so the narrative is full of quick cuts, screens that slide or split to offer two different perspectives of a story. 'Please Teach Me' manages, in this sense, to increase the number of shots consumed by the viewer and offer more information in less time.
For this, the producers and creators took into account that although the settings and in general the context of the visual space are not well used in this format, the condensed visual information is.
We cannot ignore that these works usually have quick camera cuts, split screens to see the face or the situation in which two characters are involved, funny transitions, etc. Yes, it is true that the viewer loses in spatial content, but gains in visual information. This is how in 'Please Teach Me' the scene counts much more since it focuses much more on what is important. Therefore, the experience thus turns out to be dynamic and fluid.
While large movie screens try to put the audience into a world and an experience, vertical screens, and especially smaller ones, help the viewer to more easily believe what we see in the images.
The vertical format transports us not to a world, but to what we want to see on the screen, and giving it to us in faster doses and with more information sometimes makes it more enjoyable. The creators and producers of 'Please Teach Me' know this perfectly.

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BL and debate on a complex and novel social issue in the genre: male prostitution

It is estimated that almost 3 million Thais are in prostitution out of a population of 65 million inhabitants where, although prostitution is illegal, culturally, contexts of tolerance have been established, reaching the point of creating favorable scenarios to encourage economic growth. based on trips and sexual tourist events.
Bangkok's nightlife scene is majestic, with its lounges, such as The Pimp, Sherbet, Pegasus, St. Moritz or Le Pent, which copy the model of Japanese host bars in high-net-worth environments. Large, elegant nightclubs, with shows and luxury in abundance. You enter a place like this and at the door you already see that the matter is going to be expensive. They are places frequented by the upper and wealthy Thai class.
Inside, it's all tables where you watch the local guys drink high-priced liquor, accompanied by customers, both men and women, extremely smiling and pleasant. The hosts say whatever nonsense. The customers laugh. One drops the glass of drunkenness. His partner wipes his shirt and caresses his cheek.
Designed to receive groups of friends, and when I say friends I mean all male, the waiters of the also known as gentlemen's clubs greet the visitor with two cards. The one for drinks and the one for the hosts. But it's not a brothel. Hosts are not on the menu for sexual reasons. If you pay the high price, what they will do is sit with you at the table, serve you drinks and make you laugh all night. If you pay good drinks, you might touch some meat, kiss, munch, and you can even bite the neck and leave a mark as a souvenir. But no taking something home, at least at the price listed on the menu. It is paid by the company.
There is certainly some similarity with Japanese host clubs. But while in Japan you sit down with your rented girl or boy to tell her your sorrows and what stresses you about work, in Thailand it's for dancing and getting drunk. The hosts entertain the client by making them play rock, paper, scissors while laughing, or a video game on their mobile phone. Whoever loses, drinks. And the client always pays.
Of course, all this has a price. The guys in the lounge are carefully selected and have to be fun as well as remarkably attractive. Don't expect to drink a cheap beer either. The normal thing is to buy reserve whiskey.
How much can a joke mean in a lounge? Quietly about 5,000 bahts, 125 euros, if you don't lose control with what the hosts ask for. And that's knowing that, unless a miracle happens, they will go home like almost everyone else in a normal nightclub. Alone.
I think of all this when I watch 'Deep Night' ('Khuen Ni Mi Khae Rao'), the Thai series that bears the indisputable seal of "Cheewin" Thanamin Wongskulphat, the actor, director and owner of Copy A Bangkok, the production company and agency of casting, who is credited as the first producer of the Y series in Thailand, and who also made successful works such as 'YYY' (2020), 'Why R U?: The Series' (2020), the three seasons of 'Make It Right: The Series', all from Line TV, and 'Love Sick', his first drama, from 2015.
I think of all this when I watch 'Deep Night' ('Khuen Ni Mi Khae Rao'), the Thai series directed by "Cheewin" Thanamin Wongskulphat.
The series tells the exciting and stormy story of Khemthis, played by Shogun Paramee, the latest letter of introduction of GMM 25 in full ascendancy in his first leading role, who plays the beloved son of Madame Freya (Tanya Thanyaret), the owner of Deep Night Club, the most important host bar in the country, and Wela Ratthakorn, characterized by First Piyangkun, an already established figure within the genre with dramas such as 'War of Y' and 'Y Destiny', always in leading roles, this time representing no not only the number one artist on the trapeze, but also the host preferred by clients.
The series will attract the attention of many for different reasons, including the incredible chemistry in front of the camera of the two main characters.
A new aspect for BL fans is the social and cultural landscape of Bangkok nights and, especially, the elegant nightclub that represents the setting, a kind of acrobatic cabaret that serves as a backdrop to address a topic. new within the world of BL: male prostitution and escort services, since Wela and the other club hosts are auctioned and offer sexual and companionship services to clients who pay for their attention, without reaching penetration.
'Deep Night' shows us a form of male prostitution typical of Thai nightclubs. Since prostitution is illegal, these establishments seek to hide this social phenomenon when the prostitute, here called the host, is not paid directly or in cash, but rather through the payment of sexual services to the establishment and through the purchase of alcoholic beverages with those in which the client manages to spend the night being accompanied by the young sex worker.
The series shows how Thai rentboys are auctioned off in nightclubs. The hosts of the Deep Night Club are sex workers, although they only participate as mere companions or escorts. Who says that a person in the conditions shown in the series who receives money for their services, for not having penetrative sex, does not practice what is known as the oldest profession in the world?
Wela cannot do anything to prevent the provision of sexual services that the client demands. You can't do anything to avoid a drunk who insults you, someone who bites your neck, mauls you, touches you in an impudent manner, kisses you, and puts their hands under your clothes.
You can only ease your luck a little by frequently asking the client's permission with the excuse that you need to go to the bathroom. The host needs to ask permission from the person who paid, and justify leaving his table, even for a few minutes, hoping that the night goes by quickly and he is finally free.
The client acts like the client of any prostitute in any brothel anywhere in the world. He is the owner of the situation gained by punching bills or gulping drinks, which in this case is the same thing. The legal limits are set by the club. The sex worker cannot be a minor or be an undocumented alien or other violation of the laws.
Being exposed, Wela is forced to recognize that he has had to carry out this work in order to obtain the money that would allow him to pay off the debt left by his father. Then, new approaches arise: The main annoyance, anger and wound of a person in his place is due to reasons that the series hides, denies or ignores: the suffering of the prostitute for having to get ahead with his life, pay debts, be able to carry a plate of food on the table, being able to dress and put on shoes for his son, being able to pay for his elderly mother's surgery or his little brother's studies through this job.
Wela never questions the reality that life has brought him to. Wela never has a thought about what she is doing with her life, whether she has chosen the right path. He knows it's not the right way. For some reason, he has been hiding everything related to his work from his mother and everyone else for years, because he is aware that it contains both illegalities and shameful, defamatory, degrading, immoral content.
Instead of questioning himself about his behavior, of making the viewer understand why he has been forced to prostitute himself, which would be consistent with a person in his place, what he does is praise his sponsors, applaud the good things he has done. the club has been towards him or how kind the owner of the club has been in giving him the job.
The series does not offer us lessons, which would be extracted from focusing on specific issues like these. The main character does not give hope to people in his place. Wela does not redeem herself, she does not find redemption. He does not seek redemption.
I don't like that the series has approached this whole phenomenon of prostitution so lightly, in a festive tone, in which we will never get to know the human suffering behind the fact that a person decides to enter the world of prostitution .
And I understand that the creators have decided to face the issue in this way so lightly, so superficially, and not with crudeness, with realism, as the problem deserves to be exposed, because otherwise the series would be moving away from the BL genre to become an LGBT+ drama with greater depth, realism and complexity than this other genre would propose.
I also regret that the majority of fans of the genre prefer to ignore the obvious, and instead of joining the debate and reflection proposed by the creators and producers, they dedicate themselves to commenting on whether Japan would look good in a sequined suit or if Dai should touch up her hair. beard frequently.
With his resignation as host No. 1, Wela will no longer be bitten on the neck by a client, nor will he be groped, groped, kissed or touched in his private parts by someone who paid to do precisely this with him.
When the time comes, Freya has to admit mistakes in allowing prostitution in the club and apologize to the hosts "for the chaos that was previously in our club until today's special event occurred."
Whether or not it was their interest, the creators have given their opinion regarding the debate that is being waged today within Thai society about whether or not to legalize prostitution.
To all of these, I was hoping that Japan and Seiji would save the series from my disappointment. If Seiji always considered Ken only as a friend, if he had thousands of occasions to have a romantic or sexual relationship with him and he was never interested because for him Ken was nothing more than a friend, why does Seiji's sudden interest in Ken? ? When did Seiji realize that he loved both of them at the same time, when he always showed interest in Pan and never in Ken, despite the latter's constant hints first and statements later?

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Min Hwan (Hwang Min Hwan) is not afraid to tell his girlfriend Joo Ha, with whom he has been in a romantic relationship for about six months, that in that time he has fallen in love with Jin Hiuk, his best friend.
Joo Ha (Lee Joo Ha) is also not afraid to let Min Hwan know that she has also fallen in love with Soeun, her best friend.
Your problem lies in how to let them know.
Is the problem because they love people of the same gender? Will they be able to overcome doubts and insecurities and express their true feelings? Will they decide to flee to face the conflict and repress emotions in order to please the other? Will they choose to hide the truth and generate temporary tranquility that in the long run will gradually cause happiness to be lost, and therefore the relationship to deteriorate? Isn't avoiding conflict the cause of that feeling of guilt, that you owe something, and therefore you don't have the right to demand or claim from the other?
From my words, anyone might think that we are facing a drama that would make us cry, but no.
From the romantic comedy genre with an LGBTIQ+ theme, the hilarious miniseries 'Fake Buddies' (가짜 친구 / Gajja Chingu) promises to make the viewer laugh in this mess that, in addition to fake friends, explores communication problems.

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Therapy and love in the Kansai dialect

From 'Gokusen' (2002) 'to Kimi wa Petto' (2003), 'Ichi Rittoru no Namida' or 'Hana Yori Dango' (2005) or, more recently, 'Otonari ni Ginga', 'Watashi ga Himo wo Kau Nante ' or 'Sweet Moratorium', and many more, Japanese dramas have captured the attention of audiences around the world with their splendid landscapes, the richness of that nation's culture, the way they approach romance, as well as the physical attractiveness of its actors and actresses.
Although many recognize in them the same formulas used over and over again in the plots of Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Filipino and Thai series, these works captivate the viewer due to the exotic components of the narrative, the precious photography, the use of the sets, the makeup, the hairdressing and the costumes, but, above all, for the possibility of viewing an idyllic and even unreal representation, on many occasions, of a country with an ancient culture and with an aura of mystery for the inhabitants of other regions of the planet.
For decades, the representation of homosexual couples and erotic scenes between men in television audiovisual productions was scarce, if not nonexistent, in correspondence with a policy of showing only the traditional family model and censoring any attitude or preference that escapes from the conventional, in nations such as Japan, Thailand and Korea, where LGBT+ people continue to be discriminated against today.
However, BL plots, the abbreviation of Boy's Love, originally defined as "male love from a female perspective", managed to make their way and prevail in markets in Japan and Taiwan, where there are numerous manga and anime stories with romance themes between guys.
BL have become both entertainment and a cultural, social and political phenomenon, for visualizing the struggle of LGBT+ groups in these countries.
Thailand is a separate case, since the BL of this country has as its purpose the profit of television companies and talent agencies, promoting advertisements for the marketing of various products, such as cosmetics, and the exaltation of the country as a paradise destination for homosexual tourists.


Sukiyanen Kedo Do Yaro ka' ('好きやねんけどどうやろか') is a worthy example of the glamor characteristic of Japanese BL productions. Like so many others, it falls on a fairly well-worn theme in the universe of Japanese and Asian romantic dramas in general: Hisashi Soga, a divorced office worker who has been transferred from Tokyo to Osaka, surrenders to the love of Sakae, the 26-year-old years, owner of Tamae, a small restaurant located in the alleys of downtown Osaka that serves delicious and cheap home-cooked meals. The two will have to overcome a series of obstacles and overcome the obvious differences between them to stay together.
Kasae, who speaks the Kansai dialect perfectly, is friendly to everyone equally. Their cozy shop is always bustling with people. One day, Hisashi Soga goes to eat at his restaurant. Kasae can't take her eyes off his every move. Moved by his attitude, he falls in love with him.
Soga, who has not yet gotten over the divorce, only thinks about working, mastering Osaka speech so he can communicate better with the locals, and getting through the day. One of the things he enjoys the most is going to Sakae's restaurant and eating the delicious food he makes. Soga doesn't know that Sakae sees him as more than just a regular customer.
This series, practically responsible, along with so many others, for the consolidation of the BL genre in the Japanese drama market, addresses the complexity of the situation that heterosexual men face when they fall in love with a homosexual. And so a relationship that begins as a game of cat and mouse, or a simple friendship, little by little evolves to become something very special. Sakae has loved Soga since he met him. It's love at first sight, but Soga is heterosexual, in addition to having a recent divorce. As they spend time together, Soga will begin to develop feelings for each other.
From the first scenes, the connection and rapprochement between the protagonists becomes a reality. Sakae is more open to establishing romance, but Soga, who heals his broken heart, has only been in Osaka for a short time and has not yet gotten used to life in the area, much less loving another man, will find it difficult to recognize that He has fallen in love with his new friend. The relationship will take time and will to build.
The audience is faced with a simple love story between an office worker recovering from a divorce and the owner of a restaurant who cures him with food, walks around the city, games of squash and lessons in the Osaka dialect and, above all, with lots of love.
The sparks between them are undeniable as their relationship blossoms. It is deeply moving to witness loving couples whose unchanging feelings must coexist in a world of changing realities.
Kan Hideyoshi, in the role of Matsumoto Sakae, displays all his charisma and attractiveness to play a kind and hard-working young homosexual. Meanwhile, Nishiyama Jun's Hisashi Soga personifies the typical, heterosexual office worker, attracted by the smile, grace, kindness and flirtation of a homosexual man.
The television adaptation of the eponymous work by the famous Japanese writer and illustrator Chiba Ryoko, published in 2013 by Kaiousha Publishing House, is titled in English 'Although I Love You, and You?'.
The director, Shibata Keisuke, and the screenwriter, Morale, give us a media product with an undeniable communication effect, which is already being a success both for BL fans in Japan and beyond its borders.
Since I read its synopsis, several questions crossed my mind: Is Soga bisexual, a gay who deep down hides his homosexuality or a heterosexual who falls in love with a man? Will these two very different people have a future in common? What can connect an athletic type from Naniwa with a cultural type from Tokyo?
The chemistry of the protagonists and the delicacy of the story are gratifying. The audience, whether interested in BL themes or not, will definitely enjoy the romance between the two actors.
Social networks and Japanese media are echoing and, since its premiere, they have selected the five best charms of this drama. Although there may be several while the series is broadcast, these are:
1. The look of popular actor Kan Hideyoshi, who showed great acting skills in his role as Sakae.
2. Nishiyama Jun's believable portrayal of office worker Soga.
3. The construction of Soga's sexuality from heterosexuality to homosexuality, giving complexity to the story.
4. The music used that reflects the mood of the protagonists.
5. The detailed account of Sakae's feelings for Soga.
The opening theme is "I'll Be There" by GENIC, with lyrics written by its members Joe Nishizawa and Atsuki Mashiko. JBL lovers will be pleased: Acchan, the actor who plays Yoh in the 2023 series 'My Personal Weatherman', is co-author of the song that rolls the opening credits of 'Sukiyanen Kedo Do Yaro ka'. Precisely, the piece talks, as in the drama, about a boy who falls in love with a boy who speaks the Kansai dialect.
Many of the scenes take place in an office or office workers spend time inside a restaurant, with a young chef preparing food, while his customers eat and drink sake. And to top it all off, the poster announcing the series features a plate of TAKOYAKI! Well, I have no doubts: we are in the presence of one of those hybrids between office BL and food BL.
This series has another original point in its favor: the tendency of Japanese BLs is to pair an experienced actor with a less experienced one. Well, this time, the main couple is represented by a very talented and experienced actor, such as Nishiyama Jun, with one of the most popular, charismatic and talented actors in Japan, Hideyoshi Kan.
While Nishiyama began his artistic career in 2006 with the film 'Forbidden Siren', which was followed by the drama 'Sushi Oji!', on TV Asahi, and from there he has developed a dizzying and ascending career until today, Hideyoshi Kan is the current master and lord of the Kamen Rider universe, with titles such as 'Kamen Rider Geats', 'Kamen Rider Geats: The Movie', 'Kamen Rider the Winter Movie: Gotchard & Geats', and many more. He also acted in 'Ashita no Watashi e' and Dekiai Cinderella'.
The manga (available now in the Kindle Unlimited catalog) from which this series is adapted is of the yaoi genre. It has kisses and sex scenes, so, considering the story and the actors chosen, experienced and professional, we should expect to see a good representation of the intimate scenes.
His time in the BL series Kiss x Kiss x Kiss must serve as an experience for Hideyoshi Kan in the genre. With him as the protagonist, the manga could very well be adapted to television successfully.
I would also like to point out that the title of the series is in the Kansai dialect, so '好きやねんけどどうやろか' would translate to 'I love you, how are you?' or 'I love you, do you (love me too)?' However, the mangaka uses 'Although I love you, what about you?' in the original translation, which appears to be a transliteration of the Japanese title into English.
This very interesting story, a sure classic of the comedy-romance genre, with a very funny and at the same time dramatic plot, invites you.
If I had to define the work in a few words, they would be: “A therapeutic atmosphere and a moving romance in the Kansai dialect.”

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