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Heart To Heart Korean Drama Review March 10, 2015

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I really wanted to do a review on the Korean drama Heart to Heart that just ended. I realized that there has been a lot of psychological melodramas this season but I really thought this one stood out but may have not gotten as much recognition as the other ones.

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The plot is that Cha Hong-Do suffers from a social phobia and struggle with severe blushing. When her grandmother dies she has to work so she disguises herself as her grandmother and works in houses cleaning. Through some incidences she meets a psychiatrist Ko Yi-Seok who she is going to get help from to overcome her phobia.

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I think this drama has done a very good of developing the characters. I felt a lot for these characters and found that I was never bored while watching this drama. There was not a lot of flashbacks that I tend to skip. It has a very indie feel to it especially because the music seemed quirky and indie.

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I found the relationships to be touching and seeing wounded people trying to overcome their trauma and keep living to be encouraging.  This drama also has a lot of humor and even quirky humor I was so taken in by this drama. I don’t want to give any spoilers but I really hope that people go and watch this drama. 

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I found it was so amusing and intriguing I even preferred it to kill me, heal me which is another one that I am watching and enjoying. My only complaint is that it was too short ! I wanted more and more!! I really hope that if anyone is unsure about this drama that they should for sure go and watch it!!

 

Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou- Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia’s Case Files Review April 4, 2013

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 I was having trouble finding a drama that looked interesting to me and I came across this Japanese Drama and I found it to be a nice break from the usual romance drama. I would classify it as a mystery and a psychological drama. There is a bit of romance that still peaked through in the different stories but overall it was more of a human interest story where the main characters tried to figure out how and why people did what they did in a specific situation. The main plot of this drama is it starts off with Goura Daisuke who goes to a rare second hand bookstore to sell his grandmothers books and meets Shinokawa Shioriko who runs the bookstore. Shinokawa is very talented at solving mysteries and making inferences and Goura is very interested in this and they are often working together solving mysteries. All mysteries are surrounded by books and how people have their own stories connected to books.

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What I liked about this drama was that it was always interesting because there was a different case study and in every episode you are introduced to a new book that does exist. A lot of them are by Japanese authors so I pretty much had no idea who they were or how the books go but that doesn’t matter to the story because it was usually explained because Goura does not know them either. The mysteries were also not too predictable and occasionally would find myself tearing up over different peoples stories. I like the characters in this drama they are quirky and interesting and funny. Jesse Lewis (Sprout, Hayato) is also in this drama and he plays Shioriko’s younger brother. I did not even realize this after the first episode! maybe because he doesn’t look as tall because Goura is very tall next to him. I have always loved reading so maybe I have a bit of basis for this drama but I think that it is really relatable to anybody even if they do not like reading because Goura cannot read and so there is a character for everyone to relate to or whether you love somebody who loves to read. I always love a good mystery and especially if it is not about murder, those types of mysteries are not interesting to me.

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What bothered me about his drama was for one was Shioriko’s shawls! I cannot stand them or wears shawls they are so burdensome!! always having to pull up and hold onto making it hard to carry anything. They just made her look like an old lady and it just looks dumb, if you are cold put on a sweater or even a poncho they at least make it easier to work with. Another thing was sometimes the inferences that Shioriko made were a little hard to believe and it was like how you would you put those things together to get that answer. Another thing that may bother people was that the ending did not exactly tie up the loose ends and that makes me wonder if they are planning to do a second season, but for some reason I was okay with how it ended.
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I really did enjoy this drama and was surprised it was already over with 11 episodes and if they make a 2nd season I will make sure to watch it. I would recommend this drama to anyone who loves a good mystery, books, or likes to understand what makes people tick!! I love how the drama played with the characters and different stories of books. It was a well done drama and cannot wait until I get to Jesse Lewis in a bigger role again!!

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In case if you are wondering the exciting song at the end of every episode is called “searching” which is produced by Taku Takahashi. I would find myself trying to figure what this song was at the end of every episode and I did finally find it.

 

Piece Japanese Drama Episode 4 Summary January 3, 2013

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The fourth episode starts with Mizuho watching the tape and Hikaru catching her. He stands up and walks to her and asks her again what she is doing, she doesn’t answer and he comes over and kneels next to her. She says she came to see him and that since the door was open but she didn’t have any confidence and wanted to know more about him. He asks if she came to sleep with him and she says no. He tells her that she always looks at him as if she is scared of him. He grabs her head and he asks if she likes or hates him.  Before she can answer he tells her that he hates her that she is always looking down at others, behaving if she is always alone and doing so without courage.  He grabs the back of her head and tells her that when he looks at her he is tempted to hurt her. He then gets on top of her and she fights him telling him to stop. He stops and he asks if she is crying  then he tells her not to come again that he doesn’t need her. She gets up and leaves. Picture 1

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Hikaru picks up the remote and looks at the video of himself and turns off the video.
Nanao-san walks into the room and asks if she was the one who left the door open and then tells her that she went too far and that she is only a housekeeper. She tells him he is not going to be indulged forever. Hikaru leaves the room.

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Mizuho is walking to the bus stop crying and she is thinking that she does want to be touched by Hikaru and that she wanted to be nice to him and be held in his arms. She bends down and thinks that she hates getting hurt and breaking into pieces. She continues crying.

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3 days later. Mizuho is walking into her classroom and she sees Hikaru flirting with a girl. Mizuho goes to her desk behind him and bangs it, he turns around and greets her happily and then asks for her English notes. She puts on a smile and gives him the notebook and he turns back around. The girl asks him if his house was done remodeling and he says yes it finished a week ago. She asks if she can come over and he tells her she can anytime. Mizuho thinks that if she closes her eyes, locks up her feelings and look for herself again it will be alright. If she keeps her eyes closed then she won’t get hurt.

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3 years later present time. Mizuho is sitting on a bed and thinks that the Hikaru she met 3 years later was the same as before and has current flashbacks of him. The way she responds to Hikaru is the same way 3 years ago. Her phone goes off and it is a text message from the guy in the first episode agreeing to meet her tomorrow at the cafeteria, after the second period.

Mizuho meets with the guy and he tells her sorry that while getting advice from her, he couldn’t leave her alone. She tells him not to say sorry, but asks him what he wants to do now and if he wants to break up with her. He says sorry and she says she gets it.
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They are outside with umbrellas in the rain and she says goodbye and starts walking away. He tells her to wait and says that she didn’t really love him after all because yesterday she was calm and today she is not crying even though they were going out for a whole year and that he never felt like she accepted him. She says that she thought that she loved him and that he was moved by everything and easily pleased. That his feelings showed on his face instead of his mouth. She tells him that she thought she wanted to be like him. She asks him if that was different from being in love. He tells her that he wanted them to enjoy things together, depend on each other and to feel that they were important to each other. He then says see you and walks away. She turns and walks away and wonders what it means to love someone.
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Mizuho is sitting in a building and she has flashbacks of her meeting and being with her now ex-boyfriend and she thinks that at first she was enjoying herself and that she could make someone smile. A group of girls walk past and they are talking about how it was all one-sided on Sumiyoshi’s part and that they wonder whether Mizuho is cool or that she has no interest in others.

Mizuho is at home searching and she finds her handkerchief that she gave to Haruka to clean her desk.

Mizuho is at Haruka’s mother’s house and the mother tells her that she thought it was odd that her close friend didn’t come to visit when she was hospitalized but that she enjoyed talking about Mizuho. The mother also says that she perhaps believed Haruka and that Haruka was sneaky. Mizuho says that if only she had talked with Haruka that day when she was cleaning the desk. Haruka’s mother asks her if she could find out who Haruka was dating from school. The mother has a flashback where she checked Haruka’s phone and sees a message saying that she had an abortion. Haruka comes in and her mom confronts her and Haruka is mad and that she had never seen Haruka like that and it was scary. She says that she should have properly questioned her that day and she wants to know no matter what everything about her. Mizuho flashbacks to talking to Nanao-san about how she wants to know everything about Hikaru. She thinks that intense feeling and that she knows it too. Mizuho tells Haruka’s mother that she will help her search for Haruka’s partner. The mother grabs Mizuho’s hand and thanks her. Mizuho thinks that maybe she is trying to change herself, even if it’s just a little.

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Mizuho is at her desk looking at her old yearbook. She flashbacks to earlier that day when Haruka’s mother was asking if she knew of any boys that were close to Haruka. She remembers to earlier that day when all the classmates were gathered and she hears one boy say that the only one that talked to Haruka was Hikaru. Mizuho phones Hikaru, he answers and she tells him that she needs to ask him about something.

Mizuho is sitting a cafe with Hikaru and she asks about him and Haruka. He tells her that they weren’t dating and that they didn’t do it perhaps. He asks why she wants to know and she says Haruka’s mother asked her to and he tells her that it is rare to see her caring for people. Hikaru then asks if the mother could have gotten it wrong and that it doesn’t seem like Haruka had a boyfriend. She says she thought about that too but she had a boyfriend. He tells her that he never heard her talk of a boyfriend but he heard something quite the opposite that someone liked Haruka Yanai-Sempai.
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Yanai-Sempai is at home and Mizuho phones him and tells him that she wants to ask him about Haruka. He flashbacks to the funeral and this is how the fourth episode ends.Picture 12

This episode was very interesting and I did not find myself getting bored once. Mizuho’s most recent boyfriend it seemed like he was cheating on her but in the end you find out that Mizuho was distant in the relationship. This doesn’t surprise me because after Hikaru she said she wasn’t going to get hurt again and therefore the easiest way to do this is to not let anyone in. It is too bad that Mizuho never got to tell Hikaru her feelings and instead he hurt her instead. They are both the same he hurt her before she could hurt him. Obviously Mizuho still has feelings for Hikaru and maybe something will develop again over the investigation of Haruka’s life. Another interesting thing that happens is that Mizuho decides to help Haruka’s mother because she understood the idea of needing to understand a person completely. Mizuho thinks that she wanted to change through this and she of course was thinking of changing Hikaru’s annoying  perception of her. I understand how she wants to figure out how a person’s mind works and why he does the things he does. This is a very interesting psychological, mystery drama.