Hi, hi, hi… How’s your August, minna?
First of all, I would like to say, happy fasting for all moslems in the world. May Allah the Almighty blesses us all. 🙂
Second, I’m happy to blog again and share my review on Japanese dorama. This time, I’d like to review two tanpatsu (mini series) with similar theme: kekkon (a.k.a. marriage). Their title are Ketsuekigatabetsu Onna ga Kekkon Suru Hoho (Methods for Women with Different Blood Types to get Married) and Propose Kyodai (Propose Brothers).
Now, let us begin the review.
i n t r o d u c t i o n
Ketsuekigatabetsu Onna ga Kekkon Suru Hoho (or KOKSH) and Propose Kyodai are Japanese doramas in tanpatsu format. Each of them consists of four episodes with different character has his/her own story in each episode.
KOKSH which is aired in 2009, tells us about four unrelated women that shares the same name: Sachie. Each woman has her own blood type: Sachie “A” (Kato Rosa) – an organized but timid woman, Sachie “B” (Shaku Yumiko)– a straightforward but a lil bit selfish, Sachie “O” (Kashii Yu)- an easy-going person but tends to be lazy, and last but not least, Sachi “AB” (Mizukawa Asami)- a cool beauty with lacks of consistency. Four of them will face their own love problems before they get married.
While KOKSH has its female characters, Propose Kyodai that is aired in 2011, has its male characters with family bond. Three of them are brothers and one of them is the brothers’ cousin. Each has his own personality. However, their personalities aren’t driven by their bloodtype, but their order of birth: first child, second child, last child, and an only child.
story and characters development
Do not deceived by its title, KOKSH doesn’t give you advice in getting married. KOKSH only gives general infos of personalities that is different for each blood types that is so general so you can’t judge people by their blood types (remember, this is just a dorama). KOKSH starts with a fun episode about changing one self. Episode 2 kinda pushed with its ‘dark’ background of the main characters and loses the series’ light theme. The series continues with a very very easy going Episode 3. The series ended with a touching family story which I also like. Characters in KOKSH develop to overcome their problems with their own way, by maximizing their good traits. Sachie A has her own lesson to be herself, Sachie B tries to be not self-centered anymore, Sachie O sets her goal to be better, and Sachie AB slowly lets other people enter her privacy.
Propose Kyodai has a slightly different but same approach, it is more about overcoming their own ‘selfishness’ to get love of their life. Propose Kyodai characters has their own bold personalities that are sooooo glued to their life. First child, Ichiro (Sato Ryuta), always relies on himself. Second child Jiro (Koike Teppei) tends to give up. Third child Saburo (Nakamura Aoi) thinks that he is the center of the world. And Kazuo (Ito Atsushi), being the only child, just loves to be alone. Propose Kyodai starts with a light and subtle love story and as a first child, I can relate with Ichiro. ^^ The second looks like ‘telenovela’ with villain and such, which I don’t like. The third, … hmm… too cliche for me. And the fourth is awesome with its diverse characters.
If you like light human dorama with no hard conflicts like sickness or hatred, you might like this. However, my friend got bored because every episodes run flat, just a slice of life turns to a dorama. Each episode only runs for not more than 37 minutes. Short, eh? I think it is not enough to build characters and love relationship in smooth phase. All tends to be hurry.
KOKSH : 3 * —– Propose Kyodai : 3 *
Nothing really stands out that urge you to buy their soundtracks. KOKSH has a fun but child-like vocal theme titled “Strawberry Cream Soda Pop” (by Tommy February6) and Propose Kyodai has a rap style song with catchy piano tune titled “Kokuhaku” by FUNKY MONKEY BABYS. Both are not my favorites, but both of them made me humming while watching the ending credits.
KOKSH : 2,5 * —– Propose Kyodai : 2,5 *
presentation (technique, camera, setting, etc.)
Both tanpatsus present each setting for each characters so you won’t feel that life is small ^^. Nothing extravagant here, but special note goes to Propose Kyodai episode 1 and 4. Both of them are directed by Suzuki Masayuki that gives special ‘touch’ in them. Episode 1 has this ‘sound of water falling’ in certain scene (it’s fun ^^) and Episode 4 has camera shots our main characters through a hole (a metaphor for Kazuo’s characters).
KSOKH: 3* —– Propose Kyoudai: 3,5*
opening and ending
Each KOKSH episode started with a same introduction scenes of a baby that made each episode isn’t special. The ending is kinda cute, with the couples posed in their marriage tuxes and gowns.
Propose Kyodai openings are more creative because each episode introduces each character distinctively. The ending is kinda similar with KOKSH. However, Propose Kyodai also adds some chit chat with the grooms’ parents (or Kazuo’s aunt and uncle).
KOKSH: 2,5* —– Propose Kyodai: 3*
KOKSH: 2,8 * —- Propose Kyodai : 3 *
1,0 – 1,9 = Don’t even try to see it, ever!!!
2,0 – 2,9 = You may see it, on your own risk though
3,0 – 3,9 = Entertaining to watch. Try to see it.
4,0 – 4,9 = Must See!!!
5,0 = Absolutely Superb!!!
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