IQ246 (Japanese Drama, New)
The eldest son of an old and distinguish family, our hero Sharaku Homonji is both blessed and cursed with an extremely high IQ of 246. Unable to find anything that would challenge his mind, Sharaku's insipid days can only be brightened when he finds a crime to solve...much to the Japanese government's dismay.
A rookie cop whose body often move faster than her mind, Soko Wato is at first overjoyed when she receives a promotion and is given a "special assignment" as Sharaku Homonji's body guard until it becomes clear that she is actually there more as a babysitter.
This one has a strong Sherlock Holmes vibe to it with a heavy dose of J-drama humor added. Check it out if you are in the mood for a Japanese Sherlock Holmes.
Cain and Abel (Japanese Drama, New)
Growing up under the shadow of his perfect brother, Yu Takada is reigned to fact that his father will only ever look at him with disapproval. Beset with a deep sense of inadequacy Yu nonetheless tries to do the best he could at his family's company as an ordinary employee and starts to fall in love with one of his co-workers...without knowing that she is his older brother's girlfriend.
You probably could guess from the drama title that this one is all about the struggle between two brothers as they deal with the ugly emotion of jealousy. I had gone into the first episode assuming that the younger brother Yu will be Cain...but I am not so sure now.
Customized Happiness (Chinese Drama, New)
Sigh... I checked out the first two episodes of this one and all I could think about the whole time was "Kimi Qiao! Why did you have to die!" It was like when I was watching Batman: The Dark Knight after Heath Ledger died and instead being spooked by Heath Ledger's Joker I spent most of my time feeling sad that such a good actor died so young.
As far as the show it self, I wasn't impressed with Customized Happiness' first two episodes. The plot moved achingly slow and the editing felt choppy. The show might just need a few more episodes to find its pacing but since I have a hard time not thinking about Kimi Qiao's untimely death when I watch it I don't think I will be tempted to check back in.
Moonlight Drawn By Clouds (Korean Drama, Finished)
I got behind on this one a few weeks back and can't seem to muster up enough interest to finish watching it now. The romance between the two leads were super cute and there were obviously plenty of beautiful people to keep me dazzled but the court intrigue just failed to keep my attention for some reason. For those who didn't ditch half way through like me, did the court intrigue plot line improve towards the end?
The Second Last Love (Korean Drama, Finished)
I am four episodes away from finishing this one...and sadly, I am running into the same problem I did with Moonlight. The problem I have with The Second Last Love is that the plot feels recycled. The two leads seem to be hitting the same road blocks and dealing with the same baddies repeatedly. This show would've been perfect at 16 episodes long but it really felt dragged out at 20.
Ninja's Drama Survey
(This is the exact same one I posted last Tuesday. The more I think about it the more it feels more natural to have this survey as part of the Friday Drama Round Up. I will now instead post the overall result of the survey on Tuesdays and will also include my own answers in that post as well. ps. This also means the Oldies but Goodies spot light that I usually include in my Friday post will become its own post.) By the way, please comment if you guys have some survey question suggestions.