[eng subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 5

Well this certainly took awhile, but I’m glad to be back with a new episode to share. Thank you for your patience 🙂 This one is one of my favourite of the series because it features a lot of cute banter.

I have timed the softsubs to MQ raws I found. I will hardsub them once I get my hands on HQ raws, so in the meantime please do not take these to modify as captions/hardsubs/streams.

If anyone can supply HQ (720p/1080p) raws, please hit up my askbox, I’d be really grateful.  

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As a recap, here are some terms explained in the previous episodes that I don’t translate:

ojousan – young miss/miss

onechan – big sister (usually how Hina is referred to)

okami – lady boss

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T/N: There’s a part in this episode where Iori is invited to a tea ceremony. Hana is not pleased with her mum for inviting him, because she thinks it’s her mum of trying to make Iori look bad. This is because tea ceremonies involve complex steps, including what you say before drinking the tea, how you hold the cup, how you put it down and what you say after. Not knowing all that may make the person look uncouth. But Iori still does well because he tries his best, remains calm and speaks as politely as he can.

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[eng subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 5

WOWOW Cold Case: Towards Better Race Representation in Jdrama

While it’s fairly easy to keep up the myth of Japanese racial homogeneity in more rural areas, any trip to big cities like Tokyo and Osaka will assure you that Japan is not as homogenous as it seems. Immigrants (both legal and illegal), long-term and short-term workers, tourists, children of inter-marriages – all these make up a diverse population. And for a long time, even when people of other races were portrayed on Japanese TV, it has been at best embarrassing, at worst incredibly racist.

Then Cold Case comes along, and makes me sit up because of its willingness to bring up race without it being the MAIN POINT of the show. Different races exist within the Cold Case universe, as it should, given that the show’s set around Tokyo, Kanagawa and Yokohama. So I decided to explore how this show deals with race, and what I like about its attempt to do so.

Three things to note: For convenience I’m just going to lump all these people into one broad category of ‘foreigners’, but it is too simplistic to name describe them all that way. Also, even though I think Cold Case is a sign of dramas moving in the right direction, it does not mean that I think their race representations are perfect. Thirdly, my posts are extremely spoiler-y.

Here goes.

1)      Foreigners exist as people and not as caricatures

What immediately sets Cold Case apart is how many foreigners are presented to us, and how varied their backgrounds are. We have the illegal Filipino immigrant, the Spanish-speaking bi-racial janitor, the bright Brazilian art student who dropped out to vandalise on the streets, the proud and beautiful Korean post-WWII prostitute. Sure, not one of these are portrayals of upper class (or even middle class) foreigners, which is a shame, but we do get a greater range of people. We also get a greater range of personalities, which is important because foreigners are so often stereotyped as either evil thugs or naïve, always happy child-adults. Too simplistic.

Take for example the Filipino lady who was afraid to come out and confess what she witnessed. Essentially, she is a person who wants to do the right thing, which is why she confesses even years after the incident. She didn’t just let it be. Yet on the other hand, one could argue that she shouldn’t have withheld such important information for so long. It’s a grey area, and within the context of the show, this is presented without moral judgement.

Detective Yuri’s reaction to the situation is basically this: You withheld information because you didn’t want to be caught for illegally entering Japan? Ok, makes sense, now tell us what you know.

Then there’s the Brazilian artist. He’s compassionate and kind, but he’s also a small-time criminal, what with all his vandalism. He has valid complaints that he gets treated more harshly by police than Japanese people who break the law. However he still has to admit that just because the police aren’t fair doesn’t mean he’s in the right.

2)      Foreigners are the victims of crime perpetuated by locals

Episode 6 was both difficult to watch but also praise-worthy precisely it portrayed violence in such a realistic manner, making sure that there was no doubt as to how horrific it was. But it’s also incredible in that it’s not just any violent crime – rape and murder were the subject matters. As you know, rape is a really touchy issue in East Asia, mostly due to Japan’s refusal to admit to using Korean and Chinese women as comfort women during WWII. While this episode is set post-war and not during the war, it essentially admits that there are rapists among the Japanese, despicable men who think they are great, men who think they are acting in Japan’s interests but are actually prejudiced jerks. I mean, well done show.

Sujeong as a character is doubly disadvantaged in post-war Japan. She’s Korean and she’s a prostitute – either way despised.

What’s clever about Ep 6 is that we see Suzaki Kiyoshi, a Japanese man, slowly fall in love with her and accept her despite her being a prostitute. He tries to save her against the vigilantes, but here’s the catch – the moment she confesses to being Korean he’s at a lost. In a way I feel like the narrative makes some excuses for him like – Oh, he was in shock. His life had been a lie and it was just a lot to take in. He saved her from being raped by more men…

But then in the rape scene we see Sujeong plead continuously to him and bites him when he tries to keep her quiet. Even as she’s gagged she keeps looking up at him.

Again, this isn’t a simplistic angry kid or naïve happy-go-lucky adult-child. Here I am comparing Sujeong with other portrayals of foreigners. Yokokuhan (the 2015 movie) for example, featured a young Filipino boy, but I felt like he was way to naive and forgiving to be believable. It actually felt a bit condescending.

Meanwhile this is a Korean woman – fiercely nationalistic, loving and motherly, proud and resourceful, but ultimately cruelly overwhelmed by the Japanese.

He killed her – and there’s no excuse. Suzaki acknowledges that. Acknowledges that his prejudices were wrong, and he did something horrible, both in his actions and by his initial inaction. He experiences genuine regret. When discussing race, it’s refreshing to see a character realise his wrongdoings and repent. Not forgetting that he spells out that discrimination still exists in Japan. I mean, really, well done show.

With this development, I feel mildly optimistic. Here’s to no more brown faces, black people = hip hop mentality, and embarrassing ads featuring ‘white’ men with long noses

WOWOW Cold Case: Towards Better Race Representation in Jdrama

[eng subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 4

I think it’s perfectly fine for women to be portrayed as being supportive of the men they love. I think it’s fair to say that if you love someone you would want them to succeed and do whatever you can to see that they do. But I love it even more when it is a man who willingly supports a woman in fulfilling her dream or doing what she loves. That’s my favourite thing about this episode.

I have timed the softsubs to MQ raws I found. I will hardsub them once I get my hands on HQ raws, so in the meantime please do not take these to modify as captions/hardsubs/streams.

If anyone can supply HQ (720p/1080p) raws, please hit up my askbox, I’d be really grateful.  

Rules:

– Please do not steal these files and claim them as your own.

– Please do not repost. Reblog / Link people to this blog or to this masterpost.

Thanks y’all 🙂

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(Oh yass, azuki!)

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*P.S. My family’s coming over for a holiday, and I haven’t seen them since I’ve moved to Japan so, I’ll be taking a couple of weeks break from subbing to spend proper time with them. I’ll continue midway in Jan. 

[eng subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 4

[Eng Subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 3

I loved many many things about this episode. Hana and Kenji cute big bro-little sis relationship, the beauty of Kyoto (and the Fukuyoshi sisters!), Kenji’s face when he looks at Arare…Enjoy! 🙂

I have timed the softsubs to MQ raws I found. I will hardsub them once I get my hands on HQ raws, so in the meantime please do not take these to modify as captions/hardsubs/streams.

If anyone can supply HQ (720p/1080p) raws, please hit up my askbox, I’d be really grateful.  

Rules:

– Please do not steal these files and claim them as your own.

– Please do not repost. Reblog / Link people to this blog or to this masterpost.

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Note: Due to some video compatibility issues with aegisub, around 12mins on the subs appear a split second faster than they should. This should not affect your viewing in any way, unless you are a perfectionist like me. But I just wanted to let y’all know in advance.

[Eng Subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 3

Thoughts; Fan Perception of Morio as the “Evil Second Female Lead”

Honda Tsubasa’s lacklustre acting aside, one of the reasons why I continue to watch Jimi ni Sugoi! is because of Morio. She’s not an outstanding character by any means, but I find her really relatable. I feel like there are many aspects of her character that might have been better portrayed if played by a stronger actress, but I think she’s easy enough to understand regardless. 

That being said the main point I want to explore is the easy dismissal of Morio as the baddie in JnS, or rather, the jumpiness of many a fan to assume that Morio is going to do something ‘bad’ and get in the way of Etsuko and Yukito’s relationship in some way. It’s interesting, because it’s in direct contrast to what the drama has been showing us thus far.

At every turn, people seem genuinely surprised when she turns out to be pretty decent. I can’t help but wonder if fans are ascribing negative traits to her because of their previous drama watching experiences. There has been a long tradition of spiteful, conniving second female leads in Asian dramas, and could it perhaps be colouring people’s perception of who Morio is, and what she may do? 

So one of the better aspects of JnS is that there is no one person singled out so far as the stereotypical (read: boring, predictable) villain of the show. Granted, it still remains unclear why Morio asked Yukito to stay with her in the first place. Seeing that she only recently realised that she likes him (that is, after he left), the most we can assume is that she either wanted to make sure he didn’t run from the deal to be a model, or perhaps she had a level of attraction to him, that she was not fully conscious of. Whichever the case she certainly did not do that to ruin any relationship, that much is clear.

The drama is also really clear that Morio kissed Yukito because of her own confused feelings and frustrations regarding her aimless life. She didn’t have a place to relief herself of them, so she went for the person closest to her. Yukito himself acknowledges this fact and thus pushes her to talk about what’s reallygoing on. I actually felt like that was a real turning point for Morio, and it was a sweet moment of friendship between the two. Morio finally could get everything off her chest, and in realising she was not alone in not knowing what on earth she was doing in her life, she could finally take Etsuko’s advice and move forward in her work.

But yet online I see a good number of fans who are truly annoyed by 1) her kissing Yukito, and 2) her being jealous of Etsuko. Both of which I felt weren’t things to crucify her for. Etsuko’s boundless energy and passion is what makes her so lovable, but it’s not something that everyone can have. And when a person just going through the motions sees a person like Etsuko, yea they might get jealous. I’m actually really glad that she didn’t just pretend that she wasn’t jealous of Etsuko. To me that just makes Morio more human.

Then there’s the fact that Morio post-kiss is very considerate of Yukito and Etsuko’s budding relationship. She apologises when she has to interrupt their date. She agrees that it’s best that Yukito tells Etsuko about their living arrangement. She is genuinely apologetic when Etsuko finds out they were staying together before Yukito has a chance to say it and reminds Etsuko that she has a boyfriend. She insists that Yukito go and find a place of his own instead of staying with her indefinitely, even though it’s clear that it’s not really what either of them wants. Then she apologises to Etsuko AGAIN.

Then in Ep 8 Morio confesses to liking Yukito and suddenly some fans are like, “She better not try anything funny”, “She better not wreck things”, and I’m like, ehm, can a girl live? Is she not entitled to feelings? She confessed it privately in order to reject a man she was not interested in (POOR TAKO BUT OK I DIGRESS). It’s quite likely given her reserved personality that she wouldn’t have even told Hachiro if he didn’t ask her to date him. Keep in mind she didn’t mention any names, so she wasn’t trying to pull a sneaky stunt then.

I can only assume that fans are reacting based on their previous experiences with romance dramas. And truth be told, with another 3 episodes to go anything could happen. She could go “villain” on us. But if the show really goes in that direction then it would certainly make me quite disappointed. So far, they’ve kept themselves from going down that predictable direction and I hope they keep it up.

Also, I find that the relationships are not set in stone. Maybe I’m saying this because I don’t ship Etsuko/Yukito, but I feel I can say it with some confidence because the show has made some really questionable choices with regards to Etsuko and Hachiro’s, subtle but obvious, growing closeness. And that’s actually another aspect I want to explore – fan confusion regarding who the ‘male lead’ of this drama is. Maybe next time 🙂

Thoughts; Fan Perception of Morio as the “Evil Second Female Lead”

[eng subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 2

This was the episode where I sold my soul to the show. Also known as the episode Kenji lowkey reveals his deep-rooted love for Arare to her mum, no less. Enjoy! 🙂 

I have timed the softsubs to MQ raws I found. I will hardsub them once I get my hands on HQ raws, so in the meantime please do not take these to modify as captions/hardsubs/streams.

If anyone can supply HQ (720p/1080p) raws, please hit up my askbox, I’d be really grateful.  

Rules:

– Please do not steal these files and claim them as your own.

– Please do not repost. Reblog / Link people to this blog or to this masterpost.

Thanks y’all 🙂

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[eng subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 2

Recap; Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 4

I’ll be honest, when I first watched this episode I felt a bit meh about it. I think I was focusing overly on the acting (I’ll elaborate later), and the fact that it’s a bit slow-moving compared to the previous episodes. But when I watched it a second time I realised that this episode, like the ones before, runs a consistent thread throughout. The end comes full circle from the beginning plot-wise, and it’s incredibly satisfying.

In Episode 2 we already got some insight into why Kenji fell for Arare. This episode, in a flashback that brings us even further back in time, we see young Arare chase after teenaged Kenji after he fights with her mother and decides to leave the store. She begs him to stay because he’s one of the few workers that remain after her dad’s passing. Though it’s not said, it’s clear that Arare’s passion for Fukaya touches him.

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We fade back to the present day, where we left off last episode, when he is about to respond to Arare’s questions regarding his feelings for her. This editing makes it clear once again that Kenji has had feelings for her for a long time, and it is in part due to their shared love for Fukuyado.

Of course, before he has a chance to answer, we get a phone call interruption. Gawd let this be the last cliché!

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Turns out mother dearest in hospital because of a sprain. It’s no big deal, but her being in hospital makes way for us to see just how much the business means to Arare. This happens in a couple of ways.

For one, Arare immediately takes leave from her company to spy on the business and make sure that everything is going fine. She gets caught, by Kenji no less, and it’s sweet because after assuring her that everything is fine so far, he thanks her. Then stares at her a little longer than he should (because deep inside he’s a lovelorn puppy amirite).

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Meanwhile, she can’t stop thinking about Kenji’s words regarding her succeeding the business. He thinks she should face her feelings regarding the shop.

Eventually, she goes to visit her mother, and she tells her mum that if it’s what her mum wants, she’ll succeed the business.

What she doesn’t know though, is that her mum just had a conversation with Hina, who told her that she wished that she would have been a mum at least once before she shouldered the burden of the shop after her dad passed. Hina, seeing her mum, felt pressured to fulfil her mum’s wishes to succeed the business. She tells her mum that she was sacrificed to the shop.

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Again, Hina’s feelings are completely understandable, and opposite to Arare’s.

It’s a case of misfortunate timing. Mum doesn’t want Arare to have to feel forced to take over the shop like Hina did. But it’s also good because it prevents Arare from using her mother as an excuse. Like Kenji says, Arare should face her feelings head on. I like how the show makes it challenging for Arare. If she likes the shop and wants to be its boss, she should just say so. Eventually she will have to eat humble pie, face her mother and ask her to let her succeed the shop. But that’s growth for a stubborn child like Arare – and I love it.

But before that, she returns home from the hospital to see Kenji in the kitchen.

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As hard as it is, her pride is hurt and she tells Kenji that she finally has an answer to his question. She will not take over the shop. Though quiet, Kenji obviously can’t accept that it’s her true feelings. When she goes on to explain that her mother wouldn’t let her become the next owner, he insists that in that case she hadn’t answered his question. For Kenji, he just wants to know Arare’s desires.

Arare admits that wagashi and Fukuya are her pride and of course she loves the business.

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The next part just completely melted my stone cold heart. Kenji tells her, “Then take it over! If you love it then stop beating around the bush and take over! I’ll support you.”

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Haha, I love dying of feels.

But here is where everything comes full circle. As Kenji tells Arare in the present not to cry, he reaches out to touch her head, and as he does, we get a flashback of young Kenji doing the same to young Arare. In that instance her passion convinces him to stay, and in the present he’s able to keep her from forsaking the shop. In both cases their bond in strong.

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The only thing that bugged me about the scene in the kitchen (despite the lovely framing and gratuitous shots of my favourite red bean paste) was that the kid actors acted way better than Hayami Akari. She can’t handle a crying scene and it was painfully obvious. So that was the only gripe I had. Kid actors though, 10 stars.

Next morning, we get an equally touching scene when Arare tells her mother, that she wants to protect the shop and be the successor.

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That’s what I love about Arare. She’s feisty yes, but she is willing to listen and willing to follow her heart. Though she jokingly complains about the chores that an owner has to do, she does them anyway, because it’s part of her job now.

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I also love how the camera cuts to Hina smiling and Kenji silently nodding his head, glad that Arare finally did what she had to.

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Later on, Hina thanks Arare, because now she can marry without any worries. But of course, this scene cuts to Hinoyama seeing the maiko Shijaku at his door. Hopefully this will spice things up because Hinoyama and Hina’s relationship is a little mundane.

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Recap; Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 4