YAY! Kimura Takuya won the theme poll! I hate to say it but I was surprised to see how many Kimura fans there were out there. Not sure why, but I thought he was my own personal Japanese bias. But alas, I am just one of many. And for those of you who don’t know who he is, you can take this opportunity to also become one of the fangirls….
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But after his clear win came the hard part–which of his arm-length long backlist should we choose from? As I was the most knowledgeable among the group of admins, I feel like I had a great responsibility. A great weight upon my shoulders if you would. To choose ones that are not only good, but show off our Kimura to his best light, but which also had some interesting things to talk about. (Like Engine, Good Luck, or that one where he makes furniture, lovely to watch, but not much to talk about.) But on the other hand there are a bunch of his that are very good but can be a little controversial or–triggery? Good on you for taking challenging roles, but I worry about turning people away. So it’s a delicate balance.
So, after much discussion or, “Whatever, that’s fine” we settled on something from every incarnation of Kimura Takuya. Here’s our list:
Sleeping Forest (20’s Kimura, long live the mane of glory!)
Oba Minako, a girl that lost her family on an accident in the past – or so as what she remember, is preparing for her impending marriage with Kiichiro when she finds some old, forgotten letters she received as a child. In these letters a small boy asks her to come to the sleeping forest to meet her at a certain date when they are grown up. She notices that the date is almost upon her and she decides to visit the sleeping forest in her old home town. Once there, she meets a mysterious young man, Naoki Ito, who seems to know everything about her, even about the time she has forgotten herself. Shocked, she leaves her childhood place and tries to forget all about the incident only to find out that the young man has followed her and is now her new neighbor. It seems that she has attracted a stalker, not knowing that knowing Naoki will reveal a terrible secret of her past and puts her into mortal danger. As the story runs, Minako starts to remember her hidden pasts that long buried in her sleeping memory – the slaughter of her family, the person that murdered them, and complex connection between her, Naoki, and even her boyfriend, Kiichiro, in the past.
Pride (30’s Kimura, at probably his most alluring hero-wise?)
Halu (Kimura Takuya) is the captain and star player of an ice hockey team, who is greatly respected by his teammates. For him, hockey is serious business that fully occupies his mind, while he treats romance as if it were a game.
Aki (Takeuchi Yuko) is a typical OL (office lady), and is waiting for her boyfriend to return from studying architecture abroad. At this point in time however, he shows no sign of coming back. One day, Aki’s friends who are determined to find her a new boyfriend, invite her to watch an ice hockey game. There she sees Halu for the first time.
After the game, Aki and her friends join the players for a party celebrating their victory. Aki, however, is not so excited to be there. When she leaves the party, she bumps into Halu, who was slightly injured from a fight. They exchange e-mail addresses and part.
The sparks of mutual attraction are ignited in a second encounter between Aki and Halu, arranged with the help of her friends shortly after a party.
Hyodo (Sato Koichi) has come as a replacement for the team’s coach who has been hospitalized. Halu has a lot of respect for the hospitalized coach. Unfortunately, he can’t stand Hyodo’s way of doing things. Bringing with him a lot of coaching experience from overseas, Hyodo criticizes the former coach’s strategies. Whenever Halu and Hyodo see each other, they get into a quarrel; consequently influencing Halu’s behavior during games.
Seeing that his game ended in a brawl, Aki visits Halu to comfort him. But he tells her that she is being too friendly with him.
Aki is hurt, Halu is irritated, and his teammate Hotta (Sakaguchi Kenji) can’t stand seeing Halu like this…
Ando Lloyd: AI Knows Love? (40’s Kimura still showing he can kick major butt in an action role)
Matsushima Reiji is a genius physicist who studies wormhole theories. One day, Reiji is killed. It is unknown whether his research on wormhole theories caused his death or not. His fiancée Ando Asahi is a capable career woman working at a large IT company. After Reiji’s death, somebody is trying to kill her. Lloyd, who looks exactly like Reiji, suddenly appears in front of her. Lloyd came from the year 2113. His mission is to protect Asahi from any harm. Without Asahi’s knowledge, Lloyd fights to protect her. Lloyd doesn’t know what “love” is and doesn’t understand human anger or sadness. At first, Asahi doesn’t like Lloyd, but slowly her feelings start to change.
(all synopsis’ come from Wikipedia)
Poll ends on Friday at 9AM so head on over to Operation: Kdrama Chat get your votes in today! We almost reached 100 votes in the theme poll–I’m so proud!!