The Mediocrity of Netflix’s DEATH NOTE

I tried. Seriously… I tried. But like all American adaptations of great Japanese anime, it has disappointed me in more ways than one.

I did, though, tried.

I tried to watch it as it is supposed to be – an adaptation. However, it still failed to deliver. I must stress that everything that made the original great and remarkable was non-existent in this film. I wondered what was going through the minds of the writers, producers, and director during its production.

Have they watched the original anime series? How about the Japanese movie adaptations? Has any one of them read the manga as well?

It may be just an adaptation, an American version of the original, but why take away a big factor of what makes Death Note extraordinary and create something so cliché and mediocre?


The characters have no chemistry. Lack character development. Entirely Lacklustre.

I find it a total shame not to have seen in this film one of the reasons (if not THE Reason) that made the anime so great – the chemistry between Light Yagami (in this case, Light Turner) and L. Two geniuses clashing brain power is electrifying to watch, it keeps you at the edge of your seat as you wait to see how each one would try to overwhelm the other. Two chess players patiently deliberating strategies and moving at their own pace until one cries checkmate.

You won’t see that in this movie.

Unlike the cool, calm and collected genius that Light Yagami was, Light Turner turned out to be a loser in high school who just happens to be quite smart (total American high school cliché). Of course, we don’t really have much proof of his supposed genius because of lack in character development, but he did get a chance to use his head by the end of the movie; albeit in a rather uninteresting way.

Also, they made him into a pathetic fool, controlled by a psychotic girl who is just plain annoying and with no depth in character whatsoever. An extra on the side who is mainly there to serve its purpose then discarded afterward. Totally unlike the sweet Amane Misa.

L, whose actor I’ve been initially disappointed with and mentioned HERE, was not as enthralling as the original one either. Though I did like the contrast in his clothing from the original L, the character is just lacking in so many ways. And when he started being overly emotional and acting like an immature brat, I just gave up and just wished the film to end.

L and Light

Willem Dafoe, who played the death god Ryuk, and whom I thought would be this film’s saving grace wasn’t enough either. They’ve turned Ryuk into a manipulative monster who doesn’t really add much spice to the story.

He doesn’t appear much either…

The storyline was too fast-paced for its own good. The two main characters (who basically are the core of the story) have suffered greatly due to this and the way they’ve concluded the story was too rushed to the point where it seemed like the people behind the film just wanted to get it over and done with.

The result? The ending didn’t leave me wanting more… I was just glad it ended.


Overall, Netflix’s Death Note is an utter let-down and an entirely forgettable version of a great anime series.


FEB Day 9 : Five things to do more often

In  no particular order:

Read more

I love to read and I’m sure I’ve mentioned that so many times here in my blog. However, I have not read a single book for months now. I have bought books that are currently just stacked in my closet. Books I have not finished reading and some which are still waiting to be read. I miss reading a good book and I know I just need to give some time for it.

Talk to family

Not that I don’t talk to them, but because I’m oceans away, I am only able to have a chat with them via facebook from time to time. Anyway, I just feel I should talk to them more if that makes sense.

Be patient

Patience is not my greatest virtue. I am guilty of that. I especially hated waiting… any form of waiting is hard for me unless I am doing something to take my mind off of waiting. If, for example, I’m going to meet a person at a mall and that person happens to be late, that person should be sure that there’s a freakin’ bookstore inside that mall so I’ll have a place to pass the time or else I’d be really annoyed. So yes, I need to be a more patient person or at least learn how to be one.

Find new experiences to try

Life is short and having new experiences and taking chances is beautiful. Joining the Color Run last month was a new experience and I really had fun. This year I’m hoping to find new things to try out whether it would be a new place to eat or a new hobby to do. I think that would make life more interesting and fun! 😀


I haven’t done a lot of travelling which I feel sad about because I’ve always dreamed of travelling. It was one my life goals when I was a kid. If I’m going to choose just one thing in this list I want to do more, this would be number one. I just want to see the world and we only have one life here on earth unless you believe in reincarnation and I think we should take this chance to see it all.

Kdrama Thoughts: The Lonely, Shining Goblin

Another great drama has wrapped up its final episode, and kdrama folks are bawling over. Like who wouldn’t be?

Goblin: The Lonely and Great god (aka The Lonely, Shining Goblin)

This is the story of Kim Shin, a mighty general of Goryeo Dynasty who was turned into an immortal goblin after a jealous young king had him killed. His “curse” will only be lifted if he can find the goblin’s bride; who is said to be the only being who can remove the sword (that killed him) from his chest. Therefore, ending his immortality to finally rest in peace. In the modern times, he lives with an amnesiac grim reaper who is in charge of taking deceased souls. One day he meets Ji Eun Tak, his destined bride who will return him to ashes and finally end his immortal life.

It really gets to me when I see another incredible drama come to its end. I should be used to it by now, but Goblin is definitely a kdrama worth more than 16 episodes. I guess when the drama’s screenwriter, Kim Eun-sook, who happens to be the same writer of other successful shows like Lovers in Paris, Secret Garden, the Heirs and Descendants of the Sun; we shouldn’t really be so surprised.

I can’t even sum up how fantastic this drama was so let me break it down to you in this way.


When you put two high-profile actors and a great actress like Kim Go-eun, you know that you’re watching something epic. The actors delivered as expected and the chemistry was fantastic. I was at first skeptical of the pairing of Gong Yoo (Goblin) and Kim Go-eun (Goblin’s Bride), but I think it must be due to the age difference of the two, but after watching the first episode, I knew it was going to be okay. Kim Go-eun has charmed me with her spontaneous “saranghaeyos” and cute, innocent smiles.


Also, it is Gong Yoo’s first time again in a kdrama after quite some time. And since I’ve just finished watching Train to Busan, I just need more Gong Yoo in my life!

How cute is this gif??? :p

On the other hand, Lee Dong-wook’s (Grim Reaper) emotional scenes with Yoo In Na (reincarnated sister of Goblin) is so compelling; I cried buckets because of them.  Their tragic love story is a knife through the heart. They are in dire need of a happy ending!


They did have a happy ending by the way. Thank you kdrama gods! ❤


Like I’ve said before, I love kdramas because of the unique stories they were able to create and Goblin is definitely one of those stories. Who would ever think to put a Goblin and a Grim Reaper together and reveal, as the story progresses, a mind-boggling reason of why that came to be?

It’s fate guys! Kdramas are riddled with that thing called fate, and it’s just awesome! Only in kdrama land peeps!


There is no bromance like the Goblin and the Grim Reaper. Some of this drama’s great moments are when these two adorkable men get at each other. Their love-hate relationship is the cutest. I’d probably not mind shipping them instead. Ha!

I just can’t with the banters!


The hugs…


… the double entendres. :p


And who could forget this epic scene?



What better way than to show pictures?



Are you convinced yet? 😀


I never really focus too much on soundtracks when I watch kdramas. If I notice a song I like, it’s usually just that one song or two. However, I would download the whole soundtrack of this drama in a heartbeat! That’s how beautiful I think the songs are.

Now let me leave this all for you to enjoy. ❤

Disclaimer: All gifs are not mine. Credits to all owners.

Kdrama Thoughts: (MOON LOVERS) Scarlet Heart Ryeo

Has it been a week now? I guess it has. A week since one of my favorite Kdrama of 2016 ended. For most people who know me, watching Korean drama is one of my guilty pleasures; my constant escape from reality apart from reading. I just can’t seem to get enough of Kdramas since they offer a lot of unique stories that I usually don’t see in Philippine telenovelas. Don’t hate me, but I’m just not into love teams, which is typically the norm in Philippine television.

So let me get back to my current favorite Kdrama, and that is Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (what a mouthful) which aired from August 29, 2016 to November 1, 2016 on SBS every Monday and Tuesday for 20 episodes. It was based on the Chinese novel Bu Bu Jing Xin by Tong Hua, which was also adapted last 2011 into a television series in China by the title Scarlet Heart.


Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo or widely known as Scarlet Heart is the story of a 21st-century woman named Go Ha-jin (played by Lee Ji-Eun/IU), who during a total eclipse of the sun, was transported back in time to Goryeo Dynasty. There she wakes up in the body of Hae Soo, and meets the many royal princes of the ruling Wang family.

Initially, she falls in love with the gentle and warm 8th Prince Wang Wook (Kang Ha-neul), but later had a change of heart when she fell in love with the fearsome 4th Prince, Wang So (Lee Joon-gi) who hides his face behind a mask. Meanwhile, as rivalry and politics ensue among the princes in a fight for the throne, Hae Soo finds herself unwittingly caught between it all.

I started watching this series because of Lee Joon-Gi, like who wouldn’t watch this because of Lee Joon-Gi? This guy is just consistently great as an actor and has always been stellar in his performance even if not all his dramas are as successful when it comes to ratings.

Speaking of ratings, it was unfortunate that Scarlet Heart Ryeo did not do so well domestically in Korea. I’m going to lay the blame with its competition, Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, (love that drama too) which aired at the same time; however, that was not the case with the international community where Scarlet Heart Ryeo was well received. And it’s true that by the time Moonlight Drawn by Clouds ended, Scarlet Heart Ryeo was able to achieve a significant boost in ratings; gaining the last episode a double-digit score.


As I’ve said, this drama has become one of my favorites and also the only sageuk I’ve watched this year. I always fall in love with stories of a broken hero being mended by the love of a fair maiden. There’s just something romantic about that for me. So story-wise I was already hooked.

As for the characters, I was pleased with how well most of the actors and actresses delivered their parts. The chemistry is certainly there for each character, and the tension and expressions are spot-on. Though I honestly wasn’t so impressed with Lee Ji-eun (Hae Soo); it felt like she was being eaten alive by everybody else with her acting. I think her looking great beside Lee Joon-gi saved her. That probably sounds harsh, but Kang Han-Na (Yeon-hwa) did way better in her scenes than Lee Ji-eun (Hae Soo). I think I was only able to appreciate her character in the last two episodes. I did cry in her final moments even though I hate the way her character’s mind works. How can a supposedly 21st-century woman who traveled back in time be so close-minded to the one who she says is the love of her life? Yes, that may sound confusing to those who haven’t watch it, but I won’t go much into detail. I highly recommend everyone to go see this series. 😀

The cinematography is excellent; except for the overuse of close-ups, which is kind of bothersome at times. There’s just too many in only one episode, imagine that in 20!

Overall, the drama has it’s own share of shortcomings and issues when it comes to the flow of the story, but the characters are compelling, and you’ll hate, cry, laugh and go through a roller coaster of emotions with all of them. A highly recommended drama.

Kdrama Thoughts: W-Two Worlds

W-Two Worlds has finally wrapped its final episode last September 14, 2016, after almost 2 months of airing on MBC. W-Two Worlds, in general, was well-received, especially by international fans. It was said to be one of the most watched Korean dramas of 2016.


For those who have not watched this fusion of fantasy and reality kdrama, the story follows a Cardiothoracic surgeon Oh Yeon Joo (Han Hyo Joo) whose father is the famous manhwa creator of the popular webtoon “W.” One day, her father went missing. As she hurries to his workspace, a mysterious hand from the monitor, where his father creates his masterpiece, pulled her in. She was then taken to a different dimension where his father’s main character in his webtoon, Kang Chul, comes to life.


I was really impressed with this kdrama. It was a unique, refreshing and exciting concept and I was totally hooked. I really applaud Korean writers for their incredible creativity and their passion for producing such a story. When Oh Yeon Joo travels between worlds, the transitions between the webtoon world and the real world was just flawless. The cinematography was excellent!

Unfortunately, by the time we get to episode 9, after Kang Chul lost all his memories of Oh Yeon Joo, the story went downhill for me. It was still interesting though, and I still watch it when a subbed version is uploaded online, but the lure of the story was not the same. I tend to skip on some parts I find dragging or sometimes I’ll be watching it while simultaneously browsing Facebook on my phone. It just wasn’t the same anymore. I really miss the interactions between flirty Kang Chul and the charmingly silly Oh Yeon Joo. The story has become more of a suspense kdrama, and we are left with a lot of Oh Yeon Joo’s tears and a very bloody Kang Chul.

It’s distressing to see a story starting off so strong then ending on just an okay note. Yes, the ending was just okay. It could be deemed perfect for the characters… them getting their happily ever after, however; it was a disappointing ending for an impressive opening.


But then again, it is still one of the most watched Kdrama this year and still worth the watch. The drama was well casted with great actors. Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo had such great chemistry and delivered their part seamlessly. Kim Eui-sung, who played Oh Sung-moo aka Oh Yeon Joo’s father was fantastic in his creepiness. Even the sidekicks and those with lesser roles stood out for me as well. Thus, a still highly recommended kdrama for everyone. ❤