Saturday, February 23, 2008

Iryu: Team Medical Dragon

Status: Seasons 1-2, both 11 episodes each, complete & subbed

Synopsis: This is a medical drama about a genius surgeon in cardiology, Asada Ryutaro and his quest to complete a team for performing outstanding surgeries. The first season revolves around Asada's return to Meishin Hospital and creating Team Dragon to perform a Batista surgery. The second season saw Asada being transferred to another hospital and his team broken up. He needed to create a new team almost from scratch, with the final goal being a heart transplant surgery. This drama is adapted from the manga, Team Medical Dragon which I believe is currently translated into Malay as well? Both dramas enjoyed high ratings and a few awards.

Sakaguchi Kenji as Asada Ryutaro (not the usual 'pretty boy' type, if you know what I mean), Koike Teppei as his assistant, Ijyuuin Noboru, and Uchida Yuki as Kataoka Kazumi. Kanata Hongo and Yamamoto Yusuke also appeared as guests in Season 2.

Why you should watch: Here I'm primarily talking about Season 2. I've watched Season 1 a long time ago and can't recall that much haha. The story is brilliantly engaging, and the surgeries performed in this series were so dramatic, I guess to emphasize on the genius ability of Asada and his team. Among the surgeries done was one on an elderly patient during a total blackout where the surgeon had to perform under flashlights and the medical technician had to pump the heart and lung machine manually. Another one was on a patient with a very rare blood disease and there wasn't enough blood for transfusion. This time around, there were even diagrams and explanation for the surgeries, making it easier for people with non-medical background like me to understand the action.

Each new character was also pretty well-developed, getting enough background story to explain their characteristics and reluctance to join the team. Even Noguchi the antagonist's background was explained and he was made to appear as a human who buried his conscience a long time ago in his quest to rise to the top. 

To sum it up, I like this drama because of the story and the casts. If you have a liking for medical dramas, then this certainly should be on your to-watch list.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

I just realized 2008 is a leap year...

So I'm a month late, but still, happy new year, everyone! This picture was our failed attempt (touched up by PS CS2 :P) during New Year. One of the best New Year I've ever had. Hmm I don't think people still visit this blog? Or do they? I've kinda lost the motivation to post here, mainly concentrating on lj. Even that is also sporadic haha.

Oh well, so what have I been up to for the past few months? Sat for exams, graduated, came back as a student again, stuck without net for 2 months... basically that's about it. Pretty much nothing interesting I guess. I didn't even go anywhere for the winter holidays, holing up at home, with my laptop and the internet as company. Pathetic ain't it? Shows how much of a mouse potato I am haha. Don't worry though, I have my Easter break planned out, plus a lot of extra time to spare as well.

I watched 2 interesting movies recently. One is Sweeney Todd, and the other is Juno. First up, Sweeney Todd. I love this movie to bits. Tim Burton managed to capture the greyness and grime that is London. Johnny Depp is wonderful as Sweeney Todd. I was surprised that he could sing quite well. Helena Bonham Carter was good too. One thing that had me laughing was not a scene from the movie though. It's the fact that Snape and Wormtail was in the movie, and they sang ahaha.

Now, Juno. This movie has some of the wittiest lines ever. Seriously. I haven't had such fun watching a teen movie. Even the soundtrack fits the movie so well. So quirky! The opening song keeps playing in my head. Juno actually manage to treat a heavy topic like teenage pregnancy and adoption lightly (not lightly lightly, but lightly funny? Ah, whatever...)

Darn, I think I haven't been writing for so long that I lost my skills at writing a decent entry. Not that I had that much to begin with...