First of all a big thank you to Al from Al’s Manga Blog for tagging me in this one! I’ve been eyeing this tag for awhile, secretly hoping someone would tag me
(although I am known to just invite myself to these things), and was so eager to get started! Until I realized that well… I could answer this tag literally five times over based on the theme of my blog. The curse of covering such a wide variety of topics in one place!
I really bounced between manga, and dramas for a long time. Dramas won out, only for the fact that I had two immediately come to mind for certain colors. With manga I’d probably spend hours debating my choices and the justifications for them.
(So if someone wants to tag me again later, I would totally do it again). I’m getting ahead of myself though. First we have to go through some rules!
#1 Share your favourite stories—movies/books/anime/manga/drama/songs—by classifying them on these seven colours’ traits:
- red: passionate, exciting, invigorating
- blue: peaceful, calming
- pink: romantic, caring
- orange: warm, motivating
- black: mysterious, thrilling
- green: fresh, unexpected
- white: random
#2 Send this challenge invitation to at least one of your friends. Let them fear your superiority, as you—decide their fate.
#3 Link back to the original post here! And, enjoy!
Red: Happy Go Lucky!
Believe it or not, this was not the first series I had in mind. When I was brainstorming my potential picks, this one only came to mind since the main character, Mae had bright pink hair! However, reflecting on the series, which is an overworked office worker, his childhood friend, and the daughter of an AI development firm being chased; it actually hits all three prompts on the nose. Mae is passionate about her father’s company and keeping its secrets safe. Manzu is excited to be able to help out and hang out with his best friend. Takuya is re-invigorated after it all pans out. Every episode was a little dose of all three elements and certainly encouraged me to keep my spirits up!
Blue: Tokyo Coin Laundry
As soon as I saw the prompt for blue, there was very little doubt in my mind that it would go to Tokyo Coin Laundry. The series despite it’s location, oozes a sense of peace with the slice-of-life style story, short episode count, and relatable characters. I remember watching this series after chaotic days at work, and immediately being able to settle down and just immerse myself in the world the drama created.
Oh man, this was so difficult to narrow down my options on since JDramas are so good at being romantic, but also showing compassion and caring outside of the romance as well. I can think of no other drama that best embodies the of idea of being romantic and also caring than this series. Mika and Hiro are a couple that withstand the test of time when it comes to those values. Since their caring nature extends beyond just the two of them, into the lives of their families and friends as well. However, just note this pink is more on the smokey side since the story is a tear-jerker.
Orange: Ore no Sukato, Doko Itta?
With a loose translation and masculine connotation, “Where did my skirt go?”, it’s hard to sell the idea that this series is warm, let alone motivating. Especially in the icy first episode where the students, use to their conventional looking and acting teachers are introduced to their cross dressing, and gay homeroom teacher. Harada due to his life experiences is much more sympathetic to his students than his contemporaries, and honestly as a fellow teacher, its aspirational. It might not be a conventional story of a teacher and their students, but one that’s motivated me to try and have those connections.
Black: Hidarikiki no Eren
This is series, for being about art is on the nose for black. Black in art is the presence of all colors, and that’s what the series does is show us an array of colors through locations, conflict and casting. But going back to the theme, Hidarikiki no Eren isn’t a story on paper that I would call mysterious or thrilling. There’s no crime to be solved, or some suspenseful chase scene. The mystery comes not what what happened, but will come as a result. What Koichi does, influences Eren and vice versa but the results are never linear in execution. The thrill comes from the camera angles and pacing despite the storyline. It’s a series that’s so much more than just it’s description.
Green: Mannequin Night Fever
This one is significantly bias as the guys of Fantastics are my favorite unit from LDH at the moment. I mean, one look at those outfits and they are the true cutting edge of fresh off the streets fashion (that’s a joke btw). But for something that looks dated, it certainly has a lot of fresh takes in terms of ideas and direction, with even a reasonable twist ending at the end that I certainly wasn’t expecting!
White: Dear Sister
Believe it or not, Dear Sister was the second drama I thought of right away for this prompt. I actually brain stormed it for pink, orange, and green. Due to that exact reason, I ended up putting it in white. The series is romantic in the sense, that yes romance occurs, but it’s out weighed by how much the duo really care for one another. It’s warm and motivating since the duo do fight, but are brought closer together once all the details come out. It’s refreshing and unexpected since I wanted to watch it for one reason, but ended up falling love the series for everything else.
Of course, it’s not a tag if I didn’t pass it along, so the following are my no pressure nominations:
Hope you enjoyed this little post of mine. Otherwise, I’ll see you around next post!