3-Nen A-Gumi

Finally finished 3 Nen A Gumi! Really dragged out watching this one, I started watching it in January but ended up only finishing it today :,,) 

So the context for this one is: Hiiragi Ibuki (Masaki Suda) is a schoolteacher. But he's barricaded himself — and his students — in the school, using bombs and break-proof windows and guns and knives to seal off their contact with the outside world. He threatens their death if anyone gets in his way. But to the students he claims he is conducting a 10-day-long class, one that is vital to their graduation. Before the barricading incident, a student from this class had passed away. Hiiragi uses MindVoice, an SNS platform, to mobilise the internet to think about what had caused her passing — "Let's Think." The drama tackles really important topics I feel — social responsibility especially in the age of the internet and social media, where what we do behind our screens anonymously can really affect other people; thinking, before acting, regardless of whether its on social media or real life. 

--- a more personal review / reflection starts from here !! Reading from here on would probably spoil the plot because what I'll say probably relates to it, so proceed with caution!!!!! . I would really (really) recommend watching this drama though. I thought it was very sensitively done, insightful and particularly important and relevant today. ---

TW: suicide, cyberbulling

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the quiz sho(w) !

Wow it's my first post !! Gonna write about my thoughts and reflections on the dramas I watched (and yell about arashi), just because. I'd been intending to write about some other dramas first (cough kazoku game was sho's best acting and it's the best drama I've ever watched to date no one fight me cough), but firstly I wanted to do a more complete and researched review of kazoku game so that's still in the works, and secondly for some reason this kind of stuck with me.

So I guess I'll be starting with (sho's MC Kamiyama voice) The Quiz Show! The context of this quiz show is: if invited, the ultimate prize for contestants is the Dream Chance, which is exactly what it sounds like — a chance for the producers to fulfill any dream you may have. But of course, anything that sounds too good to be true probably is. In these 10 gruelling episodes the contestants are grilled with questions about their past and present, ones that they would rather keep unanswered or just completely forgotten. Ones that, if answered truthfully, threaten to force them to face their fears, their regrets ----- themselves? Sho acts here as MC Kamiyama, the MC for the show. While the cameras are rolling he seems heartless and almost callous, and his humour feels sardonic at some parts, especially because of the personal and sometimes really destructive nature of the questions asked and thus, the truth they're exposing. But Kamiyama has his own fair share of demons it seems, and this is made clearer as the show progresses. 

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