♥ toma-ism #84:
the KING OF IKEMEN PARADISE!
(proudly listening to our new president obama's
very inspiring inaugural address right now!)
RAISE YOUR HAND,
WHO'S THE MOST ABSOLUTELY, EXTREMELY, UNBELIEVABLY
LATE IN WATCHING THE SP~ PERSON???!!
hai~ that's me.
i wonder if any1 else has, impossibly, still not seen the SP by now.
probably no one, right? eto...i guess i've been saving it (also, only finished Maou in nov. i needed some time to leave naoto & the Maou world behind be4 i could see toma as nakatsu again!), don't want to watch it too fast and then have to leave this ikemen paradise again...but now i'm really glad i watched it during the end of 2008/start of 2009!! (dec.31-jan.2, i couldn't watch it all at once, wanted to lengthen it in this way...) a really awesome way to end/start the year ne~~
before i continue, i need to say a BIG, BIG
to the SARS STAFF & kai200x,
for subbing the special for all of us hana kimi fans!
HOUNTO NI, HOUNTO NI,
[credit: audreyfrill @ http://audreyfrill.livejournal.com/]
also, i got way too many screencaps, 300something!! i told myself to not get so many, but damn, toma/nakatsu is just so freaking cute!! i couldn't help it, had 2 capture all his expressions/faces/gestures!! u can check them out here:
AHHHH~~ I LOVE ALL THESE ENTHUSIASTIC, SILLY IKEMEN!!
THEY REALLY R ALL SO CUTE & SUCH GOOD FRIENDS AND I LOVED BEING A PART OF THEIR HAPPY, EXCITING, FUN, YOUTHFUL WORLD...it really is a paradise~! ~_~
OHSAKA GAKUEN STUDENTS!!
I LOVE EVERYONE!!!
but nakatsu the most!!!!!!!! ♥♥♥
ja~ please forgive kate for writing so much again.
(a lot of **SPOILERS**)
so.......it has been so long, i didn't think the feeling would be the same, when returning to this ikemen world...especially after seeing toma as takemoto and especially naoto!
but as soon as i saw them in their uniforms, at that school, so enthusiastic and cute, i was really really happy!! i was afraid i'd be disappointed, but only after a couple of minutes, i was totally back in hana kimi mode and loving all of them! like seeing old friends, "i really missed you all!! so good to see every1 again!!" ESPECIALLY NAKATSU!!! toma completely became nakatsu again, it was almost as if he was exactly the same awesome & cute nakatsu, except for his hair and this time, he really was a little more silly/exagerrated. haha...
YAPPARI~ NAKATSU GOT ALL THE CUTEST/FUNNIEST SCENES, AND APPEARED SO MUCH, I FELT LIKE THIS IS A SPECIAL ESPECIALLY FOR NAKATSU/TOMA!!! LOL. HE EVEN GOT TO "PRESENT" THE SP. TO US, AT THE START! REALLY, HE DESERVES IT, HE WAS THE BEST IN THE DRAMA, AFTER ALL, AND THE REASON I (and many other ppl) WATCHED IT!!! though of course, it was EVERYONE having fun, acting silly, falling in (and out) of love and overcoming their problems together that made hana kimi an unforgettable drama about how wonderful youth can be. =)
awww...i love these ikemen!!! haha...they are totally crazy/silly....even (of course!) more than before, completely manga-like!! nakatsu/toma is so darn cute, though he's making faces so much, especially that "wanna fight?! let's go now!" face. haha...he and the others do exagerrate a bit in here...but it's all copacetic my babies!! (1 of conan's catchphrases, copacetic = fine; completely satisfactory; OK.)
AH, SO MANY WONDERFUL MOMENTS IMMEDIATELY ALREADY,
I LOVE IT WHEN NAKATSU LOOKS OUT AT THE VIEWER (ME!) AND TALKS TO US (ME!).
SO MANY LOVELY CLOSE-UPS, he is really so cute!! i didn't like his light brown hair color when seeing pics of him before, but while watching, i found myself thinking "his hairstyle is so cool!! he is super kawaii!!" maybe they made it a lighter color to better look like nakatsu's blond hair in the manga??
and it's SO funny how they make fun of the ideas that nakatsu is more like the lead than sano, nakatsu & kayashima's "more than friends" vibe, all these inside jokes...and adding the girl-girl relationship!! instead of the guy-guy thing they've done so much. haha. cool. and it moved along so fast! but it's good that they squeeze as much silliness/awesomeness out of nakatsu, oscar, tennoji, nakao, sekime, namba, kayashima (HE DIDN'T APPEAR/SAY MUCH THOUGH...!) etc., the whole gang...they're all so funny and excellent actors!! ^__^
it's a big coincidence, but i ended up finishing the SP, then that night, i watched ep.s 7 & 8 with my sister, who is watching hana kimi 4 the first time right now (almost done...but she's already sad about it, knowing the end is coming soon. so toma-like of her ne? haha~)!! so i could see what happened before and after the SP happened...and think about it if it made sense that these things happened in between ep.s 7 & 8. they really tried to make it make sense, but of course there were some things that didn't, some of the things that happened AFTER what happened in the SP....but that's ok. there's bound to be some inconsistencies when they do something like this, a "flashback" kinda episode.
[i want to give u chocolates too, nakatsu!! ^_^ *puts one in his box*]
ok, so from now, i'll just write the random thoughts i had while watching it:
ok, so from now, i'll just write the random thoughts i had while watching it:
- ahhh~ it's awesome to see nakatsu interacting w/so many of his fans. it feels like toma being w/his fans na! i especially like it that he's looking straight at the camera while saying "arigatouuuu!". it's like toma can thank his fans too, in this way!!♥ sugoi!!
-it's really nice to see them all with the pretty cherry blossom trees in the background!! it makes everything prettier...though it's supposed to be the end of summer. haha.
-detective nakatsu!! after seeing him as the serious detective serizawa in maou, it's funny to see him as a detective once again. but when they were filming the SP in march, he probably did not know yet, that he would get the chance to be a real detective in Maou?? they only announced he'll be in maou in may, but dunno from when he was actually offered that role?? but i'm glad he was able to be nakatsu again be4 he was naoto!! cuz he was the happier, more carefree toma who has never had to carry naoto's burden & sadness, yet!
- ma~ to me, i always thought sano liked mizuki way earlier! but i guess if it's when he LOVED her, then i'm not sure...but wouldn't it probably be ep.6, when he hugged her?? mm....sa!
- i was annoyed that they cut out nakatsu's touching "i need you!" part f/the flashback!! but it was cool to see nakatsu almost fight w/sano again...but there were more flashbacks then i expected, that was also annoying. haha.
- it was cool to see what happened after his breakup w/komari. and i just realized he never told mizuki or any1 that he broke up w/komari! but then again, any1 that made it up to the rooftop that night was cursed, so probably every1 knew they broke up anyway cuz of that.
- i really didn't like sano/shun's hairstyle this time!! it's kinda weird, though i wasn't crazy about his old hairstyle either. haha. also, i thought sano was out of character a lot this time. he just was a little too happy sometimes, especially after "kissing" mizuki. i'm used to and i like the serious/cool sano more.
actually....i really got annoyed/bored with the sano and sano/mizuki parts in this special...tell me i'm not alone on this! i dunno, it just was not that interesting, especially cuz we already know he likes her and that they'll end up together!!
- JULIA. i had a big big problem with her!! 0____o
not just that "how DARE she, creep up on nakatsu like that, scaring him to death!" though scared nakatsu hugging kayashima (EVEN TURNING HIS HEAD TOWARDS KAYASHIMA'S....!) & the others also scared and in PJs is cute!
but i just didn't like how she looked so strange (her hair & clothes were...)/caused so much trouble. i'm sorry, but to me, she almost looked like a guy pretending to be a girl, somehow!! though she is kinda pretty, but i hate it when every1 keeps saying she is cute, when she's not that cute! and she said she was trying to help mizuki, but she screwed up things more than actually help! arrggh!! i also hate it that she took up quite a lot of screentime, precious time that could have gone to more hilarious nakatsu scenes!! so i really liked how nakatsu completely hated her, calling her a "nightwalker". lol!! AND I LOVE THE PART HE WAS ALL IN HER FACE, SAYING INSULTS IN HIS HEAD. xD
-namba liking julia?? he was quite annoying cuz of this!! namba was a little too silly in this SP... but i liked him when he got serious. when he stood up for nakatsu with his mom, tried to explain to her that they are all good friends and nakatsu really is serious about soccer...and also warned julia against trying to hurt his classmates. he is really a good dorm head, protecting/looking after everyone. =) and it goes with the feeling we get from ep. 8, when we found out namba already had a plan, all of them would be able to meet and work together at THE HOME OF THE SEA if the school is closed. =)
i was kinda confused too, cuz namba's so close with nakai, i thought they were dating? which would be nice to see, but then he has a huge crush on julia, so... then they're not together. poor nakai. =/
-it's nice that besides the weak main storyline of when sano started to love mizuki [which didn't really tie all the parts together very well...], the 2nd storyline was about nakatsu not getting along w/his mother/maybe not being able to continue playing soccer!! so glad the focus is on him, and we finally get to see him be the soccer star that he is...kinda. haha. no wonder toma wrote about his muscles hurting, it was f/all the running around in these soccer scenes, probably!
-actually, i was not that impressed with the whole competition at the pool part...it was kinda too silly, some parts...but it was still fun to see them messing around there, all in black swim shorts only, too! haha. oh, the toma x2 fake talk show talking about dorm 2 was WEIRD/FUNNY!! haha. and i liked the little dance they did, of course led by nakatsuuuu! always cool to see toma dancing!! and his wink at the end!! =)
and toma looked totally fit & awesome shirtless, not like in a photo of him i saw, where he looked a little chubby at the tummy! hmmm...must have been the angle of that pic or something.
and it was funny/expected that nakatsu brought a tiny speedo for her to wear, but WHY IN THE WORLD DIDN'T SHE HAVE A PLAN, AN EXCUSE, OF WHY SHE COULDN'T TAKE PART IN THE COMPETITION?! sano had to come to her rescue again. that was really stupid!! probably that was just to let julia know that he knows she's a girl...
and though i usually love any nakatsu/mizuki closeness scenes, it made no sense that he'd try to kiss her in front of all the guys like that, to check her temperature?? even if he's already ok with the idea of liking a guy, it's too soon to be so open about it!! but i love his "homo jenai ii!" as he was unconscious. lol!
it also is so ridiculous that mizuki almost drowns just cuz she's afraid of the guys seeing thru her shirt??!! i mean, why didn't any of the guys, especially nakatsu, wonder why she's been in the pool so long??! and she's crazy for being in there so long, couldn't she have somehow gotten out while they weren't paying attention?? aiya.... and the guy-saving-girl-from-the-pool/ocean-by-giving-her-mouth-to-mouth resuscitation has been done to DEATH!! just another not so special sano/mizuki moment...
- it was also weird to see Kagurazaka suddenly in love w/sano after their kiss! it's hilarious, but...it's better if they left it at just the hinting that he likes sano, in the later episodes!! it's WEIRD to see Kagurazaka so girly like that. but still, that was very funny. hahaha!
- it's nice to see sano saying he'd like to see nakatsu become a famous soccer star someday....can see some parts where sano cares about/helps nakatsu. i'm still not sure how their friendship ended in the past, but i guess it was after sano's injury and he stopped being friends with everyone...
- I LOVED SEEING THEM ALL ON THE SOCCER FIELD, PROBABLY MY FAV PART OF THE SP!! (and finally get to hear that catchy and inspiring IKEMEN BOOGIE music!! YEY!!) suddenly it becomes a crazy kinda soccer!! lol. actually, it made me a little nostalgic. at my school, we used to play "crazy soccer" at the end of the year, where several teams would play against each other at once, with like...was it 4 soccer balls?? it was really crazy, but really fun!! haha...
and toma is SOOOOO cute when they first told him what's going on. that expression on his face... that "i'm so touched that u guys would do this for me!" face!! toma at his CUTEST!!! ahhhh~ i love these "minna~~" moments, the they're-such-good-friends moments!! (they are also my "why-can't-i-have-such-good-friends-like-this?!" moments! haha)
though nakatsu and all the others didn't really play super good, but still, it was cool to see them help him out like that and seeing nakatsu score a goal was AWESOME!! *__*
AND I LOVED SEEING NAKATSU'S "HUH?!" AGAIN!!
HIS "HUH?!" TO MIZUKI IN EP. 1 AFTER SHE RAN FASTER THAN HIM WAS 1 OF MY FAV NAKATSU MOMENTS!! LOL.
it's nice to see sano get to be a part of the team with everyone else, too. =) even though for only a little while.
also, toma's hair is still so cool even w/ the headband!! really~ toma's always got the coolest hairstyle....and he's got such nice, full, soft hair!! ~__~
and it's cute/ridiculous when they all start singing. i love it when sekime yells out "MINNA DAISKIIDA!" haha. cuz that's how i feel too!!! :D
finally, nakatsu's mom believes in him and he is happy again. yey!! that was a nice moment..."YOU CAN TRUST ME!!" ^_^ toma does such a nice job in those so stressed out-then-relieved scenes!
- it's cool to see the guys during winter all gathered & cozy like that!! =P hearing about their crazy trip to CA to meet mizuki...then about how even after graduation, they'll be ok and still all be together somehow...
- i forgot...it's only the 3 dorm heads and hibari who are graduating. the others still have 1 more yr left? it's touching and sad to see them saying their goodbyes...but also funny!! (oscar!)
ah...it's sad to have to say goodbye to them again, but at least its a happy goodbye, and i know they're all gonna still be happy together after graduation. makes me think of my own h.s. graduation!! though of course it was nowhere as funny/happy or sad....
BUT when mizuki comes....it gets weird. why in the world is she STILL feeling so sad/guilty and awkward around them??! after everything that has happened!! they already forgave her be4 she left, then even visited her in CA! why make it so dramatic now?? geez!! THAT WAS SO UNNECESSARY. i would have liked it a lot more if everyone just ran out and gave her a group hug or something (of course, nakatsu would hug her FIRST!!)...just her and them all happy that she came!! and then wouldn't have to waste time with her whole speech or apology or whatever that was!!!
(but it was funny how her family discovered that she was missing! again, i don't understand why they made her family seem rich, and the house is clearly not the same one from the first time we saw her house. actually, she lives in a mansion now!! did her family suddenly get rich during the time she was gone??! weird.)
but i really liked how toma was always in the background as she was talking. he's looking at her the whole time and smiled a lot too. ~__~ even when just in the background, toma still stands out!! =P ***whenever he's onscreen, his presence is felt strongly!!***
-THE LAST SCENE: mm...yappari, not a very romantic sano-mizuki moment, though what she wrote in the letter was touching! but i already guessed that he already read her letter! but it seems kinda too fast...it doesn't make sense to me that she would confess to loving him (and bake cookies for him?? not mizuki-like at all!! and quite corny/it's been done so many times in dramas. but i guess most japanese girls bake cookies for guys they like then??) in a letter right before she leaves. i mean, in the conflicted/sad state of mind that she was in... especially since during that time, sano barely seemed to like her (except for hugging her) and was busy practicing jumping all the time. anyway...it was quite weird to actually see them as a couple, since sano still acts all cool even when saying something like "i love you" to her!! it's all very anticlimactic again, just like sano & mizuki's first real kiss in the airport was!!
**** the best love confession & the best goodbye still belongs to nakatsu!!!! actually, what he said to her when she left, as he cried... ='( so sweet and touching and sad!! it will always be one of the best goodbyes ever, to me!!! of course, his love confession to her too!! truly unforgettable!!!! ♥ ******
LUCKILY, nakatsu saves the day (saves the ending!) and runs up to interrupt their love moment!! hahaha! YES, THANK YOU FOR STOPPING THIS COUPLE WITH SO LITTLE CHEMISTRY FROM KISSING, NAKATSU!!! xD ah, nakatsu cuteness/awesomeness!!!! being jealous, stealing sano's cookie. haha! "IT'S SWEET!!!" but yes, of course there's no hard feelings, they're good friends despite what happened w/mizuki... nakatsu's smiling face is of course cute, but sano looks funny when he smiles! haha. but I REALLY LOVE THE PRETTY LOCATION, THE EVENING SUNLIGHT SHINING ON THEM (on nakatsu's blonde-ish hair! kakkoii!)!! ^__^
it's confirmed again that he loved her after he got the cookies. but how does nakatsu know about the cookies?? i guess he saw it in their room later or something...a lot of things don't really make sense in this SP. lol...but it's good that detective nakatsu guessed right!
but i would've liked it ending just at nakatsu & sano smiling in the afternoon sunlight!! instead of it ending with mizuki's forced/awkward smile back in the usa! o__0 and that cherry blossom petal in her hair. that was kinda corny!
AND I WISH NAKATSU COULD'VE KISSED MIZUKI or been more close to her throughout the SP!! argggh!!! at least he stopped them f/ kissing at the end!! LOL.
....ANYWAY, I HAD LOTS OF FUN WATCHING IT
DESPITE THE INCONSISTENCIES/PARTS THAT DIDN'T MAKE SENSE. ~_~
though we might not have a chance to watch them all together as students of ohsaka gakuen again,
it's really good to know they still sometimes see each other while working or go out to eat together....like right now, in the studios across f/ the one that toma films in for VOICE, there are some guys f/the hana kimi cast that are filming their dramas there! some of them are Mizobata Junpei (Kazuma, 1 of the dorm 2 guys), Kimura Ryo (Nakao), hiro (namba), and i think Kyo Nobuo (oscar)!! toma said it's fun at lunch, when they get together (10 of them). he says it's like a mini Ikemen Paradise (reunion)! ahh~ sweet~~ *_*
P.S. almost forgot~ i was wondering what was written on nakatsu's arms in the pool scene & also what was the message that showed up at the very end of the SP?? if any1 could tell me, i'd be really really appreciate it! =)