Wednesday, June 2, 2010

~JDorama Oh! My Girl!!

Genre: Kids & Family
Finally!! I’m here with another review after almost-two-year break. Put your hands up peeps! Errr… and your feet too! (And yep you are gonna fall) So, I decided to write a review on my recently watched jdorama Oh! My Girl!! Why dorama? Why not another Hollywood movie? Well the main reason is that because I’m still stuck in a middle of nowhere. I’ve been stocking doramas from my last vacation, hence this is all I can write right now. And since I’ve always been a fan of dorama, why not eh? Anyhow, here goes…

Oh! My Girl!! has a simple yet enjoyable story about Yamashita Kotaro who was living a peaceful life as a publisher part-timer. He aspires to be a much-admired mobile phone novelist in order to publish his own novel. One day, two females suddenly appeared in his life. One is his six-year-old celebrity niece and the other is the little girl's stern manager. As he is forced to live under the same roof as the little prodigy, their differences soon manifest and disputes ensue. However, through co-habitation, Yamashita slowly comes to appreciate having a family and the warmth it brings, all the while developing a love-hate relationship with Takamine Mineko, the manager. (taken from:!_My_Girl!!)

The plot is rather predictable. Although there are twists here and there that I didn't see coming. Some of the lines are corny but some of it was serious stuff. You see this guy who is used to have no one in his life suddenly has a little girl thrust upon him. He doesn't know what to do, how to handle her. It is endearing to watch how his relationship with Ann and also Mineko evolves. The soundtrack also perfectly suited the movie and helps builds up the sentiments during some of the poignant scenes. The dorama is also stuffed with numerous life lessons: the value of family, how to raise a kid, doing your best everyday to achieve your dream, to how difficult it is when you have to pretend to be someone else.

As for the cast, Ann is adorable. It was amusing to watch her ability to swiftly change her sophisticated-beyond-her-years-attitude into a cute, innocent little girl when she faces the reporters or her fans. Kotaro is kakkoi and well… really TALL! I think that what makes him really stand out in here. Kato Rosa is a bit lacking in depth in portraying the supporting role as Mineko. Kotaro and Ann has palpable on-screen chemistry. And, I absolutely adore Biwa, the dog. He is so adorable and one of the reasons that kept me watching. (Does anybody know what kind of dog it is? I’m guessing that he’s half poodle, am I right?)

The bottom line is there are probably other family doramas better than this. One of the reasons also involving Ozora Hinako’s voice that is starting to get on my nerves ^^. But Oh! My Girl!! is still funny, enjoyable, sweet, and all heart. While predictable in some parts, the dorama evolves smoothly and never drags. I would recommend it for anyone who likes a good family dorama!