BlogCatalog Asian Drama, anime and popular music: 03/01/2008 - 04/01/2008

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Episode 4C-The flower shop without roses-Bara no nai Hanaya

Video Stream in subtitle: Episode 4C

The hospital head now understand that his daughter loved Ying-Gi very much, but he did not know how to love and did not love his daughter before she died.

Now Showu is being brought to a shelter for children being abused. The teacher explained to Showu that he'll be in care of foster parents, but they will love him like their own. Ying-Gi tells Showu, if he ever feel sad or is unhappy for any reason, he can feel free to drop by the flower shop in front of the station, even if he is in high school, just bring a rose, he'll understand. The coffee shop owner said he can come to him as well.

May-Ying was still discussing with the hospital head that Ying-Gi can't be the one who ditched his daughter. The hospital head found out from the videos that his daughter left, the lover never went to the hospital after finding out she was pregnant until she died. He figured Ying-Gi is just repenting from his sins by bringing the daughter up in life. Just because he changed doesn't mean he can be forgiven.

Yu was talking to the old lady that she wants May-Ying and her father to get married. The old lady, after seeing May-Ying is not blind, said Yu is too rushed.

Ying-Gi, the coffee shop owner, and the teacher went for dinner. The teacher said the police will be checking into Showu's parents and they might go to jail. Ying-Gi is more worried about Showu's psyche when he grows up. He wouldn't know what's real love and he will be wondering why this kind of thing happened to him. Ying-Gi then left early and dropped by May-Ying's condo. May-Ying was watching video from Yu's mother when Ying-Gi came by saying he forgot his keys.

Ying-Gi didn't want to wake up Yu and the old lady and Naue wouldn't pick up his phone. May-Ying took out the white ball that supposedly won her the lottery LCD. She said she knew they didn't win because she showed people the red ball and people laughed at her and said it was a white ball. Ying-Gi was embarrassed that he got found out. May-Ying said it's okay, as long as it's what Ying-Gi said, she'll always believe him.

Episode 4B-The flower shop without roses-Bara no nai Hanaya

Video Stream with Chinese subtitles: Episode 4B

Naue, the private detective, called the hospital head, telling him that it's time to advance to the next stage....

Ying-Gi bought a LCD and a video recorder for May-Ying as a gift. May-Ying said she can't do anything for him in return. Ying-Gi was very grateful for May-Ying cooking for him and his family, everyone said it was delicious. May-Ying kept on asking, "for real", Ying-Gi said he would never lie to her. All of a sudden she broke into tears. We all know why. May-Ying ask if he has always being like this ever since childhood, very gentle and kind to everybody, his parents must have taught him well. Ying-Gi think he is capable of doing cruel things. May-Ying applaud him for knowing himself and not running away from it like most people.

Showu's step father talks about how dumb the store owner was and how easy is it to make money using Showu. Showu's mother is afraid to get caught, but the boyfriend said Showu is very clever. The mother's boyfriend even said that if the child died accidentally, then they would make a lot of money. (How cruel can you be? This guy is immoral)

Yu was calculating the monthly budget when Ying-Gi was waiting for Showu's phone call. Yu was blaming on Naue taking the money, but Ying-Gi admit that he took some. Yu then begin her little speech about since Ying-Gi make the money and can spend it as he wish, but she would prefer he tells her about it first. Ying-Gi won't say what he bought. (LCD, and video recording equipment I bet).

May-Ying's father was going to leave the hospital, but May-Ying made him stay until the report comes out. Her father told her not to hide the truth from him.

Naue wanted to tell Ying-Gi about May-Ying's eyes. The scene than switched to the old lady who's living at Ying-Gi place visiting her old friend at a hospital. She saw May-Ying as a nurse in the hospital. What's going on?

Showu took out the chocolate his was hiding before and starts to eat. His mother's boyfriend saw him and decide to grab him, at that time Showu took the cellphone. Then we see Ying-Gi grabbing the coffee shop owner to save Showu. Ying-Gi gave the coffee shop owner the mask Yu made, then he knocked on the door and budged in. Now we see a series of scenes without dialogue. They rustle with Showu's mother and her boyfriend. The mother fought back with feather pillows. Ying-Gi showed her her cellphone with SOS sent out to him and ran back to the car where the teacher and the store owner was waiting.

May-Ying wanted to disperse the hospital head's misunderstanding toward Ying-Gi. May-Ying said it was inevitable since there is no way that Ying-Gi knew his lover's body couldn't handle pregnancy.

Episode 4a-The flower shop without roses-Bara no nai Hanaya

Video Stream with Chinese subtitles: Episode 4A

May-Ying doesn't believe in luck. But she thinks maybe there will be good things happening after bad things happened. Therefore she doesn't believe winning the lottery either, but she still get angry at herself for buying one. Ying-Gi accompanied her to buy groceries and saw a price draw beside for a TV, the grand price. Ying-Gi wanted to know if the TV has being won yet, the store owner told him that the lucky red ball won't be in the drawing box until the last time just to attract more customers. Ying-Gi was struggling with the store owner to put the red ball in the box while May-Ying drew a ball herself. Of course it wasn't a winner, but Ying-Gi really wanted to make her happy so he pretended that she won and rang the bell.

Ying-Gi was in the coffee shop when the store owner showed up to complain about Showu's parents. Since Showu stole from the store before, the store owner just assumed that Showu
stole again and ask for his parents' cellphone numbers. This time Showu gave both numbers pretty quick. The store owner said the parents was apologizing at first and the father even hit Showu to the ground. Then they found out there was no merchandise in the child's pocket. Showu's father then took advantage of the situation and starts to demand compensation, medical payment and complained about Showu's mental health now after he was spanked. The store owner think it's kind of weird about Showu's parents. Ying-Gi made a comment that the parents setup a trap for the store owner.

Showu still didn't go to shool the next day. His mother just told the teacher that he was sick. The teacher came to ask Ying-Gi if he knows what's happening. They went out to find Showu playing at the beach. Ying-gi took them to a restaurant and starts to explain what's happening to the kid to the teacher. The man that went to the store wasn't really Showu's father, he is Showu's mother's boyfriend. Showu doesn't want to go home because he doesn't know what side his mother is on and might change all of a sudden. Showu sometimes goes to different people's house to stay and refuse to go home since he might be beaten. Ying-gi gave Showu back his chocolate and call him a "no name warrior" There are at least 30,000 children like him. Everyday wearing the same thing, ignore by their parents.

The school teacher contacted the previous school that Showu went to and found out he didn't go to school for 2 months at a time before. Ying-gi told the teacher that they can only save him if he is willing to betray his parents and ask for help, otherwise, the court will give him back to his parents at the end of the day.

The hospital head caught his wife packing some bags. She said she doesn't want to be married to him any more. He just use work to escape the hurt that he felt after their daughter passed away. Instead of grieving together, he ignored his wife to the extent that his wife feel alone in the marriage. She rented a place and she just left.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The flower shop without Roses-Bara no nai Hanaya download Links

Main Theme Song:
YouTube MV-

OST-Instrumental only-Direct download
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[没有玫瑰的花店][11集全/完结][主演:香取慎吾 竹内結子 松田翔太][日语中字]
Episode 1-a
The complete series can be viewed at Smile_Wu's link. Website in Chinese

Updates to Ayumi hamasaki's PV

Friday, March 28, 2008

Episode 3b-The flower shop without roses

Video Stream with Chinese subtitles: Episode 3B 3C

teacher came to Ying-Gi's flower shop to talk about Showu's shoplifting behaviour.  She had an experience before when she didn't know her pupil was being bullied until it's too late.  This time she doesn't want to make the same mistake again, but she can't see Showu as being bullied.  Ying-Gi said that the kid looks like a "no-name fighter"  I wonder what that means....

May-Ying got jealous when the private detective told her that there is a rumour about Ying-Gi liking his daughter's teacher.  When May-Ying tried to confront the teacher, Ying-Gi got freaked out and said it is the coffee shop owner who likes the teacher, not him.  May-Ying still went on and said, "too bad, the teacher prefer Ying-Gi over the coffee shop owner." The coffee shop owner almost fainted when he heard that and dropped the coffee tray he was carrying.  

Turns out the teacher just wanted to play with them a bit.  She knew well that Ying-Gi and May-Ying like each other.  She commented that they sound like high school kids, having really pure and innocent love.  

Ying Gi went chasing May-Ying after the heated discussion.  May-Ying hit some mobster with her stick.  Ying-Gi tried to apologize, but the mobster beat him up instead.

After Ying-Gi came back home from the fight, Yu ask why he wouldn't give her the chocolate that Showu stole, and why he cares for Showu so much.  Ying-Gi mentioned that he sees himself in Showu.  But Yu didn't believe him, she thinks that Ying-Gi prefers a son over a daughter.  Everyone was cracking up after Yu's comment.

May-Ying felt sorry that Ying-Gi got hurt because of her, so she cooked a really good meal the next day.  She then took off to another city.  When Ying-Gi called her to say thanks, she wanted him to go search for her without any hints to see if he would really find her.

Ying-Gi tried so hard to find her, but couldn't until dusk, and still a little too late, May-Ying already went to the subway station, ready to go home.

May-Ying said in fairy tales, all the princess waited for her prince to come and it always happens without fail.  Ying-Gi said she cheated and left some clues still.  Ying-Gi said he almost found her if she stayed there a bit longer, and he gave her the flower pedal that May-Ying was plugging while waiting for him.

May-Ying was so touched.  Seems like the misunderstanding was resolved.  They lined up after an old lady just like Ying-Gi always do to purchase subway tickets from a machine.

awwww!  To be continued...

Episode 3a-The flower shop without roses

Video Stream with Chinese subtitles: Episode 3A

May-Ying was shopping with Yu.  Yu told May that they would line up behind an old lady because old people are usually slow and her father told her to do so to block people behind from yelling at old people for being slow.  

Ying-Gi is such a nice guy.  

Showu, another kid from Yu's class, the one that made fun at her head covering at first, stole chocolate from a store.  Ying-Gi happened to pass by and stopped the store owner from calling the police just this once.

Class teacher told Showu that she won't tell his parents about the shoplifting incident, but Showu told her that he doesn't care about his parents knowing.  He wanted his chocolate back and demanded it from the teacher and even pushed her to the ground.  

I saw something like this before in another drama.  A child might shoplift to get attention.

May-Ying's father find it weird that a hospital would put him, a regular patient, in a high class room since he is not very important.  May's father thought she gave her body to the hospital head in exchange for favour.

The hospital head just can't understand his daughter.  Why would she fall in love with a person like Ying-Gi, who has no real accomplishment in his eyes.  

By now all viewers should like Ying-Gi.  I guess the hospital head just couldn't except that his daughter is dead.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Episode2-The flower shop without roses

Video Stream with Chinese subtitles: Episode 2A 2B 2C

Nurse May-Ying was instructed by the hospital head to make Ying-Gi fall in love with her and then destroy him.  She doesn't understand why the hospital head hate Ying-Gi so much.  As far as May can see, Ying is a nice person who would do everything for people even if they don't ask.  He would self sacrifice and even the daughter would think he's stupid for doing everyting, but he always say "I do not matter"  

The coffee shop owner told Ying-Gi that the grandma who is their sold her house and is moving to a senior home.  They wanted to give her a farewell party.

May-Ying went to Yu's swimming lesson.  Yu almost drowned, because she was really good.  But no one else seems to notice but May.  Since May can't let people know she's blind, she can't do anything about it.  Another guy comes to the rescue.  Turns out it's the guy that pretended that he had no money and now is staying at Yu's house.  He's actually hired by the hospital head as a private detective to find out more about Ying-Gi.  The detective copied some video tapes that the hospital head's daughter made.  

This was commical.  The detective told Yu that it was him who revived her and stole her first kiss.  Yu was going to kill him.  

Ying-Gi eventually convinced the grandma person to stay with them so she can help take care of the ever-growing Yu and can also teach him more about flowers.  Above is another funny conversation.  The coffee shop owner(left) made a comment that he can't swim.  Therefore it would be bad to be in the sea of love since he fell in love with Yu's teacher.  So Ying-Gi told the coffee shop owner to take swimming lessons with his daughter.  (Such cold joke).

May-Ying went to a blind date session with her hospital co-workers, but everywhere she goes, she sees couples kissing each other in the karaoke bar.  She wanted to leave, but a guy wanted her to stay since he think she's cute.  But she just wanted to leave.  The guy told her that her co-workers all think she's stuck-up and no fun at all.  She throw her heels at him and left.  Guess who she calls?  Ying-Gi of course.  She was totally drunk and talking about everyone is someone's baggage.  Apparently Ying-Gi likes her as a baggage.  I wonder what else is going to happen.

Japanese Drama-The Flower Shop Without Roses-Episode 1

Video Stream with Chinese subtitles: Episode 1A  1B  1C

香取慎吾Shingo Katori

Japanese title: 薔薇のない花屋
Romanized title: Bara no nai Hanaya
Chinese title: 没有玫瑰的花店

First Episode:
Intro is a woman leaving a video message for her lover/husband, telling him that she'll wait for his return after he reached his dreams. She'll have his baby and that she'll never be wrong about the guy she loves. Pretty soon afterwards you learn that she died giving birth to the baby, and this guy who brought her a rose was heart broken and had to take care of the baby.
After a series of semi-fast flashback/turn-of-events, we now see the child has grown up, but doesn't want people to see her face for some reason. The father told her that she will be teased, but that doesn't seem to be the case since she's so popular and cute in school.

After the kid goes to school, we were introduced to the main characters. The woman, Mai-Ying, shows up as a blind woman just trying to know the new neighbourhood that she'll be living in.
Mai-Ying took some guess on why the mother is not around, such as the guy had a affair, that's why the mother left. But got disrupted when school calls about the kid(Yu) gotten another kid beat up. A new student picked on the mask Yu was wearing and the whole class revolted(shows the kid's popularity)

Then we see the child's grandfather wanting to keep an eye on the child's father, Ying-Gi. Somehow he was really pissed about her daughter's death. He thought it's Ying-Gi's fault for letting his daughter die in labour. Surprise..... The blind woman is not really blind, she's just working as a nurse in the grandfather's hospital. He wants her to think that Ying-Gi had done something really bad in a past and deserves his revenge plan. We shall know what it is next episode.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I found this Japanese drama called "Shikaotoko Aoniyoshi"
Chinese Name: 鹿男与美丽的奈良
Japanese Name: 鹿男あをによし
If you like fantasy story with lots of historical facts, then this might be for you.
One day a deer started to talk to the main character who is a teacher, who became a servant for the deer to save Japan from all the earthquakes. Apparently there is a monster sleeping underneath Japan, if they don't make it go back to sleep, then when it flips over, Japan will probably be destroyed. There are also servants of a fox and of a rat who are related to this as well. The fox servant suppose to give a piece of artifact to the main character, but she gave it to the rat servant instead. Rat always want to mess things up for some reason. Another teacher want to help the main character and she just happened to be very good at Japanese history and they actually found the triangle artifact that they were looking for (it's not really triangle shaped) Because the main character really don't know how to save Japan, so the deer marked him and he will always see a deer head when he look at himself in the mirror. So it would give him a sense of urgency to solve the puzzle/problem if he wants to see his face again in the mirror. I didn't see the whole thing, but I saw the most important parts. Now it's on episode 8. I'll watch it from the beginning and make a summary. I like this story, it's refreshing from all those lovy-dovy stuff from asia.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Ayumi tribute-me singing her songs

This will update slowly since I'm learning how to mix songs with my voice.

My first complete recorded song:

More to come.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Ayumi video free download page

I found this nice website that I could download video and music from my favourite Japanese celebrity, Ayumi Hamasaki. Please check it out.


Ayu is trying to continue her career even after she lost hearing in her left ear. At first her singing is hard to bear because it's out of tune, but I'm sure she can train herself to have better pitch again with just one good ear. I want to continue support her.

Ayumi Countdown Live 2005-2006 Concert

If you know how to use Bit Torrent, then you can download her stuff on

Some of her PVs with English subs courtesy from secsecae can be downloaded from my account at MegaUpload or you can download from his blog on Multiply directly.

Following are the PVs that I put on MegaUpload: (slowly updating)
Poker Face
For my Dear
Depend On You
To Be
Boys and Girls

Friday, March 7, 2008

Appleseed Ex-Machina

I just finished watching Appleseed Ex-Machina. It's as beautifully made as the previous one. Crispy clear pictures makes viewing such a pleasure. Just look how smooth the texture is when you see the city Olympus. Oh I could say was, "wow". The story was pretty predictable, but still a nice watch.

Briareos as usual protects Dunen when fighting against terrorists. He was in the hospital for a while, but his body was tough, so of course he survives. Then the intro credit show Dunen ride her bike through traffic, I love seeing the reflections, very glossy. It's nice seeing her go through traffic so easily.

She just had to help out with a riot from a fired construction worker that got into a mech. I just like how clear it is to read words from the body of the mech. Olympus is suppose to be an utopia, but little do they know mankind just can't keep away from war for too long. They have this virtual reality gadget called connexus, you can see the Internet right in front of your eyes. All you need are the 2 bluetooth look-alike earphone pieces. Now we get introduced to Hitomi's birthday party through connexus.

Hitomi's dress looks cute, but I couldn't get a full shot up close. Dunen, finally wearing a dress off duty, but her stupid hat just has got to go, that thing totally destroyed the whole outfit.

Always the odd one, Briareos looks like he has bunny ears. He walks up to Dunen and couldn't believe his eyes, wanted to get it checked out. Dunen finally got along with a look-alike of Briareos when he was still human, Tereus is a Briareos clone after all.

He got very close to Dunen after Briareos went berserk and hurt him, maybe there is something between them.....

They found out that connexus was controlling human and cyborgs and sent out warnings to users, but no body would listen since they're pretty much addicted to the thing. It's like taking away your PDA/cellphone/digital camera/Internet access at the same time.

Of course the good doctor that took care of Briareos' cyborg body planted something inside his body to finish his scheme. He just look like a bad guy. It's so typical in this type of story, but I'm again amazed at the graphic in this movie. The doctor's face just look so real.

He is really bad to revive a dead scientist's brain from her own creation, mind control device for the half brain dead people left suffering from the damage of war. The intention of the creation was good, but then it makes some people think they're god and can mess around with good minds. The doctor want everyone to have controlled thinking so no one is different and thus can't have conflicts and then the world will be truly at peace without war. In my opinion, what's the sense of living when you can't think for yourself, might as well not exist at all, peaceful or not.

The brain controlling everyone through satellite and connexus locates in this place that reminds me of the borgs in Star Trek Voyager.

Dunen killed what's left of the woman scientist as her cyborg part was shocked temporarily. Ya! Human race is once again saved. Such beautiful morning sky with sunlight shining through the clouds.
Many people think they are God's messenger, but they don't even know what God really wants. Mindless people that only obeys? I don't think so.

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