Last Friends NG Scenes

17 09 2008

KAWAII!!

Ryo is waaaaaaaay too cute!! OMG!! ♥

Juri is so “blur” and that’s what make her so cute, lol~~~

Asami is so funny, lol~!

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57th The Television Drama Academy Awards + 12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix

21 08 2008

第57回ザハイビジョンドラマアカデミー赏

作品赏(1ラストフレンズ 2CHANGE 3Around40)
読者票1ラストフレンズ 2CHANGE 3ごくせん
记者票1ラストフレンズ 2Around40 3CHANGE
审査员1ラストフレンズ 2CHANGE 3キミ犯人じゃないよね?

Best Drama (1. Last Friends 2. CHANGE 3. Around40)
Readers’ vote 1. Last Friends 2. CHANGE 3. Gokusen
Reporters’ vote 1. Last Friends 2. Around40 3. CHANGE
Judges’ vote 1. Last Friends 2. CHANGE 3. Kimi Hannin Janaiyone?

主演男优赏(1木村拓哉 2速水もこみち 3溝端淳平)
読者票1木村拓哉 2速水もこみち 3草彅剛
记者票1木村拓哉 2速水もこみち 3堺正章
审査员1木村拓哉 2速水もこみち 3溝端淳平

Best Male Lead (1. Kimura Takuya 2. Hayami Mocomichi 3. Mizobata Junpei)
Readers’ vote 1. Kimura Takuya 2. Hayami Mocomichi 3. Kusanagi Tsuyoshi
Reporters’ vote 1. Kimura Takuya 2. Hayami Mocomichi 3. Sakai Masaaki
Judges’ vote 1. Kimura Takuya 2. Hayami Mocomichi 3. Mizobata Junpei

主演女优赏(1仲间由纪恵 2天海祐希 3长泽まさみ)
読者票1仲间由纪恵 2长泽まさみ 3天海祐希
记者票1天海祐希 2石原さとみ 3长泽まさみ
审査员1仲间由纪恵 2蒼井優 3天海祐希

Best Female Lead (1. Nakama Yukie 2. Amami Yuki 3. Nagasawa Masami)
Readers’ vote 1. Nakama Yukie 2. Nagasawa Masami 3. Amami Yuki
Reporters’ vote 1. Amami Yuki 2. Ishihara Satomi 3. Nagasawa Masami
Judges’ vote 1. Nakama Yukie 2. Aoi Yu 3. Amami Yuki

助演男优赏(1锦戸亮 2瑛太 3阿部寛)
読者票1锦戸亮 2瑛太 3阿部寛
记者票1锦戸亮 2瑛太 3寺尾聰
审査员1锦戸亮 2寺尾聰 3阿部寛

Best Supporting Male (1. Nishikido Ryo 2. Eita 3. Abe Hiroshi)
Readers’ vote 1. Nishikido Ryo 2. Eita 3. Abe Hiroshi
Reporters’ vote 1. Nishikido Ryo 2. Eita 3. Terao Akira
Judges’ vote 1. Nishikido Ryo 2. Terao Akira 3. Abe Hiroshi

助演女优赏(1上野树里 2深津絵里 3相武纱季)
読者票&记者票&审査员全て
1上野树里 2深津絵里 3相武纱季 で同じ

Best Supporting Female (1. Ueno Juri 2. Fukatsu Eri 3. Aibu Saki)
Readers’ vote & Reporters’ vote & Judges’ vote are all the same
1. Ueno Juri 2. Fukatsu Eri 3. Aibu Saki

ドラマソング赏 宇多田ヒカル(ラストフレンズ)
脚本赏 浅野妙子(ラストフレンズ)
监督赏 加藤裕将、西坂瑞城、远藤光贵(ラストフレンズ)

Best Dorama Song Award Utada Hikaru (Last Friends)
Best Script Award Asano Taeko
Best Director Award Kato Hiromasa (加藤裕将) (ep1-3,8,11), Nishisaka Mizuki (西坂瑞城) (ep4-5,9-10), Endo Mitsutaka (遠藤光貴) (ep6-7,SP)


OMG~~ Ryo’s wish is answered!! He can proudly say that it was because of Last Friends that he became what he is today!! XD

Ryo got something for his performance as a DV guy, I’m so so so so so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 awards for LAST FRIENDS!! Best Drama, Best Supporting Male and Female, Best Theme Song, Best Script, Best Director, OMG!! IS that ridiculous or not? LOL~~

To me, the only awards that are deserving are: Best Supporting Male and Female and Best Theme Song~ XD

Why Best Supporting Male and Female and Best Theme Song?

Ryo gave fantastic performance as the dark, suspicious, jealous, possessive DV guy, his presence on the screen always gave us the chills! Sousuke’s regret, arrogance, cunning-ness, persistance, etc, were all portrayed so so well!!

Eita was good as the gentle, sex-phobia guy best friend of Ruka. He didn’t have much chance to show more, though..

Juri was very convincing as a tomboy motorcross racer, she was very successful in creating this character! Her gender-identity-induced confusion was portrayed very well, just a pity because there was not much chance to show her full potential!

Prisoner of Love was written for Last Friends by Utada Hikaru, she wrote it after understanding the story and the resulted music really suits the drama like a very well-fitted dress!! Once you hear it, you know it’s Last Friends, and the lyrics is as if it’s talking about the drama!

Why not Best Drama, Best Script, Best Director?

High ratings doesn’t mean it’s a good drama, nor its script is good, nor its directors are good. But that’s just me.. I had too high an expectation before watching the drama, so I think that’s why my disappointment was great as well as it approached the ending part.. T_T

Let us take a look at another award~


12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix

Spring 2008

Best Drama: CHANGE
Best Actor: Kimura Takuya / CHANGE
Best Actress: Amami Yuki / Around 40
Best Supporting Actor: Nishikido Ryo / Last Friends
Best Supporting Actress: Ueno Juri / Last Friends


Great results ne? LOL~~ XD





About Last Friends Viewership and SP

20 06 2008

『ラスト・フレンズ』、最終回22.8%、次週は特別編を放送

 最終回直前となった先週12日(木)の第10回目の放送が、ビデオリサーチの調べで視聴率20.7%を記録(関東地区 世帯視聴率)、終盤に向けて注目度が高まり続けるフジテレビ系ドラマ『ラスト・フレンズ』。19日(木)放送の最終回は22.8%を記録したことが、分かった。

 ドメスティックバイオレンスや性同一性障害など、現代人の抱える様々な悩みや問題を真正面から取り上げるもので、人気俳優らのシリアスな演技も話題。20.7%をマークした第10回目では、錦戸亮ふんする及川宗佑が自殺し、19日放送の最終回への関心も高まっていた。

 第1回目は視聴率13.9%で放送スタート。回を重ねるごとに衝撃的な展開が話題を呼び、また長澤まさみ、上野樹里、瑛太、錦戸亮らのシリアスな演技も注目され視聴率も上昇した。

 なお、次週は特別編として『もうひとつのラストフレンズ』が放送されることが発表された。

Here’s my irresponsible translation:

“Last Friends” Final Episode 22.8%, its SP will be Broadcasted Next Week

Last Thursday, 12th, was the broadcast of the 2nd last episode and the Video Research reported a 20.7% viewership ratings in the Kanto region, making for the continuation of anticipation for the final episode of “Last Friends” on Fuji TV. The final episode aired on the 19th reportedly achieved a 22.8% viewership rating.

Domestic Violence, gender identity disorder and sex phobia, the frustration and problems were portrayed realistically by popular actors and actresses with serious acting skills. The suicide of Oikawa Sousuke, played by Nishikido Ryo, marked a 20.7% viewership rating, raising the anticipation for the finale that was going to air on the 19th.

The first episode started with a 13.9% viewership rating. The recap of these controversial topics will once again have Nagasawa Masami, Ueno Juri, Eita and Nishikido Ryo whose serious acting skills will definitely raise the viewership ratings.

Next week, we will see the broadcast of the Special, titled, “Once More of Last Friends”.

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Last Friends [Last Episode]

19 06 2008

Just finished watching Last Friends finale, episode 11~ Next week, there will be a Special. So fast ne? Usually SP will be aired a few months after the drama ended. -_-” That scriptwriter woman really couldn’t wrap things up in 11 episodes as planned right from the beginning. -_-“”””””””

Spoilers ahead.

Well, I only understood like, 50% of the dialogue, but the gist of it is pretty clear. While watching, it’s easily predictable, what will happen next. Like, we guessed that Michiru’s plate will definitely break and that if Ruka doesn’t need to go hospital, they can never “accidentally bump into” Michiru, because Michiru definitely has to go hospital on a regular basis.

But there are times when I guessed wrongly: I thought Michiru died after giving birth [because of the way the nurses were rushing around -_-“] and then Takeru and Ruka will look after the baby from then on and live happily ever after. LOL~~~

Questions unanswered:

What’s the deal with Takeru and his sister and parents? He did talk about them.. But is that how the scriptwriter decided to end Takeru’s story?! Just like that?? By talking?! And when he’s talking, there wasn’t any flashback clips! Incredible. -_-” And what’s best? He never finished talking about what his sister did to him. WTF?! -_-“”””””””””

So it’s up to our imaginations what his sister did to him that caused him the development of sex phobia -_-” Yeah.

Takeru took so damn long to realise that they should look for Michiru? So, suddenly, one day, he went to borrow a bike from Ruka’s senpai and then up and go look for Michiru. What was he doing the past 6, 7, 8 or 9 months?? I mean, I understood that Ruka feels that there’s no more need to go look for her love, because she didn’t reciprocate her love, but Takeru?? -_-”

Where’s Michiru’s mum? She suddenly appeared in Michiru’s room and then now? Suddenly disappeared.

So we know that the bully senpai is also DV-ed by her boyfriend. But, so?? She looked as if she knows that Michiru is being DV-ed as well. No, she looked scared that other people will find out that she is being DV-ed, because she said something about how nice life is “since you’re living with a man” to Michiru. But yeah, so??????? Is there a point in showing us that the senpai is being DV-ed? And what’s the point of letting Eri know that? She doesn’t know the girl. O, is it to tell the audience and Eri that, DV is really common..?? -_-” The writer loves to leave open ends hanging.

Funny/weird/angry things:

1. The characters can’t die from simple things like car or TRAIN accidents. They can only die if they purposely want to die. Please see Specimen 1, Ruka and Specimen 2, Sousuke respectively. *rofl*

2. When something breaks, somebody’s gonna get hurt. See Example 1, broken lamp twice, injuries happened at the same corner, Example 2, broken purple mug handle and Example 3, broken restaurant plate.

3. It’s a torture to see “Michiru” act. Throughout the drama. Is that sadness? Is that how she show how touched she was? Is that a surprised look? Is that how gently people scream when giving birth? Gosh. That’s it. She wasn’t such a torture to watch in Proposal Daisakusen, you know.. Sigh..

4. Aida Rumi, that’s the baby’s name. WTF? Michiru’s surname + Ruka’s Ru, Takeru’s Ru + Michiru’s Mi [WTF, she also has a “ru” -_-“] So the baby came from nowhere but from Michiru’s body only?! Huh huh?! Grrrrrrr..

5. Ru, ru, ru, wazzup with that in all the 3 names?! No, 4 names. Tsk. -_-”

Overall

Bad ending, lol. Only Ogurin and Eri is “happily ever after”. Maybe the 3P can get “happily ever after” too, but.. -_-” Let’s pray for the baby to grow up healthily mentally.

The whole show deviated from its original theme or intent. Because she [scriptwriter] wants high ratings, she deviated to focus more on Sousuke-Michiru-DV and neglected Ruka’s lesbian love and Takeru’s sex phobia and Eri’s loneliness and Ogurin’s indecisiveness. She was digging so many holes at the same time.

She could’ve let Sousuke died trying to save the little kid from being hit by the train. So at least it shows that Sousuke is not all bad and that everyone at the sharehouse can have a peace of mind. Then develop the complicated triangle of Michiru-Takeru-Ruka. At the same time, let Ogurin have a not-too-long-not-too-short period of divorcing his wife and show us whether he did it or not [coz how could he marry Eri without first doing that?! -_-“]. Meanwhile, Eri goes out with other guys while she waits for the indecisive Ogurin to divorce his wife [so as to show the desperation of loneliness].

LOL, is that better or worse? I dunno~~ *whistles*

Well, enjoy the following 4914px-long compilation. I missed a few shots: 1. Ruka and Takeru eating in a shop, 2. Ruka and Takeru sleeping inside the tent, 3. Takeru holding the baby after Ruka’s turn and some other minor shots.

Screenshots compiled by me, taken by super helpful girls





Last Friends OST!

17 06 2008

Revised translation of song titles:

1. イーチ・リビング(ラストフレンズメインテーマ)~~Each Living (Last Friends main theme)
2. グッド・フェローズ(タケルのテーマ)~~Good Fellows (Takeru’s theme)
3. エターナル・コース(モトクロスのテーマ)~~Eternal Course (Motorcross theme)
4. マインド・ベンダー(宗佑のテーマ)~~Mind Bender (Sousuke’s theme)
5. スパイラル・ハート(瑠可のテーマ)~~Spiral Heart (Ruka’s theme)
6. オン・オフ(レースのテーマ)~~On Off (Race theme)
7. ディア・フレンズ(友情のテーマ)~~Dear Friends (Friendship theme)
8. インナー・サークル(苦悩のテーマ)~~Inner Circle (Troubled theme)
9. レイジー・デイズ(日常のテーマ)~~Lazy Days (Daily theme)
10. リトル・シャイン(小さな微笑みのテーマ)~~Little Shine (Little Smile’s theme)
11. ブラインド・リマインダー(誰にも言えない悩みのテーマ)~~Blind Reminder (Theme for “A secret that cannot be revealed to anyone”)
12. スナップ・ショット(美知留のテーマ)~~Snap Shot (Michiru’s theme)
13. アイコール・ユアネーム(若者たちの仕事のテーマ)~~Aikouru Yuaneemu (Young people’s work theme song)
14. メモリー・レイク(不安な気持ちのテーマ)~~Memory Lack (Uneasy feeling theme)
15. コールド・ブレイン(ドメスティックバイオレンスのテーマ)~~Cold Plain (Domestic violence theme)
16. フレンド・シップ(それぞれの愛の形)~~Friendship (Various love patterns)
17. ドロップ・モーション(シェアハウスのテーマ)~~Drop Motion (Sharehouse theme)
18. シークレット・ポエッツ(孤独のテーマ)~~Secret Poets (Lonely theme)
19. ブランニュー・シーズン(エリのテーマ)~~Brand New Season (Eri’s theme)
20. レッド・ストリングス(絆)~~Red Strings (Accompaniment)
21. Prisoner Of Love (Inst.Ver.)(主題歌ピアノストリングスver)~~Prisoner of Love (Instrumental Version)(Theme song Piano Strings Version)

Very nice soundtrack! The following list is in order of my preference~

4. マインド・ベンダー(宗佑のテーマ)~~Mind Bender (Sousuke’s theme)

What can I say? Best song! This is the most successful song coz it captures the feeling he gives off! I love the arrangement too! Truly a song that I’ll never get sick of listening all the time.

5. スパイラル・ハート(瑠可のテーマ)~~Spiral Heart (Ruka’s theme)

I love the “la la la” parts!! Lol~~ Is it just me or does it give you a “tribal” feeling as well? Lol~ A very nice song that suits Ruka well!

8. インナー・サークル(苦悩のテーマ)~~Inner Circle (Troubled theme)

I love it~ It really has that “confusing” element to this song’s arrangement!

21. Prisoner of Love (Instrumental Version)(Theme song Piano Red Strings Version)

Need explanations? Damn nice! Very soft and gentle version of the original Prisoner of Love!

13. アイコール・ユアネーム(若者たちの仕事のテーマ)~~Aikouru Yuaneemu (Young people’s work theme song)

When you hear this, you feel like you wanna put in some more effort into your work, lol~ That’s how it makes me feel!

19. ブランニュー・シーズン(エリのテーマ)~~Brand New Season (Eri’s theme)

I feel that this is a happy song, haha~ Suits Eri well!

15. コールド・ブレイン(ドメスティックバイオレンスのテーマ)~~Cold Plain (Domestic violence theme)

A Jdorama-ish song which really gives off a cold vibe, to me at least.

12. スナップ・ショット(美知留のテーマ)~~Snap Shot (Michiru’s theme)

Very Jdorama-ish song, lol~

My list is quite the “obvious” kind, isn’t it? Lol~ I think it’s because they let me think of the scenes when I listen to them~ Other songs aren’t used that much in the drama and I couldn’t recognise them..





Last Friends 9

5 06 2008

One of the most ridiculous episode of a drama I’ve ever seen -_-”

Like, even though I don’t understand 80% of all the dialogues, I understood the story.

Why did Ruka go?? Why why why???? So dangerous!! I knew bad things are gonna happen!! And really. Argh!

Spoilers ahead.

The 4 times that Sousuke appeared is enough for the whole show’s summary -_-”

Sousuke was stalking Michiru outside the sharehouse since he escaped from the hospital.

Michiru was shaken by Sousuke and blurted out that she already has someone new to like.

Naturally, Sousuke went to beat up Takeru. Severe consequence for Takeru.. Poor Takeru.. He doesn’t even like Michiru and he has to get beaten up! What’s more, how could he, someone taller than Sousuke by a lot, not crippled, be defeated by an escaped patient?! ILLOGICAL!! What’s the whoever thinking?! That 浅野妙子………. ARGH!! Every Ryo fan wanna strangle her.

Then, I dunno why, he called Ruka and she went to his house. WHY?! What the……. -_-” It’s not like she doesn’t know that he’s someone extremely dangerous, right?! It’s also super illogical that Sousuke healed so damn quickly, like, he escaped from the hospital, remember?!

We really wanna strangle 浅野妙子 badly.

The end of this episode was also made for the viewership ratings for the next episode, I think!! Argh!! Keep using Sousuke to spike it, argh!!

And there is also a “SP” on the week after the finale episode.

12 June: Episode 10
19 June: Finale with 15 minutes extra
26 June: SP with 30 minutes extra

3 more episodes to torture us! T_T Really wonder how bad the ending is gonna be! Is it gonna be as lame as this episode? Hope not!! She better give a proper explanation for all the questions which arose from the drama!

T_T





Last Friends OST!

23 05 2008

2008.6.11.ON SALE!

「ラスト・フレンズ」オリジナル・サウンドトラックのリリースが決定!!
音楽は、日本テレビドラマ「1ポンドの福音」の作編曲を手掛けた井筒昭雄が
担当。オリジナル・サウンドトラックには、「ラスト・フレンズ」主題歌
「Prisoner Of Love」(宇多田ヒカル)のPiano Ver.も収録!!!

“Last Friends” original soundtrack’s release date is confirmed!!
The music is composed by NTV’s “One Pound of Gospel” composer, Izutsu Akio. The piano version of Last Friends’ theme song, “Prisoner of Love” (by Utada Hikaru), is also within the original soundtrack!!!

~収録内容~Contents~

1. イーチ・リビング(ラストフレンズメインテーマ)~~Each Living (Last Friends main theme)
2. グッド・フェローズ(タケルのテーマ)~~Good Ferouzu/Farrows (Takeru’s theme)
3. エターナル・コース(モトクロスのテーマ)~~Eternal Kousu (Motorcross theme)
4. マインド・ベンダー(宗佑のテーマ)~~Mind Bender (Sousuke’s theme)
5. スパイラル・ハート(瑠可のテーマ)~~Spiral Heart (Ruka’s theme)
6. オン・オフ(レースのテーマ)~~On Off (Reesu’s/Race theme)
7. ディア・フレンズ(友情のテーマ)~~Dear Friends (Friendship theme)
8. インナー・サークル(苦悩のテーマ)~~Inner Saakuru (Troubled theme)
9. レイジー・デイズ(日常のテーマ)~~Reijii/Lazy Days (Daily theme)
10. リトル・シャイン(小さな微笑みのテーマ)~~Little Shine (Little Smile’s theme)
11. ブラインド・リマインダー(誰にも言えない悩みのテーマ)~~Blind Reminder (Theme for “A secret that cannot be revealed to anyone”)
12. スナップ・ショット(美知留のテーマ)~~Snap Shot (Michiru’s theme)
13. アイコール・ユアネーム(若者たちの仕事のテーマ)~~Aikouru Yuaneemu (Young people’s work theme)
14. メモリー・レイク(不安な気持ちのテーマ)~~Memory Lack/Lag (Uneasy feeling theme)
15. コールド・ブレイン(ドメスティックバイオレンスのテーマ)~~Kourudo Plain (Domestic violence theme)
16. フレンド・シップ(それぞれの愛の形)~~Friendship (Various love patterns)
17. ドロップ・モーション(シェアハウスのテーマ)~~Drop Motion (Sharehouse theme)
18. シークレット・ポエッツ(孤独のテーマ)~~Secret Poets (Lonely theme)
19. ブランニュー・シーズン(エリのテーマ)~~Brand New Season (Eri’s theme)
20. レッド・ストリングス(絆)~~Red Strings (Accompaniment)
21. Prisoner Of Love (Inst.Ver.)(主題歌ピアノストリングスver)~~Prisoner of Love (Instrumental Version)(Theme song Piano Red Strings Version)
※作品中に音が歪んで聞こえる箇所がございますが、制作者の意図によるものです。
品番:TOCT-26587  価格:2,500円 (税込)

※The distorted voices you hear in these music pieces were intentionally made by the producer.
Product number: TOCT-26587 Price: 2500Yen [~S$32.88]

<井筒昭雄プロフィール>~~<Izutsu Akio’s Profile>

井筒昭雄(Izutsu Akio)1977年生まれ
1999年に一人多重録音ソロユニット Fab Cushion(Vroom Soundsよりリリース)として音楽活動を開始。その後はCM、映画音楽、海外アーティストのリミックスなどをジャンルレスにてがけ、現在に至る。
遊び心に富んだ音作りによるトラックメイキングや幅広い音楽を通過したメロディーが特徴。
オルタナティブなものからエレクトロ、HipHop、R&B、Reggae、ロックなどのサウンド・メロディー アプローチを得意とする。

Izutsu Akio born in 1977
In 1999, he started to single-handedly record a solo unit, Fab Cushion (released by Vroom Sounds). After that [and even till now], he started making music for commercials, movie soundtracks, overseas artistes’ remixes.
His music is unique in that, it’s playful and of a wide range of melody like truck making.
He is good in the sound and melody approach from Alternative, Electro, HipHop, R&B, Reggae, Rock.


I translated these! LOL~ Full of mistakes, I expect!! XD Anyway, the last 2 sentences in Izutsu’s profile really got me there.. Too difficult for a “vegetable bird” like me! T_T XD

Some song titles are also really weird for me, lol!

ANYWAY, the point is, LAST FRIENDS OST will be out soon!! OMG!! Can’t wait!! The piano version of Prisoner of Love is really really really nice!!

But look at the price, lol.. ExXxxXXXxxxxx……………. x.X

And it’s funny, what does it mean that the producer intentionally made the distorted voices? XD

O, and last night Last Friends episode 7 was ok.. OMG, cliffhanger right at the back.. Sousuke!!!!!!! Is he really gonna die the way we hoped he would? And poor Ruka.. Argh, give her up!! Is she really worth your effort?! LOL~ XD

Can’t wait for episode 8~ Its viewership will definitely rise again~!