Kimura Takuya: Revisited | Kchat Jjigae
Jenny's push-pull relationship with Forrest is not about indecision or an easy ride, but the spiralling decisions of a woman suffering abuse from all (but one) of. Labour's target to end rough sleeping by 7. . Forest 6 the homeless applicant sought judicial review of, inter alia, the council's failure immediate causes as the breakdown of relationships (including those between. I've just finished watching the videotapes of "Sleeping Forest", which is one of How can the ending be possibly be interpreted? 2. As their relationship was.
He is rock-solid and dependable, and deeply in love with Minako. But as he is haunted by apparitions from a troubled childhood, and with his promising career besmirched by shady dealings, you wonder if Kiichiro is all that he seems to be. Was he channeling Bono consciously? And by the time Bono wails that all-too-familiar refrain with all the pent-up longing and anguish that only Bono can deliver, I think of bloody Kimura and that bloody fedora hat of his, and nothing else.
Okay, I have officially played this song on my iPod five times since I started writing this paragraph. He treats Yuri, his girlfriend of four years like crap, and refuses to commit to her emotionally despite their dysfunctional relationship. Naoki takes her masochistic devotion for granted, and ditches her right before going off to meet Minako in the forest that first time.
He is treated by Naoki and Yuri with friendly affection, yet he knows that Ito Naoki will always cast a shadow over him — in looks, in confidence, in professional achievement, and in love. Keita tries to make light of the matter with his half-hearted jokes, but just comes across as this sad clown every time.
Yusuke Santamaria is an adequate actor while Honjo Manami simply oozes… mediocrity, but the way both characters are written brooks no sympathy from the viewer, either. Second-rate second fiddles, indeed. When you finally meet him as that grave, shaggy-haired boy hiding in the woods, you understand how lonely and emotionally disconnected Naoki truly is — and has been, practically all his life. Always an outsider, always an observer, always watching from a distance.
Both Ito Naoki and Hamazaki Kiichiro lose their mothers at such a young age, and are left to contend with emotionally distant fathers who gain renown in their respective fields psychology and painting but remain abject failures at parenthood.
The boy Naoki longs to be intimate with his own father, but is incapable of expressing this wish to Naomi. It is only during the transference of his own memories to Minako through Naomi as a conduit, that Naoki can obliquely insert his own childlike dreams of becoming part of a real family again.
But his father misses these cues until it is rather too latetoo caught up in his scholarly pursuits to notice the coded messages his son has been sending him during their interviews. And yet despite their emotional ineptitude both father and son share a deep loyalty towards each other, a familial bond that is more resilient than they both may think. I just love him!!! And I love how the editing would juxtapose the Young Naoki flashbacks with some of the Grown-up Naoki moments, making you realize that although the boy is now a man, the eyes are unchanged after fifteen years and still mirror the same loneliness and deep-seated longing, the hungry look of a boy starved for love and affection and human companionship.
Drama Review: Nemureru Mori / A Sleeping Forest (Fuji TV, ) | The Little Dorama Girl
Their shared childhood memories make each person an irrevocable part of the other, and their mingled identities seem as surreal and inchoate as the strange bond that connects them. But when their relationship takes a shocking and irreversible turn, it is Naoki — and not Minako — who suffers more deeply from it.
For what do you do when the sole object of your year obsession, whom you watched and followed and LOVED for more than half your life, turns out to be the Forbidden Fruit? You know and he knows that what Yuri really is, is his Consolation Prize.
The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood
Portrait of a J-Idol as a Serious Actor As much as I loved Kimura Takuya in those rom-com dramas with his good-guy, Idol heroics and that ever-scintillating sheen of Ultra-Coolnessit was refreshing to see him play against type here in Nemureru Mori, as if all stops were pulled to make him as disturbing and disruptive a presence as possible in the life of Minako. But even without the polish and control so identifiable with his later work, his talent in Nemureru Mori is unmistakably there — particularly in the key moments of realization and revelation.
There are glimmers of greatness in his performance, a foretaste of that Kimura Awesomeness I first came to love in Pride my first Kimuradorama ever. There also is a dynamism to him, an irrepressible vitality in his persona that lends itself so well to his onscreen characters. The fairy tale premise has metamorphosed into a Gothic tale, one of unspeakable terror and the looming specter of Death.
And the storyline is more labyrinthine than your regular whodunit, with so many nail-biting twists and turns I soon lost count. Each cliffhanger left me breathless, each blind alley made me retrace my steps and re-assess the clues so cleverly dropped along the way. Crime-solving is perhaps more deductive than inductive, because you begin with a certain premise, a certain angle, and then try to match the clues and evidence to this theory.
Though my original assumption about the murderer later proved to be correct, it was only after all that messing with my head had made me doubt… well, everything.
You expect the worst with these types of stories, but nothing prepared me for how deeply rooted the mystery was, and how far-reaching the consequences of the crime. The events set in motion 15 years prior end up entangling more people than were involved originally — even those with no material connection to the Yuletide killings. In the fairy tale that is Nemureru Mori, what awaits the characters is no Happy Ending, but a wasteland of ruined lives and broken dreams.
Never After This final act of Nemureru Mori just bled me dry; the story had consumed me inside out, leaving me numb. Then you realize with a heart-stopping clarity that beneath the Sleeping Beauty tale lies another story embedded in Nemureru Mori, and it is that of Hansel and Gretel… Two children hand in hand, lost deep in the woods, who must find their way out of this strange gloaming of shadows and stippled light — before the darkness devours them both.
That Hansel and Gretel are brother and sister is an irony not lost on the viewer: Then our Fairy Tale is finally over: He died as he had lived: Maybe despite being in its agonized throes, my mind still automatically precluded the possibility of an ending so… pointless, and so gratuitously sob-inducing.SLEEPING FOREST: An admin and clan clan leader being gay
To choose NOT to deal with the torture that would inevitably come if he stayed and forced himself to act all… familial and brotherly around Minako. If Naoki let the orange and the orchids slip from his fingers, if he slumped back in his seat and closed his eyes — what of it? But in the hours leading up to your death, your condition should begin to manifest itself more acutely — i.
The Betty to Simca's Veronica. Unlike Simca, she absolutely refuses to use Ikki for her own ends and always tries to support him. Beware the Nice Ones: She's kind, not at all manipulative, and hates keeping secrets and hurting people.
Piss her off, though, and she'll tear you apart. Second biggest tits in the series. Most badass lady in the series. Cannot Spit It Out: Her feelings for Ikki. She finally manages it in Chapter Caught the Heart on His Sleeve: When she confesses to Ikki, he's just starting to walk away. She stops him by softly grabbing the hem of his jacket. In keeping with her lack of confidence, she can't even bring herself to stop him and make him look her in the eyes.
She's been friends with Ikki since they were children and has loved him for years. She hates when another girl gets closer to Ikki and has a tendency to destroy what's next to her in a fit of rage. Her later A-T models: For the first part of the series, Ringo was established as a skilled rider and all of her friends were aware of this, but what they weren't aware of was that even then, before she took various levels in badassshe was one of the most badass riders in the series.
Even as Croissant Mask, she couldn't fight to her true potential or use her Thornier Road for fear of revealing herself. When the Storm Regalia gets shot when Kururu shields her from an attack from one of Genesis' soldiers.
When she and Ikki fight, she utterly dominates him until she suffers her Heroic R. She looks like a cute, adorable high school girl. If you fuck with her, she'll annihilate both you and the building you're standing in. She's badass and she almost always wears a miniskirt. She gives a pretty good one to Agito when he was still an enemy.
Coupled with her Battle Aurait scared the shit out of him. Just fighting is extremely painful for her, even if her opponent's attacks don't even come close to touching her, yet with one exception her fight with Ikki, which she didn't really want to fight anyway she refuses to give in.
This is especially pronounced in the final battle, in which she fights for extended periods of time, even after she takes a vicious wound to the side of her face.
And even jumps into space just to get the lead. Par for the course for a Gravity Child. She usually keeps them hidden.
The childhood friend is the one who wins Ikki. She's noted several times to be ridiculously fast, and though Ikki beats her in all-out speed, she is far more nimble and next to impossible to touch in a fight.