018. ⎡パパドル!⎦/ “Idol Papa” – Finale

So I finally got around to watching the end of “Papadoru”!

Yay!

The rest of the episodes are a strong mix of happy and sad moments (though mostly happy), and we get to see Ryo show a range of emotions.  The final episode, however, is full of very sad faces and sad possibilities.  So rather than give a full description and give spoilers, I’ll just put up some screencaps!

Let’s begin!

Oh noes! Sad Ryo-chan ;__;

…and more sad Ryo-chan…

…*sigh*…and MORE sad Ryo-chan.

I mean, I understand that the storyline calls for it, since the love of Ryo’s life has left him to help save his career, but still.  It was a little tiring to see so much sad Ryo…rather than saddening.

However!

There are a lot of faces of people that we only got to see bits and pieces of throughout the series that I was happy to see!  And Subaru’s mysterious ambivalence is explained and shown to be him just being…well…if you’re a fan of Kanjani8, you already know…he’s just being Subaru, haha.

Subs saves the day! (and Maru-chan looks cute!)

And of course we get a happy ending 🙂

This series is, of course, fluff and not really that serious.  And the moral of the story is one we’ve heard time and time again – celebrities are people, too, and unfortunately having normal human relationships can be not only difficult but very taxing.  We as fans should have sympathy and support them rather than censure them for choices they make that aren’t even hurting anyone.

The series was enjoyable, and while I’m not a 100% Ryo fan any longer, I do enjoy seeing him in dramas.  I REALLY enjoy seeing him in characters that aren’t the typical cool guy characters, too.  And for a Johnny’s boy, Ryo has actually had a reasonable amount of luck (or is it talent) in getting roles that are far from typecast.  He’s played a delinquent kid who matures and later becomes a doctor after meeting an inspiring girl, an abusive husband, a young rookie airline engineer, a mystery-solving younger brother, a doormat well-trained chef who finds his confidence/dream again, etc. etc.

While Ryo may not have the popularity/famousness of Arashi’s Ninomiya in the acting realm, he certainly can hold his own and has shown that he can play a wide range of characters.

Now!  I need to get ready to watch Maru’s drama.  This following screencap being the major draw:

MARU BUTT!

Hugs & kimchi,

Annie

PS:  Actually, I may wait a while to watch all of Maru’s drama.  Instead, I plan to watch Oguri Shun and Ishihara Satomi’s drama, “Rich Man, Poor Woman”.  I love them both and am excited to see a relatively different sort of romantic storyline! 🙂

By the way, I’m also looking for a more current (as in this year) K-drama to watch.  I tend to enjoy romances and can tolerate some silliness.  Any suggestions?

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