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The Making of Legal High: Behind-the-Scenes Special!

One thing that I could say about the entire video: ERMAHGERD it’s awesome! I would err… give a lot of comments regarding this one.

First of all, it seemed that all of the cast have these two things: CAMARADERIE and TEAMWORK, which I think is something that even Filipino artists and celebrities should observe while on the set. Have you ever heard of some issues regarding Yui Aragaki and Masato Sakai being involved with one another like, they’re “ON” as in they’re officially together off-cam? I don’t think so.

I really do have more respect towards Sakai-sama for his professionalism as an actor–there is NO SUCH THING as TAKE TWO when he’s the man–in fact, he does excel in his craft the hard way, and you could see that he’s really a hardworking actor. There are also scenes where he helps and teaches his co-actors on their roles, lines, preparation–you will see his professionalism, which I think the younger generation of Filipino actors should imitate. Masato Sakai should be looked up to and be a ROLE MODEL to these young actors.

This also made me respect Yui Aragaki more–I really think she’s waaaaaaaay better than those other actresses who are just “pa-cute” and OA in the Japanese entertainment industry. She may not be one of the “most excellent” Japanese actresses we know, but acting-wise, she is not as over-acting as other Japanese actresses who do nothing but being pa-cute. She has been improving after watching Hanamizuki, when she shifted from being a high school student towards being a career woman. However, I don’t think she’s still ready to become a serious career woman–actually, her co-stars, Ryoka Suzuki, Eiko Koike and Ryoko Hirosue (SP) could actually pull off the “professional look.” I could not even imagine Sandara Park pulling off the “professional look” as well, and same other East Asian actresses, well of course, exceptions would be Zhang Ziyi, Shu Qi, Cecilia Cheung and other East Asian actresses who serve as the “mediator” between pa-tweetums, pa-cute versus the “matured” look.

Their CAMARADERIE and TEAMWORK is of course, unquestionable. Legal High wouldn’t be as impressive as what we think of it if there are such issues na “nagkatampuhan” si ganito-ganyan, and “pakapalan ng mukha” is only manifested when shooting a scene. For instance, Sakai-sama really showcased his prowess on Episode 9–patuloy-tuloy niyang ipinahayag ang kanyang mga linya’t hindi maitatanggi na padalos-dalos lang, walang interruptions. If some of you people think that Sakai’s acting is over-acting, then fuck you! The reason why he IS a good actor and WON many awards is because of his dedication, passion and err… love for his craft. Remember that he was theater-trained in Waseda, while majoring in Chinese literature, and his love for reading is actually one of the strong points when he memorizes his lines–for him I guess, it’s not a matter of memorizing lines. It’s about putting emotions and placing yourself as the character–which some of the “lamest” and “lousiest” actors failed to do.

Side Note: No wonder, Ina, Kapatid, Anak is plagued with surrounding controversies with the Kim-Maja hulabaloo–check out PEP for those details. I don’t think maganda talaga ang denouement ng teleserye is mainly because of the off-screen conflict. This also applies to Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig. Bakit madaling natapos ang teleseryeng, starring Piolo Pascual, Rafael Rossell and Jericho Rosales; Cristine Reyes, Denise Laurel at saka ni Maricar Reyes? Tapos ‘yung mga ibang BIGATING artista pa ‘yan, ah? Well, simple: Cristine Reyes is simply a NUISANCE! In Legal High, NONE of the actors there are prone to controversies, as opposed to most Filipino actors who are pa-controversial (which are often rejected by GMA and welcomed by ABS-CBN through casting couch). Whatever issues they had, at least they are still keen on their privacy and only give a few details about their personal life, as opposed to Filipino actors, isang isyu pa lang, pagpi-piyestahan na ‘yan. Also, don’t get me started when I bash pa-controversial celebrities–telling me that “tao” rin sila. Well, I find veteran actors more human than those actors who are pa-controversial–most of them are beyond superficial!

I also liked the scene where the entire cast and crew celebrated Gakky’s birthday. It’s like work and at the same time, bonding. There are NO moments where you’ll see them having conflicts with one another, and whatnot; plus, what I really liked about this one is that, there’s no such thing as superiority complex among them. In other words, PATAS lang. Even Masato-chan treated his co-stars as good friends, so the series turned out to be a masterpiece, rather than a nuisance.

When looking at the actors, the cast and crew, they’re really PROFESSIONAL in their fields. Ha! I think AA should learn from these actors if she wants to be a well-respected actress in Japan. Whatever controversy AA does, it equates losing face in Japan, and it would be much worse if she’s in Korea (ask Roxyisferox, since I’m not a fan of Korean entertainment). Also, what I liked about these actors is that, they laugh at their scenes, meaning to say that they don’t think that their final scene is perfect. Masato-chan was simply, bleh(!) when he saw his scene–it means that he’s used to watching himself all over and over again.

This is one thing that I really like about the Japanese entertainment industry–when non-JE actors are involved right here. Most of them would actually improve their craft by being cooperative towards their co-actors, and there is NO SUCH THING as crab mentality. Work habits through the Japanese way shows that they learn how to make things effective–in a way that the series will be SUCCESSFUL.

Overall Take

I don’t expect the series to be 100% perfection–I only expect the best in the series, and there’s no certain formula to create a successful and a watch-able TV series, which the Filipino entertainment industry must learn a thing or two.

J-Dorama Review: Legal High

I don’t think this would be the best J-Drama for me so far, but I guess this is a must-watch.

Overview

The whole series is waaaaay different from what I usually watch on television. This is a comedy series that contains the following stars: Yui Aragaki (Machiko Mayuzumi), Masato Sakai (Kensuke Komikado), Kotaro Satomi (Hattori) and last but not least, the iconic legend Katsuhisa Namase who portays Miki Choichiro, Komikado-sensei’s worst opponent.

Kensuke is actually a very arrogant and sarcastic rich lawyer who has never lost a lawsuit. But deep down inside, he also has a serious side despite his intolerable antics towards Machiko. Meanwhile, Machiko is somewhat quite reserved and is more righteous and emotional, in contrast to Kensuke’s attitude.

Review/Comments

This is for me, Yui Aragaki’s comedy role as a lawyer. I really cannot imagine her being too funny in some sort, since her personality reflects on the ideal Japanese woman: the Yamato Nadeshiko (you’ll see all the shows she was featured in).

However, I’d like to say this one: Gakky doesn’t seem to fit the role of a lawyer at all. It was actually Masato Sakai who nailed the whole series ever–in Tagalog, siya ang nagdala.

In other words, Sakai’s acting is more neutral despite exaggerating the role of Komikado Kensuke, unlike most actors who exaggerate their roles in an over-acting manner. Sakai is a charmer; he could actually be a better actor compared to other Japanese actors who just err… bring their talent through their good looks (haha, I will still finish the other doramas that I have uploaded). Gakky, on the other hand, seemed to be more like the roles of Frodo and Harry Potter (portrayed by Elijah Wood and Daniel Radcliffe, respectively)–in other words, the main protagonists’ role is actually more weak, and has the traits of a sidekick more than the protagonist. After all, this makes Sakai’s role a “backup solution.”

Recommendation/Rating

Also, this is one way to learn new words in Japanese, and this is a recommended drama for those who are taking ISJ-LMG in DLSU, and to those Japanophiles who are learning Nihongo.

The subtitles should actually be slower for like, half a second, especially with Komikado-sensei’s lines! The challenge of subbing someone’s fast speech is quite difficult. Yeah, challenging but at least if you’re not going to watch it on TV, it would be good.

Rating (highest is 4.0, lowest is 1.0): 3.0-3.5