Monday, October 12, 2009

Winter Sonata Anime Adaptation


A Winter Sonata anime is to be aired in October of 2009, with 23 members of the original cast voicing the characters. The original 2002 drama follows a girl named Yu Jin Jung and her male classmate Joon Sang Kang as tragedy and angst befalls them and those around them in the years between high school and young adulthood. The 2004 Japanese broadcast triggered the ongoing "Korean wave" of pop culture in Japan and turned the lead actor Yong Joon Bae into a superstar among Japanese female viewers. The Japanese publisher Ohzora Publishing Co. eventually imported and translated the drama's manhwa adaptation under the title Winter Love Song.

The videos feature voice-acting by the two main leads from the original drama, Bae (Kang) and Ji Woo Choi (Jung). Bae had agreed to reprise his role as part of the 2007-2008 deal that gave his Key East company's production credit for the anime, and Choi agreed to join the cast shortly thereafter. The anime will premiere on the Skyper! SkyChan HD and DATV channel in Japan on October 17.

The only thing I regret most in high school was not being able to watch the drama. But lady luck is on my side and grants me a second chance with this anime adaptation. I have very high expectations for this anime; hopefully it will be a success and not a failure like White album for instance. Most anime of this genre have characters that are just pretty to watch, good quality animation but poor storyline and cliché dialogues, not to mention abysmal personalities and actions that sometimes you just want to throw your shoe at them while forcing yourself to sit there and watch the entire series just to know what happens in the end. I hope Winter Sonata Anime adaptation will blow me away and leave me another tear-jerking moment like how Clannad / After Story did for me.





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