Tatakau Shisho The Book of Bantorra (Japanese Anime) 2010


A.K.A: Armed Librarians: The Book of Bantorra
Year: 2010
Runtime: 24mn [average] per disc
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Episodes: 27
Genre: Animation | Action | Fantasy | Super Power | Seinen
Director: Shinohara, Toshiya
Cast: Balory, Mattalast, Finder, Mirepoch, Maruchie, Noloty, McMarney, Volken
Links: MyAnimeList | animenewsnetwork

Plot/Sypnosis:
In a world where dead people turn into books and are stored in the Bantorra Library where anyone who reads a book can learn their past, Bantorra Library is maintained by Armed Librarians who wield psychic powers and their enemy is a religious society known as Sindeki Kyoudan.

Can You Hear My Heart (Korean TV) 2011

A.K.A: Do You Hear My Heart | Listen to My Heart
Year: 2011
Runtime: 1hour  [average] per disc
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Episodes: 30
Genre: Drama | Romance
Director: Kim Sang Ho
Cast: Kim Jae Won, Hwang Jung Eum, Nam Goong Min, Go Joon Hee
Links: DramaWiki

Plot/Sypnosis:
Bong Woo-Ri (Kim Sae-Ron/Hwang Jung-Eum) was a bright 9-year-old girl, but she didn’t have a name or a father. Her mother was also deaf. Nevertheless, there were good people around her like Bong Young-Gyu (Jeong Bo-Seok) – a man who loved her mother and was also mentally deficient. The mentally deficient man lived with his mother and son Bong Ma-Roo (later played by Nam Gung-Min). Bong Ma-Roo was an honor student who was insecure about his grandmother who always cursed and his mentally deficient father. To make matters worse, his mentally deficient father married a woman who was deaf. Meanwhile, 9-year-old Bong Woo-Ri was elated that she finally had a family and a name. Tragedy soon struck when a fire occurred in a factory where their deaf mother worked. Their mother died in the fire and their father was taken into police custody because of a rameup . Bong Ma-Roo left his sister and said he would come back. Now, Bong Woo-Ri, her grandmother and father awaited for his return. Meanwhile, Dong-Joo (Kang Chan-Hee/Kim Jae-Won) lived with his grandfather, mother and step-father. His grandfather owned the company “Yoo-Kyung,” but the company was run by the step-father due to the grandfather’s bad health. By chance, Dong-Joo met Woo-Ri. He promised to teach her how to play the piano. To keep his promise, Dong-Joo attempted to sneak out at night one. During this time, he saw his step-father allow his grandfather to die. An accident then occurred that resulted in Dong-Joo permanently losing his hearing. At the funeral for his grandfather, Dong-Joo’s mother learned that her husband cheated on her and even fathered another child. Dong-Joo’s mother also learned that the other child was Bong Ma-Roo. The mother then hid Dong-Joo’s loss of hearing and took him to live overseas. For revenge, Dong-Joo’s mother also took Bong Ma-Roo with them. While living overseas, Bong Ma-Roo changed his name to Jang Joon-Ha. Dong-Joo also learned how to read lips and, because of this, could act as someone with normal hearing. Everything was set. The three of them returned to South Korea and Dong-Joo now attempts to return the company to his mother and exact revenge on his step-father…

Sword Stained with Royal Blood (Chinese TV) 2007

A.K.A: Bi Xue Jian
Year: 2007
Runtime: 45mn [average] per disc
Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English | Chinese
Episodes: 30
Genre: Wuxia
Director: Li Han Tao , Zhao Jian
Cast: Dou Zhi Kong, Eva Huang, Sun Fei Fei, Hsiao Shu Shen
Links: DramaWiki

Plot/Sypnosis:
Swordplay novels by Jin Yong (aka Louis Cha) have been adapted into numerous TV series and films. Sword Stained with Royal Blood is no exception. Mainland Chinese director Zhang Jizhong, after turning a few Jin Yong novels into well-received TV series, adapts Sword Stained With Royal Blood into an intriguing swordplay drama, with more historical elements added compared to previous versions. Singer/actor Bobby Dou stars as Yuan Chengzhi, son of a general who has been killed by the emperor. He comes across a beautiful girl named Qingqing, portrayed by Eva Huang from Kungfu Hustle, and they embark on exciting adventures together, with Yuan still bearing in mind his desire to avenge his father’s death. On his journey, he befriends another girl, Jiu, which after they have formed a close relationship, she reveals her real identity as the royal princess, daughter of the emperor who killed Yuan’s father.

Lie To Me (Korean TV) 2011

A.K.A: Try Lying to Me
Year: 2011
Runtime: 1hr 3mn [average] per disc
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Episodes: 16
Genre: Comedy | Romance
Director: Kim Soo Ryong, Kwon Hyuk Chan
Cast: Yoon Eun Hye, Kang Ji Hwan, Sung Joon, Jo Yoon Hee, Hong Soo Hyu
Links: DramaWiki

Plot/Sypnosis:
Gong Ah Jung, a level 5 Ministry of Culture official, gets entangled in a web of lies when she mistakenly lies that she’s married to Hyun Ki Joon, a hotel manager from an affluent family. Their relationship is further complicated when Ki Joon’s ex-fiancée and a close friend of his brother’s, Oh Yoon Joo, reappears in his life.

Lotus Lantern (Chinese TV) 2005

A.K.A: Bao Lian Deng
Year: 2005
Runtime: 41mn [average] per disc
Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Episodes: 35
Genre: Fantasy
Director: Yu Man Sang
Cast: Cao Jun, Shu Chang, Vincent Jiao, Liu Xiao Qing
Links: DramaWiki

Plot/Sypnosis:
San Sheng Mu was a kind and beautiful deity who saved the life of Liu Yan Chang, a mortal scholar. The two fell in love and had a son, Chen Xiang. San Sheng Mu’s older brother, Er Lang Shen, found out about their romance and led the Heavenly Brigade in pursuit of the family. During this time of peril, San Sheng Mu gave the Lotus Lantern to Yan Chang to protect him and their son. Soon she was captured and pinned beneath Mount Hua. Thereafter, Yan Chang and Chen Xiang hid in a small village making a meager living. Sixteen years later, Chen Xiang has grown up. One day he discovers that he possesses some mysterious powers, such as the ability to pass through walls. However, these powers begin to attract the attention of Er Lang Shen and Xiao Tian Quan, thus Yan Chang must tell his son the story of their forbidden past. After learning of his mother’s imprisonment at the hands of his uncle, Chen Xiang sets out on a journey to rescue her. — Lady Zhuge

Prisoner (Japanese TV) 2008

A.K.A: Prisoner
Year: 2008
Runtime: 1hr 37mn [average] per disc
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Episodes: 5
Genre: Suspense | Drama
Director: Mizutani Toshiyuki
Cast: Tamayama Tetsuji, Tsuruta Mayu, Omori Nao, Nakamura Shunsuke, Sada Mayumi
Links: DramaWiki

Plot/Sypnosis:
(Prisoner) was adapted from a true story, the account of a Japanese man arrested in Cambodia, protagonist of Sawai Kujira’s Prisoner in Phnom Penh. The location changed to an imaginary island in Southeast Asia (shoot was in Thailand), but the rest remains more or less the same. Going to Seraivia to meet old senpai Yuzurihara (Nakamura Shunsuke), Izawa Keigo (Tamayama Tetsuji) finds himself involved in more than he could ever expect. He quickly learns there’s no law you can’t bend with a few good dead presidents, and that embassies only work as long as you don’t become a burden to them. Following a man who conned his friend, Keigo finds himself in prison, with a 10 year sentence and seemingly no way to escape, although he does find a friend in the ambiguous Pon (Ohmori Nao, his first drama appearance in two years). Real estate intrigues, corrupt police, a mounting death toll and the tasty decadence of a banana (or well, pineapple) republic. That’s Seraivia for you.