I've been trying to get into some j-dramas recently. Can you recommend any that would be good for beginner-intermediate level learners? I just finished my first series, My Boss My Hero, and something along that level would be perfect. Thanks.
I haven't seen that series, but I'll try to find it. Drama's are great practice, I usually watch a series right through once with the fansubs and then watch them all again with no subtitles, which works really well because you know what's going on. One's I'd reccomend that have normal Japanese are: Shotgun Marrige (できちゃった結婚), Pride (プライド), When I Fall in Love (恋におちた - I haven't finished this one yet, but it's cooler than the title suggests), Crying out Love, in the Centre of the World (世界の中心で愛をさけぶ - this one is REALLY sappy, but watchable), Please god, give me more time (神様もう少しだけ - this one is really famous, about a 16 year old girl who gets aids, so it's a pretty serious and sad one, but I really liked it) and News Woman (ニュースの女 - this one is so/so, but it has nice Japanese so it's worth watching for practice)
The other ones I have I didn't really like, there was one called Tokyo Friends that I couldn't get through, and I also have this one series called Trick that I'm halfway through that's really awesome, but it's about busting cults and physics and magic tricks and stuff, so it's kinda hard to follow with no subtitles. At school I saw the first episode of a new one called Cheap Love that looked great, but I'm back to 56k at the moment, so can't download it :/
I'm a bit late to the party here, but I'd like to throw in another vote for Trick. Season 1 is a lot of fun, though season 2 drags a bit. We're hoping it picks up in speed again. My wife is hooked too, and she has no interest in learning Japanese. There is some really interesting wordplay: for example, in one episode the bad guy is exposed by using the difference between hashi (bridge) and hashi (chopsticks).
I've also been enjoying Lunch Queen, a fairly sappy "who likes whom" type of drama set in a restaurant. I wish they'd finish subtitling the last 2 episodes.
Anyone knows where I can download Friends or Seinfeld in Japanese?
The rule is wrong, at the least insofar as it conflates "torrent sites" and "sources of illegal downloads".
(It also fails to define a jurisdiction under which legality is to be established. Has anything weird been outlawed in Sealand recently?)
Edited: 2009-01-29, 11:42 pm
@vgambit : I'm happy to leave the older threads as is.
@nestOr : thanks
@woodwojr : got a better definition, wanna write me a 40 page long article to cover all cases? This is a guideline of course. I'm not a robot. I may also moderate some posts that fall under that rule, and leave others because I don't have all day to go and check those sites.
I am the administrator of this forum btw, not your country. This is a party and I set whichever "dress code" I want.
If the laws of your country or mine would have anything to say it would be in extreme cases of spreading hatred or diffamation, in which case they will certainly be more strict than I am!
Thread is open for discussion, new posts with links to illegal downloads will be deleted.
Your policies are obviously your business, but unless you're claiming to be a sovereign country, you still have no power over what is or is not "illegal". I can see how one (like, say, nest0r) might see this distinction as nitpicky, but I think it's important to remember that laws are not the same everywhere and that consequently that guideline will mean vastly different things to different people, making it not very useful for encouraging conforming behaviour.
Edit: of course, picking a specific set of laws as the standard for testing legality would remove this, so I guess you have "power" over legality in that way. Aside from jurisdiction-picking, though, "my site, my rules" still doesn't apply to powers traditionally reserved for sovereign nations.
Edited: 2009-01-30, 6:18 am
Could you be more specific (via PM, if desired)? As far as I know, both the idea that the creation of law is a governmental rather than personal power and the idea that different countries have different laws (and that thus there is no jurisdiction-independent concept of legality) are on fairly firm ground, and if that honestly is not the case I'd love to be informed so I don't make the mistake again.
You know, some of us honestly like our rules to be unambiguous. "Common sense" is a hideously dangerous thing.
Edit: ファブリス: one concise way to reword that rule might be "We do not condone copyright infringement. Please do not request assistance in infringing copyright [according to chosen jurisdiction—"your local" might work, but is somewhat loopholey] or assist or encourage others to infringe copyright."
Edited: 2009-01-30, 8:05 am
woodowjr, I am simply setting rules for this particular forum.
The world is imperfect. Communication through words is imperfect. At the end of the day I may have to make a judgment sometimes as to whether some post is suitable or not for this forum. I moderate this forum obviously with the best intentions. Whether my judgment is valid or invalid, somebody has to make a decision; and it falls under my responsibility.
These "ambiguous" guidelines give you the freedom to exercise some judgment as to what would be suitable and what would not. Like I said in the corresponding sticky topic, I don't have all day to check links, I'm just asking people to be reasonable.