TV: My Jihad – BBC Three Original Drama Short – Episode 2 Summary + Review

“Jihad: the spiritual struggle within oneself against sin.”

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(“You live with your parents…?”)

Airing on: BBC iPlayer Exclusive

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy Age: All ages

Released: March 2014

At first it was the title that caught my eye. I was thinking about how someone has managed to drag the media-buzzword “Jihad” into yet another production, but happily this is a drama about a young Muslim man called Nazir who is looking for a wife.

At a speed-dating event, Nazir (Hamza Jeetooa) is being wrung out by the various attendees about his lack of finances. Fahmida (Anjli Mohindra), who is chaperoning her friend at this event, gives Nazir a particularly hard time. The are immediately at odds, but a chance meeting on a bus opens up a conversation, and they are able to look at each other in a favourable light.

This is one of the standalone BBC Three Original Drama Shorts that are available to watch on BBC iPlayer. The premise is to celebrate the new talent joining the BBC, and each episode is less than 20 minutes.

Warning! May Contain Spoilers!

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Anime: Sukitte Ii na yo (Say I Love You) – Episode 7 Summary + Review

“Wanna stay at my place?”

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(“That photographer wants me back…?”)

Studio: ZEXCS

Genre: Romance, Shoujo, Drama,  Age: 13+

Released: 28 September 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, news of Yamato’s modelling career spreads like wildfire through the school. Megu-tan pleased with the attention that she and Yamato have been getting, and she breaks the news that her modelling agency has asked Yamato to continue modelling for them.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Anime: Sukitte Ii na yo (Say I Love You) – Episode 6 Summary + Review

“Someone new on the scene”

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(“Ba dum, Ba dum, Ba dum”)

Studio: ZEXCS

Genre: Romance, Shoujo, Drama,  Age: 13+

Released: 28 September 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Asami and Kenji are officially a couple, and are happy to talk about their perfect relationship in front of Yamato. Feeling soft towards Mei, Yamato is happy to show that they too are a good couple, although Mei is still shy of saying anything definite.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Anime: Sukitte Ii na yo (Say I Love You) – Episode 5 Summary + Review

“You want to hear my story…?”

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(Yamato sneaks up on Mei after a half-hour of stalking)

Studio: ZEXCS

Genre: Romance, Shoujo, Drama,  Age: 13+

Released: 28 September 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Mei finds an abandoned kitten in the park, and feels sad that a small creature has been left to fend for itself. Although Yamato offers comfort, Mei’s anguish causes him to take the kitten under his care, even though he knows anything about taking care of a cat.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Anime: Sukitte Ii na yo (Say I Love You) – Episode 4 Summary + Review

“Engagement bracelet?”

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(“When I get a job, then we get rings. Until then…”)

Studio: ZEXCS

Genre: Romance, Shoujo, Drama,  Age: 13+

Released: 28 September 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Yamato gives Mei a bracelet with blue meet, and he wears a matching one, as a token of their relationship. It seems that both people have been changed by recent events, but more challenges are on the horizon.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Anime: Sukitte Ii na yo (Say I Love You) – Episode 3 Summary + Review

“Two can play at this game”

(Mei needs a full makeover)

Studio: ZEXCS

Genre: Romance, Shoujo, Drama,  Age: 13+

Released: 28 September 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, although Mei insists that she’s only going to the parlour on the weekends, Yamato is determined to tag along and treat it as a date.

Yamato is a cool guy, and being in public with him only reminds Mei of how drabby she looks. It doesn’t help that girls nearby hit on Yamato right in front of her, and he even gets a scouting agents asking about him!

Are they really meant to be?

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Anime: Sukitte Ii na yo (Say I Love You) – Episode 2 Summary + Review

“Pick a girl, any girl”

(Mei has to watch her anime shows on TV)

Studio: ZEXCS

Genre: Romance, Shoujo, Drama,  Age: 13+

Released: 28 September 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Mei is rescued by the charismatic Yamato, and taken to karaoke with a bunch of school friends. She feels pretty awkward with so many strangers, and Yamato acting comfortable around her. After running out of the group, Yamato chases after her.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Anime: Sukitte Ii na yo (Say I Love You) – Episode 1 Summary + Review

“Sometimes you just come across the right person…”

(Mei was a very lonely girl…)

Studio: ZEXCS

Genre: Romance, Shoujo, Drama,  Age: 13+

Released: 28 September 2012 – onwards

Antisocial, shy and unassuming, Mei Tachibana has spent most of life feeling suspicious of other people. Her philosophy that ‘everyone betrays you in the end‘ means that she has never been able to make friends, or find a boyfriend, which her classmates have noticed.

But things are about to take a drastic turn…

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Music: Ayumi Hamasaki – LOVEppears – Album Review

“Fly High And Then Immature Boys & Girls End Roll”

Artists: Ayumi Hamasaki

Age: October 2, 1978 (age 33)

Genre: JPop, JRock, Dance, Electronic, House

Released: 10th November 1999

One of my favourite albums, LOVEppears (pronounced ‘love appears’) is stuffed with dance tracks in Ayu’s distinctive voice.

The album follows a very tight and coherent style, so if you’re a fan of 90’s soft rock, electronic, or dance music, and you like a few of the songs, this album will rank high.

Although Boys & Girls is a favourite among many fans, WHATEVER, And Then, and Fly High are upbeat and vocally more interesting.

Even though it’s been a two decades since this album was released, the dance songs haven’t aged.

See below for album previews:

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Anime: Natsuyuki Rendezvous – Episode 11 Series Finale Summary + Review

“Suicide in the woods”

(Poor Hazuki will fall apart being a ghost-third wheel)

Studio: Dogakobo

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Josei, Age: 13+

Released: July 1 2012 – onwards

From the last episode, Hazuki spies on Atsushi and Rokk’a reconciliation. Even though Rokka declared her love for Hazuki a few moments before, surely she will pick her first love and late husband over the newcomer?

Will this be the end for Hazuki?

Warning! May contain Spoilers!

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