Colour rush: using colours to classify Japanese dramas and Kpop songs

Thank you to Ethan_07 at Anime as a Cup of Tea for tagging me in this colour challenge. Let’s see what I come up with.

Rules

#1 Share your favourite stories—movies/books/anime/manga/drama/songs—by classifying them on these seven colours’ traits: 

  • red: passionate, exciting, invigorating
  • blue: peaceful, calming
  • pink: romantic, caring
  • orange: warm, motivating
  • black: mysterious, thrilling
  • green: fresh, unexpected
  • white: random

#2 Send this challenge invitation to at least one of your friends. Let them fear your superiority, as you—decide their fate.

#3 Link back to the original post here! And, enjoy!

Note: It’s always recommended for you to thank (or link back to) the people who nominated you, but if you think there’s already an unbreakable bond between you and the challengers, then feel free to drop the courtesy.


Red

Alice in Borderland

The story initially follows three friends: Arisu, Karube, and Chota. They mysteriously get transported to a parallel universe where they have to play life-threatening games to survive.

This drama will make you feel all kinds of feelings. But most of all, it’s exciting and gets the adrenaline going. It keeps you on your toes, and there’s never a dull moment. You also see the desperation and different motivations in the characters to survive. This drama is one of the best I’ve ever seen, and I’ll definitely come back to this in the near future (even though I’ve already watched it twice since it came out).

Idol – BTS

This song is super high energy with a positive message of loving themselves. The chorus immediately gets stuck in your head, and you’ll be singing along in no time.

Blue

We Married as a Job

This drama is one of the most drama-free shows I’ve watched. The story follows Mikuri and Hiramasa’s fake marriage life. You’d expect a lot of drama that comes with a plot like this. But the protagonists are so down-to-earth. They also have great chemistry and keep you entertained despite it revolving around their mundane lives.

Peach – IU

IU is the queen of calming songs. I especially love the instrumental to this song. And paired with IU’s breathy vocals, it easily lightens the mood on a rainy day.

Pink

Switched

The story talks about bullying, mental health, and depression. Zenko has always been unpopular and bullied by her classmates. She is envious of the popular student, Ayumi. One day, they switch bodies, and Ayumi is devastated. No one believes her except for her friend, Kaga, who helps her find a way to get her body back.

This drama is actually dark but with a positive ending. It doesn’t have a lot of romance, but it talks about having confidence and loving yourself. It also shows the importance of having someone who believes in you.

Spoiler: At the end of the drama, Zenko, the main antagonist of the show, become friends despite everything she put them through. While some people may have mixed feelings about this, I found it to be a satisfying and heartfelt ending.

Spoiler: on a side note, kudos to Kaga for letting go of his love for Ayumi. It’s bittersweet but it makes you root for him.

Dear Me – Taeyeon

To keep with the theme of loving yourself, I chose Taeyeon’s Dear Me to represent pink. The lyrics talk about the courage she gained from loving herself.

Orange

Gokusen

Gokusen is a drama that will always have a special place in my heart. I got into this drama when I was really young, and I occasionally come back to watch it. The story follows Yamaguchi Kumiko or Yankumi, a young woman who doesn’t want to become the next yakuza boss. Instead, she becomes a high-school teacher who specializes in teaching delinquents at an all-boys school.

Yankumi goes all-out for her students that it’s unrealistic. But it’s extremely heartwarming from a viewer’s perspective, especially when the students start warming up to her. You can see that Yankumi’s passion for her teaching and her motivation is tiring but also inspiring to watch. This drama will make you laugh and cry.

Do Re Mi – Seventeen

Do Re Mi is a b-side from Seventeen. It’s catchy with a chill vibe. They talk about how it’s okay to slow down in life and think about what you really want. However, you can also see it from a romantic perspective such as mulling over feelings for someone. It really depends.

Black

Todome no Kiss (Kiss that Kills)

This drama has a lot of kissing, but not for the reasons you’d expect. The story follows Otaro Dojima (Kento Yamazaki), a popular host who believes that love makes people unhappy. Therefore, he only pursues money and power. One day, a mysterious woman named Saiko appears in front of him and kisses him. After the kiss, Otaro finds himself 7 days in the past.

Otaro uses Saiko’s mysterious power to his advantage to get what he wants, which is to get close to the rich, young woman named Mikoto. The best part about this drama is Otaro’s character development. He grows from a nasty character to caring about Saiko’s happiness and well-being.

This drama is mysterious and thrilling. First, there’s Saiko, And then there’s Otaro who seems like the antagonist even though he’s the protagonist. You aren’t really sure what’s going to happen at the end, and what’s in store for the characters. It’s a drama that keeps you on your toes.

Blood Sweat & Tears – BTS

The first song I thought of for this category was Blood Sweat & Tears. This song gives off all sorts of sexy and mysterious vibes. There’s also a ton of symbolism in it, and the cinematography and outfits are also amazing.

Green

Boku no Ita Jikan (The Hours of My Life)

The story follows Takuto (Haruma Miura), a university student, who learns he has A.L.S (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Therefore, he doesn’t have much time to live. Despite this, he tries to live his life to the fullest.

It’s been a while since I watched this. But I remember that I cried a river. At the time, I didn’t know how to feel about the ending. And I won’t spoil it, but I would say that it’s unexpected in a warm way. It’s a happy ending, given the circumstances. These dramas have been done before, and I don’t think it adds anything new to this kind of theme. But the message is powerfully delivered.

Shiny Star – KyoungSeo

When I first heard this song, it took me by surprise. From the beginning, I thought it would be a ballad. But the beat immediately picks up with clear vocals. I also like how this is shot; it’s endearing with a catchy but calming vibe.

White

Since this is a random category, I’m going to do a shameless drama and song recommendation.

I Will Not Work Overtime, Period

If you’re looking for a fun work drama, look no more. This drama has everything: great and relatable characters, romance, friendships (better yet, female-empowered friendships), and interesting work-related events.

Wildfire – Taeyeon

I’ve been obsessed with this song lately. I live for the vibes of this song. You can never go wrong with Taeyeon.


Nominees

Yomu @ Umai Yomu Anime Blog

Evolution @ Evolution In Japan

hiddengirl75 @ Wandering With Me

Ony Chaos @ Ony Chaos

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