Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hump Day Hunks- What Are the Qualifications of a Hero? Part 2

  Part one was up for debate and I love that. Hearing the different opinions from readers makes my day. The strong silent type vs the charmer who steals your attention with his laughing smile.

  A second quality that to me is a must have, is confidence. But this too can be worth a good debate. Which is better in your opinion? A man who goes full speed ahead complete confident in himself and his ability? Or would you rather have one of those heroes who is so overconfident you love to hate him? You know the ones I'm talking about, the guys that know they are studs and  who can get whatever or whoever they want. Those are the guys in television shows and movies where you would like to reach through the screen and slap silly, but by the end of the show they have some how managed to win you over.

  Usually, I'm the type of girl who goes for the hero whose confidence makes him brave, proud and true to the cause. But, to be fair, I'll admit I do have one favorite hero who is the strong overbearing type who seriously could use a lesson in manners. His name is Sho and he is from the manga turned anime turned live action drama Skip Beat.

From Wikipedia

Shō Fuwa (不破 尚 Fuwa Shō?)
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Kanna (drama CD), Mamoru Miyano (anime)
His real name is Shōtarō (松太郎?). He keeps it a secret because he finds it very old-fashioned. He is an extremely egotistical, extremely talented music star. Shō had no qualms about asking Kyoko to give up her life in Kyoto to support him in Tokyo, fully cognizant of her misconceptions of the nature of their relationship. After Kyoko's transformation, he is shocked and soon discovers he had more feelings for her than he originally thought. He has disliked seeing Kyoko's tears since childhood, knows her preferences in food, and of her love for fairy tales and things romantic in nature, but stole her first kiss so that she would hate him and obsess over him. Shō holds a great animosity towards Ren because he is hailed as the coolest, number one guy in show biz. Shō declared that he'd steal all of Ren's fans and the title of "The Coolest Male Celebrity" from him. He does not like Ren's closeness to Kyoko and he challenges Ren as he makes it known that he would not willingly give up his place in Kyoko's heart as the one she thinks of the most.

Even being the biggest jerk and hurting his most beloved person Kyoko, by throwing her away, I still can't help, but want his character to win in this love triangle. Why? He regrets it. Of course he won't admit his regret, he simply states Kyoko belongs to him. But, a man who is worried about his property doesn't get jealous and enraged at the thought she might like someone else now. You can tell he loves her. He makes excuse to go see her, to pick fights with her, anything to keep her angry with him. If she is angry or hates him, then that means she is thinking of him and still has emotions for him alone. Shotty way to go about it, I agree, but we are still waiting to see what he will do next to win her back, because this is still an ongoing Japanese manga.

  When they started planning to turn Skip Beat into a drama I was thrilled, but then there were a number of delays that lasted a few years. In the end they turned one of my favorite Japanese manga into a Taiwanese drama and get this... the two main heroes were Korean? I didn't know what to make of this. My beloved Shōtarō played by a k-pop singer! Not to mention they changed the charters' names to Taiwanese ones. But, I have to say the young man Lee Dong Hae did a pretty great job making himself slap worthy and still ends up worthy of redeeming.  You can watch it with English Subtitles- Here!

Dong Hae as Sho

  So, which would you chose the perfectly confident hero or the Shōtarō's of the world? Confident or slightly overbearing?

Dong Hae is a member of Super Junior. See if you can find him in this cute love song!
Super Junior's Website

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