There’s this new TV series being aired at CTV called ??? or Hot Shot. Well, like most of the TV drama/series nowadays, it’s also one of those manga-turned-TV-series kind. The original manga which was also entitled “Hot Shot” is a shonen drama sports who’s mangaka is Oono Junji. I actually am not very much fond of shonen manga so I’ll be honest that this is the first time I’m hearing the mangaka’s name. XD That aside, from the first 3 episodes of ???, I could probably say that it’s pretty interesting. Then again, I think it would be quite a talk later on since Show Lou (TV Host) is co-starring with Jerry Yan (F4/JVKV) and also, Wu Chun (Fahrenheit) is there (although Wu Chun seems to be the antagonist this time, or a devil’s advocate – who knows). I’ve only watched 3 episodes so far (care of CrunchyRoll) and I would give a 7/10 for the comedy and over all acting. I didn’t give that high of a remark since it made me feel like watching the anime of Slam Dunk all over again, of which anime I’ve seen for about more than 10 times already (I’m being serious, I love that anime ever since I was in elementary), with the Sakuragi-Rukawa comedic rivalry in Show Lou and Jerry Yan’s characters, respectively. Also, I do think that the over acting is a part of it since most manga are like that too in the form of chibi or super deformed characters and removing them would make the shonen comedy sports genre a whole lot boring than they already are. XD
And lastly, Jerry Yan better be boosting his acting skills here to at least convince me enough to watch his next series since I’ll be expecting him to act out my Tsuruga Ren-sama’s role later on in a TV drama adaption of Skip Beat. I don’t want to see another sad (but bearable) rendition of one of my favorite mangas again. Seeing Vic Zhou acting out Rei in the TV drama version of MARS made me lose interest in editing manga for months. And even now, I still think that he didn’t grasp the character well enough. Especially his warped up side which I love most, above all. And I don’t want this to happen again, since I currently have quite a bit of shoujo projects waiting for me to be edited with love and that Ren-sama is just too hot to pass.