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The Ancient Magus’s Bride – Episodes 4 & 5 Review


Episode 4: “Everything Must Have A Beginning”
Episode 5: “Love Conquers All”


Chapter 4: “Everything Must Have A Beginning”
Chapter 5: “Misfortunes Seldom Come Singly”
Chapter 6: “Curiosity Killed The Cat”
Chapter 7: “Love Conquers All”

My Rating: 4/5

That’s a two-part story in the anime and it gets quite chilly, actually. Right after the events of the last episode, after dealing with the Dragon issue, whatever that was, Chise is exhausted and so she passes out and wakes up on a train en route to their next task given by the Church. While she sleeps she dreams of cats and the episode just happens to be about cats.

  • Another magical aspect: cats having nine lives, the ability to talk and a king.
  • The Manga has Wizards vs Sorcerers while the Anime has Sorcerers vs Alchemists.
  • Everybody has their own opinions about Elias. While Angelica’s and Lindel’s were positive, the Alchemist/Wizard they encounter at the end of the fourth episode calls him “The Evil Magician”.
  • I read this somewhere, the Anime calls Chise “Sleigh Beggy” instead of Slay Vega. Which is considerably less cool-sounding.
  • In one scene Elias licks Chise’s neck cut. Now, two things: one, so that bone head moves. That’s the first time he did something with it. Two, this was intended as a gentlemanly gesture perhaps or to show how caring he is but I’m getting very mixed feelings with this. She is FIFTEEN for the love of God. AND she’s filled with distrust for people. One would think that treading with caution would be the wisest course of action around such a person. Elias just goes there. Sheesh.
  • The Alchemist/Wizard Renfred calls him “Pilum Murialis” which of course, I didn’t catch in the anime. The Manga shows the translation beneath in faded letters: the one that tears and eats castles. Fascinating…
  • Elias’s reasoning for pushing Chise into destroying the blight and not doing it himself was so shady. If it was the truth, it was lame. If it wasn’t, maybe it was a test of sorts.
  • The fifth episode was AH-MAZING. It scared the living shit out of me and yet, by the end of it, I was crying. CRYING, DAMMIT!

I enjoyed this story line a lot and though things keep popping up here and there seemingly randomly I see can it will all make sense eventually.


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The Ancient Magus’s Bride – Episodes 2 and 3 Review

I forgot to express how much I love the theme song of this show already. It is ETHEREAL. I kid you not. So dreamy and beautiful.  I’ve only listened to it twice and totally fallen for it. I wish there were subtitles to it so I could understand what the girl is saying. I’d have to google it.

Episode 2: “One today is worth two tomorrows.”

This was so good! I really liked it. There was a glimpse of Chise’s mother, a visit to a fellow mage and a visit from a friend.

  • Because of the hilarious thrashing he got from Angelica, his fellow mage, it was confirmed that Elias “Bonehead” Ainsworth was acting pretty weirdly. That scene was literally my favorite. Like, you’ve literally bought an emotionally unstable and potentially powerful girl and now you think it wise to tell her that she is to be your apprentice because she is special and that you are going to make her your bride. Sheesh, dude. Develop some tact.

  • The Manga calls her “Slay Vega” but I swear in the anime they say something like Slay “Beggie”.
  • Angelica explained a little about magic to Chise. Only, the explanations of the anime and Manga were different. In anime, she is told her that Sorcerers break the laws of nature to do things while Alchemists alter the laws. In the Manga, she differentiates between Wizards doing spells by understanding then altering the laws of nature while Sorcerers doing magic by borrowing it from the fae. This was confusing so it makes sense that they changed it in the show.
  • The Manga also had this hilarious scene where Chise asks if Angelica and Elias were lovers. His reaction was priceless.
  • The priest that visited Elias mentioned something about his “superiors” and giving Elias tasks as payback. That was interesting. I also find it hysterical that whenever he’s annoyed, he resorts to saying “Die”.
  • Also, when the animation gets goofy to show the characters’ funny reactions, I absolutely love it.

My Rating: 4/5

Episode 3: “The scale distinguishes not between gold and lead.”

Eh, this wasn’t that exciting. I mean, we are learning more about Mages and the world they live in and stuff but this episode was almost entirely about watching an almost dead dragon die. So, no, I didn’t find it that exciting.

  • Elias takes Chise to Iceland to run one of the errands for the priest I think. They are there to check in dragons. Chise is suddenly abducted by one. It turns out to be nothing serious as it’s Lindel, another acquaintance of Elias, who brings Chise to the land of the dragons.
  • Lindel is older than Elias who just happens to be 300+. Cool.
  • I just didn’t see the point of those endless minutes spent hallucinating with the dead dragon. There was a lot of nothing.
  • So, mages need wands, do they? Elias doesn’t have one as of yet. He was seen chanting two times and the other couple of times he didn’t even say anything. Angelica didn’t have a wand either, rather she took help from a water spirit. Maybe since mages use non-human sources to channel magic it’s different for everyone?
  • Another tantalizing bit from Chise’s past, the dragon mentions something about her “not jumping being a good thing”? No idea what that was. Presumably, she tried to commit suicide after her mother’s death. Oh, and her mother died in front of her and her father was still alive but she didn’t know where. That was in the second episode.

The Manga and anime do have differences here and there so I’ll be reading and watching side by side.

My Rating: 3/5

Have you seen this show? Let’s discuss!



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The Ancient Magus’s Bride – Episode 1 Review

About a month ago, my brother told me about this anime show he was watching. He explained the gist of the show and thought that I should watch it. What he said was interesting enough to pique my curiosity but I didn’t get to it immediately. A month later with virtually nothing for me to watch I finally gave in.

It’s called Mahoutsukai no Yome in Japanese which translates to The Ancient Magus’s Bride.

The story is about a young girl called Chise Hatori sold to a mage who goes by the name of Elias Ainsworth. He means to make her his apprentice since she happens to be able to see fae creatures and channel magic. And also, to make her his bride.

Now, here’s the fun part. This is what he looks like:

He’s one big dude.

My original intention was to read the Manga first. There are eight or nine volumes I think, while the show is on-going with about 8 episodes already aired. I read about 44 pages of the first volume after I watched the episode last night. The length had the entirety of the first episode so I’m guessing there are about 4 episodes in each volume.

And it was really good.

I’ll try to summarize without spoiling anything.

The first episode was mainly all about the Mage buying Chise and bringing her to his home. But there’s a lot there just waiting to be told.


  • Chise can see fae creatures and she is supposedly a very unique person called “Slay Vega”. People who attract the fae and are able to use magic through them. There were all sorts of magical and fantastical creatures in the episode including a mermaid, fairies and a bunch of others. There was also a gateway to the fae world so there’ll be more of that surely.
  • The world is modern, there was a shot of skyscrapers. Too modern, in fact, because slavery is accepted again. The “organization” Chise was bought from was seen housing all manner of creatures for sale.
  • There is a glimpse of her past, she was turned away from her own family then different relatives because she was “odd” until she was approached by the organization and she relented. I don’t think her being odd was the entire reason. She was fairly sane so I’m not sure what exactly happened to cause all those people to abandon her.
  • She is 15 and I found that quite disturbing. It’s a little suggestive, the first episode.
  • The mysterious Elias Ainsworth. I’m most excited to learn about his origins. Was he ever human?
  • I find his behavior toward Chise a little endearing, a little weird, the way he calls her “child” and “my puppy” (not unkindly) and pats her head and abruptly hugs her, and also a little disturbing because again, she is just fifteen and he’s quite possibly doing those things not only because she craves positive human interaction but also because he intends to marry her. His actions feel as if he doesn’t know how to behave around other people, though there is another maid in the house. Guess we’ll see.
  • He mentions a war after which Mages were distrusted. This bit made me remember Howl’s Moving Castle  where Howl fights in the country’s wars as the king or queen’s personal wizard.
  • The manga covered everything the episode did. I was able to catch things that went by too fast for me to grasp in the episode, otherwise it was 99% the same as the Manga. I still intend to read it all.

All I can say at this point is that I am suitably intrigued and will definitely see this through.

Rating: 3/5


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The Feel-Inducing Journey of Yaqeen Ka Safar


Compared to half of you cupcakes who’ve been bawling your eyes out over this show and creeping everyone with your super stalker level fangirling skills lately, I, me and myself had been following it since the very first episode. I was one of the very first Safarians! I called the apple meme thingy before the horde of screaming women descended, in my brain, had been saving it for this. And it breaks my heart that I won’t be able to do that without sounding like a copycat loser. By the Holy Right of Dibs it should have been mine to claim. I would have opened this post with that meme, had been planning it for months. Kabhi kabhi dil chahta hai kisi ka gala daba doon…

Magar khair, choren iss baat ko. I did a post after Yeh Raha Dil ended two months ago and I HAD to do it again now. I never truly realized how extremely LUCKY I was to get to switch to another great show after my absolute favorite one ended. And by switching I mean, paying attention to. It’s ironic how YKS and YRD provoked feelings opposite to their tones. Yeh Raha Dil was a happy, bubbly and feel-good drama but when it ended I was DEVASTATED and couldn’t even. Yaqeen Ka Safar was a sober and serious one but apart from the usual pang of sadness all I felt was absolute satisfaction when I watched the last episode last night.

And just in case you missed it, Zaki’s and Asfandyaar’s old home were one and the same. Let that sink in. Gaiti and Daniyal’s room was Zaki’s room. Matlab, a sign from the Heavens if there ever was one.

You want memes? I’ll give you memes.

Gumaan Kay Baad
Yaqeen Ka Safar
Nikalta Hai…

And it was literally a journey of faith for me. I remember seeing the promos and being quite surprised by the fact that Farhat had adapted this story into a play. I had read the book two, maybe three, years ago and while I could clearly recall loving it, the meat of the story, the details all forgotten, I also remembered that it was really short.

So I watched the promos and got to know the cast. Sajjal Ali is an old favorite but I don’t normally watch all of her work. Hira Maani is a new favorite and the same goes for her. Shaz Khan and Ahad Raza Mir I had never seen acting before. I guess, for me, it was mostly about getting to see how they took a book as short as “Woh Yaqeen Ka Neya Safar” and converted it into a drama. From an avid reader’s perspective, adaptations of favorite books are somewhat irresistible. It definitely wasn’t because of the leads, the cast WAS intriguing and fresh but like I said, I didn’t have much reason to believe that I would be blown away.

I think the rest of the fangirls will say LABAIK when I declare that I get attracted to shows because of their male leads. I mean, let’s face it, there are great actresses out there and we love them and all but this is how biology works. So you can probably imagine why, except for discovering novella-to-TV show transformation, I wasn’t too thrilled about seeing it.

I was like, “Hey, look! It’s that new guy with the Abida Parveen hair situation going on. Great.” The dude hadn’t been tried and tested and I really did not like the hair, except when it was tied in a bun. My perseverance was rewarded because LOOK AT THIS SPECIMEN:

Aik baar dekho. Hazaar baar dekho. YE DEKHNE KI CHEEZ HAI ISSE BAAR BAAR DEKHO.

Haye Amee Jee.

And not just this ’cause that came waaay after. He proved himself an exceptional performer in the very first episode. It doesn’t take long to figure out k kon kitne paani main hai. But again, it took some time for me to really get into it.

*Sigh* So, where was I? Yeah, the incredibly fascinating story of how and when and why I started watching Yaqeen Ka Safar (Ma blog, ma keyboard, ma rules). It was Thursday, the day after the first episode aired. Despite my reservations, I liked the look of the promos. I watched the first episode then and I enjoyed it very much. There was so much happiness and fun and sadness and emotion packed into those 40 minutes. I was 51% sold.

Over the next few weeks I faithfully followed the show and found myself more and more intrigued by it. There were a LOT of things of which there was no naam-o-nishaan in the book but I was pleasantly surprised by how perfect the filling-of-the-gaps and even the changes were. The most important thing for me was that the show carried the same essence and ambience the book had, which I LOVED. It’s something I got to see after the second half of the show which is where the book starts. That perfect pur-sukoon and pyaara mahol vibes had been captured perfectly.




Then came Ramazan and I stopped. I don’t know how many episodes had been aired by then. 7? 10? Basically, I had some catching up to do after. Those were the days when Yeh Raha Dil was at its apex. I forgot all about it for two or three weeks. YRD had taken over my life completely. When I finally sat down to watch YKS, I couldn’t stop. Binge-watched all I had missed in a day. BEST MENTAL ABUSE EVER. YAAYYYY.

I was a 100% sold by that time and then some. During the last two months of its run, it became too-hot-to-handle before my very eyes. I saw it thrive and grow popular like a proud mama. YEAH, SUCKERS. I WAS THERE BEFORE IT BECAME MAINSTREAM.

And you know what the best part about this was? I had someone to fangirl with in all Caps, someone to share the experience with instead of bottling it all up and feeling miserable. It sometimes get lonely here in the Shire. This wouldn’t have been the same without you, Kashi. You were legit the only one I discussed this with.

And since we’re on the subject, a big, huge, fat THANK YOU to all the vidders and edit-masters who made those awesome FEEL-filled collages and videos. They made the struggle and pain of waiting easier. I know I keep trying to prove my superiority above the rest but I promise I am only JOKING. We all have our ways to cope. Mine is being fake-petty and rude.

The show has been compared with Humsafar, Asfiya has been compared with the jori of Ashar and Khirad and Ahad Raza Mir has been compared with Fawad Khan. I agree with that. They are different actors, brilliant in their own ways and the comparison has nothing to do with their acting abilities. It’s because YKS reminded us of that time when Humsafar was ruling our hearts and minds. Ashar and Khirad’s romance has been taken to the next level by Asfandyaar and Zubiya and most importantly, Ahad’s “hero” had that magnetism and charm to which we were introduced to in Ashar.

In my lifetime, the foundations of the female fanatics have been utterly SHAKEN only twice: first, when Fawad Khan made us blush and stutter with those eyes of his in Humsafar.

And second, now, when Asfandyaar made us swoon. SLAYED our very EXISTENCE.

PT-HI-D, fellow Khawateen (and-and-I-hope-not Hazraat). Post Traumatic HORMONAL IMBALANCE Disorder.


Before I get to more coherent things, I must talk about something I did in my YRD post as well: the title card of our shows. Here’s the thing. OSTs? We have those down pat. If there’s an exam for composing the best soundtracks for dramas, I am a hundred percent sure we aced that a million years ago. I am not particularly fond of Yaqeen Ka Safar’s song but I have to admit it fits the show’s tone and message BEYOND perfectly and the lyrics are truly beautiful.

Main Tere Waqt Kay Hamraah
Chal Naheen Sakti
Keh Tera Waqt
Mujhe Rond Kar
Nikalta Hai

But I don’t know what happens with the posters of our dramas. The fonts are brilliantly done and the background is top-notch, it’s with the pasting of the characters where they all go horribly wrong. Most of them are exactly the same. Main leads facing opposite directions looking at the camera really seriously boringly. It DEFIES explanation. I want them to get creative, to have a little fun with the images. All they do is either look at the camera and squint or look at the camera and smile. That is the opposite of creative and fun. Consider the poster for Yaqeen Ka Safar, hain jee?!

Font: check. Barren and haunted looking trees: check. WHAT is the rest? The fact that I got used to it is irrelevant. I WANT the people responsible for this stuff to get more concerned and focused on making the title images more innovative and eye-catching. You know, something more dramatic, like the one Humayun Saeed and Mehwish Hayat did for PNJG’s promotions.

And in case you were wondering, this is the illustration for the novella when it was published in the digest, another subject I’ve discussed before, another thing that rankles me.

Now let’s talk about the good stuff, a.k.a EVERYTHING.

The Story:

Yaqeen Ka Safar is the story of two people: Asfandyaar Ali Khan and Zubiya Khaleel. Two individuals with completely different backgrounds brought together after loss, tragedy and pain. Like I said, the meat of the story is the same but the writer did a phenomenal job of creating depth and backstory where it was needed and provided wonderful and detailed insight into the lives of all the characters.

Book vs Show:

  • Zubiya has two brothers Rehan and Irfan in the book instead of just one.
  • Her mother isn’t accidentally killed by her father, instead, she dies of some disease.
  • Asfandyaar and Zubiya never meet all those years ago.
  • Daniyal, Ard Sher Khan in the book, commits suicide after being accused of sexual harassment.
  • There is no Noori. I mean, not specifically at least. Her case and Daniyal’s death and essentially everything from Asfand’s past is not in the book.
  • Dr. Shehroz and Asifa are an old couple. Like, really old.
  • Asfand’s father is dead.
  • Saim is the youngest of two siblings. He has a sister named Kashmala and both are teenagers.
  • Zubiya doesn’t try to commit suicide in the book.
  • In the book, she leaves her home out of her own volition instead of being thrown out.
  • Zubiya’s khala ammi and Khajista both die in the book.

Honestly, THIS, this is where I felt that the show did a much, MUCH better job at delivering its message. By making Khajista survive and continue her journey made it all the more powerful and impactful. Truth, courage, bravery, perseverance and justice ALWAYS win, no matter how long it takes, and time passes, whether good or bad. It hit it home in a way the book couldn’t. It’s one of those instances where you love the fact that the book and film/show are different from each other. You take the changes in a stride and enjoy them to the fullest. Maan gaye aapko, Farhat.

Oh, but we’re still not done. There are two differences that I felt were too drastic to ignore.

  • Go up and read the first page of the novella. It says that apparently, during Zubiya’s interview, the three doctors were sitting behind a “vasee-o-areez” table. Hain? The table they sat behind in the show was like, one feet long and three feet wide. WOAH.
  • And two (and this really turned my world upside-down for a moment) it’s Dr. ShehZOR instead of ShehROZ in the book. I’ve been living a lie.

Favorite Line:

I know people seem to love those other two. I, frankly, found them unremarkable. They were great in terms of the scenario and character development and all that but the one that hit me with full force was this one:



Zubiya Khaleel:

We don’t give her much credit but she’s the other half of this iconic pair. Zubiya is resilient, she’s brave, she has endured pain and suffering beyond imagining and yet she soldiers on through life. I think this is where the book-Zubiya scores a plus point against drama-Zubiya. She lost both her Khala Ammi AND Khajista within the span of a few minutes but she didn’t try to end her life. And in the context of the book it makes her even stronger when Asfandyaar compares her to his brother. Ard Sher khan was accused of rape, his reputation destroyed and he couldn’t bear to live with that so he took his own life, while Zubiya suffered the same thing with the added weight of the holed-up life she was living but survived.

No matter, though. I love both versions of her and it doesn’t change what a strong and courageous person she is. NO ONE ELSE could have played the part except Sajjal.

Asfandyaar Khan:

The crush of the nation. The heart-stealer. The chocolate hero. Asfand-not-your-yaar Khan. Weeeeell… Mera khayal hai inki shaan main qaseedey parhne lagey to saari raat guzr jayegi. Fawad Khan? Who’s Fawad Khan? All I know is, we have a new favorite and he’s here to stay.


Hira Mani is a BRILLIANT actor, a gem hidden from us all these years but we’re glad she’s been discovered. Gaiti was one of the most loved characters on the show after Asfiya, and rightfully so. Her portrayal was FLAWLESS.

Daniyal Khan:

As a character, Daniyal deserves all the praise in the world and so does Shaz Khan for his incredible portrayal. We were all devastated and that was the time we truly wished that he would live.

The supporting cast:

The people who hold a show, a book, a film together. These people have a significant role in making our leads who they are. This how had a stellar supporting cast. Absolutely outstanding. Zubiya’s abbi, whom we loathed then sympathized with then cried over, Sheema, whom we wanted to see smashed into a pulp (kudos to the actress, you did your job), Rehan, whom we all pitied, Asfi’s adorable parents whom we LOVED, Khajista, Bahadur and Rustam! Allah, that pathan stole the show every time. Khajista’s mother-in-law, Dr. Haroon the goofball, Faryal, Noori, Noori’s parents, her little brother, that detestable Urooj Nasir, and those feudal assholes and their bodyguards. Am I missing anyone? DUDE, I LOVED THEM ALL. Okay, probably not those feudal assholes.


If I call them “the mightiest ship that has ever sailed” I would be a hypocrite because I called Hayat and Zaki that the last time. So let’s go with “the most beautiful and root-worthy ship ever to grace the seas”, eh? Boring? Gimme a break, it’s past midnight and I’m getting tired.

THESE TWO, THOUGH. We had been getting tired of how our ships never get the proper treatment. All out grievances of the past two decades have beer eradicated from this Earth. There hasn’t been a pairing more loved, more PERFECT, more romantic than these two.


I’d like to see anyone top THAT. Mazel Tov.

Favorite Moments:

OH EM KHUDA, this is the difficult part. I reckon it’ll take me another hour.

  • I’ll start with Gaiti and Daniyal. Second only to Asfiya, they were so cute and adorable together! It broke our hearts and crushed our souls to see them broken apart. Each and everyone of their scenes is my favorite but perhaps the best among them is the one where Daniyal comes late home and Gaiti tells him that she’ll wear his ring forever to remind her that he’s always with her. *Dil toots*

  • When Asfi and his father embrace and share their grief after Daniyal’s death.

  • When Zubiya begs for forgiveness from her abbi in the middle of the night and also the “log maaf naheen karte” one.
  • That intense and emotionally charged scene where Zubiya fights back.
  • When Daniyal dies. Yes, I probably couldn’t see clearly then but it was a great scene.
  • When Noori kills those feudal assholes.

  • WELP, all Asfiya scenes?
  • This one, that truly kick-started the madness if you ask me:

  • And this:

  • *whistles*

  • Check out that literal thook nigalna at the end.

  • Slow-mo makes everything SO much better…

  • I couldn’t figure out how Zubiya could have gotten an injury serious enough to bleed and warrant a tetanus shot the way she fell and where she fell (at least the book had a plausible reason: she was wearing chooriyan and those bit into her wrist) but this scene sure was sweet as HECK.

  • So gggggrrrrromantic!

  • All scenes including, leading to, and after this:

This whole freaking episode was lit.

  • “Aap naraaz hain?”
    “Kis se?”
    “Mujh se.”
    “Main aapse keun naraaz hon gi?!”

  • When Asfi teases her in the car for calling him names and also in the cafetaria.
  • I just loooooved the hurt on his face when she turned him down.

  • A few dozen more scenes I’m forgetting.
  • I saved the best one for last.

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Interesting story attached to this scene (YES, another one). I made the mistake of not shielding the screen and hiding my feed from my eyes before logging out of Instagram after posting that night. So I caught a glimpse of Zubiya hugging someone. Ae lo ji, phir kya tha! From the first second to the 31st minute I tormented myself by debating just who exactly she would hug. Rehan was wearing black, Asfi was wearing blue. I was convinced it would be Rehan. MAGAR YE KYA. Asfi entered with a black shirt and the rest is history.

Speaking on behalf of my fellow female folk (it’s a great day for alliteration, apparently), we’ve been losing our shit since yesterday over this scene. CAN’T get over it, WON’T get over it. SO much better than a shaadi scene which would’ve been stupid here and is cliched and overrated anyway.

Thandi aah # 34275876592387502985029385209385

Farewell, Yaqeen Ka Safar. It was a pleasure, being a part of you. To the people who brought us this gift, the writer with her beautiful story, the director with his excellent vision, the actors with their incredible performances and the fangirls, vidders, common folk who love khamoshily, I offer you a hug.

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Original Versus New: Death Note

Rule # 1: The person who watches this film expecting no deviation from the original and a completely faithful adaptation is stupid.

Rule # 2: After starting the movie, drastic changes from the Japanese version will become evident withing six minutes and forty seconds.

Rule # 3: A person who still doesn’t get over it and rages at the variation should a) watch the Japanese adaptations instead or b) get a life.

Rule # 4: If you are reading this, expect spoilers.

Just sayin’.

Willem Dafoe’s Ryuk voice is DA THANG, YO HOMMIES!!! He absolutely nailed the “Humans are so interesting” line. I didn’t catch wings on his Ryuk, though but that is probably because I didn’t pay much attention. Otherwise, his rendition was flawless and so damn scary.

So, shall we begin?

Differences between the Anime version and the Film version:

    • First of all, Light Yagami, or, Light Turner as he is in this film. He is not an asshole, he is not a psychopath, he is not a veritable JERK and he’s not messed up in the head. He’s a teenager who has a somewhat difficult life after losing his mother and he’s bullied in school. Relations between him and his dad are strained because he blames his father for not doing anything about his mother’s murder. Long story short: His life’s not perfect, he is not completely evil, his motivation for picking up the death note stems from his tough experiences rather than idealism.
      Whereas Yagami was the exact opposite: horse’s ass, perfect life, evil and idealistic.
    • This is a 2-hour film which adequately explains the fact that a huge chunk of the original story is missing. In fact, apart from the central idea and a few main characters, everything is new. So no Matsuda, Aizawah, Rem, Near and a lot of other characters.
    • The film does a much, MUCH better job at explaining things, particularly Light and L’s pasts and why they are what they are. With the anime I was disappointed in terms of L’s origin story.
    • Misa Amane is Mia and she as worse as the original one. While Misa was gullible, willing to go to extreme lengths for Light, Mia displays the same love but it’s overshadowed by her need to have the Death Note. In this version, she is more idealistic than Light himself. He tries to draw a line multiple times but she fights against it.
    • Their relationship is obviously not one-sided this time as Light isn’t dead inside.
    • Ryuk is considerably more malevolent. The shinigami don’t  goad the owners or “keepers” of the Death Note but he coerces Light whenever he gets the chance.
    • Yagami encountered Ryuk in his room while being calm AF while Turner lost his shit while inside a classroom during detention. It was hilarious. Nat Wolff really has a very nice scream.
    • L remains L and Watari remains Watari. I have EXTREMELY mixed feelings about the American version of L. He’s black, which in itself is absolutely fine, BUT, I wanted to see him, above all others, true to the anime version. He’s supposed to be pale as death, queer in his habits with dark circles under his eyes, evidence of his lack of sleep and sun. I put it past me after a while and was able to enjoy the actor’s portrayal. His mannerisms, way of speaking and the incessant munching was so accurate I was almost delighted. Until, L turned out to be insane. Yup. He’s aggressive, hysterical, he shouts (which the original L never did) and he seems unhinged. Again, the L I love was odd and everything but he had this way about himself, that soft way of speaking. The actor mimicked this softness pretty well but it didn’t last long.
    • The gory details, though.

  • I loved how Light turned the situation in his favor at the end despite being double-crossed by Mia. I thought that was AWESOME and reminded me of  Light Yagami for a second.

I had my qualms but this was as good as it was gonna get. I’m chilled but that’s gotta be because I’m not a die-hard fan of Death Note. If someone did something like this to, say, Harry Potter I would have totally flipped out and destroyed everything in my path, BUT, the thing is, where adaptations are concerned, you have got to keep your head and realize that if a different country/language is interpreting something, they’re likely to either modify things according to their culture or take some form of artistic license. You want a faithful adaptation? Well, then go watch the Japanese versions. Easy peasy. But showering a man with death threats AFTER he was given permission to do his own spin by the CREATORS? You are messed up, people. That’s all I have to say.

My Rating: 6.5/10


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Death Note Episodes 31-37 Review: Well, it’s certainly been Interesting!

That’s the one word I’d use to describe this show: interesting. I loved the idea. The concept was so fresh and unique. Instead of a protagonist, we had an antagonist as the main character. 37 episodes were spent hating his guts and cursing his soul. Maybe that is why I didn’t completely go ga-ga over this show. It’s hard to like something when it’s dominated by the thing you hate the most.

And so, Light Yagami suffered the fate he deserved. He didn’t die quick, that is my only consolation. Misa attempted suicide and Matsuda and Aizawah came away unscathed. Phew. As for Riyuk, he was true to how he was when he first met Light: bored and in need of entertainment so as Light lay dying, Riyuk could be heard saying that he had an interesting time in the human world because of Light. He was never as emotionally attached to Light as Rem was to Misa. I wish he could have said all that to Light’s dying face.

Matsuda was the BOSS in the last episode. He was hurt beyond imagining by Light’s revelation and when he tried to be smart Matsuda shot at him with quick precision. BANG BANG BANG. So satisfying.

The creepy asshole that Light picked as his ‘chosen one’ or second Kira also died a death that was hilarious to watch. He and Light both turned so effing scary at the end. Light came completely unhinged as he wasn’t familiar with defeat, humiliation and being caught so he became a deranged lunatic in a matter of seconds.

I think the whole ‘successor of L’ thing was completely unnecessary. L could have been alive and had he been the one solving this case and convicting Light, it would have been much more satisfying and fitting. The incorporation of Near and Mellow was pointless as little to no backstory was told by their inclusion.

My favorite characters have been L, Matsuda, Aizawah and Chief Yagami. Two survived, two didn’t.

Oh, well. I had a jolly good time. Sometimes I was bored, most of the times I wasn’t but it was an excellent show regardless. There’s nothing more I can add to this, my mind is totally blank at the moment.

Now, I’ll get to the thing that prompted me to watch this in the first place: the Netflix movie!!!

My Rating for this show: 8.5/10

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Death Note Episodes 21-30 Review: Scared New World

Before I begin the review, lemme just say, …


Heavy Metal? More like Hideously Mental.
The first one was so catchy and fitting and perfect and I had just warmed up to it and started enjoying it. Curse you, you, who is responsible for the change. May your name be made public.


So, about these 10 episodes. To summarize: SHIT HIT THE FAN, YO.

  • For starters, L and the investigative team finally discovered that the tool of death for Kira was a notebook. AND they saw the shinigami. The scene where Light recovers his memories in the helicopter scared the living shit out of me. That asshole.
    • That leaves Matsuda and Aizawah. I’m scared.
  • The entire investigative team saw Riyuk and Matsuda fed him apples.
  • We sort of maybe kinda learned about L’s past and where he came from (SERIOUSLY, WRITERS? Itni zehmat bhi karney ki kya zaroorat thi. Rehney hi daitey)
  • People have started to accept Kira and his methods so much so that the president of the United States stated in a press conference that he and his country won’t oppose Kira.
  • Oh and lest I forget, Light considered killing his sister at one point.

Like the asshole is leaving no stone upturned to prove that he is an asshole and deserves to be executed by being burned alive.

Misa is such an extra. She likes licking Light’s low feet (ALLITERATION FOR THE WIN!!!!). He behaves as a jerk, because he is one, uses her, manipulates her, controls her, and she just lets him do it. Ugh. She’s just as bad as he is.

As far as my expectations are concerned, since the show is quite steady going both in terms of pace and the “shocking moments” it provides, I’m not too worried about being disappointed by what happens next. I cared about L, and they killed him off so there’s nothing that can upset me more.

Things I would like to see:

There are literally only 7 episodes left so I’d appreciate it:

  1. L’s past in detail.
  2. Misa’s decapitation.
  3. Light being stabbed at the heart.
  4. Matsuda and Aizawah walking away unharmed.
  5. Riyuk realizing what a world-class a-hole Light has been and leaving him.
  6. All the Death Notes being destroyed.
  7. New theme song.
  8. A little more humor.

Uh, yeah. That’s it for now.

My Rating: 8/10


Posted in TV Shows, Urdu Dramas

Yeh Raha Dil: A Thief of Hearts

So I seriously need to get this off my chest before I’m driven insane. Here’s the deal. This show? BEST SHOW EVER!!! Heart, lungs, liver, it took all away and now it’s over. Yeah, Yeh Raha Dil, Haan Mera Dil, take it and crush it into oblivion, why doncha?

Last night was the 26th and LAST EPISODE of this gem and now it’s safe to say that I am devastated. Urdu dramas are pure evil. They are perfect but they are short. There are no two or three seasons. 30 episodes maximum and tears of goodbye for eternity.

I have a strange habit when it comes to our shows. Actually, I have multiple strange habits when it comes to our shows. One: I have two moods regarding them; either months and months go by and I’m not interested in watching them for even a second OR I binge-watch every show currently in existence for hours straight and don’t do anything else in between.

And Two: Whenever some show catches my eye, I don’t start from beginning like a normal human being. I begin randomly: a couple episodes after the first one OR a couple episodes before the last one OR the very last episode OR the middle of the show.
And this is how, dear children, I started watching Yeh Raha Dil (Here’s my heart).

There I was, minding my own business and being completely and blissfully unaware of psychological torture when I came across this show on Youtube. It was a combination of boredom, not having watched any show for a long time and the constant popping up of this show that made me hit the play button. Of the 7th episode. It was the end of March and the seventh episode had just aired recently. So I watched the episode and I was intrigued so I went ahead and watched all the previous episodes the next day.

And watched the OST. And again, and again, and again, until I had memorized the lyrics and it started playing in my head on repeat ALL THE TIME.



Beautiful doesn’t cut it. It does not even come close to describing how absolutely melodious and catching the song is. It pulls your heart strings until you’re literally ready to give it away…

Tujhe sochta hay jo
Tujhe chahta hai jo
Tera ho chuka hay jo
Yeh raha dil haan mera dil

Chahay jor day isay
Chahay tor day isay
Chahay chor day isay
Yeh raha dil haan mera dil

WHY is this so accurate right now?

This was the drama’s title card which I always had mixed feelings about. I mean, I love Nida’s shot, looking all glamorous, I love the font and the background. What I don’t and will not ever like is Hayaat and Zaki looking all stiff and bored with themselves. The other one was much better (the one that’s the header image of this post) or they could have used any other shot of our MAIN SHIP that showcased their personalities a bit better. Khair! Ab kya ho sakta hai. Keunke mohabbat andhi hoti hai iss liye despite what I just said, I’ll love this one forever too.

Yeh Raha Dil is the story of Hayaat, a bubbly, wise-beyond-her-years and independent girl, Zaki, a spoiled but kind-hearted gentleman, and Nida, a vivacious supermodel with a lonely childhood. The chemistries and dynamics between the three of them evolve and change throughout the course of the show. Also, despite Nida being as awesome as she was, my ship is on the right side of the picture thank you.

Ah, hum aap ko kya bataen ab! In teenon ne kitne maheenon se dimagh kharab kar rakha hai. Rakha tha. *shakes head sadly*

This show was such a breath of fresh air. It was desi romantic comedy at its finest. I haven’t come across something this unique, brilliantly emotional and impactful in ages. Good shows come and go but this one stuck like a leech, draining the emotions out of me. The dialogues and interactions between all characters were hilarious and incredibly well written. The characters themselves were like your favorite candy personified. From father figures and annoying best friends to love interests and step-mothers, this show had it all, did it all and did it GLORIOUSLY.

Towards the end, some people started losing faith in this show which was completely unfathomable to me  because even though there was one maybe two episodes at most that weren’t up to the usual high standard this show had set, they weren’t that bad either. So I just sat there, silently simmering with rage. HOW COULD THEY? If a show has 26 episodes and it gives you 20+ excellent ones and 2 or 3 sub par ones, do you give up just like that? Is that what loyalty is to you?

It’s time to talk about my preciousssssses, the reason why this drama was such a hit, why it resonated with me and why it chaiyred mere dil k taar:


LOL. Hamare Becharey Zaki Sahab in a nutshell.

Zaki was an adorable mix of a spoiled brat and a gentle and sweet guy who was caring, compassionate and kind. The sheer amount of bardaasht this dude displayed when it came to both Hayaat and Nida was what made me respect him in the first place. At times he was confused about his feelings and then about how to express them. While other people took it as weakness and cowardice I think it’s what made him real. The way he battled with himself about what was right and wrong, the way he was scared about coming clean in front of everyone about his feelings, it was all so beautifully portrayed by Ahmed Ali Akbar.



Yumna Zaidi outdid herself, and every other actress in the vicinity with Hayaat. She is full of life, courageous and gutsy. But she’s also a pain in the ass. Ask Zaki. Yumna Zaidi’s God-gifted cuteness lent a plus element to Hayaat’s already vibrant persona. A few times I found myself cursing her for her stubbornness at not accepting her feelings for Zaki but even that was justified. Her expressions, dialogue delivery, hand motions, wardorbe, everything was GOLD. I love Hayaat and I love Yumna.


Like the rest of the world, I expected Nida to be the bad guy of the story but that is the most wonderful thing about this show, it explores character histories and peels off layer by layer to reveal what a person truly is inside. And deep down, Nida was a good person. She proved to be a wonderful friend and sister and the scared and neglected side of her made me connect with her. I was surprised by her in particular because I’ve seen models perform hideously on camera before but Annum Gohar was impressive.

Haroon (and Azra)

If there is someone besides Hayaat and Zaki whom I love, it’s Haroon. I have NEVER EVER EVER seen or heard of such an incredibly understanding, supporting, loving and adorable father figure. NEVER. I dubbed him Haroon the Huggable because that’s what you want to do to him whenever he opens his mouth to speak. His relationship with his son and wife was literal goals.

The father-son duo made me drown in a puddle of AWWWWs. When Zaki was figuring out his feelings for Hayaat, it was Haroon who encouraged him to come out with the truth and face the music. He was always there to advise his son but when things got out of hand, he put his foot down.


Affaaq (and Fatima)

I’m putting the wives in brackets because despite being wonderful characters in themselves, the father figures stole the show. I loved both Hayaat and Zaki’s dads. So adorable. Mr, Peerzaada has such an intoxicating way of speaking. Like, he enunciates each word slowly and calmly, you could listen to him speak all day. I was blushing like a fool when he and Ayesha Sana’s brilliant Fatima made up. MUSTAFA AFRIDI, YOU RASCAL.

Also, Fatima left more of an impression than Azra because of her on spot, nay, absolutely, flawlessly AWESOME attempts at trying to talk some sense into Nida. “Main kehti hoon k agar wo cheat kar raha hai to laat maaro usse.” And “Lanat bhejo uss par”. It isn’t verbatim but pretty close.


He was the certified namoona of this show, the comic relief, the one you need by your side but you don’t listen to. Nida and Jimmy’s friendship was an amazing one. At one point I expected him to leave her for his own gain but he didn’t. They crashed at each other’s place, took part in each other’s schemes and were always there for each other. Well, he was always there for her as she was the one in trouble most of the times. Jimmy was never malevolent, he always tried to knock some sense into Nida when the need arose and you’ll never see him trying to side with Nida in anything wrong because of their dosti throughout the show.

Adnan Jaffar’s physicality for Jimmy was so good, try as I might, I could not imagine any other actor taking his place.

Sidra and Hassan

Both of them had their LOL moments but by the end of the show they felt like fillers to some extent. Especially Hassan. Hayaat made his life miserable in the beginning and it was fun to watch but as soon as the track started leading to her and Hassan being paired up, that ruined his character. He began to behave like a fool while before he was shown to be quite sensible and level-headed. And the ending regarding his character was abrupt.

Sidra had her uses as well but she was more of a part of the show compared with Hassan. She was nowhere to be found in the last few episodes which was mildly disappointing. Hayaat and Sidra made a fine pair.


So this is what happens:

Zaki, the only son of Mr and Mrs Haroon, is a restless soul who cannot do anything tik key. He changes professions and hobbies faster than a girgit changes his rang. During his photographer days he meets Nida and due to Nida’s emotional attachment to Zaki, they get together. His parents know him better than he does himself so they try to make him understand that Nida isn’t the best partner for him. He throws a tantrum and goes to Nepal where he meets Hayaat. She drives him nuts (BEST PHASE OF THE SHOW) and when they get back from Nepal, their paths cross again when Hayaat’s life long friends betray her and sell her house. Zaki helps her in this tough time and falls in love with her and she him. And then, dear children, they spend the rest of the show trying to solve the mess their feelings create for themselves and their loved ones.

Hayaat and Zaki: My OTP

A.k.a the bestest, adorablest, cutest, sadqey-vaari-qurbaanest and feel-inducingest pairing ever to exist on national television. *pauses to take a breath*
Words aren’t going to suffice here. Nope. Haye ammiiiii, they were PERFECT.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:

Exhibit D:


Exhibit E:


Exhibit F:


Basically, there are about 2352985714098108 other photos I want to copy here but if I want to get this posted tonight that needs to stop. YAAAR KYA YAAAAR????!!!

Favorite Moments:

This is essentially a repeat of the above section but I don’t care.

My favorite moments? That’d be the entire show, Sir. No? Ok, so, how about every Hayaat/Zaki and Haroon/Zaki scene? More specificity? Let me try, although it seems like a herculean task. I hope you appreciate how time consuming it is trying to find these pictures.

In no particular order:

  • Hayaat and Zaki’s airplane scene where the bechara begs her to stop jabbering. “Pata hai mere ghar main bhi aik kaam karti thi. Uska naam tha Nasreen. Uski bhi aik beti thi magar main usske saath kabhi naheen khela keunke wo bohat hi aik idiot thi. Tum kaheen Nasreen ki beti to naheen ho?”

This was the fourth episode and the entire sequence apart from being pure GOODNESS was just an inkling of the fun Hayaat/Zaki scenes to come.

  • When Hayaat repeatedly bugs Zaki about the reply she was supposed to get from her friends, gets sick and then walks in on Zaki talking to Nida which led to this:

Just look at his face. LOL. “Kon ho tum, kahan se ayi ho? Naheen chahye thi mujhe tum. Tum insanon main kabhi pali barhi naheen ho? Bandron main rahi ho? Naryal kha k bari hui ho? Tumhain kisi ne personal space naheen sikhayi? Basic uthne bethne k tareeqay naheen aatay tumhain?”

  • When Hayaat takes Zaki out for lunch in Nepal and he makes fun of her ordering Biryani.
  • This, that prompted Zaki’s “Oh teri khair!”

  • When Zaki takes Hayaat out of the hospital and she still wouldn’t leave him be.

  • I’m forgetting a lot of those scenes but basically the entire time the two of them spent in Nepal, bickering and Hayaat annoying the shit out of Zaki was awesome.
  • After getting back, losing her home and stuff, she comes to Zaki’s place and tries to convince his family that the house was actually hers. Her “Acha hota na wo log mujhe goli maar dete. Zameen main to jagga mil jati na mujhe? Or jaan choot-ti” prompted a cute AF reaction from Zaki.

  • When Zaki abruptly stops the car in anger after she, in her dhun, says that she’ll sell herself if she doesn’t find money elsewhere.
  • When she breaks down after being mugged in the middle of the road and Zaki comes and takes her away.
  • This scene:

  • Zaki’s pseudo-confession.

  • The going to dhaaba scene.

  • The dhaabey wala scene.

  • The post-dhaabey wala full confession scene. MELTED.


  • Every beach scene where they met and fought and Hayaat didn’t listen to Zaki. Except for the last one where she finally did. AIEEEEEE. “Main tumse mohabbat karta hoon, aur hum shaadi karenge, Hayaat.” “Yeh kya kahan abhi tumne?” “Kuch naheen bakwaas kar raha tha.”
  • When on the eve of his engagement, Zaki sits brooding in his room and Haroon tries to comfort him and teases him and after “Aayi Hayaat laayi, Nida. Le chali challey” and Zaki’s “Mujhe samajh naheen aa raha k main aapka beta hoon ya beti” “Tum mere bete hi ho, magar aaj k liye khud ko meri beti samjho.”
  • The “bill jama kara do” wala scene.
  • Zaki trying out his grandfather’s sherwaani.


Do I feel better? NO. But getting there.

To put the proverbial cherry on top of this post, here are the screen shots of my comments on the reviews of the drama’s episodes on This is my blog and I can damn well do what I please. Pay close attention to the dates. Also, I didn’t watch any shows in Ramazan so there are no comments for episodes 16-19. Like anybody cares.

I should have just used these pictures only, eh? Awaiyen maine itna lamba likh dala. That took 12 hours to write. You are welcome.

Thank you to each of these three people, and THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to the entire cast and crew of Yeh Raha Dil.

Tujhe khone se daray
Teri yaad mein meray
Tujhe pyar jo karay
Yeh raha dil hai mera dil

Sara Out.


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Death Note – Episodes 11 to 20 Review

I became quite bored during these episodes. Same old, same old. There were some major developments and crazy plot twists that I’ve come to associate with this show.

Riyuzaki/L suspects Light and keeps him under surveillance, Light succumbs to the pressure and feeling cornered comes up with an elaborate plan that involves him and Misa Amane, the second Kira, relinquishing their ownership of their respective Death Notes which ultimately leads them to forgetting everything to do with the shinigami and the terrible power they both possessed.

The rules keep coming in every episode but I’ve sort of stopped paying any attention to them. There are a few fun episodes in between but mostly it’s just L sitting in front of the screen spying on his targets. He chained himself to Light which I thought was particularly awesome. As for Misa, she’s probably the most useless and annoying character in the entire show. I say useless because I dislike her but in actuality, she’s quite resourceful and Light took full advantage of her misplaced loyalty.

The guy just cannot stoop any lower. I haven’t seen that part yet but I bet all eyes of the shinigami that as soon as Light recovers his memory, he’s going to have zero remorse over what he has done.  My favorite episode out of these 10 would have to be “Matsuda”. He’s plain adorable and I hope nothing happens to him.

You know, it shouldn’t be this hard to reveal a little bit of a character backstory at this point. I’ve seen 20 episodes, for God’s sake and I still don’t know why L does not sleep. Why he walks bare feet and why he always sits hunched. Eccentricity alone isn’t enough, there MUST be a reason.

I absolutely LOVE how he speaks. It’s so gentle, his voice, almost soothing and bored out of his wits. He is my favorite character of the show. And Matsuda too. They both deserve hugs and kisses but L probably more.

There has been no sign of Ryuk since Light relinquished his ownership although we do see Rem, Misa’s shinigami now and again.

I can’t say I’m exactly “hot” for this show. I would not miss it, now that I’ve come so far. But days go by before I’m tempted to watch anymore.

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Death Note – On A Knife Edge, Episodes 6 to 11 Review

L is not a teenager, and he is certainly isn’t homeless but the guy stoops, has dark circles under his eyes, walks bare feet and sits crouched. Intriguing? Why, yes. But apart from the fact that he is rich and has a butler, we don’t know anything about him yet. I really like his voice, the English dubbed one. So soft yet intelligent and eloquent.

Both Kira and L stopped their dance around each other and came out in the open. Well, at least L did. He’s gauging his suspicion of Light as Kira by percentages and it’s growing slowly. Meanwhile, Light in all his psycho-genius glory continues to meet L’s challenges head on while continuing his “purge”. I still don’t understand the guy’s deal. Had he always been like that or is there a reason behind this behavior. Hopefully, it’ll become clear in the later episodes. I’m impatient to understand what brought him to this line of thinking.

I have to say, episode 7 (“Donten” (曇天) / “Overcast”) was my favorite. It kept me on my toes. I fully expected Ray Penber’s fiance to get out of this alive but Light’s quick thinking saved his hide. Damn him. He keeps killing the innocent.

L’s constant scrutinizing of Light and vice versa was one of those things that you enjoy at first but they quickly become tedious due to the fact that it’s all happening inside their heads.

I didn’t know what to expect when it comes to Light when I started this but now I’m positive. The dude deserves no mercy and needs to be put down ASAP. He’ll just keep on eliminating anyone and everyone who comes in his path, be it a criminal or an innocent.

Going back to what the shinigami were discussing a few episodes earlier, it seems as if Light has figured out that another shinigami came to Earth with another Death Note because, God help the people of Japan, there’s another Kira masquerading as the original one. We even got to see her and her shinigami. What’s worse, she has the eyes of a shinigami. Yikes. That certainly complicates things, doesn’t it?