21 July 2013

イタズラなKiss ~ Love in Tokyo (Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo)

Title: イタズラなKiss ~ Love in Tokyo (Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo)
English Title:
  • It Started With A Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo
  • Mischievous Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo
  • Playful Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Year: 2013
Episode: 16
  • 未来穂香 Miki Honoka
  • 古川雄輝 Furukawa Yuki
  • 山田裕貴 Yamada Yuki
  • 田中要次 Tanaka Yoji
  • 西村知美 Nishimura Tomomi
  • Imoaraizaka Kakaricho
  • 相澤侑我 Aizawa Yuga
  • 森カンナ Mori Kanna
  • 高田里穂 Takada Riho
  • 藤本七海 Fujimoto Nanami
  • 山谷花純 Yamaya Kasumi
  • 柴崎佳佑 Shibasaki Keisuke
  • 佐藤藍子 Sato Aiko
  • 柏原崇 Kashiwabara Takashi

シャボン Sabão - アップデート Appudēto (Update)
Aihara Kotoko is a stupid girl with a good disposition in life. She idolizes Irie Naoki who is handsome, a great athlete, and the smartest person at her school.

Kotoko tries expresses her feelings to Naoki through a letter but when she hands it to Naoki, he dismisses her confession and the love letter.

One day, Kotoko and her dad are left homeless when a meteor crashes into their house.  Her dad's friends invite the two to stay over at their house for the meantime. Kotoko is delighted to find out that her dad's friends are Naoki's parents, and she gets to live with Naoki under the same roof.

Kotoko is ecstatic for the opportunity to be close to Naoki. Although he has already rejected her, Kotoko is hopeful that Naoki will love her the same way that she loves him.

シャボン Sabão - たからもの Takara Mono (Treasure)
I have already stated in past reviews of similar productions (the earlier Japanese adaptation イタズラなKiss (Itazura na Kiss), the Taiwanese adaptation 惡作劇之吻 It Started With A Kiss, and the Korean adaptation 장난스런 키스 Playful Kiss) that I really don't like the premise of Itazura na Kiss. In a nutshell, I just don't think it is possible for an intelligent person to fall in love with a stupid person.

I don't really know why I watched  Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo considering how I feel about its premise. It is probably because it was an easy watch for me since I already know the story, and I was expecting that this production would be able to execute the story well so I will still enjoy watching it despite not really liking its premise.

I found the drama promising when I watched the first two episodes as it gave off a realistic vibe to what is actually a fantastical production. Everything went downhill from the third episode onward because the characters, particularly the female lead character Aihara Kotoko, became more caricature-like and displayed facial expressions that may have been acceptable and necessary in manga but definitely out of place and annoying in a drama. At least in my opinion.

I really wish the acting style of the first two episodes remained throughout the series. I would have probably enjoyed this drama if that had been the case. This is an okay production but if someone asks my opinion on what adaptation of Itazura na Kiss they should watch, I would definitely recommend the earlier Japanese version, and this version would be a far second choice.

It may be because I have been watching too many dramas lately with delinquent male characters so it was refreshing to have Irie Naoki on the screen. I like that there were several scenes that showed he is incredibly smart and well educated, such as when he is speaking in English (a foreign language from the perspective of the Japanese) about economics, or when he is quoting a famous statesman.

Irie Naoki: "It's important to have the ability to distinguish between impossible and possible." by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield

Irie Naoki: "If it is merely difficult, all you need is the mental strength to follow through, and an inability to give up, and things will work out." by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield

I have to mention that I was slightly bothered with the excessive scenes showing the skirt of actress Miki Honoka while in character as Kotoko. I can't really give an exact number but I think the fact that I have noticed it means there are a lot of such scenes in the drama. I think even one or two of such scenes is already too much as there is really no point in showing her skirt while she's walking or climbing stairs, is there? I mean, why not just show her whole body or a close-up of her face or what she's looking at?

イタズラなKiss2 ~ Love in Okinawa (Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in Okinawa)
イタズラなKiss2 ~ Love in Tokyo 2 (Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in Tokyo)

jp - イタズラなKiss (Itazura na Kiss)
kr - 장난스런 키스 Playful Kiss
tw - 惡作劇之吻 It Started With A Kiss
tw - 惡作劇2吻 They Kiss Again

イタズラなKiss ~ Love in Tokyo (Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo)
イタズラなKiss ~ Love in Tokyo (Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo)