Itazura na Kiss: Eps 1-4
Ah yes, yet another live action of Itazura na Kiss!
So it’s no secret that Itazura na Kiss is a live action, based on the original Japanese manga. If you are still not in the loop then you will only get more confused by the many live action versions of Itazura O_O If you are in the loop, then you are probably tired sick of hearing the explanations OVER AND OVER of all the different versions. So let’s clear it up once and for all……there are:
- Japanese live action – Itazura na Kiss
- Taiwanese live action season 1 – It Started With a Kiss
- Taiwanese live action season 2 – They Kiss Again
- Korean live action – Playful Kiss
- Japanese live action new version – Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo
YEAH. That is how popular Itazura na Kiss is. I was surprised that they decided to make yet another Japanese live action version. I have seen ISWAK (It Started With a Kiss) and part of They Kiss Again, so I am already familiar with Itazura. I admit my memory sucks and I watched it so long ago that I can’t remember all of it. But ISWAK definitely stands out among the crowd for being one of the most endearing and popular live actions of Itazura. I don’t see how anyone can deny the crazy chemistry between Ariel & Joe. Anyways since my memory sucks, it is great watching the latest version of Itazura since I can get a refresher on all the stuff that I’ve forgotten!
The main character that is stealing the spotlight is Aihara Kotoko (Miki Honoka). The casting was spot-on and I’m quite surprised that this new-comer is doing so well! This will likely be Miki Honoka’s break-through role since she is new to the jdrama scene and she is very young. Aihara Kotoko is a really cute and ditzy, yet loveable character! Note the LOVEABLE part. It takes a certain amount of skill to make sure that cute & ditzy does not translate into ANNOYING. Miki Honoka totally pulls it off because she avoids being too annoying, and instead makes her character really fun to watch.
I am not really feeling the male lead’s portrayal of Irie Naoki yet. Probably my favorite parts with him are when he shows us a VERY SMALL SMILE. At times he is a jerk but he actually doesn’t seem as douchey as I thought he was supposed to be. O_O So far he seems like a “softer” Naoki. Chemistry wise he is pretty good with Aihara but I need some more SPARKS.
But really? What other character REALLY caught my attention???? (If you noticed I cut out Kin, that’s because I don’t really like his character. SORRY KIN FANS! *runs away* >_>) IRIE’S MOM!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!! SHE IS SO PERFECT!!! ONLY IN A JDRAMA LIVE ACTION COULD THEY PULL OFF SUCH A RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME CHARACTER. She is seriously the shipper of all shippers, the person you WANT to interfere with the OTP, the one who is always voicing your not-so-secret SHIPPY THOUGHTS.
Those were just my very short initial impressions of the drama. Overall it is a lot of cute fluff but it is an enjoyable watch. Really, if you are looking to get into the entire Itazura craze, I would probably recommend ISWAK first. For others, it may be a fun watch just to see how different versions interpret the story. For me it is fun to watch because I can get flashbacks to ISWAK while still enjoying the Japanese version.
Anyways, if you are wondering, “gee where are the collages with tons of screencaps,” or “why is this review so short,” it’s because the rest of my reviews (starting with Episode 4) for Itazura will be posted on the Drama Fever Blog. I am taking part in a weekly-episode review series called the “Drama Club”. Basically what it is, is that you will get to read not one, but FOUR reviews of each weekly episode (starting with ep4). All of these reviews are by different bloggers, all of whom will be responding to each other’s opinions. It’s a fun concept because it let’s you get multiple perspectives on the episode, all from one blog. One of those bloggers just so happens to be me. O_O Check it out, be sure to find me over at Dramafever too!
You can find my episode 4 review here:
And many thanks to one of my readers who anonymously recommended this drama to me in my chatbox. At first I was going to drop this drama but thanks to my reader, I decided to give it another go..AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED……….