Sunday, January 5, 2014

43. Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo イタズラなKiss~Love in Tokyo (2013) Japanese

Miki Honoka, Furukawa Yuki, Yamada Yuki

Drama Rating: 7/10     Neck Score: A

Best of the Itazura na Kiss dramas, as it sticks closest to the manga and adds less weird embellishments that make an already lame story lamer.  Next best is probably the Taiwanese version It Started With a Kiss... but only if you like Jiro Wang.  Anyways, we have a 16 year old, a 26 year old, and a 23 year old and they're all playing high school seniors.  The dudes are way better at looking that young than the 16 year old girl at looking older when they grow up and become college students.  What makes this the best one of all these is actually Furukawa Yuki.  How does he do that impassive face while still letting us know exactly what he's thinking.  I swear his face doesn't change but we can still read the new expression.  Every time he is jealous, every time he is attracted to her, every time he likes her, every like he thinks she's ridiculous.  Also, she is more likeable than most of the others, playing this crazy girl role in a more realistic and relate-able way.  It works because we can actually tell that he likes her from as soon as he starts liking her, and it doesn't just come off as boredom and anger (cough cough Kim Hyun Joong cough cough).  As silly as this story is, this adaptation is actually fun to watch (especially if you like tall skinny boys and pretty boys with great hair).  Personally thought both boys were hot, decent actors with hot necks.  The most annoying part is her chorus of yell in unison friends.  You don't need to say everything at the same time!  Seriously.

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