Hi my fellow and dearest readers! Guess who’s back!? That’s right, me! I missed you guys, did you miss me? It’s been soooo long since I dramaed and blogged but I am very glad to be back on board! I just want to thank you all for sticking by me and my blog even when I was on hiatus! You can be sure to receive drama posts from me now!
Soooo, prior to my exam, I had heard news of Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in TOKYO coming out this Spring but I was a little upset since it was going to air during my exam period! I loved the first season and was so ready to live-watch this season! I was ready to watch it right under exams and to my surprise, it was only the special Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in OKINAWA that aired during my exam period and that the drama itself will start airing the 24th of November, so that means I will be able to live-watch it (yay!).
Oh gosh, did I miss Irie Naoki (Furuwaka Yuki) and Aihara Kotoko (Miki Honoka)! Such an unlikely couple who are oh-so-likely! It’s so interesting to see just how much their relationship has progressed since INK to this special. While the development of feelings did feel like it happened too quickly, it does progress very nicely in the sense that there is still very much the same personalities with Naoki and Kotoko despite their now forever changed relationship. I just really love how Naoki is still the same guy who possesses a distant exterior regarding his love towards Kotoko while Kotoko is still the same girl who is still crazily in love with her hubby, just as she always has been. Character-wise and personality-wise, it’s not a surprise that this carried over into the special and subsequently and presumably into the next instalment since it is a continuation on the same storyline. However, I guess what surprised me the most is how the characters are still very much who they are despite the change in relationship status. This makes me really anticipate the next instalment, and honestly, I can’t wait!
I think the development of this special was just right; there was enough punch to create the climax but it wasn’t overly done and it worked well with Naoki and Kotoko’s relationship, cementing their newlywed life and pushing their relationship forward. The whole special was essentially for Naoki to show that he has fallen for Kotoko and while that was exactly the case, it did in a way feel forced at some parts. Throughout the whole honeymoon he has remained quite cold and distant towards Kotoko but then there was a huge turnaround and suddenly he it was like he finally realised that he is on a honeymoon with her. I guess this was why it felt forced at some point. This way that he treats her is characteristic of who he is and that is what makes their relationship lively. I wouldn’t change it any other way because that just wouldn’t be their romance story that I have come to know. However, I really would have liked to see a “warmer” Naoki which would have helped this special flow along much more nicely.
Ahhhh, Kotoko is still Kotoko, the innocent and naive girl who fell in love with Naoki at first site. Her try at English was hilarious and is just characteristic of her. I love her and her innocent thinking. She fully supports her hubby seeing only the best from him. She isn’t to afraid to admit that it was her who waited six years for him and was the one who took the initiative to pursue him. In fact, she is proud of it but because of this she is scared of losing him, afraid that she is not good enough for him. Even when she saw him get close to Mari Horiuchi (Yuka Masuda), she just kept to herself despite clearly being upset about their closeness. It’s still early days in their relationship and I am sure that as the second season takes off, they will grow to have a more equal relationship.
Mama Irie just cannot let the lovebirds be can she? Even on their honeymoon she manages to sneak around (along with the rest of the family) with her camera and take happy snaps of the couple! Mama was the one who brought the couple closer together so I guess what she is doing is for the better of the couple. Kotoko is soooo cute! She doesn’t even realise that her whole family is right beside her on this honeymoon!
I can’t wait for the second season which should be here very soon! I’ve seen the Taiwanese version It Started with a Kiss with Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng but I didn’t see the sequel They Kiss Again so this second season with be a fresh storyline for me.
Click here to watch Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in TOKYO.