Kimi wa Petto

Kimi wa Petto (2003)

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Smart, successful and good-looking Iwaya Sumire works for a big newspaper. However, her boss asks her to leave for being too "perfect" a woman. Feeling angry and dejected Iwaya returns home depressed, and most of all lonely. However, when she finds an unconscious young man lying in a box out the front of her home and takes him in. He looks like a dog she used to own called Momo. She dubs read morehim Momo and decides to "keep him as a pet." It's the start of an unexpected life together as they overcome obstacles and become quite attached to one another. But can love like this exist? --TBS

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    You're My Pet ; Tramps Like Us ; Kimi wa Pet

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Apr 14, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This is a very endearing and cute drama. It's funny and not too dramatic - there are no massive and overwhelming problems/obstacles, but enough plot twists to keep you interested. The main characters are portrayed very convincingly by Kato Koyuki (Sumire) and Matsumoto Jun (Momo). Supporting characters are good as well. The plot flows nicely and I found the ending was satisfying enough, although not perfect. The instrumental soundtrack suits the drama read more very well, and the theme song, V6's "Darling", is sure to stick in your head for a long time.

Despite the weirdish pet/owner relationship between the main characters, this drama is somehow very realistic. In the end, it is about people searching for someone with whom they can be themselves and that is a something everyone can relate to. Even if you don't like Matsumoto Jun - who, by the way, does a superb job in this drama, very adorable - you should give this drama a try. It might well be that at the end of this drama you too hope to have an adorable Momo as your pet! ;)

If you have read the manga, I think that this drama adaptation isn't a bad one at all. It's different, of course, and it doesn't follow the manga faithfully: there are quite a few changes and some characters omitted, some added/having bigger roles. However, I do think that the drama has the same spirit as the manga, and the main characters are quite the same. Anyways, I read the manga after watching this, so my opinion might be a bit biased since I was charmed by Matsumoto Jun's Momo first. :)
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Jul 2, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
There are a lot of aspects of this drama that I respect. For one, I appreciate that this isn’t just one of those dramas jumping on the “older woman dating a younger man” craze of the past few years. Although it might look that way initially, it’s much smarter than that.

Without sounding too pretentious, this drama is really about human relationships and how societies expectations make us question our wants and read more needs in our personal lives. This drama addresses those thoughts that we all have to ourselves: “I like this, but what would my friends think about it? What would my co-workers say if they knew I was doing this? What would my parents say!? Am I wrong for feeling this way?”

The lead characters are complex and well acted by Kato and MatsuJun. Particularly with the Momo character, I really liked that there was more to him than meets the eye. He’s not just some shallow, free-loading bum with a pretty face. Just like Sumire, he too has his emotional scars and is being healed by their unconventional relationship.

In addition to being smart and well-acted, the drama is downright sexy! Not overtly so, but in very subtle and playful actions between the main characters. It’s funny how some of those moments are intended to be completely “non-sexual,” but still feel as such because of the undeniable chemistry between the two leads. There’s also a lot of sexual tension throughout the series, which is never a bad thing. :)

The script is also youthful and wonderfully comedic. Sumire’s best friend in particular is candid and absolutely refreshing in her role. I love characters that unabashedly say what the audience is likely thinking!

My only complaint about this drama is the use of the Fukushima character. Why must all melodramas portray their antagonist as a typical b*tchy, jealous and spiteful woman? I get really tired of that character. She’s in, like, EVERY drama. It would be nice if writers could re-think the antagonist role, or at least make it more interesting. The Hasumi character is also a bit too gullible for my taste, but he isn't completely intolerable and serves his purpose well enough.

Overall though, Kimi wa Petto is so well-acted, interesting, sexy and funny that the plusses greatly overshadow the small, b*tchy and gullible minuses. :)
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Kinda has similar ring to it.... Same female lead and intruding plot. Older woman & young man relation
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Based on the same Manga.First adoption of the Manga,, but the ending differs from the Manga as the Manga was on going at that time.
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    couponmama41 May 29, 2017

    l like this version i wish someone will sub it in english

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    redxxxcrimson May 24, 2017
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    mutslsb Apr 7, 2017

    It is just shooo cute. It was the 2nd J-drama that i've completed so far and totally happy i gave it a try!

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    Sumichan Feb 19, 2017 - edited

    Where can I watch this?

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    zombiehero Jul 4, 2016

    I can't even remember how many times I've watched this, definitely one of my all-time favourites if not the favourite. It's not that it's perfect though (some awkward acting from time to time, some plots that's just ARGH) but it's just so comforting and nice.

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    peacewon Mar 12, 2016

    Such a fun, lighthearted show!! I really enjoyed it, and I also really enjoyed the lesson at the end. DONT SKIP the last three minutes people!!!! Stay even as the credits are rolling.

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    Yojijukugo Jun 21, 2015

    It's a good story.. Matsumoto Jun is awesome but Koyuki shouldn't do romance though she always seems a bit wooden

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    moonmystery Apr 4, 2015 - edited

    definitely my fav Japanese drama in the world. Two wounded and not-quite-sane people decide to adopt master-pet relationship, and it's not in a disturbing way either! I loved the manga it was based on as well. <3

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    rodentnadya Jan 12, 2015

    Touching! <3 Love is not about age or social conventions ... it's about who can touch your heart!

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    MomoChalinee Oct 11, 2014

    I watched 'Kimi wa Petto' a week after watching 'Zettai Kareshi' and noticed that the two dramas shared quite siimilar plot. Both stories involve an adoption of someone understanding and accepting the protagonist's true self that eventually turn into love. Matsujun is so mischievous in this drama but cute as he always is. ^^ Koyuki's acting is awesome. Anyway, I think Zettai Kareshi has a better storyline and a more touching ending though.

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    MinaVIP Oct 6, 2014

    I have to say this is a very weird drama o_o at least I felt it very.....strange in a way. "I'll let you stay here if you become my pet" WHUUT? ._. what kind of sane person says that. Is she some weird person with a dog-fetish or what? ._. I mean to ask of a person to be their pet, sorry for my rant but that was just so weird.

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    Nana8 Dec 1, 2013

    Awww this drama <3 I loved it! Matsumoto Jun is so cute and adorable here haha I'm sad that I finish it already :(

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    bubblemcginger Jun 18, 2013 - edited

    i really enjoyed this drama BUT it was a shame that they weren't together at the end!! but it is a brilliant drama!!...pulled an all-nighter for it!! XD

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    anusathiya Jun 6, 2013

    i hesitated to watch this one since the story was weird but i ended up liking it...cute one!!! :)


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    Apr 9, 2003 to Jun 18, 2003
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    45 min.


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