Itazura na Kiss

Itazura na Kiss (1996)

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Late for a meeting, Kotoko was running along the corridor in school and bumped into Naoki, their lips meeting. Naoki showed his disgust, but Kotoko started to idolise him, who was good at everything from studies to sports. When Kotoko's house burned down, her father's good friend Machiko invited them to move in with her family. It was then that Kotoko realised Naoki was the elder son of Machiko, who took up read morethe role of a fairy-godmother to bring the two together...despite the fact that Naoki was disgusted. Not discouraged, the clumsy and not-so-bright Kotoko started to do everything that would change her impression on him. Gradually, the icy-cold Naoki who disliked girls started to feel for Kotoko...

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Jun 6, 2011
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
I originally began watching this show, but dropped it for awhile due to lack of interest by episode 4. Recently picked it back up after having seen the other adaptations of the series, and still didn't find it very interesting. Maybe it was because I'd seen the others completely first, but I felt a lack of effort for the story. The lead actress was a little over the top, though I know read more her character is supposed to be a little... eccentric...hyper... whatever you'd like to term it as. Takashi Kashiwabara, the main lead of Naoki, did well and really carried the majority of the series in my opinion. I won't rewatch this show very often, if at all, because the female lead annoyed me too much. I don't like giving a bad review, but... this was a dissappointment.
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Dec 12, 2013
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I mentioned in the INK~Love in Tokyo that I seen every version of this story. I forgot this version too. I've seen this drama as well.

This isn't my favorite version of this story, but it had some good things about this drama.

Story: I love the story, but it was so different from the original. But it's because the manga was still being written in 1996. The manga will forever be read more incomplete with no ending at all. The reason is that the author passed away(if you haven't known that, then that's the main reason that the story is so different). It's actually kind of more comedical(not as funny, but still).

Acting: I think Kashiwabara Takashi did pretty well as Naoki. He was so cold that I wanted to beat him because he was cold. There a few moments that he wasn't too cold. Sato Aiko got her role down. But I couldn't really relate to her. She was very annoying character. Aoki Shinsuke as Kin-chan didn't have much screen time at all because the story was still being written at the time. The person who played Yuki was pretty good as well.

Music: Not that memorable at all.

Rewatch: I didn't like the drama very much, but there were some good moments in the drama I would watch over again.

Remember, it's my opinion. If you disagree, that's fine with me.
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    onewbaby Apr 11, 2014

    this irie naoki was also in the 2013 itazura na kiss... he was walking down the hall as a doctor and naoki #2 turned back to stare at him lol

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    Blademan2 Feb 18, 2014

    Cute drama but the ending was too rushed in my most humble opinion...

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    soumatra Dec 12, 2013

    Nakama Yukie in this drama, I will watch it

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      soumatra Dec 13, 2013

      Nakama Yukie is the underling of Ozawa Maju (the bad girl) lol
      now yukie is the big star and maju the cameo-star lol

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    nurfitriyyah Jul 27, 2013

    this version's kotoko is very's not that she's ugly or what. but she is just too much. it's amazing how naoki could accept her. love is really a miracle o____o

    good thing that all of the remakes are hundreds times better than this, especially the latest Japanese remake.

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      myra522 Dec 14, 2013

      where can i watch this at??please tell asap been looking for this the longest

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    Kachiiing Jun 13, 2013

    Is this the drama that kickstarted the asian TV revolution? Although looking back, it may seem the worst piece of sh*t, I think it gave the foothold for Korea/China/Japan/Taiwan to start branching out to the awesomeness we have today.

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    tarepanda Apr 22, 2013

    TBH started this because of Kassy (the lead actor), and I think he did a pretty good job as Irie. I agree though it could get a bit annoying esp with Kotoko around, but if you went back to the original sources, you'll find that she's not exactly a peaceful character in the first place. So I justified the annoying-ness of this jdrama with that. This is the only version I was able to sit through without wanting to throwing something since it deviated from the original story, so it all comes down to personal taste I guess.

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    LuvK Apr 12, 2013

    i watched this, and i was like okay, @.@ weird, i didn't dislike it, it was funny and stuff, but annoying at the same time, but the main lead guy was hot, but weird plot, didn't even follow much the manga. oh well.

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    Sunorah19 Mar 28, 2013

    I watched this cuz I've watched the korean and taiwanese(my fav) versions and I wanted to see how this one was portrayed. And it was okay. I didn't dislike it and it had funny moments. I can't wait to see the remake and how it'll compare. I feel like I know the story so well after watching so many versions and the anime lol.

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    Miya242013 Mar 12, 2013

    I actually really like it because it the first one.

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    Miow Mar 4, 2013

    sooooo funny

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    noukster Nov 6, 2012

    i cant watch this because its ugly

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    unused Jun 30, 2012

    I don't remember much about this drama at all, and the Taiwanese version was far better, but I still liked it. All I really remember is someone saying that Kotoko's ears were too big.

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    Xingyun May 2, 2012

    This was my first asian drama. ^^

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    suistar Jan 26, 2012

    I remember watching this years and years ago...I thought it was funny...but then I did have a huge crush on Takashi Kashiwabara :P

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    DiverGirl Jan 9, 2012

    I didn't like it at all. The acting rubbed me the wrong way and the show just grated on my nerves.


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    Oct 14, 1996 to Dec 16, 1996
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    TV Asahi
  • Duration:

    45 min.


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    6.2 (scored by 1,180 users)
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