Love for Beginners

Love for Beginners (2012)

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Hibino Tsubaki is a young teenage girl with a talent for styling other people's hair. Yet, Tsubaki suffers from low self-esteem and isn't very comfortable styling her own hair. She also has a tendency to dress old-fashioned. She's teased at high school because of this.
One day, popular male student Tsubaki Kyota targets Tsubaki for teasing. Tsubaki Kyota holds sway over the entire classroom and is quite a playboy. Inexplicably they fall read morein love. Meanwhile, Tsubaki Kyota has commitment issues.

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    Today, I'll Start Our Love; Today, We'll Start Our Love; Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu;

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15 people found this review helpful
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Jul 4, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I didn't know this manga was made into a movie. I jus recently started reading the manga also so I decided to watch this.

It's cute. It's your typical popular boy, unpopular student romance. But I still liked it. I think this would've been better as a drama since everything seemed extremely fast. The whole teasing phase then relationship phase all seemed rushed which is uncommon for movies.

I think if you read more haven't read the manga you would probably like it more.

I loved the cast. Matsuzaka is some serious eye candy ~ all the characters were really likable but I feel like some of the supporting cast should've had a bigger role like in the manga. It's kind of like they were just there to be there. I liked the two main leads but I feel like their chemistry didn't develop well enough. They were cute together but I just didn't seem like they really liked each other, it was rather lacking.

The music was pretty good. The audio for the whole movie was a little weird so it was hard to hear the music clearly but they were enjoyable tunes.
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Jul 7, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
First of all I need to point out that I have read the manga and know the details inside out as a fan.

Well, considering I approached this movie very accidentaly and since I really like the manga, I decided to give this a go.

Some parts very unexpected - in a bad and good ways. The story was slightly shifted from the original, but still kept the warmth of their meeting. read more But probably that shift is what made some gaping holes in the storyline, as it felt unfinished, missing something.

The acting was good, there was nothing to complain about just the script that didn't allow to go very deep into the characters to understand their actions (most of it was shuffled, muffled and skiped through very fast).

Overall, it is a good watch, yet I wouldn't rewatch it again as a manga fan.
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The story is pretty similar. The main character is considered not attractive compared to her sister and because of that her personality is shy and awkward. However, because she shares a name with the popular guy in her class she catches his attention. Because of her quiet demeanor she becomes the target of his bullying but things start to shift when she stands up to him. He still "messes" with her but in ways that create opportunities for her true personality to shine and in doing so they begin to fall for each other.

Main plot point shared is that the male lead doesn't like the female leads personality in the beginning but it soon becomes apparent that he misjudged her and he finds himself drawn to her.
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The lead actress is the same in both movies. Both characters she plays are very cute, nice natured girls.
Both are sweet romance movies. Both female leads discover themselves along the way.
Plot lines are different, but I think many may like both films.
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    Lovely Jan 8, 2017 - edited

    I only remember how stupid the female lead was in the manga, I won't watch this - ever.

    Edit: So I went ahead and still watched it and it was okay. I like her in the movie much more than I like her in the manga but over all is the manga better. I missed Kyouta's pervy side tbh.

    the best thing here is Kento my love

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    Hessa Nov 23, 2016 - edited

    Don't keep submitting requests to change the title. The official English title is "Love for Beginners". It is the title on DVDs.

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      Bongsookie Dec 3, 2016 - edited

      I was scrolling down my watched list today and was like "when did I watch this movie? perhaps I added it by mistake..." - only to realised the name got changed! LOL. I only know this movie by the title "Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu" but the English name makes it more understandable xD

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    Meeiishal Oct 26, 2016

    no plot but sweet movie

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    coolcancerian Oct 20, 2016

    Boring but damn tori is sooo good looking :)

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    opparuinsmylife Sep 23, 2016 - edited

    As someone who loves the manga to death, this was nothing but disappointing

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    chibiladychoi Sep 8, 2016 - edited

    It was light hearted, but kind of forgettable. Probably Emi-Tori pair doesn't work anymore..

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      chibiladychoi Dec 19, 2016

      OMG! haha they are ok with Asuko March but here they seemed to be un-snych despite of skinship. I respect your opinion, nonetheless. Btw, replying is ny last name (:

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      kitamu Dec 19, 2016

      i have to watch this movie again tbh.. this was actually what made me like the two, but i had watched it back when i wasnt rly watching dramas/movies often so im sure if i watch it now i may not like it as much haha. in asuko march, i didnt mind the two of them but i actually thought emi had better chemistry with other characters. i liked her with the character that was into the other girl and made music boxes

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      chibiladychoi Dec 19, 2016
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      chibiladychoi Dec 21, 2016

      I get your point there my friend!

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    ldrx Jul 2, 2016

    pls spare yourself from this trash..... ugh

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    Mio Jun 7, 2016


    Manga was actually pretty fun but the movie.. ugh.

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    Sueperstar Mar 27, 2016

    It's a sweet story. But what I like most about it, it was relatable and realistic. And I didnt find the story too rushed. The pace was perfect! :)

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    MokaAkashiya Mar 7, 2016

    The main boy needs a high five in the face with a hammer

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    kitamu Dec 23, 2015

    very stereotypical love story so i really should have hated it but i enjoyed it so much... it could be bc of takei emi and matsuzaka tori though lol they're such attractive people

    also it's really fast-paced... esp the first hour.. then they kind of slowed down in the second hour. that's prob another reason why i really liked it bc i really hate the slow pace most movies/dramas take

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    Emmy Dec 18, 2015

    I think it was okay to do some changes in the movie (some thing were differents in the manga), because if they wouldn't do it, they couldn't finish the movie satisfactorily. Otherwise they had to make a drama series. So it was fine.

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    KMR Dec 7, 2015 - edited

    I think I had and overdose of shoujo manga maybe that's why I couldn't enjoy this movie. There's nothing really annoying about it but at the same time I found it irritating, like when you're annoyed by bore and predictable plot.....but some years ago I really did enjoy Kimi ni Todoke which is a bit similar...*scratches head...maybe some things are to be enjoyed just for some time....

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    Twyx Sep 21, 2015

    .. I didn't like it. Just a banal love story. Dropped it at the end ^^"


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    Dec 8, 2012
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