Itazura na Kiss - Love in Tokyo

Itazura na Kiss - Love in Tokyo (2013)

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Based on the manga "Itazura na Kiss" by Kaoru Tada. At a high school entrance ceremony, high school student Kotoko Aihara, who isn't that smart, notices pretty boy Naoki Irie. She falls in love with him immediately. Kotoko initially doesn't express her feelings to him, but finally has a chance to tell him how she feels. Unfortunately, Naoki turns Kotoko down, saying "I don't like dumb women."
One day, Kotoko Aihara's house read moreis severely damaged by a meteorite. Until the house is rebuilt, Kotoko Aihara and her father decide to live with her father's friend. When Kotoko Aihara moves to her new temporary house, she is surprised to learn that Naoki Irie lives there as well.

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Nov 1, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
There's something about japanese dramas that korean ones can't seem to have... sweetness. Watching Itazura na Kiss was a really sweet experience. No melodrama, no tears just for the sake of crying... Now it's not a masterpiece either, but INK Love in Tokyo has a good plot, lovable characters and an overall aura of lightness and it was exactly what I expected from it.

I'm a huge fan of the anime version read more and I have seen both taiwanese and korean drama versions and I gotta say INK Love in Tokyo beats them both. The taiwanese one was way too long and therefore was boring at times and the korean one... well, not so good actors and even though I love the story, I couldn't help but being hella bored while watching Playful Kiss.

INK Love in Tokyo managed to still be interesting to me even though I knew the plot (and its twists) by heart. Now yes, the over the top acting (especially the main actress) was kinda off-putting at first but once I got past it, I really got fond of the characters and the main couple. I loved their chemistry, even if (no) thanks to the author, Irie Naoki's character is difficult to understand (to the point you just want to shake the hell outta him) and Aihara Kotoko's one is way too dumb to not be frustrated with her at some point. Still, loved them both together and individually.

The drama has its fun moments, not to the point where I'd like, laugh out loud or anything but enough to make me smile and feel good when watching them. And again, that was exactly what I expected from it. No more, no less.

I'm really glad it got a second season even if I already know how it's going to end but the drama's amazing characters and its sweet aura will definitely manage to keep me interested throughout its second run.
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Jul 23, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I'm writing this review based on not seeing any other version of this drama.. Korean, Taiwanese, the original 1996 Japanese version or even the anime: This is the first of them all that I've seen. I didn't know whether or not I should have started this since I kinda wanted to watch them all in order to when they came out, but since it's pretty much the same plot in every version read more I decided to give it a shot anyways, and I'm actually really glad I did. I thought this drama was cute, funny, and was one of the reasons I looked forward to Fridays. I've heard some say this version is better than the rest, and others have opposed and said a certain version was better than this one.. I of course can not vouch for either, but I'm happy I started with this one because the plot was well executed and had nice acting to go along with it.

I've never really watched anything anyone in this drama has been in prior to this drama, so I was somewhat worried about the unfamiliar cast and how well they would portray their characters for this drama, but surprisingly they were all very enjoyable to watch. Furukawa Yuki did really good in portraying a character like Irie Naoki, and pulled off the cold and closed off personality well. Miki Honoka was adorable in this, I'm not sure how she is in other versions, but I loved how cheery and spirited she was portrayed in this. Miki Honoka really brought her character to life with her performance.

The music was pretty mediocre.. Very fitting for this drama, especially it's instrumental versions played within scenes.. They were played at perfect times to bring out the emotion of the scene, but they weren't anything too spectacular to mention.

Overall I enjoyed this drama. I thought it was cute, heartwarming, and always kept me laughing throughout all 16 episodes. I personally liked the ending. It did a good job in bringing this drama to end.. There were no open endings, and really left me satisfied with the drama as a whole. I might rewatch this drama some day, I think it's worth a second watch, but not anytime soon. I recommend this to those who, first of all, are fans of the anime or any other version, and those who're just looking for a cute and bubbly drama to watch. Hopefully you guys like this one ^^
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Main girl in both are quite exaggerated, although I would say Itazura na kiss is more extreme, but both also have similar plots I guess, same kind of ending I would say.
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They are both high school students who have to live together because of a circumstance and end up liking each other.
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    Astro Mar 27, 2016

    I really like this version because it's closer to the manga! Throughout the whole drama I kept hoping maybe there would be a plot twist and kotoko really falls in love with kinnosuke instead </3

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    CasondraHallifax Mar 4, 2016

    I watched two episodes but when I realized the male lead was 26 and the female lead was 16 when this was made I couldn't watch it anymore

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    dramaconnoisseur Jan 28, 2016

    I watch this (a few episodes), full anime, and the Korean version (2 times!). Really love the story.

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    Shina Jan 13, 2016

    All remake are not total the same that good. It's not my favorite, but I enjoyed this version more than... . Kotoko is very cute, not that useless. I can understand her way of being in love. Luckily she was not that overboard & obsessive girl. The guy is like KHJ, cold but i didn't feel the same arrogant, he seems reserved. Nice version.

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    WhiteGoldMVs1 Dec 4, 2015

    This version has the best Kotoko. And the Korean version was such a mess that I was going to give this one a miss... But I'm glad I didn't!! I shudder at the thought of Kim Hyun Joon's acting... Wait...was that even called acting? He had one expression the whole drama... Even in their bed scene he wore the same expression. As for Oh Ha Ni (Korean Kotoko) she was literally a clingy stalker who had absolutely no pride.

    In this version Kotoko is cute... She argues back, she gets her own cute revenge, she's expressive, she laughs, she cries and she's in love. Everything she does is lively and adorable. She has personality and character... Even though she mostly revolves around Naoki she is still her own person and character. She has her own goals and she's quite the comedian. She's basically hilariously cute.

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    Meena_Drama_Fan Aug 18, 2015

    the tune was from a tamil movie EERAM which was released 2009 in India. But it fits this drama.

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    Sujach Jul 28, 2015

    is the secondhand emberrasment for the female lead and the second male lead as bad as in the korean one?

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    iamsarah May 2, 2015

    This was really cute like this girl better from all other versions

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    Shelly Apr 26, 2015

    Cant wait for the thai version w Aomike of full house thai!!

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    NesrineTao Apr 10, 2015

    with all respect i still prefer the korean version so far !!!!

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    sakuraKhey Mar 5, 2015 - edited

    Stop comparing, please.
    Loved the drama, it's so so so cute! I felt as happy as Kotoko-chan whenever Irie made a move. <3 Watch and please DON'T compare, i think we had enough of this nonsense.

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    Sara Feb 10, 2015 - edited

    I don't get why many hate the Korean version. Personally I find it better than this and the Taiwanese because the kdrama's acting is more realistic.

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      Thejaswini Arun May 10, 2015
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    angelica Nov 28, 2014

    Anything's better than the korean version tbh

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    mejustcassie Nov 25, 2014 - edited

    Is there any difference between this and the original anime and playful kiss?

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      Jeka-K Jan 5, 2015

      There sure are differences between the original anime adaptation and this drama, however, I wouldn't say they affected me while I was watching this drama (I had previously read the manga and watched the anime). Those are all just minor things - Kotoko and Noaki sharing a bus instead of going to school by walking, problems with Kotoko and Mr Aihara's new house etc.
      I'd say a similar thing for Playful Kiss-Itazura na Kiss differences, but Playful Kiss ended further away than this drama did as there were more happenings (don't want to spoil you if you haven't watched the drama yet).

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      mejustcassie Jan 6, 2015

      Mmmm thank you =D

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      Jeka-K Jan 7, 2015

      You're welcome. :)
      Hope I'm not too late to say all this though. ^^;

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    xXxCo0ki3xXx Oct 29, 2014

    My favourite adaptation! I can't wait for the sequel!


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    Mar 29, 2013 to Jul 19, 2013
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    49 min.


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