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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Jul 26, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
So here it is! Tadaa! ~

I know you guys would probably skip my review since there are lot of reviews about it and the series' posters look awesome and promising for those planning to watch it but I don't care. lol haha I just feel like writing one. I honestly just finished it like 2 minutes ago. (w/c is ironic cause you don't care anyway) But man, the feels! They're killing read more me.

Ok, so here it goes. *whew* ~

I love it. It's so... revolutionary! ... So bold! CLAP CLAP HAHA

But kidding aside, it's one heck of a whirlwind drama.

When the show was like still on the news and over-all new - slash - fetus stage, I was like meh, kay, I'll "try" to watch it. Almost anyone in this world is probably aware of the plot. Even I but I won't put that into scenario cause that would just probably ruin the whole point of an uhmm... unprejudiced report.

Got any tissues? The review is only beginning.

K here it goes again.

The story. If I were a newbie who's not very fond of Kdramas, JDoramas, TDramas (Tdramas?!), I would probably get hooked with them if I watch this drama. The story's simple. Basic. Maybe a little too basic for that part. It's about a girl who falls in love with a guy out of her league. Stereotype, I know right. But that's just what anyone can relate to. I mean, we all fall for some crush beyond our reach. Everyone in this world has likely fallen in that bittersweet phase of lurve. We are only humans after all. Uhm, to make it more simple, ItaKiss is like Princess Hours, sending feel-good sensations to every hopeless romantic out there. It's similar in a way that it makes us reminisce on those what-if moments. What if my high school crush turned out to be the love of my life? What if I get to be with the hottest guy/gal in school? It makes us remember those fluttery feelings of the heart. And that what makes ItaKiss special.

As for the casting, I couldn't agree more. Miki (Aihara Kotoko) brings happiness to the screen whenever she appears. She's like the epitome of all Japanese girls. She's a blast :) As for Yuki (Irie Naoki) well, he's a handsome lad! They look too good together. As a fan of the show, I like did a little research on the actors playing cause they were really good and I just learned that they were 10 years apart. IMAGINE! TEN TEN TEN YEARS APART! And I did some searching on other sites cause I can't believe myself. But then I just had to cause well, it's reality. But who'd knew right? I mean, Yuki's just too adorable for his age and I might as well say, he's the epitome of all Japanese men SO does age really matter? HECK NO HAHA! As long as the chemistry's right, it's okay. But I gotta note that I worship the female lead for having to act with a tall, handsome, okay maybe perfect Japanese actor (WHO BTW SPEAKS FLUENT ENGLISH). I was like, "Isn't that intimidating?" lols but then I thought, WORK IT, SISTER! YOU GO GIRL HAHAHA (she's so luckyy :3)

Overall, they fitted flawlessly in their respective parts. Everyone did. I gotta admit, it's one of the best castings around. :) Yuki's subtle, Miki's sweet, the mother OH GOSH WHO WOULDN'T LOVE HER, the little brother and his arrogance, the plump father and the list goes on and on. I like how they put emphasis not just on the two leads but to everybody. You can obviously see each character's progression. That's just really lovely cause it polishes the story even more.

As for music, the OST is just totes awesome! There's like this opening sequence in every episode and sigh~ it's just toooo cute! Watch the series but mind you: ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY SKIP THE OPENING SONG. HAHAHAHA

As for the instrumentals, well, Japanese makes the best of them. I couldn't agree more.

Rewatch Value! Uhm 10. Cause it's GV. GV EVERYWHERE (As you can see, I'm rushing toward the end. So sleepy grr)

And for the overall, BIG TEN. I GIVE IT TWO THUMBS UP. MAYBE FOUR, INCLUDING MY FAT BIG TOES. But then again I'll look stupid if I raise them up. But anyhoo, you just can't not love ItaKiss no matter how numb, frozen, anaesthetized being you are (WHAT ARE YOU? SOME TIN MAN FROM OZ? GOSH! IT'S THE 20TH CENTURY, SPREAD THE LOVE PEOPLE). If I were to watch ItaKiss for the second or the third or the fourth time around, I would fall in love with it all over again. It's like Hana Kimi or Kung Fu Hustle... goes better every single time.

So zzzzz... That's me sleeping. Some of you probably spent minutes reading my review. Thanks. Though it wasn't much of a review since I myself can't proclaim I'm a critic. But words cannot just plainly describe the feels of this too good a series. So if you want to know more about it, you got no choice but to watch it baby ;)

Till next time~
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6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Jul 17, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
The best Itakiss version ever. The best Irie Naoki, Aihara Kotoko, Kin-chan, Irie's mom, Irie's dad version. Even you already knew the story, the plot is interesting. The soundtrack is very cute too. There are a lot of sweet and romantic scene that makes you scream out. This Kotoko is very cute and doesn't cheesy. This Naoki is very cool and handsome, I think everyone will like him. This drama would be read more FuruYuki's wave. The story is very interesting in Ep 1-10. But you will find the story develops more slowly in Ep 11-14. But over all, I recommend it.
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    iamsarah 20 days ago

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

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    Shelly 26 days ago

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

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    nesrine Apr 10, 2015

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

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    sakuraKhey Mar 5, 2015

    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

    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 12 days ago
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    angelica Nov 28, 2014

    Anything's better than the korean version tbh

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    mejustcassie Nov 25, 2014

    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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    vanillasalt Oct 5, 2014

    Ok, i found the way she went after him at every chance she got kinda annoying and like clingy and i also thought he was such an a**hole and d-bag, but i say just stick through it till around ep 9-10 maybe? the progress is slow and she's kinda cringe but i promise you will end up falling for them towards the end. He becomes softer and not to mention Furukawa yuki is so hot literally could stare at him all day. lol

    also, despite being total opposites (bc every drama couple is tbh) they are really cute together and yuki's smile is th cutest thing

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    MoonlightMiracle Sep 21, 2014

    Abandoned this after episode 5. Absolutely terrible. I can't stand how she is treated. She is so kind and considerate,

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      Mo-chan Sep 24, 2014

      Don't ever watch the Tversion which is the worst out there

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      Brookiebbz Nov 24, 2014

      Me too. I really struggled to see how it was entertaining. I thought ohh the guy is really horrible, then it became ohh she is really pathetic and i could not watch it again.

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      Sheng Her Dec 11, 2014

      Can we be best friends?! I am not understanding how people are giving this drama a 10/10 when the storyline and characters were truly... annoying. He was mean and cold, I did not care for him one bit. She was needy, clingy and was basically stalking him. I cringed but kept watching this drama until the end because I believed it was going to change for the better, but it didn't! I was so mad I wasted my time watching this drama!

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    MoonlightMiracle Sep 20, 2014
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    twicky Aug 31, 2014

    I don't know how I ended up watching, but I'm glad that I did. Can't wait for the second sequel, hehe.

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    KuronoAlien91 Aug 21, 2014

    i like this cant wait for the sequil

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    Eve-Lee Aug 9, 2014

    I'm watching it with my daughter and it's very good.

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    faroohaa Aug 3, 2014

    cutest ending eveer!! ^////^ im blushing~~~


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


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    8.1 (scored by 4,804 users)
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