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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dramafreak007
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Jul 24, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
As a big fan of the Taiwanese version and the anime I was a little iffy about watching this considering the 1996 version was so bad I could not finish the first episode. However I am glad I gave this a chance because this is a really good remake. In my heart I will always love the Taiwanese version and in my head these two are tied, however, I will admit that read more in some ways this version is superior.

I don't think I have to give a run down of the story because most who will read this will in some way(manga, anime, or drama) know this story. If this is your first exposure to this story please read on otherwise do not read until you see this $$$:
Kotoko was a girl with no brains from the infamous class F. She fell in love with Irie the smart, cold, athletic, handsome boy from Class A. She tries to convey her feelings via love letter(old school, but this story came out in the 90's so it gets a pass!), but Irie rejects it. Fate however brings the two together when an earthquake(wait that is in the anime) I mean a star destroys the house Kotoko and her father were going to live in. Homeless, Kotoko father's friend offer them a place to stay. That friend happens to be Irie's dad and the two live together under the same roof. The story is basically how their love blossom from this miracle. It's very cliche especially in terms of shoujo standard, but once again this story was created in a time when this wasn't so cliche so it gets a pass.
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I love the story. I fell in love with it when I watched the anime. The main reason I loved it was because the after part of happily ever after. You got to see what happens when the girl gets the prince and their obstacles to come. I felt sad that I couldn't see that in this version, however the before happily ever after was so well acted and so well written that I could looked passed it. The pacing was great in this show until the last few episodes when they try to force the story line some. Many people have been begging for a season 2, but despite the fact I like this version I wouldn't want a second season. I think this show is good enough to stand on it's own and because of one of the actors age there may be issue with some of the events that take place in season 2.
The best part of this version was the acting. When it comes to the cast besides Tanaka Yoji(Kotoko's dad) I did not recognized any of the actors. I must say these guys were the best even better than most of the Taiwanese actors. Furukawa Yuki was the best Irie. He wasn't too cold nor was he too caring. He was just right. The kind of guy you would admire from afar, but wouldn't date unless you were into Unubore(cocky) guys. Miki Honoka was a great Kotoko. First off she is actually around Kotoko's age(16) so maybe it makes her a natural. Either way despite her idiotic ways you can sense her strength until the middle which picks back up to the end. A lot of people say she played Kotoko the best, but I'm still an Ariel Lin maniac. Lastly, Yamada Yuki was the best in terms of acting, but as Kin-chan he was not. As a second lead he knew his bounds unlike the Taiwanese version. He cared for Kotoko, but supported her at the same time. That's sweet and all, but that is not Kin-chan! Kin-chan fought for Kotoko to the point of annoyance and made you like Irie more than a second lead fangirl would.
The music was alright. I liked the opening theme because it cuteness matched the show, but that is about it. Overall, great job Japan. Japan gets a bad rep for their romance drama because people say the actors are stiff. I think that like any other country you just have to search for the right drama. So romance fans that like mild action check this out!
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meighy
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Jul 19, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I love this version, but I have to admit I have a big issue with the pacing in it. There were 5 or so episodes where the story slowed down a lot, while still adding new wrinkles, which caused the last episode to seem a rushed and over-full. It felt a bit forced, and there wasn't room for the resolution we saw in other versions of this story. But this is still read more one of my favorite recent dramas. The actors are great, especially those who played Naoki and Kin-chan. This is the first time Naoki seemed like a complex person to me, and this Kin-chan was frankly a bad*ss. I really enjoyed this version of Kotoko, although I do wonder if the actress was a bit too young to do convincing romantic scenes. I will watch this again, probably soon.
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    Juscha 5 days ago

    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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    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 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

    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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      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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      Room707 May 24, 2015

      I completely agree! I agree with you about the lead male character - just because he was nice to her in the very end (which seems like he only came to because his precious little toy/property was about to get taken away from him by another man) doesn't make up for the pain he put her through - it might as well be considered emotional abuse. Also agree with you about the lead female character. Not only was she clingy and borderline stalker, she was so dense and pitiful. I hate when they make female characters like this. Overall, I really wish these romantic comedy dramas (Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, etc.), would stop romanticizing men who are d*cks to women, and stop presenting these one-dimensional female characters, especially ones who end up enduring pain/abuse from men just because they love them and there's a possibility that they might like them back. I used to think dramas like this were cute, but now, sadly they just annoy me. Anyway... sorry for the rant xD

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      Sheng Her May 26, 2015

      We all need to rant sometime, especially when dramas turn out bad or give off a bad message/vibe! No need to apologize!!! Now whenever I look for drama recommendations, whenever people say they liked this drama (or others similar), I automatically discredit their tastes haha. Lesson learned.

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      Room707 May 26, 2015

      Haha yup, I do the same now too!

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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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    AndyAlex 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.

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Mar 29, 2013 to Jul 19, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Friday
  • Network:

    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    49 min.

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    8.1 (scored by 5,120 users)
  • Ranked:

    #526
  • Popularity:

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