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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9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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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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10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Jan 22, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
I have high hopes for this drama, since this is the most recent remake of the manga. I've watched the other versions, and for some reason as I have watched the other versions I said to myself, "Why does this feels different?" I feel like that because I didn't see the essence of the manga version until I watched the recent remake in Japanese version. There is something in this version that read more gives a similar essence in the manga story line, which has so far lived up to my expectations and will really live up to if they produce a second season fast! I was satisfied as to how they tried to make a remake version that is closest to the manga, although not identically similar, but gives the closest feel. For example, Naoki's character. Furukawa Yuki's naoki was the most closest character portrayal of Irie Naoki in the manga. His version of Irie Naoki is the one I love the most, and the main reason why I was really hooked up into this drama even when the story/plot/characters are not new to me.
The story, well, its not something new, especially if you read the manga, saw the previous versions, and watched the anime. Even for me, I memorized the plot and characters in my head, and even unconsciously, I can point out some dialogues in the different versions. (I am a fan of the manga). If you are watching this for the first time, and that this is a new story for you, you might get to enjoy it especially if you are a fan of typical rom-com doramas. Its fun and entertaining in a way. Its sweet and lovely at many points. Its cliched and dramatic at certain levels. The stupidity and drama mixes well and goes along at each character's development in the story especially in Irie Naoki's character. The aspect that I admire the most in this drama is the character portrayal. There is something in the characters that will make you fall in love in them. They give me the feels of the manga. for example, when I watched Kin Hyun Joong playing as Irie in playful kiss, I was like "This is not Irie Naoki at all, This was more of a overacting naoki." but when I saw Furukawa as Irie, I was like "This is the Irie character I have been looking for, the Naoki that is the smart-aloof guy with serious EI problems." His character is the reason why kotoko does not seem very annoying compared to the "kotoko" on k version that is seriously annoying which literally stress me out.

For me, it was that good and satisfying that I downloaded the entire drama so that I can rewatch it again. :) Patiently waiting for season 2!
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    MoonlightMiracle 9 days ago

    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 6 days ago

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

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    MoonlightMiracle 10 days ago
    Reveal Spoiler »
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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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    EtherSword Aug 1, 2014

    I think Irie-kun is too nice in this version but the girl is better at least.

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    Esther Jun 28, 2014

    Do you guys recommend me to watch it? I find her a bit annoying and her lack of pride really bothers me, although she's cute...and he is so arrogant and mean to her...but in some way they are cute together...
    I watched the korean drama and didn't like it too much...but then I've read the manga and I think I like it....I don't know whether to watch this version or not (?)

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      Darkiie Jun 28, 2014

      Personnally I liked each version but for me this version is the best, really better than the korean version, the girl is a lot less annoying and they are so adorable together. This version follow closely the manga so since you kinda liked it I would say, try the first 2-3 episode and see if you like it enough the watch more. Oh and a lot of people who hated the Korean version actually loved this one so I would said give it a chance and see.

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      Esther Jun 29, 2014

      Thanks!! I think I'll give it a try ^^ It's good that the girl is less annoying haha

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    Maya Jun 25, 2014

    Love it :D

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    AmyLovesDramas Jun 15, 2014

    Omg, I loved this version SO much better than the Korean one... I wasn't going to watch it at first because I hate Playful Kiss... but I ended up loving this version! :)

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      flyushkifly Jul 12, 2014

      I had the same reaction as you. Please give the Taiwanese version a try! It's the best all around in my opinion. :)

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      AmyLovesDramas Jul 12, 2014

      I definitely will try "It Started With a Kiss." :D But probably not until later since I'm watching so many dramas at the moment xD

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    Kira Jun 14, 2014

    Very fun to watch. I enjoyed my time

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    mamamIYA Jun 6, 2014

    Do you guys know any website where I can watch this in HD? Or at least with 360 quality? :D

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      em45 Jun 30, 2014

      i have a pretty decent youtube link but the subs are in vietnamese (i think..?)

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      Dak-shi Jul 22, 2014

      It's online on gooddrama or dramafever^_^

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    Bodea May 29, 2014

    The Taiwanese version is still the best for me, but this one was enjoyable.

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    justcallmejuvy May 3, 2014

    This drama was too enjoyable that after I finished it I was all like "Now, what?" Though naoki's change of character was so fast during the last episode and how sloooooooow the progress between the two of them that it took freaking 15 episodes, I totally enjoyed it. The characters were lovely (this includes naoki's adorable mother) they gave justice to it in fact. Really enjoyable, worth the watch c:

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    tiraaa Apr 29, 2014

    I honestly never really liked the Playful Kiss story or anything. Didn't really like the Taiwanese one, didn't even bother with the Korean one. But THIS ONE, was actually quite enjoyable and I really liked the pairing!!! At first, I didn't think Yuki Furukawa looked very good, but oh my god I was so wrong... LOL...
    Can't wait for the second season now!


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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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    8.0 (scored by 3,685 users)
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