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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Feb 5, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I was planning to see this since when it came out.
For series made out of mangas, I think japanese versions are better.
Not because korean or taiwanese versions are not good, but because there are some things just japanese culture can express when it comes to manga/dorama adaptations.

I never read the manga but I know the mangaka's style; I can say I liked this very much but there are also read more things I'd like to point out.
I made some considerations thinking also of the korean version.

The plot; The plot is nice and the things that happen not so unreal. It is a cute and sometimes moving story about love and about growing up.
Even though some episodes are boring, it is not difficult to watch since you fell for the characters.

The characters and the casting;
Naoki was good; good looking and well played by Furukawa Yuki. I liked him better than the korean one, because I felt like he was more professional and more like the real Naoki. I mean, you have the feeling the actor is doing a great job because you can feel the cold-and-warm-at-the-same-time heart of Naoki.
The only thing that I have to point out is that at the end his character changes too fast, and it seems a little weird. I think it is something that is in the manga too, but well, he is just perfect this way.
Kotoko is a character I love and hate at the same time. I love her because she never gives up, but I hate her because she is a little bit too much in stalkering Naoki. Anyway, it is a good and fresh character that makes you smile.
Despite of what everybody says, I liked Miki Honoka. She's 16, ok, but she is good to be a 16 yo girl! Her exaggerated expressions were part of the script, in almost every comedy japanese doramas there are this kind of expressions. Most of all, I could really feel the change between the firstepisodesKotoko and the lastepisodesKotoko. Everything was good.
Speaking of the age incompatibility between Honoka and Yuki, Yuki said himself he thinks Honoka is very mature to be 16, he didn't feel the age differences at all, and I think so.
I liked the other characters too, both families, and the friends.
Kinchan was portraied better than the korean version: funny, immature but also mature when it comes to be like that.

Music: I liked the op, it was just perfect for this drama, very japanese style.
Also the other songs of the ost are good and suitable for the drama.

In the end, I liked it very much. I recommend this to everyone who wants romance, and also who wants to see something about school, friendship and growing up.
A very good drama!
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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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    Rubaxxa Sep 20, 2016

    I finished it and enjoyed it a little more than I thought I would. The only bad thing for me was that the male first lead looked too young for me to really like him as Irie. To top it all off I managed to end up with SLS because Kin is hot!! lol

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    Megane Sep 18, 2016

    Got teary-eyed in the end :'( <3

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    Tova Sep 13, 2016

    I love the drama (and Furukawa Yuki), but I'm not kidding when I'm saying that Kotoko's character makes me want to rip my heart out and stomp on it out of pure anger. And if that doesn't end the second hand embarrassment I'll just cut open my head and put my brain in a paper shredder. There is no way I'll be able to feel like I want to bury myself under concrete out of embarrassment after that right?

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    connie1314 Aug 24, 2016
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    voodoomoocow Aug 23, 2016 - edited

    This show is one of the cringiest shows I've ever had the displeasure (and addiction) to sit through the whole thing. It starts off ok, so it gets you hooked, but her awkwardness really picks up and it keeps getting worse as the series goes on. By the time she enters college it's just unacceptable, the things she does! wtf! The entire time I wanted to scream at her and had to repeatedly pause the show to recollect myself from her self-inflicted awkwardness and it gets very hard to enjoy when you spend 90% of the episodes feeling so embarrassed for her.

    Her friends are the absolute worse; usually the supporting characters help you get over the awkwardness but all they do is thrust her into one bad situation into another and give her awful advice.

    Her token of affection is mean as heck and spends the entire first 7 or 8 episodes emotionally manipulating her. I don't know why I keep doing this to myself...I should hve dropped this after episodes but I couldn't stop watching!!

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    Muskrat Aug 11, 2016

    Not finished with this first season yet, on the 11th episode. While yes I am enjoying the show and Kotoko is adorable.. but hardly an episode comes and goes where I don't want scream and swear at her.. what can she possibly see in him? cold as an icecube and as interesting as a brick. At least in the anime he had a personality, discernible facial expressions and emotions... And, also, poor poor Kin.

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    Lavendova Aug 1, 2016 - edited

    This was so cute! Now it's time to watch the movie and second season :"D

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    coolcancerian Jun 21, 2016

    Korean playfully kiss always has spl place in my heart as it introduced me to the Korean entertainment .......this version is good too ...a lot lies in the lead actors for this story to succeed they r good enough :)

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    Mio Jun 7, 2016

    The only version i've finished so far! :o
    I've never read the manga, but this version seemed really natural (last 2 eps were so annoying tho)

    That's not an amazing drama but i quite enjoyed it. However, the op/ed was absolutely awful, ugh my poor ears.

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    ladymay May 28, 2016 - edited

    i really loved this version 10/10, ♥, it was just adorable ! Each character was well done ♥, all the actors were great ♥ i really, really enjoyed this one <3 im gonna be re-watching some scenes from this drama again soon lol its just so cute ! <3 ♥♥ if your thinking of watching this one, id say.. give it a try, its really cute <3

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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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    Cas 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 - edited

    This version has the best Kotoko. And a good Kotoko makes a good Itazura Na Kiss.
    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 (the Korean Kotoko) she was literally a clingy stalker who had absolutely no pride. I have no words for this ridiculousness.

    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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    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 7,230 users)
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