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 19, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
I just finished it! What a lovely, lovely love story. All three versions of Itazura Na Kiss (Taiwanese, Japan & Korean) has its own strengths and weaknesses. I must say this version is the sanest of all. The castings are great. I was skeptical with Irie-kun mom at first but she did brighten up even more later! It is hard to do comparison between all three versions as all of them are read more great and worth not once, twice but multiple rewatch throughout the course of your lives! :)
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Jul 19, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I'm not going to claim that this story was flawless, but it did keep me engaged in it from the first episode, because of this I think this story deserves a 9/10. I wrote the following after watching episode 10, but I believe those thoughts can be applied to the overall drama (except for the ending):

"This episode cemented my belief that this is the best rendition of "Mischievous Kiss" [for me]. read more 1.The pacing is great. They cover so much ground in each episode, while keeping and emphasizing on the important areas of character/arc/relationship development.
2.Even in the instances when Kotoko becomes a bit childish, they never really cross the line into cartoonish and overly annoying. As much as I loved Tversion, and Ariel Lin, it was painful to watch her character sometimes. I won't even mention the Korean one!
3. The characterization of all characters just seems richer, deeper and more realistic. Kotoko and Kin Chan have shown more skinship,friendship and awareness of each other. Irie is not so cold and is more complex in this version.
Kotoko is not as annoying, dumb and helpless as in the other versions.
[There were times in the story I thought they were finally going to cross the edge on too corny, silly or angst, but somehow it was always reined in, even if at the last second. I thought that was an attribute to the story]
4.Irie's mom is just: QUEEN. She is so adorable,funny, loving, manipulating and nosy. I love it.
Kotoko's dad's is also less pathetic.

Overall I think this show is doing a great job in keeping all the original elements of the story that we love, yet is bringing new life and dimension to how the story is represented, thus keeping it fresh and addicting."

As much as I liked the drama I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It felt a bit rushed and by denying to show us the consequences of Irie's decision I felt a bit robbed. They took away an opportunity of some angst (I'm not a huge fan of unnecessary angst), but I think it would have added a level of more sincere resolution. The ending felt a bit too...Sugar, spice, cotton candy and everything nice...for me.
Still, I would highly recommend this drama to fans of the other versions, or anyone looking for a sweet, breezy, light drama.
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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 22 days ago

      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 22 days ago

      Mmmm thank you =D

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      Jeka-K 20 days ago

      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
    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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    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 4,252 users)
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