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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In both dramas there is an adorable leading lady and an equally adorable mother of the leading man. The mother goes to great lengths to match make for this couple..
Itazura na Kiss' leading man is the typical cliche smart and handsome Jerk. He does NOT want to admit that he likes the girl, even to himself. The leading lady is adorable and sweet. She is not very talented but determined to better herself.
My Mr. Mermaid's leading man is dedicated to his sport but kind and sweet. He seems quite smitten with the leading lady, right away. The leading lady is dedicated to becoming a good reporter, but equally dedicated to being an honest upright person and good friend.

Itazura na Kiss is based on a manga and there were versions made in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Thailand, and China... I loved them all. However, if you do not like going through all of those episodes, that make it seem like the girl is chasing a guy who is just not that into her, try Kiss Me(the Thai version) first. In that version, it is apparent, very early on that he has a soft spot for her, compared to the rest.
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Highly intelligent man who is extremely disciplined and unapproachable meets a girl who's his complete opposite. She is far from the brightest bulb---actually she's a broken bulb, highly emotional, but sweet and endearing. His IQ is genius level and he is able to memorize things on site. Lead female can't even speak Thai properly.

Much like in Itazura na Kiss the female character seems to embroil the lead male into a series of unfortunate events. All of which he needs to bail both of them out of. Perfect example---they need fresh water-- he ends up creating it out of salt water is similar to when Kotoko burnt the food and Naoki had to make dinner.

If you look at the picture; they made sure the image was reminiscent of ALL the Itazura na Kiss live-action posters ---Toey fits in perfectly, in physical features (if you look at the pic), with majority of the other girls who have revised the role of Kotoko Aihara.

All My Favorites listed in Order:
*Ariel Lin (Personal Fave-Everyone after copied her performance)
*Manaying Sushar (Brilliance--Just Wow!) <-Biggest Resemblance
<------ Toey is now here!
*Reina Visa
*Chuo Genie
*Miki Honoka
**I don't like the Kdrama version so it's not included in anything.

Thai Version - Kiss Me
Original Japanese version - Itazura na Kiss
Taiwanese - It Started With a Kiss (personal best)
Japanese Jdoramas - Itazura na Kiss - extended name (ex. Love in Tokyo
Japanese Movie - Mischievous Kiss
China - Say that You Love Me
etc...over and over and over remake.
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    Brownie Jul 29, 2017

    I was bored. Didn't like the characters. The title episodes I watched (don't quite remember how many) it felt as if I was forcing myself through it.

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    Antonin Jul 25, 2017 - edited

    The synopsis, base summary, makes it sound like your usual RomCom (along with cohabitation), but give it a chance.

    Best thing about this is the guy's mom, so different from your usual drama mom

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    Thia Jun 22, 2017

    Made me feel warm inside no matter how damn cheesy and cringy it was. There are plenty of undertones in the drama that should be questioned but after all, you know what you're getting into. I enjoyed it. Something about the way Yuki Furukawa played the role immediately draws you in, he's so annoyingly good. I love character analysis so I wished there were more scenes that made us understand him more, then again, I've never seen the other versions nor have I read the manga.

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    stregoica Apr 13, 2017

    I'm so pissed off because Kin-chan is a cinnamon roll and this baka onna keeps going after that cold bas*rd

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    shivangi Jan 7, 2017 - edited
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      ACL Mar 2, 2017 - edited

      Actually, it isn't. I've seen the Taiwanese version, the Korean version and I just finished this one. After watching all of them I can say I like the Taiwanese and I've watched it 2 times already (the second one because I watched for first time so long ago I had to catch up to watch the sequel). Even so, I would cut out some of the crying scenes, her silliness was a bit overloaded and tiring sometimes but the couple had chemistry together. The korean version was the one I dislike the most and is one of my least favorite kdramas ever. I don't have any really nice to say about it. This one had a lot of sweetness and good moments, the guy doesn't look like a robot and the only thing lacking was properly romantic scenes. Not because they didn't exist, but because the characters were a bit stiff on that moments, and it became anti-climax every time we should feel excited for them.

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      shivangi Mar 4, 2017

      yes i do agree the korean version was way too quick without much cute moments etc. I dont like that actress as well.

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      Louie G. Jun 28, 2017

      In season 2 there are a lot of romantic scenes and they come naturally. They really look like husband and wife. However the romantic scenes are still a little bit stiff especially the kissing scenes which are always held back kind of way but did you know that the lead actress was just 16 during 1st season and 17 during second season? Then the male lead is actually 30 at that time. I freaked out when I found out tho. Haha. Then it was understandable to me.

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    this is boring to male audiance. this is like shojo(intended for female audiance) . . after 5 or 6 ep i get bored. it has so little romantic moments.

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    AnanyaS Nov 3, 2016

    I guess I'm not much of a rewatcher. I loved the anime but didn't enjoy it as much as I expected since it was almost exactly similar,

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    Sayyy Oct 31, 2016

    Yeyyy I'm done. All I can say is that it's really an adorable drama. I admit that I thought it will not be great as what I feel right now. I first watched the Playful Kiss (Korean Version) and I'm so inlove with it. I didn't expected that I will also love this version. My sembreak is sooooo worth it after watching this and The Princess' Man.

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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 - edited

    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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    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 8,856 users)
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