Koishite Akuma

Koishite Akuma (2009)

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Ruka (Yuma Nakayama) is a young vampire, but hasn't yet matured into a full-fledged vampire. His canines have yet to develop, which means he still hasn't tasted human blood. In order to get him prepared, he is cast down into the world of humans, where he boards with Jiro (Shiro Ito), the owner of a Chinese restaurant, and enrolls in high school.
His homeroom teacher (Rosa Kato) is a cheerful, though meddlesome, read moreyoung woman who catches the fledgling bloodsucker off-guard. Is he actually falling in love with a mortal?

  • Native title:

    恋して悪魔〜ヴァンパイアa
  • Also Known as:

    Koishite Akuma - Vampire Boy ; The Loving Demon; Vampire Boy; Demon in Love

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amrita828
21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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Apr 24, 2011
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
From what I've read around the web, this dorama didn't meet with a big success. I think the main reason is that it attracted the lovers of vampire stories but it didn't deal with vampirism in the traditional sense of the word. It defeated its own object.



On the other hand, for someone like me who is only mildly interested in vampires and the whole sarg-sleeping, cross-shunning, blood-sucking process, read more this drama was a lot more enjoyable than I had expected.



I liked the way the issue was approached, presenting the vampires as a decadent, declining, arrogant race who watches the humans with a mixture of desire and deep distaste, boarding on disgust.

It makes it all the more touching when the cards are turned on the table and the one who thought himself superior is treated with contempt for his being different, a "monster".



I confess at being invariably deeply affected by the issue "difference", and how people treat those who don't conform to the norm, either for their skin colour, their beliefs or lack thereof, their behaviour, their look. There are a couple of scenes in this dorama which are still vivid in my memory because they were intensely moving. They made me think once again of how cruel people can be when they ignore and how easy it is to be judged abnormal.



So, although the acting is far from stellar and the plot at times inconsistent, I do believe this show deserves more attention than what it got.
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Humbledaisy
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Feb 9, 2016
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
If you are looking for a quick, cheesy Japanese vampire drama - this isn’t it. Yes, I was also surprised by this drama. One glance at the cheesy poster made it look like the Japanese equivalent of Vampire Idol. The synopsis made it sound like a teenaged highjinks with a soft-porn touch. Sorry, that’s not what this movie is about.

Story: The vampire-love-me-or-loathe-me synopsis seems shop-worn - something straight out of a read more quickie romance novel. Despite this initial setting, the plot generally made sense and the supernatural storyline dovetails nicely into the other school story lines. It’s a puzzlement why these Japanese vampires seem to follow the traditional European vampire rules but - it doesn’t happen enough to block the flow of the story. Twists and turns within the plot are also not telegraphed ahead of time. I was about halfway through when I realized that this series was going to have a noona-romance component - you’ll have to guess how!

Acting/Cast - Another surprisingly good performance from the Japanese idol actor Nakayama Yuma as the conflicted, would-be vampire Kuromiya Ruka. He’s such a willowy guy who always looks likes he’s going to break into whatever the Japanese equivilant of aegyo is - and then he hits the ball out of the park when it comes to portraying a questioning, modern man.

Actress Kato Rosa who plays the slightly older teacher Natsukawa Makoto also does a great job. She’s innocent, caring, funny, kind - without going over board. What is also pleasant is that she is a slightly rounder shaped actress so it’s completely believable that guys from all walks of life would like her. You just want to hug her.

As this is set mainly in a school, there are a variety of of idol and teen actors involved. I don’t know how the director pulled it out of them but the ensemble cast did great jobs being classmates and romantic rivals. Sometimes, school dramas take this over the top but this group seemed like a real classroom in all its teen angst and glory. Also, Kyo Nobuo who plays the teacher heroine’s school principal and other romantic lead, Fujii Masayuki, also did a fine job showing how love can sometimes veer into madness.
Sadly, someone has inflicted a ridiculous costume cape on the man with the largest photo on the poster, Masahiko Kondo, playing the vampire Kaito. Even though he plays an essentially selfish role as a vampire who simply wants some company, his dialogue was also surprisingly deep. That damn cape, though, keeps you from taking him seriously. Thank goodness it doesn’t appear to be standard Vampire-issue wear.

Music: Really some lovely piano music that grows quite organically from the plot.

Rewatch Value: I would definitely watch this again, if only to see Kato Rosa pull off her kind, real-life performance once again. This probably won’t be my highest rated J-drama ever but it is so much more than that synopsis and poster would lead you to believe. Give it a try!
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    Mexu2d Jan 1, 2016
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    diemme Aug 12, 2013

    I actually enjoy a good cheesy vampire story but this isn't one. An incredibly slow drama in which not much happens besides sulking and not so dramatic exits. The acting is insipid at best and laughable at worst. Not much in the way of eyecandy either. Skip this one.

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    KarolK Jun 30, 2013

    i find Nakayama Yuma so sweet but this was oooooooh the most boring drama ever. i didn't even shed a tear and i always cry like a baby over any kind of romance.

    @malen: you're so right!

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    malen Apr 9, 2013 - edited
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    Shiikatsu Apr 1, 2013

    I thought this show was really sweet. It's a while since I watched it but I remember enjoying it a lot! ^^

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    fadetoblack Dec 30, 2012

    what a bad choice for the romance pairing. i guess they were trying to target female viewers in their late 20s-30s...who dream of teenage boys!

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    MemeChing Nov 13, 2012

    I am so annoyed with this one cuz the romance wasn't between who I wanted it to be so I stopped.

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      Meowtastic Dec 7, 2012

      Huh~? The romance is between two lead actors - Ayumu and Makoto. =w=
      Well, I quess you didn't like them as a couple... o3o

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      MemeChing Dec 27, 2012

      I wanted it to be between the vampire and the classmate.

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      Meowtastic Dec 29, 2012

      I see. :)

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    Kagome1439 Nov 12, 2012

    I can't describe how much I love this drama, it is quite literally and emotional roller-coaster. One minute you smile and are laughing along with the characters, the next you are crying as you watch the hardships they face.

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    lyssa Oct 8, 2012

    I really, really enjoyed this drama! I was honestly surprised to see so many people disliked it. xD
    And I really liked the ending? xD maybe that just me >.>

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    ELF12 Sep 3, 2012
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    pandab3rr Jun 10, 2012

    this drama was so retarded i couldnt even watch 2 episode.

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    omnichelle Jun 5, 2012

    This drama is SO BAD that it's kind of worth watching!! Everybody should watch and see how bad it is because it's so bad that it's funny!

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    Ibleda May 25, 2012

    Idiotic...

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    Vanilla_Lace16 Apr 6, 2012

    I dropped this because I know that Yuma will be inlove with the teacher.. ;/ and It's just a little stupid. at first, yes! it was interesting! but after some eps. Oh noes!! haizz..

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    10
  • Aired:

    Jul 7, 2009 to Sep 8, 2009
  • Network:

    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    6.6 (scored by 1,814 users)
  • Ranked:

    #3769
  • Popularity:

    #1719

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