When you’re an Itazura Na Kiss fan, no matter how many adaptions of INK you’ve watched or how many times you’ve watched them, you’re still never ready for the end. It always seems to come by surprise and leaves one overwhelmed with emotions.
For those who’ve said goodbye to Kotoko and Irie several times, we know it doesn’t get easy. Maybe because they truly are the perfect couple. Every flaw Kotoko has read moreis a strength Irie has and every flaw Irie has is a strength Kotoko has, but they graciously accept it and consider each other the half they need to be complete.
Theirs is a relationship of encouragement. The INK story is about never giving up. Never give up on your dreams, whether it be what you want to do, who you want to do it with, or who you want to be. The seemingly impossible is possible. (Sometimes it just takes an earthquake, meteorite, or fire to get fate going.)
I actually think I might’ve liked season two of Mischievous Kiss more than season one. It’s a pleasant mixture of comedy and fluff. From Kotoko’s iconic yells and zone out moments to Irie watching over Kotoko fondly as if she’s the sun itself, what could anyone possible dislike about this show?
Now newly wedded, our favorite couple try their best to finish internships and become legitimate medical professionals. However, being married to the love your life doesn’t mean the rest of your life is magically uncomplicated. There are plenty of insecurities and doubts that sprout up between our leads, but it's not as dramatic as other dramas. If you're looking for realistic but quickly solved troubles this is it. It's interesting enough that it's not boring, but it's light enough that you don't get too stressed.
We see how much better these two are when they have each other. Our Kotoko becomes a (semi-)capable nurse when just a couple years ago she was in the lowest grade class. And our Irie shows emotions never seen before. Who could imagine the practically permanent “stone face” Irie Naoki laughing? You’d have to see it to believe it.
Furukawa Yuki and Miki Honoka play their roles as if they were made for them. Yuki flawlessly transitions between attitudes of indifference, annoyance, and warmth like no other actor I’ve watched and I couldn’t get over how amazing Honoka played Kotoko in this season. She grew a lot as an actress. I’d watch scenes and it’d feel like I was watching an actual anime because she gives so much life to Kotoko that it’s unreal.
The soundtrack is pretty decent. As of now, I still prefer season one's ost but maybe that's because it already makes me a little nostalgic. You can tell care went into the soundtrack unlike some dramas that just throw any instrumental mess into the background and recycle the main themes every ten minutes. INK’s music has always enhanced the characters' actions and the overall moods.
So the million dollar question. Is this show re-watchable? As a certified Itazura Na Kiss stan that's watched almost four of the five show adaptions completely, I'd say yeah. It's kinda totally re-watchable.
Before I begin, I would like to warn that this review is biased because I enjoyed the story, the entertainment value, the antics, the acting, and I read things into the characters' faces and actions to give more analysis to the story and plot. I also love Honoka Miki since Love in Tokyo days, as well as Furukawa Yuki (alnd the entire cast really) so they can't do any wrong with me. read moreSo let's begin...
This IMO, is a true dramatization of Itazura na Kiss the manga. Irie-kun is not sweet and loving like They Kiss Again, and the story is very true to the original story. So true that I loved it very much. Honoka Miki's expressions and loudness is also very close to the manga. Some people may not like her outrageous and overboard expressions, but I loved her 100%.
Irie-kun was cold, but you could still see his love for his wife. I admit, I didn't like his character, but I didn't mind because I never like any Irie-kun characters. I always think Kotoko deserves a better man, one who treats her better and adores her. But actually, Irie-kun always is aware of Kotoko and her wants and needs. Always. What helped me understand Irie's character better was this video entitled "Why we Japanese can seem robotic" by a Japanese guy whose married to a foreigner in Japan. The link... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7diGxLECF4
It explains so much about th average Japanese and helped me understand Irie's character better. I still think he should have been more considerate of Kotoko early in their marriage, but I forgive him. Kotoko makes you keep your attention on her and not her husband's behaviour.
In fact, I like the love she has for him. She's too dependent yes, but he relishes that dependence and actually drives it sometimes because which guy doesn't like his wife needing him? He loved her love for him. And also, yes, she shapes her life for him, but you have to realise, he shaped his for her too. The guy does whatever she tells him to, even the big, life changing decisions. He does it all quietly. Yes, he pulls a face sometimes, but that's just for posterity because he thinks he has to be cool. The guy is happy to follow her directions. Kotoko is so full of life and love that yo can't help but love them together. She is the main one in that marriage lol, the one that is loved, though she shows her love for him more - her character is more flamboyant.
I adored the rest of the cast - Kinosuke, mom, dad, other dad, the little brother, Christine, her best friends and their boyfriends ... every character had something to love and I was interested in all of them. Every single time. The best parts was where Irie-kun's mom always stuck up for Kotoko - even against Irie lol. Best mom-in-law award goes to her. I want a mom-in-law like her. And honourable mention goes to Kinnosuke for his vibrant, emotional, love.
The acting is on point as always. This lead pairing never disappoints. Miki Honoka is fabulously talented for such a young girl. Hope to see her in more lead roles.
Honestly, sometimes the music is inappropriate for the scene, but the beginning and ending themes I really liked. Found myself bobbing my head and singing along.
Rewatch value of *sigh* over and over and over again.
Both shows' main feature depict the ups-and-downs of newly weds, which is rather rare and hard-to-find in dramaworld in general.
So if you like to see how 2 disparate people who have just recently been married learn to adapt to one another and grow to love each other and support one another throughout the drama, then these are the shows for you.
Both shows also have your conflict of ex-childhood loves/ people who are interested in one half of the main couple which then require the main couple to work through the third party interferences.
But both shows also spend a good amount of time on the main couple to show the developing relationship dynamic and the couple maturing through their time together.
Itazura na Kiss - Love in Tokyo 2 has a more light-hearted feel, while Padiwaradda is a Thai lakorn which has a more mature feel. But both have a sweet and warm vibe which tells a tale that a happy ever after doesn't just end at a wedding ceremony, but that it actually starts when the couple makes things work between them - through thick and thin.
No matter how many times I rewatch this series or how many adaptations I watched, I still love it so much. Too cliche but it's also simple and sweet. It doesn't need complicated plot and scenes to make someone happy. One thing is for sure, it will leave a smile on your lips and space on your heart if you watched this.
I also love the Korean version, they're both good and have their own quality.
I LOVED this series so much! Part 1 and 2 were both great. Amazing adaptation of Itazura Na Kiss. This is the first one I've watched, and I'm planning to watch the others, but this one has set the bar super high! Also a huge fan of Furukawa Yuki <3
I didn't like this adaptation so much the first time I watched it. Second go around and I loved it A LOT! It's comical and endearing. I was a bit frustraited with Naoki's character (i honestly felt that he was such a narcissist) but at the end of the drama I was able to see and appreciate his character development.
ohh its not the same! i'd watched all the other adaptations and knew what was going to happen, but i loved seeing their acting and chemistry! ^_^ i dont normally rewatch dramas from start to finish but i am doing so with this one despite knowing what will happen haah
i have always LOVED ISWAK (taiwan version) but i think this one might surpass it a bit! i loved the taiwan version because they dragged certain bits out that made the character developement in minor characters a bit better but i loved this one cos it spanned over so many years!! OHHH ALL THE FEEELS.