Touched by an A*N.JELL
Fluff, fluff, bring on the fluff!!! Ahahahaha… *crazy laugh* When you have had hectic weeks full of boredom and tiredness; a bubbly cheesecake cliche drama shall always be a good food for the soul. And so, I did a rewatch session of the fluffy drama slash one of Nippon ichiban rom-com, Ikemen desu ne. Well, I’m pretty sure that many of you probably know this drama through the title You’re Beautiful, which is a 2009 K-drama that were starred by Jang Geun Suk, Park Shin Hye, Jung Yong Hwa and Lee Hong Gi. Though I’m not a fan of the said one, I can’t help but to know a bit about it, and watched it a little as well, since it was floating around freely on the local TV channel at that time. But in the end, I never fully watched YB until I stumble to Ikemen desu ne on the internet and found out that this drama is the remake of YB itself. It makes me wonder, why YB is so ravely watched and reviewed, but this version is so under the radar? Well, it’s probably due to the fact that Ikemen desu ne were starred by a bunch of newbies; such as newcomer actress Takimoto Miori, two Johnny rookies (Early career days Tamamori Yuta and Fujigaya Taisuke) who were basically still nobodies at that time; while the other one is Johnny’s un-prominent member (Heiseijump’s Yaotome Hikaru). And let’s be honest to the maxes here, nuggets, these dudes are not what we can define as the drama’s titular ikemen. Lol.
But like people always said, “don’t judge a drama by it’s casts”. So, I decided to give this one a try and I must said that this is one of the best decision I ever take in my entire viewing life, cos even though it’s not as polished or booming as the Korean version, Ikemen desu ne has it’s own charms and merits that make this drama become supah dupah adorable, button like-cute, and makes you going all squealing and giggling over the main OTP like a chick-flick (or teen flick) otaku. Lol. So now, shall we talk about it, eh? *wink wink* heheh…(Spoilert Warning: Benignly Malignant. Hahahaha…)
First thing first, in a nutshell, Ikemen desu ne (IDN) tells a story about orphan boy-girl twinsies, Sakuraba Mio and Sakuraba Miko, who dream that someday they can find their long lost mama. That’s why Mio aims to be a famous idol singer, so their mother can see him on TV, recognize him and go find him and his sister. Years go by, and both Miko and Mio (Takimoto Miori) living their lives separately, with Mio still in pursuit of becoming an idoru, while Miko becomes a young nun in training that is about to get sent to Vatican.
Until one day, Miko was chased by a mysterious funny looking man who’s turned out named Mabuchi (Yanagisawa Shingo) from AJ (AJ – J&A, no pun intended. Hah!) entertainment company, and he’s a manager of a teen-heartthrob; massive sensational idoru band A*N.JELL. Turns out, he’s asking Miko to substitute Mio for signing up the contract, cos her brother is having a nose job due to an incident of bar brawl gone bad. Miko, who was at first refuse that crazy idea, finally relents and agree after feeling move due to listening the ‘greatness’ in A*N.JELL ‘s demo song (gee golly…) But what’s at first she thought only for a day, turns into months, because after one thing and another Mio’s debut was decided to be expedited than the company’s plan, which of course makes her having a batsh*t panic moment. But she finally braces herself up and thinking that she can cope with this all, since its only for a few months. But turns out this undercover thing is not so bearably easy, as the A*N.JELL lead guitarist, main vocal, and pack leader, Katsuragi Ren (Tamamori Yuta) is all against this whole ‘new member’ idea.But every time Miko is having a hard time due to harsh treatment from Ren, the A*N.JELL’s bassist, Fujishiro Shu (Fujigaya Taisuke) always come to the rescue for Miko. While the drummer, Hongo Yuki (Yaotome Hikaru) keeps having a self-conflicted moment as he questioning his own sexual preference when it comes to his feeling towards Miko’s–in disguise–presence. But later, the tsundere Ren slowly starts to develop feelings towards Miko, and thus these four youngsters entangle into a complicated relationship. And to make everything more conflicted, they’re also living under the same roof.When you watched IDN, you can’t help yourself but to compare it to it’s sky rocket popular original version, You’re Beautiful. And what becomes the main comparison for every fans out there is the look between the Korean A*N.JELL and the Japanese A*N.JELL. And in my opinion, Korean version, hands down, comes more believable when it comes to be the reason for fans to scream “Kakkoii” combine with their crazy maniac gaga ogles; while the Japanese A*N.JELL is just so…blerg. Not to mention that these three are Johnny’s product; which, as we all know, makes them certified as crunchy-shrill voice singers. Lol.
But what’s lacking in those two departments are being covered on nicely and smoothly by one major factor: plot execution. It is so rare for a rom-com drama to be able to convey and deliver the storyline without being draggy or filler-ish. IDN always manages to make effective progressive scenes without wasting duration, while able to keep slipping through one or two cute moments between the main OTP in every episode. Even on the first episode, there’s a doki-doki hugging scene between Ren and Miko, even though they’re both in the state of hating each other at that time (Well, mostly Ren…)And after that, there’s only a series of Ren-Miko cute heart-warming moments rolling in episode after episode like the river + frog scene on second episode, Ren try hard cool act when giving a hair-pin, the kisu scene in stopping Miko from going to Shu’s place and on and on… *cue fangirl squeal* and not to mention the kokuhaku scene on the eight episode is just so cuteeee, sweeeeet, teasiiiing, squeeeee-worthy, and, and…*self-implode*–Duncha worry, cos I DEFINITELY will talk about it later on. Teehee…–And I think Nippon viewers agree at it as well, since it’s proven through the improving rating from single digit on the earlier episodes to double digit number on the finale. Even though all that scene is just a bunch of cheesy corny cliches; as viewers, we really could careless, cos in the end, it’s all about the OTP, bay-beeee… hahahaha… *manic laugh*But despite all the diabetic-worth sweetness between our OTP Ren and Miko, the second leads debacle is something inevitably must have in the drama. And this time we got Nana (Kojima Haruna) as the evil female second lead and Shu plus Yuki as the nice—but not as nice as Ayuta, haha…–male second leads (cos heaven forbid Fujigaya and Yaotome to be evil ones, as it could soil their idoru images, rrriiiiight? Heheh…) and let’s not forget Ren’s mom (Manda Hisako) who is being nothing but a douchy-baggy by not admitting Ren as her son in public, but yet all she does is bugging Ren to re-arrange her ‘stolen’ song, forgetting what her own son’s allergic symptoms and when is his birthday; and also keeps mooning over someone else’s deceased hubby. Not to mention her buck teeth kinda annoys me. Meh…
And so while Ren and Miko nurturing their rabu-rabu in baby steps and teenage naivety, Nana, another showbiz idol with two faced personality, never gets tired to approach Ren and acting all lovey dovey while thinking every guy will DEFINITELY fall for her angelic charm *barf* And when she knows coincidentally about Miko being a girl, she uses this ‘knowledge’ as a leverage to make Ren becomes her boy(toy)friend.And as we can see, this is the source of aaaaall the drama angst, because Nana becomes the clingy bitchy character that goes possessive and manipulative in a very childish…and nasty way. Not to mention her screeeeeeeching spoilt voice that is so…GAAAHH!!! It’s like a nail on a chalkboard. And the way she called Ren is so…ugh…seriously, all I hear every time she said “Ren!” is more like “Nyen!” or “Len!” as it’s so ermagerrrd… *roll eyes*
But in the end, we all know one thing fo’ sho’ that Nana is nothing but just another
Johnny Katsuragi Ren-Ota, cos turns out all her bag’s content fills with only Ren, Ren and…Ren. Awww… Nana, you poor soul; I feel sorry for your rabu competition lost. Well, actually I’m not. Heheh… *snicker*But wait! Don’t ya think Shu the nice guy is all…nice? Hah! Shu may be nice on the outside, but truth be told, all he does is being pushy pushy and puuuuusshyyyyy towards Miko. He knows the truth of Miko’s gender identity from the get go, even earlier than Ren. And he also knew that Miko likes Ren either and will friend zoned him for the rest of his boo-hoo life, no matter how many times he confesses his feeling to her. But Shu is SO afraid of being rejected, all he does is demanding Miko to answers his feeling but at the same time asking her not to answer it right away, cos he knows it will be a quick ‘no’ and it will be over, so he prefers to be leaved hanging by his damsel over and ooooveeer again. Wow…. What an…idiot. Lol.
BuUuUuttttt…despite all of the friend zone crap, Shu had once got THIS itsy bitsy close to be able to persuade and make Miko turns to him, all when Ren and Miko are in the middle of vague relationship status. And at that time too, everyone in the agency–Mabuchi and that stylist, RINA (Katase Nana)–assuming that Miko likes Shu, so they keep creating chance after chance for him to be futari-giri together with Miko.
But then, once again, no matter how much you bust your a** and try your guts out to get someone to like you; if she’s not your ‘one’; well… she won’t be. Forever-ly won’t. So… just learn to swallow that fricken bitter pill, buddy!!! Mwahahaha!!! *evil laugh*
While Yuki, hmmm…Yuki is not too prominent in fighting over Miko’s kokoro, since most of the time he’s only become the comic relief and the el cheapo-knockoff version of Hana Kimi’s Nakatsu (y’know, the homo-janai phase. Lol.) But Yuki does have his own serious moment when he confesses his feeling to Miko in the bus. But as fast as he confess, he lickety split got rejected at the same time and moves on right away at the same moment at the same place, so basically, my sorry feeling towards Yuki only lasts about… five minutes. Lol.
Another good thing from this drama is that they don’t go overboard with all this member love triangle angst and broken friendship kinda things. I mean, it’s SO possible for Shu and Yuki to basically hate the alpha member Ren for taking their gal, but heeeey…they don’t; as they keep being a friendly member to each other. Even though there are a couple tension one on one talks and deadly glares between Shu and Ren; in the end, Shu finally manages to let Miko go and be a man about it.
As for Ren’s mom; Ahahaha… she’s just another insipid seasoning to our angsty feast. At first, she was giving us a fricken mixed signal, as she’s looking at Miko and Mio childhood photo and seeing Miko on TV while mumbling, “hmm… she resembles me a little…” which makes me thinking “Ermagerd, is Miko and Ren…siblings?” *cue scene montage of Let’s go to the Beach on the brain* and turns out, they are not, which makes me wasting my angst energy for nothing (Duuur!!!) But later on, she put a lot of effort and busts her skinny frail a** just to arrange a ‘formal’ introduction between Ren and Miko, which makes our lovebirds fall apart to the gutter of depression. Geewhizzzz….what a douche, what a sucker. Gosh… Ren’s mama, you’re not hate-worthy, but you’re just as annoying as *bleep*
But luckily (for Ren’s mama), she gets her own spared chance to redeemed her ignorant attitude and apologizing to both Ren and Miko. And she even once said a very good quotable line to Ren: “Ren, there is nothing more joyful than having a person you love feel the same way as you.” Heh, I guess we could say a lil amen for that, don’ cha think? Pffft…
Now, let’s talk about the happy-lalala topic: our main OTP, Ren and Miko. First up, is our plucky heroine, Sakuraba Miko–or Mio. Or Miko. Wuteverrr…– Miko is just another girl type; y’know, plucky, spunky, bubbly, but at the same time easily depressed and stressed.At first, when she’s still a young nun; she’s all happy-go-lucky in her everyday life. She doesn’t need to worry about so many things, as her worst problem that she ever faced that time is just waking up late and miss the morning mass. But, just when she enters the world of “common young’uns” she has all kind of mixed emotion cos she’s all new to it. That’s also the reason why she’s so naive and gullible (just like Shista Anjella. haha…)I must say that Takimoto Miori portrayal as Miko is believable enough cos she managed to convey the necessary emotion nicely. Not to mention she’s a good crier either; cos lots of actors these days only looked constipated in sadness but none of their salty tear coming down from their frowny eyes. Lol. But my only teensy weensy problem is that seems like Miko doesn’t put any effort to hide her real identity as a girl at all. I mean, her voice and manner are all girly, even the way she dresses with the entire short sleeve shirt and visible un-flat chest that obviously screams “onna!!!”; which practically makes everyone is stupid enough not to realize it. I mean, it doesn’t need a fricken rocket science or hug-to-feel-the-boobs-move in order to know Miko is a boy or a girl *roll eyes* I guess what all bunch of A*N.JELL boys need is to eat more fish, for it will raise their intelligence and brain accuracy. Lol.As for the hero, Katsuragi Ren. Well, Ren is a broody, jaded, angst-ful dude that had his mind in one thing only: work. At the beginning, all he does is writing music for A*N.JELL, practicing, performing, meeting with his crazy boss and so on. But since Miko entering the house, he’s slowly change into becoming livelier, sillier (in luuurve… Lol), and…poutier. Ren is a character that maybe not appealing at first, but he’s slowly growing into viewers’ kokoro as the drama progresses. Thanks to Tamamori, unexpectedly, B-grade good acting. Heheh…There’s something about Ren’s pouty expression that comes… pleasant enuff to be watched. And his way to show how he likes Miko but acting like he wasn’t is just so dang adorable. Like when he’s all happy when he finds a hair pin for Miko, but then he’s act all like heh-I-don’t-care-about-you towards Miko while giving it to her.And there’s also one thing that’s very good about Ren, is that he’s consistent and not a pea-brain kind of person to be fooled around by Nana’s bitchy tricks. Even when she asked him to kiss her in front of the press to established their All-Japanese-Sweetheart relationship, he manages to giving his kiss… without giving it away. Haha… how I love that scene cos it’s all like in your face for Nana.
But one thing that’s blerg from Ren is his nyctalopia which somewhat stoooophid and ri-donk-ulous, cos it’s so inconsistent. I mean, there’s one moment he’s still can see even though it’s only with a dimmed lights, but there’s another moment when it has the same dimmed lighting, but he’s going all bonkers in blindness frustration; as in wut da bleep. *facepalming* Buuuuut… despite all that night blindness crap, his character is still feasible enough to be rooted for. In fact, based on what I read somewhere (I forgot), Ren’s character is so popular, it makes Tamamori earn one of that three prominent members spot in Kisumai, which at first belong to Senga. (Aww, Senga, you poor soul… Lol.)I’m not gonna complain at all on the chemistry department, cos all the chemical reaction and…attraction between Tamamori and Takimoto is so damn sizzlingly cutesy adorable, with a sprinkle of teenage lovey dovey vibe. It’s clearly shown from the way they staring at each other, the natural gesture when they’re together; it’s so spark-full, it’s believable.There was even a rumor goin on at that time (once again, I forgot where in the world I had read it, hahaha…) that they indeed had a relationship after this drama ends; but, once again, those grapevines gone by the farting wind of Johnny’s agency, since this kind of thing could tarnish (gasp!) the said idol’s forever single / monky-celibacy image. Heh… whateverrrrr… I’m just gonna enjoy what’s inside my computer screen. *grinning*And since their chemistry is awesomy great enough, it makes their platonic kisu scenes comes very endearing, sweet and not cardboard cutout-esque. And…they did it three times. As in woohoo! for the viewers and the shippers. *Smooch*Alright, let’s cue the music, baby; “Chu chu chu, let’s get it up! Chu chu chu, kuchibiru ga!” Lol.
01.) The Soda Squirt Incident (Episode #04)
It all happened when Nana comes ‘visit’ Miko to congratulate her on her solo debut recording, and also rubbing her relationship with Ren in Miko’s face by asking him to accompany her to a party later on.But that same day is also Miko’s father death anniversary, so Miko plans to go to the grave with Mabuchi after the recording session. But turns out, Ren switches place with Mabuchi and so in the end, Ren is the one that takes Miko. And when she’s all confused by it, he’s using an absurd reason as an excuse.
Then later, they decided to take a break, with Miko goes to buy a canned drink. And since she’s all running hastily to Ren, she doesn’t realize that the cans are all shaken, which resulted into a big messy squirt into all Ren’s clothes.What funny is that, Ren acted in such a cool-pants mode with an I’m so awesome-vibe at first, but when he got splashed on, he becomes such a sissy-bucket. And not to mention, Miko also looks really amused by it all. Lol.
02.) Ren’s Birthday Service (Episode #05)
It happened when Ren’s birthday finally arrived but he has such a bad day, even Daniel Powter can’t cheer him on. Lol. At first, he has to shoot as a model in Miko’s PV with bitchy Nana, and later on he has to go for a threesome dinner with Miko as well, where Nana uses him excessively for PDA with a lot of selfies, and acting spoil and lovey dovey towards him, and even kiss him without his consent.
And to make his bad day worst, he’s also got a call from his mom, which makes him all happy at first cos he thought it is an invitation for a family celebration. But turns out, it’s nothing more than another effort from Ren’s mom to cajole Ren to re-arrange her song by tantalizing him with a promise that she will admitted him as her son in public. And finally it makes Ren all snap, as he confronted his mom for being such an indifferent person who even forgets her own son’s birthday.Turns out Miko witnessed it all, and it makes her so sad as she saw how heartbroken Ren is toward his mom. So she decided to play a bit of daddy long legs to the workaholic Ren by buying him bottles of water when he got thirsty and switching the flickering studio lights that bugs him while composing. And she did it all by putting a helluva effort of going back and forth to the konbini, which is so lol-worthy… hahaha…
At first, Ren is confuse by it all; but turns out, he’s not stupid, as he started to notice the reason of all this sudden ‘change’ in his studio. So he decided to play a lil prank on Miko long legs.He acts as if he has this sudden ‘craving’ to drink milk. And Miko, like before, rushingly to buy milk to the konbini. but this time, she got busted by Ren right away.For me, these scenes are really funny, but at the same time also very sweet, cos Miko is all about sincerity, and the way she shows it to Ren in such a naive way is just really cute. Hah…Gotta love me OTP *happy sigh* 03.) Miko’s sticky fingers (Episode #07)
This scene happened post Miko’s failed plan to reveal her real identity to public. Just when she got this close to get caught by press as a girl, Shu comes right away, covering her face and telling everyone that she is his girlfriend.
And after that, Miko is rushed away to the backstage, and while she’s on her way to get there, her hairpin that she got from Ren, falls into the ground and got stamped by hundreds press that are swarming them. And on the next day, she comes to find it all broken, so she tries to fix it by using power glue, which resulted in her own finger got stuck together.Ren, who is coincidentally just got home, noticing that Miko is having another absurdity incident, and then he helps her by removing the glue on her fingers bit by bit, all while saying how she always manages to cheer him up with her stupidity after he had such a bad day.And when Ren finally succeed in releasing Miko’s sticky fingers, he’s all smiling happily to her, which send her straightaway to doki-doki land again.And she has to aid her pit-a-pat kokoro by doing that pig nosing thing for the XXX times, which makes Ren annoyed badly by it.This scene is so cheesy, kawaii and cutesy-ballsy, it just makes you giggling in fangirl happiness. Oh, fluffy scenes. how I lurve ya. Teehee… *cue PCD “Stickwitu“ song*
04.) “I like you” (Episode #08)
OoOoOhH… this is my fa-fa-favorite scene of the drama. It all started when Ren is finally realize what all that piggy nose gesture that Miko always did every time he’s around means.
And later he confronts Miko about her feelings toward him and saying that it’s okay for her to ‘fangirl’ over him, since he’s so getting used to at being admired at. Hah.But what Miko doesn’t know; is that Ren is also gaga over her. And his way of showing his own feeling towards her comes so childish, immature, and…a bit annoying, in a shape of unreasonable jealousy which in the end always makes these two bicker. And at one point, Miko is so upset at Ren’s attitude towards her just because some trivial words she said in the tabloid interview about that whole star obsession (that she and her brother had. Lol.) by the time she was pretending to be Shu’s girlfriend.And on the next day, Miko keeps her promise to accompany Shu to meet his parents (really, Shu? Seriously? *roll eyes*) along with Mabuchi, who later on dispatch himself from them cos turns out it’s all just a diabolical plan to set Miko and Shu together. And there, Shu doesn’t waste any chance (since he’s an opportunist, rememberrrrr?!) by telling Miko that she could’ve been happier if she’s with him and he’s telling her that if she wants to give them a try, she will join him to the boarding lounge.At that time Miko feels so conflicted, but the she decided to take on her chance with Shu. But just when she’s about to go after him, she gets a call from the airport intercom that tells her to look up at the sky.Turns out there is a big star made from plane’s smoke that was send by Ren. And it makes Miko realizes that Ren is serious about her. So she get over her thought of joining Shu and come to find Ren right away. And this time, Ren is not hanging their relationship in vagueness anymore, as he comes to confess his feeling to Miko.And not to mention he did it with a very playful; teasing attitude, by whispering it to her ears, which makes Miko’s legs go all jelly in shock and happiness.Gosh this scene is sooooo asdfghjkl-ly cute, sweet, and original. And for the first time ever, Ren becomes viable enough as a swoony male lead, as he sway this whole “daisuki” scene with romantic-ness, and…swag. Squeeeeee…. *happy dance*
05.) “Miss You” and “I love you” (Episode #11)
This is the final of the final on IDN, and this dorama decided to end it with a bang, as it happened on the A*N.JELL concert (which actually was Kisumai’s concert being used for a live shoot). It all started when Miko finally breaks up with Ren cos she can’t stand to be by his side, for it keeps reminding her of her mom’s suffer that was caused by Ren’s mom in the past.And times go by, with Mio fills his spot in A*N.JELL and in the house, while Miko moves out and working as a helper in the orphanage that A*N.JELL once had live performance at. And one day, Miko decides to have a missionary trip to Africa for two years. But a day before she left, she got a visit from Mabuchi, and later he gives Miko a ticket for A*N.JELL concert. Miko, who was reluctant at first, decided to go later on, cos she feels that it won’t be right to go faraway without seeing Ren’s face for the last time.But turns out, Ren knows about Miko’s missionary trip and that she attends the concert; that’s why he makes a sudden alteration on the concert song list by putting the newly arranged “Miss You” as the opening song that’s purposely dedicated to Miko. And he sings it; to which I say…very pitchy. LolThen Ren’s stupidly looking around for Miko into the bazinga sea of fangirls from the stage. And, of course, he can’t find her, since he has this dark blindness crap. Buuuut, with the help of his little buddies (Shu and Yuki), the stage lights are turned on to the crowds And just when Miko is about to go, Ren finally sees her. And he doesn’t hold back anymore, as he climbing down the stage, and walking straight to where Miko stands.And there he said all the cheesy words about stars and yadayadayada, and finally, he said, “Listen carefully…” words, just like he once said back then when he confess his feelings at the airport. But this time, he’s no longer saying “I like you” to Miko, cos he knows that his feelings for her are for real and not a temporary-puppy love; so he switches gear into serious and committed Ren as he said to Miko:And basically all fans around them are going bonkers in fangirling, cos they able to see live kokuhaku (no, not ‘kohaku’, it’s ‘kokuhaku’. heheh…) And suddenly all confetti is thrown out like they’re celebrating new year or sumthin’ like that. Lol. But truth be told, I love how this drama differentiate and make use of “sukida” and “aishiteru” words as a measurement of Ren’s upsurge feeling towards Miko, for it shows that in the end, this is far deeper than just a teenage love that could easily come and go.Well, I can say that I love IDN to pieces, but it doesn’t mean that this drama doesn’t have it’s absurdity, overboard cheesiness and unsolvable question which in the end makes you said, “wait a minute, dude…”
01.) Mio and Miko’s Reunion
It’s kinda weird that until the end, there was never one single itsy bitsy scene that shows all grown up Miko and Mio meet after a very long time of living separately. I mean, for pete’s sake, they’re only have each other as family, how can Miko never has or shown putting an effort to meet his brother and having a looot of catching up of whatever happened in their lives? DOH! it’s so weird; as in so so…weird. *twirling mustache*02.) Ummm… it’s A*N.JELL, not ANGEL
A lil cheesy is an A-OK, but a looooot of cheesy could make you…barf. Lol. I understand a lot of pun and approach that this drama has with the band’s name, but seriously, there’s a couple scenes that makes me can’t help myself but to laugh in mocking-vibe. One, on the first episode we had the time when Miko got mesmerized by the three A*N.JELL geezers that walk pass her, and she mumbles inside: “Mother Superior, today for the first time, I saw angels with my own eyes”At this scene I was like, “Pfffttt… really, drama, Reaaaalllyyy??!!” *facepalming* Agagagga… them being called ‘ikemen’ is still fine by me, but ‘angels’? Ummm….why don’t we add a bit of brand name, like. I dunno, Victoria Secret’s maybeeee. Lololol.
The second overboard cheesiness happened on the eight episode. Well, as we know that Jang geun suck…oooops sorry, I mean Jang geun suk (lol) appears as an annoying himself that bugs Miko around, it makes Ren burnt in jealousy.But, it will be a fatal crime to make JGS showed up without doing or saying something thoughtful and heroic; so this time he comes to give Ren a friendly ‘good’ advice.
If I was Ren, I’ll be saying “dude, you don’t have to tell me that, I already know.” Hah. JGS advice to Ren is so poetic; so metaphoric…it’s useless. Lol.
03.) How about Shu?
Seriously, this is what bugs me the most when I finished watching this whole thing. So as we can see, that the sixth episode ends with Shu’s saying that girly Miko is Miko; his band mate, Mio’s twin sister and also his girlfriend. Well, half of it was true, except at that time Miko is playing double role, so this whole ‘girlfriend’ debacle is necessary to cover Miko’s disguise. But what’s happening after that is so vague till the end, as the press never got a clear statement of the continuation of Shu and Miko “relationship” other than that once tabloid interview. But all of sudden in the final end, we get to see as Ren declaring his love to Miko in front of half of Nippon population and bunch of press as well. It’s so weird, as the press should have been thinking: “How about Shu?”, “How can Miko jump from one A*N.JELL member to another?” So basically, we can say that in the future, Miko and Ren’s happy ending will eventually lead to an unresolved conflict that becomes more complicated in the entertainment world. Hah!
Overall, Ikemen desu ne is a very good, fluffy, rom-com drama indeed, for every episode always eventful and addictive for the viewers to keep watching. It may not answered all the question in the end, but still, the progressive plot development and effective execution, combine with a good chemistry and adorable romantic scenes are what matters the most. Ikemen desu ne is a cute little gem of rare modern romantic Japanese dramas that’s worth to be rewatched over and over again.
Final Score: 86/100