About: 主に泣いてます (Mostly Crying)

Beautiful Face with an Ugly Life

rainHi, how are you all? It’s been quite a while, ne? Haha… well, few things had happened in my daily life that managed to keep me… not in the mood enough to post something. Starting from my sudden loss of interest to write. People say that it’s called writer’s block, but I think that terms is too exclusive to be used on a seasonal random wordpress-blogger like me, so I’m simply just gonna called mine as being lazy. Lol. The second one was that I caught a heavy flu out of the blue, like really sudden and well… out of the blue, it makes me loss my voice, my taste-buds and my capability to breath from my nose as it was so boogery-mucusy (Eww, I know right?!), and my throat was also going dry and hoarsey. But now I’m an A Okay, so… Hallelujah! Whoop whoop!!! And the third one is that I lost another interest; in which is to watch a drama. It’s so contrast with what I had said before in my Hayami post about having the mahoossive dorama craving whatsoever, but now, that crave has just gone in a snap. But, darlings, a big BUT, I somehow manage to finish this drama, Omoni Naitemasu. And for most part of the reason why I could, was simply because this drama was said to be Nakamaru’s first rom-com drama. And you know me; I don’t care about the com, only the rom, the OTP, and it’s other various genetic mutations, so yeah, I watched this. And the other reason why, is that this drama only consists of eight episodes with around 36 minutes each, so basically I only waste approximately five hours (four hours and 48 minutes to be more precise) of my life. Now that I think about it, it’s quite a huge chunk of time eh? Sheez… Oh well, at first I don’t want to write this drama down as a solo post, but since turns out, there’s some-some unexpected thing that makes this drama become a goodie, I decide to post it as one. What’s that some-some; I think you’re gonna know it right away by the time you click the greeny words next to the spoilert. So… yeah, here we go…42(Spoilert: Bloody massive… mwahahaha…)

Beauty; a blessing that is longed by woman who craves it, and a curse in disguise for the one that possessed it. In an outline Omoni Naitemasu (ON) tells a story about an extremely beautiful woman–inside and out–named Konno Izumi (Nanao) who is so strikingly pretty, it drives every man into this rose-cheeky nuts and blindly obsessed about her; they chase her around town and do whatever it takes to make her theirs. And because of this, Izumi never leads an easy normal life as she can’t find a decent job, and has to live nomaden, cos she always being stalked by the guys.tiBut, thank gooder she has a knight in shining armour; a junior high school girl named Midorikawa Tsune (Kusakari Mayu) who always comes for her rescue. And ever since then, Tsune has this idea of making Izumi wears various cosplay costumes as disguise to cover her shiny beauty.first cosplayBut despite many guys want to snatch Izumi’s heart, she only harbours it to one man and one man only; Aoyama Jin (Kazama Toru), an art professor and high profile artist, who saved her from suicide; makes her to become his model of The Portrait of I painting series; and also to be one of his lover toys; despite Jin-san himself is already married to a crackpot lady with a lonely life, Yukiko (Adachi Yumi). 13Until one day, Jin is taking his wife to go to Florence for an art restoration, so he sends one of his students, named Akamatsu Keisuke (Nakamaru) to fill in his teaching spot at his studio, Jin’s Atelier, temporarily until he’s coming back. Turns out the atelier only consists of one pupil; who is Tsune, and Izumi as the painting object.oh noAnd just like any other dudes, Akamatsu falls for Izumi’s ultra-rank beauty once she removes her costume, but Tsune trips him back to reality and told him that he’s just as dangerous as every other man out there. Akamatsu, who doesn’t want to lose this teaching gig since it could jeopardize his college credits, makes up a quick lie by telling Izumi and Tsune that he is a ‘splendidly gay’ man…

never once I saw a man coming out as excited as Akamatsu. Lol...
never once I saw a guy coming out as excited as Akamatsu. Lol…

ON is a drama that was adapted based on a manga series by Higashimura Akiko with the same title. Since I never read the manga, I can’t compare the hah and the huh of the difference between it and the drama. But if I have to give my thought solely based on what I watch, I gotta say that ON is clearly a quirky, quirky drama that strongly reminds me of low budget confusing indie movies in terms of the vibe, atmosphere and the weirdness that it brings. Heck, the storyline itself already screams nonsense to me. This drama may calls itself as a romantic comedy, but I think the romance only took around 30-40% part in a platonic manner; while the rest of it mostly filled with absurd hilarity in cosplaying and crazy puns in impersonation and conversation that will hit and miss for the viewers, depends on how broad our knowledge about the referential topics or TV shows that were being talked about in every comical scene (But that Heidi and Clara reference clearly got me LOL-ing hard, cos it’s just so stupid and ridiculous, it’s hilarious. Lmao…)11But the truth is, ON is actually a pretty good drama, if you can stomach the first three episodes at the very least and try to hang on a wee bit longer at the fourth one; cos the first half of the drama is kinda blah, but the second half is clearly more exciting and picking up the pace, since every hidden secret is revealed and every character has secured their spot; which then makes the storyline flows nicely and more enjoyable. It’s still quirky, but since we already got accustomed to all of it, we start to grow sense of attachment to this drama and the characters more.31And rom-com aside, this drama also serves a bit of bloody mystery, like literally, literally bloody; all in relation to the bijin Izumi. First, there was the three days blood incident that involves a family who owns a sushi restaurant, in which the male family members’ (the father and son) sudden obsession towards Izumi, the first time they laid their eyes on her, and in the end that sushi shop is turning upside down into a messy gory swedge between the family members and the customers. And there’s also a red wedding incident that hits Izumi harder and more personal as it happened between her and and her not-so-pretty sister, Nozomi, who’s about to get married at that time, but because of Izumi, her nuptial went disastrously awry; it then strains their relationship apart. But don’t cha worry, cos in the end they’re making up and reconnect their sisterly bond all over again.sisterly bondBoth of the said bloody incidents are way over the top and a bit nonsensical to be honest; but since this drama already claim itself as weirdo from the very start, they become something logic to digest for us as viewers. And as the drama progresses, both of these dark pasts are revealed and solved with the help of Izumi’s gang in, of course, another unusual way to work a solution. Heheh… *smirk*izumi42Main character-wise, Izumi is a kind hearted, naive woman with a divine beauty that no man could ever resists. But unfortunately, it was no more than that. And as the plot develops, Izumi somehow becomes a lil bit boring, as all she does is crying and being a debbie downer, which makes her become a tiresome to watch. Well, I guess she just live up to the drama’s title as, y’know, it’s Mostly Crying. Lol… I know that we’re supposed to root for Izumi, but meh, I just didn’t feel that way about her, since her character development is a bit of a poorly-written one. But despite all of that, Izumi deserves to get viewers’ sympathies since all she wants is to live a normal life, but she keeps entangled into trouble after trouble for something that she doesn’t even want to own.ij41But there are times when I feel genuinely pissed by Izumi’s over-fixation on Jin, it makes her willing to be his doormat. She knew that Jin is a Casanova who loves to fool around and playing with lotzzzah chicks–foreign and local–but yet at the same time, she still loves this old man sincerely and comes running to him like a puppy every time he calls her or tells her to do so. It makes her doesn’t even realize that there is another possibility of a happy ending for her with another, better man, and that man could have been Akamatsu.akamatsu52While Akamatsu; Errrr… Akamatsu is such a plain john; an ordinary guy with an impressive painting skill. He’s full of righteousness, cos at first he can’t accept the fact that why would Izumi want to be a mistress of a married man and living her life in despair over Jin. Not to mention that Akamatsu also willing to lie by pretending to be a gay in order to make Tsune becomes more serious in learning to paint and lowering his existence-risk around Izumi, all that just for the sake so he’s not losing his college credit.curriculumBut despite being a boring goody two shoes, one thing that likeable from Akamatsu’s character is how he’s so nosy; he cares about everything and everyone around him. As it shows on the second episode, he still wants to spare his break time to summarize an exam curriculum in step by step for Tsune in order to make her be able learn to paint much easier. This determination thing was simply dubbed by Akamatsu as he just wants to do this teaching thing properly.ia71But as the plot develops, Akamatsu’s life slowly starts shifting to revolve and rotating around Izumi and her problematic life. He always tries to help her in any way he can, as all he wants is to see her happy, but yet at the same time he can’t help himself but to get enchanted by her beauty, which is something that’s very verrry forbidden, as in nuh-uh-uh. *waving index finger*mesmerizedWhen we talk about the romance part, somehow I had a hunch from the very start that there will be no such thing as “together happily ever after” for Akamatsu and Izumi, cos the drama obviously never put any effort or even point out to that possibility. And by the time we get on halfway of the drama and seeing that Izumi still pining and crying over Jin, my gut is totally confirmed, since there’s no way Izumi could turn her feelings around 180 degrees to the geeky sensei Akamatsu in just…*mumble counting* 4×36… 144 minutes of the rest duration of the drama. And if I see from a bigger picture as well, I actually can draw a conclusion that there is clearly no such thing as rabu rabu a.k.a love between them, even from Akamatsu’s side either. All the prominent vibe of feelings that I get between these two are only friendship and admiration; as Akamatsu’s adoration towards Izumi’s beauty has clouded his own judgement to distinguish his own feeling about whether this is love or simply just mesmerization by a divine physical appearance. rainspirationThere is not one single scene that shows Akamatsu even put any effort to utter the three small words towards Izumi. All the good deed and helpful act that he does for Izumi are always just because he cares or wants to see her happy. There’s even one moment when Akamatsu umbrella-ing Izumi in the middle of the rain, and he has this purrr-fect moment to say that he means it; buuuuut… it’s an N to the O, as the only words he said was, “Izumi-san, why you have to be so beautiful?” Ayyyy Caramba Samba! Another non-assertive guy character has been born, people!!! Harharharrrr… *facepalming*

not a move, as it only stare... durrrr...
not a single move, as it only a stare… durrrr…

That is WHY I didn’t want to waste my energy by investing my small-capacity attention towards these two as an OTP. Heck, I don’t even ship them as one. And to be honest, watching them together didn’t bring me diddly-squat of excitement, since their chemistry is a big zero as well. So, I dunno whether I have to be sad or disappointed by how this drama develops the storyline for the supposed lovebirds.itaBut if there’s one sole factor that clearly got me and keep me hooked enough until the very end; is the plot twist that revealed later on the second episode onwards about Tsune who unexpectedly falls for her own sensei, Akamatsu. Not to mention she falls for him in one of the most naïve way of a teenage girl usually does; which is by the time she’s watching how serious and manly Akamatsu becomes when he’s painting on the canvas. Wee-hee-heeeee… *schoolgirl giggles*hitomeboreOh, Tsune, Tsune, tsundere-Tsune… how I love yer strong cold character and stoic expression. (Peanote: never have I been this flabbergasted to find out that this Tsune role was played by Kusakari Mayu??? Ermagerddd, all I ever know is that Kusakari is the cute girly girl model from Seventeen magazine, and in a couple of years she turns into this stern looking deep voice jaded chick? Whew~ colour me surprised… lulz… – End of Peanote) And the way Tsune admits but not admit that he likes Akamatsu by treating him like crap, but at the same time giving him a warm affection, complete with her foul mouth of denial–and name calling as she calls Akamatsu Mega-matsu as in megane for his glasses, lol…–is just so cute and at the same time heart wrenching; cos how I wish this girl can get her own happiness after doing so much for saving Izumi’s a** every single time.tsune81There are couple scenes that make me really feel for Tsune, who yearns to be pretty and loved by Akamatsu, just like her BFF, Izumi. Like the scene where Tsune is looking at herself into the mirror and start to put in front of her the cute girly clothes that her mother had bought for her but she never wore even for once, and the way she sees herself capable to be cute and slips a lil smile into her stoic face is just so d’awwww.tsundere tsune-megamatsuAnd there’s another scene–this one is my favorite–where Tsune tries to act care-but-I don’t care towards Akamatsu by buying him a box of rolled sushi. And she gave it to him in a very cold indifferent manner as like “I just happen to pass by, so I bought it for you, but you don’t have to eat it if you don’t want to” kinda thing. But on the next day she becomes this smiley and happy when she secretly checks the box and finds out that the sushi had been eaten. tsune61And there’s also one scene when Tsune read a magazine about traveling to Florence and she remembers what happened earlier when Akamatsu told Izumi that he will take her there with him. That makes Tsune shed a tears for the very first time in her adolescent life over a guy and because of a heart break. Gosh, Tsune, you’re breaking my kokoro here…cos I also cry with her at this scene. Dammitttttt. I can’t believe I cry over this dippy drama… *sobs*22But despite the unrequited feelings towards each other between these three people; there are three other members of Izumi’s clique who act solely as comic relief. First there’s granny Tokibaa (Takaizumi Atsuko) who is just a plain fruitcake and likes to impersonate many characters and celebrities (my faves are definitely Tootsie and Vidal Sassoon tho, Lol…) and she often becomes this crazy contemporary painter TOKIX who likes to interfere a lot of serious moment with her smarty-pants snobby attitude. There is one scene where Tokibaa tries to compete with Akamatsu over who paints Izumi best; and Akamatsu paints in professional style with a beautiful result, while Tokibaa’s paint is like a drawing of a five year old kindergartner. Not to mention she had used up all of her pension money to buy a set of an amateurish oil paints. Lol…

tootsie-baa...
tootsie-baa…

The second one is Tsune’s gay schoolmate who looks like sleazy Crayon Shin-chan, Nobuchika Komomo (Kato Ryo).  Komomo loves making pastry and always fangirling over Akamatsu, while using every single opportunity to touch him or getting close to him. And he also once tried to kiss Akamatsu while he was sleeping, but it fails when Tokibaa accidentally interferes again with her TOKIX alter ego. Lol…

what a leer... hahaha...
Man, what a leer… hahaha…

While the third one is the eccentric restaurant owner lady, Katorea Mama (Tajima Reiko), who is a member of a water purifier MLM and a huge fan of oldie NHK idol Masaya (are you lost in… Masaya land? Ahahahaha!!!). These three people are another great support system, not just for Izumi, but for Tsune as well, cos Tokibaa, Komomo, and Mama may be a bunch of nutcase, but they are not stupid not to realize that Tsune is clearly holding a torch for Akamatsu. That is why they like to shout something like “Tsundere!”  or “Puberty!” every time Tsune makes a move toward Akamatsu or showing some sign of jealousy over him and Izumi.puberty or tsundereAnd since Tsune is just too damn stoic and cold to show some love and any other gentle emotion, she ends up becoming hostile and wrecking things around. Like one time she’s punching every single one of Komomo’s cream puff pastry just because she overheard Komomo’s talking to himself, “I wish Tsune could be more honest to her feelings”. Geez… teenage years; phase of an unstable emotion. Lol…tsune31But what I like the most about Tsune is that she’s not self-centered or jealous enough to harm Izumi like Jin’s psychopath wife, Yukiko, did. As a girl, Tsune can’t help but to compare herself with the unequally beautiful Izumi, and there are tonsssss of times Tsune must bear disappointment every time she sees how Akamatsu basks Izumi with his affection and admiration. But Tsune doesn’t let her defeated frustration stops her from protecting her best friend and acting for her best interest. And though she knew that Akamatsu has feeling towards Izumi, she doesn’t hinder him from getting close to Izumi. There might be one or two times when she snaps over jealousy, but that’s simply because she’s just an ordinary high school girl and a faulty human being after all.tsune-megamatsuThere are couple times–well, scratch that, cos actually, MOST of the times I was really, REALLY hoping for Akamatsu to end up with Tsune instead. I know that was like, the most impossible thing everrrrr, but still, I keep my fricken hopes up until the very end, especially after the scene on the fourth episode where Akamatsu witness Jin kissing Izumi on the street, and he just become this downnnnn in heartbroken and looked super depressed; while Tsune is looking at him from behind, and I just mumbling excitedly, “YESSSS TSUNE FINALLY, THIS IS UR CHANCE, GIRLLLL!!! TURN THE TABLE, GIRL, TURN THE TAAAAAABLE!!!” *fist pumping* but then everything just going on… like usual. *sigh* ta82Hoping for Tsune and Akamatsu to spark some romance is like hoping your chihuahua pet to be Buddy the Air Bud dog. It’s just aggravatingly impossible. Urrrghhh… But at the same time I stupidly keep expecting and anticipating for some ridiculous miracle to happen in this drama, since every dimwit things have a high chance of happening on every episode. So, in short, I’m just gonna declared, that… yes, I ship Tsune and Akamatsu as the drama OTP. Wut wut!!! *hands up* I mean what could be cuter and more… shojo manga-ish, than to see a tsundere girl and geeky-computer whiz-looking guy to fall in love and ended up together? This is not a question, as it simply rhetorical; so hehhhh… I don’t accept any refutation. Lol…

oh, for pete's sake, another un-realized OTP...
oh grrrrreat, another unrealized OTP… *rolls eyes*

And I believe I’m not the only one who thinks this way, since this drama left Tsune puberty love conflict as final bow that wrapped the final end of the drama. As Akamatsu, who realizes that he can’t be selfish for keeping Izumi all to himself, decided to go to Florence alone. And by the time they bid farewell towards each other, Tsune is nowhere to be found, so Izumi decides to return the favour as a good friend and big sister by pick Tsune up from the atelier, and dress her in the kawaii outfit that Tsune once want to wear the other day. And Tsune fashion transformation clearly makes the clique surprised, including Akamatsu. Izumi then using this opportunity to push Tsune forward as an encouragement to go and tell Akamatsu what she really feels about him all this time.kokuhakuBut by the time the daisuki word to Akamatsu is already at tip of Tsune’s tongue; she lets her tsundere-self takes over by saying “I hate you, stupid!” to Akamatsu (Gee, Tsune and Akamatsu totally reminds me of Helga and Arnold, as Helga always say such thing like “why would I love you, you football head?!” Lol…).

Tsune G. Pataki...
Tsune G. Pataki…

Hearing that and realizing what it really means, Akamatsu simply puts up a smile as he thanks her for the confession and he maturely replies, “And I always love Tsune’s gentle and kindness too,” which makes, Tsune, Izumi, Tokibaa, and Komomo (and me) surprise and wonders what in the world Akamatsu means by saying that ambiguous statement; is Tsune’s being accepted or rejected? And when Akamatsu starts to act sweetly by patting Tsune’s head while giving him a bit of a pep talk, Tsune subconsciously acts in self-defense by trips him to the ground. Again. Tsk… tsk… and they say love is  not violent. Lol…

they will clearly have an interesting romance... lulz...
they will clearly have an interesting romance… lulz…

Overall, Omoni Naitemasu is an oddball production with a unique taste of comedy and insanely written characters that will make you laughing hard and scratching your head towards the quirky execution by the time the story develops. But the way this drama puts an additional unexpected plot twist is what makes it really worth to watch. Cos aside the ridiculous execution, Omoni Naitemasu somehow has magical charm that will make you want to keep watching until the final episode ends.

Final Score: 72/100

Toodles, my oddball clique!!!
Toodles, my oddball clique!!!
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