Itazura na Kiss~Love in Tokyo Episodes 1-4

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I have never liked Itazura na Kiss. I always thought the heroine was too dumb and an embarrassment to all females everywhere and felt like stoning the male lead to death for always treating everyone around him like crap. And yet it’s one-thirty in the morning and here I am watching the fourth episode of the Japanese remake of Itazura na Kiss~ Love in Tokyo and wishing that it was Friday already so I could watch episode five. Somebody save me!

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So, if you haven’t heard of Itazura na Kiss (Mischievous Kiss), the basic premise is that Aihara Kotoko, a girl who isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, is in love with Irie Naoki, the cold, genius student. He flat out rejects her once she manages to confess and that would be the end of their romance if their dads weren’t best friends and an unforeseen accident didn’t force Kotoko and her dad to move in with Naoki’s family.

I’ve only seen the 2010 Korean adaption and read the few chapters floating around on the Internet, but InK has always irked me because the characters don’t seem to change. Ever. Kotoko keeps being simple-minded, Naoki keeps being cold and aloof, they kiss a few times and finally end up together. I understand that Kotoko’s naïveté is supposed to help Naoki become a better person, but I never feel like he does and so their love story never really resonated with me.

And yet, I totally love these two. I think the Kotoko and Naoki of this version are less extreme than they have been in other adaptations so maybe that’s why I like them so much; Kotoko is less ditzy and Naoki isn’t nearly as mean as he usually is to Kotoko.

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Nothing says serious studying like a pink giraffe pen
Nothing says serious studying like a pink giraffe pen

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I love the morning coffee scenes; one of the few quiet moments between the two.

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 Give a girl a break, Naoki.

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Kotoko and her numerous hairstyles.

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A girl not afraid to chow down.

I’m surprised that newbie actress Miki Honoka is pretty good. When Jung So Min played Oh Ha Ni, the Korean version of Kotoko, she managed to make the character likeable (though she was still an idiot). I think Miki Honoka has that natural charm as well to make you like Kotoko. The fact that Kotoko isn’t as dumb as a rock in this version helps as well, though her whole world still seems to orbit around Naoki. Looks-wise, I see why they cast her; this girl looks just like how I would imagine real life Kotoko.

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To be honest, I don’t think you need an especially talented actor to play the generally emotionless Naoki so I’m kind of meh towards Furukawa Yuki. I like him, but I think it’s only because this Naoki isn’t as mean as he usually is.

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Though that doesn’t mean he isn’t totally above pranking her.

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But he’s always around when she needs him.

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I can’t even describe the hilarity of all the bad things that happened to Naoki in episode four.

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Kin-chan…is the same; cooking for Kotoko, stalking Kotoko, the usual stuff guys in love do. Yamada Yuki is too good looking to be Kin-chan, in my opinion, but apparently, this version of InK is angling for a more serious romantic triangle between Kotoko, Naoki, and Kin-chan. So far, they’ve mostly stuck to developing the relationship between Kotoko and Naoki, but maybe that will change with the next episode, based on the preview.  Kin-chan is also harboring some secret from Kotoko, so there’s that to look forward to.

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How much do I love Kotoko’s dad and Naoki’s family? The friendship between the dads is cute and Mom is still a busybody, but she’s not as interfering as she usually is. Yuuki’s a brat as always; wish we had a few more episodes so we could see him bond with Kotoko.

What am I going to do until Friday? I need episode five now!

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5 thoughts on “Itazura na Kiss~Love in Tokyo Episodes 1-4”

  1. too hard to wait episode 6 :////
    Yeah I watched korean version this series. japanese characters more realistic. the girl’s extreme stupidity and boy’s excellence . The gap is closed in this version. 🙂

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  2. Hi, I also didn’t like Itazura na Kiss. I tried watching the Korean and Taiwanese versions, but I hated them! But for some reason, I’m getting into the Japanese version. I feel so bad for the girl, but she would get her man.

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    1. Yes, there is something really charming about this version that I can’t put my finger on. Instead of screaming at Kotoko to move on, I want her to get Naoki in the end, poor girl has suffered enough.

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  3. I’ve only watched the Taiwanese version, which was fun to watch albeit the facepalm moments. Although I’m still on the 6th episode, I think this one’s way better. They did away with many unnecessary scenes (the ISWAK had 30 episodes) and the characters, especially Kotoko and Naoki, had more depth than their Taiwanese counterparts. But I find Yuuki more adorable in the Taiwanese version.

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    1. I feel like I need to watch the TW version since that always seems to be the one fans liked the most, but I have yet to make it past the first episode and 30 episodes is a lot for me. I’ll get to it someday, but I think this will still be my favorite adaptation.

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