Sunday, 22 January 2012

Atashinchi no Danshi - My Boys - アタシんちの男子

Another dorama starring Horikita Maki, a stunning actress in my eyes, and introducing Mukai Osamu and Seto Koji to me. Atashinchi no Danshi is definitely worth the time watching. 


When Mineta Chisato's (Horikita Maki) mother dies due to an illness and her father leaves his daughter great debt (one hundret million yen), the young girl becomes a so-called "net café refugee", always on the run from the loan sharks. She is homeless and never wants to be part of a family again. One day Okura Shinzo (Kusakari Masao), the representative director of "Miracle" (a toy production company) and father to six adopted (and handsome) boys, rescues Chisato by paying back her debt. The service in return is Chisato marrying him so that she cares for the boys like a mother. Unfortunately her new husband only has one month to live.
Afther this one month she visits "Trick Heart Castle" for the first time and from now on has to face the challenge of bringing up the six spoiled sons - Okura Fuu (Kaname Jun), Okura Takeru (Okada Yoshinori), Okura Shu (Mukai Osamu), Okura Masaru (Yamamoto Yusuke), Okaru Satoru (Seto Koji), Okaru Akira (Okayama Tomoki) (in order of age). For three months she has to complete the task of being a mother to these individuals. And it's not only the boys who drive Chisato crazy - "Trick Heart Castle" is the doing of a toy specialist and there are many strange things going on there...
Main Characters:

Mineta Chisato 
 The "net café refugee" is a strong-willed 20-year-old homeless woman who is on the run day and night because of the loan sharks searching for her to repay the debt her father left her with. As she's lucky enough to get rescued by Okura Shinzo, Chisato can't even imagine what the future holds for her. Shinzo makes Chisato his wife and at the same time to mother of his six adopted sons. Although Chisato never wanted to live in a family again, she has to accept the "offer" because otherwise she would have to repay the 100 million yen. But with her strenght and kind-heartedness everything works out fine. Meanwhile Chisato's still searching for her father...

The Okura Sons
Fuu - the eldest son is very popular amongst women. His hobby is drawing and he's not living at "Trick Heart Castle" anymore
Takeru - (in fact I haven't really figured out who he really is --> I'll fill it in if I ever find it out)
Shu - is a popular host and lives on his own. It's between him and Chisato that the romance begins to bloom.
Masaru - is a "women-phobian" diva that is pretty popular in town. He suffers of the most serious personality issues of all boys.
Satoru - locks himself in a room in the castle and is one of the more difficult-to-handle-boys, who's hobby is magic.
Akira - the youngest son is really intelligent and already invests in stocks at his age. In his eyes he doesn't need to inherit any of the money of Shinzo.
Personal Rating:

Personally I rate this dorama as absolutely amazing comedy romance! At first I wasn't sure wheter to continue watching the series because of the craziness but Horikita Maki ranks among my favourita Japanese actresses and also played the role of Mineta Chisato with brilliance! If you decided to finish this drama you'll love the tricky castle and the boys. Even though they have some serious personality issues they're just adorable =)

Have fun watching =)

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Zettai Kareshi - Absolute Boyfriend - 絶対彼氏。

At first I wasn't sure if the story would be interesting... A robot? In love? This is not the usual material with which love stories are told. I was put right just after the first episode! Zettai Kareshi - Absolute Boyfriend is the perfect dorama for me to watch =)


When the company "Kronos Heaven" offerst the perfect lover to Izawa Riiko (Aibu Saki) she can't resist the temptation to try it out - especially because she currently got rejected by the person she admires. What she doesn't know is that her perfect lover is a robot dedicated toonly love her! At first she tries to get rid of the "appliance" (named Tenjo Night) but little by little, the perfect but also clumsy robot becomes an important place in her life and heart.
Meanwhile, the boss of Riiko, Asamoto Soshi (Mizushima Hiro), realizes that Izawa could be more than a normal temporary worker because of her baking skills and her good sense of taste. This is how Soshi becomes interested in Izawa and then falls in love with her, which makes the love triangle perfect. As Izawa tends to like Asamoto Soshi too, she can't help it but fall for the robot too.
When she finds out that her best friend Mika is going out with the person she admired in the beginning, she faces a serious life change. Besides Tenjo's farce begins to vanish as more and more people in Izawa's environment begin to discover who Tenjo really is. Now Riiko has to decide to whom her heart really belongs - is it Tenjo Night (Hayami Mokomichi) that will never love any woman besides her, or will it be the human and natural Asamoto Soshi who truly admires her?

Main Characters:

Tenjo Night
Tenjo Night is not human. Or at least he shouldn't be. He is a robot dedicated to love Izawa Riiko. His personality is genereated the way Izawa wanted him to be. In the beginning he appears to be clumsy because he can't adapt to the real world the way a human would but Riiko tries to change him to not attract attention. Whereas Riiko is occupied with work and her love troubles, Tenjo is only focused on Riiko. As time goes by Tenjo develops his own personality and also works against his own creator from "Kronos Heaven". In the end Riiko is the one who decides his destiny...

Izawa Riiko
Izawa Riiko works as a temporary at the dessert company "Asamoto". She admires one of her co-workers who cold-heartedly leaves her after two dates. This is why she agrees to generate a fictional personal lover and finally accepts the robot living with her. When the free trial is over Tenjo already has a place in Riikos heart, which is why she takes the burden to pay all the fees to "Kronos Heaven". In the end she has to decide whether to live with Tenjo Night or to love her boss Asamoto Soshi.

Asamoto Soshi 
Asamoto Soshi is the second son of the heirs of the "Asamoto" dessert company. When he first watches Riiko taste a dessert and give an opinion that is deep-minded he starts to keep an eye on the temporary worker. Little by little he falls for her and only has to win the love competition against Tenjo Night of which he doesn't even know the true identity... 

Personal Rating:
These series were so much fun watching that I immediately started to watch it again. It's a modern and funny love story. I haven't read the manga series but it seems quite well adapted and I also read from fans that the manga has been very well realized. Even the idea of a robot dedicated to love is just amazing! The triangle love story is nothing new but what if one of the people in this triangle is not human? That is an interesting discussion point. Hayami Mokomichi plays the robot so well that I couldn't get this idea of him not being human not out of my head, what made it very difficult to watch another series starring him (as a human of course). This series is a "must-watch" if you're as dedicated to Japanese doramas as I am =)

Have fun watching =)