I’m in the mood for a Japanese drama so I was reading about upcoming shows when I came across this one. Here’s the synopsis from Jdrama Weblog:
Aoishi Hanae (Ayase Haruka) is a plain, inconspicuous office lady who has had no experience in love and no boyfriend. On her 30th birthday, she happens to end up drinking with Tanokura Yuto (Fukushi Sota), a cool university student nine years her junior who is also a part-timer at her company, on the way home from a welcome party for new employees. Hanae gets drunk. When she wakes up the next morning, she finds a naked Yuto sleeping next to her. She has her first experience and first boyfriend out of the blue. Even when Hanae and Yuto go on to date, it is a daily process of trial and error because everything is a first for Hanae, including an amusement park date, a sleepover, Christmas Eve or a couple’s trip. To complicate matters, she also gets a proposal from Asao Yu (Tamaki Hiroshi), the CEO of an Italian food company who is popular with women, and a love triangle develops.
Great. We’ve got Last Cinderella II. I really like Ayase Haruka (Hotaru no Hikari, Tatta Hitotsu no Koi) and Tamaki Hiroshi (Love Shuffle, Nodame Cantabile) so my natural instinct would be to ship them together. But I learned my lesson last year and will just accept that when a 30-something-year-old woman gets to choose between a struggling 20-something-year-old man and an accomplished 30-something-year-old man, she will always pick the former. Apparently, she can’t fall in love with the older guy for “reasons.” They can’t have fun together and be perfect for each other. Nope, it can’t happen! And no, I’m not bitter. Honestly!
LOL. On a more serious note, I don’t think that there have been a lot of romantic Japanese dramas this year so here’s something for those fans. However, would it have hurt for it to not be a rehash of previous dramas? But to be fair, it’s an adaptation of a successful manga by Fujimura Mari.
From Anime News Network:
Fujimura launched the manga in the inaugural issue of Shueisha‘s Cocohana magazine in November 2011. The manga ranked at #2 in Da Vinci magazine’s “Book of the Year” list for Female-Oriented Comics for the first half 2013. Shueisha released the sixth compiled book volume in May.
The script will be written by Kaneko Shigeki (Summer Nude, Voice, Puropozu Daisakusen). While her works tend to be draggy and repetitive, I enjoyed them overall so maybe this might be good. I’ve seen Fukushi Sota in two dramas I didn’t complete (Starman and Clinic on the Sea) but I don’t remember him being awful so he might be good in this one.
The drama is scheduled to air in October on NTV.
Credit: Jdrama Weblog, Anime News Network, NTV.