“Second Love” Finale – Winning Your Goddess, Kame Style

Kei returns to Japan after spending a year traveling with the London dance company. Ohh, nice haircut! (LOL) He’s met by insane-ex Ayako at the airport. Surrounded by press who congratulate him on the successful tour, they ask about him being chosen as one of the top 100 people who are changing the world. Although he’s happy, he hasn’t forgotten the times he wanted to die because he had no work One of the reporters asks if someone saved him and he flashes back to the day he first saw Yui on the school bridge.

Entering his apartment, he can’t help noticing how barren it is, all of Yui’s belongings are gone. He flips through a magazine feature about himself and in voice-over says it always felt strange that Yui wasn’t with him. No matter where he was, he was always looking for her. Really? I find that hard to believe considering she was right in front of your face and you never looked at her then. Pfftttt, cry me a river.

The next day, he heads to the girls school to find Yui. As he walks towards the entrance, all the girls stare, isn’t he on TV? Our cutesy schoolgirl, Sora walks by the gossips and tells them he’s there to see Yui. *keke* He waits until finally married guy comes storming out to ask what he wants. Of course, he wants to see Yui but he’s told she quit.

He follows married guy into the teacher’s lounge to talk. Married guy is angry Kei didn’t take care of Yui the way he promised, if he had known Kei would flit off at a moments notice, he would never have turned her over. Oh, stop pretending like you were the one calling the shots here! Jerk. Yui and your wife would both have dumped you eventually anyway.ย He won’t tell Kei where Yui is but to further frustrate married guy, two of the younger male teachers get Kei’s autograph on their way out.

Kei next visits Mom, she’s delighted to see such a huge celebrity at her door and invites him inside. Mom is hilarious, she’s all giggly but doesn’t know why. LMAO! When he begins asking about Yui though, Mom tells him she’s not here and refuses to tell him where she is. Since they broke up, Yui has been living on her own. He wants to see her but Mom demands to know what his intentions are.

He wants Yui to live with him again and drops to his knees, begging Mom to tell him where she is. Mom tries to explain how ordinary and insecure Yui felt when she was with him, she wants Yui to find a man who would balance her. And Kei needs to meet an exciting woman, one who matches his talent and lifestyle better. He’s adamant, Yui is right for him. Mom smiles, she thinks Yui would be very happy to hear this. Awww.

Suddenly Mom’s phone rings, it’s Yui. Kei grabs her phone and upon hearing Yui’s voice, he asks where she is? We don’t hear her answer but he rushes out. In voice-over, he tells us he tried to call Yui many times while on tour but she changed her number so he was hearing her voice for the first time in 10 months. He runs all the way to her new job, she’s now working at the Agricultural Chemistry Research Institute Lab. Standing outside the glass building, he sees Yui walking though the corridors, she sees him too.

Giving him a tour, she shows him what she does, pointing out vegetables in the controlled environment. This will help the international food crisis. Noticing him watching her as she talks, she explains veggies are like her high-school students, only they don’t talk back, using bad language. They are, however, somewhat moody like Kei. (LOL) He wonders if this is her dream job since she’s talking about it so passionately, he thinks it’s cool.

She read about him in magazines, she knows he went all over the world and is happy he’s returned safely. He wonders if she would have come with him on tour if he had been more insistent, she thinks she would have ended up annoying him. He blurts out that he loves her. He wants her to look only at him again, he wants to be with her forever.

Getting up, she tells him she doesn’t need him anymore. She’s just a Junior researcher but the work is interesting and she enjoys it. Even if he’s not around, she knows she can improve. Asking him not to sway her heart, she leaves. Well, okay then. As he slowly walks out, she watches from the windows. Oh, so she’s totally lying but thinks it’s better this way? I say idiot writers who use last-minute noble sacrifice crap should be shot.

When Yui gets home, Mom asks if Kei came to see her? Yes, it was nice to see him after such a long time. Mom tells her he kept asking “where is she?” over and over then admits she lied that Yui wasn’t living with her. Yui reassures her that it’s fine while Mom blabbers on that he’s no good since he has no intentions of getting married. Although Mom can’t believe she quit her job teaching, she’s happy Yui has stability at her new job.

Arriving at his agency the next morning, Kei is informed an offer has been made for him to be the Director at the Hamburg State theater in Germany. Ayako is excited, it’s amazing to get such an exclusive offer at his age but Kei wants some time to sort out his feelings. Yui reads about the global opportunities with her company, it’s a chance to build experience internationally. She suddenly has fire in her eyes.

Kei phones Yui but she ignores his calls. He returns to his apartment, getting excited when someone wearing white knocks, he thinks it’s Yui. Nope, it’s insane-ex Ayako, who storms inside. She bought his flight ticket, he’s leaving for Hamburg next week. He reminds her he’s not in any hurry but she claims he has no other options and is worried someone else will swoop in to steal this job from him. He doesn’t care.

She continues to insist until he turns, asking what is it she doesn’t understand? Ignoring that, she demands he move out of this apartment. When he refuses, she snaps: is it because it’s full of memories? He’s being pathetic, acting like a different person so he needs to hurry up and forget that woman. OMO, what a nasty beotch.

Ayako continues, he ignored that woman yet as soon as he returns, he wants her again. He thinks of Yui as his toy, she wouldn’t put up with it if she were Yui either. She keeps pushing Hamburg until he snaps, yelling at her to get out. He waits outside Yui’s workplace but she walks past him. He follows, telling her about the offer from Germany, he wants her to come, he can’t bear to lose her again. Yui keeps walking. Ouch.

Yui meets her friend, Haruko, who broke up with her younger man and left Paris because he got himself a younger woman and isn’t returning to Japan. She realized there was no point in being in Paris on her own. While she was there, people stared at her and her younger man, which bothered her so she began staying away from others and ended up lonely. Yui thinks Haruko is cool, Haruka doesn’t regret loving him although it’s painful.

As Haruka breaks down into tears, Yui tells her she’s also broke up with Kei but doesn’t regret that she loved him. Haruka wishes to see the other teachers, Yui admits she hasn’t seen any of them since she quit. Ayako phones Kei but he ignores her. Haruka and Yui meet married guy at a karaoke bar and later, he walks her home. He tells her Kei came to the school, looking for her and asks if they got back together? No, they didn’t.

Married guy thinks Kei is unpleasant but he’s jealous of his youthful mentality. He tells her about his kids, his daughter got accepted to her first choice of University and his son has a girlfriend. Plus his ex-wife is dating, she has a new boyfriend. He thinks women are very strong-willed, even Yui found herself a new job and is much more lively than she was before.ย With determination in her eyes, she says she has a long way to go.

At work, Yui turns in her application to participate in a global career. She’s informed she won’t be able to choose her location, the test is hard and her age might make it difficult. What the…is this guy a major ass or what? Yui is determined to do her best so she’s accepted. She’s told someone is waiting in the reception area to speak with her, it’s Ayako.

Ayako reminds Yui that if she causes problems for Kei, she said she would kill her. OMG, get over yourself. She believes Yui is holding him back, Yui tells her that’s not the case. Ayako isn’t listening, snapping at Yui to stop chasing Kei and interfering in his life. *facepalm* She has no idea how ridiculous and pathetic she sounds. Yui finally calls Kei, they both run to meet. Kei hugs her but realizes something is up and pulls back.

Looking at her face, he knows she’s not coming to Germany with him. She nods, he was born to fly amongst the stars. She doesn’t want him to hesitate anymore, she wants to see him shine. He understands, if he hadn’t met her a year ago, he thinks he might be dead by now. She opened doors for his life, he’s very grateful and will never forget her. She won’t forget him either, they hug. Seriously, show? *throwsdeskstuff*

If he accepts the Director position in Germany, he’s giving up dancing for good. When he was on tour, he danced to his fullest because he knew he would give it up. Yui makes a request: can he dance for her, one last time? He dances amongst the water fountains then turns to Yui, who smiles and walks away, he watches her leave.

A year passes. Kei is living in Germany and walks to the theater everyday. Yui studies while he watches dancers audition. She does a presentation to be part of the global team and is later delighted to see her name on the list. When the company announces the assignments, Yui is surprised to learn she’s going to Germany.

Kei arrives at the theater, goes up the stairs and sees Yui standing there. They walk towards each other in slow-motion, with the gorgeous castle theater in the background. (Really, it’s pretty). Yui tells him she came to Hamburg to make lettuce. ROFL. They both smile, Kei pulls her into his arms, hugging her close. This is how hugging should be done!

Pulling back, he says he missed her, she missed him too. He bends forward to kiss her but the camera pulls back, we just see a view of the castle, surrounded by snow.


It’s over! *sobs* I can’t believe we got cheated out of that last kiss but I’ll let it go since Kame is not a great kisser to begin with. (LOL) There were moments I did feel chemistry between these two but that might be because Kyoko Fukada is truly a beautiful woman, which I’m sure Kame noticed. *hee* All-in-all, I felt this supposed incredible love between them was forced, I never bought it. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this drama!

I again have to say how impressed I was with Kame doing so many things out of his comfort zone. The dancing was much better than anything I could do, his English and German skills were both good. I’m very aware how intimidating some Asian’s find speaking English, I want to make it clear I think he did a great job and thoroughly applaud his efforts. Trust me, I find speaking Korean in front of a Korean native frightening too.

I found out this was supposed to be 10 episodes but was cut short because of dismal ratings. I’d love to know why! Is the viewing audience not ready for a “scandalous, adult drama” or is it the lack of chemistry between these two? Although this wasn’t even close to being a great drama, I certainly had a lot of fun covering it. Let’s cross our fingers that Kame will come back with something really enjoyable next. In the meantime, you can always check out my Kame favorites:

Suppli (2006) – Kame plays a temp office worker who matures right before our eyes. His chemistry with the leading lady is kinda meh butย he’s much more ornery and lively in this drama so it’s a must see.

Tatta Hitotsu no Koi (2006) – Typical poor boy meets rich girl story but Kame’s chemistry with the lovely Haruka Ayase is off the charts awesome.

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  • bmore says:

    I am SOOOO ready for more ‘adult’ dramas. I’m really starting to get burned out on adults in dramas acting like touching each other, much less kissing is a huge no no. It is such a romance killer and if I’m watching a fricking ROMANCE, with adults!, then I expect them to touch each other without it looking like two 2x4s forcibly nailed to one another at the top, without the lower halves touching of course! (this is a side commentary on the quality of 2x4s also…..heehee….I’ve had to do a lot of rehab work over the years on my 100+ year old farmhouse!)

    Anyway. I liked this drama too, but really expected it to be even more. I think she might have been open to it, but he seemed a bit uncomfortable. Still, compared to what happens in most Kdramas, it’s far more realistic and I am more than ready to jump the Kship for Jship if we can find some quality adult romance dramas there. I don’t want to go back to USAship…sick of people eating each other’s faces and bed hopping no matter how realistic that may be. I guess I want my fairytale with whipped cream and a bunch of spices on top! ๐Ÿ™‚ This was a nice break. And I like J’s shorter episode length…though the 15 second ending/wrap up of the story on this one was just a TAD awful! ๐Ÿ™

    There are SO many good dramas coming up though, lord knows where I will find time to add anything more. But, I will be watching to see what you force me into next! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for all your work on this one! I know you are swamped. We all appreciate your hilarious viewpoints and on point snipes at idiotic behaviors! Even if you have to break it up into recaps on 2 episodes at once, don’t stop! That works too!

    • tessieroo says:


      Perfect description of the wide-eyed stare, arms plastered at their side kiss! It’s especially annoying to me when the characters are supposed to be in their 30’s. I had boys kiss my cheek several times during elementary school and I reacted like that but I was 6-8 years old. T___T

      Unrealistic: Unkind Women cheek kiss in the car in ep 11
      Realistic: I Need Romance 3 beach kiss end of ep. 3

      But I completely agree about US shows, I’m REALLY tired of those. I’ve lucked out on a few J-dramas, normally I don’t find many that interest me. And right back at ya for sticking around to read my recaps. *hugs* Which upcoming drama interests you the most? I’m leaning towards Divorce Lawyer In Love but not sure yet.

      • bmore says:

        Definitely going to check out Lawyer. With Yoon in it I have to. I was first fascinated by his conflicted characters in Arang and Man Loves and fell hard in Marriage Not Dating. But my My Drama List is loaded right now with ones “I Must Check Out”! To say nothing of the 14 I’m trying to keep up with. My ff finger and button are getting a workout with some of the ones I’m currently watching though. ๐Ÿ™

        I’m thinking The Superman Age looks very promising, but will it be subbed? Falling for Innocence? We’ll see. Got to start Missing Noir M…waiting on ep 2 so I can have a stronger start…HATE once a week shows. LOVING Angry Mom so far…wow! NOT what I was expecting at all! Wishing someone would sub Flower of the Queen. It’s getting big ratings, but no one seems to want to sub it? Why is it we can get 20 sites with subs (granted stealing them) for some dramas that are little known and ones that are getting big ratings like this one (almost 20%) no one will sub? Will also check out Girl Who See Scents, though I don’t like ‘her’, the previews are looking cute. Hating that My Heart Twinkle Twinkle had more buzz going for it online than on the show, as the story was very good to start out with (but for the youngest daughter) and has now rocketed into a groove that has me counting the days to the next episode. Bae Soo-Bin is killing me, and his part, and scaring the living daylights out of us. I’m literally shaking and my poor old heart is pounding by the end of every episode. Lord that man is such a great actor! I really want him to ‘get the girl’ one of these days in a drama, because I love him to death, but he can play the conflicted bad guy SO well! No one does it better, I swear. Also watching KBS Bluebird House on YouTube and it is surprisingly very good! I normally hate family dramas and find them more boring than your normal sageuks, but this one has great multi-dimensional cliche characters (yes, there is such a thing) and is very well acted and written! Really! And, of course, the brilliant Grapevine.

        I am so happy to be retired! What a full, rich life I lead now…sitting in front of my computer 16 hours a day! ๐Ÿ™ Somehow when I was getting paid to do that 8-10 hours a day it wasn’t nearly as much fun…though far more profitable. In some ways.

  • wildfly says:

    I absolutely loved your kame style recaps, but the drama, through pretty was too dry to watch

  • Ndigo says:

    You already know my feelings about the ending via twitter. Bleh!!!

  • TS says:

    Thank you so much for these recaps and the recommendations!

  • Eliza Bennet says:

    Thank you for recapping this.

    Sorry for the low ratings but I liked the recaps.

  • bogzero says:

    Thanks for an amazing recap. Although It’s pretty bad on the ratings, but we see his comeback drama after long years. I think that Kame’s acting a bit stiff for my taste. I just remembered him of “how to be a jerk in handling relationship” Kame Style thing. It’s way too short that series breaks the momentum on how he’ll rebound the relationship with yui. It must be too much smexy stuff, or is it the “eyebrows” that make this drama giddy?.
    Maybe Kame’ll do better project next time. I enjoyed his acting on nobuta, gokusen S2, and suppli.

  • Dani says:

    Awwww, I love the title. I wanted a little more intimacy at the end, but that’s maybe just me, always wanting more intimacy. Haishhh! haha. My partner could not believe that KF’s beauty is real. He asked me, is that really her face or she followed suit of the Korean love for plastic surgery? I did not answer him.
    What will I do at Friday afternoon from now on? I am so busy with study, I don’t need heavy stuff to watch. I can not stand Unkind women, and do not want so many screaming on my screen, this drama was perfect. Now, now I need to find a new one. Any recommendation, Tess?

    • tessieroo says:

      Hey Dani!

      I know, right? It’s hard to find something that’s light, funny and doesn’t require much as a viewer. I fully recommend “Dear Sister” (J-drama) if you haven’t already seen it. I love that most J-dramas are short (10-12 episodes) but it’s hard to find one that captures my heart. I also enjoyed “Love Affairs In The Afternoon” but it was a bit darker so not much humor. Sota Fukushi has done 2 movies you could try too, they were cute:
      – Say “I love you”
      – Strobe Edge

      • Dani says:

        Hi Tess, thanks for the reply. I, unfortunately have bingewatched both dramas. Dear Sister and Hirugao. I am looking forward to watch Strobe Edge and Kinkyori Renai, and have tried to Google search where I can watch it and failed. Do you know where I can watch both movies with English subtitles? (I have watched Say I love you and LDK as well)

        • tessieroo says:

          OMO, I think I meant L-DK. (LOL) Strobe Edge was just released on 3/14/2015 so it might not be available online for a few more months. ๐Ÿ™ I found Kinkyori Renai on YouTube (with Eng Subs) but only episodes 1 – 4. I couldn’t find subs for it anywhere!

          Type in: Kinkyori Renai Season Zero Episode 1 Engsub or look for itazura’s YouTube channel.

          • Dani says:

            Ah, Kinkyori Renai the drama? I found on dramacool all raw, not subbed yet. But, what I meant was the movie with Yamashita Tomohisa and Nana Komatsu. It was released on October 2014 (according to Asianwiki), and I still failed to find it online T_T sooo sad. Sometimes you just need light, fluffy drama/movie to get on with your busy days.

            • tessieroo says:

              The one I saw on YouTube has Yamapi in it so maybe that’s the movie? (LOL) *pullsouthair* BTW, the subs on YouTube are really bad. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • jessybee says:

    Is this kyoko fukada the one that did the drama with takeshi kaneshiro? the same one? wow.. she’s matured so beautifully ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anne says:

    I also recommend Tatta Hitotsu No Koi! It’s typical but sweet and the chemistry of the leads is awesome. It’s actually my favorite j-drama.

    The drama seemed meh.. I wanted to watch but after reading your recaps, never felt like actually watching.

  • Bohi says:

    Thank you so much for your detailed recaps!
    I was kind of interested in this drama and the story seemed promising, but for some reason Kame’s acting frustrates me to no end and I couldn’t even finish 1st episode.
    So I just ‘watched’ it through your recaps ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Colin Kee says:

    Hi there is so something about the timing that confuse me.

    Kei mentioned thatf he hadnโ€™t met Yui a year ago, he thinks he might be dead by now but how is that possible if he spent a year traveling to London and smaller cities?

    How did so many things happen in a year?

    Passionate courtship, translator job, advertising choreographer, london trip, smaller countries trip.

    thank you.

    • tessieroo says:

      He was talking about meeting her the year BEFORE he left for London, he was contemplating suicide before he met her. So by the time he returned from this trip, these two had known each other for 2 years. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Colin Kee says:

        I see ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, it now makes more sense. I really love this show!
        We must never neglect our love one. Both married guy and lead actor.

        1 year, go london
        1 year, come back from london
        1 year, go germany

        3 years then get together… very sad. ๐Ÿ™

  • Andechii says:

    Oh your recap is delightful and very useful! I’m easily frustrated by idiot writer, and reading your review on ending save my drama time a LOT! Heehee.. I always have a soft spot for dorama but lately feel gloomy after watching it. Unlike the light headed warm feeling after kdrama. Kyoko Fukada’s dorama after this one is cute and fun… Please Love the Useless Me. But I think I’ll skip this one as I’ve had enough gloom from Brokenhearted Chocolatier.

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