Itazura na Kiss Love in Tokyo episode 12

The OTP is not seeing much action but at least one person has kept me awake in this episode – Kin-chan!

If Kotoko reminds us “NO PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE BETWEEN ME AND IRIE-KUN” at the beginning of an episode one more time, I shall have to strangle someone.

Ah, the eternal cherry blossoms and Kotoko. They do go well together.

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Itazura na Kiss~ Love in Tokyo episode 11

This was the “Christmas in June: How Everyone Almost Gets a Heat Stroke Wearing Coats in Smoldering Heat” episode. Well ok, that title is too long so they went with “My Lover is a Santa Claus”, which is not any less disturbing but perhaps slightly more relevant.

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Itazura na Kiss 8-9, playing catch-up for the gloriousness that is episode 10!

Hi friends. Sorry for being MIA but if you are following me on twitter you know that I’ve been having a bit of a crazy time and have taken an impromptu trip to San Francisco.

But I’m back and want to do a quick roundup of the things I loved about episodes 8 and 9 before I jump into 10. I don’t know what to do about Last Cinderella though, since my drive to watch it has been diminishing day by day. But I might pick up Heartless City and start writing about it.

Things that were about awesome about these episodes:

1) Kotoko. Kotoko. *tries to put on Naoki’s nonchalant voice* Kotoko. How amazing is she?

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Itazura na Kiss ~Love in Tokyo, episode 7

Naoki and Kotoko are made for each other. I haven’t felt it this acutely until this episode (and not even throughout all of ISWAK). Naoki might possess the perfect aptitude for everything he sets out to do but his lack of passion makes all of it meaningless. And I think that Kotoko’s dedication and luminosity not only makes Naoki’s life drastically more entertaining but also pushes him to reevaluate the meaning of success and happiness. This, in turn, will also help him find his way in life and make it amount to something greater than the perfect and perfectly hollow existence he’s led before Kotoko. I would even argue that Naoki needs Kotoko so much more his life than she needs him, despite her furious crush on him.

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Yuki Furakawa and Miki Honoka Appreciation Post

I can’t believe there is still one more torturous day to go until a new episode of Itazura na Kiss. I know, there is still an episode of Last Cinderella that I haven’t gotten around to writing about (or doing the recap, is that what they are? well, mini-recaps, I guess) but I have been busy with some other things like gushing over Itazura na Kiss and performing in a Kpop cover dance concert (more on that later! Or just watch this video of us ladies doing Miss A’s I Don’t Need a Man and forget about it).

I implore Miki Honoka and Yuki Furukawa to do a decent photoshoot together. For now though, we will have to be satisfied with photomanips, scraps of random photo sessions and dorky Yuki selfies (which I won’t even bother with, but tumblr has a-plenty, just skim through the Yuki Furukawa tag). Also, everyone needs to drop whatever they are doing, and go have the best 10 minutes of their week by reading Mookie’s companion piece to the 6th episode. It cannot be more on-point and hilarious in detailing the depths to which Naoki has fallen for Kotoko. Now really, the only thing this fandom is missing is steamy fanfiction.

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Itazura na Kiss~Love in Tokyo episode 6

I’m happy to report that no romantic tension has been lost as a result of the events that transpired last week. On the contrary, things are only heating up: Kotoko’s fantasies intensify as she dreams of another kiss, Naoki strolls around with wet hair, and who knew that tennis can be so dangerous. And stimulating. You will see what I mean.

Most notable of all, though, is that our darlings are now in college and that means Naoki has gotten himself well-fitted clothes. Hallelujah.

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Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo first impressions

Apparently, I’m in dire need of fluff after That Winter The Wind Blows because I’ve picked up Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo, the new Japanese remake of Itazura na Kiss (what is it, the 10th one already?), and it’s delicious. The only other rendition of this story that I’ve seen so far is the Taiwanese version with Ariel Lin and Joe Chang, which I enjoyed immensely, but having no special affinity for the original, I’ve never been too interested in other remakes (well, I did try the Korean version but quit after it drove me into a dead stupor within the first hour). I’m so happy I gave this remake a try though because it’s such endearing and delightful fun. The fact that it’s so intent on following in ISWAK’s footsteps in tone and execution, down to the opening sequence of the heroine chasing the hero across the whole city, is just an added bonus. I’m literally taken back 4 years ago, when I watched ISWAK for the the first time, during a hot summer vacation, all excited and giddy for the heroine’s adorable crush on a perfect, gorgeous jerk from her school and the shenanigans unfolding with the two of them suddenly thrown together into one house.

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