topazera: Aiba Masaki with his hands pressed to his lips in extreme excitement (美人: Kanno Miho: Lady of my ~heart~)
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[I'm crossposting this from my tumblr because a) I was never quite sure which platform this belonged on and b) I'm going to be posting an index post of my episode summaries for the show here and I wanted my flist to have some context of why this is appearing on their flist! :D]

Oh man, I made a possibly ill-advised drama venture but it’s paying off for me so I thought I’d share! :D I’ve never watched an asadora before and I don’t generally watch dramas unsubbed (especially something that promises to be 151 episodes long, even if they are only 15-minute episodes XD) but nevertheless, I am now watching Jun to Ai. The leads lured me in; I have fond feelings for Kazama Shunsuke and I’ve really wanted to see more of Natsuna’s acting. I thought her female Ranma was the best part of that… really something Ranma 1/2 adaption. XD

IN SHORT [just a plot summary but spoilers for the first couple of episodes!], it is about a Kano Jun, the middle child of a family who runs a small hotel on Miwakojima, Okinawa. She looooves the hotel business and goes to Osaka to work at a fancy chain hotel and prove she is a way more deserving business successor than her older brother. However she gets into a lot of scrapes and everyone sort of hates her because she’s brash and uncompromising about making customers happy. There she meets Machida written-as-‘Ai’-but-read-as-‘Itoshi’, a shy, social recluse due largely to his ability to see people’s true natures if he looks them directly in the face. But Jun’s face is different for him because she’s so straightforward that she doesn’t have a hidden face. :) And so starts their strange-but-sweet relationship. ♥ (Their love theme in the BGM is very whimsical, it reminds me a lot of Benny & Joon :D)

I have to say while this one is not getting the skyrocketing ratings that would denote it a classic and I’m sure I would also love the historical asadoras, I really like the tone and format of this show! More than anything, it reminds me of reading a shoujo manga. :D Each day you get a new “chapter” and the end of the week is the end of the volume. The story often flows directly from one chapter to the next. Our heroine is introduced front and center, in fact she narrates her story. We slowly get to know her through daily mishaps and family conflicts. As she starts circling closer to her love interest, so do we and through that, we start exploring his world too. This is a really familiar and really comforting story-telling structure for me!

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