Okay so I’ll admit I’ve been a little bored lately without my weekly Teen Wolf fix (haha), but now I’ve found some new dramas to watch ^o^ One of them is the ultra cute and romantic drama series Kingyo Club :3 I discovered this series on Tokyohive (my new best friend) because they had posted an update of the ratings on current series airing in Japan. A screen cap of the beautiful Kariya Yuiko (刈谷友衣子) caught my attention and I found myself looking this actress up as I hadn’t heard about her before. I clicked on her drama Kingyo Club and decided to give it a chance. I’m glad I did! ^O^ ☆彡
It’s a really sweet story about a first year student (Harukawa Koto) who gets bullied every day, because of her alcoholic mother who goes out with men for money and a third year student (Hiiragi Haru) who used to play basketball, but now spend his days idly after a misunderstanding about his friend’s girlfriend and him caught at a bad time.
However, one day Haru sees Koto being bullied by some girls from her class and decides to stop them. Koto is grateful, but the bullying continues. One day, Haru sees Koto on the school roof looking like she’s about to kill herself and panics. Luckily, Koto wasn’t thinking of that and as an apology for his mistake, Haru takes Koto out for a treat. On their way home, they stop at a goldfish stand and catch two goldfish. For a lack of anything better to do, they decide to start a goldfish club just for the two of them in an unused building behind the school. But as love begins to bloom between them, the bullying just escalates…
I started watching this drama without any subtitles, as it’s not based on a manga, but a mobile novel by Tsubaki Hana, not very many people know about it. But fortunately someone recently started translating the two first episodes (out of currently five) so I was able to understand better what was going on ^^; Thank you! I really like this drama and I love the actors (whom I’ve never seen before) who I think are doing a great job. Especially Irie Jingi, who plays Haru, gives a very believable performance as the lost youth, who doesn’t know what to do with his life. The soundtrack is also surprisingly good; composed by Uchiike Hidekazu, a relatively unknown composer, he does a great job at giving the series the right mood of happy and sad and just that wonderful feel of romance in the air ♥ I can’t wait to listen to that soundtrack, who sadly isn’t out before the 31st of this month :( Buhuu~ But I’m sure it’s going to be great! I’m also in love with the theme song Kimi Dake wa Hanasanai performed by Supernova (aka Choshinsei) a really lovely romance ballad song, who I find just perfect for this drama ^^
Another cool thing about this drama series is that as the episodes only last 2o minutes, a live segment runs afterwards with a host and a guest, who either answer to questions send in by the viewers or do polls to find out what people think of miscellaneous stuff about the drama. I think that’s a really good idea and fits well with our time, where nearly the most important thing is to get your thoughts and opinions heard as often and much as possible xD (Haha). So that’s also fun to watch ^o^ Supernova were also guests in one of the episodes and made a live performance of the theme song ;) That was quite hilarious to hear their thoughts on the shows and the comments. I hope that maybe Jingi or Yuiko will get to be the guests of the show too in one of the episodes to come ^-^
I find Haru’s and Koto’s relationship really adorable, as Haru really shouldn’t have anything to do with Koto as her senpai and a stranger too, but nonetheless he choose to help her. That’s just so sweet x3 And then there’s also the age difference :O It’s kinda rare to watch a drama where the lead character falls for a person that’s younger than himself. Isn’t it? Or is it just me who haven’t watched enough dramas? ^^; (Haha, I feel like I’ve watched quite many though…) And because this is a romance drama, of course that includes a triangle: Hiiragi Haru > Harukawa Koto < Motoi Takaya.
I really dislike that guy Motoi from Koto’s class. He really doesn’t seem to care for Koto’s feelings at all. He’s never there to help her when she’s in trouble, but always come afterwards, when it’s too late. And then he just says things like: “You shouldn’t let them bother you”. Well, bro, it’s a little bit hard to do, when they trash her shoes in the trash bin, scribble over her books with death threats and pour both milk and paint on her clothes – jeez, that’s really something you just ignore! – Moron c_c And then he also goes spreading evil rumors about Haru, to make Koto dislike him (,,#ﾟДﾟ)ﾉ Shame on you Motoi! xD Haru is much more a man than you are! （＾▽＾） (Okay I’ll stop my ditching now xD lol).
Apart from Kingyo Club, I’m also watching Ouran High School Host Club and IS ~Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei~ ^^Ouran is really crazy and funny, while IS is a very moving and quite thought-provoking. (If you want to read more about IS, my sister made a blog post about that drama) All three dramas are really good in their own way. Ouran I watch to laugh, Kingyo Club I watch to kya~ and IS I watch to think over life (^_~) It’s great with some variation ;P I like Kingyo Club so much I’m going to make a music video about Haru and Koto’s relationship. Will be posting it on my blog as soon as it’s ready, so look forward to that! ^o~ Well, that’s all for now, see you soon ^-^
Isn’t Kariya Yuiko just the cutest little thing you have seen for a long time? x3
She’s incredibly adorable ♥♥♥