The drama is also known as Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai.
30-years-old Michio keeps looking for a job after her previous employer went bankrupt, but she is unable to find work. She still supports her younger boyfriend and her savings is almost gone. Then, Michio meets her scary ex-boss Ayumu, who now runs a tearoom handed down by his grandmother. Michio decides to work there part-time, but she gets into various troubles everyday. Ayumu helps Michio, which allows her to see a different side of him that she never noticed before.
Excerpted from: MyDramalist
Words from Me:
This drama brought me so much nostalgia because it simply reminded me of “Hotaru no Hikari”. The words “Shunin” is like an echo of “Bucho” for me. That’s totally my parallel reference for Hotaru no Hikari’s male lead. Aside that this drama is also a manga adaptation by the author Aya Nakahara’s.
When I started watching this, I simply had to put aside everything else out of my way (including sleep!) just to finish this drama. Aside that, I also decided to edit the subs for better quality version and timing for my mom and cousins whom I’m going to share this drama with. I did it all for the sake of sharing the love of this cute dorama.
Truth be told, the drama was full of cliché and since it was basically adapted from a manga… well… for the shoujou manga fans, you know how romance can get out of hand in comic books. For those who don’t have any idea, try reading the manga to understand. However, what sets this drama aside from all the other cliched ones: it was light, easy to watch and heartwarming. It reminded me on why I got addicted to watching JDramas in the first place. I enjoyed them for the short series episodes, simple story line and its uncomplicated humor. It’s a mix of all the elements I was looking for a Rom-Com. No politics or heavy conflicts mixed into the drama which really worked well for me.
This is also the first drama I have seen Fujioki Dean act in and I was smitten with the way he spoke in English and Mandarin. I don’t know how his accent for Chinese was, but for his English it was perfect. Undoubtingly, he would have been like that because he did grow up and study in US. But that aside, I love how charismatic he was as “Shunin”, he was exuding the aura of an irritable middle aged guy but has a heart of a lost puppy (just saying). On the other hand, Fukada Kyoko is another story. I’ve seen her in the drama “Last Friends” a Japanese-Korean drama collaboration which also starred Won Bin. She looked so different from that drama in comparison to this one because she looks younger! Very unbelievable, but thanks to advanced cosmetic technology, it was very much possible. Now she looked a bit like Miyazaki Aoi though, it’s a bit disturbing. Other than that that, her acting has improved as well, so it’s quite cool that she also improved so much.
The OST for this drama was done by Aiko and oh how much I’ve missed her voice. As always, she never disappoints, her cute voice suddenly popping out in those sweet or crucial moments leaves an aftertaste of feels. Over all this drama is a fun watch, it won’t leave you heated up or annoyed. Recommending this to all those Jdrama fans who loves to watch Romantic Comedies with lots of fluff.