SP Renai Aru Aru (2015) [review]


This is a drama special that features 3 women in different love stories.

STORY 1

Kuroki Meisa’s character, Kiyomi, vowed never to fall in love within the company after having suffered a traumatic high school drama. Her senior had asked her out and she came under attack by another student who warned her not to go beyond herself.

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Her first kabe-don was from that very jealous classmate.

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One day, a new male worker arrived and they spent a lot of time together drinking and chatting. Not long after that, they evolved to being couples. However, that didn’t last long when she witnessed him flirting with other female co-workers. She became helplessly jealous and got into a fight with the boyfriend. When a new project came in, she was selected as Chief instead of her boyfriend. A few days later, he proposed to her and asked her to drop the project if she’s not feeling confident.

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What a lousy bastard using such a lowly act to coerce her to decline being Chief.

Of course, Kiyomi is not faltered and determined to accept the post. After that, she asked her ex-boyfriend to assist her in the project.

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I would have much preferred she NOT ask for his help but I guess forgiving others is a more benevolent act than taking revenge? Or at least, that’s how this story ends. As for Kuroki Meisa, it’s pretty rare to see her in a romance story. From what I recall, she often have that cool, strong and fighter type of image and while she ‘sorta’ excels in those department, she still has a long way to go in rom-com and other genre. I’d say her performance in this was in the acceptable range but I can’t help but wonder if another actress took this role, it might have been better.

STORY 2

Am I watching Mother Game 2.0?

Sorry, any single mother now reminds me of Mother Game’s lead character xD Anyways, Nozomi Sasaki plays a single mother role who has a 5-year old kid. I’m secretly convinced she took some notes from Fumino Kimura in MG as her character is similar to Kiko Kamahara, maybe even more exaggerated, which at times doesn’t feel as natural as Fumino’s Kiko.

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Back on topic, she got fired from a job at the supermarket for catching a customer doing something illegal and got into a fight with her, which caused a commotion. She ended up being fired. She found a new job rather quickly at a dentist who was looking for pretty nurses, what the hell right?

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There, she met a customer who is rich, about her age and interested in her.

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No matter how you look at Sasaki, she doesn’t have the ‘mother’ face on her. Despite being 27 years old, she looks like 17 year old and could’ve passed easily as a high school student. Hence, I can’t be convinced to see her as a single mother here. It’s leaps and bounds different from Fumino Kimura’s portrayal of Kiko Kamahara. I keep going back to MG because of the single mother topic. I’m wondering if these screenwriters are out of stories and think churning out ‘pitiful single mothers’ plots would attract viewers. Well, Fumino’s performance was impressive so it’d need a lot of effort to outdo her. That said, I’d say Sasaki’s only redeeming factor in this is her youthful pretty face. She’s nice to look at but acting-wise, leaves much to be desired.

STORY 3

Mari (Toda Erika) was staying together with her boyfriend, so about half the story went to how excited they were to begin their life together under a roof, picking an apartment, doing all the lovey dovey stuffs a couple would.

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It wasn’t long before things get to be more complicated. She got more and more irritated by her bf’s habits, for example not shutting the fridge door properly or use the toilet cleanly.

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Been a while since I last saw Toda Erika on screen. Out of the 3 stories, I like hers the best. It also goes without saying that her acting skills are better than the other two and it shows. The contrast between her happy, sad and frustrated moments were clearly distinguished as well as seemed more natural or relatable.

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