[kimi wa petto]

8 05 2008

hey! this is my first post about jdorama (japanese dramas) and I have chosen this series because even if it’s genuinely japanese – who else would entitle a series “you are my pet” – it is more than just the typical boy-girl love story.

iwaya sumire [koyuki] is a professionally successful woman, intelligent, beautiful and tall. yet all her virtues, far from being a source of joy to her, have just managed to ruin her life: her co-workers either envy her viciously or are afraid of her, her last boyfriend cheated on her and left her because he felt inferior by her side and she has just been transferred from the elite international issues department of her newspaper, to mediocre social issues dept. moreover, she is unable to express her feelings and is constantly referred to as a [noh character] and a [kokeshi] – a porcelain inexpressive japanese doll.

one day after work she bumps into a big cardboard box in front of her house. inside the box there’s an unconscious young man [matsumoto jun], apparently badly beaten. in her eyes he looks just like a stray puppy, so she takes him in and tends to his wounds – I guess this is the lamest point of the story. the following day, she arrives home to find this stranger still roaming in her apartment. she tries to kick him out now that he feels fine, but he refuses stubbornly claiming he has nowhere to go. half joking she makes him an odd proposition: he can stay as her pet, but he would have no human rights. much to her surprise, the young man accepts.

here starts a weird and endearing story between two people who need each other desperately and don’t realise it. as sumire begins to gradually change the course of her stiff life and, you discover little by little who her new companion really is when he is not her pet [momo].

I think I liked this series from the start because of iwaya-san. she is the prototype of strong independent woman who’s really proud of beong so, even if she sometimes regrets not being able to play dumb and cute like so many girls around her. I think the series portrays in a way the impact of the incorporation of women into an only men’s territory such as the japanese business world. in the end you realise that even those women you thought petty and lame are only taking the role that allows them best to survive in that men’s world and achieve their own objectives. of course watching [matsu jun] practising “submission pose” had somehow got me biased… it is probably the cutest part matsumoto jun has ever played on TV, that of a puppy. all in all both actors are fantastic in their respective roles – the best moments when she washes him in the bathtub ;P.

you can find all the technical details in dramawiki. I downloaded the 10 episodes subbed by [yume no fansub] in spanish, you can find them in [torrentz]. I ignore if there is an english version though.

hope you like it!!!!

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3 06 2008
Kat XDDD

I want my Own MOMO!!!!!

He is just so cute and sweet, XDD!!!! I have to finish it… Only two more episodes to go, >_<!!!!

“Momo Love” (I want to taste the omellette and rice thing…)

20 12 2011
The Chocolate Priestes

I was looking for the live action series for some time after enjoying the manga and I very recently found it and have been able to watch it. I actually love the tv show more. It would be very cool if they did a follow up series showing us how their relationship develops years later.

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