5-ji kara 9-ji made | From Five To Nine MidWay Review (aka I can’t Make me Love you)
(you can’t make me either.)
I’m gonna be honest- The first two episodes were all over the place, and by all over the place I mean things were happening too fast, they didn’t make sense, motives were rather silly, it was generally a chaos. I am glad though that I sticked around and didn’t drop it; I can safely say that now we’re in midway, 5-ji kara 9-ji turned around the hot mess that it was in the beginning.
Okay, I can sum up the first two episodes with these two pictures: Thank God, it picked up from there lol
Yamapi plays Hoshikawa Takane, a sensible monk that falls in love at first sight with an English teacher, Sakuraba Junko. Doesn’t sound bad, right? Well, he is one of the most pressuring male leads you will encounter in the space of two episodes! He basically “kidnaps” her at one point because he can’t stay away from her, oh dear. To his credit though, in the later episodes he does listen to her, trying to understand her, supporting her and waiting for her. We find out that he has grown out in a strict environment where “friends gathering”is a rare feat and slowly his stoic expression (borderline dead stare!) and his ways start to change.
Junko is an English teacher that dreams of going to New York and strives to achieve that. She’s nothing extraordinary but Satomi’s charm and expressions “color” her in a positive light, and can’t help but “suffer” with her, going through the ordeals she has to, in the first hellish week she spends on the temple! (yes, she agrees to spend a week doing chores in the temple so she can “prove” /she doesn’t want that really obviously/ that she is worthy to marry Takane.)
This is the part where Emi Takei should come right? (I still need to do a review on that one!)
She is obviously annoyed at Takane’s borderline stalkish attitude at first, but she slowly starts to appreciate him- that is when he properly shows his feelings, instead of ambushing her every second!
Other characters include Takane’s unrelenting grandma, Momoe a hardcore BL fan and Junko’s best friend, Arthur a cool teacher that tries to pursue Momoe (I ship it btw! I mean he went to a yaoi contest with her for pete’s sake, doesn’t that scream love!?) , Junko’s college friend Satoshi who has a crush on her, and Makoto the president of the English Lessons Center that also harbors feelings for her.
Oh, and of course Junko’s crazy family who are absolutely hilarious (they kept me watching the hard times of the first episodes!) and their lovely “noise pollution” (Junko’s gag reel line “I can hear you from outside!) they make on the house.
The end of episode 5 was unexpected but in a way…expected given how the circumstances were set so I’m looking forward to the outcome!
Cold showers aside, onwards to episode 6!
(and yes, my “onwards” mean I will cover the series I’m referring them to, be it recap/reviews, in case anyone wonders why I put them in specific entries of mine..nobody wonders, that’s alright! Onwards to episode 6 x2 then!)
p.s the real stealer of the show!