Koinaka ~ episodes 1 and 2 ~ first impression
If you have noticed, I’ve been taking on the Japanese dramas and Kwon is doing his work with the korean ones. This is not a coincidence. You know that rom-com is my style and this summer’s Korean dramas of this gender was a bit disappointing, that’s why I focused more on the Japanese ones, since I had left them on the side, for some time now.
“Koinaka” is exactly what you call a rom com. It is the summers story of Aoi Miura. An architecture, who works as an interne at a small architecture office in Tokyo. The appearance of his school friends Shota Aoi (yes they have the same name its not a mistake) and Kouhei Kanazawa, reminds him of the school days away from Tokyo at their small town. He remembers his best friend and first love Akari Serizawa, who he last saw seven years ago at the fireworks festival. She too appears in from of him, like his friends. Can we call it a reunion? Aoi Miura’s first love is still sad for him, it stayed unrequited, but how are things now after seven years?
The first episode includes more scenes from the main lead’s past at school. Showing us how he was best friends with Akari and Kouhei, then Aoi Shota transferred from Tokyo to their school and they all became friends. The flashbacks stop when one day, because of her father’s financial problems, Akari disappears and Aoi never sees her again.
The love triangle
A rom com has always it’s typical love triangle. I’ve noticed, that as in the kdramas we have the evil girls trying to ruin relationships, in jdramas I mostly run into evil guys doing the same thing, the girls are cooler (of course there are exceptions).
Aoi Miura, Akari Serizawa, Shota Aoi make one nice love triangle. Aoi Shota during school days seemed to be rooting for Miura and Serizawa, but after realizing he loves Akari, he acts like a bitch and doesn’t play fair, I will be talking about that later. The results of his bitchy and sneaky nature is that he and Akari at the present they are in a relationship. It seemed like he and Akari met after a year she disappeared and they became close. They are both in Tokyo now having a serious relationship.
But Aoi Shota (allow me to call them the evil Aoi and the good Aoi (the main lead) so that their wont be confusions). Not only betrayed his friend, for some reason he appears in front of him after seven years, to show of how he and Akari are together. In his place I would be more careful. Why did he have to do that? Doesn’t he know that the bond between good Aoi and Akari is strong? It’s like he is playing with fire.
He probably has the inferiority syndrome. But not only he is a little bitch, he makes weird suggestions too
was his plan the whole time, to seduce good Aoi into their love relationship? just kidding ( I’m sorry I tried to have a more light perspective in this post).
Anyway let me now explain to you, what I like to call the reasons the drama exists.It usually happens with rom com dramas, that we could have had the solution of the drama right from the first episodes. But of course a drama is a drama and some things have to happen in order for it to exist. If I guess correctly in the last episode we are gonna have a good Aoi and Akari happily ever after. Something we could have from the first episode since Akari showed her love for good Aoi by kissing him in the firework festival.
1 Aoi didn’t notice how sad she was about her father’s money problems, he didn’t run after her to ask for an explanation, he just let her go and disappear the day after.
2 The stolen “ONE PIECE” volume and the note inside it. The evil Aoi, that is why I’m calling him evil, stole the volume Akari had left under good Aoi’s desk with a note, for them to meet next year at the fireworks. Evil Aoi must have showed up in good Aoi’s place and that turned into a relationship. I was really frustrated over that, I’m really annoyed when these things happen in a drama, they are unnecessary and typical and they make a story out of obvious things. Turns out in the teaser, Akari is gonna find out about it in the next episode, so maybe we are saved from the soap opera.
3 The misunderstanding. Why the main leads never talk to each other, explaining things and they always end up having a mess of relationship? That’s the charm of the dramas, but a few times I’ve seen couples in dramas talking their problems out ( Healer, School 2015 ) and not holding back feeling and thoughts that create a different reality. Good Aoi is definitely the misunderstanding type but Akari never bothered to explain either, so I blame them both.
That is the three things, that if they had avoided, the ending could have come from the beginning. But I’m waiting for the writers to surprise me and make me regret my words.
The reunion. Seems like the drama is gonna take place in a whole summer that Kouhei wants to spend with his friends before taking over his father’s work. He is the one who brings good Aoi and Aikari back together and after many awkward scenes, they find their way back to their friendship. I know this feeling that you might have not seen a friend for a long time but after you talk, you feel like a day haven’t passed and you are so nostalgic about the past.
The ex girlfriend. Good Aoi didn’t stay single the seven years. He dated too. His ex girlfriend realises what is going on between him and Akari, but for the time being she seems cool,even suggests him to walk Akari home.Somtimes I tend to ship the econd female leads more than the main leads, because they confess their feelings and don’t play games, I prefer characters like that, that are sure for what they want and don’t pretend to be innocent. Aoi’s ex girlfriend knows she made a mistake for breaking up with him and she admits it.
Until now it might have sounded that the drama is full of cliches. It has some typical themes but it flows well and has some really funny scenes, like Aoi falling in the swimming competition and Kouhei wanting to jump from the bridge because he got rejected, but in the end is saved by the “strawberries panties”.
From the actors, I’ve only seen Fukushi Sota’s works, he was one of the reason I started this drama. He fits Aoi well, although he has more of a bad boy image, him being dorky and innocent is cute. Tsubasa Honda portrays tom boy Akari decently, I noticed she has a nice body figure, I’m out of topic, but I always admire girls with nice legs. I want to hit Shuhei Nomura as Aoi Miura, that means he is doing a good job. Taiga is more of the comedy side of the drama playing the trouble maker Kouhei Kanazawa.
II have to watch more episodes to decide about “Koinaka”, but for now it seems like a sweet love story to pass your time.
Did you watch it?