What could possibly be better than a hilarious JDrama with Ikuta Toma and Oguri Shun starring on it, and a couple of other good-looking guys? Absolutely nothing.
Hana Kimi is about a girl named Ashiya, who wishes to place a smile back on a high-jump record holder who goes by the name of Sano (played by Oguri Shun). After an incident with thugs, Sano had quit high-jumping, and Ashiya feels responsible for what happened.
The catch? Sano studies at an all-boys high school in Osaka. Determined to achieve her mission, Ashiya cuts her hair short, leaves her family in the US and goes to Osaka posing as another male student, hopeful that she can rekindle Sano's desire to do the high-jump, and return him his happiness.
With a high school whose only requirement for those applying is to be good-looking, a flurry of competitions against the three dorms of the school, and the stubborn loner ex-high-jumper, what has a girl like Ashiya gotten herself into?
This is exactly the kind of Jdrama that could act as Ikuta Toma's springboard to popularity, as he plays Nakatsu, a hilarious student from Dorm 2 who finds himself falling for Ashiya in some weird way and despising himself for it. Ikuta Toma is both hilarious and endearing in this show, as he has some rather touching scenes in the show. Oguri Shun's performance was as perfect as ever. As the versatile chameleon he is, he is able to act as the serious loner, with a heavy burden on his shoulders, but can also play scenes as the kissing drunken fool, who had one too many Nara pickles. Ashiya, played by Horikita Maki, is a good choice for the role, as she can pass as a boy, without losing her feminine identity.
The other characters in the show are not to be forgotten, as their contribution to the drama is essential. They provide more color to the show, from the boy with the third eye, the playboy, the drama king, the overly zealous Taekwondo leader, the questionable nurse... the list goes on. This show must be on your playlist.
I'll be having episode synopses in the later posts :)