Episode: Episode 4/10 of completed JDrama series adapted from a Josei manga series (English sub version)
Other Names: Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai
Online: Wikipedia (Re: Manga), MyDramaList, AsianWiki, IMDB, KissAsian, DramaCool
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life, Drama
I decided to get in one last show before I turn in for the evening.
In lieu of Daichi Mogami (Shohei Muira) asking if she minds dating with the view of marriage, Michiko Shibata (Kyoko Fukada) considers what it means to date given that she has limited experience in the matter. She becomes a little concerned because of Ayumu Kurosawa (Dean Fujioka) suggesting that Mogami might be a marriage swindler but her general good nature leads our female lead to cast aside most of her own self-doubt. We also learn that Haruko, the woman that Kurosawa is in love with is the widow of his older brother. After Shibata confirms to Mogami that she is willing to do the whole courtship ahead of marriage thing, he sees her eating with Kurosawa, the other employees, and two customers after hours, we see some foreshadowing of things to come.
This episode kept with the same feel as the rest of the series so far but deviated from the source material somewhat. In the manga, Kurosawa’s brother is very much alive and has been engaged to Haruko for an extended period of time. We get to learn a bit about the two brothers in the manga, including the various sacrifices that Hajime made for Ayumu in lieu of his little brother wanting nothing to do with the family business. We also get to see some closure for Ayumu when he finally confesses. The manga did a lot to tie these things together in a meaningfully way and I am beginning to wonder how the death of the older Kurosawa brother will impact the overall storyline. I suppose that I will have to continue to watch the series to find out. 😀