I continued my trip back into jdramaland with Innocent Love
, starring Horikita Maki and Kitagawa Yujin. I started and enjoyed it years back but got sidetracked. Now I am back, on episode 6, and this thing is so addictive, it's insane. Can you say no to that:
IL makes no bones about being a melodrama. In fact, if Japan had makjang as a genre, it would steadily fall into that category (only, being a jdrama, it's somehow understated about all the makjang). IL follows Kanon (Maki) and Junya (KY)- two kind souls horribly treated by the world. When Kanon was still a girl, her parents died in a fire, a fire for which her older brother was convicted. Now she's pretty much a social outcast with no job prospects, self-worth or future. Junya is a young pianist who's unfailingly kind and gentle but who hides a metric ton of damage underneath that exterior - his parents died when he was a child but he didn't give up on the world. He poured all his love and hopes into his fiancee, a fiancee who had a tragic accident the day of their wedding, and is now in a coma inside his house, while he cares for her. Since she's neither dead nor alive, he cannot move on. Until a haunted young cleaner comes into his life. Yeah, this OTP is fucked up.
Throw in major secrets - Kanon was molested by her parents, hence her brother's crime, Junya's fiancee is in a coma because she tried to kill herself as she didn't want to marry him and is actually a bitch etc
, evil secondary girls, and more angst than you can think of, and in the center of it, the most darling, loveable, sweet OTP you can imagine, and you have IL. ( Sample scene - Kanon tries to talk Junya out of a suicide attempt by using her love to tell him this love is what his fiancee would feel. Did I mention fiancee is dying as Junya and Kanon got closer? Her evil can sense others' happiness through coma, apparently, and loves to cock-block )
Have a very spoilery MV:
Oh, and Kitagawa Yujin is part of the folk duo, Yuzu, and I love love love their music. Have a song of theirs...