DRAMA CLUB: Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo Episode 4 (1/4)
With these questions in mind, we begin episode 4 or, as I like to call it, “Irie Naoki vs. the Charm… and Fate.” The plotline is mainly about our leading man’s college testing woes. Naoki declares he doesn’t want to go to college, and so fate (Aihara) steps in to give him a little bit of a push. Only the good luck charm she pins to his bag is apparently a bad luck ‘death power’ charm. Round 1: Naoki wakes up with a cold, and instinctively takes Aihara’s drowsiness-inducing medication. Round 2: The charm gets stuck in the elevator, and he is almost late to testing. Round 3: The charm drops to the floor, and upon retrieving it, Naoki falls down the stairs. Round 4: He is late to testing, starts to get sleepy, and all of his pencils are broken.
To be honest, I think this episode was a tiny bit lacking in shape and flow. With all the focus placed on Naoki’s adventures with the charm, and the ‘will he or won’t he pass the exams’ emphasis, the rest of the characters lost out. I missed having more scenes with the Irie Family, and there was almost nothing involving Kotoko’s trio of male followers (aka the Marx Brothers). Instead, it’s all about Naoki. The camera follows very slowly on Naoki’s every movement, and the guy already moves like a sloth – albeit a pretty sloth – but even the elevator scene was excruciatingly slow. We all knew something would happen to the charm, and as reassuring as it is to see Naoki so desperate to retrieve Aihara’s handmade gift, did nobody think of using scissors? A knife? Anything? Scenes I would’ve enjoyed seeing had they been shot: Naoki’s being lectured by the station master for supposedly playing around with the elevator, or an infirmary scene being treated for his busted leg and cheek. I just know his reactions would’ve been hilarious, but instead we just get a glimpse of his broken pencil set. Mischievous Kiss directors, you missed out. Next time, less pencils please, and more face time.
At least Aihara gets some time to be cute, as she so expertly stalks Naoki on the way to Tokyo University. Maybe in future she should get some tips from her friends? According to Dramaland rules, seems to me like all you need is a leaf, some bushes, and a funny hat. Props to her for attempting to make a chocolate Valentine’s heart, though I held out no hope it would taste good. How does even her melted chocolate taste so bad? I bet she burnt it in the pot… I shouldn’t laugh. I’ve done the same thing. By the way, can I just ignore the ending fiasco with having appendicitis (and not needing surgery) and then Aihara running away from home? It ruins my concentration to think about it. Where on earth does she think she’s going to live? Doesn’t her dad still live at home? Is she just going to wander the streets until she finds a cardboard box to live in, or until Irie-kun comes to rescue her? Was he really out just walking? Answer me this if you can. Rosie
- Read more from the Mischievous Kiss Drama Club:
- Episode 14 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
- Episode 13 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
- Episode 12 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ]
- Episode 11 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
- Episode 10 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
- Episode 9 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
- Episode 8 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
- Episode 7 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
- Episode 6 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
- Episode 5 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
- Episode 4 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]