Review : “To The Beautiful You” Episode 1

I finally got around to reviewing the first episode ( I’ll be watching the second one ASAP )…

This episode looks like it’s starting out great, it lived up to my expectations, and even higher. At this point, I won’t go about comparing to the Japanese one except when I just have to and just appreciate that 1 hour of watching it. The beginning was interesting and the ending definitely kept you hooked ( um, it’s obviously gonna stop where the doc asks why there’s a girl at a boys’ school ). Before I even digress to the ending, the beginning was simply hilarious. It was cool incorporating how “Sano” ( I WON’T BOTHER WITH THE KOREAN NAMES unless necessary ) had filming and stuff but we aren’t far from meeting the 95% possible future, whiny, b*tchy lead antagonist at that point.

One thing I have learned from Korean drama is that there’s always two guys and two girls ( in most 99% cases ) and two guys fall for lead girl and lead antagonist girl is evil and tries to get the lead guy through any unbelievable, horrid method. Period. Japanese  ( and Taiwanese *hint, hint* ) drama are different in the sense that they focus in many different aspects and not just the leads but on other cast character development. Either way, I’m hoping this will go smoothly and little miss won’t be too troublesome.

Back to “Mizuki”. Plain hilarious, I tell you. Even though the entire cast don’t seem to fit that atmosphere of “Hana Kimi” and “three united dorms” (yet), I find it endearing already. The way she slid down the stairs on the suitcase just cracked me. I’m glad that there was a lot of humour and “Nakatsu” is cute ( totally ) but I just can’t find that boyish, playful aura in him. OH GOD HOW I PRAY there won’t be any hard feelings between him and “Sano” in the future TT^TT *Kneels down and prays*

Now that really caught my attention. I wouldn’t have so much as the courage to say “Um”. So far, so good.

We all knew it was coming, but…This was just too hilarious to ignore. A random person suddenly answers your question meant for the dog and crawls out of the kennel. I mean, who does that ( “Mizuki” )?!

I actually didn’t want to highlight anyone but those two guys smack in the middle. I really snorted with laughter when I noticed them. When I think about the beginning where “Mizuki” reaches the school, I find the Hana Kimi one more eye-catching because the Hibari 4 are introduced, in a very non-annoying future girls way. But those 3 girls are quite interesting specimens as well.

But the dorm heads…THEY JUST DON’T CATCH MY ATTENTION. THEY DON’T EVEN LOOK UNIQUE, IN THE LEAST. GOD. THE DOCTOR!!! WAAAH. Tennouji, Nanba and Masao will forever be the best dorm heads I have ever seen. They look amazingly unique and they’re individually hilarious and endearing in their own way. Nanba-senpai and Kayashima were also introduced in the first episode of Hana Kimi, which spiced up the show so I was wondering when/whether they would show up in this episode. But Kayashima didn’t :3 I miss that lovable Ghost Boy. Umeda-sensei, too, will be the best doctor in the history of all versions of Hana Kimi. His uniquely blue eyes and tan ( IT LOOKS TANNED OKAY?! ) make him look hot and he has that aura of a seriously captivating character. Hope to see more of his gay side in the drama soon. WILL DO in SPICING things up a NOTCH.



*Sob* Umeda-sensei TT^TT DAISUKI DA YO

Overall, the episode builds up tension at the end and I’m genuinely interested in seeing the rest of the drama. I’m so happy there’s a lot of humour and not much angst in this episode ( GOD THERE SHOULDN’T BE ANGST ) so I’ll be reviewing the next episode soon. Ja, matta ne!

Rating : 8.5 / 10