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ボク、運命の人です。(Boku, Unmei no Hito Desu Ep.1-3)

Boku Unmei no Hito desu is the highly anticipated reunion of two popular Johnnys, Kamenashi Kazuya and Yamashita Tomohisa. The drama also stars Kimura Fumino and Nanao. I’ve already written this article, Kamenashi Kazuya and Yamashita Tomohisa’s Tandem Is Back for a New Song and Drama!, where I introduced the drama’s main plot as well as its theme song.

While I am happy that I get to reminisce about Nobuta wo Produce, I feel like Boku Unmei no Hito desu is still quite tonally flat for a romcom for now. I am not buying the whole romance yet. At first, Masaki Makoto barely noticed Kogetsu Haruko. When the mysterious man who claims to be “God” appears and shows him a picture of her, it’s only then that he realizes that she’s totally his type. And after a few more photographs that prove their previous coincidental encounters, he’s just suddenly convinced that they are destined for each other after all. The foundation of the relationship that Masaki is trying to establish is quite questionable since it seems like, “Oh hey we’ve played together at the beach when we were kids. Now, will you marry me?” kind of fast.

Luckily, the show gives us a natural and realistic reaction from the female lead. Unlike stereotypical shoujo heroines who abruptly fall in love with the cute guy who confesses to them, Haruko also thinks that Masaki’s straightforward declaration of “I’m Your Destiny.” is stalker-like. It seems that her past failed relationships damaged her emotionally and now she is hesitant to get romantically attached to someone again. This reluctance is the driving force of the story. It gives her the time not only to recall her memories with Masaki but to get to know the kind of person that he has become now.

Back when I first watched Nobuta wo Produce, I wondered why Kame was the lead when his androgynous features will be great for second lead while Yamapi’s manly face is actually more suited for the main character. Over time, I begin to understand that even though he has those perfectly arched brows that make him look feminine, Kame has a way of delivering even the cheesiest lines and make me believe it. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge’s live-action is a tad cringe-worthy but Kame’s confession scene there is one of the most memorable Jdorama moments for me. In Boku Unmei no Hito desu, the phone call they had while Haruko was standing in a field full of yellow flowers with Debussy’s Clair de Lune playing in the background as they both looked up to the sky was a turning point for their relationship.

It was a well-made and moving scene. So yeah Kame once again shows that he is certainly a leading man material. He’s nailing the whole romantic aspect of this genre so I hope Yamapi will cover the comedy department just as well.

Despite his infamous dead fish eyes, Yamapi made Nobuta wo Produce’s Kusano Akira quite an iconic character. However, I’m yet to be impressed with the way he portrays the eccentric God. His acting has improved but there are still moments when I feel like a scene is too cued and scripted. I hope he can do it more naturally. The character also doesn’t do much except appear and disappear like a ghost in Masaki’s apartment. It’s Kame’s reactions that make his appearances funny. Moreover, Kame’s last project was with Narimiya Hiroki who has really great comic timing so it’s hard not to compare the dynamics between these two bromances.

I’ve only watched three episodes so far, hence the lackluster feels, but I think the show is cute and entertaining. Boku Unmei no Hito desu is worth checking out especially if you’re a fan of Kame and Yamapi. Fumino Kimura and Nanao also delivers a cute friendship which is more enjoyable if you’ve seen their previous characters in Siren.


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