I was told that this drama is cute, but honestly, I really didn’t get why my Jdrama-watching friends were eagerly recommending this show to me.
I mean, yeah, I could tell from the title that this show was going to be about some kind of contract marriage, and I figured there’d be associated hijinks.. blah blah blah.
I was pretty sure it wouldn’t be anything too different from all the other contract relationship shows I’d seen before. (Heh. Can you tell that this happened in the thick of my drama rut?)
But y’know, it wasn’t until I finally got around to watching episode 1 that I finally saw the light.
Somehow, this show manages to be cute & quirky, and down-to-earth yet whimsical – and even thoughtful, all at the same time. Just, how remarkable is that? I was instantly smitten. So THIS was why my friends were so enthusiastic about recommending this show!
The very minute I was done watching episode 1, I was all, “Ahh! Cute~! And, sobs. Why are there only 11 episodes of this cuteness?? WHYYY??”
STUFF I LOVED
First of all, I must say that I found the actual premise a nice twist from the usual contract marriage shows I’ve seen.
I mean, a contract marriage involving an actual employer-employee relationship, where the employee receives a salary? That in itself was already refreshingly different, I thought.
But there’s more, you guys. There’s more stuff that came together to make this show as delightful as it is.
I’m possibly taking a risk in deconstructing what I enjoyed about this show.. like maybe it might somehow ruin the magic? But here it is anyway – a quickish rundown of the stuff that I liked best in this charming little show.
1. The quirky OTP
A big part of why this show worked so well for me, is in the perfect casting of our two leads. Aragaki Yui as Mikuri is adorable without being cutesy, and Hoshino Gen is wonderfully square and stoic as Hiramasa.
I love how earnest Mikuri is, and how simple her deepest wish is – that someone would choose her. Her desire to feel needed is a universal one that I feel just about anyone would be able to identify with.
That she takes that desire, and applies herself earnestly and cheerfully to whatever situation she finds herself in, makes her very appealing. I liked her a whole lot, right away.
While I typically prefer my male leads handsome and dashing, there’s something that I find very endearing about Hiramasa. He’s so serious, stoic and socially awkward, and is a perfect foil for our earnest female lead.
The way he allows himself to enjoy the little touches of help and warmth that Mikuri peppers his home and his life with, has a pleased-bashful little boy flavor about it that I like a lot.
Together, these two are awkward, yet so earnest and sincere. It’s adorable to watch them bumble through things, in their logical, analytical, quirky manner, while their feelings get pulled in along the way.
2. The attention to slice-of-life everyday emotion and detail
As you guys know, my drama diet has consisted of mainly Korean dramas until fairly recently.
The thing with the rom-coms that I’ve seen, is that they seem to be coming out with increasingly high-concept premises.
From murder and crime to time travel and supernatural other-worlds, it feels like a simple, down-to-earth relatable rom-com is a rare thing these days. This show, however, manages to bring out the cuteness in the ordinary, in deft, expert fashion.
The events that occur in this show generally aren’t the big kind; everything is kind of slice-of-life and everyday, and yet, I feel like I’m following the characters as they experience life and make realizations, and as they make mistakes – &/or make progress.
I love too, that we get insights into both leads’ emotions as they navigate their contract marriage.
Here are a handful of instances, where I really enjoyed the small moments brought to the forefront.
E3. The crossed signals between Hiramasa and Mikuri is quite amusing: He’s getting his emotions all up in a twist after becoming hyper-aware of her presence, and she thinks that he finds her a nuisance. Aw.
I also do find it cute that after angsting over his feelings for a while, Miramasa basically decides that he would like to try enjoying their fake relationship, and try to become her real boyfriend. Aw.
He’s so awkward and earnest, he reminds me of Pinocchio wanting to be a real boy.
E5. The sweet moments are so heartfelt. I love it when Mikuri hugs him and tells him that she’s on his side, and he just soaks it all in, with a tinge of wonder amid his bashful awkwardness.
E7. Seeing Mikuri collapse into a happy heap after Hiramasa leaves the house is very cute, but it’s even cuter when it’s Hiramasa collapsing into a happy heap on the other side of the door, thinking that he’s about to burst, she’s that cute.
E9. The gradual ease with which Miramasa and Mikuri fall into their hugs, is something I find very sweet to witness.
E10. Sometimes this show is painfully unflinching when it comes to portraying the awkwardness of Miramasa’s journey towards progress.
His anxiety around potential sexytimes, his performance anxiety, and his urge to literally run away from the situation was all a little painful to watch, but it was equally rewarding to witness him making the decision not to run away.
His newly sunny disposition as his relationship with Mikuri progresses, is also very sweet.
3. Brisk and unexpected plot movements
Part of what makes this show feel so refreshing to watch, is the unexpected ways in which the plot unfolds. More than a couple of times, I found myself catching my breath in surprise, because I had not expected what was going on, on my screen.
A great example of this is in episode 4, when we see Hiramasa working himself up into a tizzy over how Mikuri is surely about to ask for a break in their contract – only to have that moment promptly turned on its head because what Mikuri is really asking, is for him to be her boyfriend.
Ha. That deft switcheroo is just classic, and worked as a perfect cliffhanger for the episode too.
4. The thoughtful touches
One of the things that really lifts this drama head and shoulders above the average rom-coms that I’ve seen, is its thoughtful treatment of the details.
I love the up-close-and-personal glimpses we get into both Hiramasa and Mikuri.
On the amusing side of things, we get the misunderstandings – Hiramasa withdrawing because of his jealousy and feelings of inadequacy, and Mikuri seeing that as distrust, being official and distant, and to some extent, rejection as well.
The little angsty moments in these areas are amusing.
But then we also get the deeper angst, where they each feel a fundamental measure of self-loathing and lack of self-worth. That feels raw and deep, and during their voice-overs, as the camera pans on each of them, I feel like I’m gazing upon open wounds. So heart-tugging.
In episode 6, there is a scene where Mikuri and Hiramasa are on the train, going home from their little arranged honeymoon. It’s a quiet, understated scene, but one that struck me as quite wonderful. There is so much thought and tenderness put into the execution of the moment.
Both Mikuri and Hiramasa’s deep reflections about the same things, coming to such opposite conclusions and assumptions about how the other person feels, feel so raw and real.
He feels happily exhausted; content to have realized that he knows Mikuri better than her ex-boyfriend.
She feels exhausted; all her efforts to get closer to Hiramasa feel futile, and she’s ready to give up.
Neither of them wants the train ride to end, for such different reasons. How poignant and poetic.
5. The quirky touches
A nice foil to the earnest seriousness with which Mikuri and Hiramasa treat their contract marriage, are the quirky little fantasy sequences that we get, mostly born of Mikuri’s imagination – though Hiramasa isn’t exempt either.
Often, Mikuri imagines herself as a contestant on a game show about contract marriages, or as a guest on a talk show about contract marriages. We even see Mikuri as a tiny cheerleader yelling questions at Hiramasa in a tiny, tinny voice in episode 4, which is just bonus.
The secondary loveline
It takes a while for Show to really focus on this secondary loveline, but by the end, I was really digging the burgeoning connection between Kazami (Otani Ryohei) and Yuri (Ishida Yuriko).
I liked the unlikely pairing of his playboy bachelor to her dignified, older career woman. (As a side note, I really liked how Yuri is portrayed as graceful and far from desperate, despite society’s expectations.)
I thought his deep, longing gaze definitely communicated his desire to be more than platonic with her, and her reaction was a perfect mix of discomfort at their age gap, and discombobulation at the hyper-awareness that was growing between them.
I really wanted a happy-ever-after for these two, and rooted for them all the way to the end.
MANAGING EXPECTATIONS – THE PROVERBIAL LENS
There’s a manga tinge to many of the side characters that’s important to keep in mind. In any other world, these characters’ behavior would be considered completely illogical and insane. In this drama world, however, it’s all par for the course.
I just thought I ought to give you guys a heads-up.
The wacky parents
Mikuri’s parents (Ukaji Takashi and Tomita Yasuko) are two such wacky characters.
From orchestrating the weird housekeeper arrangement for Mikuri without consulting her first, to looking at her surprised reaction as if she’s the weird one for not listening more carefully to the plan, to suddenly uprooting themselves, selling their house and leaving town, because it’s always been Dad’s dream to retire in the countryside, never mind that the new arrangement leaves their only daughter without a roof over her head, Mikuri’s parents are wacky hipster types that just don’t behave like normal parents, or even normal adults.
The weirdo colleagues
Even weirder, are Hiramasa’s colleagues Hino and Numata (Fujii Takashi and Furuta Arata, above). Certainly, Playboy Kazami is part of the crowd too, but he’s not quite nearly as weird.
I’d have to say that the weirdest one of the lot is Numata, who has a habit of lurking behind furniture and skulking behind his colleagues, to eavesdrop on their conversations and spy on their actions.
A typical Numata thing, is crouching behind the sofa where his colleagues are having a conversation, then popping out of his hiding spot to chime in on the conversation like it’s the most natural thing in the world.
I suppose the thing that makes it so weird isn’t his behavior per se, but the fact that everyone else around him reacts as if this is rather normal human behavior.
Like I said, it just helps to think of these side characters existing in a manga world. 😉
THOUGHTS ON THE ENDING [SPOILERS]
It practically hurts me to say that I didn’t love the ending of the show as much as I loved the beginning, but there, I said it.
This show was a little less wonderful in its final episode, and even though it still means that Show’s finale is way better than many other dramas I’ve seen, it still makes me kinda sad.
Ack. I feel like such a nitpicker. I guess this is what happens when you’ve raised expectations, eh?
Mainly, I think it feels like a downer because Mikuri and Hiramasa spend what feels like a lot of the episode in the thick of angst, trying to figure out how to make their marriage agreement work now that they truly do care about each other.
It’s true-to-life that they go through various stages of trial and error, and experience setbacks and frustration, but it does also feel like precious minutes of the final hour are being frittered away on our OTP cycling back and forth.
On the upside, they certainly do work through their frustrations, and come to a happy – though still adorably awkward – middle ground where they both feel able to give and receive love and care. On another upside, Kazami and Yuri do get a happy ending after all, huzzah!
As a bonus, even Weird Numata finally meets the boy of his dreams.
I do love that we end the episode in a fantasy-cum-flash-forward game show sequence, where we see Hiramasa and Mikuri playing for future milestones as a couple.
Thanks to this, we get to see our adorkable couple get married and have a boatload of kidlets, and we even get a role reversal where Mikuri goes out to work while Hiramasa dons the apron to take care of the household chores, heh.
All in all, there’s a little less cute populating the final hour, but the earnestness and heart is still there in firm abundance, so I guess I can’t quite complain so very much after all.
THE FINAL VERDICT:
A tiny bit underwhelming at the end, but very thoughtfully executed and still super cute overall.
FINAL GRADE: A-
You can watch a trailer at MyDramaList here.
Every episode wraps up with this cute dance by the cast, and watching the cheery goodness puts a smile on my face. Here it is, just coz.
WHERE TO WATCH:
You can check out this show on Viki here.
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Show is now on Netflix with the word salad-y title of “The Full-Time Wife Escapist.” (Who came up with that?) Also included is “Season 2,” consisting of one (very) long episode that’s quite skippable. (Pregnancy . . . Covid . . . Cancer, etc. Lots of fast-forwarding.)
By the way, I noticed something a little unusual, compared to lots of K-Dramas, in that the lady never had to look skywards up at the guy. They were almost the same height! Wow.
Just started watching this and liking it so far. I think I’ll go on a JDrama binge for a while. There are a few that look interesting. I wondered if if was the same actress as in “Stay Tuned” but it’s not.
I’m so glad I found this review, I just bingwatched this drama as Netflix recommended to me the special cap that was released in 2021 I think and I must say I loved it!
It was so cute and was really refreshing to watch a slice of life after a long time, it’s already 2023 and it’s still really relatable.
Besides of what was discussed here I liked that in spite of this drama being rom com it also touches other topics of everyday life like work culture, types of families and peer pressure about marriage and children. When I was younger I heard about how work culture was in Japan I thought it had nothing to do with me being from a western country but I was so wrong, this drama was relatable in a lot of ways and I am glad I decided to give it a try.
I liked that in the special ep they included Covid and I wished we had more caps but all in all I really loved the drama.
Thinking of rewatching now that the announcement for a sequel is out! I don’t remember much but know that I found it pleasant and refreshingly quirky. Your recap helped me remember what I liked(slice of life, unique contract marriage take, older career woman) / did not really like (secondhand frustration for BOTH ML and FL, just hold each other’s hands you dorks)
Okay, okay, so Show won me over in the last 3 episodes.
I had the exact opposite reaction to Show as you did, Kfangurl. I found the early episodes boring although the cute is definitely there. My own thoughts are interesting to me (ha!) because I know why I didn’t like Show at first. It took me a while to understand (accept and appreciate) the masculinity of Korean actors. Culture shock and misunderstanding on my part at first. Hiramasa’s shy awkwardness made me long for the alpha jerk chaeboul of my Kdramas… at first.
My biggest problem was feeling like the OTP did not truly have the hots for, or even like each other. (Not that they disliked each other. I’m talking chemistry and sexual tension). Especially on Mikuri’s part at the time that she asked to be his girlfriend. It all seemed like it was convenient as long as they were living together – why bother to have to make the effort of leaving the house to find a boyfriend. (Mau not have been the intention but that’s my impression.)
But then her jealousy broke the ice and Hiramasa realized that she really does like him and how his reactions are making her feel rejected. From here I was hooked.
The morning “after” and his never ending dopey smile. And he seemed to suddenly understand how to be the perfect boyfriend as he realized how much she wanted him to understand about her reluctance to the proposal instead of focusing on his own feelings and insecurities as he had in the past.
My feelings toward Mikuri changed once I saw her feeling strongly about something.
And they’re finally talking to each other!
Ahhhh, the age-old house chores division dilemma. If they ever doubted they had a real marriage before… all doubts are over. 😆
Special shout out to Numata whom I should’ve hated and been repulsed by but quite the opposite. 😂😂😂
Awww, I’m happy to know that Show won you over in the end, Beez! 😀 I did wonder if the differences between J-dramas and kdramas had anything to do with it. As you pointed out, it does take some getting used to, so I’m relieved that you found a way to enjoy the show by the time you got to the last stretch! 🙂
Yes, once you get past the cultural difference and the premise, the emotions portrayed in this show feel very real and believable, I think. It feels very down-to-earth and yet, there are lashings of sweetness and weirdness, which I found altogether very charming. <3 The housework thing, where she started cleaning the room as if it was a circle instead of a square was very funny and relatable, I thought! 😆
I can’t pinpoint why Jdrama and Cdrama don’t pull me in like Kdrama. They just feel different but I don’t know why. Is it that culturally Korean interaction feels more familiar (like more Western) in the male-female banter? I also closely identify with the parent-child interactions as well.
I enjoy the witty way that Koreans use words (although that could be because of all the homonyms that create the opportunity) to keep the flirty (and sometimes mildly insulting) banter going. But I honestly don’t know why I’ll try a Cdrama or Jdrama and totally forget about it whereas a Kdrama pulls me back like a magnet to see what’s going to happen next.
I feel similarly, in that most of the time, it’s the kdramas that pull me in more, although there will be the odd C or J-drama that manages to pull me in. For me, I feel that kdramas are best able to tease out the emotional journeys and the relationship development of the characters. That’s definitely the pull for me. I always feel more drawn to a drama if it grabs my heart vs. a drama that grabs my brain.
Perhaps that’s why the interaction feels more familiar and relatable? Especially with the family dramas and slice-of-life dramas? 🤔
I’m sorry I must be adding onto your list of a million comments to reply to (if you can even reply to all!) but I just wanted to say I watched this show and it is all things hearts rainbow glitter sparkles heart shaped emoji eyes unicorns and everything CUTE AND ADORABLE. I SO LOVE THIS SHOW. Real life was rather rough recently, but this show helped to cheer me up. Binged it in 2 days. FREAKING ADORABLE. It is wacky quirky sweet yet had thoughtful writing and realistic characterisation. I didn’t like the angst between our OTP during the last ep (cos I just wanted to squee) but I could understand why they reacted this way and that is probably more important than fan service. Though there were alot of squeeworthy moments throughout this show. So so good. Why can’t there be more of such rom-coms?? Lately I find myself getting a little bored halfway through most dramas (apart from the really good ones like Reply 97, WPL etc) but this one grabbed hold of me and I loved it the whole time. So glad I decided to randomly watch this based on your good review! 🙂 <3
MC! 😀 I’m always happy to see you around here, so no worries about adding to my backed up list of comments! I just have trouble being consistent with them, because if I’m busy for a week, let’s say, they stack up behind my back, and then I find myself having trouble catching up afterwards. Put several busy weeks back to back, and I’m fighting a losing battle, lol. Thank you so much for your understanding and patience! <3
I'm SO GLAD you enjoyed this one, it's just so quirky and special, I agree! And it manages to be down-to-earth yet feel-good, all at the same time. Very precious indeed. I was a little underwhelmed by the last minute angst, but like you, recognized that it made narrative and character sense. In the way of being quirky, a little whimsical and yet relatable, it kinda-sort reminds me of Coffee Prince. OH. Have you watched TW drama In Time With You? It's another one that's an oldie but a goodie. It suddenly hit me that it's also relatable and earthy, while managing some quirky and fantastical lashings. It might be worth checking out! 😉
HEY! I’m really glad to see your replies! I guess you were on a clearing spree. I can imagine it’s hard to catch up when normal life gets busy. Don’t know how you manage Life and this blog! No worries about it, just reply whenever you can! 🙂
Yesss this show is soooo special it’s now one of my all-time favourites alongside My Ajusshi, Prison Playbook, Misaeng, A Love So Beautiful, and Because This Life Is My First. That is how much I love this show!
Noo I have not, but because of your comment I’ve opened it up and watched a couple of mins. Looks good! I shall watch it and let you know how I feel when I’m done with it! 🙂
Tee hee! You got me! I occasionally go on a commenting spree, especially when I realize that the comments have been multiplied when I wasn’t looking! 😅
YAY that you’re giving In Time With You a try! I’m excited! I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Li Da Ren is SUCH a precious cinnamon roll. 😍❤
If i wasn’t in such a kdrama rut now i would have missed watching this gem of a show!!
This series definitely raised the bar for me on romcoms! I binge watch this in 2 days!!! Its just this good.
I love how this drama showed us the practical side of the romance. How they approached all the relationship issues using employer employee point of view.
I also love the ending as this too showed us the reality of going thru married life where they go thru different trial and error just to get into the perfect solution to the everyday issues of life.
Overall i agree with you that this drama is worth the rating!!
Probably you can suggest another jdrama with similar vibe which i can watch next?
I’ve really enjoyed this show, probably more than most of the kdramas I’ve seen. I actually didn’t find the parents nor the side characters bemusing, I’ve enjoyed them a lot actually, sorta tropey. This probably has to do with many years of manga reading, my viewing lens (setups, comedic relief and used tropes) easily adjusts which has been immensely helpful for enjoying kdramas as well.
Do you know of a site that focuses on reviewing/recommending jdramas? I will try to get into them, the show was great and so was the music.
I’ve just finished ep4 and omg, the references to nge were epic in that episode. Her ex’s name, the bgm, captions and some of the references in the dialogue were just fking brilliant.
Heed over heels with this series! Might take a while before I can move on. 😁😁😁
It really is a lovely one! So cute and sweet, took me completely by surprise! 😀
This is one of my favorite Jdrama. It holds a lof of interesting life issues. Its really quirky (being honest most of jdramas are xD) But I really loved the development of Hiramasa and Mikuri. I rewatched it last weekend. I totally get your poing regarding the ending, but could be worst (I dont know why most dramas get to fail at the endings .-. ) with this one the Koi dance made uo everything ^^ I was always smiling at the end.
I must say this is one of my favorite J-dramas too! Hi5 Libni! 😀 And yes, that ending could’ve been a lot worse. I wish more dramas ended as strongly as they start too.. I guess it must be hard to write good endings? Especially true in kdramas, if they’ve messed with the middle section for the shock factor and ratings, but don’t actually know a good way to resolve it all. 😛 So this one wasn’t too bad, in the overall scheme of things. And yes, that Koi dance is so cute that it does make everything better! <3
Always love your reviews! I am currently watching this j-drama (will watch episode 7 later tonight) but found your post about it just now. Pardon me for chirping in and squeeeeeeeing in your blog, but I can’t help it. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this quirky couple! Totally in love with everything about the drama as well. As some people says here, most j-drama are really good in their slice-of-life kind of thing. And they have their very own style, which is very thick with their unique japanese-ness that probably is not everybody’s cup and saucer. But once you fell for j-drama, you’re done for hahaha…
I was really excited with the cliff-hanger in episode 6. While they’re sitting stiffly side by side on the train, busy with their own thoughts, I was like screaming, “Hiramasa! Hold her hand! Hold her hand, dammit! Just hold it for a second, will you….!”… and what he did then just made me jumping from the couch and squeeing like crazy (a very soft and mature squee, actually, coz you know, other people in my house are still AWAKE at that hour). I know he will instantly regret it (my own premonition *sad*), but I really don’t care. Finally he DOES something for their relationship, and it was a really great way to start the second half of the series.
Oh, and I also got to learn that Hoshino Gen is quite a talented artist. His performance on stage exuded certain confidence and charm, which is such a far cry from the stoic and introverted Hiramasa, I feel like I see two totally different persons. He is such a great actor!
Hey there Widya!! I’m so happy that you’re loving this show!! 😀 And, NEVER apologize for coming on over and squeeing, coz it just makes my day to know that other fans are loving the dramas I’ve loved. <3
Aw, that scene on the train was so poignant and bittersweet.. he was so happy, and she was so disappointed. I thought that was so well-handled! And I haven't seen Hoshino Gen perform on stage, so it's so cool to hear that he's so versatile! 😀 I'd love to see him take on more roles in other dramas! 🙂
i luv-luv this dorama!!! what’s not to love, it’s short, sweet and just the right amount of realism & whimsy all at once:) i’ve been watching jdrama coz i’m being very picky nowadays due to lack of time, anything less than 12 epi are great! been noticing the lag in kdramas due to it’s 16-epi count and longer. you easily notice the filler episodes sometimes:(
this is a general thank you! for all your reviews, generally i usually look at the rating and comeback once i’ve watched the show, hence the delayed comment for this post. but your site have been my go-to-site for drama recommendations, when i’m looking for next one worthy kdrama to watch. your reviews are spot-on! have to agree with the jdrama recommendations of the commenters above, specially juhan shuttai & okitegami kyoko no biboroku, they’re both really good!
Ah, yay that you loved this one, bugs_bunny!! 😀 That’s exactly it – this one manages to be weirdly realistic and yet whimsical at the same time. Completely oxymoronic, but done so charmingly! <3 Yes, the J-dramas tend to be shorter, since most kdramas are still 16 eps and above. And yes, it often feels like we get a lot of filler, as if Show doesn't have enough story to fill its episodes. I personally feel like with good writing and enough story to tell, you can fill a great number of episodes without that filler feeling. So I don't personally think episode count it the issue. I feel like writers aren't finding robust enough stories to tell.
And, I'm so pleased that you've been enjoying the reviews, and finding them helpful! 😀 Thanks also for affirming the recs for juhan shuttai & okitegami kyoko; I've added both to my growing list of J-dramas to check out, and hope to get to them soonish! 🙂
Thank you so much for writing this review. I’m quite new to the Kdrama/Jdrama world, and I’ve been lurking on your site for some time now, scouting good recommendations.
I absolutely love this show..charming, quirky, amusing, heartwarming…just lovely. The leads were fantastic…especially the actress who plays Mikuri. I am in love with Mikuri, btw…cute, but not cloying, kind, generous, engaging and sympathetic.
I see what you mean about the last episode, but it didn’t bother me too much; and compared to the endings of some of the crap I’ve watched, it still held my interest. The last game show thing was hilarious, with the two of them so earnest. The BEST of these fantasy sequences, however, was the that took place in a sports stadium. She (the actress) nailed that scene.
Was anyone else just a tad bit put off by the age gaps between so many of the characters? I could deal with the main couple and even the secondary, but there looked to be a 30-year age difference between Numata and that boy. Ugh.
Hi there Blenny, welcome to the blog – and to the wonderful world of dramas! 😊 Yay that you enjoyed this show – it really is quite special. So perfectly quirky, cute and sweet. ❤ And you’re right, the ending isn’t so bad when stacked against some other dramas that really go off the rails. I guess I was just hoping for Show to continue its near-perfection 😉
Thank you for the review – that spurred me to watch. It was charming.
It IS charming, isn’t it? <3 Glad this one helped to provide some respite from your drama rut! This one did the same for me; it didn't make my drama rut go away, but the drama rush it provided was pretty great while it lasted 😉
Since my summer K-drama viewing rut is now becoming my Fall viewing rut I am desperate. Do you mind telling me where you watched this show. It is not on my usual streaming sites. Thank you as always for your wonderful reviews.
Aw, I feel ya Amy! Drama ruts are a bummer, and mood can be such a finicky thing too. Hopefully this show will be something that you’ll enjoy! You can find We Married As A Job here. Alternatively, you could try searching for it by its Japanese title, “Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu.” I hope that helps! 🙂
I found this drama to be on the refreshing side for a J-drama where I tend to like slice of life and police procedurals. The couple was lovely and I enjoyed this drama quite a bit though after reading your review I’m kind of amazed at how much I’ve already forgotten so it didn’t stick with me so much.
Aw, it’s ok that it didn’t stick with you much, as long as you enjoyed it while you were watching it! I can imagine how a lot of details would be forgotten, since it’s got such a slice-of-life quality about it. The couple was so cute and endearing, they were my favorite thing about the show 🙂
Thanks for the review! Didn’t know such jdrama existed. And I love contract marriages…so yay!
Have you seen Rich man poor woman..? I ❤ that show!
Ah, if you like contract marriages, this should be right up your alley, snow! I thought it was a nice twist to the usual contract marriage plot. 🙂 I haven’t seen Rich Man Poor Woman but it’s on my list. Now that you’ve endorsed it, I might have to check it out sooner than I planned! 😉
Aragaki Yui is a personal favorite of mine, she is always so likeable and fun, I love her. This drama was nice but I found it a bit underwhelming sometimes. If anyone is interested in checking more Gaki jdramas, I would strongly recommend “Okitegami Kyoko” the forgetful detective (a light watch with subtle romance, very heartwarming, it was my happy pill), “Legal High” (also a light watch, comedy about some crazy lawyers), and “Zenkai Girl” for some good cute romance 🙂
Thanks for the recommendations, Marie! I’ve added all of them to my list; I hope I enjoy them as much as you did! And yes, from what I can see, Aragaki Yui really is very likable and endearing. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her on my screen! 😀
Yes, she is my j-drama girl crush and she is absolutely adorable. 🙂 I usually don’t recommend j-dramas because their style is very special and not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you liked We married as a job, I encourage you to give a try to the others. They are a bit absurd sometimes, but they are fun and always leave a good taste in your mouth. Especially Okitegami Kyoko is quite original, I was hooked because it had me wondering how the hell a romance could happen there…
I can see why she’d be your Jdrama girl crush, she’s delightful! 😍 I often find actresses struggle to act cute parts, and it can come off fake-cutesy and therefore cringeworthy. But she’s not like that at all. She’s just cute. <3 Thanks for the rec, I have bumped up Okitegami Kyoko on my list! 😀
This has been on The List for a while now but I haven’t found the time to get to it yet.
Japan really is the best when it comes to slice of life. A lot of jdramas feel relatable, even when they are quirky and slightly off kilter in that special japanese way that just cant be copied.
I’m pretty sure Junny can pont you towardas the really good stuff, but here are some of my faves from past fiew years: Border, Yami no Bansosha, Kageri Yuku Natsu, Soratobu Kouhoushitsu, Shunya Shokudo, Gommen ne Seishun, Border, Juhan Shuttai! I’ve got others but those are way older. 🙂
If you are looking for not-korean romance based dramas, you could give The Pursuit of Happines a whirl. It’s a tw-drama that also has co-habitation in the agenda. 😀
This one does lean cuter than your usual drama fare (I think?), but I also think you’d like it. It really does have a relatable yet quirky flavor to it! <3
Thanks for the drama recommendations – I'm adding them to my Jdrama list! Oh, and I realize I do have The Pursuit of Happiness on my list too.. I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Story of my drama life.. so many good intentions, so many "haven't gotten around to it yet"s, heh 😝
I just realised I had Border twice there. 😀 Well, it is a good one… a well done crime show with supernatural undertones. Very thought provoking. Junny has a blog post for it too.^^
The Pursuit of Happiness is quite lovely. An adult romance that rings true. It’s both funny in places and poignant. Pretty unusual for a tw-drama. The OST is great! I still listen to it.
Heh, didja subconsciously need to recommended it twice, coz it’s that good? 😉 I didn’t even notice it was on there twice, I was just dutifully copying the names onto my Jdrama list! 😅
Ooh, The Pursuit of Happiness sounds promising! I’ve been feeling a little underwhelmed by the TW dramas I’ve been watching.. They mostly start out strong, and then sag in the end stretch. I was about to leave ’em alone for a while, but now maybe I ought to bump Pursuit of Happiness up the list instead 😉 Thanks Timescout, you’re always so good with the drama recs. 😘❤
Yup, must have been that. 😄
TPoH is only 13 epis (I think it was 13), so not much time to get draggy. I found the ending satisfactory as well. Sweet even.
Forgot to mention that I have written something about most of the dramas I mentioned. Nothing too spoilery as I try not to give anything major away. In case you want to check what they are about. ☺
Oh! 13 eps? I didn’t even realize that. What a departure from the usual longer runs of TW dramas – even the “shorter” ones! Sounds like TPoH is a pretty special snowflake indeed.
Thanks for the tip about the posts – super helpful! I’ll definitely check back on them, to help me decide which dramas to pick first from my now-pretty-long list! Lately I mostly feel like I’m bumbling around a whole new dramaverse, among all these unfamiliar J, C and TW dramas! But it’s a happy problem – I feel like I’ve got entire worlds to explore, even when the kdramaverse doesn’t seem so appealing. 😉
A special snowflake indeed. ^^
I think it’s something that’s been happening a lot in the dramaverse in the past fiew years, dramas getting longer. TPTB trying to milk their offerings for all they are worth. That generally tends to strech the already thin plots even tinner. Makes for very draggy and frequently boring dramas. Except for Japan, jdramas have their own problems but the epi count it ain’t. 🙂
Very true! I have felt on more than a few occasions, that a show was sagging in its later episodes. The plot would either cycle in place, go off on tangents, or get stuffed with filler. Sigh.. story integrity always seems to suffer because of commercial concerns. 😛 But without commerce in the equation, we might not be getting any dramas at all, so.. a chicken and egg problem? 😅 I’ve yet to be acquainted enough with Jdramas to know about their problems.. so I’ll enjoy my honeymoon period while I can! 😁
Japan does slice of life well. Buzz anytime if you want recs of J-dramas in that genre or others.
Ooh, yes please, thanks for offering, junny! Could you point me to more Jdramas pretty please? 😀
I’m not sure what you like, but I do have a list of recs here: https://usagitoneko.wordpress.com/if-you-are-bored/
Feel free to ask me about any of the stuff listed.
For slice of life, perhaps start with Shinya Shokudo. You may also want to consider Okashi no Ie (very slow), Quartet (quirky), Fuben na Benriya (snow porn) and Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi (weird). I’ve written posts on all of them.
Wow, just checked out your list, and it’s lonngg! 😀 Thanks for that, I’m sure I’ll be checking back in on the monster list when I need some Jdrama inspiration! And I’m sure it’ll come in useful for other readers of this thread looking for some Jdrama recs too 🙂 For now I’ve added to my list the ones you mentioned specifically, so that I have a place to start. Fingers crossed that I’ll like them like you do!
Junny I hope you still notice this, please reco jdorama rom coms. I need a breezy 10ep jdorama to tide me over after my recent kdrama livewatch high.
Ooh I’ve been wanting to watch a good jdrama but never know which ones to pick! This one sounds like exactly what I was looking for.
Really! I do think this one is easy to love; I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did, Emily! 😀
Hello, Fangirl! It was such a nice surprise to open the mail and find your review of We Married As A Job! Weirdly, I have found myself in a similar kdrama rut, and likewise have cautiously begun to explore other drama offerings……. part of what drives this for me is that our access to many shows has suddenly changed and is definitely more limited due to the shifting landscape and increasing competition amongst drama providers.
This was my second jdrama and you captured all the reasons why this was an endearingly and adorkably cute show. I loved the leads, the supporting cast, the real life day to day angsty moments, and the koi dance!!!! It just doesn’t get any cuter.
Wow, how about that, for our drama journeys aligning in weird and wonderful ways! 😀 This has been one of my first Jdramas too, come to think of it. I mean, if I don’t count ancient ones like 101 Proposals, which I watched eons ago before really getting into dramas..! This was definitely a quirky little charmer. The leads were so spot-on fantastic indeed. <3
I've definitely been feeling a bit jaded with many of this year's kdrama offerings, so in my case, it wasn't about access. I just wasn't feeling terribly interested in the kdrama offerings. Happily, I've got lots of friends who're happy to recommend other dramas for me to check out! 😉 Which means you're likely to see a few more Jdrama reviews popping up on this site in the foreseeable future! 😉
That would be a great help, Fangirl!! I found a 10 best list of rom-com jdramas on MDL, and I started with The Last Cinderella (which I loved, btw)…..I will definitely follow you into jdramaland!!
Hee. Looks like we’re following each other into Jdramaland, Mary! I’ve just added The Last Cinderella to my Jdrama list! 😉 Thanks for the rec! Hopefully I’ll love it like you did! <3