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2013 Top Idol List: 20-11

So, time once again for my idol list. This looks back at the idols that have impressed me most in the previous 12 months (aside from the first one I did, in which I just ranked everyone ever). This year I’ve taken out some of the silly rankings (2011′s “make it up as I go along and fap” and 2012′s “7 arbitrary headings”) and just gone with gut instinct based on who’s made the most impression on me this year.

Of course, me being me, don’t expect too many frontgirls. Not to say there aren’t any, there are. But I don’t understand a lot of frontgirl hate, nor a lot of frontgirl popularity, so this is just based on me and my random sense of who has been awesome this year.

This year I’m back down to doing twenty in two posts, as the 25 last year broke my tagging system.

Firstly, the rules:

1. I define idols as current members of a current group who currently
release idol music, or solo singers who do the same and are generally
defined as idols.
2. If a former member of an idol group redebuts under a different name
or as a solo singer, or both, and is still primarily known as an idol,
they qualify.
3. However, members of retrospective groups that merely take the limelight away from current members do not.

Secondly, let’s recap last year’s Top 25 (with 2010/2011 in brackets):

25. Sayashi Riho (-/-)
24. Watanabe Miyuki (-/-)
23. Suzuki Kanon (-/20)
22. Shimazaki Haruka (-/-)
21. Takayanagi Akane (-/-)
20. Tsugunaga Momoko (10/9)
19. Sato Amina (-/-)
18. Sashihara Rino (-/11)
17. Michishige Sayumi (12/10)
16. Nakagawa Haruka (-/-)
15. Okada Robin Shouko (17/2)
14. Watanabe Mayu (-/14)
13. Yajima Maimi (14/12)
12. Kitahara Rie (-/-)
11. Masuda Yuka (-/-)
10. Asakura Saki/Kuwae Sakina (2/-)
9. Oota Aika (-/-)
8. Kawashima Umika (-/1)
7. Ariyasu Momoka (-/-)
6. Matsui Rena (-/-)
5. Ichikawa Miori (-/-)
4. Umeda Ayaka (-/-)
3. Suzuki Airi (9/8)
2. Yamamoto Sayaka (-/-)
1. Kimoto Kanon (-/-)

Now, I’ll explain a few who aren’t on this year’s list despite being on last year’s, as well as a few girls who impressed me but either fizzled out or just didn’t do quite enough to reach the list.

Graduations:

- Only one this year. Masuda Yuka got caught spending the night at some rapper’s house during the course of a musical they were both doing, apparently other people were present, but she decided she wanted to quit anyway as she didn’t even put up a fight and announced her graduation straight away. It didn’t take effect until the end of December, but as she’s gone now, she’s not eligible. 

Dropped Out of List:

- Sayashi Riho, Suzuki Kanon and Michishige Sayumi from Morning Musume. In part, this is down to me reducing it back to 20 idols only. Riho wouldn’t have got in last year had it not been for Nacchan quitting in the middle of my post. Kanon has powered down incredibly in the last year, and requires more spastic butterfly impressions. Sayu has impressed me (her leadership is better than I thought, and her passing the One Month 10000 yen challenge increased my respect for her a lot, especially after Kasai’s failure), but due to a new batch of Momusu girls impressing me and generally increased competition from idols across the board, she lost out.

- Shimazaki Haruka, Sato Amina, Watanabe Mayu, Kitahara Rie and Umeda Ayaka from AKB48. Paruru has bored the fuck out of everyone this past year, and while she’s still adorable, it doesn’t make up for the Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou catastrophe, the Majisuka Gakuen 3 catastrophe, and the general sense of melancholy she radiates, as evinced by the Mechaike AKB special, where Yabe tried to get her to break out of her shell. The result was a success… for about 10 minutes. Having said that, if personality had any effect on popularity whatsoever, Aichan and Acchan would never have been popular. Amina had a difficult year. Her first election where she wasn’t in senbatsu. Lack of screentime in basically anything. Her only real exposure was AKB0048, and as that’s an anime it’s not great for becoming acquainted with girls. Mayuyu was pushed like fuck in 2012, came second in the elections, and was everywhere. Despite that, I never really saw her on anything. Her drama was boring. Her singles until Synchro Tokimeki were boring. Umechan had an okay year, and was made new Team B captain, but other than that not a great deal besides coming second in the second AKBingo Utahime singing contest.

- Takayanagi Akane and Matsui Rena from SKE48. SKE have had a pretty boring year. Magical Radio 2 was good, but frankly Yuria, Kuumin and Non stole the show from everyone else. Churi also lost her XX senbatsu spot, and as such didn’t get much appearance time. Rena’s still been ever present, but aside from her respectably good photobook hasn’t done much evil laughing or sticking broken pencils up people’s noses this year, thus misses out.

- Sashihara Rino and Oota Aika from HKT48. Sasshi’s scandal landed her in HKT. She’s made the most of it, came 4th in the election, released two singles, became MC of new HKT program, did a terrible drama and film, and ended up way out of the list. Not because of the scandal, not at all, just because I haven’t seen her screaming in fear for far too long. Lovetan likewise got shafted to HKT, but her popularity is on a wane and besides Hakata Hyakkaten I don’t think I’ve seen her on anything this year.

- Nakagawa Haruka is still adorable, but got sent to JKT and is still awesome, but I don’t see her enough anymore. Plus she’s always tweeting in Indonesian now, which I know very little of.

- Okada Robin Shouko is also still awesome, but once more the lack of PB, the lack of exposure and so on and so forth equal her dropping out.

- Yajima Maimi, despite still being the most delectable female form in existence, had a boring year. Seriously, have you seen that Chelsie DVD? My advice, don’t. Unless you want to watch a 50 minute video where it takes two minutes to zoom in from a full-body shot of her reclining on a sofa to a full-body-shot-from-the-ankles-up of her reclining on a sofa. Probably about 12 minutes of content, slowed down to 25%. Plus the 70s porn soundtrack in the background. Plus she didn’t smile during the whole course of the thing. Worst. Idol. DVD. Ever.

- Asakura Saki is still cute and small and awesome, but she’s not had a lot to do this year. Appeared in a musical called Asakura in Wonderland. Recorded a few more indie as fuck songs. Not a lot.

- Tsugunaga Momoko has bored the fuck out of me all year.

- Yamamoto Sayaka stopped doing castle impressions and cut her hair. Big loss.

Nearly Made It:

- Natsuyaki Miyabi impressed me a lot in Paris. She seemed more natural and composed than Airi or Momo, and looked a lot better in person too.

- Takahashi Juri, Okada Nana, Kojima Natsuki, Hirata Rina, and Tano Yuuka all impressed me in various ways this year. Even though Juri has eyes deader than the depths of space. But yea, impressed I was, and hopeful for their future.

- 9th gen Momusu have impressed me this year, certainly. Just 10th gen impressed me more.

- Isohara Kyouka, Umemoto Madoka, Suga Nanako are the SKE members who impressed me this year that I’d never heard of last year. Kizaki Yuria, Yagami Kumi and Katou Rumi also continued improving this year. Shame Kuumin’s leaving at some point this year.

- Murata Hirona of 9nine.

So, whereas last year I lost 11 people through various things, this year I’ve lost 18. So it’s going to be rather a new list. So, let’s enjoy eh…

20. Shiroma Miru

Miruru is, first and foremost, dense as fuck. She’s also pretty weird (in a good way), has a random sense of fashion and did an entire series on G+ about the adventures of her shrunk version, Chibirun (now helpfully available in video form). She’s also remarkably cute and silly (find a Challenge48 at some point, whenever she’s in it they usually fail hilariously), but she’s impressed me this year.

19. Yogi Keira

So, things you should know about Keira… Well, firstly, she’s quarter Brazilian. Meaning that within a few years she’ll likely be a walking stack of pheromones. Secondly, she’s already damn cute, making the first thing even more terrifying. Thirdly, she’s a fucking spammer. Since she got G+ in like October she’s consistently posted upwards of five times a day (sometimes upwards of 20), and almost always containing a picture. She’s like the entire Myspace generation rolled into one person. Lastly, she is (like probably most girls on my list) a nutcase.

18. Kodama Haruka

I think Haruppi got the short end of the stick a bit. She was pushed to HKT’s centre ahead of Sugamoto Yuko, who fans seemed to like if only for two reasons (both of which attached to her chest) and shared numerous similarities with another pushed centre in the AkiP empire, namely Nogizaka’s Ikoma (short hair, speech impediment). However, now Sugamoto’s been kicked out for rather flagrant violations, Sakura’s been pushed into AKB senbatsu, Sasshi and Lovetan are there to provide some experience and Meru seems to be set for centre, Haruppi has finally found her niche. And she excels at it. Granted, she’s not as outright hilarious as Aanya or Chori, as willing for ridicule as Captain, or as cute as Sakura, Meru, Aanya or Aoi, but she is still funny, willing to take a chance and nowhere near as boring as Acchan. Plus, her speech impediment often results in quite hilarious results, and as seen above, she has quite a nice DFC. Add to that her voice and face combination, which make her seem like a younger Ishikawa Rika make me glad she exists. She adds something extra to HKT away from the utter insanity, and while it’s not really stability, it’s still cool.

17. Kudou Haruka

Kuduu has impressed me, not only with her silliness and insanity level (which are up there with the best of the 9th and 10th gens), but also with her presence of mind, maturity and gravity for her age. Not to mention, of course, her “drank more than seven tumblers of homebrewed whisky and smoked 80 fags a day ever since birth” voice. Then there’s the whole kicking the shit out of some bloke four times her age thing on Kurobara, and the whole “Drew” role in the weirdest but most rocking musical Momusu have ever done. Speaking of which, that musical is pretty amazing. In what other country in the world would it be acceptable to have a rock/metal zombie comedy in which teenage girls play the roles of teenage girls who turn into zombies and have to get their loved ones to re-kill them by cutting them into exactly 156 pieces? Probably none. But it’s still fucking hilarious. I guess such is the POWER of Ohtsuki Kenji, that glorious motherfucker.

16. Hirota Aika

Ever met someone who wanted your eyes to bleed incessantly so much they wore clothing to achieve that exact effect? Granted, I do it sometimes, but then there’s Aiai. Panda obsessed, train obsessed, nauseatingly bright colour-obsessed. High helium voice to annoy everyone, and then a pleasantly alto singing voice. If your brain wasn’t already broken I think that might break it too. And then there’s the whole other type of craziness in Hyadain, such that when they meet… shit goes down… Put it this way, nearly everyone I know who likes Ebichuu is an Aiai oshi. I can see why.

15. Miyawaki Sakura




This girl is basically an almost perfect clone of Yukirin. Except they must have switched off the reaction gene or something. They look quite similar. Both from Kagoshima. Both somewhat ojousama-like characters (though Sakura’s still trading on the imouto-character for the time being). Sakura’s been pushed a lot since the election, when she randomly ranked and no other HKT member did (I think apparently people organised a bulk vote for Sugamoto in order to lodge their disapproval of Haruppi as centre, but somehow that translated to little Sakura getting a whole shitload of votes instead) and as such appeared in the AKB senbatsu for Uza. Despite that, she’s still not HKT centre (probably going to be Meru) or Team H centre (still Haruppi, probably to save them having to relearn the dancing for H1). She is, however, completely evil and wants to watch the world burn, thus makes it here.

14. Ikoma Rina

I can’t eloquently express the things this girl does to my brain. I touched on it a bit in the Haruppi bit above, but something about girls with short hair, flat chests and speech impediments just grabs me. And with Ikoma it’s even worse because her speech impediment is nigh incomprehensible and her hair is shorter. I think she’s recently been dispossessed of the Nogizaka centre position. I don’t really care, Nogizaka do nothing for me really. I watched Nogizaka tte Doko? a few times and it didn’t really grab me. None of their singles have grabbed me. Yet two of their members have (admittedly for completely different reasons). But Ikoma is just so cute and quite stupid (best answer there, *tilts her head to the side*, “Hmm?  What’s 25°C?”) and just randomly does stuff for no reason, like going into a Taiko store and randomly jumping around on top of one. That vid also highlights her incredibly derpy speech impediment. She sounds like an old person without their dentures.

13. Kashiwa Yukina

That’s right. My Negima drama spree lives on. If you didn’t know, before joining Nogizaka46 Kashiwa Yukina was yet another of those girls that Stardust threw away, joining the time honoured ranks of Kojima Haruna, Takai Tsukina (SKE, later rejoined Stardust), Wagawa Miyuu, Kuwae Sakina and of course Fresh Lemon. She was the last girl to leave Momoclo before they actually debuted with Momoiro Punch. Some of her olden day videos of her in Momoclo can be found on the wonderful world of youtube. This was before Momoka joined. Before Momoclo, she was cast in the lead role (as a 10 year old Welsh boy) in the live action drama of Negima, possibly the greatest terrible drama of all time. But anyway, to return to the present, Yukina is now 18. She is cuter than ever (actually, she looks a bit like an aged-up Non…) and she is awesome. Plus her reaction to haunted houses is fucking hilarious. I think they must have told her after her outburst to act more like an idol or something, because it’s boring after the first one. Oh well, she’s still win.

12. Ichikawa Miori

Lemon’s had an interesting year. Not quite as good as last year, which was a breakout year in every sense, but a good one. She’s managed to maintain her act and yet also (as I guessed last year) broken into a bit more of an adult image, as seen in the picture above. She still looks about ten years younger than she is, but she managed one of the moments of the year when she had a headbutt contest with Ariyoshi which ended in a draw. Not much else to say, she’s pretty much random and hilarious wherever she appears.

11. Momota Kanako

Ah, Kanako, thy nuttiness is only exceeded by that of your fans (and probably most of the rest of Momoclo). But yes, Kanako is awesomely win. From her inability to do practically anything without giggling all over the fucking place to her awe-inspiring stupidity to general silliness to DAT ebizore jump. She is, of course, insanely moe, but really… dat flexibility. That’s right.

Anyway. Enough of my rambling, it’s getting on a bit, so I’ll make no promises but hopefully post the other half of this list sometime soon.

Upcoming Fall 2012 Dramas

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Perfect Blue
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Mondays, 8 October 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Takimoto Miori, Hirayama Aya, Mikami Kensei, Shiratori Kumiko, Nakagawa
Taishi, Takahashi Haori, Aso Kahori, Funakoshi Eiichiro (voice only), Negishi Toshie,
Watanabe Tetsu, Terawaki Yasufumi, Zaizen Naomi
Synopsis: Hasumi Kayoko (Takimoto Miori), the rookie investigator at the
all-female Hasumi Detective Agency, always observes people and cases in a
level-headed manner. She detests lies and secrets, and has a strong sense of
justice. Her late father worked at the city news desk of a newspaper, but
committed suicide 7 years ago. However, the truth lies in darkness and Kayoko’s
mother, Kyoko (Zaizen Naomi), the agency’s director, has been secretly pursuing
the facts. An incident becomes the catalyst that entwines Kayoko and the people
around her, and she closes in on the truth behind her father’s death.
Website:
www.tbs.co.jp/perfect-blue

Priceless
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, October 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Karina, Nakai Kiichi
Synopsis: Originally a mid-level manager (Kimura Takuya) with a promising
future in a big corporation and loved by his subordinates, the life of this
elite employee changes dramatically one day. Having for some reason attracted
the attention of the senior management, he is framed for a crime which he knows
nothing of and forced out of the workplace. Even after that, he is assailed by
a series of surprises and in one day, he loses his house, wealth and handphone
until he is without a cent to his name. At his wits end, he comes to a park
where he encounters two children. Learning from them how to survive even if he
does not have money, he somehow weathers this crisis and discovers the truly
important and priceless things in life. The good thing about him is that his
carefree personality amazingly does not shift. It is not resentment and
bitterness that become his driving force, but the love and help of the people
he meets that enables him to keep go forward step by step.
Website: -
Double Face ~ Sennyuu Sousa-hen
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Monday in mid-October 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Kagawa Teruyuki, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Wakui Emi, Ito Atsushi, Kadono
Takuzo, Kohinata Fumiyo
Synopsis: The police receive a tip off from their undercover operative that the
crime syndicate Oda-gumi will be conducting a huge drug transaction. However,
Oda Taisei suspects that there is a spy in their midst and does not even tell
his leaders the venue of the transaction until the very last minute. Hearing of
police activities from his spy in the police organisation, he orders a change
in the location. The police are led by the nose, but scramble to the alleged
venue based on information from their operative. They charge in and seize Oda.
However, right before that, Oda had received information from his spy and
promptly threw away the drugs to destroy evidence. In the end, he and his men
are released. This incident confirms to both Oda and Police Inspector Onodera
(Kadono Takuzo) that there is a spy in each of their organisations. Moriya Jun
(Nishijima Hidetoshi) happens to see police officer Takayama Ryosuke (Kagawa
Teruyuki). A few days earlier, the two of them had encountered each other on
the streets by chance, but this is the first time that they learn of their
respective positions as crime syndicate member and police officer. While Moriya
is a member of the Oda-gumi, he is actually the police’s undercover operative.
No one besides Onodera knows that he is a police officer. But the 6 years spent
enduring this mission has started to tip Moriya’s emotional balance a little.
On the other hand, Takayama is given the mission to find the traitor within the
police by the director of the Security Department. Takayama is in fact the spy
for the Oda-gumi and has been secretly tasked to discover the identity of the
undercover operative in the gang. No one in the police organisation knows that
and he is gradually alienated by his colleagues who wonder if he suspects them.
Takayama obtains the personal history of the Oda-gumi members who were involved
in the drug transaction the other day from Oda. A man stealthily tails him from
behind as he leaves. It it Moriya. However, Takayama shakes him off by slipping
into a crowd. An invisible fear that their true identities have been revealed
to someone else starts to shake them up … …
Website:
www.tbs.co.jp/double-face2012
Irodori Himura*NEW*
Date: From 12.20 a.m., Mondays, 15 October 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Himura Yuki (Bananaman)
Synopsis: -
Website:
www.tbs.co.jp/irodorihimura
Osozaki no Himawari ~ Boku no
Jinsei, Renewal

Date: From 9.00 p.m., Tuesdays, October 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Ikuta Toma, Maki Yoko, Kiritani Kenta, Kashii Yu, Emoto Tasuku, Kimura
Fumino, Kuninaka Ryoko, Matsushige Yutaka
Synopsis: Kodaira Jotaro (Ikuta Toma) is a youth of today who lives from day to
day reasonably contented and anxious as a temporary worker. But one day, when
he should have been hired as a full-fledged employee in recognition of his
steady work performance, his company unexpectedly downsizes by laying off its
part-time and temporary workers. His unemployment is the catalyst for the break
up with his girlfriend of 7 years. Jotaro returns to his family whom he has
grown apart from, but it is not a place where he can be himself with the
presence of his reliable younger brother who works at the local government
office. Just as Jotaro is ready to despair, he suddenly learns of the
activities of the Kochi Shimanto ‘Area Revitalisation Cooperation Volunteers’
through the internet. Taking an interest in it, he decides to live in Shimanto
City which he is a complete stranger to. Kahori (Maki Yoko) works at leading
edge medical department for cancer as a houseman after graduating from a famous
private Tokyo medical college. This has been her dream since high school days.
However, one day, she is asked by her supervising doctor to transfer and is
sent to her hometown of Shimanto City to be a clinician at the municipal
hospital. With her dream shattered, a despondent Kahori happens to ride on the
same train bound for Kochi as Jotaro. Because of that incident, Jotaro feels a
sense of affinity as fellow friends who have moved out from Tokyo, but his
optimism rubs Kahori the wrong way.
Website:
wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/osozakino_himawari
Going My Home*UPDATED*
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 9 October 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Abe Hiroshi, Yamaguchi Tomoko, Miyazaki Aoi, YOU, Yasuda Ken, Arai
Hirofumi, Natsuyagi Isao, Abe Sadao, Yoshiyuki Kazuko, Nishida Teruyuki, Makita
Aju
Synopsis: Tsuboi Ryota (Abe Hiroshi) is a timid commercial producer with a
strong-minded food stylist wife, Sae (Yamaguchi Tomoko). One day, Ryota’s
father Eisuke (Natsuyagi Isao) collapses on a trip. A mysterious woman
(Miyazaki Aoi) appears at his hospital ward, raising suspicion that she might
be his mistress. On the other hand, Ryota carries on his father’s dream, and
begins the search for a legendary creature called ‘Kuna’. As he comes in touch
with various people, his exclusive devotion to his work is gradually shaken,
and he starts to re-examine his relationship with his family and other people.
Website:
www.ktv.jp/goingmyhome
Single Mothers
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 23 October 2012
Station: NHK
Cast: Sawaguchi Yasuko, Tanaka Tetsushi, Kutsuna Shiori, Sakai Wakana, Hokuto
Akira, Yamaguchi Makiya, Yuji, Miura Rieko, Wakabayashi Go, Takahata Atsuko
Synopsis: A woman (Sawaguchi Yasuko) ran away from her husband and left home
with their son. Without a place to stay and unable to find a job, she is at her
wits end when she is helped by her seniors who are single mothers. Both mother
and son grow as they overcome many battles with society. Before long, the big
battle of the cutback in childrearing allowance that stands in her way. At that
moment, single mothers stand in front of the Diet … …
Website: -
Nemureru Mori no Jukujo
Date: From 10.55 p.m., Tuesdays, 4 September 2012
Station: NHK
Cast: Kusakari Tamiyo, Seto Koji, Haba Yuichi, Isono Kiri, Asakura Aki, Hidari
Tokie, Enoki Takaaki, Yokoyama Megumi, Yamamoto Kei, Moriguchi Yoko
Synopsis: 46-year-old Aizawa Chinami (Kusakari Tamiyo) is a full-time housewife
who left the major commercial bank she was working at following her marriage.
One day, her husband (Haba Yuichi) suddenly reconnects with his first love
(Moriguchi Yoko), the editor of a popular female magazine, through Facebook.
Chinami is told of his wish to marry his first love and start life over again,
and they are now in the midst of a divorce settlement. In order to protect her
custodial rights to their son, Chinami gets a job and struggles to build a new
life. In the midst of this, she meets the handsome Takaoka Yusuke (Seto Koji)
at the luxury hotel that is her workplace. Almost two times younger than
Chinami, Yusuke is the son of the owner of a global chain of hotels, and goes
by the nickname “Prince”. In front of hotel staff, he behaves like the perfect
man, but he is at heart a warped, loathsome character … …
Website:
www.nhk.or.jp/drama/jukujo
Koisuru Hae Onna
Date: From 10.55 p.m., Tuesdays, 6 November 2012
Station: NHK
Cast: Mimura, Kakei Toshio, Issey Ogata, Honda Hirotaro
Synopsis: Komori Emi (Mimura), an elementary school teacher in Nagoya, is a
dowdy woman in her 30s. She cannot say what she wants and is making no headway
in her job, romance and life – looked down by her students and dumped by her
fiance. Her only comfort is Twitter and SNS where she gives vent to her
complaints anonymously and takes solace from the replies. One day, Emi receives
a rant from a mysterious man called Yaegashi Shuji (Kakei Toshio) in response
to her comments. “You are only a fly buzzing around a fan. Listen to me if you
want to change your life.” With some objective in mind, he instigates Emi and
gives her various “missions” that would change her life. Emi is twisted around
by him but gradually transforms into a magnificent woman.
Website:
www.nhk.or.jp/nagoya/koihae
Hana no Zubora Meshi
Date: From 12.55 a.m., Tuesdays, 23 October 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Kurashina Kana, Kato Shigeaki
Synopsis: While her husband works away from the family, 30-year-old housewife
Komazawa Hana (Kurashina Kana) enjoys life alone in Tokyo to the fullest. She
loves preparing and eating simple, delicious meals (zubora meshi). Because she
dislikes cleaning the apartment, other than the times when her husband comes
back, she lives in a mess. Cleaning and washing is a major event to her.
Website:
www.hanano-zuborameshi.jp
Aibou Season 11*UPDATED*
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 10 October 2012 (for two seasons)
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Mizutani Yutaka, Narimiya Hiroki, Matobu Sei, Ishizaka Koji
Synopsis: Kai Toru (Narimiya Hiroki) worships the occupation of a detective.
After graduation from university, he wanted to be a police officer. He cleared
the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s recruitment exam and became a police
officer. However, it was not as he wished – a detective who deals with violent
crimes. Instead, he worked at a police box of a precinct for a long time as a
uniformed police officer. His efforts and competence were recognised. He
received the recommendation of the police precinct chief and passed the
selection exam to become a detective in the Criminal Affairs Division’s First
Investigative Team of the same precinct. However, how does he become the
partner of Sugishita Ukyo (Mizutani Yutaka)?
Website:
www.tv-asahi.co.jp/aibou
Tokyo Zenryoku Shoujo
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 10 October 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Takei Emi, Miura Shohei, Higa Manami, Ichikawa Yui, Mori Kanna, Aoki
Ryuji, Tsukamoto Takashi, Watabe Atsuro
Synopsis: 19-year-old Saeki Rei (Takei Emi) comes to Tokyo. Rei’s redeeming
traits are her cheerfulness and distinctive positivity, but everything she does
is always unheard of and unsuccessful. Because this foolhardiness causes
trouble to the people around her each time, she ends up being called a girl who
is unable to read situations. Rei moves to Tokyo with neither a dream nor goal,
and is reunited with her father Suzuki Takuya (Watabe Atsuro) who abandoned her
mother and her 15 years ago. Although she opposes her father for making her
mother miserable, his dissolute life rouses her into action. “This won’t do.
I’ve to make this person happy or I can’t move on with my own life!” And so,
she runs about with the aim of getting her father remarried in her first experience
living in Tokyo. With cheerfulness and positivity, she overcomes various
difficulties and slowly changes the people around her too.
Website:
www.ntv.co.jp/tokyo
Kodoku no Gurume Season 2
Date: From 11.58 p.m., Wednesdays, 10 October 2012
Station: TV Tokyo
Cast: Matsushige Yutaka
Synopsis: Inogashira Goro (Matsushige Yutaka), who runs an imported general
merchandise business, enjoys eating on his own and would visit dining
establishments when there are intervals of free time during work.
Website:
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/kodokunogurume
Sousa Chizu no Onna
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Thursdays, October 2012
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Maya Miki, Ishiguro Ken, Uchiyama Rina, Abe Tsuyoshi, Ukaji Takashi,
Nakamura Baijaku, Kusabue Mitsuko, Watanabe Ikkei, Sano Gaku
Synopsis: Tachibana Tamako (Maya Miki) is a veteran detective in Kyoto
Prefectural Police’s First Investigative Division. She loves walks and trips,
and knows everything about all the paths in Kyoto. Making use of her gift as a
“human GPS”, she is charged with creating investigation maps. An investigation
map is the first thing that is done when an investigation task force gets to
its feet. A lot of the information that surfaces as the investigation processes
including suspicious vehicles and eyewitness statements are recorded, making it
a repository of clues. While everyone is in awe of the unparalled accuracy of
Tamako’s maps as well as her sharp powers of deduction on which this is based,
she is a hasty person prone to making silly mistakes.
Website:
www.tv-asahi.co.jp/chizu
Doctor X ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, October 2012
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Yonekura Ryoko, Tanaka Kei, Uchida Yuki, Katsumura Masanobu, Suzuki
Kosuke, Shubuki Jun, Hayashi Tantan, Yamamoto Mizuki, Kishibe Ittoku, Muroi
Shigeru, Danta Yasunori, Ito Shiro
Synopsis: 36-year-old Daimon Michiko (Yonekura Ryoko) is a sexy freelance
surgeon. Not affiliated to a university hospital’s medical department, she
moves around to various hospitals while attached to the dodgy ‘Doctors’
Agency’. She observes working hours strictly, does not accept chores where a
medical license is not needed, and is also uninterested in the power struggles
characteristic of hospitals. Her private life and work experience is shrouded
in mystery, her fees several orders of magnitude higher but she is a
battle-hardened first-rate surgeon with the instincts of a genius. While there
are ugly rumours that she left the medical community because of money problems
and medical malpractice, no one knows the person she really is.
Website:
www.tv-asahi.co.jp/doctor-x
Resident ~ Go-nin no Kenshui
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, October 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Naka Riisa, Hayashi Kento, Masuda Takahisa, Omasa Aya, Ishibashi Anna,
Sudo Risa, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Minagawa Sarutoki, Mitsuura Yasuko, Furuta
Arata, Ozawa Yukiyoshi
Synopsis: Raised in a family where her father is a general practitioner, Miyama
Shizuku (Naka Riisa) initially aspired to be a doctor to please her father, but
he was against it. Vowing to become a doctor no matter what it takes, Shizuku
entered the faculty of medicine on a scholarship without any financial
assistance from her parents. She is now a first-year houseman at a university
hospital’s accident and emergency centre for a three-month training along with
Yazawa Kei (Hayashi Kento), Manaka Junichi (Masuda Takahisa), Koiwai Hinako
(Omasa Aya), Arashiro Sachi (Ishibashi Anna). Half a year into becoming
doctors, they still do not have the ability to save people. Unable to do
anything, they can only stand dazedly rooted to the spot in the emergency
centre where every minute counts. They encounter patients with anorexia,
bulimia, suicidal tendencies, depression … … While some people refuse social
security and push their children to the brink of starvation, others take
advantage of the state subsidies for medical treatment to go to the hospital in
an ambulance instead of a taxi. In addition, the reality of the medical scene
is overworked doctors because of their severe shortage. The five of them do not
have high aspirations as doctors and also do not know which department they
should move on to. To begin with, they do not even know if they truly want to
be doctors. Trained by their experienced seniors and a variety of patients,
they develop the qualities of a doctor and mature as adults.
Website:
www.tbs.co.jp/resident2012
Kekkon Shinai
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, October 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Kanno Miho, Amami Yuki, Tamaki Hiroshi, Koichi Mantaro, Miyoshi Ayaka,
Ito Ayumi, Ishibashi Ryo, Ichige Yoshie, Kaji Meiko
Synopsis: 34-year-old Tanaka Chiharu (Kanno Miho) is a contract staff at a
travel agency, has not had a boyfriend in 5 years and is almost 35. Although
she is good-natured to a fault and a people person, her relationships have not
lasted long because she cannot affect cuteness. Not that she does not want to
get married. She wants to, and thinks that she should, but for some reason, she
just cannot seem to. With friends of the same age are getting married one after
another and seeing the birth of children, she starts to feel anxious about
remaining single as she grows old. Then, Chiharu learns that Chinatsu, her
younger sister, who is on the verge of marriage, hopes to live together in the
family home. This makes it hard for Chiharu to stay and she ends up moving in
with Kirishima Haruko (Amami Yuki) whom she met by chance. 44-year-old Haruko
is a talented, successful landscape gardening planner who has designed parks
and the gardens of large homes. As she gets older, she has come to terms with
her worries and also grown used to being alone. Because she has been carrying
on a long-standing affair with her married boss, she has overcome doubts on
marriage and childbirth and is philosophical about love. She has chosen not to
marry, but on the few occasions that she goes to see her mother and
grandmother, their laments sink in … … Then, there is 32-year-old kind-hearted,
sensitive Kudo Junpei (Tamaki Hiroshi), who works part-time at a flower shop.
He thinks of other people more than he does of himself, is a late bloomer in
love and makes little headway. Although he does his best in his life, he has no
confidence to marry and support someone else and a family. He believes it is
absolutely impossible for him financially and emotionally, the way he is now.
Website:
www.fujitv.co.jp/kekkon_shinai
Doku (Poison)
Date: From 11.58 p.m., Thursdays, 4 October 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Ayabe Yuji, Usuda Asami, Watanabe Ikkei, Sakamoto Akira, Koizumi Kotaro
(guest star)
Synopsis: Genius scientist Matsui Toichi (Ayabe Yuji) has disappeared after
developing the “ultimate poison”. The poison will cause death by heart failure
24 hours after a person has consumed it, and its toxic ingredient is completely
undetectable. Right after that, Matsui starts appearing at various scenes at
unexpected moments like a chimera. As if conducting and experiment, he hands
the drug to people and watches what happens … … Detective Sasamoto Naomi (Usuda
Asami) suspects the presence of a poison that makes the perfect crime possible
and pursues Matsui and the poison. 15 years ago, her detective father died
under suspicious circumstances, and she has a strong interest in cases where
the cause of death has is too many contradictory points.
Website:
www.ytv.co.jp/poison
Sarutobi Sansei
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Fridays, 12 October 2012
Station: NHK BS Premium
Cast: Ito Atsushi, Mizukawa Asami, Yanagiba Toshiro, Asano Yuko, Kawasaki
Asami, Sakai Masaaki
Synopsis: In the early Edo period, an encounter with Oichi (Mizukawa Asami),
the daughter of the chief retainer (Sakai Masaaki) of a small domain, prompts
the dull Sarutobi Sasuke (Ito Atsushi), a budding ninja who was born in a ninja
village deep in the mountains, to charge off for the capital. While Sarutobi
attempts to protect Oichi from intrigue, Tokusaburo (Yanagiba Toshiro), a
devious, mysterious merchant, appears before him. And then Sarutobi’s
archnemesis, Hattori Hanzomon, the grandson of Hattori Hanzo.
Website: -
Ooku ~ Tanjou ~ Arikoto . Iemitsu
Hen

Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 12 October 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Sakai Masato, Tabe Mikako, Tanaka Koki, Hirayama Hiroyuki, Minamisawa
Nao, Omi Toshinori, Danta Yasunori, Naito Takashi, Aso Yumi, Suruga Taro
Synopsis: In the Edo era where the number of men has fallen sharply to
one-fourth of the population as a result of a mysterious epidemic, the roles of
males and females are reversed. Women run businesses and politics. A young girl
takes the seat as the heir of the shogunate and becomes first female shogun.
She is Tokugawa Iemitsu (Tabe Mikako). An incident causes the pure-hearted
Madenokoji Arikoto (Sakai Masato) who heads a temple to return to secular life
and become one of the 3,000 handsome concubines that wait on the shogun in the
inner palace.
Website:
www.tbs.co.jp/ohoku2012
Tokumei Tantei
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, October 2012
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Takahashi Katsunori, Katase Nana, Moritsugu Koji, Yamaguchi Daiichi,
Sakai Ayumi, Otowa Reon, Ogawa Asami, Tayama Ryosei, Miura Rieko
Synopsis: An unidentified investigator (Takahashi Katsunori) rents a room at a
multi-tenant building with shady strip clubs. Although he is an investigator,
he is not an occupational investigator, but a troubleshooter who undertakes
various jobs as a go-between for the sake of money. He usually does odd jobs at
a strip club, and sometimes solves trivial stalking and debt collecting cases
as he ekes out a living. However, the requests he accepts are typically only
from females. This bourbon and jazz loving, unsentimental and tough
investigator uses foul language, hates being tied down more than anything, and
leads a life free of mobile phones, emails and the internet. While he is not
the type who is hard up for women, his policy is not to sleep with the same
woman twice. However, he is extremely kind to females and because of that, he
frequently gets into unnecessary trouble with women who do not pay.
Website:
www.tv-asahi.co.jp/tokumeitantei
Makete, Katsu ~ Sengo o Tsukutta Otoko . Yoshida
Shigeru

Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 8 September 2012
Station: NHK
Cast: Watanabe Ken, Matsuyuki Yasuko, Tanihara Shosuke, Tanaka Kei, Suzuki
Anne, Nagai Masaru, Hatsune Eriko, Kaneda Akio, Sasai Eisuke, Shimada Kyusaku,
Takahashi Kazuya, Koichi Mantaro, Nakajima Tomoko, Sano Shiro, Ishibashi Renji,
Yoshida Eisaku, Nakamura Atsuo, Nomura Mansai, Kato Go
Synopsis: Yoshida Shigeru (Watanabe Ken) was a proud, stubborn man who stuck to
his own principles even when tossed into jail during wartime. He also held his
own against General MacArthur, the supreme commander of the allied powers. The
two of them consequently collaborated in the revival of Japan.
Website:
www.nhk.or.jp/dodra/dodrasp/index.html#d11
Akumu-chan
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 13 October 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Kitagawa Keigo, Gackt, Yuka, Kimura Manatsu, Hamada Mari, Okada Keisuke,
Kawamura Yosuke, Wada Masato, Anan Kenji, Kimura Midoriko, Kohinata Fumiyo
Synopsis: Beautiful and smart Mutoi Ayami (Kitagawa Keigo) is the perfect
elementary school teacher. However, she is in fact an oddball, two-faced person
with a very black heart. One day, this oddball with an evil attitude that no
one believes, meets 11-year old Koto Yuiko (Kimura Manatsu) who has joined her
class as a transfer student. Yuiko is a queer young girl with the ability to
see precognitive dreams and a future that is like a nightmare. Furthermore,
these precognitive dreams all spell disaster. Ayami does not want anything to
do with trouble, but Yuiko follows her around asking for help. Harm even
befalls Ayami. With reluctance, Ayami ends up seeking a solution to the
situation and rides out various crises … …
Website:
www.ntv.co.jp/akumu
Koukou Nyuushi
Date: From 11.10 p.m., Saturdays, 6 October 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Nagasawa Masami, Minamisawa Nao, Nakao Akiyoshi, Tokuyama Hidenori,
Shinoda Mitsuyoshi, Komatsu Toshimasa, Saiki Shigeru, Irie Masato, Ikuta
Tomoko, Nakamura Tomoya, Kyo Nobuo, Miyama Karen, Masaki Reiya, Takasugi
Mahiro, Shimizu Hiroya, Yamazaki Hirona, Shimizu Kazuaki, Sakata Masanobu, Haba
Yuichi, Takahashi Hitomi, Yamamoto Kei
Synopsis: Haruyama Kyoko (Nagasawa Masami), a newly-appointed English teacher
at a rural but well-respected, prestigious prefectural high school, had spent
her childhood and high school years overseas before returning to Japan. Because
she lived abroad for a long time, she completely cannot understand the
old-fashioned ideas peculiar to Japan and tends to be frank about what she
thinks. On the eve and the day of the school entrance examination, various
incidents occur. There is the spectre of someone attempting to wreck the
examination for some motive. Everyone present is a potential suspect and the
truth remains shrouded in mystery to the end.
Website:
www.fujitv.co.jp/kokonyushi
Piece
Date: From 12.55 a.m., Saturdays, 6 October 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Nakayama Yuma, Honda Tsubasa, Matsumura Hokuto, Suzuki Airi, Yasui
Kentaro, Arai Mei, Mizuno Erina, Nozawa Yuki
Synopsis: Three years ago, Narumi Hikaru (Nakayama Yuma) and Suga Mizuho (Honda
Tsubasa) were in love and would meet in secret for several months in the second
year of high school. It started casually and ended casually. Hikaru and Mizuho
were alike in their inabilities to grasp their distance from others or to be
interested in another person; poor at the way they get involved with other
people. The two of them should not have met again, but the news of the sudden
death of a high school classmate Origuchi Haruka (Mizuno Erina) from cancer
brings them together again. Mizuho undertakes the search for the unknown
boyfriend from high school to fulfil the wishes of the Haruka’s mother, who
believes that she is her daughter’s good friend. Hikaru and Mizuho are now
university students, and changes have come upon their relationship. They look
back at the past, meet many people again and as they pick up various pieces of
love, they get close to the true face of the unseen person.
Website:
www.ntv.co.jp/piece
Monsters
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, October 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Katori Shingo, Yamashita Tomohisa, Otake Makoto, Endo Kenichi, Okada
Yoshinori (guest star), Kato Natsuki (guest star), Takashima Reiko (guest
star), Takeda Tetsuya (guest star)
Synopsis: Hiratsuka Heihachi (Katori Shingo), a detective of the Tokyo
Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigative Division, is an oddball
with his rude, petty, makeshift attitude and fuss over little things although
he is always smiling and excrutiatingly gentlemanly in speech to everyone.
Brazenly stepping into territory that others hate, he exposes their hidden
faces and the true nature of human relations to solve cases. On the other hand,
rookie detective Saionji Kosuke (Yamashita Tomohisa), the son of a very high
profile distinguished family, is highly conscientious, untainted and upright.
He is taken on probation by his coveted First Investigative Division, but the
work he is given is overseen by Hiratsuka. The First Investigative Division’s
Team Hiratsuka is a one-man department with Hiratsuka himself. While Hiratsuka
is an unpopular person that no one in the division wishes to work under, he has
somehow solved a great number of cases in succession. For that reason, the
members of the division speculate that Hiratsuka might have ties with the dark
side and Saionji is put under Hiratsuka in order to find evidence of his
wrongdoing. However, the biggest reason why Hiratsuka solves cases is because
he is the person that criminals most hated.
Website:
www.tbs.co.jp/MONSTERS
Tokyo Airport ~ Tokyo Kuukou
Kanseihoanbu

Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, October 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Fukada Kyoko, Sasaki Nozomi, Seto Asaka, Kaname Jun, Seto Koji, Tokito
Saburo
Synopsis: Tokyo’s Haneda Airport is the busiest airport in Japan with 1
airplane taking off and landing every 2 minutes. In a year, 6 billion people
(an average of 170,000 people a day) pass through the airport. Shinoda Kaori
(Fukada Kyoko) is a new air traffic controller. It is an extremely stressful
and difficult job where a split-second’s error in judgment can cause a
catastrophic incident. Kaori had originally been a ground staff at the airport
with an ambition to become an air traffic controller who directs the aircraft
of all airlines, but an incident spurs her to resign and take the national
exam. After completing rigorous training at the air navigation security
college, she is assigned to Haneda Airport’s Air Traffic Control Centre as an
air traffic controller just before she turns 30. When she gets up to the
control tower with a mixture of nervousness, excitement and anxiety, the people
she sees are a group of professionals who remain calm in the face of
emergencies and protect human lives. Kaori guides aircraft with veteran air
controller Takeuchi Hiromi (Seto Asaka) for on-the-job training. Because of a
little careless mistake that she makes, and incident occurs that is a step
short of an accident. She gets discouraged, but no one scolds her for the
mistake she made which makes her feel even worse. However, she listens to the
feelings of Yuki Noboru (Tokito Saburo) and Kondo Yukihiro (Kaname Jun) as air
traffic controllers and gradually pulls herself together.
Website:
www.fujitv.co.jp/tokyo-airport
Soko o Nantoka
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, October 2012
Station: NHK BS Premium
Cast: Motokariya Yuika, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Megumi, Igarashi Shunji, Maeda
Oushiro, Takeda Kohei, Inoue Waka, Otomo Kohei
Synopsis: Kaise Rakuko (Motokariya Yuika), who grew up in a poor family,
decides to become a lawyer so that she can make money. She works as a hostess
in a bar to put herself through school and passes the bar exam. However, it is
now a tough time to get a job as a lawyer. Rakuko finally finds employment at a
small law firm, but keeps getting stuck with the cases that do not pay. Each
time, she works for a paltry pay, and realises that she has neglected personal
gain to help the vulnerable … …
Website: -
Hitori Shizuka
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 21 October 2012
Station: WOWOW
Cast: Kaho, Takahashi Issei, Murakami Jun, Arai Hirofumi, Nagatsuka Keishi,
Matsushige Yutaka, Nukumizu Yoichi, Ikeda Narushi, Kurosawa Asuka, Nikado
Satoshi, Midori Mako, Kishibe Ittoku
Synopsis: A big secret is intertwined with five murders that occur at different
times and locations. The first murder is a fatal shooting at an apartment in a
residential neighborhood. When senior patrol officer Kizaki (Takahashi Issei),
who works near the site, rushes over at the sound of a gunshot(s), his senior
Omura (Murakami Jun) has already entered the crime scene. The suspects are
narrowed down through legwork and forensics results, but Kizaki feels that
there is more to the case. Before long, a girl (Kaho) with some sort of
connection to the case emerges … …
Website:
www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/hitorishizuka
Tefutefuso e Yokoso
Date: October 2012
Station: NHK BS Premium
Cast: Nakamura Shunsuke, Yuki Jutta, Kurokawa Tomoka, Eguchi Noriko, Kitaro,
Suzuki Kosuke, Ashina Sei
Synopsis: “Rent of 13,000 yen but the first month is free. No deposit or fee.”
Lured by these exceptional terms, the residents (Yuki Jutta, Eguchi Noriko,
Suzuki Kosuke) chose the dilapidated apartment building ‘Tefutefuso’. However,
there is naturally a catch to this sweet deal. There are ghosts (Kurokawa
Tomoka, Kitaro, Ashina Sei) living in each of the six apartments. Although the
residents are stunned by this fact, they gradually establish emotional bonds
with the ghosts. They cry after learning the circumstances in which these ghosts
lost their lives, and are at times encouraged as well as consoled by them. And
when the residents are able to touch the bodies of the ghosts, the ghosts move
towards peaceful eternal rest … …
Website: -
Thanks to : jdramas

More Miori

Aw Man, that Takimoto Miori is totally KILLING me with her cuteness in HUNGRY! I haven’t had so much fun watching a zanily adorable character like her since falling in love with Juri Ueno as Nodame, she’s THAT cute! Take this slice of life as Chie (Takimoto) works herself up thinking about the wonderful food she’s obsessing about…

video

Now imagine that character acting like that in every scene she’s in and you’ll understand why Hungry is becoming one of my favoite shows on right now! Watching episode Two, I actually groaned when I realized the chapter was almost over! I didn’t want it to stop!

Challenge ABC 2013 – Linné Lharsson

Ce sera une Liste Cyborg : Bi-technologique …
Audren :Mauvais élève! pp 126 Jeunesse
Bonin Julien :La vie de Oru pp 564 Fantasy
Collectif Morts Dents Lames: Anthologie en Hommage à la violence pp 225 Nouvelles
Dunn Sebastiane: Les Mots d’où pp Poésie
Ende Michael :L’histoire sans fin Fantasy
Favan Claire :Le tueur intime pp 637 Thriller
Grenier Droesch Françoise :Le piano maléfique pp 244 Fantasy
Henocq Daniel :Le joueur de Cartes. Pp Jeunesse
Indridason Arnaldur :Betty pp 237 Polar
Jang Sun-woo : Resurrection of the Little Match Girl . Film sud-coréen.
King Stephen: Misery pp Thriller Horreur.
Lansdale Joe R L’arbre à bouteilles pp Polar
Matheson Richard Je suis une légende pp 228 Dystopie dark fantasy?
Nathy: Anamorphose pp Fantastique
Oda Hideji :La Forêt de Miori 3 volumes pp 201, pp204, pp205 Manga
Pavlenko Marie :Le livre de Saksia t1 Le Réveil pp 376 Fantasy
Queyssi Laurent: Comme un automate dément reprogrammé à la mi-temps pp 244 Nouvelles
Renoir Jean :Le Fleuve film
Sturgeon Theodore: Les plus qu’humain pp 307 S-F
Taffin Benedict : La pucelle et le démon pp
Udall Brady : Le destin fabuleux d’Edgar Mint pp Littérature générale
Voltaire : Candide. pp …Conte philosophique 
Winckler Martin: La vacation. Littérature générale
Xénakis Françoise: Mouche-toi Cléopâtre pp… Littérature générale
Yoshimura Akira Naufrages pp189 Littérature générale
Zhao Golo (et Jean Marie Omont) La balade de Yaya Intégrale 1-3 pp 144 BD thème littéraire



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Crush Of The Day: Takimoto Miori

Takimoto Miori as Chie in Hungry!
Awwww, MAN, Episode 6 of “Hungry was sooo frickin’ GOOD!  After a few past episodes of pretty mediocre stories (especially 5’s double cliché of  1. Main Character suddenly having to take care of a young child for an extended time, and 2. Having that kid dislike gourmet food and only want junk food (well, it’s a food drama cliché, anyway), I’d thought the show had turnd into a “regular” show, but BOY with this past episode, it’s like they got back that writer who wrote the first two wonderful stories, and we’re HAPPILY BACK ON TRACK!
With best friend Nana (Yamashita Rio)
Cutie-Pie Miori Takimoto has been looking prettier and prettier as the episodes went by (no doubt a not-so-subtle move by director as the story moves her into a more “romantic” setting) and like the fool I am, I fell for it hook, line and sinker, and by the time this latest awesome episode ran, she was looking sooooo attractive, HECK, you add that to her already hyper-genki demeanor and sweet, adorable personality and you’ve got a character that I just HAD to fall in love with!
“Mushrooms!” thinks Chie as Taku (Shohei Muira) looks on
Fawning over Eisuke (Osamu Mukai) in the kitchen
Though this drama is really the story of failed rock musician Eisuke (Osamu Mukai) attempted to fulfil his mother’s wish of him becoming a full-fledged French Chef and take over the family restaurant, the storyline I’VE always been the most invested in is the growing relationship between and Miori’s character Chie. 
He’s so clueless about girls and their emotions, and she’s so spacey about interacting with guys that you’re just cracking up as they butt heads and and aggravate each other, wondereing just WHERE their relationship is going!
But Awww, Chie is so cute, you just want to pick her up and cuddle her, she’s like a little lost puppy most times, and her absolutely Shida- Mirai-ish befuddlement over confusing scenarios just KILLS me!
“????” thinks Chie…