An ItaKiss Love in Tokyo episode is infinitely better when we let Irie do his thing. Let us peek into his brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr genius head a bit more and ALL IS WELL WORLD!
And what is letting Irie do his thing? He still seems like this cold unfeeling alien most of the time….UNLESS when Kotoko is giving him up, for good. Since ep5, this has ceased to be the story of a girl pining over the impossible dreamboat. Kotoko has stopped being an annoyance in his life, at least he welcomes the pestering, he loses his marbles when she’s not there clinging to him. We have Irie to ‘thanks’ for a shoujo romance to squee over. Because if he did not make his move at the graduation dinner, if he did not drop the breadcrumbs for Kotoko to follow his footsteps in joining the Tennis Club, if he did not make a never before appearance for practice just because he misses her too much, if he did not start the bet with Senpei thus subjected Kotoko to spending a whole week with him almost every waking hour of leisure when she’s respecting his ‘wish’ to leave him alone back to his life prior, if he did not show the care and concern towards her, when she’s hurt, when she’s taunted by baddies, when she’s a zombie… I trust this Kotoko to have the sensibility to snap out of it and move on. but he’s the one who’s been holding onto her, not letting her out of his life. It was not as apparent in any other versions of InK. This is just too good for words.
Honoka dearie, OTT is my kryptonite, I’m much more tolerant with Jdorama manga adapts but still you are making OMG-er faces than OMG faces and I keep loving you and your faces more and more and MORE! I feel so horrible when I’m so happy seeing you on my screen, even when your Kotoko is miserable and me giggling uncontrollably at walking dead Kotoko. *g*
We skipped almost entire chapters in the manga and I welcome it. Chibi the puppy is introduced into the family, cute as it is, I’d rather the time be better spent like ep9 did. Unbeknownst to Kotoko, she is now the muse of the manga club, a pervie manga where she is a scantily clad tennis supergirl. At an open day/bazaar at school, Irie and Kotoko accidentally win as a team and the prize is travel vouchers. The Iries and Aiharas went on an onsen trip for winter break togehter. A lot of the restaurant scenes are streamlined, I’m relieved we do not have to see Kotoko eating at the restaurant daily just to see Irie. I love all the omission very much, except the part of Irie having a nice talk with Papa Aihara on Kotoko and life, Irie asks how he and DaddyIrie made up their mind on their vocation, how did they find the passion and drive, which is clearly what’s lacking for Irie. Kotoko also hears from Senpai of Irie looking for a place to rent and a job and his serious talks with his professor. The moving out of Irie would’ve transitioned better if just the talk with Papa Aihara is somehow worked in. Just a VERY tiny complaint on an otherwise OMG soooo good Itakiss LiT episode, I’m not worthy.
1. He leaves, leaving behind a backlit lingering glance.
Oh let me hug you and give you a very good oneechan TLCpat on your head Kotoko, he’s a bad bad boy and yup, do not give him the pleasure of you staring back at him longingly, begging him not to go.
On this end, the door is right there, less than an arm’s reach and Irie makes it a scene to turn his head to Kotoko’s direction only, pauses and makes one deliberate intense glance at hisKotoko, as if Mom and LilBro are transparent, as in, my eyes only have you, ‘TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF!!!’ Like the kind of look a soldier taking off for duty to his army wife. Gahhhhh~ Kotoko, yes, you should look away for your pride’s sake but if you keep staring, maybe he really won’t go. And I could have an episode of you both staring at each other. I COULD.
HAHAHA what a foodie, having stuffed plush of desserts hanging in room.
And how you subsequently suffers my darling, serious mental trauma indeed.
Look how miserable and lonely this visual is.
Without her little footsteps, from a few feet behind you to just right next to you, it is not the same.
4. Kinchan and Satomi, maybe Kotoko did not share every word of his ‘love confirmation’, so it may not be your fault, but Irie, the miser with words, dedicated one whole line ‘I do not mind living with you under one roof.’ And that same night he announced his moving out. Yes he’s finicky, but clearly he’s planned it for a while, at least before he said that line, and he’s never absentminded. Yes, he loves eating his words, but he was never as serious with his every utterance when talking to you Kotoko that sunset. He wouldn’t give you that tender loving lingering look right before he walked out of the door. He made it a point to alert you his moving out has nothing to do with you, Kotoko. That is the first thing he wants to make it clear, knowing exactly what you would misunderstand about his decision to move out.
Ah! Aren’t you Irie’s…
ba-ka/ie his love nick for wifey.
DingDingDingDingDing correct answer, 10 points each to the geeks! Bonus crushing from the 2 Irie’s…….cutiefriends Satomi and Jinko!
6. While Satomi, Jinko and Kotoko are busy calling themselves Ba-kaaa, the passerby nerds conveniently spill out Irie intelligence. I know I know, Kotoko, Bad(notreally)!Irie did not tell you he’s working part time. He did not tell you where he’s working and living. I would love to comfort you from my end of the screen as he said to you, MamaIrie and LilBro, he can’t be distracted by personal chitchat, soooo Irie, you have a lot of personal stuff to say to Kotoko, and the aloof, withdrawn, cold prince you of all peeps could be distracted, huh?! Oh how come? kekekeke I love how even LilBro is passively acknowledging (and later showing his support)Kotoko, obvious with her loving Irie.
He was throwing you deep emo loving glances even if you are just eating a hamburger, he’s now working at a coffee shop, and he knows you love coffee, and he loves you making him coffee, he has asked for you to make him a cup, remember?! And I think this dreamy scene is embedded in his head forever, maybe the first moment of which he finds you the visual of a dream he doesn’t know he has of his future wife.
I will make it a point it is one thing knowing the favorite beverages of your family, but Kotoko, who a year or so ago is of no concern to you, yet you are absolutely certain she is also having a coffee…I reminds me of those I still do not understand public display of affection/ romantic gesture of a husband taking the trouble ordering for his wifey.
7. So all of us except Kotoko, Satomi and Jinko can guess Irie wants to have some alone time figuring out his life, and he’s been confused and occupied with so much Kotoko thoughts he’s said he is overwhelmed and has not figured out how to tackle the feelings, how to deal with it all. THAT IS, he has feelings for hisKotoko, a lot of them messy feelings. Priority is priority for Irie, and I applaud him for thinking straight given what he is going through emotionally. And it is very understandable considering how well he knows his Mother, if he leaks out where he’s working and living, he’ll be stalked 24/7 and defy the pur-po-su of him moving out and be alone. I mean… on top of Sherlock skills MamaIrie has wuxia internal energy and adroit sword moves *muahahaha and the Csubs is so cute when Mama hollers Let her sway and wither in the (sword) wind*:
8. Personally I would pick the guy who can sway his hips like so while carrying delicious food he makes himself, and would keep him as a lover:
We officially have PapaAihara joining TeamKotokoIrie4ever in his subtly awesome ways. We go from Papa firm on his conviction this is impossible and he has to interfere in order to protect his precious daughter. Then after he completely understands how genuine Kotoko’s feelings for Irie, he supports her no matter what, even encouraging her on, he’ll be there cheering for her if only as a safety blanket lest she will get hurt further. This unconditional, nurturing love from a father to his child is different in nature from the love kinchan is basking Kotoko with, but it’s also the same in some ways. Without their love and support, I’m not sure if Kotoko can have the infinite energy and verve to give her all in his relationship with Irie and a relationship with Irie, even now we are quite sure of his feelings and Kotoko has some tiny fog of idea to work on, still begs a LOT of work. I love how Kinchan is written in the drama, I can’t say it enough. I love how PapaAihara throws in a caring fatherly nudge on kinchan, who is in the same boat as his daughter, telling him not to let his parents worry more about him and focus on his job at hand, and make the best of what he’s got.
The cutest stalker EVER.
Irie should be aware of her stalking, but he isn’t. His love is expressed through his doubts and underestimations of the extent Kotoko has been falling for him. I guess he must be aware how cold and mean he’s been treating Kotoko, even though he didn’t intend to, he can not fully grasp the how and why she’s so obsessed with him to have the complete faith in her love. He must’ve thought seeing him at work, knowing he’s doing ok is good enough, it is enough even for his Mom and his Lil Bro, Just as his idea of caring for her is to keep her bewildering obsession over him at a manageable degree, it is what he’s deduced as to how he should be caring for her, his alien genius way. I’ll give Irie the excuse he’s being so secretive to not put Kotoko at harm’s way, wasting time stalking him late into the night (and him worrying about her constantly as a result, remember he’s faked just taking a walk to talk her back when she’s run away from home and the time he just so happens to be at the exact street corner as she’s passing by at night, thinking she was at the restaurant to see Kinchan?). Now that he knows she knows where he’s at, it’s only logical to expect her there, no Irie? BUT he’s missing the point Kotoko has not gained the confidence in herself in your heart just by his clumsy speech, and she definitely doesn’t get Matsumoto is nothing but a friend to him or else he won’t be at such ease around her. He thought she’s got the memo but it’s in Klingon.
10. A few hours later, due to lack of sleep from PTSD, we have Zombie Kotoko:
Please please please tell me I’m not the only one holding in sobs and guffaws at the same time watching Kotoko’s heartbreak as a zombie on hunger strike. While feeling for our girl, and my heart is reeling, I am a terrible person to lol at her. hahaha I lost it when she’s doing her zombie ganbette dance:
11. OTP gagaing scene alert:
Irie: What is WRONG with the world?
I do not think we were ever robbed of a Kotoko and Irie’s chance meeting at the Uni. We’ve seen too many times how Kotoko had to be on a serious lookout around his department in order to catch a glimpse of him. Do you think they have classes in the same building? Most probably not. It is visible he is expecting to see a Kotoko there. That is Irie has to know of Kotoko’s classes and when she’ll be where. Oh how cute! I do not think it’s ever happened where an Irie will plan out a bumping into a girl by chance, unless it’s Kotoko. And he used to shrug it off, never honest about the obvious. Here he’s almost standing still, begging Kotoko to just give him a look. How shocked and NOT!happy is our Irie, frozen and putting himself in contemplation in the middle of the stairway, just because Kotoko is now a walking dead and did not even see him, not paying him ANY attention. *hey since I’m fresh off a Walking Dead marathon high and if Iriekun you are a fan of show as well, you should know zombie needs to smell or feel the warmth of humans, or blood, so if you hug her, or kiss her, it will bring her all alive and agitated. It works on any females dead or alive as well, with you doing the hugging and kissing of course. BTW hahaha the C Itakiss bebes are naming scene Plant vs Zombie: as Naoki/直樹 is literally ‘straight’ ‘tree’
LOLZ Mikichan How do you do that? And to Walk and ACT?!?!
We are DONE with faking nonchalance huh?! Hooray! There must be a bro code with Senpai and it makes me tremendously ecstatic. Irie goes out of his routine to look for a Kotoko he’s worried about, so obvious with the purpose of your rare appearance, even the very dense senpai can tell right away and spills all the info you need to gather. Then you intensify your investigation on why yourKotoko is turned into a Walking Dead by dipping closer to home, asking your little brother out for intelligence gathering, you can’t even look at the poor boy when you fake the nonchalance you are just wondering how are things back home, that extra patting on LilBro’s head is out of quite a bit of guilt huh? It’s so not solely because you are missing the boy, but also a patpatpat on job well done of giving you more to work on, saving yourKotoko.
I’ll take this as an subliminal acceptance of Kotoko as your future SisinLaw, Lil’ Yuki. Everyone is turning TeamKotokoXNaokiforever surely this episode and assisting the OTP from every angle they can, even if it’s not intentional. First you tag along the We <3333 + Miss Irie mission, a Kotoko there not really bugging you anymore. Then you are spilling beans on how ‘things’ are back home is all Kotoko, you must’ve sensed this is what your BigBro is about, huh? Smart boy is smart. Irie will clearly lose the show of ‘Are you smarter than a 5th grader in the romance department’ if his lil bro is on.
14. Here because it’s pretty and it’s tweeted by the sweetest considerate too dreamy to be true Yukikun at Weibo.
This is why I was a nuisance at libraries, probably still am. Gimme a cute boy with pretty eyes and long lashes and GORGEOUS hands so focused on his book I could shamelessly droolz unnoticed.
15. The episode takes off from here and MY DOKIDOKIDOKI IS STILL DOKIDOKIDOKIING.
Yukikun, back to PERFECTION. His Irie is still coming across as mean and heartless but you also get it is not from a black dark place inside him anywhere, he just doesn’t know a better way to interact to other humans who is not at his alien wavelength. His face is immediately surprised and concerned he has anything to do with Kotoko’s demise. Poor thing, but I mean you have done your share of teasing and toying with Kotoko, it’s karma how much seeing Kotoko totally losing it is worrying you and you must’ve stayed up past your 10pm curfew pulling your hairs out.
Are you saying….tell her directly…
that I love her and her only? She’s my OTP, the one, my future wife?
Satomi and Jinko: OH baby steps, tone it WAY down, she has no sustenance in her body and in no mental capacity to not squee her heart out for REAL. (and you too, craycray fanobasan)
I’m terribly curious to know what OTHER hypotheses you come up with, clearly putting all your energy to it last few days, alien genius boy.
16. OH KINCHAN *sobzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz*
I’m always here, anytime.
Fact: Kinchan is beyond gorgeous. And Irie should be threatened, very.
Fact: The most beautiful friendzoned boyfriend one can only dream about.
A dearie wrote a teary love ode to Kinchan speaking my mind and more.
I have to keep humming to myself the spoiler Kinchan will have his own very pretty goddessy blondie OTP coming his way SOON . Those earnest, moving words, and his actions speak a thousand times more beautiful of those touching words. Whether Kotoko gets Irie or not, he’ll be there for her, he’ll stay exactly where he is, not pushing forward, forcing his love on her, caring for her, not asking for anything, not even an apology of she can’t reciprocate ever. With his sweetest, warm, welcoming arms wide open, matchy flowers in the background, we all want to dash into your arms, Kinchan darling. Irie owes you so much taking care of his wifey when he’s so inapt. It is you who moved and jolted Kotoko back to life from a walking dead, back to the Kotoko who is the sensible girl who will not get her obsession take over her whole brain, there will always be a part of her who put her dear ones’ well being higher than her own.
17. This makes my day, my week. Even when we’ve seen Kotoko done some shameless things a girl can do, there is still this part of her head that’s screwed right. I honestly think Kotoko can live and function without Irie in her life and be happy. It’s always been the other party I’m more worried about, and clearly he’s gone to some extremes he would’ve never gone before because of her, because he wants her in his life, whereas Kotoko is being herself. Kotoko will approach love her way, no matter if the guy is Irie or not.
Do you have a minute?
Isn’t it lovely we have the ‘dokidokidoki…DOH~’ music so timely for this scene?! Wanna bet if Irie has EVER waited for anyone deliberately in board daylight?! In the middle of the school, start of a school day, he might not even have classes (note: his following plans), ie he must’ve come to school early (and set plans in motion prior), propping his gorgeousness there, because he is obviously the rare oddity who does not own any form of gadgets for normal existence like phones, PC which you can email or chat or skype or whatnots. See, he’s not even reading his darn paperbacks, his comfort prop of nonchalance, but all eyes on the lookout for you, Kotoko. And Bebe, BRAVO! You are truly smarter than you are leading us on, and all your ganbette cheering yourself up is working miracles in your game, because, apparently ignoring your Iriekun, or just saying a morning~! and keeping his rule in mind keeping yourself 5 ft from him or sth and quickly be on your way is THE MOVE!
And you really are sweet are you Irie, in your cold alien adonis ways. Not only did you waste however long of your precious genius time waiting for Kotoko to walk by, you have also gathered all your witnesses, that is after your thorough investigative work, for the big reveal, the problem solving pick-me-up Kotoko needs exactly, because of you, because she cares about you so much. And you too, Kotoko gets your full attention and you must’ve loved it when she starts with, I’ve loved you… LEARN Iriekun, this is how sweet adorable human beings start their love confession. They may meander, there may not be a point to make except the first sentence, but hahaha I bet what she’s segued into she’s a nuisance for loving you and it means nothing to you…that bugs, HUH?!
19. This is the second time Yukikun has strut his body, in perfect body language, screaming to us O!T!P! haha I’m not sure this is rehearsed, all I know is it’s too cute. And Matsumoto and her even more annoying sis must not be aware they have been pawns to Team KotokoIrie4EVER.
20. Lolz your wifey is willing to hand you over to another woman on a silver platter and you do not like it, one bit of it, you have to make her correct her terrible mistake, huh?!
Just hug me. If I’m going to live with someone under a roof, I’ve said I do not mind it’s you. YOU!
I wonder if Kotoko REALLY grabs his arms and hugs him like her outburst of joy after her first serve, what would Irie do?! My bet is he would most probably let her, but without the fake!judging glare. And inside he would be so happy hisKotoko is back, in his arms, he may not be able to hold in a grin.
And you know you are beyond charming this very moment, but you still have to rub it in as your true buggy self, asking for YET another morsel of sweetness, your drug, Kotoko’s affirmation of her undying love for you, teasing her of giving you up so easily, so quick after he moves out probably for just a few days, and will send her blessing and be genuinely happy for you two. It bugs you so, you have to let it out of your system asap. So you, Irie, so adorable you in your annoying but we love you way. And just to make your girl forever in your trap, you have to throw in a ‘Bye, Kotoko.’
…..while you fling your bag over your shoulder, practiced to a dazzling perfection, because you bear in mind it’s a big deal to Kotoko, you mind which tries to not remember anything insignificant, just because of her passing quip. Did you beat yourself further more last few days for forgetting to throw it in last episode when you were fidgeting with words in your most nerve-wrecking speech of your life?!
* If you haven’t pulled up your lazy arms to huzzah along, I dare you to stare at this gif for another 5 seconds and still not doing it,
AWWWWW ALL is well world when our Kotoko is BACK! *clapclapclap* Iriekun, good job at last! What Kinchan did taking care of Kotoko physically is so moving, but really when it comes to the matter of the heart, a little goes a long way. Life’s never fair!
*Kinchan WE LOVE YOU!!!!*
Did you stalk Kotoko, again, Iriekun? I bet you did, you are just so good these two would never notice. BUT, you have to let your presence be known and step out and properly look at your wifey straight on, just to be very sure, and give a slightest of smile because you are happy, happy because she’s back to her old jolly self. You just HAVE to.
PS: PD 永田 sama made a cameo in 9, where??!