Also known as: Itakisu , Itazura Na Kiss, Mischievous Kiss, 惡作劇之吻
In the romantic comedy story, a high school girl named Kotoko finally tells a fellow senior named Naoki that she has loved him from afar since she saw him on their first day of high school. However, Naoki, a haughty “super-ikemen” (handsome male) with smarts and sports talent, rejects her offhand. Fate intervenes when a mild earthquake ruins Kotoko’s family house. While the house gets rebuilt, Kotoko and her dad stay at the home of her dad’s childhood friend…whose son is Naoki.
My Comment :
Just as I love both the Japanese and Taiwanese version of Itazura Na Kiss, I love the animated version as well.
I never read the manga so I never know that among the animated, Japanese and Taiwanese version, which one is the closest adaptation to its manga. However, the Taiwanese version has more similarities to the anime version than the Japanese version though.
Since I have not watched the sequel of Taiwanese Version, They Kiss Again, it is from this anime version that I am able to follow the story of Kotoko-Naoki ‘s marriage life.
The wedding somehow is not an happily ever after ending for Kotoko-Naoki. After marriage, there is still a lots that Kotoko-Naoki have to learn from each other to make it works. Naoki is still much more of his old self, cold and insensitive some time. Many new characters come out, including one of Kotoko’s classmate who falls for her and sympathize her as she is coldly treated by Naoki. It is also a challenge to Naoki as this guy is able to make him jealous. Besides, Nakamura Kinnosuke, the character who used to has unrequited love for Kotoko, also finds love. Kinnosuke may not be as attractive as Naoki, but he is a good man after all and deserve to have his own happiness.
While it is still a long way for Naoki to change into a warmer person, Kotoko learns to adjust her self and accept the way Naoki is. There are also many misunderstandings and problems happen to Kotoko-Naoki during the marriage.
At first,it looks like it is Kotoko who is so lucky to win Naoki’s heart. However, in the end I think that it should be the other way round. It is Naoki who has been so lucky to meet a girl like Kotoko who never give up on him. She changes him to become more human and better person.
Poor Kotoko! She really struggles a lot for her love to a person such as Naoki.But in the end, seeing their happy family, it’s worth it!