Lately, I’ve been watching J-Dramas, mostly to shore up my flagging interest in learning Japanese. As my idol interest has been winding down I’ve been looking for more stuff to keep me interested in the language. Actually, I’ve just finished the drama “Rich Man, Poor Woman,” which script-wise was pretty dry and boring, but it was incredibly good because of the acting talents of Oguri Shun and Ishihara Satomi, and Iura Arata was no slouch either. Just a great watch and the finale just had me all smiles at the end. The Drama Special even includes a wedding dance of Heavy Rotation.
So, what triggered me to watch Kasuka na Kanojo?
Look, it’s Acchan! Or Assan. Well, I don’t like typing Assan in English because it looks like ass.
She actually looks great, better than when she was in her final years of AKB when she looked dead all the time.
The premise of the story seems to be your typical school drama, where students have problems and the teacher invokes their gimmick to solve the problem. I’m a big fan of GTO, and the only other equivalent show I’ve watched was Dragon Zakura, which wasn’t as good. And the new GTO was good, but not great. I guess it was just Good Teacher Onizuka.
For some reason, Acchan gets away with wearing these short shorts. Like… wow.
Her role in the drama is the vice-homeroom-teacher to SMAP’s Katori Shingo. I’m actually curious to see what his acting is like. I’ve only ever seen him do comedy stuff whenever I see on TV shows and variety. Like, really silly comedy stuff. I know he has acting chops but I never bothered to watch any of them.
The gimmick invoked in this show is that Katori can see ghosts, and the apartment that he’s living in has a ghost who was a former teacher at the school he works in. The mysteries involve why the ghost is still there, as well as why Katori decided to change schools. Acchan seems to play the role of GTO’s Fuyutuski (Matsushima Nanako’s, not Takimoto Miori’s) and is teaching because she couldn’t get a better job or something.
So… pretty atypical. I wasn’t too impressed with this first episode and I’m not sure I’ll continue. Maybe I’ll give it a more couple episodes.
On the other hand, at least Acchan’s acting has improved. I bought Moshidora because she was in it, and she actually had the worst performance there; not a good look when you’re the leading actress. And it was kinda sad because Oizumi Yo, Seto Koji, and Ikematsu Kosuke did really good jobs on their characters.
It would be something if Acchan excelled outside of AKB48. I’m actually liking her a lot more now that she’s out.