Move through Fantasy and Reality while watching Asian Drama!
Description: Kamiya Naoki is a young player from a professional basketball team. But due to his relatively smaller size and his tendency to crack under pressure, he is unable to show his true skills on the court. Meanwhile, Shirakawa Riko is a cheerful, strong-spirited music college graduate aiming to become a professional violinist. One day, Riko finds Naoki's lost cell phone on a bus, and their meeting begins a friendship that eventually turns into love. However, Naoki was already considering marriage with his current girlfriend. And it doesn't help matters that Naoki's coach has fallen in love at first sight with Riko!
Great chemistry b/t leads
The thing that stands out the most about this drama compared to other Japanese dramas is how real the actual romance is. I guess it’s a cultural thing, but I’ve watched too many dramas where the lead actor and actress have no clue how to kiss. Two lips touching, but not moving, does not make a kiss. This drama, though, had very realistic kissing scenes. That being said, I found the actual romance between Kamiya and Riko a bit flat. Kamiya’s character just seemed to go with the flow rather than actually having a crush on Riko. It was mentioned in the series (and supposedly proved untrue), but I do think they were just together to "lick each other’s wounds".
Other reviewers keep mentioning the ending and while I agree it was boring, it was a very Japanese ending. The Japanese aren’t always determined that there be a happy ending with everyone getting exactly what they want. They stick to real life. Riko had the opportunity of a lifetime and Kamiya was just moving up the ranks to be a star athlete. Considering these two became close because they both cheered each other on to achieve their separate dreams, it would have made much less sense if one of them gave up their dream for the other.
I think this was a great drama with a great cast. I definitely recommend it…even the ending. ^_^.