With the 2012 Summer J-dorama season wrapped up nicely for me, I had one great obsession in Rich Man, Poor Woman among the lot of offerings so its nice to see it getting some additional recognition. The ratings were just alright and it didn’t seem to generate a lot of buzz in Japan when it aired. For the 74th annual Japan Drama Awards, an award sponsored by one of Japan’s top newspapers that gathers critics and viewer votes to see which dramas and performances were the most popular during each seasonal offering, RMPW came away a Best Actor award for Oguri Shun, a Best Supporting Actress Award for Ishihara Satomi, and ARATA came in third in voting for Best Supporting Actor. I don’t know why Ishihara Satomi was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category, but I’m glad she was since Horikita Maki won Best Actress for her leading lady performance in the NHK morning daily dorama Umechan Sensei, and her dorama also won Best Drama. Even Miwa‘s theme song “Hikari e” was nominated for Best Song and can I say that is one hella addicting song. Oguri Shun expressed his appreciation for being able to play this character and participate in this dorama, revealing that people have said that its refreshing to see such an old-school feeling Getsuku, which was my exact first impression sentiments. Even with the small narrative blip in the middle, RMPW was totally entertaining and wonderfully addicting. I loved Shun’s turn as the eccentric brilliant genius Hyuga Toru, while Satomi was adorably grounded and the perfect foil for his quips and quirks.