This one totally better not have a bait-and-switch in it. My Yamapi is finally doing a honest to goodness renai so imma hunkering down to soak in all the feels when it arrives. I’ve been waiting and waiting for Yamashita Tomohisa to deliver a drama or movie I can love as much as I love some of his earlier works like Nobuta wo Produce and Buzzer Beat. In between lays the detritus of crap like Kurosagi and Code Blue and even last summer’s Summer Nude turned out to wallow in the pool of suck. It was so deadly dull it can be used to tranquilize overactive children. It was supposed to be a romance and have a love triangle and all it ended up delivering was a snoozefest contained not a single relatable or genuinely likable character. Up next for Yamapi looks exactly up my alley – he’s starring in the live-action movie adaptation of the popular manga Kinkyori Renai (近キョリ恋愛 literal translation Short Distance Love) opposite model turned actress Komatsu Nana.
She’s all of 18 years old and a brand new face in the industry so my only opinion of her is that she definitely looks the part of a high school student and has a more lissome Kawaguchi Haruna vibe. The manga is about a top ranked high school student who excels at all the disciples except for English. She falls for her substitute English teacher after a series of events brings them together but they need to keep their relationship a secret until he’s done with his teaching term. While the teacher-student romances are anathema to me in real life, I’m fine with it as a storytelling set up and shoujo mangas have actually done a few amazingly well without any ickiness such as Kiss Mo Yori Hayaku (Faster Than a Kiss). Directing the movie is the director who helmed another popular and successful live-action movie adaptation of the manga Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) with the adorable Miura Haruma. Kinkyori Renai drops in theaters in October and before then I’ll tackle the manga to see if it’s up my alley.