Kyaaaaa, I cannot believe my J-dorama gods granted my prayers for the last month that the two leading men cast opposite Ayase Haruka in her new fall dorama would be right up my alley. The full casting news dropped this week for the live-action adaptation of the popular young ladies manga Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu (きょうは会社休みます translated as Today I take the day off work), which is as close to a renai-centric story as it gets. Ayase Haruka has understandably been taking a break from television after she headlined last year’s year long Taiga Yae no Sakura. Her choosing this rather slim but delicately rendered manga story as her drama comeback seems rather curious a choice but I love her so her casting as the plain jane 30 year old never dated before office lady Aoishi Hanae gets a thumbs up from me. Her casting was announced last month so I toddled off to read the manga and polished off all 6 currently published volumes in one night.
The story is engaging and the illustrations lovely but in the end I liked it without loving it. The story revolves around male-shy and romance inexperienced Hanae and her unexpected one night stand with 20 year old college student and intern at her company Tanokura Yuto that leads to a real relationship. Yuta will be played by rising young actor Fukushi Sota and so far all the entire manga has painted Hanae and Yuto as the OTP despite their ten year age difference and their romance is developing nicely in dealing with sweet and serious issues. There is a potential third wheel in the capable CEO of a neighboring company in the same building who becomes quite fascinated and amused by Hanae, and his character Asao Yu will be played by Tamaki Hiroshi. The manga isn’t done yet so if the mangaka switches up the romance it wouldn’t surprise me, Yu is in all ways more suitable for Hanae and their chemistry is as good as what she shares with boyfriend Yuto. I like all three characters equally and now love all three leads equally as well. Eeeek, I can’t wait!
The dorama premieres in October and I hope it’s not going to be as painfully uninspiring as Last Cinderella.