Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu (Today I Take the Day Off Work) is so so darling. I only wish it had an easier to digest title, it needn’t have English words in it but something shorter might be snappy. Like “Day Off!” or “Double Trouble”, LOL. One wishes we could be Hanae, currently the most enviable leading lady in dramaland as she’s sandwiched between 21 year old young hottie Yuto and 35 year old seasoned hottie Yu. The casting for the live-action adaptation is hands down one of the best I’ve watched when it comes to bringing manga characters to life. All three leads Ayase Haruka, Fukushi Sota, and Tamaki Hiroshi are more dynamic and better rendered than even the original drawn version.
That’s a rarity since most live-action castings lead to the inevitable screeching that he/she is not like the manga envisioned. Poor Matsumoto Jun got evicerated for Hana Yori Dango before it aired, and Yamamoto Yusuke still is a visual hard sell in Ouran High School Host Club even when his acting is on point. Not just the casting is better than the manga, the story line for the dorama is way more interesting and nuanced than the manga as well. This is turning out to be adaptation over source material in the best way. The picture previews are out for episode 3 and looks like Hanae and Yuto are going to dip a toe into the dating waters, all while Yu observes like a particularly smirky shark from the sidelines. I can’t wait!
Preview for episode 3: