I’m keeping my expectations at rock bottom for upcoming Fuji TV Monday night (Getsu9) dorama Koinaka. The title translates as love relationship and portends a complicated romance tinged with summer whimsy and melancholy. This dorama got press for picking rising hot commodity young actor Fukushi Sota as the male lead, and one could say he basically got his big platform already last year as the male lead in Ayase Haruka‘s office lady dorama Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu.
Koinaka has Sota in a love with his childhood friend turned high school girlfriend played by Honda Tsubasa, who disappears from his life and they meet up again as adults but she’s got a new man by her side played by Nomura Shuhei. Having Sota and Tsubasa couple up feels rather apt since she was the leading lady in the live-action movie Blue Spring Ride by manga writer Sakisaka Io, while he was the male lead in the subsequent live-action movie Strobe Edge by the same mangaka. I don’t want to write Sota off in this role before I see a lick of action so for now the promos look cute enough with a casual comfortable vibe.
First teaser for Koinaka: