I mentioned checking out the manga 5-ji Kara 9-ji Made (From Five to Nine) a few months ago during a manga marathon phase (I get that itch at least once a year) and not feeling it after a few chapters. I didn’t hate it but moved on to other more interesting fare, and in the process never even realized the manga was from the same mangaka as Hot Gimmick. DA FUQ. I’m not going to say mangaka Aihara Miki is on my black list but she’s darn near close enough, Hot Gimmick is as polarizing a manga as it gets, and I hate it with the passion of a thousand burning suns.
The misogyny is through the roof not to mention I loathe every single lead in the manga other than fauxcest brother and that character went nowhere. I do remember he wanted to be a monk, so perhaps I ought to have made the connection since the male lead in 5-ji kara 9-ji made is a secular monk who wants to marry the female lead. The only reason I’m checking out the upcoming J-dorama adaptation of 5-ji Kara 9-ji Made is solely for leads Yamashita Tomohisa and Ishihara Satomi, and the hope that Japan continues to deviate greatly in doing manga adaptations. The teaser for the dorama is super pink and pretty darn cute.
Teaser for 5-ji Kara 9-ji Made: