So, raise your hand if you almost had a heart attack when you read the heading for the post. Yeah, that was my reaction when I first heard the rumor. I wouldn’t share it unless there was a chance it’s legit, and this rumor came from the source that first revealed Rich Man, Poor Woman would be having an SP this Spring. And look at where we are – we’re 9 days away from the arrival of the much anticipated special episode. The inside source from Fuji TV claims that after the SP airs, the network will officially announce that RMPW will be having a second season. This is not unusual, folks. An SP and a second season are not mutually exclusive, its not one or the other. Often it is since there is only so much story to tell, but some notable J-doramas with a second season and something else are Hana Yori Dango, Nodame Cantabile, and Hotaru no Hikari (movie instead of an EP). Honestly, I’ve never liked a second season more than a first season, with the exception of the oldie Hitotsu Yane no Shita (Under One Roof), since I was madly second leading shipping there and in the second season there was suddenly a reversal of love lines and heroine played by Sakai Noriko ended up picking her second brother played by Fukuyama Masaharu over the eldest brother played by Eguchi Yosuku (this was a totally fauxcest drama hence the “brothers” involved, heh).
Other than that, most second seasons are either a rehash of the first for fanservice, or actually ruins the story and the goodwill generated from the original. I’m now really scared about what’s to come, so for once I hope the rumor is not true. I would love more time with Oguri Shun and Ishihara Satomi, but not at the expense of their characters breaking up or dealing with angsty issues in a second season. And don’t pretend the second season isn’t going to require breaking up the lovebirds to generate conflict and plot. For the SP, the title is now called Rich Man, Poor Woman in New York, which is adorably dorky. The latest official stills and preview from the SP show both Asahina siblings have returned and looking mighty good still. I still think Yoko needs to stop pulling her hair back since it gives poor Aibu Saki a giant forehead. I see lots of cuteness ahead for the OTP, but also an equal measure of conflict and butting heads. I. CAN’T. WAIT. I won’t worry about the season 2 rumors for now and will sit back and await the arrival of the SP into my grubby hands. Continue reading