This episode of Zettai Kareshi does kinda go back somewhat to the manga.
Okay, that probably does not make sense. Well this episode does resemble the manga a little. A little being the operative word. Read the rest of this entry
Robot, money, cream puffs.
This is what this episode revolves around.
Riko missed the deadline for handing Night back to the company and now has to either buy Night for a ridiculous price (for which she will spend the rest of her life working off to pay) or return him but with a penalty.
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After first hearing that Zettai Kareshi was going to be made into a drama, I went into fangirl overdrive mode and hurriedly dug up the manga and reread it twice patiently(impatiently) awaiting for the first ep to come out.
A tip to fans of the manga, don’t expect it to be like the manga.
I was thoroughly disappointed.
The only thing that I could sense in common with the manga was the fact that the robot name is night and the guy is a robot. Everything else was differently.
Alright, lets go character by character.
It is not in high school but at a work place.
I found it alright, if they wanna change the location, it is fine, just as long as they remain pretty much true to the storyline.
Was it true to the storyline?
The means by which Riko manage to obtain the robot was different to begin with.
And after that, nothing was the same.
Okay, as far as things related to her go, they are pretty much the.
The first ep focus largely on her crush on a senpai, which did occur in the first vol of the manga. The difference is that they decided to make that thing into a whole episode.
But that plays pretty well into the story so I found it acceptable.
I just have to say it, why is the dude so tanned?!?He looks like he was coated in butter and roasted under the sun at 300degrees for 45 minutes cook to perfection with a soft outside and a hard inside (wait, wasn’t it suppose to be the other way around?)If you are looking for charisma, or charm, just like the Night in the manga, this one lacks it.While he may be good looking and all, he is so much of a robot in his actions and his smile and his everything.I know that that is the way it is suppose to be since he is a robot, but the portrayal of a robot was so obvious that it was plain typical stereotyping.I don’t see how technology can advance by so much yet the robot remains as dull as ever.And that smile! Did a bug crawl up his butt? lol, it look so fake. Every single time.
Other than that, the directors made it a point to show the robotic insides of Night.
Okay, so sure, they wanted to remind us that he is a robot.
I get that, but by the third of fourth time of seeing his naked metal bones I was pretty much on the verge or giving up on watching the drama.
It is almost like they want people to know VERY VERY certainly that it is a romance between a ROBOT and a girl.
And not a robot(that is like a human) and a girl.
No, a metal ROBOT and a girl.
Okay, now onto the next issue.
The guy does not even know Riko.
I was so looking forward to the hot best friend love triangle situation.
But nope, aint happening. Why?
Because the guy knows about as much as Riko as we do. Heck, we probably know a lot more after reading the manga
So it is going to be a plain work romance love story between Riko and Soshi.
Between Night and Soshi, I think that the actor for Soshi is hotter.
But. BUT. BUT. Soshi’s personality is not the serious studious person that we know.
Nope, he is a big time play boy with cash.
The only thing that remains the same and true to the storyline is probably the best friend who is a bitch.
Yes, she still is one.
Okay, so with all the changes that they have made, I wonder why it is even called Zettai Kareshi.
Would I watch the next ep?
While i went on and on about how horrible it was, it was not that bad actually.
My advice is to ignore the manga and just watch this as a stand alone piece.
It might serve to be some good entertainment for the Spring of 2008.
(i will post screen caps if you guys want, but you gotta let me know)
Episode 2 Review
Do you know one of those days where it is just too windy to go out?
(I can’t believe I am saying this, after all I have live a good 20 years of my life in Singapore.)
When it is just too dangerous to go out ‘cos the sky is falling?
One of those days where you wake up to go to school just to find out that classes have been cancelled?
Or how about when you are so happy that classes are cancelled and want to just go home to enjoy some anime only to find out that there is no electricity?
Today was one of those days for me. (=_=*)
I wanna crawl back under my warm blanket and hibernate… (_ _)zZz
But I am watching Suzumiya Haruhi jumping around the screen.
Anyway, back to interesting news.
Zettai Kareshi is going to be a Drama!!!! WOOOHOOO!!!
Zettai Kareshi is a manga by Yuu Watase (of the Fushigi Yuugi and Ayashi no Ceres fame)
Riiko is a girl unlucky in love. One day a strange-looking salesman gives her a business card for a website that sells “love figures” (androids designed for love-making). On the spur of the moment and without really understanding the implications, Riiko orders one for a 3-day free trial. She forgets to return him before the deadline, and must then work out some way to return the one million debt she now owes without anyone discovering about this embarrassing secret. – ANN (manga)
That is the manga’s description, I have no idea how closely they plan on following that storyline.
A live-action adaptation of the manga will begin airing on Fuji TV on April 8, 2008. In the live-action version, Riiko Izawa is an office lady in search of a boyfriend, and she ends up in possession of a “robot” known as Night Tenjo, who is programmed to be the perfect boyfriend. However, this creates a love triangle with a distinguished young man at her company who also has feelings for her. Riiko will be played by Saki Aibu, Night will be played by Mokomichi Hayami, and Soshi Asamoto will be played by Hiro Mizushima. -Wiki
When I first heard of it I was quite surprised and filled with mix feelings.
Honestly, to me the characters were really sweet and handsome and so perfect that it was unrealistic, and to find people who are able to act that way and live to the expectations… that is going to be hard.
The CM for the drama looks… ok… nothing special. I still think that the characters in the manga are hotter (duh!).
But it is not too bad, those actors are pretty hot too. I just am curious as to why Tenjo Knight’s character is so tanned. Looks weird.
I also don’t like the idea that they are making this an out of school anime. I thought that the high school plot was kinda fun. I guess the writers for this series are looking for a more adult appeal rather than teenage appeal.
This really changes things though, like the scenes during their part time jobs in the manga etc. (I guess that this drama would most likely be somewhat losely based on the manga instead.) I am starting to get worried… (~_~)
But still, it is starting to seem like April would be a good month to start watching all sorts of anime/dramas.
Either way, I would most likely be watching this series. How about you?
-ra in a daze