Director: Sakuma Noriyoshi, Inomata Ryuichi
Production: NTV, 2017
Cast: Kamenashi Kazuya, Kimura Fumino, Yamashita Tomohisa, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Nanao
Genre: Romantic Comedy (10 Episodes)
Yes, it’s a KamePi reunion after Nobuta wo Produce! Well, I haven’t watched Nobuta wo Produce yet, but that was all the hype about in this drama when it was announced. Truly, a KamePi bromance don’t disappoint. ❤
The story starts with the 29-year old Masaki Makoto who has the worst luck when it comes to women and romantic relationships. One day, a man appears in front of Makoto and introduces himself as ‘God’. According to him, Makoto’s bad luck in women is because he hasn’t met his ‘soulmate’ yet; and that she works next door. He tells him all the string of coincidences through a list of encounters and events that have occurred that prove that Makoto and Kogetsu Haruko are the destined pair. In doesn’t end there as ‘God’ says that must have a child in a year or it will be the end of the world! Because their child will save the world in 30 years.
Absurd, I know especially if it comes from someone eccentric who introduces himself as ‘God’. (But became believable with all his quirks of disappearing into thin air.) It helps that Makoto is really a pure-hearted, honest guy who truly believes in love. However, Haruko has a different outlook in love. She’s become indifferent to destiny and love and the likes after getting into several bad relationships in the past.
Some people say that Haruko is frustrating on the first half, but I think her actions were understandable for someone who has been deeply hurt in the past. It is expected of the girl to be cautious, and in doubt. It would be a turn-off for me if she agreed to be with him from the very beginning. It also made the second half of the drama sweeter.
Despite the deep notion, the drama hardly becomes serious or complicated. There are no glaring continuity issues so it’s more episodic. Everything stays consistent: tone, pace, characterization, even the step-by-step progression of the plot. Not to mention the bromance and hilarious banters, here and there.
Boku Unmei no Hito desu is one of those dramas whose execution is more interesting than the synopsis. All actors played off their character really well. Not to mention, the side characters are very likable and funny that adds personality to this drama. But I have to say that I love YamaPi’s performance here. I think his deadpan expressions and dry humor suit this type of comedic role perfectly, and added to the uniqueness of his character. Not to mention his hilariously creative entrances! His scene-stealing appearances are my favorite part of the drama, and so is every KamePi’s bickering (aka bromance), that I really wish their scenes were longer. ❤
The ending theme was all cute, the song, the dance and *squeal* KamePi! Watching that becomes the highlight of every episode for me. I can’t miss that out no matter how many times I watched it already! 🙂
As for the ending, it was a bit of a letdown. I loved that scene in the orchestra concert, and the last episode overall, but that’s it? Was the general concern initially presented solved? I needed answers, and a wedding!<—(mild spoiler)
Overall, Boku Unmei is a harmless, lighthearted romcom that leans more on the comedy side. The romance may be lacking to those who crave hardcore romance. On a better note, this drama is well-written and fairly original. I loved how they challenged some cliché romantic moments. This is a thoroughly enjoyable to watch! ❤