Drama Review : The Wallflower (Potential Spoiler)
Japanese Drama Review : The Wallflower
Based on Manga of the same title written by Tomoko Hayakawa
Rating : 4/5 stars = Recommended Watching!
Alternate Titles : The Wallflower, Perfect Girl Evolution, Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
Genre : Comedy, Romance, Drama
Episodes : 10
Year : 2010
Takano Kyohei is a handsome but bad-tempered university student who is always ready for a fight. Toyama Yukinojo possesses a cuteness that can be mistaken for a girl. The cool-headed Oda Takenaga excels in academics and sports. And the princely Mori Ranmaru loves females. Accept a proposal from the female owner of the house where they are lodging at for free lodging if they are able to transform her niece into a proper and desirable Japanese lady. Her niece, Nakahara Sunako, lives in a gloomy and solitary world because of an inferior complex about her looks.
[It’s a personal review, not a professional critique. And I also try to give as less spoiler as possible]
For a drama that based on a very comical manga, The Wallflower exceeded my expectation.
To tell you honestly, I wasn’t so happy with the cast. I know these people are popular and all, but I didn’t think they would be suitable for the characters of the manga. And they also added 2 more main cast that make me worried if that would destroy the charm of the story. But I watched it anyway coz it’s from my favorite manga and anime.
And I must say, I was pleasantly surprised.
I don’t know about others, but I prefer that the drama doesn’t wholly follow what was written in the book or manga. It gives off different feelings. And I like it. If it’s exactly the same, then what’s the point of watching what you already read? It’s too predictable!
[But on the other hand, with the anime, I’d prefer that it followed the manga. Because my perception of Anime is Animated Manga LOL.]
Unlike the manga version, the drama leaned more towards the “melo-drama” than the “comical”. And they also change a lot of the plot line while remain the over-all core concept. I like how they made this contradiction changes so smoothly that I don’t feel annoyed while watching.
Damn! It’s so hard to write a review while trying not to spoil everything!
Okay, let’s say this drama is worth watching. There are everything you need from Comedy, Action, Romance to Melodrama. If you have 1-2 days off, you might want to try it out. And even if you’re a Manga/Anime fan like me, you won’t be disappointed.
These actors and actresses were nominated for Best Performance Award. So that can guarantee the quality of the drama at a level 😉
So for my opinion, I’m give them 4 out of 5 stars (1 star is lacked due to the unnecessary unrealistic addition). But it’s still recommended watching! 😀
Note: This review was supposed to be posted like… a month ago. But I was so lazy to finish it. So sorry for the delay.
You can watch it at www.dramacrazy.net with subs.