Genre: Romance, School, Youth
Episodes: 8 (+ 2 special episodes)
Air-date: Apr 22, 2021 – Jun 10, 2021
Starring: Riko as Kamiya Manaha, Kamio Fuju as Tachibana Keigo, Itagaki Mizuki as Shimamura Sora, Erica as Kasumi Yuri
Guys! We have done it! We have found a Jdrama where even though the female lead did act a little dumb in the beginning, she was still a completely enjoyable and amazing woman! I am in awe y’all! This drama was so surprising to me. I fully went in expecting to just be a blah drama about a girl competing in a pageant with obviously the ending theme being that beauty comes from within, but this surpassed my expectations.
I thought the story was done so well and even though it was centered around school children, I found that the story could’ve been propped into later years as well! I was genuinely laughing and smiling during fun moments and feeling very emotional during the sad moments. I especially really loved whenever Manaha was with her family because they felt like such a real family. I also didn’t dislike any character even when Yuri was up to her foolishness and being a prime bitch.
I’m sorry I can’t hate pretty people.
Now I’m not entirely sure if this show is really a Cinderella story but more of an Ugly Duckling vibe, but nevertheless we move! The romance was absolutely giving! We stan the cuteness of a first love! I will admit, I had a bit of second lead syndrome, but not in the “I want Sora to be with Manaha” way more of the “wah! why is he so cute and understanding?” way! I was steadfast on the Keigo and Manaha train though, I didn’t even budge once…. y’all be safe. I also loved that their two besties got together too. I’m glad I took the time to watch the special graduation episodes as well.
Overall, very cute drama that I, sugar baby, stan wholeheartedly. Therefore the recommendation is real and I’m happy that I can finally say that I enjoyed the hell out of a Japanese drama. 💋
Rewatch Value: 8/10
Fave Song: N/A