It’s official! The fangirls and I love RMPW! (Insert squealing sounds…!)
As all my housemates know, I’ve watched gazillions of anime, jdrama, and kdrama in these last few years even before it became the “in” thing in commercial TV stations. I usually watch dramas that have already finished airing so this drama is a first for me. Actually waiting breathlessly EVERY week. Show’s subber even went… “don’t watch this if you don’t want to lose your freedom”. Should I have listened? But no, RMPW is just too good!!
It has an atrocious title – Rich Man Poor Woman, how unoriginal can you get?? – and an equally atrocious and ambiguous CF both of which I happily did not pay too much attention to. The first ep totally reeled me in.
Oguri Shun plays Hyuga Toru. He is a highschool dropout yet an amazing genius. At 29, he built a successful modest-sized company and is valued at 25 billion yen. When properly suited up, he is eye candy and makes the office girls collectively swoon. He spits out brilliant ideas and shakes the foundations of his company quaking at its core.
Underneath the successful exterior though is the Hyuga Toru who was abandoned as a child and who is still looking for his mother Sawaki Chihiro. Every hero must have an Achilles’ heel, no? To the world though, Hyuga has everything going for him as he successfully manages his company Next Innovation together with his trusted partner Asahina Yoko.
And so would Hyuga’s world march forward except that somewhere in the same city is a girl in job-hunting hell, helplessly flunking each job interview. She appears like a mousy little thing but our hearts fall for her in her drab job-hunting suit and worn black shoes. She surprises us though when we find out that she has the memory of a computer and can memorize an amazing amount of information in an amazingly short period of time.
Things take a turn and our girl finds herself in another job-hunting interview but this time with Hyuga’s Next Innovation. In a sea of black suits, Hyuga somehow zooms in our girl and starts to deride her – from her Todai education (elite status) to her lack of success in getting hired anywhere.
Our little mouse gets backed against a corner as Hyuga approaches her and continues to taunt her calling her Miss Science Graduate. But our girl clenches her hands and says resolutely that it’s not her name. It’s Sawaki Chihiro.
And there starts the roller coaster ride I call SHOW.
See what you made me do, Show! I was just going for a nice little summary to introduce you but I almost wrote a recap! And so before I end this little blog entry, here is the opening to Show. Hopefully I can update this entry with a better fanvid next time.
Episodes 6, 7, and 8 give me huge grief. You can read all about it HERE.
However, I am happy to report that the heartbreak eases at Episode 9 and Show finishes with a very satifsying fluorish. We love you SHOW! I am so very sad you had to end. Happily there’s the replay button. And Facebook friends who love kdrama as much as I do!
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