This post will really be about episode 2 since episode one really is just the special that aired a few month ago replayed with a few extra seconds of episode 2 tacked on at the end. Did the production run out of time?? Such a weird thing to do.
The next morning, despite her best intention to prepare the best breakfast for her perfect husband, Kotoko wakes up late and ends up barely having enough time to say goodbye to Noki. Mama Irie reminds the newly weds that they are not technically married until they register their marriage with the government. Stunned to hear she is not really Mrs. Irie yet, Kotoko is ready to register their marriage that very day but Noki coolly drops the bomb that he has no intention of registering their marriage yet.
Shocked by Noki's refusal to register their marriage, Kotoko is left at home alone to stew over what all this means while Noki spends day after day at work without coming home. Trying to be an understanding wife, Kotoko shows up at Noki's company with a lunch box only to be turned away by the short message that Noki is too busy to see her.
Furious to hear how Kotoko is being treated, Kinnosuke barges into Noki's company and yells at him for mistreating Kotoko.
Without a pause, Noki coldly replies "Than let's break up. We haven't registered our marriage anyway."
Of course, everything works out in the end. Noki surprises Kotoko by dragging her away from her tennis practice to take her to a press conference to announce Noki's company's newest game. Turns out, Noki has been working night and day on a new game about a tennis heroine that uses Kotoko as the model.
In front of the camera and reporters, Noki introduces Kotoko as his wife while Kotoko overwhelmed by all the surprises.
Now that Noki has produced the new hottest selling game for his father's company, Noki can safely resign from his job and returns to school to pursue his medical degree. After his first day back at school, Noki surprises Kotoko again by taking her to register their marriage, making Kototo his wife for real.
Mischievous Kiss 2 follows the pattern in Mischievous Kiss 1 which means there really is no surprises for those who knows the original story well, especially for those who watched the Taiwanese version. However, this version's Noki adds various small touches where you see that he really does care for Kotoko after all. For some strange reason I can't remember the Korean version quiet well (I did watch it though) but in the Taiwanese version it is REALLY hard to figure out if Noki even likes Kotoko unless you count like the three times he explodes after he finds Kotoko in real danger of giving up on him. So, it's refreshing to have more clues of Noki's real feelings sprinkled all over that we can all sigh with Kotoko "See, he cares after all!"
I am not quiet sure if this one will make it on my to watch list yet... maybe on my "watch it while washing dishes" list? I am usually one that really likes remakes but strangely lately I am having a hard time mustering up real excitement for them. Still... my love for Itazura Na Kiss might win out after all.