Synopsis: Based on a Japanese novel of the same name, this story is about a divorced couple who are frustrated that they keep eating meals together despite their divorced status. After another their usual fights, the couple decides that the only way to end their unusual relationship if they set the other person up with a potential mate.
Haru Eto and Riichiro Hayase met four years ago at Riichiro's bookstore. The couple quickly fell in love and got married. We are not told yet of the reason why their marriage ended up in divorce but Haru and Riichiro both agree that they can hardily be near each other without arguing.
Despite having been divorced for over two years, Haru and Riichiro still meet each other for dinner... even when they don't plan to. After another unintentional dinner meet up (since their taste in food is so similar) that resulted in the usual familiar argument, Haru and Riichiro decide that the only way they can stop their weird association with each other is for them to help the other person find a spouse.
After the necessary polite chats, Riichiro admits to Shohei that he is already divorced from Haru when she comes up during their conversation. Once Shohei processes the news of Riichiro's divorce and receives the answer from him that he has no feelings for Haru anymore, Shohei eagerly asks Riichiro to set him up with Haru. Apparently Shohei couldn't stop thinking about how beautiful Haru was on her wedding day even after all these years.
Swallowing her hurt forcefully, Haru tells Riichiro to leave them so she can get to know Shohei.
Hesitantly, Riichiro proceeds to leave the restaurant at Haru's request, but couldn't stop himself from looking back at Haru before he walks away.
For those of you who are veteran K-drama watcher you are probably familiar with this show Alone in Love (2006)
Renai Jidai is based on the exact same Japanese book so if you have watched Alone in Love then you should be familiar with Renai Jidai's story. I only watched two episodes of Alone in Love back when it aired so I can't put in my 2 cents on how the two shows compares exactly. However, from what I remembered, Alone in Love had a more serious tone while the Japanese version definitely has the trade mark Japanese humor going in it. Alone in Love has long been one of those K-drama classics so I am sure it is well done, but I am liking the quirkiness in the Japanese version.
As far as the story goes, the premise is certainly an interesting one. Two people who divorced because they can't stop fighting but after two years are still very much involved with each other's life. Moreover, it is obvious that despite the fighting the two enjoys each other's company and even separately admits to those close to them that they enjoy the fights in a way. It is the classic "Can't live with you but can't live without you" kinda relationship.
It will certainly be interesting now that our two leads are going to start meeting other people. It begs the question if the personality problems they have with one another will exhibit themselves in other relationships. However, what happens if their immature action with each other is the direct result of the tendency to be at your worst with those you love the most? Hmm... but aren't you suppose to be with those who bring out your best side? You know the K-drama famous hero line "You make me want to be a better man"?