Drama: Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai (ダメな私に恋してください)
Synopsis: Unemployed and with no job opportunity in sight, 30 year old Michio resorts to starving herself in order to keep supporting her much younger boyfriend. Bumping into her ex-manager Ayumu by accident, the last thing Michio wants is to start working with the man that used to give her nightmares...until Ayumu offers to feed her.
Episode 1 Recap
Suddenly unemployed when her boss disappears, a despondent Michio is left with very few prospects as a 30 year old woman with no special skills. Her saving depleting quickly, hunger becomes Michio's constant companion.
Unable to suppress her desire to eat meat after being hungry for so long (we have only seen her eat cabbage salad thus far), Michio's heart skips a beat when she spots a can of cat food laying underneath a street bench. Ashamed that she is thinking about stealing food from cats, Michio chides herself even as her hand picks up the canned food.
Popping out of nowhere, a man greets Michio and after a glance at the canned food in her hand asks "Do you have a cat?" Freaking out when she realizes the man is none other than Ayumu Kurosawa, her devil like manager that she once worked under, Michio's first instinct is to run.
Stopping Michio from escaping, Ayumu is speechless when he realizes that Michio is so hungry for meat that she is actually willing to eat cat food.
Taking pity on Michio, Ayumu tells her that since his new tea restaurant is opening soon then she might as well work for him before she finds a real job. Unable to suppress a shudder as she remembers how awful it was to work under Ayumu, Michio wants nothing less than to say no but when Ayumu promises free meals - with meat, Michio finds herself agreeing to show up bright and early the next day.
Despite Ayumu's assurance that he is no longer the devilish boss now that he has stopped working in a profession he hates, Ayumu is still no dream boss and feels no qualms when he orders Michio to go pass out flyers in a ridiculous outfit.
Not quite the evil boss Ayumu thought him to be, Michio continues to find out surprising things about the man that used to give her nightmares, especially when three intimidating looking men show up to be Michio's coworkers. Turns out, in direct contrast to his soft civilized look, Ayumu was actually quite good with his fist during his younger days. Earning the respect of the three intimidating looking men when he once took on a group of thugs to save them back in the days, the three men follows Ayumu's every order.
Displeased that Ayumu would resign from his job to open a small little tea restaurant, Ayumu's girlfriend Akira shows up to raise a ruckus. Nervous when she runs into a depressed Akira, Michio tries to sneak away...until Akira offers to buy her dinner.
Hopeless as a drunk Akira starts to crying, Michio tries to comfort her and confesses that she has very little relationship experience. Stunned to realize that Michio is still a virgin, Akira starts hollering much to Michio's embarrassment. Feeling great pity for Michio, Akira becomes friends with Michio even after she breaks up with Ayumu.
Naively following a lecherous male customer out of the club when he promises to give her some tips, Michio panics when the man starts to drag her towards a motel. Screaming for help, Michio struggles and looks around wildly hoping for someone to come to her rescue.
Stunned when a voice actually answers her call, Michio looks up with shock as Ayumu jumps down from an impressive height and saves her.
Unwilling to lose such a great money source, Michio's boyfriend insists that his sob stories were all true...until one of Ayumu's boys shows up and quickly convinces Michio's boyfriend to cough up the money.
Out drinking with the whole crew from the restaurant, Michio is duly impressed when the three boys tell her that Ayumu rarely gets drunk and even if he does he will only end up falling asleep. Bidding one of the boys goodnight as he lays a sleeping Ayumu on the sofa, Michio gently tries to cover Ayumu with a blanket.
Opening his eyes as Michio leans over him, Ayumu suddenly pulls Michio to him and plants a kiss on her.
Dear J-drama god, THANK YOU! It has been such a long time since I have found a j-drama that I am excited about but Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai has resurrected my hope.
One thing I wasn't able to show very well in the recap is our heroine's somewhat eccentric thought process. Almost normal to the point of being completely boring, Michio nonetheless seems to see the world just a tad bit different than everyone else around her and that "tad bit" is enough to make it difficult for Michio to stumble constantly as she tries to survive in this harsh world.
I am absolutely loving the hero's character...granted what girl wouldn't love a good looking man who can cook AND fight.
Akira had told Michio that she dated Ayumu knowing full well he is hiding someone in his heart. I was hoping at first maybe the woman is Michio but then there is some sort of mystery surrounding Ayumu sending flowers on a specific date so now I am leaning more towards a secret traumatic past. Sigh...a man that cooks, good with his fist AND harboring a secret hurt...
Thus far I like almost everything about this show except this guy. Judging by the preview for next episode, this guy is probably going to be our second male lead and I am really hoping the show is not going to force us to watch Michio falling in love with the wrong guy until the last episode where she all the sudden realizes that she loves the hero after all. That! Would be very yucky, so I am crossing my fingers Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai won't disappoint me.