Japanese Drama: Happy Marriage (はぴまり)
Leads: Dean Fujioka (live-action Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai) and Nana Seino (Tokyo Mukokuseki Shōjo)
is stunned when a very successful AND handsome man offers her a contract marriage. Holding onto her humble hope to one day marry someone she loves, Chiwa refuses the tempting proposal at first but eventually relents when her father's gambling debt forces her to accept the marriage deal.
Hero: Born as an illegitimate child, Hokuto Mamiya (Dean Fujioka) has never been admitted as a member of the wealthy Mamiya family. Quite successful with his own company, Hokuto is nonetheless determined to become the next heir to the Mamiya empire. Promised by Chariman Mamiya (grandfather) that if he would be willing to marry the granddaughter of the woman he loved long ago then he would become an official member of the family, Hokuto is not about to miss this perfect opportunity to realize his dream.
The hero obviously only look cold and calculating on the surface so don't get put off by the my intro.
Ninja's First Impression:
Count me in!!! I am really forgiving when it comes to romantic J-manga live action dramas, so this one would have to be pretty awful to disappoint me. Fortunately, judging by the first two episode I think we are in luck since the story looks pretty solid. Plus...it has Dean Fujioka so really, you got to give the show a lot of bonus points on that alone.
The first episode was fairly predicable and looked liked your typical Cinderella story. By second episode the show REALLY looked like a Cinderella set up but boy, the emotional pulls are already starting and I am already swooning.
Long story short, predicable? Yes.
Beautiful cast? YES!
Good chemistry between two leads? Yes!
Good character development? Yes.
Am I planning to follow it? Heck yes!