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Thursday, October 13, 2016

We Married As Job Episode 1 First Impression

Japanese Drama: We Married As Job 
Also known as: Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu (逃げるは恥だが役に立つ)
Airs: Tuesdays 
Episodes: 10 (Maybe...)
Leads: Yui Aragaki & Gen Hoshino
Synopsis:
Unable to find a job after collage, our heroine Mikui Moriyama decides to go back to school for a graduate degree in psychology. Venturing back out into the workforce once again after her graduate degree, Mikui is disappointed to realize that her job prospect hasn't changed at all.

Dejected after being fired as a temp employee, Mikui goes home to find out that her father has volunteered her for a part time job as a cleaning lady. Actually quite talented in cleaning, Mikui is determined to treat her cleaning job seriously...even if it has nothing to do with what she learned in school. 
At first always careful around her rather stoic and almost robot like employer, Mikuri soon realizes that our hero Hiramasa Tsuzaki has an endearing side to him as well.

Glad to be needed, Mikuri starts to relish in the sense of accomplishment that comes from her part time job ...that is until her rather spontaneous father suddenly announces his decision to move to the middle of no where.
Upset that she will have to resign from her job since she doesn't have the financial means to get her own apartment, Mikuri stuns our hero by blurting out "Shall we just get married?"

Getting the shocking idea from a conversation with a friend, Mikuri had wondered if she could get paid for doing the household chores a wife does. Completely horrified once she realizes what she just said, Mikuri is convinced that Hiramasa must now thinks of her as some crazy lady.
Unbeknownst to our heroine, Hiramasa can't seem to stop thinking about her suggestion and thanks to a timely illness that further convinced him of Mikuri's superb skill as a "wife", our hero decides to accept Mikuri's crazy idea.

Staring at Hiramasa with amazement as he presents a list of calculations that were used to figure out her compensation as his contract in name only wife, Mikuri eagerly agrees to the "job offer."

Ninja's First Impression:
This one looks like it could be really cute! While the hero doesn't fit the "tall and handsome" type and came off rather ordinary at first, but by the end of episode one I found him plenty charming. 
The show also has had a really fun comedic vibe to it that kept the story light and fun. I didn't mention the side characters in the synopsis but there were a few quite promising side plots such as the heroine's 49 year old single aunt that I think might end up being just as interesting as our two leads' romance. 

The only thing I found worthy of complaining about is the weird editing and abrupt scene transitions. J-drama is not usually sloppy so it makes me think the director must be doing it on purpose but I still found it kinda distracting. 
Anyhow, I am totally in the mood for a light fluffy J-romance right now and based on the first episode, I think We Married As Job might just fit the bill. 


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