Itazura na Kiss

And so it ends.

Ok, so for those who don’t know, that .gif above is from Itazura Na Kiss 2 ~ Love in Tokyo, a recent remake of the original jdrama “Itazura na Kiss” back in 1996.

I didn’t watch the original one – for a reason that I can’t remember. But it was 1996, so perhaps I was too young to watch it? Idk, I remember at that time I didn’t watch a lot of j-drama and so focused on wuxia instead :p (more on this later).

After the j-drama made a huge success, the Taiwan and Korea remake followed suit in 2005 and 2010 respectively, which again, I didn’t follow at all. But little do those fans know, Indonesia had their version (or should I say.. plagiarised the drama, since the production house didn’t even state that it’s a remake while blatantly copying the storyline) of Itazura na Kiss in 2002. The drama – which we call ‘sinetron’ here – was lead by Agnes Monica and Agung Dumadi.


The comparison side by side with the original Itazura na Kiss.

Before it came on TV, I already heard that it was a ‘copy’ of Itazura na Kiss, which I had heard a lot but never really managed to watch, hence I was quite curious about it.

But besides that… I was a 15-year-old teenager.

The story of the drama revolves around a life of a teenager like me. A high school love story, some more! Being a teenager with too many dreams, of course, the premise of the drama made me want to watch it even more badly. Come on, which 15-year-old girl who doesn’t dream about having a love story at school?

The drama was broadcasted half an hour or perhaps an hour after Maghrib once a week (yep, at that time, TV stations didn’t know about the daily drama concept yet). I couldn’t remember what I really thought about it when I watched the first episode, but I do remember that during that time period I watched it, I was having a crush on someone at my school, hence the memories.

I kinda forgot about it anyway, until fast forward to 2013, I watched the first season of the new Japanese remake with Miki Honoka and Furukawa Yuki (who is so handsome, omg). And I fell head over heel, lol. And of course, I remembered that Indonesian version as well.

Last week, out of curiosity, I decided to search on Youtube if there are any clips of ‘Ciuman Pertama’ (First Kiss). I kinda wanted to reminisce those times when I was still young, naive, and having such an innocent crush.

And when I watched it, I cringed.

What is this?! It is freaking cheesy that I almost couldn’t stand the first episode. How did I stand watching the whole 17 episodes back then?! Agnes Monica wore too much makeup when her character is supposed to be a high schooler while Agung Dumadi… just doesn’t look like a high schooler at all.

Even the dialogues are laughable, I really don’t remember anyone in my high school speaks like that.

Or maybe… my standard has changed.

Oh well.

I may not watch this for the sake of looking for entertainment, but I will certainly remember it for the sake of memories.

(btw, that someone I had a crush on at high school? Now he’s my husband :p)

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