Finished Coffee & Vanilla, and in a strange way…

I get it. IMHO, she, Risa, was pitiful and self deprecating—- without the humor, until the very end. I can’t recall seeing anyone put themselves down so much! He, Hiroto, was a protector—- along with oodles of manipulating behavior, and she needed protection—— from everything and from almost everyone! Hiroto was the shorter Jdrama version of Christian Grey, and this 20 something, young, innocent girl was no match for him. He made love to her at will, but was also completely taken with and by this young woman. He loved her, and she loved him, pure and simple. Had she been more mature, maybe she would’ve been able to recognize his manipulation tactics, and I can foresee problems in the future when she finally does “ grow up.”

It was her innocence that drew all those who came into her world to her. She was a magnet for the heterosexual males need to protect, and possess. Yet Hiroto was so confident in his super powers over her, he didn’t worry much about the competition. He was an emotional abuser if you ask me, but again, he really loved Risa.

The secondary characters were pretty good along with their storylines, but there were a few moments that had me rolling my eyes. Risa’s goal towards the end was to become stronger and to protect Mr Fukami when she could—- and when he allowed her. He did display some vulnerabilities, but they were ones that he took care of himself in the past. He has an interesting relationship with both his rival and his secretary.

So, I don’t know if I really recommend this one or not, but if you do decide to watch, it’s an interesting study in manipulating behavior…….thank goodness Jdrama episodes are pretty short!

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Regarding Coffee & Vanilla…

I honestly don’t know what to say or think about this one! And I sure as heck don’t know if I want to continue watching, but I will partake in episode 2 before I make my final decision. Sooooooo, the heroine, Risa, is this uber, uber, uber innocent, low self esteemed, winsome beauty from the country who attends a university in Tokyo. Guys literally, and I mean literally, are falling all over themselves over her, but in her overwhelmingly annoying innocence she rejects their advances. She’s got these beautiful wide doe eyes that make her innocence all the more convincing, but she also puts herself down because of it, and that has turned me off within 10 minutes of meeting her character!

In steps our hero, Hiroto, who is handsome, sexy, and more experienced than this poor chick can certainly handle, and of course she’s honored that “ Mr Fukami,” as she calls him, is even remotely interested in her. So yeah, he seduces her in a millisecond, tells her that he fell in love with her the moment he saw her, asks her to be his girlfriend, and in turn she says “ if you think I’m worthy of being your GF, then yes”——-WTH! Who does that! Then he goes on to ignore her for a week, until she takes the first step by calling him. This girl is too dumb and gullible for me no matter how pretty she is! He talks her into sleeping with him without any fight from her at all, and I was just flabbergasted! All this in episode 1?!?!?!? Yup, he’s a 10 on the sexometer, and yup, he can kiss like nobody’s business, but I’m still at a loss here!

Sorry for the spoilers, but there was just no way I could get around my feelings and impressions of this one! J dramas are SOOOO not like this in my past experience! Yeah, you get innocent heroines, but all the ones I remember had some type of backbone! Maybe Risa will grow one, but I may not even get that far to see it!!!

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