Oh my god, the synopsis for Good Morning Call sounded very similar to LD<3K! Have you seen the movie? It’s a very cute one! So when I realized this drama is similar to the movie, I jump on the wagon right away! I just knew this storyline is my kind of romance! Plus, with my recent hectic lifestyle, I need something bubbly to cheer me up. Originally, I intend to blog it as I watch it. And then my trip took place and I ended up finishing it yesterday. I can’t help it since I quite adore the OTP even though the chemistry can be a tiny rough.
Good Morning Call, in my opinion, is a marriage between LD<3K and Itazura Na Kiss. I found the story a bit ridiculous but I went with it anyway because of the cuteness. Clearly, you can’t have two underage kids living under the same roof unsupervised, right? Well, this drama defies all gravities and red flags. As a sound mind adult, I shut one eye and forgive the writer! *laughs* All for the cuteness, bubbly-ness, cliches and crinches! Hah! *giggle*
Good Morning Call is adapted from shoujo manga style of the same title. So watching it gives you the feeling as if you’re reading a live manga. Some parts are so cliche yet you can’t help but to continue watching it. Why? They got you hook on Yoshikawa’s cuteness and Uehara’s handsome yet cold dude. Even I fell for it!!! Now, I did not read the manga so I really can’t comment how closely this adaptation is against the manga. I’m sure there is some similarities. I don’t mind though. It’s not easy to adapt all. Good Morning Call itself is 17 episodes long. This is the longest Japanese drama I have seen in a while. I felt let down in the beginning but after episode 1, I knew I had to finish it!
This drama is quite easy to follow. Two teenage kids were conned by the landlord and now forced to live together. It is a blessing that it is a 2-bedroom apartment. Unlike in LD<3K, the kids were forced to share the room! And then the kids had to hide that they are living together to avoid embarrassment in school. Uehara is a straight A student. He’s handsome, popular and Godly! Well, Godly to girls, of course. Yoshikawa Nao, on the other hand, does not do well in school and she dreams a lot. And, oh, she’s extremely innocent and plain. Throughout the show, you will notice some Itazura Na Kiss moments like Uehara tutoring Nao, Uehara ignoring Nao’s silliness, Uehara wanting to hug her but didn’t, and many more. But what makes Nao better than Kotoko is that she is an independent girl. She can cook, clean the house, able to excel at work (after uncounted broken dishes!) and quite reliable.
Clearly, the episodes are not just on them. The first few episodes are mostly sorting out the differences between them. Among the differences are the kids went from sorting out their living quarters to their feelings for each other, to love crushes, to her parents, to love insecurity with each other (mainly hers), and to being the center of the attention. Nao’s friends, especially Marina, are gold! I love her relationship with all of them. Her friends later became his! *laughs* I guess being popular has its own disadavantage, eh? There are some episodes that feel like fillers but I didn’t mind at all. It felt at home. Nevertheless, I’m happy I saw this drama! Thanks Netflix for airing this show. I really hope we get to see more Japanese dramas here. Overall, even though I did not rate Good Morning Call high, I would still recommend you to watch it. It’s definitely an easy watch drama *wink*.