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Kabuto and Mebius in the same show? Well, not quite. 
4th-Mar-2007 11:19 pm
(Forgive me for my tardiness. This is the post that I mentioned somewhere on this journal that I would write but never quite got around to until now.)

In this post, I mentioned that the actors for Souji Tendou (a.k.a. Kamen Rider Kabuto) and Mirai Hibino (a.k.a. Ultraman Mebius) had been in the same internet drama called Hatsukare (though not at the same time). Since I still haven't managed to find much information on this shoujo drama in English, I thought I would write a little about it.

A few months ago I ordered the DVD boxset for Hatsukare from Amazon.co.jp. The boxset contains a total of twelve episodes on three DVDs. Hiro Mizushima was super hilarious in it, which I found to be such a refreshing departure from his super cool character in Kabuto. There were also a few more familiar toku faces on this show such as the heroine's friend Chacha-chan (this actress was in Sh15uya, but I prefer not to say which character because some might consider that a spoiler), who was also hilarious (and the story seemed to pair her with Ibushi (Mizushima's character), making their scenes together double hilarious) and Rina Akiyama (Mana in Kamen Rider Agito; Naomi in Kamen Rider Den-O). Akiyama also played the heroine's friend.

Hatsukare is a slow going series, with not much happening in the first few episodes. It is mostly about first love, as the title says. The hero (Hashimoto) and heroine (Chiro) seem to be new to dating. The drama follows their stumble through trials and tribulations of that newness of romance. In the process, the couple suffers quite a few misunderstandings (and a few separations) along the way.

As far as the acting is concerned, I found Hashimoto's actor to be kind of stiff in a few scenes. I had no problem with the performances from the rest of the cast however. In fact, I thought Mizushima and Chacha's actress were outstanding. Chiro's actress was also quite good. Sadly, everyone else was too much in the background to truly shine.

Shunji Igarashi's character first appeared in episode 2, and lasted only through the beginning of episode 6. This character whose name I never once catched (edit: according to the cast list, his name was Tabane) seemed to be a stock character, thus unfortunately had zero development. (Teach me to do some research before buying DVDs sight unseen next time.) However, Mizushima's character, Ibushi, whose first appearance was in the middle of episode 6 and was in every episode until the end, more than made up for it with his over-the-top antics.

Sorry for the lack of pictures. I can't find a way to take screencaps without first ripping the DVDs onto my computer, and it's running low on space at the moment. In lieu of that, here is the Hatsukare promo on YouTube.

If the above is not working for some reason, here is the direct link:

Hatsukare Promo on YouTube
Hiro Mizushima from cover of Margaret
19th-Mar-2007 01:13 am (UTC)
I've always wanted to watch Hatsukare!

I really regret not downloading it when it came out, because no one seeds it anymore. Didn't watch this because liking Shunji and Hiro came after it XD.
Reading your entry makes me want to watch it even more! I was hoping for a scene with the two together though XD.

I can't wait for April dramas - for Hiro and Yuuki!! =D
19th-Mar-2007 02:59 am (UTC)
I didn't know that Hatsukare was available for download. (Although I probably would have bought the DVDs anyway even if I had known.)

Sorry for the stupid questions that follow. What are the dramas you are talking about? Does 'Yuuki' refers to Mizushima's fellow cast member in Kabuto? And lastly, can you tell me a little more of Watashitachi no Kyoukasho, or direct me to the place where I can find more information? Thanks.
19th-Mar-2007 03:38 am (UTC)
When I get cash, I'll probably rent Hatsukare~ =).

Lol, I was so unclear~ XD. Thanks for dealing with that!
Yes, I was referring Sato Yuuki (really like him too~)! He'll be in the Japanese Hotelier this April. And Mizushima and Igarashi will be in わたしたちの教科書 together!!! WhooHoo! *w*~!
19th-Mar-2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
I had no idea that Hatsukare is available for rent. Thanks for mentioning that. Where if I may ask?

Thank you also for the links to the dramas info. I like Yuuki Sato too (though don't really know anything about him at all). This is probably might be me being careless, but I can't find Mizushima on the cast page of Hotelier. Is he a guest character? Also, I'm most likely mistaken, but I read your first comment as Mizushima and Sato being in the same dramas. Do you mean Watashitachi no Kyoukasho for Mizushima and Hotelier for Sato? At any rate, I hope Iga's role in Watashitachi no Kyoukasho will be bigger than in the one he had in Hatsukare.

Sorry for keep asking questions. But you really seem knowledgeable about all of this. :)

Oh, and I'm remiss in forgetting to thank you for adding me.
19th-Mar-2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Sorry for re-posting. I forgot something~!

I hope we'll see SHUNJI & HIRO together in Watashitachi no Kyoukasho in April!!!! So excited!
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