rich man poor woman eps 1-4

originally written in April 2014


Title: リッチマン、プアウーマン
Title (English): Rich Man, Poor Woman
Genre: Romantic comedy
Broadcast network: Fuji TV

Format: Renzoku
Episodes: 11
Viewership rating: 12.4% (Kanto)
Broadcast period: 2012-Jul-09 to 2012-Sep-17
Air time: Monday 21:00

Oguri Shun plays Hyuga Toru, an affluent man whose personality is on the contrary, speckled with flaws. A CEO of an IT firm who is published on Forbes as a billionaire, Toru attained his fortune through chance and pure luck. A woman who meets Toru and eventually becomes attracted to him is Sawaki Chihiro, played by Ishihara Satomi. Chihiro is a hardworking college student at Tokyo University who has prepared for her future as much as she possibly could through studies and obtaining licenses. Despite her efforts, she has yet to land a job. Upon meeting Toru, she begins to unravel a genuine pureness inside him and solitude resulting from such pureness, which eventually draws her closer to him. The two repeatedly conflict each other, but little by little learn about one another to grow and develop together.

Despite the worldwide recession and financial difficulties, there are people like Mark Zuckerberg who began work from merely an apartment room or a garage that end up growing to be companies generating over ten billion dollars revenues after merely 10 years or so, embracing their new found wealth by living the dream life. Whether it’s a game or application software, Ecommerce, or other IT related firm, there are more than a few who rose in fame to such status in recent years. On the other hand, Japan’s unemployment rate for new grads dropped to a record low and those who want to work are unable to, or their wishes to work at their company of choice is not granted.

A Cinderella story of the real world. Will the two be able to compromise their values and lifestyles to become a happy couple? –Fuji TV

episode 1-2

loving the show! very fast paced! hyuga is like a weird genius with awful bedside manners while sawaki is naive and sweet. i love that they affect each other positively.. sawaki making hyuga more “humane” and sensitive and hyuga making sawaki more confident about herself. i’m intrigued as to why sawaki pretended to be sawaki (hyuga’s mom’s name), but im guessing she knows him and the mom from before.. maybe a childhood friend? asahina seems like a nice guy, complete opposite to hyuga’s weirdness but somehow i find him fake — there are some moments where he has this look on his face like he is jealous or plotting something. let’s see. as for his sister yoko, im not sure what’s the point of her — she seems to know hyuga too and is following him around. im guessing the project about the personal files is more so that hyuga can find his mother. i wonder if he will ever meet his mom. i find it funny that sawaki is in and out of the company (good thing the employees are not wondering too!) and for some reason hyuga and sawaki has an immediate connection – is it because they seem to complement each other?

episodes 3-4

these episodes explained a lot — from sawaki sharing how she met hyuga and his mom, to asahina reminiscing how he first met hyuga and eventually set up next innovation, to yoko telling hyuga how they first met and “fell in love”? (that is what im getting from her story). i feel bad for yoko — a guy she loved before can’t even remember their time together! i dont know about his condition (i need to google!) but i thought he is bad with faces and names but i guess he also doesn’t remember the memories and conversations from his past too — like amnesia?! then how come he remembers asahina? is it because he sees him everyday?

and i was wondering how sawaki will get into next innovation again and i like how they did it. i really love their interaction together!!! and sawaki is too adorable once she dropped her job hunting clothes (though i feel like she looks younger beside hyuga). i still can’t get over finding out her real name – natsui makoto — im already used to calling her sawaki chihiro 🙂

i still dont know what to make of yoko.. looks like she is the love triangle but i just feel like she’s is holding on to a past with hyuga that he doesn’t even remember and seems like he is not even interested in her now. so aside from the love triangle thing, i dont know what else her part in the series is supposed to be. will her relentless talk about the past help him in some way?

as for the brother — looks like the real side of him is slowly showing up.. im guessing he will do something that will hurt hyuga and he will take next innovation away from him. which is sad since he seems to be hyuga’s only friend – i will feel bad if he turns out to be lying and pretending to be his friend all this time!!

can’t wait to watch the next couple of episodes!