Yankee-kun to Megane-chan
My Score: 6.5/10
Summary: A delinquent boy and delinquent girl try to become good students together.
Review: First off, the drama is pretty different from the manga, but I’ll get to that later.
This show was funny. Though I didn’t really laugh out loud much, I did snicker and smile a lot. I just wish the funny parts were more frequent. It had quite a bit of serious parts, though it was definitely not heavy. There is a nice bit of action in it, but I really would’ve liked to see more fight scenes. Shinagawa’s fighting style in particular was really enjoyable to watch.
It’s a typical school/friendship drama with a dash of family problems. It kind of has the same messages as any of those in this drama, so it felt a bit average a lot of the time. I think it’s main themes were not being afraid to accept yourself and having confidence in yourself.
I didn’t really feel addicted to it. In fact, it took me 2-3 hours to finish a 45 minute episode because I kept getting distracted by other things. Even so, it was a nice drama to relax and watch bit by bit on the side.
Hiroki, who played Shinagawa, was as attractive as always. I loved his facial expressions. The character Chiba was really cute and Izumi was kind of intense. Adachi Hana was amusingly ditsy (just like the manga) and her friend Rinka was really pretty but tough, which was funny. Everybody was a bit exaggerated, but since the drama is based off of a manga, it was expected.
I feel compelled to mention Episode 5. There was a scene that really felt fan-service oriented. The guys Shinagawa and Izumi were fighting and got really up close and were breathing loudly in anger at each other, haha. It was kind of over-the-top and felt like they intended it to be a fan service.
The end was abrupt, but still pretty good.
Now, compared to the manga… the manga has a different feel to it than the drama does, at least in the beginning. I don’t think they accurately captured the feel of the manga here. In my opinion, the manga was funnier and fresher than the drama. I was also disappointed that they didn’t use some of my favorite manga plots.
While the manga focused just on how delinquents can have fun and normal school life, the drama worries over the characters grades, makes them less willing to get into fights for fear of suspension from school, and antagonizes over whether Shinagawa will take over his family’s business or not.
The plot lines were more stereotypical and often more serious. It followed some of the manga plots, but more often made up their own. When they did follow the manga plots, they did them totally different. That was okay for me, since I tend to get bored when I watch a drama that’s exactly like that manga. However, like I said before, the plots they created were kind of stereotypical and I found myself wondering when the show would end. This drama version added more life-lessons instead of simply having fun.
Also, the supporting characters were kind of different as well. They were either changed, not included, or new ones were added. I liked Izumi in the drama, but I really fell in love with that character in the manga. There was more fighting in the manga which made the characters look cooler.