ISWAK remake Miss in Kiss releases a trailer in advance of Dec. 8 premier

First things first, what used to be known as “It a Kiss” has now been renamed Miss in Kiss. I can’t tell if it was supposed to be punny (missing kiss), but it’s still grammatically incorrect, and according to Google “kiss” is not a place so they can’t play that card. Sigh.

The trailer itself looks fairly promising, and if you watch all the way through you can see the famous kiss scene. The drama itself has a cute opening intro, and seems to have a little bit of extra effects to make it more comic book like, similar to Skip Beat or Hana Kimi.

What do you guys think? Will you tune in Dec 8th?


Return from Haitus

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a long time 🙂

Almost a year too long actually…So what have I been up to you ask? Well, I’ve graduated uni, come away with a lot of experience (ha) and a piece of paper  degree. I’ve moved across the world to study my masters (in Taiwan no less!) I’ve also stopped watching any sort of drama :/

However, now that my first year is wrapping up, and I have a handle on my workload (tip, please don’t take more than 6 5 4 3 classes a semester  if you’re in grad school), I’ve been feeling an itch to start blogging and watching dramas again. I apologize for not giving any of you a proper heads up, it’s been a whirlwind of a storm.

So with that out of the way… any recommendations? I’ve been eyeing the new revamp of ISWAK which is coming out sometime in 2016, but other than that have nothing else planned!



The Manga Series: It Started With a Kiss

In this series I’ll be covering dramas based on mangas, especially ones with multiple adaptations.

Today’s is It Started With A Kiss (ISWAK), or Itazura na Kiss. 


It’s a shojo manga first published in 1994 and later adapted not once, but four different times (1996, 2005, 2010, 2013). Meet the love triangle – Ikezawa Kinnosuke is our Sixteen Candle’s Ducky character who has two loves, leopard print and our heroine; Aihara Kotoko is our heroine who has been in love with Japan’s #1 genius for two years straight; and Irie Naoki is our #1 genius who cares nothing for anyone not on his level.


ISWAK was first adapted into a Japanese drama in 1996, but didn’t cover the second part of Kotoko and Naoki’s life. In 2005, ISWAK became a fan favourite when it was adapted into a Taiwanese drama starring Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng. So much so, that a sequel (They Kiss Again), was produced – unheard of in dramaland. A Korean adaptation aired in 2010 called Playful Kiss, starring Jung So Min and Kim Hyun Joon. It received mixed/poor reviews, but still achieved high viewer ratings. Most recently, ISWAK has been re-adapted into a Japanese drama (called Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo to distinguish it from the first Jdrama) starring Miki Honoka and Furukawa Yuki.

Image(look at that kiss!)

So how do they compare? 








-characters are funny

-phenomenal chemistry between the leads!!! (just watch TKA)

-good second lead

-good male lead

-fantastic kisses 🙂

-long (24 first season/30 second season)

-sometimes the female lead gets annoyingly slow-witted


Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo


-great second lead

-friendships are solid

-great lead characters

-the female lead makes some faces that are a little too exaggerated

-boring kisses


Playful Kiss

South Korea

-very shiny packaging

-pretty decent kissing

-wooden male lead/bad acting

-bad writing/plot


You can watch them all on Dramafever!
Taiwanese–>It Started with a Kiss , They Kiss Again
Japanese–>Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo
Korean–>Playful Kiss

16. Which Asian drama(s) would you like to see a 2nd season of.



I would love to see a season two of Itazura na Kiss, Love In Tokyo (ie, something similar to They Kiss Again) or Skip! Beat. I absolutely adored TKA, and think that the J-drama would do it justice (since they pretty much hit it out of the ballpark with Love In Tokyo). Skip! Beat followed the Manga, and as such didn’t really have a satisfying ending (the Manga is currently ongoing). I think a second season where the leads were able to realize their attractions/Dun He Lian’s past can be revealed (what was up with the blond kid flashbacks?)



I would like to see a 2nd season of Faith and Hana Kimi (Taiwanese version). Faith because I loved the drama so much I just want to see more of what happens with the characters and their lives afterwards, and Hana Kimi because it was an awful cliff-hanger ending—I want to know what happens with Rui Xi and Quan!!!

02. Which Asian Drama(s) are you currently watching.


# Title Country Year Type Score Progress

Amour et Patisserie (airing)

Taiwan 2013 Drama 0 1/13

Bump Off Lover

Taiwan 2006 Drama 0 2/13

Dating Agency : Cyrano (airing)

South Korea 2013 Drama 0 4/16

Fabulous Boys (airing)

Taiwan 2013 Drama 0 4/13

Happy 300 Days (airing)

Taiwan 2013 Drama 0 2/15

Itazura na Kiss- Love in Tokyo (airing)

Japan 2013 Drama 0 9/16

Monstar (airing)

South Korea 2013 Drama 0 3/12

I’m planning on finishing In Time With You soon too – I’m two eps in but haven’t had time to finish it yet.