You guys. This is like every manga/anime/Japan culture fanatic’s dream come true. A live action version of something that DOESN’T SUCK!
Live action creations, in my experience, tend to fall flat or completely lose the essence of the original anime or manga.
This is not the case for ‘Good Morning Call’, however. It is FLAWLESS.
A quick synopsis – high school student Nau and Uehara are scammed into renting the same apartment. They can’t go home, so what’s left to do but to split the rent and share? The only problem is Uehara is in the ‘Top Three’ at school. Popular, and a bit of a jerk, he makes a list of rules, one of which is to hide the fact that they are living together.
Sure, I could probably write a whole essay on the frustration of seeing a ditzy, oppressed, ‘dumb’ girl for a main character. Her situation borders on abusive. Nao has a series Tohru Complex. Most people have read or seen Fruits Basket so I use Tohru as a prime example of these girls who get pushed around by boys who think they know better.
And yeah, Orihime from Bleach sorta falls into this category too. For funsies you can watch the leekspin over and over here. (with sound)
So why do I keep coming back to these stories?
Good question. And I’ve spent a bit of time trying to figure it out. I think part of it is the epic heart these stories have, and ‘Good Morning Call’ is no exception. It has tons of real heart and emotion that trump all of the slightly skewed gender perceptions.
But that’s enough of the hard stuff. Here’s the fun:
‘Good Morning Call’ is exactly how reading a zany, shojo manga feels. It’s full of daft exclamations, silly situations and the stakes are always high. Drama. Drama. More drama. And food.
Food always plays a role in the best manga/anime etc. So it was great to see it feature so prominently in this live action series.
The secondary characters aren’t overlooked. Marina and Daichi are especially convincing, even if my heart breaks over and over for Daichi-kun. Poor lamb. He tries so hard, and yet it never seems to get him anywhere. Plus, Nao is BLIND to his affections. Silly girl.
Yuri is fabulous. I love how her character injects something slightly racier, and there are moments that are definitely more ‘adult’ than the teen-drama that overpowers the majority of the screen time.
This series is cute af. You’ll find someone to fall in love with, to laugh at, to root for. It’s such a fun adaptation and I would urge anyone who is into Japanese TV or literature to watch it right away.
Have you watched it on Netflix yet? Are you as obsessed as I am?