Oh my BOSS – love not included

No, there is no Mafia Love story about falling in love with the Boss!  

Well, it is another story about a young girl moving to the big city of Tokyo! Somehow, it feels different because she is not looking for a big and dreamy life. She is looking for a standard and stable life. Her name is Nami.

Nami Suzuki (Mone Kamishiraishi) was born and raised in a small rural town. She doesn’t have a specific dream to pursue and she is an easy going person. As an ordinary woman, she desires to be happy with an ordinary life. She follows Kenya, who is her childhood friend and her unrequited love, and applies for a job in the supply management department of a large publishing company in Tokyo. Nami gets hired by the company, but she is assigned to work in the editorial department of a fashion magazine.

There, Nami Suzuki works with chief editor Reiko Horai (Nanao). She is a devil-like boss, who makes spiteful remarks and has a cold personality. Reiko Horai treats Nami, who doesn’t take her job seriously, in a callous manner. But, as Nami Suzuki watches her boss deal with her job, Nami begins to change her attitude toward her work.

Of course, in daily life in Japan, this is a group, and society mindset. “Don’t be different, just be a contribution to society”. Also means, You struggle to find yourself and what personality are you.

This is a mindset that comes after the recuperation from World War II. Companies promoted a family (kazoku) inside the company and outside. For that goal, they paid and arranged for housing , home appliances, and even marriage interviews with a matchmaker. 

However, the 90s crisis Brought these into decline. People lost housing because they were fired. Between 1990 and 2000, it’s called the Lost Decade. Most Salarymen had to adapt to the circumstances,  and the ones that couldn’t adapt, in a act of desperation, committed suicide. 

Today, the ones raised in a family with the old mindset stay very stuck on what is the norm. The ones raised in a family that adapts receive the new and try to transmit the need for a change to the rest of the Japanese society or even take the Japanese society to the world.

In these dramas, oh my BOSS love not included, the old mindset is represented by the youngest and from a low class background , Nami. And the adapted mindset is represented by the female boss that comes from a high class family Reiko. Reiko’s career path against her family , due to her father not wanting her as head of the company, is affordable. She did struggle economically with anything in her life including going to live in Paris. While Nami had to save up just to afford to move across the country. 

One of the biggest mindsets that changed recently was the Age of Consent Law. Previously it was 13 years old and was one of the lowest in the world,today, it is 16 years old . One of the biggest consequences of these changes is the dramatic increase of Sexual harassment case, such as the 22 people claimed experienced sexual assault or harassment by a film director or producer, on March 13th.

Are you an Age Gap difference fan? This is the Jdrama for you!

To be honest, I am not a lover for age gap love stories, but I did enjoy this one.
I understand for some people the age gap difference might be creepy or somehow a gold digger’s story, but Japanese women don’t really think of love and marriage that way. Some after reaching a certain age or losing hope in finding love for themselves. They end up searching for help with a professional matchmaker, or even peer pressure from their Parents.

The Drama ¨An incurable case of love¨ describes both situations: an age gap love and age gap love fighting over a matchmaking set up by parents.

In this case, the story starts with a young lady, Sakura Nanase , on a school trip to Tokyo. She visits the temple where the god of marriage hears your requests. Her goal is to avoid bad luck in men, like her family women before her.

If you are interested in it, it’s the Imado Temple, Tokyo. ( 1-5-22 Imado, Taito-ku, Tokyo https://imadojinja1063.crayonsite.net/ ).

As she walks out the temple, she sees an elder lady fall to the floor. While screaming for help, the “shining knight” comes along and his name is Kiari Tendo, a doctor at a local hospital. All the sudden Sakura believes Kiari is “the one” for his willingness to help and for his gentle smile.

Fast Forward, that event alone makes her life decision easier to make. If Kiari is a doctor, she would become a nurse to work with him and maybe have her fortune in love with him.

When she achieves to become a top student at the nursing school, She goes to work at the same hospital as Dr.Tendo. However, He has changed and lost his smile, and treats her a little cold, in spite of always watching her movements and checking her work which brings a more friendly and social vibe between doctors and patients. By talking to the patients, she discovers a lot of issues in the patient’s personal choices that resulted in their illness. I believe this to be a representation of what the Japanese hospitals need more, and that is a more personal approach , because sometimes it’s just tea from an uncontrolled source that triggers a sickness we never had.

Did you know ?

In Japan, the grading system from A to F, it’s a practice in health checks and when you reach a certain age, it will be possible to get an automatic D score. The reason for that is when you age after 35 years old , you have more probabilities to get diseases like diabetes and heart issues.
Then again Doctors can also behave like divas when they dont get breakfast, as you will see in Episode 2. It’s funny how annoying they get!

One of the messages the drama carries is to enjoy your minutes of good health to be with loved ones and say what you need to say before it’s too late, Because at any time people can get sick or experience an accident that can lead to complications. And your regrets may delay taking risks that can trigger a late response to the health issue. and that delay will cause emotional distress to the doctors when they are unable to save you.

Official Soundtrack :

I love – Official Hige Dandism – official soundtrack : An incurable case of love

Celebrities in the Jdrama :

Satoh Takeru plays the Kiari Tendo persona. Satoh is one of the most known and cherished actors in Japanese society by his roles in Kamen Rider and Rurounin Kenshin.
Takeru Satoh (佐藤 健, Satō Takeru) was born 21 March 1989, in Saitama. He is best known for his leading role as Ryotaro Nogami in the Kamen Rider Den-O franchise, and as Himura Kenshin ( Yes! the samurai one…) in the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film and its sequels. I can tell I personally like the Rurouni Kenshin, and I can tell it’s just like the Anime version. It is reported that during the film he didn’t use any doubles to perform the stunts.

Mone Kamishiraishi plays the gentle Sakura Nanase persona.

Mone Kamishiraishi (上白石 萌音, Kamishiraishi Mone) was born 27 January 1998, Kagoshima, south of Japan. She is an award-winning Japanese singer and actress. She was born on January 27, 1998, in Kagoshima, Japan, and made her acting debut on stage, television, and in film in 2011. She can speak English and a little bit of Spanish.

Official Website : https://kamishiraishimone.com/

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