P.S. This is a review after watching. There are perhaps some spoilers.
First of all, I would like to shout out to the world how glad I am that Japanese TV industry has been coming up with their BL genre recently. There are many wholesome BL mangas out there, but very few of them are generated into animation and even fewer into dramas. My Love Mix-Up is one of them. It’s adorable, heartwarming, and worth watching. So if you have got some time to watch it, I highly recommend because of the powerful cuteness of its story.
My love Mix-Up (Kieta Hatsukoi: 消えた初恋) is one of those mangas whose wonderful love story got chosen to be a drama. And you know what, the casts are as exact as the manga characters. If you take a glance at the manga cover and the series poster, you’ll probably mumble like “Did they just jump out of the manga?” and I could grasp this feeling of yours profoundly. You’ve got a friend here.
My love mixed up is a story beginning with three classmates who are sitting close to each other. Aoki Sota has a secret crush for Hashimoto Mio, a girl sitting beside him. Aoki has been admiring her for quite a while until that day when everything gets exposed. Japanese girls believe that their loves would come true if they write their crushes’ names on an eraser and finish it. Aoki picks up a dropping eraser of Hashimoto with Ida Kosuke’s name on it. He swears to sip his mouth to keep his crush’s little secret love. But Ida, the guy who shouldn’t have seen this eraser eventually sees and mistakes it as Aoki’s. Because of this misunderstanding, everything gets messier and their love gradually grows.
I had a great impression since the first episode. When Ida has mistaken Aoki’s love, he didn’t refuse it immediately. Instead, he asked whether it was alright for Aoki if he could have more time to consider Aoki’s feeling. Ida hasn’t been in love before, so it was definitely difficult for him to figure the situation out, especially that the confession was from a guy. However, he didn’t block himself out, but learn more about Aoki. This show Ida’s transparent kindness and consideration, which no wonder why Aoki fell for him afterwards.
Both friends of Aoki and Ida’s sides are grateful. I have been expressing my gratitude to their presence through my IPad screen the entire time. Ida’s friends from the volleyball team are very supportive. They accepted who their friend loves and they didn’t question Ida’s personal relationship unless he preferred to talk about it. As much as Aida, Aoki best friend, I was surprised to a great extent when Aida knew about Aoki’s true feeling and he didn’t show any offensive reactions. This is a significant quality of being a best friend. I personally think that coming out takes a whole lot of courage, which most of the time people need their best friends to trust them, or they need someone to believe in them and someone to lean on when they feel weak. Aida was superb in this role. He was supportive and deeply understand his best friend. Finally, Hashimoto cannot be excluded as she has shifted from Aoki’s crush to Aoki’s sincere friend. In some BL stories, I don’t really understand why a girl has to be the antagonist whether she has malicious intention towards the protagonist or not. I’ve always been thinking that the protagonist and the girl can be good friend with each other and this drama let me admire this part.
Apart from this, I really like how the drama doesn’t solely focus on same-sex relationship, but more of the relationship diversity as we can see from both the main and side couples. We get to explore different relationships and the acceptance of people around them. To be honest, whenever I watch these kinds of supportive scenes, I feel fulfilled and thankful for these people because It must have been hard to tell their loved ones about their true selves.
The casts’ acting skill is no joke. Meguro Ren as Ida is beyond my expectation. There is a viral scene in which Ida teased Aoki by grabbing his hand into his own flap pocket over the internet. His eyes couldn’t lie. It tells how much Ida adores Aoki. Michieda Shunsuke expressed Aoki cute personality excellently as well with both facial expression and body gestures. Because of their acting skills, the two characters are vivid in the drama as if they were copied and pasted exactly from the manga.