Naoki's dream is to become a professional basketball player. He's dating Natsuki who's a cheerleader in his team. Riko's dream is to be a professional violinist. Her best friend and roommate is Mai. Riko and Naoki live in the same neighborhood. One day Naoki forgets his mobile phone in the bus where Riko finds it, so Naoki's coach goes to get it for him and falls for Riko.
This was a nice sweet simple romantic dorama without any serious conflict between the characters, though the development of the story was a little slow. The good thing is that the basketball plot didn’t play an important role until the end. It was more like a background thing, and I really appreciated that. Also, I loved how it paid attention to details and the set. I loved the billboard at the park and the apartment where Riko and Mai live, as well as I loved all the clothing style and the basketball uniform.
As for the cast, I think they all did a good job, even Yamashita. I could hate and pity Aibu Saki’s Nanami Natsuki, and I found Kaneko Nobuaki’s Yoyogi Ren unique and annoying. Mizobata Junpei clearly stole attention here for being cute (I didn’t really notice him in Hana Kimi), while Kanjiya Shihori was a very active and funny Mai, just the perfect complement for Kitagawa Keiko’s Riko, who was cute but stubborn and honest. Yamashita Tomohisa was not a bad male lead here; I’m used to see him in other kind of roles, so the nice and sweet Kamiya Naoki was a complete twisting for me in his acting. He didn’t do bad, actually I liked him much more than I usually do.
But the best thing was Yamashita and Kitagawa’s chemistry. It made the thing real and believable, and I found myself liking the couple when I wouldn’t have given a cent for them in the beginning. It’s definitely the stronger point in this.
If you’re looking for some light and cute romantic story, this is definitely your dorama.