Sakuraba Miko was perfectly happy with her life as a nun. But when a mysterious man shows up claiming that her twin brother Mio needs her help, everything Miko knows is turned upside down. Now she must take her brother's place in popular boy band A.N.JELL and enter the precarious world of the entertainment industry while posing as a boy. Miko must hide her true identity from her boss, her fans, and even her fellow band mates, which proves to be incredibly difficult as she soon moves in with the three handsome young men and her secret becomes compromised in increasingly hilarious situations. Will Miko be able to hide her gender until her brother can return, or will she be found out? And how will this affect her relationships with the other band members?
Ikemen desu ne is the story of "You're beautiful", remade with japanese idols. A girl named Miko is asked to play substitude for her twin brother Mio in the popular band A.N.JELL for some time. She does it, because she wants to find her mother and hopes she will contact her, once she sees her on TV. With that, she meets her bandmates Yuuki, Shuu and Ren, has to live with them and keep her gender a secret. Well, she hides it not very well, because after a few days Ren discovers the truth and wants her to quit A.N.JELL. Shuu on the other hand found it out on the first night and ends up faling for her while Yuuki thinks he is gay. Three guys in love with one girl - that's what I call a lucky girl!
So, it won't be a good review if I don't compare it a little bit to the original. I didn't expect much, since japan isn't really great with romance dramas and additional, it was a remake of a very, very popular K-Drama. That's why I decided not to compare them, but ended up doing so anyway.
The story is pretty much the same, just cut and ended the way Japan would do it. The music is the same, just in japanese with a few additional songs like the theme song "Everybody, Go!" from Kis-my-ft2, a new debuted Johnny's Entertainment group where the two main guys are in. Compared to the K-cast, I at least know already 4 out of 5 maincharacters! I knew Shuu, Yuki, Ren and Nana since a long time, so I was excited about the casting! And I have to say, for rookies they really did a great job. Fujigaya as Shuu made me realize again how much I love the character "Sin U" and that he's my favorite member from Kis-my-ft2. Tamamori blew me away with his acting! It was only his 2nd bigger role, I think, and he really did well. Eventhough I often got the impression that he's simply trying to copy Jang Geun Seok, which made me sad.
For Yuuki, he might not be the most beautiful actor out there because of his teeth, but wasn't he cute? I mean, he nailed the character! I actually wanted him to play Shuu in the first place, but seeing him being such a good Yuuki I was happy he got this role.
As for Miko... She was okay. She delivered her role well, also seemed to copy Park Sin Hye a lot and that's fine?
Extra applause goes to Kojima Haruna. She made Nana so well! I really hated UEE in her role at first and could only slowly get to like her. But for Nana, she always seemed so human. I really enjoyed that and sarted to like her because of that role. Way better than in the korean Version! The same goes for Rens mother. I don't want to say much, but I could understand her reasons and feelings more than in the korean Version.
What made me enjoy the story was not that it's You're Beautiful all over again but the differences that I could notice. The first episode was completely like the K-Drama, but after that there were many nice variations. Tanoshingo for example, the sweet asisstant of Nana! I love that character! Or the involvement of the "Boss" of A.N.JELL. I really felt like he was an important character.
For the ending: It was so great! I really, really disliked the ending of the K-version, but here, everything seemed perfect! It made sense, you didn't have to cry over whatever drama they had to insert and I was content with everything. I only missed a proper ending for the characters that are NOT called Miko and Ren. They seemed to completely forget them...
I liked this as much as You're Beautiful and it deserves the same rating, so here you have 5 Stars, my lovely Kis-my-ft2 and Hikaru!