I will warn you that if you watch it, YOU NEED TO BRACE YOURSELF AT THE 75% MARK. You should see what's going on by then and probably can figure it out yourselves, but up until then, it was exactly what is said on the box - adorable love story between Tamaki Hiroshi and a cute little bed headed spaz.
...and no, her name isn't Nodame.
Really, though, how am I supposed to resist this man?
Anyway, I capped this scene because 1) it was a cute set up of a kiss. She asked him to kiss her for a picture for a competition. her theme was "lovers," and 2) i was honestly expecting to cap it and post it over at drama_hunt (which is an AWESOMELY fun new comm that anenko is heading up for posting picspams of various cliches in dramas - SO FUN!) for the "awkward kiss" tag. The tag that is used when two lifeless pairs of lips are touching, but no one seems to be enjoying makeout city.
But! Pleasant surprise!
it's not the hottest kiss in history, but it is, in face, a DECENT KISS. by jdrama standards, it's downright OBSCENE.
Shizuru and Makoto are friends, although Shizuru is totally in love with Makoto and has been for about 2 years. He likes photography, and taught her how to use a camera and develop the film. Shizuru asks if he'll help her with her project for the competition. Her theme is "lovers," and she'd like to take a picture of him kissing her.
...this all sounds very contrived, but it really doesnt come off that way. It's very straightforward and very sweet.
Anyway. They meet in their forest, and Shizuru has the camera set up. Makoto is very nervous and twitchy. It's adorable.
Ah! Wait! She wants to take off her glasses. He finally notices she's completely cute.
Ok. Second try. He is so not smooth here, and he's kind of..clutching her shoulders, instead of holding her.
No, no..he's hesitating:
They draw back, hesitate a moment, then draw back in. Slow and lovely.
Hands get softer, they pull each other closer. His arms go around her, her hands go around his waist. THERE IS LIP MOMENT. MAN IT'S LIKE THEY ACTUALLY MIGHT WANT TO TOUCH EACH OTHER. HOW WEIRD IS THAT, JAPAN?
The picture Shizuru ends up taking is this one, and it's lovely: