“Love is the start of all things miraculous.” This is a quote from the drama that definitely sums up the heart of it. I am familiar with several of Yuu Watase’s mangas, and to date she is my favorite manga author because man can she tell a love story. I have not read Absolute Boyfriend yet, but when I saw that there was a drama based off of it I knew it would be good because she is such a great writer. I have had great luck recently and have watched a string of dramas that turned out to be exceptionally good, and this one definitely continued the streak. It started out as an adorably funny rom-com about a girl who got roped into buying an “ideal boyfriend” robot and was not sure what to do with him. The robot whom she dubbed Night, was much like students I have worked with who are on the autsim spectrum, incredibly socially awkward, honest and literal to a fault, but completely adorable and lovable. He kept me laughing through every episode.
Then inevitably because it was Japanese after all, the show suddenly became much more serious and the ethical issues of “Is it right to produce a lover robot?” and “Does a robot who has developed his own will have a soul?” and “Is it right to have a relatinship with a robot?” come to the forefront. I have seen movies such as Bicentenial Man, A.I., and the anime/manga Chobits that deal with this same issue and it always gets me. I’m such a sucker for philosophical issues like this.
I was in such a quandry because I really loved both Night and Soshi’s characters (but I must say that Soshi was so dang attractive to me for some reason even tough I’m not usually one for the lanky type) and I wished there was some way she could be with both. Well I sort of got my wish, but definitely not in the way I had hoped. The ending made me cry and cry and cry, so if you decide to watch this be prepared because it came out of nowhere for me, I was not expecting it in the least. So now that I am finished with this amazing emotional roller coaster I am left wishing it hadn’t ended so soon *sigh*. I give Absolute Boyfriend 5 out of 5 stars, damn you Yuu Watase for making me cry evey time I read/watch your works!!
I apologize for making a big mistake and pasting the info for the Taiwanese show the first time around, I am reviewing the Japanese version, sorry about the confusion.
I got the following information from http://asianwiki.com
- TV Show: Absolute Boyfriend
- Romaji: Zettai Kareshi
- Japanese: 絶対彼氏 完全無欠の恋人ロボット
- Director: Masato Hijikata, Genta Sato, Manabu Kitagawa
- Writer: Yu Watase (manga), Rika Nezu, Rei Fumishima, Junpei Nihei
- Network: Fuji TV
- Episodes: 11
- Release Date: April 8, 2008 – June 24, 2008
- Runtime: (Tuesdays) 21:00 – 21:54
- TV Ratings: 13.2%
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
Robot maker, Kronos Heaven, finally develops “Night Tenjo”, the perfect male humanoid programmed to be devoted and completely loyal to his lover. The company chooses temp worker Riiko Izawa to take part in a 5-day free trial. At first, Riiko only sees Night as a household appliance. But when she finds out how deep Night’s devotion to herself is, Riiko finds herself falling in love with him.
Joining the “love triangle” is Soshi Asamoto, an executive of Riiko’s company. Other characters surrounding Riiko are Gaku Namikiri, the sales representative of Kronos Heaven, and Fujiko Wakabayashi, a cafe owner who gives romance-related advices to Riiko.
- Related titles:
- Mokomichi Hayami – Night Tenjo
- Saki Aibu – Riiko Izawa
- Hiro Mizushima – Soshi Asamoto
- Shunsuke Nakamura – Masashi Asamoto
- Kuranosuke Sasaki – Gaku Namikiri
- Miki Maya – Fujiko Wakabayashi
- Nobuo Kyo – Hayato Ishizeki
- Kenta Satoi – Hajime Hirata
- Tsubaki Nekoze – Kyoko Adachi
- Maki Komoto – Nozomi Sato
- Erena – Chiho Ono
- Shoichi Watanuki – Takeru Dei
- Masaki Kaji – Yoichiro Tanaka
- Ryosuke Sakuragi – Yasushi Morikawa
- Rie Minemura – Tetsuko Yoshioka
- Jingi Irie – Kota Hayashi
- Natsuhi Ueno
- Kei Yamamoto
- Meikyo Yamada
- Noboru Shibasaki – ep.4
- Hitomi Takahashi – ep.6
- Hiroshi Neko – ep.10