|Gakky is Back!|
|Yui Aragaki as Mikuri Moriyama|
The rug is pulled out from under her one day when she finds that despite her efforts, she is being let go by the company. The higher ups had to choose between her and another temp, and, as usual with Mikuri’s luck, she’s the one not taken.
|"I Have Some Bad News..."|
|"I've Been Fired?"|
Talking it over with her Aunt Yuri (the always stylish and sexy Yuriko Ishida, stunning as ever), she moans that her Graduate Skills have done nothing to help her out in the real world and that there just aren't any jobs out there for her. Aunt Yuri says that she’s just too scared to go back out and do serious job-hunting.
|Talking it over with Aunt Yuri|
|The Exquisite Yuriko Ishida as Yuri|
|"I know a man who hires a girl once a week to do the housework....|
|"That sounds good for her...."|
|"You're talking about ME?"|
|Ding-Dong, It's your new Housekeeper!|
|Tsuzaki (Gen Hoshino)|
|Meeting the Happy Housekeeper|
She goes to work and is surprised at how quickly she takes to the job at hand. “I never thought doing housework could be like a real job!” she says to herself as she realizes how exilarated she is doing this cleaning. She does so pride herself in a job well done and when she is done, the house is spotless, shining and gleaming with her handiwork!
Tsuzaki, a computer programmer by trade, spends all of his day in the office dealing with the myriad of problems that come with the job, but when he gets home, he is completely impressed with Mikuri’s work. She recieves a text from him that night, instructing her to come back again for the following week! She’s been hired!!!!And from that point Mikuri makes it her mission to go beyond the call when it comes to taking care of the house, even going as far as cleaning the windscreens outside! For one happy month the two go about with their arrangement and Mikuri even feels like this is a job she could see herself working at forever!
Once again the bad Mikuri luck strikes, however, when her eccentric father announces over dinner that they are moving the whole family to a old-fashioned house out in the countryside! Mikuri is devastated because she had come to love her job, but as the new house is far away, she must either find a new job there, or get full-time employment here so she can find a place to live.
|"We're all Moving??"|
|"What about my Housekeeping Job?"|
|Meeting up with friend Yasue (Erina Mano)|
Then Mikuri says, “did you know that if they calculated a housewife’s labour, it’d be a salary of 3 Million yen!” “Yeah, but if you’re married, you have to do it for free!” “What if WAS a way to get paid for doing that? What if there was a contract marriage where you could just HIRE a woman to be your wife?” The gears start spinning in Mikuri’s head….
The following Friday Mikuri returns to her beloved housecleaning job with the bad news that this will be her final two weeks because her family is moving out of town. Tsuzaki is disappointed with the news, and tells her, “Just this morning I was wondering why the house seemed so bright…then I realized you’d cleaned the fly screens! The house was so bright, and it was then I thought…I’m happy when Mikuri is here.”
Hearing this, Mikuri leaps up and excitably says what’s on her mind: “I was thinking I could work here full-time...as a live-in housekeeper! When Tsuzaki points out that as an unmarried man, living with a woman would be unthinkable, she blurts out, “Then won’t you MARRY ME? We can call it marriage, but it'd be just like a job...like a contract marriage!! ”
|"You Should MARRY Me!"|
It looks like the two will have a very rough last few weeks together, but just then Tsuzaki’s company gets hits with a massive reprogramming job, one that requires his to work day and night for five days without sleep or proper nutrition...
When Friday arrives, Mikuri is greeted at the door by a very, very sick Tsuzaki. She takes it upon herself to help him out, running to the store for medicine and supplies as well as doting on him as he fights a fever, and by the time his fever breaks and she’s made him some soothing soup, he clearly has begun thinking seriously about this wonderful girl.
Finally, the last Friday of Mikuri’s employment is here, and Mikuri arrives with heavy heart.
|"A Parting Gift. Though it's been short time, thank you."|
|"Moriyama, Can I show you something?"|
Looking at it logically as well as financially, Tsuzaki has decided that it IS in his best interest if he takes Mikuri up on her offer... "Mikuri", Tsuzaki asks, "Won’t you accept this “De Facto Marriage”? "I ACCEPT!" Mikuri yells!
Without a MOMENT’s hesitation, Mikuri leaps up into Tsuzaki’s face and agrees to the terms! The are already ready to face whatever obstacles are coming their way, and there’s gonna be PLENTY…but first…to explain to her PARENTS…and stop that Moving Van from driving away with all her things!
Awwww, Yui Aragaki is in FINE form in this show, so sweet and lovable as she always is, and this is a fun and quirky story as well, reminding me not just a little bit of the Kyoko Fukada /Dean Fujioka drama “Dame Na Watashi Ni Koishite Kudasai”, with the stern, stoic “husband” and the carefree and eternally optimistic wife!
With this wonderful drama as well as the sweet Satomi Ishihara show and the Keiko Kitagawa drama scheduled to be subbed, I must once again reiterate: It's a GREAT time to be a J -Drama fan!!!