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Hotaru no Hikari Season 2

This 11-episode Japanese romantic comedy totally throws the other drama series in this genre out the window for me (for now, that is). Even the ever favorite Nodame Cantabile has to come in second place! This drama brings back the original main cast from Season 1 Ayase Haruka (Tatta Hitotsu no Koi) as Amemiya Hotaru a.ka. "Himono onna" and Fujiki Naohito (Proposal Daisakusen) as Takano Seiichi a.ka. Buchou~.

The series picks up where it left three years ago (Season 1 was in 2007). Amemiya just comes back from her 3-year work attachment in Hong Kong and resumes life as usual as if nothing i.e the separation ever happened. She naturally goes back to work where Buchou is, goes back to the house where Buchou and she lived prior to Hong Kong assignment, lazying around at the porch and drinking beer. Life is back to normal for her. 

But of course, people and things change over the course of three years, as admitted by Buchou, which leads Amemiya to ponder on what has she accomplished for the past three years when other people around her seem to evolve. But being the "Himono onna", it seems a little troublesome a thought.^^

Season 1 is all about Amemiya's awakening to love, whereby Season 2 focuses primarily on the progress of relationship between Amemiya and Buchou towards marriage. It's heartwarming to watch, and most importantly, deym HILARIOUS!

Highly recommended.


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