Japanese Drama: Hito wa Mitame ga 100 Percent (人は見た目が100パーセント)
Broadcast Date: 4/13/2017
Total Episodes: TBA
Leads: Mirei Kiritani, Asami Mizukawa, Buruzon Chiemi
As a woman who has lived her whole life trying to be invisible, our heroine, Jun Jonochi has been content with her mousy but very safe existence. A scientist by profession, Jun works as a researcher along with two other women who also shares our heroine’s puzzlement concerning anything relating to fashion. Painfully shy, Jun’s worst nightmare comes true when a change at her company suddenly means she is plunged into a work environment where everyone is glamorous…and normal.
Forced to adjust to her new environment….especially once she realizes finding a new job with her personality is going to be very difficult, our heroine finally decides to rally her two co-workers to join her on their biggest challenge yet – learning how to be fashionable. Tackling their problem head on with all their professional skills, the three clueless women begins to dives into a foreign world filled with endless questions.
Bungling their way through difficult questions such as what purse to carry to the kind of shampoo one should use, our heroine belatedly realizes that as difficult as learning to be fashionable is, a much bigger challenge awaits her. Convinced that love is simply a foolish assumption resulting from predictable bodily reactions, Jun has long since accepted that she will never fall in love much less get married. However, all of our heroine’s logic and convention promptly turns to mush when she meets Keiichi Sakaki, a hairdresser in her neighborhood.
First Impression….or more like the second impression:
My first impression of Hito wa Mitame ga 100 Percent wasn’t too great. Not that the first episode was bad at all, the show just seems to be your standard wacky J-drama about office girls trying to find love. HOWEVER, I am happy to report that after giving this show another chance, my second impression improved dramatically. Mind you, Hito wa Mitame ga 100 Percent at its core is still a wacky J-drama about office girls trying to find love but after watching four episodes, the show’s humor really grew on me.
The three girls’ mathematically learning of fashion felt a bit too much like an educational video at first but by episode four I am greatly impressed with the writer’s skills in portraying everyday frustrations most women experience into comedy. For example, I loved the part where one of the girls was desperately trying to figure out a place to hold her very fashionable purse in a bathroom stall which was, of course, that much more humorous to me because I remember experiencing something very much like it.
My absolute favorite part of the show… (By the way, if you haven’t watched the show at least to episode three yet then you might not want to read the rest of this post since it might spoil what I consider to be the show’s funniest comedy.) was how the heroine dealt with her shyness.
Too nervous to even converse normally whenever Keiichi shows up, Jun comes up with a way to calm herself by telling herself that humans are nothing but bones and muscles. Thus, every time Keiichi pops up, the first thing our heroine does is to closely her eyes tightly then chants “Bones and muscles, bones and muscles, bones and muscles”. Once our heroine finishes with her magic chants and opens her eyes, this happens:
The first time I saw this, I about died laughing.
Anyhow, suffice to say while I still don’t consider Hito wa Mitame ga 100 Percent’s story to be anything to write home about but I am enjoying the show’s laugh out loud humor immensely and that alone is enough to keep me watching.
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