Love Strikes (モテキ)

Yesterday I went to see Love Strikes (モテキ in Japanese) at the ICA. Although, it was also good and I quite liked it, I didn’t enjoy it as much as Otakus in Love.

Originally a manga, and later televised as a drama, the story follows our main character Yukiyo Fujimoto, played by Moriyama Mirai (森山未來). Yukiyo is what they call a “second virgin”, meaning he’s only had sex once in his life a long time ago. Therefore he is inexperienced, unconfident, a little bit socially awkward and on top of that, an otaku. All around him he sees nothing but happy couples, and when he tries to reach out to people on twitter, even though he has several thousand tweets, he only has about 3 followers. When will he finally become popular with the ladies?! When will his period of moteki finally begin?

It’s a romantic comedy, at times musical, and will indeed have you laughing and sympathising with the main character. What made the movie for me, was indeed Moriyama’s hilarious monologues and his personification of Yukiyo. It almost reminded me of Nakatsu in Hana Kimi (if you haven’t seen this drama, I highly recommend that you do):

After the screening there was a Q&A with actor Moriyama Mirai, and director Ohne Hitoshi. Both of them, absolutely lovely people with a great sense of humour. I even got Moriyama’s autograph later 😀

All in all, it was a great evening, and a pretty good movie.

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