Dear Korean Entertainment,
Don’t, I repeat and beg of you, don’t you dare screw this one up. You either do right with the franchise and story, or keep your grubby hands off them and leave ’em alone!
My Nodame and Chiaki oh my god. The same two characters who breathed to (my) life repeatedly regardless of the medium: the manga, anime and of course, live-action dramas and movies – dude, I made the trip to Singapore just to watch the movies when they were released – and namely the latter, played to perfection by Ueno Juri as our titular Nodame and the charismatic Tamaki Hiroshi as Chiaki.
Look at them! Look at them! Can anyone top their chemistry and characters embodiment any better? Here’s the thing, and I know you know it too – Ueno Juri was Nodame, and likewise Tamaki Hiroshi was Chiaki.
Honestly I am extremely torn, skeptical and obviously, very protective of the original franchise. As much as the thought of a Korean remake is exciting, honestly you don’t exactly have a great track record when it comes to remakes, cracktastic notwithstanding. Hello, Playful Kiss? Ring any bells, To The Beautiful You? Dare I even stretch it by mentioning Boys Over Flowers?
One more thing: you cast idols left and right – even worse, if the idols are the two leads… You and I need to talk. I swear I won’t let you off this one – I can’t and I won’t.
Super-staunch Nodame Cantabile fan
(don’t mess with my devotion for this show)