Star no Koi : 4 of 5
I've finished my second complete Japanese dorama and I'm definitely getting hooked! Just what I need, another obsession that requires hours and hours of free time! This time I watched all 11 episodes of Star no Koi (which Mikie-san loaned to me), and it was a wonderful, heart-warming show. The plot is about Sousuke (that name is so popular!), a regular guy who works at a ham sales office (you definitely learn a lot about exotic hams in this show) who accidently meets Hikaruko, a famous actress. Through all kinds of coincidences, they end up seeing a lot of each other - he falls in love since he's just been dumped by a childhood romance (and that fact that Hikaruko is gorgeous), and she slowly falls in love with him since she's lived a sheltered star's life since childhood and he is full of appreciation for the simple things in life. There are tons of funny scenes (I especially enjoy seeing everyone getting tipsy at the izakaya), but all kinds of emotional moments, too - I cried much more than I did when I watched Nanisama! There are wonderful messages here about following your dreams and breaking down imaginary barriers that are encouraging to hear, so I really loved this series. I have to say that the last episode is pretty hokey (it uses a "future flash-ahead" that's kind of silly), but it's still great. Now I'm ready to tackle some of the shows that Barron gave me!