Kekkon Suru Tte Hontou Desu Ka Manga Gets TV Anime
On October 2022, Amazon Prime Video in Japan unveiled their 10-episode live-action adaptation of Kekkon Suru Tte, Hontou Desu Ka, which is based on Tamiki Wakaki’s romantic comedy slice-of-life manga 365 Days To The Wedding which inspired three anime series as well as multiple original video anime volumes (OVAs).
Takuya and Rika are two introverted employees at a travel agency who don’t get along and lead separate lives. When a new office opens in Siberia with priority for single staff members sent overseas with priority placement orders for single employees overseas requiring relocation, Takuya and Rika devise an elaborate scheme to appear engaged while actually experiencing feelings between one another, in order to keep from having one of them relocate. But their plan quickly unravels due to unexpected emotions emerging between them which become difficult to ignore when their “engagement” situation leads to real emotions emerging between both of them and keeps up claiming “engagement”, though eventually sparks start flowing between them both that threatens real relationships that start forming.
Sato Kanta did an incredible job portraying Takuya with inarticulate and wide-eyed reactions to events. Unfortunately, though, the drama became overburdened by unwarranted melodrama which felt forced and made me want to switch it off at many points because the story kept on dragging on too long.
I think if the writers had given Aoi Wakana and Sato Kanta more time to settle into their roles, this show may have been much stronger. At present, however, it remains a good story with some excellent moments but overall feels dissatisfying and flat. Given their talents as actors Aoi Wakana and Sato Kanta deserve something better soon!