Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (The Wallflower) Review

by staples

The Wallflower


Just finished this drama, so expect a somewhat less organized, more spaztic review than usual.

[UPDATE: I’ve started recapping the drama! Here’s the link to the first episode recap!]

I’ll start off with my completely unconventional RATING: 7/10

“What’s this?” you ask. “What on earth does that mean?” I will explain.

It all began when I began the manga “Perfect Girl Evolution” aka “The Wallflower” aka “Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge.” The story is about four drop dead gorgeous guys who are boarding in this mansion. Like any good manga/drama character, they each have sinister-ish pasts and tortured souls (pretty much). The landlady offers them a deal: if they can turn her neice into a lady, she will waive the rent until they graduate. The guys are ecstatic, but Sunako, the neice, turns out to be a bit more tortured than any of them.  She hides behind an enormous cape, hates “bright creatures” (aka anyone gorgeous), and loves horror stuffs. She has a grand total of three friends: two life-size anatomical dolls (the kind where one half is all skin and the other is all muscle), and a skeleton. The thing about Sunako is that she can turn into a gorgeous kick-ass if her sense of justice is provoked, so she’s not the wimpy heroine.

Pros: The drama is great about a couple things: first off it follows the manga almost exactly in both plot and characterization, but it still takes a few liberties with things: and in such a  way that you could easily imagine the mangaka using those liberties. It’s fantastic. Since the manga is a compilation of a bunch of happenings that turn into an overall direction, the beginning of the drama felt kinda…random. You could see very clearly where the drama was going, but other than the love story, there wasn’t a large mesh from episode to episode in the beginning as one would be used to. That’s why it would get a 7 on the “I haven’t read the manga” scale.

But because it follows the manga more or less to the letter, reading the manga makes you forgive that fault. It’s the way the manga is written, what do you expect them to do? But the biggest reason it gets a 10 on the “I have read the manga scale” is the last few episodes. Because the manga is still ongoing (*beats head against wall*), there’s no cohesive end in sight. But the drama takes some chapters from the manga and weaves them together to make the most cohesive, beautiful end I’ve ever seen when it comes to adaptations. Completely unexpected based on previous episodes’ quality, these last 3 episodes are beautiful because they don’t just follow the manga, they use the manga to create their own happy ending: one that you could imagine the mangaka (manga artist) creating him/herself.

I also like how it took some of the less believable parts of the manga and reworked them to have them make a bit more sense (like Kyohei’s mom’s problem and the Uncle’s “ghost”). This happened mainly in the last few episodes and they were used to tie everything else together beautifully. (Notice how I just can’t seem to get over that?)

Plus, the last episode nearly killed me. It was amazing because the writers seemed to understand the characters perfectly and created a climax that you understood would be the only way to push two people denying their feelings together. And though the climax was not from the manga, it still used one of the manga chapters as its inspiration— except the roles of the characters were switched. Not to mention the most adorable kiss scene in the entire world. It’s not for those who enjoy watching the kiss itself, but rather for those of us who like watching what happens before and after that scene. In this case, the before. *sigh* I watched it over several times.

Cons: I’ll admit some parts are down-right cheesy, and sometimes characters dispensed wisdom too eloquently for their character. I also hated how Sunako needed to be provoked in order to get kick-ass in the drama, whereas in the manga it just kind of happens to her. It definitely created a better bond between her and Kyohei (the male lead), but it was kinda like she was the Hulk, which I found annoying. I definitely wish she had overcome it herself in the very last scene.

The con that will bother the most people is probably the ridiculous exaggerated premise of the drama. I like to think of it as a commentary on our society and how bad it has gotten, but if you don’t look at it that way, it seems pretty ridiculous.

Other Notes: Is it normal for Japanese doramas to be full of advice and lessons and wise people? Nobuta wo Produce was like that, and so is this one.

I’ve started recapping the drama! Here’s the link to the first episode https://mystaples.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/the-wallflower-episode-1/

3 Comments to “Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (The Wallflower) Review”

  1. I do find it normally for Japanese dramas to be filled with advice and life lessons. I find they do that a lot. My friend has read the manga and watched the drama and she did not like how The Wallflower turn out AT ALL. She made sure to assure me to avoid the drama. Hahaha! Really good review, I’m tempted to check it out, but I recently have no time on my hands. D:

    • I can kinda see why she wouldn’t like it, but I found it amazingly good as an adaptation. Especially since I was just dying for faster plot development in the manga. That’s one of the reasons I like dramas so much. Good plot development (usually), but I don’t have to invest years waiting for the entire series to play out.

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