Love vs. career is the theme of the new drama series “Seisei Suru Hodo Aishite Iru” (“I Absolutely Love You”; TBS, Tues., 10 p.m.), which is based on a popular manga.
Saki Takei plays Mia, who is employed in the public-relations department of a company that she has wanted to work for since she was a girl. It’s her dream job, so when her boyfriend proposes marriage but also wants her to quit working and move to his hometown with him, she turns him down.
Suddenly unattached, she is reintroduced to Kairi Umesato (Hideaki Takizawa), one of the company’s vice-presidents, who has just returned from the U.S. She and Kairi entered the company at the same time and attended a one-month training course together. Kairi is impressed with Mia’s industriousness and the good work she does, while Mia finds herself falling in love. But she doesn’t know Kairi’s big secret.
A different kind of love is the theme of the similarly titled new series, “Hajimemashite, Aishite Imasu” (“How Do You Do, I Love You”; TV Asahi, Thurs., 9 p.m.), which takes on the subject of adopted children.
Mina (Machiko Ono) gives piano lessons to children out of her home, but right now she spends a lot of time practicing by herself so she can enter an international piano competition. One day, her husband, Shinji (Yosuke Eguchi), tells her that their neighbors have been talking about a “mysterious creature” that is upsetting the garbage cans.
The next day, Mina hears something in the garden and discovers a little boy. She calls the police and learns that the authorities had removed the boy from an abusive family, but it appears he has also escaped the welfare facility where he was placed.
CM of the week
Toyota Corolla is one of Toyota’s main line of vehicles, and for years, advertisements for the Corolla Fielder wagon has featured SMAP heartthrob Takuya Kimura. A new CM series targets sports-minded drivers by showcasing the vehicle’s convenience. In one ad Kimura goes to the shore and catches a huge tuna but forgets to retrieve his fishing rod. In another, he loses a soccer match after missing three penalty kicks. In a third, he goes snowboarding but can’t find his car because it’s covered in snow. The catchphrase should be: For clumsy people who love sports.