Feature Play: Kurosaki kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai

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Kurosaki kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai aka The Black Devil and the White Prince is a live action adaptation of the very popular manga of the same name. Does it live up to the manga? Well, in a way, it’s enjoyable but the manga still does the story the most justice.

The story follows Akahane Yu who is determined to change who she is, which means being more cheerful and outgoing. She gets the chance to do so after she moves to a dormitory room after her father’s job causes him to transfer. Things don’t exactly start out the way she hoped as her first meeting with Kurosaki Haruto, aka the “Black Devil,” becomes a disaster of highly awkward proportions!

When watching the movie, it’s hard not to keep the manga in mind if you’ve read it. The movie adaptation had to take that story and squish it down to a shorter time frame. Because of this, the story seemed a bit more rushed in comparison to the manga. But this version of the story takes on a more intense narrative.

The movie has a darker element to it due to its premise, one that will remind some people of a less dramatic, more toned down version of the film Fifty Shades of Grey. At this time there is a guy who can “save” the female protagonist from this over powering male character.

There is still a sweet love story to be had though, so no worries for those who cringe at the mention of Fifty Shades. You’re also getting into a rather heavy love triangle narrative so if that’s not you’re thing don’t expect this movie to change you’re mind about them.

One of things that will make or break the movie for many people is the acting. This is where a live adaptation of a manga becomes a bit … interesting. The main character can be over animated in her behavior, even by Japanese drama perspectives.

She sometimes even acts a bit animal like at certain points which seemed to be a way to convey her inner struggles. The two male protagonists also seemed to relish in the idea of trying to make themselves very manga/anime like which will either endear or frustrate watchers. Overall it’s basically a lot of over acting.

Kurosaki kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai is very much a fluffy experience. If you go in expecting a fun, over dramatic narrative about a love triangle then you’ll be fine.