Coincidences are another drama trope that i have love/hate relationship with, especially in romance/romcom settings. I get that the characters need to meet and interact in order to move the plot and love line forward, but when they cross path whenever and wherever, as if the world is that small, i’d invariably roll my eyes at that. Boku, Unmei no Hito desu (I’m Your Destiny), however, puts context into the coincidental meetings — because the leads are fated partners — that i don’t hate the occurrences.
The string of coincidences would also lead viewers and the characters themselves to affix ‘fate’ or ‘destiny’ into the relationship, but here, it is God (Yamashita Tomohisa) who says so. He decides to show himself before Masaki Makoto (Kamenashi Kazuya) because the deadline for his baby with Kogetsu Haruko (Kimura Fumino) to be born is drawing nigh. Fate has brought the supposed soulmates closer since their childhood yet there is no progress whatsoever between them after all these years that God feels the need and urgency to jump in and tells the guy directly about it. Because it means the literal end of the world if they don’t end up together and produce an offspring in a year. Because their child will save the world in 30 years.
That sounds absurd but eventually becomes believable given the mysterious guy’s ability to materialize out of thin air and the listed instances between the leads. Problem is, the multiple connections go unnoticed by both parties that they aren’t even acquaintances. When Makoto is weighing in on how to make his entry, God totally adds no pressure by saying if he ain’t rushing, he may not make it in time. And there he goes… copying God’s way of breaking the news. Heh. Does he seriously think anyone in their right mind would believe a stranger’s bombardment about them being destined for each other — according to God — and their child being the future savior of the world, without even introducing himself? Haruko is understandably weirded out.
As in baseball, one strike isn’t enough to defeat the batter. The next time they happen to arrive at the same place for their respective work trip, homeboy tries again, this time recounting similar happenstances they’ve had in the past, including the bit about their bad history with the opposite sex (because those aren’t ‘the one’). He then apologizes for making her wait for so long… which would be heartfelt and romantic when said at a later time but only gives her the creeps now. Cuz now he comes off as an obsessed stalker.
Despite the off-putting first impressions, these two continue to separated by a few degrees only. And although Haruko still doesn’t buy the ‘red thread’ talk, she is slowly amused by these happenings and less repelled by him. Because if he can claim being her destined man due to their unplanned run-ins, what should she think of her running into a certain university fellow after eight years? If Makoto happens to be transferred to the company next door to hers, Sadaoka-kun (Mitsushima Shinnosuke) has just started working opposite her building. Furthermore, he used to like her and believes there’s a meaning behind their reunion.
This shouldn’t become an issue though. Well, if Makoto and Haruko are truly soulmates, then Sadaoka’s advancement will surely fall through, won’t it? I mean, both of them suffered through a series of non-working relationships because they’re meant for each other, there is no reason why this old-new contender would ride into the sunset with her, right? But apparently in Boku Unmei‘s universe, predetermined fate means nothing if not pursued, hence the high chance of Sadaoka-kun winning Haruko’s heart.
For better or worse, the love triangle setup is short-lived. A bit too fleeting, perhaps, because it’s already over even before Makoto realizes that pushing his ‘feelings’ onto her won’t necessarily make her return the favor. I do like the analogy presented here: it’s like being a pushy salesperson; and by getting Buchou to eat the carrot he hates, it finally dawns on him the importance of making his presence acknowledged and the other person warming up to him for his next move to become effective. And sure enough, things begin to go more smoothly between them following this enlightenment and a tweak in courtship strategy, but when he finally finds the right timing and opening to confess, she flinches. She needs time to sort her feelings out and gives her answer then, though what would she respond to when he hasn’t even said anything yet?
Makoto is willing to wait, but God says otherwise and advises him to just screw the relationship order. Ha.
Boku Unmei is one of those dramas whose execution is more interesting than the synopsis. I was a bit skeptical about the premise at first, as well as about the writer whose last work wasn’t that great, but i end up enjoying it a lot more than i thought i would. From the get go. And five episodes later, i’m definitely interested to find out how this will end.
Plot-wise, this drama has similar characterization and trajectory to SekaMuzu: awkward male lead aggressively chasing after independent-yet-bland female lead, which starts off on the wrong foot before the guy slowly yet steadily patches things up with her. Both men have an aide advising them on the next move; both women ask for a timeout following a confession. (Both ladies also have a straightforward buddy. It’s refreshing to see Nanao in lighter role like this.)
Admittedly, Makoto is a bit too heavy-handed with the approach, but given the strict deadline, he probably thinks the fastest way to convince Haruko to date and then marry him is by relaying God’s words and sputtering their fated nature, as if that ain’t creepy at all. However, i wonder if he is actually liking her for who she is and not simply because she’s allegedly his other half. Cuz while i can see why she’ll come to like him, i can’t see it from his point of view.
Fortunately, Boku Unmei is less silly and over-the-top compared to SekaMuzu, so i’m liking it better so far. It also has similarities to Proposal Daisakusen (my favorite drama from this writer): a divine character and YamaPi. The latter has stepped up from playing human receiving divine help to the one giving it. We don’t know what kind of god he is, but his version is a lot more eccentric than ProDai‘s fairy.
That said, i love YamaPi’s performance here. I think his deadpan expressions suit this type of comedic role perfectly — i genuinely cracked up at his dry humor. Not to mention his hilariously creative entrances! His antics are my favorite part of the drama, and so is every KamePi’s bickering (i’d love to see BTS footage for), that i wish their scenes were longer. Speaking of Pi, am i the only one who’s kinda confused/disappointed by his limited screen time? KamePi were the headline when the casting news was out and i expected them to have comparable character weight and presence…
…though he completely makes it up in his quirky, scene-stealing appearances.
p.s. pardon the YamaPi screencap spam. I can’t resist! LOL