Saturdays, 11.10 – 11.55 p.m. from 7 July 2012
Konno Izumi is an unfortunate paragon of beauty, too beautiful to lead a happy life. All men who look at her fall in love at first sight, even if it is a fleeting encounter. Because they would desperately compel her to date them, she is not able to work or lead a normal life. When a depressed Izumi contemplated death, she was saved by Aoyama Jin, the popular oil painter and professor at the Tokyo Institute of Art, and fell in love with him. Then, she discovered that he has a wife, Yukiko, who goes by the name Yukko. Every day is spent being Jin’s mistress and modelling for his famous series of paintings, but Yukko will not forgive Izumi. She squanders the money from the sale of the paintings on shopping and does not give Izumi a single yen. The person who supports Izumi’s life as a patron is junior high school student Midorikawa Tsune, a student in Jin’s art class where Izumi models. Tsune is initially cold and even hostile towards Izumi but gradually warms to her. The daughter of the owner of a luxurious traditional Japanese restaurant in Mukojima, she is well-off financially, but because she views the world with a soberness unlike a junior high school student, she understands Izumi’s circumstances and helps her in many ways. To Izumi, Tsune is her only friend. The many costumes to hide Izumi’s beauty from the world and avoid trouble were all bought by Tsune too. One day, while Jin is in Italy for work, arts student Akamatsu Keisuke comes to the arts class as a temporary teacher. He will not get credits from Jin if he does not teach Tsune to draw. What he sees is Konaki Jiji (a ghost in Japanese folklore with the shape of a small old man and having a baby’s cry) in the classroom. Tsune tells a shocked Akamatsu that this is because of him. To stop Izumi from messing around in costume and wanting Tsune to draw, Akamatsu unthinkingly say, “I won’t fall for Izumi because I’m gay.” At that moment, Izumi meets a stalker again and flees into the night. However, she is not able to find a new address to move to and ends up renting a room in Akamatsu’s apartment … …
Nanao as Konno Izumi
The model and mistress of the popular oil painter, Aoyama Jin. She possesses a beauty and style that makes almost all the men who look at her, fall in love. But frequent bloody commotions occur between the men over her. In the end, she is forced to run away under the cover of darkness and lead an unhappy life. She is unable to work and is constantly without a job. She models for paintings at the art classroom that Jin starts, but no salary is paid to her. Because the income from the series of paintings “Portrait of I” is managed by Jin’s wife, she has not received a cent. As a result, she is indebted to Midorikawa Tsune, one of the art class students. With Tsune’s help, she plays dress up in a variety of costumes, but she is very serious about her mission that people on the street and Akamatsu Keisuke do not fall in love with her.
Nakamaru Yuichi as Akamatsu Keisuke
An ordinary male student who attends the Tokyo Institute of Art. In order to get credits for Professor Aoyama Jin’s class, he comes to Atelier Jin to lecture at his art classes for the month that Jin is overseas. He has a hard time trying to teach Konno Izumi who plays dress up as characters in Mizuki Shigeru’s manga and Midorikawa Tsune, Izumi’s enabler. Because he is more earnest about paintings compared to Jin, he comes across as charming at such times. His personality is somewhat passive. Even though he is conscious of Izumi’s beauty, he prioritises control of the classroom. Attracted to Izumi, he tells a terrible lie in order to establish that that there is no chance that he will neglect classes. But with a lot going on, he is unable to fight against it and gradually falls in love with Izumi.
Kusakari Mayu as Midorikawa Tsune
A junior high school student who attends art classes at Atelier Jin for her university entrance exams. In contrast to her maturity, she is a late bloomer in love. Some incident causes her to start to notice Akamatsu Keisuke, but because she is initially cold and even hostile, those feelings … … To prevent Konno Izumi from getting into trouble, she arranges for her night flight, prepares costumes and support in one way or another. The daughter of the owner of ‘Midori’, the biggest traditional Japanese restaurant in this area, she helps Izumi with money and provisions.
Kazama Toru as Aoyama Jin
A popular Japanese artist and professor at the Tokyo Institute of Art. The artist behind the series “Portrait of I” that Konno Izumi modelled for. Although he has a wife, he makes Izumi his mistress. He is an irresponsible playboy who would approach other women extensively. Because of this, even though problems occur among women, he would callously liken himself to Pablo Picasso. He is what is called the root of all evil.
Adachi Yumi as Aoyama Yukko
Her father is the professor at the Tokyo Institute of Art. She met Aoyama Jin in her youth and fell in love with him at first sight. Both of them make the most of each others connections and marry. Naturally, the happy days do not last long. The successive casual affairs that her compulsive husband has with models stresses her. She gives a rather good first impression, but that hides her dreadful true nature.
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