introduction - a glimpse at the basic

NAME: Kotoko Aihara
NAME MEANING: koto - harp, ko - child. "Harp Child"
ALIAS: Kotoko-chan
AGE: series begins with her as 17 years old, ends with her as a 28 year old
BIRTH DATE: September 28th (Libra)
HAIR COLOR: Orange/Brown
VOICE ACTOR: Nana Mizuki

"Kotoko Aihara (University freshman, tennis club). Although she is poor at her school work, her feelings towards Noaki Irie are relentless."

Kotoko is in class F, the dumbest class in her high school. When she falls in love with Naoki at first site, she begins to push herself into doing better. However, she is a klutz, making it extremely hard for her to succeed and study. Her persistence is the main reason why she is able to succeed through out the series. She tries very hard for the things that she wants, and in the end, gets them one way or another. She does this while getting onto the top 100 list (top 50 in the anime), getting Naoki to fall in love with her, and getting into nursing school. She is a strong character with good means.

NAME: Naoki Irie
NAME MEANING: nao - honesty, ki - tree, lumer. "Honest Tree"
ALIAS: Irie-kun
AGE: series begins with age 17, ends with him at a 27 years old
BIRTH DATE: November 12 (Scorpio)
HAIR COLOR: Brownish gray
VOICE ACTOR: Daisuke Hirakawa

"Naoki Irie (University freshman, tennis club). A genius with an IQ of 200, handsome, very good in sports; he is very cold towards Kotoko, yet he stole a kiss from her."

Naoki is in class A, the strongest and toughest class in his high school. When he transferred to the school freshman year, he caught all of the female eyes. His charm and charisma made even some of the teachers fall for him. Naoki is good at everything he does after doing it one time. He is able to memorize things after hearing it once or reading it once. His intelligence put him in the number one spot in his high school. He grows up in a very rich family, with supporting parents. However, he is unable to feel many emotions and grew up very cold to everyone who seems less of a person then him.

Itazura na Kiss is a Japanese shoujo manga series written and illustrated by Kaoru Tada. Itazura na Kiss began to be serialized and published in 1991 by Shueisha through Margaret magazine. It became successful very quickly and became the manga series that Tada became known for in Japan. The manga became so popular that three live TV series have been made so far in 1996, 2005, and 2010, with a sequel of the 2005 drama in late 2007. Despite its success, the manga was never completed due to the unexpected death of the author in a house accident while she was moving to another house with her husband and son. However the manga series continues to be published with the permission of the late artist's husband. There is also a 25 episode anime from this series that was released in 2008. Scripts regarding the plot of the anime closely resembled the plans for the ending of the manga series.

why support them?

Kotoko Aihara is in class F, and therefore is considered, and well is, stupid. She is very confident in herself though, and always goes for the things she wants. Naoki Irie is in class A, also the number 1 in his class, and maybe even number 1 in all of Japan. He is good at everything he does, and never had to worry about anything at all. When the two of them are together, they are the perfect person. Naoki brings the brains, charm, charisma, and talents, while Kotoko brings in the emotions and feelings. She brings in a sense of reality, that not everything is going to go perfectly all of the time. While Naoki first hates her for these new feelings, he begins to fall in love with what she does to him. I must admit that his attitude towards her sometimes really turns me off to their relationship, however. But as they grow together, he realizes that he is in fact a "bad husband," making him shape up and try harder for her. They both support each other and grow to fall madly in love, having a baby together. Want to find out more indepth reasons as to why you should support them? Visit the next section, timeline.

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