Thursday, 5 May 2011

Currently watching: Rebound

Now here’s a weird one. A woman called Obu Nobuko (played by Aibu Saki), who grew up fat, has lost a lot of weight in adulthood and currently works for a fashionable magazine. She writes a bad review for a successful patissier, and then feels guilty when it closes down after a fall in customers. So she helps the chef Imai Taichi (played by Hayami Mokomichi) by tasting his new creations. In the face of all these calories, her body quickly puts on weight again, “rebounding” back to its previous shape.

At least, that’s what happened in episode one. What happens next is anyone’s guess. Nobuko wants to keep her weight-gain a secret, and so far she's done that by people luckily going on business trips or forgetting their glasses. I wonder if her weight is going to veer back and forth from fat to thin every episode and, if so, how long before that starts getting tedious.

On the plus side, it’s nice to see Aibu Saki and Hayami Mokomichi back together again (they were previously in Zettai Kareshi) and Kuriyama Chiaki adds a bit of cynical glamour as Nobuko’s friend. But as I said, how this story will unfold is a mystery to me. Perhaps that’s a good thing. Perhaps it’ll be an Ugly Betty-style tale of how appearances aren’t everything, or perhaps the whole show could be just an excuse to talk about dieting while having lots of close-ups of cakes.

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