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30 August 2009 @ 07:57 am
Ten Reasons Hotaru and her Manager are THE BEST (A Hotaru no Hikari Episode 9 Picspam)  
Hey all! To celebrate (and mourn!) the end of Hotaru no Hikari at dorama_watch today, I decided to do a little picspamming of the second-to-the-last ep!

Warning: For those of you not following the show, this is completely spoilery of everything. :)

Ten Reasons Hotaru and her Manager are THE BEST

A Hotaru no Hikari Episode 9 Picspam


After really digging episode 8, I loved this ep too! Finally we're actually talking about the fact that Manager is in love with Hotaru and acknowledging that their living situation is perfect for them. That's the implication always but I'm glad the OTPness is out in the open now.

Favorite parts (which is pretty much all of it):

1. But I like how you chug beer straight out of the can!

Hotaru is trying to burn the candle at both ends and be put together at home as well as work! She pours her beer into a glass and Bucho is suitably ALARMED. (I love how odd that sounds when it makes perfect sense for them. <3)

2. Psych!
Bucho is such a failure at actually coming out and saying what he wants to say, as is part of his ideal "when I next really care for someone" situation. However it's all because he's repecting her choices. It breaks my heart (in the best way!) to see him come so close and reel himself in though!

Attempt #1:


Attempt #2:

*CRIES* Buchooooo!

3. The way he looks at her.

Okay, this theme applies not only to this entire episode but also to the series as a whole. Manager has a tendency to sneak in these glances that tell you everything he's feeling about Hotaru. Sometimes they are directed at her desk. Or sometimes his eyes just blatently follow her around the room. I think the people at work would have gotten the idea sooner or later anyway.

4. Amemiya Hotaru: Duly prepared for being locked in a warehouse!

THIS IS WHY HOTARU IS MY FAVORITE. Oh, there's cardboard, newspaper and a crate of beer? Well, I have this covered! (Also, did she just roll over in her sleep and chug a few cans a beer to quench her thirst/hunger? YES.)

5. Every second of the hugging omg!

Wow was this ever a good hugging scene! We first got to have delicious fretting over her safety, Hotaru wishes for her boyfriend (you don't know how right you are!) to save her, then a relief-filled rebuke. AND THEN THERE WAS HUGGING AND IT WAS GOOD.


HAHAHA yessss! I absolutely love this reaction shot. Yamada-neesan and Futatsugi have the best silent exchange ever here. Her "Are you seeing this? OMG!" *hits* is my very favorite part. <3


But I think the best touch is how after she calls him back to reality, he stills holds on for second and it takes a beat to remember that Hotaru isn't really his. Buchoooo!

6. Hotaru, I'm going to teach you how to live.

I'm so glad Yamada-neesan is around to explain the the facts of life love to Hotaru. I love how plainly and quickly Hotaru says she loves Manager, even if she's still not really getting it herself.


I think this may be THE MOST HILARIOUS LINE OF THE SERIES.

7. It totally is.

I just love them so much. I love how life is never dull with them. I love how he's such a pain in the ass sometimes. I love all their nicknames for each other. OH, I totally forgot to include the caps but the following exchange was amazing too: "Bucho, when you were younger you were the type who picked on the girl he liked, right?" "No, all the girls liked me." <3!

While we're on the subject:
8. THE HOME TEAM.

Making the same gestures at the same time! Oh, OTP! Even though a lot of the time it's Manager purposefully mocking her out, they really have met in the middle and become a lot more similar to each other. Also, how perfect is it that he uses "we" and assumes that this requires the usual teamwork? He's actually eager to help her organize her boxes.

Then of course, the beer scene pretty much sums up how much they enjoy each other's company (and how they should never be parted ever). Something that used to be her thing, is now distinctly their thing.

9. Canon recommends more making out.

You really really should have! DAMMIT, SO CLOSE.

10. Angst in parallel.

These scenes are beautiful in both the way their shot and how emotive they are. There's an emptiness closing in. It just hits both of them so hard, thinking about losing the sense of home they've found with each other. The shots of the mundane, everyday items, her toothbrush and his rice bowl are so poignant. ...I misted up, okay, are you happy show?

Being who he is, he can't help but give her one last push by telling she can never go home again.

And Hotaru waits until she's out the door to just break. FIX IT FIX IT FIX IT.

Only one episode after this and so much is unresolved! Thank goodness this episode was so fortified with OTP, it reassures me that things will turn around somehow at least! Hotaru/Manager was such a sly couple for me, it hit me within the last few eps how much I need them together. <3

To the finale!
 
 
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bek: nana sleepingbiases on August 30th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes and yes. I watched HnH a few months ago and didn't find time to rewatch it for the comm, but you're making me love it all over again! You picked some great caps to highlight why I love them as an OTP and when Hotaru started to cry at the end of the ep I felt like crying too! I may also have been shouting at the computer, things like, "DON'T LEAVE!" and "YOUR BOYFRIEND IS REALLY BLAND!" and "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO~" etc etc.

I remember finding the last episode a bit anticlimatic, but things happened that were supposed to happen and then the ending was satisfying. It was really a series that did everything right, and had some beautiful people in it to boot. Ayase Haruka is SO PRETTY. *_*

I wish Bucho was my Bucho. :'(
Top: Pride: She never fades awaytopazera on September 1st, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
Yessss, thank you for this comment! It really made my day. I just loved episode nine so much that I immediately went and capped it, so I had to do something with these caps. And, of course, they were all OTP stuff. :)

I may also have been shouting at the computer, things like, "DON'T LEAVE!" and "YOUR BOYFRIEND IS REALLY BLAND!"
HA! Throughout the series, there was a lot of comments like this from me too. "Hotaru, don't be blinded by pretty and little adorable chairs! Think! Have you ever had fun with this dude?"

I think I was uncertain enough about how they were going to resolve Teshima/Hotaru and Hotaru/Manager that I was just happy with how they handled it in the finale! I thought it was convincing but it felt a little like they forgot they only had one ep left and did highlights from the rest of their plot. :) I'm really pleased dorama_watch picked this show since I didn't know anything about it before.

I wish Bucho was my Bucho. :'(
Agreed! I need someone in my life to teach me to be normal and make me dinner and rolling around on the floor with me. Also, there could be make outs.
thehibiscusthehibiscus on August 30th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
I loved the drama so freaking much. Thanks for the caps/commentary. Totally made my morning.
Top: Amelié: Dreams are delicatetopazera on September 1st, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Aw, I'm happy you enjoyed it! I wound up loving this drama too. I needed a pictorial outlet for my fangirling. :)
anenko: TOGETHER: meet the new tenantanenko on August 30th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
I want to squish this picspam, and love it forever. Hotaru and Manager are so adorable, and episode nine was absolutely perfect on the 'shipping front. Poor Teshima really can't compete with Hotaru and Manager's Deep and Snarky Understanding.
Top: Actor: [Eun Hye] The most charming girltopazera on September 1st, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
That's totally what I was going for. I wanted to squish this whole episode!

I liked that there were no bad guys in this show! Just a Nice but Bland Guy. It's tough to be that guy when Manager is busying wearing jerseys and making dinner and giving Hotaru dumb nicknames. ♥
♥brokendartist on August 30th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
love it!
ep 9 was amazingly filled with OTP and that hug scene is my favourite of the whole drama.
Top: HYD: Those crazy kidstopazera on September 1st, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The hug was my very favorite scene too. I didn't expect it to be that wonderful!

HOTARU/BUCHO FOR LIIIIFE! ♥
Feeorangeinsanity on August 30th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Ah love the commentary and caps. I remember thinking how different this drama was and I ended up really liking it! (I had accidentally downloaded it and just went with it!)
Top: My Girl: Yoo Rin is an evil geniustopazera on September 1st, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Good accidental download for sure! I had never heard of this show before it won at dorama_watch so I'm glad it came into my life. :D

Thanks for the comment! ♥
Hannachudelya on August 30th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
picspams are the BEST!!!

oh, this is definitely one of the best OTPs. Even they are the opposite of one another, they still perfectly fit each other. <3

And yes, I would love to see them kissing. XDD
Top: PD: You've got pollen on your nosetopazera on September 2nd, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh good because picspamming is so much FUN! I agree, I love all picspams. ♥

They really reminded me pleasantly of Nodame/Chiaki. The whole opposite who grow so they can't live without each other and are adorably domestic? I could watch variations on this story all the time. ♥

MORE MAKEOUTS, SHOW. And this time I knew the show knew there should be more. GO WITH YOUR GUT SHOW. MORE KISSING = ALWAYS GOOD.
shunluvshunluv on August 30th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
im crazy with this couple lol XD
and this ep is so epic<33
Top: 嵐: Aiba Masaki's face is stuck in :D!topazera on September 1st, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
This was totally the EPIC HUG episode in my mind! I loved this couple too. Every episode only made me think OTP OTP OTP ever more. :)
Yo.: starsinsipid_paragon on September 2nd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yes yes YAY I came here for the Arashi, and then it all just BLOSSOMED like a little LJ PARADISE with discussion of the awesomeness that is Hotaru no Hikaru!

Are you seeing this? OMG!" *hits* is my very favorite part. <3
ME TOOOOOOo! And YES, that additional holding on for a second even after she kinda breaks the spell, YES just YES.
Top: 嵐: Aiba Masaki's face is stuck in :D!topazera on September 29th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm happy you discovered something else you like in my little lj world! It makes me feel all warm and gooey. Sorry this reply is so late but I wanted to say that! XD

And YES, that additional holding on for a second even after she kinda breaks the spell, YES just YES.
BUCHOOOOO~ I may have said that even more than Hotaru over the course of the series. ♥
peaches in the creases of a plastic bag: Beaton: The guillotine!phrenk on September 2nd, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
Okay, you already know how I feel about this, but everything you said IS WHAT I FEEL, TOO, FYI.

AND THEN THE LAST EPISODE. AND THEN THE LAST EPISODE. Someday we're going to have to rewatch Hotaru, because YES.

And this whole post is beautiful. You are a genius! A GENIUS, I SAY.
MonicaaMamoomonicaamamoo on October 31st, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Hi I'm Monica and I just added you as a friend~ but anyways.. I love this drama!!! Definetley one of the bests out there ^____^
Maggie: Hotaru and Takanosainomadelaine on January 13th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
ADHAJSJHAJDD

I got to this post because I just loved your JIN picspam, and I read in the comments that you had made a Hotaru no Hikari picspam, and I went berserk.

This is like... my favorite drama of all time. It's so easy for any girl to feel identified with Hotaru, and she is so amazingly endearing (props to Ayase Haruka. I never even liked her that much before watching this, and from then on, I'm definetly a fan), and OMG, Buchou? He is so amazing.

They also have liked this perfect chemistry that made me shout like an idiot whenever they shared a scene, and go all :( when Hotaru shared a moment with Makoto (never really got the bid deal about the guy. BOOORING. ).

Anyhow, gorgeous picspam. I loved all those scenes, and I can perfectly recall the feeling of excitement everytime a new episode aired. So yeah, I'm rewatching this...

And like, you should totally make a picspam out of the finale, because even though it didn't shine as much as the previous episodes, it had some amazing moments too.

Always happy to know of more people who simply adore this drama!
<3
Maggie: Himono Onna at work. (Hotaru no Hikari)sainomadelaine on January 13th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
LOLOL, OWAIT,you already did.

BRB, dying.
Maggiesainomadelaine on January 13th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
LOL. nm, i need to get some sleep.sry xD