As it gets closer and closer to the premiere of Hana Kimi with Maeda Atsuko as the lead(Ashiya Mizuki), I can’t help but get hyped. After seeing Maeda transform into her character and hearing a lot of good things about the original drama, my anticipation is cranked to 11. But what I just heard today cranked it up even higher: Kashiwagi Yuki was confirmed to play Kishinosato Juri, a rich-girl rival of Maeda’s character.
It’s a mighty suspicious coincidence considering Kashiwagi’s surprise jump to 3rd place in the recent senbatsu elections that she would get such a high profile role, but seeing how this series airs in just 2 weeks, it seems more likely that Kashiwagi was chosen for the role long before the elections took place.
I know Kashiwagi’s acted in Majisuka and Sakura Kara no Tegami but they’ve been similarly reserved characters, so I’m really looking forward to seeing her play an antagonist role. Kashiwagi’s image has always been that of a pampered rich girl with a dark side, so one may say that this is a perfect role for her to play; fan service at its best. I’m always a sympathizer of evil female antagonists, so Kashiwagi Yuki’s role in Hana Kimi and Kojima Haruna’s role in Ikemen Desu Ne sounds like the perfect storm to me.