I'm sorry this post is a bit later than usual. To be honest, I had to finish binge-watching the last few episodes of REA(L)OVE and get it out of my system. That's all I'm talking about tonight, too. I liked that they showed the aftermath of the couples that got together. I was pretty interested in one couple but they ended up fizzling out, which was sad. HOWEVER, the most important couple to me got together!

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The transwoman Konatsu got her man! I hadn't liked the guy, Matsuyoshi, because he was extremely rude to one of the other women when she revealed her secret. He seemed blunt, but in an asshole way, not a "good honest guy" kind of way. So I had been dreading his reaction to Konatsu's "secret", but it was extremely refreshing.

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He basically insisted over and over that Konatsu is a woman. She deflected, saying she hasn't gone through surgery yet, is only a woman at heart, etc. I think that this was her way of softening the blow, of being self-deprecating. She's used to being treated badly because of her gender identity. However, Matsuyoshi responded to each of her soft denials with "So you're a woman, right?" He accepted her and didn't change his behavior towards her, continuing to choose her for dates and attention. It made me super happy.

Then the time came for Matsuyoshi to reveal his secret, which was. Heavy. Possibly the most heartbreaking one on the show. When he was only in junior high, he was raped by his brother's girlfriend. Since then, he hasn't been able to trust in women at all. He's been afraid of them. So despite being 26 years old, he hasn't dated ever. She of course accepted his secret as well and they got together at the end of the show. His secret also painted his previous bluntness in a different light. It's not that it justifies what he said, but it makes sense he would think that when he's been so badly betrayed in the past.

The show had a lot of issues. It's one that's interesting and fun to watch as like a psychological experiment[1], but tough for me to recommend. There was a whole lot of slut shaming and double standards, plus I think the girls weren't given as much autonomy as the men[2]. That being said, I know that Japanese culture has something to do with that, too. It's not like they seemed unhappy with their roles.

But Matsuyoshi and Konatsu were both treated nicely by the otherwise callous and tactless hosts and everyone was very sensitive and understanding towards them[3]. They even found love together, even if it might be fleeting. That's enough for me. In the epilogue that took place several days later, they were out on a date and had exchanged Christmas gifts. They looked so cute and happy together, it just warmed my heart. That sort of made the whole thing worth it. Ahh, I'm just a hopeless romantic.


  1. It was extremely interesting watching people's reactions to each other's secrets, seeing the natural cliques that formed. Oftentimes I'd have an opinion about a person and it would change completely after their secret came out. Their secrets would be hinted at in a lot of the things they said and did, but didn't make sense until the secret was finally revealed! It was illuminating and reminded me of how important it is to understand people before you judge them. ↩︎

  2. They were often on the receiving end of things. It seemed like more importance was placed on which girls the guys were interested in instead of the other way around. ↩︎

  3. Konatsu ended up becoming close with one of the other girls, Risa, who was literally bawling with happiness for her friend when Matsuyoshi confessed to Konatsu in the last episode. ↩︎