“Absolute Boyfriend” as its English counterpart title is based on a manga by Yuu Watase (creator of Fushigi Yuugi). I recently finished watching the series. So, here the plot from dramawiki:
Robot maker, Kronos Heaven, finally develops “Night Tenjo”, the perfect male humanoid programmed to be devoted and completely loyal to his lover. The company chooses temp worker Izawa Riko to take part in a 5-day free trial. At first, Riko only sees Night as a household appliance. But when she finds out how deep Night’s devotion to herself is, Riko finds herself falling in love with him. Joining the love triangle is Asamoto Soshi, a distinguished young executive at her company who has feelings for her. –Fuji TV
I also read the manga series and compared to the live action series, the story is a bit different. I’ve listed some of the differences between the manga and the live action drama:
- Riiko Izawa’s hair in the series is short while on the manga it’s shoulder length. ^^,
- The main setting on the manga is in the school while on the drama it’s in the office. Basically the characters from the manga were still students.
- On the manga, Asamoto Soushi is Riiko’s bestfriend while on the drama he’s Riiko’s boss.
- Asamoto Soushi has a younger brother who got along well with Riiko on the manga while in the series, he has an older brother who on the other hand is stubborn on her.
- Definitely there’s no patissiere contest thing and the like included on the manga. So, the plot is totally different from each other. I think the characters and the fact of that robot boyfriend were the only points being adapted on the drama.
- On the drama, Namikiri is a scientist who created Night Tenjo while on the manga, he’s a sales man for the company’s robots.
There’s still a lot of differences though. Then again, I both love the manga and the drama series. I love the cream puffs that Riiko-chan made in the drama, I want to be a patissiere like her too. ^^, I hope the happy cream puff store will be established in our place. Watashi hoshiitaberu cream puff! ^^,
Asamoto Soshi which was portrayed by Mizushima Hiro caught me up also. Since then, I started to follow his films. ^^, And for the record, he’s married to singer Ayaka who sang “Okaeri”, the opening theme song of the drama. Those two met when they started taping the drama.