Unfortunately, Love Lab is one of those shows that I don’t really remember much about. At the time of watching it I wouldn’t have thought it was unfortunate because back then I didn’t really like the show, but since then I’ve seen so many people talk about how much they liked it that I have a feeling that if I were to give it another chance, it could be another show like Kitakubu(i.e. one that I like much more the second time around). I don’t rewatch a lot, but I can see myself giving this show another chance at some point. Side note: Kitakubu and Love Lab coincidentally aired at the same time, in Summer 2013.
And this feeling is only amplified by reading about and looking at screenshots from the show. The memories come flooding back: Maki making weird faces, Riko being Wild, Sayo’s money face. And the lingerie song, oh god the lingerie song! This show really did have a bunch of likeable aspects, didn’t it? Right now I actually can’t remember why I disliked it. Everything I see of it looks funny or enjoyable, and nowadays I generally enjoy shows of that genre. Maybe this is one of these cases where I just watched the show at the wrong time.
This feeling is not just based on hazy memories and funny-looking screenshots, though. At the time of writing this(Winter 2016), there is a currently airing show called Nijiiro Days(Rainbow Days), which I greatly enjoy. It relates to Love Lab in that the only way I’ve been able to describe Nijiiro Days is “sort of a reverse Love Lab”. When examined more thoroughly the similarities aren’t that many, but both shows still have something that interests me: Unusual portrayals of male versus female characters. I’m having a hard time figuring out how to explain what I mean, but I feel like these two shows are much more neutral and casual regarding the interactions between girls and boys than romcoms in general.
P.S: I’m interested in hearing what you thought of Love Lab and/or Nijiiro Days in that respect.