In My Love Mix-Up, also known as Kieta Hatsukoki, Aoki gives a love confession to his classmate Ida.

My Love Mix-Up is a Japanese BL comedy adapted from a manga. In this high school romance, the teenage protagonist is infatuated with a female student, but discovers she likes another guy instead. When her secret becomes exposed, the main character protects her identity by pretending he's the one with the crush. This fake love confession surprises his male classmate, who seriously contemplates whether he can reciprocate the feelings.

Also known as Kieta Hatsukoi or Vanishing My First Love, My Love Mix-Up is an excellent coming-of-age comedy. Many BL fans will enjoy the hilarious story and heartwarming romance, packed with boundless charm, laughter, and delightfulness. Each episode is effortlessly funny, but still conveys a sentimental message about love, friendship, and adolescence.

My Love Mix-Up Summary

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How long is My Love Mix-Up?

Around 4 hours

What is the genre?

School romance

How would you describe the series?

Happy and funny

How many episodes are in My Love Mix-Up?

10 episodes

How long is each episode?

Around 24 minutes


Aoki and Ida meet on the rooftop after the love confession.

Aoki is a quirky high school student who has a crush on his female classmate Hashimoto. One day, she lends him an eraser to use before a quiz. Aoki notices she wrote another male classmate's name on the eraser and drew a heart beside it. He realizes Hashimoto likes Ida, the handsome volleyball player who sits before him. This discovery upsets Aoki, knowing that she's attracted to somebody else.

The eraser accidentally falls on the floor. When Ida picks it up, he's surprised to see his name and demands an explanation. Since Aoki doesn't want to expose Hashimoto's secret crush, he lies and pretends it is his eraser. Ida is startled and thinks Aoki just admitted to having feelings for him.

After the quiz, Hashimoto finds out Aoki saw the name she wrote on her eraser. She admits to being too shy to confess her love, simply content with admiring her crush from afar. Aoki promises to keep her secret. However, Aoki keeps quiet about his own feelings and doesn't want to complicate his relationship with Hashimoto.

Aoki and Ida meet on the school rooftop to discuss the eraser incident. Ida apologizes sincerely and says he can't accept the love confession. Instead of clarifying the situation, Aoki insists that they pretend nothing happened. As they chat, Aoki is reminded of Hashimoto and begins to cry. Ida misinterprets his response, feeling guilty that his rejection caused this much distress.

Later, they meet again on the school rooftop. Ida was worried his classmate might jump off the building, even though Aoki was just retrieving an item. After clearing up the misunderstanding, Ida says he wants more time to reconsider the love confession. To Aoki's complete surprise, Ida seriously contemplates having a relationship with him.

Kieta Hatsukoi Trailer

My Love Mix-Up Cast


Aoki Shunsuke Michieda (道枝駿佑)


Aoki is a high school student with a quirky personality. Although he can be a bit goofy, Aoki is kind, empathetic, and sensitive. He doesn't do well academically and struggles in subjects like mathematics. Aoki has a crush on his classmate Hashimoto and feels devastated after finding out she likes another student.

Ida Ren Meguro (目黒蓮) Ren Meguro Instagram

Ida is portrayed by the Japanese actor Ren Meguro (目黒蓮).

Ida is Aoki's classmate who sits in front of him. He is an ace student, a talented artist, and a star volleyball player. Ida has a serious and stoic demeanour, a contrast to Aoki's over-the-top mannerisms. Ida jumps to the wrong conclusion with Aoki and believes his classmate has a crush on him.

Hashimoto Riko Fukumoto (福本莉子) Riko Fukumoto Instagram

Hashimoto is portrayed by the Japanese actress Riko Fukumoto (福本莉子).

Hashimoto is Aoki's classmate who sits beside him. Aoki is attracted to her, but she already has feelings for somebody else in their class. Hashimoto has a sweet and bashful personality. She can't work up the courage to give her love confession.

Akkun Jin Suzuki (鈴木仁) Jin Suzuki Instagram

Akkun is portrayed by the Japanese actor Jin Suzuki (鈴木仁).

Akkun is Aoki's classmate and best friend. With a cheeky and extroverted personality, he is forthright about his feelings and doesn't like keeping secrets. Although Akkun likes to think of himself as intuitive, he is sometimes oblivious and doesn't pick up on obvious signals. Akkun is his nickname and he also goes by Aida.

Supporting Cast

Taniguchi is portrayed by the Japanese actor Seiichi Tanabe (田辺誠一).


Seiichi Tanabe (田辺誠一)

Toyoda is portrayed by the Japanese actor Ayumu Mochizuki (望月歩).


Ayumu Mochizuki (望月歩)

Nakabayashi is portrayed by the Japanese actor Sho Nishigaki (西垣匠).


Sho Nishigaki (西垣匠)

Nonomura is portrayed by the Japanese actress Sara Kurashima (倉島颯良).


Sara Kurashima (倉島颯良)

Hiromu is portrayed by the Japanese actor Mizuki Maehara (前原瑞樹).


Mizuki Maehara (前原瑞樹)

Rumi is portrayed by the Japanese actress Rena Hirata (平田玲奈).


Rena Hirata (平田玲奈)

Suzuki is portrayed by the Japanese actor Taisei Ishida (石田泰誠).


Taisei Ishida (石田泰誠)

Ichii is portrayed by the Japanese actor Zinpei Watanabe (渡邉甚平).


Zinpei Watanabe (渡邉甚平)

Takechi is portrayed by the Japanese actor Kosuke Hasebe (長谷部光祐).


Kosuke Hasebe (長谷部光祐)

Matsuuchi is portrayed by the Japanese actress Yuno Ohara (大原優乃).


Yuno Ohara (大原優乃)

Okano is portrayed by the Japanese actor Jin Shirasu (白洲迅).


Jin Shirasu (白洲迅)

Mamaetaro is Ida's dog.


Cast Highlights

  • Akkun's actor (Jin Suzuki) starred in the Given drama adaptation, which was released earlier in 2021. He played the lead character and had a full-fledged BL romance.
  • Okano's actor (Jin Shirasu) was the lead actor of the 2020 BL drama Life~Love on the Line. He portrayed a gay high school student in that series.

My Love Mix-Up Review


Drama Review Score: 8.7

Aoki and Ida celebrate over their test scores.

My Love Mix-Up is a charming BL comedy that radiates joy, enthusiasm, and wholesomeness. The story is lots of fun, particularly the first few episodes, dealing with a hilarious misunderstanding that blows out of proportion. Although the events seem silly, a sweet and sensitive teenage romance forms between the characters. You'll enjoy watching their journeys of self-discovery, but also laugh at the goofy antics along the way.

I resonate with the positive vibes from My Love Mix-Up. It's a feel-good comedy with an upbeat tempo, vibrant energy, and perky optimism. This series is packed with amusing scenarios, which play out delightfully each episode. While the jokes are quirky and offbeat, they don't feel mean-spirited or inappropriate. You laugh with the characters when they give funny responses, but the gags never target their insecurities or misfortunes. If there's a serious situation, My Love Mix-Up uses gentle and tactful humour to defuse the tension.

My Love Mix-Up is powered by an innocent high school romance. Aoki and Ida have an enchanting bond, emphasized by their adorable interactions. Admittedly, the love story goes through absurd circumstances and their attraction doesn't always feel believable. However, both leads are so cute together that you'll feel compelled by how their relationship develops. In addition, I admire that My Love Mix-Up includes empowering messages about gay sexuality and gender identity. These topics are handled thoughtfully with delicate care, of course.

The talented performers bring the characters to life in My Love Mix-Up. Aoki (Shunsuke Michieda) is a vivacious protagonist whose over-the-top reactions evoke laughter in many comical scenarios. He's joined by a lively supporting cast (Riko Fukumoto & Jin Suzuki), exuding magnetic charisma in every scene. Most of all, I'm smitten with Ida's actor (Ren Meguro). He appears so telegenic with his healthy tan, gelled hair, and snappy school uniform. The styling team nailed his look perfectly, highlighting the physical attractiveness of a dreamy BL heartthrob.

My Love Mix-Up has a couple of minor flaws. The plots can be cheesy and heavy-handed with their sentimentality. Also, Ida's character shows no defined personality beyond being the perfect Gary Stu. He's like a prince charming plucked from a fairytale fantasy, instead of talking or behaving as a real person would. Ida comes across as a fictional archetype rather than a genuine character, making it tough to connect with him. Finally, this BL romance ends with no kissing scene, a missing detail that could've enriched the sincerity of the romance.

There's no mix-up about my feelings on My Love Mix-Up, which I clearly enjoy from start to finish. It misses my list of favourite BL dramas by a tiny margin, but that doesn't diminish my overall appreciation. I adore the humourous story, endearing characters, and super cute romance. I also love how it promotes the themes of friendship, empathy, and tolerance. My Love Mix-Up is such a gentle, compassionate love story that fills my heart with exuberant glee. I highly recommend this fun, lighthearted BL series to cheer you up and brighten your spirit!


Fun story

My Love Mix-Up has a fun, comedic plot powered by hilarious misunderstandings. The sensitive character portrayals and positive messaging promote a feel-good vibe in the story.

Sweet romance

The romance between Aoki and Ida is sweet, gentle, and charming. While the characters never kiss, they capture the essence of first love endearingly.

Lively acting

The My Love Mix-Up has a lively and charismatic cast, propelling the storylines with much enthusiasm. They bring the characters to life, making them unique and lovable.

Happy ending

My Love Mix-Up has a delightful ending that reaffirms its positive messages. All the characters are happier and more fulfilled than at the start of the series.

Polished production

The production in My Love Mix-Up is bright, vibrant, and chipper. The styling team is fantastic, making all the actors look like their best selves on screen.


My Love Mix-Up is a fun, lighthearted series that comes close to being one of my favourite BL dramas. I adore the positivity and sensitivity shown by this teenage love story.


Funny story

My Love Mix-Up begins with a misunderstanding over an eraser, which leads to a mistaken love confession. If it was real life, Aoki would quickly clarify the situation with his classmate and explain he doesn't have a crush. In the surreal world of BL fiction, we gloss over the obvious solution and opt for the comical response instead. Aoki accidentally misleads Ida, initiating a gay romance that neither of them wanted in the first place.

Despite the bizarre circumstances, an unexpected connection forms between the characters. Initially, Ida rejects his classmate. Before the first episode ends, he surprisingly reconsiders the love confession. If you aren't attracted to somebody, your reply would be a simple no. Instead, Ida actually said "…maybe?" to a gay relationship. His open-mindedness leads to many fun storytelling possibilities in My Love Mix-Up.

As the teenage characters navigate their confused feelings, they encounter many funny scenarios. The comedy accentuates the romance, adding a delightfulness to their relationship scenes. Much of the humour comes from Aoki's over-the-top reactions, as his expectations don't match with the reality. My Love Mix-Up is a hilarious series, balancing the enthusiastic jokes with a sweet, sensitive love story.

Love triangle
Aoki, Ida, and Hashimoto have a love triangle.

Aoki and Ida weren't attracted to each other at the start of the series. In fact, Aoki's first love was Hashimoto and not Ida. At first, the relationship dynamics are set up like a love triangle. Aoki secretly likes Hashimoto, who has a schoolgirl crush on Ida, but he might be interested in Aoki instead. None of the characters have reciprocated love.

What makes the drama so compelling to watch is the evolving relationships. Over time, Aoki and Ida change their feelings towards each other. Every time their romance takes a step forward, it's a pleasant surprise. We get excited whenever Ida accepts the love confession, agrees to start dating, and holds hands with his boyfriend. While these events seem minor on paper, we make meaningful progress episode by episode, so their journey feels rewarding and engaging.

Ida wears a wig to cheer up Hashimoto.

What I cherish about My Love Mix-Up is its empathy. This BL drama is deeply compassionate, encouraging us to embrace those who are different from the norm. Whether it's a pompadour hairstyle or gay sexuality, the characters' unique qualities are celebrated instead of mocked. The recurring themes throughout the series are tolerance and benevolence.

The signature kindness is evident in many episodes. Ida doesn't shun Aoki after his love confession and he even explores the possibility of dating a guy. Likewise, his volleyball teammates champion their friend's new romance without judgment. A more controversial example is Aoki's homophobic tutor, who changes his thinking and learns to empathize with his gay student.

All these storylines, among numerous others, help to spread positivity. At times, the messages are too heavy-handed, coming across like an after-school special. Nonetheless, I appreciate its sentimentality. My Love Mix-Up inspires us to be more open-minded, treating others with respect, kindness, and sensitivity.

Ida is serious, stoic, and doesn't express many emotions.

I adore what Ida's character represents. He has a kind heart, high emotional intelligence, and a solid moral compass. His defining moment is in Episode 2, where a classmate teases Aoki for playing the Cinderella character. Everyone joins in the laughter, except for Ida. "It's not funny. Why are you making fun of him?" Ida asks indignantly despite facing enormous peer pressure. That was the scene where I fell in love with his character, but it isn't the only example. Ida keeps impressing me with his sympathetic responses on numerous occasions.

However, it's tough for me to connect with Ida's character. He's very guarded, shows little emotions, and keeps his thoughts to himself. The story is told primarily through Aoki's perspective, so we learn a lot about him. We see all his responses, experience his emotions, and understand his motives. In contrast, Ida remains too ambiguous and seems distant from the viewers. After ten episodes, he feels like an enigma and I can't get a clear grasp of him.

As the series progresses, I realize that Ida is a Gary Stu. It's a term used to describe a perfect fictional character with no personality flaws. In other words, he's too good to be true. Part of my disconnect is that Ida doesn't seem real. Sure, he behaves perfectly and says all the right things. However, he acts like a textbook example rather than an authentic individual. I wish we could've seen his vulnerabilities, his insecurities, or anything that gave him more definition. I still like Ida, but his characterization is a weak point for me in My Love Mix-Up.


Wholesome romance
Aoki and Ida have lunch together on the school rooftop.

My Love Mix-Up depicts a gentle and wholesome high school romance between two adolescent characters. The relationship dynamics might sometimes be messy, but it's a low-stakes love story that doesn't feel too intense. There are no problematic tropes or toxic relationships. You also don't have to worry too much about arguments, melodrama, or angst. My Love Mix-Up is relatively stress-free, ideal if you just want to watch a fun, lighthearted BL story.

With that said, this feel-good BL comedy isn't devoid of conflicts. Notably, a few subplots address homophobia and self-loathing, adding a touch of gritty realism to the fairytale love story. However, these storylines are handled thoughtfully and empathetically while retaining a healthy sense of humour. You can rest assured that My Love Mix-Up will promote empowering messages about its gay characters.

Aoki and Ida
Aoki and Ida take a selfie as they go on a date.

To be honest, the romance between Aoki and Ida doesn't always feel credible. I think Aoki moved on from Hashimoto to Ida too abruptly. It's like someone flicks a switch and he suddenly changes tracks. His attraction to Ida could've been depicted more thoroughly. Nonetheless, their relationship scenes are really adorable, overpowering any skepticism I may have. Once they start dating, I feel more reassured about their connection for the long term.

Aoki and Ida are a cute couple whose opposite personalities complement one another. Aoki's quirkiness balances with Ida's seriousness, as they bring out each other's best qualities. Between the two, Aoki is more vulnerable and exposed. He's someone who wears his heart on his sleeves, constantly expressing doubts about himself and the relationship. Aoki often gets hurt since he thinks Ida doesn't feel the same way as him. Despite his insecurities, Aoki is an admirable character because he puts himself out there and commits to his romance wholeheartedly.

In contrast, Ida is a lot more guarded about his feelings. He needs "time" to contemplate his attraction to Aoki. It's a slow and lengthy process, taking him ten episodes to finally reach a conclusion. The way Ida approaches this romance is almost too analytical. While Aoki is full of passion and enthusiasm, Ida seems stoic and detached. His lack of emotions keeps Aoki speculating about their relationship, unsure how his boyfriend feels about him. Nonetheless, Ida opens up near the end and confirms the romantic feelings are mutual.

Aoki and Hashimoto
Aoki finds out that Hashimoto has a crush on somebody else.

Aoki's feelings for Hashimoto are superficial. She's friendly towards him and has a kind personality. Once, she gave him leftover pastries on Valentine's Day. That generates enough goodwill for Aoki to desire Hashimoto romantically. Since she likes someone else, he accepts his rejection and stops pursuing her. His interest in her subsides quickly, indicating their connection isn't that strong in the first place.

When Aoki realizes his attraction to Ida, it seems as if he would become ~love rivals~ with Hashimoto. On paper, it's ludicrous the protagonist goes from having a crush on a girl to competing with the same guy as her. Nonetheless, this silly scenario works in the fantasy world of My Love Mix-Up. The plot plays out entertainingly with lots of charm.

However, there's a mix-up! Aoki misinterpreted Hashimoto, discovering that she likes Akkun instead. It means Hashimoto and Aoki aren't rivals since they have feelings for different people. Afterwards, their dynamic changes once again. Aoki and Hashimoto become each other's confidantes, offering moral support and gentle relationship advice. As it turns out, their personalities are similar and compatible. Both are kind, sensitive, and a little goofy. They grow close platonically and their friendship is one of the highlights in the series.

Hashimoto and Akkun
Hashimoto has a crush on Akkun.

My Love Mix-Up deals with various cases of mistaken identity. One of the mix-ups involves the name of Hashimoto's crush. Aoki wrongly assumes that she has feelings for "Ida". However, what she actually wrote on the eraser was Aida, a different character who goes by his nickname Akkun. This revelation adds a fun, unexpected twist to the story. Best of all, it gives Hashimoto a separate storyline during the second half of the series and keeps her relevant in the narrative.

There are parallels between the Hashimoto & Akkun romance and the Aoki & Ida relationship. Both Aoki and Hashimoto harbour secret crushes, but they can't gather the courage to confess their feelings. As their characters go through similar circumstances, they lean on each other for support. However, their storylines go on different paths midway through the series. While Aoki and Ida officially start dating, Hashimoto is heartbroken when Akkun rejects her confession.

Many romances are powered by the concept of how opposites attract, but that's not the case here. The lively and extroverted Akkun admits he isn't attracted to the timid and introverted Hashimoto. Their personality differences pose an understandable barrier to the relationship. After the rejection, Hashimoto doesn't give up. She's eager to open up to Akkun, letting different aspects of her personality shine. The more he notices her, the more he opens up to the prospect of dating her. Eventually, Hashimoto's efforts win over Akkun as they become a couple in the end.

P.S. The sweet Hashimoto channeling her ~inner rage~ is my favourite mood.

Hashimoto is upset about Akkun.
Hashimoto is angry about homophobes.


Enthusiastic acting
Aoki volunteers to act in the school play.

My Love Mix-Up maintains its upbeat energy through a lively and enthusiastic cast. All the actors do an excellent job with their roles, bringing lots of charm that make their characters come alive. The performers also have excellent rapport and you will feel at ease watching them interact.

Aoki is an engaging protagonist, portrayed by a vibrant young actor (Shunsuke Michieda) with confident comedic timing. He gives cartoonish expressions, over-the-top mannerisms, and behaves larger than life. Every time he appears on screen, he draws attention and makes you laugh with his goofy antics. His screen partner (Ren Meguro) is dreamy, capturing the essence of a high school heartthrob. Acting-wise, I think he's the weakest in the cast, but only because his costars set a high bar. He still gives a decent performance and has cute chemistry with Aoki's actor.

The supporting cast is stellar as well. I really like the actress playing Hashimoto (Riko Fukumoto), who exudes genuine warmth every time she smiles. She's able to keep up with Aoki's upbeat energy and their rapport feels so natural. Similarly, Akkun's actor (Jin Suzuki) comes across as bubbly and vivacious. My Love Mix-Up is a much better showcase of his charisma than in Given, the BL drama he appeared in earlier this year.


Happy ending
Aoki and Ida watch the lights together in the My Love Mix-Up happy ending.

My Love Mix-Up has a happy ending, where Aoki and Ida get back together after their break-up earlier in the episode. During the finale, Ida reveals that his friends from the volleyball team know that they're dating. However, Aoki doesn't take the news well, panicking because he got outed of the closet. Aoki responds so poorly that he suggests they end their relationship. After getting dumped, Ida is miserable and behaves like a shell of his former self.

Aoki's extreme reaction is triggered out of deep-rooted insecurities about his sexuality. Aoki feels self-conscious about getting teased and bullied at school if others know he is dating Ida. However, he realizes it's not a big issue after talking to Ida's open-minded friends, who support them very much.

Fortunately, the couple clears up their misunderstanding before the series ends. Thanks to his friends' advice, Ida takes the initiative to reunite with his ex. It's refreshing to see this fiery passion from Ida, who has been pretty passive and reserved throughout the series. Finally, Ida lets his guard down and admits he wants this relationship to continue. As they agree to become boyfriends again, the two of them embrace in the school courtyard. The Christmas lights illuminate around them, concluding the series on a gorgeous and festive note.

Ending explained
Aoki cries after he breaks up with Ida.

Admittedly, the My Love Mix-Up ending isn't perfect and feels strained in some places. The break-up feels sudden and irrational, presenting a lot of annoying drama before the series ends. However, the finale also contains some narrative themes that I find compelling. For instance, I appreciate that it explores Aoki's struggles with his sexuality. The series introduced this subplot in an earlier episode with the homophobic tutor, and it builds upon that storyline in the finale.

Another aspect I liked about the finale is that it verified Ida's feelings for Aoki. My Love Mix-Up began with a lot of confusion between the characters, but it ends with definitive clarity. After the first episode, Ida wasn't sure if he could be attracted to Aoki and needed time to contemplate. In the finale, he finally finds his answer. After breaking up with his boyfriend, Ida is confronted with the loss, making him realize how much he cherishes their romance.

Up until this point, Ida's character has been pretty passive, whereas Aoki is the assertive one in their relationship. Aoki gave the love confession, suggested that they start dating, and organized a detailed itinerary for their date. Ida is almost coasting along as he observes his boyfriend from a backseat position. That changes in the last episode, where Ida shows passion and desire for Aoki. One of Aoki's insecurities was that he doubted his boyfriend's commitment to their relationship. Finally, Ida opens up, shows vulnerability, and reaffirms his mutual feelings.

No kissing
Ida embraces Aoki and asks him to be boyfriends again.

My Love Mix-Up ends without a kissing scene between the characters. It's a chaste series, sanitizing all affections between the gay or straight relationships. The only physical interactions are limited to holding hands and an intimate embrace in the finale. There's one scene where Aoki fantasizes about kissing Ida, but their lips don't come close to touching each other. I must admit, the missing kiss influenced my final review of My Love Mix-Up.

Going into the last episode, I gave myself an ultimatum. If the characters kiss in the finale, I'd give this series a grade of A- and include it in my list of favourite BL stories. Otherwise, I'd bump down the review grade. As I suspected, there was no kissing. Not even a peck on the cheek. That was the main deciding factor that pushed My Love Mix-Up out of contention from the best BL dramas.

In my opinion, a teenage love story that ends without the leads kissing isn't a prominent flaw. I still enjoy My Love Mix-Up a lot. However, I'm irked with these Japanese BL dramas that shy away from displaying gay affection. I see this annoying trend in What Did You Eat Yesterday, Cherry Magic, and now My Love Mix-Up. Despite the empowering messages about acceptance, this series undermines its sincerity by not allowing the characters to kiss. Sorry, but I can't keep endorsing another mainstream BL romance that won't celebrate love physically.

My Love Mix-Up Episodes

Episode Guide

My Love Mix-Up has a total of 10 episodes. Each episode is around 24 minutes long. This is a medium-length BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in under 4 hours. My Love Mix-Up started airing its first episode on October 9, 2021 and ended on December 18, 2021.

Episode 1


Episode 2


Episode 3


Episode 4


Episode 5


Episode 6


Episode 7


Episode 8


Episode 9


Episode 10


⭐ Best episode

Episode 3

Ida gives Aoki tutoring lessons in My Love Mix-Up Episode 3.

In my opinion, the first four episodes of My Love Mix-Up are the most engaging. The series builds momentum in its narrative, as the relationship dynamics go through twists and turns. While the first two episodes are charming, it feels more like a comedy than BL. That changes in Episode 3, where the main characters' romance finally seems more prominent.

Episode 3 begins with a heart-to-heart conversation between Hashimoto and Aoki, a lovely scene where they bond over their secret crushes. Later, the characters meet at Ida's house for an enthusiastic tutoring session. Aoki and Ida are left alone in the bedroom. While nothing happens between them, you can feel their relationship growing closer.

The episode ends with a shocking plot development. Aoki admits to Ida that his initial love confession was a mix-up. Both characters pretend to be glad that they clarified the situation. However, it's heavily hinted Aoki and Ida have already developed feelings for each other at this point. What started out as a fake love confession turned into a real attraction.

💕 Most romantic episode

Episode 9

Aoki and Ida hold hands while they go on a date.

Episode 9 is the most romantic episode in My Love Mix-Up. The episode focused on Aoki wanting to get more physically intimate with his boyfriend. However, he's too self-conscious to show his affections at school. Sensing his discomfort, Ida suggests that they go on a date elsewhere. It's their first official date as a couple, as they take selfies, watch a movie, and hold hands in public. You will enjoy this very sweet segment between them.

Aoki and Ida return home after the movie, where end up in the bedroom together. However, nothing scandalous happens and they just play video games instead. However, they get into a tiny argument and their romantic day together ends poorly despite a promising start.

😡 Most triggering episode

Episode 8

Aoki and Ida hold hands in My Love Mix-Up Episode 5.

Episode 8 is when Aoki and Ida hold hands for the first time. Aoki is upset because he thinks Ida recoiled from his hand in an earlier scene. However, it was just a misunderstanding. The real reason is that Ida thinks his boyfriend's hand is too cold, not because he feels ashamed or embarrassed. To demonstrate his sincerity, Ida holds Aoki's hand in public.

Although they only held hands briefly, it seems that EVERYONE saw them. Ida's friends from the volleyball team saw them. And so did Aoki's university tutor, Okano. While Ida's friends are very supportive, the same cannot be said about the tutor.

Okano is a homophobe and starts treating his student differently due to what he saw earlier. His bigotry is upsetting. The character literally fell out of his chair because he was scared that Aoki might hit on him. Ugh. However, the homophobic tutor changes his mind at the end of the episode after receiving gentle advice from the other characters. Okano becomes less narrow-minded and more receptive to the gay relationship.

💪🏻 Episodes with skin

Episode 9

Aoki covers his eyes when Ida was about to take off his shirt.

We don't have any full-fledged shirtless scene in My Love Mix-Up. However, there is a quick glimpse of Ida's abs during Episode 9. In this scene, his character accidentally spills some juice on his shirt. He starts taking off his sweater, but Aoki is freaked out to see his boyfriend in a half-dressed state. Aoki is so embarrassed that he covers his eyes and tells his boyfriend not to strip in front of him. 🙈

Ida starts laughing because his boyfriend's flustered reaction is so ridiculous. However, his flippant response upsets Aoki, who thinks Ida is mocking him. It ultimately leads to an argument between the couple.

👨🏻‍🤝‍👨🏻 Episodes as a couple

Episode 5 to 10

Ida agrees to date Aoki in My Love Mix-Up Episode 5.

Although Aoki gives his fake love confession in Episode 1, Ida doesn't accept his feelings right away. He needs some time to contemplate and process the idea of dating a guy. In Episode 5, Aoki confesses his love to Ida once again. Except this time, his attraction is genuine.

Ida accepts the love confession and suggests they start dating, which shocks Aoki. The truth is that Ida still hasn't figured out his feelings yet. However, he wants to give their relationship a go just to see how it feels. Ida's rationale is that he might finally find his answer after dating Aoki for a while. Maybe he'll like dating a guy, or perhaps not.

Aoki and Ida begin dating at the end of Episode 5. They remain boyfriends for the next few episodes, experiencing several milestones as a couple. They held hands, ate lunch together, and even went on their first date. Aoki and Ida broke up momentarily in Episode 10, but they reconciled again before the end of the series. My Love Mix-Up concludes happily with the two characters in a relationship once again.

Kieta Hatsukoi Information

  1. A no-kiss BL series, no matter how how amazing it is otherwise, always feels lacking without that physical expression of love (I’m looking at you Cherry Magic). Regardless of how sweetly and sensitively the topics of homophobia and self-loathing were addressed in this series, without a kiss it suggests the series itself is wrestling with its own homophobia and self-loathing as a BL series. A kiss-less BL series could be accused of the awkwardly-coined “queer-baiting” though I’d like to think better of the people making this kind of content.

    A kiss, even a kiss on the cheek (although I think a cheek kiss is a cop-out), wouldn’t have been out of character for Ida at the end, especially given the conversations he and Aoki had about “what comes next” with regard to the physical progression of their dating. Ida said twice, I think, that he understood what the next physical step should be -and even seemed to be a bit more knowledgeable than Aoki on this one issue – and so I actually think a kiss initiated by Ida in the last episode would have been very much IN character, especially as he’s trying to convince Aoki of the sincerity of his feelings. Ughhh! So close to being a near-perfect series.

    I don’t see where they would go with season 2, but if there is a season 2, they owe us some proper romance!

  2. I really enjoyed this series, finding it very sweet and authentic. My only issue was the one you noted about Ida being a wooden, less-than-three-dimensional character without any flaws aside from not knowing his feelings and taking forever to realize he was in love with Aoki.

    What I like most about it was that it reminded me of one of my favorite BL webcomics, Blunder Turned Wonder, where the main character also accidentally confesses to the other due to a misunderstanding, where just like Aoki, he too has a hard time being honest but eventually falls for the mistaken love interest.

    As for the no kissing ending, that didn't bother me as much in the series as it has in others like A Shoulder to Cry On (and I don't count kissing an ear as a real kiss). Sure, it would've been nice, but I think in the context of these characters, that would have been rushing things for them. Not all romances have to end with a kiss for the characters to have real feelings for each other. I think if Ida had tried to kiss Aoki after his confession, given how much Aoki tended to overreact, he would've totally freaked out, which may be one reason Ida didn't out of respect for Aoki's boundaries.

    I think what bothered me more than the lack of a final kiss was how abruptly Aoki broke up with Ida after spending all that time baking a cake. All Ida did was tell him that he came clean to his teammates after they saw him and Aoki holding hands. I didn't really buy that Aoki was thinking about Ida's well-being when he said they should break up.

    All in all, this was a very chaste high school, where even the secondary couple of Hashimoto and Akkun didn't even get to the point of holding hands, let alone kissing. Only one guy on the volleyball team even had a girlfriend, and Ida was the only other teammate dating anyone. I would have liked to see My Love Mix Up go on longer, where the two could have had a more intimate encounter. Still, even as the series was, it made me feel very warm inside.

    So despite the wooden Ida, no-kiss ending, and forced breakup, My Love Mix Up is one of my favorite Japanese BLs. Thanks for recommending it!

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