Ossan's Love Returns – Series Review & Ending Explained

Ossan's Love Returns is the sequel to the popular Japanese BL series.

Ossan's Love Returns is the sequel to the famous Japanese BL comedy series. The story follows two real estate agents and their love life. After moving in together, the main characters hire a housekeeping service. They are surprised to employ their former boss, who has switched careers. The protagonists are also suspicious of their mysterious neighbours. The paranoia grows into hilariously over-the-top shenanigans.

The Ossan's Love sequel brings the same exhilarating joy as the original drama. Each episode contains funny punchlines, zany scenarios, and comical misunderstandings. The cast performs enthusiastically and captures the quirkiness of their characters. Despite the silly humour, the story addresses mature topics about marriage and aging. It explores the couple's relationship drama, highlighting the rough patches and the romantic moments.

Ossan's Love Returns Summary



Series Info:

Japan (2024)


7 hours

Total Episodes:

9 episodes + 3 specials


Romantic comedy


Ossan's Love Returns is a happy & funny BL drama.


Haruta and Maki move in together.

Haruta is a 39-year-old real estate agent with a bubbly personality. Despite his clumsiness and carelessness, he has a compassionate heart. Haruta is dating Maki, a former colleague. They fell in love while working at Tenku Real Estate. Since then, Maki has relocated to work in Singapore for the past three and half years. The couple maintained a long-distance relationship. Now, Maki is back in Japan and will move in with his partner.

Haruta and Maki rented a new house to live together. However, they don't work in the same office anymore. Haruta is still in his old position at the sales branch, whereas Maki has been promoted to a corporate role in the company headquarters. With his new job, Maki must manage more responsibilities. He frequently stays in the office to do overtime and returns home late. Haruta must eat dinner alone and rarely spends quality time with his workaholic partner.

On top of his stressful work duties, Maki is annoyed that Haruta barely does the household chores. Haruta arrives home earlier, yet he does the cooking and cleaning half-heartedly. The couple has a heated argument over this topic. Their friend, Chizu, recommends they hire a professional housekeeper. Chizu, a single mother of a three-year-old son, uses this service to balance working and parenting. She believes money can solve Haruta and Maki's problems instead of letting their tensions grow.

To the couple's surprise, Kurosawa arrives as their new housekeeper. Kurosawa used to be their former boss at the real estate agency. Despite being in his sixties, he had a crush on his significantly younger subordinate, Haruta. They almost became romantically involved. Kurosawa and Maki saw each other as rivals. After Haruta and Maki became a couple, Kurosawa retired early and started a new career in housekeeping. He hasn't been in touch with his old colleagues for years.

Maki is uncomfortable about hiring their boss as their housekeeper. However, Haruta is eager to reunite with Kurosawa and doesn't want to isolate him anymore. Kurosawa's impressive domestic skills convince Maki to employ his love rival, albeit reluctantly. Meanwhile, Maki is in charge of mentoring Izumi, a new employee at the real estate agency. Izumi is older and seems to act in an oblivious daze. To Maki's surprise, he uncovers his coworker has a mysterious past. Izumi and his roommate, Kiku, are hiding an unusual secret.

Ossan's Love Returns Cast



Kei Tanaka (田中圭)

Haruta is portrayed by Japanese actor Kei Tanaka (田中圭).

Haruta is a 39-year-old salesperson who works for Tenka Real Estate. Despite his clumsiness and lack of career ambition, he is well-liked among the staff. Haruta has been in a long-distance relationship with Maki. After his husband's return, the couple rented a house to live together. Haruta's playfulness makes their relationship exciting, but his messy living habits also cause hostility.

Kei Tanaka

Kei Tanaka (田中圭) is a Japanese actor. He is born on July 10, 1984.

Kei Tanaka (田中圭) is a Japanese actor. He is born on July 10, 1984. His first BL project is the 2016 drama, Ossan's Love. The special is later adapted into a popular full-length drama in 2018. Kei is the lead of Ossan's Love: Love or Dead (2019), Ossan's Love: In the Sky (2019), and Ossan's Love Returns (2024).


Kento Hayashi (林遣都)

Maki is portrayed by Japanese actor Kento Hayashi (林遣都).

Maki is a 31-year-old real estate agent who recently spent the past three and half years working in Singapore. He recently returned home and moved in to live with his husband, Haruta. Maki is a workaholic who takes his career seriously. He constantly pushes himself to work hard and stays at the office late to do overtime. Maki's perfectionism sometimes clashes with Haruta's carefree personality.

Kento Hayashi

Kento Hayashi (林遣都) is a Japanese actor. He is born on December 6, 1990.

Kento Hayashi (林遣都) is a Japanese actor. He is born on December 6, 1990. His first BL project is the 2018 drama, Ossan's Love. He stars in the sequels, Ossan's Love: Love or Dead (2019) and Ossan's Love Returns (2024).


Kotaro Yoshida (吉田鋼太郎)

Kurosawa is portrayed by Japanese actor Kotaro Yoshida (吉田鋼太郎).

Kurosawa is a 61-year-old housekeeper working for Bashauma Cleaning Services. He was a former realtor who retired early and started a new profession. Kurosawa used to be Haruta and Maki's boss at Tenka Real Estate. Years ago, Kurosawa confessed his feelings and pursued Haruta romantically. However, his employee rejected him and chose Maki instead. Since then, Kurosawa ceased communication with his former staff.

Kotaro Yoshida

Kotaro Yoshida (吉田鋼太郎) is a Japanese actor. He is born on January 14, 1959.

Kotaro Yoshida (吉田鋼太郎) is a Japanese actor. He is born on January 14, 1959. His first BL project is the 2016 special, Ossan's Love. The drama is later adapted into a full-length series, Ossan's Love (2018). Kotaro is the lead of Ossan's Love: Love or Dead (2019), Ossan's Love: In the Air (2019), and Ossan's Love Returns (2024).


Arata Iura (井浦新)

Izumi is portrayed by Japanese actor Arata Iura (井浦新).

Izumi is a new employee at Tenku Real Estate. This older employee is clueless about learning new job responsibilities, especially tasks requiring technology. Haruta tries to mentor his coworker, showing incredible patience toward his ineptitude. Despite his unassuming demeanour, Haruta is shocked to discover Izumi's secret past. Izumi currently lives with his roommate, Kiku.

Arata Iura

Arata Iura (井浦新) is a Japanese actor. He is born on September 15, 1974. His first BL project is the 2024 drama, Ossan's Love Returns. He also appears in the 2021 series, If I'd Kissed Her.


Shohei Miura (三浦翔平)

Kiku is portrayed by Japanese actor Shohei Miura (三浦翔平).

Kiku runs a food truck. He specializes in selling okaka rice balls on the menu. His business is popular among office employees, particularly Maki, Maro, and Chizu. There's frequently a line during lunch hours. Kiku and Izumi are roommates. Despite his friendly demeanour, Haruta is suspicious of Kiku and believes he hides a mysterious secret.

Shohei Miura

Shohei Miura (三浦翔平) is a Japanese actor. He is born on June 3, 1988.

Shohei Miura (三浦翔平) is a Japanese actor. He is born on June 3, 1988. His first BL project is the 2023 drama, Ossan's Love Returns. He also appears in the 2021 series, If I'd Kissed Her.

Supporting Cast

Takegawa is portrayed by Japanese actor Hidekazu Mashima (眞島秀和).


Hidekazu Mashima (眞島秀和)

Choko is portrayed by Japanese actor Nene Ohtsuka (大塚寧々).


Nene Ohtsuka (大塚寧々)

Maro is portrayed by Japanese actor Daichi Kaneko (金子大地).


Daichi Kaneko (金子大地)


Rio Uchida (内田理央)

Maika is portrayed by Japanese actress Shuko Ito (伊藤修子).


Shuko Ito (伊藤修子)

Teppei is portrayed by Japanese actor Kazuya Kojima (児嶋一哉).


Kazuya Kojima (児嶋一哉)

Miyajima is portrayed by the Japanese actress Emi Maki (真木恵未).


Emi Maki (真木恵未)

Akito is portrayed by Japanese actor Kei Tanaka (田中圭).


Kei Tanaka (田中圭)

Goro is portrayed by Japanese actor Ozora Sato (佐藤大空).


Ozora Sato (佐藤大空)

Haruta's mom is portrayed by Japanese actress Yoko Kurita (慄田洋子).

Haruta's mom

Yoko Kurita (慄田洋子)

Maki's dad is portrayed by Japanese actor Shihou Harumi (春海四方).

Maki's dad

Shihou Harumi (春海四方)

Maro's mom is portrayed by Japanese actress Azusa Babazono (馬場園梓).

Maro's mom

Azusa Babazono (馬場園梓)

Sho is portrayed by Japanese actor Dean Fujioka (ディーン・フジオカ).

Sho Lagerfeld

Dean Fujioka (ディーン・フジオカ)

The doctor is portrayed by a Japanese actor.


Shingen is portrayed by a cat.


Cast Highlights

  • Izumi and Kiku's actors (Aruta Iura and Shohei Miura) previously appeared in the 2021 body-swap drama, If I'd Kissed Her. They have physically intimate exchanges in that series.
  • Earth and Mix are the Thai BL stars who will star in the remake of Ossan's Love. They make a guest cameo appearance as restaurant employees in Episode 4 of Ossan's Love Returns.

Ossan's Love Returns Review


Drama Review Score: 9.2

Haruta and Maki take a couple's selfie.

Ossan's Love Returns is a brilliant sequel to the beloved Japanese franchise. Previously, the movie and spin-off were disappointing follow-ups. I questioned whether the latest installment could replicate the charm of the original drama. To my delight, the 2024 series has restored its reputation significantly. It delivers a sharp script, zany entertainment, and thoughtful character development. Ossan's Love Returns balances hilarious jokes and heartwarming plots in a skillfully crafted narrative.

The selling point of Ossan's Love has always been its wacky humour. The sequel packs each episode with silly gags, cheeky punchlines, and comically absurd scenarios. The comedic writing is in peak form, offering a delightful blend of wit and charm. Sometimes, the over-the-top reactions are so nonsensical that they induce laughter. In other cases, it injects a clever one-liner or an unexpected pop culture parody. I've lost count of how many times the goofy series has cracked me up. When Ossan's Love hits its stride, it's a strong contender for one of the funniest BL dramas ever. 

The Ossan's Love cast reprises their roles triumphantly. Almost six years have passed since the original drama, yet each performer still embodies their memorable characters. Haruta's actor (Kei Tanaka) is as enthusiastic as always and seems effortless in conveying exaggerated comedy. Likewise, his costar (Kotaro Yoshida) captures the quirkiness of the cartoonish Kurosawa. The sequel welcomes two new additions, Izumi (Arata Iura) and Kiku (Shohei Miura). Both bring distinctive charisma, mysterious backstories, and a compelling secondary romance.

One of the best improvements in Ossan's Love Returns is its portrayal of Haruta & Maki's relationship. The original drama only focused on the start of their attraction, limiting the depth. In contrast, the sequel explores their romance profoundly. Like any couple, the leads face occasional rough patches. Yet, they show understanding and resolve their differences maturely. The newlyweds also have many lovey-dovey exchanges, from playful selfies to spontaneous moments of affection. The protagonists seem genuinely happy together, basking in their domestic bliss.

Ossan's Love Returns finds clever ways to include Kurosawa in the plot. Despite meddling in Haruta & Maki's romance, his presence feels relevant to the narrative and keeps the mood lighthearted. Kurosawa and Maki also have an amusing rivalry. Maki sometimes seems too irritable, but never to the extent of ruining his likability. However, I'm annoyed by the excessive love triangle drama. At one point, many characters try to come between the lead couple. Their interference stops being funny and leaves a bad taste. Stop lusting after someone else's husband!

While Ossan's Love Returns is famous for its comedy, the series wins our hearts with sentimental storylines. Beneath the zany antics, this drama can be surprisingly poignant. I appreciate the meaningful themes about marriage, companionship, and aging. It also spreads progressive messages about modern families. In addition, everyone receives nuanced character arcs, including the leads and supporting cast. Ossan's Love Returns has created a superb sequel by weaving emotional plots with boisterous humour. It brings hours of exhilarating joy to our lives.


Hilarious story

Ossan's Love Returns has a hilarious story with many jokes, punchlines & comically absurd scenarios. Beneath the zany humour, the series explores mature themes and emotional topics.

Delightful romance

This sequel improves upon the original by focusing more on the couple's romance. Expect meaningful relationship drama, lovey-dovey interactions, and a delightful picture of domestic bliss.

Enthusiastic acting

Everyone in the cast embodies their memorable characters. Haruta's actor (Kei Tanaka) is as enthusiastic as always. Likewise, his costar (Kotaro Yoshida) conveys Kurosawa's endearing quirkiness.

Happy ending

Ossan's Love has a happy ending after Kurosawa clears up a comical misunderstanding. Haruta & Maki also strengthen their relationship. The finale thoughtfully wraps up everyone's character arcs.

Bright artistry

Compared to the original drama, Ossan's Love Returns seems more modern and polished. The high production budget is reflected in the bright visuals and exuberant atmosphere.


Ossan's Love is an excellent sequel that captures the hilarious comedy and heartwarming plots as the original. It delivers entertaining jokes, sweet romances, and nuanced character arcs.

Ossan's Love Returns Episodes

Episode Guide

Kurosawa gets close to Haruta.

Ossan's Love Returns has a total of 9 episodes. Each episode is around 47 minutes long. It is a long BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in around 7 hours. Ossan's Love Returns started on January 5, 2024 and ended on March 1, 2024.

In addition, Ossan's Love Returns has three specials. The first special, Ossan's Love Returns: Haruta and Maki's First Wedding Night, released on January 5, 2024. The other two specials, Ossan's Love Returns: Forbidden Gout Temps Noveau, released on March 2, 2024 and March 9, 2024.

Ossan's Love Returns is the third installment of the Japanese BL story. The original Ossan's Love was a 7-episode series released on April 21, 2018. There is also a movie sequel, Ossan's Love: Love or Dead, released on August 23, 2019.

Episode 1
Episode 2

Episode 1

Episode 1 Review
Kurosawa now works as a housekeeper.

One thing I appreciate about Ossan's Love is the age diversity. The main characters are older men in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Haruta, Maki, Izumi, Kiku, Takegawa, and Kurosawa represent different generations with unique experiences. The casting is unlike typical BL dramas, which steer towards young guys in their twenties or under. Of all the countries that make BL, Japan consistently showcases mature protagonists. The storytellers bring fresh perspectives instead of only focusing on teenagers or young adults.

Hiring your former boss to clean your house seems weird! Creatively speaking, turning Kurosawa into a housekeeper is a stroke of genius. If he stayed as a realtor, his character would've remained distant from the central narrative. At most, he's a colleague observing Haruta & Maki's relationship within workplace boundaries. In this new role, Kurosawa has a legitimate reason to be involved in their personal lives. He can be nosy and meddle intrusively. The story also taps into new comedic material. The dynamic between a couple and their cleaner feels fresh instead of rehashing the original drama.

loooove Haruta and Maki taking obnoxious couple selfies everywhere. It becomes their signature activity. No matter the occasion, they'd whip out their phones and snap away. Even the most mundane encounters turn into photo ops. Also, they don't just do one or two pictures. There are dozens of images with various funny poses or silly expressions. I love that Haruta and Maki do this! Each photo feels intimate, capturing their playful relationship moments. It's a casual way to convey the characters are having fun and creating lasting memories together.

Haruta and Maki wear matching scarves.

Maki seems very irritable. He often gets annoyed with his partner. He also treats Kurosawa rudely, even though their rivalry is supposed to be comedic. The tiniest provocation triggers Maki, making him moody. In this episode, he argued with Haruta about the chores. IMO, Maki overreacted. He could have handled the disagreement more calmly. With that said, he still has endearing moments to offset his grumpiness. I like how Maki buys Haruta a scarf as a gift. When Maki isn't stressed, he can be a sweet and sensitive partner!

Ossan's Love has three specials in total. Special #1, Haruta and Maki's First Wedding Night, complements the first episode. It includes an extended scene of Maki moving into his new home after his return. The content is mundane, so I understand why the storyteller doesn't include it in the main series. With that said, it gives context to Maki's perspective. He's frustrated with Haruta, who slacks off and goofs around instead of unpacking the house. After watching Special #1, I sympathize with Maki more than before. Okay, maybe he's right to criticize his lazy partner!

Episode 2

Episode 2 Review
Maki and Kurosawa fight in the kitchen.

Maki and Kurosawa's feud is everything! I'm entertained by two grown men who exchange passive-aggressive jabs about each other's cooking and cleaning. Their pettiness makes me cackle with devilish delight, hehe~ Their verbal spat escalates into a physical duel between an angry housekeeper and a riled-up suburban husband. Maki grabs a soup ladle while Kurosawa defends himself with a pot lid. The fight looks so hilariously slapstick that it reminds me of a variety show.

Kurosawa cracks me up with an absurd line during the fight: "I mistook your hand for soba noodles due to my presbyopia." SCREAMING. 😆

This episode highlights the feud between Choko and Maro's mom. Interestingly, Choko is older than her mother-in-law when it's often the other way around. Ossan's Love constantly subverts traditional family dynamics through gender or age. Anyway, I like how the women resolve their tensions because they enjoy the same pop idols. From former foes to 4 Chimin sisters, fandom has the power of bringing everyone together~ I also laugh when Maro asks, "Choko, what's a stan?" Of course, Choko is more knowledgeable of youthful lingo than her younger husband!

Haruta tells his mother he's dating a guy.

Choko's subplot mirrors Maki's stress about coming out to his mother-in-law. Maki wants to make a good impression. Thankfully, Haruta's mom seems unbothered. She's more focused on her own love life than her son's. Their chat is so casual that it reminds me of a neighbourhood potluck rather than a family visit. Haruta's mom is an interesting character since she defies the stereotype of an older woman. Her identity isn't tied down to parenthood. Instead, she lives independently and doesn't interfere with her child's life. Good for her!

After the family visit, Haruta wants to meet Maki's parents"You're strangely conscientious about this," Maki remarks. "What do you mean strangely!?" Haruta sounds offended. I enjoy this snarky little exchange between them, hehe~ I like how both characters grow because of each other. Haruta is goofy and does most things half-heartedly, but he takes their marriage seriously. Likewise, Maki lets go of his stubborn views and agrees to host a wedding ceremony. It shows his willingness to compromise. In both cases, they put the effort to accommodate their partners.

The story likens Kurosawa to a mother-in-law, which is an apt comparison. In many ways, his behaviour toward Haruta resembles paternal affection. His tension with Maki also resembles the feud between typical in-laws. This label makes Kurosawa's character more endearing. Although he meddles in Haruta & Maki's lives, his intentions are rooted in care and protectiveness. I can excuse some of his annoyingly intrusive behaviour, like a family member who oversteps boundaries. Ultimately, Kurosawa is a father figure rather than a serious love interest.

Episode 3

Episode 3 Review
Haruta and Izumi practice archery together.

Haruta's actor (Kei Tanaka) starred in a mystery thriller, Your Turn to Kill (which I adore). The story involves two newlyweds who move into an apartment and feel suspicious of their odd neighbours. The side couple's subplot in Ossan's Love Returns is similar, giving me deja vu. Izumi & Kiki behave so eccentrically that they add to the surreal humour. I laugh at Kiku giving a riceball basket with hush money or hiding weapons in kitchen drawers. Their mysterious backstory is fun!

A DOUBLE AFFAIR!!! The cheating storyline is hilarious because the misunderstanding stems from Kurosawa's overactive imagination. Firstly, I love how he misconstrues Haruta and Izumi's encounter as cheating in broad daylight. Committing adultery in front of your house on the driveway is absurdly comical. Secondly, Kurosawa overreacts and exclaims theatrical lines. "An illicit love brings forth the tears from a conflict of emotions!" Leave it to Kurosawa to make up two fake affairs, blow them out of proportion, and get stressed over nothing lol~

During the confrontation, Haruta explains his actions. My favourite part is how Kurosawa keeps exclaiming: "An affair drama!" Despite his theatrics, the couple trusts each other. After hearing the explanations, they don't have suspicions and reiterate open communication. That's so mature of them! I also enjoy the final scene where they make cotton candy. The purchase is impractical and impulsive, yet it matches Haruta's whimsical personality. Being in a relationship with Hartua should have fun surprises like this. I love that Maki kisses him as a reward, hehe!

Haruta and Maki almost kiss.

After opening up about their insecurities, Maki kisses Haruta spontaneously"So sweet," Maki states afterwards. "So sticky," Haruta replies. The couple gazes into each other's eyes and leans forward for another smooch. Oh my god, this moment is soooo cute! It's more romantic than any of their exchanges in the original drama. This sequel has done an excellent job highlighting Haruta and Maki's relationship bliss. I'm gushing over them! 😚

An ongoing subplot in the early episodes is Takegawa's love life. He uses a dating app to find a boyfriend. There are comedic moments, like pretending to work while secretly browsing for men online lol~ Despite the humour, Takegawa occasionally delivers poignant lines. "I believe there's true love in here," he says about his hookup app. After getting scammed, he remains optimistic. "Even if it was for a moment, I want to believe there was love." Both quotes reflect Takegawa's yearning for companionship, almost to the extent of delusion. His vulnerability makes me sympathize with him.

"I have this vague anxiety about whether I can continue my life as it is now." Takegawa worries about his future as a single man in his fifties without family support. He seeks a "diaper partner", a funny term with a solemn meaning. His concerns are prevalent among the LGBTQ+, who have difficulties with securing a spouse or having kids. Regardless of sexual orientation, his experiences are universal among anyone growing older. Aging can be daunting, especially when you face it alone. Takegawa's desperation in hookup apps originates from loneliness and anxiety.

Episode 4

Episode 4 Review
Earth and Mix have a guest cameo in Ossan's Love Returns Episode 4.

I love Earth and Mix's cameos! While they don't feature significantly, the crossover still makes the BL fan in me giddy. FYI, these two actors will star in the Ossan's Love Thailand remake by GMMTV. Earth doesn't match the image of Haruta, so this challenging role will test his ability as an actor. I'm curious to see how the Thai series surprises us.

I adore the mall date where the couple goes shopping for furniture and shares playful interactions. Haruta keeps the mood lighthearted with silly antics. He also dotes on his partner, showing constant affection. In addition, we see the balance between Maki's practicality and Haruta's whimsicality. Maki forbids his lover from useless purchases, yet Haruta convinces him to buy a matching sleepwear set. Viewers can understand their relationship dynamics through this exchange.

"Father, your butt, may I wipe it?" This episode has a quirky conflict where Haruta insists on helping Maki's dad with toilet activities. Yet, his father-in-law is too embarrassed to accept his support. The plot ties into the idea of a "diaper partner". We rely on loved ones for caregiving, whether a partner, a child, or in-laws. Haruta and Maki's dad didn't get along until Izumi's advice bridged their generation gap. They bond over a hobby, similar to how Choko and Maro's mom reconciled. The storylines in Ossan's Love Returns often share parallels and overlap in narrative themes.

"Maki's family is my family. Whether it's a good time or a tough time, I want to share it all." This episode's plot seems odd because wiping someone's butt isn't a conventional BL storyline. Through a quirky scenario, Ossan's Love explores meaningful messages about family, loyalty, and unconditional love. Haruta is willing to take on an unusual responsibility since he treats his father-in-law as family. Likewise, Maki's dad overcomes his discomfort and trusts Haruta to look after him. Surprisingly, going to the toilet together is a heartwarming confirmation of their bond!

Takegawa participates in a dating show.

Akito, Izumi's deceased lover, looks identical to Haruta. I love how Haruta describes himself as a "regen", like in video games lol~ Later, Kurosawa compares them to the story in Winter Sonata. Ossan's Love embraces the outlandish plot, mocks itself, and derives as much humour as possible. Of course, I'm into the Akito x Izumi romance! Their first kiss plays out like a BL roleplaying fantasy. "This is how you take off jam~" I need a full-length spin-off for this couple's backstory. I'm ready for Ossan's Love: Police Academy!

Izumi and Kiku's secret police backstory is so hilariously random. It's like taking a drastically different genre and combining it with the comedic shenanigans of Ossan's Love. Kurosawa compares the characters to Vivant, which I never watched. However, I've consumed many Japanese police procedurals, and this subplot is like a bastardized parody of the typical J-drama. When Akito dies in the stairwell, I swear I've seen that familiar location in a show before. Also, I laugh that Kiku offers another riceball basket with hush money. That's his go-to trick every time!

Speaking of parodies, the Ossan's Love version of The Bachelor is the best part of the episode. Every scene of Takegawa in the dating show makes me laugh and cringe simultaneously. His early elimination is sad but expected. A trainwreck reality TV contestant like him is always destined for an early boot. Also, Dean Fujioka is such an inspired casting choice for this role. If there's a real-life version of The Bachelor with an attractive suitor like Dean, it'll cause a gay awakening for thousands of men across Japan. They'll line up in queues to participate in this show!

Episode 5

Episode 5 Review
Haruta and Maki have a pottery date.

Haruta and Maki's honeymoon is so cute! Their pottery date is the definition of relationship bliss. I also like the couple's silly little games and their excessive amount of selfies. Despite the simplicity of the activities, each moment captures their joy together. Later, Maki becomes upset because he loses his wedding ring. I like how Haruta gives him comforting reassurance. "You're much more precious than the ring, isn't that obvious?" Awww, Haruta is such a sweetie~ 🥹

The series does a great job of highlighting Haruta's playful spontaneity. Since his character is such a goofball, being in a relationship with him feels fun and silly. From buying cotton candy machines to playing at the mall playground, Haruta turns life's ordinary moments into delightful experiences. Like an adult manchild, Haruta sometimes acts annoyingly and unreliably. Yet, he compensates for his immaturity by making Maki laugh a lot. Their relationship scenes contain so much enthusiasm and happiness. They convey how much the couple enjoys each other's company.

Kei Tanaka brings Haruta's character to life wonderfully. Firstly, I love how he radiates joy in the relationship scenes with Maki. Whenever the couple spends time together, Haruta is beaming exuberantly. He has the widest grin and dotes on his partner with affectionate gestures. Seeing him so cheerful makes the romantic moments more persuasive. Secondly, Kei always adds an extra kick to his expressions & body language, making the scenes funnier. From jumping into the suitcase to dancing with Choko, his spunkiness accentuates his comedic performance.

Takegawa wants to participate in another reality show and begas Haruta.

I love how Haruta and Maki's honeymoon turns into a fraternity party with all the characters joining them. Kurosawa is a hilarious third wheel who accompanies the couple, like a chauffeur or a chaperone. While Haruta welcomes Kurosawa and makes him feel included, Haruta is hostile toward his rival. Later, their tensions erupt into a huge fight. Ossan's Love excels in escalating conflicts and turning them into epic confrontations. My favourite moment is when Kurosawa calls Maki "an emotionally stunted chihuahua". LMAO~

Imagine returning to the office after an embarrassing spectacle on a dating show. I would feel mortified, but the humiliation must be a million times worse for Takegawa. Yet, he wants to continue the reality TV circuit and join another dating program. OMG, I can't tell if he's doing it out of masochism or a midlife crisis. Takegawa even begs for Haruta's permission, albeit in the most hilariously over-the-top way. I crack up when his plea turns into a handstand. WTF is he doing!? This man is so ridiculous lol.

Later, Takegawa goes camping alone and livestreams his experiences. He clutches to his fifteen minutes of fame as a reality TV star. Instead of laughing like before, I feel sorry for him. There's something so pitiful about his storyline. Takegawa keeps putting himself in vulnerable situations, like dating apps or reality television. He endures constant heartbreak and mockery in the process. Despite the humiliation, Takegawa persists because he's desperate to escape his loneliness. He'd sacrifice money, privacy, and self-respect just for a chance to feel loved. 😢

Episode 6

Episode 6 Review
Haruta and Maki get married in a wedding ceremony.

I'm annoyed that Maki doesn't prioritize his wedding. He skips the event planning, arrives late for the tuxedo fitting, and dumps all the tasks on Haruta. In addition, Maki is irresponsible for working overtime before his wedding day. He knows how much the ceremony means to Haruta, who once described it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Instead of being career-oriented, Maki should respect the importance of committing to their relationship. Thankfully, he learns his lesson in time.

I adore Maki and Haruta's exchange on the night before their wedding. The ceremony is a public celebration, whereas the conversation in their home feels more intimate. Both partners open up emotionally and confirm their long-term commitment. They also exchange chocolates instead of rings. Swapping the snacks symbolizes sharing and compromising, two essential pillars of any successful relationship. As the couple gets cozy in the living room, their affection for each other is evident. Whether Haruta and Maki marry or not, they already enjoy domestic bliss.

Ossan's Love breaks cultural barriers by proudly portraying a same-sex wedding. Earlier, the characters acknowledged their union had no legal basis since the Japanese government refuses to enforce equality for gay couples. Nonetheless, they proceed with the ceremony, proving their love overpowers discrimination. Ossan's Love is a popular drama in Japan, even among mainstream audiences who don't watch BL. I appreciate how the series uses its platform to advocate marriage equality. Haruta and Maki inspire viewers to respect LGBTQ+ relationships.

Haruta and Maki kiss on their wedding day.

Although Haruta and Maki's wedding is a beautiful milestone, I'm annoyed by the excessive love triangle drama. Kurosawa, Izumi, and Takegawa all yearn for the leads, even on the ceremony day. As these three ossans covet someone else's husband, their pursuit seems distasteful. The plot also grows repetitive by rehashing similar storylines for multiple characters. The series should move on to other topics rather than remaining stuck in a web of unrequited love.

"Humans are creatures who love until they die." Takegawa's quote sounds poignant and eloquent. However, I wonder whether he's a suitable candidate to give office counselling. I don't mean to be rude, but Takegawa hasn't demonstrated the best judgment and credibility lately. Would you take love advice from him? 😬

I crack up when Haruta impersonates Akito by acting like an undead spirit. The series is so much fun with its stupidly nonsensical shenanigans lol. Also, I like the scene where Izumi sets Kiku's note on fire to reveal the hidden message. One of my favourite things about the new characters is their over-the-top spy activities. From QR codes to covert phone calls, there's always an extra layer of secrecy. Kiku could've left a simple note about moving out of the house. Instead, Izumu must burn the paper before he reads it. Nothing is straightforward with them!

Does anyone ship Kurosawa and Kiku? Alright, I'll admit it. I do, I do! 😚 The story keeps hinting at the romantic undertones between the two characters. All it took was a few suggestive glances in the kitchen to set off my BL signals. I want Kurosawa to move on from Haruta and find love again. What better way to rebound from his heartbreak than hooking up with a hottie? The age difference is irrelevant. Kurosawa can be the Choko to Kiku's Maro!

Episode 7

Episode 7 Review
Izumi and Kiki kiss after the accident.

Takegawa gives terrible counselling to Izumi. You can't share someone's husband like a car or a rental! After The Bachelor, a misguided Takegawa thinks he can compete against others and "share" a suitor's love. That isn't how relationships work. Thankfully, Izumi realizes Takegawa's advice is garbage. He shouldn't come between a couple's marriage. During their chat, Haruta declares his love for Maki, "He's like someone who'll be with me for the rest of our lives. Maki means everything." Ahhh, that's so sweet! Stop homewrecking, Izumi!

Despite their physical resemblance, Haruta and Akito aren't the same person. When Izumi claims to have feelings for Haruta, his attraction arises from grief and confusion. He misses Akito and replaces his deceased lover with a lookalike surrogate. Izumi is severely traumatized by loss. You may have noticed how he always seems dazed, lacking the sharp intuition of a former police instructor. Izumi only breaks out of his slump after Kiku's hospitalization. Their kiss is a wake-up call, prompting Izumi to consider moving on instead of dwelling on the past.

Haruta is one of the few characters with a healthy work-life balance. He goes to the office and puts in the hours, but his life doesn't revolve around his job. The same cannot be said about Maki or Chizu. Both take work too seriously to the detriment of their personal lives. In Chizu's defence, she has a lot on her plate. A single mother balancing parenthood and a career can be stressful. Earlier, Chizu agreed with Takegawa's idea of a "diaper partner". This term also applies to her situation. Having a companion to support her child-raising responsibilities would make life easier.

Haruta and Maki babysit Chizu's child for a day.

I like Kurosawa and Chizu's chat in the hospital. The two characters don't often interact, so it's nice to see them share a heart-to-heart moment. Despite his health crisis, Kurosawa sees a struggling acquaintance and takes the time to comfort her. Beyond fussing over Haruta and Maki, I'm glad Kurosawa shows affection toward others in need. The "love" in Ossan's Love doesn't just refer to his romantic feelings. It also describes Kurosawa's parental warmth and innate kindness, which he extends to everyone.

"Goro is an important child to us. When you're in pain, we're in pain too." I love what Maika says in the hospital. Chizu worries about disrupting her brother's family vacation, whereas Teppei and Maika prioritize their loved one's well-being. They can go on a trip another time, but health and safety come first. In this case, Takegawa's idea of "sharing" is relevant. Chizu realizes she doesn't have to deal with her hardships alone. Teppei & Maika will gladly help with her parenting responsibilities, even at inconvenient times. They are her diaper partners in sickness and in health!

This episode ends with Maki and Haruta's empowering conversation about the meaning of family. Contrary to the traditional definition, a modern family can take various forms. Teppei and Maika resemble a nuclear family with two parents and two kids. In addition, a family may describe a single parent and her child, like Chizu. Families also include a childless couple like Choko and Maro or a same-sex couple like Haruta and Maki. With or without kids, all these family structures are significant and should be acknowledged equally in society. 

Episode 8

Episode 8 Review
Kurosawa teaches Maki how to make soup.

Noooo, I don't want the chief to die! I genuinely believed Kurosawa had health problems. After all, healthy people don't cough up blood. Many things conclude in this episode, like the housekeeping contract or the company branch shutting down. Each scene adds to the finality, as if everything must come to an end. Previously, you may have noticed the chief's catchphrase: "Today's duty was handled by Kurosawa Musashi!" I wonder if it's the last time we'll hear his sendoff. 😭

Kurosawa gives cooking lessons to Maki, imparting his culinary wisdom before his departure from the world. I appreciate this nice bonding moment between them. Despite the funny rivalry, Kurosawa has become Maki's mentor as their relationship evolves beautifully. I almost feel sentimental, but Maki ruins the vibe by making an ugly accusation about Kurosawa's health issues. "Maybe he's exaggerating again to get your attention." Haruta gets upset after hearing his husband's remark. Ugh, why is Maki so insensitive sometimes? Keep your cynicial thoughts to yourself!

Seeing Kurosawa make end-of-life plans feels sad, but it's a pragmatic decision. As Kiku advises, it's better to say goodbye than traumatize your loved ones with an unexpected death. "Those left behind often carry scars forever." Interestingly, Kiku's quote also applies to Izumi, who is severely affected by grief. I got emotional during Kurosawa's farewell videos. His final words to Haruta and Maki convey so much tenderness, reminding me of their history together. Is this really the end? The world won't be the same without our beloved ossan causing mischief. 😭

Izumi and Kiku talk about their relationship.

After resigning from his job, Izumi explains his decision. "I had entered with impure motives, wanting real estate information for revenge." The funniest part about Izumi's character is how he delivers theatrical lines in the most deadpan way. I also laugh whenever he makes oblivious statements with a straight face. "I'm already a professional at spreadsheets." Meanwhile, he struggles to even use copy and paste lol. I'll miss Izumi and his Microsoft Excel misadventures.

Izumi attends another counselling session. This time, Maika gives him quirky love advice. "Small triggers can open the lid of our hearts, allowing suppressed emotions to surface. It's like acne." The first line sounds profound, but the acne comparison adds a funny spin. Ossan's Love likes to hide its philosophical quotes beneath a comedic facade. Anyway, Maika describes how Izumi is awakening from his trauma. Kiku's kiss is the small trigger, prompting Izumi to break out of his emotional paralysis. Instead of being numb with grief, he yearns for a human connection again.

Episode 8
Episode 9

Episode 9

Ending Review
Everyone gathers for a party to celebrate Haruta's happiness.

What the hell!? I thought Kurosawa was dying! Can we sue the doctor for playing with my emotions? Admittedly, Kurosawa explaining his wrongful diagnosis to his loved ones is a hilarious scenario. "As an apology, I'll participate in Squid Game!" LMAO. Don't tempt me! I want a BL version of Squid Game badly~ Despite the hoax, I'm glad our protagonist survives. Kurosawa is the mascot of Ossan's Love, so ending the series with his funeral seems too morbid.

Haruta has a last-minute crisis about his lack of career ambition. Maki turns to Kurosawa for help, acknowledging his rival is an expert on Haruta. Yet, Kurosawa trolls him and gives funny advice, like "Is Haruta suffering from Kurosawa withdrawal?" and "Should I be a live-in housekeeper?" Izumi also offers wisdom. He reassures Haruta that his strength lies in spreading warmth and joy. Promotions or job achievements aren't the only success metrics. Instead, Haruta makes a positive difference by continuing to be the sunshine in everyone's lives.

I love that Maki throws a party to celebrate his husband. Hartua loses his self-confidence, but Maki gives him a morale boost with a social gathering. Everyone shows gratitude toward Haruta, acknowledging his positive impact on their lives. That's sweet of them! Also, I appreciate Ossan's Love for not finishing the series with a typical wedding. Instead of a fancy ceremony with extravagant shenanigans, the finale highlights the joy of Haruta and Maki's ordinary routine. They can find happiness in simple pleasures like catching up with friends and loved ones.

Ossan's Love Returns has a happy ending where Maki and Haruta kiss.

After a rocky journey, Takegawa stops chasing after love through hookup apps or dating shows. Instead, he adopts a cat and diverts his energy into raising his feline companion. Who says he needs a human partner? A pet can be an ideal solution to combat many people's loneliness. Takegawa used to behave pitifully, enduring constant rejection and humiliation. Now, he seems happier and more dignified. Turning down the reality TV opportunity is a positive sign of his growth. Takegawa doesn't desperately seek validation anymore.

Ossan's Love Returns has a happy ending for everyone! I'm glad the finale addresses each character arc and ties up loose ends. For example, Choko, Maro, and Maro's mom all get along. Maro has joined their hobby and becomes a 4 Chimin stan! Likewise, Chizu, Teppei, and Maika enjoy a cozy group meal. Chizu feels included as part of her extended family. Finally, Izumi & Kiku move forward with their romance. I giggle at their flirting in the car. "Damn, you've got a cheeky mouth~" Wait, why didn't we see them kiss in the epilogue!? I FEEL ROBBED OF BL CONTENT.

The closing scene is beautiful. This drama likes grand gestures and exaggerated antics, yet it concludes with an ordinary moment of relationship bliss. I enjoy hearing Haruta describe his definition of happiness. "It's moments like these, just casually looking up at the sky with Maki." The story emphasizes cherishing the simple pleasures of everyday life. Despite the sweetness, I laugh at the epilogue where Kurosawa becomes Maki & Haruta's new neighbour. Hehe~ The Ossan's Love Returns ending balances heartwarming sentiment with playful comedy.

Episode 9


Special Review
Izumi and Akito kiss in the Ossan's Love Returns special.

The two epilogue specials seem cute enough. I wasn't expecting much, but the extra scenes are okay for supplementary material to the story. The first special provides additional context to several minor subplots. I appreciate the continuity of Haruta's double date with his mom and her new boyfriend. I also like seeing Takegawa as a doting cat dad. Some of Takegawa's previous scenes feel pitiful, so it's nice to see an exchange where he behaves cheerfully.

The highlights in both specials are the Izumi x Akito flashbacks, which fuel my BL fantasies. The explanation of why Izumi says Akito had "noisy lips" enthralls me. Oh my godddd. More than ever, I need that Ossan's Love: Police Academy spin-off as much as I need oxygen! I also like seeing Haruta and Maki flirt cutely in bed. "I love you first," Maki states decisively. Instead of being ashamed about falling in love, he proudly professes his attraction.

Ossan's Love Series


Ossan's Love

Ossan's Love is the 2018 prequel of Ossan's Love Returns.

Ossan's Love Returns is the sequel of the 2018 drama, Ossan's Love. It continues the story years later. The original series contains seven episodes, introducing the office love triangle between Haruta, Maki, and Kurosawa. It began in April 2018 and finished in June 2018. After its release, Ossan's Love had an enormously positive reception in Japan and worldwide. You should watch the original story and the movie sequel before beginning Ossan's Love Returns.

The original Ossan's Love is a funny, outlandish BL workplace comedy. I enjoyed the hilarious shenanigans, over-the-top scenarios, and enthusiastic acting performances. Beneath the exaggerated humour, the series also has touching plots and nuanced character arcs. I'm not surprised this entertaining series became so popular in Japan. Fans responded positively to all the rapid-fire jokes and lovable characters. I recommend the 2018 version of Ossan's Love and its 2024 follow-up.

Ossan's Love: Love or Dead

Ossan's Love: Love or Dead is the 2019 movie sequel.

Ossan's Love: Love or Dead is the 2019 movie sequel of Ossan's Love. The film is an action-comedy, continuing the story after the original drama. It was released in cinemas on August 23, 2019. This movie is the second installment of the story. You should watch the original drama before beginning the film. However, you should watch this movie before starting the 2024 sequel.

Unfortunately, the Ossan's Love movie sequel isn't as good as the original drama. Despite a higher production budget and famous stunt casting, the plot is too outlandish and doesn't seem realistic. I also find Maki's behaviour too unlikeable. The film also doesn't focus enough on the couple's romance. While there are a few compelling moments, the film as a whole is underwhelming. Thankfully, the 2024 sequel corrects the movie's mistakes and restores this franchise's reputation.

Ossan's Love Returns Information


Toichiro Ruto (瑠東東一郎) and Saito Yuki (齊藤勇起) are Japanese directors. They co-directed the 2018 drama adaptation, Ossan's Love. Their portfolio of work includes Ossan's Love: In the Sky (2019) and Ossan's Love Returns (2024). In addition, Toichiro is the director of the Ossan's Love special (2016) and Ossan's Love: Love or Dead (2019).

  1. Agree, agree and agree! From reading your review, I'm so glad that you had a lot a fun watching this new season just as much as I did. I must have been living under a rock, because I never heard of the Ossan's Love series until this year, 2024. I stumbled upon this fantastic BL review blog, and I have been using your reviews to plan out which shows to watch. When I looked up the first season Ossan's Love synopsis, I was skeptical of the premise, but your review of the first season encouraged me to give it a try. And boy did I fell into a deep rabbit hole.

    In the span of the last 2 months, I have watched all of the Ossan's Love franchise, including this new season. I have never laugh so hard and fell in love with these characters and actors in a BL show/movie before. This second season outdone itself in term of comedy, and like you said, also in terms of skillfully weaving intricate themes like marriage, family, partnership and romance.

    One thing that I felt didn't quite stick the landing in this season is the storyline of the second couple, Kiku and Izumi. From their first introduction as the mysterious neighbors/coworker to the development into a reluctant couple, I just felt Kiku and Izumi needed a separate show and not overshadowed by everything else that was happening in the season. Overall, Ossan's Love season 1 and now season 2 are fantastic BL shows that I wholeheartedly would recommend to any BL fans!


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