Growing Feelings for A Rival in Candy Color Paradox Episodes 1-4

The series adaptation of Natsume Isaku’s manga, ‘Candy Color Paradox’ starts with a surprisingly rapid and sweet start, with our couple meeting and immediately getting thrown in a stakeout as henceforth, partners.

Candy Color Paradox is a BL series featuring two tabloid journalists assigned to work together on a new case despite their clashing personalities. Despite their initial hostility toward each other, they form a compatible team and develop an unlikely bond as they uncover the truth behind each story. Will their opposite personalities and conflicting work ethics prevent any chance of a romantic relationship between them? We’ll find out through the following episodes!

 

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. Read at your own risk!

 

Episode 1

Onoe Satoshi, a reporter dedicated to politics in the editing department for the weekly magazine Dash, is suddenly reassigned to the stakeout team. He is partnered with Kaburagi —who he secretly resents and considers his rival— on an upcoming story where they have to capture scandalous photos of actress Yumi who is engaged in an affair. During their stakeout to get a picture, Onoe’s mistakes on the job frustrate Kaburagi, causing problems between them. After work, Onoe vents about Kaburagi at his friend, Masaya’s restaurant, where Kaburagi arrives with two women whom he starts flirting with. Onoe confronts Kaburagi for two-timing once the girls leave, but Kaburagi explains he only flirts to gather intel and blows into Onoe’s ear to show off his seduction skills. Onoe calls out Kaburagi for taking advantage of women, which Kaburagi finds hypocritical since they work for the same magazine. Onoe confides in his seniors that he finds it difficult to work with Kaburagi, who will stop at nothing to get a good scoop, even if it means using his body to gather intel. However, Onoe has no choice but to work with him if he wants to succeed as a journalist. During a stakeout to capture photos of Yumi once again, they start talking about their motivations for journalism. Onoe states that he wants to expose evil in the world with a single pen, which inspires the apathetic Kaburagi and reminds him that he too was once like Onoe when he started. Onoe is surprised to find the magazine where he got the cover story to be in Kaburagi’s bag but before he can properly confront Kaburagi about it they finally catch a photo of Yumi with her lover, whom Onoe identifies as a yakuza leader.

 

Episode 2

Onoe and Kaburagi’s superior has requested a clear shot of Yumi and her yakuza lover so Kaburagi sets off to meet with Kaori, a club owner who holds valuable intel on the matter. In exchange for a fee, she offers to provide the yakuza boss’s location and with the information secured, the two-part ways to execute their respective tasks. Kaburagi tails Yumi while Onoe keeps watching over the yakuza’s lair. As Onoe relays information to Kaburagi, their communication is unexpectedly cut off, causing Kaburagi to worry for his partner’s safety. Onoe unexpectedly didn’t get in trouble with the yakuza but got scolded by the police for loitering. The police didn’t believe that he was on a stakeout since he is unable to provide a valid identification that he is a journalist. Luckily, Kaburagi came to his aid and rescued him from the situation. Onoe begins to have a crush on this Kaburagi who is softer and more caring but he doesn’t want to acknowledge it. He’s touched that Kaburagi abandoned a stakeout just to look for him. Despite what happened, they managed to accomplish their goal after waiting some more. The story about Yumi and her love is published, exposing the actress’ illicit affair. Kaburagi suggests that Onoe change teams soon before he becomes numb to ruining people’s lives like him. Onoe embraces Kaburagi, telling him that he’s a good person, but then quickly becomes bashful and runs away before Kaburagi could hug him back. Onoe is left to sort out his confusing feelings after Masayan confirms that he is in love with Kaburagi. Meanwhile, Kaburagi can’t stop thinking about the time Onoe hugged him on the rooftop.

 

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Episode 3

Onoe still denies that he has caught feelings for Kaburagi (even hilariously going all out at work to go back to his “former self”) but he gets jealous seeing him flirt with Arai (the office secretary). Kaburagi confronts Onoe as he storms off in a fit of jealousy, denying any romantic involvement with Arai since Onoe clearly misunderstood the conversation he had overheard between Arai and him, but Onoe doesn’t believe him. Kaburagi suddenly kisses Onoe to see his reaction, leaving him stunned and flustered. Onoe quickly retreats, shouting “Go to hell” at Kaburagi as he runs off. Onoe and Kaburagi work together on a new project after the kiss, their task is to gather evidence against a corrupt politician accused of tax evasion. With Kaori’s help, they arrange a meeting with Suda, the congressman’s secretary. However, Kaori demands another payment, offering Kaburagi the option to pay with his body. He almost agrees but changes his mind after seeing Onoe’s disapproving look, which they later argue about. Onoe and Kaburagi pose as tax accountants to meet Suda. Onoe impresses the secretary with his tax knowledge, earning his trust. Later, a drunken Suda privately confesses to the politician’s corruption, which Onoe secretly records. However, Suda becomes aggressive and tries to undress Onoe, but Kaburagi saves him. In an intimate moment, once they’re back in the car, Kaburagi confesses that he likes Onoe —he adds “probably” since it seems he’s still unsure. Onoe doubts Kaburagi’s feelings and asks why he likes him, to which Kaburagi insists that it’s because he’s truthful and doesn’t lie. Kaburagi playfully touches Onoe in a flirtatious manner to retrieve the recording device from his jacket and Onoe can only feel flustered after what happened.

 

Episode 4

Onoe and Kaburagi are at a love hotel for a surveillance mission, since this time it’ll be obvious if they do a stakeout in the car. Onoe feels uneasy being in a love hotel with Kaburagi after his confession the previous night but when he brings it up, Kaburagi seems to have no recollection of it, leaving Onoe unsure of how to proceed. Kaburagi continues to tease poor Onoe who mistakenly assumes Kaburagi wants to pursue a relationship with him and is disappointed that Kaburagi only seems to be toying with him. Onoe confides in Masayan about his frustration, and Masayan advises him to consider whether he misinterpreted Kaburagi’s behavior since nothing has improved in their relationship. Masayan tells him it could be one of two kinds of like: romantic or platonic. So Onoe has to figure out which one of the two is Kaburagi feeling for him. Meanwhile, Onoe and Kaburagi’s new mission is to observe the suspected secret relationship between famous actor Inami and his twenty-year-younger partner, Haruta. While Haruta flirts with Kaburagi, Onoe gets jealous and assumes that Inami and Haruta don’t have a relationship as he didn’t sense any romantic feelings between them. Furthermore, during the interview, he noticed that Haruta was only focused on Kaburagi. Later, Onoe confronts Kaburagi about their past kiss and love confession, but Kaburagi gives ambiguous responses. Onoe feels like he’s being played and leaves angrily, calling Kaburagi a “smutty alien” as they go off to do their respective tasks once again. Inami catches Onoe spying on him but clarifies that he is not in a relationship with Haruta and requests that they don’t write anything weird since Haruta is at a point where she wants to shake off her idol image. Onoe believes him, but Kaburagi remains skeptical and warns him that Inami could be acting given that he is a talented actor. The two continue to bicker due to their opposing opinion on Inami’s declaration. Later that night at their office, Kaburagi surprises Onoe with his favorite yogurt flavor, which encourages Onoe to have a serious conversation about their relationship. The episode concludes with the two characters on the rooftop at night, with Onoe about to ask Kaburagi if he likes him.

 

Onoe’s tendency to misinterpret scenarios as romantic can be amusing, but it’s understandable given Kaburagi’s teasing and flirtatious behavior towards him. However, despite his playful demeanor, it’s clear that Kaburagi has genuine feelings for Onoe and cares about him. Viewers can look forward to seeing whether Onoe will gather the courage to confront Kaburagi about their relationship and the upcoming episodes are sure to showcase the progression of their relationship.

 

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