The Start to a Sweet Cohabitation Life in ‘Perfect Propose’ Episode 1-2

Hirokuni finds solace in Kai who reminds him of their forgotten promise in the 1st and 2nd episodes of Perfect Propose.

Hirokuni Watari, overwhelmed by corporate life, collapses on the street and reunites with Kai Fukaya after twelve years. With Kai having no place to stay, he lives with Hirokuni, cooking home meals to ease Hirokuni’s exhaustion.

 

Warning: Spoiler alert. Read at your own risk.

 

Episode 1: Deliciously Living Together

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Hiro lies on his bed, unable to keep up with what is happening. Kai sits beside him and Hiro wonders if Kai has always been like this, but seeing his eyes confirms it has been that way since before. Kai asks who let him look so worn out before Hiro drifts off to sleep. Hiro is on the street, thinking about how much sleep he’ll get once he gets home. He’s worried about his busy schedule for tomorrow, realizing it’s Sunday, and thinking he can’t keep going like this. As he’s about to close his eyes, a stranger asks if he’s dead. Startled, Hiro stands up and explains the situation. The person seems disappointed, claiming Hiro forgot about their promise to get married. Introducing himself as Fukaya Kai, Hiro realizes the kid he had met and promised to marry him is now standing before him. Kai visits Hiro’s apartment, and they reminisce about how long it’s been since they last saw each other. While Hiro takes off his coat, Kai holds his chin, noticing Hiro has lost weight. Hiro tries to change the subject, asking if Kai has some business there, but Kai reveals he’s there to see Hiro. He then asks if he can stay for a while since he has nowhere else to go and no family. Hiro hesitates, pointing out they’re both guys, but Kai reveals he’s gay. That makes it even worse! But Kai assures him he won’t do anything and will rather take things slowly. Kai stands up and heads into the kitchen, noticing the mess. Hiro tries to steer the conversation elsewhere but eventually agrees to let Kai stay. He gestures to a spot beside his bed, indicating where Kai will sleep—a mattress on the floor. Kai notices the size of Hiro’s bed and asks if he has a girlfriend. Hiro confesses he did when he bought the bed but he explains that he now just wants to get as much sleep as possible for work tomorrow. They both settle into their beds, and Kai thanks Hiro. As they lie in the dark, Hiro remains unable to sleep, tossing and turning annoyingly, which Kai, who is still awake, observes. The next morning, Hiro stares at himself in the mirror, commenting to himself about his inability to sleep once again. Kai notices his early awakening, and Hiro explains it’s because he has work. Kai sees him off while brushing his teeth, but Hiro, weary, doesn’t reply and leaves. This moment triggers a memory for Kai, reminding him of a time when he said something similar to someone he knows, only for that person to possibly get into an accident. 

Hiro is at the stop light, dozing off before he realizes that the light has turned green. At work, his co-workers find out that he has a friend staying over at his place after noticing his frequent sighs. Their conversation stops and the atmosphere turns stiff when Hiro’s boss comes to order him to make sure that the project they’re doing is up and running by the day. Hiro tries to complain at first but his boss guilt trips him into doing the task. He ends up working late again and goes straight home with dinner in hand. Once home, Kai greets him and Hiro realizes that he has a friend over. When he gets inside he’s surprised to see dinner already on the table. Kai informs him that he went shopping, surprising Hiro as he left the door unlatched with no spare key, but Kai comments that there’s nothing worth stealing anyway. Hiro compliments Kai’s food since he mostly eats convenience store food. Looking at Kai, Hiro remembers the time when they were younger and Kai would eat the same food every day since it was all they had at home. It seems the situation is now backward. Hiro asks him what he did after moving, and Kai tells him that they moved due to his father’s job transfer. After his father became a drunkard and left him, Kai had to work at a diner. But the old man he’s working for suddenly collapsed and ended up in the hospital. He can’t stay there if the owner is away that’s why he is staying over at Hiro’s place. Hiro asks Kai to make him dinner from now on, in exchange, he can stay there until the old man is discharged. Kai comments that Hiro hasn’t changed but doesn’t further explain and instead asks if he wants seconds. Now both in bed, Hiro once again tosses and turns, unable to sleep. He explains that he’s always had trouble sleeping and has no idea why. He thinks it’s possibly because of his fear of tomorrow. Kai suddenly jumps into his bed and announces that he’ll jerk it off for him, surprising Hiro. Although initially offended, Hiro realizes it has actually been a while. When he’s unable to say exactly when the last time was, Kai takes matters into his own hands and starts to help. Hiro struggles to break free while Kai is explaining how it’s not a big deal before the session eventually ends quickly. When he turns to look at Hiro to ask who let him look so worn out, Hiro drifts off to sleep. 

In the past, Hiro is crying because the girl he likes has feelings for someone else. Kai comes to tease him but assures him that he will marry him. Hiro wakes up to find out that his alarm is off, making him more late than usual. He accuses Kai of turning it off but Kai tells him he did that himself and urges him to get ready or he’ll be late. When Hiro looks at his face in the mirror, he’s surprised that his face has changed. After getting a good night’s sleep, his face looks more brighter. Hiro wonders when was the last time he slept so deeply, as he feels like he hasn’t slept well for days, fearing what tomorrow holds. He looks at Kai, who says “you’re welcome,” knowing Hiro is thankful even though he hasn’t said anything. Kai takes out a styling gel and fixes Hiro’s hair, and once done Hiro smiles in his reflection. Walking out to go to work, Hiro wonders how Kai ended up growing up so arrogant. Though he was cheeky in the past, he was more cute then. Kai asks him what he would like for dinner and Hiro immediately answers “Ginger Pork” before leaving. Kai is about to walk back inside when Hiro comes back to give him a spare key and this time, he greets Kai before leaving.

 

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Episode 2: Yakisoba and Summer Festival

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Hiro arrives home and gazes at his unit from outside, realizing it’s been three weeks since Kai started staying over. Upon entering, he finds Kai cooking bitter melon for dinner, which delights him as it’s exactly what he craves. Hiro reflects on how well Kai knows him, prompting Kai to proudly list various facts about Hiro, particularly regarding his food preferences. Kai asks if he’s now a good fiance, prompting Hiro to want to discuss the “fiance” label. However, Kai interrupts him, instructing him to wash his hands before dinner. Hiro and Kai first encountered each other during Hiro’s high school days. Spotting Kai sitting alone on a bench, Hiro excuses himself from his friends, claiming he forgot his gym clothes. Hiro approaches Kai who is once again eating a yakisoba bread. Hiro notices a hint of intimidation in Kai’s gaze, yet finds him cute when their eyes meet. Hiro’s dream is abruptly interrupted by Kai waking him up, their faces too close to each other. Hiro scolds Kai for being too close, but Kai nonchalantly walks away, teasing Hiro not to be embarrassed. Sitting up, Hiro remarks that Kai is not cute, reminiscing about their first encounter. While Hiro blow-dries his hair, he catches the scent of salmon being cooked by Kai. During breakfast, Kai observes Hiro and remarks on his improved appetite compared to before. Kai then presents a bento he made for Hiro before leaving for work, and Hiro expresses his gratitude as Kai leaves. At work, Hiro’s colleagues notice his improved appearance, prompting Hiro to share the details of his situation with Kai. Meanwhile, Kai heads to the hospital but pauses at a plant store to buy flowers. Upon seeing the old man’s son, Koji, inside, Kai decides not to enter. Koji notices him and requests that Kai refrain from visiting his father, who has just decided to undergo treatment and doesn’t want to be influenced otherwise.

After finishing work late, Hiro and his colleagues discuss the situation, with Tatsumi expressing concern about having another person at Hiro’s home since he himself would be uncomfortable in that situation. Reflecting on this during his walk home, Hiro realizes he’s never felt stressed with Kai around, contemplating their carefree relationship. Thinking about the time Kai jerked him off, Hiro considers their engagement merely an excuse to find housing. He doubts Kai’s desire to be with him, watching Kai hang a wind chime on the balcony. Despite this, Hiro thinks it’s fine if they stay the way they are. Kai mentions visiting the old man, but as an outsider, he lacks details on the diagnosis. Hiro’s excitement over Kai’s yakisoba triggers memories of when Kai used to eat a lot of it when he was younger. Curious, Hiro asks if Kai has ever experienced festivals. Kai remains silent, prompting Hiro to invite him to a nearby festival. Concerned about Hiro’s work schedule, Kai hesitates, but Hiro assures him he’ll leave work early. Kai, however, insists he doesn’t need to go that far. While fetching water from the kitchen, Hiro spots the discarded flowers in the trash. He goes over to the bathroom since Kai is going to have a bath and walks in on him undressed. He proposes the idea of going to the festival again and Kai tells him he’s looking forward to it while teasing Hiro if he wants to join him in the shower. Resting in bed with the soft chime of the wind outside, Kai recalls a moment when he lay on the floor of Hiro’s house, Hiro sleeping peacefully beside him. Playfully, Kai pinched Hiro’s nose, but Hiro remained asleep. Hiro’s mother attempted to wake him up, but Kai assured her it wasn’t necessary since he was leaving soon. Hiro’s mother mentioned the festival that evening, but Kai regretted he couldn’t attend and asked her to convey his apology to Hiro before saying goodbye. In the present, Kai sits down on the bed beside the sleeping Hiro to pinch his nose but the older one remains undisturbed.

Hiro surprises his senior Kaneko by arriving early at work, while Kai, having just finished his tasks, declines an invitation from his senior to drink for a special reason today. Passing by a store, Kai spots a small fish tank, reminding him of Kai’s promise to bring home the fish they’d catch at the festival. Despite Hiro’s efforts to leave work early, his boss assigns him additional tasks, resulting in him having to work late again. He updates Kai about the situation, but Hiro ends up being more than 2 hours late. At home, Kai checks the clock and realizes Hiro won’t make it on time, so he heads to the festival alone. Meanwhile, Hiro rushes to the festival after work but arrives too late to get any yakisoba as the stall is closing. Disheartened, he walks home, reflecting on his last encounter with Kai and pondering what he could have done differently knowing about Kai’s abandonment by his father, feeling like things haven’t changed even now.

These characters deserve a home where they can find happiness, and being with each other shows improvements in just two episodes. Hiro’s corporate struggles leave him feeling barely alive, and his current living situation lacks the warmth of a true home. Kai, abandoned and without a place to call his own, longs for stability. Hiro must recognize that his work isn’t just affecting him, but also his relationship with Kai. We hope Hiro realizes this before it’s too late and that Kai doesn’t have to leave once again. Let’s find out in the next episodes how the relationship between these two will grow.

 

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