Important things that happened
- Go Sign wa 1 Coin by Cafelatte Funsui Koen
- A New Day by Beverly
- Like episode 1, this is an extra long episode, having about 15 more minutes than usual.
- When Hanamori is doing spy work from his car, he has a bun and milk, which is a common police stakeout trope in Japan.
- At the end of the episode, there's a bonus ad from the cast about giving away the manga which the show is based on.
- Continuing a plot point from earlier, Chieko's mother is in Seoul for the Olympics since she's following the figure skater Hanyu Yuzuru. This coincides with the 2018 winter Olympics that are happening in real life concurrently.
- Jiji-sama tries to persude Mayaya by saying the money they make could buy all the volumes of Souten Kouro (Beyond the Heavens), a manga series about the Romance of the Three Kingdoms saga.
Differences From the Manga
- In the manga, Chieko's mother is in Korea because she's a fan of Korean dramas, because that's what the mangaka was also into when she was making the manga.
- It's around this point in the manga when Shuu realizes that Tsukimi is the otaku girl from Amamizukan. Manga Shuu is less regretful of his mistreatment of otaku Tsukimi, and more just mystified that women can change so much from wearing makeup.
- The show plays out differently.
- Kuranosuke is more present in the manga throughout the process, instead of appearing late. Because of his absence, the drama streamlines a few things, like why the Ama~s use Mayaya as the model instead of Kuranosuke, or why they use Hanamori as the MC. It forces the Ama~s to take control of the situation instead of relying on Kuranosuke.
- In the manga, Mayaya swoons on stage once before she collapses back stage. Luckily, she is caught by Hanamori.
- In the drama, Nomu is actually present at the show, so she absorbs a few roles that were given to other characters in the manga. It's probably so her actress is given more screen time.
Kurage Hime 05 Transcript