So you thought the scene in Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift where Sung Kang drifts through the crowd at Shibuya Crossing was the most famous car-related clip to take place there? Well how about the time when two lovers just parked their Toyota MR2s in the middle of the world’s busiest crosswalk and started making out? The scene from the Japanese TV series You’re My Favorite in the World surpasses the drift, and there wasn’t even any CGI involved.
The romantic comedy miniseries You’re My Favorite in the World aired its 11-episode run from January to March of 1990. It was just a couple of months after the transition between the first-generation AW11 and the second-gen SW20, which debuted in October 1989.
We’ve never actually seen the show, but from what we gather it’s about the romantic interplays and love triangles between a group of friends. The group consists of men and women living in Tokyo, and the premise is not unlike that of Friends or How I Met Your Mother.
The show’s intro is a compilation of the many kisses between the Rachel and Ross of the series, played by Atsuko Asano and Hiroshi Mikami, ending with the MR2 makeout sesh. However that same scene is also the big finale of the entire series. After all the misunderstandings and roadblocks keeping them apart are lifted, they rush toward each other, meet at the most iconic intersection in Japan, and proceed to suck face. Apparently spoilers weren’t really a concern back then.
In the heyday of Japan’s automotive industry it was pretty common to find cool cars peppered into TV shows for no real reason. Whether or not Toyota had a product placement deal in place is a fact seemingly lost to time. Though the kiss a memorable visual, but we can’t help but think it would’ve been a lot easier and dramatic — while also promoting a key feature — if both cars were T-top versions with the panels removed.