Everything about this Umeda speaks perfection. I mean I can't portray to you how much of a Mei-Tian fangirl I -am-. And I can't believe that I was ambviliant toward him when I was watching the first episode. But no, he is absolutely perfect from when he tries to shove Mizuki out of his office to when he stuffs cotton in his ears to drone out the sound of Mizuki's crying that her brother was being unfair. He is so deliciously an asshole.. the eyes show that he is totally getting into the role and the way he inappropriately touches Mizuki's brother is priceless. Really he had Alexi and I in stitches (since my roommate is also a reader of the HanaKimi manga and his favorite character is Umeda as well).
Once I am sort of itching to see how Akiha is played out, because seriously I think that Umeda needs a perfect Akiha... someone to play off of Umeda. (okay and so I REALLY REALLY REALLY love the Akiha/Umeda pairing, we know this)
I like Sano in the drama more then I do in the manga but I like Mizuki in the manga better then I do the drama. Nanba, I like so much better in the manga as well.. but Nakatsu in the drama is PURE win. (and a cutie to boot) Umeda from both the drama and the manga are both PURE WIN! (I can't choose.. both are so very masterful.)
I'll have screencaps once I get my new computer and are able to switch the MP4 format to AVI so that I can screencap the episode. Really I could of done it on youtube, but the episode has so many motion shots that really Umeda needs to be caught in full motion without the annoying blur.