Japanese Drama Review: My Girl (TV Asahi)

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Aiba drama time! When “My Girl” first aired back in 2009, I had high hopes for it–I’m a sucker for father-daughter stories. But, I dropped it after the first or second episode, and upon watching it again, I’m reminded of the reasons I stopped watching it in the first place.

Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 4

Storyline/plot: 3

Plot Development: 2

Characters: 3

Music: 10

Ending: 6

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Acting:

I’ve always thought of Aiba Masaki, who played the main character, Kazama Masamune, in this drama, as the unfortunate member of Arashi. In most boybands, there’s going to be that one guy who’s not really good at anything–perhaps he just has good looks or he was needed to fill the group. Aiba is that member of Arashi. He’s not a good singer. He’s not a very good dancer. And his acting is mediocre.  Continue reading

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Japanese Drama Review: Kagi no Kakatta Heya

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Ohno is so freakin’ cute in all his little cardigans! Every time I see him in a drama, I get the strong desire to pinch his chubby cheeks…and then I remember he’s nearly 35 years old…

Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 8

Storyline/plot: 8

Plot Development: 7

Characters: 7

Music: 6

Ending: 9

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Acting:

The best actor in this drama, hands down, was Ohno Satoshi, who played one of the leading characters, Enomoto Kei.  Enomoto is a quiet wierdo with a penchant for unlocking any and all types of locks. A character like this has many ways it can be played. Instead of the more eccentric route, Ohno went for the apathetic and largely unemotional route. Arguably, this was the easiest and the most difficult way to act out the character. Continue reading

Japanese Drama Review: Uta no Onii-san

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I’ve been wanting to go through all the Arashi members’ dramas to determine who is the best actor of them all (my money’s still on Ohno), so my next reviews will most likely all be Japanese and most likely all have at least one Arashi member in it. Also, I thought it necessary to add a new category since the ending can ruin a whole drama, and Asian dramas don’t have a good track record with endings.

Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 7

Storyline/plot: 4

Plot Development 10

Characters: 5

Music: 6

Ending: 6

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Acting:

Ohno Satoshi played the lead character, Yano Kenta. He played a character who started out having no motivation for anything (very much like Shikamaru from Naruto) and then grew into a character who wanted to give it his all on the children’s show, and, as usual, Ohno acted his part well. Knowing that this was the drama he did after Maou, I was rather impressed that he was able to so naturally transition into this much different role. The great thing about Ohno is Continue reading