Japanese Drama Review: Black President

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Since this was a “business” drama, I put off watching this for a while, but when I finally decided to watch it, I was immediately lured in by Sawamura Ikki’s fabulous performance. I was also surprised to find out that this was a light-hearted comedy instead of some boring drama, and it was quite enjoyable to watch. Also, there’s a music video at the end of this post that you really should check out!

Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 9

Storyline/plot: 6

Plot Development: 7

Characters: 10

Music: 9

Ending: 10

Overall Rating out of 10: 8.5

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Acting and Characters:

Sawamura Ikki played the main character in this drama, Mitamura Yukio, who was the president of a big corporation. Mitamura’s character reminded me of Michael’s character from The Office in that he was a bit dense when it came to reading the atmosphere, and he was offended when he was told that inappropriate comments towards women that could be construed as sexual harassment were not to be tolerated.

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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

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

Japanese Drama Review: Kazoku Game

Kazoku_game_zps71c00f42 Hooray for Sakurai Sho proving himself to be a competent actor. Now, this is the first drama I’ve watched him in, so he could have proved himself long ago, but I will say I was pleasantly surprised at his acting ability since he’s never seemed like he would be a good actor. I thought his acting would be just like his singing and dancing–meh. But, thankfully, I was wrong. On to the drama: *Note: I’ve decided to take production value out since production value of Japanese dramas are mostly lower than Taiwanese dramas which are mostly lower than Korean dramas which are mostly lower than British and American TV shows, and since production value has no bearing how well a drama is made, just how it looks, I decided it would be better to omit it from my scores for dramas to come.

Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 10

Storyline/plot:10

Plot Development 10

Characters: 10

Music: 6

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Every actor in this drama was really good. As I already mentioned, Sakurai Sho was a pleasant surprise. He played the main character, Yoshimoto Kouya, who was rather a confusing and eccentric person, and he played it well. In the first episode, I thought that Sho was simply trying too hard to act weird like his character, but as the episode rolled on, and I continued on to other episodes, I realized that this was just how his character would act.  Continue reading