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Autumn (Spring) Dramas 2007 – Part 2

Posted by on Sep 19, 2007 in Reviews | 3 comments

OK, Here’s part 2 of the new dramas coming to a Japanese TV near you. Again, all info is from Drama Wiki.

Oishii Gohan: Kamakura Kasugai Kometen

The show is set in a rice shop in the city of Kamakura, Kanagawa. It is a home comedy about an obstinate but compassionate old man, Kasugai Ryuuhei (Watari Tetsuya), who runs an old rice shop, his optimistic daughter-in-law (Fujiwara Norika) and his eldest son (Tokushige Satoshi) who ends up working at his father’s shop when he learns of his father’s illness. It depicts how the estranged family rallies around when Kasugai is diagnosed with illness after years of being worn out by his stubbornness.

Stars: Watari Tetsuya, Tokushige Satoshi and Fujiwara Norika.
Thoughts: Food and Illness storyline. Doesn’t really appeal to me…
Starts: 25th October

Joshi Deka!

Nakama plays an enthusiastic rookie cop whose only strong point is her marksmanship, while Izumi plays a veteran detective with the #1 arrest rate. The two work together to solve crimes, despite differences in their ways of thinking.

Stars: Nakama Yukie (Gokusen), Izumi Pinko, Ryu Shi Won.
Thoughts: Detective story. It’s not really grabbing me either…
Starts: 18th October

Otoko no Kosodate

The show is described as a home comedy depicting the problems faced by a modern family. Takahashi plays a third-rate magazine writer. As an irresponsible father, his reliable wife has always been in charge of the household and their three children. Unfortunately, she suddenly passes away, forcing him to deal with raising the kids for the first time in his life.

Stars: Takahashi Katsunori, Kuninaka Ryoko, Koizumi Kotaro (Hanayome to Papa, Attention Please)
Thoughts: Family comedy… I really have no thoughts.
Starts: 26th October

Utahime

The drama is a comedy set in Kochi prefecture and Nagase will play two characters – father of a daughter who’s called ‘utahime’ and son of the ‘utahime’.

Stars: Nagase Tomoya (My Bossy, My Hero), Aibu Saki (Attention Please), Sato Ryuta (Bambino)
Thoughts: I loved Nagase in My Boss, My Hero. The description says this is a comedy, which I love. I think I’ll check this one out to see what it’s like.
Starts: 12th October

Mop Girl

Kitagawa plays the part of the slow but hardworking Momoko, a low-ranking employee at a funeral services company who carries a mop as part of her job. However, Momoko happens to possess a strange ability. Whenever she comes across the corpse of someone who has left strong feelings behind, she travels back in time to save that person from his or her fate.

Stars: Kitagawa Keiko, Tanihara Shosuke (Yama Onna Kabe Onna), Asami Reina (Attention Please)
Thoughts: I love time travel! I hope this is also a comedy. I will be watching this to see what it’s like.
Starts: 12th October


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