Taking the world less travelled

Nobuta Wo Produce

Posted by on Mar 16, 2007 in Reviews | 2 comments


Kiritani Shuji is the popular guy who gets along with everyone, from the jerks to the nerds to the just plain weird. He’s the one that everyone can count on. However, what they don’t know is that Shuji knows how predictable his classmates are and he plays off their predictability to his advantage. His day-to-day existence as “Shuji-kun” is just a facade he uses to play in the school popularity game. Truth be told, Shuji is bored.

The one person Shuji cannot stand is Kusano Akira. To Shuji, Akira is just plain annoying. He laughs, talks and acts funny. Nobody in class takes Akira seriously. Shuji can’t stand the sight of Akira and it drives him nuts that Akira does whatever he wants despite Shuji’s expressed dislike of him.

Shuji has a daily ritual of touching a certain willow tree for good luck. One day, he is startled to find out that his willow tree was uprooted and in its place, a freaky-looking girl telling him that some people took the tree somewhere else to be spotted. She told him that she was planning to hang herself from that tree. Scared, Shuji runs away.

Things heat up when a new student comes to school. Shuji is shocked to find out that the new student was the freaky girl he saw the day his willow tree disappeared. Her name is Kotani Nobuko, a girl who has no self confidence at all and is content at being made fun of and bullied in school.

Shuji and Akira come to an accord that in order to make use of their “youth” they will “produce” Nobuko as the next popular girl. One of the conditions, however, is that nobody should find out that they are working together as a team to make this concept possible.

Of course, there can be no protagonist without an antagonist. There is a mysterious girl in school jeopardizing the duo’s plan to make Nobuko popular. The mystery continues to unfold.

Unveiled here is the story of true friendship between three unlikely candidates who would not have been friends if not given the special circumstances.

from Drama Wiki


To be honest I was a bit disappointed with the first episode. I liked that it was a bit quirky, but over all it felt a bit flat. But I knew that a lot of people love it, so I was willing to give it another chance.

And I’m glad I did. It’s a fantastic show about friendship and being yourself. It is also quirky, something I love to see in a show! And sweet.

The characters are not only likeable, but multifaceted. We get to see the face that they show to the world and who they are inside. It’s not as one dimensional as I thought it would be from the first episode. :)
I also like how they influence each other in ways that I find to be very believable. For instance, the way that Akira starts wearing his hair up at night time the way Shuji does. There were other small things in the mise-en-scene that I have noticed that really makes the whole show richer.

(It is also helping me learn the days of the week in Japanese…)

And… so the story lines were pretty unbelievable. But I don’t think that matters. And, what was the point of the bookstore guy? But over all, a fantastic show, one I recommend to all. heart heart heart heart


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  1. Jamaipanese

    glad you enjoyed watching this as much as I did almost 2 years later :D

    the story is a bit disjointed but overall a great drama

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