JDrama Reviews ~ Batch

Title: Ryusei no Kizuna
# of Episodes: Ten (Complete)
Genre: Suspense/Comedy
Lead Actor(s)/Actress: Ninomiya Kazunari, Nishikido Ryo, Toda Erika
Rating Out of Five: 5

Drama is about three siblings that have their parents murdered one night when they were little and the culprit is not caught and the statute of limitations is closing in.

They sneak out the night it happened to watch the shooting stars (after their parents told them they weren’t allowed), and when they get back home they find their parents dead. They grow up with the group decision “when we grow up and find him, lets kill him together”. Along the way they become ‘sagashi’, swindlers or con-artists, and much comedy ensues between the three siblings especially in the middle of a con.

It’s a very good story about growing up and through the hardship of finding your parents murdered and, ultimately, is getting revenge is good or bad, will it bring closure at all as it won’t bring back what was lost.

This is one of my favourite dramas, I just absolutely love it. There is so much to the story and the characters, and the actors that play them, just do a great job and work so well together. Everything just clicks! A must watch in my opinion.

Title: Natsu no Koi wa Nijiro ni Kagayoku
# of Episodes: Ten (Complete)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Lead Actor/Actress: Matsumoto Jun, Takeuchi Yuko
Rating Out of Five: 4.5

Taiga Kusunoki is a second generation actor, whose father is extremely talented actor and renowned for his time.
Throughout the story you see how Taiga slowly begins to step out of his fathers’ shadow. He learns to understand himself and others around him. And beginning to do his best in the things that really matters in life.
I really like how the main character grows as person from start to finish of this drama because it’s a gradually process and not all at once. Plus, there are so many very funny parts in this drama. Extremely enjoyable.

Title: Asuko March!
# of Episodes: Nine (Complete)
Genre: School Drama
Lead Actor(s)/Actress: Matsuzaka Tori, Kaku Kento, Takei Emi
Rating Out of Five: 3.75

It’s about a girl named Yoshino Nao, who fails the entrance exams for the high school of her choice and ends up enrolling in a technical high school called ‘Kenritsu Asuka Kougyou Koukou’ (also known as “Asuko”).
Out of all the freshman for the new school year there are only 3 girls and Nao is the only girl in her class. To begin with she’s completely unwilling to take part or even try as she was determined to dislike it so much so she can transfer to a different school.
But as the time goes on and she gets to know her classmates she slowly starts making friends and picking up new skills and becomes proud of her accomplishments.

The drama  was fairly good but it is definitely set for a younger crowd I think.
I found her (Nao) to be a little to naïve and trusting for my liking but she was honest and strong when it mattered most. Plus, her grandfather (who’s her guardian) is rather comical as well.
It had its entertaining moments and glad I watched it but I won’t be buying it or re-watching it anytime soon.


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