Dorama Reviews: Gomen Ne Seishun! ; Yorozu Uranaidokoro Onmyouya e Youkoso; Yamada-kun to Nananin no Majo; Switch Girl; Tantei Gakuen Q; 11Nin Mo Iru

Since I found several streaming sites, I have been watching Japanese drama whenever I have free time. I want to write full review for everything I had seen but time is against me, so  I only write full review for certain dramas/movies.

Today, I will share 6 dramas at once. The actors appear in two dramas therefore I’ll write them based on the actors. I will only write how I feel about these drama without sharing much of the story, even the synopsis are copied from Drama-Wiki.

Nishikido Ryo in Yorozu Uranaidokoro Onmyoya e Yokoso  (2013) & Gomen ne Seishun! (2014)

Ryo in Yorozu and Gomen

よろず占い処 陰陽屋へようこそ – Yorozu Uranaidokoro Onmyoya e Yokoso –Welcome to Onmyo Fortune Telling  Shop (2013)

Yorozu_Uranai_Dokoro_Onmyouya_e_YoukosoFuji_TV2013Synopsis (from dramawiki):

Based on the Yorozu Uranaidokoro novel series, the drama takes place in the shopping district of Oji, a town in the Kita-ward, Tokyo. Abeno Shomei is a good-looking man who used to work as a host. One day, he rents a shop and hangs up a sign that says “Onmyoya.” With zero psychic power and a lackadaisical attitude, he refuses to work if there is no profit to be made. Even though he actually couldn’t care less about getting to the truth, somehow he is still able to unerringly resolve his customers’ problems. How does he do it?

My thought:

This 11 episode drama started strong. Abeno Shomei (Nishikido Ryo) has no psychic power at all but he is good in listening to people’s problem as used to be a host in a bar. His method in helping people seems to be working really well because he uses psychology approach. He listens to his customer and draws conclusion to what really had happened and ways to help them even though his way sometimes feels like deceiving the customer. I looked forward to see each episode because I want to know how he solves people’s problem. Unfortunately, I don’t like the ending, it feels flat and a bit fake. I wonder how the novel ends the story, whether it’s same with the drama series or has a better ending. Acting wise, non of the actors shows amazing act, they are all enjoyable to see but nothing special.

Rating:3 stars

ごめんね青春! – Gomen ne Seishun! – Sorry Youth! (2014)

Sorry_Youth!_(Gomen_ne_Seishun!)Synopsis (from dramawiki):

31-year-old Hara Heisuke is a teacher at a high school in Shizuoka. He is like most people rather than an exceptional person. But an unfortunate accident which occurred 14 years ago ended up messing up his life. Feeling responsible, he stuck to his hometown and Alma mater from then on. Meanwhile, it is decided that the boys school where he works will be merged with a girls school in the same area because of a decline in student numbers next year. Furthermore, a joint cultural festival is to be held as a “trial event” for the merger. Heisuke dedicates himself towards the aim of making the cultural festival a success and overcomes the big fuss that occurs. His hard work finally bears fruit with the great success of the joint cultural festival.

My thought:

I love this drama (10 episodes)!! It’s soooo funny!! The way the girl students from the Catholic School and the boy students from the Buddhist School interact is so funny. Well, both students and the teachers are funny. I have great laugh watching this. Although some jokes are cliche but it still feels natural and funny. Gomen ne Seishun is a drama worth to watch not only for its comedy but also for its interesting story. The acting is also good, especially Mitsushima Hikari who plays as Hachiya Risa (the killer teacher in the girl school).

Rating: 4,5 stars

An MV of Gomen ne Seishun!

Nishiuchi Mariya in Yamada-kun to Nananin no Majo (2013) & Switch Girl!! (2011/2012)

Nishiuchi in Yamada and Switch

山田くんと7人の魔女 – Yamada-kun to Nananin no Majo – Yamada-kun and The Seven Witches (2013)

yamada-kun_to_nananin_no_majo_1343Synopsis (from dramawiki):

Shiraishi Urara is the top student in her school. One day, due to an accidental kiss, Urara finds herself in the body of the school delinquent, Yamada Ryu! In trying to switch back to their own bodies, Urara and Ryu discover that kissing causes them to switch bodies, which leads to their discovery that there are 7 witches in their school. They soon try to uncover the identities of the 7 witches.

Based on an ongoing Manga under the same title.

My thought:

This is one funny drama!! I love it. I watch the whole 8 episodes (each episode is only 36 minutes) in one night. It’s not a reasonable drama, because how can someone suddenly become a witch…but looking pass through the unreasonable parts, you will have a great laugh. I have to admit that the funniest part is when Yamada kisses a lot of boys and a male teacher just to find out how to help Shiraishi…that’s a one kissing disaster. Yamada is a copier so he can copy all the witches’ power. Since there is a lot of kissing scene (mostly funny kiss) you can expect romance there but it’s not the main story.

Rating: 3,5 stars


Switch Girl!! (Season 1 & 2) (2011/2012)

SwitchgirlSynopsis (from dramawiki):

Season 1:

Based on a manga with the same name created by Aida Natsumi, ‘Switch Girl!!’ revolves around a high school student named Nika (Nishiuchi) who appears to be a stylish and fashionable girl at school, but that’s really a fake persona that she uses when she’s in public. At home, she “switches off” the facade and her returns to her true slovenly nature. Kiriyama Renn plays the good-looking transfer student Arata, who is Nika’s love interest in the story.

Season 2:

Nika and Arata are finally together, and with their looks and lovey atmosphere they are the best couple in school. Season two will show how they further develop understanding of each other, and maybe even move their relationship to the next level… With more adventures to come up with their friends, how long can Nika keep her “switch off” self a secret? The drama gets more a more serious plot into the lives of their friends, as Nika and Arata help them with their problems.

My thought:

Switch Girl is a short drama, 8 episode per season and only 28 minutes per episode. I watched this because I am curious with Nishiuchi Mariya after seeing her in Yamada-kun, and the synopsis sounds funny (I am in the mood to watch comedy). The first season is really really funny. I really like how Nika changes from this glamor girl into such sloppy girl. Seeing how her relationship with Arata grows is also fun. I also like the manga atmosphere of the first season, it add up to its comedy.

However, the second season is not as fun as the first one. It feels too forced. There are too much unreasonable plot, like taking up a small gangster group. It doesn’t feel like a fun romantic comedy anymore, it feels more like fake action story. The switch girl Nika is no longer switching, we see more of her pretty side and less of her real-self, the sloppy girl. I find it a bit boring.

Even though the second season is boring, I kinda hope they make a special movie to sum up Nika-Arata’s relationship…but in the atmosphere as the first season.

Therefore, I give 3,5 stars for the first season and 2 stars for the second season

A fan-made trailer of the first season:

Kamiki Ryunosuke in Tantei Gakuen Q (2007) &  11nin Mo Iru! (2011)

Kamiki in Tantei and 11nin

探偵学園 Q- Tantei Gakuen Q – Detective School Q (2007)

Tantei Gakuen QSynopsis (from dramawiki):

Notebooks that foretell deaths, numerous urban legends, and murders with no clues… a series of strange incidents occur, and people are lead into a deep labyrinth of mysteries. Five fledgling teen detectives of the Dan Detective Academy, which was founded by the legendary and renowned detective, Morihiko Dan, work together to solve such difficult cases. Stealthily at work behind the strange incidents is an evil crime syndicate called the “Meiosei”. They are a group of intellectuals who have long antagonized the Detective Academy run by Morihiko Dan. The five youngsters make their way forward a step at a time as they come face to face with death, clash with one another at times, reconcile, and deepen their friendship. This is a pop mystery drama series about youth friendship and adventure in the face of united efforts against dark forces.

My thought:

This 11 episode mystery drama is based on a manga under the same title. To be honest I watched this because of Kamiki Ryunosuke as he has just become one of my favorite actor. However, I wasn’t that keen toward the story. I think it will be fine as a anime but not as a live action. It feels weird to see junior high school students running around solving murders. But it’s fun seeing the chemistry between Shinda Mirai and Kamiki.

Rating: 2,5 stars

11人もいる! – 11nin Mo Iru! – There Are 11 People (2013)

11ninmoiruSynopsis (from Dramawiki):

A family consisting of a jobless father, a domestic mother, and eight children with different personalities. As the title suggests, the family also has a mysterious “11th member.”

Kamiki plays the eldest son Kazuo, a high school student who helps support the family through part time jobs serving at a gas station and doing newspaper delivery. He clashes with his father (Tanabe Seiichi), an artsy photographer with no real earning power. Mitsuura Yasuko plays the part of an obedient wife, while Kato Seishiro plays the shy youngest child who can see a ghost (the “11th member”) but doesn’t tell the rest of the family.

My thought:

Another drama that I see because of Kamiki. It’s only 9 episodes. I think this is a fun drama and the fun part is of course from seeing how this big family deals with daily problems. I always enjoys family drama especially one with happy family. Apart from that, it’s nice to see Kamiki’s acting skill. He is a very normal boy who takes up all the family matter because he feels like it’s his responsibility. It’s so fun seeing his stress mode when he already feels fed up with his father’s carefree attitude.

Rating: 3,5 stars

That’s all for today 🙂

More review coming up soon, but it’ll be a TVseries from US 😉


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