A Life: A Love Mini-Review


A Life: A Love

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I just finished watching Kimura Takuya’s newest drama A Life: A Love, which aired on TBS in January-February, 2017. The drama starred Kimura Takuya as Dr Okita Kazuaki. Takeuchi Yuko starred as Danjo Mifuyu, an old flame of Okita’s. Asano Tadanobu starred as Danjo Masao, Mifuyu’s husband, Okita’s best friend and the man with the biggest chip on his shoulder. Continue reading


Alice No Toge (Alice’s Thorn)




I just finished watching TBS’s Alice no Toge (Alice’s Thorn). The drama starred Ueno Juri as Mizuno Asumi (Osanai). Asumi lost her father 15 years ago and spent the past 15 years working towards getting revenge on the individuals responsible for her father’s death. On the way, she is assisted Reporter Nishikado Yusuke (played by Odagiri Joe) and Nurse Hoshino Miwa (played by Chiaki Kuriyama). The show’s title comes from a book that Asumi was given by  her father before his death. Her obsession with her father’s death is evidenced in the mode her revenge takes, as she targets the perpetrators, making sure to label them as the villainous characters from Alice in Wonderland.


Asumi returns to the hospital where her father worked and died 15 years ago. Initially, she believes that her father’s death was due to medical error, but she is quick to realize that it was so much more. Before she can begin her true revenge, Nishikado Yusuke, who she also knew 15 years ago, realizes who she is and attempts to join her. He wants to atone for the error he made 15 years ago in accusing Asumi’s father of embezzling funds from the hospital. While Asumi does not want anyone’s help, having spent all this time alone, she does allow him to join her once he proves that he is on her side. Continue reading

Kekkon Dekinai Otoko – Japanese Drama


I just finished watching the Japanese drama Kekkon Dekinai Otoko (The Man Who Can’t Get Married). The main character was a socially awkward man named Kuwano, played by Abe Hiroshi. I first watched Abe Hiroshi in Trick, Season 1, and always wanted to see a good drama with him in the main lead. I enjoyed watching him in Change and Hero, but he wasn’t the main character. I tried watching him in Shiroi Haru, but slow subtitles and a bad ending put me off the drama. I finally got to see him in this drama as the main character and confirmed that my first opinion of him as being a good actor hadn’t been wrong.

In this drama, we see a man who, at first glance, seems to be rude and obnoxious to everyone around him It is only as we, the audience, get to know him along with the other characters in the drama do we see that he just doesn’t know how to act in social situations, BUT he is willing to learn. He’s not a bad person … he doesn’t try to be mean … and when he hurts someone, he apologizes because he’s genuinely sorry. The drama was a good watch and I would highly recommend it. I especially like the little quirky things the drama throws in … like the character of Kaneda that Kuwano is obsessed with or the video store guy/food mart girl and their relationship.

The only reason I watched this drama was that I heard about it after watching the Korean He Who Can’t Get Married. The Japanese version was much better, only because you come away feeling that the main character in the Korean version is just plain mean and even if he apologizes it’s just not enough when he deliberately hurts the other characters.

Watch it if you have the time.