From Five to Nine, You Learn English or Love 

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Based on manga series “5 Ji Kara 9 Ji Made” by Miki Aihara (first published March, 2010 in monthly Japanese shojo manga magazine Cheese!).

Junko Sakuraba  (Satomi Ishihara) is a woman who’s facing her 29th birthday and working as an English teacher in Japan. She’s always dreamed of living in New York, but it seems like that dream is getting further and further away. She’s diligent in her work, but her love life is non-existent. At a funeral she attends, she accidentally throws ashes onto a monk who’s chanting a sutra. She feels awful about what happens and tries to apologize. Later, her family sets her up on a blind date with Takane Hoshikaw (Tomohisa Yamashita).a. It turns out that he’s the same monk she threw ashes on earlier.

This Japanese drama had so many points that made me laugh, which made it quite funny! 

This drama is a romantic comedy. Junko, the teacher , is a typical career focus woman , never once her goals involved in getting married, which is a lot like nowadays people around the world. This type of people is one of the reasons natality rates decrease. However, the biggest reason why natality rate decreases in Japan so drastically is the previous known support system that made the workers blindly obedient to the CEO of their company.  

The System involved in the matchmaking interviews , marriage support and housing support, whatever was the society goal and worker dream , the company provided. This is not the case anymore! 

Another thing I found contrasting in the drama is the English teaching being given by Japanese natives, of course this is a big contrast. In real life at least 90% of English teachers are foreigners with most companies preferring English natives, which means citizens from US, UK , Ireland , Canada and so on … However, with English being implemented across the world as an international language and being declared the official language in the aviation world, I find this preference and in some cases total limitation to English natives, also removes hopes and chances from all other countries’ citizens. 

If you really want my opinion, it should accept more non english natives with the requirement of having a IELTS or Cambridge certificate declaring they have high C1, or a C2 level by the CEFR standard ( Common European Framework of Reference), which in the case of IELTS corresponds to the Band 7.5 and above. Wouldn’t a Foreign non native to the English speaker be able to identify and anticipate what the issues or doubts a new student may have? Should a new language learning skill be taken into more consideration than the typical person that was born with one language and grows up with the same language all his life, who may not even be interested in learning the Japanese language  ?

And Yes this touches a bit of my nerve, because achieving the Ielts band 8 or above, doing a CELTA certification ( that’s the english teaching certification) and having the Basic Japanese language level is my goal for 2023. That’s why I plan to attend a 1 month Course in Japan with EF – Education First . April 2023 … Sakura season Babyyyyyy, oh yeah! 

You can Check out my post about it at ALT in Japan for Portugal’s Citizens

Back to the Drama, Junko and Takane married by Civil law decide to commit and help both achieve their goals and dreams  in life, even if it means live in New york city for one full year. 

Would you choose boys or flowers?

boys over flowers, jdrama

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All students in a rich school the protagonist previews how she sees the rish people in her school , since she is the only scholarship student there. 

I can’t help but laugh about the images of cars driving , all don’t follow the normal transit rules and drive in the middle of the street with 2 rows . As a commoner and poor person you avoid  breaking rules , as a rich person you dont care about the poor world, your life, your rules kind of life.

And then we have the red card thing, where the person that receives it suffers major targeting by the all school event teachers.Even if the card is just a declaration of war of 4 students. They are the richest and most notorious in the school that have the permission to act as kings . You can Imagine why rich adult-people act as brats and bastards, especially when they are running a business.  

One in particular , Domyoji, acts like a demon king because he doesn’t have anyone to go against him or show him real feelings, instead of the obedient and money bought feelings. Whenever a red card appears, Domyoji takes fun in challenging everyone that received a red target to prove they have no real feelings for the red card victim. And of course , a rich brat there is always a wicked witch mother. 

And then we have the character Shizuka, which actually means calm in japanese, it suits her the calming and soothing persona that provides everyone with the best vibes to relax. 

One of her sayings in the drama and anime , “ Beautiful shoes will take you to beautiful places ” – we tend to think none would look at your shoes , however that notion is wrong . Bad shoes or shoes with holes can cause health concerns like the pressure you put on your spine, or to just avoid getting a cold from feet frozen to death. I have colleague like that has feet  fingers visible in her “closed”-office-type shoes, none says anything about it, at first we thought she hadn’t any money until we learned she spends the money in multiple hair care treatments, which costs  30 new shoes. 

Regardless, the Drama is inspired by the Manga version with the same name Hana yori Dango – boys over flowers, a hit 1992-2008 manga series that was authored by Yoko Kamio. “BOYS OVER FLOWERS” is a 2005 Japanese drama series that was directed by Yasuharu Ishii

Makino (Inoue Mao) is a student at the super-prestigious Eitoku Academy, a seat of learning for some of the children of Japan’s wealthiest individuals.All that changes on the day her only friend spills juice all over the pristine white shirt of Domyouji Tsukasa (Jun Matsumoto), the most aggressive and spoiled member of the so-called “Flower Four” or “F4.” This unofficial group comprises the good-looking but bratty sons of the most powerful business people in Japan. The F4 are ruthless bullies, and often pressure their victims into dropping out.After Domyouji treats her only friend that’s when she snaps and gives him a taste of his own medicine, Domyouji Tsukasa unexpectedly falls for her. All of a sudden, the pendulum swings in favour of Makino – but things get very complicated when fellow F4 member Hanazawa Rui (Oguri Shun) also takes a shine to her!

The actor Oguri Shun was previously mentioned in the Hana Kimi Review. Check it out!

And if you are a more Kdrama fan, please know there is an adaptation of the story. as well other adaptations across Asia.

Is it a Mystery or you are just blind? Don’t call this a mystery!

This Drama was created for dark humour perhaps, and it doesn’t have a love story. However, it is quite interesting!

It’s quite evident the multi-issue involved in this drama. A Police officer that kills a rich kid for hit-and-run his family, instead of bring his suspect and proof to the investigation of the murder. The husband who wants to live a good life and have a wife to do the house chores without complaining while being pregnant. The police woman underestimates detective Skills grieving for the loss of her cat, while feeling useless when her peers ask for something, in reality, she is treated as a salarywoman, or temporary worker, when she is none of that.

At the first look, the main Character , Totono Kunou, seems to be a person with autism but the way he reacts with the other people seems to be a low degree autism. He is a person that pays attention to all details even without others noticing.
He ends up solving the issues above mentioned and many more, while providing us insight of the society surrounding them.

Even when facing a situation of bus hijacked when trying to find the guilty of a serial murder, the conversation goes around table telling the stories one by one. One of them is a Bully victim 1st person accounts that Kunou answers “why do the victims of bullying have to run?”, a reality that only exists in Japan according to him and this is the same with the Domestic violence victims. However, he is wrong on this one, the domestic violence resulted one of the main reasons for suicide, specially during the pandemic that resulted in the increase of 30%. People don’t physically run in Japan, at least not 30%. The ones that run do it by reporting to the authorities by obtaining restraining orders and going back to their hometown, but is that really considering running?

“Don’t Call it Mystery” took over Fuji TV’s this year, 2022 .This drama was based on the manga series “Mystery to Iu Nakare” by Yumi Tamura , which was first published in 2016, at manga magazine Flowers.

The Plot story:
Totono Kuno is just a regular university student. He’s got curly hair that he’s really self-conscious about and he doesn’t have any close friends or a girlfriend. However, he’s got an amazing memory and superb observation skills. So when a murder case unfolds near his home and the victim is another university student who attended the same school, Totono Kuno naturally becomes the prime suspect.

During his interrogation by detectives at the police station, Totono Kuno starts putting together hidden clues about the murder as well as the personal worries of the detectives. But then a weapon is found with Totono Kuno’s fingerprints all over it.

Solving the problems one after another, even gaining trust for the ones that only seek the truth !!

Age Harassment (2015) Jdrama review

There is no official title in Portuguese, but the title of the film refers exactly the problem presented in the drama series — Harassment by age. Per definition, presented in the series, age harassment is when someone, especially men, spend the day back from the new employees who have just left the college on your first job.

Age of Harassment (2015) Jdrama with with Emi takei
Jdrama : Age harassment (2015)

Plot synopsis (by VIKI ) Emiri Yoshii (Ami Takei) is a young, beautiful girl that has dreams of earning an MBA in America. When her family is struck with poverty after a failed business, she gives up her dreams for a position at a trading company. With new dreams of being a company executive, she is eager to work towards success in her new role. However, she often finds herself in unfortunate situations. Her female co-workers are intimidated by her youth and good looks, and don’t understand her desire to keep to herself. On the other hand the male employees, invite her to meetings after hours and ask her to execute meaningless tasks just to have her around due to her beauty. Outcasted by women and not taken seriously by men, she becomes fed up and is on a mission to take action!

The series even begins by making a kind of comparison between two women: the woman A the young woman fresh out of college and on her way to her first interview of employment, innocent, pure and without any notion that they can deceive her, and the woman B 40-year-old graduate who built her career in the same company for years and when the opportunity to give a promotion comes, the CEO gives the promotion to a man without any knowledge of the department’s area, unlike the woman who is trained in the area.

This comparison between the two women begins to be more evident when the woman A tries to buy strawberries at a stall at the entrance of the company, she is stopped to think about the price, because she wanted to buy the strawberries in the cheapest way possible, in which two packages are cheaper, but she only needs one packaging, here appears Woman B to buy strawberries too. Per curiosity, both women are licensed in the same field. However, I didn’t let to notice the brief metaphor in which old strawberries are cheaper and without quality.

Throughout the series, several categories of Harassment within a company are presented: age harassment; paternity harassment; moral harassment; power harassment; in between others. It could be said that it is an ABC with example cases on harassment in the work. Ending the series with the phrase that “all types of harassment is a form of bullying”. Woman A is presented throughout the series as the ideal and key to the woman empowerment within the company.

When one of the employees who are victims of age harassment decides to resign for not take it any longer, the company’s CEO assumes that the young woman left to get married, even though she doesn’t have a boyfriend or fiancé.

One of the paternity and maternity harassments, in one of the episodes one of the employees will be a parent for 3 times and ask permission to work remotely (which might be allowed these days due to the pandemic).

It is explained that in a Japanese company, they are not expected to return to the company if the paternity leave lasts for one year, and maternity leave lasts for 3 months. this wide difference between licenses clearly demonstrates a gender inequality. Being one of the most unfortunate comments in episode 7, “Japanese women were born to be unhappy”.

Personally, gives me a first time perspective of a world that still struggles between new laws and traditional work practices. And I , as always , Love the good work and performance of Emi Takei (武井咲) — The main actress from this TV show and Rurouni Kenshin, as Kaoru.

Emi Takei (武井 咲, Takei Emi ) was born December 25, 1993, in Nagoya.

She broke into the modeling industry with her debut in the November 2006 issue of Seventeen and quickly became a magazine exclusive in February 2007. In November 2010, at only 19 years old, she became the youngest recipient of the “Best Dresser Award” from The Men’s Fashion Unity. She won the “Best Smile of the Year” award in November and, in December, became the first Japanese person to be contracted by Italian luxury goods brand Gucci.

Music from the drama:

One of the music’s from the original soundtrack – Natsu no Tsumi by Natsumi Hanaoka

The 1st love is hard to forget even if we deny it  for years

Minami-kun no Koibito (南くんの恋人) is a japanese drama from 2015 directed by Kazuya Konaka. The drama is based on Minami-kun no Koibito – Manga by Shungiku Uchida.  

Minami kun no Koibito: My Little Lover

Chiyomi Horikiri is a school girl in love with her neighbour and childhood friend Shunichi Minami.

She is a secret writer and has a passion for dancing, however, her parents are not supportive of that idea; they prefer their daughter to follow society standards. I find this to be a little hypocritical since we understand by argument in the first episode,They might have married in a rush because of pregnancy outside of marriage to avoid scandal. I understand their need to secure their daughter’s future and stable life, but forcing her to give up on her dreams even if it means just for a small trip to Tokyo. 

The trip to Tokyo has another meaning in modern society. It represents the Japanese girls’ wishes to become stars without even reading contracts. In the end, their dreams are more important than economic and legal matters. Some dark companies make sure the girls pay for their time and services while maintaining full control and rights over every song and album the record labels sell with the girls’ performance. Some girls never see the money, others to avoid going bankrupt endup being scouted for the adult industry.

Japan’s Toxic Idol Industry

It’s not a surprise the most modern example is the AKB48 “let’s make a baby together” App campaign. Note that most fans are double or triple the Girl idol ages making it a very Creepy industry that promotes a weird feeling. 

The worst thing as a star on the rise is how talented are you, and how much can you progress when you have 48 girls fighting for the same goals as you. Imagine 48 girls divided by groups of 16, and those 16 girls from time to time showing all up on the same videoclip. How can the music industry really notice you? Specifically,  how will they see you if you are just a shadow in the background?

Going back to the drama story…

The panic starts when Chiyomi transforms herself by accident on a very stormy night.  For the people that know Japanese history, all big events can be correlated with a heavy storm. She transforms into Thumbelina , a little girl of 15 centimetres. This is a representation of a helpless little Chiyomi that feels worthless and small against the world. 

Minami, learning about her disappearance, comes to find her. Only to find her in a cave where they played as children to his disbelief he finds her extra small.  They now have a chance to restore what was lost. I like this part because real love and friendship will always be there when you really need to. 

Roles and Actors/actresses:

Maika Yamamoto – 山本 舞香 ( Chiyomi)

Japanese actress, model and singer. Born on October 13, 1997, she also goes by the nicknames Maika and Mai Mai. She made her acting debut in the 2011 television drama “Soredemo, Ikite Yuku.” She has since appeared in many popular films and television dramas, including “Kamen Teacher” (2013), “Yoru No Sensei” (2014) and “My Little Lover – Minami Kun No Koibito” (2015).

Taishi Nakagawa – 中川大志 (Minami)

 Japanese actor, host and model. Born on June 14, 1998, he began his career as a child actor but was often cast in older roles because of an early growth spurt. He made his acting debut in the 2009 television documentary drama “When I Was a Child.” He has since appeared in many popular films and television dramas, including “I’m Mita, Your Housekeeper” (2011), “Hana No Kanmuri” (2012), “Prison School” (2015) and “My Little Lover – Minami Kun No Koibito” (2015).

The perfect boyfriend? Could it be real or is it just fiction?

Is it a robot? Is it a man? No, it’s the Absolute boyfriend (2008) !  I am joking, it is a robot!

I found a representation of society today. The real world and the dream world a love robot and sex robot the similarities to human body but in the Drama there is no sex scenes … You pervert! (joking :P)

However, the similarities between the drama and the real world in Japan exist. Did you know some people got married to Holograms, video game characters, and so on? No I am not joking , it’s real news over there, try to google “ the strangest marriages”.

And it’s not the only strange thing on this drama, of course, japanese come up with curious english names that don’t take part in their past history or mythology . Kronos Heaven , the company in our Jdrama story that’s testing the new love robot model. To test it , they go to the streets to find one that finds the robot a good use. In my perspective this also means , they are looking for the most desperate to be in love and have a relationship, like Riiko, the typical Salarywoman who does pastry like no other. When she receives Night Tenjo, the love robot , she finds herself trying to live as normal life as possible, while falling in love with her Manager , Soshi. 

After many challenges and hardships, the Robot, Night, suffers many damages, while trying to help Riiko, in the name of their love. As the ultimate shutdown approaches, Night, who now understands the real meaning of love, figures out that Riiko’s Manager, Soshi, also loves her. So Night decides to leave a message to request for him to look after Riiko after he is gone. 

Robot, or not, Night and Soshi shows the very essence of thru love. Sometimes even if we love with all our strength,  we need to let it go because the person we love the most happiness is the most important thing to guarantee. I wish there was more like that around the world! Just a little more of good vibes and right people. 


In Japanese, both “ai (愛)” and “koi (恋)” can be roughly translated as “love” in English.

Roles and Actors/actresses: 

Mokomichi Hayami

Mokomichi Hayami aka the Love robot , Night 

Mokomichi Hayami is a Japanese actor. He was born in Tokyo, Japan, on August 10, 1984, and made his acting debut in 2002. Since then, he has appeared in an extensive number of films and television dramas, including “Absolute Boyfriend” (2008) and “5→9 From Five to Nine” (2021).

Aibu Saki aka Riiko 

Aibu Saki

Aibu Saki is a Japanese actress who was born on June 20, 1985, in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. She made her debut in the drama series “Water Boys” in 2003 and in 2004 made her movie bow in the film “The Taste of Tea.” She has since featured in the 2005 films “Beat Kids” and “Short Cakes,” as well as the dramas “Miss Pilot” (2013) and “Karikare” (2015).

Mizushima Hiro

Mizushima Hiro aka Soshi

Mizushima Hiro is a Japanese actor who was born on April 13, 1984, in Tokyo, Japan. He made his acting debut in the second series of “Gokusen” in 2005 and followed up later the same year with a role in the drama “Brother Beat.” He went on to star in the hit 2007 drama title “Hana-Kimi” (2007).

Check you the review on that one :

HANA KIMI (2007)

Flowers and Boys – Hana Kimi – LGTB friendly

Let’s start with the basics!

It starts with the typical worship idol-groupies around high-schools!

The High schools in this drama are the all girls schools or all boys schools with minimal socialization between themselves. And of course, the female-only schools are represented by the Queen-bees of the area.

The drama starts with a transfer student from America. And the lack of knowledge of the outside world creates the stereotype , Americans are blonde , have blue eyes and big muscles. Or a jack bauer, a fictional character secret spy from a US fictional series.

Hard time reading kanji? Don’t feel bad! All boys schools can`t read names in Kanji, as well. If you aware of the Japanese Proficiency level test, I challenge you to go on Youtube and search : JLPT N1 Japanese try to answer. On the drama, they clearly dont really study so its not surprising they can’t read the names in Kanji. Learning Hiragana is easy, But learning Kanji is a life commitment.

First impressions, the transfer student, Ashiya Mizuki, arrives and suffers the typical praxis bullying. Ashiya made the first mistake by putting the shoes in the wrong place. In her thoughts,she reveals the former athlete and now classmate, Sano Izumi, is the reason she disguised herself to enter an all boys school.

Speaking of school, the excessive need to make someone participate in a school-club like Theater, or Karate, just to win a prize at the end of the year , like free desserts.

On a curious level , a LGTB is already shows up , in spite the drama, being from 2007 and an adaptation from the Manga series in 1996 with the same name. In the end, it isn’t weird that the translation of the Hana Kimi is ¨For You in Full Blossom¨. This meaning has more than one meaning starting with the timeline of the drama and the typical new school year in Japan`s that starts in Spring. It also represents the growth the boys go through. Even the principal at a certain point says “I ask myself what type of flowers will bloom in our school this year”. It would be weird if the story only mentioned the typical masculine as flowers, but considering all the details inside the drama, this is a must watch LGTB friendly and funny Drama!

The main Actress playing the girl Ashiya Mizuki, that disguises as a boy :

Maki Horikita

She’s an incredible Japanese actress who first came onto the scene in 2003. Since then, she’s starred in numerous Japanese television dramas, television and magazine advertisements, and movies. Some of Horikita’s most popular roles include the introverted high school student Nobuko Kotani in Nobuta wo Produce, the righteous law student Tsurara Yoshikawa in Kurosagi, and the cross-dressing sports fan Mizuki Ashiya in Hana Kimi.

On 22 August 2015, Horikita’s management agency announced that she had tied the knot with actor Koji Yamamoto, also incredible actor, earlier that day. The couple got close in May 2015 when they played the role of lovers in the theatrical production Arashi ga Oka (Wuthering Heights) and had commenced dating in June.

On March 2, 2017, she officially announced her retirement from the entertainment industry to look after her family as a mother of 2 at home.

The Main actor playing the Athletic Sano :

Shun Oguri is an accomplished Japanese actor, voice actor and film director. The son of stage director Tetsuya Oguri and youngest of 3 siblings, Shun started his career as an extra in his father and brother’s works. His official acting debut came at the age of 13 in the 1995 TV drama, Hachidai Shogun Yoshimune.

With a filmography of over 100 credits, Oguri has made an indelible mark in Japanese cinema. He directed his first film in 2010, Surely Someday, in which he also had a cameo role. In 2020, Oguri will make his Hollywood debut in Godzilla vs. Kong. As a voice actor, he is well-known for his role as Alfons Heiderich in Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa (2005), among other series.

Official Opening song: Orange Range – Ikenai Taiyou

Opening Song : Orange Range – Ikenai Taiyou

Kakafukaka – what the hell does that mean?

There is no official translation for the title , in English or in any other language. 


But this Japanese drama is a mystery in its own right. 

Have you ever met the ex boyfriend or ex-girlfriend that you lost your big V with? If you did , did it go like the drama? If you don’t meet the person again, you have to watch this drama and you will have a chance to anticipate a type of awkwardness!

As a personal note, it did had the sexual vibe like the drama but more in a possessive and obsessive way. And I ran away from there as fast as I could!

Anyway, the drama Kakafukaka starts with a discovery of cheating by the current boyfriend, as he was leaving the house with the mistress happily. After that we discover that Aki Terada , the main protagonist, is in a very sensitive financial situation, which is not different from the life of anyone that works part time, or is at the level of a salaryman. She can not find a new house because she doesn’t make enough money and she doesn’t want to live in the current house because of the bad memories. I would feel the same way. 

Later, into the story the expression “the world is small” becomes a fact in this drama. Her friend is moving out from a shared house and one of the permanent residents ends up being Tomoya Hongyo. Tomoya is her first boyfriend and the one she lost her virginity to. 

The strangest thing in this drama is the acknowledgement that Tomoya suffer from a selective sexual dysfuntional that seams to dissappear only when Aki is close. I would say that he is so in love, when losing his virginity with Aki, he never really got over it. 

Sleeping on the same bed and being really close to each other seems to work the best without really being a couple again. 

So we have modern topics presented in this drama: 

  • Girls that look to get married, or live with someone, are expected to work as full time housewives. But some look for a part time job to help with expenses, depending on the personality and situation. Such things are always changing, including now housewives and mothers looking for a hobby and if that hobby makes them happy and gives them some financial independence, which can cause some conflict with former teachings and education. There have been some reported conflicts between husband and wife. 
  • I feel happy about more and more issues such as high housing rents being represented in Japanese dramas. It’s not easy to live in cities anymore, tourists tend to invade them with conquering economic weapons. That’s why sometimes only by going rural and embracing the culture and language into ourselves, we get to experience the Real culture, not the one that’s “for sale, only for tourists”. 
  • And this type of sexual issues have become more recurrent on the most recents dramas, like “my husband wont fit”, it means what it means no joke. 

Main Actress Playing  Aki Terada : 

Aoi Morikawa (森川葵)
Aoi Morikawa (森川葵)

Aoi Morikawa (森川葵) was born in June 1995, at Aichi prefecture.Her big debut happen after winning  the Seventeen’s Miss Seventeen, where were participating another 5575 applicants. 

You may recognise her as the main actress in the Jdrama Kakegurui(2018) or as a secondary role at xxxHolic(2013), which are both also based on a Manga. 

Masaki Nakao (中尾暢樹)

Main actor Playing Tomoya Hongyo:

Masaki Nakao (中尾暢樹) was born in November 1996, at Saitama prefecture. 

 If you like the series Kamen Rider – the season “ghost” (2015) he was the actor invited to episode 24 as Yamato Kazakiri. 

Official opening song : 

Are you an Age Gap difference fan? This is the Jdrama for you!

To be honest, I am not a lover for age gap love stories, but I did enjoy this one.
I understand for some people the age gap difference might be creepy or somehow a gold digger’s story, but Japanese women don’t really think of love and marriage that way. Some after reaching a certain age or losing hope in finding love for themselves. They end up searching for help with a professional matchmaker, or even peer pressure from their Parents.

The Drama ¨An incurable case of love¨ describes both situations: an age gap love and age gap love fighting over a matchmaking set up by parents.

In this case, the story starts with a young lady, Sakura Nanase , on a school trip to Tokyo. She visits the temple where the god of marriage hears your requests. Her goal is to avoid bad luck in men, like her family women before her.

If you are interested in it, it’s the Imado Temple, Tokyo. ( 1-5-22 Imado, Taito-ku, Tokyo ).

As she walks out the temple, she sees an elder lady fall to the floor. While screaming for help, the “shining knight” comes along and his name is Kiari Tendo, a doctor at a local hospital. All the sudden Sakura believes Kiari is “the one” for his willingness to help and for his gentle smile.

Fast Forward, that event alone makes her life decision easier to make. If Kiari is a doctor, she would become a nurse to work with him and maybe have her fortune in love with him.

When she achieves to become a top student at the nursing school, She goes to work at the same hospital as Dr.Tendo. However, He has changed and lost his smile, and treats her a little cold, in spite of always watching her movements and checking her work which brings a more friendly and social vibe between doctors and patients. By talking to the patients, she discovers a lot of issues in the patient’s personal choices that resulted in their illness. I believe this to be a representation of what the Japanese hospitals need more, and that is a more personal approach , because sometimes it’s just tea from an uncontrolled source that triggers a sickness we never had.

Did you know ?

In Japan, the grading system from A to F, it’s a practice in health checks and when you reach a certain age, it will be possible to get an automatic D score. The reason for that is when you age after 35 years old , you have more probabilities to get diseases like diabetes and heart issues.
Then again Doctors can also behave like divas when they dont get breakfast, as you will see in Episode 2. It’s funny how annoying they get!

One of the messages the drama carries is to enjoy your minutes of good health to be with loved ones and say what you need to say before it’s too late, Because at any time people can get sick or experience an accident that can lead to complications. And your regrets may delay taking risks that can trigger a late response to the health issue. and that delay will cause emotional distress to the doctors when they are unable to save you.

Official Soundtrack :

I love – Official Hige Dandism – official soundtrack : An incurable case of love

Celebrities in the Jdrama :

Satoh Takeru plays the Kiari Tendo persona. Satoh is one of the most known and cherished actors in Japanese society by his roles in Kamen Rider and Rurounin Kenshin.
Takeru Satoh (佐藤 健, Satō Takeru) was born 21 March 1989, in Saitama. He is best known for his leading role as Ryotaro Nogami in the Kamen Rider Den-O franchise, and as Himura Kenshin ( Yes! the samurai one…) in the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film and its sequels. I can tell I personally like the Rurouni Kenshin, and I can tell it’s just like the Anime version. It is reported that during the film he didn’t use any doubles to perform the stunts.

Mone Kamishiraishi plays the gentle Sakura Nanase persona.

Mone Kamishiraishi (上白石 萌音, Kamishiraishi Mone) was born 27 January 1998, Kagoshima, south of Japan. She is an award-winning Japanese singer and actress. She was born on January 27, 1998, in Kagoshima, Japan, and made her acting debut on stage, television, and in film in 2011. She can speak English and a little bit of Spanish.

Official Website :

Coffee & vanilla review – no this is not a Starbucks coffee drama!

Like many dramas, Risa, a naive Japanese girl turns out to be a typical countryside girl without a notion how the city works and relies on her friend to guide her in her questions. However, her friend is in my perception unreasonable and somehow pretends to have the knowledge of how the world works, even if she falls for the tricks, she tried to warn the protagonist.

The friend, Natsuki, ends up falling in love at first sight for Risa’s new boyfriend, Fukami, how ironic!

The Jdrama story is an adaptation of the manga series with the same name ¨coffee & vanilla¨ (japanese: コーヒー&バニラ / kōhī ando banira) by Takara Akegami. Coffee & vanilla manga started to be published on the monthly manga magazine cheese! Since June 2015. Cheese! (チーズ! Chīzu) is a monthly Japanese shōjo manga magazine under the publication of Shogakukan.

The television drama adaptation ran from July 5, 2019, to September 6, 2019. And currently available on Viki and Netflix. It’s a total of 10 episodes.

How do i describe this drama and the social issues?

Well, the soft dark side of society which is represented by the greedy and corrupted-soul man and boys. These people try a few nasty moves with risa, which kind of triggers me in my wishes to hit someone in the nose! (Internal thoughts: violence is not the answer, and repeat)

Forcing kisses, trapping into a corner, and fighting over Risa like she isn’t the one that decides her fate. In my perspective, Risa is a representation of the pure and innocent in a society with emotional damage and creeps. When i speak of emotional damage, i speak about Fukami, the one who grew too fast because he lost his parents, which means whenever there is an issue with Risa, he instantly hugs with the fear she will also leave him alone. He is a bit possessive and has a puppy love that has a good level for both, not something toxic.

Coffee and Vanilla – Main synopsis:

Shiroki Risa (Fukuhara Haruka) is a beautiful young woman who grew up in the countryside and decided to move to Tokyo to continue her education life as a university first year. Although, moving to the countryside to the city, her life, and the attention around her shifts. In Tokyo, at university, male students fawn over her, but she is unimpressed by all of them. And when they stop following and go away, she is suffering a panic or anxiety attack because she is not used to it.

But her life changes fast when she meets Fukami Hiroto (Dori Sakurada), a dashing, heroic stranger who works in the world of business. Although he treats her kindly and is gentle, he appears to have a dark secret that he carefully hides.

Regardless, Shiroki Risa finds herself irresistibly drawn to the new man in her life, and soon discovers that the feeling is mutual, which means her first relationship ever. Many challenges come with it.

Can true love bloom from a passionate romance? And will Fukami Hiroto become the coffee to Shiroki Risa’s vanilla?

Main actor that plays the role of Fukami

Dori Sakurada (桜田 通), born December 7, 1991. He is a Japanese actor and singer. You may know him from the series Alice in borderland season 1 and 2 as the character Nigari.

Personal thoughts about him: he is good, his facial expressions are good for love stories due to the gentle charisma he shows. But sometimes, i wonder what he would look like if he did more ¨action movies, like samurai or Godzilla stories.

Main actress that plays the role of Risa

Haruka Fukuhara (福原 遥) born august 28, 1998. She is a Japanese actress, voice actress, singer, and model from Saitama prefecture. For the ones that follow the many Jdramas and anime, you will probably recognize her voice or her looks.

In 2016, Haruka transitioned from child to a young adult in her first major drama, good morning call, where she becomes the naive Nao Yoshikawa.

Personal thoughts about her: she is amazing! For the list and filmography, she already did, i can tell she tries her hardest. I have no doubt that if she could have an opportunity to do an international movie or something like that, she would do even great and improve a lot more.

For now, I will leave you with the opening song:

 Good On The Reel – you & i

I love the strings work. And the tune is just felt right with the melody.

 Do you know Good On The Reel?

The Band was formed in 2006, when the members were going on the same school. The band name means “something feels good”. The members are Voice – Takahiro Chino; Guitar – Ryota Imaruoka and Kohei Okazahi; Bass – Tomohiro Usami; and Drums Makoto Takahashi.

Official website:

Those were my thoughts about the drama coffee & vanilla, let me know if you agree or disagree. And don’t forget future posts every month on the days: 5th, 15th and 25th.

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