Kounodori – コウノドリ

800px-Kounodori-mainKounodori is a 10 episodes-long 2015 japanese drama, that aired on TBS and stars Ayano Gou as its lead. It’s based on a manga by Suzunoki Yu, and a second season is scheduled to air this year. Its title is a play on its lead character’s name, Kounotori, and also apparently means « Stork », in reference to the tale that babies are delivered by storks (cf Dumbo for ex). It follows a team of ob-gyn doctors and midwives working in the same hospital, and trying their hardest to deliver babies safely, while also protecting the mothers.

When Kounodori aired, although I like Ayano Gou a lot (and Oguri Shun too, but I didn’t know he was in it… and I also like Hoshino Gen now, but didn’t know who he was back then) I wasn’t feeling the poster (I’m shallow this way) and to be honest, the theme and synopsis didn’t really catch my interest either. Rather, I was worried, because I was afraid it would be very preachy, and tell us that family is magical, mothers always love their kid, and there’s this right way to deliver a baby, blah blah blah. But an online friend of mine (hello Ara, if you’re reading this) insisted I watch it, and since I trust her judgement very much, I did watch it, and, yep, really enjoyed it. And really enjoyed Ayagou’s Kounotori-sensei, too. He’s actually my favorite part of the show in a way, although not entirely because of him as a character. Continue reading “Kounodori – コウノドリ”

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Nazo no tenkousei 謎の転校生

Nazo no tenkousei Nazo no tenkousei 謎の転校生 (international title: The Dimension Travellers, litteral title: Mysterious Transfer Student) is a 1998 movie, directed by Konaka Kazuya and written by Murai Sadauki, adapting a novel by Mayumura Taku. It’s also Tsumabuki Satoshis first movie, which is exactly why I watched it. I actually wanted to watch his first drama (Subarashii Hibi) but couldn’t find it, so his first movie (and first thing ever, apparently) would have to do. In it, he (poorly) plays Iwata Koichi, a high-school student who is friends with (and has an obvious-to-everyone-but-her crush on) his classmate, Kagawa Midori (Niyama Chiharu).

Midori is the real focus of the story here. She’s a dissatisfied young girl that grows more and more tired of the futility, hypocrisy and vacuity of her high-school life, and relationships. Then, a mysterious girl, Mayumi (Sato Yasue) gets transferred in her class and also moves in her building, a few floors below. Mayumi is a weird girl, and things only get weirder when she tells Midori she’s actually from another world, and traveled to this one with her mother, after her own faced destruction. Continue reading “Nazo no tenkousei 謎の転校生”