Tokyo Tarareba Musume – 東京タラレバ娘

Tokyo Tarareba Musume is a 10 episodes japanese drama, that aired on NTV, in 2017. It stars Yoshitaka Yuriko, Eikura Nana (watch N no Tame Ni), Oshima Yuko, Sakaguchi Kentaro, Suzuki Ryohei, Hiraoka Yuta, and others. It tells the story of three 30 year-old single women that spend a lot of time drinking and wondering “what if”. “What if I’d gone out with that guy ?” “What if we hadn’t broken up ?” “What if this one is the one ?”. It’s mostly about guys. Because 30 and not married, in Japan = not good, for a woman, apparently. One night, a young man gets angry at them for being “Tarareba onna”, or “What if women”, and it seems so really shake them.

After watching Kounodori, I was in the mood for more Puppy, aka Sakaguchi Kentaro.

Let’s call him Sakappy, shall we ? Yes, let’s.

So: I was in the mood for more Sakappy, and Tokyo Tarareba Musume happens to include a BLEACH HAIRED Sakappy !! *enthusiasm levels going up* Also, I’m slowly trying to watch the 2017 dramas I missed in the first half of the year, and I recalled Ara talking about this one. She’d seemed to enjoy it, so since she’s my Sakappy guru *bows* now, I decided to just go for it. Especially since I really like the rest of this cast, have a weakness for female friendships in fiction (and in real life too… friendship is magic people, and you know it’s true, because My Little Pony said so) and I thought Odagiri Joe was in this. Spoiler: he isn’t. But I still liked the drama. Mostly. I won’t lie: I did feel it got a little draggy at times, and I wasn’t 100% happy about the ending either. That said, there is something I 100% approve of in this ending: 1/ there’s a nice monologue about how there are as many ways to find happiness as there are different people in the world 2/ it leaves us on a shot of the REAL OTP of the show, the three friends (so One True Trio, really), Rinko, Kaori and Koyuki, who not only are the real strength and main interest of the show, but are only that when together. I don’t think they would work separately, neither as people or likeable characters. Continue reading “Tokyo Tarareba Musume – 東京タラレバ娘”