Tatta Hitotsu no Koi

たったひとつの恋 / Just One Love / Love of my Life


  • Kamenashi Kazuya as Kanzaki Hiroto
  • Ayase Haruka as Tsukioka Nao
  • Tanaka Koki as Kusano Ko
  • Hiraoka Yuta as Ozawa Ayuta
  • Toda Erika as Motomiya Yuko

Year: 2006

Episodes: 10 (45 mins)

Ratings: 11.61

Ending: “Bokura no Machi” by KAT-TUN

“Cool Whispers” by Ike Yoshihiro


A story of pure love between the son of a man who runs a ship repair factory beset with financial troubles and the well-bred daughter of a national jewelry chain store owner. The backdrop of the story is Yokohama.

Hiroto Kanzaki works hard every day and night for the survival of a small ship repair factory (inherited from his father) as well as the survival of his mother and younger brother, who are suffering from health problems. Living such an underprivileged life, Hiroto has forgotten how to smile. In contrast to him, Nao is the daughter of a popular jewelry shop owner in a fashionable street in Yokohama. She attends a prestigious exclusive women’s college and grew up cheerful and blessed with affluent love. From the moment Hiroto meets her, his closed mind slowly opens up to Nao, who is so innocent that she utters whatever she thinks. Their three close friends, who are also 20 year old’s, play an important role in their developing relationship.

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Orthros no Inu

オルトロスの犬 / Dogs of Orthros


  • Takizawa Hideaki as Ryuzaki Shinji
  • Nishikido Ryo as Aoi Ryosuke
  • Mizukawa Asami as Hasebe Nagisa

Year: 2009

Episodes: 9 (45 minutes)

Ratings: 8.3

Opening: Hikari Hitotsu by Takizawa Hideaki


Ryuzaki Shinji who possesses a “God Hand”, the power to heal wounds and illnesses just by touching the patient, is in fact a dark introvert who does not reveal his true self to others. Aoi Ryosuke who possesses the “Demon’s Hand”, the power to kill a person just by touching him, is as kind and pure as an angel. When the demon meets the God, a fatal battle begins…

Detective Hasebe Nagisa gets caught by the criminals during a deep cover operation. Ryosuke, a man she does not even know comes to save her and she witnesses his “Demon’s Hand” in action. Thereafter she discovers by coincidence the existence of Shinji’s “God Hand” and brings the two together. Little did she know that this would cause great disorder to the world and even to her own life… –

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You’re My Pet

きみはペット / Kimi wa Pet / Tramps Like Us


  • Koyuki as Iwaya Sumire
  • Matsumoto Jun as “Momo” Goda Takeshi
  • Tanabe Seiichi as Hasumi Shigehito
  • Suzuki Sarina as Shirotae Yuri

Year: 2003

Episodes: 10 (45 minutes)

Ratings: 11.9

Theme Song: “Darling” by V6


Smart, successful and good-looking Iwaya Sumire works for a big newspaper. However, her boss asks her to leave for being too “perfect” a woman. Feeling angry and dejected Iwaya returns home depressed, and most of all lonely. However, when she finds an unconscious young man lying in a box out the front of her home and takes him in. He looks like a dog she used to own called Momo. She dubs him Momo and decides to “keep him as a pet.” It’s the start of an unexpected life together as they overcome obstacles and become quite attached to one another. But can love like this exist?

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Hotaru no Hikari II

ホタルノヒカリ 2 / Glow of Fireflies 2


  • Ayase Haruka as Amemiya Hotaru
  • Fujiki Naohito as Takano Seiichi
  • Mukai Osamu as Seno Kazuma

Year: 2010

Episodes: 11

Ratings: 13.6 (Kanto)

Theme Song: “Kimi ga iru” by Ikimono-gakari


Amemiya Hotaru came back from Hong Kong three years later. She first went there because of a big project she was appointed. Now that she’s back, she openly goes back to Takano Seiichi‘s house and live with him, only to find out that there’s a mysterious woman always at the sides of her Buchou. They are now at their first state, as boss and employee. Yamada and Futatsugi Shoji, their sempais, watch and whisper to each other about their relationship. Depressed Hotaru then goes drinking with Seno, a coworker who works only during fixed hours and who seems playboy. They end up drunk and pass a night together … ?!

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So at first, I was really looking forward it because after I’ve seen the first one, this one sounded really cool! And especially when the GIRL (for once) was the one leaving, and not just for a few days, not for a few months, but THREE YEARS. That was quite a shock! But then again, it’s Ahomiya x]. So the story sounded pretty normal, but then again, Japanese dramas don’t like to give away so much stuff, so all summaries are super thin and brief. Well, okay, the whole drama isn’t that long after all … OKAY I’M OFF TOPIC.

So actor wise, I was quite satisfied. I think everyone did a great job on acting! Hotaru was really well portrayed by the talented Ayase Haruka. However, at some points, I really felt like punching her … because she was being waaaaay too random and not smart. I wouldn’t go for “stupid”, but it was quite annoying. You’ll see if you watch this. Takano … as usual! It was awesome acting. And … ! Supporting male character … SHO~! He’s sooooooo cute! At a lot of moments, I really wished she would end up with him! Seriously, they’re like soulmates. No kidding. And he’s so nice to her and even though you can’t really tell by his words (because I must say, sometimes, his words are quite harsh), he’s so caring! And he’s hilarious, and always makes her laugh. Hotaru, that is. Okay, now the supporting female character. I don’t really know how I should see her as. I didn’t read the manga, so I don’t exactly know what kind of person she’s supposed to be portrayed as, but I think she did a fantastic job too! You can really feel that she’s there to make the main characters’ relationship grow stronger. She’s so kind and thoughtful! Even if she likes the main character, she knows the place beside him is Hotaru’s. And unlike Korean dramas, you definitely don’t HATE HER or want to stab her. No, really. I get that feeling quite often during K-dramas xD. But yeah! I love her character.

The main characters are so cute together! I remember when Takano used to be sooo darn cold. Okay, not SO cold, but like … super perfectionist and all. Now, he’s like being childish with Hotaru. They just seem so light hearted together, compared to their busy work. Oh and I love their jobs! Oh one minus thing is that, towards the middle-end’ish, a LOT of random issues appeared … and it was kind of annoying to see them arguing and actually be mad at each other.

The story was so so. I mean, it didn’t really matter much, because it was more about relationships with each other. Okay, maybe that WAS the plot, but I mean, if you’re expecting to see a Jackie Chan Rush Hour 3 type of stuff, this is NOT the thing for you, obviously! But Hotaru is so funny that it sort of makes up for the lack of action. I love her cuteness and randomness! And rolling on the floor … aww! But really, the randomnest (Spell check just told me this was not an actual word … but I can’t be bothered. Sorry all of you who are grammar freaks.) stuff ever happens to her. AND ONLY TO HER. For some reason. All planned? Of course, this is a drama …

Music wise, I didn’t really listen for it o_o I’m sorry I can’t critic on this part! But I like the ending song! Because every time I hear it at the end of the episode, it’s like a link to the next episode and it’s super happy x] I like happy songs! There should be more happy songs than all those sad and quiet songs. Oh and she always does something stupid at the end xD It’s super funny! I liked this show, although at some point, I drifted out of the series … I forgot why though, my bad.

Well anyways, summing this up, you should watch it! But you should start by watching the first one, if you accidentally fell on this page, because THEN, it’ll make much more sense to you than if you start in the middle of the story. Because I consider this the same story as the first one.


Kimi ga iru

Gokusen III

ごくせん  3


  • Nakama Yukie as Yamaguchi Kumiko (Yankumi / Ojou / Kumicho) (Math Teacher/Class 3D adviser)
  • Takaki Yuya as Ogata Yamato
  • Miura Haruma as Kazama Ren
  • Waki Tomohiro as “Kuma” / Kumai Teruo (Former student of Yankumi)

Year: 2008

Episodes: 11 (45 minutes)

Ratings: 22.5 (Kanto)

Theme Song: “Niji” by Aqua Timez

Insert Song: “Oretachi no Seishun” by Takaki Yuya


Sawatari Goro is now the Vice President of Akado High School. However, the head director insists that he takes care of the 3D class. He goes to the southern area in order to find Yankumi, because the students are too much for him to handle. She comes back, and finds herself surrounded, again, by a class full of rebellious kids. How is she going to deal with them this time?

**Sequel of: Gokusen and Gokusen II

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Itazura na Kiss

イタズラなKiss / Teasing Kiss / Naughty Kiss


  • Sato Aiko as Aihara Kotoko
  • Kashiwabara Takashi as Irie Naoki
  • Ozawa Maju as Matsumoto Reiko
  • Naitou Takashi as Aihara Shigeo
  • Asada Miyoko as Irie Machiko
  • Tokui Yuu as Irie Masaki

Year: 1996

Episodes: 9 (45 minutes)

Theme Song: “Steady” by SPEED


Because of a fire at her house, Aihara Kotoko and her dad had to move to a friend’s house. It just happened to be the same guy she kissed on the first day of school, Irie Naoki. It’s only normal that Naoki and his younger brother hate her, not only because of that kiss, but also because of her naturally loud voice and her nagging. His mother, however, loves her very much. Kotoko, on the other side, kept idolizing him for his brain and talents in sport. She eventually found herself in love with him. Gradually, that love came to break the icy cold heart of Naoki.

Based on the manga “Itazura na Kiss” by Tada Kaoru and adapted to a Taiwanese Drama, It Started With A Kiss and Korean Drama, Mischievous Kiss.

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Hotaru no Hikari

ホタルノヒカリ / Glow of Fireflies


  • Ayase Haruka as Amemiya Hotaru
  • Fujiki Naohito as Takano Seiichi
  • Kuninaka Ryoko as Saegusa Yuuka
  • Kato Kazuki as Teshima Makoto

Year: 2007

Episodes: 10 (45 minutes)

Ratings: 13.6 (Kanto)

Theme Song: “Yokogao” by aiko


After a fight with his wife, Takano Seiichi moves back to his parents’ old house only to discover that another person is already living in the house, Amemiya Hotaru, a junior at his company. As opposed to her very professional side shown at work, Amemiya‘s real personality is revealed at home, per example drinking beer on the porch after a hard day of work. She also goes around the house wearing teared up jerseys and dirty t-shirts. When a designer who just came back from London joins her team, Teshima Makoto, she suddenly falls in love with him after being kissed by him one day, out of the blue. However, because she hasn’t been in love for so long, she doesn’t know how to express her feelings. Her manager, Takano, decides to help her be more confident about her love while trying to save his marriage.

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