Ryusei no Kizuna

Ryusei no Kizuna (2008)

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"When we grow up... We'll kill him together". Koichi, Taisuke, and Shizuna are three siblings whose parents had been brutally murdered when they were just in elementary school, and they vowed to avenge their death. Fourteen years later, their vengeful plan unravels countless new facts. A shocking revelation leads to an overwhelmingly emotional ending. What will become of the siblings who have lived their lives solely in reliance of their bond alone? --TBS

  • Native title:

    流星の絆
  • Also Known as:

    Ties of Shooting Stars

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awkward-duck
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Feb 8, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
LOVE this drama. The main reason I watched this was because of Toda Erika and Ninomiya Kazunari. I wasn't a big fan of Nino before but I started watching Arashi variety shows and found him to be very good-looking lol. After watching Ryuusei no Kizuna, I have become a Nino fangirl xD

Story: Great story. Probably the best thing about the show. The storyline seemed really interesting and it sure was. I read more was relieved that it wasn't very dramatic and was actually very funny because I'm honestly sick of watching melodramas.

Acting/Cast: I think this was the second best thing about the drama. Nino is seriously an amazing actor. Now I know why people say he's the best actor in Arashi. Erika was good here, better than any of her other roles I've seen her in. I haven't watched Nishikido in anything but I think I'll add some of his dramas on to my plan to watch list :)

Rewatch Value: I gave it a 10/10 since I'm already rewatching it even though I just finished it 2 days ago.

This is an amazing drama and I would recommend you to watch it. I loved every moment, from start to beginning and I assure you that you won't be disappointed.
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addicted2dramas
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Dec 30, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I don't know how I came across this drama, but the synopsis and poster made me check it out. I think this drama has a lot of elements in it which makes it a great watch. There's murder mystery, revenge, sadness, romance, deception and humour all in one drama. A likable cast, good writing and decent direction makes it one of the best Japanese dramas for me.

I expected a lot of read more darkness (look at the poster!) and some melodrama in it. The drama does have a dark tone to it but it has comedic relief which makes it less serious than it is. It was mostly focused on finding the killer and the emotions of the three siblings. Although their motive seems like they are capable of big actions but they are all soft and kind inside.

The characterization was really good. All three siblings are equally likable and you can always defend their actions. I ended up feeling sorry for them when they reminisced about the events that changed their lives, and laughed hard whenever they tricked other people. All I can say is these three are a lot smarter and stronger than they seem. My favourite character was Kouichi and I loved Ninomiya Kazunari's performance. He can act quite well. Being a fan of Erika Toda, I liked her here too. I am used to watching her as a nice girl in almost all her dramas but when she played bad here briefly, it was different. This was her best performance till now out of what I have seen. I also liked Nishikido Ryo. He made his character relatable and didn't fade into the shadows like an underdog.

And as for the mystery- I guessed correctly in the beginning itself. But later when they were doubting someone else, I went with the flow. The murder didn't seem random neither the culprit. It was added up well and made sense. Things were strung together pretty neatly. They didn't mess up the plot in anyway. Apart from that, I didn't care about the romance because it failed to touch me. I found those parts boring and repetitive after a while.

The ending wasn't what I expected. The morale of characters made a major role in here. I would have changed two major things if I could, but it's alright since this ending makes it different from other murder stories I have ever come across. A cliche would have ruined the whole thing by making it seem predictable, but I have would have liked it better. I don't know if I completely agree with the current one but it is sensible so it's hard to criticize it.

I think it's a great drama and not too depressing to watch. Everyone should give it a chance and not hesitate.
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Both feature main characters out for revenge and have some interesting swindling scenarios.
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The plot is really similar, brothers seeking revenge for the death of their parents.
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    lynndefer May 5, 2014

    I randomly picked up this drama out of curiousity. I don't mind Toda Erika and Nishikodo Ryo's acting (I'm sorry, I didn't know Kazunari was an Arashi member D:).
    I do not regret watching this drama one bit. I laughed and (almost) cried. It was worth every minute of my time.

    Hands down though, my favourite character has to be Takyama. I will forever be amazed by his profound wisdom, in that, I will always remember him when I use a post-it note. "Do you peel then write, or do you write then peel?" :D

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    Gu_Drama_Book Feb 12, 2014

    I'm re watching this!

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    prettytin Dec 1, 2013

    i didn't start watching this drama for the longest time coz of the description. it seems like it's very serious drama then i read the review above and some comments that it was funny.

    i was surprised that first episode had me laughing hard. this is nice to watch. not so serious even if it's about murder. and you can see sibling love :)

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    Yozora_Hikari Oct 28, 2013

    I laugh and cried when watching it! :)

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    sylviamarlene Oct 16, 2013

    I love this drama!!!!

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    Gu_Drama_Book Sep 27, 2013

    I searched for this drama for 2 weeks! I wanted to watch it again so badly! So happy I found it :'D (I couldn't remember the name of this drama long story I think I watched it about 3 years ago) so I went through all 202 dramas to find this.

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    DNI Aug 16, 2013

    Forgettable, i watched this only for Erika Toda, and was a little bit bored at the ending, all this drama and trying to be more of a brighter tone didn't really worked. And the detective elements were poorly included.

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    nysha Jul 27, 2013

    miss this drama so much /cries softly

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    Aeowina Jun 8, 2013

    Just looking at the cast list brings all these feels. Can't wait to actually watch it.

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    addicted2dramas Dec 30, 2012
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    nielyngrace Nov 23, 2012

    i had to watch it again.. when i realized that Nakashima Mika is one of the casts. haha

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    haruki Nov 8, 2012

    I swear I thought this story would be dark and sad and gloomy but I was dead wrong! Totally a must watch!

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    amna_44 Oct 29, 2012
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      amna_44 Oct 30, 2012

      *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER*

      SORRY, forgot to put "Reveal spoiler"
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      Kouichi is definetly my fav. character. I have him as my profile pic. XD But I love Taisuke and Shizuna as well.

      Set aside...? Oh my God, to me, it felt like the writer completely threw away the idea of them getting married. XD Hahaha!! I think it would be cute if they got married.

      Oh, yeah, before finding out about who the actual killer was, who did you think it was?


      .......................................
      *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER* XD

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      ashertwinker456 Oct 30, 2012
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    Grapejuice Sep 30, 2012

    I have a feeling that this drama will have a twist in the end.

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      ashertwinker456 Oct 14, 2012
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Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    10
  • Aired:

    Oct 17, 2008 to Dec 19, 2008
  • Network:

    TBS
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    8.1 (scored by 1,815 users)
  • Ranked:

    #389
  • Popularity:

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