Samurai High School

Samurai High School (2009)

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Mochizuki Kotaro is a mild-mannered, unmanly high school student. One day, he visits a library and meets the mysterious librarian Himiko, who recommends to him an ancient book about a heroic general from the Sengoku period 400 years ago. Kotaro notices that he has the same name and age as the general described in the book, and he experiences a flashback... Kotaro later mentions the book to his father, who tells him read morethat he may be the descendent of a powerful samurai. At that moment, Kotaro receives a message from his childhood friend Ai telling him that their classmate Nakamura Tsuyoshi is in trouble. He rushes to the scene but doesn't have the guts to help, until another flashback transforms him into a samurai! --Tokyograph

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Sep 14, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
The drama is a surprise to me! Positively. I saw Miura Haruma is some roles and I'm sure he is versatile actor. He plays the split personality... I like the moments when Kotarou changes in the wild samurai and starts talking strange speech.

What is more, the action is great too. There are only mysterious rulers. They must be steel if they are never destroyed..
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Feb 3, 2011
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
This is classic example on 'Great actor - Not so great show'. Miura Haruma shines as Kotarou. He is able to play two sides of himself magnificently and shows true skill, but the rest doesn't follow up. Maybe had everyone had his acting skill, they would be able to lift this poor story that doesn't really contribute to anything. It's predictable and, well, really boring at times. The only thing that made read more me watch the whole thing was the transformations from school boy to samurai.

Ofc, it's not only bad. It has some funny moments and some (imo) good choreographed fight scenes (for being amateurs).

It's also a 'moral speech' drama, so you get a moral speech about the incidents from the episode in the end (kinda like Gokusen). And that's good, for those who like that stuff.

If you're looking for something to watch because you don't have anything else to watch, I say go for it. If you're looking for a hilarious drama or an exciting drama with plot twists or some deep meaning, I say go look elsewhere. Imo, it's just Miura Haruma that makes this worth watching, and even if it was Oguri Shun (fangirl, sorry) that just isn't enough. Too many things are missing to make this a 'good' drama.

Hope you found this helpful. :P.
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They are FUNNY (sometimes in a silly way) FANTASY comedies set in a high school =D
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Same vibe, similar setting with lessons about being true to oneself and some kickass fighting.
They both have male lead who are confused about their future, female lead who strives to be perfect and a guy friend who's timid.
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    MinamiNiji Feb 24, 2014

    I would definetly recommend this to anyone.It's light,funny and doesn't exhaust you so to speak.Miura Haruma is great as always, portraying the character to its fullest.So if you want to break out from all those melodramas and laugh a little Samurai Highschool is the best de gozaru!

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    Sammiirose Jan 26, 2014

    It's really odd to go from Bloody Monday to Boku no Ita Jikan to this

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    reika Aug 31, 2013

    surprisingly good and very funny. just finished the 2nd ep. loving it! never had i thought miura haruma would act like that. :)

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    meganjoy12 Jul 3, 2013

    Started watching this just to look at miura haruma for 9 hrs but it turned out to actually be pretty good and really funny

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    poetrypoesar Jun 22, 2013

    miura haruma really did a great job. wow..just wow. and the drama it self, pretty entertaining.

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    AdaCakes May 8, 2013

    I found this drama to be hilarious! Especially how Kotaro (as a samurai) speaks to and treats the women haha. And his facial expressions are priceless.

    Is it just me, or does Miura Haruma get exponentially hotter whenever he is "taken over" by the samurai dude? I was so shocked! I really like that hair too ^_^ And his arms...

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      poetrypoesar Jun 22, 2013

      me too, oh my god, his body. i'm speechless XD

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      Meli Sep 4, 2013

      His hotness level goes up MAJOR when he's the samurai! I do love Miura Haruma!!

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    babelguppy May 5, 2013

    I like it too. Miura's comedy looks silly because it's over-the-top, but you really have to keep in mind that he's playing TWO characters, and on that level he does really well. Also, it looks corny, but to do so consistently, the director and actors have to have a lot of conviction, and it does that without being too much. You can tell they meant to do it. It's supposed to look like the comic book it came from. It's definitely a style that isn't for everyone, but I can't accept the evaluation that it wasn't done well.

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    ShiningSuede Oct 3, 2012

    great one to watch when you want to relax. It has funny moments, a bit serious ones and so on. But I was a bit disappointed with ending. I thought it could be more complex.

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    sujuSHINeegirl98 Jun 17, 2012

    a cute heart warming story with a lesson to be learned. Started liking Miura Haruma because of this dram.

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    kuon Apr 1, 2012

    definitely one of my favourite dramas! Love it!! Thanks to this drama i started liking Miura Haruma :)

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    WhiteGoldMVs1 Mar 15, 2012

    I can't believe all these negative comments, I loved this drama and I loved the acting!!!

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    irisixora Mar 1, 2012

    the storyline was pretty boring but miura was amazing doing comedy roles...

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    Orange-Panda Dec 31, 1969

    Watched the first 15 minutes or so and was instantly disappointed. The actors were very very looked so fake that it made the story seem even more fake so decided to not watch it.

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      Naam Nov 20, 2013

      If you only watched the first 15 minutes, then how can you tell whether the rest of the series was good or bad?
      It's your choice of course, and the series isn't for everybody, but it sounds to me like you didn't even give it a chance.
      Another thing I found funny was that your post is dated December 1969. Half of the main cast wasn't even born then.


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    Oct 17, 2009 to Dec 12, 2009
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    45 min.


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