Sutekina Sen Taxi

Sutekina Sen Taxi (2014)

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Edawakare is the driver of Sentaxi, a marvellous vehicle which is able to take a passenger back to his or her “life’s turning point”. His cool appearance is at odds with his talkative, meddlesome, sweet-toothed character. He gives advice to passengers who are flustered after failing in their life’s choice.

  • Native title:

    素敵な選TAXI
  • Also Known as:

    Great Selection Taxi; Sutekina Sentaxi; Time Taxi; Suteki na Sen TAXI;

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BrightestStar
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Jan 3, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
This dorama is about the different customers a time-taxi driver meets at a certain turning point of their lives, and takes them back in time to change it. The format is episodic, even when they sometimes tease us with a connection to past episodes, it does not affect the overall turn of events. I like stories like that and generally enjoy watching them, but this one has some aspects that add more read more to my overall enjoyment and makes want to watch more of it.

One of the biggest attractions of the drama is Takenouchi Yutaka and the way he plays his character the taxi driver Edawakare. Without knowing much of his past, each episode makes us discover a little more of his antics. He's completely awkward and indecisive, and is afraid of what others think of any of his actions. For him, every moment is a turning point, and he has to think over and over, weighing the pros and cons, being honest about himself vs conforming, and so on. Even so he's pretty blunt with his opinion about his clients' decisions, and shows much more confidence in the taxi driver's seat. Then when he smiles I stop really seeing whats going on and get absorbed with that beautiful smile of his. Seriously his smile feels so genuine, and is both cute and sexy.

Another aspect I fully enjoyed is the café he hangs out most of his free time. At first we see him just as a normal customer there, but later he see him getting closer and more involved with them, like a family. That was cute and homey.

Last but not least, our main subject matter, the clients, are very entertaining and distinct. Not all are likeable but you may relate to them. The ending of each episode sometimes go to familiar places and sometimes do something unexpected and surprised us.

Finally I'd like to say this dorama may not be for everyone, being formulaic and episodic, but if you do give it a chance, I'd see to give it at least 3 episodes before deciding to continue or quit. It is a must watch for any Takenouchi Yutaka fan ;)
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Kristal
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Apr 15, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 10
If you're looking for a good dorama with the non-complex kind of time travel and good stand-alone episodes to pass the time, I highly recommend you make the wonderful decision to watch Suteki na Sen-TAXI. (Sorry for the pun, I simply HAD to.)

This series is about Eda-san, a Taxi driver with a special Taxi that can bring his customer back to a time of their choosing to ''set right what went read more wrong'', to quote another great - and underestimated - series about time travel called Quantum Leap. So each episode is a stand-alone story about this or that customer going ''back to the futur--'' I mean... the past, till they get it right. There's a sort of continuity as well between the episodes with recurring characters (the staff at the Choice Café for example), the hilarious scenes from the impossibly confusing ''dorama'' Hanzai Deka, or the recurring no-time-slip-feeling joke, which gets more and more hilarious as time passes - even going so far as subtly referencing Doctor Who, at some point.

With the exception of the first episode, which was kind of weird, compared to the rest of the series, the stories are mostly light-hearted and funny, or bittersweet at most. Please don't let the first episode influence your viewing. It kinda sets the series to be dark and heavy, but that episode was really the odd one out.

I mentioned early in the review that this series is about the ''non-complex'' kind of time travel - that means, this is not Primer, you can watch this series without getting confused about timelines and paradoxes and stuff. That said, there are some paradoxes in the series that bothered me a lot, so, if you're like me, they're gonna bother you too. But the series doesn't address them - maybe the writers didn't even notice them - so just try and find some explanation for yourself or try to accept the matter as it is. Shouganai.

I liked the acting a lot, especially from the main cast. The guests were all good with some exceptions, but the fact that they were there for just the one episode makes it so it doesn't ruin your viewing. The Henzai Deka cast was delusional and over the top, so they were brilliant as well.
Fun fact: the creator of the series is actually one of the main cast's actors. I was a little surprised when I found out.

The music, especially the instrumental OP was great! I didn't like the ''time-slip sound effect'' very much, though - it became annoying after a while.

You can easily rewatch this series whenever you want, and you don't even have to watch it altogether because of its stand-alone episodes.

So then, I guess you have a general idea of the fact that life has many turning points, right? What kind of job will you land? What kind of house will you live in? What will you have for dinner? Will you watch this dorama or not?

Well?
What kind of choice will you make?
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If you enjoyed the taxi ride, you have the chance to come back to 2008 and watch "Loss time life" a masterpiece that never get old ! Choose wisely..
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The stories are different, but they give out the same vibe. They're both light-hearted and in both you have a delusional ''dorama in the dorama.'' The main character in both is also kind of the ''narrator'' of the stories, and doesn't get involved in the action personally, but acts as a catalyst for the plot.
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    kenzo_jurippe May 28, 2017

    Absolutely dig it!

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    Mitsukirox101 Mar 25, 2017

    Great lighthearted drama with funny story lines and characters you grow to love, also I'm going to hop on the bandwagon and also crown episode 9 as the funniest episode haha!

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    Heathenkitties Nov 27, 2016

    Loved this drama!

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    Mica Jun 28, 2016

    The gangster girl ep was my favourite! Ep 9 with the criminals was pretty funny too!! XD

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    Ophois Apr 23, 2016

    Love ep 8 so much

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    Kristal Apr 15, 2016

    Gah! What an amazing dorama!

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    bossmama Aug 2, 2015

    Charming little show. It's funny and exciting and the characters are all lovable without making them saints.

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    Gintoki Jul 26, 2015
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    KATEKYO Mar 16, 2015

    Ep 9 was the best and last ep was terrible

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    NightRunner Jan 1, 2015

    loved this drama! my favorite ep was definetly ep 9

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    Kyah Dec 26, 2014

    Ep 9 was hilarious :' DDD

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    Bakuwoman Dec 20, 2014

    Halfway through this drama and love it!

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    NewKDramaAddict Dec 18, 2014 - edited

    Anything with Tak! He is aging wonderfully!!

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      Blademan2 Apr 23, 2015 - edited

      Are there any triangles or main/2nd lead romances in this one, it looks really good and judging from all the comments it makes me wanna watch it, but don't wanna be upset but the above mentioned trash, I'd so greatly appreciate it you could let me know, thanks... Usually anything with Takenouchi san in it, you can pretty much count on it being super good...

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      NewKDramaAddict Apr 24, 2015

      Trash free!! No romance at all.

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      Blademan2 Apr 24, 2015

      Thanks so much for letting me, now, I can relax and watch it... :)))

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    GokaiGold Nov 29, 2014

    first, this is interesting drama! i know Yutaka because i saw him in BOSS botth seasons

    second, why no genres? how about Fantasy? because of Time Travel

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    superpasta Nov 28, 2014

    this drama is too good!

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    10
  • Aired:

    Oct 14, 2014 to Dec 16, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Tuesday
  • Network:

    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    55 min.

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  • Score:

    8.2 (scored by 298 users)
  • Ranked:

    #439
  • Popularity:

    #3104

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