Algernon ni Hanataba o

Algernon ni Hanataba o (2015)

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Shiratori Sakuto (Yamashita Tomohisa) is 28, but has the intelligence of a 6-year-old boy. He works for Dream Flower Service, a flower distribution centre which provides employment for problem youth. One day, he and a colleague, Yanagawa Ryuichi, delivers a rose bouquet to the apartment building where Mochizuki Haruka lives. Because Haruka does not know that the deliveryman is mentally challenged, she is shocked by his response and tries to call the read morepolice. Haruka works for a brain physiology research centre where Professor Hachisuka has been studying the improvement of mental performance. He has succeeded in lab experiments on a white mouse called Algernon. Sakuto is transformed into a genius through surgery.

  • Native title:

    アルジャーノンに花束を
  • Also Known as:

    Flowers for Algernon;

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Akki
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Aug 22, 2015
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
The purpose of this review is, first of all, to encourage the sub team to finish what they started, for the sake of those who can't see the last 3 episodes without subs, and second, to let everyone know how beautiful and emotional this show is.
I'm writing this few moments after finishing the last episode, while crying still, so forgive me if I'm not 100% rational and non biased. I can read more say for sure that this is one of the most emotional dramas I've ever seen. It's a beautiful story about friendship, love, human value, ethics and morals.
Although it's a sci-fi show, it totally reflects reality and behavior of human beings under certain circumstances and shows pretty realistic relationships between 'non equal' humans. For those who like psychology, there is a great deal of it in this show as well. For those who like character development, strong emotions, all mixed together, this drama is 100% must see.
I have no heart to criticize anything about this show at the moment, because I feel like I just got off the roller coaster of emotions I will never forget. Good points are too strong to let me pay attention to the minor flaws, so I'll just finish positively, like I started.

I don't know if I will be rewatching this, it feels like I won't forget it so soon, so maybe sometime in the future, and I'm sure I will equally enjoy it.
Once again, I hope the subs will be done soon, because it's a shame not to let everyone enjoy this amazing show till the end. Subs for Algernon, he deserves it <3
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amrita828
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May 17, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This is the kind of drama whose review needs to be written as soon as the viewing is over, emotions still raw and somehow sore.

Ironically, it had been sitting in my ptw list for a good year, waiting - so I thought - for me to be in the right mood for its somehow heavy subject. It came as a big surprise that this was the perfect moment and Algernon ni read more Hanataba wo is the show that finally reminded me why I fell in love with Asian dramas in the first place and became an addict so many years ago.
It enchanted me and pulled me into its world five minutes in. I hadn't even realized I was marathoning with bated breath until I exhaled.

The show is built on two different levels: the plot itself with its events and the story told by the characters. These two levels aren't of equal importance, that is, if you watch for the events it may disappoint you, as it suffers from the typical Japanese brevity and sudden, unexpected turns. However, this drama is meant to be valued for the thoughts it provokes and the way it does so, hence my perfect mark.

I won't lie, it made me cry. A lot.
This is a beautifully heart-wrenching story of diversity and the need to conform, be 'equal'. While most of us aim at being smart enough to earn more, have success in life and even wallow in our self-esteem, Sakuto dreams of becoming intelligent for the people around him to love him. This makes his journey all the more tragic, since it inevitably raises the question whether he was happier when only half cognizant of his surrounding or when he fully grasped the meaning of everyone's motivations and finds out that being a genius can be a sentence to loneliness. It also heavily probes on the benefits of intelligence when it's attained at the cost of humanity, empathy, compassion and even love.

I believe each single character in this drama has a precise purpose in terms of typecasting the different approaches to what is generally considered 'normal'. Here's a word I hate when referred to human beings, but it is the core of this tale, in its literal meaning of 'conforming to the norm'. This means that all the characters revolving around Sakuto find their justification only in connection with him, they represent the wide range of 'normality' as opposed to the extremes Sakuto's going to experience.

Which is not to say that they didn't act well. Quite the opposite: what fascinated me here is the fact that each actor played its part in a different way, according to his/her role in Sakuto's life. The same can be said about the direction, which plays a precise role too with its use of symbolism, archetypes, flowers, colours, camera focalization. Even Algernon is a great character. Tiny details are everything but irrelevant, a trait I always, highly appreciate.
And at the risk of being called biased, I maintain Yamashita's acting is impressive here. I was deeply moved by the sheer movement of his hand, the subtle, slow changes in stance, walk, gaze. I loved Sakuto as a viewer, as a woman, as a mother, as a sister, as a friend, to the point I desperately wanted to hug him and never let go. I could go on, but I'm becoming verbose and perhaps a little too emotional too.

The music is the only trait of the drama that gets a mere passing grade. I wish Japanese shows in general would put on their Osts the same amount of effort they spend on photography and characterization. The only song played here is very suitable to the story, but repetitive to the point of losing all its impact.

I've already rewatched many scenes soon after completing an episode. I simply couldn't help it. There's no doubt in my mind I'm going to re-watch the whole drama soon enough, certain it will lose none of its emotional impact on further viewing.
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    OnigiriBunnie 16 days ago

    Is this drama based off the book "Flowers for Algernon?" Like the one I read in Highschool ages ago that destroyed me? I don't know if I can watch this in drama form o_O

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    J-DRAMASROCK Aug 2, 2017

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G Kudos to Yamapi! <3<3<3

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    movuzzo Jul 29, 2017

    very touching. Yamapi did great in this one

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    Nana8 Apr 16, 2017

    This was a beautiful drama

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    Marooya Mar 2, 2017 - edited

    With this drama I think it's right to say that Yamapi is not an overrated actor but one who deserves all that love. He proved his worth here as an actor but you are welcome to disagree. In the end to each its own :)

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      Chocobana Jul 11, 2017

      I've been a fan of him since 2007-2008 when he was at the height of his career (IMO). He was good for an idol even then but he's improved so much since and matured as an actor. He might have been overrated to an extent 10 years ago, but not now.

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    Jessica Jan 30, 2017

    My grandma really liked this one

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    Kristana Dec 11, 2016 - edited

    Does it have a happy end? (pls answer in spoiler)

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      peachywink Jan 2, 2017
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      Kristana Jan 3, 2017

      I see, thanks.

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      WhiteLilly Jan 12, 2017
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    Reavel Sep 29, 2016

    EXCELLENT!!! Yamapi and well the whole cast did an excellent job. Loved it.

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    foreverwitchy Aug 17, 2016

    the last episode brought me to tears, so bittersweet

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    inspirit91 Aug 11, 2016

    The acting in this drama was just amazing!! I'm really impressed by Yamashita Tomohisa and Kubota Masataka !

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    Katie Jun 28, 2016 - edited
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      Pydron Sep 11, 2016
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    Rawr123 Jun 19, 2016

    Good drama. I didn't find the ending as sad as everyone else. If anything I was kind of upset with how it ended.

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    SarahEm Jun 12, 2016

    Is the ending sad like in the original story?

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    HAMEX May 22, 2016

    So sad,,,

    Indeed Yamapi is very handsome with superb acting skill.

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    nielyngrace May 17, 2016

    i cried a lot but i also like the ending

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    10
  • Aired:

    Apr 10, 2015 to Jun 12, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Friday
  • Network:

    TBS
  • Duration:

    54 min.

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  • Score:

    8.2 (scored by 1,199 users)
  • Ranked:

    #457
  • Popularity:

    #577

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