Omotesando Koukou Gasshoubu

Omotesando Koukou Gasshoubu (2015)

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Kagawa Makoto has transferred to Tokyo’s Omotesando High School from Kagawa Prefecture. Devoted to the choir when she was in Kagawa, Makoto is active in Omotesando High School’s choir too. The school choir’s prestige and the fact that Suzuki Yuake, the teacher who had once taught her the joy of singing in a choir is its adviser, fills her with anticipation. However, the choir’s glory is a thing of the past. Now read moreit is on the verge of being disbanded. Makoto remembers Suzuki as someone full of motivation with a love of the choir and a princely appearance. But the person she meets again is dissipated and only has interest in hostess bars. Despite her shock to see the change in Suzuki, Makoto makes up her mind to make over the choir.

  • Native title:

    表参道高校合唱部!
  • Also Known as:

    Omotesando High School Chorus!

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nerak
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Jul 31, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I remember dropping this drama awhile back for some mysterious reason that I don't remember, but I am soooo glad I picked it up again (emphasis on "soooo"). I admit, I was curious about this drama initially because of Shirota Yu, but I grew to love every single character in this drama.

OVERALL: 10/10
It's a light drama perfect for times when you want something feel-good to watch!

STORY: 10/10
The skeleton read more of the story seems like a typical sports/club centered drama, but there was something really refreshing about a drama revolving around a choir club, mostly because I've never seen one about that. And I love the overall theme of the drama: Music brings people together, no matter who they are, no matter where they came from.

As the plot progressed, I felt so happy as Kagawa helped her choir peers and her teacher fall in love with choir again, and helped new people realize the magic (and maybe healing powers) of singing with others. In a choir, everyone is important and must work together in order for success, and togetherness is one of the umbrella themes of this drama.

As for romance and things, you're probably going to be disappointed if you want a full-course meal of high school romance. Romance is like a side-dish in this drama, and I kinda wanted to see more romance on Kagawa's end, but there was enough cutesy romance for me to be satisfied and not flown into a frustrated outrage.

(Also, even though it was very brief, I loved that they addressed the LGBT community. I was pleasantly surprised!)

ACTING/CAST: 8.5/10
Okay, one of the more fundamental parts of a good drama is a likable main character, and Yoshine Kyoko did just that.. by creating a Kagawa Makoto who is innocently so earnest, trusting, and determined to bring out the best in people. I loved that Yoshine Kyoko didn't overdo her character. (whew.) Honorable mention to Yoshimoto Miyu-- she actually scared me a little in the beginning, lmao.

As for the rest of the cast, ability-wise, they were okay-- not the best, but I didn't cringe or anything. Aside from that, they were all very charming (especially Shison Jun. It's probably just me but I'm seeing him almost everywhere for some reason). Considering their ages, I cut them some slack, lol.

MUSIC: 10/10
THE MUSIC WAS GREAT. The music made me want to join a high school choir even though I can't anymore lmao. I'm mesmerized by harmonies, and this drama was harmonies galore (it made me cry sometimes). On a side note, one of my favorite choral songs in this drama was the first one that the choir sang. For some reason that song stuck with me.

REWATCH VALUE: 8/10
This was a good drama, and there's a good chance I'll re-watch it in the future for the feel-good, fluffy feelings again.
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Luly
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Jun 3, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
I basically started watching this because a) I wanted to see a heartwarming drama, b) I saw Shirota Yu was actually in a role in which he could sing, outside of theater and c) Little Glee Monster was doing soundtrack. I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised with this one.

As a high school drama with a team in it, it has a lot of the cliches of the genre: read more not enough members, conflicted coach, problems with the school, authority figure who somehow finds it personally offensive that these kids want to be happy, bullying, individual small arcs for each character. Yeah, you've probably seen all that before, especially if you're into sports dramas. But where this one goes really right is with the characters and performances.

These kids are, mostly, pretty darn good. Yoshine Kyoko carries the story along very well and, when she needs to convey emotion, she goes for it. All in all, the characters have interesting individual plots, some more than others (this is the third 2015/2016 drama in a row where I see an openly gay character and probably the one which handled it the best out of all three I've seen) and it all results in a very emotional and heartwarming story filled with songs, some of which you may recognize. There is good character development, limited by the amount of episodes, but there's a clear path from start to finish and the drama isn't shy to show hardships and emotion.

All in all, if you're into high school team dramas and want a heartwarming one with some tears in between, give this one a chance. It might make you smile in the end.
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both took place in a high school, with a theme of youth and togetherness, both emphasized love for music as a path for unity, lacks romance but it hits you in the right place through the heart
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    VminTaeChim Apr 29, 2017

    It's amazing how all of the actors of their past selves look soo similar to the main actors

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    skye Dec 17, 2016

    amaazing ;-;

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    catemine Oct 29, 2016
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    meighy Sep 24, 2016

    This is seriously the cutest thing I've ever seen

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    Natsu2 Sep 21, 2016

    I somehow felt nostalgic listening to their "Anatani" and "Hanamizuki". Nice drama, took me 2 days to finish it :)

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    jamychan Aug 14, 2016

    I really love the songs! Every episode brought me to tears whenever the choir sings. A music is really there when words are powerless to express.

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    HAMEX Apr 29, 2016

    I like this, it's so much fun, the music was also beautiful.
    I like Yoshine Kyoko & Shison Jun character here than they were in Senpai to Kanojo.
    Kagawa's cheerful character didn't look weird & awkward like I usually found in typical school J-drama.

    And it's been awhile I watched Shirota Yu, he is cool as always!

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    sukii Oct 21, 2015

    the final episode was awkwardly funny lol.one of my fav jdrama this year definitely.

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    SayItAintSoJoe Oct 19, 2015

    This was really great. It's not a masterpiece or anything, but it's definitely a good drama for 2015. I was tearing up during the play. The first and last episodes were the best. I also really loved the summer training camp episode. The main girl/character was delightful, and I really loved the song choices, especially the legendary love song.

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    Kikka Oct 4, 2015

    Loved it! XD It was really simple and sweet! Awesome songs as well! ^_^

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    Poemetragurl Oct 3, 2015

    This was so much fun to watch. I loved every episode.

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    Seiran029 Oct 1, 2015 - edited

    oh I really loved Sayama teacher more than anyone else .. although her role is supporting character, but she just sooo sweeet <3

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    frost Sep 27, 2015

    makes me remember when i was a choir in elementary :D
    i regret quitting back then T^T

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    Lotta-love Aug 23, 2015 - edited
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      Guitargeekette Aug 24, 2015

      It was such a pleasure to watch LOL. I usually don't like the really idealistic "fluffy" dramas...but man I'm all into this one. It really melts me ^_^

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    Guitargeekette Aug 23, 2015

    I'm a choir nerd to my core. I've been in a choir in every stage of my life. LOL I'm still in one now even after graduating college.

    Goodness knows that I relate to the love of choral singing referred to in this drama <3

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    10
  • Aired:

    Jul 17, 2015 to Sep 25, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Friday
  • Network:

    TBS
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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    8.0 (scored by 186 users)
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    #14815
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