Otona Joshi

Otona Joshi (2015)

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Nakahara Aki and her good friends Osaki Moeko and Sakata Midori are three 40-year-old women who "bring good luck to the men they are involved with, but cannot be happy themselves". Although they get pushed around by useless men, they sometimes hurt each other’s feelings and encourage each other as they struggle to grasp happiness to make their dreams a reality.

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    Lady Girls; Adult Woman;

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Feb 6, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
A VERY well-executed drama. Bravo Japan! Well done well done! I watched Lady Girls while it was airing, and it was my number 1 anticipated drama each and every week.

The story is so simple, but the messages are so very impactful, they hit u right in ur soul. This drama meant a great deal to me as a woman. Here you have Aki Nakahara, this beautiful successful business woman in her read more 40s who's judged by society because she isn't married and "behaves like she's still young." She's got two friends who are in the same boat as her. Haters to the left plz. Society judges women like them all the time. Oh, since you're over 40 that means you shouldn't have girl nights, be single and mingle, look or do anything young, or just have fun anymore. It's infuriating. But u know what, Aki Nakahara doesn't let that down, and neither do her friends. They don't have to try to be beautiful, because they already are. And they certainly don't conform to what society wants.

Nakahara, and her friends Moeko Osaki and Midori Sakata, each have their own stories. Nakahara's love life isn't that great, in fact, she goes through a lot of downs. But, she meets an author named Fumio Takayama, and by making his acquaintance she garners life lessons and their romance slowly blooms. Moeko Osaki also has some trouble in the love department. Her biggest crutch is her mother, but she's still successful in her own right. Midori Sakata is a divorcee (oh no *rolls eyes*) with three sons. I'm not going to go into all of their stories, but they're all pretty interesting and address topics I find important as a female. These are three intelligent hard-working BEAUTIFUL ladies who refuse to let their youth die.

Midori's love story was the least interesting to me, but it ended well so I didn't mind it. Plus, everything else about her story was so great and it's that which kept me captivated. Besides Nakahara, it's gotta be Moeko who I'm the most proud of. She grew a lot during this drama, was no push-over, and her resolve was fantastic. Now, I obviously enjoyed watching Nakahara the most. Her love story was the most interesting, she doesn't conform to society, and she's just so damn likable.

The acting/cast was excellent! Fantastic on all sides, especially Shinohara Ryoko. Wow, I was so excited to see her each week. Eguchi Yosuke was excellent as well! All of them were, but I already said tht lol. The music fits this drama so perfectly i can't even describe the feels I got hearing it! This drama is definitely rewatchable because it was such a good drama, but I don't really see myself doing tht tbh. And again, the story was just so well written. The ending was great, and overall it was just really well executed.

Lady Girls was a simple drama, but man oh man does this drama show you how a well executed drama should be. It has a similar feel to Last Cinderella (which also stars Shinohara Ryoko, but I absolutely hated it), but Lady Girls has got to be at least a thousand times better. More than anything, this drama was enjoyable, and I had a good time watching it. I totally recommend!
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Jan 28, 2016
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
<<< Reminder - we all will get older; not all get wiser. >>>
Why did I watch this?
Story: not new however the writing was well done offering a realistic slice of life for folks 40+. Many drama's out there attempting to tackle this subject matter + failing or limping due to overacting, wrong actors, silly writing-story-lines. This one demonstrated the lives of three different women who were not going down life's read more silly path - simply the path of not comfortable in one's own skin - lack of confidence to the core.
Actors: Women actors were smart, well-matched, and well acted. Male actors perfect for their supportive roles.
Music: one OST had a bit of brain worming effect, overall nothing really special NOR bothersome.
ReWatch: Low, not drama fault.
<ISO- In search of> dramas with characters who are over 40+ who are not taking the silly path or solid acting / compelling story line.
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They both have the same concept - three women who regularly get together for 'ladies nights' to discuss their respective love lives and the social pressures (regarding marriage and their ~expiry dates~) for their respective age groups that they're in danger of collapsing under. Tokyo Tarareba Musume specifically targets issues of women "around 30", whereas Otona Joshi specifically targets the "around 40" age group.
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Both have a woman dating a much younger man and struggling - with an older man slowly realising that not only does *he* like her too, but that she is actually a great person and he screwed up in the beginning by not realising it. The only difference is the endings - one has the woman ending up with the older man and the other has the woman ending up with the younger guy (and no, I'm not saying which is which - you'll just have to watch and see!)
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    Lixaxy 4 days ago

    Am I the only one who noticed the characters (Tsumugu Kido, Minato Okouchi, Kaoru Kirishima and others) from Voltage's otome game Our Two Love Room Story in the first episode? (5:53)

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    Bforbrigitta May 16, 2017

    Goddamn Aki's outfits are flawless.

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    titi_odus Mar 14, 2017

    i love her hair flipping/fluffing. sexy

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    jagasthesecond Jan 29, 2017 - edited

    CHIKUWA! is so kawaii <3

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    Mitsukirox101 Dec 2, 2016

    I enjoyed this drama, especially the connection between Eguchi Yosuke and Shinohaka Ryoko's characters; it felt real and reletable, plus the theme song was beautiful

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    jagasthesecond Nov 5, 2016

    Great chemistry among the characters.. Shout out to Eguchi Yosuke, Shinohara Ryoko and Michiko Kichise's performances!

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    BB78 May 9, 2016

    what kind of romance is there? no serious?? no destiny?

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    superpasta Apr 20, 2016 - edited

    you know what is funny? women in their 40+ are not supposed to have fun but of course men can play around and remain kids forever without anybody judging them! this is what infuriates me the most!

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      ybnrmalatall May 13, 2016

      This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. The brain power of feminists is on strong display in this comment.

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      superpasta May 23, 2016 - edited

      you think this is not true ? why do u think most 45+ japanese men want to marry only women from 22-25 ? and after they marry and have kids they cheat. it's the statistics.

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      ybnrmalatall May 23, 2016

      They "want" it because they have a thing for young woman. Who the fuck cares? It's their problem and not yours. I look at them as scumbags, since MOST of them tend to put their families on the second shelf while reliving their youth in young women.

      It's not relevant to equality, it's a personal relationship and a personal problem. Women can choose what they want in a man and so can men. What happens after is always equally each others fault. "Chose a bad man", "Chose a bad woman." It how shit works and will never, ever be changed unless a second Hitler forces men and women to stay together in that way.

      You know how many friends of mine have no mom because they do what "those" men do? 8. I have 8 fucking friends with no mother and who have no interest in ever meeting their whore of a mother. It's depressing but you can't fix a shitty whore mother and you can't fix a shitty deadbeat father. They are just shitty people.

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    peacewon Apr 5, 2016

    Sweet little drama , i would recommend it to any oen looking for a romantic drama where they do not turn the women into morons. YAY go LADY POWER!!!!!!

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    MysteryMel-Bookish Jan 27, 2016

    So far eps7 this drama is depicting adult women very relate-able to any woman 40+. Yes, fellow MDL'er, we all age. Perfect no, could see a younger viewer could not relate. JDrama once again tackling a difficult & socially taboo storyline.

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    shinju Jan 2, 2016 - edited

    Eguchi Yusuke !
    cool as always !

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      Trouble-chan Sep 22, 2016

      Eguchi Yusuke AND Saito Takumi!! Drama HEAVEN. ;)

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    desertbanshee Dec 31, 2015

    I gave this drama high marks for tackling women's issues, but sometimes it was really maddening the way people and society treated those three women, I found the single mother's story especially aggravating, the series was enjoyable on the whole~

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    Panda-san Dec 29, 2015 - edited
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    FrizzyMee Dec 28, 2015

    Yes!! I enjoyed this drama... every ep!!


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    Oct 15, 2015 to Dec 17, 2015
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    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 292 users)
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