Love Song

Love Song (2016)

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Kohei Kamishiro (Masaharu Fukuyama) worked as a musician in his past. He only had one hit song and his recording contract was eventually cancelled. He became devastated and left the field of music.

Twenty years later, Kohei Kamishiro keeps his distance from music, but his passion for music hasn't faded away. He leads a boring life. Due to his past experience, he finds it difficult to have a relationship with women. One read moreday, a woman appears in front of him. She has a complex and because of this leads a solitary life. The woman though has an amazing singing voice. By meeting her, Kohei begins to think he wants to make music again.

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    ラヴソング

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Septillion
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Feb 12, 2017
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
"Love Song" is a neat little drama about music. It manages to be impressive in almost every way aside from the somewhat bland plot.

STORY:
“Love Song” is not a particularly unique show. For the most part, it is a fairly generic story about a person who finds meaning to her life with music. While this plot may seem boring and overused to many people, the show also attempts to stand out read more from the rest by introducing elements like Sakura’s stuttering (which, in my opinion, helps the story greatly). The reason why I kept watching the show was not because of the plot, but because of how likable and engaging all the characters in the show were. Two characters that stood out to me would be the two main leads, which would be Sakura Sano and Kohei Kamishiro. Their relationship together in the show is a highlight that really helps the show despite its plot.

If there’s anything plot-wise that the show excels at, it would be character development. You can really see the growth in both Sakura and Kohei by the time the series ends. The theme of moving forward is exemplified through the characters that inhabit the show.

The show’s first half, I must say, is, however stronger than the second half. “Love Song” shows attempts at originality in the first arc, but slowly loses its quality as the series goes on. However, this is not to say that the show ends off poorly. It is just lackluster compared to potential shown in the beginning.

ACTING:
The acting in this show is amazing. As many other commenters have said, Fujiwara Sakura’s performance as Sakura Sano is fantastic. Despite this being her time acting, Fujiwara manages to be both a captivating and charming lead. Other characters are played extremely well too, although Fujiwara still continues to steal the spotlight every time she shows up. Masaharu Fukuyama is also fantastic as the male lead and is, in my opinion, perfectly cast as Kamishiro. Him and Fujiwara have fantastic chemistry, which makes their interactions a joy to watch. The reason why I rated this show an 8/10 despite its plot is because of the great performances found in “Love Song.”

MUSIC:
A show about music should have great music. Thankfully, “Love Song” manages to impress with its fantastic but small soundtrack. The theme song, being Fujiwara’s “Soup,” is an absolutely fantastic song. Other songs, such as “Suki Yo Suki Yo Suki Yo” and “500 Miles” (which is a cover) are fantastic additions to the musicality of the show as well. Of course, because of its small soundtrack size, the show ends up playing these three songs very often, so viewers will eventually find themselves very familiar with the music before the series ends. I became a fan of Fujiwara’s music thanks to this show, so I didn’t particularly mind the repetition in terms of the music on the show.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
“Love Song” is far from perfect. The second half of the show suffers from a slight decline in plot quality, and the ending is rather rushed. However, thanks to its strong music and acting, “Love Song” gets an 8 from me.
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    LotusElan Sep 5, 2016

    I'm not big on music dramas, but the lead actress is enchanting! Can't believe this is her debut! Kudos to her and will watch out for her next work!

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    DaemonSaDia Jul 25, 2016 - edited
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      lily_b 29 days ago
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    LadyG Jul 18, 2016 - edited
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      realdeal Jul 29, 2016 - edited

      I love your theory and I even think It would be better if they go with that, that would become the most amazing plot twist ever.

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      LadyG Jul 31, 2016
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    Osaka Jul 6, 2016
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    GeaV Jul 6, 2016 - edited

    Cast - Guests:
    Koizumi Maya (ep1)
    Takahata Atsuko (ep1)
    Shimizu Shogo as Natsuki's father (ep1,4)
    Shiga Kotaro as a doctor (ep2)
    Ryo as Mizuhara Aya (ep3-4)
    Lily as Kuwana Kiwako (ep3-4)
    Takeda Rena (武田玲奈) as Momoka, nurse (ep4,9)
    Ishikawa Ren (石川恋) (ep4)
    Nagashima Yuumi (永島優美) as Oosera (ep4)
    Otani Ryohei as Tsurumaki Ryusuke (ep5-10)
    Yamasaki Mami (山崎真実) as Nozomi (ep6)
    Leola as Cheryl (ep7-10)
    Ogi Shigemitsu (ep10)

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    Meena_Drama_Fan Jun 28, 2016

    one word - reality :)

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    humichan Jun 24, 2016

    This was a beautiful drama omg ! loved it so much !!

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    realdeal Jun 22, 2016 - edited
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      realdeal Jun 22, 2016 - edited
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      occultangle Jun 23, 2016 - edited
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      kura2ninja Jun 23, 2016
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    realdeal Jun 22, 2016

    Japan style ending....totally loved it.

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    kura2ninja Jun 15, 2016 - edited

    Despite everything, I find myself loving this drama very much. I think what really made this drama work for me was the directing. While the acting is solid, the story itself (or a variation of it) is really nothing new. But I just love how it was shot and I love the little details, like sakura petals falling during the title sequence.

    Lastly, I love it that the drama is more about how an encounter can change your life and that you can change if you want to than about romantic love, which many people seem to be inferring instantly when they saw the drama's title.

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      DragonAlien Jun 16, 2016 - edited

      Couldn't agree more with what you said. It's so much more than a sole romance. Plus I love the way this drama has ended.
      Also what I enjoyed the most is the music and face and expressions of Kohei when he plays a guitar or when she's singing, you could see everything, all the emotions on his face only, Masaharu is such a fantastic actor. ♥

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      peacewon Jun 20, 2016
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    Meena_Drama_Fan Jun 5, 2016 - edited

    Fukuyama Masaharu is a good actor !

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      peacewon Jun 20, 2016

      I actually enjoyed the younger guy. masaki. I thought he played his character really well and brashly.

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      Meena_Drama_Fan Jun 28, 2016

      true :)

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    Osaka Jun 5, 2016 - edited
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      Osaka Jun 15, 2016

      Right. I don't get why they wanted to screw up the main plot with this cancer thing. It really makes me sad because the main idea behind the story was actually pretty good. But now it's all so predictable and the characters are starting to get so annoying that I can barley finish an episode without yawning. It's such a shame though, it has started so well but, obviously, screenwriters screwed up everything for a tragic and sad plot to make you cry your eyes off.

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      peacewon Jun 20, 2016
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      Osaka Jul 6, 2016

      The plot didn't need it though

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      peacewon Jul 6, 2016

      for that we have agreement except, that was the break she needed to get on her own two feet. as a plot tool it was super clumsy, but it was used properly.

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    kura2ninja May 31, 2016
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    kipzizz May 14, 2016

    This is such a good series- props to Fujiwara for being so solid in her debut, really impressed with her.

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    realdeal Apr 30, 2016
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Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    10
  • Aired:

    Apr 11, 2016 to Jun 13, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Monday
  • Network:

    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    7.8 (scored by 288 users)
  • Ranked:

    #900
  • Popularity:

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