Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu

Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu (2016)

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25-year-old Moriyama Mikuri graduated but had no job offers. She became a temporary employee but was even laid off. So while she is taking a break right now, Mikuri feels unwanted and displaced. She starts work as a housekeeper for bachelor Tsuzaki Hiramasa by chance. One day, he proposes a contract marriage to her. The two of them get married in secret, but will their married life work out?

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    We Married as Job; Runaway is Ashamed But Helpful

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15 days ago
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This drama was stunning - a complete breath of fresh air - and I just needed to write a review in the hopes that more people will watch it. I wish I could give it more than a perfect 10 because I really enjoyed it that much!

Right away, I’ll say that this is not the goofy romcom I was expecting it to be. Although there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and read more lighthearted comedic scenes, this drama gets heavy at some points and definitely moves into the melodrama category occasionally. But what made this drama so amazing is that it continually challenged my expectations of the comedy genre and the difficult emotions never felt unnatural. I laughed and I cried many times and found myself re-watching scenes again and again. The dialogue was fascinating, very quotable, and definitely gave me a new outlook on love and relationships.

It's the cast and characters that really make this drama special. Not only is the acting superb, but the individual characters are very complex and unique. Mikuri, the drama's heroine, overanalyzes and missteps often, can rarely reign in her colourful imagination, and is bold as brass, but that’s what makes her endearing and I loved watching her grow. Even the most minor characters shine in this drama! Each character is so well developed in their personalities and desires that you can’t help but root for everyone to find happiness!

Definitely don’t miss this beautiful drama!
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14 days ago
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I don't even know how to introduce this drama. All I really want to say is 'watch it! - you won't be disappointed.' However even though I can't rave enough about it that's not probably true. It won't be for everyone but absolutely everyone who has wound up here, reading these reviews to assess whether or not they should watch it, I say 'WATCH IT.'

It starts off slow and all of read more a sudden you're thrown with the couple into something so implausible that you wonder how or why something so ridiculous would work - not just as something between the couple in the drama BUT also as a plot device. Like, is it just too ludicrous to see through to the end. However soon enough you realise that you're still watching, and you're still enjoying and suddenly you realise actually you relate to it all. Like you really connect because you're just as weird and wonderful as this couple.

I think the main success of this drama is due to the fact that it's picked up modern malaise that most of us must endure. Life is tough and full of struggles in which our dreams just seem so unlikely to ever manifest and yet we dream, we daydream, we wish, we want and so our hearts conjure up weird and kooky ways in order to just survive.

There are people out there like you and me, like Mikuri and Hirasama and well all the supporting cast too (I'm more Yuri than anyone else.) But yeah, I think it's a drama for all because you'll find yourself in there somewhere and you'll find relief in their message: life isn't what you wanted it to be, but it's not all bad either.
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    heavenlene 1 day ago - edited

    The ultimate reason why I appreciate Dorama over Kdrama series: Jdrama's storyline is so close to reality, whereas Kdrama seems to be more of a fairytale-kind-of-romance. Loved this rom-com series so much!

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      Euns 22 hours ago

      I agree with you ; ; I'm currently watching it and it's adorable <3

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      CatoCat 2 hours ago

      Completely agree with you. Kdrama provides superficial characters to fake atmosphere and all glittery and shinny makes it so unreal. Whereas we easily find normal average human beings in J-doramas.

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    Does anyone know what the ending song is? I love it to bits, it's so cute

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    bossmama 4 days ago

    This is like.. a new form of wish-fulfillment when it comes to romance. It takes into account some real issues regarding marriage, but at the same time solving them in a very ideal way that is almost impossible to apply in real life. In a way, this is the kind of marriage that can only work between people like Mikuri and Hiramasa. It's a good thing they met each other, and it's especially heartwarming whenever they showcase their trust and acceptance of each other.

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    SaeedKhan 5 days ago

    This drama was just wonderful, The lead actress was the cutest thing i have ever seen. Loved her and loved the drama

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    dramaeli 6 days ago

    I really liked it

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    darkangel662008 6 days ago - edited

    Once again, I was awe by how genius Japanese screenwriter/writer can be. Contract marriage is a cliche plot but they once again create a new and exciting drama base on a cliche plot... It's really fun to watch and the characters are so cute, specially the shy Hiramasa...kekeke

    And it's good to see ryohei in a drama...

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    Simona 7 days ago

    My introduction to Japanese dramas, I think I picked really well. I liked how they all had SONY phones, hahah~

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    heavenlene 8 days ago - edited

    Good reviews. So where can I watch this drama? :))

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    rationalbeings 10 days ago

    This drama was special, my favourite character being Yuri-chan. She was so strong but also fragile because of societal pressure on older single women. She really is someone who (as she mentions) can inspire younger woman by being the kind of character you say "she's there, so we can continue fighting!"

    The last episode really made me love this drama more with truly showing how much Hiramasa has grown and developed. This is finally a drama where the main female lead is not a manic pixie girl but someone with her own insecurities her own doubts and has her own story where she has to grow. I love how collaborative and unsure they portray marriage to be, it really gives it a slice of reality. No one is sure how to handle sharing a life with someone and this is portrayed beautifully in the drama. I love dramaland for all its rose tinted view of love but its nice to have dramas like these which remind us that even in the daily struggle of who cleans what there is just as much love as in a melodrama.

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    Valier 10 days ago

    I loved the credits scene in this one. I always watched it to the very end^^ I am still singing along in my head ;)

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    arbios 13 days ago

    loved this drama and the ending was perfect

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    HAVA-RAVA 14 days ago - edited

    Before starting this I had no expectations because (as dumb as this sounds) I thought the main lead was ugly... :'Dd But that's only because I hadn't really seen anything where he acts. And the truth is - he is no ikemen tbh. Anyhow the drama was so cute & fluffy right from the start and Hoshino Gen portrayed the awkward & inexperienced role so well. Also the ending song & dance is super cute !

    9/10 from me :D

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      StephStephieTeff 9 days ago

      I didn't think he was very attractive either, but before I knew it I started finding him cute and attractive! I loved the ending dance!

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      fanitha 8 days ago

      Same here, at first I didn't find him handsome, but as the episodes go by I find him cute and lovely and really liked him a lot <3

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      shoetsukiyama 4 days ago

      Same with me, didn't like him at first too, but fell in love bc of his cuteness through this drama. Now I don't just like him as Hiramasa here, but as a singer as well ;3;

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      StephStephieTeff 3 days ago

      Ohh yes I like his singing too!

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    MareSoares 14 days ago

    Highlights: Yuri and Kanzaki are the best couple ever! <3
    Ending's dance is amazing!!
    Hoshino Gen acting was quite good :)

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    JoyceC 14 days ago - edited

    I loved this drama! Any suggestions for other Jdramas that are similar to this in tone?

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      Nana8 13 days ago

      Someone posted one in the "Recommendations" :)

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    shoetsukiyama 14 days ago

    I finished this as soon as the last episode was released and all I have to say is that I love it very much! It's honestly an underrated drama among the international drama watching fandom, bevause this drama was really unique, not only with the story, but with the characters as well. Although I admit at first that Hiramasa was initially too stiff, I grew to think that its a part of his role, abd eventually I loved him very much. Not only have I been opened to this new kind of romance drama, but I also discovered great music. Hiramasa's actor, Gen Hoshino, is the singer of the ED song, and I instantly fell in love with it after watching the first ep, eventually I listened to his other songs and etc., and I even bought myself his CD with the ED song in it ;; The drama was full of many ups and downs, and though it's not completely a romcom, with some melodramatic elements, it's just a perfect blend of the two. This is now one of my fave dramas ever and it also convinced me to read the manga hehe


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    Oct 11, 2016 to Dec 20, 2016
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    45 min.


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