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 a Job; Running away is shameful, but helpful.

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Jan 2, 2017
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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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Jan 3, 2017
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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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    dramadoge 41 minutes ago


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    Raphael 12 hours ago

    Great drama!! So many funny moments. I am so glad I watched it.
    I watched the ending dance every single episode and never got tired of it haha. I gotta learn it!

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    Room707 3 days ago

    I don't watch as many romcom dramas as I used to because I got tired of basically watching archetypal characters and the same storyline over and over again. So, of course, I was a bit skeptical about watching this one. That, and the fact that the whole "marriage contract" plot seems to be getting a bit too popular these days. But this drama, however, was a breath of fresh air. It still had that sweet and cheesy romcom feel to it, but with great characters and some interesting and thoughtful dialogue sprinkled throughout which helped in giving the drama a bit more of that mature atmosphere. Anyway, I really enjoyed this drama. It was definitely binge-watch worthy.

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    Mitsukirox101 20 days ago - edited
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    Mitsukirox101 20 days ago

    This was a really nice drama that at first didn't grab me like I was expecting it to. The characters had great development as the story moved on. I will say that in the last two episodes, Mikuri was getting a little bit annoying, but the ending was still satisfying and I enjoyed watching this drama :)

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    WhiteGoldMVs1 25 days ago

    Omg Japan did it again! Original masterpiece ❤️

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    chibiladychoi Apr 28, 2017

    Its so good that it breaks my heart. MUST WATCH!

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    chibiladychoi Apr 26, 2017

    Around 30 - single, without much savings, trying to bounce back in life and love life. Im all in.

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    Panda Apr 14, 2017 - edited

    Just finished it . I wish there are more romcoms like this. 9/10

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    Panda Apr 13, 2017

    im on episode 3 and gotta say this is why i never trust the MDL comments or ratings or anything.
    this drama is gold it starts fast not slow like 100 of comments said
    its cute and im more into japanese tragedy melos and dark dramas but this is comedy well done. im not used to japanese language since i watched more korean and chinese dramas but the female and the male lead have good voices and great comical timings

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    Diefenbaker Mar 11, 2017 - edited

    A gem.

    This has most cheery closing credits I have ever seen. Makes me want to dance in my living room. I can't stop smiling.

    Such a charmer of a show. I'm currently on episode five and I can't wait to watch all episodes. So sweet.

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    Lucy Feb 28, 2017 - edited

    I completed watching the show and I'm still wondering why is it rated so highly? Why is it recommended pretty much everywhere? It's too slow and pointless for me. I liked the comedy but not the plot. For me it worth 7/10, maybe less. Thank you Yuri-chan for making it bearable.

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      Lucy Apr 10, 2017

      I think dramas are all the same in every country. It only depends on the plot and the cast. In fact there is so many over-rated Kdramas I couldn't connect with and some low-rated ones that I enjoyed. The problem here in My DramaList is that there is 5 times more Kdrama fans than other Asian drama fans. In some other websites, specially the ones that include Animes, the Jdramas are well rated because animes lovers are more used to Japanese language, they watch more Jdramas than Kdramas. Even for me, when I started watching dramas after too many years of watching animes I preferred Jdramas over Kdramas and it took me few years before getting used to Korean.

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      peacewon Apr 10, 2017

      Well I kind of started backwards from you. But after watching almost every kdrama out there up until 2015, I was actually angry whne dramafever added non korean dramas. now I am wishing they had a lot more cdramas and Jdoramas. I love both of those probably more thna I ever did korean dramas. I was also a huge anime fan but it took a long time before I would enjoy a jdorama. I happen to be crazy about historical dramas so wuxia is perfect for me. I love jdoramas slice of life. I cannot remember the title of the last kdrama I even watched. *sigh*
      I do not think all dramas are the same in every country. there is too much sex and violence in western dramas, movies and even cartoons. I think the same goes for the hispanic dramas. Not saying some of them aren't good, I just don't liek them. and after atching asian dramas for 7 years all of a sudden all the American stars look really old and lumpy too. Buhahahahahaha

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      Lucy Apr 10, 2017

      I hate sex and violence too, when I said dramas are the same in all countries I meant Asian countries and I was talking to soracantablie about a special context, I didn't meant to say it in general. I did watch few American TV shows but not Hispanic. Some are better than Kdramas. What I'm trying to say is, good script doesn't depend on the nationality but on the scenarist's talent. Actors are not good because they are Korean it's just that there are lot of talented actors all over the world, same goes for producers and all the staff. So when good people are all together they give us a great drama to enjoy, regardless of nationality. However, of course it can't be at everyone's taste.

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      peacewon Apr 10, 2017 - edited

      ah sorry, I misunderstood. I was also speaking generally, but globally instead of Asian :) I am just too tired of the dramas that depend on sex and violence. I am ready for a show and romance and new ( to me) interesting concepts. I am really enjoying the Asian worldview. it is very cool.

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      Lucy Apr 10, 2017

      I agree, what I like the most about Asian world is comedy. I'm not a big fan of romance but It's fun to watch some times. I also like creativity and supernatural touches in most Asian stories. I don't like violence specially the horror gender, I hate stuff like Saw movies, but I love action. In fact, action dramas are my favorite.

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    Fortuna Feb 19, 2017 - edited

    First impression: Why is this drama rated so highly? The lead guy isn't cute.
    After two episodes: This drama is slow and strange. Wonder if it'll pick up.
    Somewhere past the midpoint: It's too cute!! Oh my heart - it's so touching!!
    At the end: *Sigh* Great wrap up.
    Verdict: Feels. So many feels. Cute and touching. Refreshing quirkiness. Might re-watch someday <3.

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      Vegmeh Feb 23, 2017

      You said what I felt perfectly.

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      Fortuna Feb 23, 2017 - edited

      Am watching "Totsuzen desu ga, Asita Kekkon Shimasu" for another housewife/marriage drama. Enjoyable so far (though not as quirky of course) :).

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      Vegmeh Feb 24, 2017

      I just started that yesterday! Its really good so far, as well.
      I'm all about strong female characters.

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    hala Feb 16, 2017 - edited

    Love this series so much. The idea of a herbivore pro-bachelor (I hear they're popular in Japan) with low self esteem and a self-aware pretentious girl with a job-hunting phobia, both awkward and afraid of rejection, falling in love. I loved the character development and the comedy; mikuri's imaginations are too funny the comedy's on point. Also love the side characters, they're are so endearing. Japan is so so good at this slice of life genre. 10/10


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


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