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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    Diefenbaker 17 days ago - 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 28 days ago

    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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    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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    ayse Feb 14, 2017

    i was expecting a light hearted romance but this is so much more than that, problems of modern women is portrayed,discussed in a tasteful way, plus the characters' inner conflicts are being narrated which is done just the way i love it

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    ochan07 Feb 11, 2017

    This drama is SOOOO GOOD!!!!!

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    selfex selfex Feb 11, 2017 - edited

    Absolutely recommended. Guys, can you suggest similar type of j drama or k drama. Thx in advance. I love this type of plot in dramas. Ive already seen hapi mari, wonderful life, goong, accidental couple, marriage contract, fated to love you, chungyan, etc. Pls suggest new ones quite similar to this drama or a movie, instead. Thx really.

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      Katelynn Brooks Feb 14, 2017

      Sweet's old but..ya know....and marriage not dating, Something about 1% has at least a contract engagement...haven't seen it. Delightful girl choon hyang, King 2Hearts, Full House *only seen the Thai version, apparently it's the best.* Mermaid's prince is coming up I know...not out yet though...Prime minister and I...Mary staid out all night is a fake marriage to avoid an arranged one but its really sweet.

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      selfex selfex Feb 14, 2017

      Appreciate your reply... thanks really. Do you have any other suggestions preferably j dramas. Thx

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      Katelynn Brooks Feb 15, 2017

      ooooh Jdramas...yeah I have only watched like one or two... from 5 to 9 maybe, he's supposed to be her omai partner...all I know of
      All I can think of..I don't know many Jdramas

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      selfex selfex Feb 15, 2017

      Thanks katelyn for your suggestion. Appreciate it. If you find anything new, please feel free to suggest.

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      Katelynn Brooks Feb 15, 2017

      You're welcome and I will...if you want contract relationships I probably could find you more of those, but they might not be Jdrama...

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    jagasthesecond Feb 9, 2017

    That koi dance at the end of the each episode makes me dance to its beat, every time!
    Overall, a cute show.

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    Marooya Feb 7, 2017

    Wow the narration in this drama is really good and touches your heart. Very warm drama and even though it might be too good to be true they managed to make it believable really good execution and wonderful performance by Aragaki Yui.

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    SaraXD Feb 7, 2017

    This was surprisingly really good.

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    naccu Feb 2, 2017

    Binged watched this jdrama in a day and now have nothing to do with my life! Actually this story made me realize I have no life (self pity laugh-->) hahaha

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    Turri Feb 2, 2017

    Ahhh it became my favourite jdrama. It's so special to me. I wanted it to last longer. I strongly recommend it. :D

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    Princess_Saber Feb 1, 2017 - edited

    Watch this if you are into Josei dramas, with mature topics involving marriage, career, family. This one is an eye opener for me, as I already reached the age when I can become curious about marriage and the things that go along with. This struck me really deep and I love it so much. It gives me serious insight about what I'm gonna do my life. If you are considering marriage or in one, this one is for you. After all, it touch the realities of marriage issues too. If you are into the usual shoujo appeal, this would bore you because all the cheesiness in this drama is not typically those that are felt with young ones or superficial ones ( like your usual teenage love story). You need to be deep to understand this, go beyond first love, heartbreaks, love triangles, or the usually cliche images about romances.

    I like how the hug was portrayed like a very deep emotional connection that is much deeper and much stronger than a kiss. I was really satisfied with the hugs. For the first time watching jdrama that I did not complain about the kisses. The relationship is so sweet that actually seeing and understanding it in goes beyond skin ship.

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    manggang_hilaw Feb 1, 2017 - edited
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    rosyprincess Feb 1, 2017

    ❤ ❤ ❤


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


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