Orange Days

Orange Days (2004)

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Kai Yuuki is in his senior year at university studying social welfare psychology. At present, he is in the middle of job-hunting season. He is finding it difficult with no job offers so far. One day, he meets a girl who is playing violin in the campus. She is Sae Hagio. In marked contrast to her beautiful tone and attractive looks, her personality is somewhat impertinent. And to top it off, she read morecommunicates through very vulgar sign language. Four years ago, she lost the most important thing for a violinist - her hearing. As a result Sae closed off her inner self from the outside world. Kai finds himself on a date with Sae, in place of his best friend. Unexpectedly, he comes into contact with Sae's private side. Love, job-hunting, friendship... Setting a campus in spring as a dorama's backdrop, it's the start of a glittering youth drama. --TBS

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Feb 5, 2014
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One of the best Japanese dramas I have ever seen. Orange Days is about a bunch of friends in university and it might make you nostalgic about your own college days (unless you're still in college/haven't been to college yet). It'll remind you of your carefree days as a student where you could spend 3 days camped up in front of a university, looking for a violin without worrying about things like read more (say) losing your job. I loved every second of this drama. There wasn't a single dull moment in the story. I picked up a few things in the sign language department too.

Coming to the characters. I loved them all! They were amazing together but even individually all the characters were so lovable in their own different ways. Kai was my favorite. I've always loved the name "Kai" ever since I read The Snow Queen. But the Kai here is just awesome. He's such a caring and sweet person. You know, the kind of people who just attract you with their personality and you can't help loving them and it's all about the substance, not the looks. Not that Kai wasn't good looking. I mean, he was hot, working those spikes like no other man on this planet (lol)! I loved Sae too. I could go on staring at her all day long while she talks in sign language. Ok, that came out a little wrong. I'm just saying that I'm really intrigued by the sign language. I feel like learning it now! Her character was awesome. So strong, despite feeling the blues of her situation at times. She was pretty funny too.

The music was great for this show and the re-watch value is super-high for me. Total ten. This drama is beautiful and addictive and I think most people would love it and should give it a try.
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Even if the summary may be a turnoff for some, Orange Days is a very distinct drama and you'll get intertwined in its beautiful and bittersweet tale. The drama touches on romance, friendships, self-acceptance, life after college, and other topics young adults face today in our world. The drama isn't too serious; it has sparks of humor as well. The characters are brilliant, endearing, and make this drama come to life. Now read more if you are not a fan of romance or youth drama, this probably isn't your cup of tea, but I still feel you should give it watch a try, watch an episode or two. I highly recommend this drama. If you like romance, youth dramas, or any of the actors from the cast, give it a shot!
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    Randevouz 6 days ago

    I love this one a lot. Very endearing and the main lead is a very caring, kind person. The ending fragment in the final episode as the credits rolls/ after the credits is such a nice touch. Ay, Tsumabuki made me love him in this drama.

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    missmaple Mar 16, 2014

    Such a heartwarming emotional drama. <3 I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a genuine love story with a great plot and good supporting characters.

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    Rosie Feb 19, 2014

    I started this a couple of days ago and I'm really liking it so far (4 eps in), its sweet, heartwarming and refreshing....

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    Cheer Feb 11, 2014

    Such a nice heartwarming drama! I am not even into these types of dramas at all but I end up enjoying it and relating to its characters a lot.
    Satoshi, Kou, Eita being in my favorite actors list is a great bonus. Even Narimiya was very likeable (:

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    winnie Feb 8, 2014

    It's been around a year since I watched Orange Days and I still hold a character crush on Kai. The nicest male lead I've seen so far, he's geninuely supportive, kind and very very cute! It is one of the best romance/friendship dramas I've seen so far, it's realistic with believable characters. Don't miss out on a real gem.

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      Bladey Jun 7, 2014

      I love Kai. Such a giving person.

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      winnie Jun 28, 2014

      I like to see more male lead characters like Kai so if you know any dramas/movies let me know bladey :D

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    palak Feb 4, 2014

    This drama is sooo beautiful. I wish more people would try watching it.

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    Lhuna-chan Jan 15, 2014

    I'm on a 2nd episode only, and already regretting why I didn't start it earlier. It's definitely not an ordinary drama.

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    Meli Jan 14, 2014

    One of the best dramas I've seen! I laughed, I cried, I ran the gambit of emotions! So worth the time and tissues for this!! It's a must see!!!!

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    Surprise-Lobotomy Nov 12, 2013
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    Starae Oct 22, 2013

    Great show, definitely worth the watch. :)

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    THATCRAZYOTAKU Aug 2, 2013

    Watching it right now and loving it! Nice acting! I like the flow of the drama!
    Oh, Juri Ueno isn't listed in the cast yet?! *add her to cast list*

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    AmandaMarta Jul 28, 2013

    Plainly Convinced.

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    TheHugMonster Jun 21, 2013

    where did you guys go to watch this?

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      sakurasomething Jun 22, 2013

      here's where I watched Orange Days
      this dailymotion user has them as well:

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    Betty20 May 4, 2013

    I really really liked this drama and I loved little brat Sae the most.
    Kai, always so nice and supportive. Lucky Sae! :)
    Nice, warm and cute drama. Great acting from Tsumabuki Satoshi and Shibasaki Kou.

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    Jupiter Apr 2, 2013

    Loved this. :)


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    Apr 11, 2004 to Jun 20, 2004
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    45 min.


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