Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu

Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu (2011)

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Emi is a lighting technician in a lighting company. Because she is always working with men, she comes to behave like a boy. She is not interested in fashion or other things that girls usually care about. She doesn't fall in love with someone because she thinks love is tiresome. But she actually still loves her ex-boyfriend who is her colleague in the same company.

Mako is an earnest office worker. She read moreis rather clumsy and afraid of falling in love with someone. She didn't have sex with any boy before she fell in love with one colleague.

Saki is a beautiful and prideful girl. She hopes to be a journalist but she doesn't realize her dream. So she has to be a hostess in a bar to help support her family. She tells her family members that she was working in a large publisher house and earned a lot of money every month. She has met a kind and helpful man who is married and fallen in love with him.

  • Native title:

    私が恋愛できない理由
  • Also Known as:

    The Reason I Can't Find My Love;

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shadowdancer
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Jan 9, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Why could I not find my love? The title actually gives you an idea what you should be expecting. If you are looking for a romance that makes you shed tears of happiness or sadness, this is NOT your drama.This drama more likely questions "love" based on three female characters in a realistic way.If you are a female you may find similarities to your life/emotions etc. If you are a male, it read more may make you understand a little about the other part.
Eventhough it is "realistic", the story still takes you in and is not boring.It is not like it is too exciting or something but somehow it is warm and calm so you just follow it peacefully.
The characters are pretty well thought and the actors all fit in perfectly. I always think the best acting is the one that you don't notice, so you can say everyone even supporting actors did perfect job.As a minus it has to be mentioned that the male characters were a little weak, but the actors somehow filled the void.
The opening theme along the insert songs are matching the concept very good as well.The intro of the drama is also well thought and along with the music it gives you hints about the characters.
To sum up, I do not think I will watch this drama again.Not because I did not like it but because the drama gave me something to think about and I do not think I'll forget it. Well it may not work the same for you though, so just consider this drama as a warm casual life drama, that will not addict you but probably pass your time.
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phoenixtearz9
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Jan 18, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I went into this drama not expecting much, but I am happy to say I was wrong. This drama really does take a look at love through the eyes of women. Every woman is different, so there is no real way to truly understand how a woman feels about love. But with this drama, you get a good look into the minds/hearts of women.

I thought this was going to be a read more Japanese adaptation of "Sex in the City" which I really hated, but it wasn't. Granted there were some similarities, but not enough to make me think "Oh this is just like, that show." The feel of this drama enticed me from the first episode.. the way its written, makes you feel like your one of the girls, because no matter what, as a woman you will identify with any and all of the character's at some point or other.

Acting wise, I was very impressed with all the actresses, but the most impressed by Karina. I didn't recognize her at first, because she was just so natural, I honestly wonder if she was even wearing make-up for most of the show. Her character was more like me than the other's so I probably identified with her more. Even the supporting actors were good too. The music was really good as well. And I will be re-watching at some point.

Now, why this drama didn't get a perfect score.. At places I found myself saying, "Yeah that's true, but..." I felt like that a lot with this drama, so it could have been written a little better.
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    Sora Nov 25, 2016

    Misuzu is really beautiful!! I like this drama so far. It deals with different problems related to love and it's quite realistic too. I really like all the characters too. The opening song was quite cringe at first but I got used to it lol

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    iindu Jun 21, 2015

    good watch..realistic and fun at the same time.

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    Yojijukugo Jun 13, 2015

    Pretty good this. Women who moan when they haven't got a boyfriend and moan about it when they do.. Karina is completely suited to her role as a clumsy indecisive tomboy. The last part of the finale was filmed live which was a nice touch, and she mucked up her lines

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    fadetoblack May 4, 2015

    sadly this is a drama i can relate to!!

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    twicky Dec 30, 2013

    I enjoyed watching this, pretty cute ending. :)

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    Tsuyu Sep 28, 2013

    An excellent drama from beginning to end. The ending wasn't what I wanted or expected, but overall, I wasn't too disappointed. The OST pulled at my heartstrings. Loved the girl bonding.

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    educto1 Jul 28, 2013

    REALITY BITES drama. I liked it.

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    Syntax_Error Apr 17, 2013
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    Syntax_Error Apr 16, 2013

    This drama gave me goosebumps. Its weird. Maybe because I can relate to the story.. So far I am enjoying watching this..

    I really loved the theme song they selected for this. (Love Song by: Amuro Namie). :)

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    rinsuzuki Apr 4, 2013

    I cant believe that it was underrated!! It was sooo good!!

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    LLL78 Oct 28, 2012

    Loved to Opening song :D
    Just saying :)

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      Marlee87 Nov 23, 2012

      tried track-id but it only came with kanji, which I definetly can't read, oh well I just have to have the opening song on repeat on the player :O

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      shadowdancer Dec 6, 2012

      opening song? You mean Amuro Namie's song, Sit Stay Wait Down? or did I get you guys wrong?

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      LLL78 Dec 8, 2012

      OMG YES THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
      I somewhat recognized Amuro Namie's voice but I wasn't to sure plus I didn't have the title! But thanks now I can put it on my phone on replay!!

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      shadowdancer Dec 9, 2012

      :) anytime,I like the song a lot too so I am glad to help...have fun! :)

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    Maisweetlove Jun 24, 2012

    I really enjoyed this drama. The characters matured with each episode and the story line was clear and fun. However, if you are looking for "ground shaking" romance, then this is not it. I won't include spoilers about the ending, but I'd definitely recommend it. :D

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    KdramaQueen89 May 20, 2012

    Found this randomly one day but wasn't interested in watching. It turned out to be an unexpectedly really good J drama. I really liked the characters. I rated it a 9=)

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    Nana87 May 4, 2012

    started well then it got me bored

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    Arisa_sshi Mar 1, 2012

    this was one of the best dramas i've ever seen. especially for the love genre. i love the documentary type of production, like how it sheds light on depressing struggles in love. great drama and i highly recommend it, esp. to those who really do think love is troublesome, hard, etc. i really love namie amuro's songs used in this drama too! her "love story" song is the best! really makes you feel empathetic with the characters and their situations whenever this song pops up. this effect became highlighted greater when the singer guest starred in the ending and sang this song.. :) great drama.

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    10
  • Aired:

    Oct 17, 2011 to Dec 19, 2011
  • Aired On:

    Monday
  • Network:

    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    7.7 (scored by 1,131 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1171
  • Popularity:

    #2364

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