Seija No Koushin

Seija No Koushin (1998)

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Exploring the perception and treatment of mentally-challenged youth and their similarities to juvenile delinquents in Japanese society, this drama series follows the trials and tribulations of a group of adolescents in a work/study program for mentally-challenged teenagers. Although the program's intention is to gently "normalize" them for introduction in society, the group is subject to constant physical and mental abuse unbeknownst to their parents and teacher, Ms Hagawa. However, the friendship between read moreTowa, a naive but unusually articulate member of the program, and Arisu, a rebellious schoolgirl, helps both of them learn to overcome their troubles. Features a star-studded cast of current popular youth idols. (TBS)

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Aug 24, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I started watching this show three days ago (because of my obsession about Masanobu Ando) but it turned out to be so meaningful to me.

This show is an absolutely touching drama. I've watched 7 episodes yet but I can say I've learned lots of things from the charachters already. About things, about enjoying life, always loving yourself, loving the people around you, protecting the ones you love -no matter what you read more are going through.

I felt so close to the charachters as if they were all my friends. I think it was about the actors. All of the actors are really talented that they make every charachter look special and brilliant in a way. Even the evil ones, I guess.

You can easily tell music had a really important place in this drama. Starts with a quite beautiful song, ends with a beautiful song. You will see the charachters playing music instruments, different for each one of them.

My recommendation for you... I gotta tell you- if you are not so familiar with the dramas, this show might be challenging for you. And if you are an emotional person, I guarantee that you will be crying every single episode. Because I did, literally.

But doesn't matter which position of life you are in right now, I suggest you to watch this show. It will definetely give you something good, different, something to think about. Inspire you, maybe. I think I will be re-watching it whenever I feel lonely or sad about something.

Really good show in my opinion! x
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    bossmama 13 days ago

    The show feels so soulless probably because it lacks presence of recognizable human being. Among prominent characters we have one boring nice female teacher, and the rest are either devil incarnations, or the mentally disabled characters who are simply impossible to relate to (not that they're meant to be relatable, as their sole role is to evoke pity from viewers). But my biggest gripe is how the show revolves around the mentally disabled characters yet their portrayal feels too artificial and as a result their struggle don't come off as genuine.

    Enjoyment from watching this show solely comes from shock value as we watch these mentally disabled kids being made victim and tortured in various ways, and the fact that some of these events are based on true story. But even this gets boring pretty fast since the show gives about little to none exploration on the presented situation; no struggle to fight the system, no point is made on how this behavior and mentality come to be, how it could happen under the nose of society, etc. Even if there's some exploration it gets bogged down by how the antagonists are either inhumanely evil or mindless cardboard extra characters, as it detracts the realism of the events and makes them come off as... cartoony. It's too shallow to act as a relevant social commentary or even a satisfying character's journey and ends up being a huge pity party.

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    Andie Aug 5, 2017 - edited

    Does anyone know where can I watch this?

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      bossmama 18 days ago

      I couldn't find this on any streaming site either, but it's available for download here:

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      Andie 18 days ago

      Thanks! ^^

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    ChristineDavenport Jul 18, 2015 - edited

    This is one of the saddest and most heart-breaking dramas I ever seen in my life. I started to watch it because of Hirosue Ryoko and Masanobu Ando. After each episode I just could cry loud. The story is so sad and yet so beautiful on it's on. I felt really sorry for the children who didn't no nothing wrong, they just weren't so smart like the others. Yet, they had to suffer so much because some evil people just used them as they liked. But in the story there was love, there was friendship and a little light of hope too. And the saddest thing, that the drama is based on true story.
    This is one of my favourite dramas also.

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      JulySnow2 Apr 14, 2017

      Where an I watch this drama (preferably with eng sub), can't find it anywhere! Please tell me


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    Jan 9, 1998 to Mar 27, 1998
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    45 min.


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    8.0 (scored by 34 users)
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