Sprout (2012)

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Sprout is based on a popular manga by Nanba Atsuko that's been serialized in 'Bessatsu Friend'. The love story in 'Sprout' evolves when two high school students, named Souhei and Miku, start living under the same roof after Miku's parents turn their home into a boarding house.

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Sep 14, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I have to start out by saying that I am middle aged and thus may have a different tolerance for slow, slow, slooooooooow dramas, especially those that make me feel nostalgic about my own youth. Sprout is really nothing special, the simplest story about a girl who falls for a boy who is dating someone else, and how the relationship unfolds over a summer vacation. The reason why I give it such read more a high rating is because the show delivers exactly what it set out to do, and that does not happen as often.

I loved Sprout because it really captures the essence of that first love, and it does so with great cinematography, beautiful piano music, catchy rock tunes, and lots of eye candy. The intense feeling that you're destined, the incredulity that you're not the one for the one you love, the fact that you can feel both agony and exhilaration at the same time when you catch a glimpse of the person you like when you're going down the steps in school. It also shows quite well how one refuses to accept that one has stopped loving someone and moved on to someone else--that first disappointment in oneself and in love in general.

The show is very slow, but I think this is because with the fixed images, the piano music, the seemingly simple scenes, they want you to savor how intense and unique the commonest of moments may seem to you when you're first in love. Perhaps this series works better for those over 30 who know love changes flavor after a few years, who knows.

The acting is a bit off, particularly in Jesse Lewis, who is gorgeous but has much to learn. Miku is awkward, but it does not go poorly with her character, and Chinen Yuri displays all the warmth and charm that one would need to fall for a boy in high school. All in all, I think this relatively young cast did a pretty good job.

I encourage you to give it a try if you enjoy romantic stories that are slow, understated, and emotionally honest. But it is certainly not one of those exciting shows that have you gripping the edge of your seat.
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Oct 20, 2012
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
Just finished this one. I gave it 5/10 yet still I really liked this. Why 5, you ask? Because I think this would've been a lot better if it was a movie instead of 12 episode drama.

The acting... really bad. I felt like I was watching stones :'D The music... it fits the drama but it's repetitive. I hope there would've been more variety to the music. The story... slow slow read more slow. Like I said, would've been better as a movie.

This is very short review but... yeah.

This drama is cute indeed but... that's all.
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both about high school students.
Both female leads have a crush.
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Both shows are about high school teen-love and friendship. They both show the interconnected-ness of people.
Their main plots revolve around the struggle of everyday high school life for the characters.
The shows also follow a similar pace of events, with nothing occurring really that quickly or slowly--kind of the pace you would expect from a mellow/low-key high school drama.
There is also a slightly nostalgic feel to both of them.
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    lindalinda Feb 15, 2017

    This is an enjoyable youth drama. I like the bgm, the piano tune and the landscape was so beautiful, it got perfect summer vibes. It's a great cinematography. If watching this, try it without thinking too much about the plot because it's lacking in that.

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    TokkiLily Oct 25, 2016

    I agree it would have been better as a one of movie rather than a 12 episode drama but then again I'm glad it was a drama because we get to see it for longer!

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    WinterGale Sep 15, 2016

    I want this kind of genre makes me feel like a highschooler again LOL

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    Kawaitanee Jul 31, 2016
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    Humbledaisy Mar 28, 2016

    Sweet, slow, summertime romance. Although that senior girl manager from the soccer team was seriously annoying. For 7/8 of the series, I thought she was a teacher with an inappropriate crush on the lead. Liked this show very much despite that!

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    KMR Oct 10, 2015 - edited

    Oh girl please, you have a great guy and you choose the other one???? Does that even make sense!?

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      girl_on_fire Mar 31, 2016

      Not at all. I don't get why she went all switcheroo on him.

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    TokkiLily Jul 27, 2015 - edited

    For me the music saved this drama, also became a fan of Chinen Yuri! ♡

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    H1kikomori Apr 4, 2015

    just had to rewatch this jus t to remember what it was about and why i had originally gave it a low rating... TOTALLY deserved a lower rating due to its slow paste for the wrong guy to get the girl

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    Izaya Oct 30, 2014

    I thought this drama was so incredibly cheesy and uneventful... :l

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    tibbysd Oct 9, 2014 - edited

    where can i watch this?

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    thirdworld Sep 24, 2014

    So disappointing. The drama was fine and I actually didn't skip as much as I usually do with other drama's. But the stupid ending made me mad. I didn't like who everyone ended up with and it just made me feel as though it was a "typical" drama even though it started out feeling like a 'different' drama. Not to mention the acting need some work but that didn't bother me too much.

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    AmyLovesDramas Jun 30, 2014

    This drama was so darn boring -_- No character development or even chemistry between the leads.

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    femmedesneiges May 28, 2014

    Why is this drama so awkward? Why can't these kids just like who they're supposed to like and get on with life?

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    Nana8 Dec 18, 2013

    I found this story relaxing and good to watch, the only thing that bothered me was the end, the end ruined the entire drama for me...

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    Livvy Aug 1, 2013

    i found this drama boring really, the acting was wooden (probably because most of the actors are fairly new and young) but this drama did have a few cute moments but was nothing original and well i just felt like i was watching a 'childish' drama


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    Jul 7, 2012 to Sep 29, 2012
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    23 min.


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