Osozaki no Himawari

Osozaki no Himawari (2012)

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The drama is set at the beautiful Shimanto River in the Kochi prefecture and revolves around a group of seven men and women and the unfolding of their lives.

Ikuta plays a man named ‘Joutarou’, who’s a typical example of the so-called ‘lost generation’ in Japan. The term ‘lost generation’ refers to people who face a scarcity of employment right after graduating from school and therefore are left without any real perspective. read moreHe was lucky to find a regular employment, but it didn’t last long and he was laid off due to downsizing. Around the same time he was also dumped by his girlfriend. Fed up with his life, he somehow ends up in a ‘revitalization group’ of the Shimanto River area in Kochi. -- Tokyohive

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    遅咲きのヒマワリ~ボクの人生、リニューアル~ ; Osozaki no Himawari ~Boku no Jinsei, Renewal~ ; Late Blooming Sunflower ~My Life, Renewal~

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Jul 6, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
"A quiet life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; and work, which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbour — such is my idea of happiness."
- Lev Tolstoy

I hope you can forgive me if my penchant for read more quotes invades a review. I have watched Osozaki no Himawari some time ago and loved it but never came around to write a review for it. Then I stumbled upon the words of Tolstoy and was immediately reminded of it.

The essence of this drama is, ultimately, the pursuit of happiness. It shows how this last can be found in the most unexpected places, with the most random people, doing things we would never have taken into consideration, if we hadn't been forced to do so by the circumstances.
The simple message this drama tries to send is beautifully conveyed, thanks to a wonderful cast that creates lovely characters and warms the heart. Ikuta Toma is perfect for the part: he's goofy and reasonable at the same time, I'd say he is the new element that unconsciously brings an otherwise sleepy community to a new life, while he himself learns to adapt and understand.
Jotaro's interactions with Kahori, wonderfully portrayed by a talented Maki Yoko are priceless, and their phone conversations are the sweetest thing ever. "Ore ore" will remain in my memory for a long time.

What makes this drama so special, besides the adorable ensemble of characters, is the cinematography. Perhaps the Shimanto River Region is so beautiful one doesn't need to be a particularly skilled photographer to capture its charm on screen; whatever the case, the end result is stunning. If the intention of this drama direction was to promote the region, I must say they succeded: when I finally visit Japan, it will be one of the first places I put on my itinerary.

The music is lovely too, and I agree with Sewitches that the idea of having the whole cast sing the leitmotif is brilliant.

If you are the type of person who feels at ease in the countryside, who finds happiness in small things, this drama will appeal to you. On the other hand, if you need the dizziness of crowded cities with a lot of events going on, it may not. This is a relaxing trot, not a wild gallop.
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Jan 17, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
This drama got my attention because of Ikuta Toma. But in the end I get to love all the characters.
This drama is about Jotaro, who struggles in Tokyo because of job and unsteady life. He then decides to take a job in local revitalization team in Shimanto, small town in Kyushu. It really sounds boring. But the true is, that this drama is really nice, relaxing and somehow touching. It's not read more forced and the storyline is progressing in good pace. We can see the beautiful nature of Shimanto, the river and the bridge. We can see local elderly people and local problems. Somehow it is nearer to common people's hearts. It's not a flashy story about Tokyo, that's why I liked it a lot.
So we have Jotaro, who can't find his way of life. Kahori, the doctor who has another dream. The mysterious Morishita, nurse with a dark past. Hiroki, whose past is always chasing him. Junichi, who never stepped outsite of his beloved town and Sayori, who is not really living a happy married life. This drama is simple, but great. Not to mention the greatest opening song in the universe sung by main cast :)
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It gave me the same feel but on a different age level. Osozaki is more on a midlife resolution while Orange Days is on a college level life choices and experiences.
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The lead characters go through some soul searching after being assigned at a new job to help people within the community. These two dramas have heartfelt story-lines.
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    Antonin Jul 18, 2017
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    Rokurota Mar 25, 2017

    Hey, look! its slice of life dorama with nice location-AANNNNDDDDD it's adultery and shit.

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    Saitamadiaries Mar 1, 2017

    Loved the drama, for it's relaxing slice of life feel. Ending was really sweet too.

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    Hisato Jan 24, 2017

    Loved it, any rec for drama like this one ? :)

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    jagasthesecond Jan 2, 2017 - edited

    When I read the synopsis, I thought this will be dull. But,I gave it a try because of Ikuta Toma hehe. When I watched this, it never got boring. What a relaxing j-drama. What a beautiful town. Props to the creators, the music composer, andthe cast. <3

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    MorwenHelvete Mar 29, 2016

    This is of me favs <3

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    Tamago Mar 28, 2016

    I got interested in this drama because Maki Yoko is starring in it, and I was in for a great surprise. I've only watched 2 episodes so far, but I love it already.

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    Juls Dec 20, 2015

    The university professor ..... the cheese is strong with that one.

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    Lhuna-chan Oct 2, 2015

    I'll treasure this one.

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    niorai Sep 25, 2015

    Everything was so beautiful about this drama!

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    largercody Sep 23, 2015

    Just finished the first episode and I must say, it is a heartwarming drama and I can guarantee it'll become a Masterpiece and one of my all time favorites

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    darkangel662008 May 19, 2015 - edited

    I'm so in love with Toma :) I've been waiting forever for that last scene and it's still not enough!!!

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    fadetoblack Apr 21, 2015 - edited

    They should add romance to the category tag also... there is like a huge love octogon here with everybody having a crush on somebody else in the group lol

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    fadetoblack Apr 20, 2015

    i wish i could live in a beautiful town like that one

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    KJDL Mar 11, 2015

    I have never watched a drama that makes me feel this peaceful for every single episode


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    Oct 23, 2012 to Dec 25, 2012
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    Fuji TV
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    54 min.


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    8.2 (scored by 609 users)
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