Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi

Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi (2013)

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Set within the fictional city of Mahoro, Keisuke Tada and Haruhiko Gyoten are two thirty something divorced men who run a “benriya” (odd jobs for hire) business. The drama series depicts their interactions with clients in their agency, which is located across the street from a station.

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Nov 21, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi is simply one of the most underrated dramas of this year. I am sure that most people didn’t even hear about this drama. I call it lack of attention for these types of Japanese dramas and it can be somewhat understandable.

So what is this about? It’s a story about “Benri-ya” which literally means “handy men”. The two main leads are given certain jobs to accomplish and they get read more involved in various adventures through their clients’ requests. It’s a concept that’s not very unique since I am sure that many of you saw dramas where the main leads are “problems-solvers” where they get into contact with many characters and go through various situations to achieve their missions.

However, what shines in that episodic pattern is that our main leads don’t get involved in their clients’ lives to be sacred savers, heroes or creators of happy ever after endings. Even the side characters are Mahoro’s ordinary people and job requests don’t demand anything heroic to pull through. In this drama, the situations are handled quite realistically than any other non-detective episodic drama I saw, it deals with some of the life’s dark cases such as prostitution, stalking, AV’s, Yakuza, alcoholics, etc. I was actually surprised in a good way with its pattern.

Another point that attracted me about this drama’s screenwriting is the great slices of humor; I always appreciated Japanese style of comedy and silly hilarious situations so during this drama, I always had to pause and laugh out loud for a while.
The acting is realistic and very believable; I wouldn’t choose any other actors over Eita and Matsuda Ryuhei for the main roles; they did great jobs with their characters’ portrayal. Even guest actors delivered good performance although I am not familiar with half of them.

The characterization is top-notch. As a stated above, the main characters in this drama aren’t sacred saviors; they’re actually anti-heroes without dreams, ambitions, a real life or even families and friends. In short, they have nothing so they need to take job requests that allow them to eat meals even if many of them are hard to accept. Although Tada is a straight gentle character, Gyôten is a real slacker who’s always hanging around in pajamas pissing Tada off just for fun. He’s also a rudely honest character who throws his words without counting the consequences but everything he says is practically pure joy and he always make me laugh whether it’s the way he runs, the way he talks or the way he imitate zombies. That guy is surely going to get a spot in my “favorite characters list”.

The music managed to catch my intention although I don’t really focus on drama’s music but the “Happy Janai, Lucky Janai” and “Matomo ga Wakaranai” songs were really enjoyable and perfectly suited for this drama’s theme.

Watch this drama if:
-You like Japanese style of comedy.
-You like to watch light-hearted drama with great life-like situations.
-You like Eita, Matsuda Ryuhei or both.

Do not watch if:
-You dislike Japanese silly sense of humor. I know that many people don’t appreciate it.
-You dislike Matsuda Ryuhei.

To make the long story short, Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi is an enjoyable piece of Japanese humor with greatly chosen life-like situations and realistic acting skills that deserves to be watched by the fans of this genre. It’s definitely one of the best dramas made this year.
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In Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi and River's Edge, both leads are willing to do odd jobs for hire. In Mahoro, they call themselves benriya, while in River's Edge they are private investigators. Ultimately, investigative skills are used by both casts to get to the bottom of a job/mystery, which often involves helping the downtrodden, criminal, and rejects of society. Additionally, both dramas can be described as having gritty undertones, while still keeping it light by infusing that quirky humor the Japanese are known for.
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    kittyflumpin Apr 25, 2014

    I'm nearing the end of this and I'm "rationing" out episodes because I don't want to finish it too soon (despite the fact that I also want to marathon it at the same time). I find myself wishing I could hang out with Tada and Gyoten and just, well, do nothing alongside them. The best part is, I get the impression that Eita and Matsuda Ryuhei had a genuinely good time filming this; it comes through in their easy interaction. I'm so glad I somehow stumbled upon SayItAintSoJoe's 2013 article about "The Best of 2013" and gave this drama a shot.

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    mrhid Apr 20, 2014

    This is good drama, deserve more score. I hope there will be season 2 and so on and so on!

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    _Pien_ Feb 21, 2014

    Just started watching this and it's genius. It took me a while because the synopsis didn't seem special but once you start watching you realize that's it's strength. It's actually not a drama about anything special but that makes it so appealing, real, hilarious and "heartwarming" in a strange way. Such a shame it's not more widely known. Eita and Matsuda shine in their roles. This deserves more viewers!

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    Lhuna-chan Sep 27, 2013

    anything similar anywhere? That's beyond genius and hilarious!

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    PortgasDAce Sep 15, 2013

    'Oi, Gyoten!' This drama had me laughing a lot! Matsuda Ryuhei's character Gyoten is probably one of my favourite characters. How he runs is pretty funny too.

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    MoseKnows_all Aug 4, 2013

    I absolutely LOVED it!!! Such a fascinating mix of laugh out loud comedy, dark reality, & spurts of action. The chemistry between Eita & Matsuda Ryuhei was perfection! I couldn't have asked for more! Easy 10 out of 10.

    Anyone know where I can find the film with eng subs?

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    lontongstroong Jul 31, 2013

    Gyooooten is teh king!!!!! All hail to the gayyy!!!

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    SayItAintSoJoe Jul 22, 2013

    I liked the movie, but it was really slow. It made me sleepy. Is the drama the same way?

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    What2Watch Jul 13, 2013

    "That's how our complicated gay S-M partnership began" lol Matsuda Ryuhei as Gyoten is probably one of my favourite drama characters. The stuff he says are absolutely priceless.

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    NinaJade82 Jul 6, 2013

    These two crazy men hahahaha. <3 them.

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    Moniisek May 22, 2013

    "Instead of being sneaky about it, I'm being openly lazy here."
    this drama has it all.

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    Evony Jan 21, 2013

    Odd Jobs? That reminds me of Yorozuya from Gintama, lol!

    Ah, adding it - it would be cool if Eita played somebody similar to Gintoki. Only he can pull of somebody as, ekhm, eccentric as this guy.

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      Bladey Oct 16, 2013

      have you ever got around to watching it? :D

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    12
  • Aired:

    Jan 11, 2013 to Mar 30, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Friday
  • Network:

    TV Tokyo
  • Duration:

    29 min.

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  • Score:

    8.4 (scored by 174 users)
  • Ranked:

    #149
  • Popularity:

    #1132

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