Yakou Kanransha

Yakou Kanransha (2013)

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The drama is based on the best selling same-titled novel Minato Kanae, and is about two families that reside in the same upscale neighborhood. Amongst all the beautiful homes lined up in a row, there is a small house that belongs to the Endo family. Even though it is small, but it is a dream come true for Endo Mayumi. Living directly opposite them, is the elite Takahashi family. With their three read moregifted and smart children and a doctor husband, the Takahashis seem like a blessed and happy family.
One day, Takahashi Hiroyuki is found murdered. The police suspect the murderer is someone the family knows...

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    Yako Kanransha; Ferris Wheel at Night

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Aug 24, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I don't know where to start with this review. This drama is a crime drama, but done from the point of view of the people involved in the crime. The theme of this drama is "this can happen in any family". It's a normal family, with all that comes with it, the good and the bad, the warmth and the pressure, happiness and sadness. Watching each episode can be overwhelming and sometimes read more I'm not too sure if I'm ready to watch the next episode. But once I started watching it a totally get absorbed.

Drama effectively portrays the complicated relationship between family members. A person trying to show their love to one party can be taken as additional and unwelcomed pressure from the other party, who would feel not good enough for attaining what is expected of them. It's never black and white between family members. Its always love and resentment, co-existing. Sometimes they over do-it, a particular character I felt like beating up half the time, while the other half I felt bad for her.

Even so the drama did manage to keep us in suspense. Half way through the drama, the suspects get narrowed down but another mystery gets revealed, and keeps you wondering what the truth is.

No complaint in the acting department. Actually there are some young talent to look out for. Some actors we usually see in secondary roles are put under the spot light which was nice.

As for the music, I loved the ending theme song, it was upbeat soundtrack added to the last scene of each episode, encouraging you to watch more.

I didn't start watchign this drama for a particular actor so what kept me going and enjoying this is the story, executiong and talent. It has a nice balance in many themes like family, love, friendship, mystery, crime.
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Dec 5, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Murder mysteries rarely touch upon the lasting impact of the crime. We see little beyond investigation, that twisting game of "Who? How? Why?" played by detectives. Our terminus tends to be the apprehension of the wrongdoer and their ultimate punishment. But what befalls the loved ones of both parties (victim and criminal alike)? How does the surrounding community react and change? In this hauntingly beautiful synthesis between suspense and human drama, such read more elements are explored thoughtfully alongside a capable mystery.

As implied above, Yakou Kanransha delves into the effects a shocking murder has on two families (and the town in which they live). It is an emotional story marked by highs and lows, much like the ever-rotating path the titular Ferris wheel follows. Other issues tackled over its course include bullying (by neighbors and classmates), ostracization, domestic violence, and societal pressure. Unlike many other Japanese dramas with such a focus, family is not held on a pedestal. Instead we're shown a realistically flawed structure, full of secrets and misunderstandings. Despite this, beauty remains to be found in the connection between friends, brothers and sisters, parents and children; something so imperfect can still be wonderful.

Most incredible might be how deftly these emotive aspects are combined with exciting, cerebral ones. Character development intermingles flawlessly with shocking revelations and startling secrets. Scenes are rarely lingered on; the pacing maintains a seamless stability throughout the series.

Japan excels at the ensemble piece; Yakou Kanransha boasts a large cast which more than lives up to this standard. Suzuki Kyoka clocks in a believable and solid performance as Endo Mayumi. This role is written simply so she might serve as our eyes into this fantastic circumstance; despite this, Suzuki-san completely brings her to life. Among the other adults, Yasuda Shota and Natsuki Mari are of great interest. Natsuki-san plays an especially polarizing part, yet her consistent and complex portrayal makes quite the impression.

But young actors Nakagawa Taishi (15) and Sugisaki Hana (16) completely steal the show. Both deliver honest and affecting performances beyond their years. Particularly Nakagawa-san; it floored me how drawn into his scenes I became as the series rolled along. Definitely a budding career to watch.

If like me, music comprises an important part of your viewing experience: take heart. Yakou Kanransha posesses an immaculate soundtrack, full of richly mysterious strings and hollow piano. There are also fine vocals, such as those from Ai (ending theme "Voice," which exudes action), and Reiko Oshima ("Daydreaming," a hopeful ballad with a bittersweet feel). Other highlights include the masterful use of sound effects; during particularly intense scenes, one can sometimes hear the grinding machinery and clacking carts of the Ferris wheel. Also take note of its use as imagery between scenes; you'll never forget the way it looks, brightly lit at night.
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    IWatchDramas Nov 23, 2014
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    JDRAMAFAN Oct 31, 2014

    WOW. What n EPIC drama, Masterpiece

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    displacedmoon Oct 19, 2014

    I love it when I come across gems like these. Had me on my toes to the very end.

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    anastassia Oct 18, 2014

    Wow. I just watched this drama in one night. This drama is beyond what I expecting. It is very realistic, very intense and very disturbing but it evolved into something very beautiful and depth about human emotions and human interaction. What we lose nowadays while chasing the ideal and lose what matters most in sincerity and value of ourself within.

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    baka_usagi Aug 28, 2014
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    Ginger Aug 25, 2014
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      Earthquake Sep 2, 2014

      thanks for the spoiler.....

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      Ginger Sep 2, 2014

      I intended to put "spoiler" mark on this...but I forgot...
      but...what spoiler? you won't understand a thing from what I wrote unless you watched it...all I said is that it's realistic & I like the older Bro...would you please point the spoiler part for me?!

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      Earthquake Sep 2, 2014
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    SayItAintSoJoe Aug 11, 2014

    This was such a great show! It has a great message about how striving to live up to ideals can destroy your life and the lives of your family members. It's better to be grateful and content.

    It also has a great message about casting away judgement because we're not as different as we may think. We're all capable of great good and great evil.

    The other message is for families and how we often try to sweep our problems under the rug and then they end up surfacing in irrational behaviors. We should confront them and try to listen and understand things from others perspective. Also we should not childishly wallow in self pity, or live in unnecessary fear of not being accepted by others or living up to other's ideals.

    And the cool thing about Japan is that they have a way of working all this in in a really poetic and artistic way without being too preachy. That's good cinema.

    The drama in the show is intense. The acting is good. The music is good too. I don't think I've completed a drama this fast in a while. I pretty much marathoned the 2nd half and I haven't marathoned anything in a while.

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    Gummy May 15, 2014

    This drama is really a gem. Each characters have a dark side, even the one that look the most reliable. Loved the plot and the overall atmosphere of this drama

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    Bladey Apr 1, 2014
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    Moniisek Feb 11, 2014

    uwaaaaa, that ending was so good, wrapped up things nicely. I cried practically the whole episode. Inferiority complex, huh. Hurting not only yourself but those dearest to you. I'm glad the murder wasn't based on some overused drama reasons like money, forbidden love or cheating.

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    Mocha Jan 31, 2014

    I loved the friendship between Mayumi and Junko. I also loved the ending theme it was so good. It was a great drama overall.

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    xoxo Jan 20, 2014

    Kojima-san = Regina George

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    Cheer Jan 13, 2014

    That was an awesome yet underrated drama. I loved the Yakou Kanransha's theme and mixing the mystery and family genres together. It was a great watch.

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    irisixora Jan 13, 2014

    what a masterpiece and amazing drama...the storyline,the drama,the cast was so perfect....definitely one of the best jdrama in 2013....eventho the subbed was pretty late but it's worth it...

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    mascot Nov 20, 2013

    Finally! Thanks so much to those who continued its English translation! It is one of the best drama/crime/family/mystery dramas I ever watched. I am gradually being fond of Japanese mystery/crime novels! Keep up the good work!


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    Jan 18, 2013 to Mar 22, 2013
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    45 min.


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    8.4 (scored by 235 users)
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