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; Yakou Kanransya

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Dec 5, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
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  • 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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Apr 16, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
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  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I think the other reviewer has said all what I wanted to say, this drama moves people in so many different ways. I was moved and cried a lot especially in the latter episodes because in a way I can relate to the struggles of the families in this drama.

I'm giving this a perfect score in all aspects because I thought it's that perfect. The suspense was held evenly throughout the read more drama, although the jittery feeling might be felt the most at the first episode (I almost puked to be honest. Such injustice).

It doesn't bore at all and it does not try to preach, like what many other family dramas might do (although to be honest, this is my first time watching a drama directly about family relationships). Rather, it lets you look at yet another (perhaps distorted, perhaps not) side of reality and exposes you to the emotions of the families which may be suffering from any or - goodness forbid - all of the issues tackled in it.

The music is perfect, the sound effects and the music come in and out at the right times and fit every scene appropriate for them. I like the ending so much, and the allusion of life to the ferris wheel really is a deep one, but it fits perfectly.

Gave a perfect score for rewatching because I'd like to see the superb acting and all those raw emotions all over again if I could help it. (To be honest, I'm not much a rewatcher though).

I recommend this to anyone who would like to be reminded that there is hope in spite of whatever storm that comes to your life... just look around and there are people willing to support you no matter what - in totally not a melodramatic way such as what I've just written (because goodness knows we're all sick of it).
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The plots of these two dramas are very similar - two families who live in the same building and hide some secrets.
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    condo minium Jul 17, 2017

    watchin this drama after watchin Reverse and N no tameni, kanae minato's drama is great i love it <3

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    KT-nam May 18, 2017
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    Mitsukirox101 May 11, 2017
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    Mitsukirox101 May 11, 2017 - edited

    Wow just finished watching this, I must say this truly lives up to the name of 'drama'. The plot was well made, and it's one of those crime/drama shows where you piece together the mystery each episode. I came here after watching Ishida Yuriko in NigeHaji but I must say Suzuki Kyoka really stole the show with her superb acting. It's a must-watch!

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    Marooya Mar 22, 2017

    I can't beleive that this drama is written by the same novel writer of N no Tame ni! I also can't believe that while everyone loves N no Tame ni very little people has watched this one! And it has lower overall ratings than NnTn! Yakou Kanransha is so much better than NnTn in so many levels. I loved this drama very much and enjoyed every second of it. It's a pity that a drama as brilliant as this one is underrated and overlooked.

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    Chaimae Ennaji Jan 18, 2017 - edited

    Breathtaking. First time I watch a drama that fast.

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      yamaidayuto Jan 25, 2017

      Where did you watch episode 7 and above? I couldn't find it anywhere :(

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    sanasoufi Dec 19, 2016 - edited

    It was MINDBLOWING! Loved it! This drama makes me feel bad for K-dramas fans that avoid J-dramas LOL. They are truly missing these kind of amazing dramas. 10/10!

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      yamaidayuto Jan 25, 2017

      where do you watch episode 7 and above? I've search everywhere but none of the links work :(

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      condo minium Jul 17, 2017

      yups i know that feel :D feel bad for k drama fans lol~ this drama is masterpiece

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    InaniT0 Nov 18, 2016 - edited

    It reminds me of N no tameni, such a great story. the last episode wasn't that good, 9 Episodes would be better. I Guess

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      yamaidayuto Jan 25, 2017

      where do you watch episode 7 and above? I've search everywhere but none of the links work :(

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      yamaidayuto Jan 26, 2017

      I tried it but the links for episode 7 - 10 are broken TT^TT

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    johankj Aug 22, 2016

    I'm glad that I did found this drama after when I was done with "Kazokugari" <3
    Epic drama, love it! <3

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    ldrx Dec 3, 2015 - edited

    I really liked this drama, especially the suspense, even though i found the revelation of the murderer predictable it was how the story unfolded that made it great. The story is also very realistic and puts a light on important issues we have in the society today.
    Also props to little girl playing the daughter, she was really something lol

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    Ace Oct 22, 2015
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    IWatchDramas Nov 23, 2014 - edited
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    JAPANISLIFE 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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    Jan 18, 2013 to Mar 22, 2013
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    45 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 344 users)
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