Soratobu Kouhoushitsu

Soratobu Kouhoushitsu (2013)

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Inaba Rika, whose childhood dream was to become a news reporter, is instead a director for an informative TV program. At one point, she was a reporter; however, her career was cut short after her ambitious habits for obtaining and reporting news provoked too many people. Sorai Daisuke is a former fighter pilot, who was so~ close to achieving his dream of being a pilot for the flying squadron, "Blue Impulse. Unfortunately, read morehis involvement in an accident causes him to be reassigned to the public relations office. This is the story about how two people who have to deal with having their dreams crushed.

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    Public Affairs Office in the Sky ; Sora tobu Kouhoushitsu

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Jun 27, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I have been debating for a while if I should give this drama an overall 9 or give in to the impulse of bestowing it a 10. The "masterpiece" definition always sounds a little awkward to me, it seems to require I were ready to offer defensible reasons for my choices.

But I'm hair-splitting. Soratobu Kouhoushitsu is a terrific drama, one that starts without any pomp or expectations and slowly sneaks into read more the heart and under your skin. It does so in such a gradual, delicate and suave way the effect is powerful and lasting. By the end, I was so sad to see these characters go I couldn't bring myself to watch the last 15 minutes.
When I begin to feel nostalgic about something that isn't even over yet, it means I'm seriously in love. This is why I am not at all sure I'll be able to convey the feeling with my review, or convince any of you to watch this little jewel of a drama. This is not a rom-com, it's not melo, it's not a thriller, nor a simple life drama; it doesn't rely on plot twists, nor on sexy heroes... and yet my heart has stopped many times while watching.

Perhaps the main reason is in the acting, which is wonderful. I never needed confirmation of Aragaki Yui's acting skill, since I've loved her in everything she's acted in. This role however has sealed the issue. I loved everything about Ina-pyon, from her stubborn and passionate honesty at the beginning, to her compassion and better understanding she grows into. And I adored the chemistry she shared on screen with an outstanding Ayano Go, whom I have every intention of becoming a stalker to.
Honourable mention to Shibata Kohei, the most lovable, unforgettable and adorable chief ever appeared on screen. I'm almost offended that the actor isn't even mentioned in the cast. He was awesome here, the kind of character everyone would like to have as a father, or a superior at work.
Hats off to everyone else, from a gorgeous Renn Kiriyama to a hilarious Mizuno Miki, from a surprising Katsuhisa Namase to a sweetly idiotic Jun Kaname.

I can't possibly not mention the cinematography. Stunning. While watching I had to stop the screen every other minute to get a screenshot. Beautiful colours, terrific attention to little details, masterful use of camera angles. Truly lovely.

The same could be said about the music. Not too many pieces are used, but the few have the ability to enhance the scene and play with the viewer's feelings, just what an Ost should do.

I am well aware that I haven't said much about the main subjects of this drama. You may be wondering at this point: what it is about?
Please, bear with me. If my experience is anything to go by, this is a drama better approached without expectations or prejudice. Let its charm work on you as it did on me, by surprise.
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Jun 27, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
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...It's so cute. It's so normal. It's exactly what I was not expecting in a drama about a self defense force.

Sorai is learning about what it means to project an image to the people. He's so used to just being in the cockpit that he never realized that some people might see fighter planes as just for read more that: fighting. Inaba is a big kick in the pants to his ego there, and the two are so cute in their initial bickering and then total geeking out over different airplanes. I love the way they teach each other throughout the show.

Not only is the cast brilliant, but the writing is really effective in conveying things you might never have thought about in terms of the Japanese military. There's a reference, I won't mention how or why, to the March 11th disaster that is really effectively done. Similarly PR videos and people's reactions to them for the JASDF, and "even" and "uneven" reporting, are discussed at length in complex, intellectual ways. Everything is supporting by a thin layer of witty, happy humor that just ties this show together so well.

The music is a great addition too, with Amuro Namie's "Contrail" as the insert/ending song. Plus everything is shot so beautifully, all the airplanes and training exercises.

For people looking for an interesting subject drama, this is definitely one. And there's a fantastic romance subplot that is ever-present throughout, so even if you're not used to checking out this kind of drama, I still think it will work for you.

I'm a huge fan of ensemble drama, and SK did not disappoint in the slightest. There are episodes that focus on each of the PR department's members, but the main characters Inaba and Sorai are never lost in those shifts of focus. The balance is perfect. SK is a winner, and definitely my favorite of the season.
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    AmauryLindy May 2, 2017 - edited

    Ep 5

    The romance is slow and annoying tbh it's a typical shy Japanese dude that never makes moves and runs away. I wish it focused on the main characters but I guess this is one of those shows where we have to know all the side characters story's. Which wouldn't be bad if the main couple actually had some progress themselves with out all the beating around the bush. And interruptions EVERYTIME.

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      BB78 Jun 29, 2017

      can you recommend some other underdog dramas with lot of romance?

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      BB78 Jun 29, 2017

      can you recommend some other underdog dramas with lot of romance?

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      AmauryLindy Jun 29, 2017

      Depends on what you consider "under dog" if your talking about someone with a bad situation in life definitely watch Padam Padam

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    fanitha Mar 7, 2017

    This drama is a must watch!! more people need to watch this, the story is very heartwarming and it is the perfect combination between romance and slice of life, it has the right amount of each of it. The acting is wonderful with Aragaki Yui, Ayano Go and the excellent veteran actor, Shibata Kyohei (hats off for his characterization)
    Highly recommended!!

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    Surprise-Lobotomy Mar 7, 2017

    This drama fell flat at a few points and I didn't like the last three episodes, but overall it was a nice watch. Ayana Go and Aragaki Yui were excellent together

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    jagasthesecond Feb 26, 2017

    First episode was slow, but a few episodes in, I got hooked. Amazing cast, acting and music! Amuro Namie's Contrail and Sorai's theme song re-energize every time i hear them. I'll include this in my all-time favorite Japanese TV shows. :)

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    jagasthesecond Feb 14, 2017

    that sizzling chemistry between Aragaki Yui and Ayano Go :3

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    AnicsiRoscoe May 10, 2016 - edited

    Japanese dramas are really a mystery to me. There are such cheesy and over exaggerated dramas that make you cringe and swear to never watch a japanese drama again. And then you stumble across a mellow, down-to-earth and heartfelt drama like 'Soratobu Kouhoushitsu', and you wonder how such opposites can exist.

    This drama is definitely a slice-of-life piece, so if you don't enjoy stories of individual people, how they tackle their work and grow in life, you may want to pass this one. But if you, like me, appreciate the small details and want to feel that rush of emotion and energy that comes with each challenge they master, then you will definitely enjoy this.
    It was a good change of pace after watching so many K-dramas, as this just has a different vibe to it. I would have liked to see their romantic relationship fleshed out more, but overall it was a lovely drama. 8 from me.

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    Annalisse Feb 10, 2016

    This is just a nice slice-of-life drama. Nice change after watching a LOT of melos.

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    bluesilhouette Jan 26, 2016

    One of the Japanese dramas which I have a difficulty to move on. It took me 3 days to actually watch and enjoy other dramas. But, occasionally I would dedicate some of my time to replay memorable scenes from this drama.
    This drama is definitely worth your time!

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    Haikyuu Jan 16, 2016

    i totally love this drama!!!!! the interaction between gakki and ayano go is so cute..
    their chemistry is perfect..

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    KMR Dec 12, 2015

    Their romance was kinda frustrating. I love the OST though! :)

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    sakuraKhey Oct 19, 2015

    Dropped it. I don't find airplanes or military stuff interesting.

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    louloudi Jul 11, 2015 - edited

    I found the series in dailymotion with the title "Public affairs office in the sky".I can not find eng sub tho.Does anybody know where to find eng. sub ?

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      louloudi Aug 15, 2015 - edited

      Thank you for your reply. When I am done with the 2 series I am watching now I will try to see if it 's worth to watch it. : ) I saw epis. 1( i can't remember where ) and I liked it.

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    Meyrisa May 7, 2015

    just loves chemistry between Gakky & Ayano...

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    CrazyBlonde Apr 25, 2015

    Just a real wonderful and heartwarming story, I loved it. Now why can't all romance dramas be like thi, instead of those trash triangles or main / 2nd side romances?

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    Meena_Drama_Fan Mar 8, 2015 - edited

    non of the country will expose the aircraft info , i was surprised that Japan drama exposed

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      Simplifica Jul 27, 2015 - edited

      well, its because Japan has some unusual condition :D
      Japan's air force (and military overall) is for defense, not attack (part of the treaty after losing WW II). Japan is forbidden to make something destructive/offensive.

      but well, I'm sure the surely have sumthing secret too


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    Apr 14, 2013 to Jun 23, 2013
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