Bad Boys J

Bad Boys J (2013)

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The story is set in Hiroshima where powerful delinquent groups are crowded together, and it depicts the intense youth of the delinquents.
In the drama, Nakajima will play as the leader of a delinquent group “Gokurakuchou”, named Kiriki Tsukasa. He has a strong sense of justice, and honest person, but once he loses his temper, he exerts unbelievable strength.
Also, Kis-My-Ft2′s Nikaido Takashi will be making an appearance as Danno Hidenori, the read moreleader of the top group of gangs in Hiroshima, called “Beast” while A.B.C-Z‘s Hashimoto Ryosuke will play as Hiro, the leader of “Hiroshima Nights” that is the opposing group to “Gokurakuchou.” Reportedly, many of Johnny’s Jr. members will appearing in the drama as well.

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Aug 27, 2015
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 5.5
  • Rewatch Value 6.5
To start off, I originally watched this drama when it came out a few years ago, but never actually got around to writing a review. After rewatching it recently though, I found my thoughts on the show have changed a bit since the first time watching. I've never read the manga, so I will be basing my opinions on just the drama itself.

Basically, the story revolves around Kiriki Tsukasa (Nakajima Kento), read more a new transfer student, who unintentionally becomes the new gang leader of Gokurakuchou, one of the big three gangs in hiroshima, while trying to win the heart of his love interest Yoshimoto Kumi (Hashimoto Nanami). The plot follows Tsukasa's experiences in leadership, friendship, and romance as he tries to take on being a gang leader and faces off various opponents along the way. His usual persona is a bit timid and doesn't look strong at all, but when it comes to protecting the people he cares about, his true power is revealed which unexpectedly makes him a great gang leader. I found this drama had a similar setup as other fighting dramas such as Sugarless and even the classic Gokusen series, where each main character has an episode to focus on their personal problem, new fighting opponents each episode, as well as a main character who shows overwhelming power and courage to fight for those they care about, all while teaching others valuable life lessons. It also has a similar casting comparison with Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou where they pair JE boys with a female idol group, only this time it's with Nogizaka46. With only 12 episodes that span about 22 minutes or so, the plot didn't have enough time to really develop into much and there were various plot holes, but entertainment-wise, it was enough. Outside of the fighting scenes and main storyline, the many comedy parts they added into the show were actually pretty funny and helped to enhance the sense of friendship the characters shared with each other. The gang auditions and dating simulations were hilarious, thats all i will say.


Here's where I might get a bit more critical with this drama. Clearly, most of the cast was chosen for the visuals. With many JE boys, the acting is definitely not the strongest and there were also many scenes that were a bit overacted. I laughed out loud during a few fight scenes where it clearly looked super fake or parts with super cheesy dialogue, but I suppose that could be seen as a charm in itself. Itano Tomomi's acting wasn't very impressive either. Although I'm a fan, her acting was severely underwhelming and she basically showed the same blank expression throughout the whole drama. I'm not really sure what the point of her role was, yet they kept giving her screen time of her just doing the same thing. Unfortunately the Nogizaka46 members in this drama were lacking in their acting as well, but it wasn't a big deal since most were minor characters anyway. What I will say though is that Triendl Reina and Hashimoto Ryosuke seemed to stand out the most out of the side characters. They had good chemistry as a couple and also when it came to Reina's parts, she was more convincing in portraying the role of a gang leader's girlfriend. Not to mention they were pretty funny together as well.

When I first watched this drama years ago, I thought Nakajima Kento didn't fit the role as the main character of this drama at all because it was difficult to picture him as someone extremely strong just looking at his image alone. He clearly has both a slimmer and smaller build compared to the other actors. After watching it the second time around though, I think he did the best he could do with his role. Even if his physical image didn't match his character, everything else did; he somehow made it work. The snow man members who played Kento's friends in the gang were decent at their roles as well, with Iwamoto Hikaru standing out the most. I assume that's why they gave him a more prominent part as the second in command within the gang. When it came to the big 3 gang leaders, I felt that Nikaido Takashi fit his character perfectly. Like Tomomi, he didn't have a lot of dialogue until the latter half of the drama, but he had a strong leader vibe to him and was more believable in being labeled as a strong opponent compared to others.


The songs for the drama were limited as they only used Bad Boys by Sexy Zone as the title/opening track and Sekai de Ichiban Kodoku na lover by Nogizaka46 as the ending song. I found it a bit cheesy whenever they started playing Bad Boys whenever a fighting scene was about to start, but I got used to it after awhile. There were also a few times when Sekai de Ichiban Kodoku na lover came on and i felt it didn't fit with the scenes shown, but since they needed to promote the songs, it was understandable I guess.

Overall/Rewatch value:

Overall, I will say that this drama is entertaining and as others have mentioned in the comments before, those who are fans of JE boys will probably enjoy watching it most. It's not a drama to be taken too seriously; the episodes are super short, and it has a pretty straightforward plot although it might be repetitive to some viewers. Even though it wasn't the best JE drama I've seen, it's something quick someone can enjoy for handsome boys, pretty girls, and some good laughs to kill time. It has some rewatch value, partly due to its short duration and positive messages, but it may not be to everyone's taste as there are definitely better JE dramas out there.
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Feb 8, 2016
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.5
Bad Boys J did well. The music wasn't as entertaining as it should've been but it still got my attention.I enjoyed the fact that the main character was introduced weak and you would've only thought him as a side. I give thumbs up on the fan (girl *wink*) service. Though the battles could've been a bit more realistic, especially their stumbling were kinda over acted. The never ending turn about, when one read more stories ends anther begins. The cliche hero changing people. The adorable and cute boys. Honestly just about everything you'd want to see in a title Bad Boys J.
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Although in no way does the brilliant cinematography of High&Low match the subtle ambiance here in Bad Boys J (and by that I mean, it feels more low-key than H&L. Yet, I do prefer H&L for its production value and music), these shows give off similar vibes. Kiriki reminds me a bit of a mash between Cobra and Yamato (some of the characters remind you of certain people in either show, I'm sure you'd see the connections!). Here's the reason why you'd like both of these series, or one/the other if you've seen them:

*tons of awesome bromance
*great fighting scenes
*great #friendshipgoals (seriously)
*power struggles, and rising to the 'top,' mentalities among rival gangs and people with 'power trips'
*some great life lessons/deeper meanings behind their fighting in certain contexts

Unrelated: BUT they're both about 22 minutes per episode, and it keeps you engaged.
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it has a similar story line! There are the really awesome leads and then the gang members as well as being #1! Not to mention the romance!^^
There is also a movie but make sure to watch the drama first...that was my first mistake.
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    chibiladychoi Dec 17, 2016 - edited

    As much as I would like to see more of Nakajima Kento, i dropped it after 2 episodes. An obvious idol drama, the plot is cliche, trying hard Gokusen-ish but not even close. I dont see any other good looking guys other than Kento either. If you want something like this, idol group collaboration, you may try Tdrama Brown Sugar Macchiato -- its way funnier.

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    KenWong Jul 13, 2016

    Love this J-Drama. Great plot.

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    Mio Jun 7, 2016

    Lmao Kento's acting is awful and the drama itself is really lame :D
    But it's refreshing, that's why i love Johnny's & AKB48 dramas (maybe as much as i love toku) XD

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    livelovefrappe Mar 15, 2016

    I love this drama and the movies! You guys should watch Shark too!

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    Eyiz Kiyomizu Sep 19, 2015

    i think sugarless was better than this drama.

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    ninomirami Feb 11, 2015

    I finally able to finish this drama. this drama kinda boring coz too many questioned in it and slow plot.. maybe a fans of Johnny's Jr. or Kento can enjoy this drama. overall, not recommanded
    and yeah Bakaleya even better lol

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    rinsuzuki Oct 3, 2014

    Bakaleya was even better than this. -_-

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    Panda-san Feb 28, 2014

    The guys in this drama are basically high school age, right? So where are the adults? Wouldn't they get arrested or something for committing all these acts of violence? Why aren't they in school or have jobs? Their entire lives revolve around fighting each other and they're quite literally in gangs and nobody gets in trouble at all?...or maybe I'm thinking too much into it. lol

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      Panda-san Mar 5, 2014

      Okay some adults/police actually showed up more than halfway through the series...still doesn't answer my other questions lol.

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    soumatra Dec 19, 2013

    IDOLS IN SALES PROMOTION LOL; that will probably suck

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    AdaCakes Dec 15, 2013

    I find myself sort of enjoying this show even though it seems a bit dumb. I'm starting to suspect that I just like seeing hot guys fight each other...

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      AdaCakes Dec 17, 2013

      Okay, I admit, it did improve a lot as the episodes went on. I think the storyline was just a bit shallow and rushed.

      But DAYUM, those boys *3*

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    occho Nov 20, 2013

    its just only for fans johny and story totally crap, not recomendation :p

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    cuzie Aug 23, 2013

    i'm on ep 8, and i like it, i can feel the bond between the boys, it feels different from crows zero, i got bored watching it...

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    celene Aug 13, 2013

    I love this one!!!! Hope to see the movie soon....

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    zanarking Aug 3, 2013

    Love this serie ! Its amazing ! :D<333333333333333333

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    Supermeganerd Jul 28, 2013

    Ep 8 & 9 are out now on :)


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    Apr 6, 2013 to Jun 22, 2013
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