Arifureta Kiseki

Arifureta Kiseki (2009)

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One day, a middle-aged man, Fujimoto Makoto, is standing on a train platform, about to jump in front of a train. Nakashiro Kana and Tasaki Shota both happen to be on the same platform, and sensing what is about to happen, they quickly pull him back to safety. There's a reason why Kana and Shota realized Makoto's intentions, they both have the kind of emotional scars that can't be put into words. read moreEven after so much pain, through a series of e-mails, they've become attracted to one another and slowly learn to open up their hearts once again. --Fuji Creative

  • Native title:

    ありふれた奇跡
  • Also Known as:

    Unsurprising Miracle ; Ordinary Miracles

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Merrimac
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Feb 2, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
To date this is my favorite drama. The story is about three generations in Japan that have grown up since WWII. The two lead characters (Nakama and Kase) are adults but still the youngest members of their families. The scriptwriter portrays each character with warmth and a critical eye revealing both strengths and weaknesses. In some cases, for example the two fathers of the middle generation, you can't tell which parts of read more their characters is a strength and which is a weakness.

Unlike most dramas that I've seen, all the characters are completely realistic, even the most bizarre. There is not much action in the drama. For me this was no problem because I was so caught up in the characters. The acting was superb especially Nakama Yukie and Kase Ryo.

The script is exquisite. Look for the scene where Kase explains Irish dancing to Nakama. So simple and innocent and such a powerful description of their lives!

This drama is worth watching again and again but one caution. If you need English subtitles make sure they are good. Some of the translations are so bad that it ruins the story. Look for subtitles by Momoflower, she did a wonderful job.
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Sydney
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Feb 5, 2017
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I loved this. I always prefer stories that are character-driven, and Arifureta Kiseki was perfect. It follows Kana and Shouta, two people from different walks of life with a common pain that brings them closer together as the months go by. Nothing is perfect though, and throughout the drama they face road blocks in their relationship that require time and lots of development in each of them to overcome.

There are funny read more moments, there are heartbreaking moments, and there are adorable moments between all of the characters no matter their relationship with one another. Arifureta Kiseki explores the complexities of friendship, of family, and of being with the person you love, even if you're not sure you can be with them.

The acting was fantastic, and I really appreciated every moment. The episodes are around 40 minutes long, but I was never bored and I never wanted them to end. I think the music could've been a little better, but it did work for the show and was well-placed. I also found the scene jumps to be a little jarring, but honestly I don't care much about cinematography so I didn't mind. The best scene is the Irish dancing scene, and it was really well-done.

I would definitely watch this again and I'm glad it was my first Japanese drama. It was such a joy to watch; I'd recommend it to anyone that enjoys stories about *characters*. There isn't any action in this and the storyline is entirely about Kana and Shouta as they grow separately and together. It's just really, really well done.

9.5/10
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Both of these dramas are slice of life that focus on character growth and the mutual healing relationship between the leads. These dramas acknowledge the sorrows and challenges of life, but also the hope, love, and laughter that wait in tomorrow.
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Yeah, they are completely different genre. Arifureta is romance/ slice of life/ human drama/ family; and Date is more comedy/ romance/ family; but they do have some similar traits:

-main couple have somewhat scarred soul/ unusual conditions; and in dorama we'll be showed how they overcome their problems and grow together as a person and couple
-the family somewhat meddle their relationship
-both dorama have multilayering message and unique aura
-both have some fun; absurd, and wtf moments :XD:
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    bossmama Feb 2, 2016 - edited

    Mostly this drama consisted of dialogue and alteration of one scene to the next without specific plot to deliver but more dialogue, as if to maintain the natural flow of real life. It tried not to be as contrived as possible, but as a result it struggled to make some character development and move the plot.
    I like it though. Most of all I love Kase Ryo's character. The parents' meddling can be overboard and the female lead can be a little difficult; but its mood, rawness, and honesty make this an exceptional drama.

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    Netta Aug 6, 2015 - edited

    This is a gentle, quiet, honest drama about living, about not being alone, and about having someone to share those things that are difficult to share with others. It's beautiful, touching and raw without being dramatic about some dark and painful issues.

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    Simplifica Mar 17, 2015

    yesterday start watching ep 1 ...

    its like slice of life/romance/family dorama with Before Sunrise-ish beautiful dialog ...
    I hope it will impress me till the end
    ;)

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    ranimi Mar 3, 2014

    This is character driven story....There is almost no plot in the drama...

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    Blademan2 Feb 14, 2014 - edited

    I would have rated this a high 9 or a low 10 just for the budding romance and hardships throughout this great drama, but for one thing, and it brought it down to a low 8, and that was the cross dressers, that totally destroyed and left a real bitter taste in my mouth. There was really absolutely no point for adding that to the drama, at least in my most humble opinion. Other than that, it really did make for a real masterpiece of a drama, no dumb love triangles, just pure straight budding romance. I have no idea why they had Jinnai Takanori as an unknown role when I started this drama, but am glad they changed that at my request as he played a huge supporting role throughout the whole drama. It was very well acted out by all the actors/actresses involved. I really loved the ending theme song, very beautiful song.

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      zombiehero Nov 27, 2015

      I wonder why you would think the crossdressers were a problem. The point (at least for me) was that the fathers had their own secrets, just like the mothers had theirs. And Kana and Shota had theirs. Basically each character in the drama had things they wanted to hide, they each had a history and a life outside of their families.

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      NHK95 Mar 5, 2016

      i know this is late but i don't think you can have a low 10. A low 10 is just 10/10.

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    aha Apr 7, 2013

    it was good for first 3 episodes, then it turns into shit, storyline is just ridiclous and wtf with all these old folks meddling with other people business, its not like they are 16

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    steciLovesDramas Apr 23, 2012

    i loved this drama so so much! one of the best jdramas ever!! really perfect~
    maybe it is slow paced and not that action/story packed drama but still the meaning of the story is just great~
    i watched it like 3 times and some episodes even more times
    the drama just hooked me on XD loved it~ <3

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    Merrimac Dec 31, 2011

    This is the best jdrama I've watched. It is slow developing, has no 'action' but the acting is terrific and the script is flawless. You may have to see it twice to fully appreciate it. If you like Nakama Yukie as much as I do, that should be no problem. Caution: some versions have English subs that are so bad they destroy the story. Look for subs by Momoflower.

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    11
  • Aired:

    Jan 8, 2009 to Mar 19, 2009
  • Aired On:

    Thursday
  • Network:

    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    7.1 (scored by 176 users)
  • Ranked:

    #2597
  • Popularity:

    #5107

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