Hanzawa Naoki

Hanzawa Naoki (2013)

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Hanzawa Naoki works as a loan manager at the Tokyo Chuo Bank (TCBC). One day, Naoki makes a loan contract for 500 million yen with Nishi Osaka Steel Company. Naoki didn't want to approve the loan, but he had to due to the branch manager's order. Nishi Osaka Steel Company seems financially stable, but the company actually hides massive amounts of debt through fraudulent accounts. Three months later, Nishi Osaka Steel Company read moregoes bankrupt. The bank's branch manager Asano tries to shift the blame on Naoki. Naoki then attends an inquiry about the loan failure at the bank's headquarters in Tokyo. Naoki denies fault and promises to retrieve the 500 million yen loan. ~~~ Based on two novels by Jun Ikeido: "Oretachi Bubble Nyukougumi" and "Oretachi Hana no Baburugumi".

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Oct 13, 2013
  • Overall 10
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  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This drama is outstanding. I initially did not intend to watch this drama after reading the synopsis. Mostly because of my experience working in 3 different banks. I figured this would be nothing new and bank work is the most boring thing ever so i couldn't imagine how this drama could be good. Then one Saturday when I had nothing to do I gave this drama a shot and I was proven read more wrong on all my preconceived notions.

The world of banking portrayed in this drama is one of deception and treachery. Bankers don't care about their customers or even the integrity of the their banking institutions; they seek only to improve their positions by manipulation and betrayal. The senior banking officers make bad decisions and their underlings have to clean up the mess or risk demotion or even worse relocation.

In walks Hanzawa Naoki. A brilliant banker who cares about his customers, his bank and his friends. He is thrown under the bus by his boss and must clean up the mess or get transferred. There are so many hurdles in his way but Hanzawa is a fighter. His catch phrase, "If you screw me, I'll screw back. Double payback!" It was exciting to see him get fired up in these situations.

The story was a bit predictable but it was so well told that I don't mind that at all. The acting was astounding with the exception of the guy who played the inspector from the tax bureau (gross over actor) and the only thing about the drama that i didn't like really. Sakai-san was in one word SUPERB; the best actor overall in the cast. I wish we got more of Ueno Aya but what we got from her was great. She played the role of the strong dedicated wife well.

I live in Japan and people can't seem to stop talking about this drama. It is one of, if not the best drama for 2013. It is a must watch for jdrama fans. And with Hanzawa's tenacity, the fan love and the way this drama ended I fully anticipate a season 2. Hopefully we will get it next summer.
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Oct 26, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
the story of this drama was in two parts. both parts were thrilling with a similar vibe to them yet the second part had more impact. when i heard that the drama was about banks i thought it was going to be some boring thing but no no no this drama had me on the edge for every episode. the sotry, the twists and turns, all the characters in it. the sweet read more moments between the main couple.

the acting was superb. honestly this drama is an acting powerhouse. sakai masato, kitaonji kinya, kagawa teruyuki, oikawa mitsuhiro was even splendid in this and of course takito's acting. you could even see the growth in some of the characters it was obvious in the acting.

the music is just how it should be. it escalates the feelings however it doesn't make you pay attention to it which is a good thing. drama music should not make you pay attention to it more than you would pay attention to the drama itself.

lastly, i don't think that i would rewatch this drama anytime soon. mainly the high thing about this drama was the suspence. you can't enjoy a suspence drama when you rewatch it definitely not as much as the first time but this drama would definitely have it's good points to rewatching.
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Both dramas follow the tale of protagonists who dedicate their life (aka career) to taking down a criminal who wronged them during childhood. Very fast paced and entertaining!

Hanzawa Naoki is set in the banking industry but the story is intense, shocking, and exciting to the very last episode just like Ouroboros. There isn't as much physical action mainly because Ikuo and Tatsuya were at actual crime scenes most of the time, but I believe anyone can enjoy Hanzawa Naoki's story.
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They are pretty similar lessons, paths.
makes me write mores so I have to, sorry.
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    Panda Jun 5, 2017 - edited

    One of the best Jdramas ive seen EVER.
    Hanzawa is the male lead everyone wants to see, this guy came straight out of shonen jump manga, imagine Goku or other characters in a manga retiring from superhero stuff and becoming bankers.
    The Hanzawa couple are out of control, they are so perfect.
    The OST was one of the best and adds to the mood, the acting is the best ive seen.
    I think its the first time ive seen the male lead but now he shall be stalked.
    Sadly its only 10 episodes which is why i watched it slowly took me 4 days to finish it because i didnt want it to be other so soon.
    -The voice of the actors was the best.
    - OST was amazing AMAZING.
    -Wife is smart sexy cute #shipshipship
    -The lead has a freaking catch phrase ♡♡

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    Panda Jun 3, 2017

    Might be the only drama about banks/bankers thats more intense than crime dramas.
    -acting is perfect
    -character growth
    -the actors sound like anime (i say this as a compliment, the antagonists sound so freaking cool ♡)
    -wifu too hot ♡♡♡♡
    @episode 5

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    soojungstrash May 26, 2017

    This is very good it's not boring at all now episode 6 Don t want it to end

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    Maya Feb 22, 2017

    Superb! Great! Amazing! I love Hanzawa Naoki. I have a great respect for this drama.

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    Pate Feb 19, 2017

    I feel like season two will never happen.

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    saeshines Jan 25, 2017

    Best Japanese drama I've ever watched

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    jagasthesecond Jan 18, 2017

    SEASON 2?

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    usagi Dec 1, 2016 - edited

    Just to comment on some of the complaints here, without the so-called overacting, there would be no humor or style to the story! And the weight of the theme would end up feeling over-earnest and stale, whereas instead it feels fresh with these characters...who are a huge part of what makes this drama so entertaining. I thought the actors did a fantastic job of making many of their character types feel unique. From the hilariously Napoleanesque tax dude to the fascinatingly wily Owada to the old-school hero flair of Hanzawa, it was a pleasure to see the plot roll out in both arcs.

    I gotta say that I feel J-dramas often get criticized by foreign audiences by irrelevant standards, as if they were made primarily for an audience outside Japan?! Anyway, glad there's gonna be a second season after all.

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      Selty Jan 11, 2017 - edited

      I agree, plus Japanese sense of humor is really absurd and linked strongly to japanese's cultural jokes, that are hard to get if you lack of Japanese's culture. so it's easier to get korean sense of humor for example, that is more situational. I'm a huge fan of Sakai Masato tho. he's always gold

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    Kanra Jul 4, 2016

    This was fantastic. Yes, there was some overacting, but the story was so well done that it's easy to overlook. I'm excited for season 2.

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    2801nabibo Apr 27, 2016

    This is a drama about modern samurai spirit ~

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    blg Dec 8, 2015

    Some scenes were over-acted but other than that,it was a brilliant show.still...i would give it a 10/10 if it ended at EP05

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    Pixiemage7 Aug 26, 2015

    ughhhhh.. i want season 2. This is one of the jdrama that was just so thrilling to watch. if get what i mean

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    sakuraKhey Aug 9, 2015

    I downloaded this in HD, but I couldnt watch it. I don't understand it and bank stuff gives me headache. I may be too dumb for this.

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    lifedreamerm Jul 27, 2015
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    Simplifica Jul 26, 2015 - edited

    clearly a good drama, but clearly overhyped too (because of the rating)
    8 - 8.5 is max IMO ... :) and i'm being generous


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    Jul 7, 2013 to Sep 22, 2013
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