Pin to Kona

Pin to Kona (2013)

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Kyonosuke Kawamura is the successor to the prestigious Kishima family. He performs as a kabuki stage actor. One day, as he is leaving the theater, Kyonosuke Kawamura hears cheers from girls who are waiting for him. There, Ayame Chiba, who also attends the same high school, approaches him and shouts out "that is not Kagamijishi and I want my money back!"

Due to excessive expectation as the successor of the Kishima family, read moreKyonosuke becomes sick and tired of kabuki. He plays with best friend Haruhiko Sakamoto and female fans until late into the night. When he arrives back home, his father Yozaemon, who is a master in kabuki, scolds him. An argument ensues. Yozaemon has never acknowledged Kyonosuke's efforts. That is a big reason why Kyonosuke has become estranged from kabuki. He also can't forgive his father for always placing kabuki as his first priority. His father did not show up when his mother became gravely ill and died.

Kyonosuke then meets Ayame at school. She again complains about his performance. Kyonosuke also learns that Ayame has a favorite actor. He's embarrassed by her complaints. For his next performance, Kyonosuke shows up practice, but he is chewed out by his instructor Matsukichi. Others, including Shohei Sawayama, watch this and make fun of Kyonosuke behind his back. Kyonosuke also hears from his rival Ichiya Sawayama that he was shocked at his performance. Kyonosuke feels numb. ~~~ Based on the manga series "Pin to Kona" by Ako Shimaki (first published November 2009 by Monthly Cheese!).

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Nov 11, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Modern youths engaged and steeped in Kabuki tradition is the backdrop of this Jdrama. The actors were strong,the storyline is directionally solid even with the accompaniment of the standard poor girl who helps a boy, father and family grow-up & a love triangle, all which works well together. The costumes & pageantry of this theater backdrop was compelling,& educational. The most fascinating aspect, was to see young adults (YA) who are holding read more fast to their important rituals that define their culture. These YA were dedicated (for some obsessively) to their painstaking yet stunning art - most impressive. Each episode is full of rich dialog, kabuki practices and segments of a performance (nicely & tastefully debriefed by the family caretaker to explain to all of us non-Kabuki theater folks). Well done finale nothing too over the top, just solid closure on relationships. Enjoyed this series!
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Nov 6, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Overall, I give this drama a 9 out of 10. I took off the one point because the last ep didn't feel rushed, but I felt like more time could have been spent on Ayame and Kawamura in the last three eps. I mean, why not? Everything that was an obstacle had been resolved (very well too). So while I liked the ending, I was kinda mad that we didn't get more. read more I'd love it if they did a special for this one.

Other than that, I loved it. The cast was great, everyone's acting was excellent. I enjoyed all of the characters and appreciated their complexity. I loved that this drama was such a great mix of drama, romance, and education.

At first, I wasn't going to watch because I thought Kabuki (which I knew nothing about) being the center of the story would bore me. I'm glad I decided to watch in the end because I found the Kabuki aspect very interesting and well done. I can honestly say there wasn't anything that I didn't like about this drama. I recommend that anyone tired of the same old detective/mystery dramas give this a chance. You won't be disappointed. Overall, this drama left me feeling happy and satisfied.
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    KinaAyumi Oct 11, 2016

    I want Yuma-kun and Yuta-kun acted together again!!! XD

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    sutekinanijinoiro Mar 3, 2016

    The acting here wasn't really special or anything, but I think the script and the delivery of the veteran actors made it good ^_^

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    HAMEX Apr 3, 2015

    i loveeeeeeeee itttt <3

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    rinsuzuki Mar 11, 2014

    I really love it!!! T^T

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    mimi_lovesdrama Jan 1, 2014

    was the song at the end of each ep sang by ARASHI??

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    MysteryMel-Bookish Nov 11, 2013

    ep 1-9 eng subbed on > now waiting for the final ep.

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    MyDBSJ Oct 26, 2013

    Currently on episode 3 TT Good drama so far! Yuma and Yuta!! <3

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    nyny Oct 24, 2013 - edited

    does it get better after episode 1? ^^ (personally i found the first episode dull )

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      Yes. Give it a chance, 2 and 3 made the plot propel. I think they gave justice to the love triangle somehow (or it's kinda square but meh)

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    superpasta Oct 21, 2013

    it says that it has 10 episodes but only 8 are out where can i watch 9 and 10?

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      kdramafan1974 Oct 22, 2013

      I was just wondering the same thing. It was getting really good and now I can't find the last 2 episodes. Let me know if you find them.

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      superpasta Oct 22, 2013

      i found them on but without subs

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    Panda-san Sep 30, 2013

    It was a pretty okay drama. There wasn't anything horribly original and pretty much all of the plot twists we have seen many times before. But, it certainly wasn't bad and the guys are cute.

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    celene Sep 27, 2013

    currently watching this in

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    nayosh Sep 27, 2013

    oh, I can't handle reading all this Synopsis .is it a good show ?

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    Mareina Sep 20, 2013

    I have a hard time rating this show, cuz I really liked it a lot but objectively don't think it's actually that good.

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    Dara_lovely Sep 13, 2013

    I'm really enjoying this drama!
    only one more episode left :(

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    bananas4dramas908 Sep 11, 2013

    is this on any streaming sites? I really, really, want to see this one!! I've been going crazy waiting and searching since it started.


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    Jul 18, 2013 to Sep 19, 2013
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    45 min.


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    7.7 (scored by 671 users)
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