Proposal Daisakusen

Proposal Daisakusen (2007)

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Iwase Ken and Yoshida Rei have been friends since elementary school. Ken, is obstinate and unskilled in love, but he fell long ago for the lively and cheerful, Rei. But Rei is about to get married to another man. While Ken and other friends from high-school attend the wedding ceremony, a fairy appears and sends Ken back in time, giving him a second chance to win the girl he loves.

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    Operation Love; Proposal Mission; puropoozu daisakusen

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Jun 20, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
[Warning: long review]

This isn't just a show. It's a story close to life; a story of great moral value and lessons to be learnt. This is an amazing journey through the eyes of a man who can be similar to many of us at some point in our lives. And I believe many people, including myself, have come out of this journey a better person. The below is more an in-depth read more review more for people who've already watched the show, but if you are curious to what exactly is so good about the show, feel free to read on, since there are no big spoilers in this review.

The story is simple enough; Ken is a shy guy who never managed to express his love to his childhood friend, Rei, and now he is attending her wedding to another man. A fairy pops up to grant Ken the ability to correct some regrets of his past so that hopefully he will face an improved situation in the present. The idea of time-travel seems to contradict the idea of the show being close to life; if you think about it, however, everyone faces some regrets of action or non-action in the past; time-travelling back to change these is an ability we always wanted, and we simply see Ken doing what we wished we could do. These timeslips create a blueprint in the show which becomes obvious very quickly; in fact it is so faithfully replicated that the show is always in danger of becoming repetitive. However, each episode is executed masterfully such that the repetition doesn't become tiring; it instead gives the viewer a standard framework from which to view the characters, their story and the outcome of Ken's actions, making them seem all the more clearer and connected to the present. More importantly, you get to see Ken's gradual emotional development through the series. It is argued by many watchers that this format isn't the best way to present the show due to the repetitiveness; but for me it possesses a mesmerizing charm and cuteness that endears me to the show.

The characters are excellent, and I totally mean it when I say that. Many shows out there create characters to suit the story, which results in disjointed personalities and actions that seem out-of-character in some scenarios; ProDai is one of the rare few that have wholesome, complex characters whom you get to understand and relate to as the story progresses. It is as though the story is written to suit the characters, which is how real life works; this makes the show so much closer to life. Sometimes, it even angers the audience when they see how stubborn a person's personality in the show can be, because at times the show simply stagnates when Ken cannot bring himself to change the past; to me however, this is also one of the charms of the show, the rigidity of personalities is just so like life. Nevertheless, the genius scriptwriters have churned out enough twists and turns in the story to keep it interesting throughout, and effortlessly blended in moral lessons which never seem to be forced into the story (something J-doramas are bad at). Most importantly, the show was brought to a complete end, albeit an open-ended one, which was satisfying for most, but completely amazing for me.

Acting is top class as well; vintage performances are seen from Nagasawa Masami, Hamada Gaku and Mikami Hiroshi, as well as of course the star of the show, Yamashita Tomohisa. His acting isn't particularly fantastic, but he gave his character a personality unique to himself; he became Ken, Ken became him. In all, his was an absolutely memorable performance. The OST is another highlight of the show, with BGM that is always at the right places, at the right time, and invoke heavy doses of emotion and goose-bumps that really bring the show up to another level. Who could forget the inspiring themes of Rising Road and Hallelujah Flash, and their rearranged emotional renditions that play in heart-tugging scenes? The ending theme, Ashita Hareru Kana, and the insert Chiisana Koi no Uta are, well, I don't think I have to say more. Personally I have Ame Agari (translated as 'after the rain')as my favourite as well, because of the scenes that it plays in, and the meaning of the song towards the show: after the rain, sadness will vanish and everything will start anew.

With all that being said, the show has its flaws as well. Particular aspects that stuck out include the lack of development in one of the main characters, Mikio, and the convenient shafting of Tada, portrayed as the guy everyone hates but really, is just a good man fighting for his own love. Even so, I give the show a 10. I have to admit that I'm biased in the score and in this review; but it is really because I love the show so much. My advice is really to follow the show in its entirety, indulge in the characters and feel the fun, the anguish, the anxiety, and the exhilaration in the show. And most importantly, learn from it, and I promise any watcher that it will be a enjoyable and memorable journey for you as well.
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Jan 29, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This was just an amazing drama ! When I started , I though it was going to be a average drama ! But boy was I way off ! It truly is a master piece ! How he tries to win back his love .Also, I love the different take on this one . Time traveling back in to the past and chaining things to make a better future (this reminds me read more of Nine Times Time Travel :where the main character travels back in time and figures out its consequences after words ) It is cute and nice drama !
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even if the storyline is different you might find some similarities dans the caracters sweetness id the same ^^
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    meroron 13 hours ago

    best drama ever!! could watch it 10times lol. also the music is so good :)

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    ShameOnMe2 Apr 19, 2014
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    Kyra-x Jan 28, 2014

    This has to be the best drama I've ever seen. It was so sad but bittersweet! I've cried and laughed a lot throughout the drama.

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    Miya Nov 29, 2013

    "The key that opens the door to a miracle can be in any person's hand.
    It's simply that ... people who realise that are just a precious few.
    Miracles that can change fate do not arrive quickly.By thinking that you want something to change,by that one small step...someday...the door to a miracle will open."

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    mrhid Nov 24, 2013

    oh come on man this drama is the best, give it more score

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    kit1186 Nov 15, 2013

    I thought the Korean Version of this was better because they added more angst and the characters got to date in the past

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    abigaile Sep 17, 2013

    i cried almost in every episode and i really loved the song Monpachi "chiisana koi no uta",its one of the best dramas i have ever seen,

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      _Muffty_ Apr 12, 2014

      YES! when I listen to that song I can see Yamapi running and running....

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    Panda-san Aug 24, 2013

    Anyone else notice that random black dude that kept appearing throughout the series? XD That guy was so random and hilarious lol.

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    Gaijin_ Jul 11, 2013

    what do I have to say about this drama? I think it's the first one that I actually found myself shouting at the screen filled with anger: "SAY IT, YOU IDIOT!" or "GO GET HER, DUMBASS!" or "WHAT THE HECK DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?!" was reaaaally frustrating.. but overall I loved it.

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    Mhio Jun 27, 2013

    nothing beats the original.

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    EJ_101 Jun 3, 2013

    maybe b-coz i've seen the korean version to this one not appealing to me anymore

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    ylisse Apr 20, 2013

    When it comes to running, this drama will definitely win. xD. I never thought that I would love it, (there are so many repetitive and frustrating acts of the lead from the start) but the last 2 eps made me cry. Apart from their friendship that I love, a lot of life's lessons are delivered right. :)

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    Powster Apr 2, 2013

    would rate above 10 if I could

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    fwaaaah Mar 8, 2013

    Ugh, I totally spoiled myself by starting to watch the Special episode 1 instead of the actual episode 1 >-< Okay, I think I'm gonna watch another drama first;-;

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    CrazyInLove Feb 15, 2013

    Can this entire Series with English Subtitles be found on YouTube?!?! or DailyMotion!?!

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      _Muffty_ Apr 12, 2014

      a bit late:

      the others are there too. It's also on gooddrama.


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    Apr 16, 2007 to Jun 25, 2007
  • Network:

    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.


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    7.6 (scored by 3,201 users)
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