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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Dec 28, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
7 years ago, when I first watched this drama, I experienced the same frustration related by so many reviewers here and elsewhere. I gave it tepid marks then, because annoyance surpassed the pleasure. Why I decided to re-watch it and why my overall opinion on the drama changed so drastically this second time around, is the reason for my present review.
I have been led to think by past experiences that the read more more I watch Asian dramas, the more fastidious I become; it is therefore quite ironic that in this case my better knowledge came out as an incentive to appreciate the drama more, not less.

When I approached Proposal Daisakusen the first time, all my attention was captured by the love story between Kenzo and Rei. I was so anxious for him to do the right thing and say the right words that I overlooked all the rest. But guess what: as odd as it may sound, this drama is all about 'the rest'. Daisakusen in Japanese means 'big strategy', as in organizing a war campaign. View in this light, we could think of Kenzo's time travelling as it were a war where single episodes are the several battles fought. To maintain the analogy, if while watching you put all your energy in trying to win every single battle, you'll end up frustrated, but if you keep the target in mind, i.e. win the war, you may truly appreciate this 'big strategy'. Despite all premises to the contrary, this drama is not so much about Kenzo managing to change Rei's heart as it is a journey of a young man understanding what's truly important in life and establishing clear priorities. It also makes you reflect upon the true meaning of love, whether it were only about declaring it aloud or rather be there when the person you love needs you.

In this sense, I believe this drama to be a lot cleverer than your average romantic comedy. It touches issues like friendship, family, loyalty, generosity and honesty. It takes its time, lingering on what seem little details, but it turns out that changing a small detail can make a huge difference not only in your life, but on the direction the people around you will take as well. The thin thread underlying the whole show is an old friend: carpe diem. Seize the moment and the opportunity, you may not have a second chance. This is a very simple philosophy, but it is so dear to me I firmly believe it cannot be repeated or stressed enough. Don't procrastinate, don't give the people around you for granted, thinking you have all the time in the world to do the right thing, to convey your feeling or to listen to them when they need an ear.
I consider the special as integral part of the drama, so I indirectly include that one in this review. They called it special, but it could just as well be episode 12, so I suggest you watch the special too before rating the show.

The acting is fine. It could have been more intense, but I'm willing to forgive the occasional stone-face because the characters created by the whole cast are truly endearing and hard to forget. They are very natural as a group of friends and as such I ended up imagining them.
The music isn't the strong trait of the drama. It has a lovely instrumental piece and a very old-fashioned song repeated now and again. In the end, I have become quite deaf to both. A little variety wouldn’t have hurt...

I suppose there's no need for me to explain why the re-watch value is so high. If you are ready to put aside Kenzo's eternal hesitation and Rei's insecurity - which by the way are paramount traits of their personality, without which the drama wouldn't have been created - and you fix gaze and mind on the whole picture, you may end up loving it as much as I did on second watching. There's a constellation of little events, many related to the Japanese culture and rituals, that is delicious and heart-warming.
After 7 years, I'm now ready to recommend this drama to everyone.
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8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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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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Contain similarities like going to the past via an unusual time travel method to fix simple moments in a comedic way.
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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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    jxsilicon9 Aug 2, 2015

    Didn't he confess to her when he kissed her on those steps?What was that about?

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    tini Jul 26, 2015

    i give this a 10/10 ranking... why? because japanese aren't that good in "love story" category, but this series make my heart skip a beat or two while watching.. the feeling that most korean romance series brings to life, finally i felt that on this japanese romance themed series. i think this is the best ROMANCE DRAMA that japanese ever produced, i still haven't found a japanese series that can be compared to this one

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    Simplifica Apr 5, 2015

    Fairly good drama :)

    I think everyone should watch this, especially who doesnt have many experience with jdorama. Propodai is fun, very easy to watch, have many eye candies like kdrama, but still have jdorama-ish main characteristics (great chemistry, life value, motivation to try harder, etc).

    Certainly not the best romcom jdorama, but will touch 1-2 things in your heart, and have turned thousands people to be jdorama watchers.

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    Lindsay Mar 16, 2015

    The story was great, but I really don't like Rei, I never hated a character as much before !

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    Dia Mar 4, 2015

    Is it me or Yamashita Tomohisa has Kim Hyun Joong's Playful Kiss style here?

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    MomoChalinee Oct 11, 2014

    Proposal Daisakusen encourages people whose loves are not yet fulfilled to use all might to try their best. The storyline is well-written. Clever twists in every episode to keep attention throughout the entire drama. Yamapi is so cute when he does the 'Hallelujah Chance!'. かわいい~ >_< Also recommend to watch the special episode. It helps to complete the story and is really touching.

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    meroron Jul 23, 2014

    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 25, 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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    Apr 16, 2007 to Jun 25, 2007
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    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.


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    7.6 (scored by 3,736 users)
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