Kai Yuuki is in his senior year at university studying social welfare psychology. At present, he is in the middle of job-hunting season. He is finding it difficult with no job offers so far. One day, he meets a girl who is playing violin in the campus. She is Sae Hagio. In marked contrast to her beautiful tone and attractive looks, her personality is somewhat impertinent. And to top it off, she communicates through very vulgar sign language. Four years ago, she lost the most important thing for a violinist - her hearing. As a result Sae closed off her inner self from the outside world. Kai finds himself on a date with Sae, in place of his best friend. Unexpectedly, he comes into contact with Sae's private side. Love, job-hunting, friendship... Setting a campus in spring as a dorama's backdrop, it's the start of a glittering youth drama. --TBS

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  • Apr 30, 2011 11 of 11 episodes seen
    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    • Overall  9
    • Story  9
    • Acting/Cast  10
    • Music  10
    • Rewatch Value  8
    This drama already had a very good review, one that doesn't need to be expanded.

    The reason why I write one is because I loved this show and wish to share the joy, so to speak.

    I believe the best trait of this drama is in its script. Eriko Kitagawa - the screenwriter - does not disappoint.

    It's a collection of memorable, beautiful quotes, whether about love, friendship, dreams or fears for the future. They make you pause and think.

    And the screentime given to this disparate group of friends can really make your day, so universal it is in the world of friendship, be it in Japan, America, Europe or elsewhere. Change the names and perhaps the face
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  • Dec 16, 2012 11 of 11 episodes seen
    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Orange Days is a throwback from 2004, but don't let that put you off if you haven't seen it yet. This gem of a story is timeless and universal. Even if you watch it 10 years from now it'll still have meaning. Watching this show induced a strong sense of nostalgia in me. We all know what it’s like to be young and uncertain about our place in this big scary world. And for me, it wasn't so long ago that I faced the exact same crossroads as the characters did.

    The show gives us a peek into the lives of 5 friends, all college students on the cusp of becoming contributing citizens to society. Some have dreams they want to pursue, some have dreams they've
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  • missmaple Mar 16, 2014
    Such a heartwarming emotional drama. <3 I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a genuine love story with a great plot and good supporting characters.
  • _Rosie Feb 19, 2014
    I started this a couple of days ago and I'm really liking it so far (4 eps in), its sweet, heartwarming and refreshing....
  • CheerfulSoul Feb 11, 2014
    Such a nice heartwarming drama! I am not even into these types of dramas at all but I end up enjoying it and relating to its characters a lot.
    Satoshi, Kou, Eita being on my favorite actors list is a great bonus. Even Narimiya was very likeable (:
  • -winnie- Feb 8, 2014
    It's been around a year since I watched Orange Days and I still hold a character crush on Kai. The nicest male lead I've seen so far, he's geninuely supportive, kind and very very cute! It is one of the best romance/friendship dramas I've seen so far, it's realistic with believable characters. Don't miss out on a real gem.
    1 ❤
  • palak Feb 4, 2014
    This drama is sooo beautiful. I wish more people would try watching it.
    2 ❤
  • Lhuna-chan Jan 15, 2014
    I'm on a 2nd episode only, and already regretting why I didn't start it earlier. It's definitely not an ordinary drama.
  • Meli Jan 14, 2014
    One of the best dramas I've seen! I laughed, I cried, I ran the gambit of emotions! So worth the time and tissues for this!! It's a must see!!!!
  • Surprise-Lobotomy Nov 12, 2013
    Sae crying out Kai's name from across the street was one of the sweetest moments I have ever seen.
    4 ❤
  • Starae Oct 22, 2013
    Great show, definitely worth the watch. :)
    1 ❤
  • THATCRAZYOTAKU Aug 2, 2013
    Watching it right now and loving it! Nice acting! I like the flow of the drama!
    Oh, Juri Ueno isn't listed in the cast yet?! *add her to cast list*
    1 ❤
  • AmandaMarta Jul 28, 2013
    Plainly Convinced.
  • TheHugMonster Jun 21, 2013
    where did you guys go to watch this?
  • Betty20 May 4, 2013
    I really really liked this drama and I loved little brat Sae the most.
    Kai, always so nice and supportive. Lucky Sae! :)
    Nice, warm and cute drama. Great acting from Tsumabuki Satoshi and Shibasaki Kou.
    4 ❤
    • Betty20 May 4, 2013
      I have to admit that Sae was a little (read "a lot" lol) self centered and it was always kind of me me me but the way it was portrayed and played by the actress made it easily understable and easy to sympathise with her (knowing her hearing problems), but that didn't stop me from loving her :P
      5 ❤
  • Jupiter Apr 2, 2013
    Loved this. :)
  • sunflower63 Mar 29, 2013
    This drama was missing from my 'Japanese classics' list and I am so glad I finally watched it. The main quality that it has is that it is warm and uplifting like many other Jdramas. The story enhances the values of friendship and mutual support and I also appreciated how the feeling of uncertainty which is typical of those going through University years was portrayed. I appreciated the very good acting of all the cast and the great OST and I think it fully deserves its high ratings.
    1 ❤


Orange Days

Orange Days


  • Main Title: Orange Days
  • Native title: オレンジデイズ

General Details

  • CountryJapan
  • Aired: April 11, 2004 to June 20, 2004
  • Airs On: Sunday
  • # of Episodes 11
    Average Duration 45 min. per episode
  • Genres: Friendship, Romance


  • Score: 8.12 (scored by 961 users)
  • Ranked: #169
  • Popularity: #611
  • Members: 1,901
  • Favorites: 0
4.1 stars - based on 961 votes

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