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, Kyonosuke 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 10 of 10 episodes seen
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    • Overall  8
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    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 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 read more
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  • Nov 6, 2013 10 of 10 episodes seen
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    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. 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.

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  • In both shows the male lead is influenced by his feelings toward a girl to take something he'd dismissed before more seriously. In "Tumbling" the story focuses predominantly on the friendship between the team members while "Pin to Kona" is more romance-centric. The tone of both shows is also similar.
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Pin to Kona

Pin to Kona


  • Main Title: Pin to Kona
  • Native title: ぴんとこな

General Details

  • CountryJapan
  • Aired: July 18, 2013 to September 19, 2013
  • Airs On: Thursday
  • # of Episodes 10
    Average Duration 45 min. per episode
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  • Score: 7.62 (scored by 308 users)
  • Ranked: #432
  • Popularity: #416
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3.8 stars - based on 308 votes

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