Inaba Naoya, who grew up abroad, admires Yankees because of the amount of comic books he read. One day, he finally arrives in Japan to attend high school for one year. He chooses a run-down school which is full of delinquent (yankee-like) students. Soon he realizes that they were all just problematic youths, nothing more. He then decides to rebuild water polo club, the sport he likes, so that they will finally have a purpose to focused on.
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It’s not an amazing drama itself, it’s not flawless, it’s not absolutely the one everyone have to watch but if you’re looking for something to warm up your heart on a cloudy dark day, it might be the one. Plus the fact that it’s about teenagers in high school reinforce the light side. There’s nothing complicated, nothing tricky, no need to think, no need to try to understand everyone hidden motives, we just need to watch it and enjoy it.
“If you give up from the start, you can’t do anything. If you don’t give up, things will not end. Don’t give up till the end. You can be anyone. The possibilities are infinite.” The drama starts on this simple brilliant sentence. And from the very beginning you know this drama is gonna be about hope and people fighting for their goals. And for me, for the one I was when starting this drama, that was exactly the sentence that makes me cry and realize that yes I can do everything ! If I give up, I can’t win. (Against work issues, against heart darkness, against love disappointments, this works for everything)
This drama is all about Naoya who in order to save the school he loves so much creates a Waterpolo team with 7 members. Those 7 players were everything in this drama. At the end of the drama, we know everything about everyone, we know their strength, their flaws, their joys, their sadness, their love and their hopes. It’s a team that learn to grow up together facing those difficult teenage years. What I love about sports is the team spirit, I love so much seeing a whole team getting together ready to do anything for helping one of their teammate. And this drama is surely full of this. Every drama about sports have this and this is so heartwarming and it always makes me want to be a part of it.
Of course I have to say, remember, this is waterpolo, a water sport, this means hot guys in swimming suits ! Hell YAY XD. Maybe a little too young for me but wth it’s still eye catchy.
The main character is Naoya, a Yankee in all his splendor. He looks dangerous but he has one of the most beautiful golden heart never seen. He’s a little annoying at the beginning being irresponsible a little childish, quirky. He’s also so naive, it’s a flaw and something that annoyed me but it also was so cute and touching sometimes. He is so adorable with all his strength, his will, his endless hope, his smile and unfailing good humor. He is a model of fighting spirit, guts and chivalry. He is the one who changed everyone else’s life and way of thinking just by being him. “Men have to take responsibilities of theirs words.”
In fact there’s one music that turned my heart upside down and was able to give me shivers each time I heard it but I’m so sad I can’t find it anywhere. I just know that it’s from Yu Takami and this guy seems to be like the Japanese Hans Zimmer.
My rating is completely based on the feeling I have at the precise time I watched it.
I will surely re-watch it the day I’ll need some cheer up. ^^
“No matter how many times we fail, we believe that one day, our dreams will come true.”
We follow an out-dated yankee, which is hilarious right away!, and soon a Water Ball (not Water Polo due to him reading the Kanji wrong xD) team is begun at his new High School.
This drama is packed with hilarity (I RARELY laugh at non-British shows) and I laughed so hard many times! I love the friendships and relationships and the words of 'never giving up' are repeated and are very inspiring!! And let us not overlook the fact that we get to see more than 8 guys in nothing but tiny swimwear for 10 episodes!! <3
The reason I give this such a high mark regardless of the fact that it's not what you would class as a masterpiece, is because I love the actors (big fan of them!), I love the themes it brought up, and it was a lot of fun to watch!
The only down I can actually pick out is, I personally felt the romance aspect was unnecessary. The romance (all like 5 of them!) added nothing to the drama and weren't needed. All this dorama needed was a bunch of guys being the best friends ever and some small swimming trunks and that's what I got and I loved it!