Bambino!

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Lily_B
10 people found this review helpful
Aug 4, 2013
11 of 11 episodes seen
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Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
Bambino! is not a romance drama and there’s not much of suspense, but it’s immensely likeable. It’s one of those dramas that make you feel hungry – hungry for more episodes, but also hungry for food. It’s not like we get cooking advice or instructions from it, but the joy of cooking and eating is definitely a major theme.

More than that, though, Bambino! is about Ban’s journey towards a greater understanding of the work he’s dreaming about and we get to follow him as he learns to understand what it takes to work at an upscale place like Baccanale. It’s frustrating for Ban to realise that as a 21-year-old without any formal instruction, he doesn’t already know everything there is to know about cooking… Ban is very emotional and he sulks and complains a lot, but he’s very determined and enthusiastic, and although people call him spoiled and immature, they learn to like him, and he them.

The cast/acting is really the best part of this. I like Ban and the way he grows as a person, and Matsumoto Jun’s performance is very believable. Watching this makes me realize that I actually do like him as an actor.

The supporting actors really are a great support: Most of them are very well-developed, with their unique personalities and quirks, even some of the very minor roles. Kitamura Kazuki as the dining hall manager Yonamine is worth a special mention. It’s not like we’re told the back story of each and every one of the characters (it’s not at all a “one character per episode” kind of drama), but even so they’re people that you learn to like and care about. I like their interaction with each other and with Ban, and that’s what makes the drama very enjoyable even if there are no exciting plot twists, sudden developments, huge conflicts backstabbing crazy people, etc. They’re all very professional while they’re working, but they’re working as a team where everyone is supporting of each other, and it’s nice watching Ban gradually become a part of that.

As for the music, there’s not a lot to say about it. The opening theme, by Arashi, is a nice and catchy song that captures the mood of the drama. The other music is also nice, but it’s not there to be noticed (this is not a bad thing), just to add atmosphere.

Visually, too, this drama is a pleasure. You know, all the food we get to see! And it’s bright and colourful, with a few comedic moments, but I think the overall impression is that it leaves you smiling, with warm and fuzzy feelings.

Bambino! may not be the most amazing drama of all times or anything like that, but it’s very enjoyable – it even had me write my first MDL review! – and I can definitely see myself rewatching this sometime. I haven't re-watched any j-dramas at the time of writing this review, because there are just so many out there that I haven’t seen yet... Out of everything that I've watched so far, I can easily put Bambino! on my list of favorites.

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Turquoisesparkle
10 people found this review helpful
Oct 1, 2012
11 of 11 episodes seen
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Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
There is no doubt that if you want to know about Italian cooking, working as a chef or are just obsessed about food, you might find 'Bambino!' one of the best cookery dramas. If you are looking for a story with a huge depth, twists and magical happenings, you'd best look for something else. 'Bambino!' is a gritty story with no sugar, just salt! After watching Matsumoto Jun in the likes of 'Hana Yori Dango' and 'Kimi Wa Petto' I thought I had watched the limits of the variety of this kid's one eyebrow lifting talent. Watching Matsumoto in 'Bambino!' was like how a kid feels when they discover a new thing their old toy can do! I must admit the main themes of the drama I personally found uninteresting but I found myself drawn in at some point to Shogo's character and developed a need for him to achieve his goals. It's this element that makes it a successful drama but if the subject is not something that interests you, it might be a hard time to ride out to see the outcome of the story. Take my advice and watch the first episode, if you find yourself bored, don't watch it any further, one look at those frustrated eyes and you'll have to watch it to the end, unless you're inhuman!

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rinsuzuki
13 people found this review helpful
Jun 13, 2011
11 of 11 episodes seen
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 10
I have watched it a year ago and I must say that at first I don't know if I should watch this because I am not really into cooking-themed shows. The only motivation I have to start watching is Jun Matsumoto who is the protagonist in the story. All my doubts about this show fades away as soon as I've watched the episode 1.



There are many great dramas out there but this is excellent and stands out from the rest--even though it's not the usual romance drama we usually watch.



As soon as you start to watch it, I'm sure you will ask for more and you will tell yourself that having only 11 episodes is not long enough to satisfy you in seeing more about Ban's enthusiasm and spirit in achieving his dream.



The theme song is sung by the popular group Arashi (in which Jun Matsumoto is a part of) so expect it to be addictive.



The character's personalities are really good.You will easily distinguish whose who in the series. Even the supporting characters are likable. I think their personalities are one of the most notable thing about this series not to mention how creative and thrilling the plot is.



Even if you don't like cooking or more interested in romance-themed shows, I can assure you that you would love this series so much. Promise!!:D

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Chan1380711
4 people found this review helpful
Oct 18, 2013
11 of 11 episodes seen
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Overall 4.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 4.0
The story is funny, the actors are good but...NO.
I'm italian and that's not pasta.
No. NO NO.
I oppose myself with all my strength to all the pronunciations and how the dishes looked... it just gave me goosebumps.
I haven't read the manga but, the one in the drama is not an italian restaurant. It's how normal japanese people cooks italian food in their home, it shows how much japanese strereotypes italian cusine.
Only Kitamura Kazuki gave a bit of realism tho the restaurant crew.
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superpasta
1 people found this review helpful
Oct 8, 2012
11 of 11 episodes seen
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Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 10
Rewatch Value 6.0
First of all do not watch this drama while being hungry, you will most likely end up wanting to eat and gain some kilograms after finishing it >.> -coughs- especially if you love italian food and sweets D:

The plot is something that we see usually. Nothing too new, a guy who is immature and thinks he is a great cook ends up having to admit to himself that he is a fail and then mature. I always like these plots mostly cause I like seeing the process of maturing plus it is something close to reality. A lot of people think greatly of themselves until one day they see that what they believed was not true. It is a drama about food, dreams. working hard, achieving goals and the little spice called romance also gives to this another taste.

The acting is definitely great. I will not say outstanding, there was someone that rather displeased me especially since i am tired of seeing them have poor expressions. Matsujun though, he was great, this was a role different from his other ones and i was rather happy to see how well he worked with "Bambino". Kazue was also pretty good.

The music was great. I will not lie, I think it went well with the personality of this drama. definitely motivating music.

Rewatching this would be fun I think. It has no suspence so this means you can enjoy watching the food and the funny parts of it.

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amyboomerang
1 people found this review helpful
Nov 25, 2012
11 of 11 episodes seen
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
I admit that I was not originally planning to watch Bambino!, but somehow ended up watching the first episode. It was refreshing. It is not action packed, or tremendously silly, or really overpowering in any sense. It, in a way, is sort of like the food they are cooking in it--flavorful, varied, and yet both sophisticated and subtle in its own way.

It is very well put together. While the "plot" may not sound exciting to the average person skimming through it, I will say this: Bambino! is an amazing story about a young man coming into adulthood and learning to recognize what it means to be a whole person. Ban's growth sometimes seems painfully slow, but by the end of the series I couldn't help but be moved and encouraged by him. I loved his development, and they chose a stellar actor who could bring in all the subtlety that was needed for it. While it didn't "grab" me the way others do, I enjoyed every episode and can easily see myself watching it again as I continue to move between stages of my own life, and can again let Ban's story resonate with me.

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