Kokoro Kurosawa used to be a contender for the Olympic Judo Team, but she had to give up on her dream due to an injury. In the end, she ends up working at weekly manga magazine "Vibes." The publishing industry is going through a turbulent time due to ebooks. Members of the editorial department struggle to come up with ways to sell more manga books. She learns about editing from her senior editors and becomes fascinated with the edition world, interacting with manga writers, and discovering new manga artists. But what surprises her the most is that in a competitive world such as manga publishing, not all dreams come true, and even when they do, they come with a price...
~~ Adapted from the manga series "Juhan Shuttai!" by Matsuda Naoko.
Cast & Credits
The drama is told mostly from our female lead point of view, korusawa kokoro who will hit you in the kokoro. She was a good athlete (judo) and her aim was to be part of the Olympic after suffering an injury she finds a new place in a manga editing company, odagiri joe plays her senior at work (sunbae, senpai, shesho, tensho) and followed by one of the best side characters that I've seen in my life.
The story follows the team mates and newbie mangaka wannabes into becoming mature and reaching mutual goals together, with hardly any lame moments this one was a beautiful ride.
Usually I watch a whole 11 episode jdrama in 2 days but I watched this slowly and rewatched many parts because I didn't want to finish it too soon.
The main goal of the team and kokoro is to get a Johan shuttai meaning a second printing on their mangas. Highly recommended for good drama lovers
9.2/10 from Johnson shampoo family.
“We all have wings that can't be seen, if you want to nurture splendid wings, read plenty of book"
"Read plenty of book, the shape of the book is the shape of a bird, just by reading it you'll have strong flexible wings, that's how you can fly anywhere"
"Writing a piece of work is like looking inside your own heart"
One of the points that makes it a substantial drama is its characters. Kokoro is your typical happy-go-lucky girl, point mentioned throughout the drama as a joke. What makes her different though is that she never imposes her solution on others. Her job in the drama is to watch the people around her, as we the viewers do, until the characters find their own solution. This brings us to another great point in the drama, where even though it seems we have a weekly lesson learnt, problems are ongoing and don't get magically solved by the end of the episode it got introduced. We do get the episodic focus, but issues to get revisited later as we see where the characters are headed. This gives us a better paced character development, as the characters make decisions about their work and their lives. another element I'd like to mention is the way the drama peaks into the characters lives'. We don't get full explanation and a detailed background about them, we just get enough to know how this is affecting their current lives, views and work. We only know what we usually know as we get closer to our colleagues at work. In this end this is a drama about about work and career.
I feel this drama represents not only how publishing works in Japan, but the entertainment industry works there overall. It is what makes Japan produce this artistic works while hand-in-hand producing the usual predictable easy to sell works. The episode focused on Yasuda Ken's character Yasui-san emphasizes on it most, but we do explore that theme more then once. I won't go into detail as what it is exactly, I will leave it for the viewers to discover it. I'd just like to add the way the drama itself is produced is representative of that idea. As I mentioned earlier, it looks and sound like those typical dramas, but just by peeling that layer off you find something deeper, as each episode go by.
I have to mention how much I loved all the characters here; Takahata, Yasui, Numata, Wada-san, Mikurayama, Koizumi the lovely Iokibe to name a few, and the cast did an outstanding job no matter how much or how little we saw of them, but my most favourite by far Nakata Haku the disturbed aspiring manga artist. Nagayama Kento played him to perfection. The whole cast did an outstanding job, but I just love how that character was handled. I wish we had seen more of Narita, the character played by Kaname Jun.
Do give the drama a try, and give it at least 3-4 episode and you will understand the gem I'm talking about. If anything the eye-candy in here will sure keep you entertained ;)