Kano Haruko is a charismatic shop assistant who has such excellent fashion sense that she has been featured in fashion magazines. However, she is unable to give up her dream of being a high school teacher. Haruko is asked by her former teacher to teach Japanese to foreigners for three months on the understanding that he would introduce her for the high school's Japanese language teaching position. And so, she becomes a trainee teacher at a Japanese language school where she coaches nine foreign students with strong personalities, including an Italian anime enthusiast and a Swede who is in love with ninjas, according to her own convictions, while setting her sights on becoming a high school teacher.
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Even if i didn't have the right mood, i enjoyed watching this drama because i think it was fun while watching and i got to know more about japanese and its hidden rules. But i think the mood will be even better if you are currently learning japanese, the drama will be more valuable that way i think.
But the story is not only about japanese, every episode has a special situation that needs to be solved kind of, so we also see how this teacher somehow is kinda like a mother to her students, she help them and are always there for them. So it is a touching drama too, of people who tries to achieve their dreams and helping each other ;)
The concept itself seemed interesting, and as a learner of the Japanese language, I thought that from watching it I could learn more about the language. However the drama left me feeling disappointed.
It is interesting from the perspective of a Japanese language leaner as it does explain some concepts of the language, and as a casual viewer some of the stories the drama presented were enjoyable. However where it fell down the most was in the acting.
The acting from Kano Haruko was okay, which helped to bring it all together, but the acting from the members of her class were overall an extremely poor quality. The foreign cast member's acting made the series hard to watch at times and I felt myself feeling awkward or embarrassed while watching it, which is not a good feeling to have as a viewer!
For that reason it is hard to recommend, but I did overall enjoy it. So if you are willing to look past some poor acting and have an interest in the Japanese language you may also enjoy this drama.