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The 99th Asadora follows the life of Tachibana Fukuko, a young woman who tries to survive tough times in Osaka with her husband from before WWII to the rapid economic development era. Together they overcome various setbacks before they succeed in creating instant noodles. ~~ Based on the true story of the wife of Ando Momofuku, the businessman who founded Nissin Food Products Co. Ltd. and the inventor of instant ramen. Edit Translation

  • English
  • Русский
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 151
  • Aired: Oct 1, 2018 - Mar 30, 2019
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Original Network: NHK
  • Duration: 15 min.
  • Score: 8.0 (scored by 179 users)
  • Ranked: #45390
  • Popularity: #10442
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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YueofBlueGables
8 people found this review helpful
Jun 5, 2019
151 of 151 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
It is only my second Asadora, but I can confirm they are really addictive. Easy to watch and easy to fall in love with the characters. It is like they become part of your family, I am going to miss them all ^_^.

I love Sakura Ando as Fukuko; she was cheerful and strong and my, her tears were so good. She had a nice chemistry with Hasegawa Hiroki; they were truly a wonderful married couple. They look the part too.. they look young at first and older at the end, unlike Kaname Jun (Tadahiko) and Matsushita Nao (Katsuko), who still looked too young to be grandfparents. Manpei was the ying and Fukuko the yang in their relationship, the complimented each other. If it weren't for Fukuko, Manpei wouldn't go anywhere with his ideas (but let's face it.. most of the good ideas came from Fukuko but Manpei-san was the one who was able to reproduce the idea or make it real).

I loved Fukuko's mother.. she was such a character! Annoying and meddlesome but so funny and with a good heart. By the end of the series, I was loving every one, from Sera to Shinichi. How nice that Shinichi was still part of the family, even after so many years of Saki's death. And how nice that Saki was still present in their lives even though she died so many years ago. How nice that Kanbe-kun admired and loved the Tachibana couple so much. And how nice how everyone was involved in one way or the other in the success of Manpuku Noodles.

The support of family, friends... all of them were so important to make Manpuku Noodles come to what it is. As always in a J-drama, family and friends are pivotal in the main character's lives (and at the same time, they influence positive in the others).

Some scenes were a bit slow for my liking, like all the times Manpei went to prison. Reason why I rate this 8.5. And sometimes I just wanted to smack Manpei-san... I know he was a genius and couldn't see straight beyond his ideas, but poor Fukuko suffered so much many times and years (but she loved that her husband was an inventor). He was the reason of all her tears; of her happy and sad tears.

Main song was cute and the opening sequence very dorky, I loved it.

I will mourn for a couple of weeks and then start a new Asadora ^_^

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Nanashi0182
1 people found this review helpful
Apr 7, 2022
151 of 151 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

Great Asadora about invention and instant noodles!!!

Great Asadora and this is my favorite. Well written! Great plotline with great characters!
I like all of the characters in this Asadora.

It's based on a true story of Momofuku Ando who invented Instant noodle.

When you must find out about the history of cup noodle, I highly recommend you watch This TV show/drama.
This will give you hints. After watching this TV show, probably you can look up more about the info relating to cup noodle.

But the main noodle inventor's name is Manpei Tachibana instead of Momofuku Ando, and characters don't call their noodles as "Nisshin".
There are differences between this TV show and a true story.

Fukuko Imai (played by Sakura Ando) and Manpei-san (played by Hiroki Hasegawa) are main characters in Manpuku.
Fukuko works as an operator in Japanese hotel, and Manpei-san is hard-working man who likes invention.
The story begins with Fukuko's introduction (later on, she meets Manpei-san).

The genre is comedy, and some characters will make you laugh.
Especially Sera the businessman (played by Kenta Kiritani). He is the most memorable character.
Sera-san is always clever, and we can't trust him (he is neutral). But sometimes, Sera-san helps Manpei-san and his family.
Sera-san's jokes are laughable.

This Asadora is very balanced (it has human drama, sad moments, funny scenes and intense scenes, etc.).
Other reason I got into this TV show is that it was interesting to see how Manpei-san solves every issue by his invention.
Yes Manpei-san reminds us of Thomas Edison, Doraemon and so on, but his invention made This TV show very intriguing.

It's been a while since Manpuku is over, but Manpuku and its characters are unforgettable.

I look forward to see great TV shows like Manpuku!

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Details

  • Drama: Manpuku
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 151
  • Aired: Oct 1, 2018 - Mar 30, 2019
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Original Network: NHK
  • Duration: 15 min.
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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  • Score: 8.0 (scored by 179 users)
  • Ranked: #45390
  • Popularity: #10442
  • Watchers: 637

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