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lordazula
20 people found this review helpful
Oct 29, 2018
10 of 10 episodes seen
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Overall 9.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 10
I've literally never been compelled to write a review before, but this drama called me to do so. Takane no Hana is brilliant—brilliantly shot, brilliantly acted, brilliantly paced, and, with admittedly some stumbles, beautifully written. Never has a drama pulled me in so deeply—and everything about TNH is deep. The development of its characters (particularly its female lead) over the course of a few months is the focus of the plot. And not only the development of fictional characters, but the exploration of human emotions and the way they are expressed, from person to person. The raw moments of humanity, often chillingly acted by much of the cast, but Satomi especially, are astounding. This is a drama that will stay with you after you've finished watching it.

I watched it out of sheer love for the characters (Momo in particular) and the journeys they all go on, but viewers who watch for romance will find it here. If you're looking for couple with lots of sweetness, Momo and Pooh (our leads) will give that to you. The give-and-take of the actors is tremendous, and they play their roles exceedingly well. I'm generally not one who gets attached to couples, but these two are so playful and thoughtful. You will find yourself loving every minute they spend onscreen together.

I cannot stress how much of an impact this drama left on me. Yes, there are some odd plot twists and unrealistic behavior that result from them, but the magnitude and quality of this drama make me overlook it all. I could say so much more to praise it, but there's little point: just know that this drama is absolutely fantastic. My specific favorite things TNH tackled: 1) the growth within people when they discover how to love themselves, 2) the representation of the intense love between sisters, 3) the bravery it takes to admit you love someone, and the understanding that it does not make you weak.

In all, I cannot recommend this drama enough.

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Mertseger
6 people found this review helpful
Oct 25, 2019
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 6.5
Takane no Hana tells the story of, unsurprisingly, a "flower out of reach". If you haven't gotten the idea of who that metaphorical flower is within the first five minutes of the series, she chants "I am a flower" repeatedly in the last episode just so you're sure.

At the center of the series is a sweet love story of the celestially beautiful heir to an ikebana empire (Momo played by Ishihara Satomi) and an older, poor, "ugly" and humble bicycle repairman (Pooh-san played by Mineta Kazunobu). There is no real sexual chemistry between the two actors, and the trope of a beautiful woman falling for a man "far beneath her station" is a tired one indeed. However, the performances of the two actors are superb and are the primary reason to watch this series. This is largely Ishihara's series and she rocks it. Pooh-san is presented as pretty much saintly having never having had a girlfriend because he had to take care of his bed-ridden but now recently deceased mother. He altruistically helps the people in his neighborhood and is presented as a hidden intellectual genius (he never looses on his shogi app!), but that character trait is largely irrelevant in the end though it does come up now and then.

Surrounding the love-story is a bizarre succession drama in a cutthroat world of flower arranging that does not and could not exist in the real world. The people in that world routinely plot and scheme in ways that take this series immediately to soapville and the "villains" are so over-the-top that you will check to see if this was adapted from a manga, but, no, sadly, it's not. Your enjoyment of this series will probably hinge on how much you can ignore the succession drama or appreciate ironically its machinations. There is a heavy metal boy band ikebana troupe managed by the main antagonist, and, honestly, there is probably a better series than this one to be written around the story of that group and the conflict between modern marketing techniques and the traditional business model of this Japanese art form. But this series decidedly does not go there.

The direction of this series and its aesthetic is Lynchian in a good way. The shot-selection, palate, art-direction and song selection are all well above average. The themes of the series are much less dark than Lynch's material but it is similarly populated with a lot of charmingly quirky tertiary characters that do bring a delightful vividness to this otherwise unrealistic world.

In the end, this is a fable of artistic self-discovery for the main character Momo. Ishihara confidently carries the series on her tiny shoulders and is given ample opportunity to display a wide range within the character's journey. She has the hardest job of convincing us that Momo would choose Pooh-san, and she does achieve the goal of reaching that seemingly out of reach flower.

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PHope
6 people found this review helpful
Mar 7, 2019
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 6.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
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Takane No Hana had it's moments. I liked the main romance, and I would have liked the second one as well, if the guy didn't have an afair with the girl's mother, something that I couldn't overpass, sadly. Another thing was the performances that were really good, especially from the leading lady. Also, Chiba Yudai was especially good in this one. Howevere, other than that, the story got me confused more than just once. Plus, I really didn't get the fascination about flower arrangments, but maybe that was just me. So, six out of ten.
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STKLa
3 people found this review helpful
Oct 3, 2018
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Overall 6.5
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 6.0
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Interesting but..

I started to enjoy Ishihara Satomi since watching her role in 5-ji Kara 9-ji Made, so I like how she acts her role and in this drama, the main roles have acted very well with very good character inspiration, besides that, the explanation about the story seems to teach us to see how good perspectives in fostering relationships are interesting to make us easy to understand.
Even though the storyline is described in such detail by explaining the relationship of each role and clearly tells how to forgive being united in the family so that selfishness, revenge and betrayal can dissolve only with forgiveness, but there are irregularities in the story for me, how can there be a lot complicated of infidelity in their family, especially the affair of a mother with daughter's boyfriend. It really doesn't make sense..Well, for me, 'No thanks, goodbye to you'. Hahaha

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whizguy
0 people found this review helpful
Feb 25, 2023
10 of 10 episodes seen
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Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 10
it a love story, good looking girl not so good looking guy, two individuals from two different worlds; heartwarming story with up and down moments, but some of its side stories, doesn't seem to fit the story as a whole, it seems it would been better if the focus more on the main character, in my humble opinion. honestly I came upon this show because of Satomi Ishihara, her portrayal here is a little bit subdued compared to her other works, but her looks and quirks is what drawn me to watch her dramas, coming from "From Five to Nine" and "Rich Man, Poor Woman"
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