TOKIO's Masahiro Matsuoka will star in a new NTV drama series called "Yasuko to Kenji." It is based on a comical manga by artist Aruko that was serialized in Bessatsu Margaret between April 2005 and November 2006.
The show focuses on a man named Kenji and his younger sister Yasuko, whose parents died in an accident 10 years earlier. Kenji was once the leader of a gang, but in order to support him and his sister, he began making a living as a shojo mangaka. His character normally wears glasses and appears to be a gentle guy, but he throws off his glasses and reverts to his violent side whenever he tries to protect Yasuko from danger. Part of the story follows Yasuko's romance with an intelligent and good-looking man named Jun Tsubaki. Jun's older sister Erika now runs a flower shop, but Erika was once a leader of a female gang, and she used to be in love with Kenji during those days.
Cast & Credits
I thought it would be cheesy, forced, dull, and over-acted. But I was very wrong there. It's absolutely hilarious! The acting is great, and they chose the cast well.
Visually, this is a bright and colourful show. Each episode has a good amount of fun and a proper story to it. It's convenient, as you can just watch it slow or in one go, it does not make a difference. The stories are mainly high school / romance oriented, and although it has very common elements to it, the story is not predictable, but very enjoyable.
For all these above, the good laughs, and the sad feeling I had after finishing the show I give it a 10. Also, I liked it so much I could watch it again tomorrow.
If you want me to compare it to something else, this is a perfect combination of Gokusen + My Boss My Hero.
For me this is one of those very few j-dramas where I cannot ask for anything changed. Perfect as it is.
Watch it if you want something that cheers you up and puts a smile on your face in the end.