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In 1909, a long-awaited baby boy was born to a family which has run a dry goods store for generations in Fukushima Prefecture. He would later become the talented composer Koyama Yuichi who wrote many famous songs. Although Yuichi was brought up as the heir of the business, he was rather dreamy and considered a child with no redeeming traits by the people around him. However, when he encountered music, it sparked joy and unleashed his gift of composing music through self-study. As a youth, Yuichi secretly put his name down for an overseas songwriting competition. This would change his destiny. He won runner-up for the song he entered in the competition. As a result, he got to know a female student who wanted to be a singer. Despite the long distance between them – Fukushima and Toyohashi – the two of them tied the knot. When they came to Tokyo, they met all sorts of people and weathered a dark period to produce a number of hit songs. However, war broke out and Yuichi had to compose wartime songs at the army’s request. It pained him that young men died in battle after singing the songs he had written. After the war, the country began to recover amid the chaos. The couple made a new era of music in an attempt to encourage the wounded through the power of music. (Source: Jdrama Weblog) ~~ Based on the life of a Japanese composer named Yuji Koseki from Fukushima in the Showa Era. Edit Translation

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  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 120
  • Aired: Mar 30, 2020 - Nov 27, 2020
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Original Network: NHK
  • Duration: 15 min.
  • Score: 8.1 (scored by 92 users)
  • Ranked: #45260
  • Popularity: #10717
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Mertseger
4 people found this review helpful
Nov 10, 2021
120 of 120 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 4.0

A Love Story Between Two Musicians

Yell is the story of Yuichi and Oto who managed to meet, fall in love and marry at a time in Japanese history when most marriages were arranged. The series is a relatively faithful biography of the composer Koseki Yuji whose music is showcased throughout. (There is a one-week arc where the series cheerfully veers into the paranormal, and the historicity of that particular week may be in doubt.) The series follows Yuichi from his childhood where he was bullied for having a stutter through to a happy retirement following a long and successful career in the music industry making hit songs in the pre-war era, writing propaganda songs during the war, and composing the music for radio serials, film and stage productions after the war. Kubota Masataka plays this mild and gentle soul from high school through retirement.

Yuichi's soulmate is Oto, the second daughter of a Christian family who had a small business making saddles. She encounters a famous operatic soprano when she is young and decides to become an opera singer. Oto is played by Nikaido Fumi whose voice is surprisingly convincing in the role.

The focus of this series is centered more on Yuichi than Oto mostly because the roles of wives and mothers were comparatively limited in early to mid century Japan, and so there are fewer family anecdotes about her to be incorporated into the series once they settled down and had their daughter Hana. Nevertheless, the show is pretty balanced between the two characters until the war when Yuichi's stories tend to dominate. There are also many lovely side stories involving the couple's siblings, friends and daughter.

The height of this series is Yuichi's involvement in the war. Yuichi proudly writes music for the war effort until late in the war when he makes a fateful morale trip near the front lines in Burma where he is confronted with the consequences of his support of the war - to the point that he stops composing for a period, and eventually writes a now beloved and haunting song for peace. The script really does not pull any punches in its portrayal of wartime Japan , showing the country's military fervor and its dire consequences, and this section of the series is quite moving.

Other than the war years, the tone of the series is pretty light with the dramatic obstacles being those usually associated with trying to establish oneself in the music industry and the expected parental objection to the match of Yuichi and Oto. The series was in production when the pandemic hit and for the first time in decades NHK had to put its asadora on hiatus for a few weeks. I don't think that the hiatus had any noticeable effect on the quality or the story, but the series ended up slightly shorter at 24 weeks instead of 26. A bigger impact on the length of the series arose from the decision to move from six episodes per week down to five, but I believe that decision was made prior to the pandemic and will remain true for the asadoras from Yell on. Thus, Yell has 120 episodes when prior asadora typically had 156.

Yell is an above average asadora with a few a particularly stellar weeks. The last week is a bit of a hodgepodge trying to complete a final romantic arc, doing the final payoff to a setup in Ep. 1, and building to a fanciful denouement in Ep. 119 to match the unusual opening scenes of the series. Ep. 120 is a final concert of Koseki's music with Nikaido concluding the series with a lovely performance of The Bells of Nagasaki.

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120 of 120 episodes seen
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Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 6.5
Yell is a story from anyone can learn how to not give-up, I know nowdays every story tells this but believe me this one is different because of it's character and actors acting. If you are feeling low then this drama you must watch so you feel good and try to make little difference (Idk about others but I did make a difference in life). This is my first time writing I mean typing a review so don't mind my review and my english much if you find any mistake in this, So as I was saying this story about not giving up but what I like more about this drama is there comdey scenes and sense of humor. So that was it, thanks for reading my review I hope you have a good day. Hare Krishna

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  • Drama: Yell
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 120
  • Aired: Mar 30, 2020 - Nov 27, 2020
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Original Network: NHK
  • Duration: 15 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 8.1 (scored by 92 users)
  • Ranked: #45260
  • Popularity: #10717
  • Watchers: 607

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