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Xiao Zi
33 people found this review helpful
Apr 23, 2022
8 of 8 episodes seen
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Overall 8.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
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Life's twists and turns can be unexpected.

I chose this drama because of its unique concept. This drama takes place in a world where cisgender men can give birth as well. This concept initially creeped me out. But then I thought, "Why not?" So, I decided to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did. 

The drama is one-of-a-kind and extremely well-executed. The story raises awareness about a variety of issues that should be taken seriously, as well as teaches us some valuable lessons:

1. The roles that a man and woman "should" take on when having and raising a child. Is it really required? Should there be a division of responsibilities?

2. This refers to the difficulties that a person faces when preparing to give birth, whether it is a man or a woman.

3. It also teaches us the importance of staying true to ourselves and how it shapes who we are.

4. Last but not least, the implementation of transgender people's pressures. This is not said directly, but this sure magnifies this. People should accept and value a transgender's individuality. Transgender discrimination, in my opinion, should be considered a crime punishable by law.

All of the actors and actresses in this drama are excellent. But, in particular, for the male lead, who played the pregnant Hiyama Kentaro. He was a perfect fit for the character.

This is unquestionably a must-see. This may not be much of an entertainer for some, but it does provide us with a glimpse of the reality faced by trans men, but from the perspective of an ordinary man. I wholeheartedly recommend this drama to anyone and everyone.

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Lex
25 people found this review helpful
Apr 22, 2022
8 of 8 episodes seen
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

unexpected things happen in life one after the other

Do I think this drama should’ve been from the point of view of a trans man? Yes. 

Do I also understand that the issues this drama brings up more people would be willing to listen if it was portrayed through the eyes of a cisgender man? Sadly also yes.

I went into this drama very sceptical and had been sceptical about it ever since I read the plot description because storylines like this one almost always tread in transphobic waters. But I came out of this drama pleasantly surprised. The writers knew exactly what they were doing to grab people's attention, bringing awareness to topics that sadly society doesn't take seriously from pregnant people. The discussion on the idea of what "roles" men and women "should" take when it comes to having and raising a child was done brilliantly. Every member of the cast did an amazing job at portraying this story with such care.

The one thing I am a little disappointed on is after really the first episode the erasure and lack of mentioning of pregnant trans men and how they could most likely relate to a lot of the struggles and curiousity that we see multiple of the pregnant cis men go through within the drama. But other than that I did enjoy this drama and I think it did exactly what it was set out to do.

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Sofia Bongiovanni
5 people found this review helpful
Apr 25, 2022
8 of 8 episodes seen
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Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.5

Unexpected surprise

A mirror on the life that every woman must live but carried by a man.
The subject being treated is very delicate and current. I had reservations because I couldn't imagine how they could carry on the theme without becoming banal and cringe. After only the first few episodes I realized that they are committed to treating the subject with sympathy and lightness but without lacking in great depth. The actors completed the series optimally.
Absolutely recommended to have a new interpretation of the current career / maternity / society situation.
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Rebecca ZH
0 people found this review helpful
Oct 2, 2023
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Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 6.5

An exploration of gender roles in Japanese society

Thought this was gonna be one of those weird Japanese shows but it was surprisingly thoughtful. I find it hard to find jdramas that suit my taste because of the clash in cultural values and all that but this was very enjoyable. I enjoyed the social commentary on gender roles, the high production values, the good balance between crack and seriousness and bite-sized episodes.

Also I have good memories of this show because I had an interesting discussion with my sensei about gender roles when I mentioned this show to her lolol.
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Meowchi
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Jan 9, 2024
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Overall 8.0
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Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

What is being motherly or fatherly feel, when the roles are reversed!

I started this drama just out of curiosity. But never expected it to leave a unimaginable message to the world. It's new, fresh and endearing journey of a man being a parent and his environment to his acceptance.

If you feel grossed about the idea of a man being pregnant, then definitely you should watch this. The story is not perfect but VERY realistic in the sense of humanity. It's a lifetime visual experience in this world where prejudice prevails and we let it happen intentionally. FYI- in this drama he's neither gay nor a transgender. Rest is upto your curiosity (˘ᵕ˘)

A Must watch!

I'll still be questioning myself if he's the mother or father of the child by definition. Amazing!

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dottie-wan-kenobi
0 people found this review helpful
Jul 4, 2023
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Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
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interesting and quick watch

When I saw this on Netflix, I mostly turned it on because it was short and because I was curious if there would be any queer elements to it. I can't say that this is the best show I've ever seen, but I really don't have any objective complaints about it -- more than anything, it felt pretty 'normal' levels of interesting, not outstanding. I think it has a nice message and has good moments of humor and emotions. For the time they had to work with, I think the show does a good job of showing us the important moments of Kentaro's pregnancy and the progression and changes in the relationships shown.

If you're looking for something quick to watch that won't make you too emotional the whole way through, isn't too fluffy or comedic, and has a foot in reality (despite the whole 'cis men getting pregnant' aspect lol), this is a good choice.

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On a subjective level, there were times I felt a bit bored or just wanted to hurry up and get to the next plot point. Also, I was glad that Aki and Kentaro didn't really seem to get into a romantic relationship. I enjoyed their friendship and the scenes of them co-parenting at the end were cute but I don't think they had the right kind of chemistry to portray like, falling in love with each other. So I was pleased they ended in the places they did, and that they didn't have to give up themselves to the roles of Mother and Father. Also the baby was very cute but since I can't read any Japanese I have no idea if they were a boy or a girl? Lmao it doesn't really matter but I thought I'd mention it

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iamestter
0 people found this review helpful
Feb 20, 2023
8 of 8 episodes seen
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Overall 1.5
Story 4.5
Acting/Cast 1.5
Music 1.5
Rewatch Value 2.0
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confusão é a palavra perfeita para descrever o que estou sentindo

Eu fui fuçar uns doramas aleatórios por ai e achei esse. A capa chamou muito a minha atenção.

O gênero dele: vida.
A vida do dorama onde é normal OS HOMENS ENGRAVIDAREM KKKKKKKK

Eu quase cuspi no meu computador quando o homem apareceu na sala de cirurgia pra parir. Ai ele: eu nunca pensei que ter um filho fosse ser tão difícil.

Eu tô me sentindo vingada e olha que eu nem tenho filho. Ele chegou pra contar pra menina que dormiu com ele que estava grávido e ela: isso quer dizer que eu sou a mãe? Não é possível.

Os homens deviam assistir esse dorama. Tem muito feminismo (de um jeito estranho, mas tem).

Ai ele foi pedir autorização pra abortar e disso pra moça: olha você não tá entendendo. Eu quase perdi o meu emprego, meu chefe tá pegando no meu pé, tá saindo leite do meu peito, eu já perdi dois kilos só essa semana, eu acordo enjoado e tenho desejos estranhos...
E a mulher: olha, mas pensando bem isso é uma benção. ✨EU ENTENDO VOCÊ✨ ✨ EU SEI COMO VOCÊ SE SENTE✨ (ela é uma solteirona que não tem filhos)
Dai ele: você tá falando que nem um homem quando vai abandonar a esposa grávida.

Eu amei isso. É rapidinho. São só oito episódios de vinte e quatro minutos. Tem na Netflix (surpreendendo um total de zero pessoas). Dá pra fazer minha redação do Enem baseado nesse dorama.

Eu não consigo levar a sério esses homens quando eles falam que estão GRÁVIDOS.
Ele é bom, mas é tão estranho, sei lá. Tem várias mensagens muito boas, mas é muito bizarro.
Eu ultrapassei a linha do limite das coisas estranhas que eu poderia ver. Se tem um limite em alguma coisa podem crer que eu irei ultrapassa-lo kkkkkkmn

No final eu achei que iria poder zoar ele, mas agora me sinto péssima. A qualidade da produção não é das melhores, mas não esperava muito dele mesmo. Gerou boas reflexões. No final eu gostei. O nome do bebê deles é estranho, mas é divertido. Sei lá kkkkkkk tô confusa. Um misto de emoções confusas. É isto!Eu fui fuçar uns doramas aleatórios por ai e achei esse. A capa chamou muito a minha atenção.

O gênero dele: vida.
A vida do dorama onde é normal OS HOMENS ENGRAVIDAREM KKKKKKKK

Eu quase cuspi no meu computador quando o homem apareceu na sala de cirurgia pra parir. Ai ele: eu nunca pensei que ter um filho fosse ser tão difícil.

Eu tô me sentindo vingada e olha que eu nem tenho filho. Ele chegou pra contar pra menina que dormiu com ele que estava grávido e ela: isso quer dizer que eu sou a mãe? Não é possível.

Os homens deviam assistir esse dorama. Tem muito feminismo (de um jeito estranho, mas tem).

Ai ele foi pedir autorização pra abortar e disso pra moça: olha você não tá entendendo. Eu quase perdi o meu emprego, meu chefe tá pegando no meu pé, tá saindo leite do meu peito, eu já perdi dois kilos só essa semana, eu acordo enjoado e tenho desejos estranhos...
E a mulher: olha, mas pensando bem isso é uma benção. ✨EU ENTENDO VOCÊ✨ ✨ EU SEI COMO VOCÊ SE SENTE✨ (ela é uma solteirona que não tem filhos)
Dai ele: você tá falando que nem um homem quando vai abandonar a esposa grávida.

Eu amei isso. É rapidinho. São só oito episódios de vinte e quatro minutos. Tem na Netflix (surpreendendo um total de zero pessoas). Dá pra fazer minha redação do Enem baseado nesse dorama.

Eu não consigo levar a sério esses homens quando eles falam que estão GRÁVIDOS.
Ele é bom, mas é tão estranho, sei lá. Tem várias mensagens muito boas, mas é muito bizarro.
Eu ultrapassei a linha do limite das coisas estranhas que eu poderia ver. Se tem um limite em alguma coisa podem crer que eu irei ultrapassa-lo kkkkkkmn

No final eu achei que iria poder zoar ele, mas agora me sinto péssima. A qualidade da produção não é das melhores, mas não esperava muito dele mesmo. Gerou boas reflexões. No final eu gostei. O nome do bebê deles é estranho, mas é divertido. Sei lá kkkkkkk tô confusa. Um misto de emoções confusas. É isto!

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