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Born in a family of delinquents, Nanba Tsuyoshi is expected to succeed as the strongest delinquent in school. Unbeknownst to his family however, he decides to enroll in the top high school in town to live as a normal high schooler. Can he maintain his double life as the strongest delinquent in town and as a normal high schooler? (Source: MyDramaList) ~~ Adapted from the manga "Number MG5" (ナンバMG5) by Ozawa Toshio (小沢としお). Edit Translation

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  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: Apr 13, 2022 - Jun 22, 2022
  • Aired On: Wednesday
  • Original Network: Fuji TV
  • Duration: 54 min.
  • Score: 8.4 (scored by 749 users)
  • Ranked: #812
  • Popularity: #5921
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Completed
natsu desu
7 people found this review helpful
Jul 2, 2022
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
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..THE STORY OF HALF-YANKEE AND HALF-NORMIE..

..yes, this is a story of delinquent family - but one of them decided to try and live a normal life, decided to go at school and be a member of art club showing his passion on paint and canvas..
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..as always, life is not that easy - problems always enter, a change of uniform and appearance is a must, the conquering of city is a must by means of punching and kicking since his family expecting a lot for him - this will be his life revolves on daily basis..
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..a secret to be kept for a long year - and no secret will be stored forever and the truth will reveal as many people now knows it..
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..well, what I learned on this drama, well, even if I am not a yankee, it teaches us a lie either it is a white lie is still a lie - keeping it for a long time, only keeping us to hurt for a long time too - not only one's self but anyone too. . .and yes, truth will always set us free and continue to have a happy life with our loved ones..
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..I love the casting plus the talking dog dubbed by the legend VA (TsudaKen), the music, the pinch of love story and the overall lesson we can learn how important our family and friends as they teaches us how to live the way we want too..

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Marshmallow-Chocoholic
11 people found this review helpful
Jun 24, 2022
10 of 10 episodes seen
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Overall 7.0
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

Nanba MG5; A Surprisingly Heartwarming Drama…


Adapted from the eponymous manga and its sequel ‘ Nanba Deadend’ by mangaka Toshio Ozawa, the 10-episode Fuji TV series ( sans the specials) ‘ Nanba Mg5’ is a nostalgic love letter to the bygone eras of delinquent school mangas and action heroes.

Although the series could often possess an overinflated element of cheesiness with its one-liners, the inner-monologues of the Nanba family’s dog ( voiced by Tsuda Kenjiro) and its fight scenes at times, ‘ Nanba Mg5’ was surprisingly heartfelt and sincere at times with its tales camaraderie and family as well as the unlikely discoveries and challenges faced for main lead Nanba Tsuyoshi (Shotaro Mamiya).

For those unfamiliar with the setup of the series, the narrative of ‘ Nanba Mg5’ is mainly focused upon male lead Nanba Tsuyoshi. Nanba is lucky enough to be able to get into a fairly good educational institution with his exam grades , Shirayuri High School. However, there is a catch; Tsuyoshi’s family are loud, proud and brazen delinquents.

Determined for Tsuyoshi to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Takeshi ( Shinnosuke Mitsushima) by defeating and conquering different regions of Tokyo and Japan, Tsuyoshi is forced to hide his attendance at Shirayuri from his parents ( Ukaji Takeshi and Suzuki Sarina), his brother and his younger sister Ginko ( Nanoka Hara) by pretending to attend the delinquent school next door.

In addition to hiding his place at the school from his family, Tsuyoshi is forced to hide his delinquent background from his classmates and peers, especially from his crush Fujita Mayuki ( Morikawa Aoi). However as Tsuyoshi is caught between two worlds, he is soon faced with unlikely friendships and alliances such as with delinquents Daimaru Daisuke ( Morimoto Shintaro) and Godai Naoki ( Kamio Fuju) as well as new obstacles and dilemmas that may just threaten to expose his dual identity.

‘Nanba MG5’ was adapted to the small screen by director Katsuyuki Motohiro. Known for his involvement with the popular anime series ‘ Psycho Pass’, as well as ‘ Bayside Shakedown’ series and ‘ Stranger’, it is fair to say that Motohiro’s style of fast-paced action, angsty moments and heartfelt character growth was fairly well-suited for the adapted screenplay ‘ Nanba MG5’.

Noticeably in comparison to some of his previously mentioned titles, ‘ Nanba MG5’ was heavily interlaced with lighthearted comedy and comic relief. While this certainly helped to balance out some surprisingly violent fight scenes and darker moments of the series by offering moments of easygoing respite, it wasn’t without its problems at times either. The comedy was fairly tongue-in-cheek at times, with one of the show’s running gags being the inner-monologues of the Nanba’s family dog Matsu ( as previously mentioned voiced by Kenjiro), the coarse vernacular used by the delinquents of the show as well as Tsuyoshi’s “ Yankee” past and background occasionally being exposed or misunderstood by those around him.

Although for the most part the comical elements of the show were fairly funny, there were times in the series where comical one-liners and Matsu’s monologues could feel somewhat out of place or enforced after a particularly serious moment or exchange. This is not to say that these elements of the show shouldn’t have exited at all but there were certainly parts of the show which could’ve toned these elements down without making parts of the comic relief in ‘ Nanba MG5’ feel so constrained.

The next big part of the series to talk about is the acting. ‘ Nanba MG5’ was admittedly a slight mixed-bag when it came down to acting performances. Although the main cast really helped to animiate their onscreen personas to life with main actor Shotaro Mamiya and supporting actors Nanoka Hara, Shinnosuke Mitsushima and Morikawa Aoi offering consistent performances alongside others, there were moments in ‘ Nanba MG5’ where the acting could feel somewhat contrived by line deliverances.

Admittedly this is not entirely the fault of the cast. Although ‘ Nanba MG5’ was often purposefully hyperbolic and over-the-top with its written dialogue as well as surprisingly direct during sincere moments, the dialogue could sometimes suffer a little as a result of being a little wooden during key moments.

Then of course there’s the discussion surrounding the plot and the trajectory taken by director Katsuyuki Motohiro. Considering the time limit as well as the amount of source material that the writing team would have to get through in a short space of time, the series’ narrative was unsurprisingly cutthroat.

However aside from from evident updates of technology and expressions to prevent the series from feeling alienated amongst its current era, fans of the manga series will likely acknowledge that the narrative is surprisingly faithful to the original manga. ( Although some fans may be surprised to see that some key characters or moments from later chapters in both mangas were cut out in order to make way for the climax and changed somewhat in the drama.)

In terms of narrative build, ‘ Nanba MG5’ could feel somewhat approached in the style of narrative stages.This isn’t an entirely bad thing per say. It allowed the audience to see Nanba’s journey, his passions towards art, his family and peers grow as well as his later struggles and challenges along the way. On the other hand as a result of the series attempting to stage Nanba’s dilemma in the latter half with his identity, it often felt that a lot of key interactions and elements of character growth were quickly dismissed or not fully fleshed out. ( As seen with Nanba’s relationship with crush Fujita. Although Fujita certainly had some serious moments of character redemption in comparison to some of her past actions, the hinted feelings between both characters was a little rushed by the ending. Similarly, Nanba’s dreams to chase art, Godai’s relationship with his mother, Daisuke’s hinted feelings for his old classmate and Takeshi’s redemption arc which were hinted at during various moments of the series and were covered slightly more in the manga, often felt a little disregarded and underdeveloped by the ending.)

Although it is wrong to entirely pass condemnation on the series’ rushed parts with the potential special episode ‘ Nanba MG5: Zenkai Baribaride Arigato-hen’ helping to smooth out the aftermath of events for Nanba and his associates, it did feel somewhat noticeable at times that these characters and storyline events were sometimes put on the sidelines. ( Especially by the ending of the series.)

The stylistic approach to ‘ Nanba MG5’ was fairly simplistic with close-ups and long-distance shots for the most. Of course, the show occasionally dabbed with minimal bright and dreary palettes in order to express mood and tone but its main highlight undeniably came through it opening and closing credits. In order to encapsulate the crazy and unconventional world of Nanba and his situation, the opening and closing scenes would often burst to life with the main characters being caricatured into cartoon sketches in between footage moments of the series. It was a certainly a fun approach to the series although it did feel as though ‘ Nanba MG5’ could’ve benefited at times from having that bubbly and imaginative approach to filming and editing throughout some of its main episodes also.

The OST of the series is a fairly bright and upbeat mixture of vocals and instrumentals. Although certain tracks certainly remained more memorable than others, the main theme song alongside compositions such as ‘ KENKA JOUTOU-KAKATTEKOIYA’ and ‘ SUSPICION-GIWAKU’ were particularly catchy at times alongside others.

‘ Nanba MG5’ could sometimes struggle somewhat with its rushed writing and line deliverances but there was something surprisingly sincere and wildly fun about the series. Despite risking feeling out of place with its subject area and themes at times, ‘ Nanba MG5’ was surprisingly relatable with its themes of school pressure, identity, family and prejudice, as well as still being able to feel like a nostalgic love letter to the delinquent mangas and shows of the past. Although slightly rough around the edges, ‘ Nanba MG5’ is a fun, heartfelt and an entertaining series which is perfect for those looking for something easygoing and heartfelt to watch. Overall, a fairly fun watch.

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Details

  • Drama: Nanba MG5
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: Apr 13, 2022 - Jun 22, 2022
  • Aired On: Wednesday
  • Original Network: Fuji TV
  • Duration: 54 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 8.4 (scored by 749 users)
  • Ranked: #812
  • Popularity: #5921
  • Watchers: 1,698

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