After bailing out of a grinding office job in Tokyo, 29-year-old Minato Akira has returned to his hometown and taken over his grandfather's laundromat. The laundromat is a popular meeting point for people from all over town and Akira is happy in his peaceful new life. One day, Akira is drawn into conversation with a new customer, senior high-school student Katsuki Shintaro, whose handsome appearance he cannot help noticing. Despite the difference in age, the two quickly become friends. Then, in an unguarded moment Akira reveals that he is gay. (Source: RobertL at MyDramaList) ~~ Adapted from the manga "Minato Shouji Coin Laundry" (みなと商事コインランドリー) by Tsubaki Yuzu (椿ゆず). Edit Translation
- Native Title: みなと商事コインランドリー
- Also Known As: Minato Coin Laundry , Minato Trading Coin Laundry , Wash My Heart! , Minato's Laundromat , Minato Shouji Koin Randorii
- Director: Yuasa Hiroaki, Eda Yuuka
- Screenwriter & Director: Kanai Junichi
- Screenwriter: Yamashita Subaru, Kitaki Rima
- Genres: Comedy, Romance, Life, Drama
Cast & Credits
In a circle we run, away from a cheeky teenager.If you are ready for a whole lot of frustration, running in a circle, kids being scary straightforward and adults acting like shy teenagers - this is a perfect watch for you.
Here’s the thing - it was so exciting, fun and enjoyable at first. Being more or less the same age as Minato, I could easily understand his panic about starting to have feelings for a high schooler. Even the idea is scary. That said, I feel like they failed with Minato writing wise, since he just... existed and everything was happening around him. The guy did not try to process it at all and it left the viewers with repetitive scenes and plots, since nothing was changing character wise.
Shin was saving grace with his pro flirting, honesty and undying motivation to make Minato his. He was far more dynamic of a character, actually showing some change in his behavior depending on the situation and the circumstances.
There were also a few nice side characters like Sakurako and Asuka who added some wholesome platonic moments to this romance driven show.
Plot wise, we've got whole side plot of Sakuma Takayuki which was stretched so bad, taking too much screen time and becoming quite an annoying addition to the drama. The teacher might have been the sweetest dude ever, but that plot should have been resolved in 2 episodes max.
Performance wise I do not have any complaints. Kusakawa Takuya did his best with Akira - the character was just not it writing wise. Nishigaki Sho truly impressed me. He did quite well with some more subtle emotions and perfectly presented the angst related to the first big teenage love.
Production wise, it gave a high budget since of life webdrama vibes - which personally I truly love.
Overall, I am honestly not sure how I feel about it. On paper it works, but when I watched it, I was getting either frustrated or bored, and I was wishing for the show to finally end. I don’t regret watching, but I’m also not sure if I would recommend it for others to check out. I also crave second season or at least a special episode, because the payoff after all the running away was quite short-lived.
Fluffy but shallow, has a lot of cute momentsThis series got off to a strong start, with an age difference plot where a 17-year old (almost 18) aggressively pursues a man 10 years older. At first it's charming and fun, as Akira, the 27-ish owner of a local laundramat, is a bit scandalized that a high school kid is after him. The dialog and interplay between Akira's discomfort with the situation and Shin's cocky confidence that he was going to get his man was entertaining and cute.
But instead of dwelling more on what I would think would be the central conflict (the age difference), the plot devolves into an endless loop of both characters drawing back from each other - Akira because he's afraid that if Shin spends so much time with him his schoolwork will suffer and he won't get into a good school, and Shin because he doesn't want Akira to blame himself if Shin can't get into a good school.
The thing is, it's not zero-sum. Being with someone you love is energizing and their support can help you get through difficulty, so it just feels like the story is just forcing the characters into a holding pattern until Shin is 18 and graduated.
In addition, Akira has been harboring an old crush on his high school teacher, Sakuma, who is an interesting character - a bit hapless but mature and a real gentleman, an ably acted. The storyline was too long and dragged-out, however, like much of this series.
The other problem for me is that Akira is so immature and devoid of any impulse toward self-examination that there is no character progression - just a passive 2D character that things happen to.
The series really has nothing to say and follows a fairly conventional course, which is a shame given it's "forbidden relationship" elements. It's a fluff piece, with a lot of cute moments, but by the end the characters have been running in circles so long that I stopped caring what happened to them.
The ending is quite lovely and doesn't follow the usual fomula, which made it a delight because I wasn't correctly anticipating every line of dialog like I usually can in series like this.
If you like cute and fluffy, you may enjoy this. I don't mind recommending it - but you may want to give in to the urge to fast-forward though tiresome parts - you won't miss anything and it may make the show more enjoyable for you.
This would have benefitted from being about a third shorter - then the thin plot would have marched foward without repeating the same pattersn over and over, and the ending would be more anticipated.