This original series stars Takashi Sorimachi as the pro baseball player Shunsuke Ogi, who is forced to retire after a shoulder injury. He continues to train in hope of returning to the game, but a sudden accident leads to his death. God decides to give him a second chance, placing his soul into the body of another man - a wealthy fund company manager - but adjusting to his new life isn'teasy... --Tokyograph
Cast & Credits
This light fantasy sums up best as a combination of sports and human drama. When main character Ogi Shunsuke rises again as Asahina Takaya, we watch him grapple with attempts to continue his dream (as a pro baseball player) while dealing with issues stemming from both his old life and new. But while Dream Again watches pleasantly as a whole, the script probably suffers most out of any other aspect. One must cling to suspension of disbelief a bit too much (even for a fantasy), with many a coincidence, cop-out, and shrug-off in between. At least when it comes down to the supernatural bit. Dream Again never commits the cardinal sin of being boring. It even does fine with emotional elements, so basically the “human story” portion is much stronger.
You know when something about an actor “just works”? Sorimachi Takashi embodies this idea completely. Blessed with serious star quality and magnetism, he brings up the cast rating on his own. I've long since grown tired of the earnest lead archetype, yet I easily gravitated toward Sorimachi’s character. My only complaint would be that sometimes it became obvious he struggled with failings in the script, though that’s understandable. Other highlights include lovely Kato Ai, a much grown Shida Mirai, and the surprisingly lovable Kodama Kiyoshi as Tanaka, the heavenly guide. He might be the cutest old man ever, seriously.
Most of the music in Dream Again makes its impression during emotional sequences. Softer instances were best, while the suspense theme was so silly it drove me crazy after the third play. The ethereal introductory theme stands out, as does Kobukuro’s yearning Aoku Yasashiku (roughly “Blue and Gentle”). Little else was memorable.
The concept isn't anything new and has probably been used over and over again in other shows and movies.
The first episode reminds me greatly of the old American movie "Heaven can wait" from 1978.
Anyone who've seen that movie will get the reference.
So, yeah, the story is rather old, but, being old doesn't make it less interesting.
In fact, I personally found the 10 episodes good enough to enjoy with little to no effort on my part.
The only real problem I had with the series was how Hina-chan was portrayed in the earliest episodes, by that I meant her personality not the actress.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that this is a typical family drama, although certain aspects was included in the story.
Given the premise of the plot, you might think that the drama would have a lot of angst, melodrama etc, but the story is surprisingly lighthearted.
Now, if you are thinking of watching the drama for the first time, don't expect sappiness though, 'cause there isn't much of that, imo.
The soundtracks was good I suppose, but not very memorable.
The casting was very good I think, in that they were convincing in their respective roles.
The rewatch value I think would be a solid 7, seeing that I wouldn't mind watching the drama again in the future, but it is not a top priority.
Finishing the review, I can honestly say that it's a drama I most likely will never get bored off,
and as such, it's a drama I can highly recommend to others.