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Mareina

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Mareina

Germany
Mother Game japanese drama review
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Mother Game
12 people found this review helpful
by Mareina
Jun 19, 2015
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
The title doesn't fit very well in my opinion, because it makes you expect a different kind of show. When I first read the title I thought there would be a mystery aspect to it or someone who is pulling some strings in the background or at least some kind of game. Like the title Kazoku Game fits so perfectly for that show. In Mother game, there's nothing even remotely resembling a game. Nobody is playing or messing around, nobody is taking any of the covered issues lightly. Just so that you can adjust your expectations... If you're looking for a mystery or family-suspense drama, this is not the one. But if you're in the mood for a feel-good, heartwarming family drama with a pinch of humor this might be for you. The concept is not actually fresh and I'm pretty sure I've seen some of the conflicts play out before, but this drama manages to do many things right that can easily annoy you if done wrong. The heroine is set up to be a typical meddler character. I've seen many dramas were there is a problem, then the heroine goes way overboard to get involved, says something and the problem is solved. Those kinds of girls would totally get on your nerves in real life. Kiko is different in that I never felt she pushed too hard. She speaks up when she sees abuse or wrongs but still respects the others' privacy. She's someone you'd like to have as a friend in real life. I really appreciate that she doesn't make everything alright through some magic speech but gives the others the chance to solve their problems themselves. This way all solutions feel earned and more natural. As you you know from the description there's lots of characters with problems. All of those problems are interesting and feel real enough to relate. I really like how this show is structured in that it doesn't go episodic and restricts one episode to one character and problem. Instead we see parts of all problems in all episodes. It does feature one character a little more each ep, but as I mentioned before problems are not solved magically. So you're able to see how all of the characters gradually work through their problems. This show wants to teach a few life lessons about marriage, parentage and education, but it mostly doesn't come off as preachy. The kids are super cute. I was especially impressed with Yamamoto Ayumo, who plays Kiko's son Haruto. In all of his scenes he felt so real and never like he was just acting. All of the mother's were lovely acted as well and Seto Koji is really cute as the reluctantly kind teacher. I already don't remember any of the music. This is not the best show out there, but it's satisfying and it does put you in a pretty good mood, so I'd recommend it =)
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