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Samurai High School ( 2009)


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Title: サムライ・ハイスクール
Title (English): Samurai High School
Format: Renzoku
Episode: 9
Viewership ratings: 10.5 (Kanto)
Broadcast network: NTV
Broadcast period: 2009-Oct-17 to 2009-Dec-12
Air time: Saturday 21:00
Theme song: Kodoku no Taiyo by monobright

Synopsis

Mochizuki Kotaro is a mild-mannered, unmanly high school student. One day, he visits a library and meets the mysterious librarian Himiko, who recommends to him an ancient book about a heroic general from the Sengoku period 400 years ago. Kotaro notices that he has the same name and age as the general described in the book, and he experiences a flashback... Kotaro later mentions the book to his father, who tells him that he may be the descendent of a powerful samurai. At that moment, Kotaro receives a message from his childhood friend Ai telling him that their classmate Nakamura Tsuyoshi is in trouble. He rushes to the scene but doesn't have the guts to help, until another flashback transforms him into a samurai! --Tokyograph


Cast

Miura Haruma as Mochizuki Kotaro
Omae Kyoichi as young Kotaro
Shirota Yu as Nakamura Tsuyoshi
Anne as Nagasawa Ai
Aoi Wakana as young Ai
Kobayashi Ryoko as Minami Yurika
Sakurada Dori as Ikeyama Satoshi
Yanagishita Tomo as Wada Daisuke
Ichikawa Mikako as Miki Sayaka
Matsuda Saki (松田沙紀) as Kisaragi Hidemi
Muro Tsuyoshi as Nitta Kosuke
Kobayashi Masahiro as Hirano Tetsuhiko
Kaneda Akio as Kidokoro Kazuo
Muroi Shigeru as Kamei Kyoko

Mochizuki Family

Kishitani Goro as Mochizuki Shinji
Kimura Midoriko as Mochizuki Keiko
Ohgo Suzuka as Mochizuki Yuna

Class 3-F

Ito Ryusuke (伊藤竜翼)
Kasuga Yoshiki (春日由輝)
Kishida Tatsuya (岸田タツヤ)
Kobori Shinpei (小堀慎平)
So In Sun (徐寅勝)
Deleanu Satoshi (ダレアレ悟)
Murakami Yuki (村上雄紀)
Moriya Sho (守屋翔)
Mori Yota (森陽太)
Ise Mihato
Oriyama Miyu
Kinoshita Misaki (木下美咲)
Sayoko
Shimomiya Rihoko
Takata Ayaka (高田彩香)
Toya Himeko (遠谷比芽子)
Mashita Rena
Mori Asami (森あさみ)
Yamamoto Airi (山本愛莉)
as Sakoda Manami (ep1-2)



Review 8/10



A light hearted Rezoku drama featuring Miura Haruma as Mochizuki Kotaro from 2009 and from 1615 and Shirota Yu as Nakamura Tsuyoshi, Kotaro’s best friend. This drama has the main character possessed by a Samurai from the civil war era. This possession then changes the easy going happy go lucky Kotaro to a lean mean muscled and rather sexy fighting machine. All sorts of trouble ensue from this spiritual invasion.

Miura Haruma has featured in other dramas like Bloody Monday 1 and 2, Taisetsu na Koto wa Subete Kimi ga Oishete Kureta and many others. His other memorable roles include Hiro in Koizora the movie.

Shirota Yu on the other hand is known for his various drama roles including Kagurazaka Makoto in Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (Hana kimi for short) and Kunimitsu Tezuka in Prince of Tennis the movie.

It was a typical J drama set in a typical Japanese high school, Samurai High had all the typical elements, the ending was predictable, and the moral lesson at the end of the episode or series was also predictable. There were no “kyaaa” moments, or cliff hanging in between episodes. Despite all of this the storyline was fresh and the characters were engaging. The drama was appropriately paced with just the right amount of humour and brevity.

The series not just about eye –candy, although there was enough of that with Miura Haruma and Shirota Yu. Their ‘master-vassal/ friendship’ brought out an interesting dynamic between the two characters. With the added character of Nagasawa Ai as portrayed by Anne, the love interest of Mochizuki Kotaro from 2009 there was a hint of tension between Kotaro and Nakamura.

All in all a decent light hearted drama 8/10
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iloveloaf
Oct 08 12 08:42 AM
The best! Should watch it guys...Miura looks definitely cool when he turns into his Samurai mode.
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caramelia
Jul 15 15 12:55 AM

The premise remind me of Yamapi's movie where he is a descendant of warrior too but in that movie he thrown back to the past.

It's only 9 episode. I'll look for it.

 

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