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Tokyo Love Story [東京ラブストーリー]

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Title:Tokyo Love Story
東京ラブストーリー
Tokyo love story
Telecast:1991-01-07 to 1991-03-18
Season:Winter 1991



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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:11 Episodes
1 Special
Viewership:32.3%



Synopsis
When Kanchi first came to Tokyo to work, he was full of uncertainties. He was 'lost' in his work and his love relationship was in a mess. During those times, Rika, his colleague, always encouraged and helped him. The fall in love, but slowly Kanchi begins to realize that Rika is simply too 'energetic' and her love is simply too 'heavy' for him. Will he go back to his first love? Or will he try to maintain his love for Rika?
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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Love Story wa Totsuzen ni ラブ・ストーリーは突然に [Oda Kazumasa 小田和正]LYRICS | MIDI ]

Actor/Actress Cast (9)
Oda Yuji
織田裕二
Nagao Kanji
Suzuki Honami
鈴木保奈美
Akana Rika
赤名リカ
Arimori Narimi
有森也実
Sekiguchi Satomi
Eguchi Yosuke
江口洋介
Mikami Kenichi
Sendo Akiho
千堂あきほ
Nagasaki Naoko
Nishioka Tokuma
西岡徳馬
 
Mizushima Kaori
水島かおり
 
Ito Miki
 
Nakayama Hideyuki
 

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1. http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/6036/TokyoLoveStory.html
2. http://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/~fox/TokyoLoveStory.html
3. StarEastNet Singapore
4. Tokyo rabu sutori Infopage (Big5)
5. CyberYouth - Tokyo Love Story

Drama Reviews (32)
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1. So Good, until the End. Bleh. [Rating: 7/10]
Ugh.

I usually pride myself in the fact that I have an open mind and I can usually understand why directors/writers make the choices they do when dealing with characters, plot, and storyline.

I must have been really close-minded when watching this drama. It started off great. I normally enjoy Oda Yuji, and after I got over the initial shock of watching a drama older than Ifm used to, I started to enjoy the performances by the other artistes – especially that of Suzuki Honami. Shefs managed to portray one of the most memorable characters Ifve come across in my drama-watching career. She instantly drew me in and her characterfs relationship with Odafs really sparked my interest. This drama had a great balance between romance, comedy, and angst. I like how it dealt with mature feelings and circumstances. Up until perhaps the eighth episode everything was going smoothly, until I slowly began to realize that Oda was slowly turning into a jerk and that the emotional rise given by the story was false and cruel. The way the drama ended completely shattered my perfect ending.

To be fair, it wasnft necessarily a horrendous ending. But it wasnft the ending that I wanted and for some reason I canft get over this. Tokyo Love Story is a great drama until the end, which completely ruins it for all Akana-fans. Bah.

O, and Arimori Narimi was a great peeve of mine. As was Eguchifs hair. But Arimori moreso. There.
Reviewed by Wynter on 25 March 2008
2. Golden Drama During Golden Age [Rating: 10/10]
We can now look back to the 90's as the golden age for Japanese doramas: Tokyo Love Story, Long Vacation, 101st Marriage Proposal, etc...

The story is about a 5-way relationship involving multiple break-ups and making ups between 5 different people. I would not classify the conversation nor the plot as especially deep or meaningful; however, the actress made the difference. Honami Suzuki became a house-hold name from her portrayal of a cheerful but sad, strong but weak, selfless and selfish girl. I can't but stop crying watching the multiple love stories involved.

The story is almost perfect, but also has some major plot holes (e.g. for example, surely, Kanchi would have a chance to see Rita again before her real move to LA even though he missed the train)... Watch this drama with your heart, not with your brain.

There are a few other things I don't quite understand. I certainly would have not reacted like the people in the drama did, but then my life would not be interesting enough to be made a story :-)

True love eventually will find each other; true love conquers all.
Reviewed by anna_tran on 20 May 2006
3. This is what dorama is all about [Rating: 10/10]
I tend to like dorama series in late 90s to early 00s the most, but Tokyo Love Story was very enjoyable for me.
Suzuki Honami was incredible, it's impossible to not like her cheerful and energetic character. She's criminally cute!
Even Oda Yuuji's acting was decent.

There were just so many great memorable scenes in this series and I really connected with Rika that it made me cry watching the final episode with all those flashbacks.

I would've liked to see Rika and Kanchi get together in the end, but I guess it's all about lost opportunities and it shows that timing is everything in romance. Or maybe I'm just too spoiled with happy endings in all the recent dorama series.
Still, the ending was deep and satisfying in its own way. This series is truly a masterpiece, and I'll never forget it.

Serious renai dorama seemed to just disappear after 2003 or 2004. I hope they'll make them again one day .
Reviewed by 8thSin on 21 August 2008
4. Not even close [Rating: 7/10]
I watched this because people who wrote in the LOVE GENERATION section said this was the original one, the classic drama where the writers copied the story from, well, I don't think so, It was a completely different story, can't predict what would happen next, I was even assuming the story was like Love Generation, and started guessing what's gonna happen next but I was always wrong no similarities not even close, nothing similar between the two, except maybe that Rika Akana and Riko Usuegi(LG) are both cheerful persons. Good in some parts, boring in some, bad and repetetive on some. It's like going over and over again over mindless shallow things. Still, I kinda love the character of Suzuki Honami. Don't like the male character , ending sucks, not something that can keep you watching or remember forever. Good acting and good theme song though. So I give it a B-
Reviewed by jo on 19 May 2005
5. I was disappointed but I'm over it... [Rating: 7/10]
Last night I would've given this a 3-5 but I slept on it (badly) after ep. 7 and after watching ep. 8, 9 etc I'm looking at it with a more mature eye. I watch a lot of these JDrama's because they give me what I want from life and so rarely get - perfection. Regardless I won't give any spoiler.... but I do love Rika. Her sweetness can't be tarnished. And ironically I even think Mikami is an OK guy at this point. Boy did my opinions change about him (and Kanji, though I don't hate him). I think I'll read the spoilers (lightly) for my next few JDrama to make sure I pick the kind I have to have. Because while beautiful in many ways, this one wasn't it for me. I can't take that kind of plot. It's too much like my own life. Which isn't the worst; I'd just like it to be a little more like a happy dream...

Ja ne
Reviewed by jdluvr on 18 February 2008
6. The CLASSIC romance drama... [Rating: 10/10]
This is seriously good. I was a bit unsure at first because of the age of the drama, but now I see why it is revered by all. IMO, this is the storyline inspiration for the spectacularly successful Love Generation, as a lot of similarities can be seen. SUPERB acting by Suzuki Honami as Rika in this drama, converting me into an instant fan. She is SOOO cute and vibrant in the show, always keeping her head up and never upset for more than a while. I really felt for her throughout the show, because to matter how hard she tried, Kanchi (Oda Yuji) never really warmed to her. Moreover, he was a complete jerk to her at times.. The theme song for the show was really brilliant as well as it suited the drama down to the T.

All in all, an excellent drama and a must for all to enjoy.
Reviewed by DragonSpirit164 on 12 April 2004
7. CLASSIC [Rating: 9/10]
I had always heard this was considered to be of the origin of the big time japanese dorama, and I believe it. I thought it was a great, original plot, great theme music, classic. I liked the Rika and Kanji characters (I think went thru a lot of the problems any modern day couple would go thru). Obviously, she was acting out of insecurity in trying to manipulate everything they were doing as a couple. If the Kanji had any maturity he would have set some kind of guidelines for there working relationship to try work out there problems. But, instead drops the vivacious , personable lady for a woman that had the personality of a goldfish. But I still would strongly recommend it even though its an older production.
Reviewed by warren.mcclendon on 28 May 2002
8. Real life [Rating: 9/10]
This is a great drama i have ever seen.although Rika gave her whole heart to love Kanji, and she always had the sweet spirit to this man. but Kanji's first love is his high school sweet heart not Rika. so at the end he turn out to break up with Rika. i did not know why Kanji was so apathetic and so cold to a woman so in love with him and help him all the times(when he is in need). may be the fact of life is like this,
the fact of life is socratic irony, the sweet and lovely Rika did not have good luck to have her love one with her, her love for Kanju is so strongly keep in the depth of her heart, for she loved him with so hard and faithful way.
Reviewed by jane5 on 28 September 2001
9. Pretty good drama [Rating: 8/10]
I finally managed to watch this drama having wanted to see it for years. The plot was more original than I expected. Suzuki Honami's character is a bit irritating/fake at times, but her acting is brilliant. On the other hand, Oda Yuji's acting was downright pathetic with a perennial frown on his face.
But the last few episodes were wonderful to watch and the ending is just superb and touching.
And what can I say about the theme song by Oda Kazumasa, I could watch a drama just to hear his song play!
Reviewed by makkumatr on 3 August 2008
10. Horrible.... [Rating: 3/10]
What is up with these unfair horrible endings...first i had to put up with the crappy ending to moto kare...then...the crappy ending to Heaven's Coins....and now this?!?!?!

What is up with these indecisive / spineless men? Total waste of time. Ended up fast forwarding because I could stand to watch Kanji with that ugly ass Sekiguchi or whatever her name was. Good Grief...and this was one of the best dramas in Japan??
Reviewed by k4g0me on 9 April 2006
11. Rika Rika Rika, Marry me! [Rating: 10/10]
Just a incredable Dorama full of feeling and emotions.

Rika is so heartwarming, She left such a big impact on me I will never forget.
I would say Rika is 99% of the focus in the Dorama. Scenes without her is just a waste of time.

The Ending is a little dissapointing, almost jerked a tear out of me, and I am a Man.
Rika is just so adorable,
This is my first Suzuki Honami Dorama, and I am a Instant Fan.
Reviewed by Shino on 9 August 2002
12. I really really wanted to like this but......... [Rating: 1/10]
well I couldn't the shadows in the beginning song give away who he ends up with and after reading reviews to find out if I'm right I discover that while Yuji Oda's character does date Honami's wonderful character for a while he eventually dumps her for a woman who has the personality of a dead goldfish so I could only watch the first two episodes in order to not break my screen out of frustration and anger
Reviewed by Sajen16 on 16 September 2010
13. My review for Tokyo Love Story [Rating: 9/10]
It's on of my favourite dorama, and I think it's the saddest dorama I've ever watched. I love Rika Akana character so much (well, I'm also one of Honami Suzuki's fans). Rika is a cheerful and energetic young woman. Until now, I still don't understand why she couldn't end up with Kanchi. It's too bad. But that what makes Tokyo Love Story interesting.
It's a good dorama to watch. Believe me!
Reviewed by Minna on 19 February 2001
14. Tokyo Lame Story [Rating: 1/10]
After hearing so much about this supposedly 'classic drama', I watched it with high expectations. Boy, was I let down. What a tepid love story with unlikeable characters that made me feel like killing them all. Oda Yuji's character is such a wishy washy man who doesn't deserve a spirited woman like Rika. He and Satomi should just get together already from day one and spare others the pain.
Reviewed by shanghai_honey on 26 June 2008
15. must see! [Rating: 9/10]
[SPOILERS!]

this drama is brilliantly acted by Suzuki Honami. i really believe she's the key element in this drama. if she didn't portray her character well, this could end up as a flop. Oda Yuji on the other hand is pretty good too, but it's really sad why they couldn't end up together. a real-life drama, i guess everybody can relate to Suzuki Honami's character. ^_^
Reviewed by Jalapeno on 27 January 2002
16. The most wonderful dorama... [Rating: 9/10]
I absolutely adore Honami Suzuki and also her character in the dorama, Rika Akana. She inspired me with her grace and full-of-spirit style. It's one of my favorite doramas ever! The story is lovely, sweet, sometimes funny and so sad. I wonder why things wouldn't work out between Kanchi and Rika. Unpredictable plot makes a story interesting, doesn't it?
Reviewed by Iing on 24 February 2001
17. Rika is wonderful! [Rating: 10/10]
The story was great and it kept tugging at your emotions. Suzuki Honami played her character the best. You could feel all of the emotions she tried to suppress and hide, eventually bursting out at times. I was stunned to see her play this role since she was so different in Kono Yo No Hate (I saw that one first).
Reviewed by biga816 on 23 July 2002
18. One of the best [Rating: 9/10]
This is actually my first drama I watched when i was just a little girl and it got me into watching j dramas up until now.

A real classic - real life - love story. I thought the ending was great eventhough for some it's unsatisfying.

So, if you haven't watch it...it is highly recommended.
Reviewed by A_rika on 14 February 2008
19. Good show [Rating: 9/10]
The ending was too sad! Felt so heartbroken for Rika. =(
Was really irritated with Kanchi for being so wishy-washy sometimes.
Love the theme song by Oda Kazumasa and Tenderly (Theme for Rika) by Hinata Toshifumi.
Reviewed by kook05 on 7 April 2004
20. The original drama [Rating: 10/10]
I think for many people this will always be one of the most important dramas as it really changed the face of jdorama with it's creation. A great story and amazing cast. I will always remember this drama.
Reviewed by MonsterZero65 on 15 August 2010
21. Unforgettable dorama [Rating: 9/10]
This is the first dorama i've ever watched..
Actually, i don't like the ending (hiks.. hiks..), but for a whole story is great.. i like it so much..
never forget Rika Akana and Kanji Nagao.. ^_^
Reviewed by Tha Rani on 16 December 2008
22. not satisfied [Rating: 6/10]
i dont really like the casting in this drama besides suzuki honami
i dont really like the way oda yuji treats suzuki honami in the beginning
n definitely i dislike Eguchi Yosuke plot in here
Reviewed by juliana_phang on 21 June 2003
23. comments [Rating: 9/10]
a timeless classic but the ending is really very sad not disappointing i guess cos i think s'times it does bring out the reality in this world that life is not always a bed of roses....
Reviewed by flaunder on 23 June 2003
24. this wuz a . . . [Rating: 5/10]
this wuz a realli boring drama for me! i didn't even get wat wuz going on even tho i do agree there are some realli touching partz but it'z an okie drama *wink wink*
Reviewed by marzyu on 22 February 2002
25. Memorable!! [Rating: 10/10]
Great love story with a sad ending. Suzuki Honami was great. You'll like a different ending. This is also voted as one of the most memorable dorama.
Reviewed by jdfan on 27 June 2002
26. Over-rated [Rating: 6/10]
Heard so many comments about how this drama is a must watch, classic J-drama....so end up feeling quite disappointed...onli like the last two discs
Reviewed by himitsu on 28 May 2003
27. my first dorama [Rating: 9/10]
great drama. this is the first drama i ever seen. Honami act is so great. oda yuji is talented actor too. the story is soo cool....
Reviewed by kuuryu on 18 January 2002
28. Tokyo Love Story [Rating: 10/10]
This is one of the best dorama that i've ever watched. I like Rika Akana character. I really love...love..love this dorama
Reviewed by Rika Akana on 5 March 2007
29. Love it..... [Rating: 10/10]
This is a legendary drama. I love it and have watched it at least 5 times. This is the drama for the collections.
Reviewed by wanderingfish7 on 7 April 2006
30. Hate the ending [Rating: 8/10]
I like this drama but not the ending.,like the cheerful riika too.
Reviewed by ester_grace on 25 December 2010

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1. Comments by Lucian Dureau [Rating: 9/10]
When I began to watch doramas in the distant 2004, I had already read that Tokyo Love Story (1991) could be the best doramas of 90's, in that moment it was difficult to believe after having started this long way of japanese tv shows with Long Vacation (1996), in my opinion one of the best ever. But now I have the opportunity to check how good TLS is.
The cast was so promising, Oda Yuji (Last Christmas - 2004), Suzuki Honami (News no Onna - 1998), Eguchi Yosuke (101 Kaime no Puropozu - 1991) and Arimori Narimi (eeto....), however this dorama has two parts, the beginning is quite simple. Im not saying it is not interesting, it is, but the way to explain it is horrible. However, from the episode 4 or 5 the plot improved a lot, so alongside with the main characters, the story grow up with them. Getting finally one of the best doramas to enjoy, even for being impossible to stop watching it.
The performance of Oda, what can I say?, it's the same of Last Christmas, it's like he doesn't act in another way, dull characters. And I could say the same about Arimori's character, quite boring. About Eguchi, his performance here has nothing to do with the other hit dorama of the same year, 101 Kaime no Puropozu. Here it's so plain and boring like the rest of the cast. But not all is bad, the only one I save is Suzuki Honami, her role as Rika is the light in the darkness of this dorama, it's the main reason to keep watching the show from the 1st episode. Further to this, although the whole of the dorama is not perfect, making me keeping thinking that Long Vacation is better, I don't have any doubt that its ending and Rika character make TLS unforgettable forever.
Just as curiosity, it looks like this dorama would have been used as inspiration for Last Christmas, like a new version TLS 2.0, after watching both, I think TLS is even a little bit better. By the way, 10 points for the opening theme: Love Story wa Totsuzen ni
2. Comments by Larc [Rating: 10/10]
Well, majority of the people agree that this is truly a classic. I'm a guy and this drama seriously made me cry, quite often! (Mostly for Rika). And I'm the type who hates those really cheesy type dramas but this isn't. The story, the music (especially the theme song), and the characters are excellent! It really is a sad story, not to mention the ending! It was a huge hit back then and I still enjoy watching it today (even though it's been more than 10 years!). The drama may feel a little out dated to young viewers. Especially since not a single cell phone appear in the entire drama! Technology sure advanced... But anyways, it's nice looking back how it was then. All you youngsters who think Good Luck or dramas like Gokusen is better... Ha!!! The people who gave this drama a low score are most likely the ones who think those types of dramas are the best. So yeah, what the hell do they know? Another factor someone might not like it, could be that they just don't understand Japanese, and didn't get much out of some crappy fan-made subtitles? Other than that, I really can't understand why anyone would give this drama a low score. Every episode made me want to see the next. Riko's character was great, never really cared for a character as much as hers. I could really feel for Rika when she felt sad (especially on the train scene). This is one of the best and saddest drama ever, in my opinion. And like I said, I'm sure most, (with some heart and good taste in dramas) would definitely agree as well.
3. Comments by amane [Rating: 5/10]
this dorama was such a much talked about legend in dorama history that it forced me to buy and have a look at it for myself.kinda frustrating at first for me, maybe because of there were so many annoying characters in here.don't get me wrong but i am one of suzuki honami admirers for her work in 'news no onna' but i somehow found her character as akana rika in here a bit annoying.maybe because i have issues with nagging and hyperactive,immature girls.sorry to say but her character here didn't impress me much.and another pity for arimori narimi for her kawaisou role here because i'm a person with no such kind heart to care about her heartbreak.her character here was really pissing me off.maybe this means that she's a good actress to fill me with that kind of hatred and taking-side effects;her character was meant to do, i dunno..maybe i guess.but thanks for oda yuji for saving the day cause i found him really cute and charming here.he gave a strong performance here and he's the actor i'll look forward to in the future.however,my main problem with this dorama was the time changing factor.well,this dorama was such a hit back in 1991 but i only watched it in 2003.i'm a such a modernisation oriented girl watching this kind of old dorama, i found the way they dressed and their attitude somewhat peculiar and hilarious.this kinda spoiled my evening for the romantic rabu story.
4. Comments by jo [Rating: 7/10]
I watched this because people who wrote on the LOVE GENERATION section said this was the original one, the classic drama where the writers copied the story from, well, I don't think so, It was a completely different story, can't predict what would happen next, I was even assuming the story was like Love Generation, and started guessing what's gonna happen next but I was always wrong no similarities not even close, nothing similar between the two, except maybe that Rika Akana and Riko Usuegi(LG) are both cheerful persons. Good in some parts, boring in some, bad and repetetive on some. It's like going over and over again over mindless shallow things. Still, I kinda love the character of Suzuki Honami. Don't like the male character , ending sucks, not something that can keep you watching or remember forever. Good acting and good theme song though. So I give it a B-
5. Comments by donna8157 [Rating: 8/10]
I watched this with the pretense that it was a happy romantic series. Boy, was I wrong. The ending scene made me tear up.

As for the rest of the series, it was pretty good. Rena Asaka's character stands out amongst the others even in comparison to other jdoramas for her sincerity and thoughtfulness whenever it came to Nagao. She took the character and script and brought it to a another degree. However, this also was a bit of a disadvantage for the other actors and actresses because their acting just didn't seem as effective.

The story was written very well, different from the stereotypical love story. It's really touching (at least Rena Asaka's story is) though there are some draggy parts. There were some things that happened in the drama that I felt were rather abrupt, but that didn't ruin the mood of the story completely.
6. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 5/10]
It's considered a classic but one that has aged badly. For some reason it took me circa 12 years to watch - the blurbs about the story never really appealed to me, but two weeks without internet made me revisit my back catalogue. The passiveness of some of the main characters is hard to stomach in 2017, even if you live in Japan. But it delivers in portraying weak, sneaky people wonderfully - though surely that wasn't the goal. You know something is wrong when the promiscuous bad boy (Minami) turns out to be the only character you kind of respect.
7. Comments by icebaby028 [Rating: 4/10]
Awful!!! A ridiculous story of not one but TWO love triangles. Two guys love one girl but she only loves the bad boy of the two and finally after 5 years of waiting, they both get together only to find out that it won't work. So despite the fact that the other guy already had a girlfriend, she decides to steal him now that she's got no one else. And how indecisive can guys get? Decide who you like and get on with your lives! I can't believe people think this is a classic. It's a crappy drama with a crappy ending. What a waste of my time!
8. Comments by williu [Rating: 8/10]
This is a highly entertaining drama, and a classic among j-dorama lovers. I wish I could give it a 10 - because quite often it feels like it's worth a 10 - but I just can't. The main characters suffer too much from the syndrome that is all too familiar in the drama-world, namely that they are morons. This becomes evident in the last 3-4 episodes, and I found myself thinking "oh come on, give me a break, this can't be happening!" all too often. It's still a good drama though, and well worth watching!
9. Comments by pandora [Rating: 6/10]
I have a feeling that mabe if I had watched this ten years ago, I would have a preciated it more, I hate Narimi's Charecter (She turns to Oda Yuji after things don't work out with Eguchi when she initaily turned Yuji down???!!!) and then Suzuki honami's chercter was hard done by cause oda yuji's chrecter really used her and then dumped her. In the end they try to convince us that Yuji and Narimi are nice people!!! I think that Suzuki honami is the only good thing about this dorama.
10. Comments by Jalapeno [Rating: 10/10]
This has got to be one of the BEST dramas in Japanese drama history. Top caliber actors, great script, great director - what more can you ask for!? The plot's that good that it definitely hits home. I guess a lot of people can actually relate to this drama because it's based more on reality than fiction (well, you know, the "Notting Hill" type). Add my five (*****) stars to my 10/10 rating, the you get 15/10! Take my word for it. You wouldn't waste your money for nothing!
11. Comments by Purple_Dorama [Rating: 3/10]
It was an okay drama. My friends used to cry over this drama so much, but that was more than five y years ago. Now if you watch this story, it barely touches any nerve because the story has been played out so much. First I really liked the girl Riko, but in the end I found her a bit annoying with her over-hyperness. The other girl (Satomijan? I think) appeared annoying to me from the beginning to end. I can't stand girls who are too scared to express themselves.
12. Comments by apple_grenade [Rating: 10/10]
It's a classic cultural phenomenon, also the drama that convinced me that Yuji is one of the awesomest there is. More or less typical love story, I suppose some may call this. But the overall production, the script, the BGM and OST, the casting... This drama is truly top-notch and I could go on and on gushing about it. The leads totally delivered a smacking great performcance. This is one I'll always remember for a very long time. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
13. Comments by DDT [Rating: 8/10]
Can understand that it was one of the best Japanese dramas of all time but I honestly thought it was good at best. But then I can see some resemblance to Love Generation (I know.. this drama insipired Love Generation). The female lead was able to show a range of emotions where as the male was alright. I would still recommend this romantic drama though... takes a stand in showing how love can remain after a romantic relationship.
14. Comments by DragonSpirit164 [Rating: 10/10]
This is THE classic romance drama, and also the source of inspiration for more modern romances such as Love Generation. This really plays through the spectrum of human emotions throughout the whole drama. Suzuki Honami is EXCELLENT in this drama, always keeping a high spirit. This drama made me a new fan of hers. But, It seems she can never be angry with Kanchi for more than a night..even though he's a total jerk to her at times..
15. Comments by ilovetakuya [Rating: 9/10]
This drama is so sad! Nevertheless, it's very good. I recommend this to people who love trendy dramas. I especially loved the performance of Suzuki Honami who made the character of Akana Rika so adorable. I didn't like the ending at first, but now that I think of it, I think the ending made this drama more beautiful and unforgettable. Sometimes, love is beautiful because it is transient.
Eguchi Yosuke's hair was funny..haha
16. Comments by Beautiful_cloud_77 [Rating: 10/10]
First J.drama I had. Fell in love with the bubbling character played by Suzuki Honami She is so lovable, caring and thoughful towards Oda Yuji's character as 'Kanji' and yet he chose to be with his 'childhood sweetheart'. Maybe guys just prefer demure and 'looked easily hurt' woman as their wife in order for them to display their egoistic traits. Nonetheless, great show and theme songs.
17. Comments by marzyu [Rating: 4/10]
I'm sooooooo happy I didn't buy this drama! I guess consider back then it wuz realli hit cuz all the other dramas might be as bad but nowadayz it'z consider as garbage! I hated this drama realli much! It'z da first drama dat made me hate Honami but after when I watch News No Onna I started to liek her ^^ Take my advice dun watch this! U'll be happy u didn't and u wouldn't regret anything!
18. Comments by ffrostte [Rating: 7/10]
A must-wtach Japanese drama. Both the comic strips and the tv-series are too famous to be overlooked. And people will always remember the 4 main characters.

Too bad I was too young when I watched it. I believe I couldn't really understand 'love' then. So..it didn't really touch me much at that time.

ps- the theme song IS great, nonetheless, I can still remember its melody NOW!!!
19. Comments by rikastar [Rating: 8/10]
If I read the plot now, I'd probably think that it is so cheesy and lame. But when I watched this, I was really drawn into the story and it is one of my favourite love stories of all time, even if the ending is not something I would have wanted. I really love the character Rika -> it became a name I'd incorporate into screen names even till today. Suzuki Honami was really great here.
20. Comments by kaonashi [Rating: 8/10]
Tokyo love story is, in my opinion, not mainly a lovestory but a story about big city life including love, friendship, loneliness, confusion etc. The cast could've been better (not referring to Suzuki Honami, she was great) & the hideous fashion of the 80's is just regrettable but apart from that, it's terrific & I recommend every fan of j-drama to watch this classic piece.
21. Comments by Angry Machines [Rating: 4/10]
The show had only like....3-4 actors only? I mean those four had to be in like love-square and that's it, no other people in tokyo??? one of the guys had to be with either one of the girls and that's it?? and they switch around?? the story really dragged on and it killed me to watch the whole show. The best thing about it was its ending, which was surprising.
22. Comments by yamada_taro [Rating: 7/10]
Honestly, I've watched this a *long* time ago so I can't exactly remember what happened. :P I thought Suzuki Honami's character was a bit clingy but I started to feel sorry for her as the story went on. Might have even sympathized with her at some point. This is considered a classic in dorama history, so maybe it's a good idea to take a look at this.
23. Comments by Ezalor [Rating: 8/10]
I like this Drama especially because of the story and esp. the ending being much closer to reality than most other romantic dramas. Despite of being produced as early as '91 it was refreshing to watch. The main character's hesitating attitude is somewhat painful to watch, but I can understand him.
EDIT: One point up for story complexity.
24. Comments by Signo [Rating: 10/10]
AWESOME!!! The roles are perfectly casted and the emotions are played very well. Oda Yuji and Suzuki Honami are amazing. Don't know if i should be happy about the end or not, nevertheless it is very atypical. The title song is one of the best ever and it fits perfectly. This is definitely a masterpiece about a love story in Tokyo^^.
25. Comments by jdfan [Rating: 10/10]
A great 5 ways (involved 5 characters) love story with a sad ending. Suzuki Honami was the spark of the show and she was great. You cannot help it but fall in love with her character. As a fan, you would like to see a different ending though. This is also voted as one of the top 10 most memorable dorama. Classic, classic!!!
26. Comments by yume [Rating: 8/10]
90s Japanese dramas really knew what they were doing. The story is a classic friend-at-first-but-soon-want-to-be-your-girlfriend one, but because of the basic nature and the cute twists, you really like it. Though I have to say the ending wasn't what I wanted...but it made it work somehow.
27. Comments by Tougen [Rating: 10/10]
one of the all time great doramas...Rika set a standard for drama heroines that only Minami (LV) and Riko (LG) have come close to matching...and Riko is basically a recycled version of Rika...can still hear her calling out Kanchi's name, and I saw this thing years ago
28. Comments by Jeanxi [Rating: 3/10]
Because of its age, the fashion was horrible, I really couldn't stand it. Not only the clothes, but also their hair styles and Eguchi Yosuke's glasses...ugh. Memorable ending tho. Maybe could've been a good drama if not for the bad fashion trend at the time ^^|||
29. Comments by Qky [Rating: 8/10]
This is a one classic drama.. I watched this way few years back and kinda forget the whole story but I remember the story is kinda nice. Too bad Kanji didn't get together with Rika.. All I remember is that Rika was a very energetic and cheerful and very cute! :D
30. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 5/10]
It's funny to see how japanese fashion was in 1990!! So funny and dasai!!! When you have laught enough about it you face the reality and the reality is that this dorama is boring. But it's a myth among all japanese dorama so I guess I can't complain anymore!

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Users who voted for this drama (41)
1. Signo
AWESOME!!! The roles are perfectly casted and the emotions are played very well. Oda Yuji and Suzuki Honami are amazing. Don't know if i should be happy about the end or not, nevertheless it is very atypical. The title song is one of the best ever and it fits perfectly. This is definitely a masterpiece about a love story in Tokyo^^.
2. takezo
this is a really well made love triangle story in which the characters are not overshadowed by their looks, which made it more compelling. this is more geared towards young adults and less for teens. only those that have never experienced will find this series boring and meaningless.
3. alvi-j
The first dorama i ever watched and fell in love with dorama ever since. Very good story and love the characters too. Honami Suzuki and Oda Yuji's acting are very good in this dorama.
4. Larc
Classic! The drama that started it all. A very touching story. Any drama lover with good taste would have this drama on the top of their list. It has it all. The DVD is worth buying.
5. kyo452
great that's i want to said. suzuki honami played impotant in this drama perfect act and oda yuji too he make me want to kick his ass, you make akana rika too much sad.
6. Genma
To me, this is the mother of all Japanese drama (not counting oldies like Oshin). The leads played their roles so well that you'd wish for a sequel to this drama.
7. gorgeous_in_tears
Lets say I like female characters like Suzuki Honami's Rika. Rika and Matsu Takako's character from Love Generation are my favourite girls
8. Xianyang
The 1st jdrama i watched. a great storyline and superb performance by oda and honami, it brought me into the realm of jdrama
9. cokecheers
This is my fav drama. It very touching story. Watching it for several time but never get tired of it..
10. obekenobe
The main actress is sooo good. Oda is good here too, because he really makes me want to slap him.
11. wanderingfish7
Master piece. Nothing more needs to say. Great casts, touching story, even the ending is sad.
12. ilovetakuya
A classic. Great storyline, great acting, great soundtrack. A love story that is very real.
13. jdfan
This is how it started! Romantic love stories with great acting from some top stars...
14. Rika Akana
I like Rika Akana character in this movie. She is full of spirit.
15. Sun_Shang_Xiang
Great Drama, I really didn't expect it to end as it did.
16. rw11
Very romantic story and the leads had great chemistry.
17. darkwingaa
Suzuki Honami's work here deserves to be recognized.
18. aoi
My first dorama. The one that got me hooked.
19. VanessaAyukawa
A classic! I think all girls are like Rika!
20. gaban
first drama i have seen, and it was good !
21. arian
One of the best J Dorama ever. Classic.
22. delta_young
Dynamic, romantic
23. miekomewf
A++++++++
24. VanillaNyx
cute
25. kook05
26. marcella
27. flaunder
28. dokidoki
29. Dorrin
30. keith863

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