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|1. ||Comments by donna8157 [Rating: 8/10]|
I wasn't very impressed with the first half of this series. A cute lighthearted feel to the drama, nice characters, loose storyline, overall very relaxed. I felt it became much more interesting towards the end in the last 3 episodes.
Tomoya Nagase plays a young man named Yuichi or Taro (name throughout most of the drama) who has lost his memory and ends up on the beach. A girl named Suzu discovers him and her family takes him in and treats him as one of their own. Suzu falls in love with him in the very beginning and Taro slowly starts to fall in love with her also. This is great and all but I felt it was a little awkward for a guy to fall in love with someone he saw grow up like a little sister. That's beside the point.
Anyway, I only found the drama to start getting interesting when Yuichi's wife came into the picture. I felt that she was the best character in the whole series. She was in such a tough position - seeing her husband after 10 years and finding out that he doesn't remember her at all and is in love with another woman. I don't see her on the list of actors, but I feel that Koike Eiko did an outstanding and convincing job as Miwako. Midway through, I would have actually liked to see more of her on screen rather than Suzu and Taro.
Anyway, I liked how the drama dealt with the town's feelings about the situation and it just shows how selfish people can be. The ending was well done, it helped tie up all the loose endings. It's not something that can be said for most of the dramas they have on today.
Overall, this drama is worth watching. I was going to give it a 7, but because of the ending - I gave it one extra point.
|2. ||Comments by Sahbiot [Rating: 10/10]|
A must see! Nagase Tomoya who play Taro really did a wonderful job, in the end you really respect and admire his actions and choices through out his journey. Comedically he was hilarious, there were countless times when i would laugh out loud. I can honestly say he was perfect for that role.
Aibu Saki who plays the adorable Suzu, you will surely fall in love with this character and really feel for her when she faces hardship. She looked great for her role, very kawaii, and had really good chemistry with Taro.
The rest of the cast did great job as well, i think the entire cast deserves a lot of credit. The story is about memory loss, but has enough comedy and emotion in it to make it into an outstanding story. The ending was fanatistically satisfying which i find quite rare these days. Definately if you like a happy unpredictable ending this jdorama will satisfy your needs!
|3. ||Comments by aleyna [Rating: 8/10]|
This is my #1 this season.
Beats the generic Galileo hands down with it's atmosphere. I'm kind of.. debating with myself how to compare this with ŧÏt [Shigehoshi], because that one is SO weird.. But I'm more fond of Utahime, nevertheless.
I've been totally hooked to Utahime the whole time, and the series just keep getting better and better.
It has got the feeling of "the good old days", being really relaxing, refreshing and kind of.. totally giving a break from the busy life. It's like diving into another universe and the warm humour and the small, planned details are total love.
A true jewel this season, I'm disappointed for the ratings (or maybe I should just be angry with the person who decided on this drama's airing time?).
And the theme song is pretty much gorgeous. It's kind of 'gloomy' by it's image, but it has a positive message nevertheless.
|4. ||Comments by outlaws0025 [Rating: 7/10]|
Very average dorama. Not the most complicated story in the world and thereby not super exiting or anything either. Took me a while to get into it and it annoyed me so much when Miwako suddenly came into the picture.
The acting was sometimes a little over the top and I wasn't very happy with Sato Ryuta role. I was especially annoyed at first, but when I began knowing the story about why he was a yakuza I kinda got more used to it. But he could still have done a much better job in some other roles.
Aibu and Nagase both did pretty good job. A little bit overreacting here and there, but still good.
|5. ||Comments by Susan [Rating: 9/10]|
This was a surprisingly well-acted drama! In the past I have winced at performances from Aibu Saki and Nagase Tomoya, but they did well this time around. The dialect they spoke for the most part felt very natural. This drama's story was engaging right from the start, although they made the ending just a bit too obvious from the very first episode. But maybe that was the intention of the series? It's not the ending that matters (the one true ending is "everyone dies" after all), but the shape and story of lives. So truly, this was an amazing and funny drama!
|6. ||Comments by Inujun [Rating: 6/10]|
The storyline was promising but it was just totally average, in fact I'd call it more of a slice-of-life flick, you have to be patient and interested in their everyday life since theres not supposed to be an actual deep plot that will keep you hooked. Nagase Tomoya didn't exactly shine here too, it was just like his everyday 'bad guy with a good heart' performance. The other characters didn't stand out that much so frankly, theres nothing too attractive about this. Maybe this should have been shortened to 6 episodes.
|7. ||Comments by snow_san [Rating: 6/10]|
Nagase Tomoya is a soldier washed ashore, with no memory of his past, taken in by a family who runs a cinema. Appears the yakuza want the cinema. Then comes a love triangle involving Sato Ryuta, who's a riot! lol Then another love triangle involving?!? :p
Over-the-top comedy with some LOL cRaZy okashi moments in the beginning. Enter ?!? and while the story gets interesting, the humor falls and the series does a flat line. 6 for above average.
Suzu's parents to Taro "can you watch over her temporarily forever" LOL
|8. ||Comments by Jackykero [Rating: 9/10]|
One of the great romantic comedy doramas in my opinion.
What I look for in romantic comedies is:
- Good acting. Nagase Tomoya and Aibu Saki were perfect, and the supporting cast very good as well
- Chemistry between the lead actors and characters
- An intelligent romantic plot, with a little bit of realism
- Light-hearted moments, particularly with the supporting cast
- A good development of the story, with surprises and twists
Utahime has all of that, and it's well executed.
|9. ||Comments by Cerebus [Rating: 7/10]|
Improved as the show progressed, especially when the main plot started, and the wackiness level has been reduced. I very nearly gave up on this during the first episode, and it took me 3 or so episodes to "get" it, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The ending did seem rather rushed, but I think it worked. Refreshingly different from the usual j-drama.
|10. ||Comments by Akiiness [Rating: 7/10]|
I really liked Utahime in a lot of ways. The drama on the whole is somewhat different from a lot of typical romance dramas out there, and for that, it's really enough to catch my interest. Not only that, but I've became a big shipper of Aibu Saki & Nagase Tomoya. :P It's quite enjoyable, but rather bittersweet. It's hard to hate this drama.
|11. ||Comments by strawberrynkiwi [Rating: 9/10]|
I give Utahime a 9.5. Seriously, ratings lie. Utahime is definitely worth watching. Usually I get really annoyed with settings in history, but this is my first and I looooved it. Tomoya Nagase is a wonderful actor. His other dramas don't do him justice. This one definitely is his best. If you are a Nagase fan, watch it. Best in the season.
|12. ||Comments by EstherM [Rating: 8/10]|
It gets already a few extra points because it's different. The timeline is the 50ties and local ben is spoken throughout the drama. Charming. I thought it was comedy but it had sad elements too. It turned out different then I imagined and I am not sure I like it. But if you are looking for something different, this could work for you.
|13. ||Comments by x_XJules [Rating: 9/10]|
I didn't think this show would be any good to be honest but i was very pleasantly surprised. The memory-loss thing can be soo overused but it worked very well and kind of in a different way. this show is absolutely darling and probably one of the better ones this season.
|14. ||Comments by Tachii [Rating: 8/10]|
Ah the ending was truly bittersweet, in every sense of the word. All the romance cliches are there as well. Loads of misunderstandings, coincidental eavesdropping, inability to confess, and so on. Tomoya Nagase is still awesome though. And Saki Aibu was cute here.
|15. ||Comments by strawberryfzz [Rating: 10/10]|
Such an underrated drama that deserves so much more love. It started off a bit slow but totally picks up towards the end. Be prepared to cry your eyes out. T_T I recommend multiple viewings in order to pick up on all the nice details.
|16. ||Comments by room304 [Rating: 9/10]|
Oh my God, this drama is soooooo GOOOOOD. Go watch it. the first few episode are just cute and funny and maybe a bit insane, but then SHITHITSTHEFAN and Oh my god, what is happening and that is how dramas are supposed to be!!!
|17. ||Comments by kyunspark [Rating: 8/10]|
I thought it would be a boring drama with the old style and such... but I was wroooong!! Totally enjoy this drama from the beginning till the end. I really did enjoy watching this series.. I love tomoya and Aibu Saki!!
|18. ||Comments by williu [Rating: 10/10]|
An amazing story. Simply one of the best in years. Great acting and cast. The ending splits the audience in two when it comes to the heart - but the brain says it's the way it should be. A perfect 10!
|19. ||Comments by Saint Seiya [Rating: 9/10]|
Another good performance by Nagase Tomoya.
Interesting setting in Kochi and the 50s....
The ending is pretty surprising.....beware that you will find yourself filled with tears....
|20. ||Comments by zhirong [Rating: 9/10]|
A lovely drama. Comical yet touching. Nagase Tomoya did very well in this drama. Koike Eiko as Miwako did well too especially when she have to speak in certain accent/dialect.
|21. ||Comments by hananako [Rating: 8/10]|
funny & interesting.... ;) but.... i dislike the ending.... it made me keep thinking of this stories for days... aaarrrgghhhhhh... ;( naze ka???? uwaaaaa....
|22. ||Comments by monstakarotte [Rating: 10/10]|
I LOVE this drama! Nagase was so great in it and I had to laugh so many times with them and cried so hard in the end. Taro to Suzu to Tarotaro Rinrinrin!
|23. ||Comments by cheeryippy [Rating: 9/10]|
Taro to Suzu, taro taro rin rin rin
How can i not love this another Tomo-kun, and suburban accent is very attractive i should practise!!!
|24. ||Comments by asako77 [Rating: 9/10]|
Funny in the beginning... drama towards the end. I cried. But then they give you a little something to make you feel ok again.
|25. ||Comments by MistaNight [Rating: 10/10]|
A very fun and touching story. I had mixed feelings about the ending but in the end I still thought it was a fantastic show.
|26. ||Comments by TakumaSan [Rating: 9/10]|
omg funny, romantic and exciting!
Nagase Tomoya was soo good
song by Tokio is good too
|27. ||Comments by harushitko [Rating: 10/10]|
Completed watching and it did turn out really great!! Watch it or you'll regret for the rest of your life ahahaha
|28. ||Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 9/10]|
My favorite drama of 2007!! Great story, great cast (even Nagase was good!!), well done all the way around.
|29. ||Comments by liquidlzero [Rating: 10/10]|
really like this drama...it was soo funny yet sad this is for sure one of my favorite dramas now
|30. ||Comments by marspeach [Rating: 8/10]|
I thought it was kind of boring in the beginning but then it got good and made me cry buckets.