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Saito-san [斉藤さん]

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Drama Details
Title:Saito-san
斉藤さん
Telecast:2008-01-09 to 2008-03-19
Season:Winter 2008



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TV Station:NTV
Duration:11 Episodes
Viewership:15.5%
Genre(s):Family



Synopsis
With her husband rarely home because of work, Saito Masako raises her kindergarten son by herself. With a strong sense of what's right, she is never afraid to confront people who violate the rules of society. While her righteousness makes her a heroine among the kindergarteners, their mothers have learned to keep their distance from all the trouble Saito brings with her.

Mano Wakaba, a soft-spoken mother who had problems with her son turning violent at his previous school, soon moves into the neighborhood. Eager to get along with the other mothers at the kindergarten, Mano does her best to please, and pushes her son Takeru to do the same, even if it puts her at odds with Saito. When Takeru gets burned by a smoker whose cigarette brushes his face, Mano is content to let it go, but Saito steps in to confront the man, asking for an apology. When the man stubbornly refuses, a scuffle ensues and the man runs away. When the bystanders watching begin clapping their hands, Mano is left in awe. As circumstances push her and Saito together, Mano must choose between bending over to please the other mothers or joining Saito and facing alienation.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. ENGAGED [Mizuki Arisa]

Actor/Actress Cast (48)
Mizuki Arisa
観月ありさ
Saito Masako
斉藤全子 (30)
Mimura
ミムラ
Mano Wakaba
真野若葉 (26)
Sasaki Kuranosuke
佐々木蔵之介
Mano Toru
真野透 (36)
Sudo Risa
須藤理彩
Sahara Kanako
佐原加奈子 (31)
Furuta Arata
古田新太
Mochizuki Masayuki
望月正行 (41)
Takashima Reiko
高島礼子
Mikami Ritsuko
三上りつ子 (38)
Kitagawa Hiromi
北川弘美
Ogura Nami
小倉奈美 (26)
Hamada Mari
濱田マリ
Yamamoto Miyuki
山本みゆき (36)
Yazawa Shin
矢沢心
Nakamura Kumi
中村久美 (26)
Ishibashi Anna
石橋杏奈
Sakurai Ayako
桜井綾子 (17)
Takahashi Minami
高橋みなみ
新見けい (17)
Yamada Shintaro
山田親太朗
Yanagawa Masayoshi
柳川正義 (17)
Ikeda Jun
池田純
Narahara Toshio
楢原俊男 (17)
Yamaguchi Kanako
山口佳奈子
Kanba Azushi
樺あづさ (25)
Ikezawa Ayaka
池澤あやか
Okumura Sakie
奥村早紀枝 (18)
Suzuki Mie
鈴木美恵
Nomura Fukuko
野村福子 (33)
Anan Atsuko
阿南敦子
Abe Kaoru
Sato Mayumi
佐藤真弓
Kanzaki Yuki
神崎友紀 (36)
Deguchi Yumiko
出口結美子
Nitani Ai
二谷あい (32)
Yuge Tomohisa
弓削智久
Izumi Atsuyuki
泉温之 (23)
Tanahita Kanato
谷端奏人
Junichi
斉藤潤一 (5)
Hirano Shinon
平野心暖
Takeru
真野尊 (5)
Ino Serina
飯野芹菜
(ep. 1-11)
Kato Seishiro
加藤清史郎
(ep. 1-11)
Kobayashi Kaito
小林海人
(ep. 1-11)
Kawata Nozomi
川田希
(ep. 1-11)
Watanabe Tetsu
渡辺哲
(ep. 1-3)
Ri Reisen
李麗仙
(ep. 1, 7, 11)
Takasugi Ko
高杉亘
(ep. 1, 7, 9-10)
Yatsu Isao
谷津勲
(ep. 2)
Aso Natsuko
麻生夏子
(ep. 2-3, 7, 9, 11)
Suzuki Yuki
鈴木雄貴
(ep. 6)
Miyauchi Tomomi
宮内知美
(ep. 6)
Iki Rie
比企理恵
(ep. 6)
Takahashi Hitomi
高橋ひとみ
(ep. 6, 8-10)
Miyaji Masako
宮地雅子
(ep. 7)
Miyauchi Junko
宮内順子
(ep. 7)
Takahashi Mai
高橋真唯
(ep. 7)
Mashita Yuki
真下有紀
(ep. 7)
Gin Pun Chou
銀粉蝶
(ep. 7)
Kato Masaya
加藤雅也
(ep. 7-10)
Nagashima Mitsuki
長島弘宜
(ep. 8)
Osonoe Eri
小薗江愛理
(ep. 8)
Matsumoto Rina
松本梨菜
(ep. 8)
Wagawa Miyuu
和川未優
(ep. 8)
Kubo Akira
久保晶
(ep. 10)
Sunaga Kei
須永慶
(ep. 10)
Tsuchida Hideo
土田英生
(ep. 11)

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Drama Reviews (3)
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1. Unexpectedly Complex! [Rating: 10/10]
I have to say that Saito-san was a surprisingly enjoyable series for me. Though I initially passed on it, I decided to check it out recently and finished it off in just a few days. I was really impressed by the cast, especially Mimura. She pulled off her role so convincingly and I fell in love with all of Mano's little quirks. Her nervous stutter, her hilarious made-up songs, her skipping, and her colorful facial expressions! Mimura stole the screen every time she was on it and out shined even Mizuki Alisa, who was also superb. One of the other aspects of the series that really defied my expectations was the episodic nature of the series, or lack there of. Initially I expected every episode to have some incident where Saito-san saves the day, solves someone's problems, and makes a new friend. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that is not the case. In fact, the plot of the series and relationships between the characters turned out to be pretty complex and I appreciated the writer's attention to detail and truly awesome characterization! Mikami (Takahsima Reiko) was probably the most well-made character besides Mano, and perhaps even more so. In episode one she came off as a shallow, high-class woman, but as the series went on layer after layer of her character was stripped away to reveal each and every of her complexities. Perhaps Saito-san won't impress everyone, but this is most definitely a drama worth at least checking out!
Reviewed by Susan on 6 August 2010
2. Another OL hit! [Rating: 9/10]
This show reminds me of 「道徳」 (morality) classes I took in elementary school in Japan.

There were some very excessively cheesy scenes in this series, but there were more than enough touching moments to make up for it. Although I found Mimura's character quite annoying, this is a very well-casted dorama where everyone fit their roles perfectly, and characters developed really well. Mizuki Arisa's acting was very impressive, especially in the final episode.

I'm a guy, but I was able to sympathize with the characters' concerns, and this series really touched me. It kind of brought back memories of when I was a little troublemaker, and made me realize how much trouble I caused to my parents.

Recommended.
Reviewed by 8thSin on 19 June 2008
3. Great drama about friendship! [Rating: 10/10]
A very touching story about friendship, family and social life! All the actors did a perfect job. Saito-san played by Mizuki Arisa is a really impressive character. Highly recommended!
Reviewed by Replicant on 12 July 2009

Comments From Users (28)
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do not want to read about this drama's endings and plots!


1. Comments by Susan [Rating: 10/10]
I have to say that Saito-san was a surprisingly enjoyable series for me. Though I initially passed on it, recently I decided to check it out and finished it off in just a few days. I was really impressed by the cast, especially Mimura. She pulled off her role so convincingly and I fell in love with all of Mano's little quirks. Her nervous stutter, her hilarious made-up songs, her skipping, and her colorful facial expressions! Mimura stole the screen every time she was on it and out shined even Mizuki Alisa, who was also so superb. One of the other aspects of the series that really defied my expectations was its episodic nature, or actually lack thereof. At first I expected every episode to have some incident where Saito-san saves the day, solves someone's problems, and makes a new friend. But I was pleasantly surprised that that is not the case. In fact, the plot of the series and relationships between the characters turned out to be pretty complex and I appreciated the writer's attention to detail and truly awesome characterization. Mikami (Takahsima Reiko) was probably the most well-made character besides Mano, and perhaps even more so. In episode one she came off as a shallow, high-class woman, but as the series went on layer after layer of her character was stripped away to reveal a truly well-character and individual. Perhaps Saito-san won't impress everyone, but this is most definitely a drama worth at least checking out!
2. Comments by snow_san [Rating: 7/10]
Mizuki Arisa (Oniyome Diary). Series really picks up from 4th episode. Dealing with moral issues. Mizuki always standing up for what's right while the others would prefer look away. Some episodes dealing with the bullying high schoolers, some with the little kids and some the parents. It's really nice to see the change in Mimura's character through the series. Her bubbly personality sometimes, can't help but make you laugh. I enjoy watching Mizuki Arisa and I'm glad she came back with a good one. Oni Yome Nikki 2 wasn't as good as the 1st and CA to Oyobi was awful.
Oh, and Takashima Reiko. Having watched her in several J-Dorama.....I have to say, she is quite the attractive lady (for her age too!).
3. Comments by aik0 [Rating: 4/10]
This story revolves around the housewives of a neighborhood. When encountering injustice, the neighborhood usually wilt to pressure, yet the protagonist stands up for her ideal, which makes her an outcast in the community. In EP1, we saw her protecting her son's kindergarten from bunch of crooked high school kids whose leader happens to be the son of a congressman. PASS.
4. Comments by Sun_Shang_Xiang [Rating: 8/10]
Very interesting drama on right and wrong, I guess all of us would like to be as strong as Saitou San but I guess I'm probably more like Mikami San.Mizuki Arisa, Mimura , Takahashi Reiko and all the ladies did real good.
5. Comments by marspeach [Rating: 7/10]
A bit too cheesy and contrived at points for me but I suppose the message is good. I'd recommend it to parents and children for the most part.
6. Comments by venuskarura [Rating: 5/10]
It was alright at first but the show become too ordinary and the ending sort of fail, only enjoyed the first couple of episodes
7. Comments by ryouji [Rating: 8/10]
a cute story... mizuki arisa was so beautiful in every drama she had!! mimura was beautiful too!! haha.. the kids was so cute..
8. Comments by zenith777 [Rating: 7/10]
Quite good moral lesson, but seems like human robotic program (didn't consider time, place and feelings)
9. Comments by JackClark [Rating: 10/10]
I love the friendship between Mano and Saito San. Very good family show.
10. Comments by acg181 [Rating: 7/10]
story of friendship. two ladies with different personality, but click.
11. Comments by oldasianguy [Rating: 8/10]
Good drama with a good cast ....ending a bit on the sad side........
12. Comments by thereisnomail [Rating: 8/10]
Made a change from the usual relationship based dramas, recommended.
13. Comments by henrywil [Rating: 7/10]
although i wasnt e target audience, bt stil enjoy watching it
14. Comments by Milano [Rating: 7/10]
Expecially made for young mothers with their problems.
15. Comments by Oba-chan [Rating: 8/10]
Theme Song : ENGAGED [Mizuki Arisa] : 8 ( quite good )
16. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 7/10]
Pretty standard plot, but a must see for Mimura fans.
17. Comments by Ezalor [Rating: ?/10]
Presumably 6 points so I stopped watching.
18. Comments by Replicant [Rating: 10/10]
Great drama about friendship!
19. Comments by zoqh [Rating: 8/10]
Very good family show. (2)
20. Comments by akitsu [Rating: 6/10]
Very nice family drama.
21. Comments by Orion [Rating: ?/10]
currently watching
22. Comments by jPs34n [Rating: 8/10]
Interesting story.
23. Comments by nickylynn [Rating: ?/10]
Dropped episode 4.
24. Comments by pinkokoro [Rating: ?/10]
INCOMPLETE. SS
25. Comments by nimadifob [Rating: 7/10]
great lessons!
26. Comments by lynn [Rating: ?/10]
Data DVD
27. Comments by Bbbut [Rating: ?/10]
stopped
28. Comments by InstallGentoo [Rating: ?/10]
FFFFF
29. Comments by riichan [Rating: ?/10]
30. Comments by marienella [Rating: 9/10]

Users who voted for this drama (1)
1. Replicant
Great drama about friendship!