|Ace wo Nerae! [エースをねらえ!]|
unrealistic but good [Rating: 7/10]
perhaps if i werent a tennis player, i could suspend my disbelief for this drama but i could not. it is very unrealistic how aya ueto's character could even hope to beat her school's ace much less anybody in the prefectural and then national "aim for the grand slam" tournament.
most pros start tennis before the age of 7. aya started when she was 15-16 and was able to beat the school pro who started at the age of 3. tennis is a sport where the age you start at can predict your skill in the game.
an obvious aim for the dorama is to promote tennis in japan by inspiring young girls with this fairy tale. but i couldnt help but think of all the girls on the tennis team who were BYPASSED by the self-absorbed coach. these girls had every right to despise and resent aya. they spent many more years than aya at the game only to be throw by the wayside by the coach. since japan is not a very strong tennis nation, it would have behooved the writer to inspire instead of alientating the core tennis playing crowd who have to work for years on end for their skills instead of ignoring their efforts in exchange for "one in a million talent."
reality check: if the coach really wanted to guide a tennis player to a grand slam, he would have chosen ochoufujin. think of how
much better she could have gotten since she was already at the same level it took aya the entire series to reach.
okay, so all those complaints aside, i did enjoy the series. i was tennis-starved since i dont have the tennis channel and there wasnt any on tv though i studiously followed the livescoreboard at tennis.com of the tnc open and dubai. but i thought that aya was very likable. whenever the story got a little mushy and incredulous, it was easy to just admire aya instead. i found the acting by the coach to be great since i had just seen him a week before in an older drama, love generation. (funny how small the drama world is that i could watch two dramas back to back, 9 years apart and itd have the same actor.) while the story fell into too simple of categorizations of bad and good - and then switching it midway (otowa teaching tennis to kids, anyone?) - and numerous other flaws, its a fun diversion and the cg tennis aint bad either.