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Chanpon Tabetaka [ちゃんぽん食べたか]

Drama Details
Title:Chanpon Tabetaka
Telecast:2015-05-30 to 2015-08-01
Season:Spring 2015

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TV Station:NHK
Duration:9 Episodes


In 1965, Sano Masashi, who was expected to be a violin prodigy, carried the hopes of his parents and came up to Tokyo from Nagasaki on his own during junior high school. Now a second year high school student, he practices the violin daily with the aim of becoming a top violinist. However, he could not qualify for the music school of his choice and had to enroll in a high school with a general curriculum. Masashi started to have misgivings about his own goal ever since he failed the entrance examination. Meanwhile, he finds himself having to compose an original love song for the sake of a slightly queer classmate, Kashiyama Mitsuru, who confessed his feelings to Okakura Yoko, a female classmate whom he likes, while singing Elvis Presleyfs Love Me Tender. Masashi continues to work hard on the violin, but has difficulty concentrating. In the 1970s, he faces a setback during the uproar over the US-Japan security treaty. Even so, he does not cut off music. By the time Masashi realises it, he had started singing with Yoshida Masami as the folk duo called Grape c c This is a story centred around his high school and university days surrounded by different people including friends, teachers as well as older men at his part-time job.
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Actor/Actress Cast (7)
Suda Masaki
Sano Masashi
Hongo Kanata
Yoshida Masami
Mamiya Shotaro
Kashiyama Mitsuru
Izumisawa Yuuki
Kikuta Yasuo
Morikawa Aoi
Okakura Yoko
Nishida Naomi
Sano Kiyoko
Endo Kenichi
Sano Masato

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1. Comments by pash [Rating: 7/10]
Half-baked coming-of-age dorama, which felt for the most part like an "asadora's digest", as if they'd squeezed a 26-weeks asadora in just 4.5 weeks (9 eps., 45' each): too many undeveloped characters and subplots, a main character whose undecisiveness might have been better developed and overcome in an asadora, but here is only annoying, and a rushed/open ending which leaves utterly unsatisfied. (Oh, and Aoi-tan's part is too damn small! ^_^;...) All this said, I'm even more let down as this had all the right ingredients and could've really been a great dorama....:/