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Haruka 17 [はるか 17]

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Title:Haruka 17
はるか 17
Telecast:2005-07-01 to 2005-09-16
Season:Summer 2005

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TV Station:TV Asahi
Duration:10 Episodes

Haruka is a bright and earnest 22- year-old college graduate looking for a job. She soon finds herself in a pinch and ends up taking a job as a manager at a talent agency. The only problem?
Instead of working with clients, she ends up becoming one. And if that weren�ft enough, she�fs asked to pose as a 17-year-old. Although Haruka was puzzled and confused by such unexpected situation, she gradually discovers the hidden talent and attraction in herself and aims seriously to become a genuine idol! A success story of young lady who realizes the �greal�h side of herself through the support of the unique people with the strongest characters!
TV Asahi

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Actor/Actress Cast (16)
Hirayama Aya
Miyamae Haruka
Furuta Arata
Fukuhara Tsuyoshi
Sugimoto Tetta
Sakitani Kouhei
Kaneko Takatoshi
Ogura Kenzou
Takahashi Hitomi
Miyamae Iwao
Hashimoto Satoshi
Aizawa Sayo
Hasegawa Nanako
Murakawa Eri
Maya Miki
Sato Jiro
Igasaki Fumiichiro
Seto Saki
Sakura Yuri
Oshima Yoko
Kuriyama Kengo
Guts Ishimatsu
Miyamae Midori
Suzuki Sawa
Takamura Eiko
Sainei Ryuji
Moriyama Yuji

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Drama Reviews (5)
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1. Concept better than the execution [Rating: 6/10]
It'a a promising concept: Haruka is fresh from college, but seems more capable at studying than finding job in Japan's stalled economy. Her last interview is successful, however: without knowing it, she's recruited to be an idol.

Haruka 17 works best as an idol comedy, with pokes at TV dramas, and the lighthearted mood makes for a pleasant enough time. But the individual episodes are, generally speaking, fairly predictable, and cliche'd situations don't stand up to close scrutiny. Some of the more slapstick moments are more humorous than amusing, and some sequences are so tired than you may be tempted to fast-forward.

If Haruka 17 had sharper writing, it might have transcended its 13 to 17 audience focus. Still, its story of an idol in the rough has its attractions, and even one or two surprises along the way.
Reviewed by jdoramadotcom on 28 May 2011
2. Funny, but Predictable [Rating: 7/10]
This was a very funny drama and I laughed out loud in every single episode. The scenes where Haruka would imagine herself reenacting TV shows was hilarious! The choices in cast were very good and Hirayama Aya is a very charming girl! I �em surprised she doesn�ft have more fans.

The plot was very predictable and I did get bored from time to time. I found the end anti-climatic. There was a lot of pre-tension in the story, and then�c nothing! The end seemed rushed and just bleh. That being said, overall, I still enjoyed the series. Although it�fs not memorable and will leave no lasting effect/impression on me, it was still fun to watch and gave me a good laugh. I look forward to seeing Hirayama in the future.
Reviewed by Wynter on 11 February 2007
3. funny drama [Rating: 8/10]
This drama isn't my favorite or anything, but it IS entertaining. There are a lot of spoofs on other entertainment shows and companies, people, dramas, etc which are fun to look for. I started to get bored of it towards the middle of the series because the episodes seemed to run together, almost as if the same things happened every time. But it has shown me that life for idols isn't as easy as it seems it would be. It has definitely got me thinking, even though it seems like a goofy fun drama.
Reviewed by noodlefreak on 16 May 2006
4. Average Effort for a Rising Star... [Rating: 6/10]
She's amazing when it comes to the change in appearance for the actress, but not a solid story. This is one of those Cinderella stories that's cute but lacks the effort of impacting the audience. It is pretty funny so if you want some cute laughs, or look at girls in bikinis...go right ahead.
Reviewed by Kirari Ililah on 14 April 2006
5. Nothing Special [Rating: 5/10]
Aya is cute, and... that's all..
Reviewed by paten on 5 July 2007

Comments From Users (51)
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1. Comments by xploring [Rating: 8/10]
Hirayama Aya is very pretty and really good in this, as are the supporting cast. In hindsight, I usually dislike this kind of drama, so it probably says a lot for the performances and the direction that I found it entertaining for most of its duration. The cast really worked well together, and even though some of the comic relief seemed over the top, it was enjoyable most of the time. I was a bit disappointed at the lack of development in terms of Haruka's acting career, she didn't really get a lot of chance to shine on stage/screen, but I enjoyed it when they weren't focusing on the sinister side of show business.
2. Comments by Super No. 1 [Rating: 6/10]
This is a very predictable story about a girl trying to make it as an actress. The series is very repetitive. She does well in auditions, but is thwarted by the larger, evil talent agency that wants to steal her from her present agency. It repeats that cycle for the first few episodes and gets really tiring. It has a lot of quirky characters and has some very funny moments, but it really doesn't go anywhere and in the end, you aren't really surprised.
3. Comments by Angry Machines [Rating: 7/10]
Furuta is the man, he's just hilarious here. I was very happy to see Sugimoto here as well, I like this guy since shota no sushi and his acting is just super! guts role is pretty funny here as the banana-loving monkey looking father. Aya is cute as well, except that I just didn't like her character, very geeky. The bit about out-of-sync japanese-dubbed korean dramas was funny as hell! Seto Saki's bikini made me forget about the rest of the cast!
4. Comments by Ralbol [Rating: 7/10]
Bravo mademoiselle, a la dent pres c'etait parfait... par contre, si on parle du drama, c'est deja un peu plus limite. Une espece de noritaka sur les idol quoi, on rit assez souvent mais ca vole bas.
En tout cas, ca se regarde tres bien, si vous avez un peu de temps devant vous et rien a regarder, n'hesitez pas !
5. Comments by SayaOtonashi [Rating: 4/10]
Interesting but not very well developed story. I really loved both Arata Furuta and Sato Jiro (I love Sato Jiro!). Not one of the best doramas ever, but OK to kill some time. Anyway there are much more better doramas out there... So I wouldn't watch this one.
6. Comments by oldasianguy [Rating: 6/10]
I thought that this show would be better..it had all the ingredients to be a hit...underdog plain girl struggles to be a top star,etc....but maybe it didn't develope because the girl really wasn't that ugly to begin with...it didn't convince anyone......
7. Comments by K.T.Tran [Rating: 9/10]
This was pretty funny. I liked it. You'll noticed that they used other dramas in this for humor sake. Though some things are a bit predictable, some of the events that happened weren't so it was interesting. Recognized a couple of faces in this drama.
8. Comments by lesamouraifou [Rating: 10/10]
I just watched it. that's something. Almost cried!!!
Watch it if you've got time.
Actors play great.
Hirayama Aya is so great.. I didn't know her but now I'm just fan.
9. Comments by Smiley_18 [Rating: 6/10]
The main actress was pretty good in this show. Had some really funny parts. But other than that,this story doesn't really have much of a plot. So only watch it if you have time.
10. Comments by liquidlzero [Rating: 7/10]
not bad it had its funny moments it was just slow at times...but still worth watching...i thought the main girl was very hot though as most leading actresses lol
11. Comments by dbesthair23 [Rating: 5/10]
Not one of the best dramas out there, but it has it's points and some teary parts, but was a lot of fun to watch. Good story about becoming an Idol.
12. Comments by tabana [Rating: 8/10]
8.5 Funny drama. The flash back are funny, but their 2nd part gets boring at the end. There are a lot of other drama spoof. Quite funny.
13. Comments by Kirari Ililah [Rating: 6/10]
Amazing way the actress can change her image. It's a simple kind of Cinderella story, not too good, but it is funny on some parts...
14. Comments by ReDxFred4 [Rating: 8/10]
This dramas goes at its furthest to do your best and live up to your full potential!!!
Aya mirayame was great in this drama!
15. Comments by Wynter [Rating: 8/10]
A really funny drama that made me laugh out loud in nearly every episode! Somewhat predictable, but still fun to watch.
16. Comments by carla-chan [Rating: 7/10]
I like this drama because I can't stop luaghing in all the chapters!! It's a good drama to see!
17. Comments by Wongo [Rating: 7/10]
It was a decent drama...but I kept stopping in the middle beucase it kept making me bored
18. Comments by TimThein [Rating: 8/10]
Lead actress needs to fix her teeth, but she's attractive if she doesn't smile too much.
19. Comments by russia [Rating: 7/10]
nice story, dumb bit about dumb finepro boss
actress is really someone to look out for
20. Comments by lovejdorama [Rating: ?/10]
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21. Comments by shiro-chan [Rating: 8/10]
good drama its amazing how she transform shes very pretty.. such a funny drama too
22. Comments by Geezer [Rating: 8/10]
A fun dramedy about the making of an "idol". The lead made the whole thing work.
23. Comments by Bodhi [Rating: 9/10]
Aya Hirayama was great as the nerdy girl turned idol. This show was a lot of fun
24. Comments by kinkitsuyo [Rating: 7/10]
Hirayama Aya is realli pretty. A good actress, a pity the rating isn't so good.
25. Comments by JackClark [Rating: 10/10]
I think I'm in love with the girl who plays Haruka. She's is so sweet and cute.
26. Comments by octane [Rating: 6/10]
the concept was interesting..
but gets kinda boring after awhile......
27. Comments by NevErEnD [Rating: 10/10]
its was such a good story! funny as well,and really quite meaningful
28. Comments by gto_girlz83 [Rating: 4/10]
such a boring drama bcoz the plot is always at the reverse..
29. Comments by jdqueennm [Rating: ?/10]
want to watch!!let me know if you find sum where to watch it
30. Comments by Kendesu [Rating: 9/10]
Funny and it's amazing how that girl transforms herself...

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