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Umizaru [海猿]

Drama Details
The Sea Monkey / Umizaru Evolution
Telecast:2005-07-05 to 2005-09-13
Season:Summer 2005

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:11 Episodes

A year after the release of a blockbuster movie that made 1.7 billion yen at the box office, and adapted from a popular manga series that sold over 4 million copies, "Umizaru" is coming back as a drama series. "Umizaru Revolutions" takes place a year after the movie in which Daisuke Senzaki succeeds in becoming a rescue diver.
The shooting of "Umizaru" is done with the full cooperation of the Japan Coast Guard, including the provision of vessels, helicopters, uniforms, and other props.
Although he became a rescue diver a year before, Daisuke Senzaki was frustrated from having no real life rescue experience. One day, he is transferred to the 3rd Region of the Japan Coast Guard in Yokohama. Daisuke is thrilled that he's able to work in the same city where his girlfriend Kanna lives. He is posted to the patrol vessel "Nagare." The captain is Kotaro Katsuta, the commander of rescue divers is Iwao Shimokawa, and Daisuke's "buddy" (diving partner) is Masaki Ikezawa, an elite rescue diver. Masaki is a professional who is strict both on himself and his colleagues, but he expects nothing from a novice like Daisuke and hardly even talks to him. One day, an oil tanker "The Asian Trip" capsizes and patrol vessel "Nagare" embarks on a rescue mission.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Ocean [B'z]

Actor/Actress Cast (19)
Ito Hideaki
Senzaki Daisuke
仙崎大輔 (29)
Kato Ai
Izawa Kanna
伊沢環菜 (22)
Sato Ryuta
Yoshioka Tetsuya
吉岡哲也 (23)
Tokito Saburo
Shimokawa Iwao
下川? (42)
Nakamura Toru
Ikezawa Masaki
池澤真樹 (38)
Natsuyagi Isao
Katsuta Kotaro
勝田孝太郎 (55)
Sato Hitomi
Mitsumori Chika
光森千佳 (27)
Suzuki Kazuma
Fuyushiba Kosuke
冬柴康介 (32)
Miyake Hiroki
Hirayama Yusuke
Sakamoto Akira
Iida Kisuke
Usuda Asami
Ichiki Ami
Okunuki Kaoru
Ohno Rieko
大野里江子 (38)
Yoshimoto Miyoko
Ikezawa Naoko
池澤尚子 (32)
Masuoka Toru
Tsuda Shinpei
津田晋平 (44)
Ibu Masato
Higo Daisaku
肥後大作 (50)
Tokito Saburo

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1. Official Website

Drama Reviews (9)
The review section may contain spoilers! Please understand
that you may find out about this drama's endings and plots!

1. For Love, Honor & Glory [Rating: 10/10]
Its not often that a drama series managed to achieve the type of production value in movies but Umizaru Evolution has managed to do it and even surpassed the original movie. The show (based on a popular comic series) is about Senzaki Daisuki (Ito Hideaki), a navy rescue diver and the various characters working at the ship, Nagare, he is posted to.

Many has pointed out that the show seems to appeal to guys more with its mainly guy-related topic like sacrifice, buddies etc. But the show is more than that, i feel, that the show is about being human and the choices that we made. From Daisuke's point of view, we go through momentous events in his life, from his budding love with Kanna (Ai Kato) to the death of his buddy to the decommissioning of Nagare. It is so enjoyable to have a character so fleshed out and allow one to follow him through his life.

I particularly enjoyed the romance between Senzaki and Kanna, as they overcome the awkward situation created from their parting in the movie ending, to her overcoming her fear of his job and how they come to understand each other.

One thing I pointed out earlier was the high production values, this is because in watching the show you might feel that each episodes is like a mini-movie with its high budget action scenes and strong themes in each episode. Credit should be given to the strong supporting cast like Tokito Saburo, Nakamura Toru whose own side stories was touching enough and managed to build on the overall feel of the show
This show along with Densha Otoko and Slow Dance has managed to provide for the summer audience everything they looked for in tv entertainment.

verdict: ichi-ban!
Reviewed by dashx on 7 October 2005
2. Fantastic [Rating: 9/10]
Although this dorama was released last year, I've only recently managed to find the vcd. I must say, if not for the quality of the vcd which i'd bought (it's original & yet it's not perfect), watching this dorama would have been a joy. The production team & cast put in a lot of work into this dorama, in terms of filming all the challenging underwater scenes.

Although focus was on how Senzaki evolved to be a top notch JCG diver, I was glad that the romance between Senazki & Kanna went well :)

I thought that it's good that the writers have included the personal lives of these divers so it gives them a well rounded personality & a better understanding of the sacrifices they have to make for the love of their job.

Overall, great dorama, well paced without much dull moment.
Reviewed by momoechan on 5 June 2006
3. Hunks, hunks & more hunks... [Rating: 10/10]
A must-watch show if u into testosterone, muscles, sweaty bodies & Ito baring his torso & butts... Apart from the hunks who made most females drool for more, this mega production drama is full of action, tension & emotion... The plot is also more realistic, compared to those ridiculously exaggerating action-packed Hollywood movies... The chemistry between Senzaki & Kanna is also a plus point in the show... Looking forward to the sequel...
Reviewed by Aunty Coco on 16 November 2005
4. A solid dorama! [Rating: 9/10]
This dorama was very well paced with a solid storyline that was convincingly portrayed by the cast. The various stories interleaving the series were handled well, without overdoing the emotion or action aspect. kato ai's boss seemed to be less fleshed out as a character than and felt like an afterthought but overall, an enjoyable dorama to spend time watching.
Reviewed by Shindou on 21 January 2007
5. Sugoi [Rating: 10/10]
This drama currently show in Japan.. I enjoy watching it.. It`s about life and i really like this drama.. Never missed this drama since I stepped in Japan..
Reviewed by irul on 3 September 2005
6. a must watch ! [Rating: 9/10]
a must watch ! this drama is the continuation of the movie which was released earlier ... and the song ocean - B'z is really nice
Reviewed by *ume* on 10 February 2006
7. Umizaru ,da best [Rating: 10/10]
Everyone should watch this dorama. The actors and actress did a great job with this.
Reviewed by doramafan808 on 13 September 2005
8. ('o')/ [Rating: 9/10]
must see this one!!! one of my fav drama..i really like watching it!!
Reviewed by hawkz714 on 9 January 2006
9. One More to Add to Ito Hideki's BLASTING Dramas! [Rating: 9/10]
*will write comment later*
Reviewed by Kirari Ililah on 14 April 2006

Comments From Users (41)
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1. Comments by Lady Zhuge [Rating: 8/10]
I fell in love with the theme song "Ocean" by B'z before I even watched the drama and the latter certainly doesn't disappoint either. It offers a solid, balanced look at the lives, relationships, and of course trials and tribulations of Japanese coast guards. A wide range of issues are covered and handled realistically for the most part. I contemplated, laughed, and shed a few tears here and there too. A certain death kinda irked me, though. Was it really necessary? Plus there wasn't sufficient follow-up on the culprit(s) IMO, but maybe that's beyond the scope of this series.
2. Comments by IniQx [Rating: 9/10]
I was still contemplating if I should watch this drama. Since I watched the movie already, I thought it would be a rather similar plot. When I finally finished the series, I'm glad I didn't miss this good drama. It brought out the strong bonding between the umizarus, their struggles with family life & their spouse. The sacrifices they make, and the earning of understanding from the people around them. I was quite put off by the not-here-not-there relationship Daisuke & Kanna had though. And this drama has got hell alot of butt scenes. Hahahaha!
3. Comments by ffrostte [Rating: 8/10]
Great Props/Scenes/Plots. Good actors and stories (though a bit slow at times). Very entertaining; one would be able to learn a little about the Japan Coast Guard after watching this drama.

Would definitely recommend the finale movie version "Limit of Love" though. Even greater tension / danger / acting by THE SAME CAST!!!
4. Comments by Shindou [Rating: 9/10]
A solid dorama! Well-paced and well acted by the whole cast. The script for each episode was very neatly crafted with a tidy satisfying ending to round off the series. Plotlines were intense but not overpowering and writers took care not to overdo it, sometimes a difficult task given the topic. Well done!
5. Comments by icebaby028 [Rating: 8/10]
This is a nice change of pace from boring love stories that never get anywhere. This drama has great scenary and definiately eye candy. I didn't know Japanese men could have such bodies! The acting was good but I think the events that occured were too overly dramatic. Enjoyable, watch it if you can.
6. Comments by KrazyMonkey78 [Rating: 10/10]
Absolutely great drama, A MUST WATCH. Alot of action, great friendship, cute romance. Better than the first movie...the 2nd movie (Umizaru: Limit of Love/Test of Trust) is also a MUST WATCH. Ito Hideaki at his best! He's so heroic, you will fall in love.
7. Comments by AngelXing [Rating: 10/10]
I was waiting for the drama after watching the movie. I love it. Absolutely loved it. It had all the elements of a good drama. Love, tragedy, friendship...it made me laugh, it made me cry. Lived up to my expectations
8. Comments by Kirari Ililah [Rating: 9/10]
LOVE LOVE LOVE! One of my favorite series! It's soooo sad and some parts are so UNEXPECTED that I just can't predict which way it will go. The love is a bit minor in this, but when it's there, it's a bit cheesy...
9. Comments by jessiesoon [Rating: 9/10]
a very nice drama!!!
love japanese drama with such theme...!!
suspense all da time...made me looking forward to the next episode after each ends!!
2 thumbs up!!!
10. Comments by red_tide24 [Rating: 10/10]
The best jdorama this summer i muz say! the story line is captiviting and damn good... bring on Umizaru 2: the Next Stage!!! out 6th May 2006!! is a definitely muz watch!
11. Comments by elfgeek [Rating: 8/10]
Filled with action. Kato Ai was the highlight of the show in my opinion. The others filled their role, but could've been better... Still, enthralling series to watch.
12. Comments by ahguang [Rating: 8/10]
though i think the movies are slightly better...but it's still a great drama!! so nice to see that both movies and this drama uses back most of the same actors...
13. Comments by marspeach [Rating: 8/10]
Liked it even more than the movie because there was more action and rescuing scenes. In the movie it really only was about their training.
14. Comments by nickylynn [Rating: 6/10]
It had it good moments. But I was really disappointed with some of the events that happened. Ito Hideaki was great to watch though.
15. Comments by maemo [Rating: 8/10]
Watched a bit in Japan... I dunno WHY exactly I liked it... But I did lol. I dunno, something was very intriguing about it.
16. Comments by hawkz714 [Rating: 9/10]
raeallly like watching it !!enjoy watching it...have suspen..love story..frenship..n many more!! must watch it!!
17. Comments by requiem [Rating: 4/10]
Can't bring myself to finish it...the depiction is great...but it's really just loaded with filler stuff.
18. Comments by Dorobou [Rating: 8/10]
Intense, but compose, feels like watching a movie. Oh and don't miss the 2nd movie, it's just awesome.
19. Comments by Eve [Rating: 8/10]
Gripping action drama helped along with the cooperation of the Japan Coast Guard. Very enjoyable!!
20. Comments by v1olet [Rating: 9/10]
Someone's life is worth saving. Heartwarming story about coast guard. Itoh Hideaki is sugoiiiii.
21. Comments by maui [Rating: 8/10]
Ito Hideaki is so hot and Kato Ai is cute too.Enjoy watching this.
22. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 7/10]
i'd stick with the movie...look 4ward to watch the 2nd movie...
23. Comments by owllo [Rating: 7/10]
Kind of boring at first, but get interesting in the middle.
24. Comments by seissa [Rating: 10/10]
25. Comments by irwinner [Rating: 7/10]
The terrorist/shooting parts are kind of disappointing.
26. Comments by selphie086 [Rating: 7/10]
The movie was better than the drama in my opinion.
27. Comments by Q-chan [Rating: 8/10]
Inspirational... Funny... Sad... Unique theme...
28. Comments by *ume* [Rating: 9/10]
a must watched ! a tale of men's friendship
29. Comments by Orion [Rating: 8/10]
ai kato very cute in here.....
30. Comments by Hayato [Rating: 10/10]
ito in diver suit...aa..FAINT

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Users who voted for this drama (17)
1. irul
this dorama just reach the finale yesterday in japan and i still couldn't forget the ending.. even i couldn't understand all storyline but it was so touchy and definitely i will buy this dorama..
2. st_heaven
you feel like you're watchin a movie instead of a series. i love the gripping suspence in the underwater scenes.
3. galeway
Gosh... I fall in love again with jap drama.. I WANNA WATCH UMIZARU 2: LIMIT OF LOVE!!!!
4. balia17
very good movie. This is the 1st movie i watch in cinema.
5. *ume*
it not something ordinary that u'll find in jdorama
6. Kirari Ililah
7. salvator
good drama
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