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Wakaba no koro [若葉のころ]



Drama Details
Title:Wakaba no koro
Days of youth/About the young generation
Telecast:1996-04-12 to 1996-06-28
Season:Spring 1996

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:12 Episodes

Two teenage boys from starkly different backgrounds find themselves joined in a common search to discover how to do the right thing and find happiness in life. One boy, whose father is an alcoholic, works hard to care for his younger brothers, while the other enjoys the privileges of a wealthy family, but is starved for his father's love. Their friendship reflects the sadness, pain, and sometimes cruelty that can enter into the relationships between fathers and sons in today's society.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (2)
1. First of May [The Beegees]LYRICS ]
2. Friends [Kinki Kids]LYRICS | RINGTONE ]

Actor/Actress Cast (11)
Dohmoto Tsuyoshi
Aizawa Takeshi
Dohmoto Koichi
Fujiki Kai
Nezu Jinpachi
Okina Megumi
Kitaura Tomoe
Hara Hideko
Takuma Shin
Ruike Daichi
Kamiwaki Yu
Kohashi Kenji
Kubozuka Yosuke

Drama Reviews (6)
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1. A great drama! ^_^ [Rating: 10/10]
I was finally able to get this drama. I had found a music video to the show on youtube and saved it to my playlist. Even though I have only watched the first episode. I had already fallen in love with the drama. I have two other dramas with Koichi and Tsuyo-chan in them (Summer Snow & Remote) and I love those ones. Does anyone have links or files for the english subs for the drama? I can't find them. If you do. Can you please email me the files @ [email protected].
Reviewed by Kara_Ishtar on 7 June 2006
2. This must be one of the BEST shows i've ever watch [Rating: 10/10]
No doubt this is one of the best storylines ever. The chemistry between dohmoto, koichi, and okina megumi is perfect... not only that, everyone in the show all performed great. This show really shows just how good kinki kids are. Its one of the shows which will make you watch episode after episode to find out what happens next and how it all ends. Everyone should watch this at least once! I rate it as a true classic.
Reviewed by windrider on 29 June 2003
3. A dark drama that shines throughout. [Rating: 8/10]
This drama was very good... and I was very surprised to see powerful performances from the KinKi Kids guys.� A lot of situations in this drama that can make you say "Oh, this is one of those screwed up-dark dramas" but if you stay with it until the end, it shows its strength and how powerful this drama is.� A very sad drama but a very good storyline focusing on happiness and to win the attention of their fathers.
Reviewed by kndy-nt2099 on 9 February 2004
4. muz watch [Rating: 10/10]
if you're into serious dramas, muz watch this coz it's just that! besides it's good for kinki kids fans to see the conflict between the 2 friends (in the drama) and see the chemistry between them. imagine how emotionally charged they will be acting in the drama. very good focus on melodrama on society problems.
Reviewed by Miyuki on 26 June 2001
5. 2 Really Talented Guys! [Rating: 9/10]
really cannot believe that they were only 17 year olds when they filmed this show! great acting, especially tsuyoshi..touching portrayal of friendship going through all kinds of trials and tribulations. a must-see show for KINKI KIDS fans!
Reviewed by Stephanie on 25 July 2001
6. GOOD DRAMA !!! [Rating: 10/10]
Reviewed by SYILA78 on 22 August 2006

Comments From Users (20)
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1. Comments by michelle [Rating: 9/10]
Personally, I find this drama really good. Well, not because of Kinki Kids of course, though I find them really good in acting at the age of just 17 years old! Good performance. Actually, the plot itself is good. This drama actually represents friendship, family and society issues that can actually relate to our real-life situations although not that dramatic. Well, thumbs up for Kinki Kids! (especially Tsuyoshi...he can really act compared to Koichi who I find is a bit stiff and tense throughout the drama...)
2. Comments by nagaioyasumi [Rating: 7/10]
Should really give it a 7.5. A very thoughtful drama and putting my KK idolatry aside, I was truly impressed by the acting in this. Tsuyoshi's performance was electric. So young, and already so full of talent. Koichi did an amazing job bringing out the awkwardness and self-doubt in his character. Plot-wise, I thought the story was mediocre. And the "twist" towards the end? Saw it coming from a mile away. Still, worth a watch for all KK fans.
3. Comments by yolande [Rating: 7/10]
its actually a very predictable plot. things are a little boring till takeshi was sent to the home, but once you reach there, things get interesting. i'm pretty irritated by okina's character izumi personally. she just.. gets in the way. at the end of the show, i have no idea whether to pity takeshi or kai. predictable as it may be, i just want to continue watching. lovely chemistry from the kinki kids once again.
4. Comments by dnie [Rating: 9/10]
the best KinKi Kids' dorama i've ever watched. DoTsuyo, of coz always outdo himself and Koichi, well is okay..but great plot, and a much much better ending. a story of friendship-how too much cd destroy you..Okina Megumi, well plays the damsel-in-distress as usual. Oh, and the theme songs..good!
5. Comments by nishishi [Rating: 8/10]
The firs dorama ive watched....
Altough i dont remenber it really well.. (i was 11 years old back then..... btw... now im 22) i remember that it was pretty good!!!!
I really liked this dorama... i wish i could watch it again.... its worth a try!!
6. Comments by masnita [Rating: 10/10]
The first drama I watched Tsuyo-chan played a villian (although not through his own making - circumstances surrounding him) and he played it too perfection....sugoi...a very serious drama and talented casts...at time, touching: sob! sob!
7. Comments by teru_teru_bouzu [Rating: 9/10]
Two boys, one rich and one poor meet and become. But as their friendship grows secrets come out. Both boys want the love from their father. Does it take a death for the father to realize how much his son means to him
8. Comments by marzyu [Rating: 7/10]
Has a realli nice plot to it! Makez u realized dat friendship is realli important and as long as u're willing to give u'll recieve da friendship back!
9. Comments by kinkitsuyo [Rating: 7/10]
It is quite depressing to watch such a show. Deceit, betrayal, wickedness. Luckily, the ending is fine. KinKi really did a good job!
10. Comments by monstakarotte [Rating: 8/10]
I really like the story and the characters! So I should continue watching after all (although I have no subs for the last episodes)
11. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 7/10]
this is a nice-heart-warming dorama...well..not really...great acting from tsuyoshi...u gotta love & hate him at the same time...
12. Comments by ryce [Rating: 8/10]
Talks about friendship and poverty... Brought a tear to my eye sometimes when i watch it... Fine acting by KinKi Kids...
13. Comments by 4julls [Rating: 8/10]
wanna see friendship ??? watch this!!
well ... snugglemuggletuggle tsuyoshi .. hehe
14. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 9/10]
Very nice! Maybe the ending could have been a bit better though...
15. Comments by maguro666 [Rating: ?/10]
just got it, haven't started watching yet
16. Comments by Momo [Rating: 10/10]
good good goodie~ im a kinki fan haha...
17. Comments by Q-chan [Rating: 8/10]
Unpredictable! Sad... Love Kinki Kids!!!
18. Comments by eien Bussan [Rating: 10/10]
i like i like!
19. Comments by soupychan [Rating: ?/10]
Want to see
20. Comments by pinkokoro [Rating: ?/10]
21. Comments by Genma [Rating: 8/10]
22. Comments by Yasuko [Rating: 8/10]
23. Comments by Stephanie [Rating: ?/10]
24. Comments by Munmun [Rating: 8/10]
25. Comments by Totoro [Rating: ?/10]
26. Comments by jasmine [Rating: ?/10]
27. Comments by ct3395 [Rating: ?/10]
28. Comments by cinnnamoon [Rating: ?/10]
29. Comments by sakana [Rating: ?/10]
30. Comments by cyberarts [Rating: 8/10]

Users who voted for this drama (8)
1. makimura_RAn
Waow. What a great great great ........... dorama with a great storyline.
This dorama touched me so much, especially in the end when Kai save Takeshi by his own life.
Both Dohmoto has done a great job. Theor acting was so natural and can make the audience really really feel the same like their character too. I feel jealous of Kai and Takeshi friendship and feeling.
Nowdays we can't find it anymore.
2. masnita
I watched this drama only recently. Although it was really a depressing drama and I wouldn't want to watch it again but it was a good one. Tsuyoshi really a remarkable actor even at a young age. The drama shows collapsing of family institution in the world nowadays due to hatred and vengence. Sugoi!!!
3. no_flare!
Great to see koichi and tsuyoshi acting together this drama was a sad drama and i felt bad all the way through it. If you like to watch sad drama's and cry this is the drama for you. Over all a good drama. Good acting by tsuyoshi especially.
4. simonelin
Tsuyoshi and Koichi acted very well despite their young age at that time. The plot is also very good... I should say that it's one of the classic dorama.
5. windrider
I would rate this as a true classic. Great chemistry between all the actors and great plot. MUZ WATCH!
6. saya24
good drama with good acting for all actors!
7. [a]-i-[r]-e-[n]
Very touching!
8. takara51244