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Yoiko no Mikata [よい子の味方]


Drama Details
Title:Yoiko no Mikata
Pre-School Guy / Ally of Good Children
Telecast:2003-01-18 to 2003-03-15
Season:Winter 2003

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TV Station:NTV
Duration:9 Episodes

Ask any nursery-aged little girl what she wants to be when she grows up and she's bound to say nurse, florist, or ballerina. Ask any nursery-aged little boy what he wants to be when he grows up and he's bound to say policeman, fireman, sports player, or pilot. As for 20-year-old young man Taiyo Suzuki, however, he's had different aspirations all his life. Moved by his elderly nursery school teacher, Taiyo decided then and there that he too would also become one. Now, having passed the nursery school teacher examination, bright-eyed and eager Taiyo is out to make his mark on a totally female-dominated world. Posted at the Himawari Nursery School to cover for another teacher on maternity leave, Taiyo has but a few short months to prove himself to the female teachers and children's mothers who are arrayed against him that he is every bit as capable as the women. And more importantly, along the way, he'll make his mark with his sparkle and energy to be a true best friend to the children at the school as well.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (2)
1. Tomadoi Nagara とまどいながら [Arashi 嵐]LYRICS ]
2. Violet Flow [Ruppina]

Actor/Actress Cast (14)
Matsumoto Jun
Sakurai Sho
鈴木太陽 (20)
Matsushita Yuki
三田静香 (35)
Fukiishi Kazue
坂井美奈子 (21)
Endo Shozo
佐々木修造 (27)
Aiba Masaki
Ohno Satoshi
Yazawa Shin
小島かおる (22)
Yoshida Hideko
吉川貴代子 (52)
Hamada Mari
横山さゆり (34)
Matsushima Naomi
田中りえ (31)
Itaya Yuka
新井えりか (29)
大本るみ (22)
Saito Ryusei
Suzuki Taiyo

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Drama Reviews (4)
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1. To be honest [Rating: 7/10]
To be perfectly honest, I find that the energy of this drama is very high. I believe that this show is either you like it or you don't, there is almost no middleground. When I began watching this, it was out of a request of my friend's and to say the least, it was enjoyable but it wouldn't be one of the dramas that I would watch from a random stack.

First of all, if you don't like little kids that are in kindergarden, this is not the drama for you. It's fluffy and cute, but it really gets on your nerves when they constantly shove that kind of element in your face so many times in one episode. Also, the female kindergarden teachers--I don't understand them. They act completely younger than they really are, with the exception from the principle and the Elder teacher with overly exaggerated gestures and overused expressions that usually teenagers usually use.

Some of the mothers of the children, I understand that they are protective of their little ones, but it gets annoying when they say something like: "We're going to find a way to have you fired just because you are a male teacher." That is very annoying. Any new mother would give a teacher, male or otherwise, a chance unless there was a valid reason not to trust them. The best person, unless otherwise specified, are the best people to trust in the world is a teacher--that's what they are there for.

The drama itself.... the plotline is pretty lame. All of the predictabilities of an American Soap-opera that can be guessed... yep, those techniques can be used here too. You can tell just what is going to happen, what lesson Sho is going to teach and the events are so predictable that my friend who has never watched a dorama before knew just what was going to happen next.

Lastly, Sho's acting is not bad. If you are an Arashi fan, I highly recommend this dorama, however, if you are not, then this drama is not going to please you unless you have a liking for young children or are a mother yourself.

BTW: I also have to add that Sho cries... a lot in this drama and each episode is roughly 70 minutes each. Personally, I think that that is pretty long, but if you enjoy it, then there is no complaint!
Reviewed by Feng on 22 February 2006
2. boku suzuki taiyo.. gan-barimasu-..! [Rating: 8/10]
though yet another drama that tugs at the heartstrings.. i'd say, go on, tug at it.. just that this time it has a different fcus.. with a bit of comedy in it too, and it really makes me happy.. sho-kun did a great job and all the supporting cast were good too, such as matsushita yuki.. i really felt the love radiating from taiyo-sensei.. especially love the episode on kenta and daisuke.. my two favourite kids in the whole show.. why does kenta have to be so cute..?! i learned a lot from this show.. i guess every good drama does teach that, but somehow i won't forget himawari hoikuen ne.. everyone in arashi except nino is in it.. at least as cameos.. =P you get to see lots of motherly love.. kodomo ii ne.. i used to think kids are troublesome, but i guess their cuteness changes everything..
Reviewed by arashinokoto on 19 April 2004
3. children power! [Rating: 10/10]
It is a really touching yet funny and lovable drama. Too good to be missed! The little children sure have a way of acting i really have to praise them! The main actor is good too. Love this drama to bits and pieces!
Reviewed by beryl_28 on 12 October 2005
4. Cute [Rating: ?/10]
Cute, heartwarming drama. Sakurai Shou's acting is good.
The children is so kawaii ^_^
Reviewed by Shijii on 28 October 2005

Comments From Users (61)
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1. Comments by rikastar [Rating: 7/10]
Enjoyable dorama, it's a cute story although it's nothing spectacular. Sho was quite endearing playing the role of Taiyou sensei, I've warmed up to him much more now. He cries a lot, hahaha. ^^;;; Most of the time the story focuses on the problems of a particular kid at the time, I think mothers should like this show. Sometimes the kids aren't even cute (except Kenta :P) at all, Taiyou sensei is cuter cos he is sooo like a kid. That's what makes him special I guess, to be one of the 1% of the male kindergarten teachers in Japan~
2. Comments by sasukekun6 [Rating: 8/10]
Such a cute drama! Sakurai reminds me so much of one of my friends, a male kindergarten teacher, here in Japan. I too work at kindergartens sometimes so it reminds me of work (in a good way)

I enjoyed the casting, especially Sakurai. It was nice seeing Endo and Kaneko. And with a side note of in episode 6 when Shu-chan went to help at the preschool all I could think is "Man I'd never want Endo near my kid if I had one. lol"
3. Comments by Hoshi [Rating: 10/10]
I agree with that someone who said that this show is for moms, coz my mom really loved this show. I must admit that I'm an Arashi fan (and Sho's one of my favs too), so I can sit through this drama with no problems at all :P The songs were great, and great performance by Matsushita Yuki as well. I haven't been watching school dramas in ages, and this drama is just so sweet with all the kids. Marina-chan kawaii ne~!!!
4. Comments by 1noni [Rating: 10/10]
this is a very attractive show! esp if you like little kids, but i guess the kids in the show are very much likable. sakurai also has a very optimistic and persistant character that is sometimes overcome by ego, which is what makes the show interesting. got a little boring towards the second last or third episode, but was a fantastic show all the same. may sound silly but i cried quite a few times watching it
5. Comments by fybabe [Rating: 2/10]
Oh no!! What a weak plot... How can it stretch a full length drama in the first place? Even sunny Sho can't save this. It doesn't make a good portfolio, why is he even doing this? Everyone is 'overacting' to make up for the mediocre script. I hope Sho fares better in his other dramas. He gotta learn something from Jun or Nino on acting too...
6. Comments by enen_shun [Rating: 9/10]
"TAIYO SENSEI" !!!!! ahhh ... he's getting me addicted ~~ lolx ... a really great show with kawaii kids in it ~~ (Kenta's sooo kawaii) .. heez ... Sho's acting real well in it !!! especially those crying scenes ... i rmb him crying in almost every episodes !! hahaz ... and it's fun seeing arashi members in it too ~~ a very warming show !!!!
7. Comments by Nermal [Rating: 6/10]
Same old story kind of a bit. Well, not really because this one is familiar, but the whole guy in a girl job or girl in a guys job is old to me I guess. Besides, even with the nice idea, I still thought it was a bit too much. No real depth or anything that hooked me truly. It still desrves watching for the eye candy of Sakurai Sho .
8. Comments by Kawaii Kinomoto [Rating: 10/10]
this series is very good!!! Sho Sakurai makes the perfect Taiyo-sensei!!! He works so well with children which makes this series even more enjoyable!! plus he's SUPER MAJORLY SEXY!! SHO-SAMA!!!! And all the little kids are so adorable!! plus we get to see some cameo appearances by Ohno, Aiba and Matsujun!!:D
9. Comments by arashilove [Rating: 10/10]
The cutest drama ever! It is so sweet and moving. It will make you cry MANY times. The kids were all adorable, especially Kenta-kun. Sakurai Sho did a fantastic job as happy-go-lucky Suzuki Taiyo. His unconditional love for children is very touching. I highly recommend this drama!
10. Comments by Oba-chan [Rating: 5/10]
Ordinary drama, the children act was bad, They only have kawaii face but not bless with acting talent, i only impressed by marina-Chan acting. The other teacher was bad too, so boring.
I respect Arashi and Sakurai Sho, but this is just bad.
Soundtrack: Tomadoi Nagara [Arashi]: 6
11. Comments by tsubaki1 [Rating: ?/10]
you have to like either Sho or kids (age 3-6) very very much to watch this. you would like this too if youre a mother (esp if your kids have entered their rebellious teens and you want memories back, this will sure keep you nostalgic). if you know what i mean...
12. Comments by Jessicasoon [Rating: 9/10]
taiyo sensei!!! the children were so cute!!!! but sho's even cuter!!! simply love the way he always tries his best among the children and gained respect from them one by one. but he always get bullied by the female teachers! poor thing!
13. Comments by �ؓގq [Rating: ?/10]
Does anyone know where to find the whole series? I hope it's still sold in Japan I'm going to look for it when I go back. I can't give this a ranking yet because I have only seen one episode although I really really am liking it so far
14. Comments by dreamer10231 [Rating: 9/10]
who would've thought that keio boy & zero newscaster would act like this...though taiyou-sensei may act like he's helpless, he's love for children and his connection to his own child-likeness shows what a teacher should be...
15. Comments by crvn107 [Rating: 6/10]
As much as I like Sakurai Sho,I think Taiyou-sensei is a little irritating.His actions are really exaggerated.Well,maybe it is how a kindergarden teacher really behaves but to an adult like me,it is a little too high tension.
16. Comments by Mimori [Rating: 10/10]
I love this drama. Even though I really dislike kids, I found them to be cute. It was very heart warming and funny. And Sho is so freaking adorable. His big, sweet smile just makes me melt. <3
17. Comments by arashinokoto [Rating: 8/10]
this is a great drama.. sho as taiyo really rocks.. and all the kids are just soo kawaii.. you learn a lot about children and how they think.. kenta-kun kawaii..!!
18. Comments by Hinano [Rating: 10/10]
Very very cute drama! Then again you have to like Sakurai Sho, or little kids..otherwise maybe you may not enjoy it..however I laughed a lot. Very cute and funny!
19. Comments by butterLiLy [Rating: 6/10]
Kinda cute. Sho-kun's in it!...But I don't actually liked the little kids. I don't think that they could act and abit annoying at times...But they're cute though.
20. Comments by room304 [Rating: 3/10]
if you like sho and/or little cute kids than this is the perfect drama for you... I think little kids are just plain annoying so this drama was hard to finish
21. Comments by twentytrees [Rating: 9/10]
a very touching show.
its a very sweet show.
shows many different types of family and their problems which relates very well to the society now.
22. Comments by shortmei [Rating: 7/10]
Taiyou sensei!! Happy, upbeat, bouncy drama that is also filled with tears (Taiyou sensei cries in almost every episode ><) Enjoyable nonetheless.
23. Comments by norani [Rating: 10/10]
Bought the series because of Jun Matsumoto.He is extremely talented and the star quality shows whenever he is in any scene.

24. Comments by cherry109 [Rating: 8/10]
Ilove to watch this drama but i just watched Ep1...so i wanna watch from Ep2.
Where and how can i download the Jap drama for free?
25. Comments by haruyume [Rating: ?/10]
MY NO.1 WANT RIGHT NOW!!! Maaaan I want to see Sho with kids!!! It's gonna bring me to tears from what I heard/seen so far~~~
26. Comments by natzumi [Rating: 8/10]
Sho is great with kids, and I like the scene where Kawada Shin and Kuma from Gokusen appeared in this drama.
27. Comments by Laika [Rating: 7/10]
Kinda neat show. It was very touching at times and the kids were really cute. Was missing a plot, tho. ^^;
28. Comments by HeLLoMinna [Rating: 9/10]
very cute ^^ both the kids and Sho ^.^
was surprised to see all arashi memebers added into the story.
29. Comments by aoiharu [Rating: 9/10]
Taiyou-sensei is so adorable! I wish I could work with someone like him in a kindergarten. Lol.
30. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 7/10]
kinda refreshing & funny...a drama abt a male teacher @ kindy...sakurai kinda kawaii~~

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Users who voted for this drama (22)
1. arashilove
I watched this drama in one sitting and cried when it finished because I wanted more. Super sweet, super funny, and super cute. Wonderful acting by Sakurai Sho. If you aren't a fan of Sho, I guarantee you will be after watching this. It also has a great soundtrack, "Violet Flow" by Ruppina, and Arashi's own "Tomadoinagara". The perfect family drama!
2. janjan85
This is sucha cute drama of Pre school in Japanese.. It show that little these days are understandable and pretty smart... The Teacher Sho sakurai also very cute.. Male Preschool Teacher.. And so there are alot interesting thing that goes on around the school..
3. beryl_28
One of the first few japanese that i bought the vcd! This drama is really touching. I think i cried almost all the episodes!!! The little children are all so talented and adorable! Just love this drama!!!
4. Shibien
this was the 1st one jdrama that I wached and I think it has a lot of sad moments, it�Ls a really kawaii drama ^^
5. Mylani
very sweet drama, chock full of Arashi cameos ^^ Sakurai Sho does a good job portraying sunny Taiyou-sensei ^^
6. simonelin
Very cute and touching drama. Love to see Sho in it! And the others kids and teachers acted very well too.
7. sho_sakurai
its veeeeerrryyyy best and sho is verrrrrrry cute ne!!!!!! he look smart and caring person.
8. rina_rina
touchy dorama in a loving-for-kids way.. sho sakurai act really great in this series..
9. d_yubiwa
I really like to see Sho in this kind of role. Pretty cute kindergarten teacher.
10. Serenah
a drama thats got all the arashi guys ?? ~ im in heaven ~ sho is soo kawaii ~ !
11. hayashi_nikka
i like it kc andito c sho,, satoshi,, jun and masaki.. sayang wala c kazunari..
12. chibisakura_618
I loved this drama!! It was soo adorable...Sho was so cute in it!
13. Yuna
Shooooooooooooo!!!!!!! k mono k saleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!
14. dianix
aahh i love the children and of koz sho sakurai!
15. wargod11
,,,simple,,,because of matsumoto jun,,,hehehe
16. Aiba_Masaki<3
its pretty funny/cool
17. reinami
its really cute
18. cutetenshi
Lite and cute
19. blamed_love
20. MatsumotoJun83
21. bebe_chinita08
22. Harukamaru