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Enka no Joou [演歌の女王 (えんか の じょおう)]

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Title:Enka no Joou
演歌の女王 (えんか の じょおう)
Queen of Enka
Season:Winter 2007

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TV Station:NTV
Duration:10 Episodes

Himawari is an unsuccessful 39-year-old enka singer. She has bad luck with men and money. Born in an Osaka takoyaki shop, the young Himawari was inspired by her father's words to immerse herself in Japanese enka. However, when she was 13, her father disappeared. Her mother who'd remarried, treated her harshly. After graduating from high school, Himawari heads to Tokyo and makes her debut as an enka singer.

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Actor/Actress Cast (11)
Amami Yuki
Ookouchi Himawari (39)
Harada Taizo
Tamaru Hitoshi (40)
Sakai Wakana
Ichijo Masami (29)
Kikawada Masaya
Nobutomo Katsuya
Narumi Riko
Gomi Sadako (16)
Hirayama Hiroyuki
Takahata Atsuko
Fukuda Mayuko
Nobutomo Sachiko
Nukumizu Youichi
Nurumizu Keiji
Danta Yasunori
Hagimoto Jiro
Ikeuchi Junko
Tamaru Michiyo

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Drama Reviews (5)
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that you may find out about this drama's endings and plots!

1. Very funny, if a bit corny! [Rating: 7/10]
I heard a lot of mixed reviews regarding Enka no Joou, so I wasn�ft sure what to expect when I started watching it. I was a bit indifferent after the first episode, but I was definitely hooked by the second.

Amami Yuki is a force to be reckoned with! Not only is she an amazing enka singer, but she�fs a fabulously believable actresses. She gripped my attention and kept it within her grasp throughout her entire performance. I also enjoyed the characters of the supporting cast, especially Harada Taizo, who surprised me. He�fs not the stereotypical handsome lead male character, but he was charming and lovable in his own way.

The plot was entertaining and I loved certain aspects of it. I loved how Himawari traveled through life making friendships and healing lives, although within her own soul she was battling loneliness. I was a little disappointed with the ending, or specifically, with the last two episodes. They seemed set apart from the rest of the drama and were a bit too corny. Now, I like corn, but not when it�fs so strong and misplaced.

This drama is a successful comedy, and despite the ending I found it enjoyable and would recommend it to anyone who likes enka, fun, and the very talented Amami Yuki-san!
Reviewed by Wynter on 11 November 2007
2. Too dumb [Rating: 4/10]
I think that after playing such a strong character in The Queen's Classroom Amami Yuki was looking for a completely different kind of role. Unfortunately she chose this drama/comedy. It was really sad seeing her play such a dim-witted and too often spineless woman. It is really hard to like the main characters in this series; none seem to possess the slightest amount of common sense.

I think some of this is meant to be a comedy but the writers apparently thought that just making the characters idiots would come across as funny. It didn't. Perhaps if this had been done as anime we might have an easier time overlooking the lack of
normal human conduct. Maybe my expectations were too high since Amami Yuki was the
star but I still couldn't find much to like here.

One feature I did like was that most episodes contained a brief moment where the derivation of a kanji character was discussed. This was quite interesting to the beginning Japanese student.
Reviewed by johnjeon on 7 June 2009
3. Amazing Ending [Rating: 10/10]
I think that this drama is one of the crowning work dramas in japanese drama history.
This drama is constituted from the multi-story by multi-ending.
though it is a situation comedy, if a viewpoint is changed -- a homicide drama, a love story, and spiritual story and horror story.
Ending is also happy ending, and sad ending ,and never ending, and horror ending ,and dead ending , and open ending.
This drama's key items are himawari's bag,and himawawari's cellular phone.
Attention her's bag at the snow-covered mountains scene.
Reviewed by ookouchi hemawari on 9 April 2007
4. An easy to watch and fun show [Rating: 8/10]
I don't understand how some others who have reviewed this drama gave it such poor ratings. A story about a woman who some want to consider over-the-hill struggling to make it in a form of music that lots of people consider over-the-hill has comedic elements alone. Add to that the unusual way it was made and you have a show that keeps you watching.
Reviewed by booniez on 9 April 2007
5. Average [Rating: 7/10]
Clearly not the greatest but entertaining enough that I finished it
Reviewed by lawsco on 16 March 2008

Comments From Users (22)
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1. Comments by Susan [Rating: 8/10]
Never before have I had the pleasure of seeing Amami Yuki is this kind of role! Her range is astonishing! In this series alone we see her both as the beauty she is, but also has sill;y, bumbling, tough, and kind-hearted. Not to mention her superb enka singing! This series is one of few that hearkens back to a time when dramas were less about the romance and comedy, and more about the morals and the stories of those around the main character. That's Enka no Joou to a point, but there's so much more to it. It's truly one of those hidden gems that you simply can't stop watching once you start. It's sweet, but not enough to put you off after a time. I admit this is not all around the greatest of series, so I gave it an 8, but it's definitely worth watching if only for Amami Yuki fans.
2. Comments by occultangle [Rating: 7/10]
I wanted to watch this series because I am actually one of the weirdos who likes enka. The problem is that I was hoping that it would actually be more about enka, but it really only uses it as an inconsequential gimmick. They could of just as well made her a rap singer or a baseball player and it wouldn't have made any difference. So when you take away the gimmick what are we left with? Just an average comedy. It has its funny moments and entertaining characters and it's definitely watchable but it lacks any substance and will likely be quickly forgotten.
3. Comments by compaqmac321 [Rating: 6/10]
amami was funny
the casting was good also
it got really repetitive, and instead of me laughing towards the middle of the show i i got tired of seeing her choose the wrong path.....it was really annoying....so, it was just ok for me
4. Comments by Wynter [Rating: 7/10]
A very fun drama with a somewhat satisfactory ending (kinda corny). This drama made me a huge fan of Amami Yuki and I can't wait to watch more stuff with her!
5. Comments by chinz [Rating: 8/10]
funny and kinda silly drama. this woman sure is unlucky... but amami's voice is really good man! i esp like when she sings the baka song in epi 2. good moral.
6. Comments by oldasianguy [Rating: 6/10]
Goods cast..Amami Yuke, Fukuda Mayuko, Narumi Riko..but because the directing and storyline was just so-so....this show was average....
7. Comments by natzumi [Rating: 5/10]
Quite disappointed with the drama, mostly because I enjoyed Top caster so much. It's not the lead's fault, but the plot is such a gag.
8. Comments by outlaws0025 [Rating: 6/10]
Decent drama, but not much more than that. Acting is good, but the story is not that extremely interesting - it's quite funny tho:)
9. Comments by tabana [Rating: 6/10]
Ok. The first part is nice and humorous. Then it goes dramatic, which isn't that good. It's watchable, but not great.
10. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 8/10]
Part drama, part comedy, part musical, part fantasy. Great performances by Yuki, Taizo Harada and Riko Narumi.
11. Comments by irwinner [Rating: 6/10]
Nothing much about the story, though the references to Jyoou no Kyoushitsu was nice.
12. Comments by siu dong [Rating: 1/10]
horrible plot. possibly the worst drama i have ever watched
13. Comments by Ikuko [Rating: 8/10]
I liked much, it was funny and touching. I liked the songs.
14. Comments by chibichan [Rating: 6/10]
hmmm, just a so-so dorama, but i managed to finish it.
15. Comments by JackClark [Rating: 10/10]
I just love Yuki Amami in this comedy drama.
16. Comments by lawsco [Rating: 7/10]
From Malaysia Kind of silly at times but OK
17. Comments by Sun_Shang_Xiang [Rating: 8/10]
Hilarious with some touching moments
18. Comments by xxhiroxx [Rating: 1/10]
Unbelievable dull.
19. Comments by ookouchi hemawari [Rating: 10/10]
Amazing Ending!
20. Comments by Uminotori [Rating: 6/10]
still watchin
21. Comments by pinkokoro [Rating: ?/10]
22. Comments by lynn [Rating: 7/10]
23. Comments by ffrostte [Rating: 7/10]
24. Comments by spidey0211 [Rating: 8/10]
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27. Comments by leapylee [Rating: 7/10]
28. Comments by morceau [Rating: 8/10]
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