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Yuukan kurabu [有閑倶楽部]

Drama Details
Title:Yuukan kurabu
Leisure Club / Yukan Club
Telecast:2007-10-16 to 2007-12-18
Season:Fall 2007

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TV Station:NTV
Duration:10 Episodes

The story is a comedy revolving around six wealthy and popular high school students who solve mysteries and in their free time, amuse themselves lavishly. Akanishi plays Miroku Shochikubai, the son of the police commissioner.

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Actor/Actress Cast (6)
Akanishi Jin
Shochikubai Miroku
Yokoyama Yu
Kikumasamune Seishiro
Taguchi Junnosuke
Bido Granmarie
Kenbishi Yuri
Kashii Yu
Hakushika Noriko
Suzuki Emi
Kizakura Karen

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Drama Reviews (19)
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1. Can't be Taken Too Seriously [Rating: 7/10]
I was put off in the first episode because it seemed too silly for words. 6 high-school kids versus gangs of evil men who are as brainless as the bunch of Japanese policemen sent after them; sounds impossible - but of course, the Yukan Club motto is 'To make the impossible, possible'. I persevered through the second and third episodes before I made my decision whether or not to continue bothering - and fortunately, I decided to go on with the show, because it does grow on you after a while. So what of the silliness and inherent stupidity and impossibility of it all. It's fun, exciting, sometimes downright scary, weird and idiotic. You can't take the storyline too seriously; you have to just go with the flow to really enjoy it.

The acting is so-so, and none of the six really stand out, though I was impressed by Taguchi Junnosuke's performance (this is the first time I've watched his drama). I loved Kage Takeshi's portrayal of the weird and wonderful Shochikubai Tokimune, and his comedic partnership with Kataoka Tsurutaro (Kenbishi Mansaku) is so funny.

Fans of the young actors will watch this, I believe, but anyone else who just likes a good laugh might enjoy this too. Ten episodes is just a small dose enough for some silliness and idiocy.
Reviewed by Limes on 6 January 2008
2. talk about horrible [Rating: 1/10]
i usually end up finishing dramas when i begin to watch them. But i dropped this, the only dorama that i ever dropped, after 3 episodes. Akahanshi Jin is not hot enough to keep me watching this. His nonchalant, "im cooler than you" motorcycle riding character pissed me off. the only funny person was the skinny eating everything girl. Even though the cast seems good, they were used in a horrible way. The plot was AWFUL. Its like a freaking detective story bullshit and it suked my nipples! You would think that there would be some crazy motive behind all of these cases, but they are as uninteresting, boring, and predictable as to the case of "why the 4 year old boy ate the chocolate". Maybe if your only 12 and you just found out that boys are hot, then you might watch it. But if you are looking for a dorama that as a little substance to it (just a little) then this is certainly NOT for you. I gave it a 1 because it was so bad that it was the ONLY dorama that i have EVER dropped, and i put up through water boys, so yea.
Reviewed by benderoftheelements on 4 November 2008
3. Light Hearted [Rating: 8/10]
The storyline itself is illogical. 6 brilliant rich students, who are more often than not skipping class (which respectful would ever allow that?), becoming detecives and always saving the day. To enjoy the drama more, you'll have to ignore this. Out of the 6 students, I enjoyed Yokoyama Yu's performance the most. The others are just average acting skills. There are funny moments and the characters do grow on you as you watch the series from episode to episode. If you want something substantial with more reality in it, this one isn't for you. This drama is more for those who just want to have a good watch, a few smiles and who can easily go with the flow.
Reviewed by doublemask on 7 December 2008
4. not logical but funny..lol. [Rating: 7/10]
COOL. The first episode was very impressive. But the rest was boring.
I love the settings,.. the places suits perfectly to this jdorama.
The story of the dorama (original from a popular manga) is sometimes exciting and interesting.
ACTORS: I was actually very surprised how good Yokoyama Yu (Kanjani8) suits to his role because I normaly saw him as a weak actor. He shows a totally different side and looks very good here.Normally he is always the genki and funny guy but here he plays the kind a mysterious+serious role very good.
AAAAND LASTT BUT NOT LEAST: Akanishi Jin (KAT-TUN). He is sexy..he is good-looking.. and thats all..lol..
Reviewed by Di@na on 26 April 2008
5. For people who don't take things seriously. [Rating: 9/10]
Yukan Club was an absolutely enjoyable series, especially for someone who does not sit well with dramatic romance and cliche. I like being able to laugh at the dumbest, most illogical moments, and the characters both had their quirks and respectable qualities to them.

Though it was not realistic, it was captivating and did not have a single boring moment in it. There was romance, but there was nothing mushy and a turn off of the series.

It was about a group of wealthy teenagers who were bored and fought crime. How serious can you get?
Reviewed by Jumpdiva on 12 August 2008
6. This series isn't bad. [Rating: 10/10]
Minus the fact that Jin and Junno, two members from the hugely popular band Kat-tun[Don't take this as trash talking! I love that group myself!], this was a really fun series. After a while you start to worry about the characters and get attached to them and at times want to smack them for the stupid things they've done. Each episode was different and always kinda left me hanging on to my seat to find out what happens. I fairly enjoyed it and hope there will either be another season or a special!
Reviewed by Faith8423 on 2 January 2008
7. It's for leisure... [Rating: 7/10]
Watching... epi 3... so far this drama is beyond words... just have fun with it without thinking whether it's logic or not... relatively it's a fun drama... really love it when Yoko and Junno run around wearing the bridal gown... Both of them look beautiful!!! Hahahaha
Heads up to Yoko for his brilliant acting... He's really good and totally different from Haikei Chichiuesama... The rest of the cast is just fun to watch...
Reviewed by munakiut on 5 November 2007
8. French?! [Rating: ?/10]
Just one question: if Bido Gramarie is the son of a Swedish embassateur, why the hell does he sometimes speak French? You can hear him saying stuff like "oui", "d'accord", etc...
Didn't the producers of the show knew that in Sweden they speak... Swedish!?
And is also weird 'cause Minami is half-French... she should know this :)
Reviewed by ElNapalmo on 4 February 2010
9. funny with some twist [Rating: 8/10]
i watched it 'coz of my bestfriend...then i got hooked up...maybe the some episodes are kinda boring but then every episode had different and exciting story...plus the fact that it all ends well...some dull moments though...a drama for those who love mysteries and trouble...a funny drama thats suit for everyone...
Reviewed by yUuriko on 6 June 2008
10. i guess. [Rating: 8/10]
7/8 actually. I watched it 2 years ago, and it was kinda good cause i loooveed Akanishi Jin back then. Anyways, the plot is kinda cute, helping eachother and such. Something you should watch if you have nothing to do and you like friendship dramas :)
Reviewed by |D. on 13 July 2010
11. well done.. [Rating: 8/10]
this drama shows the worth of friendship and how resourceful of teenagers are. even with a young age they could handle crimes themselves. a must-seen drama for those who wants to have inspirations in their challenging life.
Reviewed by akahisa-jinpi on 21 January 2008
12. disappointed [Rating: 5/10]
I really don't like this one. Each episode has a different story so their was no development in the characters. The only thing I liked here was Minami's acting, I think she's really good.
Reviewed by onie on 17 January 2009
13. Not too bad [Rating: 5/10]
It wasn't as great as I was told but it got better once u got to know the characters. Yuri really grew on me and I loved Miroku's overly sensitive side and Bido's inability to fight ^^
Reviewed by sezling on 31 July 2008
14. yuukan kurabu [Rating: 7/10]
jin is sooo kawaiii + hott!!!
i watched it becuz of him=)
sooo damn hot!!!!!

the drama was kinda funny...but a little bit stupid XD
Reviewed by dylnni_ on 16 July 2008
15. Hmmm.... [Rating: 2/10]
Not my type of jdorama... hmm... -___-
It's weird cause, i can't laugh when I'm watching it...
Reviewed by Faithmemory on 11 March 2008
16. Good! [Rating: 10/10]
I like the drama very much. They were acting excellently.
Keep it up.
Reviewed by amalcool on 21 November 2009
17. Good [Rating: 6/10]
Just good, watched for jin and chinen yuri.
Reviewed by ester_grace on 24 November 2010
18. blah! [Rating: 4/10]
nice set,
horrible in many other way
Reviewed by dokodemodoa on 23 November 2007
19. Nice!!! [Rating: 7/10]
Reviewed by jed_ka on 16 May 2008

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1. Comments by ginger ale [Rating: 10/10]
Otskaresamadeshita!Loved the series and didn't want it to end. I can't wait for a part 2 or even a movie. Rich kids make that bored rich kids sure know how to make their life exciting.I love all the members of Yukan Club, they made me laugh and cry and made me drool and faint. Best episode was 8 when Yoko, Junno and Jin were in drags. They were honto cho kawaii desu, really cute. And Jin Jin Jin, I love this Kat-tun guy so much.He wasn't even acting, he was just being his usual cool self.I want to be Miroku's lollipop. Yoko and Junno outdid themselves as Shisherou and Bidou and the ladies Emi, Minami and Knashii were not only pretty they were perfect in their roles.And there was the added bonus of heartthrobs Koyama Keiichiro and Mike He in episodes 6 and 7 which really rocked my world.The Jin Akanishi factor I have to admit made me watch this drama. I wanted to see more of Jin in dramas, movies, cms anything after that hiatus. I absolutely adore Jin Akanishi and he is a natural in this jdorama so omedetou Jin for taking the best actor award for 2007.
2. Comments by donna8157 [Rating: 6/10]
This is your average teenage mystery drama. The mysteries are simple to solve and the characters are only superficial at best. You're given an introduction to the characters in the beginning of each episode and their personalities do not even waver one bit throughout the series. None of the characters are that great, but they do live up to the idea of being the coolest kids in a rich and fancy private school. Sadly, these types of dramas are being way overdone.

I'd recommend this drama to people who like KK and any of the other pretty boys and pretty girls in this drama. They get a lot of screen time. I also felt that KK's acting was striving to be similar to Kimura Takuya's. However, it's not very compelling and seems unrealistic and at times laughable (especially in the finale of the series). Overall, this drama is a good time kill if you're into these types of dramas.
3. Comments by Fye_D.Flowright [Rating: 7/10]
Not the best drama so far. I don't want to watch it at first because there is Jin inside it, but then change my mind when every members push me with words.."Yoko-chan did a very good job in here!"

After finish it, I totally agree with them. Can't believe Yokoyama-kun can act as a smart, cool and talented guy. Far different from his talkative and childish personality in Kanjani8. Not to biased but I think Yokoyama and Taguchi did a very good job compare to Jin (even Taguchi's role annoy me sometimes).

For the actress, its hard for me to choose between Minami and Kashii Yu. But, I prefer Kashii much more than Minami because, Minami is mirror of myself =P Noriko is such a wonderful and polite lady that every guy admired at, and I can't take my eyes over her even a minute. Love the way she slap the other guy~~hahah (^_^)
4. Comments by nishishi [Rating: 1/10]
horrible!! REALLY horrible! No main plot whatsoever... (even those "one-episode-one-story" have episodes with more connection betwen them)
Good points??? Well... if you like JE you will probably like this dorama... not only they got Jin and Junno (from KAT-TUN) and Yoko (from Kanjani8) as the main characters... they also got that little boy from Hey!Say!Jump and Koyama (from NEWS)...
Nways... thats the only reason that i could found to watch this dorama. Hummm... maybe the first episode was ok (i felt that this one was goin' to be an ok dorama.... as soon as i watched the following episode i realised that i was sooooo wrong!). Not worth watching....
5. Comments by Di@na [Rating: 3/10]
Ok... The first episode was very impressive. But the rest was boring.
I love the settings,.. the places suits perfectly to this jdorama.
The story of the dorama (original from a popular manga) is sometimes exciting and interesting.
ACTORS: I was actually very surprised how good Yokoyama Yu (Kanjani8) suits to his role because I normaly saw him as a weak actor. He shows a totally different side and looks very good here.Normally he is always the genki and funny guy but here he plays the kind a mysterious+serious role very good.
AAAAND LASTT BUT NOT LEAST: Akanishi Jin (KAT-TUN). He is sexy..he is good-looking.. and thats all..lol..
6. Comments by aliceeatcow [Rating: 5/10]
It started off good but was way too formulaic.. by the end I could tell everything they were going to say or do before the episode was even five minutes in. Then again, this is just a shits-and-giggles kind of comedy so I shouldn't have expected too much. Most of the characters got pretty annoying but I liked Seishiro and Miroku enough.. but even then, they had their annoying moments/episodes as well. I can't believe they repeated their stupid line about Yukan Club ever freaking episode. It was too much. Oh yeah, and the end was REALLY bad. Without the last 2 episodes, this series would have warranted a 7 at least.
7. Comments by aiscess [Rating: 7/10]
Overall, I give it a 7.5. Their acting may seem lame or exaggerated at first but once you get used to it then you become interested. For me, it was around episode 8 that I really started to like this series. Kaga Takeshi was really hilarious on that episode. I guess, patience is a virtue, you just got to have the hang of it, so you can finish the entire series. But I must say that the story gets better after each episode (except ep5) and it was ended nicely.

EDIT: Surprisingly, I had fun watching them the second time around.
8. Comments by pinkokoro [Rating: 6/10]
COMPLETE. HS. omg. a drama with beautiful settings I can say. but a very loose plot. it just sooooo light and erm no real plot at all? I wish to shower with many more bad comments, but then it's also entertaining with its ridiculous episodes. yes, it's actually kind of 'weirdly' entertaining once you went through the episodes, now forget the plot, or logic, and if you are in need of some empty weird yet weirdly entertaining entertainment, try yukan club.
9. Comments by butterLiLy [Rating: 6/10]
Well, its not the best adaptation (still thinks that Nodame is the best adaptation by far). But its something that you would watch and enjoy when you have nothing else to watch (since there's nothing interesting from this season). The girls did an awesome job in potraying their characters (esp Minami and Kashii Yuu) while the boys...EErrr..they seriously need some acting lesson except Yoko. He's the only guy that I think was OK.
10. Comments by ellia [Rating: 10/10]
One of my first doramas. Fell in love with Jin after it. And with school & comedy doramas. Though 'Bido' is really annoing and there could be more of ...err... forgot the name)... 'Miroku's friend who is 1st love of men-hating heroine & who leaves for another town'.
As for the plot: could be more studying)) and less showing off. Liked 'Karen' pretty much. (Mind I'm not into ost of feale cast in other doramas).Bang!)
11. Comments by koala_bry [Rating: 8/10]
it was entertaining!! not the best dorama but sometimes, it has some good moments of laughter!! the charactere bido is sooooo funny!! and noriko...waoow..at first i thought she was a little bit strange but the more and more i saw of her..the more and more i loved her!! she's really a greaaat charactere..and really cute too!! on___no specially when she's running!! loool gyabooooo
12. Comments by Jumpdiva [Rating: 9/10]
Funny, entertaining and truly likable. I love that all of them have crushes, but are unable to get with the ones they adore -rare in most dramas.

However with Yukan Club, romance is not the main focus, as it goes on about the boredom of 6 wealthy high schoolers and how they solve crime.

Not to mention Johnnys! Who doesn't like Johnnys? :D It was well worth my time.
13. Comments by carina4 [Rating: 9/10]
Hilarious!!!!!! This didn't need any romance, it had Akanishi and Taguchi!! The yukan club is so funny and cute. The story, actors, atmosphere all of them were excellent!! I absolutly LOVE the swedish ambassadurs son (I'm a swed) Taguchi in blond hair kawaii!! Espacially when he flips his hair with his smile and says something about his looks <3333333
14. Comments by nienna [Rating: 8/10]
SAIKOU!!!! i love this drama so much that i'm glued to the screen, watching it over and over again. Bido is soooooooooooooo cute despite his narcissistic ways and he's so funny~~ Seishiro which is potrayed by yokoyama yu is a very cool character. i like that character better than i like jin's character, miroku. hahaha...
15. Comments by room304 [Rating: 4/10]
Another manga adaptation, I don't like manga adaptations, but this one has Jin in it...
pretty stupid Dorama with no plot whatsoever, but the boys dress up as girls, Jin constantly sucks on his lollypops and there are dogs in it... leave your brain elsewhere and have a nice time
16. Comments by PaperCaged [Rating: 7/10]
A drama about a bunch of bored rich kids. I mostly watched it because of Taguchi. Some episodes were hilarious and others were really dull. I prefer dramas with a consistent storyline. The girl who eats a ton and Taguchi were funny, Seishiro and Noriko were just boring.
17. Comments by Eve [Rating: 6/10]
Flashy is probably why I actually watched the whole series.
The characters, sets and costumes captured my attention.
Certainly not the plot. Still there was a certain something that made me continue........... What exactlyy that was, Im not sure....
18. Comments by animefreak101 [Rating: 9/10]
i loved this drama :D i loved everyone's acting and the storyline was very interesting and funny :D i love the whole club and what they do haha akanishi-kun and everyone's disguises were always funny i recommend this to anyone who like's comedies
19. Comments by crvn107 [Rating: 7/10]
Well,this show is pretty stupid and meaningless but somehow I just continued watching. I guess it's my 'love for school life dramas' syndrome that kept me in it. The actors are pretty good though Yuri is really irritating most of the time.
20. Comments by cutesawada [Rating: 9/10]
Loved it loved it! One of the best dramas in it's season. Although I was hesitant to try it at first because of the casting.... but everyone did a superb job into making it a comedy. I even watched it twice in a row
21. Comments by oonqy [Rating: 8/10]
each episode has an interesting plot .. from thriller to horror !
is a nice story that showcase the friendship b/w friends...
taguchi and yoko are worth watching.. as i felt is so different from their usual self.
22. Comments by sawadasmile [Rating: 9/10]
when i began watching this show, i could not stand it. i thought the lack of storyline was just sooo stupid. but about halfway through, i fell in love with the cast, of which i had hated more than 75% of at first..
23. Comments by natni [Rating: 7/10]
Watching without thinking anything...fun story...Junno's character is the best...Jin's acting...i think Anego's the best...Yoko...in Yukan club less annoying than in Haikei...so it's good...other cast average...
24. Comments by mmyy [Rating: 6/10]
The flow of the show is pretty senseless, as a lot of convenient plot devices were used. Naive series with a lot of annoying exaggerated acting, however Taguchi was flawless as the narcissist.
25. Comments by Hinano [Rating: 6/10]
It was alright. The marketing ploy seems to be KAT-TUN boys rather than trying to actually make a creative story. Every episode premise is exactly the same and gets kinda stale after a while.
26. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 3/10]
Too cheesy and some real bad acting, yes Akanishi Jin I am talking to you, makes this a bad choice. If you are looking for a solid series for kids go for Tantei Gakuen Q or Nobuta wo Produce.
27. Comments by shiroi_tora [Rating: 4/10]
While this drama is not the most bright of dramas I still liked it because it was funny and kept me interested. I think it is the stupidity of the show that kept me wanting to watch it.
28. Comments by sweet_tapioca [Rating: 5/10]
One of those overexaggerated dramas. Akanishi is so cute in it though, I really like him. I don't like the actress that play Noriko, she's annoying. I really didn't like this drama...
29. Comments by aoiharu [Rating: 9/10]
the 1st ep actually turned me off, but i decided to persevere on for Jin, Yokoyama and Taguchi... and actually it turned out be quite funny if you just watch it for its silliness (:
30. Comments by Swedish_Japan_Lover [Rating: 7/10]
Pretty funny, its good for those of you that doesnt want to watch anything serious, in a positive meaning. It was nice to watch, didnt have that many expectations so I enjoyed it!

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Users who voted for this drama (11)
1. Teenah
This drama is soooo cool. It's soo cool, and unique! There are many funny scenes, too! The casts are very popular and great! I totally love it! I love how they solve mysteries. They're very cool. This drama is awesome-ly cool.
2. yUuriko
making impossible to possible is what yukan club does....his drama series is a must seen...the cast we're so great...specially jin akanishi ang junno taguchi...
3. crvn107
This show is stupid and pretty meaningless but I stayed on till the end.My "I love school life dramas" syndrome is probably the cause of it.
4. munakiut
Yoko's performance as this serious-calm-silent guy... really done well since he's quite the opposite in public (esp in Kanjani8)... Bravo!
5. blitzace_roshin
i thought it was funny as ouran high school club..but it is not=(
6. cutesawada
Cute, Jin + other actors.... kind of silly humor tho
7. echikun
i like this because it really makes me laugh!!!
8. HanaChuu
Funny drama :D Jin *-*<3
9. amalcool
love jin!!
10. lynn
11. ghiaa427