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Yasuko to Kenji [ヤスコとケンジ]



Drama Details
Title:Yasuko to Kenji
Telecast:2008-07-12 to 2008-09-20
Season:Summer 2008

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TV Station:NTV
Duration:10 Episodes

The show focuses on a man named Kenji and his younger sister Yasuko, whose parents died in an accident 10 years earlier. Kenji was once the leader of a gang, but in order to support him and his sister, he began making a living as a shojo mangaka. His character normally wears glasses and appears to be a gentle guy, but he throws off his glasses and reverts to his violent side whenever he tries to protect Yasuko from danger. Part of the story follows Yasuko's romance with an intelligent and good-looking man named Jun Tsubaki. Jun's older sister Erika now runs a flower shop, but Erika was once a leader of a female gang, and she used to be in love with Kenji during those days

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Amagasa [TOKIO]

Actor/Actress Cast (12)
Matsuoka Masahiro
Oki Kenji
Hirosue Ryoko
Tsubaki Erika
Tabe Mikako
Oki Yasuko
Okura Tadayoshi
Tsubaki Jun
Yamaguchi Sayaka
Miyazono Kaori
Uchiyama Shinji
Watabe Gota
Kojima Haruna
Shingyoji Hiyoko
Matsumoto Kana
Shima Daisuke
嶋 大輔
Shibuya Masaru
Sakurai Atsuko
Hoshikawa Yukiko

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1. Official Site

Drama Reviews (5)
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1. Over-the top, but hilarious and endearing [Rating: 8/10]
I enjoyed this dorama. The first episode alone was hilarious enough to hook me in LOL. But there ARE quite a few over-the-top moments, since this is a manga-to-screen adaptation and mangas are frequently this way, so you may want to avoid it if you can't stand such stuff.
That aside, Matsuoka has absolutely hilarious expressions. I spent an inordinate amount of time just laughing at him lmao. Tabe Mikako as his sister has a personality pretty reminiscent of her role in Yamada Taro Monogatari. I think she's pretty cute. I don't get the hype about her love interest, though. He's not a particularly multi-dimensional character.
Matsuoka's character, Oki Kenji, goes through some character growth as he learns more about caring for people and letting go. I think Matsuoka did a good job in his role. At the end of the day, he can be an awfully obnoxious and controlling elder brother but you just can't help but like his endearing personality.
Reviewed by calibration on 25 May 2013
2. Comments by [Rating: 7/10]
Over protective ex-gangsta brother being the only kin to his sister....quite similar Gokusen style when the brother "saves the day"....over-acting at times but I would say that this drama is quite funny and entertaining thou...
Reviewed by starzduz on 2 November 2008
3. Matsuoka masahiro [Rating: 8/10]
Matsuoka was awesome even his character was similiar with tomoya in mbmh, tabe mikako was also very similiar with her character in yamada taro but I didn't mind as long as they could play the character that good.
Reviewed by ester_grace on 24 November 2010
4. it was alright [Rating: 6/10]
i hate the two main actors.. theyre so annoying but i really like tabe mikako and Okura Tadayoshi... i wish the drama was about them 2... because it would be better :D
Reviewed by jdoggxd on 30 September 2008
5. Dumb as shit but [Rating: 10/10]
still manages to be funny mostly because of the very lovely and extremely talented Ryoko Hirouse
Reviewed by Sajen16 on 23 September 2010

Comments From Users (48)
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1. Comments by aiscess [Rating: 8/10]
Although there were a lot of over the top acting and gang themed scenes, both NTV's forte, this drama was so entertaining and cute, especially the delusional scenes of Yasuko and Erika about Jun and Kenji. I also find Kenji and his gang so funny when they're doing their manga or just being together, it probably reminded me of Gokusen because of Mosu. By the way, Tabe Mikako's character also reminded me of her character in Yamada Taro Monogatari. All in all, this was a nice family romance action drama plus it has a happy ending.
2. Comments by nishishi [Rating: 9/10]
One of the funniest doramas i've seen. Absolutely hilarious!!! Even the CMs in the end of the episodes were extremily funny (cuz of that AD..... damn... that guy was funny!). An amazing cast that really puts a good show on your TV. The plot is somewhat plain but since its a comedy dorama it doesn't really bothered me at all. Damn.... i really recommend Yasuko to Kenji... i laughed non stop with this one. Didnt like the ending tough.... not that its bad... but its just do not keep up with the rest of the dorama....
3. Comments by Cerebus [Rating: 7/10]
A joy from start to finish, although nothing is queit as good as the opening scene. Wonderfully over the top. Matsuoka Masahiro is a fantastic physical comedic actor. Hirosue Ryoko and Tabe Mikako provide ample support, although Okura Tadayoshi was a bit of a wimp. Plot-wise it is rather repetitive, but it is able to make you both laugh and cry with relative ease.
4. Comments by Sleepingstar [Rating: 6/10]
Another silly comedy, maybe a bit too stupid, over the top and silly for it's own good, but found it funny sometimes despite how it was (overthetopsillychildishstupid). Anyways, story isn't anything sort of brilliant, but this is also obviously one of those doramas that shouldn't be taken seriously at all, so that's not surprising really. Dragged a bit in the end.
5. Comments by Jeanxi [Rating: 5/10]
An okay, funny drama to occupy your time if you're really bored and in need of some comedy. The first two episodes were truly hilarious, but it gets a bit old after that. Not surprising that I didn't bother finish watching the whole thing once I found something better to do =P Still, the gangster expressions of Matsuoka Masahiro and Hirosue Ryoko are priceless ^^
6. Comments by outlaws0025 [Rating: 7/10]
This is really what you can call a "feel good dorama" cause everytime i'm watching it, it makes me so happy and cheers me up.. Matsuoka Masahiro is perfect in the role as the overprotecting, strong and funny Kenji and the rest of the cast does a really good job as well, and you really feel for all of them throughout the dorama
7. Comments by Qky [Rating: 9/10]
Only watched first episode so far. It is sometimes funny but most of the time isn't, however I love the character Kenji.. he's damn funny with his gangster face and of course, my reason to watch this dorama, Ryoko. :) ***** Updated: finished 6 eps in just one night.. it's very good! haven't seen a dorama this good in years..
8. Comments by Patazilla [Rating: 7/10]
Somehow I seem to have established a faible for dramas featuring TOKIO's drummer. Anyways, this drama was nice entertainment... nothing I take very serious, but something to watch in between and to have a bit of fun. Apart from Matsuoka Masahiro I also enjoyed seeing Hirosue Ryoko once more. Really a great actress!
9. Comments by Susan [Rating: 9/10]
Hilarious! Loved Hirosue Ryoko, especially. The acting was so exaggerated but it worked! My biggest pet peeve in this series was the combination of Tabe Mikako and Okura Tadayoshi. They both have a loooong way to go as actors and their performances were distracting throughout the series.
10. Comments by sadacori [Rating: 8/10]
So far, I have watched the first 3 episodes and I find it to be funny, yet touching, and I'm loving it so far. :) A little repetitive at the end when the older brother always has to save his sister's behind and he and his female nemesis have their ugly face showdown.
11. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 7/10]
Like with Nodame, the producers choose to emphasize on the manga aspect. What we get are over-the-top performances, an anime-like soundtrack and comic-like costumes. Hence Y+K is not to be taken too seriously and good fun to watch once.
12. Comments by Ezalor [Rating: 7/10]
Basically enjoyable Dorama, which good moments are the comical ones. Good cast. The romance was flat, childish and kitschy. Miss those old 90's days. But the main point about this is the comedy. First half a bit repetitive like Gokusen.
13. Comments by compaqmac321 [Rating: 10/10]
man i dont care what anybody says, i laughed my ass off watching this show, it even ended the way i wanted it too, some ppl may think its over the top or the story was lacking. but to me this show was great
14. Comments by ester_grace [Rating: 8/10]
Matsuoka was awesome even his character was similiar with tomoya in mbmh, tabe mikako was also very similiar with her character in yamada taro but I didn't mind as long as they could play the character that good.
15. Comments by oonqy [Rating: 8/10]
the plot itself is pretty normal. BGR n siblings bonding... the main cache of the drama will be Matsuoka n Hirosue, wonderful combi. Matsuoka's expression is the one tat keep me watching and laughing throughout.
16. Comments by marspeach [Rating: 7/10]
Funny show. Ultimately won't go into my favorites list or anything but it was enjoyable to watch. Matsuoka Masahiro was too obviously copying Nagase's usual yakuza acting style though, haha.
17. Comments by oldasianguy [Rating: 10/10]
Outrageously funny! Best drama for this summer season's shows......Tabe Mikako has this flair for comedies....similar to Yukie Nakama.....This show was similar to Gokusen in many ways.....
18. Comments by ryouji [Rating: 9/10]
onii-chan!! harhar.. this is so hilarious!! i love the way oki kenji treat his imouto.. hahaha! strict but full of love and support!! haha.. hirosue ryoko is so beautiful!! i love her..
19. Comments by zenith777 [Rating: 7/10]
Quite funny dorama between sister and gang brother... the storyline seems steady, but ends up good without regretting anything :) Look at Ryoko's act as bad onna ^^~ omoshiro
20. Comments by ShhHimitsu [Rating: 9/10]
somehow i enjoyed it, even with all its over acting. i feel that tabe mikako and okura tadayoshi still need to work on their acting; however, it was still watchable.
21. Comments by v1olet [Rating: 8/10]
Comical drama, hillarious and entertaining. It's about an ex motor-bike gangster who became manga writer to raise his younger sister.
22. Comments by Eyeyore [Rating: 8/10]
Good clean fun. Never mind about the overacting and lack of originality. Every character is funny and every episode is, too.
23. Comments by kyunspark [Rating: 7/10]
I watched this series because of Amagasa... ^^
So so storyline, so so acting... But I love Kenji and Erika...
24. Comments by ABINTRA [Rating: 7/10]
Not the best drama ever, but not the worst. I laughed, I cried, I conquered. Overall pretty good.
25. Comments by jPs34n [Rating: 9/10]
For those who likes comdey drama, Yasuko to kenji is the one to watch. The plot is like Gokusen.
26. Comments by aoi_dolphine [Rating: 7/10]
Comedy with romance. This is a nice drama to wind down those tired days at work or school.
27. Comments by katsup [Rating: 8/10]
Really cheesy acting, but really entertaining. I loved Kenji and Erika a lot!
28. Comments by kirtil [Rating: 7/10]
it was light fun. dont expect anything serious and you might have fun
29. Comments by shinjitsu [Rating: 4/10]
Has some funny moments. But just so over-the-top, it got tiresome.
30. Comments by aoiharu [Rating: 9/10]
A light comedic drama. Funny to see Hirosue in such a role.

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a very interesting story line.
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