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Shota no sushi [将太の寿司]




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Title:Shota no sushi
King of sushi
Telecast:1996-04-19 to 1996-09-20
Season:Spring 1996

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:17 Episodes

A comic-based comedy about the young and talented Shota (Kashiwabara) who set a goal of becoming the no. 1 sushi chef in Japan to save his father's sushi shop. To learn the art of making sushi, he became an apprentice at the famous Otori Sushi. Each episode sees him picking up a new skill, and going a step towards his goal. However, many obstacles stood in his way, including a harsh and cold senior who was jealous of his talent.
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1. Bokura ga tabi ni deru riyu [Ozawa Kenji]

Actor/Actress Cast (13)
Kashiwabara Takashi
Sugimoto Tetta
Imada Koji
Kitahara Masaki
Hinagata Akiko
Kanie Takemi
Ryu Raita
Natsuyagi Isao
Hirosue Ryoko
Ide Kaoru
Kimura Yoshino
Kobashi Megumi
Matsushige Yutaka
Shota's Opponent

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Drama Reviews (15)
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1. Nipponichi! [Rating: 9/10]
What can I say? Nippon Ichi! Even though this is quite and old show, it's still a great show. Shota is the typical 'wimp' maincharacter but still manages to overcome all obstacles. A nice blend of friendship, but not the usual love drama kept this show alive (along with the superb supporting cast), the showcase of many different kinds of fish/sushi also made it really worth watching. Since I'm not a sushi/fish lover, this show managed to get me interested. When friends are having a sushiparty I normally refuse to go, cos I'll starve to death. But from now on I'll go, and help create new kinds of sushi. Thank you shota!
Reviewed by Terryb on 3 December 2004
2. Subarashii! Nippon Ichi!!! [Rating: 9/10]
A charming and riveting tale acted out wonderfully by Takashi and the rest of the cast. The individual episode plots were very well balanced and infused with a good mix of manga-like comedy, seriousness, and a strong sense of spirit and determination. Of the doramas I've seen from Takashi, this is undisputedly his best role. With a strong supporting cast and a worthy OST to accompany the series, this dorama (despite its slightly longer-than-usual length at 17 eps) is well worth watching.
Reviewed by Shindou on 31 October 2006
3. Watch this with your gf! [Rating: 9/10]
This drama was so informative and interesting (totemo omoshiroi). Prior to watching this I would just chomp down on my sushi, but after, upon receipt of my sushi orders I now analyze closely at it (Todai doesn't count!) and wonder all the training that a sushi chef goes through to create the perfect sushi. I will not only appreciate the art of sushi more, I will also make better California rolls after watching this.
Reviewed by gizm092 on 23 August 2003
4. Funny and Good~~ [Rating: 10/10]
This show is a very funny show. Takashi Kashiwabara took on a more childish role and it became very good. I think that this show has a very deep meaning and a good plot. Altho many ppl just take it as it literally is, if you got into the depth of it, youll start thinking about how hard it is to perfect everything you do. I think it is a show that everyone should watch whether or not youre a Takashi fan.
Reviewed by Cheri_Kashiwabara on 22 December 2001
5. Food as memory [Rating: 10/10]
I was surprised to find myself liking this drama a great deal. Both the cast and acting was excellent (although over the top at times - Takashi bursts into tears nearly EVERY episode and I swear I saw Tetta foaming at the mouth a few times). After a few episodes, lines like "ruin this sushi and I'll take your life!" will seem perfectly natural. Funny, warm and touching sushi.

Reviewed by moon_rat on 19 April 2007
6. I want Sushi [Rating: 7/10]
Its a good story, with a decent plot.
It can be boring at times,

I wish they could of worked in the love story between Takashi and Kaoru or Yoshino, but instead its 99% sushi.

But it does make me want to order a huge order of sushi.
My ex-girl friend make me eat sushi all the time, I never liked it, Maybe this time, I ll finally enjoy the sushi experience.
Reviewed by Shino on 26 August 2002
7. Good story with BAD COUPLE [Rating: 7/10]
Like everybody said after see this drama I want to eat sushi more. But to bad I don't like if Takashi together with Ida Kaoru, I more like Kimura Yoshino because she help Shota when Shota is give up with him self even not in farewell way. Very bad couple, Kaoru is too quiet and not meaning so much for Shota (Takashi), she just for letter friend's.

Reviewed by rinarina on 18 April 2003
8. first takashi drama i watched [Rating: 7/10]
first drama i saw with takashi in it ^^ saw it a pretty long time ago but yeah i just joined jdorama so yeah! anywayz this wuzn't realli good cuz i think da guy dat is competing with him is mean >.< yeah and takashi'z acting wuzn't realli good so it'z alrite! still a good drama tho ^^ yup so when u peopel have tiem try renting it alrite ^^ see ya
Reviewed by marzyu on 29 January 2002
9. Inspiring show... [Rating: 10/10]
I found this show really inspiring b'cos Shota managed to get thru his difficulties in sushi-making thru lotsa hard work n sheer determination. He wasn't daunted when failures occured.I felt that I could relate it to how we should deal with the obstacles in our life. Of course, Takashi was really cute...
Reviewed by dreamcloud on 24 June 2001
10. touching^^ [Rating: 10/10]
yes...they are very cute~
but i found that hirosue is more cute than kaoru~~more suitable to kassy;p
ermm...when kaoru shouting to takashi in the train"gambade!gambade~',that part is so so touching that i nearly cried~
Reviewed by rabbit on 22 June 2001
11. Interesting dorama [Rating: 9/10]
I loved this dorama, mainly becasue of all the sushi that they showed in this dorama and the techniques they used to make great sushi. If you are a sushi lover this dorama is for you.
Reviewed by dys199 on 20 January 2004
12. well [Rating: 9/10]
i watch it when i'm in primary school.
I remember it's very nice nice nice and i love this drama very very much...... Gambate,,... it's quite motivative....nicenicenice
Reviewed by Rui ERn on 31 October 2005
13. An inspiring story! [Rating: 9/10]
This is an inspiring story! With a happy ending and good cast, this drama is one of my favorites. After you watched this show, you'll never taste Sushi the same way.
Reviewed by jdfan on 26 June 2002
14. Good [Rating: 8/10]
Takashi Kashiwabara and Ide Kaoru is a very cute couple here.
Reviewed by jellocream on 12 June 2001
15. so cute!!! [Rating: 8/10]
oh man..kassy looks so cute here!!
his kiddy looks!
Reviewed by juliana_phang on 21 June 2003

Comments From Users (111)
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1. Comments by donna8157 [Rating: 8/10]
A story about making sushi? A boy who wants to become the best sushi chef in Japan? Ha. Actually, this drama turned out to be a lot better than I expected it to be. And wow, it was a lot of fun learning about the intricacies of the art of sushi making and the training that Shota had to go through to become one.

The first few episodes were a little boring once the gist of it was: learn a new element in sushi making, ie Shota discovers something new. But as it progressed, the storyline became much more interesting and the supporting characters only added to the enjoyment of the series.

I definitely recommend it. A lot of fun to watch. It made me want to make my own sushi. Heheh.
2. Comments by Shindou [Rating: 9/10]
Takashi truly carried through the show! The supporting cast was very well picked and definitely gave this dorama the coherence and team spirit that is getting to be more and more difficult to find in the more recent doramas. Takashi's enthusiasm clearly showed throughout the episodes and provided more than enough motivation for the audience to continue watching ep after ep. Tetta was a great counterbalance for most of the show and contributed to making this dorama a balanced yet wonderfully enjoyable series.
3. Comments by jdfan [Rating: 9/10]
Based on a comic books, this drama is naturally funny and a bit exaggerated. If you want to know everything about sushi-culture and have fun while at it, this is the drama for you. But be prepared to crave for sushi when you are watching, because every sushi roll shown in this show look scrumptiously delicious. This is an inspiring story! With a happy ending and good cast, this drama is one of my favorites. After you watched this show, you'll never taste Sushi the same way.
4. Comments by MixxDreamer [Rating: 9/10]
finished it! but ill give it a 9, cuz there are some slow scenes and they selected the bad couple.. his gf seems to be so quiet, boring and acted like a dork, not a gf material that is! but overall, its a good show, very touching, i cried the part when the lil boy cried reminding his mother's omelette or should i say egg pancake recipe and every show is mouth watering and u learn alot of techniques, hehe i also like to hear him say 'Number 1 in Japan!' ^^
5. Comments by Danji [Rating: 9/10]
Shota no Sushi started out as a simple show for me. However, it quickly grew to be a show full of love, angst, trials, friendship, memories, and immense power. This show is full of story. I quickly fell in love with pretty much the whole cast, the only one I didn't like was Sachi. Events laster in the series changed my mind on him. Good music, a fun opening sequence, and a fantastic cast and story round this show out to be one of my favorites.
6. Comments by yume [Rating: 7/10]
I thought that this might be a real dud of a drama because it's about, well, SUSHI! I was sure it'd be full of sappy lines and overdramatic scenes--which it is--but it has a redeeming factor of cuteness and a funny cast to make it enjoyable enough. Shota doesn't show much character to me in the first episode, but when he goes to Tokyo, you can feel all sorts of things awaiting! I am stilll watching this...
7. Comments by marzyu [Rating: 8/10]
Takashi Kashiwabara lookz so funni in this one *gigglez* hehe . . . Since I luv eating sushi myself, I never missed an episode of this drama and I knew so many more thingz in making sushi! Now I alwayz tell my mom to make it ^^ It sure gives u alot of tips hehe . . . this wuz da drama dat introduced me to Yoshino . . . it wuz sooooo cute when she kissed Kassy and he bumped his head on da pole! hehe
8. Comments by Wisteria [Rating: 8/10]
Shota no Sushi, I definitely learnt a lot about sushi from this dorama, could be where my sushi-philia stems from... It's definitely a good series, you accompany Shota on his journey to become a top sushi chef, with the pre-requisite obstacles in his way - a jealous senpai etc. Good acting from the supporting cast as well. Highly recommended.
9. Comments by yamada_taro [Rating: 8/10]
Is it me, or does Shota always look like he's going to cry in *every single* episode? XD This was the first ever dorama I've watched, so it'll always be special. After watching, I was inspired to 'ganbatte' myself. If you want to see young Kashiwabara and some really interesting ways to make sushi, this is for you.
10. Comments by kaonashi [Rating: 10/10]
17 episodes without a dull moment. That says a lot about how good this show is. In fact I wanted it to continue even further. It's a heartwarming drama with many touching moments. Great cast, great characters, great storyline. I can't find anything bad to say about this drama, I loved it. 10-
11. Comments by ryushinu [Rating: 5/10]
It's a fun drama, if you're into sushi-making. Sometimes it felt like I was watching an anime, which I disliked because I watch drama for a more "real" feeling.
I would recommend it to people an episode at a time, but would not encourage someone to watch the whole thing back-to-back.
12. Comments by atheon [Rating: 7/10]
Dec 2003: All about sushi. You will learn a lot bout sushi. Just sushi. Started willing to try those raw sushi...everyone look so young in this drama. The thing i don't like is the sound effect, and the theme song. You have to work hard if you want to sucess.
13. Comments by takuan [Rating: 7/10]
A drama that follows the shounen manga pattern of "a young boy sets out to realize his dream of becoming the number 1 ____ in the world/japan/etc" If you're into sushi, food or sports-type shounen manga, this should be an enjoyable watch.
14. Comments by Jeanxi [Rating: 2/10]
Ehhh....very very very disappointed. I shouldn't have had high expectations tho. I guess it was because I liked the manga and I love Kashiwabara so I thought this might have some merit. But no. Totally slaughtered the spirit of the manga.
15. Comments by cheery [Rating: 8/10]
One of the longest Jap drama tat i've watched i tink abt 21 episodes. A very different Kassy in the show. He is determined and hardworking int the show unlike his previous character which protray him as very cool and handsome.
16. Comments by laramatsu [Rating: 9/10]
The drama made me love sushi a lot - and hoping like crazy that one of the sushi that I ate struck me off with lightning or even make me cry. Then again, it's all in the drama. I love Shota's determination to excel
17. Comments by hitomi #1 [Rating: 8/10]
At 17 episodes a tad too long but it never dragged just a few episodes that they could have done without, the last 2 were among the more intense episodes ever, gotta admit did have a craving for sushi watching it!
18. Comments by jade_sylvia [Rating: 9/10]
I loved watching Kashiwabara Takashi in this show. He looked so cool! I just wanted to cheer him whenever he said "Japan Number One!". The only reason I gave it a 9 was because some parts seemed slow.
19. Comments by thetenken [Rating: 10/10]
A drama about making sushi? Hells yeah! A bit sappy at times, but it was a good series...Maybe because it was my first...I guess it was mostly the first and last episodes that were truly great.
20. Comments by mizuno_takako [Rating: 10/10]
my advice for watching this show is never watch it without a snack cos they always film the sushi so delicious that will make ur stomache growling...hahaha...a veri nice n exciting show....
21. Comments by Angry Machines [Rating: 10/10]
Hokuto no Ken meets sushi making! I just loved this show totally! and the final moments in the last episode's competition were very memorable! a true show of manhood and inspiration.
22. Comments by enen_shun [Rating: 7/10]
this was one of my favourite characters by Kassy , becoz most of his characters are really cool-type .... "Shota" is choo kawaii .... full of ambition and dreams !! nice drama ~~~
23. Comments by teru_teru_bouzu [Rating: ?/10]
considering my dad actually watched every episode of this drama... And he liked it..haha

But I loved it...I was craving for authentic Sushi throughout the whole show....hahahha
24. Comments by jaycee [Rating: 7/10]
makes u rather hungry when watching this show....... all those yummy looking SUSHIs' takashi kashiwabara... acted real good..... in making sushis' very funny...... must watch!!
25. Comments by ballistic88 [Rating: 9/10]
I would watch one or two episodes a night, and each time, I had to have sushi or anything Japanese to eat while I was at it. Seemed like the right and proper thing to do =P.
26. Comments by Iv3_imt [Rating: ?/10]
i like it..
this is the kind of jdorama i like
it's great to know how sushi is made
i dunno that it is not so easy as it looks
but it lacks romance or chemistry i think
27. Comments by freak_of_psycho [Rating: 3/10]
Sure, its emotional and all... but the passion to make the ichiban sushi with feeling? Nope. It doesn't work for me... Food is food. You eat'em cuz it tastes good. Period.
28. Comments by jase80 [Rating: 8/10]
pretty awesome story, but definitely touch a foodie like me :) just gotta make sure I got something to munch on while watching cuz those sushi look too dang good :D
29. Comments by aiscess [Rating: 8/10]
I like this kind of series wherein the lead has a goal to achieve...more like an anime...it's very inspiring...It's funny too! I like Shota's determination;)
30. Comments by yanie_chan [Rating: 7/10]
Focusing on how the leading role becomes the greatest sushi-maker...I thought it'd be interesting...but, turns out...it's not!>_< Very dissapointing!

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Users who voted for this drama (23)
1. kaonashi
17 episodes without a dull moment. That says a lot about how good this show is. In fact I wanted it to continue even further. Great cast, great characters, great storyline. I can't find anything bad to say about this fantastic drama, I loved it.
2. Shakyamuni
This series is so over the top. But I loved it. Maybe it's not for people who don't like sushi, though.
3. lim_li
WHAT A GOOD CHEF!!!I like this story..other than jokes..it is touching...-NUMBER ONE IN JAPAN!!!-
4. Wisteria
Informative, amusing, and touching, everything you could want in a drama (although no romance).
5. David Heinemann
This is the drama who love sushi was looking for. Get into the sushi world with a great cast.
6. plethman
I know shushi now, the whole story was well done and I loved the shushi making challanges.
7. thetenken
One of the best dramas out there. Has humor, sushi, somewhat cheesy emotions, and sushi!
8. Fans91
18epi's, a cool plot and wonderful actin from the cast...the endin was disssapointed...
9. bettebogart
Another overcome the odds drama, but really well done and enjoyable.
10. kotoko
Kassy ROX in this drama! nothing else but Kassy is GREAT in here!
11. lemonlime
The cast is great!!! I love Kashiwabara in this drama!
12. von
Gives me an idea of how sushi is made.
13. Angry Machines
Hokuto no ken meets Sushi bars!
14. Spider
Good sushi can solve anything!
15. DiorKaneko
AAHHHHHHHH it is so funny
16. mizuno_takako
A classic for me
17. Yuki
18. kouru
19. SneffeL
20. ancientpc
21. Buruburu
22. niko2x
23. Hero