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Rocket boy [ロケット・ボーイ]


Drama Details
Title:Rocket boy
Season:Winter 2001

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:7 Episodes

The main character, Kobayashi (Yuji Oda), works at a travel agency, and has the preconceived notion that in 2001 he will be able to go on a trip to outer space. Now 30, his girlfriend has left him, and a year has passed since he promised to take over the Japanese style bed and breakfast that his father runs.

While trying to avoid his father who has brought a potential bride for him to Tokyo, Kobayashi ends up in a baseball stadium, where he meets two other guys. The two that Kobayashi meets are Suzuki (Yusuke Santamaria), a salesman for a food service company, and Tanaka (Somegoro Ichikawa). Suzuki is troubled over his proposed marriage to the daughter of one of his customers who runs a "ramen shop". Tanaka, works at an advertising agency and is the second male child in his family. Although appearing to be on the right track at work, Tanaka actually has lots of problems of his own.

After the intriguing meeting with the other two, Kobayashi is able to sympathize with them and he...
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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Sora no mukou made [Oda Yuji 織田裕二]

Actor/Actress Cast (4)
Oda Yuji
Yusuke Santamaria
Ichikawa Somegoro
Nakajima Tomoko

Related Links (1)
1. Official Rocket Boy Homepage (SJIS)

Drama Reviews (3)
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1. Full of Hope [Rating: 7/10]
The drama started on a distressing note. Kobayashi is 31, and has no achievements in life worth mentioning. He and his acquaintances Suzuki and Tanaka are all in the same boat. Despite their "ripe-old" ages, they are all confused, directionless men with low self-esteem.

As the drama progresses, we see the 3 men become best of friends, giving one another encouragement and drive. Kobayashi soon picks up courage to apply for NASDA selection. Suzuki realises that happiness can alse be found in a little ramen shop. Tanaka makes up with his family, while holding his own up against the brilliant achievements of his father and brother.

The drama ends on a hopeful note, and I felt really happy. It's one of the dramas with less star appeal, but has a believable plot and constructive end, including lots of humour.

Recommended for viewers who want a change from the usual love dramas. Not much of a soundtrack to boast of, but has a really upbeat little tune that brings a smile to the viewer's face.
Reviewed by tetsukei on 11 May 2001
2. ....... [Rating: 9/10]
Indeed, Oda Yuji is well over 30....BUT WHY IS HE SO DAMN CUTE? :D I nearly flipped over the first time I saw it...I think he's adorable :3
Yusuke Santamaria does a good job too~. ^_^
Reviewed by vash_donutangel on 26 February 2004
3. Can give this a miss! [Rating: 4/10]
A bit nonsensical. I think Oda Yuji is a bit too old to act cute.
Reviewed by piglet44 on 15 April 2002

Comments From Users (9)
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1. Comments by tetsukei [Rating: 7/10]
Depressing at first, but I felt really good when I saw the ending. Full of hope, as if the drama were a trip through the Pandora's Box. Bought it, but I don't think it will become a classic anytime soon.
Humour 8/10 Actors 7/10 Story 7/10 Music 7/10
2. Comments by toiling [Rating: 7/10]
Pretty good, but the story is kinda scattered and short (only six episodes! Maybe is due to Yuji Oda's back injuries at that time)
3. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 8/10]
Nice, short, little drama. Great work by the cast which also includes Risa Sudo and Kotomi Kyono.
4. Comments by 4julls [Rating: 7/10]
ehmm in here we got a story bout friendship and future ...
5. Comments by susantotony [Rating: 4/10]
It took centuries for me to finish it.
6. Comments by glyq [Rating: 6/10]
its.. ok.. bit plain
7. Comments by Bsalez [Rating: 6/10]
Just plain..
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