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Manatsu no Merry Christmas [真夏のメリークリスマス]



Drama Details
Title:Manatsu no Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas in Summer
Telecast:2000-10-13 to 2000-12-31
Season:Fall 2000

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:10 Episodes

Yutaka plays a former professional boxer who becomes a collector for a loan shark. He grew up in an orphanage in Okinawa Prefecture with heroine Haru (Miki Nakatani), Natsumi (Ai Kato), an aspiring actress, and two others. One of them is now a lawyer who has had to bail Yutaka out and the other a lucky young woman adopted by a rich family. Haru, too, was adopted and has never once left the island where she grew up. When her adopted mother dies, she decides to go to Tokyo to find the old group. Being naive to the ways of the modern urban world, she almost ends up being sold off into the sex industry as soon as she sets foot on Tokyo's fair shores, but Yutaka comes to her rescue.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Angel song -ivu no kane- angel song −イヴの鐘− [The Brilliant Green]LYRICS ]

Actor/Actress Cast (9)
Takenouchi Yutaka
樹下涼 (29)
Nakatani Miki
星野波流 (24)
Kato Ai
赤座夏見 (17)
Sugimoto Tetta
中田慶治 (34)
Uehara Misa
Osugi Ren
Hatano Hiroko
Yamada Maiko
柘植晶子 (21)
Ibu Masato

Related Links (1)
1. KIKU TV - Merry Christmas in Summer
English episode synopsis

Drama Reviews (16)
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1. Merry Charisma [Rating: 7/10]
Never a true fan of Yutaka and always thought he was a mediocre performer. However, lately having seen 5 of his other dramas; Koori no sekai, Beach boys, Hoshi no kinka 1 & 2, Manatsu no Merry Xmas, With Love, my perception has drastically changed.

I personally enjoyed the EMOTIONAL INTIMACY (10/10) that Yutaka and Miki portrayed in this rather banal drama (7/10). Which ironically made the drama come to life for me. There are lots of hiccups in this drama with shallow and predictable ending. The drama does drag slightly and becomes a little distasteful, however to do the drama justice, there's a special magnetic charm and force about these two characters which kept the ball rolling in my court; an unrighteous yet self-discipline step-bro who arguably falls head over heels in love with an innocent and artless step- sis. The stretching tension and strings pulled for these two silent, sweet lovey dovey settled with a rather satisfying finale; a long awaited kiss!

The scene where he spilt the milk was hilarious!!!

This is by far the most outstanding performance of Yutaka and heart-felt experience for me to observe such charisma, spark and the masculinity that he exerts, ahhhhh (^*.*^) is quite something alright!
Reviewed by carnie_webb on 22 June 2005
2. The acting was better than the story [Rating: 7/10]
I was very much looking forward to the arrival of this one, to see for the first time my favorite actor and actress perform together. It's interesting to see Takenouchi Yutaka effectively play a street punk after seeing him as the perfect gentleman in Koori no Sekai; and Nakatani Miki did a great job as a ragamuffin. Not all the characters are particularly sympathetic, though, and the revelations regarding their families border on being unbelievable, and the ending seemed forced and predictable. For all that, though, i think it should be watched just to see what Takenouchi and Nakatani can do.
Reviewed by kumonryu on 18 March 2002
3. enjoyable drama [Rating: 8/10]
Hi. this is a request, as well as a short.
I have been enjoying this drama, particularly the performance of the lead actress. It;s nice to see a lady with a bit of meat on her. Although i could have done without the squealing in some episodes, But it seemed to have stopped.
I like the relationship between the cop, and the yakuza.
Here;s my problem. I had downloaded 9 episodes, thinking that was all that there was.
But i see there are actually ten, and episide 10 is no longer.
I would be grateful if someone could tell me, what happened in episofe 10.
Reviewed by irish on 12 March 2012
4. 3 Episodes Watched... [Rating: 8/10]
Keeps getting better, through the first three episodes.

Solid work by by Nakatani Miki, considering the limited dialogue she was given through the first three episodes -- hence, requires a lot of emoting.

As for many of the negative reviews earlier, I think it may be partially due to relying on subtitles, people are missing out on key portions by not understanding nihongo and are unsatisied accordingly. There's a lot of subtlety in this dorama.

Looking forward to the remaining episodes.
Reviewed by pcmodem on 22 October 2007
5. Too 'light' [Rating: 7/10]
I would give it a 7.5 The plot is pretty thin. its about 3 orphans being reunited years after other 2 left the island and went to Tokyo. The one that stayed on the island is protrayed as a simple but good hearted girl that almost gets eaten alive in the 'big city'. I am not trying to be cruel but the actors are second tier performers at best and its reflected in the drama.
Reviewed by warren.mcclendon on 16 September 2002
6. Classic romantic comedy [Rating: 7/10]
I enjoyed this dorama, espcially when I was getting to the last episodes.
The story is rather classic and the twists a bit predictable, but what makes it good are the good actors (very good Nakatani Miki) and the chemistry and well-paced progression towards the end of the series. We know quickly how it is going to end; but it is enjoyable to watch it happening.
Reviewed by Jackykero on 26 June 2009
7. horribly boring [Rating: 3/10]
Boring and stupid. Nakatani Miki's character is very annoying. She shrieks in a shrill voice at the worst moments, which is very irritating. Any happy event for the two main characters did not give me joy. I can't believe Nakatani Miki and Takenouchi Yutaka chose this drama. I will only give 3 because I like the lead actors.
Reviewed by randomwalker on 23 November 2009
8. not my cup of tea [Rating: 2/10]
I watched this series twice but I'm still unable to like it. I don't really like the story as it does not tell much. Miki Nakatani's feeble attempt to get sympathy might be the caused to the downfall of the drama. Takenouchi is rather funny here though but I think this is one of his worse drama he acted.
Reviewed by kawaii on 10 June 2001
9. Adertisement Show for TBS [Rating: 5/10]
This drama is ok. Acting good weak story. In the drama they advertise for TBS way to much and bash NHK. I realy got tried of the advertisemments in the drama. seen once still have it but don't think i will watch it agian. It does have a great cast so i can't completely hate it.
Reviewed by johuth on 17 November 2004
10. Odd but cute... like Ai Kato! [Rating: 9/10]
I watched up to episode 9 straight in a row, then I came to this site, now, to see how many episodes this series is, so I will be watching the last episode right now. So far, so great! Ai Kato is so cute! and Takenouchi Yutaka is so cool! I like it. :D Back to my dorama!!!
Reviewed by KAZSAW on 6 September 2002
11. Great Dorama [Rating: 10/10]
Really loved this dorama it is so sweet and touching. Takenouchi yutaka also looks so so so handsome. He plays such a different character than i have seen him play in other doramas, and he is so funny. Amazing dorama this is a must see.
Reviewed by dys199 on 30 October 2003
12. Not too bad at all [Rating: 7/10]
I've watched the series (being lucky and able to obtain the vcds) and I think it's not too bad at all. Yutaka is a bit humourous at times, and the overall story is quite alright =) Hmm, have 3 more episodes to watch tho!
Reviewed by Takahara on 23 March 2001
13. *shakes head* [Rating: 2/10]
I love yutaka but i can't bring myself to finish the show. Not his fault, it's the plot. It's so dry and dull and boring you name it. Yutaka shouldn't have taken up this drama.
Reviewed by ladyelf on 9 October 2003
14. Manatsu no Merry Christmas [Rating: 8/10]
Yutaka can be quite versatile as an actor. He seems to be more relaxed in this series and has broke free from his more uptight roles in the past.
Reviewed by rocio on 6 May 2001
15. ok ok ..not too bad..not too good [Rating: 8/10]
yutaka might looks like some sort of useless kid
but hey when it comes to friendship he can be darn lovely n protective...
Reviewed by juliana_phang on 21 June 2003
16. =) [Rating: 10/10]
all yutaka's drama are great
Reviewed by yutaka_takenouchi on 2 December 2001

Comments From Users (55)
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1. Comments by kumukurukuk [Rating: 8/10]
I enjoyed this drama coz I think the story is really sweet and touching PLUS yutaka takenouchi is in it!!!!. Yutaka takenouchi is a really good actor , he can do drama, action, comedy, very versatile and oh so very handsome.
I don't like the character of the main girl becuase she is too innocent and naive for her age that its disturbing and weird. I think their is a lack on character development on her part. I think it would be better if the drama illustrated their relationshiip growing from a brother sister/friend to lovers. they became lovers sooo fast when the fact is they haven't seen each other for a long time, even haru did not recognized ryo. I really enjoyed ryo's character and his character really developed. His willingness to be a better person and to change his ways was worthy of admiratiion. the other characters was okay, the girl who loves the lawyer had little exposure, she should have been taken out of the story. I think she transformed a little too quickly, anyway. the other girl who like ryo, I think her name is nanami. ithe reason for her desire to be an actress was absurd, I think no one in this world would become an actress so that someone they are looking for would see them, she could have just asked some government agency to investigate where her mother is or if she was dead or alive.
what i liked about the drama is that some scenes were really touching and takenouchi's character is soo sweet . Ryo lack some faults though or the drama did not protrayed his bad qualities enoughh. for an ex gangster he sure is perfect. and haru's character Didn't have any !!!!!. I'm sure there is, the drama just didn't show it...nobody can be perfect. I'm sure she was cursing nanami or the other girl in her mind~~ The drama showed more, the faults of the other characters surrounding them. I give this a ten coz its enetrtaining enough for me to finish all the epsiode and the last episode evoked so much a feeling of happiness and envy that I cried and thought to myself "I wish I could find a man like ryu!!!!
2. Comments by donna8157 [Rating: 6/10]
As much as I like the cast of characters, I just could not get into this story. There were some pretty far-fetched plotlines and although the drama strives to be heartwarming and touching, it just ends up being pretty cheesy.

But I did like how Takenouchi Yutaka's character works hard to change in order to please Nakatani Miki's character. As someone mentioned in the above review, it was definitely their emotional intimacy that drove me to watch and complete this drama. It was pretty cute and was the only thing that made this series even remotely memorable.
3. Comments by yume [Rating: 8/10]
What a whirlwind, well-intertwined, quick-paced, humurous first episode! After 5 minutes I couldn't peel my eyes from the screen. I had avoided this title because I thought it sounded boring, and I only knew that I liked Takenouchi's acting, so I wasn't willing to risk it...but I am glad I finally did! The chemistry between the two leads is perfect and a great comic relief. Kato Ai also sparkles as young as she may be. Overall, I am captured with the good storytelling that makes each episode pass in a heartbeat--it really makes me want more!
4. Comments by Danji [Rating: 8/10]
Merry Christmas in Summer is a great drama about Love won and Lost, and Love almost had. I fell in love with this series quickly and was drawn in by the characters and story faster than most other shows (minus SOS, of course). I give this show a BIG thumbs up for creativity and character development, as well as plot twisting things, and showing how some men, and some women can be when in Love. This show is also a great show to watch someone achieving their dreams.
5. Comments by nadrika [Rating: 5/10]
Another love story. Sigh. That brother-sister thing made it worse. Really wondering why Yutaka took this role. Sure, he looks dashing in this drama but it wasn't enough to save this.

Watched this on local TV in 2001. Was really watching for the sake of Yutaka ONLY. Bought VCD set, would like to give it a second chance like Long Vacation, however no time and no real pull factor. Like mentioned by others here, I loved the theme song though. Very nice.
6. Comments by Lucian Dureau [Rating: 5/10]
What happens if an old friend from an orphanage comes to you from a far island thinking that nothing have changed?. This is the plot of this drama, we can watch how the life of the characters change after Haru (Miki Nakatani) brought back to them childhood memories from Okinawa.
Good performance of Yutaka Takenouchi (Ryo), Ai Kato (Natsumi) and Nakatani when she is not yelling.
Maybe it's not an awesome drama but it's so interesting to watch.
7. Comments by Jackykero [Rating: 7/10]
I enjoyed this dorama, especially when I was getting to the last episodes.
The story is rather classic and the twists a bit predictable, but what makes it good are the good actors (very good Nakatani Miki) and the chemistry and well-paced progression towards the end of the series. We know quickly how it is going to end; but it is enjoyable to watch it happening.
8. Comments by blakmetalik [Rating: 6/10]
There's great chemistry between Takenouchi Yutaka and Nakatani Miki and they acted well, but I hardly felt sympahty or concern for most of the characters. The only reason I kept watching it is so I could find out what happens to Takenouchi and Nakatani. The story is quite lacking in substance and the ending falls flat. Loved the closing credits, though.
9. Comments by teng_chelsea [Rating: 6/10]
Somehow feel that Nakatani Miki is too "deep" an actress to do something so "light". Perhaps I'm too used to seeing her doing stuff with more depth, not so lightweight like this. Hate her moppy hairdo in the show and Takeuchi Yutaka seems to have lost so much weight such that sporting a beardy makes him look like a vagrant on the street :P
10. Comments by miki_nakatani_fan [Rating: 8/10]
So the story wasn't that original....but I still was captivated by the charms of it! Miki Nakatani and Yukata Takenouchi are wonderful in their roles. Ai Kato was also very good in a supporting role!

The ending was so predictable I had it figured long before the characters did. The story keeps it from getting 10/10.
11. Comments by amethyst [Rating: 6/10]
Takenouchi Yutaka acts as a gangster who tries to turn over a new leaf. A new role for him and he really looks the part. Storyline isn't much to talk about. Basically about orphans who grew up on an Okinawan island and their struggles in Tokyo. Focus mainly on Haru.
12. Comments by Angry Machines [Rating: 6/10]
I was thinking at first "this show is about brother-sister love? what??"and I kind of like felt ...weird watching it. Both twins or whatever hit it off nicely and the story is pretty good, but I think 7 episodes were enough to show the whole story.
13. Comments by Geezer [Rating: 10/10]
Just how good Miki Nakatani could be started coming clear to me in this one. Hiding in a baggy pair of coveralls through most of the series, she avoided the cute stuff and created a person. A character rather than a cartoon. I enjoyed this one.
14. Comments by glayjiro1017 [Rating: 7/10]
Takenouchi Yukata is a bit shaggy looking in this one yet nonetheless still handsome.

This drama is cute! I was "Oohing" and "Awwing" all the time.

ED Theme by The Brilliant Green is a catchy song and sticks with you. It still stuck with me!
15. Comments by Eyrien* [Rating: 6/10]
Despite the great cast (Takenouchi Yutaka and Nakatani Miki) if fell flat because of the story, rather dull. Watch this drama for the interactions between the two leads, they're both terrific actors. The last episode is the best in my opinion.
16. Comments by Onyx [Rating: 7/10]
Quite a nice story. Its not my favorite, sometimes it has very long suspence scenes where you just want something to happen but it doesnt, it can get annoying. Other than that, its a worthy dorama to watch.
17. Comments by kiba92 [Rating: 6/10]
Slow and boring drama. I don't think it is worth watching. It is suppose to be a simple story but they try to make it more interesting and suprising in the middle of it. Oka ending.
18. Comments by yijing [Rating: 6/10]
can't really recall the plot...i think it's some love story between childhood friends who grew up in an orphanage together? i keep thinking Nakatani is older than Takenouchi?
19. Comments by yuubou [Rating: 7/10]
Missing the last episode, so I haven't gotten myself to watch very far in the series. The main actors are very charismatic, if the story line isn't all that involving.
20. Comments by v1olet [Rating: 8/10]
nice to watch. ryou : "By the 21st century, I'll be the strongest man to protect Haru and others." Haru : "By the 21st century, I'll be brother Ryou's bride."
21. Comments by xploring [Rating: 7/10]
Like the first few episodes a lot but story was ordinary for the rest of the series. Nakatani Miki stole the show and I also like Kato Ai a lot in this.
22. Comments by tabana [Rating: 7/10]
I'm not a big fan of brother and sister falling in love, but I guess it was ok. I love the Brilliant Green so... :)
23. Comments by ystlu [Rating: 7/10]
An interestine perspective on a different population who lives in
Tokyo- more down to earth, less snobbish.
24. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 7/10]
my very 1st dorama that I bought..n rest was history�it was sweet n kinda sad�but I liked it!
25. Comments by madol [Rating: 7/10]
Good. Yutaka always gets my attention. But the story is loosing its taste towards the end.
26. Comments by Clockwork Orange [Rating: 10/10]
Excellent drama. This one is a must-watch. Can't tell you anything without giving it away!
27. Comments by lovejdorama [Rating: ?/10]
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28. Comments by darknitelight [Rating: 7/10]
The middle stuff was good, the beginning a little odd, the end needed some work.
29. Comments by Okojo [Rating: 5/10]
My very first drama. I liked it a lot at that time but... really not so good...
30. Comments by xhidex33 [Rating: 5/10]
Overrated in my opinion. Found it annoying and boring though I liked the cast.

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Users who voted for this drama (7)
1. jpride
A slightly different side of Yutaka-san. Strong but protective at the same time. The 'protective' part made him irresistible. Nakatani Miki was great, as well. Two good reasons to watch the drama....10/10
2. souldoc70
Yutaka is an awesome actor-i've never seen him taking the same role in all his dramas.that's a cool attitude -it's not just about the money but satisfaction and challenges.good for him
3. kumukurukuk
very touching and sweet. Yutaka takenouchi is really handsome!!! and he can do everything action, drama and comedy!!!. Luv him.
4. Shani
Yutaka baby! You should see all of his dramas :-)
5. natni
6. gakkuken
7. xnisula