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Never Land


Drama Details
Title:Never Land
Telecast:2001-07-06 to 2001-09-14
Season:Summer 2001

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:11 Episodes

Seiran Gakuen is an exclusive private boy's high school. It is the start of the summer break. Yoshikuni (Tsubasa Imai) has decided to spend this year's summer at the school's Shoraikan dormitory, as have Mitsuhiro (Ken Miyake), Kanji (Shingo Murakami) and Iwatsuki (Satoshi Tanaka). All four boys have their own reasons for not going home for the holidays.

Yoshikuni's girlfriend is Hiroko (Maiko Yamada), but his own reasons, he tells her he doesn't want to see her for a while. Hiroko isn't satisfied with this but Yoshikuni avoids her.

On the first day of the holidays, Yoshikuni and Mitsuhiro set out to buy food for dinner. They bump into Osamu, a day student. Hiroko and her friend Aki (Reiko Suoh) turn up and Aki takes Yoshikuni to task for dumping Hiroko for no apparent reason. Hiroko can't take it any more and bursts into tears. Takagi (Yuta Yamazaki) who lives in the dormitory next door sees this. Some days later, Mitsuhiro's step-mother Keiko (Reiko Takashima) visits the Shoraikan dormitory. He is cold-hearted towards her, like a different person.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Dasenai Tegami 出せない手紙 [V6]LYRICS ]

Actor/Actress Cast (12)
Imai Tsubasa
Hishikawa Yoshikuni
Miyake Ken
Yoda Mitsuhiro
Yamada Maiko
Tajima Hiroko
Murakami Shingo
Shinohara Kanji
Ikuta Toma
Seto Osamu
Yamazaki Yuta
Takagi Tohru
Yoshimoto Takami
Anzai Serina
Takashima Reiko
Yoda Keiko
Nogiwa Yoko
Shohji Wakaba
Tachibana Misato
Hishikawa Sayuri
Suoh Reiko
Matsukuma Aki
Tanaka Koki
Iwatsuki Shigehisa

Related Links (1)
1. http://www.tbs.co.jp/neverland2001/index2.html

Drama Reviews (7)
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1. twisted but not unbearable [Rating: 7/10]
with johnny's jrs filling out the cast, i was expecting a teeny-bopper kind of drama o_o but was pleasantly surprised tat they werent just teenage-heartthrobs who intend to rack teenage attention for as long as they can.

the drama is sort of dark & twisted, but it portrays the more 'unseen' side of japan's teenagers (not the usual mini-skirts, bed of roses lifestyle), which is actually quite eye-opening. may be hard to grasp at times but may be quite entertaining if u did get the story
Reviewed by youhei_mito on 21 April 2005
2. Okay [Rating: 6/10]
umm...this dorama in my opinion is a bit hard to understand. There is a lot of twist, but ken and the johnny jr ppl make a good combination. The plot is strange, but this show is recommended for ppl who are fans of ken or imai.
Reviewed by Totoro on 9 December 2001
3. Better than I expected [Rating: 7/10]
I bought this drama for the cute actors, but I discovered that it is really a good story. I bought the VCD with English subtitles. I was able to understand most of the translations, but they are not very good.
Reviewed by ginger6806 on 9 January 2002
4. Not too bad [Rating: 8/10]
Wat seem to be a boring show turned out to be the opposite. I did not expect it to have some element of mystery n horror at one time.
Reviewed by TsuyoshiK on 23 November 2001
5. weird but ok! [Rating: 6/10]
this dorama dwells lots on psycho things but the Johnny Jrs made it funny esp Toma and Hina! Love the storyline but the ending..sigh
Reviewed by dnie on 15 September 2002
6. .... [Rating: 3/10]
if it wasn't for toma, i don't think i'll even watch this drama because honestly,for me,i think it's a boring movie....
Reviewed by joychin on 16 March 2004
7. not recommended [Rating: 5/10]
watch only if u have nothing else to watch..
Reviewed by juliana_phang on 2 July 2004

Comments From Users (52)
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1. Comments by hizel~ [Rating: 10/10]
Neverland is the first Jdorama I ever watched and it will always be special to me for that reason, but I also really love it. I know that there are people that don't like it that much and the plot's kind of ...dark but I still love it. All of the actors were amazing especially Ken Miyake. And I'm not just saying that because I'm a hugeg fan of him. I really liked his performance in this drama and I think he's a good actor and want to see more of him in dramas (partly because I think he's a good actor and partly because I really just want to see him in more dramas)
2. Comments by dnie [Rating: 7/10]
Neverland surprises me as a spooky and a bit gothic story. The boys who
make their dorm as an escapism from the real world where Tsubasa hates
his father very much for being unfaithful, Miyake's stepmother made him a
sexual object, Koki's confidence is undermined by his big bro's shadows,
Murakami's torn between choosing to live between his divorced father and
mother and Toma's guilt of watching his mother's suicide. I like this drama becoz
I just adore those boys but i do think it's quite okay. Only the ending is soo
3. Comments by Nermal [Rating: 9/10]
I am quite amazingly giving this a nine. Why? I'm still wondering myself. I guess I mainly give this nine towards Miyake Ken for his perfomance which I thought was outstanding.. especially compared to the others and that also includes Imai Tsubasa which I didn't really feel was convincing. The story in itself was by far really surprising with scenes that make you go through a lot of different emotions at once. Also I'd like to mention that Shingo looks adorable in a French maid outfit! XD
4. Comments by crvn107 [Rating: 3/10]
After reading all the comments given by those who had watched this drama,I decided it was interesting enough for me to give it a go as well. I kept anticipating the twist that many talked about until the very end,alas,it didn't appear for me.I thought the twist would be brought about by Takagi because Mitsuhiro did say he wouldn't leave so easily,but Takagi just disappeared!!!I also find Tajima,Aki and Sayuri really annoying.Not a drama I'd watch again.
5. Comments by mmyy [Rating: 6/10]
Mostly a show for younger teens. The storyline is dark and twisted, but it has been done to death by now. Perhaps it would have been a good show at its time, but the quality of the drama is questionable now. Acting for most part is okay, although Tsubasa and Ken looked edgy sometimes. Music is horrible. Still, due to Toma and Hina and Koki, what could have been a boring show turned out to be quite interesting after all.
6. Comments by cass_dust [Rating: 4/10]
Not that good... according to the cover, it looks cheerful and heart lightening.
But this show is rather dark and heavy.

The background of each student is actually quite interesting, but the story moves on rather slowly and doesn't capture the heart.

Another pop idol show that i would say is unsuccessfully.
7. Comments by Eve [Rating: 9/10]
A strange tale woven of deep complexes, fear and hate, love and friendship. Four boys go in search of themselves by stayying behind at school for the summer. All experience personal growth as young men and deep friends.But somehow a positive note is held throughout. I loved it even with the debatable subs.
8. Comments by Jessicasoon [Rating: 7/10]
the camera crew wasn't that good. the close-ups are too much and too long. but tsubasa's really cute inside. and quiet ken miyake. toma. shingo muramaki. and koki died. the story's pretty dark and mysterious. but i think for such a show. more surprises are needed.
9. Comments by AngelXing [Rating: 6/10]
This drama wasn't actually appealing to me at first....It was slow in the begining...and if it wasn't because of Miyake Ken...i would've just stopped watching it in disc 3. But after that...it got interesting and it grew on me...so...expect a slow start.....
10. Comments by enen_shun [Rating: 7/10]
this show has quite "dark" storyline ~~~ hehez ~~ admit that the 2 main cast Tsubasa & Ken (V6) attracted me first ~~ but this show is overall not bad ... a lot of JE Jr's in it ... Shingo + Toma + Koki ~~ Toma looked chooooo kawaii in the drama !!!!
11. Comments by yolande [Rating: 2/10]
a johnny's show. not a very good production, the acting from the leads aren't too impressive. tsubasa is much better in summer snow. touma and shingo did pretty well compared though. the plot gets on my nerves. i am, though, highly amused by yoko nogiwa.
12. Comments by Tiffany [Rating: 3/10]
This was one of the most disappointing doramas that I have ever seen. Although the actors are usually quite talented, they don't seem to *shine* in this dorama. The plot was uninteresting, the acting dry, and I felt it to be a total waste of time.
13. Comments by twentytrees [Rating: 1/10]
a little draggy and the story is turning in circles.
a little morbid.
however the first few episodes are quite interesting..
if not for tsubasa, i wont be even watchiung this show!
however, i must say koki is a good actor! :D
14. Comments by Lulurz [Rating: 5/10]
I only watched about 1/2 of it and I didn't really like it that's why i dropped~ but hmmm.... it's been a couple years so i actually don't remember the story hahah
I watched cuz of Tsubasa but then his acting wasnt that great
15. Comments by nagaioyasumi [Rating: 8/10]
It's incredible how deep into the dark and dismal Japanese dramas are willing to go, and it is because of this boldness that make them such a joy to watch - this one especially. Joy. Pure joy. Ken was just a mesmerising watch.
16. Comments by Fye_D.Flowright [Rating: 5/10]
Such a dark drama. Imai still have to polish his acting~~he didn't show his good job in here. But I have to say Murakami Shingo and Ikuta Toma shines more. Surprised me when some episode is a ghost stories..and I hate it >_<!
17. Comments by Akakage [Rating: 8/10]
I wasn't expected that this drama could be that dark but I enjoyed it throughout. However I don't recommend this one to those who don't like dark theme. Nonetheless if you're a big fan of Johnny's jr..go watch it.
18. Comments by dt [Rating: 10/10]
it's a great dorama. at first it was a bit confusing but after a while it become so interesting...esp.Tsubasa, he is so cool!!!and i really like Toma and Hina, they cheer up this dorama...
19. Comments by tInoltin [Rating: 9/10]
The first episode is quite boring.. (skip watching the first episode) but after that... it goes quite fast...and i became hook on it.. overall it was a great drama with strong characters!
20. Comments by youhei_mito [Rating: 7/10]
quite interesting if u understand the plot. portrays the sadistic side of japanese lifestyle as teenagers. miyake ken and the rest of the johnnys did a fairly well performance.
21. Comments by cheery [Rating: 8/10]
With so many eye candy inside this show is worthwhile to watch. And it will be even worthwhile if you are a JE fan. The story is a bit dark however enjoyable.
22. Comments by Kirinia [Rating: 10/10]
bouhaha Toma kill all in it. And Ken is too cute... Tsubasa look like a little slow XD and Shingo ... let's go Kansai powa XD and sure Koki kun cute cute ~
23. Comments by arashinokoto [Rating: 7/10]
okay.. i watched it for ken and jr.tachi.. a little wierded out by everyone having their problems.. a plot with too many things due to to many leads..
24. Comments by Mayumi [Rating: 6/10]
kinda wierd...but not too bad.
I found it a little hard to follow at first but it wasn't so bad. At the beginning it kinda scared me heheh
25. Comments by WD [Rating: 8/10]
Kind of dark and depressing, but still a pretty good watch. A pretty decent effort on Tsubasa Imai & Ken Miyake's behalf...
26. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 4/10]
a johnny's ent dorama�very teenage-like�apart fr that..theres no point in the story�the theme song is one of the best!
27. Comments by wakitinha [Rating: 10/10]
I didn't see the more dorama should be the best of the world.. after all has KOKI
28. Comments by Hoshi [Rating: 3/10]
Personally I find this drama boring. The cast of cute boys did somehow make me watch it to the end though.
29. Comments by Zaki-kun [Rating: 6/10]
its a mistake buying this drama... bought it out of boredom again.. as they were no other choices...
30. Comments by crimsonRED [Rating: 8/10]
Imai Tsubasa is the main character, no great acting there, but i like the twistedness of the story.

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Users who voted for this drama (10)
1. eugenia
This dorama is great especially Miyake becoz this character tat he potrayed is very different from the other previous roles tat he had been given. And i personally felt tat he did a great job in acting Mitsuhiro. Actually i watch and bought this dorama for Ken only. The rest of them are ok to me.
2. hizel~
I love Neverland. I bought it to see Ken and the other Johnny's guys and I was very happy because Ken does an amazing job in this drama (I feel compelled to say something like "as usual")
3. kamisen_fanatic
love this one, wouldnt cal it a tearjerker... but i did cry for most of the boys esp mitsuhiro. great acting by ken miyake there
4. momoko_ichigo
basically i have the dvd
ken miyake acts relly good in this buh took me a while to understand the whole story
5. dt
I love it sooo much...dun understand at first but, after a while it's sooo nice.
6. mabo
Tsubasa in his youth, lots of weird stories, really interesting
7. riyana_rythe
8. hayya
9. Samuel
10. blu4ev3r