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Yan Papa [やんパパ]



Drama Details
Title:Yan Papa
Young Papa
Telecast:2002-10-09 to 2002-12-11
Season:Fall 2002

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:10 Episodes

The opening episode, 25-year-old Yusaku (Nagase) was about to marry Yu, a famous manga artist to whom he was apprenticed. However, Yu had three children by a previous marriage, all of them resented her relationship with the much younger Yusaku and disapproved of the coming wedding. In fact, the three kids also disliked Yu, since she was always busy at work, they were raised by her older sister.

After having already registered their union at the local municipal office, Yu, on the morning of the wedding, also changes the beneficiary in her life insurance policy to Yusaku. Then, on the way to the ceremony, she is killed in an accident
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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. ding-dong [TOKIO]LYRICS ]

Actor/Actress Cast (8)
Nagase Tomoya
Mabuchi Yuusaku
真淵 優作 (25)
Goto Maki
Kazama Kaoruko
風見 薫子 (17)
Kato Ai
Kobayashi Risa
小林 里早 (22)
Ishida Miku
石田 未来
Kazama Sakurako
風見 桜子 (11)
Tomashino Kazuma
Kazama Junnosuke
風見 淳之介 (5)
Kotegawa Yuko
Kazama Ruriko
風見 ルリ子 (45)
Fujitani Miwako
Kazama Yui
風見 唯 (39)
Fujitani Miwako
Mizushima Minako
水島 美菜子 (39)

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Related Links (3)
1. Yan Papa Official Website (SJIS)
2. Japanese Wikipedia
3. TBS English

Drama Reviews (14)
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1. overrated [Rating: 7/10]
finished Yan Papa

This dorama had one hell of a lousy introduction. I hate how they approached the main plot. The barely was any chemestry between Yui and Yusaku nor did they look like they loved each other, all they did was eyeing eachother, and then suddenly Yusaku's character screams out on the street saying that he loves Yui and gets married in the first episode!

The first three episodes were so daymn boring all it showed was a house with 3 spoiled brats that kept whining all the time!

Though with this theme it could've been more touching but i guess some of the problems especially in the first episodes was skin-deep and a bit cliche. the youngest doesn't wann go to school, turns out they still have a no-good father. And the thing is, the problems that happens in this dorama, when the problems are childish, they get really childish you'll actually laugh when you're not supposed to, and when the problem is serious they get really serious.

I guess it's a family dorama, nothing special, but it's definitely not below average and i think it was worth watching. It gets interesting and has a good progress starting from episode 4.

Well to me, it was worth waatching just to see Nagase Tomoya acting mature as a father
Reviewed by monta on 22 March 2007
2. Very good drama A+ in my book watched in 1 day [Rating: 10/10]
It kind of reminded me of Mokodono in a way. But I think this drama is a lot better. Nagase Tomoya was a much better actor in this drama then he ever was in Mokodono it was less exagerated he just got on my nerves in the other drama. I thought he was a bad actor intill i saw this drama! The story is about a guy that gets married to this women and she dies the day after the get married. But he wants to honor his wife by staying with the 3 kids. it is a very touching story I love it it was so great. I must say I and in the mean time they learn to love him. (insted of hating his guts).

It is a good drama believe me

The only problem that I have with it is that there are too much adverising (they list sponsers before every commerical break)

I must say that I was wrong about Nagase Tomoya he can be a good actor if he wants to be! BUt I still think that Katou Ai is a very very very very very bad actress. I haven't seen any reason for me to change my mind about her.

I thought this was going to be a bad drama it didnt look like much to me before I watched it.

Please watch this one
Reviewed by johuth on 11 December 2004
3. No Chemistry this time between Tomoya and Ai [Rating: 6/10]
I decided to watch this drama because I liked the the combination of Tomoya and Katou Ai when they first paired up in IWGP. I was a bit disappointed with this drama because I thought they could have done a lot more with them two because they were so successful in IWGP for their chemistry. In other words, they didn't need to pair Katou Ai with Tomoya in this drama because there just wasn't really a love story or any real chemistry that made it so enjoyable in IWGP. I guess I thought they would use the same formula again (IWGP) but in another drama, like riding off the same successful formula.
As for the drama, it's predictable, and not very creative. But, they didn't make it extremely cheesy and the standard for a drama was still there. But still, it's one of those dramas that gets you thinking how there are so many other things they could have done with it.
Reviewed by Hiro Toyo on 13 June 2004
4. Mediocre [Rating: 7/10]
Okay, I absolutely adore Nagase Tomoya, but this drama was just a drag. It took me SO LONG to get through it! The storyline was weak and therefore the plot simple slumped along. The entire story could have been communicated through half the amount of episodes the drama took.

The cast was okay. No one really stood out and no one did a particularly bad job. Everything was just mediocre. Near the end the plot got interesting (with the introduction of the real father), but there wasn�ft much of a finale and by the end of it all, it was confirmed that, really, I had just wasted 10 hours of my life.
Reviewed by Wynter on 14 April 2009
5. papa ka? [Rating: 9/10]
nagase plays as a young father! just couldnt believe it for the first time. saw him in mukodono and now in yanpapa. being a very young father will be very difficult especially when the children are not biologically related. but, yusaku has the kindest heart that a stepfather should have. he cares about his children, very much! i wish i can have a husband like that!
Reviewed by aizawa^hase on 14 March 2005
6. I've seen better, I've seen worse [Rating: 6/10]
Not that good, but if you don't expect too much it's watchable. Lighthearted and at times charming. Predictable of course and some things could really have been a bit more believable, too much even for a tv-drama sometimes.
Guess the sensmoral is that blood sometimes isn't thicker than water.
Reviewed by kaonashi on 14 June 2004
7. cheesy but gets the point through [Rating: 8/10]
another family-oriented drama from tomoya...this one is about earning trust again (as with mukodono), complete with sentimental liners from everyone...pretty good...a bonus is that theres anime in this drama as well
i liked teh ending song
ding dong ding dong dang ding dong
Reviewed by Baka Senpai on 6 April 2004
8. Family dorama [Rating: 5/10]
I have watched this when I was high school student about 10 years ago. Nothing special, just a simple dorama. Tomoya nagase played as a baby sitter here, he could handle many problems and could be like a father for the kids.
Reviewed by ester_grace on 24 November 2010
9. I like it! [Rating: 8/10]
Dispite of the low rating, this is a good family oriented drama. Tomoya's first role as a Step-Papa! I guess he has passed that gangster role! It is sure different from his other roles�cPredictable but I enjoyed this one.
Reviewed by jdfan on 25 April 2003
10. wakara nai [Rating: 10/10]
another nagase, tomoya dorama it's good just good. based on my observation i think gotou maki can really act pretty well. the ending was not that great it is even worst when a caucasian woman appeared on the scene.
Reviewed by zchendevlemh on 29 March 2004
11. quite a good drama [Rating: 7/10]
The drama is not bad but I find Kato Ai's role in the drama annoying. She's very nosy and always meddles with other people's business.
Reviewed by larcencielbleu on 13 December 2003
12. A great drama [Rating: 10/10]
this is a great drama!
highly recommended...
everyone should watch this~
it contains anime + drama!!!
first of a kind~
Reviewed by juliana_phang on 11 September 2003
13. Volonté, courage, noblesse : Respect [Rating: 5/10]
Ça c'est la représentation de ce que l'on peux dire un engagement pur sincere et solanel.
Reviewed by psychomann on 1 June 2004
14. well ..... [Rating: 8/10]
well ... its entertaining ...
seeing nagase trying his luck to eb a father
Reviewed by 4julls on 12 January 2004

Comments From Users (115)
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1. Comments by mldesu [Rating: 5/10]
nagase sports a very interesting new look. he appears to have been working out something fierce. just look at his tai-chi skills in the drama, balance perfect, totally centred.
he is quite handsome in this drama, and when he's not shouting, does some pretty nifty acting as yusaku :) interesting.
the manga parts are effective in conveying yusaku's thoughts and intended actions, and in the process, add a supraordinary element to yusaku's efforts. very nicely done A++. the cute short ball of an anime which represents yusaku very gentle and sweet.
biggest problem with the drama is its overly preachy tone. makes yusaku out to be godlike, all knowing, which just doesn't go down well in the least. the same for goto maki's annoying one-san; annoying because she always seems to be in the right place at the right time to observe yusaku's great deeds and to smile or look on with ever growing approval. urggh! finally, the mushy parts just about kill the drama off. what a disappointment. this one could have been much better.
2. Comments by donna8157 [Rating: 6/10]
This drama started off a bit awkward for me, especially after just watching "Mukodono". The love interest in the first episode was a bit too eccentric and too childlike (even though she was old) for me to sympathize with her ordeal and the fact that Nagase Tomoya's character was in love with her.

The drama later picked up and delved into Nagase Tomoya's father role. It was sweet and the way that the drama intertwined both the cartoon scenes and the real-life scenes made it even more heartwarming. Overall, this was a decent drama and it was different to see the Tomoya's softer side versus both his more animated side (in Mukodono) and his tough side (Ikebukuro West Gate Park and Tiger & Dragon). I would recommend this drama to Tomoya Nagase fans, but don't expect it to be similar to his other more popular dramas.
3. Comments by leoninesevenone [Rating: 9/10]
this drama is so good. even though the intro is kinda boring but if u keep on wathching you'll find that it is very interesting. the are parts when it is funny, and also the are part when it is touching. and by the way, the anime is also great. first they show u parts of the anime in between the story. in the end they show again the anime, but when u watch it during the ending, it is soo touching because it intertwines with the important events in yusaku's life. �����A�Ȃ‚������ȁ`�B

all in all, i would recommend this drama.
4. Comments by xploring [Rating: 7/10]
With no expectations, after a slow start in the first episode, I really enjoyed episode 1-4. Unfortunately, those were the best parts for me and watching the remaining episodes felt like a chore at times. It wasn't bad, but the story/situations seem a bit contrived at times. Goto Maki stole the show for me, I found myself watching the show for her scenes, wish there were more of them. Most of the other performances were all quite good actually.
5. Comments by ben_soh23 [Rating: 8/10]
pretty entertaining drama abt family love....
was pretty touched during certain episodes when Nagase's character showed how much he loved the children n was willing to sacrifice for them....
the whole cast was very likeable especially the super 'kawaii' Goto Maki n the little boy.... Kato Ai was a joy to watch as well as her character was very funny and irritating :)
6. Comments by yume [Rating: 5/10]
It's an interesting story! And you really begin to root on our lovely YANPAPA beause you want him to do his best to take care of his new kids, who try despise him all the way. You really wonder if there is such a young man out there these days??? Nagase Tomoya, always playing the man girls love! BUT dropped to a 5 because the ending is horrible, I hated it!
7. Comments by rastelou [Rating: 8/10]
Agree with those who said that this story is predictable. However, Nagase pulled the show together with fine acting. He convinced me of Yusaku's sincerity, perseverance and kindness. Oh and the little boy who acted as Junnosuke-kun was such a joy to watch! Think we'll see more of him on tv in future. This is definitely a heartwarming series.
8. Comments by ffrostte [Rating: 10/10]
I love heart-warming family drama. And so this has got to be one of my favorite. Like the papa role a great deal. I mean, who wouldn't love such a sensitive guy who cares about his family above all things, who love kids and is good at cooking and all that. :)

Unfortunately, Yuusaku's female friend gets on my nerves all the time!!
9. Comments by michiru3 [Rating: 6/10]
Nagase is incredibly good looking here. But other than watching him and Goto Maki, this wasn't much fun to watch. The story's a bit too trite and old, altho it'll be nice to find a guy like Nagase's chara. And at least I'm not the only one that finds Kato Ai annoying...even the charas in the drama dislike her, lol.
10. Comments by FierceStriker [Rating: 9/10]
A little slow at first, but became so emotional and moving! Nagase Tomoya wa honto ni subarashii otoko desu yo. Everyone is great in the show. Although the ending is a bit unrealistic. And when are they ever going to make a drama about the reality of the American Dream all the Japanese day dream about.
11. Comments by David Heinemann [Rating: 10/10]
This is one of my doramas that i could watch over and over again. Nagase Tomoya is playing a young father in this drama who has married an older woman who dies in the first episode. His commitment is beyond everything i have ever seen before and the children are so funny. Do yourself a favour => Watch it!
12. Comments by Jin_Matsumitsu [Rating: 8/10]
A lot of sad moments in this drama. Although there were few moments of happiness, the hope and love will become the greatest thing that shines the heart of a family that was broken apart. The story is compelling and will give an idea of how hard to bring family close together to know each other's hearts.
13. Comments by MilkyWay [Rating: 8/10]
A very sweet family dorama. Nagase played his role really good and it was the first time for me to see Maki Goto acting, but I really liked her.
I like the idea of the story, though at the end it looses it's flair a little bit. I really had wished that Yuusaku and Kearu would come together *sigh*
14. Comments by Aunty Coco [Rating: 8/10]
A heart warming drama which uses manga & anime to potray the theme... Similar to Mukodono in many ways... But its a bit absurd for a 25 year old guy to fall in love with a 39 year old obasan... Aside from that its worth watching Tomoya displaying his superb acting skills...
15. Comments by arashinokoto [Rating: 8/10]
nagase-kun has done it again.. made me cry i mean.. i didn't expect it to be so good.. and the addition of anime in the show was really brilliant.. though the ending was expected, it didn't spoil the whole drama.. the kids did well.. esp sakurako.. goto maki was good too..
16. Comments by williu [Rating: 9/10]
Although a little predictable (except for the ending!), it is a highly enjoyable drama and definitely deserves the high score. Nagase Tomoya does a great job, as always, and the rest of the actors are surprisingly good as well. Good storyline that keeps you hooked!
17. Comments by SabrinaOshio [Rating: 9/10]
I wanna guy like him .... love his wife in life time and still deeply in love after she die.... his love still in his heart .......because not even 1 day they get married his wife die an accident..he have a warm heart ....... Kawaiiii ......... kakoiii .......
18. Comments by jdfan [Rating: 8/10]
Dispite of the low rating, this is a good family oriented drama. Tomoya's first role as a Step-Papa! I guess he is getting older and he has to pass on those gangster roles! It is different from his other roles. Well, predictable but I enjoyed this one.
19. Comments by Nermal [Rating: 8/10]
A very cute drama, did bring me to tears at least once.

While a fairly cliche story in a way, it still had an interesting twist to it. The characters were well developed and endearing.

Worth watching if you have the time, a nice family story!
20. Comments by kaonashi [Rating: 5/10]
Predictable story about a young guy who becomes a substitute father of 3 kids. You know exactly what will happen & the ending's very weak. If there's a message for us to catch, I guess it's that blood sometimes isn't thicker than water.
21. Comments by dummyuser11 [Rating: 9/10]
I cried so many times in this drama. Nagase Tomoya did a great job as the step-father. Made me wish i could me someone like him with great passion and determination. But i do admit...kato Ai was sometimes quite annoying....
22. Comments by AngelXing [Rating: 9/10]
I cried so many times in this drama. Nagase Tomoya did a great job as the step-father. Made me wish i could me someone like him with great passion and determination. But i do admit...kato Ai was sometimes quite annoying....
23. Comments by supersumoCG [Rating: 8/10]
really good! i loved it. but i hate that girl in there. lisa (kato ai), she was soooo annoying. sheesh mind your own friggin business. well. i loved the dramaaaa. so cute and sweet story line. xD you gotta watch this one.
24. Comments by cghu007 [Rating: 9/10]
I love Yusaku. And in the end, I even like those two meddling girls who like him a bit too much. Who won't? I can understand why they're so into him. Heck, if I were in their place I'll be meddling too. Yorokonde.
25. Comments by g_hunter1 [Rating: 8/10]
A pretty coo touching drama about a young man trying to raise his wife's kids after she dies after their marriage. Kinda of an uncommon situation. This drama has its funny and sad moments. I enjoyed watching it.
26. Comments by Lady Zhuge [Rating: 6/10]
The anime element is pretty unique to this drama, but the actual storyline is predictable and average. Tomoya Nagase and Goto Maki give the best performances. Kato Ai's character is quite annoying.
27. Comments by SayaOtonashi [Rating: ?/10]
So unbelievable, so boring, such bad acting... First ten minutes promised something but afterwards the story just went down. I couldn't even finish watching episode 1. One of the worst doramas ever.
28. Comments by Geno_SV [Rating: ?/10]
not very good... I was actually bored while watching it.
And it's a tv series with Gotou Maki in it, and that's great... if it wasn't for the fact that she looks pissed off all the time >_<
29. Comments by nishishi [Rating: 8/10]
Its beautiful!!! Its really touching! The IWGP's couple is r perfect in this dorama... (altough the dont play a couple...) Also Goto Maki plays her char. really well.... Very good Dorama...
30. Comments by GIGI [Rating: 7/10]
After Mokudono I got curious about Nagase Tomoya. He is gorgeous in this series. Many touching moments but too bad his character did not have a lovelife by the time the series ended.

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Users who voted for this drama (20)
1. ffrostte
One of the best roles from Tomoya Nagase!!!!

Girls would certainly love to marry a guy like Yuusaku here: a very sensitive and understanding guy who gets up early every morning to do TAI CHI(!), a devoted lover, a good (step)father who loves his (step)kids above all things and is *good at cooking*!!!!

By the way, it looks like Tomoya really does know how to do Tai Chi...
2. ais--chan
he2..i bought it cuz there is maki goto-- hu2.. actually this story is not quite bad...u guys out there have 2 watch this drama--pretty k!!..
3. eosforo
Lovely dad, pushing so hard, so good cooking, it�Ls like an Onizuka more seriously taken as a father should be. A worth see it... really.
4. amethyst216
this is a hella tyte drama. . . i fell in love with Nagase Tomoya. . .he's so sweet. . . so different from what i imagined
5. j-fan26
I liked it :) finished it in 2 days! very nice music, and touching at times, and it helped that Maki Goto was in it :P
6. JDMFreak
only 5 votes?? come one people this movie brought me alot of tears i love this drama
7. hokage
Even if it was kind of cheesy, I thought it was interesting to watch.
8. TsuyoshiK
it was a heartwarming dorama. touching but ending a bit too abrupt.
9. ruroshin
Nice warm and fuzzy family drama.
10. kisa7
haha cos tomoya is in it mah
11. Gui
It's worth seeing :)
12. pow155
very good drama!
13. ilikedramas
Very good dorama
14. johuth
see my review
15. sherzes
jus love iT
16. bakaneko_san
Nice drama
17. solidsonya
18. poch05
19. tasmaniandevil
20. MikeNolan