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Pretty Girls [プリティガール]



Drama Details
Title:Pretty Girls
Telecast:2002-01-09 to 2002-03-06
Season:Winter 2002

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:9 Episodes

Looking for a job, Hana gets work at the Andrews Department Store, but her boss hates her and gives her impossible work to do. Her bubbly nature and creativity soon bring success to every job she is assigned though, and the president even wonders if her mysterious charm can rally the company and pull them out of their financial difficulties. But the President and Ryou, his straight-laced son, have different ideas about running the company. Perhaps if she finds true love for Ryou, she can soften his hard heart. Anything seems possible with Hana's never-ending optimism, which is the basis for this heart-warming and humorous story of the power of positivity!

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Chantilly [Shimatani Hitomi]

Actor/Actress Cast (11)
Inamori Izumi
Noyama Hana
野山 花 (28)
Yonekura Ryoko
Kurai Ayumi
倉井 歩美 (26)
Katase Nana
Araki Rieko
荒木 理恵子 (22)
Tanabe Seiichi
Takamine Ryo
高嶺 遼 (32)
Katahira Nagisa
Inou Shuko
伊能 秀子 (42)
Utsui Ken
Takamine Ryotaro
高嶺 遼太郎 (68)
Yoshizawa Hisashi
Kobuke Taro
古武家 太郎 (23)
Watanabe Ikkei
Kuroiwa Norio
黒岩 教雄 (36)
Hasegawa Kyoko
Okabayashi Sachi
岡林 沙智
Haba Yuichi
Kandagawa Ichiro
神田川 一郎
Yamaguchi Ayumi

Related Links (1)
1. Pretty Girls Official Website

Drama Reviews (6)
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1. Cinderella Story [Rating: 7/10]
This is the first time I have seen a drama and felt completely neutral/indifferent about it. Perhaps this has something to do with the lead character, Inamori Izumi, and how she didn�ft fully convince me in her role. I found her character to be a bit too much on all accounts, and although the character is meant to be inspirational, I didn�ft care enough about her to be inspired. Of course, this has more to do with the character than the actual actress. I think Inamori Izumi is a fine actress, but the role she was given was terribly lacking.

The supporting cast is perhaps the reason I finished the drama. Ryoko�fs character is supposed to be dull and boring. And she is. Ryoko successfully captured the role and made the character not only interesting to watch, but also more real and more likable than the lead character. Her character has depth �| she feels things, and expresses things, and has faults. Nana was superbly hilarious, and for me she was the winning star from the three women. Nearly every scene with Nana made me laugh, and her facial expressions and pitches in tone were perfect.

The plot itself was �gokay�h. The base story was interesting, and plot twists were well done, but there were certain scenes (like the whole standing on the head for three hours scene) that were just ridiculous and unnecessary. The love the director falls into with Ryoko�fs character was a bit unreal as well, but since I was rooting for her, I can�ft really complain here. ^_-

On the whole, I don�ft feel as though I wasted my time on this drama, but I don�ft think I�fd rewatch it anytime soon.

O, and on a random note, I have NO IDEA why the drama is called �gPretty Girls�h. The title has nothing to do with the story whatsoever�c if should have had something to do with the fairy godmother quality of the plot. After all, Hana (Inamori Izumi) really was Cinderella's fairy godmother.
Reviewed by Wynter on 18 October 2006
2. to watch if u are bored... [Rating: 7/10]
it had good points...but i didnt enjoy the last episode at all...
This drama was entertaining..but never had that cliff hanger ending where you really wanted to watch the next one...I was hoping and wishing for Hana to end with Ryo....who was she in the end? A happiness spirit? Was she the happiness and peppy girl inside Ayumi? Cause i agree that they show Ayumi as a spoilt girl...she could have been nicer...and the end just seemed very rushed...but oh well...it was still entertaining but not one of my favs...
Reviewed by ckohone on 7 September 2005
3. could have been better [Rating: 4/10]
as mentioned by others, the story unfolds very slowly and fails to precipitate a sense of excitement that many of the best dramas stir up. a few great individual talents but as a whole, the drama is somewhat lacking in direction and storytelling. enjoyable at times, but uninspired at others. not inamori izumi's best work, although that's not her fault.
Reviewed by Tu_triky on 1 May 2005
4. My Favorite Drama! [Rating: 10/10]
I really enjoyed this drama. The characters were really fun and full of spirit. It was cool how they played up fairytale themes, and yet resulted in an original and interesting show. The ending is perfect as well. Angsty yet feel good, I definately recommend this show!
Reviewed by yuubou on 29 April 2003
5. Watch this with your gf! [Rating: 7/10]
Ugh, took some time to finish this one. It kept losing me as a fan. But when i think about it, it was very cute and Inamori is good at that. That happy-g0-lucky act gets to you sometimes tho, well, hit and miss all the way to the end.
Reviewed by gizm092 on 23 August 2003
6. quite enjoyable [Rating: 7/10]
I watched this dorama just because i'm a fan of Seiichi Tanabe. My review for this dorama: "It is an enjoyable dorama to watch. although the story's quite draggy. I don't like the ending, because i still think Hana should get the guy."
Reviewed by alvi-j on 24 May 2005

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1. Comments by Eyeyore [Rating: 8/10]
It's almost obvious that the first and second halves of the story were written by different scriptwriters. Nonetheless, the first half of story was very refreshing and entertaining. It makes people want to visit Isetan, Daimaru, Mitsukoshi again. The second half of the story speaks truth to the reality of department stores today but none of us want to watch cliche plots anymore.
2. Comments by blakmetalik [Rating: 6/10]
I tried, but I haven't been able to get past the 3rd episode. Izumi Inamori's character has a lot of cute charm, but she can't possibly carry the whole show. From what I've seen (though I admit it's not much), the plot is not at all interesting and the story seems to unfold at turtle speed. I would like to finish it someday, but I'm still undecided if it's worth my time.
3. Comments by buzzybug [Rating: 7/10]
i never think of 'is there really people who doesn't think of problem? or is there really someone who thinks that every problem as a positive thing that motivates him/her more?' this drama teaches me how every single problem is actually a thing that really can motivates us to keep moving... but i doubt the solution that Hana-san always go for...
4. Comments by kaonashi [Rating: 3/10]
This drama's starts off as a feel-good-drama that makes you happy. Then around halftime the series changes character and from that moment it's going downhill & eventually ends up as a big disappointment. Barely watchable.
5. Comments by Tu_triky [Rating: 4/10]
Poorly executed dramas with annoying characterizations and a flat storyline. Inamori Izumi was the only real highlight but it was hardly enough to redeem the corporate effort. Not worth a recommendation, to say the least.
6. Comments by niti [Rating: 7/10]
Pretty girls; It is a nice series, I like the spirit the main character has, (chantilly) It had a good story. However, the end was really to dislike.
7/10 for the good story and because it was funny now and then ^__^
7. Comments by jica [Rating: 5/10]
I was so hooked... till the ending kill it all. How could Tanabe be with the other girl???? Didn't make any sense, and the chemistry between them... NOWAY!! Just skip the final ep and you'll have a good drama =)
8. Comments by Rio [Rating: 9/10]
Inamori Izumi stars in this comical fantasy about Hana, a bright and cheerful heroine who works at Andrews, a huge department store in Ginza. She has a magical way with troubled people, as well as with animals.
9. Comments by waffer [Rating: 5/10]
Hana is just so cool, I wish I could be more like her!!! She manages to get almost anything she gets her mind into and I think that's admirable. I totally hated the ending though, but it was fun to watch.
10. Comments by yuubou [Rating: 10/10]
I don't know why this isn't more popular... It has been my favorite J-drama that I've watched so far. I definately need to buy the DVD of this one if I can. Tell me if you know where I can get it ^^
11. Comments by anduriachan [Rating: 8/10]
I actually saw this one when it first came out on tv, but totally forgot about it til I was at about the 3rd episode! It's a really cute show, lots of ups and downs, and it's got a fantastic cast!!
12. Comments by Angry Machines [Rating: 5/10]
Yonekura and Katase are the two main reasons I watched this till the end. Hitomi shimatani's opening theme is a nice touch since she's my fav. but it doesn't help in boosting this drama higher.
13. Comments by PoTaToE [Rating: 8/10]
good series with a good mix of characters. the actresses n actors did a great good playing their part and were perfectly suited for their parts. a good drama with a lively and good vibe to it.
14. Comments by z123_us [Rating: 8/10]
Nice drama, luved Izumi in it. Nana and ryoko were also very nice. Fun, light watching kindda drama. recommended to see after a heavy dose of serious drama's, is nice and refreshing !
15. Comments by Maiuuri [Rating: 8/10]
Not amazing but not bad. to me it felt a bit more like a fairytale but it was a little sad. the acting was ok and some parts of the show were strange but overall a good watch :)
16. Comments by 100aw [Rating: 4/10]
Quite slow and draggy. About 3 girls working in a department slow (something like Takashimaya). Yonekura Ryoko finally gets the owner's son at the end of the drama.
17. Comments by lybr [Rating: 6/10]
It was entertaining...at the end it got a bit confusing..but you manage to make sense...wasnt my favorite ending...Inamori Izumi was such a good actress here!!
18. Comments by Kyo_Kusanagi813 [Rating: 10/10]
I watched this drama is because i'm a fan of Inamori Izumi, I like her cute ,pretty faces and voice, in this drama she has the strong spirits and will power.
19. Comments by Dorochive [Rating: 6/10]
Somehow I liked the last half than the first half of the show, nonetheless those pretty faces wasn't able to save the face of this drama from mediocrity.
20. Comments by tabana [Rating: 6/10]
Great cast, but the story is so predictable. Just by watching the first 5 minutes, you'll know how the episode will end. Glad there's only 9 episodes...
21. Comments by Shakyamuni [Rating: 6/10]
This drama was the cat's meow up until the 6th episode. Every episode after that was pretty bad. Funny with tension for the first 2/3 of the episodes.
22. Comments by Luen [Rating: 6/10]
This was the first j-dorama I ever saw. I liked it, it's very funny but a little bit repetitive. I felt for Izumi Inamori! She's sooo cute and funny.
23. Comments by Geezer [Rating: 9/10]
Fairy tale about the people who work in a department store. The title says it all. Yonekura Ryoko and Katase Nana really are very Pretty Girls.
24. Comments by kamikaze54 [Rating: 6/10]
Inamori Izumi was wonderful. What a waste of Inamori Izumi great acting in this drama. The drama could have been a whole lot better but wasn't.
25. Comments by qilver [Rating: 8/10]
I've seen this one twice, it was funny, had simple and meaningful themes. I enjoyed watching this one. I discovered Nana Katase in this drama.
26. Comments by CdMe [Rating: 7/10]
This drama is totally based on the main character. A refreshing young girl changes the way of living of a whole group.
27. Comments by chocoLatte12 [Rating: 6/10]
A little shallow drama. I got disappointed in the ending.. I thought the leading man will end up with Hana
28. Comments by FierceStriker [Rating: 6/10]
Watchable, semi-entertaining, poorly written story, even poorer direction. Feel sad for the actresses.
29. Comments by Lisat1005 [Rating: 6/10]
It was definitley funny, and an upbeat drama! A lil on the boring side but it was a good time killer!
30. Comments by johnnyk [Rating: 10/10]
I saw this drama oncee and i loved it. But then i really haven't goten a chance to see it all.

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