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First Love


Drama Details
Title:First Love
Telecast:2002-04-17 to 2002-06-26
Season:Spring 2002

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:11 Episodes

Kasumi is shocked to discover that her older sister's fiancee is the man she first fell in love with five years ago in high school. At the time, he was her high school teacher and ultimately quit his job racked with guilt over their relationship. Kasumi was deeply hurt and struggled for a long time to overcome her sadness. Now the two of them must come to terms with their secret past before the ones they care about in the present are hurt.

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1. Sakura Drops SAKURAドロップス [Utada Hikaru 宇多田ヒカル]LYRICS ]

Actor/Actress Cast (18)
Fukada Kyoko
Ezawa Kasumi
江沢 夏澄 (22)
Watabe Atsuro
Todo Nao
藤堂 直 (35)
Wakui Emi
Ezawa Tomoko
江沢 朋子 (32)
Ikeuchi Hiroyuki
Kiba Seiichi
木葉 清一 (22)
Ono Takehiko
Ezawa Mamoru
江沢 守 (60)
Omori Akemi
Ezawa Akari
江沢 あかり (58)
Kuga Yoko
Gomi Taeko
五味 妙子 (28)
Kondo Yoshimasa
Horii Sentaro
堀井 仙太郎 (43)
Uehara Misa
Manabe Shuko
真鍋 周子 (24)
Ichinohe Nami
Hamada Mariko
浜田 万里子 (22)
Naito Yoko
Aoki Chiharu
青木 千春 (22)
Uchida Asahi
Komine Yukihiko
小峰 幸彦 (22)
Amano Kousei
Nioka Kohsaku
二岡 孝作 (22)
Mano Yuko
Matsubara Aya
松原 亜矢 (27)
Serizawa Meijin
Yokokura Hitoshi
横倉 仁 (45)
Nishiyama Mayuko
Ariga Yuuko
有賀 裕子 (26)
Mita Atsuko
Maezono Momiji
前園 もみじ (40)
Sato Jiro
Senoo Hirofumi
妹尾 弘文 (35)

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1. First Love Official Website

Drama Reviews (8)
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1. First Love [Rating: 9/10]
This drama gets a lot of hate that I feel it doesn't deserve. I do admit that Wakui Emi's character is rather shocking, but to me that seems to be only because she has always played such innocent roles before. I can't see though how having such a villainous character in a television drama is in any way strange or unexpected, let alone bad. Nor do I feel she should have been seen as un-redeemable.
Watabe Atsuro's character is indeed exceedingly goofy, and it's hard to imagine girls falling in love with him, especially to this extent, but it's the type of role he usually gets cast in, and this drama succeeded in using him to his fullest extent, specifically it was very interesting to see him as a teacher of classical Japanese, his recitations of poems and his cheesy yet profound dialog really made it somewhat believable that a young girl would develop a crush on him.
Fukuda Kyoko's character is out of this world adorable, her facial expressions range from a deer caught in headlights to a pouty child, and every word that comes out of her is whiny and worried and makes you want to cuddle and spoil her like said pouty child. Of course that's not to say it's particularly believable, but her and the rest of the characters make for a sort of caricature of very real feelings that people have, and in the world of TV drama I feel a very strong ability to relate to them and in turn they become surprisingly real and believable people.
The most stand out part of this series however has to be just the overall style. There is a beautiful mix of modern day chic with traditional Japanese esthetics. And I think the one point where almost every one can agree on is that the theme song by Utada Hikaru is wonderful and really helps set the mood and deliver emotional impact at the end of every episode when they play it. Without this song the series wouldn't be half as good.
I will concede that there is one major flaw in this show however, and that is that it falls apart in the last few episodes. I think Wakui Emi's issues should have been resolved after her suicide attempt rather than dragging them all the way to the altar. It definitely does feel like they have yanked the audience around one time to many, and leaves the entire series with a sense of unnecessary meandering. I think it would have been so much better if this series had been several episodes shorter, but that's actually true of most dramas. And at least here they only go too far in the end, where so many other dramas just flip flop the whole way through for no good reason other than one comment by one person, and I don't usually here people complain about it to this extent. At least here there is good reason for the characters to waver in their decisions.
So, I am somewhat disappointed in a sense, but if it weren't for the last few episodes I would be screaming that this was one of the best dramas ever, so I can at least contend that it is too harshly criticized.
Reviewed by occultangle on 11 January 2012
2. I HATE Ezawa Tomoko [Rating: 3/10]
Ezawa Tomoko is totally the reason that ruined this drama. i'm just now watching this for the very first time, and i find myself swearing at Tomoko whenever i see her. she's just WAY TOO CREEPY AND ANNOYING! such a biatch! errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. and thanx to this drama, i don't think i'll ever watch any drama with Wakui Emi in the future, even though i know it's just the character i don't like. but she just looks and acts too freaky. i HATE her character.
i rent the drama mainly for the reason that fukada kyoko's in it. i'm only on episode 4... still a long way to go. i'll just try to keep thinking that kyoko is in it.......
the lead male actor is kindda bad--acting- and look- wise. don't know why they picked him and Wakui
Reviewed by ILuvAYU on 5 March 2005
3. weird.. [Rating: 6/10]
I was not expecting the ending to be that way.......it is just too weird.Basicly,i did not like the storyline and the actress who played Tomoko Esawa but I love the actor though ^^ .To me,majo no jouken is a better love story between a student and a teacher compared to this drama.
Reviewed by joychin on 21 October 2004
4. not interesting [Rating: 3/10]
this series is boring. not recommended. i like kyoko but i think it's wrong how she liked her teacher who was like 20 years older than her. i like the song though by utada hikaru.
Reviewed by FaNtaSYDrEaMeRZ on 8 August 2003
5. boring [Rating: 4/10]
way too slow towards the middle and didn't bother to watch it all.... oh well... looking forward to seeing kyoko fukada again in otoosan
Reviewed by InSearchOf on 12 June 2003
6. 7 [Rating: ?/10]
Dark and full of tension in many scenes, but I love the theme-song and Kyoko's whining so much!
Reviewed by meruchan on 13 July 2003
7. what a boring drama... [Rating: ?/10]
i expected this to be a sweet drama, but it turns out so boring......
Reviewed by ema on 15 August 2003
8. boring [Rating: 6/10]
Reviewed by ester_grace on 6 December 2010

Comments From Users (51)
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1. Comments by jo [Rating: 2/10]
Patterned after "Majo No Jouken", difference? It's vice versa, the teacher is male and the student is female. This drama is NOT recommended for everyone. Kyoko's sister(Wakui Emi) is a derange lunatic, she hates her adapted family because she thinks they don't love her. This simple stupid reason has set her to destroy her sisters' life and her family's reputation, she even tried to kill Watabe Atsuro and herself, I was telling myself, "what a moronic reason to become a crazy ass bitch. This has got to be the second worst drama, I have ever seen. Atsuro's acting is ridiculous, he just can't act, he can't keep his mannerisms off(note: his eyebrows was twitching all the time, he pretty much does this little annoying act to all his dramas). This is just really bad and ugly. Period. Buy it or watch it, it's up to you. You have been warned.
2. Comments by occultangle [Rating: 9/10]
This is a drama that really had me charmed with it's stylish vibe, and over the top characters who somehow feel more believable than characters in other dramas who are much more realistic. Sadly the last few episodes drag the mood in the mud with its back and forth tug of war between the girls, and left me largely disillusioned.
Still I am surprised at the level of hate towards this show. I think there is still lots of really great things here, and I feel someone needs to come to this shows defense.
3. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 8/10]
I'm surprised to see so many low ratings! It's a very suspenseful drama with a great acting by Wakui Emi. The conclusion is nice too: "it's better to be fat (fukada kyoko) than just ugly (Wakui Emi). Yeah, tht's great! The teacher looks like someone suffering from a down's syndrome!! he always moves his head... Anyway, a not so bad drama and a great one until the 9th episode!
4. Comments by MixxDreamer [Rating: 2/10]
too many slow scenes, somewhat boring.. i love watching my fav. actress kyoko fukada though but i dont wanna be biased. i guess i give it a 2 because the part when she found out her sister's fiance was her previous teacher/love, gives out a lil spice in their lives haha.
5. Comments by ochanto [Rating: 8/10]
kyoko is cute and sweet in this movie get the love with every man. Wakui is good acteress, you can feel her motion and though, Watabe is weak man who love both of them make this show interesting and I love the ending..............
6. Comments by marzyu [Rating: 2/10]
this was such a boring drama . . . it's the worst ever!!! even though if fukada is in it . . .i hate it very much . . . i'm sorry to say . . but it sucks!!!! i don't even want to write anymore comment on it.
7. Comments by SushiMaki [Rating: 5/10]
My first Japanese soap. Enjoyed a different culture obviously, and Kyoko cute! But I heard a lot of negative comments about her acting from Japanese fans. The suicide attempts were sort of bothersome,
8. Comments by 100aw [Rating: 6/10]
Stars Fukada Kyoko and Watabe Atsuro. Quite slow and dark. Fukada's sister Wakui Emi is engaged to Watabe Atsuro but Fukada still holds a strong candle for her high school teacher (i.e.Watabe)
9. Comments by cutina124 [Rating: 5/10]
I thought it was alright, good story line but the guy grossed me out to the point where I couldn't watch it. Watching him makes me think of him as a pedophile...and it creeps me out.
10. Comments by N*A*Z*U*N*A [Rating: 8/10]
Kyoko was really sweet in this drama. However, i don't think that the plot was quite right. The sister's thinking was completely twisted and too evil. Overall it was good.
11. Comments by jjpsychic2 [Rating: 6/10]
Fukada Kyoko will probably not act anymore..she should only be displayed for magazines or something.. too many random things happen to make the story longer..
12. Comments by Bsalez [Rating: 6/10]
Story is predictable..Da actor is so lame..Da sister is cruel..n younger sister is well..It is Kyoko we talking for ne..She also didn't act so good here
13. Comments by hikaruhana [Rating: 6/10]
Really wanted to watch this drama for some reason so I did. It was good in places but really went downhill later on and the plot wandered a lot. Meh.
14. Comments by sabriel [Rating: 2/10]
did not like this drama at all. first, that older sister is psycho. second, this drama had too much unrequited love for it to be any good for anybody.
15. Comments by HavoCSkieR [Rating: 7/10]
Tomoko is freaking cRaZy!!!! Drama was kinda interesting...and Fukada Kyoko is always cute. Did I mention Tomoko was CRAZY!?!?!?! hahaha.
16. Comments by we!Rd^dUcK [Rating: 6/10]
just why kyoko like to play de same role again n again? just a simple love story dat got a triangle shape between a sisters n a man...
17. Comments by db9paka [Rating: 5/10]
Watabe reminded me of Kyoko's onitja in BL... this guy can act, surely, too bad he doesn't have the look. Fukada was cute.
18. Comments by CtrlV [Rating: 7/10]
I guess compared to what ive seen so far its the worst, but when i havent seen anything else yet, it was pretty good
19. Comments by linco [Rating: 5/10]
the sister is pretty psychotic. i didnt really like the male protagonist. it was weak and pathetic.
20. Comments by deina-kun [Rating: 5/10]
The story dragged so much that I thought it was a 24-episode drama. Fukada Kyoko was really annoying.
21. Comments by Kuro570 [Rating: 8/10]
I loved that they played Sakura Drops and the plot wasn't bad, till about the last 2 episodes anyway.
22. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 4/10]
a slow & kinda lousy drama...one of the worst...poor watabe-san..he couldve done better!!
23. Comments by emiko [Rating: 6/10]
Watabe did a good job in there. Wakui's character(Tomoko) kinda freak me...
24. Comments by CHARA [Rating: 10/10]
25. Comments by joychin [Rating: 9/10]
A weird story.I didn't understand the ending but i love the cast!
26. Comments by akagi_nami [Rating: 6/10]
I just watch it. And its ok, but not my-type of story to watch...
27. Comments by TakiGo [Rating: 6/10]
I liked it in jr. high, but now it's mostly annoying
28. Comments by xhidex33 [Rating: 6/10]
GEEZ Fukada was annoying. Her sister was cooler.
29. Comments by keii-kun [Rating: 6/10]
a good drama ...but the hero suxx...too slow!
30. Comments by jdoramafreaks [Rating: 7/10]

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Users who voted for this drama (14)
1. aiyachan16
watabe atsuro was great in this series. one of his best performances i think. fukada kyoko as cute as a button! makes u want to remember your own first love after watching this series.. makes u wonder the what ifs?!
2. Kira-chan
This was the first J Dorama I ever saw. And til' this day I love them!! First Love was great! It entertained me in more ways than one. The performances were superb!! ^u^ I wish I could watch it again. ^u^
3. agni
it is a t0uch movie! a9e is not a probLem for lOve! i also like the sountract! utada hiKaru!
4. nakashige
Freaky Freaky Freaky storyline. The big sis, is one messed up lady. But Fukada Kyouko is hot!
5. Chickadee
Ah, such a good drama. And the opening song was Utada Hikaru's Sakura Drops! Need I say more?
6. manticoreusagi
I was pulled in by the lolita-esque factor. >_>
7. herufaia
romantic..i like the story line
8. teru teru bozu
great drama...very dramatic!
9. h0wdy
i just enjoy the scene
10. kheitootz
lovin the cast ! :))
11. gregsan
12. dwalin
13. ella
14. japanese_lover