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Yasha [夜叉]



Drama Details
Telecast:2000-04-21 to 2000-06-30
Season:Spring 2000

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TV Station:TV Asahi
Duration:11 Episodes

The story is about a set of twin baby boy who were created/cloned in the laboratory as a part of gene altering/gene therapy experiment, because of the nature of the project, the twin were born with superior physical strength, supernatural power and extremely high IQ. Unfortunately, the twin were separated at birth. One of the brother grew up to be a elite bio-chemistry scientist in an America. He was assigned to a project where he has to travel to a small island in Japan to investigate a unidentified virus that is spreading on the island. By a freak of nature, He accidentally found out that he has a twin brother........whose evil, dark personality is entirely opposite of him. What is going to happen when they finally meet face to face. They will soon found out their true identity.........why were they separated at birth, what other secrets were hidden from them...... does the fast spreading virus has anything to do with the twin boys? who created the twins? and why? Do not miss the suspenseful thriller..... it will keep you wanting more....

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Desert Rose [Sting with Cheb Mami]

Actor/Actress Cast (8)
Abe Hiroshi
Ito Hideaki
Sei/Rin (24)
Otsuka Nene
Iwaki Koichi
Kashiwabara Shuji
Fukikoshi Mitsuru
Nakane Kasumi
Taniguchi Sayaka

Drama Reviews (6)
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1. vivid imagination [Rating: 9/10]
my gosh this dorama is daymn good!!! It's very nice to see a rare mystery/thriller/action dorama.

I have to say, the cast in it was totally perfect. Hideaki Itou was utterly convincing playing two roles at once, the hero and the villain (Arisue Sei and Amemiya Rin). And the person who played as the blind guy was daymn good he really acted like a real one. 'Tasty' yet very nice to know tha fact that the japanese still has some great young actors in their entertainment industry who is not another dancing boyband pretty face turning themselves into horrible actors only by selling their looks and makes your sister become annoying by making them say "kakkoiii..." or "kawaiiii" every 10 minutes when they're watching a dorama with you in the living room.

No doubt on the script. Maybe that's why Abe Hiroshi agreed on only doing a side-role; being a bodyguard/asassin.

thinking that the manga-ish plot and chara development was too biased to be made into a dorama, once you've seen it, you will be feasted with such juicy mystery, yet the wrapping gives you vivid imagination making the storyline and characters feeling more realistic. And these facts erases all the pessimistic accusitions that i had when i watched the first episodes of this dorama ( the first two episodes were daymn slow and lead into dullness, but it was very worth continuing )
Reviewed by monta on 18 November 2006
2. great series! [Rating: 9/10]
Great plot, great acting and great art direction. It was adapted from Yasha the manga and the producer/writer had made some very thoughtful changes to the plot and characters. Actually, I like the drama more than the manga. Ito Hideaki is incredible as both Sei and Rin. I only give it a 9 because there are way too many flashbacks that sort of bog things down. Otherwise, it is a perfect 10 all the way!
Reviewed by zsazsa on 28 October 2005
3. YASHA :: :D [Rating: 8/10]
The drama Yasha is nicely done. It includes suspense and thrills among different audiences. :D It's absoutely wonderful. I would recommend anyone to watch this drama, not because of the character development but for the plotline.
Anyone who likes a great supsense thriller should watch this drama.
Reviewed by euphoria on 16 March 2006
4. Incredible!!! [Rating: 10/10]
I've just finished watching this drama, still cannot escape from its obsession. This drama is incredible, the best drama ever seen. I love the storyline and the ending. Hideaki's act is really brilliant.

Sei, Sei, Sei... cannot stop calling his name...

You MUST watch this drama!!
Reviewed by MyDyingDoom on 29 September 2007
5. Yasha [Rating: 8/10]
This dorama had a good plot and strong acting to back it up! I recommend it if you like suspense or just doramas and movies that have an interesting backstory to them. It's based on a manga, also.
Reviewed by hinoai on 14 August 2005
6. Recommended.. [Rating: 9/10]
This dorama is very good, as it is from Yoshida Akimi's best manga creation. Great stroryline, great cast, full of suspense. Pretty much different from most Jdoramas, but still very interesting.
Reviewed by ichigo23 on 13 June 2007

Comments From Users (44)
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1. Comments by nishishi [Rating: 6/10]
Better than i expected (yeah... i wasnt expecting much on this one...)
Nways.. its waaaay to predictable... And it could be like 2 episodes shorter (maaaaany scenes r tottaly unnecessary...)
"bout the casting... the only actor ive see in another doramas before was Abe Hiroshi and hes amazing (no matter what role hes playing) and Kashiwabara Shuji (from Ace wo Nerae). Both of them r good in this dorama... but Ito Hideaki steals the spotlight!! He has some amazing acting skills.... *thumbs up for him*

Well... maybe if i liked a lil bit more those suspense dorama i would have enjoyed it a lil more...!!! But imo Yasha is just OK....
2. Comments by ginger ale [Rating: 10/10]
This is a beautiful and touching black science fiction drama, one of the best i've seen of this genre. it has an amazing cutting edge plot and quick paced suspense action driven by intense acting from the drama's cast with superb tight direction. Hideaki Ito's chilling portrayal of the twins was so compelling.Love made all the difference in their upbringing although they were genetically the same. Sting's song Desert Rose featuring Cheb Mami gave the drama an added surreal appeal. This is in my must see list.
3. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 8/10]
Surprisingly touching for a SF-drama! Very good performances and good action scences. I give this only an eight for three reasons:
- firstly the two first episodes were too slow and rather weird/boring instead of intriguing, I almost gave up. Thanks god I didn�Lt!
- Then the title song since I really hate Sting but that�Ls a very personal view, sorry.
- And lastly because on one hand it had too many repetitive flashbacks and on the other hand I was left with many open questions.
4. Comments by mmyy [Rating: 8/10]
This drama is pretty addicting despite the weak handling of the plot. Perhaps Ito Hideaki was just so good here. The sci-fi element is probably just an excuse to move the relationship between the twins. I guess this is more a character-driven show if anything. But I seriously couldn't stop watching, as the series kept me wanting to know what would happen between the two. Yasha is deeply entertaining and the concept is interesting. I only wish there were more action scenes around.
5. Comments by xhidex33 [Rating: 9/10]
I don't see why the viewership can be so low.
It's not the BEST EVER but it's definitely good to watch.
It's different from other kinds of dramas and the characters are very well played, such as Ito playing two characters, Kashiwabara playing the blind pianist... and otsuka playing the confused mother...

I highly recommend it... it's suspenseful and original.
6. Comments by PaperCaged [Rating: 9/10]
I really liked the storyline of this drama; it wasn�t like the shows I usually watch. It was exciting because it was so unpredictable and I had no clue how it would end. It got a bit slow at one point near the end, but it picked up right after that. Ito Hideaki did an amazing job as the twins, and I would often forget that he was the same person.
7. Comments by sirhin [Rating: 10/10]
I absolutely loved this drama! Ito Hideaki's acting contrasted the two roles magnificently. The plot was fresh - at least from most other dramas - and it's a fresh breath of fresh air from the romance dramas I've been watching. As for the ending, it gained a perfect sense of closure. ^^ All in all, I'd recommend this to everyone!
8. Comments by SayaOtonashi [Rating: 5/10]
Good sci-fi drama. Plot is not one of my favourites and I didn't expect much of it; I found it a bit slow and surreal, but the story was good and the cast too. I loved Hiroshi Abe's character, so dark and enigmatic, far away from his comic roles, he just fits everywhere. Different story and different atmosphere; give it a try.
9. Comments by Estara [Rating: ?/10]
I haven't watched this, but want to point out that this is another manga-based story. Yasha was scanlated for a time by MangaProject and Shoujomagic, you can still get those chapters on IRC in their channels. Project info:http://shoujomagic.org/update/projects.php?PNUM=46
10. Comments by Lady Zhuge [Rating: 8/10]
Very, very interesting storyline and an impressive display of versatility by Ito Hideaki in dual roles. Kashiwabara Shuji is also very convincing as a blind Moichi. The main drawback is repetitive flashback scenes which make the drama unnecessarily draggy at times.
11. Comments by aoi_dolphine [Rating: 8/10]
Wow... very interesting sci-fi drama.. eps the theme song desert rose which really suit this drama. Ito also did a good job in protraying 2 different personalities in this drama. His acting is good and wish to see more of his dramas with challenging roles as this.
12. Comments by MyDyingDoom [Rating: 10/10]
One more thing...
They say that Rin is evil and cruel, but after seeing the whole film, I don't think so. 'cause "everything has its reason", because Rin is Sei's little brother, and they really love each other.

Oh my God, I love the ending!!
13. Comments by Hontoni_Kawaii [Rating: 10/10]
Yasha's such a GREAT series!!! It has a GREAT Sci-Fi plot & the cast is sooo GREAT!
I just LOVE Sei/Rin & Moichi sooo MUCH!!! <3~~
For all those who watch anime it will greatly remind you of X ^^ - well expect all the depressing stuff ^_~
14. Comments by nienna [Rating: 6/10]
it's very thrilling to watch two brothers trying to kill each other and ito hideaki made the show so incredibly sexy~~! *droolS* it's kinda like a shounen ai drama wif lots n lots of bishies~~!
15. Comments by Terryb [Rating: 8/10]
Yasha is a great mystery thriller - definitely worth your time. It has it all: friendship, loyalty, the virus, love& hate, siblings, the music: all these things are worked out well.
16. Comments by jade_frost [Rating: 8/10]
Ito Hideaki gives a very convincing performance as two twins with polar personalities. Interesting storyline, but letdown by the presence of some repetitive scenes of flashbacks.
17. Comments by supaflysista21 [Rating: 10/10]
Ito did a fine job playing the roles of Sie and Rin. You would think that there are two different people playing those roles, when in fact, it's the same person. Amazing! A++++
18. Comments by Andro [Rating: 10/10]
It's a great drama, that everybody have to watch. It's dark, full of love, loyality, hate, virus and secrets. And the music + the opening is great too.
19. Comments by ryce [Rating: 8/10]
Not too bad storyline... Ito Hideaki did well as both twins... a story about an experiment that went wrong and the repercussion that follows...
20. Comments by shinobu_k [Rating: 9/10]
Muy interesante. Un guion distinto, una trama absorvente y un cast muy bien escogido. Hacen un gran trabajo. Te engancha desde el principio.
21. Comments by HIND [Rating: 9/10]
I have to say that this is one of my Fav-Drama
I enjoyed it alot, keeps you attached to the story, although I hated it's sad ending.
22. Comments by pinkokoro [Rating: 9/10]
COMPLETE. SS. a very underrated drama! it's a GREAT suspenseful drama. two HIGHLY INTELLIGENT HANDSOME TWINS, viruses spreading etc.
23. Comments by jo [Rating: 8/10]
Good acting, unique story. I actually like this fantasy story about 2 genuises who grew up in the different world. B+ respectable.
24. Comments by mariaclara [Rating: 9/10]
very underrated drama. unique plot. well-made. hot lead actor. dark. mysterious. great ending. just worked for me.
25. Comments by crazybird027 [Rating: 9/10]
Characters are very likable the only thing I didn't like was how depressing it was... But it was very well done.
26. Comments by angelsin [Rating: 8/10]
ito's acting in the show was A+! interesting plot too. could have done with fewer repetitive recaps though.
27. Comments by nickylynn [Rating: 10/10]
Unlike any JDorama I have ever seen. I am now a Ito Hideaki fan. Great actor. I really liked the ending.
28. Comments by tabana [Rating: 10/10]
Great action drama. A bit like 24 or Alias. There's some weird gay moments, but a must see anyway.
29. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 8/10]
Not a big science fiction fan, but this was a very well done drama. Hideaki Ito was excellent.
30. Comments by seissa [Rating: 7/10]
Ito Hideaki is very impressive and the story is suspenseful enough. Ending was good

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Users who voted for this drama (13)
1. Hontoni_Kawaii
Yasha's such a GREAT series!!! It has a GREAT Sci-Fi plot & the cast is sooo GREAT!
I just LOVE Sei/Rin & Moichi sooo MUCH!!! <3~~
For all those who watch anime it will greatly remind you of X ^^ - well expect all the depressing stuff ^_~
2. Majide
Awesome...it's addictive~it's a really unique drama the story line messes with your head but thats what makes it great XD *dances* one of my FAVORITE dramas ever! ^o^
3. supaflysista21
I really liked this drama. Fairly good story-line. Hideki Ito's character is attractive playing the characters of both Rin and Sei
4. mariaclara
This drama is very well-made, definitely underrated, and... Ito Hideaki is hot!!!
5. zi-chan
Great Dorama. Surprising ending. Hideaki Ito can plays 2 characters really well.
6. Hayato
my first j-drama..
it has great plot n smart characters!
7. hinoai
Endo Yuya is SO cute in this dorama as the young Sei!!!
8. johnnythao
This Drama is very interesting.
9. Yadirs
10. jastical
11. st_heaven
12. daemon
13. kaori-san