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Anego [アネゴ]


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Telecast:2005-04-20 to 2005-06-22
Season:Spring 2005

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TV Station:NTV
Duration:10 Episodes
1 Special

Naoko Noda, who works in a trading company, is called �ganego�h by her younger co-workers. What is �ganego�h? It means �golder sister�h, but in this case it is given as a nickname to Naoko because she is like a big sister to the other workers, who depend on her to give them advice about everything.

This drama, based on a popular novel, depicts realistically how Naoko lives her everyday life, including her love life, the problems she faces, and her uneasiness about the future.

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Actor/Actress Cast (15)
Shinohara Ryoko
Noda Naoko
野田直子 (32)
Akanishi Jin
Kurozawa Akihiko
黒沢明彦 (22)
Tomosaka Rie
Sawaki Eriko
沢木絵理子 (30)
Kato Masaya
Sawaki Soichi
沢木翔一 (39)
Toda Naho
Katou Hiromi
加藤博美 (31)
Masu Takeshi
Naoko's Boss
Ichikawa Miwako
Hasegawa Manami
長谷川真名美 (27)
Yamaguchi Sayaka
Yaotome Kana
早乙女加奈 (24)
Yuki Saori
Naoko's Mother
Otsuka Nene
Kawada Sachiko
Itaya Yuka
Banno Maya
Sawaki Makato
Mizukawa Asami
Naoko's Roommate
Takahashi Mitsuomi
Yajima Kenichi

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Drama Reviews (28)
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1. Awesome drama thanks to Ryoko [Rating: 8/10]
Anego was a fun drama to watch. I was really able to connect with Shinohara Ryoko�fs character, possibly because I feel like I�fm in her shoes. The supporting cast was brilliant, especially Tomosaka Rie and Toda Naho. Both were so convincing that I�fm almost afraid to watch another of their dramas for fear that the characters will be lost on me. The one thorn in my side was Akanishi Jin. I understand the casting director wanted someone young in appearance and in age, handsome and lovable�c but I would have thought �ggood actor�h would also be a quality they would be looking for. Jin�fs portrayal of Kurozawa was bland and tasteless. I�fm sure the bangs covering the eyes were intentional to hide the fact that he held absolutely no emotion throughout the entire drama. He did seem to improve near the end but he was still painful to watch. Luckily Shinohara Ryoko, who absolutely blew me away, carried his performance. This was my first exposure to her and I�fve become an instant fan. She�fs one of the most charismatic actresses I have ever come across! She and Jin had absolutely no chemistry, but she was still completely believable and her outstanding talent helped me to somewhat forgive Jin�fs lack of it.

The plot was good, and I particularly enjoyed the story involving Eriko and Sawaki-san. There were a lot of inconsistencies, like Naoko�fs sudden proposal to Kurozawa without a proper �gbuilding up�h, but it was still an enjoyable drama and I had a great time watching it.

I watched the Special as well, since the drama is left open-ended, but 3/4 of it was pure flashback. It was tiring to watch and I ended up forwarding most of it because I�fd just seen all the scenes while watching the drama. The last 15 minutes are all you need to watch. I liked how the end was again open-ended, but I was disappointed that there was no resolve. And I�fm not talking resolve through marriage or whatever. I�fm talking about consistency with the theme. Throughout the entire drama Naoko is struggling to find happiness simply with who she is, and this secures the reasoning behind why she ended up quitting her job and leaving her �gold life�h behind. However, at the end of the special, she appeared desperate and pathetic while trying to find out what the future holds for her. This completely erased any sense of growth she had experienced by the end of the drama. So, although I enjoyed the drama, I found the Special disappointing.
Reviewed by Wynter on 16 July 2007
2. Forgettable [Rating: 5/10]
A young man who falls for an older woman has been a trend in jdorama. Anego, however, doesn't give the viewers the expected apetite for this kind of story.

The main character, the "anego", is supposed to be a 30-something yuppie, who hardly appeals to single men, but "anego" is not a bit unattractive. She's way hotter than her skinny, ultra beauty-conscious, flat-chested lil' sisters in their office. With her effortlessly sexy appeal, she could actually play Sharon Stone's role in an asian version of Basic Instinct. She's even voluptuously sexier with her messy hair.

What makes the drama forgettable is the poor editing. It attempts to project that the main character is supposed to be struggling with her becoming a potential wife, but there were no consistent incidents of her supposed to be unappealing aura. She has in fact caught the eyes of a very young officemate and a married executive, with whom she later had an illicit affair. The show also projects that genuine love had blossomed between "anego" and the married man, but it was never established that the two really fell for each other.

Undeniably, Ryoko could act (especially as a beer drinker). Jin, the other popular Kat-tun, however fell short of portraying the role of a young man who has gone madly in love with an anego. Akihiko bravely took the assignment in the far-flung part of Mongolia just to establish himself as a man strong and dependable enough for his anego. Still, Jin's eyes failed to show the supposed sincere feelings of Akihiko towards anego. Jin may look less ugly than Kame; sorry I can't help but say that Jin pales in comparison to Kame when it comes to acting.
Reviewed by Miming chan on 7 May 2008
3. sugoi ne [Rating: 9/10]
anego..!! at first, i was hesitated to buy this dorama, no specific reason, it's just that i am not that much of a -young guy-older woman- relationship kind of person... well now that most japanese doramas seem to be head over heels with that idea, i have learnt to accept it..., a little.
Anyhow, on with the dorama..., cant believe that this one is indeed very enjoyable to watch. 32 then, now 33 yrs old lady, loveless, marriedless, relationshipless, one couldnt ask for a more insecure position other than that of Noda Naoko. She is frantic, in need to be saved before her chance's up. Dying to find happiness thru a blissfull marriage, she dragged herself from one relationship to another, only to find that are too many to be altered for the sake of what so called 'happiness'. what an ambitious word a hapiness is.
Then, of corse, there is this young attractive guy, so simple, uncomplicated, kurosawa akihiko, who attracted to her but wasn't sure whether he wanted her as a keep. understandable, since he is only 22 yrs old. Have to admit the chemistry between the two. they thought us that love, and furthermore marriage, isnt all about being properly in love, properly happy, properly accepted.
I still laugh in Naoko's mom comment on their age gap, in which i found very sincere, "dont worry when he is 72 and you (naoko) would be 83, and woman lives longer than man". yes, afterall, what the heck..., who needs to be bound by age in this game anyway...
love it!!
Reviewed by shu sha on 20 October 2005
4. Total Disappointment [Rating: 3/10]
First several episodes were great but then it all went downhill when the main character made the bigesst and most stupid mistake in her life. She became rather pathetic, weak and fickle-minded compared to her old self. She is so consumed with the idea of marrying that she would go from guy to guy whenever things do not go the way she wanted it to go with either of them. First she decides to marry someone from an arranged marriage but she doesn't love him so she ditches him. Then she likes this married man and stupidly decides to have an affair with him when the guys hse liked was ten years younger than her turned down her proposal of marriage. After that she kept deviating between the married man and the younger one.

I just couldn't stand for this fickleness; it was so confusing to tell who she actually liked.
Reviewed by Celina on 30 October 2010
5. Very interesting [Rating: 9/10]
I've only seen 3 eps so far as well, because my Japanese isn't good enough to watch a dorama without English subs ^^U, and I've enjoyed the three of them very much.

This dorama focus quite well in the life of a single middle-aged working woman, and I must confess the main two characters are just lovely. The role of Noda Naoko is impressively taken by Shinohara Ryoko, she clearly shows what a good actrice she is. And as for Akanishi Jin, I didn't expect him to be so good! He's not only handsome and charming, he has also acting abilities! I couldn't help but to fall in love with him, ever since the supermarket scene in the 2nd ep (don't worry, I'm not going to make a spoiler), 'coz he didn't show off much in the first one.

It looks worth it, want to see more though :P
Reviewed by Miyoubi on 3 October 2005
6. Once an anego, forever an anego [Rating: 7/10]
There is a point in a woman's life when she thinks her life sucks.
In Naoko's case, she has this wonderful plan that she would get hitched and quit her job to become a full-time housewife by the time she hits 30. That hasn't happened and she is already 32. And what is sadder? Everyone is calling her "anego," the neon sign that she is OLD, pass her prime, and thus, she is becoming a "furniture." She is no longer that fresh face ppl chase after. Instead, she is a piece of old furniture ppl rely on. Yet, she's not ready to resign to that crappy life. In her desparation, she hooks up with men who sooth her ego. Unfortunely, they are the wrong kind of men for her. In the end, she gets burned and learns that marriage isn't everything. And, her life doesn't suck THAT much.
Reviewed by kumaxell on 7 June 2006
7. Shinohara Ryoko n Kato Masaya???? [Rating: 8/10]
The story was focus on woman in their 30, how she can survived all of the trouble from being single, desperate to be married and having child by her own, temptation of an affair from a handsome (her soulmate ???) married guy, romance with much younger guy (always interesting). I believe that the story becomes interesting and funny because shinohara ryoko but indeed masaya kato also a heart-sweet throb (he always is). Believe it or not I like this drama even though I don't feel agree with the problems that surfaced in the drama but after all may be it really happen in real life. Anyway I prefer Ryoko end with Kato, that would be a perfect ending to me. It's funny though.
Reviewed by rinarina on 4 August 2007
8. Shinohara vs. Akanishi: A Pitch with Age [Rating: 9/10]
They actually made quite a powerful duo. I laughed at so many scenes and enjoyed witnessing how far their relationship went. This is a perfect drama not only for the fans of Akanishi and Shinohara, but for anyone that enjoys an uncommon love story connection.

The love between a younger man and older woman are never the strongest, but the relationship that develops as friends is always a long and ever so enjoyable event to witness. Watch all of this and you will reflect upon them with your own experiences possibly. The SPECIAL should also be watched for purpose of more of this powerful chemistry between Shinohara and Akanishi!!!
Reviewed by Kirari Ililah on 14 April 2006
9. Must Watch [Rating: 10/10]
Much more enjoyable than Sapuri or Kimi Wa Petto. Life of a 32yo unmarried woman revolving around work and colleagues portrayed realistically with interesting script and funny thoughts going on in their minds. Reminds a little of Ally McBeal with workplace politics in the Japanese society. Btw, aint it nice to have a young hot man drooling over the ordinary looking you instead of younger prettier colleagues? Jin's adorable but Ryoko wins with great performance of her anego character. Don't forget to watch Anego Special to wrap things up with a better ending.
Reviewed by joykimlee on 21 March 2007
10. Hilarious! Fast-paced! [Rating: 9/10]
Hilarious! Cute! When the main cast is together, the audience gets to read the wacky thoughts that go through their mind and it's really funny. Pace is fast so it's gd for impatient audience. Plot is a true portrayal of a Japanese woman's dilema and obstacles about getting married when she's reached her 30s. The only drawback is the lead actor's stone acting and some very typical unbelievable "dorama" scenes. Hmm... I think nore situable for older women audience (than younger audience) who shares same sentiments as the lead actress...
Reviewed by aki_07 on 5 March 2006
11. oWrayTt [Rating: 9/10]
at first .. comments lng ang nbbasa q bout dis drama .. some says it's the worst drama they've been watched.. but after i watched it .. sabi ko .. tanga nmn ng nag comment na un " di ata naintindihan ung story" hehe .. i like d story so much! xe usually na napapanood ko ung boy ang mas mtanda sa girl .. pero d2 .. girl ung mas matanda .. maganda to pwamiz! and ang gagaling din ng mga actors and actress esp. jinjin .. from a student in gokusen 2 .. he turned to more matured or let say nakaya nya ang rule ng adult .. hehe ..
Reviewed by jmie_akanishi on 18 April 2007
12. Intertaining [Rating: 8/10]
I mainly watched it for Akanishi Jin, and drooled all over my screen through the drama. I have to admit that he's not a really good actor, and when faced with Shinohara Ryoko, his lack of experience really shows.
But it's a rather good drama. I liked how the main girl matured throught the story. Not easy to stand alone when you're 34 and that you just lost your job. As a romantic, I would of course have liked them to marry in the end, but japanese drama rarely give us such treats.
Reviewed by Xamjil on 27 March 2011
13. havent found anything that beat it yet!! [Rating: 10/10]
one of the best dramas i have ever watched!!! the plot, the setting, and the cast is all AMAZING!!! all the characters are developed really well, and there is nothing that happens which seemed out of character (one of the things that bothers me most... they try to make the dramas too dramatic these days...), not to mention that the storyline was fun and interesting!! and dont forget about jin's character, kurosawa akihiko... just one word for him... HOT!!!
Reviewed by swai on 28 July 2007
14. cute and funny, BUT... [Rating: 6/10]
ute, funny.... but there were things i really didn't like that brought my rating down from a 7-8 (what i give to decent/good dramas). first off it just caused more emotional stress and let-downs than i think was needed, and they really made the ideas of one-night stands and extra-marital affairs seem too acceptable. and while that might be the reality (i don't know), it still seemed like it was perfectly ok for someone to cheat on their spouse!! T_T
Reviewed by megumi s. on 2 May 2006
15. Quite Disappointing [Rating: 4/10]
IT had great potential, i thought after that second episode where Kurosawa-kun kissed Anego the stroy would really take off! But sadly it didnt, it was actually quite boring. I actually fast forwarded to the end just to see if she wound up with Kurosawa. What the hell kinda ending was that? Him running looking for power to send her an EMAIL?! wha??? Not exactly what i had in mind.....Kudos to Jin though he was very hot.
Reviewed by k4g0me on 18 May 2006
16. Enjoyable [Rating: 9/10]
This is the kind of drama that I've been waiting for. It showed many aspects of early 30's women's problem. Ryoko Shinohara has done a great job. A surprising performance by Jin after Gokusen 2. He could act like a real young adult in this drama.
Anyway, this is a heartwarming drama that everyone should watch. Aside good story line you gotta see all the good lines of casting!!
Reviewed by Akakage on 15 August 2005
17. It's Nice [Rating: 8/10]
At first, I just find one word: WEIRD
And second word: BORED
But the third: GREAT
Haha,, I just want to see Akanishi Jin, you know?
It's not gakuen dorama so I think I maybe change into housewives or some kind of that but it's exciting to wait the next episode and see the end: how about a woman of 32/33 years old live, with man around him, scandal, etc..
It's nice.
Reviewed by erlia91 on 21 November 2006
18. A nice romantic teaser [Rating: 7/10]
Shinohara Ryoko carried through the show starring as the titular Anego. The cast certainly came together very convincingly and the light plotlines were rather enjoyable. Overall, a pleasant drama to watch but the series does get a bit slow at times. As for the special, i thought it was a rather neat way of ending off a series :)
Reviewed by Shindou on 18 March 2006
19. Engaging dorama [Rating: 9/10]
Enjoyed the dorama, it's very funny & thought provoking at the same time, gets you thinking about certain moral issues & you wonder if social norms should change now that we're in the 21st century.

Great performance by the cast, including the supporting actors, very enjoyable show.
Reviewed by momoechan on 8 September 2005
20. great so far! [Rating: 8/10]
i only watched 3 episodes so far! but it looks great! the cast is wonderful! i like Shinohara Ryoko and Akanishi Jin, the story line is nice and i can relate to the story, since im a single, working woman. i wish someone will sub the rest of the episodes in English!
Reviewed by kawaii_kinki on 30 September 2005
21. Pretty Good [Rating: 8/10]
I've haven't really finished watching this series (i've only seen 6 episodes) but it's actually a pretty good series. It's kind of the same (in a way) as Kimi Wa Petto. For Anego the cast was pretty good. Jin's so cute in this dorama ^.^
Reviewed by angy-chan on 6 November 2005
22. sometimes chiotto tsumaranai... but still great [Rating: 8/10]
I like the ending... It�Ls funny and its happy end. A sentimental one wouldn�Lt suit this kind of dorama...
And I really like their thoughts in columns near them. :)
Reviewed by janas on 11 March 2007
23. sugoii ne!! [Rating: 10/10]
i really like this show because it really relates to reality and what women in japan faces when they are 20 years old and above...
it's funny too and akanishi is soooo cute!
Reviewed by JAP FREAK on 17 March 2006
24. Five [Rating: 5/10]
I am not a fan of shinohara ryoko because I don't like her acting and her voice too. So when I watched this series, I can't enjoyed it even jin was in it.
Reviewed by ester_grace on 6 October 2010
25. Not terribly memorable but good [Rating: 7/10]
I really had to think about what this drama was about before remembering it. It just did not have a great deal of impact on me but it was enjoyable.
Reviewed by MonsterZero65 on 15 August 2010
26. Loved it [Rating: 10/10]
I've always liked these kind of story plots... older woman with a younger man. The story is nice and the characters act awfully well and it's cute.
Reviewed by xhidex33 on 19 August 2005
27. anego [Rating: 10/10]
i <3 this drama!!!!
jin is sooo sweet... i wish i was anego!!!

Reviewed by dylnni_ on 16 July 2008
28. stupid ending [Rating: 5/10]
the ending is so damn disappointing... have watched the 2-hour special... stupid ending too
Reviewed by yvonnescence88 on 9 January 2006

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1. Comments by Kitsuchi [Rating: 8/10]
This dorama has nice cast. Jin is really cute and a good actor as expected and I think Ryoko also was a good actress. It was the first time for me seeing Ryoko act.
.. But talking about personalities; I didn't like Ryoko's person, Noda Naoko, much. It was fine at the beginning when she always helped her friends with their problems and all, but after a while, it became too much. I just thought like, "Can't you just refuse them or something next time they ask for advice?" I mean, she's tired and sick of it already. And her friends don't notice it. But I guess that's part of Ryoko's role. It was just annoying at times..

I either didn't like how she switched between Jin and Sawaki. It felt like she was playing with them. I didn't get the feeling of love from her. It was confusing of who she actually had feelings for. The first day she said this and that nice thing to one of them, and the next day she would dump that person and switch to the another. And how she played with Jin - proposing to him, going on a date and saying she was only playing around on top of it.

Well, all in all, I didn't like her character so much. I just felt like she only wanted SOMEONE to marry. But I liked Jin's acting though. He was emotional and sweet and we all knew that he fell for Naoko from the start. It was nice seeing him having an eye on her all the time and when he became all happy-smiley when the two of them got a little closer..

The end was, however, actually bad. Nothing much had changed from when the series started. Just Jin and Naoko getting a little more closer. But Jin is still after Naoko and Naoko is still after someone to marry. We didn't get to know for sure if Naoko fell for Jin at last or something..

But then, there was that fairly good themesong. And well, Jin was like the sun shining in the series and made it alive. So, it's worth watching anyway. I enjoyed it like 85%.
2. Comments by IniQx [Rating: 8/10]
What happens when you are over 30 years old & unmarried? Moreover, not attached & stucked in a working world of the men. This drama truly reflects the status of women in the society of Japan. A woman's happiness is to quit her job, get married & stay at home for good. Anego - Japanese for big sister. That's what 32 year old Naoko-san is known as among her peers. She's like a big sister to all in the company, providing her fellow colleagues a shoulder to cry on & a person to pour your woes to. So who does she turn to when she has troubles? Another excellent performance by Shinohara Ryoko. She brought out the exasperation of a 32-year-old single woman seeing her fellow comrades get married after one another. Dislike the plot where they made Ryoko fall in love with a junior colleague who's 11 years younger than her. Too over done. Like the idea of having Naoko-san "talking" to the audience at the start of each episode. Especially like the scene where all the female workers sent Naoko-san off on her last day of work. Girl power rules!
3. Comments by cass_dust [Rating: 9/10]
This is one of the most enjoyable show for the season! Especially interesting to see ryoko desperate for love and marriage, coupled with some funny scenes that she got the wrong 'hints' etc.

I thought that towards the later part of the show, things start to get a bit heavy, and part of it rather sad.

Overall, she performed an outstanding act in the show! Cheers for her!!

I just LoVe Akanishi!!! He's sooo cool, handsome and really acted well in the show.. There is a lot of chemistry between both of them and really made me couldn't resist continuing this show and finished it within 2 days... rather romantic but typical plot between the love of an older woman and younger man, and they have done well to make this show a success.

An Oh, credit goes also to the supporting actors and actresses, espeicall Sawaki, she's just great!!
4. Comments by donna8157 [Rating: 8/10]
A modern day tale about a woman, nicknamed Anego (big sister), and her love story at the age of 30 with a young man who is ten years younger than her. It's cutesy tale with touches of comedy about the daily thoughts and duties of a working OL who is still looking for that special someone.

Shinohara Ryoko did a wonderful job portraying Noda Naoko, the lonely woman who has not yet found her love, but is helping all the other women in their love lives. Her train of thought and actions were all very enjoyable to watch. The chemistry that she had with Akinishi Jin was surprisingly good and at times very cute (more like friends). I would recommend this drama to anyone who would want to enjoy a nice romantic comedy with a lot of good-looking faces.
5. Comments by icpmat [Rating: 5/10]
I was very impressed when I first watched it when it aired, but I don't think this is a rewatchable drama for me. The only novelty upon repeated viewing is the use of type-face to indicate the thoughts of individual characters. The setup of the lead is just so unconvincing! She isn't a career woman at all!! Her job consisted of running errands and making teas, basically a secretary of some sort. The only thing that distinguish her from the other female characters is that she's been there the longest. The title should really read "the love life of an office tea lady in her 30's".

I have seen Shinohara Ryoko in many dramas, and I noticed that her face seems to be getting bigger and wider in recent years. Her face is really big!
6. Comments by lilbabi1004 [Rating: 7/10]
**edit: it took 7 episodes to spit out the stupid plot...but now it's good**Goodness~ very disappointed. There is neither plot NOR character development, and the prepostrous ep. endings are a futile attempt to keep people wanting to watch the next episode. I mean (although jin is cute), the relationship with "anego" is squeezed in at the last few minutes (i mean, kissing and sleeping after only a month of knowing eachother <sorry but there was a spoiler warning on top already>..and she doesn't even SLAP him or something?) *sigh*. I am draggin myself to finish this drama. it's episode 7 and i'm still hoping it'll get better. >_< (that wife is so annoying!) I'll watch it for jin...I'll watch it for jin...(end rant)
7. Comments by Tu_triky [Rating: 6/10]
Superbly acted by lead actress Ryoko Shinohara...she has great comic talent balanced with the ability to elicit dramatic tension quite well. Although this dorama falls into the overdone "Older woman-younger man" genre of romantic doramas currently being aired on Japanese televison, it does offer an entertaining insight into the life of a working woman looking for love. Acting by Jin didn't quite cut it....very little chemistry between he and Ryoko kind of diminishes the effort as a whole. Might be worth the effort to watch it but depends on one's personal preferences for dorama. Again, Ryoko Shinohara is the star although the supporting elements did add substance to the performance as well.
8. Comments by ginger ale [Rating: 10/10]
I love it. The humor, the true to life plot and the chemistry between Ryoko as Naoko and Jin Akanishi as Kurosawa-kun, the hottest salaryman ever. I must admit I watched this drama for the joy of watching Akanishi-kun. With the end of each episode, I couldn't wait to start the next. Do older women younger men relationships really last in real life, I wonder? But its fun while it lasts. I also like the open ended finale, it allows the viewers to come out with endless possibilities of how the couple finally ends up together.
9. Comments by Oba-chan [Rating: 7/10]
This the first time i see Akanishi Jin and Shinohara Ryoko play the main role. Only ryoko i rate highly, akanishi acting was plain, maybe this is why he only playa little drama. He only have a face but not acting skill, this is very different with other johnny's child like Kimutaku, nino, ryo, jun, and kame. Tomosaka Rie play really well, she success to potrait that sick wife, i love her. I can't tell ryoko at 32, she really beautifull. She really mature at that drama.
Soundtrack: KISS or KISS [Kitade Nana]: 5
10. Comments by KokiChan [Rating: 10/10]
This drama is so great and so frustrating at the same time ^^' I can't stand the annoying wife and her dumb husband. Poor Kurosawa-kun, he goes through a lot! Akanishi Jin really threw me off my chair... he is so cute, handsome, sweet and touching! I'm really impressed with his acting skills... the only things that bothered me a little were the sterile kisses (shy japanese people... I know!) and the "snake thing" that Akanishi does sometimes when he talks, ex: "Itekimassssssssssss" ^^'
11. Comments by rikastar [Rating: 9/10]
I can go on and on about Jin as Kurosawa but I won't. XD He's the main reason I started watching this, but after this dorama, I fell in love with Shinohara Ryoko too <3 She's really awesome, as is the character of Anego. With flaws, but yet so perfect at the same time. I love the interactions between Naoko and Kurosawa, they really liven up each episode. It's sad to see the status of women employees in Japanese companies though... it's probably good that I'm not working there.
12. Comments by swai [Rating: 10/10]
one of the best dramas i have ever watched!!! the plot, the setting, and the cast is all AMAZING!!! all the characters are developed really well, and there is nothing that happens which seemed out of character (one of the things that bothers me most... they try to make the dramas too dramatic these days...), not to mention that the storyline was fun and interesting!! and dont forget about jin's character, kurosawa akihiko... just one word for him... HOT!!!
13. Comments by temmahkrik [Rating: 7/10]
I liked this drama a lot overall, but I took off a couple of points because I really didn't love the ending. The entire last episode left me feeling extremely unsatisfied. I wish it there had been an epilogue, even, just to give us a taste of what happens after the point where the series actually ends.

Having said that, though, the other nine episodes are good. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and Naoko (Anego) is an extremely sympathetic character.
14. Comments by megumi s. [Rating: 5/10]
cute, funny.... but there were things i really didn't like that brought my rating down from a 7-8 (what i give to decent/good dramas). first off it just caused more emotional stress and let-downs than i think was needed, and they really made the ideas of one-night stands and extra-marital affairs seem too acceptable. and while that might be the reality (i don't know), it still seemed like it was perfectly ok for someone to cheat on their spouse!! T_T
15. Comments by Helena [Rating: 6/10]
as i mentioned b4, Shinohara Ryoko is my all time fav actress, cant get sick of her superb acting, i think e story is quite interesting, exp when i hear e song ''we will we will rock u.....'' its kinda lift up my spirit when watching this drama, while Akanishi Jin, mmmm a bit dissappointed w his acting, he needs 2 improve his acting, cant just rely on his good looks only, i dont think hes that handsome anyway - not trying 2 offend any of his fans
16. Comments by akane_MYV [Rating: 8/10]
I enjoyed the whole series, every episoed was worth to watch..really nice but not awesome. Too less scenes with Anego and Kurosawa, I hoped along the series and waited till they become a couple, but unfortunately they never became one...
The ending was kind of good, but I don't like open endings.
The acting of Jin was awesome great!! I liked him so much, it was really funny when he and Anego played their "thought-game"...haha...he is so cute!
17. Comments by jica [Rating: 7/10]
Actually, I haven't watch all the episodes yet, because I only have subs to the 6th ep. It's a nice story, sometimes I get annoyed with the main female, why is she so mean to Jin (don't remember his name in this drama). And I think it's unrealistic that they would be together in the end, cause their lifestyle and thinkings are way to far from each other... think that has to do with the age gap....
18. Comments by Di@na [Rating: 9/10]
The story is very much like "Kimi wa petto": A 30s year old hardworking woman and a young handsome guy who felt in love with her. But here its more about japanese modern women and their life style and less "love story" if you know what I mean. Funny, sassy and Jin looked very attractiv, delicious,stunning here ^^ the theme song "KISS or KISS" is such a good song with a nice playful flair.
19. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 8/10]
I watched this in Japan while being an intern with not a lot to do in a training company. The drama helped me a lot to understand how companies work and what role women still play in Japanese companies. I met so many intellengent women who where soooo underused. Therefore the drama will always stay close to my heart. Unfortunately the love interest had to be one of the least talented JE-Boys.
20. Comments by kaonashi [Rating: 7/10]
This drama may give the viewer some idea of what goes on in the head of a 33-year old unmarried OL. I didn't like the leads though & the ridiculously huge age gap between them was simply too much to swallow. With other lead actors I would've enjoyed this drama a bit more, cause it's not that bad & I like office themes. But now I'd say this one's only a must see for fans of Kat-tun.
21. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 2/10]
a kaisha dorama boring. Spend 45 minutes a week in a japanese company and you'll have more fun than watching this useless dorama. The katun guy looks like a half monkey half zombie. Anego is cute and that's the only reason why I don't give it a 1! During all the dorama I've been wanting to punch the girl who try to commit suicide at the end. If I meet her in the street.....,rhgihm
22. Comments by teru_teru_bouzu [Rating: 10/10]
This was a great drama... I watched it of course for Jin... but all the other casts were great actors.... Shinohara Ryoko is great as Naoko... It's really worth a watch.. Loved how they ended with the open end storyline and to allow the viewer to think of their own ending... Not sure how closely it followed the book because I'm still on the 2nd chapter....haha
23. Comments by shikka [Rating: 10/10]
akanishi was diffrent in this .....definitely worth watching!!!
non-age limit..i think....to watch this drama....
fro those who havent watch ...GO WATCH it!!!!
the story line is interesting....good job from lead actor n actress...
but the ending was a bit weird.....
not like what i had expected........
but is still a good drama overall....
24. Comments by Sorata [Rating: 7/10]
Good overall dorama, a bit boring sometimes(maybe because i�Lm a guy), but the story was really good, i loved those monologues they had sometimes when chating with each other(Jin and Ryoko), that really made me laugh lol.
This is the first dorama i watched with Akanishi Jin, he looked pretty good, specially as a love interest for an older woman.
25. Comments by hero too good! [Rating: 10/10]
this drama is sooooooo good!
OMG!just the last part was dissapointing...
well i loved loved loved akanishi jin, he was so ***!the best drama in 2005!every one, if u dont watch this, ur goin to miss ur life!also if ur a akanishi jin fan(like me), u'll totally LOVE him!
he is so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so shockingly HOT~!
26. Comments by ellia [Rating: 8/10]
At least 4 of these 8 pts are for Jin and his good work), as I loved the acting (not because it's Jin...almost). The rest 4 pts are for plot: 1stly, because it was my first dorama of this kind (OL falling for youngster), as later I became bored; 2dly, I liked the 'open ending' thing; and 3dly, the heroine kind of reminds my humble self).
27. Comments by sword_of_heaven [Rating: 5/10]
It was alright, though I really only did like the female protagonist's acting (though even that grated at times). And her friend, you know, that quiet, really professional female who was with her. The others really needed to work on their acting. I'm not taking names coz I don't want fangirls cursing me to the end of my existence here.
28. Comments by ashley [Rating: 7/10]
I watched this drama and find myself wanting very much to know how it ended. A little let down by the ending but nonetheless a great drama which u find yourself relating to the lead actress. Some very touching moments in the show and also hilarious esp when they type out the characters' inner thoughts...a must see.
29. Comments by Shindou [Rating: 7/10]
A rather enjoyable romantic teaser centred around Anego, well acted out by Shinohara Ryoko. While the plot was mostly predictable, there were a couple of interesting surprises. Overall, with its rather light plotlines, this dorama certainly was quite a bit of fun to watch including the special.
30. Comments by zealous [Rating: 9/10]
love the story... love the character... love all about the dorama... gosh... the chemistry between Shinohara Ryoko and Akanishi Jin is pretty good. Just like Kimi Wa Petto but more interesting then that dorama. more enjoyable. Ryoko such an attractive woman eventhou she's 32 and Jin is cute.....

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Users who voted for this drama (56)
1. altec
I was surprised, because this was one of the first dramas I started watching but stopped after the 1st episode...I dunno why though, b/c this is one really cool drama, and doesn't take itself seriously...something that knows itself to be fiction but can pull u into believing otherwise...and Shinohara Ryoko and Akanishi Jin are cute together (especially their "reading" each other segments) ;O)
2. zappie
funny and love Shinohara's role. Understand fully her feelings at age 30+.. She's such a reliable Anego... would love to see the two leads develop further... Love to see those "thinking captions"; funny at times. And Jin really is different here, so innocent and boyish, plus he cried.. heartbreaking! Just wishing there would sequel to this drama..
3. darc_blade
Definetely gives the type of woman alot of guys would love to go for. Delicate on the outside, strong on the inside. I've seen Akatsuki perform in Mukodono but nothing as sensitive and womanly as Anego. Though at times I must admit she can get a bit macho. Great Drama, geared towards guys as much as women in my opinion
4. arleneong912
i love the drama, it depicts the real life of career women in their 30's looking for their "last" chance at love and marriage...having Jin as the lead actor adds to my vote for this drama:)
5. nagaioyasumi
Brilliant with a very endearing cast. I loved how it could be both real and exaggerated at the same time. A heart-warming drama that will make you laugh and cry.
6. chibiandor
This is becoming to be one of my favorite dramas ever made! Ryoko-san is an excellent actress and watching her bring the charatcer "Naoko" to life, is amazing!
7. jahvi
I'm only starting to watch this drama and I'm already so into it! I love it! Jin is so hot and he's portrayed his character well! I like him a lot!
8. Jeanxi
I heart Anego (the drama not the character). Jin will probably be the one and only girly boy I ever like...but only in Anego (not in real life) =P
9. vitamins
I could really see the chemistry between Ryoko and Jin. Jin was absoulely cute here, while Ryoko exhibited the type of coolness~ Woots
10. inessalenin
I have same feeling about what will I do as over 30s! No romance, no career future, life is without hope, so stupid thing happened!
11. akitsu
WOW. This drama is so great. I could really identify myself with the main character O_o The cast and scenarist did great job!
12. Dajaja
Ah. BakaJin. He's a bit stiff in here but still not too bad. The female lead was awesome though. Acting-wise and all.
13. cwenting
Shinohara Ryoko is an awesome actress! Her acting is something that keeps the drama exciting and worth watching!
14. htaj
i love this series. its pretty funny and it has a good story. i finished watching it quite fast too. watch it
15. jmie_akanishi
i love this drama .. khit pa dulo lng npanood ko .. feeling ko ang ganda ehh .. uumpisahan ko nlng ulet!
16. shinshin
Engrossing plot. Really makes you sympathize with anego, but overall insightful, funny, and romantic.
17. puny_bunny12
Jin's sooo cute!! Shinohara Ryoko's also really good in it. The plot is quite interesting.
18. janas
very enjoyable dorama
+ I fall in love with Jin when I was watching this series :)
19. staybymyside
I wasn't sure if I would be interested in it, but I love it after watching it. =]
20. gemi
I love this drama!The story is interesting and i like the characters inside.
21. Old-Ant
I defy any male to not fall in love with Noda Naoko by the third episode.
22. thuydiep
i enjoyed watching the drama.. the main character was good! and baka jin!
23. Yamashita_Shin
i love this drama!! coz jin is such a great actor in here
24. kaitosan20
jin was a god actor in it and the romance was so gooddd.
25. zealous
A good dorama for 2005. Interesting plot and character
26. luvnickie
interesting drama... leaves u thinkin about stuff :)
27. joykimlee
I'd love to have a hot younger guy drooling over me.
28. Alexielle
Interesting drama but I haven't seen yet the end...
29. milly
good drama..n funny..jin so kakoii in here..
30. mallepa
Fun to watch!! I enjoyed this a lot~

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