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Ai no Uta [あいのうた]




Drama Details
Title:Ai no Uta
Love Song
Telecast:2005-10-12 to 2005-12-14
Season:Fall 2005

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TV Station:NTV
Duration:10 Episodes

Matsuda Yoko (Kanno Miho), a 27 year old woman with a very bad personality, lives an unfortunate and unhappy life. One day, after realizing that life holds nothing for her but misfortune and pain, she decides to end her life and jumps off a bridge into a river.

She survives... but after a destined encounter with Kataoka Yuji (Tamaki Koji), she claims to have amnesia in order to being anew. Not only does she stumble upon a path of unfamiliar happiness, she also realizes that she's fighting Time in a battle for love.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Present プレゼント [Tamaki Koji 玉置浩二]

Actor/Actress Cast (10)
Kanno Miho
Matsuda Yoko (aka. Ai) (27)
Tamaki Koji
Kataoka Yuji
Wakui Emi
Enomoto Fusako
Narimiya Hiroki
Yaginuma Yusuke
Kohinata Fumiyo
Iitsuka Hideki
Nanami Hinata
日向 ななみ
Kataoka Aki
Kishida Kyoko
Makino Hideko
Anan Kenji
Yoshimoto Miyoko
Matsuda Aoi
Kurokawa Mei

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1. Official Website

Drama Reviews (10)
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1. Underated drama [Rating: 10/10]
I really hate it when people rate a drama based not on story or acting, but on how they like the main characters' face, or how they want who to end up with whom! Grow up already! Kanno Miho gave one of her better performances in this drama, portraying a wide array of personalities and emotions that a lesser actress with only a pretty face would never be able to match: Not many pretty-faced actresses can go from being extremely cute to extremely annoying, from extremely comic to extremely sad, all in the same scene! And Tamaki Koji (who wrote and performed the theme song, is a talented singer and song writer and was an idol himself back in his Anzen Chitai days), while not a professional actor, gave a reasonable and honest performance as an ordinary loving father thrust into extraordinary circumstances. The supporting cast, including the 3 cute kids, are also very effective in their respective roles. The story itself is a poignant and moving drama about life, death, love, loneliness and happiness. I finished all 10 episodes in one sitting, that's how much I liked it.

P.S. about the silly comment that the relationship between Kanno's and Tamaki's characters as being "disgusting", how can their relationship be disgusting when it's so pure and unconditional? I think their relationship is more beautiful than most of the relationships between pretty-faced actors and actresses in other shows.
Reviewed by Ming on 11 December 2006
2. Corny, but Fun [Rating: 7/10]
The first episode was grand. The cinematography was unique, the narration was gripping, and storyline was interesting. I became excited for this drama but was somewhat disappointed by the end of the third episode.

The show isn�ft bad. In fact, I found it sweet, endearing, and altogether enjoyable. It was just corny. Considerably so. This is one of those dramas to watch when you�fre feeling like everything should go right and you�fre not in the mood for conflict. This drama has no conflict.

Kanno Miho was so much fun to watch. This was my first experience with Tamaki Koji, and although his smile sometimes got on my nerves, I really liked him in this role. The children were adorable and the side cast (small) were grand. The big surprise for me was Wakui Emi! I wasn�ft extremely impressed with her in the one drama I�fve seen her in (Naguru Onna), but she completely captivated me here.

I would recommend this drama to anyone needing something easy to swallow while retaining a good storyline and solid talent.
Reviewed by Wynter on 25 January 2009
3. Ai no Uta, not your common jdrama [Rating: 7/10]
Very good drama so far. Quite funny and entertaining, especially due to the acting talents of Kanno Miho and Wakui Emi. Starting around episode 9, it goes from sappy to really, really sappy. I think the bad ratings given so far are because there are no male characters of substance. Tamaki Koji is a one-dimensional character, as is Narimiya Horoki and Kohinata Fumiyo. This drama isn't a joke-a-minute, but the ones that are featured are a little more subtle than some of the over-the-top dramas. Watching Kanno Miho react to certain situations and her entire body language is funny. Best chemistry is between Miho and Emi's characters...Episode 7 is the major emotional payoff with the development and acceptance of Ai-chan's character.
Reviewed by thetenken on 9 December 2005
4. Nice! [Rating: 9/10]
I really like this drama.The actors are not really good looking but they are very good in acting.Kanno miho is a good actress bc she can make me drop tears only with her facial expressions.I can feel how lonely and pity she is.Tamaki Koji also done a good job in this series.At first I can't accept this two person fall in love but at the end I really happy for both of them.My english is really bad but i force myself to write this review to defence this drama from bad person who do not reviewing this drama fairly.Give it a chance and in the end you can learn something from this drama.
Reviewed by maui on 17 February 2007
5. Nice romance [Rating: 8/10]
A good drama overall, with a good set of actors - Miho Kanno and Emi Akui above the rest -, a nice storyline and good mix of romance, drama and a little comedy.
The acting of Miho Kanno is as good as usual with her strong and funny facial expressions.
The first 5-6 episodes are quite original and riveting, while the end of the story is more conventional, but by the time you get to these final episodes you've become accustomed to the acst, so you just want to continue with the story.
Overall a good underated drama, fun to watch.
Reviewed by Jackykero on 30 June 2007
6. Ai no uta worth watching [Rating: 9/10]
I really liked this drama. I do not agree with the other criticisms that I have read about it. Tamaki Koji, was far from 1 dimensional. Kanno Miho was brilliant in this. The awkwardness that she displayed especially early on trying to relate to the family who took her in was marvelous. Could not have been funnier. I also enjoyed the sometimes annoying but very cute character played by Wakui Emi. I enjoyed the whole series. It was not terribly original but was richly acted and had a lot of heart.
Reviewed by MonsterZero-65 on 16 October 2006
7. bleh... [Rating: 4/10]
okay i pretty much hated this drama. i only watched it because....i dont even kow why i watched it! i hate kanno miho and i hate that shes always so pissy and cold to everyone in the drama. i hated it. thats why i only watched like 5 episodes then i was like okay forget it.
Reviewed by aznpride26 on 4 May 2006
8. TOO TIRING! [Rating: 3/10]
i forced myself to watch the beginning because of narimiya hiroki but i hate kanno miho's character and she is so boring. i cant stand it. the drama is too tiring as it goes back and forth. and miho falling for koji is disgusting.
Reviewed by aznpride26 on 14 April 2006
9. Kanno Miho is sooo cute [Rating: 7/10]
This is heartwarming and the kids are soooo cute, especially the little boy. Kanno Miho has got the cutest voice, sounds like she has a block noise. My favourite part of this series is the theme song "Present".
Reviewed by muffin707 on 9 August 2006
10. Moving [Rating: 9/10]
I found this to be a moving drama with a very good cast and though at times parts of the story seemed a bit random or off pace I enjoyed it very much. The theme song was also fantastic too.
Reviewed by MonsterZero65 on 16 August 2010

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1. Comments by pash [Rating: 4/10]
I had great expectations for this one, considering that two of my absolute favorite actresses (Wakui Emi & Kanno Miho) are in it. And indeed, the scenes with the two of them are the best part of this dorama, or should I say, the only part worth watching. Unfortunately in fact - given that it's a story which aims to be extremely (even, painfully) realistic - it turns out to be just the opposite! The plot twists are sooooo predictable, the characters bidimensional, the dialogues often idiotic, and the whole thing screams "faaaaaaaake" like the cheesiest of commercials (I won't go in details, so as to avoid spoilers, but let's take as a mere example the family dog, which no one takes for a walk in 10 episodes, and which also never barks, not even once. Just like one of those überfake dogs from a pet-food commercial, ne?). I'd define it "hollywoodian" (as in, fake-fake-fake!). Disappointing...:/
2. Comments by sadacori [Rating: 7/10]
The beginning of this drama had a lot of potential--a woman who wants to forget her abysmal past has the chance to change her life by pretending to have amnesia. Despite the title, I was hoping that it would have a slightly darker element, but it turned out to be more of a family drama.

After living with Kataoka, the cop who takes her in after thinking she has amnesia (and his family), the main character Ai changes from a troubled woman to a kind, loving person.

The result (without spoilers): I was thinking that someone would die and kept on waiting for that tearjerker moment, but it just ended abruptly as the characters lived day to day, waiting for the inevitable to happen. Not much of a closure to me and I should rate it lower, but I thought the rest of the drama was decent and the actors did a pretty good job, so..
3. Comments by rikastar [Rating: 8/10]
I finished this in 2 Sundays... found myself really liking it a lot. I find myself in tears at the end of almost every episode, I probably get touched too easily ka na? XD Kanno Miho is sooo pretty, I want her big eyes and complexion, lol. Her character sounds horrid from the drama description but I found her to be likeable from the beginning even when she was being 'mean'. I love Wakui Emi's character, the female interactions were the best part. I'm ok with May-December pairings but Tamaki Koji looks very, very old here so it was a little bit weird, but I can deal. The 3 kids are so cute and endearing! Especially Dai-kun. Nari looks good enough to eat. *glomps*
4. Comments by Hitorigoto [Rating: 10/10]
This one is such a feel-good drama! The characters are not the most advanced, I'll admit, but they still gave me the feeling there was more to them than the drama presented. I think the cast was good as well, and I was moved by the development "Ai-chan" goes through as well as the warm and welcoming Kataoka family with friends. You get to see strenghts and weaknesses in all the characters - plus there's a lot of humor in the mix. I myself find this jdorama inspiring.
5. Comments by nishishi [Rating: 7/10]
Its somewhat strange.... it doenst feel like a japanese dorama.

The plot is very good and original... the "flashbacks" r really sad.... altough i didnt like this dorama thaaaaat much i must say that this one is a good one, specially if one is tired of those "regular" doramas..... Wich is not my case.!

Its really worth watching. It shows that japanese doramas r not limited by those "comedy and tragedy" stories....
6. Comments by Tiffany [Rating: 7/10]
I've read a bunch of mixed reviews, but for me personally, I thought it was not a bad story! The pairing is definitely not from your average teen dorama, but I feel that they made it work. And this is the first time I found Miho Kanno to be actually quite pretty. The storyline is interesting and there are moments that tug at your heartstrings; the children are adorable~! The downside was the the story did drag.
7. Comments by Nermal [Rating: 5/10]
Being that I really like Kanno Miho, of course I couldn`t resist watching this. So far.. not too bad. I love her character (which is ver unlike her) bt the story itself can get boring at times.

After completeing this, I must say while I cried at parts, it was not worth my time watching all that much. It wasn`t something I was lookig forward to see everyweek. But, the cast of actors makes up for the story..
8. Comments by aik0 [Rating: 5/10]
Yet another redempt yourself light & slow drama. Little is going on for each episode and ������� is sure to learn a lesson about life at the end. The cast is rather weak. The pace is rather slow. The producers want to contrast �������'s pessimism with the male lead's optimism. Yet ������� can be best described as clueless rather than depressed, which is not so convincing. Incomplete.
9. Comments by IniQx [Rating: 8/10]
Thought that this drama is kinda under-rated. The story plot's not too bad...except for the unattractive male lead, so to say. Quite a heart-warming family-themed drama. Sadly, they really picked the wrong male lead. He looks too old to be a father of 3 young kids & for Miho to fall for him. Nonetheless, this drama is enjoyable.
10. Comments by atheon [Rating: 6/10]
Jan 2006: This drama has an interesting start,, however it gets boring towards half way and i'm begin to fed up with one episode one lesson thing, wondering when it will end =/........Thumbs up for both Miho Kanno and Wakui Emi though for delivering a great performance, it made the drama much more watchable.......
11. Comments by Tougen [Rating: 7/10]
I thought Kanno Miho and Wakui Emi were excellent but I felt that the rest of the characters weren't too interesting... I like Tamaki Koji...but even though he's still in his 40s...he looked more like he was in his sixties so his scenes with Kanno were chotto kimochi warui...still worth watching though
12. Comments by kaonashi [Rating: 6/10]
A weak & predictable storyline about a neglected girl who gets accepted by a new family. The 2 leads didn't match & there were very few touching or funny moments. Still it wasn't that bad, I kind of enjoyed watching it. And the themesong was pretty nice. But it's not like I'm recommending it.
13. Comments by oldasianguy [Rating: 6/10]
This show is pretty predictable and there weren't really any surprises at all ....I thought the Kanno Miho was charming..etc...but plot was pretty stagnant....ending was kind of sucky...but I guess in the Japanese culture there is this thing of older men fantasizing afer younger women....
14. Comments by lawsco [Rating: 8/10]
Personally I can't understand the low ratings. I liked the story and watched the entire series in one sitting. Its definitely in my top 10 (for now). I found the development of Ai chan from a bitter and quite pathetic girl into someone who could learn to love quite touching.
15. Comments by Milano [Rating: 8/10]
Growing love + ending life + children and friends = ordinary drama; well made indeed.
Miho-chan very cute, at her manner; male character too old for her, but I'm a man so I can't fully understand women that fall for older people.
16. Comments by akane_MYV [Rating: 6/10]
Watched it because of Namimiya Hiroki.
I didn't like the couples....so I don't really enjoyed this drama.
At first, it was very interesting, but around the end it get totally boring. So I also skipped some scenes...
17. Comments by Hinano [Rating: 8/10]
I'm not really into family dramas but the first episode really got me hooked but after a while I guess it kinda got a bit too melodramatic for me and in the end it was like...blah haha but it was okay to watch once.
18. Comments by xploring [Rating: ?/10]
There were lots of laughs and touching moments in the beginning. Kanno Miho was very good, and Wakui Emi was very likeable. I like the middle parts too, but shelf the last few episodes for fear of disappointment.
19. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 8/10]
wat i like most abt this drama are the casts...n the theme song...classic Tamaki Koji style...I think Wakui Emi did a great job being Fusako-chang...so adorable...its funny + it sure made me cry....huwaaaa...
20. Comments by Wynter [Rating: 7/10]
I found this drama corny, but fun. The first episode was nicely created, and although the drama loses that style quite quickly, the plot and acting keeps you watching. Kanno Miho does a great job in this.
21. Comments by x_XJules [Rating: 6/10]
A cute story of a woman who had never experienced happiness. affection, or love. Finally deciding to end her life of misery she awakes in a hospital and taken in by an unlikely circumstance.
22. Comments by aki_07 [Rating: 7/10]
some scenes were very touching and plot was also thought provoking but there's juts something missing... maybe after watching many doramas my expectations became higher...
23. Comments by Andro [Rating: 9/10]
It's a really heart-warming and touching drama about love and family. I liked how Kanno Miho and Tamaki Koji were acting and I liked the titelsong, Present too.
24. Comments by adrxuan [Rating: 6/10]
just watched the 1st 2 episodes...was just ok to me...>_<..kind of boring to me though the sight of narimiya lights me up..:D
25. Comments by venuskarura [Rating: 5/10]
Average drama that tries too hard to make viewers cry, love the music but Tamaki Koji is a little too old i think...
26. Comments by Junn [Rating: 7/10]
Somewhat boring but still good drama. I thought the main male character was too old for the main female character
27. Comments by Bbbut [Rating: 4/10]
average - started decent and had it's moments in-between but ended on to much cliche character development.
28. Comments by inamoto_yoi [Rating: 9/10]
i learn something from this drama, i must smile even if i in sad and i must let something can't i get go .
29. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 5/10]
The first episode was cool and different then it turned into something bland, sappy and horribly cliched.
30. Comments by kamikaze54 [Rating: 9/10]
Kano Miho is such a great actress. This is a slow paced, touching makes you feel good type of drama.

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Users who voted for this drama (2)
1. runpup
Kanno was so good in this! Who knew she could be so funny!
2. starr
the story is amazing :]]]