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|1. ||Comments by occultangle [Rating: 10/10]|
I once came across an excerpt and description of the Natsuko no Sake manga and found myself intrigued but I never actually had the opportunity to read it, so I jumped at the chance to watch the drama and I was not disappointed. Natsuko no Sake exemplifies everything that makes Japanese drama special. To an extent I would even go so far as to make the claim that it represents much of what makes Japan itself special. The series brings to mind often discussed but hard to translate words like Yamato-damashii, mono no aware, ganbaru, wabi-sabi etc. It's a simple story about growing rice and making sake but Wakui Emi personifies both innocence and perseverance so perfectly that the simple story ends up profoundly moving and it's hard not to cry every time she does. I don't think this is a drama for everyone however, I can imagine that a great many people would find it slow and boring. There's no action, plot twists don't go much further than rice growing, and it's blessedly free of members of boy bands, however I think Natsuko no sake is the exemplary Japanese drama, and a perfect test of whether someone has an actual interest in Japanese culture or whether it was merely superficial.
|2. ||Comments by Susan [Rating: 10/10]|
Wakui Emi was one of Japan's treasures in the 90's, and she still is even now. She embodied an innocence and fresh-faced beauty that is hard to find today among the crush of idols. Natsuko no Sake is one of those dramas that should be required watching for all those new to Asian drama addiction; it's heartwarming, rich with Japanese culture, features the strong familial bonds present in most Japanese dramas, and centres around a strong yet feminine young woman. No one should call herself a drama addict without watching this! While there's no slapstick comedy or juicy love triangles, no violent murder mysteries or shocking plot twists, Natsuko no Sake is one of the most engrossing dramas I have ever come across. The topic of sake brewing itself is interesting, as is the process of growing rice, and the politics of farming (the closest it gets to plot twists). But what makes this drama stand out is the grace with which the story is told, and the endearing qualities of every character in the story, most notably Wakui's Natsuko. Beautiful scenery, timeless characters, and a respect for the material on which this series was based make this a worthwhile drama for all time.
|3. ||Comments by StregaLynn [Rating: 9/10]|
The comic-based drama is well-ploted. The actress who played Natsuko did a good job on performing the role that makes this old drama looking even better than alot of new dramas for recently years.
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