Dohmoto Tsuyoshi [堂本剛] He can be cool and yet so cute. His hairstyle is forever changing which makes him very stylish. Very handsome! His acting & singing is no doubt the best!
Kuninaka Ryoko [国仲涼子] Very sweet looking. The most compatible with Tsuyoshi out of all his co-stars. Great acting too! Watch out for her cause she is getting popular in Japan now
Shibasaki Kou [柴咲コウ] The most beautiful & cool Jap actress I have ever seen. Her ice queen image makes her very unique as compared to other Jap actresses. And her acting is fantastic! If you had seen "Battle Royale" & "Kakashi", that's her as the villian.
Takeuchi Yuko [竹内結子] Main reason for liking her cause she is Tsuyoshi's good friend. Plus she is very sweet looking. Great acting too! Hope to see more of her.
Uchiyama Rina [内山理名] I never liked her before but after watching her stealer performance in "Motokare", I start to like her a lot. She is very cute and sweet looking in "Motokare". Very natural in acting.
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Aiken Rosinante no Sainan ~ Mukai Ryuuta no Doubutsu Nikki [愛犬ロシナンテの災難] Very touching drama! [Rating: 9/10] I do not agree what GunGod had said 'boring'. I love this drama! I think it's even more touching than Summer Snow. I was crying throughout the whole series. Though there are many sad scenes, it has many funny scenes too. I think Tsuyoshi did a great job! His acting, as always is the best. Though this drama may not be a big production like Summer Snow or to Heart, but nonetheless, it is a good drama.
Kimi no tame ni dekiru koto [君のためにできること] A Classic! [Rating: 10/10] I watched this drama long time ago. And I can still remember all the scenes. It was so touching. Yoshida was very handsome & Ishida was beautiful. Very matching couple. And the theme song is very beautiful too. Really missed this drama. If only I could find its VCD.
Koishite Shinitai [恋して死にたい] Love it [Rating: 10/10] This is still one of my fav Jap drama after watching so many. Tsuyoshi is very cool & handsome in the show. Kyoko is very sweet & cute. Love the way she kept following Tsuyoshi. Think many missed out the last scene which is right after the ending theme song by Kinki Kids. Glad that Yuji's eyes finally recover & a happy ending for them.
Moto Kare [元カレ] Ridiculous... [Rating: 6/10] So far, after watching 7 episodes, I can only give it 6 stars. 5 stars for great acting by Tsuyoshi, Rina & Sonim. I never like Rina before watching this drama, but after watching, I find Rina's acting very natural and good. And add 1 more star for the great theme song "Hakka Candy" by Kinki Kids & the insertion song "Teko's Theme" (sung by Nita Whitaker, Lyrics by Mariya Takeuchi & arranged by David Foster). But if the ending is Toji (Tsuyoshi) with Nao (Rina), I will add 4 more stars to give it a 10. If the ending is Toji with Makoto (Hirosue), I will minus 5 stars to give it a 1 cause I cannot accept the fact that this woman dumped the guy 2 years ago and said very mean things to him 2 years later when they met again, but after seeing he has a cute girlfriend, she gets all jealous and wanted to snatch him back.
Since this drama started showing in Japan, there are 2 gangs in Japan - Makoto supporters & Nao supportors. I could not believe there were actually people supporting Makoto or even feel pity for her. A message to Makoto supporters, "God bless you with your present girlfriend/boyfriend. And if they dumped you to go back to their ex, blame it on yourself. And to those who would like to snatch your ex back, do not worry, go ahead as you have the support from Makoto's supporters.
Moto Kare [元カレ] Worst drama I ever watch [Rating: 1/10] This is a spoiler, so please do not continue reading if you do not want to know any spoilers.
Like I said before in my previous comments, I will be coming back to give this drama a 1/10 if Toji ended up with Makoto. So, here I am. This drama really sux big time. As a big Tsuyoshi’s fan, I have to say that this is by far the worst and ridiculous script Komatsu Eriko ever written for Tsuyoshi. In fact the worst drama of Tsuyoshi. Toji is an A-S-S-H-O-L-E, Makoto is a S-L-U-T and Nao is silly. If I were Nao, I will go for some other guy. Even Tsuyoshi himself could not stand Toji for being so indecisive.
You know what is so ridiculous about this drama? From episode 1 to episode 5, we can see how a mean person Makoto is, but somehow, seeing that Makoto has more supporter than Nao in Japan, I guess that Komatsu Eriko knew that too and because Hirosue is lead actress and Tsuyoshi’s co-star in the popular “Summer Snow”, from episode 6 onwards, we see the sudden change in Makoto’s character. From a mean lady, all of a sudden, we see her turning into a soft-spoken one who tried to act pity, gaining the sympathy of hundred and thousands of audiences. And then, she became the one everyone pities instead of Nao. Wow, great! So, now all the S-L-U-T-S can go ahead and act pity to break up others’ happiness. You have all the support from those no common sense people. Just because you like Hirosue and just because she is the one as Makoto doesn’t mean what Makoto did is correct. Even if my favourite actress is the one as Makoto, I will never support her as no matter what, she is the one trying to get in between a happy couple. We need some common sense here, people.
No originality and extremely boring. The whole 10 episodes is just basically 2 women fighting over a retarded guy who could not even make up his mind until the last episode. The only scenes I like is the 2 kissing scenes of Toji and Nao and the scene where Nao gave Makoto a tight slap, other than that, this drama makes me fall asleep. If not for Tsuyoshi, the nice soundtrack and good acting from Rina, this show will not even get any single mark from me. If only I can give it a 0.
Tsuyoshi did a pretty fair job as the retarded a-s-s-h-o-l-e. But not much of a challenge. Tsuyoshi is better off in comical roles. He looked a bit stiff in romance scenes. As for Hirosue, I think this lady still need some brushing up in her acting. I cannot stand her crying. Looks very fake. And she was like trying to act like a tough OL, which is not convincing at all as her voice sounded too high-pitch and yet soft-spoken. The best acting is from Uchiyama Rina. Like I said before, I never like her before watching this drama. But after watching this, I start to like her a lot. And this girl can really act. Very natural and talented actress. She can cry very naturally and yet not fake. And we can see giving all her love and devotion for Toji. Sonim did a pretty fair job too. Quite like her.
There is no chemistry between all the characters at all. Tsuyoshi does not look compatible with Hirosue at all as this lady looked way too matured and a bit taller than him. Anyway, I thought that Toji and Makoto do not look right for each other, as Toji is a retarded salaryman while Makoto is a tough OL. But on second thought, they may kind of look compatible since one is an a-s-s-h-o-l-e and another one is a s-l-u-t. Toji looked compatible with Nao since Nao is much shorter and younger, but too bad, the ending was stupid.
Last but not least, just want to say that thank goodness, Tsuyoshi will choose Nao in real life. So, to all Nao supporters, do not worry, you still have the support from Tsuyoshi himself, myself and the rest of the people with any common sense.
Mukodono! [ムコ殿/女婿大人] Very funny! [Rating: 10/10] Wow! This is one of the best series I had ever watch! Very funny & touching at the same time. I never know that Tomoya can be so funny! And after watching this show, I start to like Yuko too. She is so sweet looking & natural in her acting. Looking forward to her new series with Tsuyoshi Domoto.
Ningen shikkaku [人間・失格] The Best! [Rating: 10/10] I love this drama! As a Tsuyoshi's fan long time ago, I had been looking all over Singapore however not until recently, Singapore VCD shops started selling and quickly grab a copy. The story is very twisted and there are many violent scenes, especially the abusing parts on poor Tsuyoshi (Makoto). Merely at the age of 15 that time, Tsuyoshi already acted so well in this series. And good acting by Akai Hidekazu (Makoto's father) and Sakurai Sachiko too. However, I think Koichi needs to brush up his acting. He look very stiff and expressionless. Well, I am not the only one saying so, I lent many friends the VCD and they too agree with me. On the whole, this is a great drama. Though already out-dated but I think it should be consider a classic. I cried in those scenes where Tsuyoshi was abused and when he died...
Second chance Heart-warming drama [Rating: 7/10] I still remember long time ago that I saw this drama on TV but I did not really know Tsuyoshi then. I remembered how cool he was when playing basketball in the show. He was a basketball ace in the show. And Akai Hidekazu's daughter likes Tsuyoshi. I think after acting together as father & son in "Ningen Shikkaku", Tsuyoshi and Akai really have some chemistry. And when comes to "to Heart", Akai acts as Tsuyoshi's coach. Seems like the director likes their pairing? And I think it is from this show that Komatsu Eriko first work with Tsuyoshi and from then on wrote many other classic dramas like "Summer Snow", "to Heart", "Wakaba no Koro", etc. for him. Hope to see more of their good work in the up coming Autumn drama with Takeuchi Yuko.
Shiroi kage [白い影] Very touching [Rating: 9/10] This drama is something like Beautiful Life & Summer Snow. Very touching. Nakai is so cool throughout the whole show and yet so gentle to Yuko. And Yuko is a natural actress. Both their acting really melts my heart.
Summer snow I Love the show! [Rating: 9/10] No doubt one of the best Jap drama ever film. Tsuyoshi is so funny in the show, really looks like an uncle. After working so many times with Komatsu Eriko (writer for Tsuyoshi's To Heart, Ao no Jidai, etc). I think Eriko will not disappoint Tsuyoshi and all his fans in the new coming Autumn drama with Takeuchi Yuko. I will be looking forward to it.
Yume no California [夢のカリフォルニア] I thought it was okay... [Rating: 8/10] Ya, the storyline is kind of boring and dark. But if you watch closely, you will get the meaning behind it. I thought the story was quite meaningful. Tsuyoshi was extremely cute in this drama. Plus both the lead actresses Shibasaki Kou & Kuninaka Ryoko were extremely beautiful and competible with Tsuyoshi. So, this is an added point. But then, I still hope Tsuyoshi will act in Eriko Komatsu's dramas.