Brief Thoughts on Jdramas: Part Two

So this is a little feature I’ve put together where I give info and my opinion on different jdramas (and occasionally kdramas) that I’ve watched over the years. I’m just going to do three at a time in alphabetical order. Here’s the second part featuring Bambino, Bloody Monday, and Buzzer Beat.


bambino poster

Starring: Matsumoto Jun, Karina, Sato Ryuta, Kitamura Kazuki, Uchida Yuki, Mukai Osamu, Hosshan

Theme Song: We Can Make It by Arashi

Genre: Cooking

Based on a manga: Yes

Synopsis: Ban Shogo, an aspiring cook, moves to the big city to learn from the best. He faces many challenges along the way. Because cooking Italian food is serious business.

Opinion: To be quite honest, I hated it. When the storyline revolves around food, I just get bored. Add in the usual workplace bullying and it makes me feel like I want to pull my hair out. The episodes tended to be very generic: Matsujun’s character screws up, gets yelled at, and somehow saves the day and learns his lesson. Nothing stellar here. My favorite part was actually probably the opening sequence because of all the awkward slow motion faces. That was always fun to watch! I would only recommend this drama to people who are fans of Matsujun (because he does do a good job in this role) or people who are foodies and love fancy cooking. Don’t watch it for the plot.

Here’s the opening:

More information on this series can be found here.


Bloody Monday

Bloody Monday season 2 poster

Starring: Miura Haruma, Sato Takeru, Kawashima Umika, Fujii Mina, Tokunaga Eri, Tanaka Tetsushi, Matsushige Yutaka, Nariyama Hiroki, Kichise Michiko

Theme Song: Over the Rain ~Hikari no Hashi~ by flumpool (s1), Zanzo by flumpool (s2)

Genre: Action/Thriller

Number of Seasons: Two

Based on a Manga: Yes

Synopsis: The first season involves terrorists threatening to spread a deadly virus all over Japan. The cops can’t solve the problem so they turn to a high school hacker to help them out. The plot thickens as nobody knows who is friend or foe, and time is quickly running out. The second season is similar except that it involves nuclear weapons instead of a virus.

Opinion: This one will keep you on the edge of your seat! I haven’t seen too many jdramas that fall into the “action” category, so this one was a pleasant surprise. While it doesn’t make much sense to hire a teenager to save Japan, the rest of the plot was super interesting and full of unexpected twists. It’ll keep you on your toes, for sure. Also, Miura Haruma and Sato Takeru are lovely to watch. And this show has one of the best OSTs I’ve ever heard. I would recommend the soundtrack to everyone even if you haven’t seen it!

Here’s a bit from the soundtrack:

More information about this series can be found here.


Buzzer Beat

buzzer beat poster

Starring: Yamashita Tomohisa, Kitagawa Keiko, Kanjiya Shiori, Ito Hideaki, Mizobata Junpei, Kaneko Nobuaki, Aibu Saki

Theme Song: Ichibutozenbu by B’z

Genre: Romance/sports

Synopsis: A story about following your dreams. And also cheating on your girlfriend/boyfriend? Kamiya Naoki is a struggling basketball player who also gets caught up in a ridiculous love triangle… rectangle… dodecahedron?

Opinion: Not my favorite drama starring Yamapi, but it isn’t bad either. While I like the idea of exploring whether one should follow their dreams, the romantic plots really drag down the storyline. The confusing love triangles just made me frustrated while watching. But I’ll admit that there were some cute scenes too. And the theme song is totally baller.

Here’s the opening sequence with a few bonus seconds of Yamapi in the shower at the beginning:

More information on the series can be found here.

On a side note, I was going to say that Yamapi’s hairstyle here is pretty terrible for a basketball player, but I guess maybe bad hairstyles are a requirement for pro basketball? Seriously, go google image search “weirdest hairstyle in nba basketball” and see what comes up. ^_^


So have you seen any of these dramas? Like them or hate them? Disagree with my opinions? Have recommendations for similar dramas? Just want to discuss awesome music and/or basketball hairstyles? Feel free to leave a comment!


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