Samurai Seventeen has recently changed to the new title, Samurai High School. Check out the NTV official site (well, that is if you know basic Japanese…) for the update.
(Personally, I prefer the “seventeen” than “high school”… it sounds a lot cooler… maybe some Japanese people wouldn’t understand what the “seventeen” means I guess, so they decided to change it to something everyone can actually understand. *sigh*)
Aside from being my birthday (and my brother’s birthday too), October is a huge month for the a huge lineup of new fall season dramas in Japan. That month is just four weeks ahead and it is one of the anticipated months for every J-drama fan out there (and probably just prime time TV in general). So yay for the birthday, yay for fall season J-dramas (and NCIS and the upcoming NCIS: Los Angeles spinoff season), yay for…
So, moving on. Two particular dramas that I really look forward to watching. That would be (as the entry title says) My Girl and Samurai Seventeen High School. Why? Because I’m a story-wise nerd geek and a J-drama dweeb. Now that we got that out of the way, here are my comments on why I particularly picked those two as the dramas that I look for (aside from being those are the only two dramas that I know of that begins in October. :lol: ).
Based on a slice-of-life manga series by Mizu Sahara, the story is about a young man who decides to raise an estranged daughter from a former high school girlfriend who recently passed away. According to good ol’ Tokyograph, My Girl is described as being the “ultimate love story,” plus there already is a Korean drama version of the same series as well. Asian countries, most notably Taiwan and Korea, are known to make live-action adaptations of various comic series illustrated and written by Japanese mangaka way before Japan makes their own live-action (though usually Japan sometimes would animate the series first hand before the story lands on to other Asian entertainment industries) version. As you know, Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers – goodness gracious, how many versions do we have to see this in our lifetime anyway?) and Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (Hana Kimi (For You, in Full Blossom) — Ikemen Paradise…? :? ). This time, it’s Japan’s turn to present the storyline as how it should be told.
I’m not exactly a huge sucker for the “ultimate love stories,” but I do love romance and love stories in general. I prefer the cozy romantic comedies because not only that they’re delightful, but romance in general doesn’t have to be melodramatic and tragic. How love and romance should be like for one person all depends on the people involved, anyway. I haven’t seen the Korean version of the series but I’m one of those purists where I’d rather much watch the Japanese version because the entire storyline and characters are all Made in Japan anyway. Despite of the tragic beginning as it stated, I do hope that this would have a happy ending overall.
In addition to that, we get to see super idol baka Masaki Aiba back in a drama series again since Yankee Bokou ni Kaeru (sidenote – I was looking at the old AMNOS.net files in my HD and found the very extensive Filmography section and did find this piece of information there. Source: old AMNOS.net? :? ), and not just any other drama, but a drama in which he gets to have his first lead. You know, it’s about time that Aiba gets to have his own spotlight in the craft of acting. I mean he’s always on TV but always on variety shows from Tensai! Shimura Zoo and the various Arashi-hosted variety shows and also being on the radio air waves, but never in a drama series? I wonder why it took so long for the industry to finally see Aiba as a potential actor for a particular series? One of Arashi‘s industry mysteries, I guess. Gotta give support to Aiba by watching this series, plus the storyline (in brief) is definitely something I would watch.
Samurai Seventeen High School
As mentioned, I am a dweeb when it comes to stories made for TV. Though the plot seems somewhat that would come out from an anime and/or manga series, I need to watch another series that would counter the “possible melodrama” that may come out from My Girl. Since I have short attention span when it comes to receiving news updates from various news sources, I just rely on the friends to give me the scoop (for all those haters and non-believers out there, I do have friends— they’re just not in the same league as you). Since I’m in total spirit for the ongoing tokusatsu super sentai series Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, I seriously look forward to this series as well. You can read all about it (briefly) here.
Okay, so according to the Tokyograph article, Samurai Seventeen High School is about an average high school student who stumbles upon an ancient document that enables him to transform in to an ancient samurai warrior whenever trouble lurks (at least, along those lines). Sure, it may possibly be not one of the contenders for a Best Drama award (but then again, didn’t Yukan Club win a “best drama” award back in the years or something like that? We may never know… we might get surprised…), but as a fan of ancient Asian cultures, mystifying stories, and loads of action, all I can say regarding this series is hell yeah!
My friends and I have a codename for a particular person involved in this series. For those who know, the person is obvious but at the same time it’s hush hush due to public privacy (come on now, we’re much better than that, right? :| ), but for those who doesn’t, then too bad for you. One of my friends has a relative who is involved in the series in which I look forward to meet (if things do work well) this upcoming Christmas when the relative visits my friend at the end of the year (that is, as mentioned, if things do work well), and at least as a pre-meeting act, I gotta show some respect for the surf dude for being involved with the series just by watching. Sure the storyline may be cheesy to many of all you hardcore fan(girls) out there, but I think people should have an open mind with stories in general and give Samurai Seventeen High School a shot. You may be surprised.
Yo! Go! Surf Dude! Make the K-Dude and all the other dudes on this side of the globe proud! We salute thee, yo~! Represent! Represent!:D
Some Final Thoughts
Good thing I don’t live in Japan because if both dramas do land at the same day and the same time, I would be debating myself as to which one of the two should I concentrate on. I don’t like switching channels back and forth during commercials because it’s hard for me to concentrate on both, so I do hope and pray that both of these dramas do get (fan)subbed and upload them on streamlined sites (though I’m pretty sure My Girl will probably be removed since it’s an Arashi video after all…). Once again I beg and pray for these fansubbers to STOP putting unnecessary, pointless sidenotes on top, especially if they’re exact translations of a particular term mentioned in the dialogue. Please! Please! PLEASE!
On the other hand, no one really takes me seriously anyway. :?
So there you have it. It’s 3am right now and I’m yawning like crazy. More to come later.