26 May 2012

Ojiichan wa 25 sai Review

Title: Ojiichan wa 25-sai
Genre: Family
Episodes: 8
Broadcast period: 2010-Nov to 2010-Nov
Cast: Fujiwara Tatsuya, Takahashi Katsumi, Daito Shunsuke, Kurashina Kana and Irie Jingi.

Kurihara Minoru (Fujiwara Tatsuya) went on a trip on a mountain to take a landscaping picture for his son Norihiko, which he had promised him. At that time he falls off a cliff and is never heard of again.
46 years pass, Norihiko is now 52 years with two children; Kensuke (Daito Shunsuke) a light version of a hikikomori and Mai (Kurashina Kana) a ‘playful’ girl.. They both have zero respect for their father, either they forgot his birthday or don’t care about it. Even his wife left him. What happens is that on the same day all news channels go crazy: a man was found frozen, but still somehow alive. And to make it weirder, he is the same Kurihara Minoru that disappeared 46 years ago! Even though 46 years have passed he looks just the same…

This drama is probably the fastest I’ve ever finished a drama, and the reason is, well it freaking short! I mean 22min pr. episode, and there are only 8 of them! Like less than 3 hours! But the story is sort of sweet, and the entire setting is hilarious. I actually would’ve liked a longer story, it sort of felt empty.  Fujiwara Tatsuya is a brilliant actor, and the rest did a decent job as well, nothing bad here… I’m usually used to Daito Shunsuke being a delinquent, so it’s nice seeing him in a different character.
It’s okay for what it is.

☆☆ / 3 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

Jenji's verdict  
This drama is so hilarious and fun for me, and I really loved Tatsuya in it. He is so hilarious and I dont know why but that "oldfashioned-good-man" is attractive somehow. It's like him bringing those old principles back to the family and being really like grandfather but looking like that, just hilarious. I loved it. And even with it just being a comedy I think there was a lot of meaning behind it all. And wow! what a great actor he is. Somehow he character just suits him. But enough about just him, the drama itself was such an easy-watch. Not just because its extremely short, really its just like a movie, but there wasnt all that annoying extra stuff. Really great mini-drama, I liked it a lot! I found the father a bit too much of a coward though, annoyed me a bit but oh its okay. 

☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

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