Title: Suzuki Sensei
Genre: School, Drama, Human
Broadcast period: 2011-Apr to 2011-Jun
Cast: Hasegawa Hiroki, Usuda Asami, Tsuchiya Tao and a lot of other child actors, and adults…
This drama revolves around a teacher who tries different types of theories and unorthodox practices, in order solve the issues and problems occurring in this class of middle schoolers.
Suzuki Akira (Hasegwana Hiroki), also known as Suzuki-sensei, is the homeroom teacher of 2-A. While dividing the student into classes, Suzuki-sensei had a goal of making “the most harmonious class”, which is ones of his believes, by compiling pupils that would engage and interact in such a manner that they would be able to comprehend, accept, discuss and solve issues that would arise. But also give the class and school a platform for dialogues, that would be deemed as unethical or morally wrong, such as sex and pregnancy.
At the same time Suzuki-sensei meets Hata Asami (Usuda Asami), and starts sharing his practice and theories with her, and even discusses possible outcomes and dilemmas in each situation presented in school…
This drama is one of the old dramas I downloaded years ago, while being new to the Asian drama world. I remember starting out and loved the school/teacher genre, so I decides to download it, but later read the summary about it being a serious drama, so I completely forgot about it.
After watching it I have to say I agree about the ‘serious’-talk. It really is a serious drama, with quite some shocking element, I didn’t expect. The thought that sex would be so common for 6th/7th graders is not something I even realized. Of course, you can blame it on the Asian drama would trying to portray their society as ‘innocent’, but tbh, when I heard those words coming out of their mouth, phew…
I am not sure about the ages of the young actors, but they seem quite good I their portrayal. To be able to do such complex characters is refreshing, and the fact that thing are said out loud, makes it an interesting watch. This drama isn’t a ‘feel-good’ drama; it has some disturbing elements too, but I kind of felt like they were necessary - as they are never shown in regular dramas.
To sum up: an interesting drama with a different take on ‘reality’, compared to your regular JP school drama.
☆☆☆☆ / 4 out 5 stars
♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts