Kikazaru Koi ni wa Riyuu ga Atte

Spring is the season for love, and sometimes a drama responds to that theme beautifully.

Mashiba Kurumi (Kawaguchi Haruna) is a social media influencer who works as a publicist at el Arco Iris, an interior design company. After she forgets to renew the lease on her apartment, Kurumi ends up moving into a shared house with three other strangers and learns to live with people whose values and perspectives aren’t always similar to hers – in particular, minimalist chef Fujino Shun (Yokohama Ryusei), whose nature seems diametrically opposed to hers…

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Nobunaga Concerto

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There will always be some historical characters who, whether by virtue of their achievements or notoriety, get more attention in any medium, and this is same for Oda Nobunaga, one of the most famous and pivotal figures in Japanese history. A good chunk of jidaigeki tend to feature Nobunaga in some form and last year’s offering, Nobunaga Concerto, was quite a hit, enough that a movie sequel is apparently in the works.

Saburo (Oguri Shun) is a high-school student who somehow manages to travel back in time to the Sengoku period of 1549. He bumps into Oda Nobunaga (also Oguri Shun), who is the son of a warlord and magistrate of the lower Owari Province. Nobunaga looks and sounds just like Saburo, but is physically weak and wants Saburo to take his place in this turbulent time. Saburo initially thinks it’s for a lark, but as he gets used to living in the Sengoku era, Saburo as Nobunaga sets out to unify Japan… Continue reading