It seems appropriate, given the currently airing Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu, to take a look at another Tamaki Hiroshi-Ayase Haruka collaboration, the 2008 drama Shikaotoko Aoniyoshi. This is an underrated gem that gets passed by often because of its fantastical plot, but it is an awesome watch and cannot be recommended enough.
Ogawa Takanobu (Tamaki Hiroshi) takes up a teaching job at a girls’ high school in Nara after being forced out of his research group due to conflicts with his colleagues. He stays at a boarding house with a few other teachers, including the history-loving Fujiwara Michiko (Ayase Haruka) and the wise Fukuhara Shigehisa (Sasaki Kuranosuke). Ogawa, however, soon gets off on the wrong foot with one of his students, Hotta Ito (Tabe Mikako), when she arrives late and gives a ridiculous excuse – that she got a ticket trying to park her deer in front of the train station. Ogawa later experiences something even stranger when he is confronted by a talking deer who orders him to prevent the destruction of Japan by fulfilling a very special mission… Continue reading