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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Watashitachi wa Douka Shiteiru

It’s been a while since I watched a drama that could be termed as “crack”, even though it wasn’t the best there is to offer. I wasn’t going to watch it, but the plot sounded interesting and featured wagashi, so I gave it a shot.

Hanaoka Nao (Hamabe Minami) is a wagashi maker in Kanazawa known for her skills despite her youth. At a contest involving wagashi, Nao is reunited with her childhood friend Takatsuki Tsubaki (Yokohama Ryusei) – the young master of Kougetsu-an, a famous wagashi store in Kanazawa. Fifteen years ago, Tsubaki accused Nao’s mother Yuriko (Nakamura Yuri) of murdering his father, and Nao now accepts Tsubaki’s surprise offer of marriage to get herself into the Takatsuki household in order to prove her mother’s innocence… Continue reading

Anata no Ban desu

Watching a crime drama is one thing. Watching a whodunnit while it is airing and waiting weeks for the conclusion is akin to torture.

Nana (Harada Tomoyo) and Shota (Tanaka Kei) are a newlywed couple and Nana is 15 years older than Shota. Despite the age difference, they are very much in love and both enjoy reading mystery novels. Nana and Shota move into a new apartment, and they soon get embroiled in a spate of murders that take place in the apartment complex…

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