Yutori Desu ga Nani ka ep1-4 [review]

I’ve been trying to classify this show since the premier because it doesn’t feel like it belongs to a specific category/genre. In the end, I can only say it’s like slice of life featuring the ups and downs of yutori generation. Read more about Yutori education. Basically, there are 3 men – Sakama (Masaki Okada), Yamaji (Matsuzaka Tori) and Maribu (Yuya Yagira) who meet by chance. So the drama features these men’s daily life, with Masaki Okada being the central character.

(You can get the subtitles here)

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They’re born in year 1987 and dubbed the Yutori Generation because their education system was changed into a more carefree or pressure-free education. People kind of look down on them because they think they’re incapable of handling pressure or never been scolded, making them weaker than their predecessors.

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Initially, I thought the 3 of them would have balanced screen time but taken aback with such a huge, huge focus on Masaki Okada’s character during the premier. The screentime gets more balanced out afterwards though.


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Anyways, onto the plot. Sakama seems to have bad luck latching on his back, like literally. Also, if you’ve watched Masaki Okada’s previous dramas (for example Okitegami Kyoko), he’s no stranger in playing unlucky characters where things just get out of hand, even when sometimes, it’s not his fault but gets the blame.

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If there’s one thing that surprises me, it’s the girlfriend. Not saying they don’t look compatible but I just have this nagging feel that the pairing is kinda odd. But Akane (Sakura Ando) holds her own and is quite interesting.

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Sakama has a junior who is such a douche. Played by Taiga, Yamagishi is an arrogant prick, snob, and I’d say, he’s more like a typical yutori than the 3 main cast combined. He thinks highly of himself and expects smooth sailing with minimal effort.

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Don’t you just wanna punch that face?

 Whenever he appears on screen, I wanna punch him, seriously. In other words, Taiga is probably doing a good job because he succeeds in making the character super annoying.

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One day, douchebag makes a mistake in some food ordering and causes a delay in delivery to their client. Sakama has been annoyed constantly by this lack of concern and responsibility the douchebag junior shows, hence, he got really cross. After scolding and forcing douchebag to carry the packages and apologize to the client, douchebag decides to sue Sakama for power harassment.

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What I don’t understand is why didn’t he defend himself? I mean, he’s in the right position and if I were him, I’d sue douchebag instead of just sitting there and take in all his stupid insults. It’s mind numbing to watch Sakama endure it all. I know he’s influenced by the mother of the son who committed suicide earlier, but c’mon, if douchebag’s the type to commit suicide, he’d would done so ages ago. Douchebag will never have enough courage to commit suicide. He’s too arrogant to admit his own fault.

Well it’s not all bad…there are good times too.

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Yamaji’s an elementary teacher and training a female college student in his class. The girl confesses to him but the odd thing is, after he tells her he likes her too, she’s been sort of avoiding him. Like wth? I don’t really get youngsters nowadays tbh. So this lands Yamaji in a tough spot (we also learn in the process that he doesn’t have experience in dating XD) so perhaps, he may do awkward stuffs, but imo, he isn’t the odd one. The girl is.

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Among the 3, I feel Yamaji’s the most normal. He’s also sensible and at least, he doesn’t waver as much as Sakama when it comes to right from wrong. He’s more sensible and would at least, stand up for himself and explain the situation. I like the part where he tells her “It’s okay if you’re not a good teacher but at least, be a good human.”Kicking some sense into her.

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Well, there are moments when he needs to release all the pressure from work lol
You know…monster parents and the girl’s boyfriend. Speaking of which, the girl has a boyfriend?! Da heck? He just storms into the school and lashes out on Yamaji for something he doesn’t do. Seriously, why are all the young ones in this show so annoying?

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He’s probably the most entertaining character in this show. I mean, he just STEALS every scene he’s in. I’ve never watched any of Yuya Yagira’s works, but from what I see so far, he got the most interesting character and he nails it.

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Maribu may act like a yakuza but he’s actually a pretty tame on the inside. Plus, he’s studying law and still trying to get into university, though it’s not very hopeful but at least, he doesn’t give up. He’s currently married and has a baby.

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His antics and ‘boob talk’ makes me wanna call him Oppai guy. But let’s just stick with Maribu. He has minimal scenes (especially in 1st ep) that gradually increases and I really like every single scene he’s in. He’s also the source of comic relief in this otherwise, very depressing show? He may be a night club owner, going around promoting boobs but he’s intelligent in his own way.

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Plus he’s got the guts to teach douchebag a lesson!

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Well hopefully after bringing douchebag to visit the mother of the guy who committed suicide, Sakama’s able to make him realize his problematic attitude and the last time he acts like a douche. Because to be honest, this douchebag plot has been dragging for 4 episodes…someone needs to end it already.

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Sakama has a younger sister who’s having trouble finding a job. After meeting Maribu, she goes to him and asks for employment at his bar. I don’t think I’ve ever watched Paruru act before. Since her scenes are minimal so far, I think she’s doing okay for the role.

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The show deals a lot with societal problems, mostly power harassment and things like unemployment as well. Let’s see how many types of harassment that have been discussed in Jdramas so far – power hara, sexual hara, maternity hara, even social media hara…makes you think more than twice before voicing your thoughts in Japan huh…Basically, I think you’ll meet one or two problematic people (like douchebag) when you’re working. This drama has a mixed atmosphere, which is why I can’t pinpoint a specific genre for it. It’s not straight comedy, or drama, it’s really like slice of life but a mixed bag of light comedy and unpleasant moments – like whenever douchebag appears and the random girl’s boyfriend who storms into the school and starts yelling at Yamaji, like dude, what’s your friggin problem?!

I’m not that invested with Sakama’s plot, in fact, I’m craving for more Maribu and perhaps Yamaji’s (though it seems the story with college girl ends at ep4 because she’s leaving after 1 month of training).So maybe they need to find someone else for him? Do I pity Sakama? Yes, only a bit. Largely because he’s just low on luck. Watching him take the blame and not stand up for himself though makes me really frustrated. So in some ways, what he’s suffering is also due to his incompetence to defend himself.

I don’t know where this show’s going, like, sometimes, you get some idea where it’s heading but this is vague. It’s really just going with the flow and I suppose we’ll see how the characters develop. I like how they bring together these 3 characters and it does feel good watching strangers become friends ^^

(I’m a Tori bias so I’m sorry if I can’t find fault with him here)

If you’re curious, here’s a list of harassment in Japan

More screencaps

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5 thoughts on “Yutori Desu ga Nani ka ep1-4 [review]

  1. yuya really great in this one (and a lot other that he in)
    but so bad the story not so interesting kind of let down for me
    they better pick one from this tree main and let him lead it will be more excite for me
    whe you have 3 main big actor they are just not go on together when your make they
    story line separate it even make more confuse and lose all interesting point.

    • Yup, I feel like Yuya stood out so effortlessly among the 3, even though Masaki’s supposed to be the main character. I also feel the story’s slightly lacking, it doesn’t make me wanna chase the show you know. Well, let’s hope the plot thickens and picks up soon.

    • Yeah, I think what they’re doing here is focusing on the characters and the society. I don’t see a specific direction thus far, but don’t let that stop you from trying it out. Especially if you like any of the actors.

  2. Oh, I’m quite disappointed that the latest Kudo Kankuro show is a dud. I’m a big fan of his writing but when you’ve penned masterpieces like Tiger and Dragon, Manhattan, it’s hard to do something else remotely exciting.

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