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Juhan Shuttai is a nice drama if you’re looking for a manga related show, mixed with comedy. It may be over the top, with lots of overacting, mainly due to the main character being this very, very enthusiastic girl who loves manga and judo. When I say enthusiastic, I really mean it. She’s this really positive character, almost always brimming with smiles, she’s basically the sunshine that will brighten up any kind of atmosphere. I like Kurosawa even though she may annoy some people who are not fond of overacting or over-enthusiastic characters.
All I can think of is how great Haru Kuroki is in this show. Kurosawa is not an easy character to play imho. It can easily be very annoying if you can’t find that thin line in between. She has found the right balance and that’s why it works for me. I’ve enjoyed this series from first episode itself. There are some moments when it reaches a plateau and doesn’t seem to be moving anywhere with the plot but mostly, it has been a pleasant ride. I also like the brightly lit atmosphere with the colours popping out more than usual, it fits the main character and the kind of atmosphere they’re aiming for.
I’m not going into details of the episodes or recap them (gonna take ages) but I just thought I should mention this show because it’s one of the highlights (personally) for this season.
Besides Haru Kuroki, I have to mention several other characters too. Of course, Odagiri Joe is also in this, with his amazing hairstyle lol He acts as a supervisor to Kurosawa, guiding her in the early stages of the show.
He appears now and then but I still want a full episode just focusing on him, we have yet to get that unfortunately. He’s the calmest character in the entire show. He’s the most normal (because everyone else has their quirks).
Kentaro Sakaguchi plays a soft-spoken salesman whose job is to promote manga and bring in the sales. He’s nicknamed ‘ghost’ by the others because he doesn’t stand out and people just tend to ignore his very existence. That makes him lose confidence and couldn’t find the spirit to be enthusiastic about his job. Episode 2 is an excellent focus on his character and he kills it! I can see so much potential in him.
That raw emotion he exudes especially towards the end of the episode. Watching him overjoyed with his first success and finding the meaning in his job again, those tears, is powerful.
Another character worth mentioning is none other than Yasui the Crusher, played by Yasuda Ken. Yasuda Ken is such a versatile actor, I always felt he’s underrated and sidelined by his more famous counterparts. He plays mostly side characters, but I’ve always been impressed by how his side characters managed to make me go ‘Wow’. For example, one should not ever forget his cross-dressing gay role in Mondai no Aru Restaurant. That was splendid.
He owns it again in this show, with episode 6 focusing on him. Yasui may be cruel in his methods but it’s also the reality. So I can’t find fault with how he deals with the mangakas he’s in charge with. At least, he brings in good work that saves the company.
There are also a few episodes with continuity that focus on 2 people, aspiring to be mangakas. I liked those episodes because it lets us see the struggles of newcomers and how editors try to help them find the path. As for the episode which I didn’t actually bother to finish watching is the one about the president (episode 5). That was really slow and kinda boring, besides, I’m not that invested with the president who only appears like 1-2 episodes.
The drama doesn’t only focus on Kurosawa, they don’t make her the savior in every single episode. She’s not the heroine that goes around rescuing everyone in trouble. It’s more like a drama that centers on her but dedicates episodes on certain characters and they themselves find their answer through the hardships or awakening moments they experience (which does not necessarily involve Kurosawa).
This guy keeps wearing food-related shirts, it’s amusing xD
Only a few more episodes left and I think it should be one of the more interesting ones this season (for me at least). Unless the last few episodes are so terrible that dragged the whole series down (which I highly doubt) this is a drama worth trying imo. I learned quite a lot about an editor’s work in the manga world, the marketing side of it, as well as the mangakas.