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It’s basically about a bunch of delinquents and a passionate teacher who stops at nothing to ‘tame’ them. While there’s nothing new with the premise of the show, I admit I enjoyed most of it. It’s a pretty good drama to binge watch. You don’t need to crack your brains. There’s enjoyable music and good acting (considering most of them are young actors). If you’re into high school brass band-related drama, you should give this a try. It reminds me of Omotesando Koukou Gasshoubu (drama) and Hibike! Euphonium (anime) minus the delinquents.
First of all, Akira Terao is a pleasure to watch. He plays a former saxophone player, Koichi, who quit because of an accident rendering him unable to play as good as before. Despite this patch of darkness in his life, he continues to love music and gives lessons to kids in his neighborhood. After observing his tenacity and patience, the headmaster of a Misaki High School decides to ask for his help.
Misaki is famous for poor students and delinquents. Despite the harsh treatment or bullying he encounters on his first day there, Koichi is determined to help these students. He is then made in charge of the brass band club.
The delinquents in this show consists mostly of 5 students. Aoshima is the leader and Ren is like the sidekick. He’s mostly very protective towards Aoshima and stands by him at all times. The rest have their own quirks and quite entertaining. They’re actually a band but because of a fight with seniors, Aoshima’s hand is injured and can’t play the guitar like he used to. His case is basically similar to Koichi’s. As such, the band breaks up and they start loitering around aimlessly, living up to Misaki’s name for being one of the worst schools.
Club president is okay so far (needs to improve her crying scene). She hasn’t got much scene so we don’t know much about her yet, except she’s sincere about her duty, genuinely loves music and does what she can to keep the club together (with Koichi’s help).
Koichi has a daughter, Natsuki (Mikako Tabe) who plays flute and thinking of becoming a music teacher. She’s not very happy that her father gets bullied and treated badly in such a school. However, since Koichi is stubborn, she can’t make him quit. I’m surprised by the little screentime she gets despite being the second biggest name in the cast. After the pilot, I realized the 5 delinquents are actually the main together with Koichi. Well, Mikako might get more scenes soon.
Episode 2 focuses on how Koichi tries to make them join the brass band club. He’s gambling on the fact that they have experience and still loves music. The first guy he’s pinning on is Keita who seems the most likely to turn over a new leaf. Ever since he recommends Keita to play the trombone, Keita’s been wondering about it. I’m glad the three of them decide to follow their guts and join the club.
This leaves Aoshima feeling slightly dejected and Ren stays with him. Ren however still loves the sax and practices in private alone. He then helps the other three practice and teach them more about brass, which is obviously different from their previous rock music.
Sometimes, watching shows like these, makes me wonder how it would have been if some of my teachers are as passionate as Koichi. The friendship between the group members is strong and each of them feels as betraying Aoshima if they turn back to music. In my opinion, as much as Aoshima is their leader and dear friend, they shouldn’t feel like they need to suppress their own interests for Aoshima. If they need to do that, then that’s not what true friendship is. Another point is, it’s obviously gonna take longer for Aoshima to come to terms with his greatest inner foe. So ‘forcing’ him to join the brass club isn’t gonna work.
Episode 3 delves deeper into Aoshima’s dispute with the senpai who hit him last time. The two has a score to settle and the senpai won’t stop harassing him and his friends. When Jinrai (the senpai) trashes their secret base, Aoshima gets pissed and wants to take revenge. Before that, Ren who has always supported Aoshima lashes out and tells him that they’ve been broken since before. Clinging to the past isn’t gonna do any of them good.
Aoshima then kneels down to Jinrai for the sake of his friends. He tells Jinrai he can beat the crap out of him with one condition, leave his friends alone. Jinrai then reveals that Koichi said the exact thing to him too previously. In the end, Jinrai leaves Aoshima alone.
At the end of episode 3, both Aoshima and Ren decide to join the club, much to everyone’s surprise but mostly, happy.
Like I said, if you like Omotesando, there’s a high chance you’ll enjoy this. Though at the moment, I think Omotesando has more charms and better comedy but that’s just for now. I do like how this show focuses on friendship, trust and never ever, give up hope. I’m continuing this because the music seems nice and I really want to listen to their full ensemble. There are several instances when the background music gets too dramatic though, they need to tone it down a bit. Other than that, I’m pretty much enjoying this high school drama and normally, I turn away from HS stuffs so this is not bad.