Thursday, August 12, 2010
This is Tomoya Nagase's most popular drama. Many j drama fans consider it one of the most hillarious dramas ever made. The story is unique. The drama had around 18% viewership. The drama's theme 'sorafune' became Tokio's best selling single.
Sakaki Makio, also known as "Tornado" is a tough 27-year-old high school drop-out. By academic standards, he's pretty dumb. His father decides to force Makio to return to high school to receive his diploma and he asks an old friend who happens to be the principal of a nearby school to admit Makio. If Makio doesn't graduate, the position of boss will be given to his younger brother, Mikio.
Furthermore, he must pose as a 17-year-old during school hours and in the presence of any classmates or teachers outside of school. If his cover is blown, it would be the end of his high school career as well as his hopes to become boss. Things start out rough and tough as Makio's violent temper is tested. As the lessons and days go by he learns there is much more to school than just tests and studying.
Makio is the heir of the Tornado Sharp Fang, a violent Yakuza. He doesn't believe in thinking too much or using his brain. He directly gets down to fist fighting. In the beginning of the series, Makio screws up a yakuza deal because of lack of mathematical knowledge. His father considering this and other factors, decides to enroll him in high school.
At first, Makio is crazy about smoking and cannot survive without smoking for six hours but he adapts. He saves Sakurakoji from bullies and leads to a string of hillarious situations. His fight for Agnes pudding, agnes dance and lack of academic knowledge are some amusing parts of this drama.
Makio learns to fight for agnes pudding, makes friends, learns many things from iron face, becomes a loved class leader and brings about a change is everyone's as well as his life.
However, Mikio's appearance is a threat. Things get tense and finally, Mikio puts pressure on his father to decide the next heir. Makio is chosen after a hopeless election.
However, Makio reconsiders love and his feelings. Mikio tells him to continue his normal and happy life and leave the yakuza to him. After lots of thinking and advice, Makio finally decides to become the boss.
However, not all is good. The rival Yakuza comes to school and looks for Makio. His secret is exposed leading his friends to lose trust. He is imprisoned and expelled from school.
His teacher (iron face) comes to visit him and Makio has a tearful conversation with her. He thanks her for teaching him many important things and never giving up.
Tomoya Nagase fits perfectly into the character. He looks old and violent like yakuza and acts well. Aragaki Yui's acting was pretty average and the others in the class did not act too well but their roles were minor so, it didn't matter.
The school events like culture festival, sports festival, exams, agnes road, pudding fight, supplementary lessons, summer vacation also add to comedic relief.
The series has a light tone and is good overall.
There are some tear jerking scenes in every episodes as well as some hillarious scenes. The experience of high school, youth and friendship is refreshing.
This drama is all about the spirit of high school, friendship and love. It teaches us the importance of high school in making a person's character and development.
This will appeal to all the nobuta wo produce fans. It is better than Nobuta wo produce.
I would recommend this series for anyone looking for inspiration, meaning of youth, teenage students and anyone interested in high school stories.
Tomoya Nagase's acting
St. Agnes events
Not a very good ending