Been watching lots of J-drama lately so might as well write reviews about it (actually not a lot but it feels like they’ve taken up a lot of my energy!! what about studying for SATS and drawing and whatnot? oh no :()
Audrey, my AHSCDS senior introduced to me Nobuta wo Produce, a high school drama about ‘producing’ a low self-esteem, pessimistic and down-and-out girl who is usually a target of school bullying, called Kotani Nobuko (Horikita Maki), nicknamed ‘Nobuta’. Kiritani Shuuji (Kamenashi Kazuya), the school’s most popular guy – handsome, fun to be with, always surrounded by people – incidentally got embroiled into Kotani’s melancholic life, and together with Kusano Akira (Yamashita Tomohisa), an eccentric guy which Shuuji absolutely cannot stand, suddenly became determined to propel Kotani into the most popular girl in school, albeit all in the name of fun, adventure, and youth. Throughout their attempts in producing Nobuta, the trio have shared countless incidents of joy and laughter, as well as sadness and frustration. A true, pure friendship, untainted by selfish and superficial desires, and strengthened by willingness to give and sacrifice oneself, is forged among them in the midst of their covert ‘production’.
While the story is interesting and some funny incidents occur throughout the drama, some parts get really heavy and the dialogue becomes too draggy. I applaud the actors’ efforts in attempting to explore their characters’ emotions, but I would prefer if they had at least not dragged the sentences too much during the emotional scenes. Even with subs and concentrating, I get lost easily 😦
But I’m a hearts and minds person so I feel that the story is really beautiful, illustrating appropriately the woes of teenagehood, the conflicts of growing up, and the meaning of true friendship. The story tells us that even in a world where materialism and shallow superficiality triumph, therein still lies the sentimentality that the human heart is still capable of exhibiting.