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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Nobuta wo Produce / 野ブタ。をプロデュース

Producing Nobuta

2005 Japanese drama that starred Kamenashi Kazuya and Yamashita Tomohisa.

It's based on a Manga turned Anime about three high school kids who come together in an unexpected but interesting way and end up fast friends.

Kazuya-san is Mr. Popular, but he doesn't, really like people and wants nothing to do with them.
He fakes it, placates, and conforms in school, but then he returns home to be himself and take care of his father & younger brother.
His mother is an oddity, traveling the world making or searching for good food while her husband is left to look after the boys.

P-chan's character is from a rich family, but he lives with a tofu cook in a tiny restaurant/house near the school and he goes out of his way to annoy and turn off everyone in school.
He's weird in a cool sort of way, being himself to the opposite of Kazuya's character as a fake.

Anyway, at the beginning of the story, Kazuya is riding his bike to school, and every day he makes sure to detour in order to touch a willow tree growing along the river when he discovers to his utter dismay that the tree is blocked off by construction on the pier.

He makes his way to the tree against the wishes of the construction crew, and there he meets an even weirder girl who looks like

She's super-shy, extra introverted, and a total push-over on her first day at school, so naturally, every bitch-hag pop girl targets her for torture, humiliation, and unnecessary name-calling while doing nothing whatsoever to try and get to know her.

Not Kazuya's character, though.

He's mildly intrigued, and with Yamapi's character, they end up forming what they term a 'Produce' plan to make her over into the most popular girl in school.

The title of this drama fooled me and kept me away for awhile, because I kept thinking of 'produce' from the vegetable and fruit sense (ha ha ha ha).

I really enjoyed watching this 10-episode drama, and I especially loved being able to stare at two, hot guys for the duration as well!

Yamapi went from absolutely nothing in my mind to being one of the top-ten most sexually appealing guys to come out of Asia.

Kazuya's music got me first, and now that I'm seeing him in more movies & dramas, he's beginning to grow on me as well.

They both did slammin' fine jobs in this one, and I highly recommend you check it out if you haven't already.


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