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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Attention Please

Attention Please

Attention Please is the Spring 2006 comedy staring Ueto Aya as Misaki Yoko, a tomboy raised with three brothers. Who as the drama starts is singing in a punk rock band’s final performance. The band is breaking up because Tsukasa the lead guitarist is leaving for Tokyo to start a normal job.

The band goes to the airport to say goodbye to Tsukasa who is now dressed in a suit. All the guys go crazy when some JAL flight attendants walk past. Misaki says that it’s only the uniform that appeals to the guys, and she would look just as good in one. The band laughs at her and even Tsukasa states that she’s not suited to be a flight attendant. This of course makes Misaki angry, stating that she’ll become a flight attendant to prove herself.

Misaki shows up for the flight attendant interview in her punk rock outfit to discover a line of interviewees in professional attire awaiting their interviews. Misaki grabs a girl as she exits the interview and switches clothes with her, forgetting until she sits down for her interview that she’s still wearing her own red boots. This scene is reminiscent of the interview scene in GTO, however the interviewers see some potential in Misaki and she is hired. Misaki thinks that she is now a flight attendant, but learns that she is only a trainee and may never actually become a flight attendant unless she passes the training.

I loved Ueto Aya as Misaki, she displays the energy required to portray this character. She acts as the Beatles did in their movies with a constant frantic movement, she doesn’t walk or run as much as bounce around the screen. At first she doesn’t take the training seriously nor have any respect for flight attendants.

She tells her instructor that “being a flight attendant just means pouring tea in the sky”. A few episodes later with a little job experience she is prepared to punch a reporter who makes the same remark.

The supporting cast is very good especially Uehara Misa as Ueto’s rival and Kohinata who you may remember from “Kisarazu Cat’s Eye” who does a nice job as the fatherly airline pilot nearing retirement.

Be sure to stick around for through the final credits as it changes with each episode. Ueto models a different era JAL uniform, the entire episode is repeated fast forward on a small screen as Kaela Kimura sings “Pretty Woman”.

Kioku Fansubs did a great job with the fan sub, the subs are in a nice font that's easy to read, notes and other content are displayed at the top of the screen and are well done and appreciated

Attention Please is a stereotypical shonen storyline of work hard to realize your dreams.

I found this to be an extremely likable comedy with lots of energy and fine performances, and well worth watching.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought this Japanese drama was nice too. ^__^ I always thought Aya Ueto was pretty, she's the only reason I watch Japanese drama -- to be honest I've only watched 2, this one and Attack No.1. Watching her makes me tempted to watch more, her characters are always so serious yet hyped, it's a nice change from the main characters in Korean dramas, if you've watched them.

-- Nice post on Attention Please though. ^__^ Good Job.

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9/10/2006 03:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Os said...

"I found this to be an extremely likable comedy with lots of energy and fine performances"

At least the first few episodes where. I thought that as the series wore on, and the actual drama picked up, the entertainment factor dropped. The ending wasn't too bad, but paled in comparison to episode 1. Good thing Aya Ueto is just so damn cute.

9/19/2006 07:26:00 PM  
Blogger haru said...

I didnt know aya ueto was sooo popular I really love her songs now I have to see her doramas too!!!

12/06/2007 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger haru said...

eeeeeeeeeeee I didn't know aya ueto was so popular!!!! I thought she only was a singer but she is an actreess too!!! very interesting!!!

12/06/2007 01:16:00 PM  

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