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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Yamada Taro Monogatari Episode 1 Screen Caps

Yamada Taro is the titular hero of this high school comedy, and stars Ninomiya Kazunari as Yamada. Yamada goes to a very expensive and exclusive high school where he is a scholarship receipt that pays no tutition, he along with Mimura Takuya played by Sakurai Sho are the top of the class and the best looking, Mimura is also the richest, and Yamada is reputed to be very rich also, vague rumors are that he is from one of the traditional families or he might even be a prince. Contrary to the popular belief Yamada is actually desperately poor and working nights to feed his many younger brothers and sisters and sickly mother. Doesn't sound like the stuff of great comedy more like tragedy, but it couldn't be any funnier. Yamada is so good hearted even while things seem to be a disaster he just moves forward and makes things right. It's also very over the top when the female students fantasize about Yamada and Mimura, they're dressed as princes on horseback. When Yamada mentions his garden, the girls think he is talking about fields of wheat grown in front of his castle. His mother acts more like a little kid then do his brothers and sisters, and his father has abandoned the family to travel the world and paint.

Ninomiya Kazunari is a great actor he has quite a range from comedy like Stand! Up! to much slower paced dramas such as Haikei, Chichiue-sama and Yasashii Jikan, he always portrays a believable human character no matter how bizarre the situation. Tabe Mikako is great as Ikegami Takako, a girl with a very vivid imagination. I usually like a drama based on manga and this is no exception, this series along with Hana Kimi are my two favorite dramas this season. If you liked Stand Up or Hana Yori Dango give this show a try I'm sure you'll like this.

The hard subs are being released by Stormy team subs and the bit torrent files for the first 6 episodes plus a short introductory special can be downloaded here. Scanlations of the first chapter of Morinaga Ai’s manga here along with download links.

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