Irie is at school and is obviously being bullied by a group of boys, Sawamura Haruka played by Uchiyama Rina (Musashi, Seito Shokun) helps him out by giving him bread in the lunch line that he's forced to buy for the bullies. Saeki Tetsuya played by Kubozuka Yosuke (Go, Laundry) is 20 years old and still in school he confides to Irie that he has something wrong with his heart, then says it's love sickness.
This was one of the first Japanese dramas that I've seen and in many ways this series started me down the path to being obsessed with Japanese culture. First off the themes in the first episode cover boredom, school bullying, petty crime, teenage male sexual fantasies, illicit student and teacher affairs, Alcoholic parents and homes split by divorce. Then the cultural differences at school, shoe lockers, all students are in uniform, love notes in the shoe lockers, sailor suits, students up on the roof. More happens in this first episode then happens in an entire season of American television that I had been watching up till then. The soundtrack features the Abba songs Chiquita and S.O.S. and while I've never been a fan they work really well in the drama in fact Senju Akira won the 2001 Japanese Television Academy Awards for Best Music Arrangement, as did Kubozuka Yosuke who won for best Supporting Actor. I highly recommend this, if you like serious school dramas like GTO and Queen's Classroom.
Download the bit torrent batch file for the hard sub release here. It's a short 10 episode series that's being pretty well seeded right now
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