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Monday, December 17, 2007

Egao no Hosoku Screen Caps

笑顔の法則 Always Smiling
Kurasawa Yumi played by Takeuchi Yuko (Pride, Lunch no Joou) is an office lady and the company she was working for fires her and many of her co-workers without warning, taking it as a sign from God and a chance to change her life she resolves to work hard and find a job. As she hurries to a job interview following a friend’s wedding, her rented kimono gets stuck in a delivery van door. She yells for help and a man, Sakurai Reijiro played by Abe Hiroshi (Hero, Musashi), comes over to see what the trouble is. He tells her that she reminds him of a goldfish he used to own, then he releases her from the van and she hurries to her interview, where she fails to find employment. The scene switches to a meeting in a publishers office where it’s revealed that Sakurai is a best selling mangaka and the company wants to send him into hiding at a hot springs for three months so he can complete a manga for them. He agrees if they’ll send Yumi as his assistant. Yumi agrees as long as it’s the hot springs resort where her brother, Kurasawa Koichi played by Jinnai Takanori (Tantei Gakuen Q, Teppan Shoujo) is employed as the head chef. Later at the resort she meets Yuzuhara Kazuya played by Nishijima Hidetoshi (Yama Onna Kabe Onna, Su-ki-da).
I love manga and dramas so a drama about manga is sure to attract me. I’ve watched the first three episodes of this drama so far and I’m enjoying it very much, the cast is excellent along with a good storyline so far. Abe Hiroshi is great as the less then motivated mangaka and Takeuchi Yuko part is much like her exuberant role in Lunch no Joou. This 2003 drama bears some similarities to Himitsu no Hanazono which was broadcast last spring, but so far has been much less focused on romance and more on comedy. However I think if you liked Himitsu no Hanazono or Lunch no Joou you’ll probably enjoy this.
This is the series of the week at d-addicts and the bit torrent files for entire 12 episode hardsubbed series can be downloaded here it’s very well seeded right now.

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Anonymous Lyon_C said...

I really love this drama, it has a never ending kind of feel.

12/20/2007 02:09:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...


I've seen a few more episodes now, up to #8 and I'm really liking this series a lot, the cast works so well together.

12/20/2007 11:38:00 AM  

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