Title (romaji): 5-ji Kara 9-ji Made
English: From Five to Nine
Genre: Romantic comedy
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Broadcast period: 2015-Oct-12 to 2015-Dec-14
Theme song: Christmas Song by back number
Cast: Satomi Ishihara, Tomohisa Yamashita, Yuki Furukawa, Kei Tanaka, Rin Takanashi, Mokomichi Hayami.
Junko Sakuraba (Satomi Ishihara) dreams of working in New York, but she currently works as an English conversation teacher. Junko works hard to achieve her dream, but New York seem far away. She also hasn’t dated in a long time.
This drama starts off at a funeral memorial, where the the main female Junko, accidently trows the ashes of the deceased person all over the priest after she tripped. After that embarrassing moment, her family tricks her on a blind date, which happens to be the same priest Takane Hoshikawa (Tomohisa Yamashita). Takane is hit by cupid’s arrow with love at first sight and actively pursues Junko to fall in love with him. Personally, I would call it stalking; appearing at your work, waiting to walk you home , getting cozy with the family (although that family are way to happy with him and a possible marriage) which continues through all the ten episodes. Junko and Takane aren’t the only love couples and the show even dedicates a short part in one of the later episodes with a love chart by one of the co-workers of Junko.
Mr. Arthur en Ms. Momoe are one of the better couples. Momoe is a secret yaoi fangirl and from the moment that comes out she’s more on screen and becomes friends with Junko as she finds out by accident. Mr. Arthur is a teacher who is very popular with all the females, including his students. When he discovers Momoe’s passion, he is more than interested in her, and teases her every time Momoe is working on a “yaoi pairing” with two men she sees. He even goes as far as saying a certain sentence so that she can win a contest. It’s really great to watch the two of them, and see mr. Arthur struggle to get her attention while she only runs of the second he makes an suggestion. A very cute pair that took too long to end up together!
The bad guys in this serie are the Grandmother who has an dislike towards Junko and later Takane’s younger brother, Amane, gets involved because their Grandmother doesn’t want Junko in the temple and Takane is only focused on seducing Junko, no matter what his Grandmother says. When his younger brother shows up, a lot of family background comes forth. Amane is set on getting revenge by taking away everything of Takane, including destroying his relationship.
Story wise it’s not something special, since it’s about getting together, but the other part of the episodes are nice too. You get to see a good impression of both their lives and other side characters. It has a lot of funny moments in it, and it’s not childish or anything. I have seen other reviews complaining about things Junko gave up for love, but I dont think it’s a bad thing. As life changes your decision and she wanted Takane to be happy and the only way that was possible, without breaking up was to give up her dream. Which makes sense as Japan and other countries still see fit to the image the woman having to take care of the house, and the man works to pay the bills. That’s why Junko gave up her dream. But I love that the last episode ends with an twist.
I would recommend this series to everyone who want to watch a light, lovey dovey show that doesn’t have too many episodes and doesn’t need much thinking related to the story. The series also has a lot of English involved as it’s about an english language location. The pronouncing of the English is really good, and doesn’t bother you as you watch. It can be confusing in the first episode hearing random english sometimes.
Reviewed by: Tris