Stepmom to Daughter Blues with Ayase Haruka is the Ratings Winner of the Summer 2018 J-dorama Season

The summer 2018 J-doramas are done or nearly done with airing and there were three big name cast ones caught my eye. Ueno Juri was back with the J-remake of Good Doctor and Ishihara Satomi was being her most fabulous self with Takane no Hana (English title Born to be a Flower), but the ratings winner ended up being Ayase Haruka‘s family slice-of-life dorama Gibo to Musume no Blues (Stepmom to Daughter Blues) adapted from a popular manga. The dorama started off with 11.5% ratings and nowadays premiering in double digits is a win already, and the ratings went up steadily with a few small blips to the most recent episode 7 hitting 15.1%.

Audiences are connected to the story of a capable working woman who marries a man with a daughter and becomes her stepmom, and there is a twist in this story as well, but it boils down to she tries her best in her no nonsense work style way to raise her and be a good stepmom. Ayase Haruka gets two awesome leading men here in Takenouchi Yutaka as her husband and Takeru Sato as the younger man with a crush on her, and the story spans 10 years in narrative from when the little daughter is in elementary school through high school. I’ve heard nothing but raves for this dorama so check it out! Continue reading

Snapshot of the Most Popular Japanese Actors of 2014 From Popular Year End Polls

The end of the year starts counting down now and with it comes the unending stream of polls, surveys, and lists. Which makes it a good time to check back in with Japan entertainment to see how the tastes have … Continue reading

A Look at the Leading Actors of Japanese Entertainment

A couple of months ago I did a write up on TW-actors and TW-actresses, which was relatively easy to do since there just aren’t that many of them occupying the perch as certifiable leads. The same isn’t true elsewhere, which … Continue reading

My Obsessions

I thought about following the tried and true formula of continuing to generate top ten lists of various topics. But then I realized that I have the attention span of a squirrel. Getting on my top ten doesn’t really mean … Continue reading