Kai Yuuki (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is in his senior year at university studying social welfare psychology. At present, he is in the middle of job-hunting season. He is finding it difficult with ... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
 Yuuki Kai 11 episodes, 2004
 Hagio Sae 11 episodes, 2004
Hiroki Narimiya ...
 Shouhei Aida 11 episodes, 2004
 Akane Ozawa 11 episodes, 2004
 Keita Yashima 11 episodes, 2004
Manami Konishi ...
 Maho Takagi 11 episodes, 2004
Yû Yamada ...
 Saeki Soyoko 11 episodes, 2004
 Ayumi Kirishima 11 episodes, 2004
 Sakaida Kyouju 11 episodes, 2004
Jun Fubuki ...
 Yuriko Hagio 11 episodes, 2004
Masaru Nagai ...
 Kakizaki Tohru 11 episodes, 2004
Ikki Sawamura ...
 Fujii Haruki 11 episodes, 2004


Kai Yuuki (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is in his senior year at university studying social welfare psychology. At present, he is in the middle of job-hunting season. He is finding it difficult with no job offers so far. One day, he meets a girl who is playing violin in the campus. She is Sae Hagio (Kou Shibasaki). In marked contrast to her beautiful tone and attractive looks, her personality is somewhat impertinent. And to top it off, she communicates through very vulgar sign language. Four years ago, she lost the most important thing for a violinist - her hearing. As a result Sae closed off her inner self from the outside world. Kai finds himself on a date with Sae, in place of his best friend. Unexpectedly, he comes into contact with Sae's private side. Love, job-hunting, friendship... Setting a campus in spring as a dorama's backdrop, it's the start of a glittering youth drama. Written by Eggrollin'

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Orange Days  »


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Possibly the most impressive Japanese dramas of the decade
24 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Possibly the most impressive Japanese drama of the decade, "Orange Days" is sure to be a classic years from now. It's a story of a group of friends in college dealing with life, particularly love and work.

Shibasaki Kou ("Good Luck!!", "Galileo") is incredibly charming as Sae, a beautiful and grouchy violinist who has difficulty accepting her recent loss of hearing. She's set to go on a date with the painfully single Keita (Eita), but he backs out and asks Kai (Tsumabuki Satoshi) to go in his place. It turns out that Kai knows sign language because of his major (how convenient!), and since he isn't as patronizing as some others at school who are fluent in sign language, he and Sae begin to spend more and more time together. Narimiya Hiroki and Shiraishi Miho also co-star as two seemingly different people who are attracted to one another.

The friendship of the five friends is not one of this drama's greatest attributes, surprisingly, as there are plenty of other dramas that surpass it in that category. Rather, the bond--romantic, friendly, and otherwise--between Sae and Kai is what touches the viewers' hearts. Shibasaki does a wonderful job of making her audience care for her character like they would for a real-life friend. This, combined with quality direction and writing (as far as dramas go), make "Orange Days" a beautiful drama. I highly recommend it.

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