Shuji (Kamenashi Kazuya) is one of the most popular guy in school. He tries to avoid Akira (Tomohisa Yamashita), because of his constant annoyance. But Kame isn't just like that. At home, ... See full summary »
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Kazuya Kamenashi ...
 Shuji Kiritani (10 episodes, 2005)
Tomohisa Yamashita ...
 Akira Kusano (10 episodes, 2005)
Maki Horikita ...
 Nobuko "Nobuta" Kotani (10 episodes, 2005)
Eric Matahira ...
 James Yamada (10 episodes, 2005)
Natsuna
(10 episodes, 2005)
Yûji
(10 episodes, 2005)
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Shuji (Kamenashi Kazuya) is one of the most popular guy in school. He tries to avoid Akira (Tomohisa Yamashita), because of his constant annoyance. But Kame isn't just like that. At home, he's a total different person. He goes to a willow tree every morning, because he made a pact to go to it every morning. One day, when going to the tree, he is extremely shocked to see it gone. And suddenly, he sees a girl emerge from behind the stone where the tree once stood upon. She jokes about how it wasn't the best place to kill herself, but he is terrified and runs away. The next day, at school, he seems to be his popular self again, and the girl turns out to be a new student...in his class!! She is bullied by the mean girls, especially Bando. Shuji and Akira then decide to produce the girl, who is given the name "Nobuta", to one of the most popular girls in school! Written by Jin Akanishi's wife/ KadajJenova

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The three lovable leading characters embody the reason why this show is so damn brilliant
31 August 2006 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Nobuta wo Produce may not have the most original premise, however the characters are what make the show an original. They are the glue that holds the show together, they are what make you laugh and cry and then laugh some more. Nobuta wo Produce is written with a wit and intelligence rarely seen in television anymore. There are far too many shows that attempt to mask a rather cliché premise with "out there" characters who end up as 1 dimensional caricatures. Nobuta wo Produce knows what it is and that's what makes everything work so well. The three main characters are written with the utmost love and compassion and it shines through with their endearing interaction with one another. Nobuta played by the continually impressive Horikita Maki, is positively endearing and wonderfully acted. Akira Kusano is wacky, weird and awesomely played by Tomohisa Yamashita who manages to add a depth to his character, who first appears as the stereotypical funny guy. Finally, Shuji played by Kazuya Kamenashi is equally impressive, exuding an obvious understanding for his characters plight and projecting that through his excellent leading performance. All three actors give brilliant performances and all three have such a strong chemistry with one another that it feels like they really are the best of friends.

Nobuta wo produce is so impressively written that it breaks the mold of conventional high school dramas by developing the characters in such a fashion that they each have their own definable arc that lead to a beautifully written change in character. Nobuta wo Produce deals with issues of growing up without the overly sentimental hallmark crap, it is honest and true with its portrayal of high school life and how these characters influence upon each other is what shapes them to become who they are. It may not be written in the most realistic way at times but the characters that embody the story feel real, and you will undoubtedly be in fits of tears and laughter due to your growing attachment to them.

Nobuta wo Produce is an original but not in the conventional sense. It is an original because it has such a large heart, that makes you fall in love with the characters. Who are original in every sense of the word.


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