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Series cast summary:
...  Kotaro Nukui 11 episodes, 2002
...  Toko Motomiya 11 episodes, 2002
...  Nobuo Yoshitake 11 episodes, 2002
Kenji Sakaguchi ...  Sogo Kimura 11 episodes, 2002
11 episodes, 2002
Shôsuke Tanihara ...  Yusuke Kuramochi 11 episodes, 2002
...  Haruna Kuramochi 11 episodes, 2002


Toko, decides after she turns 30 that she is all but ready to give up on any future career hopes or romance, so she turns to the bottle for comfort. She knows that this isn't the best thing, but can't find the strength right now to do anything except choose the easy way to do things. This causes her to start getting down on herself. Luckily though, she doesn't give up hope completely, and tries to take things as they come. Which proves to help to some degree. Suddenly one day, a guy by the name of Kotaro comes along. Like Toko, Kotaro hasn't had much luck at work either. Even so, this is still the same guy that Toko liked when she was younger. Naturally, Toko is thrilled to see Kotaro after such a long time, but eventually finds out that he is about as insensitive as you can get, and is self-centered to boot. This really gets to Toko. What's worse is that Toko ends up starting a small company with him, even though she had to leave her position at a large company because of trouble ... Written by

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10 January 2002 (Japan)  »

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The Strength of Love  »

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I don't usually like romantic comedy, but...
17 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

...well, I loved this. And, okay, I admit, I find myself easily addicted to romantic renzoku and shoujo manga in general. So I'm a big girl's blouse, I can deal with that.

But hey, this is a fun show, set in the world of advertising as a small, eccentric agency try to compete with their corporate ex-employers.

Motomiya Toko (Fukatsu) was demoted from the creative department to general affairs, so she's surprised when star designer Nukui Kotaro (Tsutsumi) head-hunts her for the new, independent agency he's formed with up-and-coming ad-man Kimura Sogo (Sakaguchi). However, they mistook her for someone else entirely....

Add in creative tantrums, love rivals, alcohol-fuelled stupidity and some genuinely fun and interesting ad campaigns, and you've got a show which is just the right combination of funny and sweet.

One thing this has, even above most of the romantic renzoku I've become addicted to, is a killer cast, headed by Fukatsu Eri (who recently played Tripitaka in the Saiyuuki series and movie), who is both lovely and hilarious, and the stern-faced Tsutsumi Shin'ichi (star of Sabu's Postman Blues), who gets to show his goofy side as Nukui-san. The rest of the cast is also excellent, especially Sakaguchi Kenji and Nishimura Masahiko as the other members of Nukui & Co.

The romance is as stylized as Japanese romances usually are, but the characters and the players really sell it for maximum effect. The ending is surprisingly moving, successfully bringing out the believable aspects of the characters which underly even the silliest comedy moments.

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