Sprout: Japanese Drama Review

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Sprout

 Japanese Drama (2012) Episodes: 12
Genre: Romance/Slice of Life My Score: 6.5/10 ★★★☆☆
Summary: A highschool girl believes in an “eternal first love” and “her fated person.” Unfortunately, it turns out the guy who she believes is her “fated one” already has a girlfriend.
Lead Actors: Chinen YuriMorikawa AoiKojima Fujiko, and Lewis Jesse 

Review: There was a lot of hype for this drama around the time it aired. I just can’t understand it. Actually, it was probably so popular just because of the actors. The two lead guys are idols, so I’m guessing their fan base just got excited.

Not that the drama is bad… it’s just not as good as people were claiming it was.

2-8

Plot/Story

This drama is based on a manga, though, from what I’ve read of it, it’s not entirely the same. (I’ll have to read more and get back to this later.)

It’s a very nostalgic drama. The kind of dreamy, slice-of-life thing that makes many people remember their first love. I had a hard time relating to it, since obsessing over a taken guy has never been my thing. It was very hard for me to get into this drama personally, but I can see how others may like it. I did like the last two episodes, though, especially the very last. There were some scenes I could identify with, (such as that awkward feeling when you want to be with your crush, but can’t say it), and so, I did get some nostalgia out of this series eventually.

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Characters/Acting

I know hardcore Sprout fans aren’t going to like my review, but I want to be honest, haha.

The main girl character, Miku, really irritated me. Ugh. I just could not like her at all for the majority of the drama. I liked her by the end, but her character ruined pretty much the whole drama for me. First off, she was obsessed with some guy she didn’t know, just because he helped her to the nurse’s office. She didn’t even know what the heck he even looked like, but she was 100% positive that they were going to end up together. Suddenly, she meets a classmate and develops a crush on him. So she transfers this obsession onto him, claiming that he was that guy who helped her before, (I don’t think she ever asks him during the whole series, though).  Well, it turns out he already has a girlfriend. So she starts hating on the girlfriend, whom he had been dating for a very long time.

And then… then, I see comments on the videos hating on the girlfriend for acting jealous, even though she has every right to be. I just don’t get it, haha.

I liked Hayato, (the boy that liked Miku), the most. Though it was strange how they kind of played him up as a “bad boy” in the beginning, then totally lost it soon after, haha. Souhei, the male lead, was kind of dense, but he was tolerable. Ozawa was okay; I neither liked nor disliked her.

The acting was pretty good, especially considering that they’re all mostly new at this. Besides a few bumps, it was believable enough. The actor for Hayato, Jesse, could use a bit more work on his expressions, (or lack thereof, even when he was angry), and the actress for Miku, (Aoi), needs to stop doing that wide-eyed expression so much, but they’re still very new so I’m not holding it against them or anything.

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Conclusion

I don’t know. I really did not like this drama. I know a lot of people like it, so I’m tempted to give it a higher score, but the bottom line is, I wouldn’t watch it again. Maybe I’m too old, not old enough, or too practical when it comes to love. I just don’t see how someone can develop such a huge crush on someone they hardly know, to the extent that they can’t let it go when needed. The main girl was just too off-putting for my tastes for too long.

There were a lot of people who did like it, though, so you might as well give it a try if you like the slice-of-life, nostalgia genre.

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2 thoughts on “Sprout: Japanese Drama Review

  1. It’s funny to hear that people actually liked this drama. I was stuck on ep 7 for months…and just last week I decided to drop it for good. The lead girl ticked me off to no end. I also tried to read the manga, but that bored me so I think I’m done with Sprout forever. It’s nice to hear your honest opinion on this because I fully agree with you.

    • Yeah, I think if I wasn’t recapping it, I probably would’ve dropped it too, haha. I was stuck around that episode as well, but it took me almost a year to pick it up again. I’m just glad the episodes were short lol.

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