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Oh Ship! My Ship! Vol.3 : Satonaka Halu + Murase Aki | Pride

pridekimutaku00555(I was born to love you, with every single beat of my heart.)

First of all, shame on you Kwon and Hakakimi for not having made an entry about Kimutaku yet!? How can there be no tag for him guys? This atrocity needs to be changed; by the time I find some free time, Pride (on my top-3 series of him) review is coming first! And speaking of Pride, it has one of my favorite couples-well among other favorite things of mine Pride has to offer but this is an Oh My Ship! column, so yeah..maybe I should do an Oh My Sport! one, one of these days..

disclaimer – this post was written by kipzizz for dramajjang.co only; anywhere else you might see this, it is stolen –


Satonaka Halu (Kimutaku) is the captain of an ice hockey team, strong and hot-headed that is dedicated fully to the sport he loves, without wanting to commit to love in fear that will distract him from his game. He doesn’t get involved in relationships rather enjoys having an easy time.

Murase Aki (Takeuchi Yuko) is “an ordinary office lady” as she describes herself- she is polite and considerate. She waits for her boyfriend that left for America to work as an architect, for two years (..and counting)

After two random-not-so-random encounters, they decide to enter a “game”-contract at Halu’s proposal; he will act as a friend and boyfriend when she needs him to, until her actual boyfriend returns. That is, because she “doesn’t want to lose to loneliness” and he doesn’t need any emotional disturbances now that his game is on the up.


It doesn’t sound like the perfect romantic premise, does it? But, it’s a lot better than it sounds and their bond develops in a natural way with a strong friendship foundation at first, before it blows into a romantic one.

Aki’s gentle demeanor slowly unlocks Halu’s, seemingly unwavering, heart and his own outspoken way of handling things brings excitement to her dull life.

A good relationship should consist of a mutual “daring” to be the best model of yourself and that is exactly what Aki and Halu offer to each other; they always find a way to encourage and raise each other’s spirit. Despite their names’ different meanings (Halu = Spring, Aki = Autumn) they’re not that different on the core- they both long for love and affection and a steady place to “land” when things get tough.


Kimutaku (as expected from the master, best at everything!) has great chemistry with Takeuchi with some very memorable touching and intense scenes; there’s this air of ease and effortlessness around them.

The theme song “I was Born to Love you” by arguably the best band ever, (I don’t even need to name them) fits both the love for sport + soulmate. (I know I have dedicated this song to Arsenal many times..!) and it’s definitely relevant to the love Aki and Halu share.


They’re both weighted by hurt and fear but together they take a chance on each other casting aside their painful history and moving towards into the future. That is their love “pride”- to progress and grow together.


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  1. November 20, 2015 at 6:59 pm — Reply

    one of the few j-dramas i watched. i remember enjoying it, although i don’t remember much about the plot. i rememer thinking that the relationship felt realistic. You make me want to watch it again.

    • November 20, 2015 at 7:04 pm — Reply

      It’s a great drama, and one of my favorites as well- it has great characterization not only for the main duo but for many supporting characters too. And ofc Kimutaku at his peak! (then again, he’s always at his peak, that’s his gift!)
      When I get some time, I will definitely write a review on it!

  2. tyas
    November 23, 2015 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    The crown prince of jdorama.
    Although he is not in my list (nobody can beat Fuku-sama), I agree that this is one of his best dorama beside Good Luck!! or his rating bombastic Beautiful Life.
    You know, I always thought that it’s “Haru” (Japanese word for spring) instead of “Halu”, even the way they pronounce it sound more like Haru. But yes, it’s written in romanji as Halu.
    I’m happy that there is more review on jdorama here. It deserve more than its overrated kdrama. Keep it up!

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