Golden Rec – Pride Review [I Get Up and Nothing Gets Me Down]
Pride follows the story of Haru (Halu) Satonaka, captain and star player of Blue Scorpions Hockey Team, as he tries to cope with the sport’s demands, friendship, love and his constant craving for lollipops.
disclaimer – this post was written by kipzizz for dramajjang.co only –
Putting aside his lollipop obsession, Halu as the captain of the team, is someone everyone admires- he’s a natural leader, an inspiring athlete and is ready to defend his team-mates at any cost.
His best friend is Yamato, (Sakaguchi Kenji) a soft-hearted and gentle man, that is always looking out for him since they were kids in the school together. Among his other team-mates, the closest to Halu and Yamato are Tomonori (Ichikawa Somegoro) a wise playboy and Makoto (Sato Ryuta) who came to be in the team as fervent Halu fan.
Aki, is Halu’s main (and only) love interest [I’ve actually talked about them specifically here] and she and her two friends, Yuri (Nakagoshi Noriko) and Chika (MEGUMI), who also get romantically involved with Yamato and Tomonori, work in the company that owns Blue Scorpions.
Halu refers to Aki as a woman of an “older time” since she’s still waiting for her boyfriend who left abroad years ago and never contacted her since-despite that, she still has her heart set on waiting, something that sparks Halu’s interest. He is seemingly carefree when it comes to romance but deep down he longs for an unwavering love himself.
Other notable characters, include Yoko (Yuriko Ishida), the wife of Halu’s first coach and role model, Anzai (Tokito Saburo), who is a precious friend to him, and the new coach Yuichiro (Sato Koichi) who takes over the team after Anzai passes away.
Pride excels in the character development department; Halu is one of the best written male leads, I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch- Kimutaku’s distinctive acting style plays a major role on that of course. He manages to successfully tiptoe between the tough exterior and the compassionate soul Halu owns, presenting a straightforward, honest main hero.
Takeuchi also does a great job, in the portrayal of timid but sincere Aki who progressively figures how out to come out of her shy place.
The supporting characters, provide us with different struggles and aspirations that hold quite the emotional weight, as most of them are getting significant amount of screentime, that allows the audience to sympathize with them.
The soundtrack is brilliant, absolutely loved it. (probably has to do with the fact that Queen is my absolutely number.1 favorite band most of the time-by most of the time, I mean that, I sometimes switch that spot with RHCP, the other number 1 favorite band of mine, but that is beside the point..!) “I was Born to Love You” is the main theme, with “Too Much Love Will Kill you” and “We Will Rock You” following closely in numbers played. There are also a few memorable instrumental themes, that decorate the most emotional scenes.
To sum it up, Pride is a brilliant series about inner strength. It is about learning to put yourself to the test, and come out a better person; about being incapable of standing still but reach out for more; it is about being brave and let others in, even if that means possible heartache.
Pride is a story about giving it a shot and be proud of your effort.
Overall Grade : 9,71/10
p.s I leave you with the universal dilemma, of who pulled it off better:
p.s 2 : now that is some motivational speech right there, hahaha. Yes, Kimutaku you’re being loved a lot!