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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 –

(Halu, the lollipop mastah!)

(Halu, the lollipop mastah!)

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.


(am I the only one that gets Gurren Lagann Kamina+Simon vibes here?)

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:

(who pulled it off better? Tom Cruise or Kimutaku?)

(who pulled it off better? Tom Cruise or Kimutaku?)

p.s 2 : now that is some motivational speech right there, hahaha. Yes, Kimutaku you’re being loved a lot!


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  1. November 25, 2015 at 11:37 pm — Reply

    9, 71/10… What an interesting grade. Not 75, not 70. 71. XD you brought back nice memories. thank you ^^

    • November 25, 2015 at 11:39 pm — Reply

      lol, I always do that on my Golden Rec stuff! You know, variety, I don’t want to give the exact same grade ever! ; p

      You’re welcome!

  2. hariaharia
    November 26, 2015 at 2:17 pm — Reply

    My first ever KimuTaku drama and I completely fell in love with his “Halu”! Thank you for reminding me my biggest Japanese crush, despite the fact that, at first, I thought he was Won Bin. 🙂 His favorite “Maybe” became my obsession for quite a while as if I were a teenager again, LOL…

    The OST is fantastic. I adore Queen and, although these particular songs were not my favorites, they are “regulars” on my playlists ever since Pride!

    PS, the scene where he proudly pulls off his broken tooth is one of its kind, XD (the “zamboni” date, on the other hand, made my girlish heart melt)

    • November 26, 2015 at 3:13 pm — Reply

      “Must be”!

      Haha, that scene was one of a kind, yeah. It was like “oh here’s my teeth, it might be disgusting but take it as a lucky charm!” ; )

      • hariaharia
        December 16, 2015 at 12:29 pm — Reply

        “And keep it close to your heart, cause that’s MY love, mama”…LOL!! xD…

  3. November 26, 2015 at 4:55 pm — Reply

    Ah, this brought back fond memories. ‘Pride’ was my first KimuTaku drama as well, and quite possibly my first jdrama (been a while so my memory is a bit hazy). XD Watched a whole string of his dramas afterwards, though looking back, I have to admit most of them are kinda so-so. It’s a pity he was never allowed to really ‘break through’ as the potential was there, couple of more Karei Narus would have been beneficial.

  4. Rindu
    October 18, 2018 at 3:13 am — Reply

    you wrote the review on my b’day *LOL*
    thanks so much for writting. your review really captured my thought on this series.
    pride was my 2nd takuya-san’s series, after asunaro hakusho/ordinary people.
    totally agree with you on halu-san & those forté made me head over heel with his character.
    in my opinion, the closing ending was too brief/too short since the conflicts built towards halu-aki’s separation were so long, intense, & complicated.
    i wish i could see more halu-aki sweet/romantic time, especially after they get back together.
    aside from all of the above, i think takuya-san looked best in pride ❤

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