jdramaNigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu

Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu First Look

Moriyama Mikuri (Gakky) is a psychology graduate but finds it difficult to work on her field;  her father sets her up to work part-time for Tsuzaki Hiramasa, (Hoshino Gen) a company engineer. A number of events, lead them to decide that a “de facto” marriage, would be the best for both of them.

Loooooved the first episode! I mean, I expected to like it (what with my Gakky bias, Nogi Akiko as a screenwriter, interesting cast etc) but I was a bit skeptical regarding the plot; thankfully, if the first episode was any indicator, we won’t go down a route of “same ol’ annoying characteristics” mixed with cold-hot rom-com setup.

If anything, the story’s main theme is about finding your place in the world, and satisfy the innate need of belonging somewhere.

“I want someone to pick me. Saying “It’s a good thing you’re here”. I want to be accepted. I wonder if that’s a luxury? Everyone wants to be needed by someone. But..it doesn’t go well. Gradually giving up on various emotions, laughing it off when you want to cry. That is how I might be living.”

Mikuri’s character has a realistic tone, in the sense she’s struggling with what most people do, after graduating- finding a suitable job, preferably, based on the subject you studied for. But, it doesn’t (NEEEVER lol) always work that way.

Still, Mikuri finds fulfillment in doing things “professionally”, no matter what that is; ain’t no use in complaining, when you got a job to do, right? Which is also, Tsuzaki’s “life theme”.

Thankfully, Hoshino’s character has not much in common with his latest role, Shinomiya in Kounodori, hahaha. Tsuzaki is a calm, collected, hard-working person, who comes across a bit distant; but, deep down he’s an adorable, appreciative, fluffy dork, that is happy feeding birds.

Mikuri and Hoshino gradually get along together, but their work-friend-relationship is abruptly interrupted, when Mikuri’s parents decide to move in the countryside; since her part-time job, can’t cover for her expenses of potentially living alone, she proposes a de-facto marriage to Tsuzaki, who eventually accepts it, since it will be beneficial for him as well.

So things will get complicated, even though, the reason the de-facto marriage was put in the table, was to avoid any complications, lol.

It was a very entertaining first episode, with funny quick-liners, enjoyable supporting cast (Mikuri’s aunt and Tsuzaki’s senior caught my attention the most!) but also a couple contemplative-touches. Hopefully it continues strong!

Onwards to episode 2 then! *

p.s that ED song, so darn catchy- and the dance is eeeepic!

*I will be offline for a couple+ weeks, so I will start recapping when I get back. (that probably means, from episode 4 and onwards)

disclaimer – this post was written by kipzizz for dramajjang only + huge thanks to mottofreaky

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  1. kosameame
    October 17, 2016 at 4:27 am — Reply

    Looks like an interesting theme to explore. Thanks for the recap Kipzizz!

    I won’t be able to watch it until my schedule slows down, so I’ll be counting on your recap for this show! Yoroshiku onegaishimas!

    • October 17, 2016 at 10:29 am — Reply

      You’re welcome!

      よろしくお願いします ! 😀

  2. Echo
    October 19, 2016 at 7:47 pm — Reply

    I was little leery about the contract marriage setup, but I really liked the 1st episode. I especially liked how Tsuzaki Hiramasa is more introverted and awkward as opposed to being arrogant or conceited.

    I’m looking forward to the 2nd episode. Hopefully the series gets subbed at a good pace and I won’t have to wait until it’s finished airing.

  3. Kiki
    November 12, 2016 at 6:56 pm — Reply

    Does anyone know the opening song of this drama?

    • November 13, 2016 at 9:59 am — Reply

      CHARAN-PO-RANTAN – Susume tama ni nige te mo

      • Kiki
        November 23, 2016 at 1:31 pm — Reply

        I’ve been googling a lot and only found Gen Hoshino’s Koi as the result, hahahaha
        Koi is of course catchy and cheerfull and enjoyable, etc. But I think the Opening is also nice 😀
        Thanks again 🙂

        • November 23, 2016 at 3:16 pm — Reply

          You’re very welcome! 🙂

  4. Noor
    December 3, 2016 at 10:17 pm — Reply

    I am glad you guys have this website! You guys do not forget to give importance to the Japanese dramas!

    And I am a huge fan of Gakky (like KIPZIZZ is!) so i love you guys! And i am very grateful!

    Sending love and wishes!

    • December 3, 2016 at 10:33 pm — Reply

      Hehe, thank you for you love then! 😀

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