Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki Review
Maeda Atsuko portrays Yuriko Busujima, a young woman who aspires to be a political journalist- in the meantime, she passes her time picking lovers, based on their croissant-table-manners.
Busujima’s childhood left an ugly mark on her; her father abandoned his home to stay with his the woman he was cheating on her mother with. From that time, she decided she would never trust men, but since she also can’t live without romance (lol, this series’ tagline is “dedicated to women who cannot live without romance!”) she has established a simple rule on dating : she needs a backup boyfriend at all times, so she won’t end up feeling lonely when one of the two men she’s dating on a regular basis, eventually dumps her.
Yeah…I guess, upon reading the synopsis of the show, Busujima doesn’t sound like the smartest cookie in the neighborhood, nor the ideal main character one might root for; she has a redeeming quality that is important though – she’s very honest. Well, she’s not honest to herself at times, but she’s always upfront to others, when it comes to what she likes doing/dislikes doing.
There is the argument that dating multiple people at the same time might be deemed obscene, but when somebody is straightforward with their dating habits from the very start, can it still be considered unethical? Is there a line drawn by itself, or is it drawn by the people participating and agreeing/disagreeing on this confusing involvement with others?
The drama plays around that theme and it concludes that love is something exclusive afterall but there’s a whole lot of mess before you’re able to recognize that feeling; there is also the parallel with the world of politics, and how betrayal and distrust runs through every facet of the society- as well as the opposite, since you can also find loyalty, albeit in a smaller percentage than the former.
Maeda does a very good job in depicting Busu-chan, who initially seems like an air-head, but she works really hard in the cases she’s assigned to, she learns the difficult way how things can come to bite you in the ass if you’re careless, and ends up realizing that an avoidance of broken heart, isn’t something that you can calculate.
Her main love interests, are Midori, or Mii-chan (Watanabe Daichi) a goofy, good-hearted musician that has stayed with her the longest out of every other lover she ever had, and Ozu, (Arai Hirofumi) a mysterious, attractive top-journalist, she feels an unstoppable attraction to.
Special shout-out to my favorite character in the series – the cafe owner. He tells nothing, he hears everything and he never judges, just passing around his tasty hand-made croissants. Legend!
It’s not a must-see series or something great, but it’s watchable and doesn’t lose its pace at all. Seeing that it belongs in the late-night drama schedule, there will be some ~steamy~ scenes (nothing too much though) and cursing, so if that’s a red flag for you, you should stay away.
If you’re up for a different touch though, I’d probably suggest it; it’s only 10 episodes, 20 mins each, so you won’t waste much of your time, if you don’t end up liking it. At the very least, there are a handful of nice croissants shots in this drama, a jammy ED, and of course, the legendary Toya-san! Can we have a series through Toya-san’s eyes though, THE SHIT THIS MAN HAS SEEN AND HEARD lol.
Overall Grade – 7,35 / 10
disclaimer – this post was written by kipzizz for dramajjang only + huge thanks to manatsu @ DA