My Top 10 Jdrama OSTs

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In trying to get back to my jdrama roots, I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favorite Original Soundtracks. There are some dramas that can go without a particularly noticeable soundtrack, but when they do have an outstanding theme it makes the drama itself more enjoyable. It’s not often that I download drama OSTs, but these ones were so good that I had to keep listening to them even after the show had ended.

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Jdrama Review: Kazoku Game (2013)

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Title: Kazoku Game
Episodes: 10
Duration: 46 min.
Aired: Apr 17, 2013 to Jun 19, 2013
Cast: Sakurai Sho, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Uragami Seishu, Itao Itsuji, Suzuki Honami, Kutsuna Shiori
Genre: Family, Life, Psychological, School

The Synopsis: The story revolves around an eccentric home tutor named Yoshimoto, who is hired to teach the second son of the Numata family. While being tossed around by the weird and unconventional home tutor, the remedial student and his family gradually start changing. Though the previous movie/dramas featured a fiercely competitive high school entrance examination as its main theme, the 2013 version will also feature some modern problems like bullying and school refusal.

The Review: Kazoku Game translates into what this show is all about, “Family Game.” Sakurai Sho, as Yoshimoto, agrees to be Shigeyuki’s tutor, but he is teaching the whole family. Each of the family members has different problems in the ways they act, think, and communicate. There is the mother, who cares more about how her family is perceived by the neighbors and has lost touch with her own children; the father, who pays no attention to his own family. The children consist of the older brother, Shinichi, who does not show any feeling for his family or guilt about hurting others, and the younger brother, Shigeyuki, who hides himself away at home and refuses to face the harsh realities of the world.

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Jdrama Review: Border (2014)

Title: Border
Episodes: 9
Duration: 54 min.
Aired: Apr 10, 2014 to Jun 5, 2014
Cast: Oguri Shun, Aoki Munetaka, Endo Kenichi, Haru
Genre: Detective, Thriller, Psychological

The Synopsis: Ango Ishikawa is a detective with smarts and a keen sense of observation. He’s in great physical shape and also highly ambitious. Ango also only focuses on his work and his personal life is pretty much non-existent. One day, a former police officer is killed by a gun shot. Ango goes to the scene of the crime, but is shot in the head by the killer who is lurking at the crime scene. Ango hovers between life and death. At that time, he thinks to himself “Where do people go after they die?” and then “I don’t want to die.” A miracle then happens. Ango survives with the bullet still lodged in his head. He goes back to work. Since Ango was shot, he can now see and talk with the dead.

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