I have been hoping to see a male guest on Arashi ni Shiyagare (嵐にしやがれ) for a while now – just to make sure that they were still keeping the door open to that possibility. I have to admit, though, that Sasaki Kuranosuke-san is a lot more laid-back a character than I was hoping for.

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He’s been in something like twenty dramas in the past five years, and I’ve seen precisely none of them. Mostly, that’s because I’m counting each season separately and he’s involved in the multi-season dramas Iryu and Hancho. I tend to avoid multi-season dramas if I haven’t already watched the first season.

In keeping with Kuranosuke-san’s personality, it’s a fairly mild and slow start to the episode.

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Once again, the editor tries to make things more interesting with the tabloid thing . . .

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. . . and once again I find it completely unconvincing.

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