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Under Age 

Miseinen (original title)
The universal theme of friendship, in all its vulnerability, tenderness, and purity, is explored in this drama. The flow of seasons forms a thematic continuity to the action: the severity ... See full summary »








Series cast summary:
Kenji Anan Kenji Anan ...  Tanabe 11 episodes, 1995
Kazuyuki Asano ...  Koike 11 episodes, 1995
Mirei Asaoka Mirei Asaoka ...  Arisa 11 episodes, 1995
Ayumi Hamasaki Ayumi Hamasaki ...  Hitomi 11 episodes, 1995
Issei Ishida Issei Ishida ...  Hiro 11 episodes, 1995
Gamon Kaai Gamon Kaai 11 episodes, 1995
Shingo Katori Shingo Katori ...  Deku 11 episodes, 1995
Nobuyuki Katsube Nobuyuki Katsube ...  Tabata 11 episodes, 1995
Masaki Kitahara Masaki Kitahara ...  Tanabe 11 episodes, 1995
Leo Morimoto Leo Morimoto ...  Ushijima 11 episodes, 1995
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka 11 episodes, 1995
Tokuma Nishioka Tokuma Nishioka 11 episodes, 1995
Shigemitsu Ogi Shigemitsu Ogi ...  Kenjo 11 episodes, 1995
Sachiko Sakurai Sachiko Sakurai ...  Niimura 11 episodes, 1995
Takashi Sorimachi ...  Goro 11 episodes, 1995
Yukiko Takabayashi Yukiko Takabayashi ...  Makiko 11 episodes, 1995
Junko Takazawa Junko Takazawa 11 episodes, 1995
Shôsuke Tanihara 11 episodes, 1995
Minori Terada Minori Terada 11 episodes, 1995
Nagiko Tôno Nagiko Tôno ...  Kayoko 11 episodes, 1995
Takashi Ukaji 11 episodes, 1995
Michiko Yamamoto Michiko Yamamoto 11 episodes, 1995
Tomoko Ôtakara Tomoko Ôtakara 11 episodes, 1995


The universal theme of friendship, in all its vulnerability, tenderness, and purity, is explored in this drama. The flow of seasons forms a thematic continuity to the action: the severity of youth in summer, the sentimentality of autumn, and the frustration of winter. Together, this group of boys cope with common adversity, face the death of a friend, and prepare to deal with the world of adulthood. Written by https://mydramalist.com/3342-miseinen

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13 October 1995 (Japan) See more »

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Battle Royale's younger brother...
9 August 2006 | by ohtori_janitorSee all my reviews

not in age, but in shock factor. Although there are some very shocking scenes even for TV today which is why it has never seen a re-broadcast in Japan.

A story of 5 boys in their last year of high school, the main character Hiro who has to live in his star older brother's shadow, Junpei with his unrequited love but lacks any confidence in himself whatsoever, Tsutomu who has been pushed all his life to be a studying robot with no freedom, Goro a school dropout with dangerous ties to the Yakuza, and Deku a handicapped boy with a heart of gold but tends to make careless mistakes...

This show delves into the age old fight between young people and society (or 'adults') which arguably takes away their innocence and forces them to conform to a seemingly 'all for me or none at all' mindset. What will it take to avoid becoming one of these 'dirty' adults? Isn't friendship the most important thing? The tag line reads 'will there come a day..when we will backstab our friends?' When the pressure is too great, it leads to a flurry of events which leave an entire country on their toes... and viewers as well! Add to this the requisite love stories, such as with Goro and his prostitute girlfriend, Goro and the girl with a sad secret, and of course Hiro who is hopelessly in love with his older brother's fiancé.

The casting is top notch and some of the scenes will have you in tears... the first half is a little slow moving, but it is a necessary evil leading up to the climax. It's too bad this show is merely still famous for Hamasaki Ayumi's appearance. Recommended for Japanese film and drama fans everywhere.

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