[Jdrama] One Pound Gospel

April 7, 2008 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

Kamenashi Kazuya as Hatanaka Kosaku
Kuroki Meisa as Sister Angela
Kobayashi Satomi as Mukoda Seiko
Okada Yoshinori as Ueda
Yamada Ryosuke as Mukoda Katsumi
Minamisawa Nao as Noriko
Takahashi Issei as Ishizaka
Mitsuishi Ken as Mitaka Hideo
Motai Masako as Osamu Incho
Ishiguro Hideo as Horiguchi
Namioka Kazuki as Kojima
Eguchi Noriko as Sister Milee

One Pound Gospel is a Japanese drama that aired in the winter of 2008. It’s based on the manga of the same name by famed manga-ka, (of Inuyasha) Takahashi Rumiko. It garnered pretty average ratings of 10.6%.

This drama stars Kame as a flyweight boxer who loves to eat. He loves it so much that he is always over the weight limit for his weight class and always has to work extra hard to lose the weight for his fights. One day while running, he meets Sister Angela, a young nun from the local convent. He falls for her instantly, but she is very naive and doesn’t really understand what’s happening. Each episode is a stand-alone story about Kousaku’s fights and his training prior to it. Throughout the series, Kousaku and Sister Angela’s relationship progresses and faces many trials.

While One Pound Gospel is certainly an enjoyable drama, it’s just an average sports drama. And sports dramas are what they are. It’s exciting and cheesy and after you’re done watching it, you think that whatever sports theme it was, it could start being your favorite. Maybe the only new concept it adds to the typical sports drama is the heavier romance theme. But even then, the romance drama parts are very average as well. He falls for her, she eventually falls for him, they face many trials, but are reunited and live happily ever after.

But the acting is good and all the characters are likeable enough. However, unlike most dramas, there wasn’t very much back stories to each of the characters outside the gym. There were a few short and uncomplicated side stories, but definitely not enough to flesh out each of the supporting characters, which leave little depth.

However, if you really enjoyed this storyline and live in the US, then there is some good news. I hear the English version of the manga is coming out sometime. So if you liked the drama, you can enjoy it again in its original manga version, though I doubt I’ll be picking it up.

Buy the boxset: Japan Version

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