My summer holidays are spent at home watching Japanese dramas after my vacation from China. 'Love Shuffle' is the name of the drama and a couple of soundtracks from the drama is perfect for summer playlist! This drama is very interesting and features film cameras as well!
So I’m stuck at home with no intention of getting out of the house and end up watching this particular drama ‘Love Shuffle’. To my surprise, one of the character Sera Ojiro (played by Matsuda Shota) is a photographer and uses a lot of film cameras to shoot various characters in the drama. I just go, “Wow!” and “I want that!” whenever he’s shooting! Before I give you the summary of the drama, let me show you some of my vacation photos from China! =P
Here is the photo of Sera Ojiro and his cameras!
Usami Kei is a salaryman who has risen in status due to his engagement with Mei, the wealthy daughter of his company’s president. Shortly after she breaks off the engagement, a power failure leaves him stuck in the elevator of his apartment building. Trapped with him are three others living on the same floor – Airu, a trilingual interpreter, Ojiro, a model photographer, and Masato, a psychiatrist. While waiting, their conversation hits upon their love lives and the question of whether there is truly only one fated partner for everyone. As a result, they decide to try “shuffling” their relationships with each other. —Tokyograph
The chart of their love shuffle!
*Tamaki Hiroshi as Usami Kei
*Karina as Aizawa Airu
*Matsuda Shota as Sera Ojiro
*DAIGO as Oishi Yukichi
*Yoshitaka Yuriko as Hayakawa Kairi
*Kojima Hijiri as Kamijyo Reiko
*Kanjiya Shihori as Kagawa Mei
*Tanihara Shosuke as Kikuta Masato
I particularly love their funny and catchy phrases. First one is by Usami, which is ‘Say it isn’t so, Joe". This phrase was repeated by other actors and actresses throughout the drama which is really funny. They use this phrase when things goes wrong and they do not wish it to happen that way.
Another phrase is the Panda related phrases. In the end, they use more of ‘Yay, Panda!’ They even have quizzes where the answers can be linked to ‘panda’ or words that sound like ‘panda’.
As you can see, there’s even Lomo wall in the drama which are shown by photos above.
*Character Descriptions: *
- Tamaki Hiroshi as Usami Kei (29)
A section chief and a graduate from a second-rate university. He should have risen to become the division chief after his marriage, but…is his love for Mei real? Or is it just because he wants to maintain his current lifestyle? He’s opposed to the love shuffle.
- Karina as Aizawa Airu (25)
The daughter of a diplomat. She works as a translator. She has a boyfriend that she wants to break up with but she is enthusiastic about the love shuffle.
- Matsuda Shota as Sera Ojiro (26)
A photographer who shoots magazine cover shots and an outstanding young man who’s successful in his career. The female subjects of his photography shoots are always bowled over by him. He loves women and he’s enthusiastic about the love shuffle.
- DAIGO as Oishi Yukichi (29)
A wealthy man who made his money through stock trading. Even though he loves Airu, he eventually gives up and joins the love shuffle.
- Yos hitaka Yuriko as Hayakawa Kairi (19)
She hallucinates and has tried to kill herself several times. Her condition is unstable. She joins the love shuffle at the persuasion of Dr Kikuta.
- Kojima Hijiri as Kamijyo Reiko (34)
Her husband is a famous person. She is enjoying herself in the 3 months before her husband’s return and joins the love shuffle at the invitation of her lover, Ojiro. She’s a woman who only cares about looks but not talent or virtue.
- Kanjiya Shihori as Kagawa Mei (25)
The daughter of a company president. Kei saved her when she met a mountain accident back in high school and they are currently dating. She has never dated anyone else. 3 months before their wedding, she suddenly proposes to break off their engagement. She and Airu were classmates but Airu has forgotten about her because she has transferred schools numerous times. She joins the love shuffle.
- Tanihara Shosuke as Kikuta Masato (32)
An easy-going psychologist, he is more famous than he deserves to be. He joins the loves shuffle at Kairi’s invitation.
Source: D-addicts forum
My rating for this drama is a 8/10! Although this drama is only 10 episodes, it is really complete with features to all the characters inside. I love the comedy, romance, and the creativity in this drama.
Here’s the soundtrack I wanted to introduce that is perfect for summer and was also the soundtrack featured in ‘Love Shuffle’!