Ayumu passes an entrance exam of a high school with help of Yuko, her best friend, but Yuko fails and blames Ayumu for her failure. Broken heart from the broken friendship, Ayumu shuts her ... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
Saki Fukuda Saki Fukuda ...  Anzai Manami 11 episodes, 2007
Nanase Hoshii Nanase Hoshii 11 episodes, 2007
Yoshihiko Hosoda ...  Sako Katsumi 11 episodes, 2007
Masataka Hosoi Masataka Hosoi ...  Shiiba Makoto 11 episodes, 2007
Takahiro Hôjô Takahiro Hôjô ...  Sonoda Yuuki 11 episodes, 2007
Masanobu Katsumura Masanobu Katsumura ...  Sako Toshikatsu 11 episodes, 2007
Kii Kitano ...  Shiiba Ayumu 11 episodes, 2007
Miki Maya ...  Shiiba Fumiko 11 episodes, 2007
Tomoya Nakamura ...  Kano Akira 11 episodes, 2007
Suzu Natsume Suzu Natsume ...  Uda Rie 11 episodes, 2007
Satoshi Nikaido Satoshi Nikaido ...  Tasaki Yo 11 episodes, 2007
Akane Ohsawa Akane Ohsawa ...  Shinozuka Yuko 11 episodes, 2007
Takehiko Ono Takehiko Ono ...  Anzai Daijiro 11 episodes, 2007
Miki Sakai Miki Sakai ...  Hiraoka Masako 11 episodes, 2007
Megumi Seki ...  Hatori Miki 11 episodes, 2007
Asaka Seto ...  Toda Wakae 11 episodes, 2007
Haruka Suenaga Haruka Suenaga ...  Iwamoto Midori 11 episodes, 2007
Ken'ichi Yajima Ken'ichi Yajima ...  Iwaki Masashi 11 episodes, 2007
Kazuma Yamane Kazuma Yamane ...  Kanno Akira 11 episodes, 2007


Ayumu passes an entrance exam of a high school with help of Yuko, her best friend, but Yuko fails and blames Ayumu for her failure. Broken heart from the broken friendship, Ayumu shuts her up and gives up making new friends in high school. But Manami, the most popular girl in her class, is more than happy to accept her as her friend, so she starts to enjoy her new life. But when Manami misunderstands that Ayumu is trying to steal her boyfriend, her insidious bullying to Ayumu begins. With nobody to turn to as her mother concerns more about her weak brother, and her teacher has her own problem, she is pushed to the limit of losing herself.

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Sometimes Hard To Watch, But Very Powerful
19 September 2011 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

Based on a manga, this eleven episode drama about bullying in high school stars the young accomplished actress Kii Kitano as Ayumu. She goes to high school in place of her best friend, who ends up killing herself about it. Ayumu is befriended by Manami (a very effective Saki Fukada), and treats others in her circle less well, until one of the girls on the outs misconstrues Ayumu's attempt to help Manami by speaking to her boyfriend Sako (Yoshiko Hosoda, who has a few dark secrets in this drama). Ayumu ends up getting bullied in various ways, made to feel like an outcast. This escalates and the drama really turns sinister. Parents of school age children should watch this as a warning, to know what is going on. Save for one teacher, the principal and the other teachers turn a blind eye to what's going on. Although it isn't perfect, I finished every episode wanting to see the next and I really began to intensely dislike a few characters, a ringing endorsement for watching. Its always great to see Kii Kitano's work, and she did this a few years ago. You won't forget it soon, and the social message is loud, clear and fairly in your face. Very highly recommended.

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