Aka: Buzzer Beat - Gakeppuchi no Hero Japanese Title: ãƒ–ã‚¶ãƒ¼ãƒ»ãƒ“ãƒ¼ãƒˆ Year: 2009 Director: Kozou Nagayama, Masaki Nishiura Screenwriter: Mika Omori Producer: Nakano Toshiyuki Genre: Romance, Sports Episodes: 11 Language: Japanese Country: Japan Subtitles: English
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Broadcast period: 2009-Jul-13 to 2009-Sep-21
Air time: Monday 21:00
Notes:Subtitles - English Soft Subs
Kamiya Naoki is a young player from a professional basketball team. But due to his relatively smaller size and his tendency to crack under pressure, he is unable to show his true skills on the court. Meanwhile, Shirakawa Riko is a cheerful, strong-spirited music college graduate aiming to become a professional violinist. One day, Riko finds Naoki's lost cell phone on a bus, and their meeting begins a friendship that eventually turns into love. However, Naoki was already considering marriage with his current girlfriend. And it doesn't help matters that Naoki's coach has fallen in love at first sight with Riko! --Tokyograph
Yamashita Tomohisa as Kamiya Naoki Mizobata Junpei as Hatano Shuji Kaneko Nobuakias Yoyogi Ren Aoki Munetaka as Moriguchi Shuto Nagai Masaru as Utsunomiya Toru Ishida Takaki as Saga Hiroaki David M as Larry Brown Abe Shohei as Nishizaki Ken
I have to say that this looks awesome! I mean, I'm pretty sure the acting is wooden as usual in J-Dramas, and that the story will be somewhat predictable, but I usually base my decision on whether to watch a series on the visual impact it has on me, and I must say that this looks very professionally done for a Japanese TV series. Also, as a basketball freak and an Asian hottie aficionado, I can't pass up on this.