Here’s another new drama from Fuji TV that’s going to be starting up on the 9th of April(only a couple of a weeks from now), it’s called Gokuaku Ganbo and it’s going to be starring Machiko Ono as the lead role of Kaoru Kanzaki. The original work(which the drama was based off) is a comic called Kabachitare, and the strange thing is that the lead role in the comic was actually male(Mamoru Kanzaki) but the producers for the drama must have decided it would be better for TV if the main character was female and switched it around. Ganbo is a word from the Hiroshima dialect of Japan and it basically means “hoodlum” or “yankee” if you’re familiar with that term. The drama will also be starring Shiina Kippei, Shohei Miura, Riisa Naka, Riki Takeuchi Itsuji Itao, Takashi Ukaji and others.
If you haven’t already gathered by the name of the drama or my short explanation of it this drama is going to focus mostly on hoodlums(or the main character, who is a hoodlum). Kaoru’s mother was the manager of an Okinomiyaki store when she was a child and the store went through some financial issues, throwing Kaoru and her mother into a life of being poor. Because of this Kaoru spends years working a bunch of different jobs trying to save money until she eventually manages to build up around 1 000 000 yen of savings(roughly $10 000). A work friend of Kaoru’s comes to her asking for money and she ends up lending it to them, but because of this kind act she ends up having to take on a large amount of debt herself and becomes poor again. This is where she ends up meeting the workers at Koshimizu Management Consultant Agency and her life changes completely.
I think this is going to be one of those dramas where the hoodlum(who also happens to be the main character) is raised by the people around them and straightens out so that they can properly function in society. I could be wrong about that, but reading the introduction to the drama on its official webpage reminded me a little of “Yankee-kun to Megane-chan” which was a drama from a few years ago based off a manga about 2 Japanese hoodlums that end up going to a prestigious private school together. Anyway, I’ll be watching this one because I don’t see any reason not to from what I’ve read. If you’re interested too it’ll be airing on Monday nights.