Ratings have come out for the second season of the TV Asahi drama “Nobunaga no Chef“. The drama features popular male idol Yuta Tamamori from group Kis-My-Ft2 and the first episode of the new season was a 2 hour special. Despite this the drama managed to secure close to a 10% in ratings in Kanto. Considering the other ratings that have come out for dramas this week 9.7% doesn’t sound too bad, especially considering that the first episode went for close to 2 whole hours(a lot longer than the regular 45 minute slots). The drama is about a French chef named Ken, played by Tamamori, who slips back in time to the warring period in Japan. There are some other pretty big names appearing in Nobunaga Chef(Season 2) as well including Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Mirai Shida and Sei Ashina.
I’ve gotta be honest and say that I’m really glad that I’m not the person who has to subtitle this series. I watched around 5 minutes of it on the bus the other day and was having quite a bit of trouble understanding what the warring period roles were talking about. I suppose the Japanese used was pretty different back then, and maybe I should have held on a little longer but I wasn’t really in the mood at the time. It makes me kind of wonder if Japanese people have trouble understanding some of the vocabulary or phrases used as well. I know Kabuki can be pretty difficult for Japanese people to understand at times and I can’t say that I could completely understand all of what’s going on in any of Shakespeare’s works. Did anyone watch the first episode of this yet? If so, what’d you think of it?