Thursday, June 21, 2007

Review: Nobuta wo Produce

Alternative Titles: 野ブタ。をプロデュース
Genre: School
Episodes: 10
Broadcast Year: 2005
Starring: Kamenashi Kazuya, Yamashita Tomohisa, Horikita Maki

Nobuta wo Produce (Nobuta means pig) is about a popular guy named Kiritani Shuji. Shuji is the "go-to" guy at his school but he's getting bored of his popularity. The only person he doesn't get along with is a wacky boy named Kusano Akira(played by Yamashita Tomohisa, yes that guy from the j-pop group, NEWS). Akira is the most annoying person in Shuji's school. Akira acts and talks funny all the time, no matter who's around.

Shuji has a daily ritual of touching a widow tree for good luck. One day, when Shuji goes to touch the widow tree, it's gone. In its place is a freaky girl that tells Shuji that he plained to hang herself. Frightened, Shuji goes away.

The next day, everyone in Shuji's class gets excited when they learn that there will be a new student. When the student introduces herself, Shuji is shocked to find out that the new student is the girl from the previous day.

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Nobuta wo Produce is the very first j-drama that I watched. It was a very good drama since it got me to continue watching more j-dramas.

Nobuta has some of the most memorable scenes. There are definitely many scenes in Nobuta wo Produce that will make you laugh and even cry. However, there were also some scenes in Nobuta that seem awkward and didn’t really fit in. For example, the episode with the ghosts (you’ll see once you watch it). These things don’t happen often in the series and it doesn’t make the whole series a bad experience. I just thought it would make been better if they somehow changed these scenes.


  • Some very funny parts
  • Unexpected twists in the plot
  • Awkward episodes and scenes that don't fit
  • Ending was kinda bad
Watch Nobuta wo Produce if you enjoy school-type dramas since this is probably the best after Hana Yori Dango.

Rating: 9.0/10

Here's the first 35 minutes of ep.1:


Carlie June 29, 2007 at 1:30 a.m.  

I agree that Nobuta can be disjointed, but overall it was a really great show about friendship.

Anonymous December 25, 2007 at 4:11 p.m.  

"Buta" means pig. "Nobuta" was a play on Maki's character's name.

sgraffito January 15, 2008 at 12:09 a.m.  

the ending was the best! and the scenes that you said which are not really necessary are good scenes. i think you just misunderstood its purpose...i think you should watch that episiode again, cause it was my fave, the school festival episode....T_T
keep up the reviews!

macquentosh January 24, 2008 at 4:41 p.m.  

I very much agree with sgraffito,
the school festival was also one of my most favorite scenes in the series. I kinda like the last part
too! the three of them will be able to live anywhere in the world.

xiah November 28, 2008 at 7:00 a.m.  

i love this drama!
it even inspired me in writing a script for our movie production project this year!

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