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ESC to close 3.71 (by 7 users)hibana
  • 2016
  • web
  • Japan

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romanized hibana
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genres drama, work

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language Japanese

Production

country Japan
type real
format web
network netflix Japan

Release

date 03 Jun, 2016
episodes 10
duration 52 minutes
air day Friday
status released

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avg. score 3.71 of 5 by 7 users
total users 31
rating 26
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Synopsis

Tokunaga wishes to become a stand up comedian. Upon meeting Kamiya, another comedian, he gets a chance to learn what comedy is all about and advance in his career. But as Tokunaga's popularity starts to rise, Kamiya's begins to sink.

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Tokunaga Ayuta
main
Kamiya Saizou
main
Miyano Masaki
supporting
Ayumi
supporting
Nishida Erika
supporting
Onodera
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pyapi 19 Nov, 2016
Maybe I'm missing something, maybe it's flying past my head and I'm completely unaware, because despite loving slower paced and heavier series this one feels like too dull for me.

I agree with the previous comment, the acting's great and the series is beautifully shot, but after 5 episodes it feels stagnant for me. There is some progress which passes by smooth and naturally, there are some interesting moments that pique my interest, but overall it feels like the story is stretched thin while trying to lengthen the series. I personally think it may have benefited from a shorter run.

On hold for now, maybe I'll pick it back up again later because the actors and cinematography are good, although I'm honestly still not sure.
magician 04 Aug, 2016
This is an amazing drama, as long as you know what you're getting into before you start it.

Hibana is a story about manzai duos and the world of Japanese comedians, but in no way could it ever be described as a comedy. Rather than comedy itself, the drama tells of the struggles and reality for those trying to make it in the owarai business and what it's like both when they're doing terribly and when they're doing well.

It's slow-paced, extremely heavy at times, and there are very few chances for laughter throughout. The characters and relationships are presented in such normal and believably realistic ways that they almost feel boring (in a good way; not caricatures), and coupled with the long shots that do not shy away from long silences, it almost feels more like an impeccably filmed documentary following real people, than a story with fictional characters. The writing is quite brilliant, but even in the moments of humorous dialogue, the intense feeling of realism that the drama holds and the slow pace make it difficult to laugh. I find this to be a very unique way of telling a story based in an industry where comedy would be expected to be used as a tool to fuel the drama.

Lack of comedy aside, it's beautifully shot, impressively acted, and is well worth the watch as it provides interesting insight into an industry that is viewed as such a happy one from the outside.
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