Actress Horikita Maki retired from the industry back in February of 2017 shortly after giving birth to her first child. However, multiple reports say that she’ll be making a return in order to reprise her character from 2005’s hit drama ‘Nobuta Wo Produce’ with Kamenashi Kazuya and Yamashita Tomohisa also returning.
Serving as the sequel to the events of the original series, NTV is also trying to get to co-stars Kazuya Kamenashi and Tomohisa Yamashita for the special too. Apparently, in the sequel Shuji (Kazuya) gives up his dream of becoming an artist and now works for a medium sized company. Akira (Yamapi) is a freelance actor, and Nobuta (Maki) is a single mother.
Is it a bit of a wish more than something solid? Absolutely. Do I give a shit? Absolutely not. Dramas like this are why this blog exists today.
For those, unfamiliar, here’s a synopsis:
Kiritani Shuji is the popular guy who gets along with everyone, from the jerks to the nerds to the just plain weird. The one person Shuji cannot stand is Kusano Akira. To Shuji, Akira is just plain annoying. He laughs, talks and acts funny. Things heat up when a new student comes to school. Her name is Kotani Nobuko, a girl who has no self confidence at all and is content at being made fun of and bullied in school. Shuji and Akira come to an accord that in order to make use of their youth they will produce Nobuko as the next popular girl. One of the conditions, however, is that nobody should find out that they are working together as a team to make this concept possible. Unveiled here is the story of true friendship between three unlikely candidates who would not have been friends if not given the special circumstances.
The suspension of disbelief is that somebody like Horikita Maki wouldn’t be popular in high school but I digress.
It’s a somewhat typical modern adaptation of the Pygmalion/My Fair Lady plot, but it had some subversion and was just a lot of fun.