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.
Nobuta Wo Produce is probably one of the best slice-of-life dramas around.
The premise is that two popular boys decide to have an experiment in which they attempt to turn the pariah of their school into a popular teenage girl. It is interesting, but not all that enticing.
However, what really makes this drama worthwhile are the characters. What draws you in is their ambiguity. The characters are never sure and never fully state their motivations and the reasons behind their actions. It is much like any teenager would behave. They are unsure of themselves and unsure of what they should be doing and why they are who they are. It pulls you into their adventure of self discovery. The viewer becomes more involved in each character's struggles and ambitions to the point that their failures and triumphs become all the more meaningful. It captures life as one would a candid photo; it is a moment in time, not indicative of the future, but only of the present.
It truly is a slice of life. And a very delicious slice at that.
4/5 Must watch for teenagers, youth and lovers of coming-of-age stories.
Overall: The best thing since sliced bread! I just absolutely LOVED this drama! (^o^)v (^o^)> If for nothing else watch this drama for AKIRA and his list of infamous quotes! kon kon! Storyline: 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 Akira. To Shuji, Akira is just plain annoying. A new student comes to school; her name is Nobuko, a girl who has no self confidence at all and is made fun of and bullied in school. Shuji and Akira agree that they will "produce" Nobuko as the next popular girl. Unveiled here is the story of true friendship between three unlikely people who would not have been friends if not given these special circumstances. Music: I loved the music. Characters: I fell in love with all three of the main characters. Acting: This drama was cast perfectly. If it had been any body else it wouldn't have worked.