Uta no Onii-san (2009)

  • Title: 歌のおにいさん
  • Title (romaji): Uta no Onii-san
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Episodes: 8
  • Viewership ratings: 10.8 (Kanto)
  • Broadcast network: TV Asahi
  • Broadcast period: 2009-Jan-16 to 2009-Mar-13
  • Air time: Friday 23:15
  • Theme song: Kumorinochi, Kaisei by Yano Kenta starring Ohno Satoshi


The story revolves around an unconventional children’s show called “Minna de Utao!” Kenta is a young musician whose band breaks up and who gets dumped by his girlfriend. To top it off, his own family labels him as useless. Unexpectedly, he becomes an “uta no oniisan,” a singing character on the children’s show.


Ohno Satoshi as Yano Kenta :: Ohno’s second drama and he’s the lead once again! Yano Kenta goes through all the tragedies of life within a single day. Now that’s got to be a record. Unmotivated yet very talented, he finds himself employed as a “Singing Brother.” He soon finds what truly makes him happy, sometimes in the most unconventional way. His attitude in the beginning was so rude (?) but can you blame the guy? He was just dumped by his girlfriend, dumped by his band, let go from his job; you get the drift. I’d rather not say anymore, otherwise it would make him seem even more pathetic. Ohno Satoshi’s portrayal of Yano Kenta is right on the dot. You can tell his acting has definitely improved from Maou and it seems more natural. I can’t say the same for his incredibly dark tan @_@  Someone keep him away from the sun for a good month or two. At least, he sings the awesome theme song with a catchy tune and cute lyrics ;]

Chisa as Mizuno Akane :: At first, I really did not like this character. She dumps Kenta without giving him a reason and dismisses him from the band coldly. But, about halfway to the end of this series she kind of grew on me. I was a bit frustrated watching her indecisive character; we know she still cares about Kenta but she won’t tell him the truth. Is the truth going to kill you or something? PLUS she and the band dumped him just to become famous. Reminds me of Over the Rainbow -_-;   This is Chisa’s (of GIRL NEXT DOOR) debut to the small screen and she did a fair job playing Mizuno Akane. Her acting seemed a bit awkward but, hey, she’s new to acting so let her slide. I wasn’t a big fan of her hairstyle here though; I do love her smile though!

Katase Nana as Mizuki Urara :: Wow, what a character! Total drama queen, but I love her! Actually, in the beginning, I couldn’t stand her at all. Half the time I wanted to shove a twinkie in her mouth just to shut her up because of all the fuss she makes over .. well everything. Somewhere between episodes 4 and 5 I found her really funny and brought some of the best comedic scenes. Katase Nana does a great job playing Mizuki Urara. She can be annoying and funny at the same time. The role of Urara is completely different from her role in Bloody Monday and I think it’s a nice change for her.

Maruyama Ryuhei as Saito Mamoru :: The happy-go-lucky member of Kanjani8 is finally in a drama that I’ve actually seen. As Saito Mamoru, he seems very similar in character. Although Mamoru may seem happy on the outside, deep down he’s unhappy and it takes Kenta to help him realize that happiness can be found in unlikely places. Want to know what a total suck up looks like, well here he is! Desperate to make itin show business, Mamoru will do whatever it takes to please his superiors .. even if it means utter humiliation. At some point, I got fed up with this character because he doesn’t understand where Kenta is coming from and why he doesn’t bow down. Anyways, a job well done by Maruyama Ryuhei.

Totsugi Shigeyuki as Prince Himuro :: Talk about annoyance to the millionth power! This guy .. gah .. not only is Prince Himuro arrogant, he’s also incredibly demanding. Himuro only wants things done his way or you hit the highway. I was so happy to see him leave the show, couldn’t stand him barking out orders for his own pleasure. Although it was a tv program for kids, he could care less about the children he was singing for and his fanbase was made up of a bunch of grannies. Totsugi Shigeyuki plays this character so well, you wish he disappeared.

Storyline & Relationships

If you think Ohno Satoshi sings a lot because he plays a Singing Brother, well think again. The only time you really hear him sing is in the end where he belts out the awesome theme song. Well, Yano Kenta is a guy who basically thinks that everything is pointless and believes that you can’t find happiness in a place like Minna de Utao. I guess the show sure proved him wrong! He doesn’t exactly get over his dislike of children but he learns to tolerate them more. Also, he unknowingly helps out everybody on the show solve their problems. Mamoru, who wanted to get into stageplays but was rejected every single audition. Urara whose father wanted her to get married and become a house wife. Michiru who couldn’t get over herself and constantly argued with adults. Everyone thought that HE was the one that needed to change when in fact he was just being true to himself and the others weren’t. Kenta doesn’t think before he speaks which gets him into a hell of a lot of trouble with his coworkers, like he really cares .. NOT! This is a great story about finding one’s self and where you fit in with the world.

The most amusing thing you will see in Uta no Onii-san is the numerous costumes they force Kenta and Mamoru to wear. These costumes range from dogs, cats, cows, crows, and get this .. even an acorn. How do you dress as an acorn!? Well, these costume designers find their way to make it work and give us some hilarious images. Keep your eye out for Kenta’s unfeeling expressions everytime he has to wear these stupid costumes x]

There’s definitely an unknown love triangle in this drama. But that’s not the main focus. The producer who hired Kenta developed feelings for him throughout the drama; which I find kind of funny because not only is she taller but she’s older. And of course, there’s Akane – Kenta’s ex-girlfriend and ex-bandmate – we all know she likes him. And we all know that he still cares for her deeply; however, I did not want to see these two get back together and I’m glad they didn’t. Why? Because I hated the reasons why she dumped him and I hated how she did it. Even if she was forced to do these things, she should have just ripped up that contract and be on her merry way. Honesty is the best policy! Actually, this phrase only applies half the time but in this drama it definitely applies. Overall, I enjoyed this drama but I thought it was a bit too short. 8 episodes only!? At least make it 9 or even 10.

Rating: 8 out of 10

info &* synopsis credits to wiki.d-addicts


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