Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A Great OP by Utada Hikaru -- Last Friends TV Drama

It's sometimes said that anime songs are sung by seiyuu, by singers just starting their careers, or by singers on the downslide. And TV drama songs are by stars at their peak.

That rule of thumb may not always be true, but it is true of the good new drama Last Friends. Its OP, "Prisoner of Love," is sung by Utada Hikaru. The visuals are great, too, featuring the stars of the dorama: big-name stars including Nagasawa Masami and the wonderful Ueno Juri, who was Nodame in the drama version of Nodame Cantabile.



Last Friends is currently running fifth in the top ten drama ratings, with almost 16% of the audience in its 10 p.m. Thursday timeslot. That's higher than the top-rated anime (Sazae-san is at 14.4%), and five times the ratings of top late-night anime. For more info and to find out how to see the show, check D-Addicts. There is a full wiki here outlining the plot. Be prepared for plenty of angst.

Several people are blogging the show. You can find some entries on Anime Nano.

4 comments:

Os said...

This drama is pretty epic. When I finished watching this episode the first time, I had to repeatedly tell my roomate how undescribably crazy this show was until he watched it and then agreed.

Now I like the song, but like Hana Yori Dango, they play Hikky's song over and over again to the point where it's starting to get annoying, but there's no stopping me from watching this. What an all star cast, too.

Totali said...

Utada Hikaru is easily my favorite pop artist, Japanese or not. Her work is amazing, and the attention she gets is well deserved. Maybe I should check Last Friends out simply for that reason.

Garten said...

>> It's sometimes said that anime songs are sung by seiyuu, by singers just starting their careers, or by singers on the downslide. And TV drama songs are by stars at their peak.

:O Is that for real? Although come to think of it, I don't remember Kobokuro or Hirai Ken ever singing for an anime series.

hashihime said...

@Garten -- I'm basically quoting something from Japanese poster kj1980 on AnimeSuki, but it comes pretty close, I think. Although there are exceptions: like L'Arc-en-Ciel doing the OP to Seirei no Moribito.