Title (romanji): Rongu Rabureta ~ Hyouryuu Kyoushitsu
Title (english): Long Love Letter ~ Drifting Classroom
Broadcast date: 1/9/02 – 3/20/02
Number of episodes: 11
Genre: Science fiction, romance
Cast: Tokiwa Takako, Kubozuka Yosuke
Plot: Misaki Yuka (Tokiwa Takako) is beginning a new relationship with Asami Akio (Kubozuka Yosuke). After accidentally losing his phone, Asami loses contact with Misaki. One year later, the two meet again. Asami is a high school teacher while Misaki is working at her family’s flower shop. Misaki visits the high school to collect a debt from one of the teachers when Asami sees her and the two argue. Suddenly, the ground shakes and the entire school is transported somewhere completely different.
What is good: All of the actors do an amazing job. Considering a majority of the cast are high school students, this says a lot about their ability. Their emotions come across loud and clear.
What is bad: Since this is science fiction, the audience is asked to make quite a few leaps of faith. As a result, some of the ‘science’ part gets a bit muddled when Asami tries to explain what has happened to them. Also, the ending brings up more questions than it answers. You’re left with a “wtf just happened” feeling.
Letter rating: B
Overall: I really liked this series. Sure, there were times when I thought that the writing was a bit weird. Some of the science stuff seemed very made up but this didn’t detract from the show a whole lot. It was more about what these people were going through and how they were feeling. What actually got them into that situation felt like a sub-plot instead of the main plotline. I just wish the ending answered THE question than ran through the entire series. Instead, it opened up a whole new bucket of questions. This is a series I would recommend to someone a bit more familiar with Japanese culture. Especially since a lot of it deals with how people interact with those around them.