Title: Manhattan Love Story
Broadcast dates: 10/9/03 – 12/18/03
Number of episodes: 11
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cast: Matsuoka Masahiro, Koizumi Kyoko, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Morishita Aiko, Matsuo Suzuki, Sakai Wakana, Funakoshi Eiichiro, Tsukamoto Takashi
Plot: A rag-tag group of customers that frequent a cafe called Manhattan fall in and out of love with each other.
What is good: Matsuoka can be hysterical as Tencho, the owner of Manhattan.
What is bad: The show doesn’t really get good until about episode 4.
Letter rating: C
This show both annoyed and amused me. Parts of it were absolutely awesome. Unfortunately, most of the beginning episodes are terrible. Also, the show could have ended at episode 7 with no problems. Instead, they dragged it on for another four episodes. The ending was still surprising and funny but it seemed tacked on. Would I watch it again? No. But I’m definitely going to try to track down more of Matsuoka’s dramas!