Title: Tokkyu Tanaka San Go
Also known as: Tanaka Express 3
Broadcast date: 4/13/07 – 6/22/07
Number of episodes: 11
Genre: Romantic comedy
Cast: Tanaka Koki, Kuriyama Chiaki, Tsukamoto Takashi, Akiyama Ryuji, Kato Rosa, Hiraiwa Kami
Plot: Tanaka Ichiro (Tanaka Koki) is a big talker. While he claims to be a “big shot,” he is, in fact, a ronin-turned-freshman at a third-rate university. He accidentally meets Meguro Terumi (Kuriyama Chiaki) and declares her his “personal heroine.” After befriending two tetsu (train fanatics), the three men find themselves trying their best to romance Terumi and her friends while finding their way in life.
What is good: The writing was excellent. You learn a bit about the tetsu way without going completely overboard.
What is bad: The first episode is pretty terrible.
Letter rating: B+
Overall: This show was recommended to me by a friend. After watching the first episode, I thought maybe she had lost her mind or something. However, from the second episode on, I fell in love with the characters and their personalities. At first, Ichiro is extremely annoying but once you learn why he acts the way he does, it’s difficult to dislike the guy. I’d love to really talk more about the show and why I enjoyed it but that really requires a lot of spoilers since the show revolves around the relationships of the three main characters. All I can say is watch it. Don’t let the first episode fool you. This really is a great series.