Dramatization is a hot topic! Why “The Uncle Who Won’t Go Home” is a cure for tired adult hearts.
It’s not that we can’t go home. It’s not that we can’t go home, it’s that we can’t go home…!”
The drama “Uncle Gonai Uncle” (BS-TBS) is a unique drama in a lineup of high-profile fall programs. The drama is attracting a lot of attention on social networking sites, with the veteran actors, who everyone has probably seen at least once, playing and frolicking like young boys, being described as “soothing” and “fun, like a late-arriving adolescent.
Based on a manga of the same title serialized in “Evening” magazine. The manga depicts how corporate warriors (uncles) can make the most of the “after-hours” working hours that have been created as a result of reforms to the way they work. The story is drawn from the point of view of how corporate warriors (uncles) can make the most of the “after-regular hours” created by the reform of work styles.
The “spring playground equipment” in a park, which resembles a panda and keeps swinging so hard that it causes anemia. The “corn snacks,” in which you try stacking pointy corn snacks on your fingers and other parts of your body. Bokatsu” is a way of relaxing after a long day of work, and “After Hours” is a variety of activities that can be enjoyed by the elderly.
Mariko Nishimura, the author of the story, recalls how she felt when the decision was made to dramatize the story: “I was contacted by phone when they told me about the drama.
When I woke up in the bathroom that night, I thought to myself, ‘Is this a dream ……? I doubted my own head. I spent a week or so thinking I was imagining things. My father, who is also Mr. Hoshi’s model, was in tears (laughs).
When I heard that Ken Mitsuishi was going to play Mr. Hoshi, I thought, “He looks just like him. When I saw the photos of both Katsumi Takahashi and Jun Hashimoto, I was surprised and thought, “They look just like each other. I also had a chance to see the script, and it was very interesting and full of the “charm of an old man. I was inspired, and I’m thinking, ‘I have to make the manga even funnier! I’m thinking, ‘I’ve got to make it more interesting!
Three uncles gather at a park after regular hours and go all out to play with “aimless strolling,” “neighborhood bicycle race,” and “building a secret base. In the drama, Mr. Hoshi, the bank manager, is played by Ken Mitsuishi, Mr. Watanabe, the supermarket manager, by Katsumi Takahashi, and Mr. Tsuneda, the sales manager of a sporting goods manufacturer, by Jun Hashimoto.
The dialogue between the three men, each of whom has a different character, is interesting: Mr. Tsuneda is athletic and has the temperament of a bratty general, Mr. Watanabe is mischievous and honest in his emotional expressions, and Mr. Hoshi is serious and oozes good-naturedness.
The story also focuses on Reiko Matsunaga (played by Maria Shimizu), an office worker who, while at first finding the “uncles” strange, gradually begins to develop a “uncle-cute” feeling toward them. How she will interact with her uncles in the future is also a point of interest in the drama.
Ms. Matsunaga said, “I originally had a friend in high school who loved “uncles,” and I drew this story thinking of her. I wasn’t as much of an “uncle lover” as she was, but as I observed them in order to draw the manga, I gradually grew to like them. Now, I guess Matsunaga-san is almost like me.
After I went to art school, I still thought, “What’s that? Maybe there are a lot of girls who like older men? From there, “Ossan Zurubu Love” and other works came out, and I was given a project for “Evening” to write a book called “Kaerenai Ojisan” (“Uncle Who Won’t Go Home”) by the staff of Evening. I felt that “ojisan” was a boom.
Dramas that spotlighted “uncles” such as “Osansuru Love,” “The Three Old Men,” and “Viprayers” became hits, and the terms “ojisan moe” and “good-looking guy” became commonplace. The term “uncle moe” or “good-looking guy” has also become common these days. In “The Uncle Who Won’t Go Home,” the cuteness of uncles is depicted in abundance, but it is not just their “moe” or “cuteness” that makes them so appealing.
Why do “uncles” “not go home”……, or rather, why do they “not go home”? It is because reforms in the way of working have led to a strict no-overtime policy, and even if they go home early, they have no place to stay and no place to go……. The story is rooted in the sadness of such Showa-era salarymen.
Despite this modern background, the work depicts uncles who enjoy their after-work regular hours with like-minded friends to the fullest. The overwhelming freedom and joy of life in this story gives readers a comforting feeling that “it’s okay to be an adult this way.
The men in the story are not “old friends,” but people who have only recently become acquainted with each other and only vaguely know each other’s identities. I think it’s quite nice and happy to have such ‘friends.
The free and innocent smiles of the uncles in “The Uncle Who Won’t Go Home” will soothe you. A paper version of the book was also released in conjunction with the drama, and a sequel, “The Uncle Who Won’t Go Home,” is currently being serialized in “Evening” magazine. The sequel, “The Uncle Who Won’t Go Home,” is currently being serialized in “Evening” magazine.
Thursday Drama 23 “The Uncle Who Won’t Go Home
Airing on BS-TBS every Thursday at 11:00 p.m.
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Image： Mariko Nishimura / Kodansha